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11 books recommended by Australian startup founders

Starting your own business can be difficult, so it’s important to be prepared for any challenges that may present along the way.<p>And what better way …

Startups

God’s Not Dead, out now on DVD

In the US, Christian movies enjoy the same kind of intense following as Christian rock groups or Christian children’s books, or any other area of pop culture into which Jesus has unceremoniously stuck his oar. Without the support of studio marketing teams or mainstream critics, spiritual films …

Google CEO Larry Page: Million Dollar Houses In Silicon Valley Should Only Cost $50,000

He believes million dollar homes should be going for $50,000.<p>Richard Waters at the Financial Times interviewed Page, and reported the following:<p>"Even more than technology, he puts this down to policy changes needed to make land more readily available for construction. Rather than exceeding $1m, …

First look at the Microsoft Band: A health tracker on steroids

I’m such a sucker for cross-platform devices and fitness trackers. So of course, I ran out to my local Microsoft Store last night and dropped $199 …

SpaceShip Two crash casts doubt on space tourism project, says Branson

Sir Richard Branson acknowledged on Saturday that his dream of commercial space tourism may have ended in the explosion that consumed Virgin Galactic’s test craft SpaceShipTwo in the skies above California’s Mojave desert.<br>After rushing overnight to the scene of Friday’s accident, the Virgin chief …

Are We Alone In The Milky Way?

Are we alone? Or is the galaxy teeming with other intelligent species? And if the latter, where the heck are they?<p>These are questions that have perplexed scientists for generations. And they remain open for debate.<p>But Brian Cox, Britain’s leading celebrity physicist (if you don’t know him, imagine …

5 tech myths you hear all the time

Humans are great at creating myths. From Marduk and Zeus to unicorns and mermaids, there's no end to what we can imagine. That's true even with technology.<p>There's old tech advice that no one questions, half-remembered instructions you just keep doing, misunderstood terms and more that you believe …

Google's People Chief, Laszlo Bock, Explains How To Hire Right

How does Google go about hiring? There’s no end of hearsay, urban legends and second-hand stories about the giant tech company’s idiosyncratic approaches to finding the best people. For first-hand insights, though, there’s nothing like a fresh update from Laszlo Bock, Google’s senior vice president …

The Nexus 9: hands-on with Google's latest attempt to take on the iPad

That said, the Nexus 9 is a compelling tablet in its own right. The 8.9-inch screen is a bit of an odd size, but it works. It feels much more portable than you'd expect, while still feeling big enough to be more expansive and less cramped than the Nexus 7. Previous Android tablets have felt like …

Gartner's Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015

Gartner’s top 10 strategy technology trends have the potential for significant impact on organizations in the next three years. While this doesn’t mean adoption and investment in all of the trends will occur at the same rate, companies should make deliberate decisions about them during the next two …

Three lessons for building your company and planning your exit when your seed round is crowdfunded

Facebook’s acquisition of the Kickstarter-backed virtual reality company Oculus Rift was a high-profile rare instance of a crowdfunded company making …

Employees Working In Offices With Natural Elements Report Higher Well-Being

Employees who work in environments with natural elements reported a 13% higher level of well-being and are 8% more productive overall, according to a report of 3600 workers in eight countries in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), commissioned by modular flooring experts Interface.<p>The <i>Human …

HP Is Going To Announce A Crazy New Computer That Can Scan Objects In 3D

The computer will be called Sprout, and HP is reportedly planning to unveil it at an event on Oct. 29. Based on Re/code's description, it doesn't seem like the Sprout will look like an ordinary laptop or desktop computer.<p>The Sprout is said to include three primary parts: a flat touch-enabled …

Greek archaeologists unearth head of sphinx in Macedonian tomb

ATHENS (Reuters) - Archaeologists unearthed the missing head of one of the two sphinxes found guarding the entrance of an ancient tomb in Greece’s northeast, as the diggers made their way into the monument’s inner chambers, the culture ministry said on Tuesday.<p>The tomb on the Amphipolis site, about …

King Tut Had A Club Foot And Other Deformities, New 'Autopsy' Shows

An international team of researchers studying King Tutankhamun are reporting some surprising new discoveries about the ancient boy king.<p>The scientists say that a 'virtual autopsy' of Tut -- essentially a close analysis of a life-size image of the king made from more than 2,000 CT scans of his …

Is this the face of Tutankhamun?

A forthcoming BBC documentary aims to shed light on the life and death of King Tutankhamun, using state-of-the-art technology to perform a ‘virtual autopsy’ on his 3,000-year old remains.<p>By using 2,000 Computerized Tomography (CT) scans of the pharaoh’s mummified body, scientists have created a …

Why a guitar is a better multi-touch interface than the iPhone and how touchscreens can catch up

The iPhone has been called a pinnacle of multi-touch interfaces. Chris Harrison, professor at Carnegie Mellon and CTO of Qeexo, doesn’t agree: He …

Hoverboards Are Real

For real this time.<p>Ever since Back to the Future Part II introduced us to the notion of a board that hovers effortlessly through the air, it's been a …

First Look: Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy Book

Go into the Lucasfilm Archives to examine the original costumes in never-before-seen detail.<p>Halloween is coming, which means there will be plenty of …

Person of Interest Clip: Finch Teaches The Machine Right from Wrong

Morality in a machine.<p>Check out this exclusive clip from tonight's Person of Interest episode, "Prophets," guest starring Jason Ritter.<p><b>Why You Should</b> …

The Flash and Jane the Virgin Get Full Season Orders From CW

Barry and Jane get 22 each.<p>Barry will keep running and Jane will keep, um, virgining, as the CW announced full season orders today for both The Flash …

9 Tech Innovators Under 21 Who Are Changing The World

If the last ‘tech’-related thing you did was send a message via Snapchat, it’s time to rethink what’s possible.<p>Whether they’re achieving nuclear fusion in a secondary school classroom or constructing a single-person submarine from drainage pipes and a recycled skylight hatch, young innovators are …

Watch the 'First Real' Hoverboard

The idea that a man or woman could someday glide effortlessly through the air has captured our imaginations ever since Michael J. Fox hopped on a …

Hoverboards

Yahoo Rallies After Reaping Alibaba Riches

“We had a good, solid third quarter,” Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer said in the company’s third-quarter earnings release Tuesday afternoon, and it was good enough to give the stock a lift in after-hours trading. But the results also reinforced the widely-held belief that most, if not all, of …

Google exec: Chromecast V2 is coming; users have cast 650 million times

Three months ago, Google claimed that Chromecast users have tapped the cast button about 400 million times, signaling how fast the streaming device …