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Android's permissions gap: why has it fallen so far behind Apple's iOS?

No piece of technology knows as much about you as your smartphone. It goes where you do, so knows your movements, holds your contacts, your mesages, emails, web browsing records - and all the apps you use, perhaps including credit card details (suitably obfuscated to prevent casual theft). Given …

Exclusive - Secret contract tied NSA and security industry pioneer | Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - As a key part of a campaign to embed encryption software that it could crack into widely used computer products, the U.S. National Security Agency arranged a secret $10 million (£6 million) contract with RSA, one of the most influential firms in the computer security …

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 …

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To Harness Power of Purposeful Marketing, You May Need to Restructure

When marketers fully embrace the power of purposeful marketing -- marketing that emphasizes the functional, emotional or societal benefits of a brand …

Mobile Developers Find More Opportunity, And Money, In Enterprise Over Consumer Apps

While mobile developers may hope to strike it rich with the next Candy Crush Saga, the reality is that enterprise developers stand to make four times as much money building mobile apps than consumer-oriented developers do, according to research from VisionMobile. While money isn’t everything, …

Jamie Dimon’s perp walk: Why it could be this year’s Christmas miracle

JPMorgan’s CEO just violated a federal statute carrying a prison sentence. But will the punishment fit the crime?<p>The crowd waited impatiently outside 270 Park Avenue, corporate headquarters of JPMorgan Chase. Photographers readied their cameras. Then, the murmuring grew into a low roar. There was …

America's Wealth Is Staggeringly Concentrated in the Northeast Corridor [MAPS]

At the county level, America is a tremendously unequal place. The median household income in the poorest county (Wilcox County, Alabama) was $22,126 in 2012. In Falls Church, Virginia, where highly educated defense contractors and federal government workers cluster, the median income last year was …

Why the 9-to-5 Day Is So Tough on Creative Workers

"Knowledge workers" tend to be more unfocused in both the early morning and mid-afternoon. Why force them to work when they're least productive?<p>Today, workers are putting in increasingly more hours—so much so that the 40-hour week has become a relic of the past. But pushing employees to clock up …

Chowing Down On Meat, Dairy Alters Gut Bacteria A Lot, And Quickly

Looks like Harvard University scientists have given us another reason to walk past the cheese platter at holiday parties and reach for the carrot sticks instead: Your gut bacteria will thank you.<p>Switching to a diet packed with meat and cheese — and very few carbohydrates — alters the trillions of …

The Left's Reality Problem

The “reality-based community” isn’t what it used to be. Progressives spent much of the George W. Bush years deriding the right for disdaining reality itself and waging an associated “war on science,” such was its purported hostility to evidence. The meme arose from a high-handed blind quote from a …

NSA reportedly leveraging Google cookies and leaked mobile location data to identify hacking targets

You know those cookies web services use to track your history and serve up personalized ads? It appears that the government is using them too. The National Security Agency is apparently leveraging a Google-specific cookie to tap into the computers of suspicious users, according to presentation …

The Truth About Obama-Era Inequality

The president calls income inequality the ‘defining issue of our time.’ So it seems fair to grade him on his success at addressing it. By any …

Illinois lawmakers pass long-awaited pension reform | Reuters

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (Reuters) - Illinois’ Democratic-controlled legislature on Tuesday passed a landmark pension reform bill, choosing to address the state’s crumbling finances over strong public labor union opposition to cuts in retirement benefits.<p>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn holds up the …

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Eating 'Wilder' Foods for a Healthier Diet

In <i>Eating on the Wild Side</i>, author Jo Robinson reveals how the nutrition and flavor has been bred out of supermarket fruits and vegetables. Robinson tells us what we can do to reclaim our wild roots and the nutrition from our foods.<p>Transcript<p>IRA FLATOW, HOST:<p>This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. …

Sorry, Folks, Rich People Actually Don't 'Create The Jobs'

In this war of words (and classes), one thing has been repeated so often that many people now regard it as fact.<p>"Rich people create the jobs."<p>Specifically, by starting and directing America's companies, entrepreneurs and rich investors create the jobs that sustain everyone else.<p>This statement is …

Why There Are No Atheists at the Grand Canyon

Any fool can feel religious around the holidays. When the entire Judeo-Christian world is lit up — literally — with celebrations of faith, family and …

Your Fat Has a Brain. Seriously. And It's Trying to Kill You.

Phil Bruno was super-sizing again. It was just past 5:30 on a spring evening in 2004, and he was driving home from work. He pulled into a White Castle, one of many fast-food outlets lining Route 100 in his hometown of Manchester, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. He was only a mile from his house, …

A New Android App Gives You Amazing Control Over What Your Other Apps Can Do

Say no, and you might not get to use the app.<p>In the last version of Android, Google had included a feature called App Ops. It let you decide what you wanted to allow each app to do. Were you cool with the app waking up the device? Tracking your location? Accessing your camera? You got to choose.<p>And …

Gut bacteria could make cancer treatments more effective, researchers find

The bacteria that live in your gut could have a major say in how effective cancer treatments like chemotherapy are on your body. In two papers published today in <i>Science</i>, researchers say that gut bacteria was found to have a major impact on how cancer treatments perform in mice. Though bacteria's …

Kids Like to Learn Algebra, if It Comes in the Right App | WIRED

You have an armadillo, a black-and-white trout, and a rainbow trout. Can the animals fit inside the box? No, this isn’t an intolerable ­riddle. For …

TV Is Dying, And Here Are The Stats That Prove It

Audience ratings have collapsed: Aside from a brief respite during the Olympics, there has been only negative ratings growth on broadcast and cable TV since September 2011, according to Citi Research.<p>Media stock analysts Craig Moffett and Michael Nathanson recently noted, "The pay-TV industry has …

Men who are unemployed show faster signs of aging, study finds

Men who are unemployed for more than two years show signs of faster aging in their DNA, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE.<p>Researchers at the University of Oulu, Finland and Imperial College, London arrived at this conclusion by studying blood samples collected from 5,620 men …

How Evolution Determines The Flavor Of Beer and Whiskey

Master brewers fine-tune strains of yeast to craft the perfect beverage.<p>Back in August of 2011, unconventional chef David Chang stood up in front of a gathering of chefs and other food people in Copenhagen to give a talk about food and microbiology. He opened his presentation by apologizing to the …

The Cities Creating The Most High-Paid Jobs, And Why They're Good For Low-Wage Workers Too

Since 2009, nearly a quarter of all new jobs in the U.S. — more than 1.1 million — have been in just five low-skill occupations, according to EMSI’s most recent data: food prep and serving workers (which includes fast food); personal care aides; retail salespersons; home health care aides; and …

What to do when managing money for mom or dad

Things can change as we get older. Someone who could easily manage their finances may require help from a trusted friend or family member.<p>It’s estimated that 22 million Americans 60 and older have named a power of attorney to make financial decisions for them. Millions of others have …

WikiLeaks publishes secret draft of Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty

WikiLeaks has published a leaked draft of a secret international trade agreement that could create stricter laws governing digital copyright and freedom of speech. The leaked chapter focuses on intellectual property rights, and is part of a broader agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership …

How to Crack a Wi-Fi Password

Cracking Wi-Fi passwords isn't a trivial process, but it doesn't take too long to learn—whether you're talking simple WEP passwords or the more …

Teach Kids to Daydream

Mental downtime makes people more creative and less anxious.<p>Today’s children are exhausted, and not just because one in three kids is not getting sufficient sleep. Sleep deprivation in kids (who require at least nine hours a night, depending on age) has been found to significantly decrease academic …