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Hackers send mass email threatening Sony employees and their families

<i>Variety</i> is reporting that Sony Pictures employees have received a mass threat, purporting to be from the same digital attackers that took down the company systems last week. Sony says it has alerted law enforcement to the threat. A separate warning went out advising employees to turn off mobile …

Gorilla Glass 4 shouldn't shatter when you drop your phone

Plenty of mobile device screens can easily resist minor cracks and scratches, but let's be honest -- those aren't the biggest problems. No, the <i>real</i> crisis comes when you drop your phone and the display shatters into many pieces. Thankfully, Corning is tackling that accident-related damage in …

The best tablet you can buy

Shot on location at WeWork. Also available on YouTube.<p>The Winner<p>Apple iPad Air 2<p>When you look at all of those things, Apple’s iPad Air 2 still stands alone as the best tablet for most people. It’s starting to age a bit, but checks all the boxes better than any other product on the market. From a …

How Flip Phones Could Return In A Big Way

The Motorola Razr was the best-selling clamshell phone, selling more than 130 million units during its four-year run from 2003 to 2007, when the iPhone was introduced.<p>Apple's smartphone changed everything. Suddenly, phone makers needed their hardware to be "smart," and they tried their best to …

Gear & Gadgets

Why Do We Settle For Less?

For the last decade, I have hopped from city to city, tiny apartment to tiny apartment, and dated a lot of people during it all. I’ve worked in bars …

Looking Up at Hong Kong's Densely Populated Skyscrapers

<i>Stacked</i> is an intense series that features the compact urban architecture of Hong Kong. Standing from below, Australia-based photographer Peter Stewart points his camera upwards to capture the abstract shapes which form the densely populated public housing structures.<p>Clothing hangs from railings, …

Hong Kong

Rescuers rush to reach dozens trapped on erupting Japan volcano

Columns of thick white steam were rising from the 3,067-metre (10,121-foot) Mount Ontake, which erupted around noon on Saturday, spewing ash, rocks and steam on otherwise a sunny autumn weekend busy with tourists and hikers.<p>Seven people were unconscious and buried under ash, national broadcaster …

Natural Disasters

Your Future Smartphone Camera May Be Able to See Cancer Thanks to the Mantis Shrimp

Mimicking animal and bug vision to create unique and interesting cameras is nothing new. Bug vision cameras with, for example, infinite depth of …

Officer shot in Ferguson, Mo., on Saturday night

A Ferguson, Mo., police officer was shot in the arm Saturday night while responding to a burglary report at a town community center, police said.<p>An officer confronted two males leaving the Ferguson Community Center about 9 p.m., said St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar. The officer had been …

Australian man tortured and killed by Taliban in Afghanistan, family says

Sayed Habib, a 56-year-old from Sydney of Hazara origin, was reportedly captured while travelling between Kabul and Jaghori<p>An Australian citizen has been tortured and killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan, according to his family.<p>Sayed Habib, a 56-year-old who lived in Sydney, was reported as …

iPhone 6 bending: Common sense for an uncommon problem

<i>Volume Up is a regular column on consumer technology and digital ecosystems by Reticle Research principal analyst Ross Rubin.</i><p>In the high-stakes smartphone market, exceptional durability is one of the key requirements for success.<p>It’s important for the lofty goal of customer satisfaction and for the …

iPhone 6 Could Lock Out NSA, Law Enforcement

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The intelligence community and American law enforcement officials are none too happy with Apple, <i>The</i> …

The World’s First Genetically Modified Babies Will Graduate High School This Year

Remember the sci-fi thriller GATTACA? For those who never saw the film and/or eschewed all pop culture in the late 90’s for some reason, it was a popular movie that came out in 1997 about genetically modified human beings. Now some literally genetically modified human babies born that same year are …