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Over third of Galaxy S5 upgrades come from iPhone owners

Almost 38 per cent of people upgrading to the Samsung Galaxy S5 online were iPhone owners<p>Over one third of individuals upgrading to Samsung's Galaxy S5 handset through a trade-in site were iPhone owners.<p>Mobile trade-in site CompareMyMobile witnessed a 210 per cent rise in customers trading in their …

Microsoft's 'Age of Empires: World Domination' to Launch on iOS This Summer

Microsoft and Japanese gaming firm KLab Inc. have revealed <i>Age of Empires: World Domination</i>, the first title based on the popular PC strategy franchise for iOS devices. The game features a revamped real-time battle system optimized for mobile devices, as players choose between the Celts, Vikings, …

iOS 8: eight expectations at Apple's WWDC 2014

iOS 8 is expected to emerge at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June, here are TechRadar's eight expectations<p><b>Apple's</b> Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco this summer is anticipated to unveil the new iOS 8 iPhone operating system.<p>Amongst TechRadar's predictions is an improved …

Google's Project Ara wants to revolutionize the smartphone industry within a year

The night before Google's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) division was supposed to show off the one and only functional Project Ara prototype to a room full of eager developers, someone dropped the phone and broke the display. At <i>any</i> other product reveal, this worst-case scenario would be a …

Ride a 'Tron'-style light cycle via Oculus Rift

Even with that weird Disney reboot/sequel of a few years ago, the computer-based universe-within-a-universe of "Tron" has always seemed to me like one of the more underrated sci-fi worlds, worthy of more exploration. Now, thanks to the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset and a particularly …

Can Twitter co-founder Stone repeat success with Jelly?

Do we need a new social network? Twitter co-founder Biz Stone thinks so and has launched a new app called Jelly which he hopes will encourage people to help each other out.<p>But with Reddit, Yahoo Answers and Quora offering similar services, LJ Rich takes a closer look at Jelly to see if it can break …

Google’s Modular Ara Smartphone To Launch For The Public In January 2015

Google has been showing off its Project Ara modular smartphone in a lot more detail over the past few days, likely because it’s also hosting a developer conference for the device this week. Ara uses interchangeable modules to deliver a smartphone that can be whatever a user wants it to be, complete …

MusicQubed aims for ‘forgotten fans’ priced out by streaming music services

Digital music in 2014 tends to divide between three main strands: Apple’s iTunes and other download stores; streaming music services like Spotify, Deezer and Rdio; and YouTube or Vevo for music videos.<p>In other words: a market split between people buying individual song or album downloads; people …

The Game Boy Advance 2D Renaissance

In 2001, Nintendo introduced the world to the next evolution of its handheld console, fittingly dubbed Game Boy Advance. The plucky little console …

Retrogaming

Self-Assembling Molecules Like These May Have Sparked Life on Earth

For Nicholas Hud, a chemist at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the turning point came in July of 2012 when two of his students rushed into his …

Denying climate change isn't scepticism – it's 'motivated reasoning'

The grim findings of the IPCC last year reiterated what climatologists have long been telling us: the climate is changing at an unprecedented rate, and we're to blame. Despite the clear scientific consensus, a veritable brigade of self-proclaimed, underinformed armchair experts lurk on comment …

Curved Phones Are No Gimmick

The top-to-bottom curve on the LG G Flex means less glare when watching movies in landscape mode.<p>If you compare the phone in your pocket to the model before it, you probably won’t find a lot of change. Maybe a faster processor and a bigger screen, but those are small potatoes. The last time phones …

Possible Link Found Between Bacterium And Multiple Sclerosis

A new study found MS-like brain damage in a mouse infected with this bacterium.<p>Nobody knows exactly what causes multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, though a combination of environmental and genetic factors plays a part. But new research suggests that, …

Microbiology

22 answers for creationists from someone who understands evolution | Adam Rutherford

At the recent Bill Nye/Ken Ham debate, Buzzfeed asked creationists in attendance to write a question or message for ‘the other side’. Here are some answers<p>What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again. A disappointing public debate between popular US science telly presenter …

Newly Excavated 4,600-Year-Old Egyptian Pyramid Threatened by Development

The pyramid is in the news this week after overblown reports about its "discovery."<p>Decades before the great pyramids at Giza took shape, a modest stepped pyramid arose at a site now known as Edfu. Archaeologists from the University of Chicago have been studying the 4,600-year-old stone structure …

DNP: the return of a deadly weight-loss drug

Four deaths in the UK and up to 60 worldwide have recently been attributed to the substance 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP), an industrial chemical that has become popular among people wanting to lose weight, including bodybuilders and people with eating disorders.<p>The dangers of DNP were even raised in the …

New war of words over Panama Canal extension

There are renewed tensions over building work to expand the Panama Canal which has been the subject of a dispute over who should pay up for cost overruns.<p>Earlier it was reported that construction had stopped, with claims that the operator had broken off negotiations aimed at settling the …

Apple subsidiary FileMaker passes 1 million downloads of iOS app on App Store

Apple subsidiary FileMaker announced today that it has reached over 1,000,000 downloads on the App Store of its FileMaker Go database management app. The news follows the release of FileMaker 13 in December, which came alongside a streamlined iOS companion app for iPhone and iPad with new features …

How To Design A Drone-Proof City

Conceptual artist and law student Asher J. Kohn envisions a gated community as a sanctuary from drones.<p>Humans have always built defenses to match the prevailing threat of the day, from medieval castles to Cold War fallout shelters. In his Shura City concept, Asher J. Kohn speculates on what it …

South Korea Reveals Plans for 5G

4G and even LTE-Advanced seem so last generation now that South Korea has revealed plans to build a 5G network. According to Yonhap News, the country’s communications technology ministry will put in 1.6 trillion won ($1.5 billion) and work with local firms through 2020.<p>The 5G network is expected to …

Bitcoin is real money, says US district court

Bitcoin's status as a form of unregulated virtual money doesn't mean it's not subject to US currency laws, a federal district court has found. In a published decision from August 6th, Judge Amos Mazzant ruled that the SEC's case against an alleged Bitcoin Ponzi scheme master could go forward. …

Human Nature May Not Be So Warlike After All

Author: Brandon Keim. Brandon Keim Science<p>Date of Publication: 07.18.13.<p>Time of Publication: 3:32 pm. 3:32 pm<p>Given the long, awful history of …

Invisibility cloaks and other 'superpowers' the topic of White House Hangout at 12PM ET

In the spirit of the San Diego Comic-Con, the White House is holding a Google+ Hangout today at 12PM ET with a panel of innovators who are "designing materials to enable <i>real-life</i> superpowers" (emphasis theirs). As part of the "We the Geeks" series, a panel of scientists and engineers will be …

Meet Yuka, the 39,000-year-old mummified woolly mammoth scientists want to clone

Japan took a break from its obsession with the future this week as a new exhibition sent visitors 39,000 years back into the past. That's the estimated age of Yuka, a mummified woolly mammoth that has just been placed on public display for the first time ever. The show runs until September.<p>Yuka was …

Birds Teach The Air Force A Better Way To Fly

More than a century after the invention of powered flight, birds are still teaching us something about how to fly airplanes, with the Air Force studying the V-shaped formation of airborne geese as a way to save fuel.<p>The technical term is "vortex surfing" and it's already well-known — NASCAR drivers …

Why boredom could be deadly on the long trip to Mars

Forget the deadly radiation, a seven-month trip to Mars is going to be very very boring. At least that's what worrying researchers in the NASA-funded Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) project. According to the <i>New York Times</i>, boredom's effect on human brain activity is largely …

Say Hello To The World's Largest Known Virus

Let's hope it's friendly.<p>The viruses that we're most familiar with, like the influenza virus, are small and simple. Influenza is about 100 nanometers across, and has only 13 genes. But scientists are beginning to realize that there's no reason a virus needs to be that small or that simple--and in …

Oculus VR would love to release the Oculus Rift for free

Oculus VR would love to release its Oculus Rift virtual reality headset for free at some point, possibly through "a few different relationships and strategies," CEO Brendan Iribe told Edge Online.<p>"The lower the price point, the wider the audience," he said. "We have all kinds of fantasy ideas. We'd …

Apple reportedly in talks to buy company behind Kinect sensor

Apple is reportedly looking to acquire Israeli fabless semiconductor company Primesense. According to local newspaper Calcalist, Apple has offered $280 million to buy the 3D sensor specialist following discussions over the embedding of its technology inside Apple products. In the past, Primesense …

Retail stores move beyond Internet cookies to physical tracking

By David Brancaccio<p>July 15, 2013 | 5:37 AM<p>Listen to this story<p>DownloadEmbed<p>Embed Code<iframe src="https://www.marketplace.org/2013/07/15/tech/retail-stores-move-beyond-internet-cookies-physical-tracking/popout" frameborder="0" width="100%" height="240px"></iframe><p>Copy<br>• Close<p>Listen To The …