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Steven Pinker: 10 'grammar rules' it's OK to break (sometimes)

Among the many challenges of writing is dealing with rules of correct usage: whether to worry about split infinitives, fused participles, and the meanings of words such as "fortuitous", "decimate" and "comprise". Supposedly a writer has to choose between two radically different approaches to these …

Smartphones will get multiple user support in Android L

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Android(s goog) tablets have had the ability to use multiple user profiles since Android 4.2, but phones were left out unless …

Don't Buy A Smartphone Before May 27th: LG's Next Handset Could Be A Dark Horse

Indecisive phone buyers can only procrastinate for so long, and after a busy month of phone launches many will feel that they’re approaching crunch time. Indeed, if you read my last post on this subject, then you’ll know that I’ve personally already made my mind up as to which is best among the …

Toyota designs a combustion engine that generates electricity

Despite the recent advent of usable, talented electric vehicles, combustion engines are likely to persist for quite some time, often as a component in plug-in hybrid and range-extended electric vehicles.<p>The onus then is on refining combustion power to work harmoniously with increasingly electrified …

The Supreme Court takes on warrantless cellphone searches

The Supreme Court is one step closer to resolving a long-running civil liberties debate: do police need a warrant to search your cellphone? This morning, the court is hearing arguments on two cases, both of which involve evidence gathered from mobile phones after an arrest. They were contentious …

Solar-Panel Windows Made Possible by Quantum Dot Breakthrough

Windows that double as solar panels could soon be a reality following a breakthrough in quantum dot research that could have significant implications …

KnowRoaming review: This SIM 'sticker' makes it easy for travelers to save on data

Thanks in no small part to T-Mobile's free global data initiative, US carriers have begun to lighten the fee load when it comes time to roam. But you'll still pay an arm and a leg in many countries, and discounted plans from AT&T and Verizon, while more reasonable than they once were, require a …

We may already know how we will cure death—but should we?

A pair of advocates—they do legitimate research too, but their ardor is so intense, it’s hard to call them scientists—believe that they will, within their lifetimes, make ours the first generation of humans to live forever.<p>Their quest is elegantly laid out in <i>The Immortalists</i>, a new documentary …

Singularity

China’s FunPlus raises a huge round of $74M to build a global gaming company

FunPlus, a relatively unknown Chinese publisher of mobile games, has raised $74 million in a new round of funding. That’s a huge funding round for a game company, and the deal is part of an effort to create a global mobile gaming company that excels in free-to-play titles.<p>The money comes from …

Snapdragon 800 vs Snapdragon 801

Hardware wise, the launches of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 have been a little bit difficult to judge. First there was some confusion over which Snapdragon chip would actually ship in the Galaxy S5, then the octo-core version appeared, and now we’re left trying to tell exactly how much …

Mobile

Meetup’s Multi-Day Outage Was Due To A Newer, More Powerful Type Of DDoS Attack

A bit of follow-up on Meetup’s DDoS (denial of service) attack which saw the company’s website and accompanying mobile services down for several days: according to the company, this was an example of the increasingly common NTP-based DDoS attack. Explains CloudFlare CEO Matthew Prince, who stepped …