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CDC: Blue Bell listeria outbreak dates to 2010

<b>(CNN) —</b> The listeria outbreak that prompted Blue Bell Creameries to recall their entire product line dates to 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control.<p>After weeks of gradual recalls, the company recalled all its ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and other frozen treats sold in 23 states …

Public Health

12 Mental Tricks to Beat Cravings and Lose Weight

Using pure willpower to overcome cravings doesn’t always work. (If it did, dieting would be easy and we’d all be at our own healthy, feel-great …

Nutrition

Robotic kitchen will be your own personal chef

A robotic kitchen stocked with a database of 2,000 recipes becomes a high-tech personal chef.<p>Experimenting with different flavours and techniques to produce something delicious can be as satisfying as sitting down and eating it -- but if you don't have the time to cook every night, it can quickly …

Robotics

In 2017, Norway will be first country to shut down FM radio

The Ministry of Culture has finalized a transition date<p>Norway will shut down FM radio in the country beginning in 2017, Radio.no reports. The Norwegian Ministry of Culture finalized a shift date this week, making it the first country to do away with FM radio entirely. The country plans to …

Emergency Preparedness

Google Wants To Speed Up The Web With Its QUIC Protocol

You may have never heard of it, but if you are a Chrome user, chances are you’ve used Google’s QUIC protocol already. As Google disclosed this week, about half of all requests from Chrome to Google’s servers are now served over QUIC.<p>So what’s the big deal here? QUIC is Google’s experimental, …

Google

BMW steps into augmented reality with AR driving glasses for Mini

BMW thinks augmented reality can help you drive better.<p>Mini, the auto manufacturer's UK-based small-car subsidiary, unveiled its concept for …

3D-Printed Weather Stations Could Save Lives In Developing Countries

Predicting natural disasters just got a lot cheaper<p>Weather is free, of course, but predicting it, and anticipating changes like sudden storms or flash floods--that takes technical equipment and sensors. Thanks to 3D printing and cheap commercial electronics, USAID thinks they can bring weather …

3D Printing

3-D print technology provides 'robohand' to 7-year-old girl

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) — Seven-year-old Faith Lennox never thought much about putting a prosthetic limb where her missing left hand had once been.<p>Not until the little girl learned she could design her own, strap it on easily and then jump on her bike and pedal away at speeds previously only …

3D Printing

Vibrating pen makes it easier for Parkinson's patients to write

The ARC pen pictured above might look laughably large, but it could be the perfect option for folks with Parkinson's disease. It was created by a group of students from UK's Royal College of Art and the Imperial College London to combat a Parkinson's symptom called micrographia. That's …

PlayStation spins free Spotify tunes on your TV

From the ashes of the Sony Music Unlimited streaming service comes the first way to listen to the free version of Spotify on TVs.<p>Sony on Monday launched PlayStation Music to play tunes on the gaming console, joining forces with Spotify to make the free version of the streaming service work on TVs …

Televisions

Amazon Now Lets You Order Professional Services

Amazon may be the go-to place to shop online for physical goods, but it’s not of much use when your sink is clogged and you need a plumber, or want to have your broken iPhone screen fixed.<p>Fret no more, as the company now lets you order a professional to your home with the aptly named ‘Amazon Home …

Personal details of world leaders go to wrong email address because of autofill

That damn autofill.<p><i>The Guardian</i> has revealed, an unidentified officer at the Australian immigration department accidentally emailed personal details …

Pakistan orders cellphone users to provide their fingerprints

Pakistan is determined to prevent terrorists from using untraceable cellphone accounts to coordinate attacks like that in Peshawar, even if it means eroding civil liberties in the process. The country has ordered cellphone users to have their SIM cards verified through fingerprints, theoretically …

Boeing patents 'Star Wars'-style force fields

Aircraft and military manufacturer Boeing has been granted a patent on a system that is designed to prevent explosion shockwaves from harming a target.<p>A new patent granted to aircraft, defense and security company Boeing is taking its cues from science fiction. Just like the glowing energy shields …

Star Wars

Android apps are now reviewed by Google before you can download them

Developers no longer have free rein to immediately publish apps onto Google Play without any oversight. Google has announced that apps distributed through its store are now manually tested and reviewed to uncover app violations and malware. And much like Apple, sometimes it's real people handling …

Apps

This Wearable Game For Visually Impaired Kids Aims To Help Cognitive Development

<i>Update: The team has relaunched their crowdfunding campaign with a more modest funding goal (£30,000). Their new Kickstarter campaign can be found here. Original story follows below.</i><p>A Mexican educational psychologist duo has teamed up to build toys for blind or visually impaired kids. The first …

Wearable Tech

A translator app will let you speak foreign languages with your Apple Watch

Intercontinental Hotels Group announced it's launching an app for the Apple Watch that will allow tourists to translate languages around the …

Solar-powered plane completes first leg of round-the-world flight

<b>(CNN) —</b> Solar Impulse 2 has landed safely in Oman on the first leg of its quest to be the first plane to fly around the world fueled only by the sun's rays.<p>The solar-powered plane took off from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates early on Monday with pilot Andre Borschberg at the controls for the …

Solar Impulse

Hundreds of galaxies seen in a new 3-D view of the universe

The Hubble Space Telescope has some competition. A telescope in Chile has captured a three-dimensional view of a part of the sky previously imaged by …

Universe

Facebook wants to bring free web access to 100 countries by end of year

BARCELONA — Facebook told a few members of the press this week that its Internet.org initiative, which aims get more of the world's population …

Emerging Markets

IBM Watson Group Buys AlchemyAPI To Enhance Machine Learning Capabilities

IBM Watson, the artificial intelligence platform made famous by beating the three best <i>Jeopardy!</i> champions ever several years ago, bought Denver-based AlchemyAPI today. It did not reveal the purchase price.<p>The acquisition gives Watson a key piece of machine learning technology. The deal also gives …

Artificial Intelligence

PhotoMath Brings Its Awesome Math Equation Solving App To Android

PhotoMath is a nifty little app. You point your phone camera at a math equation, and it will give you the answer and show you all the steps to solve this particular equation. Following its huge success in the App Store, the app is coming to Android.<p>When I first played with PhotoMath before the team …

Apps

Meerkat for iOS Lets You Live Stream Video on Twitter

No, this is not an app livestreaming meerkats going about their day. It could be though. Meerkat for iOS lets you live stream video on Twitter in one click.<p>Once you’ve downloaded the app and found your good side, all you have to do is hit ‘stream’ and your video goes live instantly, showing up on …

Kochava Acquires InferSystems For Mobile Ad Optimization

Mobile analytics provider Kochava is announcing it has acquired Toronto-based ad tech company InferSystems and will use its technology to build a product called the Kochava Optimization Beacon.<p>As explained to me by Kochava CEO Charles Manning, the new product allows the company to move beyond …

Machine Learning

Official-looking render of Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge leaks out

Samsung's already had its big launch event ruined by those pesky leakers and now, even its official partners are piling on. A Reddit user by the name of iamdenden, apparently a Sprint employee, has posted an image of both the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge standing by side-by-side. The same …

News Guide: FCC 'net neutrality' vote and what it means

WASHINGTON (AP) — Internet activists scored a major victory after the Federal Communications Commission agreed to rules that would ban service providers from creating Internet fast lanes.<p>What "net neutrality" means and what is likely to happen next:<p>____<p>THE ISSUE<p>Net neutrality is the idea that …

Net Neutrality

Watch Ford engineers and designers gush over the incredible new GT

It'll be many months before we see the new GT on streets, but Ford's new supercar — which was just announced at NAIAS in Detroit — is going to get plenty of screen time leading up to the launch. That's thanks in part to Microsoft, which has partnered with Ford to make the GT its "cover car" for</i> …

Sports Cars

Magic Leap

Logically, I know there isn’t a hulking four-armed, twisty-horned blue monster clomping in circles in front of me, but it sure as hell looks like …

Augmented Reality

The NSA and GCHQ hacked a SIM card maker to steal your data

MIKI Yoshihito<p>In a new report from <i>The Intercept</i>, the NSA and GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) hacked into Dutch SIM card manufacturer Gemalto’s computers back in April 2010. The two government agencies, along with the Mobile Handset Exploitation Team (MHET), stole an immeasurable …

Surveillance