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Airfares drop while airlines score big profits

If you plan to travel this fall, expect to pay the lowest airfares in years.<p>The average domestic airfare for the September-through-November period is forecast to be $248, or 3.6% cheaper than in fall 2014 and 8.1% cheaper than in the same three months of 2013, according to the Boston flight …

The truth about Ultra HD 4K TV refresh rates

There's a simple rule of thumb for companies that market electronics: When it comes to specs, a higher number is usually preferred. Sure, there are exceptions -- you want things like response time, load times and mobile device weight to be low -- but generally, more equals better. It comes down to …

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How to Take a Picture of a Single, Ultra-Magnified Snow Flake

You—yes, you!—can help prove that no two flurries are alike. All you need is a good camera, a plastic bag, and some tape.<p>No two snowflakes are alike, they say. And yet: We rarely get proof of that. Our eyes perceive snow not as individual, idiosyncratic crystals ... but rather as uniformly fluffy …

How To Delete E-Mail Attachments After You Send Them

“Have you ever seen Mission Impossible, the film? Do you remember in the beginning he gets his mission and then it blows up after a few seconds? We do exactly the same thing but with digital documents.”<p>This is how Clement Cazalot, the CEO and co-founder of docTrackr, gets to describe his company’s …

Bitcoin Gets Valued: Bank Of America Puts A Price Target On The Virtual Tender

Virtual currency Bitcoin has no central authority, no national allegiance and no easy tracking mechanism. While enthusiasts have lauded it as an escape from the man (aka. the banks and government), detractors have argued that the system opens the door for money laundering, drug trading and even …

The Best Android Launchers You Can Download Today

We love Android devices as much as the next person, but sometimes the vanilla Android experience leaves us wanting a little more. Thankfully, it’s possible to change the whole look and feel of your Android device with only the minimum of effort – and no need to root.<p>Android launchers, or home …

Amazon, Applebee’s and Google’s job-crushing drones and robot armies: They’re coming for your job next

<b>(Ociacia, MaraZe via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>It’s inescapable: We’ll be replaced by robots or turn into them. What happens to waitresses and taxi drivers then?<p>Andrew Leonard<p>December 6, 2013 7:45pm (UTC)<p>Alienation comes easy when you stumble into the glare of a modern airport off a red-eye flight. …

Apple paid its lawyers over $60 million to beat Samsung in court

The damages retrial for last year's Apple vs. Samsung legal battle recently wrapped, and new court documents reveal how much Cupertino paid its legal team to get its wins: over $60 million. The revelations come as Apple requests that Samsung reimburse a portion of those legal costs. According to …

NSA Claims Collecting Cellphone Location Data Is Legal Under Executive Order — From 1981

Today the National Security Agency (NSA) discussed its program that collects billions of cellphone location records each day. The NSA targets foreign phones but also absorbs data on the phones of American citizens.<p>“The NSA does not target Americans’ location data by design, but the agency acquires …

Google Wants To Make Your Passwords Obsolete

<i>Update to add comment from Google on U2F technology.</i><p>If there’s one thing that decades of computer use have taught security experts, it’s that most of us are really bad at creating good passwords. After the recent data breach involving Adobe’s customer accounts, security researcher Jeremi Gosney …

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First Satellite Developed By High Schoolers Sent Into Space

The first satellite ever developed by high school students to make it to space is believed to be orbiting Earth after getting a ride aboard a U.S. military rocket Tuesday night from Wallops Island, Va.<p>Fittingly, perhaps, you can send it a text message.<p>The satellite, using a voice synthesizer, is …

How to foil NSA sabotage: use a dead man's switch

Internet,NSA,Technology,US news,US national security,World news,GCHQ,UK security and counter-terrorism,UK news,Edward Snowden,Surveillance<p>Registering for nothing-to-see-here deadlines could help to sound the alert when a website has been compromised<p>The more we learn about the breadth and depth of …