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Carmakers team up to bid for Nokia's mapping unit

Germany's premium carmakers Mercedes, Audi and BMW have teamed up with private equity firm General Atlantic to increase their firepower to acquire Nokia's mapping unit HERE, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Finland's Nokia started a strategic review of its maps business last month, …


Abused Emojis keyboard for iPhone helps kids talk about battering, bullying and dark feelings

A new emoji keyboard for children may cause alarm — and that’s the point.

Abused Emojis, a free iPhone app, lets kids express with emoji some bad things that are happening to them at home or school. While a school counselor or trained therapist may ask a child to draw what they are thinking about, …


Uber: Disability Laws Don’t Apply to Us

Is Uber letting its drivers dodge The Americans With Disabilities Act?

Sometimes it slips Kristin Parisi’s mind that she’s disabled. After 25 years in a wheelchair—the result of a car accident when she was 5 years old—her means of transportation no longer registers as abnormal.

“It’s one of those …


OS X 10.11 Could Feature Control Center, 'Rootless' Security and More, iOS 9 to Support A5-Based Devices

While OS X Yosemite introduced several new high-profile features, such as Handoff, iCloud Drive and Instant Hotspot, the focus of OS X 10.11 will be on improved stability and performance, new security features and system-wide interface tweaks, according to a lengthy report by 9to5Mac.

OS X 10.11 is …


High School Student Discovers the Best Way to Hide Evidence of Murder

NASA's Plan To Make Cheap Spacecraft That Will Explore Distant Worlds


The Problem With the Doomsday Seed Vault


5 Easy Steps To Turn Your Cell Phone Light Into A Black Light

Picture this: you’re on a road trip and you’ve been driving all day trying to get to your destination. You’re cruising down the interstate having …

Black Light

NASA captures best photo yet of strange lights on dwarf planet Ceres

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has done it again. The prolific probe has captured its best image yet of the strange bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres.

This photo is just the latest in a series of "best bright spot photos yet" as Dawn moves into a closer orbit around Ceres, the largest body in the main …


Apple’s Mobile Hotspot Patent Application Could Connect Apple Watch Anywhere

Apple has a new patent application for a mobile hotspot (via AppleInsider), which might surprise people since it hardly seems like the type of accessory the iPhone maker would go out of its way to create. It becomes interesting, however, when you think about how a dedicated mobile hotspot might …


Google wants to make its own lightweight OS for the Internet of things called Brillo

Google is making a real time operating system for the Internet of things. And it isn’t doing it as part of Nest.

Google is making its own version of an operating system for the Internet of things called Brillo, and it’s doing so completely outside of its Nest smart home devices division that …


9to5Mac: Apple's working on iOS tweaks for 12-inch iPad

Still holding out for a larger iPad? Well, you're certainly not alone. Thanks to new details from 9to5Mac, it looks like Apple's prepping for a reveal as well. The site has a solid track record when it comes to rumors, and it reports that both hardware and software tweaks are in the works for the …


Apple readies Transit subway, train + bus guides for iOS 9 Maps, deploys robots for indoor mapping

Having originally planned to add a new transit directions feature to Maps last year, only to pull the feature before WWDC 2014, Apple now hopes to launch its Transit service with iOS 9, according to sources. Apple currently plans to debut bus, subway, and train route navigation as the central …


Google may reveal internet of things OS at event next week

Google may be the next big company to take on the internet of things, giving it an entry into the world of connected everyday objects. According to The Information, Google has developed software that can run on low-power devices and give them the ability to communicate with other connected devices …


Octopus That Walks On Land

Check out this awesome YouTube clip of a friendly Octopus that decided to leave his watery home at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve to traverse across the …


A Handful Of Bronze-Age Men Could Have Fathered Two Thirds Of Europeans

For such a large and culturally diverse place, Europe has surprisingly little genetic variety. Learning how and when the modern gene-pool came …


15 of the world's craziest roads that push travelers to the edge

There's nothing quite like a relaxing drive down a country road, sun shining and music playing. There's also nothing like nearly plummeting off the edge of a cliff because you didn't quite make a tight turn.


These wild roads around the world will get your adrenaline pumping, or at least give …

Europe Travel

Why Chrome Uses So Much Freaking RAM

Google Chrome

Heating houses with 'nerd power'

All computers produce heat, but computer servers produce a lot of heat - so much that it usually costs a fortune to cool them down. So why isn't this heat used instead to keep homes or offices warm? Actually, "nerd power" is already being tried out.

Ask Jerry van Waardhuizen about his new radiator …

Public Broadcasters

Apple may be working on an app to control home products, report says

As the first batch of Apple's HomeKit-compatible products get ready to ship, we're starting to learn a little bit more about how the company's smart home platform will eventually work.

Despite early rumblings that Apple wouldn't be rolling out a Home-dedicated app, it looks like we could get just …

Domestic Technology

Here’s what Apple’s completely different San Francisco fonts looked like in 1984 and 2014

Apple is reportedly set to refresh its upcoming mobile and desktop operating systems with a new font called San Francisco.

(Wikimedia Commons)

But turns out this isn’t Apple’s first font named for the city by the bay. When the company debuted the Macintosh computer in 1984, it came with a font called …


The iCubs are coming! How robots could teach our kids and do our dirty work

A bedside table on wheels is practising three-point turns around the room, rising up and down and cheekily cocking its head as it glides, while a furry white creature emits plaintive mews from the room next door, flapping its flippers for attention. Nearby, hundreds of wiry insects buzz about on a …


Facebook Messenger video calls roll out globally

Facebook introduced video calling into Messenger back in April, and now it says that the feature has been rolled out almost entirely across the globe. There are still a "few countries" where Facebook says that it's holding the feature's release in order to improve video quality — it's likely that …


Why Does Day Care Protect Children Against Leukemia?

It’s a curious link: Children who start day care earlier in their life are less likely to develop acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The cancer occurs …


Study Suggests Intelligent Aliens Will Probably Be The Size Of Bears

A speculative study on the possible nature of alien life was formulated by combining statistics with the unknown of space; whilst certainly …


Reinventing the wheel, 'Tron'-style

BOSTON—The first thing I noticed in Harvard Square this week was how many bicyclists there are, and the second thing was the GeoOrbital electric …

Bicycle Commuting

26 Pictures That Will Make You Weep For The Future

The end is nigh.

1. This year’s hottest fragrance:

2. The collected works of Arthur:

3. The world’s toughest question:

4. This reasonable argument:

5. Technology letting us down YET again:

6. Leonardo’s best role:

7. The long history of football:

8. CARK:

9. America’s NEW independence day:

10. This …

The Future

NASA scientist says we may be living in a Matrix-like digital imprisonment designed by Aliens

WELCOME to The Matrix. You’ve lived here all your life.

(Express UK) Everything you have ever done or will do could simply be the product of a …


Microsoft Wants to Change Everything You Know About Email

"No subject lines, salutations, or signatures”

Microsoft is reportedly working on a next generation email app that will strip away subject lines, greetings and signatures, and display only the text users need for a rapid fire conversation.

Microsoft has not formally introduced the new messaging app, …