Yash Sanghvi

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How to Fix Rehab: Expert Who Lost Son to Addiction Has a Plan

<i>Editor's note: This story is part of a series, Hooked: America's Heroin Epidemic, that will be featured on NBC News from April 7-9.</i><p>The call came on a Saturday, a day after Thomas McLellan told an auditorium of graduate students to rethink the science of addiction. As a research psychologist at the …

Nationalist Banned by U.S. Likely to Lead Largest Democracy India

The world's largest democracy and staunch American ally India looks set to elect a new prime minister who has been barred from entering the U.S. over deadly religious riots.<p>About 815 million people are expected to cast their votes in India’s general election that begins Monday. With so many voters, …

India kicks off world's biggest election in remote northeast

DIBRUGARH, India (Reuters) - The first Indians cast their votes on Monday in the world’s biggest election, with Hindu nationalist opposition candidate Narendra Modi holding a strong lead but likely to fall short of a majority.<p>Some 815 million people are registered to vote over the next five weeks …

4 Steps to Starting a Web Business Without Knowing Coding

<i>Eddy Lee, Ph.D, is a venture capitalist investing in Silicon Valley and Singapore. He is also a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford University.</i><p>So you have a great idea for a new mobile app or Web service—but you don’t know anything about coding or developing. You might have started searching …

How Edward Snowden went from loyal NSA contractor to whistleblower

In late December 2001, someone calling themselves TheTrueHOOHA had a question. He was an 18-year-old American male with impressive IT skills and a sharp intelligence. His real identity was unknown. Everyone who posted on Ars Technica, a popular technology website, did so anonymously.<p>TheTrueHOOHA …

Lomography Konstruktor review: the $35 camera you build yourself

As camera-makers trim their point-and-shoot lines in the face of encroaching smartphones, one company is keeping the faith and doing what it's done for the past three decades. Lomography's wide range of film cameras dates back to the early ‘90s, when some students in Vienna discovered the potential …

Smartphone concept incorporates LiFi sensor for receiving light-based data

The lights are now dimmed throughout the many halls of CES, and none are more perturbed by darkness than the folks at Oledcomm. Illumination is the company's specialty, after all; or, more specifically, LiFi technology, which facilitates high-speed data transmission via pulsating light sources …

The NSA’s catalog of spy gear shows how it hacks computers

Over the New Year’s holiday the German newspaper Spiegel has published details about the gadgets the NSA uses to spy on people and companies. According to the newspaper the NSA has a special secret unit, called ANT, which specializes in creating tech related devices for eavesdropping and installing …

Surveillance

IMDb's latest iOS update makes it easier to follow movie stars without getting arrested

Whatever happened to Joe Carnahan after he directed the 2002 cop classic, <i>NARC</i>? And what the heck is Joaquin Phoenix up to these days (aside from deeply inappropriate love affairs)? The redesigned IMDb app for iOS 7 delivers answers to these questions and more, especially now that it supports …

Google Glass: What You're Not Supposed to Do

There are certain things you won't be encouraged to do wearing one of these. Those are the things I did.<p><i>Published in the December 2013 issue</i><p><b>Google Glass</b> mayor may not transform the future. But one thing is beyond question: It elicits mighty strong reactions in the present.<p>The first week I got my …

Microsoft's Project Siena lets you create Windows apps with ease

If you think creating an app is something only whizkid developers and those with programming skills can do, think again. Microsoft has recently unveiled Project Siena, a Metro-style app that lets anyone create their own Windows 8.1 program with regular PowerPoint and Excel knowhow. As it's a Metro …

How to steal Bitcoin in three easy steps

Earlier this month, someone pulled off the largest heist in the history of Bitcoin, the virtual currency that approximates cash on the internet. The illegal drug bazaar Sheep Marketplace was plundered, either by hackers or insiders, and about $100 million worth of the currency was stolen from …

How to Properly Format SD/SDHC/SDXC Cards

Have you ever had a SD card seem to go bad? Perhaps it’s acting flaky and there seems to be no signs of physical damage. I had just that happen with …

'Privacy' is Dictionary.com's word of the year

Last month The Oxford University Press dubbed "selfie" the word of 2013, and now Dictionary.com is going in a completely different direction for its choice. The popular online dictionary picked "privacy" as for its coveted "word of the year" honors, a decision it says was fueled by myriad news …

How the “internet of things” will replace the web

<i>The second in a series.</i><p>We’ve already written about why 2014 is really, finally the year that the “internet of things”—that effort to remotely control every object on earth—becomes visible in our everyday lives.<p>But most of us don’t recognize just how far the internet of things will go, from …

Internet of Things

Valve's SteamOS is ready to download -- only Linux vets are encouraged to apply

Just as promised, Valve has made its first release of SteamOS available for downloads at the same time it ships out prototype Steam Machines to 300 beta testers. Based on the Debian 7.1 flavor of Linux, SteamOS is a platform purpose built for playing PC games on the TV. Cutting out the cruft of …

Android 4.4.2 removes hidden App Ops privacy feature, EFF grills Google about it

When Google released Android 4.4.2 a few days ago, it removed a hidden privacy feature called App Ops – many of you may know about it, while others may read about it for the first time – which was available on Android since Android 4.3, and now the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) wants it back.<p>…

Apps

Bill Gates' favorite books of 2013 point to a better future for the world

Bill Gates prioritizes disease eradication over the proliferation of internet access and uses his vast wealth for the purposes of malaria research. It's perhaps not a surprise, then, that his favorite books of 2013 are all pragmatic works of non-fiction that question how the modern world was built, …

This app brings the KitKat launcher to your Jelly Bean phone

With KitKat updates in relatively short supply, chances are you’re still stuck on Jelly Bean(s goog). But now you can get a taste of what Google’s(s …

Jolla plans to eventually bring Sailfish OS to Android devices

When you think of mobile operating systems, it’s likely that two platforms come to mind: Android and iOS. Although there are other operating systems out there including Windows Phone 8, Firefox OS and Ubuntu — it’s Apple and Google’s operating systems that rule the roost.<p>So how does a newcomer …

Android News

This New App Picks A Playlist Based on How You Drive

When you’re peeling out onto the highway, chances are you’re not in the mood for another sad Drake ballad. Now Volkswagen has teamed up with the …

Online IQ tests: are they valid?

One of the more interesting fall-outs from Boris Johnson’s recent speech is that he’s got people talking about intelligence and IQ a lot. This is likely a good thing. Intelligence is a tricky subject, so the more public discussion there is about it the better, in terms of keeping people informed. …

My 8 Favorite Inexpensive Canon Lenses

In the last few years, I have reviewed more lenses than you could possibly imagine. My photography students are always asking which lens is right for …

Cameras

The True Costs of Developing an App

<i>Jeremy Rappaport is a writer at Fueled, the leading iPhone application developers and masters of mobile design in New York City. This post was originally published on the Fueled blog.</i><p>Everyone knows about the big names: Angry Birds, Candy Crush, Facebook, Twitter, Uber, Instagram. Countless others …

The Habits Of Supremely Happy People

Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.<p>In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill …

Technology is easy. Creating innovative business models is hard

I was checking in on Twitter a few days ago when I noticed this tweet from mobile analyst Horace Dediu that includes a graph depicting the evolution …

Google Has Designed A Throat Tattoo That Is Also A Lie Detector

The tattoo isn't permanent — it's applied to a sticky substance on the skin.<p>The intent of the device is to allow someone to wear a communications device on their throat, keeping a mobile phone or similar device in their pocket. The tattoo communicates with the device, transmitting conversation. …

Lie Detection

How To Save An Underexposed Photo Using Lightroom

To save an underexposed photo there are a few different things we can try from working with what we have to converting to black and white and more.