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Despite lawsuit, Apple's iOS 8 storage is actually far more efficient than Google's Android, Samsung's Galaxy, Microsoft Windows

Editorial<p>There's something about Apple that makes people lose their minds, particularly people who are journalists. The most likely explanation is …

Galaxy S4

Why lower oil prices are good for the solar industry

<b>Summary</b><p>Lower manufacturing costs: Oil is an expense to almost all industrial and manufacturing activities. So the cost to manufacture solar modules, …

Oil

Are volcanoes the energy source of the future?

The Reykjanes Peninsula, a finger of black rock jutting out over the Mid-Atlantic Ridge from Iceland's southwestern coast, has long leveraged its …

Renewable Energy

Help fund the brilliant Warka Water tower to pull drinking water out of thin air

Safe water is a fundamental human need, but 780 million people—about one in nine—lack access to clean water. The Warka Water tower is a brilliant …

Why Falling Oil Prices Don't Hurt Demand For Renewable Energy

<i>By Victor A. Rojas and Paul Stinson</i><p>It’s understandable that many people would look at falling oil prices and wonder what it might mean for clean, renewable energy sources. Some recent headlines even suggest that cheaper crude might spell doom for the burgeoning clean energy economy.<p>Over the last …

Renewable Energy

Sure, Apple Software Has Problems, But Have You Seen What A Mess Its Competition Is!?

It started with Marco Arment, a big-name developer who made Instapaper and was one of the earliest Tumblr employees. Arment is usually pro-Apple in his comments, but Sunday night he wrote a post on his personal blog admonishing all the bugs in OS X, the operating system for Macs.<p>Arment's argument …

Apps

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: Live In Los AngelesWBGO

Now that it's officially two decades in the past, it's increasingly hard to fathom: In the mid-1990s, swing was popular again. It wasn't quite the big band style of Benny Goodman fame — this new variant was blended with rockabilly and ska and perhaps some other things — but the swing revival so …

The Politics of Drinking Water

Vital, renewable, and tied to civilization since the beginning of time, water: an Object Lesson<p>On January 9, 2014, American Water warned 300,000 customers in and around Charleston, West Virginia, that local tap water was no longer safe. Ten thousand gallons of 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol (MCHM), a …

10 Things In Tech You Need To Know Today

<b>1. Microsoft is developing a new web browser that's not Internet Explorer.</b> The new browser is codenamed "Spartan."<p><b>2. Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is releasing a laptop.</b> It looks identical to a MacBook Air.<p><b>3. A former Sony employee is one of the suspects in an investigation into the Sony</b> …

Selling

Bradley Cooper's 'Elephant Man,' 'American Sniper' score at box office

Bradley Cooperscored two box-office successes over the Christmas weekend with the Broadway revival of"The Elephant Man"and the limited release of his latest movie, "American Sniper."<p>Producers of "The Elephant Man" announced on Sunday that the play has recouped its $3.1-million capitalization after …

2015 Family Movie Preview

It's that time of year not only for a look back at the year's best, but also to peek ahead at what the new year has to offer at the movies. We've assembled a list of our 15 most anticipated family titles that you can at least <i>plan</i> to attend in the next year with your children – depending, of course, …

10 Things In Tech You Need To Know Today

<b>1. "The Interview" has become the biggest online movie ever released by Sony, pulling in more than $15 million from over 2 million downloads.</b> Sony Pictures Entertainment originally said it would not release the film over terrorism fears following a suspected North Korea cyberattack on the</b> …

Top 10

Samsung set to discontinue Galaxy Alpha in favor of cheaper phones

Production of the metal Alpha will reportedly end when the current inventory of materials runs out<p>The Galaxy Alpha might have been among the best phones Samsung ever produced — it's certainly the prettiest — if it weren't for a couple of stumbles: the battery didn't last long enough and its full …

Ndamukong Suh suspended for stepping on Aaron Rodgers

The Lions defensive tackle appeared to intentionally step on the ankle of the Packers quarterback during Sunday's battle for the NFC North title.<p>One of the biggest stories to come out of Week 17 was Ndamukong Suh stepping on the ankle of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. For his actions, …

Bird Photography: 4 Basics that Will Get You Great Shots

Birds, birds, birds. For those of us who love our birds, it's not uncommon for us to hear, “I saw a bird yesterday and it looked like…, do you know …

Birds

Smartphone maker you never heard of valued at $45 billion

OK, we all know Samsung is the biggest smartphone maker in the world, and Apple is No. 2. But do you have any idea who the third largest is?<p>Lenovo? LG? Nokia? Sony (SNE)? No, no, no and no. It's a Chinese company called Xiaomi.<p>If you've never heard of Xiaomi, you will soon.<p>Xiaomi just raised $1.1 …

Just like its phones, tablets and set top boxes, ‘leaked’ Xiaomi laptop looks exactly like an Apple MacBook Air (Updated)

Xiaomi has definitely been growing fast in emerging markets, but until now the company has focused mostly on stealing as much of Samsung’s Chinese smartphone market share as it can. According to Gartner’s most recent numbers, the company rose in Q3 to take a spot in the world’s top 5 smartphone …