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Autodesk Builds Its Own Virus, as the Software Giant Develops Design Tools for Life Itself

Autodesk is creating design tools and standards for synthetic biology and nanotech.<p>Autodesk, which develops design software for building very big things, just built a very small thing.<p>Its own virus.<p>The San Rafael, Calif., company has revealed to <b>Re/code</b> that last month it produced a synthetic …

Smartphones: The Silent Killer Of The Web As You Know It

The PC is dying, long live the PC! These headlines have been thrown around for years, as sales of laptops and desktops have continually dwindled downward.<p>The tablet has long been pinned as the murderer of the traditional computers and it certainly looked like it was going to be the one to do away …

Internet service providers charging for premium access hold us all to ransom

An ISP should give users the bits they ask for, as quickly as it can, and not deliberately slow down the data<p>The Federal Communications Commission, America's telcoms regulator, has formulated a plan to allow internet service providers (ISPs) to charge companies for the right to "premium" access to …

Vladimir Putin: The rebuilding of ‘Soviet’ Russia

<b>The world was stunned when Russia invaded Crimea, but should it have been? Author and journalist Oliver Bullough says President Vladimir Putin never kept secret his intention to restore Russian power - what's less clear, he says, is how long the country's rise can continue.</b><p>On 16 August 1999, the …

A closer look at the 22-hour Eve Online battle that cost gamers over £180,000

The Battle of B-R5RB was the largest and bloodiest in the history of warfare. More than 20 million soldiers were killed and more than 600 warships -- …

Why robot sex could be the future of life on earth

If self-replicating machines are the next stage of human evolution, should we start worrying?<p>When René Descartes went to work as tutor of young Queen Christina of Sweden, his formidable student allegedly asked him what could be said of the human body. Descartes answered that it could be regarded as …

Designer hailed as next Dyson for compressor blade discovery

A British invention can cut energy costs by up to 20pc, reports Rebecca Burn-Callander<p>The engine has seen little innovation since Felix Wankel’s contentious rotary effort back in the 1950s. That is not for want of trying. According to Google’s patent library, which indexes data from the European …

Why the world needs OpenStreetMap

Every time I tell someone about OpenStreetMap, they inevitably ask "Why not use Google Maps?" From a practical standpoint, it's a reasonable question, but ultimately this is not just a matter of practicality, but of what kind of society we want to live in. I discussed this topic in a 2008 talk on …

Plex website relaunches as Plex.tv, one-stop home for all of its media streaming abilities

Plex has grown rapidly over the last few years and its increased focus as a cloud service for your pictures, videos and music has resulted in a relaunching of the main website. Now hosted at Plex.tv, it ropes in the four disparate sections of the previous website, bringing features like Plex Pass …

Essential Android games: First 5 games to download on your new smartphone - Pocket-lint

If you own a new smartphone and would like to stock up on the absolute, must-have games for Android, there are some essential games you should …

The 50 best Android games of 2013

2013 was a very good year for Android games, as more developers recognised the potential of Google-powered smartphones and tablets. From action and puzzle games to sports and strategy, Android was well-served with impressive and inventive games to suit all tastes.<p>Trends? As on Apple's iOS, the …

Data startup Geostellar launches super simple way to see solar panel options for your roof

The ultimate home solar deals site just launched. Three and a half year old data startup Geostellar has finally launched a free website, and a mobile …

Growing up Geek: Timothy J. Seppala

<i>Welcome to Growing Up Geek, an ongoing feature where we take a look back at our youth and tell stories of growing up to be the nerds that we are. Today, we have our very own Timothy J. Seppala.</i><p>I was 7 years old the first time I read <i>Jaws</i>. I was in second grade, and like most boys that age, I was …

Best Trips 2014

TravelBest Of<p>National Geographic Traveler presents the New Year's must-see places. From Argentina to Oz, the final lineup reflects what’s authentic, culturally rich, sustainably minded—and, of course, superlative in the world of travel today.

Travel Photography

15 Breathtaking Images Of Cities Viewed From High Above

Whenever you visit a city anywhere in the world, some of the hardest shots to take are those sprawling images of the city beneath you.<p>Unless you’re …

iGrow: a helmet that cures baldness (and plays music) Sometimes a gadget comes along that leaves you baffled at how such a thing can actually exist. They are either incredibly good, or shockingly bad. It’s hard to know which category iGrow fits into, since it looks like something that would be laughed out of the Dragon’s Den studio, yet promises boldly to solve a problem that blights the lives of millions of men. Paul Davies takes a look... http://fw.to/EIrP2NL

The internet mystery that has the world baffled

For the past two years, a mysterious online organisation has been setting the world's finest code-breakers a series of seemingly unsolveable problems. But to what end? Welcome to the world of Cicada 3301<p>One evening in January last year, Joel Eriksson, a 34-year-old computer analyst from Uppsala in …

Surreal Photo Manipulations by Caras Ionut | Colossal

<p>Photo artist Caras Ionut lives in the world of Photoshop where he digitally assembles surreal landscapes and portraits using largely his own …

Alzheimer's study reveals new genes implicated in disease

Researchers have taken a major step towards understanding the causes of Alzheimer's disease with the largest study yet into the genetics of the disorder.<p>Findings from the international team suggest at least 20 genes play a role in the common late-onset form of Alzheimer's, more than double the …

Samsung is pulling another Amazon on Android, but this is even bigger

As much as Google likes and touts that Android is open, that freedom may come with the cost of some control over the platform. Amazon(s amzn) may …

Motorola's 'Project Ara' modular smartphone setup switches out hardware like apps

We were intrigued by the Phonebloks concept phone that teased the ability to switch out a handset's components the way most users change ringtones, and now Motorola is putting its resources behind it. In what Motorola calls Project Ara, the advanced Technology and Products group is working with …