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Apple responds to Spotify over anticompetitive claims

The music streaming war heats up<p>Apple has responded to Spotify's claims that it is intentionally rejecting the streaming service's app to prevent it from competing with Apple Music, saying Spotify is asking for "preferential treatment" in the App Store's approval process. Apple general counsel …

App Store
Economy

Saudi Arabia introduces e-bracelets for Hajj pilgrims

Saudi Arabia will introduce electronic identification bracelets for all pilgrims to Mecca, Saudi media said on Thursday, as part of a safety drive a year after the annual Islamic rite suffered its deadliest disaster in a generation.<p>As many as 2,070 people died in a crush when thousands of pilgrims …

Saudi Arabia

Google is making its educational tools more powerful

Students will be able to cast their screens to the teacher's projector<p>It’s no secret that Google’s Chromebooks have seen the most success in the classroom, and have quickly become the de facto education computer in the US thanks to their low cost and easy management. Today, Google is announcing new …

Education Technology

Shooting Above-and-Below Photos of Icebergs with a Custom Camera Rig

Photographer Steve Mandel just returned from Antarctica, where he made photos of icebergs using an underwater camera, a surface camera, and a …

Enceladus: Does this moon hold a second genesis of life?

<b>The mighty Cassini probe has made many great discoveries at Saturn, but none top its extraordinary revelations at Enceladus.</b><p>What the plutonium-powered satellite has seen at this 500km-wide, ice-crusted moon is simply astounding.<p>Cassini has pictured huge jets of water vapour and other materials …

Astronomy

Google to talk AI ethics with top minds in the industry

Shutterstock<p>To some it’s scary and to others it’s exciting, but the scientific consensus is that artificial intelligence will have a drastic impact on humanity, probably within our lifetimes.<p>What exactly that will look like is a debated range of sci-fi scenarios. Stephen Hawking made waves when he …

Artificial Intelligence

All Boards Need a Technology Expert

<i>Jennifer Maravillas FOR HBR</i><p>A few months ago I decided to look into the professional experience of non-executive directors at the major banks listed in Britain. Like almost every other major industry today, banking relies on hugely complex, enormously expensive technology. So I was curious as to …

Management

Facebook will give employees super slow Internet speeds every Tuesday to better understand markets like India

For most people, the stark differences will likely be jarring.<p>Engineering director Tom Alison remembers the first time he opened Facebook on a phone with a 2G connection.<p>"I felt like, 'Whoa!'" Alison tells Business Insider. "It definitely tested my patience — it felt like parts of the product were …

Employment

This startup has found a way to remove CO2 from the air and turn it into pellets

An “air capturing” plant is taking in air through giant fans, filtering out the carbon dioxide, absorbing the gas in liquid, and converting it into pellets in a bid to combat climate change.<p>A Canadian start up, backed by Bill Gates, built its first such plant in Squamish, Vancouver, where members …

Bill Gates

QC calls for ruling to 'scotch' claims that challenge 'consensus' on global warming

An international conference of top judges hears call for 'judicial determination' of the scientific evidence<p>We might think a proposal to an international conference of top judges - assembled in the highest courtroom in Britain - for a ruling to 'scotch' claims that challenge the 'consensus' on …

Climate

The 10 most important things in the world right now

<b>1. Russia dropped bombs on an area in Syria controlled by rebels who are not believed to be connected with the Islamic State,</b> even though Moscow says the airstrikes were meant to target ISIS.<p><b>2. Afghan forces have retaken control of the northern city of Kunduz</b> after it was seized by the Taliban on …

United Nations

Here's a look inside the Facebook app that only famous people can use

It's called Facebook Mentions.<p>Mentions is a better way for influential people to "keep in touch with their fans," according to the company. It's accessible only to verified Facebook users, a privilege that was previously reserved for celebrities, sports stars, and musicians. Users are verified if …

Social Media

The frightening spread of antibiotic resistance around the world, visualized

It’s an all-too-familiar problem for humans and animals in rich countries: Overuse of antibiotics, now as accessible and affordable as band-aids, is increasing the risk of bacteria becoming dangerously resistant to the drugs.<p>Now it’s moving into the developing world. New data suggest antibiotic …

Medicine

The US government created a 'College Scorecard' that may revolutionize how students pick their colleges

And though the Times notes it falls short of the sweeping website it had originally aimed to create — which would have ranked every college in the US, presumably shaming poorly performing schools — it contains a vast amount of information for prospective college attendees and their families.<p>The …

College & University

Can You Predict a Startup’s Success Based on the Concept Alone?

It’s easy to make fun of bad startup ideas – Airbnb for toilets? – but it’s not so easy to pick the good ones ahead of time. Just ask venture capitalists, the vast majority of whom lose money. The difficulty of separating good ideas from bad is part of why angel investors end up investing based …

Venture Capital

No names attached: college students drive anonymous apps trend

Yik Yak and Whatsgoodly give social media-saturated millennials a new way to openly share campus anecdotes. But with anonymity surfaces bullying and hate<p>As mobile phones and apps have become increasingly central to one’s college experience in the past few years, a new type of app has emerged: the …

Social Media

This map shows Russia's dominant militarization of the Arctic

In order to capitalize on the oil and gas under the Arctic seabed and exploit new shipping routes as ice cover recedes, Moscow is undertaking a major military upgrade of its northern coast and outlying archipelagos. Its new bases — which include search-and-rescue stations, ports and airstrips, and …

Natural Gas

Is our universe FAKE? Physicists claim we could all be the playthings of an advanced civilisation

• <b>Physicists say there is a possibility that our world is merely a simulation</b>• <b><br>They claim there may be evidence of this if only we know where to look</b> <b></b>• <b><br>For</b> …

The Rise of the Almost-Flat Design Web Trend

Advertise here with BSA<br>Starting as an alternative to the then-popular skeuomorphic style, flat design originated as a wholly simplistic and …

UI Design

Top 10 Websites for Designers—Screenings + Fontstand

The latest “Top 10″ websites for designers is all about <b>resources for designers</b>. Scroll through the list and you’ll find a variety of web design …

Graphic Design

Facebook Co-Founder Giving Millions Directly To The Poor, No Strings Attached

GiveDirectly has a straightforward approach to helping the world's poorest people: just give them cash, no strings attached.<p>The New York-based nonprofit has distributed about $1,000—roughly a year's income—to thousands of ultra-poor households in Kenya and Uganda. Recipients don't need to pay back …

World Food Program

20 Amazing Facts About The Human Brain That Will Blow Your Mind

The human body is one interesting machine. There’s so much more to it than meets the eye. And, the brain is one such complex organ that will …

How to conquer designer’s block

There’s a big difference between having no good ideas, and no ideas at all. Chances are, the more bad ideas you have, the more pressure you apply to come up with good ideas. In these cases, the best way to beat designer’s block is to get all the bad ideas out of your system.<p>Try designing a mockup …

Defense Department to Congress: Global warming is a 'present security threat'

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Defense has detailed what it views as its greatest challenges related to climate change.<p>In a report to …

Amazon Takes On Product Hunt, Shopify With Launchpad, An All-In-One Marketing And Sales Portal

Product Hunt has made a splash as a new place for startups to market new products, Shopify offers a way for them to easily start selling their products online, and Shyp takes the pain out of sending things from point A to B. Now it looks like Amazon is preparing to one-up their respective concepts. …

Startups

Prominent Scientist Says Consciousness Is Key to a ‘Theory of Everything’

Dr. Robert Lanza, who was selected by Time magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people last year, believes science must recognize the …

Quantum Mechanics

The Netherlands passed a law to protect every citizen from climate change

On June 24, 2015, a court in The Hague ordered the Dutch government to act faster in its duty to protect its citizens against the effects of climate change. This marks the first time the issue has been legally declared a state obligation, regardless of arguments that the solution to the global …

Climate

The DARPA Robotics Challenge Was A Bust

Why DARPA Needs To Stage Another Bot Contest, With Even More Pratfalls<p>It's been close to a month since the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) wrapped up. That's time enough to face facts. The biggest and most well-funded international robotics competition in years was a failure.<p>That doesn't feel good …

Robotics