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The 20 best smartphones in the world

You may want to look out for the upcoming phones at the end of this list, as they're looking for a spot in our top 20 smartphone ranking.<p>Here's our ranking of the best phones you can buy.<p><i>Note: All prices below indicate how much the phones typically cost without a carrier contract. Prices may vary</i> …

Mobile Technology

What’s a Saint, Anyway?

As the pope canonizes a controversial figure, it’s worth remembering the centuries of controversy surrounding sainthood itself.<p>How does a person get canonized? Or, to be more precise, what is it that distinguishes the 10,000 or so official Catholic saints from the rest of us 1.2 billion Catholic …

Christianity

Hackers stole 5.6 million government fingerprints - more than estimated

It's becoming painfully clear that the massive theft of federal personnel records is worse than previously thought.<p>On Wednesday, the Office of Personnel Management said hackers stole 5.6 million fingerprints it had on file. That's significantly higher than the agency's original estimate of 1.1 …

James Clapper

More Than 700 People Killed in Mecca Stampede

A midmorning panic and crush in nearby Mina also injured more than 800 people during the annual pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest city<p>A stampede during the annual pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest site killed more than 700 people and brought sharp recriminations of host country Saudi Arabia from rival Iran …

Islam

The Air Force will have combat lasers on its war planes by 2020

The Army has its HEL-MD (not to mention is working on GI Joe-style rifles and minesweepers); the Navy put a battleship-mounted railgun aboard the USS Ponce; and within the next five years, the Air Force expects to have laser weapons of its very own. These armaments, dubbed directed-energy weapons …

Here's why Intel can't stop investing in drone companies

The world's largest chipmaker announced this week that it invested $60 million in a Chinese drone-maker, marking its third drone investment to date.<p>What's does Intel see in unmanned aerial vehicles ?<p>The flying machines are packed with the kinds of sophisticated chips that Intel sells and the …

6 Destinations To Visit This Fall That Won't Break The Bank

If it wasn't your favorite season already, it's about to be.<p>Often, the word that follows summer is "vacation," but traveling during the season frequently comes with high costs. And, while we'd love to get away from it all, our wallets would prefer to stay intact.<p>But as fall kicks off, so do …

Supreme court judge takes reins in Athens as elections move closer

Vassiliki Thanou becomes first woman in nearly 200 years of modern-era Greece to control government, as she heads caretaker government<p>Greece edged closer to snap elections on Thursday with the appointment of a supreme court judge at the head of a caretaker government following the resignation of …

Facebook canceled a student's internship after he highlighted a massive privacy issue

In May, computer science and mathematics student Aran Khanna built Marauder's Map. It was a browser plugin that made use of the fact that people who use the Facebook Messenger share their location with everyone they message with by default.<p>Upon installing the plugin, users could use it to precisely …

Privacy

Texas Instruments launches first all-in-one USB Type-C & PD controller

Krunkwerke/Flickr<p>The new USB Type-C is about to take over the tech industry and every company out there is getting ready for it. Starting today, you can include Texas Instruments to the list. The chip manufacturer has announced the world’s first all-in-one USB Type-C and Power Delivery (PD) …

USB Type-C