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What The Heck Will Google Do With These Scary Military Robots?

Let’s see, we have a company that already knows everything about us, has possibly the world’s largest computer network, has recently built one of the biggest artificial-intelligence teams in the world–a company so powerful that it feels the need to soften its dominance with the informal motto, …

How Important Is A Bee?

This is an alarming story, not because it ends badly. It's alarming because it ends well. It shouldn't have, but it did, and biologists (and especially conservationists) now have a puzzle to ponder.<p>The story begins in central China, in an apple-growing region called Maoxian County, near the city of …

The Best Android Launchers You Can Download Today

We love Android devices as much as the next person, but sometimes the vanilla Android experience leaves us wanting a little more. Thankfully, it’s possible to change the whole look and feel of your Android device with only the minimum of effort – and no need to root.<p>Android launchers, or home …

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 …

Male and female brains wired differently, scans reveal

Maps of neural circuitry show women's brains are suited to social skills and memory, men's perception and co-ordination<p>Scientists have drawn on nearly 1,000 brain scans to confirm what many had surely concluded long ago: that stark differences exist in the wiring of male and female brains.<p>Maps of …

The Next-Gen USB Plug To Be Smaller And Finally Reversible

Our long worldwide nightmare is almost over. The next USB plug will finally be reversible just like Apple’s Lightning connector. No more blindly jamming the connector towards the receptacle, just knowing that it’s not going to work. In the near future, the plug will always be the right side up.<p>The …

Google Wants To Make Your Passwords Obsolete

<i>Update to add comment from Google on U2F technology.</i><p>If there’s one thing that decades of computer use have taught security experts, it’s that most of us are really bad at creating good passwords. After the recent data breach involving Adobe’s customer accounts, security researcher Jeremi Gosney …

25 Charts That Will Make You Thankful You Live In America

Thanksgiving is when you often find yourself sitting in traffic, waiting for a delayed flight, or looking for a reason to get away from your extended family.<p>It's also a day when Americans remember the things they are thankful for.<p>So, if you're sitting in traffic, waiting for a delayed flight, or …

Natural Gas

Will the UK Face a Mobile Spectrum Crunch by 2020?

Mobile spectrum is a key resource in keeping our smartphones, tablets, and other devices connected to the Internet. Without it, we simply wouldn’t have any connectivity whatsoever while away from a fixed-line.<p>Unfortunately, as well as being a key resource, it’s also an increasingly rare one. Mobile …

Japanese firm plans 250 mile-wide solar panel belt around Moon

A Japanese firm announces its innovative solution to the nation's energy problems - a 250 mile-wide belt of solar panels on the moon<p>A Japanese construction firm is proposing to solve the well-documented energy problems facing Japan - and ultimately the entire planet - by turning the moon into a …

Renewable Energy

Big Dog and Small Pup Are Inseparable Best Friends

Earlier this year we met photogenic Harlow the Weimaraner and his fellow canine buddy Sage. Now, the household has welcomed a new addition to their dog party–Indi the Dachshund. The tiny pup has seamlessly entered the family, adding an adorable element to the already sweet collection of portraits …

Pets

The fall (and rise?) of Yahoo: How the web giant crumbled and built some great tech in the process

Advertisement<p>16 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr / Yahoo<p>At one point not so long ago, Yahoo (s yhoo) was one of the top technology companies in the world. “The …

Moby compares Thom Yorke to 'an old guy yelling at fast trains'

Moby joins the Spotify debate but Radiohead singer retaliates, saying that while he may be 45, he does 'still have hair'<p>• Spotify v musicians: 10 things to clarify the debate • Yorke calls Spotify 'the last desperate fart of a dying corpse'<p>Moby has likened Thom Yorke's recent call to arms regarding …

We Need to Know More About What Startups Do with Our Data

Earlier today we reported on an apparent security problem with trivia app QuizUp that saw users’ contact data sent in plain text. Developer Plain Vanilla blamed a fault with third-party software that has now apparently been fixed, but the episode highlighted an important issue – we don’t know …

Europe’s response to U.S. surveillance is hopeful rather than harsh

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>The European Commission has laid out plans for “rebuilding trust” in the EU’s data-sharing agreements with the United States, …

Seattle Diner Booting Customers For Wearing Google Glass

David Meinert is the owner of the venerable 5 Point Café in Belltown, Seattle, an old-school dive bar that made news earlier this year when it announced that Google Glass smart eyewear would not be allowed in the bar. People locally were amused and the story was tagged as a sign of things to …

Sizing New Markets -- Five Solutions and Four Traps

Imagine the “Wow!” when someone first sees a flexible display screen. Tablet computers that can roll up into tiny scrolls, a comfortable “smart watch” – the potential applications abound. It is no surprise that Samsung and LG are rushing to monetize their current positions as the only companies …

Report: China Has 270 Million Android Users

The number of daily active Android users in China has surpassed 270 million, according to a new report from Baidu, China’s dominant search company. To give an idea of the significance of that number, Google announced in September that it had activated a total of 1 billion Android devices to date — …

Storage wars rage on as Pure Storage, EMC ratchet up legal spat

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Just in time for Thanksgiving, Pure Storage has charged that storage rival EMC(s emc) stole one of its flash-storage arrays in …

4oD catch-up streaming comes to Sky Now TV and Roku boxes

A smart TV box for a tenner is a nice thing, but one that streams <i>Homeland</i> on demand is arguably even nicer. As of today, owners of a Sky Now TV media player should see 4oD among their list of free channels, alongside the existing options like BBC iPlayer and Demand 5. Meanwhile, Channel Four's …

Jolla: Ex-Nokia employees launch smartphone

<b>A team of ex-Nokia employees has released the first handset running on a new smartphone platform.</b><p>The Jolla phone - pronounced Yol-la - is powered by open-source operating system Sailfish, but can run most apps designed for Google's Android platform.<p>The company has paired with a major Finnish …

Windows Phone

America falls a dismal 31st on ranking of consumer download speeds (report)

30 countries have faster Internet than America, at least according to the most recent update from Speedtest.net.<p>Speedtest.net compares and ranks consumer download speeds around the globe, calculating the rolling mean in Mbps. It updated its list this week, and found the U.S. falls far short of …

NSA spygate concerns prompt Microsoft to encrypt its internet traffic

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Microsoft(s msft) is moving to encrypt internet traffic flowing into and out of its data centers, according to a <i>Washington …

Forget Prozac, Psychobiotics Are the Future of Psychiatry

For millennia, the human race has sought to combat psychological disorders through the intervention of natural – and eventually synthetic – chemicals. Originally, the sources for these psychoactive substances were the various fruits and flowers, including the Areca tree (betel nut), the poppy …

The US And Afghanistan Inked A Deal To Keep The War Going Through 2024

The U.S. and Afghan governments have agreed to a final draft in a bilateral agreement that lays out the relationship between the two nations and the end to the war in Afghanistan, this according to Richard Engel with NBC News.<p>According to a draft copy of the resolution obtained by NBC News, the …

National Security

What Does Your Device Say About You? | About Verizon

You can’t judge a book by its cover, but can you judge a person by their mobile device?<p>Just as purchasing a pick-up truck, mini-van or convertible may reveal clues about a person’s lifestyle, so can picking one particular operating system or type of device over another. This might give insight into …