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These Academics Spent the Last Year Testing Whether Your Phone Is Secretly Listening to You

It’s the smartphone conspiracy theory that just won’t go away: Many, many people are convinced that their phones are listening to their conversations …

Arriving Now: Your Self-Driving Car

In technology, big breakthroughs always seem to take longer than we assume. There’s an amusing recursive “law” that describes this phenomenon, <b>Hofstadter’s Law</b>, which states: “It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.” <b>**</b><p>Hofstadter’s Law is a wry way of …

Autonomous Cars

Why one region of the US will survive climate change better than any other, according to urban planners

Somewhere that's warm but not too warm, free from hurricanes and flood-causing downpours, and close to a body of water yet far enough to avoid the threat of sea-level rise.<p>Which places does that leave? According to climate scientists and urban planners, not a lot.<p>"The bottom line is it's going to …

Climate Change

The flu vaccine isn't perfect — but that doesn't mean you should skip the shot

What science says about flu shots.<p>Dear Julia: How well do flu shots actually work?<p>Just about every influential public health figure urges people to get their flu shots each fall as a necessary precaution during influenza season.<p>So over dinner, I asked a couple of respected evidence-based medicine …

Lightlines are humanity's latest attempt to protect smartphone zombies

The city of Bodegraven in the Netherlands is testing "Plus Lightlines" (+Lichtlijn, in Dutch) to alert distracted smartphone users at road crossings. The pilot project puts an embedded strip of illuminated LEDs in the sidewalk, thus placing it in the line of sight of people staring at their phones. …

Social Media

How to watch movies and read books more intelligently, according to New York’s most powerful critics

Sometimes it seems we’ll never get back to the blissful college days of doing nothing but reading, thinking, and discussing. (Or drinking while discussing. Or drinking while not discussing.) The farther you get along in career and family, the more you wonder: Will I ever find time to finish (or …

Clint Eastwood

Microsoft slashes nearly 2,000 jobs as its smartphone business crumbles

The American tech company is cutting nearly 2,000 jobs, it announced Wednesday , including 1,350 from Finland as it ceases phone design and production in the country.<p>The Finland layoffs were reported earlier by the Finnish press . After years of partnership, Microsoft acquired Nokia's smartphone …

Satya Nadella

Netflix Launches Fast.com, New Tool To Check Your Internet Speed

Netflix is all about optimization these days. Just weeks ago, the company introduced new tools to help you measure how much cellular data you use. Now, it wants you to help you get a handle on the speed of your web connection too: with its new website fast.com, you can immediately test your home …

Find The Source: WiFi Triangulation

[Michael] was playing with his ESP8266. Occasionally he would notice a WiFi access point come up with, what he described as, “a nasty name”. Perhaps …

Pulses rise as Fitbit defends accuracy of fitness trackers

A study of Fitbit heart monitors has set pulses racing.<p>The San Francisco wearables company on Monday defended the accuracy of its fitness trackers after a study conducted by researchers at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, found its PurePulse technology didn't correctly monitor heart …

Consume responsible amounts of marijuana with a Keurig for weed

Just when you thought you had run out of ways to consume marijuana, in comes something newer and weirder.<p>CannaKorp has unveiled a new vaporizer, the …

The space junk orbiting our planet is becoming a big problem

"We are going to have some massive objects colliding in space and creating big, big field of debris and present a problem for satellites," said Darren McKnight, technical director at Integrity Applications, a Virginia engineering firm that works on government spy satellites. "The problem is it's …

The Failed Promise of Legal Pot

New laws on marijuana were supposed to boost tax revenues and free up cops to go after “real” criminals. But underground sales—and arrests—are still thriving.<p>It’s just after four o’clock on a hot Seattle afternoon, and Thomas Terry is standing in the parking lot of a Jack in the Box. Known for …

New iPhone app lets you know if you're being spied on

A 2015 report suggested nearly a quarter million iPhones had been hacked by one (or more) of 92 different identified varieties of malware. A new app, ‘System and Security Info,’ wants to let you know if you’re one of them.<p>The problematic part isn’t often the hack itself, it’s that most have no clue …

Watch the Hyperloop's first public test, but don't blink or you'll miss it

You blinked, didn't you?<p>It only lasted about two seconds, but wow, what a sort of thrilling two seconds it was! Hyperloop One, the LA-based startup striving to realize Elon Musk's pipe dream, conducted its first public open-air test in the Nevada desert Wednesday.<p>A crowd of wealthy investors, …

The Information Age is over; welcome to the Experience Age

Mike Wadhera Contributor<p>Mike Wadhera is the founder of Teleport.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>The future of mobile video is virtual reality<p>Twenty-five years after the introduction of the World Wide Web, the Information Age is coming to an end. Thanks to mobile screens and Internet everywhere, …

Does Fingerprint Access Make Your Phone Less Secure?

By creating another type of entry mode to smartphones, phone makers created another vector of attack for would-be hackers.<p>Smartphone makers must perform a delicate balancing act between security and ease of use in their devices.<p>For example, the biometric fingerprint readers on newer phones are …

Phocion

Phocion (c. 402 – 318 BCE) was an Athenian statesman and military commander who, according to tradition, was made a general a staggering 45 times. A …

Unpublished Photos Of Amy Winehouse Show A Side Of Her Few Have Seen

"Before FRANK" is a compilation of photos taken before the singer's debut album release.<p>"The first time I met Amy Winehouse was the day I shot her album cover," photographer Charles Moriarty recalled in a video featured on Kickstarter. The year was 2003 and Winehouse was about to release her debut …

Anti-Drug Senators Criticized For 'Sham' Hearing On Legal Marijuana

Drug policy reform advocates denounced the hearing as dishonest and out of touch.<p>A Senate hearing on state marijuana laws Tuesday was biased and dishonest, focusing mostly on debunked claims that marijuana use leads to substances like heroin and cocaine, drug policy groups said.<p>"These hearings are …

Quantum computing: Game changer or security threat?

<b>Superfast quantum computers could transform the world of finance, advocates say.</b><p>In a world where how fast you can assimilate and analyse data, then act on it, makes the difference between profit and loss, computing speed is key.<p>This is why banks, insurance firms and hedge funds invest millions on …

What the Science of Touch Says About Us

What the new science of touch says about ourselves.<p>On a bitter, soul-shivering, damp, biting gray February day in Cleveland—that is to say, on a February day in Cleveland—a handless man is handling a nonexistent ball. Igor Spetic lost his right hand when his forearm was pulped in an industrial …

Genetically Modified Mosquitoes: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

The Zika virus could open the door for a new era of gene-tweaking for pest control and disease prevention.<p>History is filthy with stories of pest control gone terribly, terribly wrong.<p>Consider, for example, the infamous tale of how the mongoose got to the Hawaiian Islands. The sleek carnivore was …

Public Health

Here's why the music labels are furious at YouTube. Again.

RIAA boss Cary Sherman says Katy Perry and the rest of the music business are getting a bad deal.<p>You’ve heard this song before: The music industry is mad at YouTube.<p>In the old days, the music business used to complain that YouTube took their music and didn’t pay them. Now the complaint has changed: …

Universal Music

A Fitbit Saved His Life? Well, Maybe

Wearing a Fitbit?<p>If so, you already know that electronic fitness trackers can let you keep records on your smartphone of how many steps you've walked, how much you've slept, maybe your heart rate, or even where you've been.<p>But what can the gadget tell your doctor? A few things that are pretty …

Medicine

Will Juicy Couture's Velour Tracksuits Finally Make a Comeback This Year?

The aughts called, and they want to make velour tracksuits a thing again. (Yup, it's 2016.) It's been well over a decade since Juicy Couture's bedazzled errandswear became wardrobe staples across America, and oh, how times have almost changed: JC superfan Paris Hilton is a "DJ", her partner in …

Haute Couture

Scientists are using chemistry to fight off counterfeit coffee

You wait in line for your daily cup at your favorite coffee shop, like every morning. But today, something seems wrong with your precious, life-giving cup of joe. As the steam clouds your vision, you notice the familiar, nutty scent is tainted with hints of — what is that, a barnyard? And upon …

Chief: Shot that killed detective 'deliberately aimed' by another officer

<b>(CNN) —</b> The gunshot that struck a police officer in Maryland this week was "deliberately aimed at him by another police officer," a chief said Wednesday.<p>It was previously known that Officer First Class Jacai Colson had been killed by friendly fire.<p>"The shot that struck and killed Detective Colson …

Law Enforcement

Why Photographer Matt Granger is Ditching Sony

Photographer Matt Granger just posted this 16-minute video about why he’s ditching Sony gear when it comes to his professional work. In short: …

If We Want to Find Aliens, We Should Search for the Ones Searching for Us

A paper published today in Astrobiology details a new strategy for seeking out intelligent life.<p>A pair of astrophysicists have proposed a new strategy for searching for intelligent extraterrestrial life: point our telescopes in the direction where, if life exists, it may have already found <i>us</i>.<p>"We're …