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YOUR PHONE IS SPYING ON YOU! Hidden Back Door NSA Data Mining Software

<i></i><br>internal NSA documents that the US intelligence agency has the capability of tapping user data from the iPhone, devices using Android as well as …

Halley's Eclipse: a coup for Newtonian prediction and the selling of science

In 1715, 300 years ago today, a total solar eclipse was visible across a broad band of England. It was the first to be predicted on the basis of the Newtonian theory of universal gravitation, its path mapped clearly and advertised widely in advance. Visible in locations such as London and …

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"F*ck This Court": Woman Who Took AK-47 To Jailbreak Pens Epic Rant Against Judge

Tamah Clark apparently wasn't ready to accept her husband Jason Clark's incarceration on aggravated assault and domestic battery charges, so she did …

Human Rights

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Microsoft Turns To Software To Move Hardware

Microsoft announced two new phones yesterday, the Lumia 640 and the Lumia 640 XL. The inexpensive devices are designed to handle global communications, built with dual-SIM slots and the like. They also included something curious: Free Office 365 for a year.<p>The company currently offers a Surface …

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The YotaPhone 2 and its awesome e-paper display are coming to the US

The YotaPhone 2, which ranks as one of the coolest and more novel Android smartphones in recent memory, is headed to the United States. <i>Phone Scoop</i> reports that the company plans to launch an Indiegogo campaign in the spring and make the phone available for around $600. Should that prove successful …

Security flaw from the '90s leaves Apple and Android users vulnerable

A team of cryptographers have discovered that a security flaw from way back in the '90s still leaves users today vulnerable to cyberattacks. They've dubbed it "Factoring attack on RSA-EXPORT Key" or FREAK, and it renders everyone who uses Safari on Mac and iOS devices or Android's stock browser …

What You Can Learn From the Libertarian Manifesto

David Boaz has spent his life trying to persuade America that libertarianism doesn’t stop with entitled white guys and Rand Paul. He feels good about …

Political Science

US carriers make it (somewhat) easier to unlock your phone

If you've struggled with getting your carrier to unlock your phone so that you can easily travel abroad -- or, gasp, <i>switch providers</i> -- today is an important day. As promised, seven US networks (AT&T, Bluegrass Cellular, Cellcom, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular and Verizon) are now honoring a …

Why Earth has 4 seasons

Some assume our planet’s changing distance from the sun causes the change in the seasons. That’s logical, but not the case, for Earth.<p>Nearly everyone …

How Bad Is ISIS?

Now the world has fi­nally turned its at­ten­tion to the carnage sweep­ing through north­ern Ir­aq, many are strug­gling to place the per­pet­rat­ors …

How to move your iTunes library to an external hard drive

After decades of digital music, it's not unlikely if you've amassed quite the collection of music on your computer's hard drive. If your iTunes …

The 5 Best Ways To Learn How To Code

Photo: Courtesy of Skillcrush.<p>It’s no secret that the world of tech has a serious diversity problem. From bro-y CEOs and founders behaving badly on …

15-Minute Morning Workout Routine | The Art of Manliness

Adrian Peter Schmidt was born in the Alsace-Lorraine region of what is now France in 1872. His genetics and circumstances did not point to a future …

How to master Android Voice Commands, beyond Google Now

When Apple first introduced Siri with the iPhone 4S, it was not the first time the world had seen voice control, but it did mark the first time a major company was releasing it to the world simultaneously on millions of mobile devices as their most prominent feature.<p>Despite its innumerable flaws …

Ex-CBS News Reporter: Obama Administration Wants To Have 'A Chilling Effect' On The Press

"There seems to be a visceral reaction to doing stories that could ruffle feathers, whether it's certain people on the political spectrum, or even corporate interests," Attkisson said. "It never runs. Or it dies the death of a thousand cuts, as some of us say. If it's something they don't like or …

Android privacy tool feeds fake data to prying apps

When you install an app on your phone, it often spreads its tentacles into other various parts of the device. Sometimes, it taps into the hardware …

How to unhook all those apps with access to your data

Nick Bilton shows how to kick forgotten corporate eyes out of your Twitter, Facebook and Google accounts: "it’s time to start deleting." [NYT]

In Defense of Paul Ryan: He Isn’t Racist, He’s Right

In wrongly accusing him of racism, Congressman Paul Ryan’s critics are glossing over difficult questions around race and poverty.<p>Let’s get right to …

The Five-Second Rule Is Now Supported by Actual Scientific Evidence

Looks like it's time to start giving 10-year-olds a little more credit where their scientific claims are concerned. According to a new study from …

Feinstein excoriates CIA for spying on Senate committee

Sen. Dianne Feinstein blasts CIA chief John Brennan for allegedly spying on Senate Intelligence Committee computers, whom Edward Snowden then accused of hypocrisy.<p>Senator Dianne Feinstein is not a fan of government surveillance, at least when it's directed at the Senate Intelligence Committee.<p>The …

Robotiky makes coding as simple as A B C++

Meet Robotiky, the two-wheeled robot toy that teaches people young and old how to program.<p>Robotiky -- described as "Scratch meets Lego Mindstorms" -- …

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How to Pick a Lock With Hairpins

Ice Cream Machine<p>Fairy/Firefly Lantern<p>Starting a Handmade Business<p>Very nice 'ible. And thanks for clearing the name of lock picking; it's a …

Almost 500 Foods Contain The 'Yoga Mat' Compound. Should We Care?

That compound found in commercially baked bread — yep, the one that's in yoga mats, too — is in the news again.<p>A report from the Environmental Working Group finds that the compound, azodicarbonamide, is found in close to 500 food products, from Pillsbury Dinner Rolls to Little Debbie products to …

The chain fountain video is amazing

It’s looks like a magic trick, but it’s really a problem in the physics of everyday things.<p>Steve Mould, a host of science television shows in the UK, …

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