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Apple Loop: Lightning Headphone Anger, New iPhone Leaks, Galaxy S7 Fights iPhone 7

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes all the leaks and speculation around Apple dropping the 3.5mm headphone jack for the lightning port, anticipation around a potential iPhone 6S mini, the cut in iPhone 6S production, the iPhone 7 versus the …

Jamaica's marijuana growers split on legalisation

<b>The Jamaican government has said it is planning to decriminalise possession of small amounts of marijuana by the end of this year. The BBC's Nick Davis travelled to Jamaica's interior to gauge the reaction of those currently growing the crop illegally.</b><p>In Jamaica, marijuana, or ganja, as it is more …

Government approves medical marijuana research

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration handed backers of<p>medical marijuanaa significant victory Friday, opening the way for aUniversity of Arizonaresearcher to examine whether pot can help veterans cope with post-traumatic stress, a move that could lead to broader studies into potential benefits of …

The World's Largest Vessel Enters The Water In South Korea

Shell has just floated the hull of the world's largest vessel out of its dry dock in South Korea. It's so massive that if you stood it up, it would be 1,601 feet tall, reaching higher into the sky than the Empire State Building.<p>The vessel, called the Prelude, will actually be used more as a …

British girls have almost worst drinking habits in Western world

British girls are among the most likely to get drunk in the Western world<p>British girls are more likely to get drunk than those in almost any country in the Western world, international research has found.<p>Only in Denmark is binge-drinking more common among 15-year-old girls, the analysis of …

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Trial begins for former BP engineer accused of destroying oil spill evidence

Jury selection began Monday for the Justice Department's case against a former BP drilling engineer charged with deleting text messages and voicemails about the company's response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.<p>Dozens of potential jurors filled a New Orleans courtroom for the …

Male and Female Brains Really Are Built Differently

The hemispheres of women's brains are more interconnected. Does that matter?<p>Ready your knowing smirk, because here comes a scientific gem that’s sure to enliven even the dullest of holiday parties.<p>By analyzing the MRIs of 949 people aged 8 to 22, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania found …

Lenovo's Flex 10 offers a flip-mode display on a $550 netbook-style body

Aging Busta Rhymes witticisms aside, this new Lenovo might just be a contender for anyone on the lookout for a versatile Windows 8.1 machine. The Flex 10 is a 10-inch version of the Flex 14 and 15 models we've already seen, with the same 1,366 x 768 resolution and 10-point touch panel, but with a …

Half of angel investors regret investments they made this year (survey)

Angel investors invest approximately $20 billion into 60,000 companies a year, but a recent survey shows that 46% regretted making an investment in 2013.<p>The data comes from Worthworm, a company that uses analytics to “take the guess work” out of “premoney” startup valuations. It designed its tools …

Nordstrom Will Use Pinterest To Decide What Merchandise To Display In Stores

Nordstrom, which has nearly 4.5 million users on the social network, began testing the approach earlier this year.<p>"Our customers are on Pinterest, so we want to be there too," Bryan Galipeau, social media manager at Nordstrom, told Business Insider. "Pinterest is in many ways the world's biggest …

Motorola turns to 3D printing to bring its ambitious modular smartphones to life

Motorola’s futuristic smartphones now have an equally futuristic manufacturing method: 3D printing.<p>Motorola announced today that it’s inked a deal with 3D printing giant 3D Systems to put together its Project Ara smartphones, which the company announced last month.<p>Essentially a Lego take on …

India could replace the US as Facebook’s #1 market in a matter of months

Facebook has had wild success with its push into emerging markets.<p>Now Jana CEO Nathan Eagle is predicting that it will only be months before India supplants the US and becomes Facebook’s largest market in terms of users. Eagle earlier this month had forecast that most of the social networking …

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The iPad finally gets a great productivity suite — and it’s not from Microsoft

A new, free productivity app for iPad enables you to create and edit Microsoft Word and Excel documents with a gorgeous user interface rebuilt for the iPad. It’s the app Microsoft wishes it built — but it’s actually from a small, publicly traded company called HopTo.<p>The Campbell, Calif.-based HopTo …

Space Telescope Reawakened for an Asteroid Hunt

After the WISE telescope used up the coolant needed to operate its detectors, its primary mission as an infrared survey telescope ended. NASA's Amy Mainzer describes how the agency is repurposing the dormant craft for a new three-year mission looking for near-Earth asteroids. Astronomer Brett …

Which NATO Weapons Could Strike Syria? [Infographic]

Here are the options for military action against Assad.<p>The United States and its allies are considering an attack against Syria's government. Such an attack is limited only by the people, aircraft, ships, and vehicles available in the area, so when the U.S. Navy moves more ships into the eastern …

How Wireless Charging Will Keep Toxic Waste Out of Landfills

Rechargeable batteries were supposed to keep trash out of landfills. Instead they replaced old garbage with new. Consumers throw away billions of battery chargers every year; cellphone chargers alone account for almost 100,000 tons of trash annually. And as discarded chargers sit in landfills, they …

First world war model battlefield to be dug up

A dig to uncover a scale model of one of the first world war's bloodiest battlefields – created by soldiers in tribute to their dead comrades – is about to start.<p>Archaeologists will begin charting the site, the only example of its kind left in Britain, which was planned in painstaking detail by …

Transparent, flexible speaker runs on ions

The transparent ionic speaker, with parts labeled, above a laptop screen showing what it is playing.<p>A research team at Harvard has created a remarkable proof of concept device: a thin, transparent speaker powered by ions instead of electricity. Such "ionic devices" could lead to artificial muscles, …

Oppo teases plug-in camera lenses with OIS and up to 15x optical zoom

Oppo is a relatively unknown name outside of China, even though the company did make some headway with the Oppo Find 5, and is hoping to continue to establish itself on the world stage with its upcoming Oppo N1. There’s very little we actually know about the device, except for the fact that is …

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China's Tencent Is Giving Away 10TB Of Free Cloud Storage

Yesterday we reported that Chinese tech giants Baidu and Qihoo 360 are currently courting users with 1TB of free space, putting the free space given by Dropbox, Box and Microsoft to shame.<p>Today another Chinese tech company Tencent has upped the game, offering a jaw-dropping 10TB worth of free …

20 of the Best Apps Released in August 2013

As August draws to a close, we thought we’d take a retrospective look at some of the more notable apps to hit our radar over the past month.<p>From Android through iOS and onto the Web, here’s a quick snapshot of some of the best.<p>New on Android<p><b>Tunester</b><p>Tunester is a minimalist, gesture-based …

Parallels Launches Desktop 9: Faster, Stronger, And Packed With New Features!

- Aug 30, 2013<p>Following yesterday’s launch of the new Parallels Access program, which allows you to run desktop apps on your iPad almost as well as …

Three Ways To Use Video To Build Your Personal Brand

Video is quickly becoming the most valuable tool for building your brand. Why? Because video allows you to deliver a complete communication that’s visual and relatable and will build those all-important emotional connections with people who are making decisions about you. It’s <i>you</i> when you aren’t …

Survey says: 85% of iPhone owners likely or very likely to upgrade

Apple’s(s aapl) core audience of iPhone owners may be the most loyal customers when it comes to upgrading to new models. According to a recent …

3D Printing Goes Mainstream Retail

Just another day at UPS: Photocopy the ol' resume, ship back shoes to Zappos, print a car part.<p>About a month ago, a UPS store in eastern San Diego started offering a new service: 3D printing. Six weeks ago, store owner Burke Jones says, "I didn't know anything about 3D printing."<p>"I'd love to take …