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What a nutritionist eats when she starts feeling sick

You’re at the office, hard at work, when your cubicle-mate shows up with a fist full of tissues and a nagging cough. Cue: panic. What can you do to …

LeEco's Wild Bid To Be Apple, Amazon, Google, Netflix And Tesla

While Japanese and Korean-made consumer electronics and cars have won over U.S. consumers, not many Chinese tech brands have made it in the U.S. Even Tencent’s social messaging app WeChat, one of the better-known China startup names, hasn’t gone mainstream in America though most people are familiar …

San Francisco

Security Is Fast Becoming The Achilles Heel of Consumer Internet of Things

Despite increased consumer interest, new scenarios, and multi-million-dollar investments, Internet of Things is still struggling with one of the worst problems of the hi-tech industry – security. The recent DDoS attack on DynDNS where hackers exploited insecure cameras and DVRs is just an …

Remote Controls

Rents are falling in America's most expensive markets

"Mixed" is not exactly a bullish term - not when it includes the two most expensive housing markets in the US, San Francisco and New York, where rents have fallen, in some cases sharply, on a year-over-year basis, as the supply of new apartments already on the market and coming on the market is …

Real Estate

An Apple employee just leaked details about the iPhone 8

You might be busy trying to figure out the best way to get your hands on a Jet Black iPhone 7 right now, but Apple is already working on the next-gen iPhone, the one that's supposed to bring a major redesign next September. The phone is already labeled as the iPhone 8, it has already reportedly …

Everything coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now in October

We’re just a few days away from October, and that means it’s time for Halloween. Scary movies. Spooky stories. Specters that crawl out of your television and have really long hair. Given that, it’s hard to not see this upcoming month as a streaming service contest: which player can out-Halloween …

Entertainment

Turkey vows to 'cleanse' border of IS after deadly attack

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey vowed Monday to fight Islamic State militants at home and to "cleanse" the group from its borders after a weekend suicide bombing at a Kurdish wedding, an attack that came amid recent gains by Syrian Kurdish militia forces against the extremists in neighboring Syria.<p>The …

Extremism

New rules for commercial drone usage go into effect today

Today marks an important milestone for commercial drone usage in the U.S. as new rules by the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) have officially …

These are the two most powerful gaming laptops in the world right now

Most of those gaming laptops will come with the standard single graphics processor, or GPU — and for about 99% of you, that will totally suffice. But some of you out there want <i>two</i> GPUs, otherwise known as an "SLI" arrangement.<p>If you're one of those who asked, ye have received. Asus and Origin have …

Laptops

I Tried to Illegally Download Music from the Websites of My Youth

What ever happened to Limewire, Kazaa, and Soulseek?<p><i>This post originally appeared on VICE UK.</i><p>It all started with Lars Ulrich. Before he sued Napster back in 2000 and won, illegal downloading wasn't even illegal. No one really knew what it was. But after that case, hundreds of aggrieved musicians, …

Internet

Black Hat volunteers fight to keep hacking mayhem at bay

At a cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas, there's something in the Wi-Fi.<p>Large screens line one wall in a darkened room in a Las Vegas convention center. All the monitors except one show charts and graphs that track the activity of hackers down the hallway. The other screen shows the 1983 movie …

Cybersecurity

America’s Best Little Beach Towns

Tucked between popular Monterey, Pebble Beach, and Carmel, this quiet town is more famous for its butterflies and stray deer than its tourists. You …

Fort Lauderdale

Xbox Scorpio To Be 'The Most Powerful Console Ever Made,' But PCs Are Still A Thing

There’s another Xbox on the way, though we don’t know much more about it than that. Last week, Microsoft announced that the Xbox Scorpio is coming our way holiday 2107, and that it’s going to be nearly 5 times as powerful as the Xbox One. According to Xbox Marketing head Aaron Greenberg, it’s meant …

Gaming

The “parenting happiness gap” is real, new research confirms

It’s an almost immutable fact: Regardless of what country you live in, and what stage of life you might be at, having kids makes you significantly less happy compared to people who don’t have kids. It’s called the parenting happiness gap.<p>New research to be published in the American Journal of …

Happiness

The people who made Siri are readying another big leap in AI

It's been a couple of years since we heard from Viv Labs, but a report from the <i>Washington Post</i> says it will debut the next generation of AI assistance on Monday. One reason we won't dismiss that possibility is because of the last project developed by company co-founders Dag Kittlaus, Adam Cheyer …

ClearChat picks a heavily-encrypted fight with Slack

Slack has a lot of functions, but end-to-end encryption isn’t one of them, which makes the platform a no-go for some users. Launching to the public today, ClearChat comes along to save the day, serving the needs of the slightly more security-conscious teams, with chat, file transfer and …

Encryption

Apple patents magnetic connector for stacking up peripherals

Designed with "handheld electronics" in mind<p>If Apple really wants the iPad to be the future of computing, then it would help if the tablet could easily connect with multiple peripherals at once. A recently published patent from the iPhone-maker shows one way this might work, with the document …

IPad Pro

Storm Imogen batters Britain – in pictures

Storm Imogen is the ninth named storm to hit the UK this season. This year’s storms are being named in an effort by the Met Office and Met Éireann to increase public awareness and safety. They were named by public ballot but there are no names for the letters Q, U, X, Y and Z

New Haven

Snapchat goes after the sports crowd with live score filters

If there's one key area where Snapchat could step its game up, it would be sports. And it looks like the social app's already doing something about that. According to <i>TechCrunch</i>, Snapchat has started rolling out a set of new geofilters called Live Score, which let users inside NBA arenas share …

Walkie-Talkie Voice Messaging App Roger Lands $1M Led by Social Capital

Roger, a walkie-talkie-style voice messaging app that launched in late 2015, has landed a $1 million seed round led by Social Capital.<p>Voice messaging — known as push-to-talk — is nothing new. It originated in China in response to the complexities of punching out Chinese characters for text messages …

Apps

Walmart Announces Apple Pay Competitor 'Walmart Pay' for iOS

Walmart today introduced its own mobile payments service called "Walmart Pay" built into its Walmart app on iOS and Android. The new Apple Pay competitor will roll out in select Walmart stores in the U.S. this month, followed by a nationwide launch within the first half of 2016.<p>Walmart Pay's QR …

Tumblr’s Instant Messaging Now Available To All, Adds Support For Sharing Posts

Last month, Tumblr rolled out instant messaging on the web, iOS and Android to a subset of Tumblr users ahead of a broader launch. Today, the company says that all users will now have access to this feature, which introduces a way to communicate directly with others on the service, in a private, …

Apps

California firm Hyperloop to build Vegas-area test facility

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A California company with visions of building a futuristic transportation system to one day zip people and packages at nearly the speed of sound announced Tuesday it is building a test facility in southern Nevada.<p>Hyperloop Technologies Inc. and the Nevada governor's office said the …

High-speed Rail
Psychology

First genetically modified salmon cleared to enter human food chain

The Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) in the US has approved production of the first gentically modified animal which will enter the food chain before 2018<p>The first genetically modified animal will enter the human food chain within two years after GM salmon was cleared for production in the US, …

7 Online Classes That Will Make You Smarter and More Interesting | Inc.com

Since massive open online courses, known as MOOCs, exploded on the higher education scene, they've increased the breadth and access of classes in a variety of disciplines.<p>Websites like Coursera and edX have leveled the playing field, allowing curious students from around the world to explore …

Social Media Marketing

Apple welcomes new batch of HomeKit-compatible devices

Apple’s list of HomeKit-compatible devices is finally starting to look impressive.<p>The company’s smarthome framework has been off to a bit of a slow start since Apple first unveiled it at its Worldwide Developers Conference last year, but this fall might be when it actually hits its stride. The list …

Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive is the sultry Emilia Clarke

NEW YORK (AP) — It's most definitely Emilia Clarke's year.<p>The 28-year-old Londoner, who plays menacing, white-haired Daenerys Targaryen, aka Khaleesi, aka Mother of Dragons on "Game of Thrones," is Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive.<p>The magazine made the announcement early Tuesday, but GQ got there …

TV Series

One statistic tells you why HTC collapsed and why Android is in so much trouble

In layman's terms, that means that if you could theoretically acquire all the shares of HTC, it would cost you less than the cash HTC holds — meaning HTC would effectively be paying you to acquire the entire company. In investors' terms, it means people think the company is essentially …

HTC

Britain's youngest terror mastermind jailed for life for Anzac Day plot

<b>(CNN) —</b> A police officer beheaded in broad daylight on one of the most solemn days of the year, as thousands of people gathered to pay tribute to the sacrifice of soldiers in past wars.<p>It's a grisly crime that -- if carried out -- would have shocked Australia to its core. And it was plotted by a …

Terrorism