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The Strange Sexual Quirk of Filipino Seafarers

How the pressures of the shipping industry have shaped everything about this maritime culture. Right down to their penile implants.<p>When Norwegian anthropologist Gunnar Lamvik first began living in Iloilo city, a seafaring haven in the southern Philippines, he sensed he wasn't getting the richest …

Kids And TV: Watching An Extra Hour Can Harm Kindergarten Performance, Study Says

Yet another data point has been added to the ongoing debate over how much TV watching is too much for young children.<p>A study of Canadian children has found that even an extra hour of TV time -- above the daily average of 72 minutes -- could significantly harm a child’s performance in kindergarten, …

Ten-Hut! Presenting Defense Mobile, a mobile carrier for U.S. soldiers

Anyone who has ever spent time in a military town knows there is a whole network of services, ranging from medical and dental care to banking and …

Sheryl Sandberg sells after Facebook stock jump, makes $91M

Looks like Sheryl Sandberg is pleased with the company’s stock growth in the last couple weeks. The Facebook chief operating officer sold off $91 million worth of stock this week, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.<p>Facebook’s stock recently surpassed its initial …

Proofpoint Wants To Knock Out Hot Security Startup FireEye

But Proofpoint has no intention of letting FireEye upend the $11 billion email security products market. Proofpoint, a company best known for its anti-spam products, acquired Armorize Technologies on Friday for $25 million to go head-to-head with FireEye.<p>FireEye makes a product that solves a really …

Microsoft committed to ARM platform, new stuff on the way

It's been a bad week for Windows RT. But Microsoft told CNET that it's still committed -- to ARM.<p>On Thursday, Nvidia's CEO suggested that RT -- which runs on its Tegra ARM chips -- is hurting its bottom line, and then a report surfaced Friday saying that Asus was exiting the RT tablet …

Windows Phone

AT&T lowers Next device pricing, just happens to trump Verizon

Competition can be a beautiful thing. AT&T's Next upgrade pricing hasn't looked good when compared against Verizon Edge in the weeks since launch, but today is a different story: the carrier has quietly lowered the monthly payments for some devices. While the company hasn't said which hardware is …

Steve Jobs Once Considered Killing Apple's Pro Products

Ken Segall, the creative director behind the Think Different campaign and author of <i>Insanely Simple</i>, a book about his experiences creating advertising for Apple, writes in a blog post about Apple's "evolving view of 'Pro'" that Steve Jobs once considered killing Apple's entire line of Pro …

Nexus 7 factory image and binaries now available from Google

Wanna mod that shiny new Nexus 7? Today's your lucky day. Google just posted the factory image and binaries for its second generation 7-inch tablet -- also known by the product name "razor" and device name "flo". The factory image lets you restore your new Nexus 7 to the exact software it shipped …

NSA releases outline of security programs, says it 'only' touches 1.6 percent of internet traffic

Even as President Obama proposes a review of NSA procedures and oversight, the organization published a seven page document laying out in broad terms what it does, how it does it and why it thinks that's OK. As <i>Ars Technica</i> points out, the memo claims "We do not need to sacrifice civil liberties for …

Silent Circle Shuts Down Silent Mail, Marking Yet Another Encrypted Email Service To Bite The Dust

Another encrypted email service has gone offline.<p>In a blog post this morning, Silent Circle founder Jon Callas abruptly announced the closing of Silent Mail, the company's encrypted email service that allows people to send messages in such a way that eavesdroppers or hackers cannot read …

Google Tests Internet-Filled Balloon in California As Bill Gates Criticizes the Project

With its Project Loon Google has grand plans to bring the Internet to the developing world with balloons. The company first began testing the large …

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Lavabit's closure marks the death of secure cloud computing in the US

On Thursday afternoon, Ladar Levison, the owner and operator of Lavabit, an email service that prides itself on privacy and security, abruptly closed his website, posting a short message to his former users. "I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the …

The Real Reasons Microsoft, Sony Chose AMD For The Xbox One And PS4

It has been two weeks since E3, the world’s largest gaming show, and the final pieces of the game console puzzle are starting to come into place. The public knows what the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 look like, what they will run, what they won’t, digital rights management and their price. …

Today’s Acqui-Hires Will Become Tomorrow’s Innovators

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Peter Relan is a former programmer and Internet executive, as well as a successful serial entrepreneur, Silicon Valley executive, angel investor, and technology veteran for over 25 years. He founded YouWeb Incubator in 2007, spinning out a string of successful mobile and gaming</i> …

IGN Presents the History of Final Fantasy

We take a look back at 26 years of crystals, chocobos, and guys named Cid.<p>Final Fantasy is the longest swan song of all time. It was never meant to …

Virtuix Omni Takes Virtual Reality In Every Direction

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. Follow him on Twitter @rossrubin.</i><p>Now that there are enough wearable sensors on the market to track one activity per day each week, we’ve seen some sensor-based products turn their attention to chilling out …

How APIs Help Us Comprehend The Infinite Concept Of Data

Data is like oil. It only has a future value just sitting in a big pool. “Pure data,” as my fellow panelists said Friday night at API Days, has not proven to have much market play.<p>I agreed with them but it’s the wrong way to look at the matter. More so, it’s about how the data is processed and …

PRISM Whistleblower Edward Snowden Exits Hong Kong for Ecuador

Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who exposed PRISM, has left Hong Kong for Moscow and is now receiving aid from WikiLeaks. <b>Update: Snowden is en-route to Ecuador. See more at foot of post.</b><p>In a statement released by the WikiLeaks team, Snowden “is bound for a democratic nation via a safe …

Video Killed The Instagram Star

Instagram, an app best known for photo-sharing, added video last week, as it (and parent Facebook) sought to defend against the advance of Twitter’s fast-growing video-sharing app, Vine. The hope was to give its users a whole new way to share what is happening around them with friends. But while it …

If The Government Can Access Our Facebook Data, What Happens When We Have Computers On Our Faces?

Wearables will follow a similar path as the smartphone market, Forrester analysts predicted in April 2012. “Wearables will move mainstream,” they said.<p>But will they?<p>Do you believe this?<p>Do I?<p>Maybe?<p>From fitness trackers to smartwatches to computers you wear on your face, this emerging market, enabled …

Japan's Google Street View Pigeonheads Are Hilariously Creepy (PHOTO)

You are a Google Street View employee who is paid to wear one of these on your back and walk around Japan. Your life is sweet. One day, you see these awesome people wearing pigeon head masks on a Tokyo sidewalk. Your life gets exponentially sweeter, because -- despite whether this scene was set up …

Sprint’s Clearwire Acquisition: Who’s Going to Make What?

Now that Sprint has raised its bid for Clearwire a third and final time, seemingly ending the battle over the future ownership of the small wireless …

Instagram, Give Me A Photos-Only Stream Or Give Me Death

You hear that? It’s the sound of 130 million people closing the Instagram app.<p>Instagram video is a big mistake. Huge.<p>More than any other social network, Instagram is a consumptive experience first and foremost, even though it might have tricked you into thinking it’s all about taking …

Tesla introduces robot mechanics to swap out electric car batteries

Tesla’s electric Model S sedans were stacking up on Thursday outside the company’s Los Angeles design studio, to the consternation of passing traffic. Once inside, valets lined them up for a complimentary super-charging, but the four chargers weren’t nearly enough, since a full charge takes twenty …

Electric Vehicles

iOS 7 allows iPhone and iPad control with head movements?

The idea of controlling an<p>iPhoneoriPadwith a gesture may not be too farfetched. According to 9to5Mac, Apple is said to have included a head movement feature in its latest iOS 7 beta version.<p>With a simple quick jerk of the head to the left or right, users could be able to get to the home page, …

Chris Christie Slams The Supreme Court For Striking Down The Defense Of Marriage Act

"I don't think the ruling was appropriate, I think it was wrong," Christie said on his monthly "Ask the Governor" radio show.<p>"It's typical of the problem we see in the New Jersey Supreme Court. The Court, without a basis in standing, substituted their own judgment for the judgment of a Republican …

Samsung launches 55-inch 'flawless' curved OLED TV in Korea

Just as the rumors foretold, Samsung has announced Korean availability of a 55-inch curved OLED HDTV. Priced at 15 million Korean won (around $13,000) Samsung claims its "Timeless Arena" design eliminates potential for defective OLED pixels. It also reiterates the claim LG made when it launched its …