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Best Hearing Aid Brands - Top Manufacturers in 2018 [Updated]

The world of hearing healthcare can be <b>overwhelming</b>. There are so many different brands, and so many different retail outlets to choose from. Have you …

Medical Technology

The Best Free Stock Image Resources on the Web

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>Here on the Buffer blog, we think a lot about visual content.<p>We’ve shared our own study on the importance of images in Twitter posts for more social sharing. We’ve explored tools that help anyone create visual content.<p>But there’s one question we get …

Report: Apple considering iTunes Store for Android & on-demand streaming service

According to a new report from <i>Billboard</i>, Apple is considering launching an iTunes Store app on the Android platform to combat declining music sales on the digital platform. The report also says that Apple execs are in talks with high level label executives to discuss debuting an on-demand streaming …

Turns out Twitter is even more politically polarized than you thought

This is what Twitter looks like when two groups with different political views talk about the same thing:<p>As part of a new study on Twitter’s network structures, the Pew Research Center and the Social Media Research Foundation tracked a single hashtag related to America’s budget conflict over two …

Social Media

Supersonic Plane Will Have Livestream Of The Outdoors Instead Of Windows

Actual, transparent windows would be too difficult to install on a Mach 1.8 plane.<p>A supersonic passenger jet would be exposed to such extreme forces, it would just be easier for the plane not to have windows. That's why the makers of one proposed Mach 1.8 passenger jet—due out in 2018—have decided …

Google Unveils A Smartphone Prototype That Maps The World

Project Tango constantly scans its surroundings, giving people--and Google--better maps than ever<p>As great as Google Maps is, if you need to be directed to somewhere _really _specific--as in, a specific room in a specific building on a specific street--it stumbles. Not too long ago, we predicted …

Kenguru is a tiny electric hatchback for wheelchair users

Kenguru's electric car has no seats, and you drive it by putting your hands on motorcycle-style handlebars. It's built for wheelchair users, who can roll right through the rear hatch of the car into the driver's area. The Austin-based company is preparing to launch its first product, which has an …

Agriculture

Here’s the enormous hangar Google bought to fill with robots

<b>Update, 11/11/2014:</b> NASA announced today that it had approved Google’s plans to lease Moffett Airfield for 60 years, in exchange for $1.16 billion in rent, $200 million in capital investment and responsibility for maintenance.<p>Planetary Ventures, a Google shell company, will lease an airport—and an …

Silicon Valley

New bill would restore net neutrality pending FCC action

A new pair of bills have been introduced to the Senate and House to protect Net Neutrality after a circuit court ruling struck down the FCC's previous rules earlier this month. A permanent solution will ultimately come from the FCC, which is still considering its next action, but the new House and …

Net Neutrality

How Edward Snowden went from loyal NSA contractor to whistleblower

He was politically conservative, a gun owner, a geek – and the man behind the biggest intelligence leak in history. In this exclusive extract from his new book, Luke Harding looks at Edward Snowden's journey from patriot to America's most wanted<p>In late December 2001, someone calling themselves …

The Lost Ancestors of ASCII Art

People will make art with any technology.<p>ASCII art is as much a part of the Internet as emoticons, cats, or <i>lol</i>.<p>We're talking about pictures made from text: letters, numbers, and special characters like # * and \ . They look like this.<p>Sometimes letters are used just to form other, bigger …

Tony Fadell and his largely ex-Apple team to become Google’s core hardware designers

‘Father of the iPod’ Tony Fadell (right) and the rest of the Nest team will become Google’s “core hardware group,” working on a variety of hardware projects and given access to “as many resources as it needs,” according to an unnamed source cited by <i>TechCrunch</i>.<p>The new division will still work on …

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'Snowden Effect' Threatens U.S. Tech Industry's Global Ambitions

Election officials in India canceled a deal with Google to improve voter registration. In China, sales of Cisco routers dropped 10 percent in a recent quarter. European regulators threatened to block AT&T's purchase of the wireless provider Vodafone.<p>The technology industry is being roiled by the …

How the 'Netflix of books' won over the publishing industry (Q&A)

Oyster has grown its library of books available to its all-you-can-eat subscribers to more than 100,000 titles. CEO Eric Stromberg told CNET how it happened, and how the company is changing the world of reading.<p>The world in which people have to rent movies one at a time from a video store, or buy …

Books

This $50 Box Will Cover Your Online Tracks—If You Don't Mind Waiting Around

The Safeplug box plugs into your router and reroutes its traffic through Tor, helping users escape detection. But be warned, it takes some time.<p><b>The way most of us surf the web now</b>, traffic takes a pretty direct route. The request you make for a website goes directly from your computer to a server …

IT security

Much of China's web traffic mysteriously sent to Wyoming shell company

Much of China encountered a major web traffic jam yesterday. According to <i>The New York Times</i>, something seemingly went seriously awry within the country's Great Firewall on Tuesday, causing it to redirect nearly all traffic from inside China to the servers of a mysterious company registered to a …

Netflix neutrality: Court ruling won't boost your Netflix bill. Yet

When a court quashed the FCC's Net neutrality rules, Netflix became the bull's-eye for fears of higher fees from broadband providers, but it doesn't have to be that way.<p>This week's Net neutrality ruling made for dense reading, but it left millions of Netflix customers with one clear worry: Would …

Intel's Bay Trail CPU will usher Android into the 64-bit era this spring

Sure, 64-bit support is all the rage nowadays in the mobile space, what with Apple setting off a trend with the introduction of the iPhone 5s. Now, according to Intel's CEO, tablets running Google's operating system are next and will soon be available with 64-bit compatibility. During an earnings …

China surpasses US as world's largest trading nation

Beijing describes 2013 figures as 'a landmark milestone' as annual trade in goods passes the $4tn mark for the first time<p>China became the world's largest trading nation in 2013, overtaking the US in what Beijing described as "a landmark milestone" for the country.<p>China's annual trade in goods …

Aereo case to be taken up by the Supreme Court

Last year, the country's largest broadcasters petitioned the Supreme Court to rule on Aereo, a service that streams broadcast TV over the internet using thousands of mini-antennas. Now, the Supreme Court is saying that it will hear an appeal from networks including Walt Disney, Fox, ABC, NBC …

The existential threat to bitcoin its boosters said was impossible is now at hand

A doomsday scenario that has long been dismissed by bitcoin’s biggest boosters is now a clear and present danger. At 3am ET this morning, a single bitcoin mining collective known as Ghash.io reached 45% of the computing power of all global bitcoin miners, just six points short of the 51% that would …

Bitcoin

Google Glass: Not for the Hearing Impaired

I applied for Google’s Glass Explorer program hoping for the chance to influence the design to make it more accessible for people with …

New Zounds Hearing Center Offers Greater Performance, Ease of Use for Hearing Aid Wearers

<b>Elm Grove, Wis. –</b> Zounds Hearing Center has opened in Elm Grove, offering new vistas of improved communication and ease of use for hearing aids …

AdhereTech's smart pill bottle knows when you take, and miss, your medication

For some people, taking medication on time every day is a matter of life and death. AdhereTech has created a newer version of its original smart pill bottle prototype that wants to take the pressure off those who need to take pills on a regular basis. The bottle tracks the opening and closing of …

Alcohol

T-Mobile Will Cover Switching Fees To Steal More Customers From AT&T, Sprint, And Verizon

T-Mobile, the self-proclaimed “UnCarrier,” has a lot to crow about after a banner 2013 that saw the wireless carrier add 4.4 million customers. On Wednesday afternoon from CES, T-Mobile announced plans to build on that success by stealing more customers from incumbents AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint …