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Drone racing takes off at Birmingham show – but only with men

Racing unmanned flying vehicles is catching on, with an event at the NEC and big prize competitions, but so far women are steering clear<p>Top Gun pitted Maverick and Goose against the Iceman and Viper. At the UK Drones Show Championships at Birmingham NEC on Sunday, it was Saggy Nun and Collision who …

Drones

Selfies now kill more people per year than sharks

We’ve had an unusually high number of shark attacks so far this year, but even so, Condé Nast Traveler has reported that <i>even more</i> people have died in 2015 due to selfies.<p>That’s right. It turns out that a bad mix of vanity and not paying attention to one’s surroundings is far more deadly to human …

Taj Mahal

Want To Communicate Anonymously Without Being Monitored Or Tracked? 'Blackphone' Now On Sale

Snowden, the NSA, getting “Scroogled”; do these various buzzwords making the rounds these days get your hackles up? Frankly, I don’t blame you. Personally, I don’t have enough “interesting” information to share. And though I lead a rather “regular” existence, I do realize there are plenty of folks …

Google Could Indeed Homebrew Its Server Chips—Just Not Soon

Rumors around the Googleplex suggest the search engine is considering making its own server chips. The news may have shaken but not stirred semiconductor legends Intel and AMD.<p>A Bloomberg report cites sources who suggest Google will ditch “Intel Inside” for its millions of data-center servers in …

If Bitcoin Is So Secure, Why Have There Been Dozens of Bitcoin Bank Robberies And Millions In Losses?

Bitcoin.org, the semi-official voice of the Bitcoin community, says "the whole system is protected by heavily peer-reviewed cryptographic algorithms like those used for online banking. No organization or individual can control Bitcoin, and the network remains secure even if not all of its users can …

Bitcoin

British intelligence heads defend surveillance as parliament hearings go public

British intelligence leaders were questioned at a public hearing earlier today about their involvement with the mass data-collection programs detailed in documents leaked by Edward Snowden, reports the BBC. Such hearings usually occur in private, reportedly making the public broadcasting of this …

Say hello to Tesco's new advertising push: the supermarket giant is installing new screens that select ads based on the age range and gender of customers above the checkouts in 450 petrol stations. The system tracks which customers are typically in the queue at certain times, and then runs ads based on the real time data. More here: http://fw.to/q7FkFPR Photo: Daniel Jones

Android under attack: rivals unleash nuclear patent hell against Samsung, Google

Advertisement<p>60 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Sergej Khakimullin<p>The mobile patent wars appeared to hit an apex in 2012 when Apple and Samsung …

Internet of light: scientists achieve 10-gigabit data speeds using LEDs

A group of UK-based researchers just had a breakthrough in their attempt to develop "visual light communication," a way to transfer data wirelessly over the internet using light bulbs.<p>Scientists have announced data transfer speeds of more than 10 gigabits — about 10 times faster than a Google Fiber …

Here are 5 ways iOS 7 can help the enterprise

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Since the release of the first beta release to developers in June 2013, iOS 7 has been making news in the tech world. With the …

Add $0.50 worth of sensors to your iPhone 5s and it’ll be able to track your emotions

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: (c) 2013 Pinar Ozger pinar@pinarozger.com<p>The new iPhone (s AAPL) 5s includes a coprocessor containing about $3 worth …

Apple multitouch patent upheld by US Patent and Trademark Office

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has upheld a key Apple multitouch patent in a move that could have real ramifications for companies like Samsung and Motorola moving forward. The USPTO issued a certificate on September 4th confirming the patentability of all 20 claims of US patent …

Twitter could fix its ‘direct message’ woes with a new WhatsApp-like messenger app

Twitter direct messages, or DMs, are broken. But the soon-to-IPO network of the now just might fix that with a new dedicated messaging app, a la Facebook Messenger.<p>The person-to-person private messaging part of Twitter doesn’t appear on the home screen. It doesn’t appear on the “Connect” tab, …

Chrome Extends Support For XP Users Until April 2015

Microsoft is finally ending all extended support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014, five years after it ended mainstream support. After that, the 12-year-old operating system will not receive any new security updates and its users will be left to fend for themselves. As Google announced today, …

Eric Schmidt's Face Shows Up All Over Google+ In Protest Of New Ads

After Google announced on Friday that it will start putting people's names and faces into online ads, some Google+ users decided not to take the news lying down. The few who use still use Google's Facebook clone protested the move by switching their Google+ profile pictures to images of the …

Yahoo promises encryption as NSA’s email and IM contact list collection is exposed

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>The NSA and its overseas intelligence partners are harvesting people’s Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail and Facebook email address books …

What the World Would Look Like If Countries Were As Big As Their Online Populations

Helloooooo China!<p>The Internet we each see every day is an infinitesimally tiny sliver of the whole—the parts we have curated for ourselves, the parts our network of friends and family sends to us, and the sites that we have made parts of our routines.<p>But beyond this micro-level editing, there are …

Microsoft to increase its reach with remote desktop apps

Is Microsoft about to go to war with its longtime virtualization partner Citrix? It sure looks that way, given the imminent arrival of new Microsoft remote desktop apps for iOS, Android, and OS X.<p>Is Microsoft ready to go to war with its longtime virtualization partner Citrix? It definitely seems …

Software

9 Ways To Improve iOS 7's Battery Life

iOS 7 has been out for a few weeks now, and people are torn.<p>While some of the new features are fabulous, and others are making us crazy, there's one thing we can all agree on: iOS 7 is not helping our battery life. As Ars Technica discovered, iOS 7 kills battery life faster than iOS 6.1 on every …

'Drones Might Be the Future of Food'

Former Wired editor Chris Anderson on why data will revolutionize agriculture<p>Ralph Orlowski/Reuters<p>When Chris Anderson started building drones, he had no idea what a crop survey was. He had never even been on a farm - at least, not "professionally." But about a year and half ago, he found out that …

Bing is better than Google? Bunkum, says Freakonomics

On its Bing It On site, Microsoft claims people prefer Bing to Google search by almost 2 to 1. Bing the other one, say the academics.<p>Googling is one of those habits.<p>You know, like flossing in the living room or changing your underpants every other day.<p>Yet Microsoft's search engine has Binged on and …

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How the NSA builds social graphs of Americans with phone, email, and location records

The US National Security Agency (NSA) analyzes data from <b>phone calls, emails, location services, internet profiles, bank records, flight manifests, and more</b> to construct detailed social graphs of people, including Americans, according to a new report from the New York Times.<p>It’s helpful to start …

Surveillance

Brighton tech scene moves beyond local startups

Long before London’s Silicon Roundabout began to attract a cluster of tech startups, 50 miles south in Brighton a similar cluster formed. Now it is breaking new ground as a big US tech company has set up there.<p>On a summer day, the attractions of Brighton are easy to see. The beaches are full, the …

Social Media Monitoring

Apple isn't dead yet – iPhone 5S and iOS7 have a secret weapon

The reality distortion field has gone into reverse, but it's blinding us to the truth: Apple is still leading the way<p>When Steve Jobs was still with us, many commentators – yours truly included – used to complain about the "reality distortion field" that surrounded Apple's charismatic leader. Those …

See 1.2 Billion Facebook Users' Photo on One Page

The fact that Facebook has more than 1 billion users is pretty insane, but things just got a whole lot crazier thanks to The Faces of Facebook, a project that visualizes over 1.2 billion Facebook users on one page.<p>The initial image that greets you is a fuzzy matrix of TV static-like dots. You click …

MLB shows us what to expect from iOS 7's new iBeacon location services

Among the lesser-touted additions to iOS 7 is iBeacon, a new feature that allows the iPhone (4S and later) to communicate with tiny, cheap Bluetooth LE sensors, enabling all kinds of location-based services. One major application is obviously indoor mapping, which has proven to be a major pain …