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Don’t let AT&T mislead you about its $29 “privacy fee”

Image copyright AT&T.This week AT&T got a lot of media attention for its expansion of its GigaPower service to Kansas City announced on Monday. The …

Televisions

Scientists create new method to tame artificial organisms: make them dependent on lab food

Future artificial organisms may come with better built-in brakes to prevent their spread, two papers published in the journal <i>Nature</i> suggest. That may make genetically modified organisms safer for use outside the lab.<p>Some people worry that GMOs might spread widely beyond their intended use, damaging …

Biology
AOL

2015 is getting an extra second and that's a bit of a problem for the internet

On June 30th at precisely 23:59:59, the world’s atomic clocks will pause for a single second. Or, to be more precise, they’ll change to the uncharted time of 23:59:60 — before ticking over to the more worldly hour of 00:00:00 on the morning of July 1st, 2015. This addition of a leap second, …

Gun Trouble

The rifle that today's infantry uses is little changed since the 1960s—and it is badly flawed. Military lives depend on these cheap composites of metal and plastic. So why can't the richest country in the world give its soldiers better ones?<p>One afternoon just a month and a half after the Battle of …

Military

The Ebola outbreak was political — just like every disease outbreak

On February 22nd, 1845 the HMS Eclair, a British naval steamer tasked with interrupting the slave trade along the western coast of Africa, made port in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Though the crew left England with a clean bill of health, by the time the Eclair made it home in late September 1845, more …

Yep, that tablet at bedtime really is messing with your sleep

New study links screen use at night with less REM sleep<p>If you’re reading a book before bed, what do you reach for: a paperback, a tablet, or an e-reader? The choice you make will have an effect on your sleep, and if you answered either of the last two then you probably already know the news isn't …

Exclusive: Giving Stephen Hawking a voice

This exclusive article was taken from the January 2015 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted …

Classic Apple Watches From 1995 Once Again Available for Sale

While customers are looking forward to the launch of the Apple Watch early next year, there have been several other Apple-branded watches over the years typically offered as promotional items, and one of those items from nearly 20 years ago is making a comeback.<p>A limited number of these Apple …

Bluetooth 4.2 to Bring Direct Internet Connectivity and Increased Speed

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) today announced the new Bluetooth 4.2 specification, which promises enhanced privacy measures, increased speed of data transfers, and an update that will allow Bluetooth Smart sensors to directly access the Internet.<p>The group emphasizes connected home …

How to Prank Your Stupid Cat

On April Fools, there's no one more deserving of a good, old-fashioned prank than your smug asshole of a cat. These pranks should help take him down …

April Fools' Day

8 Ways to Evaluate Technical Employees

At many startups, technical hires are the backbone of the business. Their role is critical. But if you don’t have a foundation in tech yourself, how do you measure their success beyond just delivering a successful product? What factors should influence how you evaluate their performance?<p>To learn …

Time cloak used to hide messages in laser light

A “time cloak” that conceals events rather than objects can hide secret messages through a trick of light, making information invisible to all but …

How to Buy Food: The Psychology of the Supermarket

From the layout to the little old lady who hands out samples, we explain the psychological tricks the supermarket uses to get you to buy food you don't want<p><i>This is the first part of a two-part series on how to get the most of your supermarket-shopping experience. Part One discusses how supermarkets</i> …

War

Lady Gaga's Lead Keyboard Player Develops Innovative Circular Piano

A regular, linear piano with 88 keys was just not enough for musician Brockett Parsons. So, the Lady Gaga lead keyboard player put together a team of designers to develop The Piano Arc, also playfully known as the Brockettship.<p>The innovative keyboard design is a circular instrument composed of 294 …

Piano

Nest CEO Tony Fadell's New Startup Wants To Completely Change The Smartphone As We Know It

Silicon Valley startup Keyssa is working on a technology it calls "kiss connectivity," which could allow you to transfer a movie as large as "Avatar" between devices in just five seconds, as Bloomberg Businessweek reported in its profile of the company.<p>You would simply tap your phone or tablet to …

Near Field Communication

Google-backed initiative will pinpoint illegal fishing in near-real-time

Global Fishing Watch provides new insight into growing environmental crisis<p>Environmental groups have developed a sprawling new surveillance system to help track illegal fishing across the globe. A prototype of the Global Fishing Watch system was announced today at the IUCN World Parks Congress in …

I almost killed someone with a drone

A few weeks ago, my wife, two sons, and I got out of the city and visited my in-laws. I brought along my DJI Phantom drone, the Vision 2 model. My older son is nearly two, and he loves to watch it fly, although he sometimes has to hide behind my legs in fear when it comes close during a landing.<p>I …

Microsoft to Open Source .NET Stack, Expand Platform to OS X, Linux

Microsoft today announced that it is furthering its commitment to cross-platform development with an expanded open source program for its .NET platform and additional support for operating systems outside of Microsoft Windows.<p>"With billions of devices in the market today, developers need tools that …

Manslaughter conviction overturned for Italian geologists, but other scientists are still fearful

Scientists failed to predict an earthquake in 2009, and the case will continue to affect scientists for years to come<p>Six Italian geologists were cleared yesterday of manslaughter charges in the deaths of 29 people, who perished in a major earthquake in 2009. Any joy these scientists felt at having …

Stunning Snapshot Shows Birth of Alien Solar System

A Chilean observatory catches a protoplanetary disk in action.<p>Talk about your ultimate baby picture! Astronomers have snapped the best image ever seen of the actual birth of new planets around a young, sunlike star.<p>The astonishingly detailed photo reveals the planet-forming dust disk around the …

Astronomy

Regulations force Bitcoin ATM Robocoin to ban anonymous transactions

As Bitcoin businesses become compliant with financial regulation, they’re eschewing anonymity — and the Bitcoin community is not happy.<p>Bitcoin ATM Robocoin stated yesterday that all of its ATM operators would have to enable Know Your Customer/Anti-Money Laundering (KYC/AML) software and hardware as …

Graphene circuits double as high-tech temporary tattoos

Someday, you might be able to stick a temporary tattoo on your skin that's wired to light up or act as a display -- one that's made out of hybrid graphene. If you regularly read Engadget, then you're most likely familiar with graphene: It's that ultra-thin miracle material companies and researchers …

The insanely elaborate quest to recover the oldest satellite photos of Arctic ice

Hard as ice<p>If you are a climate scientist trying to study the amount of sea ice on Earth poles over time, it make senses to look at as many satellite images of Antarctica and the Arctic as you can get your hands on. But the satellite record of sea ice only extended as far back as 1979 — at least …

Android's pursuit of 'more everything' is getting out of hand

The Nexus 6 is a big step forward, leaving lovers of small things behind<p>The stage was set for a glorious battle of the 6es this fall as Apple’s iPhone 6 was preparing to take on Google’s Nexus 6 to determine the fate of the mobile world. But Google dodged the direct confrontation by making its new …

HTC

The Horror of a 'Secure Golden Key'

by Chris Coyne 10/08/2014<p>This week, the Washington Post's editorial board, in a widely circulated call for “compromise” on encryption, proposed that …

Tunnel vision: how an obsessed explorer found and lost the world's oldest subway

<i>The old tunnel, that used to lie there under ground, a passage of Acheron-like solemnity and darkness, now all closed and filled up, and soon to be utterly forgotten, with all its reminiscences.</i><p>— Walt Whitman, writing about the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel in 1861<p>Bob Diamond had been guiding tours in an …

Marijuana Farms Are Poisoning This Mink-Like Animal With Rodenticide

As the market for legal weed has blossomed in some states, so too has the use of rat poison on pot farms deep in the western woods, to keep rodents …