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Many of your Android apps send unnecessary hidden data

It won't shock you to hear that Android apps send a lot of data, but you may be surprised at how much of it isn't really necessary... or public, for that matter. MIT researchers have determined that "much" of the hidden data sent and received by the 500 most popular Android apps isn't necessary to …

These start-ups don’t think mattress shopping has to be so terrible

Even as online shopping has exploded, the process of buying a mattress has remained remarkably — even stubbornly — consistent: Trek to a department store or a strip-mall shop. Have a salesperson rattle off their big holiday-weekend deals. Lie on a few mattresses for a minute or so trying to imagine …

Software Automatically Takes Out Distracting Items From Your Photos

You should have composed it better in the first place though<p>The internet is flooded with photos—of your brunch, of your cat, of your estranged elementary school friend’s cousin’s wedding. 1.8 billion photos are uploaded daily, and most of them are objectively pretty terrible. Now a team of computer …

Now You Can Make Diamonds in a Microwave

Diamonds really are forever, now that we can manufacture them.<p>There’s a growing market for man-made jewels grown in science labs, Bloomberg reports. …

Jewelry

Google's internet balloons have stopped falling out the sky and suddenly look like they're going to be a huge business

Project Loon could be a $10 billion (£6.5 billion) per-year enterprise, the Verge writes. The balloons are an alternative to cell towers and other infrastructure that telecommunication companies would normally have to build to provide internet to remote segments of the planet. According to the …

“FREAK” Security Flaw Discovered Lurking In Many Computers For Decades, Apple Promises Fix Next Week

Ugh — another week, another nasty widespread security bug to worry about. The twist this time: this one has apparently been around since the 90s.<p>Dubbed “FREAK” by the researchers who discovered it, the exploit allowed researchers (and potentially hackers) to sniff traffic going to and from many …

Information Security

Could driverless cars own themselves?

<b>Forget buying an electric-powered Tesla, sharing a Zipcar or hiring an Uber - the most disruptive force in getting from A to B on four wheels could be cars that own themselves.</b><p>Emancipated automobiles sounds like a crazy concept. But the man advocating the idea goes further: he thinks they'll have …

Idealism

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

IQ

Mark Cuban's push to kill net neutrality shows what a hypocrite he is

After making his fortune thanks to net neutrality, Cuban is pushing to allow internet "fast lanes"<p>Over the last few weeks, billionaire and former tech executive Mark Cuban has become increasingly vocal on the subject of net neutrality. In an interview with <i>The Washington Post</i> yesterday, Cuban said …

Strange thrust: the unproven science that could propel our children into space

<i>The torsion balance is contained in an evacuated lucite cylinder. The hardwood frame is leveled and stabilized with lead weights (gray bricks, in the</i> …

Kevin Rose Plots A Luxury Ecommerce Empire Starting With New App Watchville

“I did not like watches my entire life,” Digg co-founder Kevin Rose tells me. That’s an odd admission for a man who just launched Watchville, an app that aggregates news from top wristwatch blogs, and offers an atomic clock tool to help you set your timepiece and its moon phases.<p>But Rose explains, …

The race is on for flying car start ups - CNN.com

The race to develop and mass-produce the world's first fully functional flying car is beginning to resemble the early days of aviation more than 110 years ago when other contenders, besides the Wright brothers, were battling to get their machines off the ground. Pictured above is the Flying …

Elon Musk warns against unleashing artificial intelligence 'demon'

Elon Musk has met a technology he doesn't like.<p>Musk, who promises to take humans to new heights with space and battery technologies, was especially grounded in his latest caution on artificial intelligence.<p>Elon Musk<p>He told an audience at MIT on Friday that "we should be very careful about …

Google Web Designer creates animated 3-D HTML5 ads in minutes, for free

Google released its new tool for building adaptive, universally usable rich ads this morning. With Google Web Designer, hard-core animators and wet-behind-the-ears newbies can build, edit, and publish animated HTML5 ads for any platform in just minutes.<p>For any device.<p>“We think that Google Web …

Top 10 Tips on How to Take a Great Photo

1) Start with a clear view. This first tip might sound very obvious, but it is key to make sure your camera lens is clean and if you are using a …

Business

5 web-design trends tech companies should watch

Design can make or break web and mobile startups these days. But the problem is: It’s not always clear how to improve the design of web sites, mobile …

How to create perfect social media posts

<i>This story originally ran on PR Daily in July 2013.</i><p>We all wish there were a magic formula we could follow to create Facebook posts that our fans love …

10 Insider Secrets To Booking Cheap Flights

But it's important to remember that there are basic things you can do to make searching for cheap flights—and saving a lot of cash—easier.<p><b>Here are 10 simple tips for booking cheap flights.</b><p><b>1. Check Fares Early & Often</b><p>Do you know that, on average, the fare difference between the best day to buy your …

Book Review by typeworship : The Geometry of Type

There are many things I like about Stephen Coles’ recent book; the bright, clean design and the accessible structure allowing you to dip in and out; but most of all, it’s the lack of fluff or filler. The content has been carefully honed to focus on the important details, which is in fact what the book is all about: the details of each typeface.<p>In highlighting and comparing the features that give each typeface its character, anyone exploring this subject can begin to make informed choices …

Top 10 Everyday Life Hacks That Take 10 Seconds or Less

Sometimes, you can do something the fast way, or you can do it the right way. Other times, those two things are one and the same. Here are 10 …

Top 10

SEO Software for Site, Social Media & Search Engine Optimization

SEO Software for Site, Social Media<br>and Search Engine Optimization.<p>Optimization Made Easy!<p><b>Today, more than 80% of all purchases start with search. And</b> …

The Future Of Mobile-Social Could Spell The End For Social Networks

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Keith Teare is the founder of just.me and a partner at Archimedes Labs. He is also the co-founder of TechCrunch. Follow him on Twitter @kteare.</i><p>Because of Google I/O, this was a momentous week for those of us who are watching the rapid transition that is taking place from desktop …