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Thomas Piketty attacks hypocritical Germans for insisting on Greek austerity: They’re “a huge joke”

“Germany is <em>the</em> country that’s never paid its debt” and has “no standing to lecture other nations”<p>In an interview with the German publication Die Zeit, economist Thomas Piketty lashed out at conservatives in Germany and France for their "shocking ignorance of history" on the matter of debt …

Is this the end for apps?

Contextual information is changing the world. We have more data available to us than ever before, and much of it is being generated and consumed by the mobile devices in our pockets. Right now, businesses are creating systems and apps that will enable us to act on that data to automate our …

How a file format brought an industry to its knees

MP3. It's the format that revolutionized the way music's been consumed since the late '90s. When Karlheinz Brandenburg, a German acoustics engineer, discovered that an audio file could be compressed down to one-twelfth of its original size without distortion, he created the file-shrinking …

Nazi telegram that sent Hitler into a rage sells for over £35,600 at auction

A telegram from Hitler's second-in-command in the final days of the Second World War asking the Führer to hand over the reins of power sold for more than twice its expected price<p>An infamous Nazi telegram sent to Adolf Hitler that threw him into a rage after Hermann Göring, his second-in-command, …

Adolf Hitler

iOS 9 Preview: Well This Was Long-Overdue

This year’s update to Apple’s mobile operating system isn’t a blockbuster release full of controversial design; in fact, the biggest iOS update of …

iOS

Citibank Is Working On Its Own Digital Currency, Citicoin

In a move that should be of no surprise to anyone familiar with the space, Citibank has admitted to running a test platform for digital currencies and is pondering its own solution, CitiCoin.<p>According to the International Business Times, Citigroup has built its own digital currency based on bitcoin …

T-Mobile’s silence on government data requests only raises more questions

T-Mobile is receiving far more data requests from government than other wireless carriers, and the “Uncarrier” is offering precious little explanation of why that’s so.<p>T-Mobile received nearly 351,940 government requests for data in 2014. AT&T has roughly twice the number of subscribers, yet …

Mobile

New ‘No Man’s Sky’ Footage Leaves Us Thinking, ‘That Escalated Quickly’

Blow space goats away in Hello Games' upcoming open-universe adventure! Or, better still, don't.<p>Is there anything better than a headline combining the name of an exceptionally hyped new video game and a meme so ubiquitous that it's a wonder nobody's named their kid after it yet? No, there really is …

Mad Max

Si Robertson, 'Duck Dynasty' Star, Says Atheists Don't Exist

There's no such thing as an atheist, according to one of the stars of the reality TV show "Duck Dynasty."<p>Si Robertson, known to fans of the show as “Uncle Si,” told the Christian Post that anyone who uses the date is acknowledging Jesus.<p>"There's no such thing as an atheist," Robertson told the …

German man hid 40-tonne World War II tank in basement

A 78-year-old German man had been hiding rare World War II heavy weapons collection, including a 40-tonne Nazi Panther tank, in his basement …

FBI director: I don’t like encryption, but I’m not a maniac

There’s just no getting around it: FBI director James Comey isn’t a fan of encryption.<p>In an open letter, Comey writes that the kind of security seen on devices like the iPhone do more to hurt us than they do to help — potentially even aiding terrorist groups such as ISIS.<p>“I really am not a maniac …

Privacy

The Myth of Big, Bad Gluten

Bill Cosby admitted buying drugs to give women for sex

Court documents reveal Cosby admitted giving prescription sedatives to women he was pursuing for sex<p>Women who have made sex allegations against Bill Cosby said they felt vindicated by an admission the comedian made in secret court evidence that he had given sedatives to a 19-year-old before …

Cosby Show

Calm down and rock on; Apple isn’t adding DRM to your music

No, you won’t lose all your DRM-free iTunes music. At least, not without deleting your actual files and not having a backup. Apple isn’t adding DRM to your iTunes files, either.<p>The reality here is that Apple will not automatically remove any iTunes music files you own on your computer and replace …

Matched

Protect Yourself From Hackers – Update to iOS 8.4 and OS X 10.10.4 Right Now

If Apple Music and Beats 1 weren’t enough motivation for you to update your iPhones, iPads and iPod touch handhelds to iOS 8.4, maybe the dozens of …