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Google did not bid for WhatsApp

Claims that Facebook outbid Google in its $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp are untrue, a top executive has said.<p>Google did not bid for WhatsApp, the company revealed yesterday. Suggestions that Facebook’s $19bn purchase of the instant messaging service outbid a $10 billion offer from Google are …

Microsoft Could Slash Windows Phone Licensing Fees By Up To 70% To Take On Low-Cost Androids

Microsoft partner and soon to be subsidiary Nokia introduced Android-powered devices at MWC this year in an apparent bid to go after the low end of the market, but there’s more and more reason to believe that experiment won’t continue once MS takes the reins of Nokia’s hardware division. A fresh …

Google Glass attack offers a new lens on privacy concerns

SAN FRANCISCO — When a tech consultant showed off her Google Glass the other night at the Haight Street bar Molotov's, the result was explosive - and reflected a growing debate over whether the cutting-edge device that mounts a computer and camera on a wearer's face goes too far and breaks the …

Google Glass

iOS 6 Users Left In The Lurch After Security Flaw Discovered

As has been widely reported, Apple recently discovered a critical bug in its iOS and OS systems. The security flaw made users of its computers and mobile devices vulnerable to attackers that might want to intercept sensitive information sent during banking sessions, email and other communications …

Cross-Laminated Timber is the Most Advanced Building Material

Cross-Laminated Timber Continues to Impress Builders and Engineers<p>On a cloudy day in early October, the architect Andrew Waugh circles the base of a nondescript apartment tower in Shoreditch, a neighborhood in East London. Shoreditch suffered heavily during the blitz of World War II—“urban renewal, …

Engineering

DNA from wild seals uncovers inbreeding problem - Futurity

Advances in DNA sequencing technologies could make it easier to measure the effects of inbreeding in a given animal population—captive or wild.

These are 11 of the Oldest Things in the World

The Welwistchia is primitive conifer living only in parts of coastal Namibia and Angola where moisture from the sea meet<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Rachel Sussman<p>1 …

Volcanoes May Be Slowing Down Climate Change

Small volcanic eruptions might be part of the reason why the pace of global warming hasn’t kept up with previous predictions, a new study published …

The Strange Beauty Of Bioluminescent Fish

The new book Fire in the Sea brings one eccentric marine biologist's paintings out of obscurity.<p>David McKee, a retired biology professor from Texas A&M University, never got the chance to talk to Henry Compton about his art. Compton, an eccentric marine biologist and local fishing pier manager, …

Texas A&M

Nighttime Smartphone Use Can Sap Next Day's Energy

It may be better for all concerned to avoid work emails late at night.<p>Using your smartphone at night might not be the smartest plan. A pair of studies found that people who used the devices after 9 p.m. were more tired and less engaged at work the next day, even when compared to people who looked …

Self Control

Best photos of spectacular conjunction of moon and Venus

EarthSky friends on Facebook and Google+ shared these wonderful photos of the spectacular moon and Venus conjunction this week. Thank you all!<p>Bottom …

Possibly The Sexiest Bluetooth Speaker Yet

Do you hear that?<p>For all their engineering, speakers are mostly just formless boxes—eyesores that we shove into corners and forget about. The Harmon Kardon Aura is one that even the most design-conscious can proudly plop in the middle of their living rooms. Engineers molded the six-driver Bluetooth …

How to build a nuclear submarine

A film crew went behind the scenes to see how you create one of the most technologically advanced and controversial machines in the world.<p>Taking 14 years to design and build and costing around £1bn ($1.6bn) , the British nuclear submarine Astute is one of the most technologically advanced and …

Military

FDA examines the science of making babies from three parents' embryos

Experimental procedure could prevent inheritable diseases, but ethical concerns loom large<p>The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week began discussions over whether it should allow testing of a controversial procedure that would create babies from the DNA of three people. As the Associated …

Top ten emerging technologies which will change your life

Computers controlled by thought and other cutting edge developments have been named in a list of the top ten technologies which could shape our future<p>Computers operated by the power of thought, wearable technology and advanced cancer treatments are among the top ten emerging technologies which will …

Report: Camels Play Key Role in Spread of Deadly Virus in Middle East

A new study released on Feb. 25 provides the strongest evidence yet that camels are a major player in Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a …

National Geographic Travel

Dual-lens smartphone cameras are coming, and this is why we want one

One camera. Two separate lenses. That's the conundrum raised by leaked images of HTC's forthcoming M8 smartphone, which is rumored to bring some interesting new imaging features that go far beyond mere 3D. But what could those features be? For an answer, we turned to a startup called Corephotonics, …

Amid Messaging Mania, WeChat Releases Major Upgrade, Adds New Features

With the messaging app space suddenly running hot after the Facebook acquisition of WhatsApp, you can bet the other big messaging platforms are playing close attention to their products. And sure enough, WeChat has just done a major upgrade for both iOS and Android.<p>Version 5.2.0.17 now includes:<p>– …

The $25 smartphone is as limited as its price suggests

Has the specs of the original iPhone, but lacks the user experience to match<p>At this year's Mobile World Congress, Mozilla is pushing its self-appointed mission to create a truly affordable smartphone with the demonstration of a $25 proof of concept device. Built by chip partner Spreadtrum, it runs …

Missouri Murderer Executed After Supreme Court Rejects Appeal

A Missouri man who kidnapped, raped and murdered a 15-year-old girl near Kansas City 25 years ago was executed early Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a last-minute stay.<p>The state Department of Public Safety said Michael Taylor, 47, died from a lethal injection at 12:10 a.m. (1:10 a.m. …

U.S. Supreme Court