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What Silicon Valley can do about cyber threats

Ted Schlein Contributor<p>Ted Schlein, a general partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, focuses on early-stage technology companies in the enterprise software and infrastructure markets, including ventures within the networking and consumer security arenas.<p>More posts by this …

Cybersecurity

Edward Snowden has too much free time, starts making music

When you almost-singlehandedly expose a vast, secretive spying network, you've every right to a little swagger. And Edward Snowden has frequently displayed that during his slow transition from whistleblower to privacy advocate. But there comes a time in every digital activist's life where they must …

This electric car took almost a decade to build

We drive the Arcimoto SRK from Mark Frohnmayer's Oregon-based electric carmaker to see how the eighth-generation concept stacks up against previous prototypes.The last time we checked in with Arcimoto, the Oregon-based electric carmaker was on the fifth version of its "everyday electric" SRK …

Kano OS empowers kids to create the future on $5 Pi Zero

We love Kano. We’ve talked about the computer kit, — a DIY collection that allows children to take a nuts and bolts approach to building and operating a PC — and just over a week ago, the screen kit, an HD LCD screen that that kids can build themselves.<p>Now, the London-based startup has done it …

Kids

NASA releases clearest images of Pluto world might see for decades

<b>(CNN) —</b> Black and white images beamed to Earth could be some of the clearest close-ups of Pluto's surface humans see for decades, NASA says.<p>The images, taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, show craters, mountains and glacial terrain along a strip 50 miles (80 kilometers) wide.<p>The spacecraft …

Solar System

Try Apple's Swift language in IBM's online sandbox

Apple recently announced that it has open sourced its Swift programming language that lets developers code software for iOS, OS X, tvOS and watchOS. You can now try it for yourself without installing anything, thanks to IBM.<p>The company has launched a Web-based Swift sandbox where you can write code …

This guy just built a working miniature Death Star

The latest creation from a German laser hobbyist on YouTube threatens to create a terrible disturbance in the Force.<p>It could be that the Death Star, of Star Wars fame, doesn't only exist in a galaxy far, far away.<p>German inventor and laser fanatic Patrick Priebe equipped a large, disco-ball-size …

Miniature

NASA shows the sharpest ever close-up photos of Pluto

I can practically hear you groan -- <i>more</i> Pluto photos? Well, these are kind of special: they're the sharpest pictures the New Horizons probe took during its closest flyby in July, and NASA believes these may be the best snapshots of the dwarf planet we'll see for decades to come. These series of …

“One port to do it all” – the new integrated USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 port makes it into the first laptop

Apple’s decision to equip the 12-inch MacBook with just a single port was a controversial one, but the USB-C port Apple chose just got a whole lot more powerful. Intel announced back in June that it was integrating USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 to create “one compact port that does it all” – and that …

A beginner's guide to the Raspberry Pi Zero

The tiny and ridiculously inexpensive Raspberry Pi Zero has already proven to be a huge hit, selling out everywhere (including on the front cover of …

Raspberry Pi

The Science Behind Light Field Photography

Back in 2011, Lytro launched the world’s first consumer light field camera, which lets you “shoot first and focus later.” But what exactly <i>is</i> light …

Photography

Magical, Otherworldly Grecian Landscapes Take Us Back in Time

For <i>In Landscapes</i>, Athens-based photographer Petros Koublis captures the sprawling countryside that envelops the Greek capital, uncovering the …

Nature Photography

Digital Photos Can’t Be Trusted, Says Renowned War Photographer

Don McCullin, one of the world’s great war photographers, believes that digital photography can be “a totally lying experience” and is something that …

Digital Photography

The Basics of Night Photography

Night photography has become very popular in recent years, as digital cameras have continued to improve. Photographers can now capture stunning …

Landscape Photography

Review: Mophie's Juice Pack Reserve & Power Reserve Offer Power in Small Packages

Back in September, Mophie launched two brand-new battery products, the Juice Pack Reserve, a $59.95 battery case for the iPhone 6 and 6s, and the Power Reserve 1X, a small $34.95 external battery for smartphones and wearables. I have been testing both for the past two weeks in regular daily use and …

Apple’s best invention is one that nobody talks about

One of my favorite Apple inventions is one that you might not even know about — or only think of when you’re travelling.<p>The Magsafe power adaptor that came with your MacBook, and the charger that came with older iPhones can quickly be swapped to suit any power outlet, provided you’ve got the right …

This tiny chip could charge your iPhone much faster

A professor in Singapore has invented a tiny chip that he claims could speed up how quickly batteries charge — while also making them safer.<p>Rachid Yazami at Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) has developed a chip that will monitor potential faults in batteries and alert the user if …

Electric Vehicles

Amazon now offering unlimited cloud storage for $5 for one year

Now may be a really good time to try out Amazon Cloud Drive.<p>The company is offering a promotion for Black Friday that will give you a year of …

Bill Gates is launching a multibillion-dollar clean energy fund

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is set to reveal a massive clean energy project on Monday, during the first day of the United Nations climate change summit in Paris. According to <i>Reuters</i>, which originally reported the news, the French government has confirmed that the ex-CEO-turned-philanthropist …

Try not to cry over the beauty of this handmade handheld console

Swedish designer and craftsman Love Hultén has made a name for himself by infusing his country’s trademark minimalism as well as expert skill to make beautiful — and expensive — game consoles. In an attempt to “create a ‘budget’ product to meet these people, half-way,” Hultén created his latest …

Retrogaming

Talking Schmidt: The new Raspberry Pi is just $5 because of the Alphabet Inc. chairman

Raspberry Pi Zero launched today, touted as “the $5 computer,” and it turns out (via The Wall Street Journal), that its existence — or at least its announcement today, before the launch of a more expensive Raspberry Pi — is partly thanks the words of none other than ex-Google CEO and now Alphabet …

DEUTSCHE BANK: Killing passwords is the future of security

The Financial Times reports that the bank is looking at replacing passwords with biometric security that measures 50 different factors including location data, how you hold your phone, thumbprint technology, and facial recognition. Deutsche Bank is working with company Callsign on the …

Deutsche Bank

How Controversial Gene Editing Could Lead To Groundbreaking Cures

Thanks to the controversial new technology known as CRISPR, scientists are beginning to make headway in understanding and potentially curing some of the world's most intractable diseases.<p>Sickle-cell anemia, HIV, schizophrenia and autism -- essentially, anything involving bad DNA is now fair game. …

Genetics

You partly have Eric Schmidt to thank for the new $5 Raspberry Pi

While many of you were supposed to be eating turkey on Thursday, you were instead geeking out over Raspberry PI's newest computer, the Zero: a pint-sized module that costs just $5. But according to a new interview, that $5 computer was originally supposed to cost around $60 -- and you have partly …

E-paper sneakers change your style on the fly

If you're the sort to buy multiple pairs of sneakers just to make sure your footwear is always fashionable, you might soon have a way to save a lot of money. David Coelho is crowdfunding ShiftWear, or sneakers that have color e-paper displays in their sides. You only need a mobile app to change …