Kelly Taliaferro-Mann

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Apple's Craziest, Most Futuristic Patents Show How Insanely Ambitious Its Thinking Is

Luckily it's often possible to get a hint of what Apple has in the works, just by looking at its many patent applications.<p>It's important to note that Apple files for many more patents than it will actually use, employing a protective strategy that quickly annoys those tired of legal patent battles …

Tech Industry

Perseid meteors: All you need to know

In the Northern Hemisphere, the annual August Perseid meteor shower probably ranks as the all-time favorite meteor shower of the year.<p>In the Northern …

Astronomy

5 Sneaky Ways The NSA Spies On Americans

The U.S. government needs only three degrees of separation to look at Kevin Bacon's phone records.<p>The U.S. National Security Agency remains at the center of controversy this summer, nine weeks after <i>The Guardian</i> and the <i>Washington Post</i> broke the news about its PRISM online data-mining program. While …

The founder of the Bose Corporation dies at 83

Again and again, Amar G. Bose changed the way we listen to music.<p>Amar G. Bose wore two very distinct hats, he founded the Bose Corporation in 1964, and was a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor until 2001. He died on Friday at age 83. Bose was a visionary, an electrical and sound …

Audiophile

Sen. Ted Cruz Wishing a Happy Independence Day

How Americans Learned To Stop Worrying and Love Philandering Politicians

The American electorate is, if not abandoning its hard-core sex-police phase, at least loosening up on the terms of punishment, writes Michelle …

Insignificant bug keeps encrypted disks unlocked after ejecting in OS X

While not the expected behavior, this bug is technically not a breach in security.<p>Apple's CoreStorage disk encryption technology has a small bug that will keep a disk unlocked, even after it has been ejected from the system.<p>In OS X Lion, Apple introduced a drive management technology called …

Operating Systems

A Windows 8.1 survivor's guide: Hardware

Making Windows more relevant in a mobile world is a work in progress. PC makers are in a battle for survival.<p><b>Small tablets sans so-so me-too:</b> Microsoft is now making sure Windows 8.1 works well on smaller screens. Enter the 8-inch Acer Iconia W3 and Lenovo MiiX 8.<p>But Acer's tablet doesn't appear to …

Consumer Tech

Your Constitutional Rights

Obama Expands Wiretap Authority to Cover Finance, Healthcare and Other Industries

When one conspires to violate federal law, it helps to have a government agency or two as one's co-conspirators when law enforcement comes poking …

How Military Counterinsurgency Software Is Being Adapted To Tackle Gang Violence in Mainland USA - MIT Technology Review

In the last 10 years or so, researchers have revolutionised the way military analysts think about insurgency and the groups of people involved in it. …

Intelligence

Tech companies are cooperating with US intelligence agencies more than you think

The latest bold claims made in the US National Security Agency's leaked PowerPoint presentation on its PRISM internet surveillance program suggest that the agency is able to monitor communications in realtime, despite earlier avid denials by tech companies. The government may also be accessing much …

Hawaii Volcanoes: Time-lapse video of the 50th state’s natural fireworks.

My fellow Americans: I can’t think of a better way to honor our nation’s birthday than to watch natural fireworks erupting from our newest state. …