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The minimum wage debate through the eyes of self-made laundromat owner

Marc Tavakoli has all the classic trappings of success: A law degree from Columbia University, stints at Manhattan law firms, a Beverly Grove penthouse apartment two floors up from a pop singer.<p>He only hoped for such a comfortable existence growing up. His immigrant parents, before breaking into …

Syrian forces 'committing war crimes by starving Palestinian camp'

Amnesty International has accused government forces of starving the population and targeting doctors in Damascus' Yarmouk refugee camp<p>Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar Assad have committed war crimes by deliberately starving civilian inhabitants of a Palestinian refugee camp during their …

Ukraine Troops in Crimea Face Dilemma: To Defect, Flee or Fight

On Friday night, when Russian troops began storming the command center of Ukraine’s air defenses in the region of Crimea, the hundred or so soldiers …

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The man behind OnLive has a plan to fix your terrible cellphone service

Steve Perlman, the creator of the defunct game-streaming service OnLive, claims he has the answer to slow wireless service. pWave is a new type of wireless antenna that creates a miniature "bubble" of wireless connectivity around every device, solving congestion even in busy areas like sports …

Google's iron grip on Android: controlling open source by any means necessary

<img src="http://cdni.wired.co.uk/138x138/a_c/ars.png" alt="Ars Technica" style="float: right;"/><p>Six years ago, in November 2007, the Android Open …

An army of robot baristas could mean the end of Starbucks as we know it

Starbucks’ 95,000 baristas have a competitor. It doesn’t need sleep. It’s precise in a way that a human could never be. It requires no training. It can’t quit. It has memorized every one of its customers’ orders. There’s never a line for its perfectly turned-out drinks.<p>It doesn’t require health …

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Apple: No, We Can’t Read Your iMessages (And We Don’t Want to, Either)

Touting its commitment to user privacy in the wake of the NSA surveillance scandal earlier this year, Apple said that the end-to-end encryption …

PayPal Expands “Real World” Presence Via Integration With iPad Point-of-Sale Maker Revel Systems

PayPal has today scored another deal to bring its technology to more point-of-sale platforms via an integration with iPad POS solution provider, Revel Systems, a company whose business has grown by 400% year-over year and now includes big-name clients like Dairy Queen, Goodwill, Popeye’s, and …

The LSD Avengers, Silk Road’s self-appointed drug inspectors, announce retirement

The group tested batches of acid and posted ratings online<p>Acid is a freaky drug; it can make you feel like you’re a kid again, or trap you in a real-life horror movie. So when you buy it off the internet, there’s understandably some trepidation: is this going to make me completely lose my mind …

ARM and eyeSight optimize gesture control for mobile processors

Hands-free gesture control is no longer a novelty in the mobile space, but the required processing power limits what's currently possible. More sophisticated input may be close at hand, however, as eyeSight has just teamed up with ARM to optimize its gesture control for chips using Mali-T600 series …

New PlayStation Vita trades proprietary charging cable for Micro USB

Sony loves its proprietary standards, and while they occasionally make sense, every time we run out of space on a Sony-exclusive memory card or lose our Sony-exclusive charging cable we curse them to high heaven. Thankfully, it looks like the company has finally seen the light with the new …

Watch out AT&T: Verizon’s new LTE network monster stirs in NYC

AT&T’s(s t) LTE service has been beating Verizon’s 4G network soundly in performance tests — as any Ma Bell marketing exec will tell you if given …

Samsung Dominates Mobile Market in Phablet-Heavy South Korea, Apple Devices Have Just 14% Share

As Samsung's home country of South Korea approaches connected device saturation, Apple's share of the market is dwarfed by Samsung's share, according to a new report from mobile analytics firm Flurry.<p>Of a total of 33,527,534 active smartphones and tablets in South Korea, Apple iPads and iPhones …

Walmart to Get Stuck With Most of Food Stamp Shopping Spree

A couple of Louisiana Walmart stores will be stuck with most of the bill after food stamp recipients went on a colossal shopping spree when a power …

Android 4.4 KitKat will let you choose your own default texting app

Android users will be able to choose third-party apps to handle their text messaging by default when the operating system's next big update, version 4.4 KitKat, eventually launches. On its developer blog, Google notes that many third-party SMS and MMS apps have already been made using workarounds …

11 Unlikely Life Lessons From The Super Successful

1. Be a social ninja.<p>Have you ever had a conversation with someone, gotten a great impression, then, upon walking away, realized you hardly learned …

3 Weird Things Breakfast Does To Your Brain

The day’s purportedly most important meal is more than meets the eye: science shows that the <b>when</b> and <b>what</b> of your breakfast transforms how your mind works the rest of the day.<p>How so? As a new paper published in the <i>Frontiers of Human Neuroscience</i> argues, breaking your fast is a many-faceted thing. …

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TOMS Shoes rethinks its 'buy one, give one' model of helping the needy

The "buy one, give one" business model of TOMS Shoes - buy a pair and the California-based company will give a pair to a child in need - has spawned many copy-cats.<p>These days, you can buy an array of products - from solar panels, to baby goods, to soccer balls - and the manufacturer will give a …

The world wants its self-driving cars made by a tech company, not a carmaker

Nearly all the world’s automotive manufacturers are scrambling to develop self-driving cars. But the world, it appears, would rather buy an autonomous car made by a tech company. According to a study (pdf) released by audit and advisory firm KPMG on Oct. 10, consumers are more likely to splurge on …

Autonomous Cars

Huge leak details changes coming to Android 4.4 KitKat

As we inch ever closer to the rumored October 14 (or 15) unveiling for Android 4.4 KitKat, we’re seeing more and more leaks detailing the update. …

Samsung showcases the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) in official promo video

Samsung has posted the official introduction video for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition). The video showcases the Note 10.1’s lighter, thinner and more compact design which, like the Note 3, is said to have been inspired by classic notebooks and showcases some of the nifty features like …

Edward Snowden Whistleblower Award reception video released by WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks has posted six videos of former NSA analyst Edward Snowden receiving the Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence on Oct. 9, 2013. The …

Is This the Google Nexus 5?

Hot on the heels of leaked photos of what is apparently the soon-to-launch Nexus 5, the next Google flagship smartphone looks to have been caught on video.<p>First spotted by the folks at Android Police, this purported Nexus 5 hands-on video from Smartphones.sfr is seven minutes long and includes the …

Will Android Partners Be Happy To Compete With Google And Motorola In 2014?

What will happen when Google hits a home run with one of their Android devices? It could be one of the ‘clean’ Nexus devices that breaks cover and becomes a multi-million seller, or it could be a resurgent Motorola Mobility handset that sweeps the adoration of the critics and the consumers around …

Google Glass no Longer Requires Tethering Plan

The ‘Explorer Edition’ of Google Glass is very much in beta, as evidenced by a range of recent updates for the wearable device, the latest of which appears to have ended the need for a dedicated tethering plan to equip Glass with Internet access when away from a WiFi connection.<p>Engadget reports …