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Water thieves are on the rise in drought-stricken California

As California drought conditions worsen, water thieves are on the rise. One drove off with a 500-gallon water tanker in the Oakland Hills in March. The Marina Landscape tanker was resting on a trailer parked in front of a job site near the Caldecott Tunnel and police believe a thief hooked it up to …

How Facebook is eating the $140 billion hardware market

Facebook's extraordinary Open Compute Project is doing for hardware what Linux, Android, and many other popular products did for software: making it free and "open source."<p>That means that anyone can look at, use, or modify the designs of the hugely expensive computers that big companies use to run …

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Global Warming

Watch: Amid Drought, California Water Virtually Draining Away

The state is exporting water-intensive alfalfa hay to fuel China's growing demand for dairy.<p>Last week when Governor Jerry Brown imposed the first mandatory statewide water restrictions in the California’s history—municipalities were ordered to slash their water use by 25 percent—the state's …

How to Get Wall USB Ports Without Wiring Anything

The SnapPower faceplate fits right over your existing outlets<p>You may have seen those electrical outlets that incorporate USB ports, allowing you to charge your mobile devices without the blocky adapter. The new SnapPower Charger on Kickstarter makes this tech much simpler to install. There's no …

A Look Back at a Frozen Niagara Falls

These Rare Vintage NASA Photos Show the Golden Age of Space Travel

Buzz Aldrin claims to have taken the first 'space selfie' during a spacewalk in Nov. 1966. However, a few months earlier<p>... VIEW MORE<p>NASA

Buzz Aldrin

25 Fantastic and Funny Photos Celebrate Photoshop's 25th Birthday

Happy Birthday, Photoshop! Twenty-five years ago, this week, a little graphics editing program named Photoshop was born. Fast forward a few decades and now we're living in a world where surreal-looking images are all around us. As part of the celebration, Adobe has launched a search for 25 of the …

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Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity

Lenovo CTO admits Superfish put users at risk, talks damage control

<i>Update Feb. 23 6:33 p.m. ET: Lenovo CTO Peter Hortensius has once again apologized in an open letter published on Monday. "Now, we are in the midst</i> …

Security experts call for halt to PC 'crapware' after Lenovo debacle

Well, the crapware certainly hit the fan.<p>That was the take by security professionals Thursday, who called on Lenovo -- and other PC makers -- to stop …

Microsoft, McAfee update antivirus software to protect against Superfish

Lenovo is working with Microsoft and McAfee to help protect its users from the security vulnerabilities created by Superfish's adware.<p>Microsoft's …

Experts are blaming this guy's company for the Lenovo Superfish debacle

Superfish basically broke the security on a computer in a way that allowed it to read any encrypted messages sent by the PC, like passwords or banking details. It did this by doing what experts call a man-in-the middle attack, where the software can intercept the messages.<p>Websites are supposed to …

Security

Android Lollipop lets you tweak some settings using voice commands

"OK, Google. Turn on WiFi" is something you might want to start practicing out loud if you're among the small percentage of Android users who already have Lollipop on their devices. <i>Android Police</i> has discovered that Google Now on the latest Android release can tweak <i>some</i> of your settings for you …

Lenovo CTO Admits It ‘Messed Up’ Allowing Major Security Hole Onto PCs

Superfish, a shopping tool preloaded on some consumer laptops, left the machines open to attack.<p>Lenovo’s chief technology officer said Friday that the computer maker erred significantly by preinstalling onto consumer PCs a piece of software that made the machines vulnerable to attack.<p>The tool, a …

Information Security
Farming

Californians use 22 percent less water, but more cuts loom

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — December's rains enabled Californians to finally meet Gov. Jerry Brown's call for a 20 percent reduction in monthly water consumption, but more restrictions loom as the state adapts to long-term drought conditions.<p>California is by no means out of trouble, despite a survey …

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