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Homeopathy is nonsense, says new chief scientist

The NHS is spending millions of pounds every year on "nonsense" homoeopathic treatments which are not supported by a shred of evidence, the government's new chief scientist has said.<p>The health service spends about £4 million a year on homoeopathy, which is based on the unproven theory that patients …

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New App Tells Icelanders If Their Hookup Qualifies As Accidental Incest

In a small country, you've got to be careful about keeping it in the family.<p>The world can seem like a mighty small place, but nowhere more so than in Iceland, a country of 320,000 people where getting it on with a relative isn't even a question--the question is, how distantly? Thanks to a new app …

Google Glass Has 12GB Of Usable Storage And A 5MP Camera, Official Specs Reveal

Google Glass is arriving soon, with lucky Explorer program members getting their devices soonish, with units rolling off the production line right now, but you can find out right now what kind of hardware specs the gadget has thanks to a Google Glass support doc. The display is said to be …

Lost Soviet Mars Lander Found?

Changing Planet<p>Nearly 42 years after it landed and mysteriously died on the Red Planet, a Russian spacecraft’s final resting place may have been found thanks to the keen-eyes of an online Russian community of Mars fans, according to a NASA statement this week..<p>Poring over hi-resolution images of …

Fujitsu wants to replace your scanner with an interface out of 'Minority Report'

Over the past year we’ve seen lots of experimentation around user interface, ranging from infrared eye tracking (which has already found its way into mainstream smartphones) to incredibly accurate 3D motion controls. Today, Japan’s Fujitsu is showing off its take on the nontraditional interface — a …

The untold story behind Apple's $13,000 operating system

"The difference between cassette and disk systems was the difference between hobbyist devices and a computer. You couldn't have expected, say, VisiCalc, to run on a cassette system." <br />--Lee Felsenstein, the creator of the Osborne I

Skype handles 2 billion minutes of connections daily

Skype said today that it now handles 2 billion minutes of connections each day.<p>That's an impressive milestone for any company, and it highlights that Skype remains a major player when it comes to the communications game.<p>That tally doesn't account for Internet phone calls solely; it also includes …

Google+ gains support for full-resolution photos as service looks to replace Picasa

It's no secret that Google wants Google+ to be central to the company's services, and part of that strategy includes making it a stronger platform for sharing photos. The company has now added support for full-size photo uploads to the social network, letting users post pictures larger than 2048 …

The 6 Most Absurd Military Hoaxes By North Korea And Iran

How do rogue states compete with a superpower? Photoshop, apparently.<p><i>Click here to enter the gallery</i><p>Doctoring photographs is a great April Fools' Day prank, but for some dictatorships it's a way of life.<p>In modern times, the best government photoshop jobs have been Iranian and North Korean. (No, …

14 lessons after five years of professional...

14 lessons after five years of professional programming<p>In no particular order:<p>1. When performance is an issue, if you can calculate or process it at …

A typographical study of history's most absurd record covers

Typography expert Yves Peters' <i>My Type of Music</i> feature has been running on-and-off on <i>The FontFeed</i> blog for a few years now, highlighting the best uses of fonts on record covers. For this year's April Fools' Day, Peters showcased what must be some of the worst album covers of all time, including the …

Rollei Innocube Pico Projector (IC200C) Is A Perfect Companion for Your Smartphone

<b>Rollei Innocube pico projector (IC200T)</b> brings you affordable and compact device which can be an ideal companion for your smartphones, tablets, or …

Fifa awards goalline technology contract to German company – video

World football governing body Fifa has awarded German company GoalControl the contract to provide goalline technology. The system will be trialled at …

12 Useful 'Easter Eggs' Hidden In Your iPhone

Iterations: Calendar Frenzy, Google Now, and Apple’s “Anticipatory Computing” Problem

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Semil Shah is a contributor to</i> TechCrunch<i>. You can follow him on Twitter at @semil.</i><p>Now that the Mailbox sale to Dropbox is complete, let’s move on to the next native iOS app that everyone wants to replace: The Calendar. Yes, the calendar. Nearly every other conversation I had this …

Tidemark’s Infographics Could Change How Your Business Is Run

Tidemark rolls out infographics that map a company’s profits in microscopic detail, in real time.<p>It’s only been a few months since Tidemark, a bold Andreessen Horowitz-backed business analytics platform, emerged from its beta cocoon. But today, the fledgling company is introducing a new set of …

Bitcoin: How An Unregulated, Decentralized Virtual Currency Just Became A Billion Dollar Market

Hang around in the tech industry long enough and you or someone you know will be heard saying, “that’s so crazy it just might work.” Two years ago, if you’d have told me that an open-source, P2P currency would soon be a thriving, billion-dollar market, I would’ve told you that you were on a lonely …

Video: Motivating Robot Follows You on Your Morning Run

Same old jogging routine got you bored? Can't move your leaden legs faster than a 15-minute mile? Turn into a juggernaut with Joggobot, a hovercraft that will fly above your head and motivate you to run faster.<p>The bot is a modified Parrot AR.Drone, programmed to follow a fashionable orange and blue …

Scientists Build Hollow Virus For Cheaper Vaccines

This foot-and-mouth virus has a stable exterior, but no genetic material in its interior.<p>Call it hollow-hearted. Researchers have built a mimic of the outer capsule of the foot-and-mouth disease virus. Inside, where the virus' genetic material normally lives, is empty.<p>Such synthetic virus-like …

Secret Drawer: Bookshelf Hides Magnetically-Locked Storage

Picture the process of thieves rummaging through your home. Would they find your stash of valuables taped to the bottom of a drawer or under a …

Scientists unravel genetic causes of prostate, breast and ovarian cancer

A national screening programme for prostate cancer could be introduced by the NHS following an international effort by more than 1,000 scientists to …

News from Anonymous

Via Flickr user Andrewww26. [Creative Commons]<p>A branch of the hacktivist collective Anonymous, @YourAnonNews (YAN), announced on Wednesday that it plans to start its own publicly funded news site. The move will allow the account to operate without the restrictions of companies like Twitter and …

Mayor Bloomberg says surveillance drones are inevitable in NYC: 'get used to it'

Governmental use of unmanned surveillance drones has inspired a lot of concern about privacy, but New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks the battle's already over. In a radio interview this week, Bloomberg said essentially that drones are an inevitable part of our future (and maybe our …

Apple Acquires Indoor GPS Startup WiFiSlam For $20M

The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that Apple has acquired WiFiSlam, an indoor GPS startup that enables a smartphone to pinpoint its location — along with that of your friends — in realtime up to 2.5 meters in accuracy.<p>Apple paid $20 million to acquire WiFiSlam, although the specific terms …

Spotify's Daniel Ek: The Most Important Man In Music

<i>This article appears in the January 16th, 2012 issue of FORBES magazine.</i><p><b>Spotify’s Daniel Ek created a free, Facebook-enabled platform that could save the recording industry from piracy–and iTunes.</b><p>It’s a typically damp, dark November afternoon in Stockholm, and Daniel Ek is ill. Over the past month …

How To Get Your Own Wikipedia Page

“I’m on Wikipedia” serves a single, hilarious purpose: to give you your very own Wikipedia page (kinda).<p>Given how wildly popular Wikipedia is — it’s currently the 5th most popular site in the world — it is understandable why many would like to see themselves on the crowd-sourced encyclopedia. …

3 Android apps for Wi-Fi calling with Google Voice

<b>Update (09/29/2014):</b> Google Voice is now integrated into the Google Hangouts app and supports WiFi calling. For more information, please see this post.<p>Google Voice allows you to give out one number to reach all of the phone numbers you're using at a given time. The ability to schedule "quiet time," …