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Hold The Cellphone — That Cancer Study Isn’t What You Think

It didn't prove cellphones are deadly, but maybe take some precautions.<p>Look, the government has not found that your cellphone gives you cancer, as many headlines on Friday would have you believe.<p>A two-year, $25 million study conducted by the National Toxicology Program found an increase in brain …

Cancer

How your iMessages and Amazon purchases are driving the tech megadeal frenzy

It's just the latest multi-billion dollar deal in the tech industry this year, following Intel's takeover of Altera, Avago's acquisition of Broadcom, and Dell's $67 billion takeover of EMC.<p>What's behind many of these transactions are huge shifts in the way we capture and store data — be it cell …

Amazon’s Kindle Convert Can Turn Your Paper Library Into E-Books

If you’ve been hanging on to those paper books because the idea of having to repurchase them all as Kindle titles is daunting, Amazon has a new option for you: Kindle Convert, a program for Windows that turns print books into digital versions fully compatible with Amazon’s Kindle software, …

13 Google Search Tricks That Make Life A Whole Lot Easier

You <i>think</i> you know how to Google? You don't know how to Google.<p>Even the most seasoned Googler might not know every tip and trick available with just a few extra keystrokes in the search bar. Consider this your instructions manual for the world's most popular search engine.<p>Define A Word<p><b>The Scenario:</b> …

Microscopic Beauty

Each year GE Healthcare hosts a cell imaging competition calling on researchers to submit the most compelling images from their research. These images are all runner-ups in this year’s competition. Head to GE Healthcare to see more and vote for your favorite.

Should Kids Get iPhones for Christmas?

Don’t look now, but kids want iPhones for Christmas. Well, a third of them do, anyway.<p>A survey of 12- to 17-year-olds conducted by Ebates found that an iPhone tops the wishlist. One third — specifically 32% — of those surveyed want an iPhone. (Some 12% want a Samsung Galaxy phone.)<p>Ho, ho, hold on a …

Mobile Technology

Windows 8.1's web use doubles shortly after launch

Web traffic doesn't directly translate to market share, but it's handy for tracking the adoption of brand new operating systems -- take Windows 8.1, for example. Net Applications notes that Microsoft's new OS nearly doubled in web share upon its official launch in October, climbing to 1.7 percent. …

Hundreds of Snails Tagged with LEDs at Night

Researchers from the University of Exeter created an experiment to help further their research into the transmission of lungworm from snails to dogs. They tagged hundreds of snails with LEDs and UV paint and tracked their movement at night.

Play Facebook game, sequence genomes

<b>A Facebook game uses crowdsourcing to analyse genome data collected by scientists to save dying trees in the UK.</b><p>Ash trees in the UK are in trouble. …

DNA

Want to train your brain? Play StarCraft

<i>(Credit: Blizzard)</i><p><b>A new study has found that real-time strategy gaming can increase the cognitive flexibility of the player.</b><p>Studies have demonstrated …

The Brain

Google filing says Gmail users have no expectation of privacy

In motion to dismiss a data-mining lawsuit, Web giant says people have "no legitimate expectation of privacy in information" voluntarily turned over to third parties.<p>As if Edward Snowden hasn't done enough to highlight how vulnerable electronic communications are to surveillance, Google has made it …

Privacy

How mobile phones are making cash obsolete in Africa

When he rolls into a gas station to fill his tank, Barkhad Dahir doesn't get out of his car. He punches a few buttons on his cellphone and within seconds he has paid for the fuel.<p>With the same quick keystrokes on his phone, he pays for virtually everything he needs: groceries at the supermarket, a …

3D-printed pinhead battery could power robots

One of the smallest batteries ever, this tiny lithium-ion can store enough juice to power tiny robots or medical implants.<p>We've seen some very sophisticated 3D-printed objects recently, but never a tiny 3D-printed battery -- one that's as small as a grain of sand, no less.<p>A group of U.S. and Korean …

Electric Vehicles

The United Kingdom boasts the world’s leading e-commerce market

Silicon Valley may be the global hub of innovative internet thinkers. But when it comes to internet shoppers, the United Kingdom can’t be beat. On June 20, officials reported much better-than-expected UK retail sales for last month in large part because of online spending: non-store sales grew 19% …

eCommerce

Astronaut Performs David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” While Floating in Space

<b>Astronaut Performs David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” While Floating in Space</b><p>Before he returns to Earth after five months aboard the International Space Station, Commander Chris Hadfield recorded this amazing cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.”<p>This isn’t Hadfield’s first foray into the world of YouTube. During his time in space he picked up quite the following here on Earth with his videos explaining what it’s like living for an extended period in space.<p><i>Ed note: We think this video should play on</i> …

Meet Jinichi Kawakami, Japan’s Last Ninja

A wanna-be ninja. Photo: Seth W.<p>Jinichi Kawakami, a 63-year old engineer, is probably Japan’s last true-blue ninja. He’s the head of the Ban clan, a …

X-ray vision tracks lightning bursts

Blink and you’ve missed it. Researchers in the US have captured the world’s first X-ray images of lightning, by creating a special camera that can capture radiation at 10 million frames per second. They presented their new findings at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco and they say that this new view of lightning could help to solve some of the mysteries of this spectacular natural phenomenon.<p>The research was carried out at the International Center for Lightning …

What Twitter Can Learn From Google About Tracking What Goes Viral

With Twitter and Pinterest showcasing their new and updated analytics features recently, a lot of the focus has been on how to ensure your content reaches as large a group as possible.<p>While first party analytical services are improving and becoming more precise, there is always room for improvement …

Marketing

North Korea stops 3G data service one month after rollout

Last month's revelation that North Korea would start offering a tourist-only 3G data service was hailed as a sign that the isolated nation may be loosening its grip on the internet, and even more so when it turned out that the access would be uncensored. Unfortunately, though, it appears that the …

Digitimes says Apple is working on a 4K TV for either later this year or early next year

According to <i>Digitimes</i>, Apple is planning on launching a TV set either later this year or in early 2014. The site, which has a mixed track record, says that the display is of 4K resolution. Specifically, the report calls for a 3840 x 2160 panel in the TV. While the site says Apple could be working …