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New Catalyst Could Split Water Cheaply

The mysterious workings of a new catalyst could help produce fuels from water and improve fuel cells, scientists say.<p>Splitting water into its …

Energy

Microsoft figured out how cloud servers can swap encrypted data

A team at Microsoft Research has figured out a way to share encrypted information stored in the cloud without compromising security. The example the outfit gives is as follows:<p>"Machine learning algorithms may examine our genomes to determine our susceptibility to maladies such as heart disease and …

'Quadrooter' security flaws said to affect over 900 million Android devices

Four newly-discovered vulnerabilities found in Android phones and tablets that ship with a Qualcomm chip could allow an attacker to take complete control of an affected device.<p>The set of vulnerabilities, dubbed "Quadrooter," affects over 900 million phone and tablets, according to Check Point …

Android News

GPS Under Attack as Crooks, Rogue Workers Wage Electronic War

Once the province of hostile nations, electronic warfare has arrived with little fanfare on U.S. highways and byways.<p>Criminals, rogue employees and even otherwise law-abiding citizens are using illegal "jamming" devices to overpower GPS, cellphone and other electronic signals over localized areas. …

NSA denies ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark' stockpile of security vulnerabilities

The agency’s stockpile of unpatched, undisclosed vulnerabilities is a big concern to the security community, but research suggests it discloses more than it keeps<p>America’s National Security Agency (NSA) spends upwards of $25m in a year buying previously undisclosed security vulnerabilities – known …

Nigerian email scammer stung by his own malware

With more and more internet users now wise to email scams, scammers are utilizing increasingly advanced techniques to stay one step ahead of their targets. A pair of researchers recently stumbled on a new a "wire-wire" technique that earned a 30-strong group of Nigerian scammers as much as $3 …

Brain training may forestall dementia onset for years, new study says

If you're intent on keeping dementia at bay, new research suggests you'll need more than crossword puzzles, aerobic exercise and an active social life. In a study released Sunday, researchers found that older adults who did exercises to shore up the speed at which they processed visual information …

Dementia

Adobe improves Photoshop's aware-ness and doubles down on Stock

If there's an overarching theme to the set of new capabilities in Photoshop CC 2015.5 and Creative Cloud, it's efficiency. There's little here that you couldn't do before, but Adobe's concentrated on reducing the number of clicks required to produce results and speeding up aspects of Photoshop. It …

The Air in Your Office Is Probably Damaging Your Health

Time to open a window.<p>You might think it's your colleagues or the pressures of work that's getting you down at the office, but new research suggests …

Climate Change

Revealed: How to lose weight - drink plenty of red wine

Research shows that resveratrol, an ingredient fround in grapes, berries and red wine can help turn flab into calorie-burning 'brown' fat. Just drink responsibly!<p>Wine lovers rejoice! Research has shown that an ingredient in grapes, berries and red wine can turn excess flab into calorie-burning …

Meet the ex-Sony and Microsoft staff building Mammoth

<i>Each week we’re profiling one company that has been selected for Boost – our early-stage startup growth program. Catch up with these companies in person at The Next Web Conference in New York on November 18.</i><p>Mammoth is busy reinventing digital notes for the way we work in 2015. I caught up with CEO …

Four apps better than your phone's built-in address book

The address book is at the core of your phone. Since most of us don't memorize phone numbers anymore, it's a crucial tool for keeping touch with friends and family through phone calls, texts and emails.<p>Unfortunately, the built-in contacts app that comes with the iPhone or Android phones hasn't …

Surviving the Def Con hacker conference

The phrase I saw and heard over and over again while talking to other journalists and security researchers about the Def Con hacker convention was "hostile environment." Not physically hostile; the attendees and staff were extremely nice. The hostility was digital. The hackers and security …

Trans fats significantly increase the risk of heart attack and death

But saturated fats don't<p>Since the 1970s, people have been given dietary advice about avoiding fats — and it’s wrong, a new analysis published in the <i>British Medical Journal</i> suggests.<p>Specifically, the meta-analysis found that a class of fats found in cheese and meats — called saturated fats — aren't …

Why Google is restructuring, why the name Alphabet and how it affects you

If you haven’t heard of Alphabet, don’t worry: neither had most people in the world until 5pm EST (10pm BST) on Monday, when Google announced a restructuring. When it’s all done, the search company will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Alphabet Inc, a new holding company headed up by Larry Page, …

Fish oil could help prevent mental health problems in those most at risk

The results of a small study appear to show that a three month course of daily fish oil capsules could reduce the rate of psychotic disorders in young people<p>Eating more fish or taking regular fish oil supplements may help prevent psychosis in those most at risk, researchers claim.<p>A three month …

Google is scattering Alphabet blocks to mute its own success

A bit like the phenomenon of stealth Starbucks branches, Google has become so ubiquitous it is choosing to fade into the background<p>“Sergey and I are seriously in the business of starting new things,” writes Google co-founder Larry Page, in his blogpost launching the company’s latest venture to the …

A limited edition Halo-themed Xbox One console is coming this October

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John McAfee: It is 'hack anarchy' today and the security industry is losing badly

Four of the most devastating hacks of the past couple of months – AdultFriend Finder, Cougar Life, Established Men and Ashley Madison – are hacks …

New Android feature keeps your phone unlocked while it's in your pocket

Securing your smartphone is a must, but there's no denying that we all unlock our phones dozens of times a day when it simply isn't necessary. Google's hoping to solve that problem with a new Android feature called "on-body detection." Those who are willing to sacrifice some level of security in …

Huge US aircraft carrier too big to dock in Portsmouth

Portsmouth's promenade was packed with visitors wanting to get a glance of the 1,092ft-long carrier which is affectionately known as the Big Stick<p>Hundreds of people have lined the coast to view a giant US aircraft carrier arriving for a five-day visit.<p>The 100,000-tonne ship USS Theodore Roosevelt …

Royal Navy

5 can't-miss apps: Scannable, Adobe Lightroom and more

Adobe Lightroom<p>Qork<p>Timeline - News in Context<p>'Words on Tour'<p>Evernote Scannable<p>Between Google describing new plans for its modular smartphones and the …

The 10 Best Video Cameras On The Market

Thanks to the experts at FindTheBest, we put together a list of the best camcorders and video cameras currently on the market.<p>FindTheBest ranked each camera based on multiple criteria: expert ratings from sources like CNET and PCMag, video resolution, features, image stabilizer, release date, power …

12 of the Best New Android Apps from July 2014

From privacy-focused messaging apps, to chatting with friends directly from your lock screen, we covered a lot of ground with new Android apps in July. Here, we filter through the cacophonous crackle to present you with our selection of Google Play newcomers from the past month.<p>MyRoll<p>Strictly …

OpenNebula gets Azure and Softlayer integration with new plug-ins

The new beta version of the OpenNebula open-source cloud stack includes plug-ins for Microsoft(s msft)’s Azure and IBM(s ibm)’s SoftLayer. Before …

Salt water-powered Quant e-Sportlimousine gets European approval

As I stood around waiting for NanoFlowcell's Geneva Motor Show press conference in March, my eyes bounced back and forth between the exotic curves of …

CyanogenMod 11 M8 Featuring Android 4.4.4 Supports Galaxy S4 Mini LTE (GT-I9195)

The latest release by CyanogenMod team, CyanogenMod 11.0 M8, supports the LTE version of Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini.<p>Featuring Android 4.4.4 and several …

Google launches build-your-own-phone project Ara

<b>Google-owned phone firm Motorola has announced a new project to let users customise their smartphone components.</b><p>Project Ara allows users to buy a basic phone structure and add modules such as keyboard, battery or other sensors.<p>Motorola has partnered with Dutch designer Dave Hakkens, who has created …

Google Docs: 10 hidden features

Google Docs can be used to share and create documents but these hidden features open up the service to a much wider use<p>Google Docs is now built into file storage service Google Drive which is where you can create, share and keep all your files.<p>With Drive you can upload and access all of your files, …