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Google begins reporting robocar wrecks

Google has launched a website devoted to its robocars that, among other things, reports accidents involving the vehicles. That's a shift in position for the tech giant, which previously had intended not to reveal incident details.<p>The website, launched Friday, will provide information on any …

Microsoft starts prompting Windows 7 and Windows 8 users to ‘reserve’ their free Windows 10 upgrade

In January, we learned that for one year, Microsoft would offer free Windows 10 upgrades to those running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1. While Windows 10 for PCs isn’t launching until July 29 and Windows 10 for phones is coming after that, we’re now seeing the first indications of …

Catchy tune caught in your head? Try chewing gum

A new study suggests that if you want to get an annoying song out of your head, chewing a piece of gum might help.<p>It turns out that just the mechanical act of moving one's jaw up and down can reduce the number of times people think about a catchy song, as well as how often they "hear" that song …

39 Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly

Where the mechanics of writing are concerned, I’m far from perfect. One example: I always struggle with <i>who</i> and <i>whom.</i> (Sometimes I’ll even rewrite a …

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Google Now starts showing gas stations along your route

Google already has ways to find gas stations before you hit the open road, but it hasn't usually offered <i>relevant</i> stations. Wouldn't you want to see pumps that don't require a big detour? You might not have that problem from now on. Numerous drivers have noticed that Google Now is showing a "gas …

Magic Leap sheds light on its retina-based augmented-reality 3D displays

Magic Leap is working on a tiny 3D technology that can shine images on your retinas, creating augmented reality that blends the real world with fantasy.<p>Rachel Metz, who wrote about Magic Leap for MIT Technology Review, explained what the mystery company (a startup that raised $542 million from …

This machine lets you take 3D selfies and it's already a big hit in the UK

People can't take enough selfies. A London college is teaching its students the art of taking a selfie, selfie sticks are selling out everywhere, and some people have even moved on to taking belfies. The next logical step, clearly, is 3D selfies. Artec has a machine called the Shapify Booth that …

Cloud storage firm Box lets customers control encryption for security | Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Popular online storage service Box Inc will let businesses control their encryption keys, the encoding tools used to keep data safe, aiding some heavily regulated industries and others who fear hacking attacks or government snooping.<p>Though many large companies have …

IBM launches the first enterprise apps it cooked up with Apple

Back in July, Apple and IBM announced a surprising deal in which Big Blue would help produce enterprise-specific iOS apps and provide IT support for …

StartUp Health accelerator adds 13 new companies to its portfolio

The digital health accelerator StartUp Health said Tuesday it has added 13 new companies to its portfolio, increasing its total to 84.<p>The new companies represent a diverse range of subsectors, from big data and medication adherence to patient engagement and nutrition.<p>(Some of the best thinkers in …

How to Use Social Media at Work Without Losing Focus

Social media has become a cornerstone of consumer life. The Pew Center points out that as of January 2014, 74 percent of American adults use social networking sites.<p>The trend makes sense, as platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest make it extremely easy for online audiences to …

Hacker News Launches Read-Only API

When you have a site called Hacker News that’s a destination for developers, startups and anyone interested in the startup world, it only only makes sense to have an API.<p>Today the Y Combinator run Hacker News site announced its own API so developers will no longer have to scrape the site for …

Angelbird SSD WRK 512GB: Austrian Company Adds Competition To the PC Storage Market

When it comes to getting the most out of your PC or laptop, a solid state disk (SSD for short) is one of the best upgrades you can make. Thankfully, they’re continuing to fall in price – so much so that they’re no longer considered the lust-worthy storage devices of the elite. In fact, you can have …

Maxthon Launches MxNitro for Windows

Maxthon today released a new browser for Windows called MxNitro (short for Maxthon Nitro), which it claims is “the fastest PC browser in the world.”<p>This is made possible with a minimal user interface load, as well as “new patent-pending pre-connection and pre-fetching technology.” The company has …

Smart driving assistant Automatic partnering with Ford Motors through its in-car Sync platform

Automatic Labs and Ford Motors are announcing today a new partnership to bring the Automatic Link accessory to more people and add more functionality to the platform. Ford Motors and Automatic Labs will work together to develop features to both the Automatic platform and Ford Sync, the automaker’s …

The Games Of The Future Aren’t Just Games, They’re Billion-Dollar Ecosystems

What Destiny and Microsoft's acquisition of Minecraft say about the future of gaming.<p>One is a $500 million blockbuster, a sure-thing atom bomb of hype and polish from one of the gaming industry's most powerful and storied studios. It recouped its budget on its first day of sales.<p>The other is the …

Healthcare.gov was hacked, but none of your sensitive data was stolen

Healthcare.gov might have a dedicated team looking after its welfare thanks to its disastrous launch, but it's still not completely bulletproof. Apparently, the insurance website was hacked in July, and the perpetrator managed to slip in malware that wasn't spotted until August 25th. Before you …

An angry Tim Cook says Apple will tighten security around iCloud

In the wake of a high-profile leak of suggestive celebrity photos from Apple’s iCloud mobile backup servers, Apple now says it will take concrete steps to tighten security.<p>After saying earlier this week, in effect, that the leaks were the result of normal, everyday web mischief and not necessarily …

Tsunami Monitoring Technology Hits the Mark in Chile

A beefed-up tsunami monitoring and prediction system performed with flying colors in the wake of Tuesday's magnitude-8.2 earthquake in Chile, researchers reported on the morning after.<p>The only hitch in the system was human nature.<p>"It's always nice to see that the forecast worked," said Vasily …

How to Bake Scientifically Accurate Cake Planets

Watch the above video for an overview of how they put these cakes together. If you want to try it yourself, you can find a detailed step-by-step …

Painted Sunsets Hold Record of Volcanic Eruptions, Pollution

From the Renaissance to the present, the colors master painters choose to depict sunsets tell us what's in the air<p>Environmental data is turning up in unexpected places. In the April issue of Popular Science, Katie Peek reports on one such source: the journals of Henry David Thoreau. The …

How Wolves Change Rivers - video

Wolves are crucial for maintaining a healthy ecosystem -- a fact that was conveniently forgotten when they were exterminated from almost all of the continental United States by ranchers, farmers, trappers and hunters.<p>Meanwhile, the populations of other animals exploded. The entire ecosystem of the …

Exclusive: Inside Google's Quest To Bring Polar Bears To You

Every fall, polar bears migrate to the shores of the Hudson Bay and wait, a little longer each year, for the ice to refreeze. Street View collected imagery from their journey across the tundra. Here's why that's important.<p>Two hundred yards from the Churchill Airport in Manitoba, Canada, John Gunter …

How I Transformed Sewage Into Fresh Water [Video]

A little DIY distilling<p>Say the apocalypse happens tomorrow. The good news: You survive! No more credit card debt or miserable commutes. The bad news? Infrastructure has collapsed and there’s no clean drinking water. Most people can’t last a few days without it, so what we need is a reliable way to …

Largest-ever true-color photo of the night sky

The photographer trekked 60,000 miles (100,000 km) across the western United States and South Africa to create this massive composite image.<p>A …

More Clues to Life in the Oceans — on an Alien Moon, That Is

Europa<p>The search for life beyond Earth has generally focused on places that are as much like our home as possible. That’s why the Kepler space …

What are these sea slugs doing?

It’s “the first-known instance of ‘cephalo-traumatic secretion transfer’,” we are told in the abstract. This sounds like a head fuck.<p>I jump to the introduction.<p>“Traumatic mating often serves to inject prostate fluids or other gland secretions with putative allohormonal functions into the …