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From Russia With Blood

Lavish London mansions. A hand-painted Rolls-Royce. And eight dead friends. For the British fixer Scot Young, working for Vladimir Putin's most vocal critic meant stunning perks – but also constant danger. His gruesome death is one of 14 that US spy agencies have linked to Russia – but the UK …

How I accidentally stopped a global Wanna Decryptor ransomware attack | Ars Technica

A British security researcher found and pulled WannaCrypt's kill switch.<p>I’ve finally found enough time between e-mails and Skype calls to write up …

How To: Install the Google Play Store on Your Kindle Fire Without Rooting

Deep down inside, Kindle Fires are actually Android tablets — the only trouble is, Amazon has layered so much of a skin on top of it all that you …

Android Lollipop

FCC Chairman wants to end net neutrality, why is it problematic?

Ethan Miller/Getty Images<p>Ajit Pai wants to repeal net neutrality, which is likely to be approved given FCC’s Republican majority, but there is bound to be significant opposition. And for good reason.<p>Donald Trump’s administration is bringing various changes to the tech world, and now, it looks like …

Net Neutrality

Nintendo has sold 2.74M Switches, expects to sell around 10M next year

Nintendo has sold 2.74 million Switches to date, the first official number released by the company by way of its FY 2016 earnings report, released on Thursday. The total hardware units sold have also led to decent game sales – 5.46 million total across the library, but Zelda: Breath of the Wild …

Review: 'For the Love of Spock' Will Move You

Reading Time: 3 minutes<p>For 50 years, the character of Spock has had a major cultural impact; one that wouldn’t have happened had Gene Roddenberry not …

Science Fiction

How Star Trek's Worf wasn't a wuss thanks to Michael Dorn

The star of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" talks about his first years on the show, how he turned Worf into a lovable character and why he loves his Tesla Model S.<p><i>As part of our coverage of Star Trek's 50th anniversary, I talked to a dozen cast members from across the franchise about everything</i> …

Face of Lord Darnley revealed - Mary Queen of Scots' 'lusty and well proportioned' husband

He was described as the 'lustiest and best proportioned man' that Mary Queen of Scots had ever seen, and now the true face of the notorious Lord Darnley has been reconstructed by Scottish scientists.<p>Darnley, who married Mary in 1565, was noted for his heavy drinking and implicated in the murder of …

‘White Trash’ — The Original Underclass

This story was co-published with the Atlantic.Sometime during the past few years, the country started talking differently about white Americans of …

John Locke

Medieval Herbal from the 15th Century

A delightful medieval herbal has been published as a facsimile by Palatino PressMedieval Herbal: A facsimile of a 15th century illustrated …

Archaeology

6 ways to cut back on Android data usage

With a few simple tweaks, you can better manage the amount of mobile data your Android device uses.<p>Whether your wireless plan allows for 2GB or 10GB of data per month, the last thing you want to do is get a message you're about to go over. Take a few minutes to adjust some system settings and …

The big business behind the adult coloring book craze

The amateur artists can be found coloring in airport lounges, doctor's office waiting rooms and while they watch TV shows at home. They are forming coloring meet-up groups at libraries and coffee shops so they can chit-chat as they doodle.<p>Coloring books for adults -- a genre once considered little …

These 6 technologies will define 2016

For the past century, the price and performance of computing has been on an exponential curve. And as futurist Ray Kurzweil observed, once any technology becomes an information technology, its development follows the same curve, so we are seeing exponential advances in technologies such as sensors, …

Artificial Intelligence

Grunwald: Archaeologists probe medieval battlefield

Underground medieval palace revealed by surface survey

The layout of a medieval city underground at the site of Old Sarum has been revealed through the use of non-invasive digital mapping technologies.<p>Old Sarum in Salisbury, the UK, is rich with history, dating back 5,000 years. During the Iron Age, it became the site of a hill fort, during the Roman …

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Translate text into a different language as you type

The amazing Translate Keyboard Pro for iOS converts your native language into someone else's native language.<p>There are some amazing language-translation apps, everything from Google Translate to Word Lens. But few of them integrate with iOS proper.<p>Translate Keyboard Pro ($1.99) does. It takes …

iOS

Israeli-Palestinian violence in 2014 – timeline

Since the collapse of peace talks in April there has been a string of violent incidents, the latest a deadly attack on a synagogue<p><b>24 April</b> Nine months of US-mediated peace talks collapse.<p><b>15 May</b> Two Palestinian teenagers are killed in a West Bank clash with Israeli troops.<p><b>12 June</b> Three Israeli …

Four Killed in Jerusalem Synagogue Complex

Antibiotics Have Turned Our Bodies From Gardens Into Battlefields

Antibiotics save lives, but they also wipe out a lot of beneficial organisms that our bodies rely on, says Martin Blaser. João Canziani<p>We're in the …

Microbiome

Eerie, Wild Scenes Straight Out of Grimm's Fairy Tales

Like a professional location scout for Grimm fairy tale movies, photographer Kilian Schönberger seeks out and explores the less-traveled regions of …

Fairy Tales

How to solve four common problems with your new smartphone

Whether you're new to the wonderful world of smartphones or you just bought yourself a newer model, these tips should help.<p>For all their smarts, smartphones can be complicated animals. Or at least frustrating ones, especially if you run into some of the problems that tend to crop up among new …

Five Best Remote Desktop Tools

Managing your own computer from afar or troubleshooting a family member's PC without being in front of it is much easier when you have a good remote …

India Forces Drug Companies To Give Up Patents Early

It's part of a program to make pricey Western drugs affordable to Indian citizens, too.<p>Nexavar, a kidney and liver cancer drug made by Bayer, costs an estimated $69,000 for a year of treatment, Forbes reported in 2012. That year, an Indian company got a license to make a generic version of the same …

Getting Started With Google Chromecast: The Unofficial Manual

As the new year arrives, many of us are greeting it with shiny new gadgets, courtesy of the holiday season. And one in particular has been a noteworthy hit—Google’s Chromecast streaming device, which is still holding strong as Amazon’s bestselling electronic.<p>Unlike many other new gadgets this year, …

Better Know a Plague: Bed Bugs

Here, I unveil an Our Modern Plagues series, which was inspired by Stephen Colbert’s recurring segment Better Know a District. My version—Better Know a Plague—will introduce you to a plague-like critter every month or two, whether it is something we really need to worry about or whether it’s just a …

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

You've been told a hundred times that exercise is good for you, and it's true—but it's good for a lot more than just losing weight or building …

Stave

OS X Mail not remembering iCloud passwords? Try this.

If you are constantly being asked for your password, Mail's authentication settings may not be properly configured.<p>Apple's default e-mail client in OS X is its included Mail application, which offers integrated access to Apple's iCloud service and also supports third-party providers like Google and …

Do cover letters still matter?

Success experts Patrick O'Brien and Susan Davis-Ali agree that cover letters are still a difference maker — if you can circumvent a company's recruiting technology.<p><b>Patrick O'Brien's take:</b> Many companies today use "applicant tracking systems" (ATS) to make their recruiting efforts more efficient. …

Employment