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Cloudflare launches 1.1.1.1 DNS service that will speed up your internet

Not an April Fools’ prank<p>Cloudflare is launching its own consumer DNS service today, on April Fools’ Day, that promises to speed up your internet connection and help keep it private. The service is using https://1.1.1.1, and it’s not a joke but an actual DNS resolver that anyone can use. Cloudflare …

Information Security

Qualcomm open to Broadcom merger for the right price

Qualcomm has long rebuffed a merger with rival chipmaker Broadcom, but now it looks like the two companies may be closer to a deal. Today, Qualcomm's Chairman of the Board Paul E. Jacobs sent a letter to Broadcom's CEO, Hock Tan. In it, Jacobs outlined that the bulk of Qualcomm's issues have been …

Studies are increasingly clear: Uber, Lyft congest cities

BOSTON (AP) — One promise of ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft was fewer cars clogging city streets. But studies suggest the opposite: that ride-hailing companies are pulling riders off buses, subways, bicycles and their own feet and putting them in cars instead.<p>And in what could be a new …

Transportation

Reloaded: Nokia brings back the 8110 'Matrix' banana phone

HMD Global bets on nostalgia once more after the successful relaunch of the 3310 last year<p>In 1996 the original Nokia 8110 slider “banana” phone was released; three years later it hit the big time in the hand Keanu Reeves in The Matrix. Fast forward 22 years and the Nokia 8110 has been reloaded.<p>The …

Mobile Technology

The real reason why most plane seats are blue – and other curious facts about plane cabins

Ever wonder why nearly all planes have blue seats? You've probably never noticed. Or why brand new models are still equipped with ash trays when it's illegal to smoke on board these days? Well wonder no more. Here we unpack some of lesser-known facts behind the design of an aircraft cabin.<p>Why seats …

Netflix Japan has overtaken Netflix US with the biggest content library

Due to a myriad of thorny licensing issues, the selection of Netflix content available to viewers can sometimes vary wildly from country to country. …

Stop Those Annoying Browser Prompts Asking for Your Location or to Send Notifications

If you've grown tired of answering those annoying browser prompts every time a website wants to show you notifications or know your location, you can …

Software

Scientists are making carbon fiber from plants instead of petroleum

Cheaper, plant-based carbon fiber could be used to make lighter cars that consume less fuel.<p>Carbon fiber is the Superman of materials. Five times stronger than steel and a fraction of the weight, it is used in everything from tennis rackets to golf clubs to bicycles to wind turbine blades to …

Engineering

Obama's stern warning for Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> During a conversation with David Letterman on his new Netflix program, former President Barack Obama issued a stern warning for the current commander in chief: "One of the things that Michelle figured out, in some ways faster than I did, was part of your ability to lead the country doesn't …

Donald Trump

Panic ensues after false alarm warns of incoming ballistic missile threat to Hawaii

People in Hawaii were sent into a panic Saturday morning when they got an emergency alert on their phones that said, "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill."<p>Officials said quickly after that the alert went out by mistake and was a false alarm.<p>The …

North Korea

The newest $1 billion startup is led by one of tech’s youngest female CEOs

The archetype of success in Silicon Valley has long been young, male, and potentially a dropout from one of three or four elite universities. That may be slowly changing.<p>This week, Canva announced a $40 million founding round making its founder, Melanie Perkins, 30, perhaps the youngest female CEO …

Police are raiding bitcoin exchanges in South Korea

Bitcoin prices fell last month after South Korean authorities announced steps to regulate cryptoassets. This week, authorities raided some of South Korea’s biggest cryptocurrency exchanges.<p>Coinone and Bithumb, two large exchanges for virtual currencies like bitcoin, ether, and litecoin, were raided …

Cryptocurrency

Walmart is abruptly closing 63 Sam's Club stores and laying off thousands of workers

Walmart is closing 63 Sam's Club stores across the US, the company told Business Insider on Thursday afternoon, after reports of abrupt store closings began to emerge.<p>The closings will impact about 9,400 employees, a Walmart official said.<p>In some cases, employees were not told their store had …

Walmart

Yakuza boss arrested in Thailand after photos of his tattoos go viral

A retired Japanese crime boss has been arrested in Thailand, ending more than 14 years on the run, after photos of his yakuza tattoos and a missing little finger went viral.<p>Shigeharu Shirai, 72, was apprehended while he was shopping on Wednesday in the central market town of Lopburi.<p>Decoding …

Japan

This wristband lets you hear phone calls through your fingers

Innomdle Lab is a South Korean startup that was spun out of Samsung’s incubator, and it’s just about ready to launch its first product: Sgnl, a wristband-slash-watch strap that turns your fingers into a phone receiver. When paired with a phone, you can hear callers by touching your finger to your …

Fitness Technology

Devilman Crybaby is Netflix’s first masterpiece of 2018

A fantastic anime not for the faint of heart<p>Days into 2018, Netflix has released an audacious, unique show that could go down as one of the year’s best. And that series, unlike the typical Netflix fare, is an anime — the at-times horrific, at-times hilarious, always eye-catching <i>Devilman Crybaby</i>.<p>The …

Anime

Africa is changing China as much as China is changing Africa

Eight years ago I watched the movie “2012,” named after the year the Mayan calendar supposedly ends. In the film an American geologist learns that a solar flare is heating the core of the earth and causing its tectonic plates to shift drastically. Before long, mass earthquakes and tsunamis are …

The Anker Nebula Capsule is a tiny Android projector and speaker (Update: now on sale)

<b>Update:</b> Anker is now selling the Nebula Capsule, its miniature Bluetooth speaker/Android projector, via Amazon.com. The device, from Anker sub-brand Nebula, originally appeared on Indiegogo where it was available in limited quantities at $199 and $269.<p>Anker has now officially launched the device at …

China wants an “orderly exit” from bitcoin mining

Bitcoin mining could be on its last legs in China.<p>The country’s top internet-finance regulator, the Leading Group of Internet Financial Risks Remediation, issued a notice asking local governments to “guide” bitcoin-mining operations to make an “orderly exit” from the business, according to a leaked …

Sources: Apple is acquiring music recognition app Shazam

<b>Update</b>: this story has now been confirmed.<p>As Spotify continues to inch towards a public listing, Apple is making a move of its own to step up its game in music services. Sources tell us that the company is close to acquiring Shazam, the popular app that lets people identify any song, TV show, film …

Apple Music
Europe

Canada Introduces ‘X’ as a Third Sex Category for Passport Holders

Starting Thursday, Canadians will have a new way to identify their sex on passports and other government documents: “X” will join the options of male and female.<p>The decision to allow the third category, indicating an “unspecified” sex, is intended to protect the rights of Canadians to identify by …

LGBTQI

Over 50,000 digitized pieces of vinyl can now be listened to on Internet Archive

Get familiar with the Great 78 Project<p>New York’s ARChive of Contemporary Music (ARC) has been preserving audiovisual materials since 1985, and a little over a year ago, it partnered with the Internet Archive to bring its Great 78 Project to the public. Along with audiovisual digitization vendor …

Genealogy

Toronto shoplifter gets job after policeman bought him interview shirt

<b>Last Monday, a shoplifter in Toronto was caught stealing an outfit for a job interview. But when Constable Niran Jeyanesan arrived to arrest him, he was moved by the 18-year-old's story and decided to buy him the clothes instead.</b><p>Now the officer has revealed that the young man got the job, and will …

Toronto

How the CIA came to doubt the official story of JFK’s murder

After the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963, the CIA appeared eager, even desperate, to embrace the version of events being …

Mexico City

Finally, a tablet that folds up into a phone that fits in your pocket

Lenovo is back at blowing minds again with another concept device with a bendable screen.<p>At the third annual Lenovo Tech World last week, the Chinese …

Poland Senate passes contested Supreme Court reforms

Poland's Law and Justice (PiS) party's contested judicial reforms have passed another key hurdle, despite protests and warnings from the EU. …

SNES Classic Edition Buyer's Guide: GameStop, ThinkGeek Announce New Stock

<b>October 10:</b> GameStop and ThinkGeek are both receiving more SNES Classic Editions. They'll be sold individually in stores beginning today, while bundles and standalone units will go on sale online on October 11. Specifics regarding the bundles were not shared, and it may take a day or two for retail …

Pokémon Go's first real-world event was a disaster, and everyone was refunded

Boos and jeers erupted from thousands of Pokémon Go players in Chicago's Grant Park on Saturday after the game stopped working for many who had paid and traveled far to be there.<p>Server outages and bugs plagued Niantic's Pokémon Go at the height of its popularity last summer, and a similar situation …

Pokémon

One household staple sums up why Americans and Brits will never see the world the same way

Recently, my family and I moved back to the US after nearly five years in London. I liked living in the UK very much. I received life-saving medical care from the National Health Service and was preparing to send my young child to the very good local public schools. I was happy in London, except …