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How a Grad Student Found Spyware That Could Control Anybody’s iPhone from Anywhere in the World

Last summer, Bill Marczak stumbled across a program that could spy on your iPhone’s contact list and messages—and even record your calls. Illuminating shadowy firms that sell spyware to corrupt governments across the globe, Marczak’s story reveals the new arena of cyber-warfare.<p>The night it …

Diamonds turn nuclear waste into nuclear batteries

One problem with dealing with nuclear waste is that it's often hard to tell what's waste and what's a valuable resource. Case in point is the work of …

IBM, Nvidia release new PowerAI software suite for deep learning projects

By on November 15, 2016 at 2:15 pm<p>At some point this year the big buzzword appears to have shifted away from “the cloud” to “deep learning.” Eugen …

Can artificial intelligence solve America’s crisis of democracy?

By on November 15, 2016 at 3:00 pm<p>Regardless of your feelings about the outcome of the election, it’s pretty clear the present voting system is so …

Scientists push for 2020 launch of asteroid deflection test

By on November 16, 2016 at 2:09 pm<p>A group of scientists recently got together to figure out what would happen in the event of an unavoidable asteroid …

ET deals: Save $20 on an Amazon Prime membership

By on November 17, 2016 at 3:01 pm<p>To celebrate the launch of the Prime-exclusive show The Grand Tour, you can get an entire year of Amazon Prime for …

Intel announces major AI push with upcoming Knights Mill Xeon Phi, custom silicon

By on November 21, 2016 at 7:30 am<p>Intel is making a huge push into AI and deep learning, and intends to build custom variants of its Xeon Phi …

Research ethics board halts zombie apocalypse ahead of time

By on November 21, 2016 at 1:41 pm<p>While the zombie apocalypse is a fun topic for speculation, comparatively few people actually believe that it could …

The Best PS4 and PS4 Pro Accessories

By on October 20, 2017 at 12:50 pm<p>Four years in, and there are tens of millions of PlayStation 4s in the wild. Whether you’re using an original …

The Best Xbox One and Xbox One X Accessories

By on October 30, 2017 at 11:21 am<p>In spite of a rough start, the current executive team at Microsoft has done a commendable job turning the Xbox One …

Google WiFi mesh networking crushes the competition in new test

By on November 23, 2016 at 9:10 am<p>While Apple is getting out of the router business, Google is doubling down. Or maybe tripling down, if you really …

Microsoft is developing its own quantum computer hardware

By on November 23, 2016 at 10:00 am<p>For the past few years, practical quantum computing breakthroughs have been led by companies like Google and …

Tesla’s solar grid now powers an entire island in the South Pacific

By on November 23, 2016 at 11:30 am<p>American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the South Pacific. Like a lot of …

This Malware Turns Headphones Into Microphones

Researchers at Ben Gurion University in Israel have created malware that will turn your plugged in headphones into a microphone.<p>Now, if you’ve ever …

Scientists Discover Why Diet Coke Is Probably Undermining You

Aspartame—the artificial sweetener found in drinks like Diet Coke—is probably not good for you. If you believe otherwise, I admire your commitment to …

MIT's New Plastic Muscles Could Bring Us One Step Closer to a Real-Life Westworld

We strive to make robots in our own likeness because, as far as we can tell, humans are best adapted to deal with our world. And thanks to …

NASA Didn't Find Life on Mars—But It Did Find Something Very Cool

If we ever get proof of past life on Mars, it’ll come in the form of biosignatures, fingerprints that could only have been left by living organisms. …

Your Dog Remembers All Those Awful Things You Did

Ever wonder if your dog recalls those times you were were a really shitty owner? The latest science shows they most certainly do.<p>A new study …

An iPhone 4 Survived a Year at the Bottom of a Lake

If you’ve ever submerged your phone in liquid, you know the utter devastation that follows immediately afterward, during which you alternately shake …

The science fiction podcasts every nerd should listen to

To help you ignore your dystopian reality.<p><i>This post has been updated, and will probably be updated again, because that's how best-of lists should work.</i><p>I love podcasts, you love podcasts, your grandma probably loves podcasts. Looking for some science fiction you can enjoy while your eyeballs do …

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11 science fiction adventures to escape into this Thanksgiving holiday

Here’s the scene: your family is coming in from all parts of the country for the big day. It’s great to see everyone, but you honestly would rather deal with them through Facebook this year. You need a quick and easy way to escape the crowd, so you power up your e-reader and jump into a new …

Forget wearables. In the future, your clothes will connect to the internet

Imagine you’ve just purchased a new jacket from your favorite brand. You put it on for the first time, and scan a tag embedded in the sleeve with your phone. A menu of options pops up.<p>You can find information about the jacket’s design, how the brand selected only sustainable materials, and details …

Weed advocates see gains as opponents mobilize for new votes

With 20 U.S. states allowing medical marijuana, and others weighing its medicinal or recreational use, advocates of looser laws on weed appear to have the advantage.<p>But leading medical groups remain ambivalent, and opponents are now trying to mobilize for upcoming votes in three states.<p>Florida will …

GOP's hypocrisy on Ukraine hurts America

While hosting CNN's Crossfire this week, I said: "Republicans are practically cheering for Vladimir Putin today. He's given them a new excuse to bash President Obama."<p>I pointed out that Republicans have been slamming Obama for his handling of the Ukraine crisis even though I have not heard a …

Finally, A Strip-Proof Screw

Using your head<p>The common screw may not have been screaming for a makeover, but consider its shortcomings: stripped heads, tedious pilot holes, endless bit swapping. The company Outlaw has developed a new fastening system that cures all those headaches and could unseat the Phillips head as the …

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Google vs. Dropbox: Which Is Better for Hosting and Sharing Photos?

It used to be a pain to get photos off of our phones and to the web where we could share them with others, but both Dropbox and Google make it really …

Wholesale Catalogue Lookboard Aims To Open Up Buying Process For E-Commerce Sites

A startup called Lookboard is hoping to bridge the gap between e-commerce retailers and small-scale suppliers by functioning as an online wholesale catalogue. The site aims to simultaneously streamline the buying process and expose merchandisers to a broader range of products than they might be …

UGallery’s founders: Now is the ‘pivotal time’ for online art startups

The online art market is booming, with giants like Google and Amazon scrambling to get into the sector.<p>Even the traditional art world has come to accept the inevitable. Tech entrepreneurs are now acting as art curators, and serial buyers are keeping a close eye on fine art works sold in digital and …

Glam Media Raises Another $25M As It Prepares To Go Public

Digital media company Glam Media has raised $25 million in new funding, according to an industry source. (The company declined to comment.)<p>My source said this is a “top up round” for Glam — in another words, some extra cash to keep the company going while it goes through the IPO process. Business …