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Japan's Levitating Train Hits 310 MPH in Trials

It's currently the world's longest and fastest stretch of maglev train, reaching speeds as high as 310 mph in a demonstration last week. But Japan's …

China Weighs Ban On Homework; Teachers, Students Argue Against

Chinese officials hope to rein in teachers who assign too much homework, as the country's Ministry of Education considers new rules that ban schools from requiring students to complete written tasks at home. Citing undue stress on students, the ministry would also limit the number of exams students …

Cable fight invites football fans' wrath

Peyton and Eli Manning may play a starring role in bringing the long-running CBS-Time Warner Cable fight to an end while at the same time putting pressure on Washington to change the law at the heart of the dispute.<p>The contract battle, which has dragged on for nearly a month, has resulted in CBS …

Chrome OS users gain immersive mode and more in stable channel update

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>All Google(s goog) Chromebooks, save one particular model, have a software update waiting for them. Google announced the …

Tim Cook made Apple a nicer place to work, but he can still 'skewer you with a sentence'

Presenting plans to Tim Cook during a meeting can apparently be a harrowing experience. In a profile of Apple's top executive, Reuters reports that Cook presides over meetings like a poker player who's considering his opponents: unreadable and silent, at least until it's time to speak up. "He could …

Uber vows to fight against DC crackdown on hybrid taxis

Low-cost cab service faces another setback under new regulations<p>Uber's low-cost taxi service is facing stiff opposition in Washington, DC, thanks to new regulations that forbid some fuel-efficient cars from operating as sedans. The company launched its UberX service earlier this month in Washington …

Seattle cops' job at pot fest: Hand out Doritos

Who knew? Police have a sense of humor, at least in Seattle. Cops there plan to attend this weekend's Hempfest — where they'll distribute 1,000 bags of Doritos on Saturday.<p>A note affixed to each bag will direct munchers to the SPD's "Marijwhatnow" FAQ, which tries to clear up confusion related to …

World of Warcraft patch 5.4 trailer brings the war home

A new trailer for <i>World of Warcraft</i>'s patch 5.4, "Siege of Orgrimmar," features the leader of the Horde finally making his full-fledged turn as a villain.<p>In the trailer, Horde warchief Garrosh Hellscream brings a locked chest into the sacred Vale of Eternal Blossoms before being confronted by the …

Dropbox Alternative Lima (Née Plug) Works With Chromecast, Breaks Into Kickstarter Tech Top 10

It’s been a crazy 36 days since Plug started its Kickstarter campaign. First, Plug is now called Lima due to some trademark issues. But everything else stays the same. The $69 adapter will seamlessly transform your USB drives into a personal Dropbox for all your devices. And now it will support …

Mesmerizing GIFs of Breathing Earth

Changing Planet<p><b>The biodiversity of Earth as we know it is made up of millions of species—from Baobab trees to narwhals to tiny anemones attached to the ocean floor. But can we think of Earth in a holistic way, as one living entity of its own, instead of the sum of its parts?</b><p>This is what John Nelson …

How A 'Deviant' Philosopher Built Palantir, A CIA-Funded Data-Mining Juggernaut

Since rumors began to spread that a startup called Palantir helped to kill Osama bin Laden, Alex Karp hasn’t had much time to himself.<p>On one sun-baked July morning in Silicon Valley Palantir’s lean 45-year-old chief executive, with a top-heavy mop of frazzled hair, hikes the grassy hills around …

Windows 8.1 Coming as Free Download on October 17

Windows 8 users should circle October 17 on the calendar. On that day at 7 a.m. ET / 4 a.m. PT Microsoft will release Windows 8.1 as a free upgrade …

Spy Agencies Have Banned Lenovo Computers, Fearing Chinese Hardware Hacks

No Thinkpad for you, NSA employee. Update: The Australian Department of Defence has denied these claims.<p>Lenovo is either the world's biggest or second-biggest PC manufacturer, depending on who you ask (the other potential is HP), and certainly one of the best. But according to the Australian …

Amazon reports loss on revenues of $15.7B; highlights Kindle success

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr / William Christiansen<p>In a quarter when Amazon’s (S AMZN) stock price hit a record high, the company delivered …

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UK government receptive to bill that would pardon Alan Turing

Many in the UK recognize Alan Turing's contributions to computing as we know it, but attempts to obtain a pardon for the conviction that tragically cut short his career have thus far been unsuccessful. There's a new glimmer of hope, however: government whip Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon says that the …

Apple says developer memberships and apps will not expire due to unexpected maintenance duration [Update: one week extensions]

Apple has added some additional information to the Developer Portal’s maintenance page stating that memberships that were supposed to expire during the unexpectedly-long downtime have been extended to accommodate for the issue and apps will remain on the store until the portal is available again …