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Computer Scientists Figured Out How To Execute The Perfect Reddit Submission

A team of Stanford computer scientists has cracked Reddit using math.<p>Ph. D student Himabindu Lakkaraju, computer science post-doc Julian McAuley, and assistant professor Jure Leskovec released a paper earlier this summer outlining the algorithm they used to figure out exactly what makes Reddit …

ParaShoot wearable camera lets you shoot stealthily, monitor on a smartphone

GoPros are great, but if you'd rather film discretely without your subjects going into "dude" mode, there's now the ParaShoot wearable camera on Kickstarter. The idea is to sport the 1.3 ounce device like an amulet or on a belt during your day-to-day activities, so you can shoot 720p, 30fps video …

7 Amazing Living Fossils

Want to see history? You could go to a museum--or you could go to the zoo and check out these animals that haven't changed for tens of millions of years.<p>Researchers recently uncovered a new and remarkable animal in the fossil record in China: <i>Rugosodon eurasiaticus</i>, a chipmunk-like creature that was …

FYI: What Would Happen If I Ate Nothing But Meat?

Good ol' meat and potatoes. Without the potatoes.<p>You might get scurvy, like a pirate. Cooked meat contains very little vitamin C, notes Donald Beitz, a nutritional biochemist at Iowa State University. Without the vitamin, scurvy would bring on rashes and gum disease, not to mention very bad breath. …

The Confusing Science Of Whether Video Games Are Ruining Your Life

A brief round-up of how video games are destroying your life and also making you a superhuman<p>A good rule of thumb in life is that if you enjoy something, it must be <i>terrible</i> for you. Kidding! Kind of. So it goes with video games. Except not, sometimes. But maybe also yes? Or both at the same …

Flo Rida Dodges Lawsuit Because He Was Served On Facebook

Flo Rida is feeling pretty lucky right about now: The rapper, best known for jumping on already popular songs and dishing out generally unmemorable party rap verses over the pre-existing songs, faced a six-figure lawsuit after he was an alleged no-show at the Fat As Butter festival in 2011, despite …

China's Xiaomi Sells 100,000 Units Of Its New Phone in 90 Seconds

Two weeks after Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi unveiled the lowest-priced Hongmi smartphone in its range, the company released the first batch of 100,000 phones at 12 noon local time on Qzone, a social networking website operated by Tencent, which were snapped up in 90 seconds flat.<p>The …

Disconnect, The Anti-Ad Tracking Startup, Now Has A Privacy App Specifically For Children (Built By An Ex-NSA Engineer)

More than 1 million people are using apps and browser extensions each week from Disconnect, the anti-tracking, anti-ad targeting startup to block how third-party sites track your online movements and then serve ads based on those movements. Now it’s taking its campaign to the next generation. …

Pirate Bay ships PirateBrowser for censorship-free search

Shiver me timbers and other pirate-related cliches! The Pirate Bay has introduced the PirateBrowser, a tasty blend of Firefox and Tor with some snazzy add-ons that circumvent anti-piracy measures around the world.<p>As a 10-year anniversary present to its users, the Pirate Bay team says it created the …

Pope Francis @Pontifex Offers Tweeting Out Of Purgatory

Offline Catholics better get wired. Otherwise, they’re missing an easy way to cut their potential time in Purgatory.<p>The announcement spread around the world as fast as a tweet: The Vatican court responsible for forgiving sins ruled that indulgences may be granted to those who follow the “rites and …

Here's how Elon Musk's Hyperloop might actually work

How do you get from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes?<p>Elon Musk has made his name on big ideas, whether it's space tourism or the electric car — but his latest project, mysteriously dubbed the Hyperloop, may be more revolutionary than anything he's done. It started with a simple promise: …

6 Cars For People Who Hate Cars

These futuristic cars could make you rethink your haterade.<p>Do Americans just not want to drive cars any more? Recent studies suggest that the United States has passed its driving zenith, with the number of miles driven per person peaking in 2005. As of April 2013 the number of miles driven per …

Pirate Bay founder creating surveillance-free messaging app

In the wake of people learning about the National Security Agency's massive surveillance program, it's become clear that phone records and text messages are not entirely private.<p>The Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde and a couple of app developers have decided to do something about it. They are …

Flexible 'electronic skin' can help heal, detect touch and temperature

Surgeons could one day restore lost feeling in humans by using artificial skin that's been augmented with flexible sensors, and a new development from researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology may bring that closer to reality. The research team has developed a flexible sensor that …

If you can’t beat ’em, support ’em: Garmin launches a smartphone HUD for cars

Facing the rise of smartphones that can take the place of dedicated navigation systems, Garmin’s(s grmn) got a new device: and this one works <i>with</i> …

The 10 Best Hotels In The World

To compile these awards, the magazine asked its readers to vote on the best hotels they've traveled to, factoring in everything from rooms and food to service and location.<p>This year, Botswana's Mombo Camp and Little Mombo Camp took the top spot, ousting last year's winner, Tanzania's Singita …

South Africa

Use Your Smartphone At The Library, But Not To Read Books

Here's how tech can encourage the use of ink-and-paper books, not defeat them.<p>While American libraries sprint to digitize their books, one Japanese library is using technology to enhance the experience of reading ink and paper.<p>The Hanno library in Japan has just enabled a new use of near-field …

Purported low-cost iPhone model spotted; Jelly Bean knockoff packs Snapdragon 600 CPU, sells for $199

<i>Low-cost iPhone-based Basic Bear knockoff | Image Credit: Techdy</i><p>The low-cost iPhone has reportedly been spotted, with a peripherals maker revealing design details for the device in an in-house produced video – but there’s a twist: an Android-running smartphone has already been adapted to fit inside …

Mobile Technology

Prehistoric DNA sequencing: Jurassic Park was not so wide of the mark

It remains one of the most intriguing premises for a science fiction film. Near the beginning of Steven Spielberg's classic <i>Jurassic Park</i>, scientists …

What is talent – and can science spot what we will be best at?

My interest in the science of talent has a personal backstory. By the age of three, I'd had 21 ear infections and after an operation to remove fluid …

Does A $347 3-D Printer Mean The Future Is Here? Or Just Paper-Thin Progress?

Now on Kickstarter, the Buccaneer is designed for easy at-home use, costs less than an iPhone–and just might make or break our collective dream of technology.<p>The magic words, or magic number-plus-letter, of our technological fantasies to date are: 3-D. The 3-D printer is this year’s collective …

How Much Is Your Gmail Worth To A Hacker?

My life on the internet is worth surprisingly little cash.<p>Earlier this year, cyber attacks were listed as America's top security threat. The internet is a dangerous place! While it's one thing to talk about hacking weapons secrets or banks, let's get personal: What about our email accounts?<p>When it …

LTE-Advanced iPhone 5S and budget model rumors surface

In need of a daily dose of rumors about future iPhones? Well, A Chinese-language blog claims the budget iPhone is on the way, while a Korean news outlet expects a version of the iPhone 5S with high-speed LTE.<p>Let's start with the most colorful rumor. Chinese tech blog lieyunwang claims -- via …

Google Nexus 7 II set to go 4G this month, says leak

The Google Nexus 7 II could go 4G. Leaked specs suggest a 7-inch sequel to the flagship Android tablet will have a high-definition screen and the …

Android News

New Apple Patent Could Finally Take Gadgets Like An iWatch Beyond The Bezel

Apple has just been granted a new patent (via AppleInsider) for unique bezel technology that could not only add touch controls to a bezel on a small device screen (like one for an iWatch), but that would also make it possible for that bezel to fade in and out of view, providing maximum screen real …

Microsoft develops 3D touchscreen with tactile feedback

<b>Details of a touchscreen showing 3D images that can be felt and manipulated have been published by Microsoft's research unit.</b><p>The project combines an LCD flat panel screen with force sensors and a robotic arm that moves it back and forwards.<p>By controlling how much resistance there is to a user's …