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Visual memory and what Picasso was really seeing

Did an exceptional visual memory give Picasso an edge in his capacity for artistic excellence? Studies show that the drawing ability of children correlates with their visual memory; those who are good at one are likely to be good at the other.<p>Picasso knew that the strength of his memory was of …

Art

EU-U.S. commercial data transfer pact clears final hurdle | Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A commercial data transfer pact provisionally agreed by the EU executive and the United States in February received the green light from EU governments on Friday, the European Commission said, paving the way for it to come into effect next week.<p>A woman hovers a mouse over the …

European Union

Sperm self-sabotage to make sure mothers have a bigger influence on DNA

Roundworm embryos provide answers to a long-standing biological mystery<p>Here’s a fun biological fact: men pass on less DNA to their children than women do. The reason for this has been a long-standing mystery, though a study published today leads us closer to understanding.<p>When humans reproduce, …

The story behind 'alien megastructures' scientists may have found (but probably didn't)

A story that went viral this week reports that astronomers finally found E.T., but those aren't the facts. CNET's Eric Mack talks with the astronomers involved about what is still a very interesting star.<p>This is a tricky story to write. The mysterious scientific observations it deals with could …

Astronomy

LastPass breached, hashed master passwords compromised - Help Net Security

LastPass, the company behind the popular password management service of the same name, has announced on Monday that they have suffered a breach, and …

Information Systems

Apple and Google Execs met in English mansion to secretly discuss government surveillance plans

Ditchley Park – the host of a truly unlikely meeting<p>An 18th-century Mansion in England hosted an unlikely meeting of spy chiefs from seven countries and representatives from tech giants last week. According to <i>The Intercept</i>, the meeting at Ditchley Park was held to discuss the topic of government …

Surveillance

Russia bans 'undesirable' NGOs, sparking international outcry

<b>(CNN) —</b> Non-governmental organizations working in Russia awoke Sunday to a new reality -- that they operate now under a law that allows the government to prosecute them on the grounds they are 'undesirable.'<p>And those who work for such organizations could be sentenced to as much as six years in …

Rights & Freedoms

The Pirate Bay is not down: Domain redirect problem has an easy fix

If you’re seeing a CloudFlare error suggesting The Pirate Bay is down, don’t fret. This is a domain redirect issue at the infamous thepiratebay.se domain, and all you have to do is navigate to one of The Pirate Bay’s four new domains: thepiratebay.mn, thepiratebay.gd, thepiratebay.vg, and …

Domain Names

Why Japan’s lucrative mobile gaming market isn’t great for foreign developers

<i>The Casual Games Association paid for Jeff Grubb’s trip to Casual Connect Asia, where he presented a lecture. Our coverage remains objective.</i><p>SINGAPORE — Mobile-game spending is higher in Japan than any other market, but that doesn’t mean you should necessarily do the work to localize your product …

List-Worthy

This Futuristic Concrete Heals Itself With Built-In Bacteria

A solid idea<p>Concrete has been a go-to building material since Roman times. It’s durable, easy to make, and relatively inexpensive. There’s just one problem: It has a tendency to crack.<p>There are a lot of different reasons that concrete cracks, but in general, it gets stressed either from the load …

Engineering

How Old Do You Look? Microsoft Built A Robot That Tries To Guess Your Age

How old do you look? Old for your years? Young enough that you get carded every time you try to buy a beer?<p>Now, how old do you look… to a computer that does nothing but guess ages?<p>As something of an experiment, Microsoft’s machine-learning team has built a site that takes any photo you throw at it …

Machine Learning

Turn your home into a haunted house with AR game 'Night Terrors'

You're home alone. It's the dead of night and all of the lights are off; you creep down the hallway with one hand dragging along the wall, your phone serving as a makeshift flashlight. You hear a young girl's voice whisper from the bedroom in front of you and the hair on the back of your neck …

Leica has a new $7,450 camera that only shoots in black and white

The most interesting thing about Leica's M Monochrom camera thus far hasn't been what you <i>can</i> do with it, but what you <i>can't</i>. When Leica introduced it three years ago, some people turned their heads sideways in confusion because it cost $7,950, yet could only shoot in black and white. In return, …

Cameras

Multiple Vulnerabilities in Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Could Allow for Remote Code Execution

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Critical crypto bug leaves Linux, hundreds of apps open to eavesdropping

This GnuTLS bug is worse than the big Apple "goto fail" bug patched last week.<p>Hundreds of open source packages, including the Red Hat, Ubuntu, and …

Heartbleed Bug

Q&A<p>What is the CVE-2014-0160?<p>CVE-2014-0160 is the official reference to this bug. CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) is the Standard for …

Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?

There are three popular explanations for the clear under-representation of women in management, namely: (1) they are not capable; (2) they are not interested; (3) they are both interested and capable but unable to break the glass-ceiling: an invisible career barrier, based on prejudiced …

Career pathing for non-managers

By Plexxi<p>In Careers, Featured<p>4<p>Managing your career is easy, right? There is always a promotion ahead of you, so if you keep climbing rung after rung, …

This Infographic Shows You How to Delete Yourself from the Internet

Ready to erase your tracks and disappear online, once and for all? This infographic from Who Is Hosting This reveals the nine steps you need to take …

Personal Information

Dual-lens smartphone cameras are coming, and this is why we want one

One camera. Two separate lenses. That's the conundrum raised by leaked images of HTC's forthcoming M8 smartphone, which is rumored to bring some interesting new imaging features that go far beyond mere 3D. But what could those features be? For an answer, we turned to a startup called Corephotonics, …

Man shoots himself in the head and dies while demonstrating gun safety

A man in the US accidentally shot himself in the head and died on Monday as he was trying to persuade his girlfriend that guns are safe.<p>The unnamed …

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Is Coming… But Why Are They Announcing It In Barcelona?

So we know with certainty that we’ll hear about the Samsung Galaxy S5 today – whether it’s a launch or something else we’re not quite certain, but assume most rumors are true. But why is it launching in Barcelona, at Mobile World Congress, a crowded space full of competition?<p>First, let’s look at …

Google rolling out one-click unsubscribe to Gmail users

<b>Google is adding an "unsubscribe" link in the header of marketing and promotional emails to remove the frustration of trying to find it in the footer.</b><p>…

Google

Will This Watch-Controlled Smart Pistol Really Make Owning a Gun Safer?

Last week, a gun shop in California introduced a new addition to its stock: A .22-caliber pistol that only works when the user is wearing the …

Sources: Netflix and Comcast have reached a peering agreement

Advertisement<p>20 Comments<p>Credit: Jordan Novet<p>Consumers’ troubles with online video may be subsiding — at least for Comcast customers. Comcast and …

The truth about the environmental choices we make [vid]

THERE ARE some staggering statistics mentioned in this TED talk by Leyla Acaroglu, a social scientist-slash-product designer-slash-sustainability …

TED Talks

Report: LTE speeds drop in US over the last year

Download rates dropped 32 percent in the United States, according to data from 6 million people using OpenSignal's network-monitoring app. 4G looks better in South Korea, Japan, Sweden.<p>The download speeds of 4G LTE networks dropped in the US over the last year, according to measurements from …

Mobile

TnT Airlines (Pre-Flight Video)

A Conference Call in Real Life