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US fears back-door routes into the net because it's building them too

At a remarkable conference held at the Aspen Institute in 2011, General Michael Hayden, a former head of both the NSA and the CIA, said something very interesting. In a discussion of how to secure the "critical infrastructure" of the United States he described the phenomenon of compromised computer …

Themer will make your Android phone look amazing

One of the benefits of Android is its customisability, but that process isn't always easy for average users. An app called Themer is trying to change …

Phenomenal Footage Of A Dancer Battling With Light

There's few dance videos quite as breathtaking as 'Nuance'.<p>Created by Marc-Antoine Locatelli it's the near perfect blend of choreography, motion …

Prisoners Premiere: Hugh Jackman, Paul Dano & More!

Google’s latest ‘moonshot’: improving health and extending your life with Calico

You’d think Google (s GOOG) already has its hands full building driverless cars, working on green energy projects and deploying internet-connected …

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Memoir, A “Google Now” For Photo Memories, Is An App That Helps You Remember The Past

Thanks to the ubiquitous spread of smartphones, and the ease of photo-taking they bring, our photo galleries have become filled with what are almost like disposable memories. We snap and share, but then never return and reminisce. New York-based Memoir, a new app launching today on iOS first, wants …

eBay Tiptoes Into Brazil With Launch of Fashion Mobile App

EBay said on Wednesday that it was launching a mobile fashion app in Brazil as a first step toward doing more business in the South American country. …

Cyanogen goes from Android mod to legit startup with $7M from Benchmark

CyanogenMod is growing up.<p>Over the past few years, the custom Android ROM CyanogenMod (CM) has become the go-to tweak for Android phone owners who want updates faster, or who simply just want to get rid of the junky custom software from phone manufacturers and carriers.<p>Today, founder Steve Kondik …

Navy Yard gunman's mother says she is heartbroken and sorry for families

The mother of Aaron Alexis, the Washington Navy Yard shooter, said Wednesday that she was heartbroken and sorry for the families of the victims and that she was glad he is "in a place where he can no longer do harm to anyone."<p>In a brief statement to a reporter in New York, the woman, Cathleen …

Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis was 'not happy with America,' friend says

FORT WORTH, Texas — Aaron Alexis was so unhappy with his life in America — where he was beset by money woes and felt slighted as a veteran — that he was "ready to move out of the country" last year, a friend said Tuesday.<p>"He was tired of dealing with the government," said Kristi Suthamtewkal, whose …

9/11 'Tribute in Light' memorial - Photos - 9/11 memorial services mark 12th anniversary of attacks

Hundreds of people from across the country gathered near the World Trade Center to commemorate the day Americans will never forget ...

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8 Simple Ways to Improve Your Photography Skills Starting Today

“Practice makes perfect,” they say. It’s such a clichéd statement — most people probably roll their eyes when they hear it. Me too.<p>But guess what? …

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Google may ditch 'cookies' as online ad tracker

Google is developing an anonymous identifier for advertising, or AdID, that would replace third-party cookies as the way advertisers track people's Internet browsing activity for marketing purposes.<p>SAN FRANCISCO — Google, the world's largest Internet search company, is considering a major change in …

Hawaiian-Style Sesame Cabbage Salad

1 large head green cabbage, shredded into 1⁄4-inch ribbons<p>6–8 scallions, white and green parts, sliced thin (about 2 cups)<p>1⁄4 cup mirin<p>1⁄4 cup rice …

Photogravure Portraits Explore the Beauty of Freckle-graced Faces

While many people view freckles as an aberration or blemish, my response is the opposite. I find them enchanting, unique, even exotic. More than …

DIY: How to Make a Wallet Out of an Old Cowboy Boot!

14 Comments<p>We are thrilled today to share with you another lovely tutorial from the talented Alicia Jepsen of Jepsen LeatherGoods LLC. Last month she …

Chicken is killing the planet

<b>(AdStock RF via Shutterstock)</b><p>Processed chicken is already bad for the environment, workers and consumers — and it’s about to get a lot worse<p>Deena Shanker<p>September 16, 2013 4:51pm (UTC)<p>This story has been corrected since it was originally published.<p>Earlier this month, while you were busy sneaking …

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Garmin’s New Forerunner 220 & 620 Running Watches Are More Colorful And More Capable

There’s plenty of commotion surrounding the smartwatch space these days, but let’s not forget that some of us have essentially been strapping tiny computers to our wrists for years now. GPS-enabled running watches are a serious tool in a runner’s arsenal, and Garmin recently outed two new ones — …

Healthy Lifestyle Changes Might Reverse Cell Aging, Study Suggests

Eat whole foods. Exercise. Meditate. Rely on supportive family and friends. All of these things have been linked, whether independently or together, with better health. And now, a new study shows it's never too late to start reaping the benefits of changing to healthy lifestyle -- and that those …

The Habits Of Supremely Happy People

Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.<p>In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill …

The chief astronomer at SETI believes we will find extraterrestrial life within the next 25 years. He says it will most likely be a radio transmission from super-smart robots. Awesome.

The chief astronomer at SETI believes we will find extraterrestrial life within the next 25 years. He says it will most likely be a radio …

Peru coca growers switch to coffee, battle fungus

(MENAFN - AFP) Peru's anti-drug strategy hinges on persuading farmers to grow coffee instead of coca, the raw material of cocaine, but low prices and …