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Our brains are being 'continuously reshaped' by smartphone use

Extensive use of smartphone touchscreens is changing the sensory relationship between our brains and our thumbs, a study published in <i>Current Biology</i> …

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Extreme Big Data: Beyond Zettabytes And Yottabytes

If we’re going to talk about big data—and it’s one of the most important discussions in business today—we better all speak the same language. In the hierarchy of big data, there are petabytes, exabytes, zettabytes, and yottabytes. After that, things get murky.<p>The challenge is only partly one of …

What the World Would Look Like If Countries Were As Big As Their Online Populations

Helloooooo China!<p>The Internet we each see every day is an infinitesimally tiny sliver of the whole—the parts we have curated for ourselves, the parts our network of friends and family sends to us, and the sites that we have made parts of our routines.<p>But beyond this micro-level editing, there are …

A development data revolution needs to go beyond the geeks and bean-counters

Will better data really lead to better development policies? Only if the right people have access and use it to make better policies<p>One buzz phrase the high-level panel's report on the post-2015 objectives has added to the development lexicon is "data revolution". Expect every report with numbers …

Stunning Maps Show A Day In New York And San Francisco In 32 Seconds

Foursquare, the location-based social network, has put together a series of videos tracking "the pulse" of various metropolises -- New York, San Francisco, London, Chicago, Tokyo and Istanbul -- using check-in data from its users. The resulting animated maps are gorgeous, all black backgrounds, …

Apple’s iOS 7 includes a surprise: a ticket to the next generation of the internet

For five years, researchers have toiled over an obscure bit of fundamental internet infrastructure that promises to make the connections to our mobile devices faster and more reliable than ever, and if you’ve already downloaded Apple’s iOS 7 to your iPhone or iPad, you could be using it …

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Scientists discover life after brain death

The brain may live on after what's long been considered brain death. New research from the University of Montreal finds that there's a deeper state of coma beyond what doctors have been considering to be the final line. Traditionally, when an EEG recording — a measurement of electrical activity …

What human faces might look like in 100,000 years

Big eyes and huge foreheads may be the look for the year 102013, according to researcher Nickolay Lamm<p>Find out more about how technology is changing us in Observer Tech Monthly. Next issue out 13 October<p>Since we humans are prone to launching chemical weapons, unwittingly killing off the bee …

5 great features in iOS 7 you’ll want to try right away

Advertisement<p>54 Comments<p>As promised, Apple(s aapl) released iOS 7 on Wednesday for multiple iOS devices. The software represents a radical departure …

Mark Zuckerberg's Advice to the NSA: Communicate

Facebook learned the power of transparency the hard way. Now, it wants the government to benefit from its education.<p>Last week, Facebook sued the government. "We are joining others in the industry," Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch wrote in a post on the company's website, "in petitioning the …

Mozilla Launches Phase Two Of ‘Phones For Apps’ Program, Giving Firefox OS Devices To Devs Who Port HTML5 Apps

Mozilla today is announcing the next stage of its efforts to get Firefox OS hardware in the hands of developers building software for it: the so-called “second phase” of the Phones for Apps program offers devs the chance to get a Firefox OS device to keep, but this time around the focus isn’t on …

It's Now Easier For Hackers To Crack Crazy-Complex Passwords

An update to a free online password-cracking program just made it easier for hackers to get their hands on more complex passwords.<p>When you sign up for an account on a website and create a password, that information is stored in a company database as "cryptographic hashes": strings of numbers and …

Ubuntu Touch Ported to Sony's Xperia Z tablet

The Ubuntu Edge campaign, an ambitious project to crowdfund $32 million to develop a ‘next-generation’ smartphone, ended well short of its target last week, but there’s something for fans to cheer about after a prototype version of the Ubuntu Touch operating system was made available for Sony’s …

NSA-Agenten spionierten eigene Geliebte aus

Sie können Telefonate belauschen oder E-Mails und Facebook-Chats mitlesen. Manchmal setzen NSA-Agenten ihre Überwachungsmöglichkeiten auch für …

E-Book-Verwaltung Calibre erreicht Version 1.0

Obwohl die Versionsnummer lange mit einer Null begann, läuft die E-Book-Verwaltung Calibre längst stabil und das sowohl unter Linux als auch Windows …

Speed up Firefox by moving cache into RAM in Ubuntu - Ubuntu Sharing

By default <i>Firefox</i> puts its cache in your home partition.You can speed up Firefox and reduce disk writes by moving this cache into RAM if you have 1GB …

As Pirate Bay Launches Anti-Censorship Browser, Has It Lost Its Way?

Nobody is more surprised than the administrators of the Pirate Bay that the site has lasted this long. But it’s made it to the end of its first decade, and celebrated by releasing a free web browser designed to circumvent site blocking.<p>The site, which provides torrent files allowing users to share …

Zimmermann’s Law: PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder Phil Zimmermann on the surveillance society

Advertisement<p>21 Comments<p>Credit: Sergey Nivens<p>Phil Zimmermann might be a technologist, but he tends to get philosophical when it comes to the issues …

A recipe for news: IFTTT adds New York Times support, more publications coming

'What we really want to do is open up IFTTT as a platform and let anyone make a channel.'<p>Whether it's having Dropbox back up every Instagram photo you take, getting a text message in the morning when the forecast calls for rain, or receiving an email when a favorite artist uploads a new Soundcloud …

Pirate Bay ships PirateBrowser for censorship-free search

Shiver me timbers and other pirate-related cliches! The Pirate Bay has introduced the PirateBrowser, a tasty blend of Firefox and Tor with some snazzy add-ons that circumvent anti-piracy measures around the world.<p>As a 10-year anniversary present to its users, the Pirate Bay team says it created the …