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New Report Says Vaping Is About 95% Less Harmful Than Smoking

Public England Health, an agency of the UK’s Department of Health, says in a new report that vaping is about 95 percent less harmful than smoking, …

Public Health

Full Ashley Madison Hacked Data Apparently Dumped On Tor

Hacked data from online extramarital affairs website Ashley Madison has apparently been leaked online, after a threat by a group of hackers to do so earlier this summer if the service did not shut down (which it has not).<p>In July the group, which calls itself The Impact Team, published a range of …

Security

Humin Launches Knock Knock, An App For College Kids To Contact Each Other Without Exchanging Numbers

Ankur Jain, the founder of Humin – an app that aims to organize your contacts better than your smartphone – is sitting across from me in a conference room in downtown San Francisco and knocking on his own smartphone.<p>Two strong thumps to the glass screen and a comic book styled app called Knock …

University of Southern California

A beginner’s guide to understanding UX design

If you are thinking of working on your conversion optimization and landing page optimization, understanding UX design is essential. As you know, we write a lot about the user, the single visitor that arrives on your site or landing page and needs to be triggered and helped around. UX design helps …

UX Design

How internet-connected sex devices became the weapons of a patent troll

Welcome to the future of sex: patent lawyers<p>In September 1993, David Rothschild saw the future of sex: it was teledildonics, a word used to describe internet-enabled sex toys that allow partners to remotely pleasure one another. Twenty-two years later, the most promising use for the technology …

Patents

Intel’s Radically Transparent Plan for Embracing Diversity

Author: Davey Alba. Davey Alba Business<p>Date of Publication: 08.12.15.<p>Time of Publication: 8:00 am. 8:00 am<p>When Intel recently posted signs setting …

Diversity

We’re Reddit Mods, and This Is How We Handle Hate Speech

Author: Courtnie Swearingen and Brian Lynch. Courtnie Swearingen and Brian Lynch Gear<p>Date of Publication: 08.12.15.<p>Time of Publication: 8:00 am. 8:00 …

Censorship

Google: Alphabet Restructuring Won't Affect Developers

Google surprised everyone Monday with fundamental changes to its organizational DNA, putting a new holding company, Alphabet, above a newly fashioned Google Inc. and other subsidiaries for its Google X “moonshots” lab and ventures arm. Days later, the world is still trying to make sense of it.<p>As …

Google

Periscope now has 10 million users who watch 40 years of content daily

How many people really use Periscope? That’s something co-founder and CEO Kayvon Beykpour wanted to answer today. As of August 2, he says Periscope has reached 10 million total accounts.<p>Beykpour also dove into how many of those users actually use Periscope. In a metric they call ‘time watched’ — …

Periscope

Robot builds its own children, mimics evolution

A mother robot built her own robot children, improving them with each successive generation — all with virtually no human intervention.<p>Mull that over …

Robotics

Demo Your Virtual Reality Startup At TechCrunch Disrupt SF’s VR Pavilion

We were promised flying cars, and we got them — they’re just virtual. But we still want people to pilot them in between hearing the top tech CEOs speak at TechCrunch Disrupt SF in September.<p>That’s why we’re calling on all virtual reality/augmented reality/distorted reality startups to come be a …

Virtual Reality

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820's GPU is primed for VR

Confirming earlier reports, Qualcomm announced today that the graphics processor in its next flagship mobile CPU, the Snapdragon 820, will be around 40 percent faster than its predecessor. And while that's obviously going to lead to even more complex games, Qualcomm is also envisioning a much more …

Qualcomm Snapdragon

6 tech startups sowing seeds for the future of cannabis

Back in February, rapper-turned-venture capitalist Snoop Dogg announced his plans to raise a $25 million fund for tech startups working in the field of cannabis. That led to his participation in the biggest investment in a cannabis-focused startup to date: a $10 million Series A investment in San …

Cannabis

Twitter officially removes the 140-character limit for direct messages

The magic number is no longer 140. Twitter has officially lifted its 140-character limit on direct messages. Users will begin seeing this change today across Twitter’s iOS and Android apps, Twitter.com, TweetDeck, and Twitter for Mac. All others should have this capability within the next few weeks.<p>…

Text Messaging

Dropbox will now let you use a USB key for two-factor login

Today, Dropbox took a big step toward stronger account security. The company announced today it's enabling USB security keys for two-factor login, allowing users to supplement the traditional password login with a physical device, rather than the typical six-digit authentication code delivered over …

Security

Reusable Menstrual Pads for Girls Living in Poverty

Flo aims to help poor young girls manage their monthly period discreetly so as not to disrupt their schooling<p>Girls living in poverty not only have to …

How to Know When You're Ready to Freelance As a Self-Taught Coder

In any industry, it’s hard to evaluate your skills if you’re self-taught. When are your skills good enough to start freelancing? Self-taught coder …

Employment

Hyperloop Competition Inspires Reddit-Born Think Tank

Determined to win SpaceX's Hyperloop pod competition, rLoop has embraced the pros and cons of full online collaboration as a means to power our …

9 Animals That Masturbate (Other Than Humans)

Humans didn’t invent masturbation. We get the urge because our ancestors did too, even back to the earliest mammals and reptiles. It’s likely that as …

Elephants

Dropbox Refuses to Explain Its Mysterious Child Porn Detection Software

Recently a US Army reservist was arrested for sharing child pornography. Here’s what makes his story different from dozens of others: He’d been …

Security