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Dell's New Research Lab Is Working On Mood-Sensing Computers Like The One In The Movie 'Her'

As a newly private company, Dell didn't reveal how big this unit would be in dollar amount or number of employees. But we recently talked with Jai Menon, the head of the new R&D unit, who spent most of his career working for IBM's famous research group.<p>And he outlined some of the cool new tech Dell …

How Edward Snowden went from loyal NSA contractor to whistleblower

In late December 2001, someone calling themselves TheTrueHOOHA had a question. He was an 18-year-old American male with impressive IT skills and a sharp intelligence. His real identity was unknown. Everyone who posted on Ars Technica, a popular technology website, did so anonymously.<p>TheTrueHOOHA …

Scentee's smelly smartphone notifications are now available worldwide

If you were crestfallen when you heard that Scentee's fragrance-emitting smartphone add-on would be hard to get outside of Japan, you can relax -- it's now available worldwide through the company's site. The perfume plug-in sells for $35 by itself (plus a whopping $30 in shipping), while scent …

How to Check if Your App is Addictive Enough to Make Money

Making money on mobile can be a tricky thing. Having ads on your app is an option, but few companies have truly cracked the perfect mobile advertising strategy, so adding ads to your app will likely be an annoying, disruptive experience to the user.<p>Still, this doesn’t mean having ads on your app …

Tesla completes its cross-country world record attempt

A pair of Tesla Model S electric vehicles have crossed the US from Los Angeles to New York City in 76 hours. The journey was completed as part of an attempt to break a Guinness World Record for cross-country energy efficiency, but it's not yet clear if the attempt was successful. What is clear is …

Unpacking Facebook’s Mobile Strategy: Paper, All The Mobile News That’s Fit To Print

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Semil Shah works on product for Swell, is a</i> TechCrunch <i>columnist, and an investor. He blogs at Haywire, and you can follow him on Twitter at @semil.</i><p>In the world of mobile apps, the biggest news from this week was the announcement, by Facebook, of a new app, built by the social network, …

Apple Testing Induction, Solar, and Motion Charging for Curved-Glass iWatch

Apple is exploring a variety of different charging methods for its upcoming "iWatch" smart watch project, according to a report from <i>The New York Times</i>. At the top of the list for Apple appears to be induction charging, allowing users to recharge their watches wirelessly.<p>For its wristwatch, Apple …

NASA Sued for Failing to Investigate Martian Jelly-Donut Rock

One man is claiming that the intriguing Martian rock photographed recently by NASA's Opportunity rover isn't a rock at all, but a living thing, and …

Internet speeds climb 10 percent worldwide

Internet access is getting quicker throughout the world, says cloud service provider Akamai.<p>Releasing its "State of the Internet" report for third quarter of 2013 on Tuesday, Akamai pegged the average global connection speed at 3.6 megabits per second, a 10 percent increase from the second quarter …

Report: Apple moving into health monitoring

<b>A number of rumours are circulating that suggest Apple could make a big push into mobile health monitoring in the near future.</b><p>The …

Wearable book lets readers feel the fiction

When I finished reading "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy, I cried what seemed like an endless river of grief-stricken tears. If an innovation called "Sensory Fiction" ever takes wide hold, I could go back and read the post-apocalyptic father-son tale -- this time adding physical sensations of anguish …

Nelson Mandela memorial: Obama lauds 'giant of history'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1035000/1035555_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534462350_643bebb9217f878868be1c366ce96a7d<p><b>Tens of thousands of South Africans have joined dozens of world leaders for the national memorial service for former President Nelson Mandela.</b><p>The service …

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Coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth in Antarctica: -94.7C (-135.8F)

Newly analysed Nasa satellite data from east Antarctica shows Earth has set a new record for coldest temperature ever recorded: -94.7C (-135.8F).<p>It happened in August 2010 when it hit -94.7C (-135.8F). Then on 31 July of this year, it came close again: -92.9C (-135.3F).<p>The old record had been …

Elmore Leonard, Author of Get Shorty and Jackie Brown, Dies While Working on 46th Novel

Elmore Leonard, the prolific crime novelist responsible for <i>Get Shorty</i>,<i>Justified</i>, <i>Jackie Brown</i>, <i>Out of Sight</i>, and more than 20 other books and short stories that have been adapted for the screen, died on Tuesday due to complications from a stroke. Leonard was 87 at the time and in the midst of writing …

The New York Times Arrives on Flipboard for Android

Inside Flipboard / February 28, 2013<p>The New York Times, America’s most respected name in news, is now designed and formatted for optimal reading on …

The Fattest Fat Cats

Inside Flipboard / March 4, 2013<p>Once again, Forbes is publishing its annual list of the world’s richest people. And once again, we—like you, most …

The Next Generation of Flipboard, Now on Android

Inside Flipboard / May 9, 2013<p>After nearly a year of enjoying Flipboard as readers, now people with an Android phone or tablet can be editors, too. …

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Meet the Editor: Manage Your Magazines on the Web

Inside Flipboard / May 9, 2013<p>The “Flip It” button gets a major new expansion today: the Flipboard Editor, which gives all Flipboard curators …

Party On! Paper Magazine Gets Made for Flipboard

Inside Flipboard / June 24, 2013<p>I was a good girl growing up in 1980s New York City. Paper Magazine found me on one of my many sojourns to Tower …

Flipboard Magazines Can Now Be Enjoyed on the Web

Inside Flipboard / July 23, 2013<p>Since the launch of Flipboard 2.0, more than 2 million magazines have been made about every topic imaginable, from …

Flipboard Magazines for JOBS Film Launch

Inside Flipboard / July 26, 2013<p>While the movie JOBS doesn’t arrive in theaters until August 16, on Flipboard the anticipation for the film that …

Flipboard For Entertainers

Inside Flipboard / August 20, 2013<p>In this week’s Flipboard for You series: whether you’re a celebrity, budding YouTube star or a community theater …

Rodriguez: 10 Things You Don’t Know About the ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ Star

The Oscar-winning documentary <i>Searching for Sugar Man</i> tells the almost unbelievable story of a Mexican-American songwriter whose two early Seventies …

Maya Angelou on How to Write—and How to Live

"Good morning," she says, her voice like black coffee with a splash of bourbon. Even over the phone, you can hear her smile.<p>"Now, tell me what am I …

How to Make Your Writing (a Little Bit) Better

Trending Stories<p>Our Favorite Kitchen Organizing Ideas Ever<p>7 of Our Healthiest Slow-Cooker Recipes<p>7 Slenderizing Fashion Strategies<p>The Very Best …

What is Character Development?

I remember back when cameras had something inside them called film that you had to get developed. For those of you college-aged or younger, that’s …

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