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5 Sickest Teleporter Accidents Ever

It's hard to imagine life without teleportation. This amazing (and largely fictionalized) technology allows us to travel instantly from one point in …

Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP)

<b>The End of the Beginning</b><p><i>"The last word from WMAP marks the end of the beginning in our quest to understand the Universe. WMAP has brought precision</i> …

How to See Pluto at Opposition as New Horizons Crosses the One Year Out Mark

Are you ready for 2015? On July 14th, 2015 — just a little over a year from now — NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft with perform its historic flyby of …

Solar System

NASA tests Mars 'flying saucer'

LOS ANGELES — A saucer-shaped vehicle launched by balloon high into Earth's atmosphere has splashed down in the Pacific Ocean, completing a successful test of technology that could be used to land on Mars.<p>The $150 million experimental flight Saturday tested a novel vehicle and a giant parachute …

This Site Shows Who Is Hacking Whom Right Now — And The US Is Getting Hammered

U.S.-based computer security firm Norse has released a real-time animated map that illustrates ongoing cyberattacks around the world. Without a doubt, the U.S. is getting constantly hammered by hackers.<p>In just 45 minutes, the U.S. was the victim of 5,840 cyberattacks.<p>The Norse map does not …

When open gets a little more closed: No skins on Android Wear, Auto or TV

Not sure which of the first three Android Wear watches to get? If you were holding out to see if there’s going to be a difference in the software, …

As Android's reach expands, Google attracts fewer pioneer partners

The official theme of Google IO last week was Design, Develop and Distribute — but the unofficial one was Android Everywhere, as the mobile OS mounted new and renewed assaults on families of consumer devices.<p>In embarking on this expedition to new (or at least revisited) territory, Google is coming …

Meet Project Ara, the Modular Google Phone of the Future

For Ara to succeed, it must do things other smartphones can't.<p>Google last week booted up a modular smartphone in public for the first time at its Google I/O developer conference. The demo almost worked, but the screen froze.<p>“The irony is it works 75 percent of the time, and it booted the last three …

This Is One Of Google's Early Prototypes For Android Wear

At this year's Google I/O, the company gave a demo of Android Wear— Google's operating system optimized for smartwatches and other wearables. Right now, the smartwatches we've seen running Wear are relatively attractive and they can do a lot. Of course, it was a long road to get to where we are now.<p>…

Even the Editor of Facebook's Mood Study Thought It Was Creepy

"It's ethically okay from the regulations perspective, but ethics are kind of social decisions."<p><i>Updated, Sunday, 6/29, 9:54 p.m. Eastern.</i><p>Catching a glimpse of the puppet masters who play with the data trails we leave online is always disorienting. And yet there's something new-level creepy about a …

Walmart Permanently Slashes The Price Of The iPhone 5S And iPhone 5C

The entry-level (16 GB) iPhone 5S will cost $99 with a two-year contract contract. The entry-level (16 GB) iPhone 5C will cost $29 with a two-year contract.<p>Walmart has run deals in the past, but this discount is permanent.<p>The iPhone 6 is expected to be out in September. This usually leads to a slow …

New water-based organic battery is cheap, rechargeable and eco-friendly

Lithium-ion batteries have made portable, rechargeable electronics commonplace. Unfortunately, they do have some glaring drawbacks, including heat …

Sharp dedicates an entire LCD plant to Apple: Executive cites 'volatility'

A Sharp is allocating a large chunk of its LCD production to Apple -- but it isn't terribly sanguine about the prospect, a company executive said on Monday.<p>The entire output of the Japanese display maker's Kameyama No. 1 plant "goes to just one company (Apple)," according to an interview with Sharp …

Microsoft and Twitter make Bing a better social search engine

Bing, the Pepsi of search engines, today expanded upon its existing partnership with Twitter.<p>Google and Twitter never rekindled their real-time search deal, but Microsoft appears more eager than ever to bring Twitter’s trending content to its flagship search service.<p>As of today, Bing enables users …

MapR Closes $110 Million Financing Led by Google Capital

<b>Financing to accelerate rapid growth of global enterprise customers using the top-ranked distribution for Apache Hadoop</b><p>SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 30, 2014–<p>MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the top-ranked distribution for Apache™ Hadoop®, today announced that it has completed a $110 …

Fitlist fitness tracker adds progress graphs and workout-sharing options

If the idea of using your iOS device to help track your fitness appeals to you, it’s worth checking out the newly-updated Fitlist app.<p>Since one of the best things about the new wave of fitness trackers is the ability to see how you progress over time, the most useful new feature of the popular …

World Cup actions on Facebook pass 1 billion mark, more than any event in company history

Facebook has passed the 1 billion mark in World Cup interactions.<p>The company said Monday the milestone was reached over the weekend. No other single event has generated this much activity on Facebook in the history of the social media site. More than 220 million people have posted, "liked" or …

Inside Keurig's plan to stop you from buying knockoff K-Cups

Imitation K-Cups are booming, but Keurig's new brewer will lock them out<p>No company has done more to change the way Americans drink coffee in the last several years than Keurig Green Mountain. Its method of brewing coffee by injecting hot water into prepackaged plastic pods has quickly grown to …

The RealReal’s Latest App RealBook Will Tell You What Your Designer Goods Are Actually Worth

Luxury consignment marketplace The RealReal is expanding its mobile footprint today with the launch of a new app called RealBook, which lets both potential buyers and sellers better understand the value of luxury items, including fashion and apparel, fine jewelry and watches. RealBook now joins the …

Apple's iPhone Trade-In Program Expands to Italy

After it expanded to Germany in April, Apple has launched its iPhone trade-in program in Italy, reports <i>9to5Mac.</i><p>The program gives customers the opportunity to trade in an older iPhone model and receive an Apple Store Gift Card worth up to €220, which can be used towards the purchase of a newer …

The Many Ways Google Glass Users Risk Breaking British Privacy Laws

There is much hyperbole around Google Glass’ impact on privacy and the apparent widening of the panopticon of surveillance the wearable technology will help bring about. Yet whatever moral issues are at play here, the law could well be on the side of more paranoid folk, at least in the UK.<p>On …

Supreme Court: Google must face lawsuit over 'Street View' privacy invasions

Google argues it didn’t violate the U.S. Wiretap Act when it tapped into unencrypted Wi-Fi networks to collect data for its Street View mapping project. The highest court in the United States disagrees.<p>The Supreme Court today declined to hear Google’s challenge to a federal appeals court ruling …

Report: iPhone 6 will use new display tech for thinner design, could cause yield issues

According to a new report from China Times (translated by GforGames), Apple will make the next-gen iPhone even thinner by moving from two brightness enhancement films in the iPhone’s display to just one. The move will reportedly allow Apple to have an overall thinner design for the iPhone 6, but …

Apple releases OS X 10.9.4 with WiFi & wake-from-sleep fixes, Safari 7.0.5

In addition to releasing iOS 7.1.2 today for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, Apple has just released OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 for Macs (direct combo update download link). The update brings various bug fixes, improvements, and security enhancements to the Mac:<p>Fixes an issue that prevented some Macs from …

Databricks ropes in Alteryx to push Spark adoption for big data projects

Databricks thinks the open-source Spark engine is the next big thing for big data processing — so it has teamed up with analytics firm Alteryx to supercharge the software.<p>The two data startups intend to drive Spark into the hands of more data analysts through a formal partnership, Databricks and …