Frederick Leong

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Former Star Yale Quarterback Says University Sexual Assault Policy 'Nearly Ruined My Life'

Witt gained national attention his senior year when he was faced with the choice of keeping an interview with the Rhodes Scholarship Trust or play in "The Game," the last football game of the season against rival Harvard University — both were scheduled on the same day.<p>When Witt chose to play, …

Review: Amazon Fire phone

The first time I used Amazon’s mobile application I was flabbergasted.<p>I used the app to scan a bar code at Wal-Mart. Not only did it properly …

The Rise of Dark Tourism

When war zones become travel destinations<p>EIN ZIVAN, Golan Heights—Kobi Marom squints into the morning sun and gestures at the rolling green hills beneath the Quneitra viewpoint, where the crumbled Syrian city of Quneitra juts up against the Syrian-Israeli border fence. Here, some of the fiercest …

Companies are tapping into a desire by some tourists to get up close and personal with war zones

Over the past year, groups of curious onlookers have gathered in the Golan Heights to peer across the Israeli-Syrian border at rumbling tanks and mortar rounds being fired in the Syrian civil war.<p>War tourism isn’t a new phenomenon, but according to Tel Aviv-based freelance journalist Debra Kamin, …

APPLE'S SECRET WEAPON: App Store Sales

Total revenue from Apple's iTunes, software and "services" was $4.6 billion — an 11% jump year-over-year and an all-time record for any quarter, the company reported.<p>According to Schachter, sales from the App Store were up 35-40%, which reportedly helped make up for struggling multimedia sales on …

The e-cigarette boom: Study finds 466 online brands, 7,700 flavors

If you want a nicotine fix but you don't like the taste of tobacco, you've got options -- thousands of them.<p>According to a new survey of the e-cigarette landscape, there are more than 450 e-cigarette brands online, offering nicotine products in 7,700 flavors, including graham cracker, Swedish fish …

Public Health

Mesh networks could bridge the gap between internet capacity and demand

Advertisement<p>13 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / iQoncept<p>Despite the billions of dollars spent every year on internet infrastructure, the market and …

Illinois Is First State To Ban Microbeads

The Land of Lincoln says no to the synthetic exfoliants, which often end up in waterways.<p>Illinois has become the first state to ban microbeads, the small plastic bits often found in soaps and many different types of cosmetic products. The law, signed this week by Governor Pat Quinn, bans the …

Pollution

The Next Energy Bar Revolution: Real Meat

It powered Shackleton, Mallory, and Amundsen, and now dehydrated meats are being pressed into energy bars. They’re just as easy to stash in a pack or pocket for a long run or hike, and they’re usually higher in protein. The only bone of con-tention: the taste. You’ll either love it or hate …

Nutrition

Ben and Jerry's says goodbye to GMOs

ST. ALBANS, Vt. -- A Ben & Jerry's factory worker feeds chunks of chocolate-covered toffee into an augur, which funnels them into a stream of coffee-flavored ice cream. The newly blended confection is then dolloped into pint containers labeled "Coffee Toffee Bar Crunch."<p>What's rolling off the …

3 'trivial' inventions that ended up changing the world

Humanity very rarely realizes the impact of world-changing information technologies when they are first conceived. For the past 5,000 years, it’s often the inventors’ force of optimism, combined with sweat and blood, that has powered innovation through the haters of the day.<p>Recently, Salon’s …

50 Resources to Help You Create Customers for Life

<i>Gregory Ciotti is the marketing director at Help Scout. This post originally appeared on the Helpscout blog.</i><p>Earning customer loyalty is an uphill battle, but it is always worth the effort.<p>You’ve seen the data: the Harvard Business School report that showcased how, on average, increasing customer …

Startup To Launch 'SteamBoy' Handheld Steam Console

A startup, which isn’t associated with Valve, is working on a handheld Steam console to rival the PS Vita and Nvidia Shield. Called SteamBoy, and developed by a company called the SteamBoy Machine Team, the forthcoming console will be the first handheld device to run Steam OS.<p>It’s expected to …

Apple, Cisco, AT&T join Microsoft in fight against global search warrant

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Credit: Microsoft<p>Apple(s aapl), Cisco(s csco) and AT&T(s t) all filed <i>amicus curiae</i> briefs on Friday supporting Microsoft(s …

Grand Theft Auto creators join list of Britain's wealthiest

The cofounders of Grand Theft Auto maker Rockstar Games have joined the list of the 1,000 wealthiest Britons, as compiled by The Sunday Times.<p>Brothers Dan and Sam Houser peek in at No. 947 overall with a combined fortune estimated at £90 million ($151 million US). It's well below the wealthiest …

Obama congratulates Michael Sam, first openly gay player drafted by NFL

President Barack Obama congratulated Michael Sam on Saturday for being the first openly gay football player taken in the National Football League draft, the White House said in a statement.<p>"From the playing field to the corporate boardroom, LGBT Americans prove everyday that you should be judged by …

Test-driving Acompli: Could an email app be reason enough to go back to the iPhone?

Is a particular email experience reason enough to switch smartphones, or even platforms? For me, the answer was yes. I recently retired my iPhone 4s and began using the native Android Gmail app on an HTC One. Why? Here are just two reasons: I can archive or respond to emails from the lock screen …

Report: Amazon Is Working On A New Kind Of Computer Chip

Now Amazon is apparently trying to create its own home-grown computer server chips, according to job postings, new hires and some unnamed sources unearthed by Stacey Higginbotham at Gigaom.<p>That means it could be looking for a faster, cheaper, lower-power alternative to Intel's chips. It would …

Small Mite Is World's Fastest Land Animal, Size-For-Size

This is one fast invertebrate<p>A small mite native to Southern Californian is the world's fastest animal, at least relative to its body size, researchers announced on Sunday (April 28). Known as <i>Paratarsotomus macropalpis</i>, it can travel 322 body lengths in a second. That is one mighty mite.<p>Here is how …

Nike CEO Confirms Move Away from Wearables

Nike’s chief executive officer confirmed the sportswear giant was moving away from developing hardware and wearable technology after it was reported …

Legalise marijuana, says former US supreme court justice

The former supreme court justice John Paul Stevens said on Saturday that the federal government should legalise marijuana.<p>Stevens, 94, was speaking to National Public Radio, in an interview to discuss his new book. Asked if federal law should follow those states – Washington and Colorado – that …

Airbus Has Its Sights Set On Hybrid Electric Planes

MUNICH (Reuters) - Aircraft maker Airbus Group NV<p>is learning from carmakers as it works on developing a small plane powered by hybrid electric engines that could represent its first move into the market for regional jets.<p>The development of a regional plane, seating between 70 and 90 people, that …

Argentina Scientists Are Now Attaching Backpacks To Collect Cow Farts

Scientists in Argentina may have just the answer to combat global warming.<p>With cows being responsible for up to 25 percent of the methane gas released in the US each year, a group of scientists at Argentina's National Institute of Agricultural Technology is now attaching backpacks to cows to …

Why Biometrics Is Replacing Passwords

The release of the iPhone 5s, with its Touch ID capabilities, has brought biometrics further into the mainstream. Researchers say individually identifiable characteristics such as fingerprints, irises, voices, faces and behaviors will at some point replace overused and insecure passwords such as …

Nearly 16 Percent Of China's Soil Is Polluted, Government Says

BEIJING, April 17 (Reuters) - A nationwide investigation has shown that as much as 16 percent of China's soil contains higher-than-permitted levels of pollution, the environment ministry said on Thursday.<p>China is desperate to tackle the impact of rapid industrialisation and urbanisation on its food …

After big payday for WhatsApp, more app makers resort to “growth hacking”

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Kateryna Yakovlieva/Shutterstock<p>When Facebook(s sb) acquired popular messaging service WhatsApp for an eye-popping $19 …

Laughing Giraffe's new Soundpix App Makes your Photos Talk

A tiny subset of photography apps has slowly emerged from the vast pack on Apple’s app store to offer an alternative multimedia experience, a hybrid of stills and video: Images with sound.<p>Soundpix, a free app released today by Laughing Giraffe Technologies, gives you the auditory pleasure of your …

Google Releases Android Camera App With Selective Focus

Google has released a standalone version of its stock camera app for Android— and it's a significant improvement on its predecessor.<p>The new app, …

Turkey to censor tweets with 'malicious' content

Twitter might not be banned in Turkey anymore, but the country's government isn't quite done putting it through the censorship wringer yet. In fact, Turkish Communications Minister Lütfi Elvan just released a written statement that says: "We [Twitter and Turkey] have reached a consensus to …

Chinese Government Admits One Fifth Of Country's Farmland Is Polluted

The report raises sharp concerns about the country's food safety after years of unbridled industrialization.<p>Results of a nationwide survey of soil samples taken from 2005 through last year show contamination in 16.1 percent of the country's soil overall and 19.4 percent of its arable land.<p>More than …