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After trip to space, cherry trees mysteriously blossom years ahead of schedule

It's that time of year when cherry blossoms draw crowds across the world, but a few cherry trees this year have sprouted a mystery. Four cherry tree saplings across Japan blossomed this spring, as much as six years ahead of schedule. The trees all come from a selection of seeds that took a trip to …

5 Can't-Miss Apps: Dropbox's Carousel and More

Carousel<p>Entrain<p>Distiller<p>Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff<p>Baby Bundle<p>Between all the Heartbleed revelations, and figuring out which passwords you now …

iWatch cost could be subsidized by health insurers, analyst suggests

(iWatch concept by Todd Hamilton)<p>Apple could be planning to subsidize the cost of its upcoming wearable product through health insurers, Cowan & Co. analyst Timothy Arcuri speculates.<p>“We continue to believe it is possible the product (iWatch) is backstopped by some sort of insurance subsidization …

​What is Heartbleed, anyway?

If you're an IT professional, gadget blogger or token geek in your circle of friends, chances are, you've been hounded relentlessly over the past couple of days about "this Heartbleed thing."<p>"Do I need to update my antivirus?"<p>"Can I login to my bank account now?"<p>"Google already fixed it, …

Lights, camera, interaction: Why video data is a crucial part of the enterprise value chain

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock/Photosani<p>The Netflix-Comcast truce has demonstrated once more how crucial video has become for today’s …

Science learns which male dance moves the ladies like

We're not here to tell you folks how to get down in the club, <i>but</i> if you're a guy wanting to get noticed (in a good way) by the opposite sex the next time you're at the discotheque, listen up. Researchers at Northumbria University conducted a study to find out exactly what kind of gyrations draw in …

Twitter superstar: Win friends and influence followers

<b>Whether you are new to Twitter or a seasoned pro, this week's announcement of the rollout of a revamped look for the social network was a reminder that you need to make the most of the options it offers if you want to build up your number of followers and keep them hooked.</b><p>Success is valued so …

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Volvo's inflatable car seat breathes new life into child safety

Child car seats are essential for infant and toddler safety, but that doesn't mean that parents are happy to use them. The seats are bulky and heavy, and they're a pain to position correctly. But what if you could inflate a child seat once it was in position and then deflate it and stuff it into a …

Aaron Huey is a photographer for National Geographic whose Instagram account, @argonautphoto, has more than 160,000 followers. On Monday, during a weeklong stint as guest editor of The New Yorker's Instagram feed, Huey announced that for the next 24 hours he would be offering prints of his Instagram photos (like this one) for $100 each: http://onforb.es/QdExD1

German audiences look to YouTube stars for comedy fix

Philipp Laude and his neighbour Matthias Roll were 15 years old when they made their first YouTube clip: a shaky parody of the scene in Cast Away where Tom Hanks starts talking to a volleyball, which descends into an absurdly drawn-out water pistol fight.<p>Something clicked, and so did more than …

This Is Why Google Has Two Operating Systems

Unlike Android, a mobile and tablet platform, Chrome OS runs on desktop.<p>So why does Google have both?<p>In short, Android is more of a bet on the past — in which there are locally installed applications, and Chrome OS is a bet on the future — in which all applications are remotely delivered through …

Windows XP is dead. Long live Windows 8

It's time to let go Windows XP and embrace the new era of computing, says Matt Warman<p>You could be forgiven for not noticing, but it has been a momentous week in technology. Not because of the first indications that that technology bubble on the Nasdaq is bursting, taking Twitter, Google and …

Meet ThinkUp: Your personal social media guru

If you’re a heavy Twitter or Facebook user, you know just how many social media tools there are out there that promise to help track your activity’s performance online.<p>There’s TwitterCounter (owned by The Next Web) for tracking how many followers you have, Klout for giving you a social media ‘rank’ …