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Why next-gen consoles won't run games at 4K

Back in March, Microsoft's CVP of Marketing and Strategy Yusuf Mehdi told <i>Forbes</i> that the Xbox One would support 4K gaming, saying that there was "no hardware restriction there at all".<p>However, some testing from <i>AnandTech</i> suggests that while that statement might be technically accurate, whether it's …

Nextgen

Here's What It Looks Like When Two Hacker FBI Informants Try To Inform On Each Other

The FBI has so many moles in the hacktivist community, it seems, that at times they’ve even ended up unwittingly doing their best to get each other arrested.<p>For much of 2011, Icelandic then-teenager and self-described hacker Sigurdur Thordarson worked as both a WikiLeaks volunteer and an FBI …

Snowden trained as hacker while with NSA -- report

More details about the mysterious past of Edward Snowden, the former contractor for the National Security Agency who leaked details about the agency's surveillance program, are starting to emerge.<p>Snowden, who is reportedly currently holed up in an airport in Moscow, was taught all he needed to know …

Samsung's Response To Android May Have Hit A Snag

The mighty Samsung looked in trouble today after releasing disappointing second-quarter forecasts, record numbers that nevertheless fell below most analysts’ expectations. The trouble comes from selling expensive, high-margin smartphones in developed countries; at least half the population in the …

As Bitcoin's dollar exchange volume slips, the virtual currency's value continues to fall

The price of Bitcoin is slipping, corresponding to a decline in its exchange volume to dollars, and a decidedly negative operating margin for those working to ‘mine’ the currency. Currently, Bitcoin trades for roughly $73.<p>The dizzying assent of Bitcoin was followed by a predictable fall. What would …

Anti-NSA Surveillance Protests Gain Traction on Independence Day

Every day, more details are revealed regarding the National Security Agency’s classified surveillance programs, courtesy of whistleblower and former …

10 Huge Breakthroughs That Came From All-Nighters

Getting enough sleep is important, but don't be afraid to work through the night when necessary.<p>Eric Epstein's new book, 24 Hours Genius: Unlocking Your Brain's Potential with Strategic All-Nighters, chronicles some memorable stories of how successful people pulled all-nighters that led to some …

Samsung’s meltdown is nothing like Apple’s

Samsung has a problem on its hands. Despite getting ready to post a record profit of roughly $8.3 billion on $50 billion in revenue for the second …

Why People Think Inflation Has Soared, And That The Cost Of Bread Is Spiraling Higher

There was an incident recently where conservative commenter Erick Erickson said there was a bunch of inflation, only to get smacked down by Paul Krugman, who rebutted him with actual facts.<p>So why do people insist that there's so much inflation?<p>Probably because they have no idea what it is.<p>Scott …

Economics

This Tiny, Portable Laptop Stand Will Finally Fix Your Posture

“The Roost–stop hunching over your laptop,” I read, back and neck aching as usual. I had been working at my laptop like a gargoyle since early in the morning. But in the Roost, a laptop stand that’s raised almost $100,000 on Kickstarter, I’ve finally found a solution.<p>My main issue with most laptop …

Phone screens could soon be visible in direct sunlight and even fight germs

What is unusual about this sheet of glass?<p>That circle in the center isn’t actually a hole; it received a new treatment from glass manufacturer …

Can a human being live longer than 120 years?

A human cell can divide roughly 50 times before it dies out. It's called the Hayflick limit, and it's become a real headache for the anti-aging science. As long as the limit holds, it suggests a maximum human lifespan of 120 years — but a new crop of research suggests the limit may not be as hard …