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Russian bots retweeted Trump nearly 500,000 times in final weeks of 2016 campaign

Russian-linked automated Twitter accounts, or bots, retweeted Donald Trump almost half a million times in the final weeks before the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, Twitter told the Senate Judiciary Committee.<p>The 50,000 automated accounts the company determined had ties to Russia sent more than 2 …

Social Media

Beyoncé shatters most-liked Instagram photo record

The singer-songwriter announced her pregnancy with twins on the photo-sharing platform.<p>Wonderful news, everyone! Beyoncé and Jay-Z are expecting twins, although if you didn't know that already, maybe you haven't been on the internet today. The singer-songwriter announced the pregnancy on Instagram, …

Social Media

Sphero's Force Band can now control your home over IFTTT

Sphero's motion-tracking Force Band can now control more than a tiny (and utterly adorable) BB-8 droid. The company has teamed up with If This Then That (IFTT) to integrate the "force" with countless apps and smart home devices. IFTTT, if you need a reminder, is a service that lets you automate …

Buying stuff on your phone still sucks. Here's why

Mobile shopping is often a lousy experience, but things are getting better. You just have to be patient.<p>On a Friday this month in Manhattan's Madison Square Park, I chatted with a handful of people about what it was like for them to buy T-shirts, toothpaste or TVs on their phones. I got an …

eCommerce

San Francisco MUNI hacker was hacked

Over the weekend, San Francisco's transit system was hacked by an individual (or group) going by the name Andy Saolis. The attack forced the city to offer Muni rides for free while its staff raced to rectify the breach on its servers. But while Saolis was threatening to expose gigabytes of data if …

Elon Musk has ambitious plans for Mars. Are they as crazy as they sound?

The SpaceX founder has become the face of entrepreneurial space exploration – and ambition. What does the established space science community think of him?<p>Entrepreneur Elon Musk has set himself an ambitious timeline for the colonization of Mars. The South Africa-born magnate estimates that his …

Space Travel

Extreme Surfing in the Arctic Circle: Pictures

Northern Lights

Review: TarDisk doubles your MacBook's storage and never looks back

On launch, the TarDisk Pear promised the moon for MacBook users running out of space on their hard drives. The small flash drive uses your SD Card slot to double your existing drive, but there are compromises.<p>As hardware goes, TarDisk is nothing fancy. It slips into your open SD Card slot and stays …

Fast-tracking the UK's surveillance bill won't protect Britons

Politicians in the UK are calling for the anti-privacy Investigatory Powers bill to be fast-tracked, in light of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.<p>They are right to worry in the light of recent events. But fast-tracking the Investigatory Powers bill would only put in place a bulk data …

Sony Xperia Z5 devices get a significant price cut (yes, already)

The Sony Xperia Z5 smartphones haven’t even been released yet, but it seems the Japanese manufacturer has changed its mind and decided to cut down the prices before launch. The Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Premium were expected to cost £549.00, £599.00 and £699.00, relatively. Those …

Mobile

Last-minute Sony Xperia Z5 family leaks corroborate Compact, Premium names and design

Two last minute leaks seemingly confirm the Sony Xperia Z5‘s existence, and show off the smartphone in some of the best quality images we’ve seen yet. A retail store poster appears to reaffirm previous rumors that we’re going to see Sony announce a small, medium and large version of the Xperia Z5 …

7 Wine Bars You Need to Drink at Now

Forget anonymous cheese plates and boring wines by the glass. These bars are doing something downright great.<p>Admit it: When you just want to go get a drink, you're not hitting up the local wine bar. Aspirational date? Sure. Parents in town? Bring on the goblet of Chardonnay. But cheap, casual, fun …

Boston

Afghan women carry body of lynched woman to burial

An Afghan woman who was beaten to death by a mob for allegedly burning a copy of the Quran has been buried in Kabul, her coffin carried aloft by women's rights activists in a rare protest in a male-dominated society.<p>Hundreds of people, shouting "Allah o Akbar" (God is greatest), demanded the …

Extremism