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BBC News - Technology
The latest stories from the Technology section of the BBC News web site.
Three announces mobile ad-block trial
Mobile service provider Three confirms it will block advertising on its network for a day-long trial in June.
Published: Fri, 27 May 2016 11:01:15 GMT

Cooling technologies become red hot
Sainsbury's is trialling new food-cooling technologies that promise to be more eco-friendly than current alternatives.
Published: Fri, 27 May 2016 20:23:28 GMT

Apple fights call to block Facetime
A patent owner wants Apple to suspend Facetime and iMessage chat apps because it claims its technologies have been infringed.
Published: Fri, 27 May 2016 11:33:26 GMT

Chinese backlash over Windows 10 push
Microsoft is facing criticism from Chinese users about the way it is trying to persuade people to upgrade to Windows 10.
Published: Fri, 27 May 2016 11:13:06 GMT

PayPal founder is 'comic book villain'
Gossip site Gawker accuses PayPal founder Peter Thiel of being 'vindictive' and a 'comic book villain' who uses his billions to fund libel suits against the site.
Published: Fri, 27 May 2016 12:40:30 GMT

Google defeats Oracle in Java code case
Google wins a major US court battle with software firm Oracle when a jury rules it did not unfairly appropriate parts of the Java programming language.
Published: Thu, 26 May 2016 23:27:01 GMT

Cameroon Cardiopad inventor wins award
A Cameroonian inventor wins a £25,00 ($37,000) innovation prize for creating a monitor that can diagnose heart conditions in remote areas.
Published: Fri, 27 May 2016 12:25:38 GMT

N Korea 'could be linked to bank heists'
A top cyber-security firm is investigating whether North Korea could be linked to attacks on banks in recent months.
Published: Fri, 27 May 2016 11:25:14 GMT

Women 'post 50% of misogynistic tweets'
A study into abusive tweets sent from UK Twitter accounts suggests large-scale misogyny, with women responsible for half of such tweets.
Published: Thu, 26 May 2016 11:25:07 GMT

An appreciation of the floppy disk
The death of the floppy disk has been long predicted but the technology has persisted. Why?
Published: Thu, 26 May 2016 14:15:41 GMT

Robots 'being taught to feel pain'
Researchers are developing an artificial nervous system that will allow robots to feel pain.
Published: Thu, 26 May 2016 13:58:23 GMT

Highest capacity Atlantic cable planned
Microsoft and Facebook announce plans to build the highest capacity data link between the US and Europe.
Published: Thu, 26 May 2016 20:01:59 GMT

Norway stages 32-hour app term reading
The consumer agency in Norway stages a live reading of app terms and conditions lasting over 30 hours in protest against their "absurd" length.
Published: Wed, 25 May 2016 15:58:10 GMT

VIDEO: Phone app helps blind runner
Blind ultra-marathon runner Simon Wheatcroft talks to Spencer Kelly
Published: Tue, 17 May 2016 23:00:09 GMT

VIDEO: How a smartphone could help spot disease
Detecting signs of disease without the need for expensive laboratory equipment.
Published: Mon, 16 May 2016 10:11:15 GMT

VIDEO: Ice blocks make fridges less 'stupid'
Roger Harrabin visits a factory in Wales that is using ice to make fridges more economical.
Published: Fri, 27 May 2016 20:22:53 GMT

VIDEO: Super-creepy robot has whiskers
BBC Click's Nick Kwek looks at some of the best of the week's technology news
Published: Fri, 27 May 2016 07:24:29 GMT

VIDEO: Are people ready for robot colleagues?
Robot-makers descend on Paris to convince people that their gadgets are safe and easy to work with.
Published: Wed, 25 May 2016 15:21:41 GMT

VIDEO: Tackling abuse on Twitter a 'priority'
Twitter has introduced changes in the hope of regaining popularity, but progress takes time, chief executive Jack Dorsey tells the BBC.
Published: Wed, 25 May 2016 07:35:34 GMT

VIDEO: The modular, build yourself robot kits
BBC Click's Lara Lewington looks at two of the kits which allow you to build your own robot
Published: Wed, 25 May 2016 07:14:49 GMT

VIDEO: US Navy drones 'shot into the sky'
US Navy researchers test drones that can be shot into the sky for rapid deployment.
Published: Tue, 24 May 2016 16:54:51 GMT

VIDEO: Apps which could help with allergies
From a prototype device which can detect gluten in food to allergy apps, BBC Click's Lara Lewington reports
Published: Mon, 23 May 2016 10:12:17 GMT

How 'robo recruiters' could affect your job prospects
How 'robo recruiters' could be denting your job prospects
Published: Thu, 26 May 2016 23:00:33 GMT

Can technology help build a perfect country?
Can technology help build a perfect country?
Published: Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:14:32 GMT

Is there a place for old tech in the 21st Century?
Is still a place for old technology in today's hi-tech world?
Published: Thu, 26 May 2016 14:23:32 GMT

How to check out your next penthouse from your armchair
How virtual reality is changing the way we work
Published: Mon, 23 May 2016 23:19:10 GMT

The teenager obsessed with retro-tech
The teenager obsessed with retro Apple devices
Published: Sat, 21 May 2016 00:47:51 GMT

Is the 'gig economy' turning us all into freelancers?
How the 'gig economy' is turning us into freelancers
Published: Thu, 19 May 2016 23:02:39 GMT - Technology delivers up-to-the-minute news and information on the latest top stories, weather, entertainment, politics and more.
Opinion: Sandberg amplifies social importance of grief
Sheryl Sandberg's public mourning is an important example, says Meghan O'Rourke. But her "tough-it-out" message misses an opportunity for change.
Published: Thu, 26 May 2016 13:02:32 EDT

Keep calm and TSA on, a how to guide for long airport line rage
Whether you need to travel for business or enjoy traveling for pleasure, not ruining your trip right off the bat requires some planning, determination and the ability to just let go.
Published: Thu, 26 May 2016 13:02:14 EDT

Harnessing spider powers to heal human bodies
Prof. Fritz Vollrath is harnessing the amazing powers of a spider's silk to regenerate human bodies for healing.Sponsored: Drivers With No Tickets In 3 Years Read This Do NOT pay your next car insurance bill until you try this.
Published: Thu, 26 May 2016 13:01:44 EDT

Students create astronaut meal that's out of this world
Would you like red pepper risotto in a place where everything around you is floating in space?
Published: Thu, 26 May 2016 13:01:33 EDT

The most accurate clock in the world is redefining the second
What if everything you knew about time was wrong and time actually moved at a different rate than what your watch or the clock on your phone is telling you right now? A new study is getting us closer to a much more accurate way to keep time and that could lead to more accurate GPS, faster stock trades, and a better power grid.
Published: Thu, 26 May 2016 13:01:17 EDT

This is your brain in space
NASA has to solve the people problem before it can send humans to Mars.
Published: Thu, 26 May 2016 13:00:42 EDT

W. Kamau Bell: True stories of life off the grid
Well, it's that time again. Every four years, like clockwork, the big talk pronouncements begin: the promises soon to be left unfulfilled, the bellicose hype that months from now will be long gone and gladly forgotten. All the chest-thumping and jingoism that we are seeing right now will just melt away and we will go back to business as usual.Popular: Radical Islam in America | Graham Opposes Republican Leader | Guns in America
Published: Mon, 23 May 2016 15:56:18 EDT

Are flying robots the perfect co-workers?
The year is 2020. A group of warehouse workers are locking up for the weekend.
Published: Thu, 19 May 2016 07:34:18 EDT

Conservatives need Facebook
This week I went to a meeting at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California. And then I became a bimbo, a cancer, and a scumbag. Behold Twitter:
Published: Fri, 20 May 2016 14:42:12 EDT

The bionic skin that can feel a tumor
Prof. Takao Someya has invented an electronic skin (e-skin) that could be used to create functional prostheses or detect tumors simply by touching a woman's breast.
Published: Thu, 19 May 2016 06:43:43 EDT

Dr. robot could conduct your next surgery
Scientists have shown the first use of autonomous robots to conduct bowel surgery under supervision, paving the way for robots one day taking the lead in the operating room.Sponsored: Drivers Will Be Furious When This Finally Happens If you drive less than 50 miles a day, this new rule will shock you.
Published: Wed, 18 May 2016 14:43:27 EDT

Schuuush! Is this the quietest Ferrari 308?
The look is unmistakably Ferrari. The sound? That's another story.
Published: Fri, 13 May 2016 13:41:47 EDT

Sky pioneers: A light aircraft revolution is taking off
Inside a hangar in the San Francisco Bay Area, a young French entrepreneur is busy readying a small, odd-looking, bubble-shaped aircraft.
Published: Thu, 19 May 2016 07:16:36 EDT

Rare flight for the biggest plane in the world
The undisputed superstar of the skies -- the biggest airplane in the world -- is taking flight on a rare delivery mission across three continents.
Published: Fri, 13 May 2016 13:24:30 EDT

An electric-powered plane that can take off from your garden
Imagine an aircraft that can be powered from a wall socket, take off from the garden, and with electric engines so quiet the noise won't bother the neighbors.Podcast favorites: Blindsided: How ISIS Shook The World | Bernie gets the Axe | Guns in America
Published: Fri, 13 May 2016 13:24:27 EDT

Our bodies in space: Will you turn to mush?
After more than 50 years of human spaceflight, NASA is an expert in what happens to the human body when it's in zero gravity.
Published: Fri, 20 May 2016 14:32:08 EDT

Space Station marks the big 100,000
It was 1998 when a Russian Proton rocket flew the Zarya module up to orbit, the first piece of what would become the International Space Station (ISS).
Published: Thu, 19 May 2016 07:27:07 EDT

Meet the largest unnamed world in our solar system
A majority of dwarf planets lie tucked away in the depths of our solar system.
Published: Thu, 19 May 2016 07:25:15 EDT

Asteroid's impact was bigger than one that killed dinosaurs
That asteroid which took out the dinosaurs all those years ago? That was nothing. Scientists say there was a bigger hunk of rock from space that whacked the Earth billions of years earlier.Sponsored: Drivers Feel Stupid For Not Knowing This New Rule Do NOT pay your next car insurance bill until you try this.
Published: Thu, 19 May 2016 07:15:28 EDT

Astronomers fire up powerful lasers for space exploration
It's the kind of laser show you'd expect from the Death Star, only there are four of them.
Published: Thu, 19 May 2016 07:25:09 EDT

Expandable habitats may take us to Mars
In sci-fi movies, space habitats are huge structures with labyrinth layouts. But Hollywood doesn't have to deal with the issues real aerospace engineers face when contemplating future space homes -- such as gravity and financial constraints.
Published: Thu, 19 May 2016 07:25:58 EDT

Skywatch: Your guide to space
Mankind has long turned to the stars to tell stories, seek meaning and find answers.
Published: Fri, 13 May 2016 13:43:10 EDT

Tech News Headlines - Yahoo News
Get the latest Tech news headlines from Yahoo News. Find breaking Tech news, including analysis and opinion on top Tech stories.
Gawker privacy lawsuit evolves into battle of tech billionaires
By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Billionaire media owner Pierre Omidyar is backing news and entertainment web site Gawker Media in its lawsuit against wrestler Hulk Hogan, adding a new twist to a case pitting technology money against press freedom. Omidyar, owner of The Intercept publisher First Look Media, is asking other media outlets to file legal briefs in support of Gawker, First Look said in a statement on Friday. First Look said its goal was to protect constitutional rights.
Published: Fri, 27 May 2016 21:11:09 -0400

French finance minister rules out Google tax deal, more firms could be targeted
By Ingrid Melander PARIS (Reuters) - France will "go all the way" to ensure that multinationals operating on its soil pay their taxes and more cases could follow after Google and McDonald's were targeted by tax raids, Finance Minister Michel Sapin said. Sapin, speaking in an interview with Reuters and three European newspapers, ruled out negotiating any deal with Google on back taxes, as Britain did in January. Dozens of French police raided Google's Paris headquarters on Tuesday, escalating an investigation on suspicions of tax evasion.
Published: Sun, 29 May 2016 01:01:02 -0400

Cyber firms say Bangladesh hackers have attacked other Asian banks
By Dustin Volz and Jeremy Wagstaff WASHINGTON/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Hackers who stole $81 million from Bangladesh's central bank have been linked to an attack on a bank in the Philippines, in addition to the 2014 hack on Sony Pictures, cybersecurity company Symantec Corp said in a blog post. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has blamed North Korea for the attack on Sony's Hollywood studio. A senior executive at Mandiant, the cybersecurity company investigating the Bank Bangladesh heist, also told Reuters the hackers had recently penetrated banks in Southeast Asia.
Published: Fri, 27 May 2016 04:46:35 -0400

Push for encryption law falters despite Apple case spotlight
By Dustin Volz, Mark Hosenball and Joseph Menn WASHINGTON/ SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - After a rampage that left 14 people dead in San Bernardino, key U.S. lawmakers pledged to seek a law requiring technology companies to give law enforcement agencies a "back door" to encrypted communications and electronic devices, such as the iPhone used by one of the shooters. Draft legislation that Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein, the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Intelligence Committee, had circulated weeks ago likely will not be introduced this year and, even if it were, would stand no chance of advancing, the sources said. Key among the problems was the lack of White House support for legislation in spite of a high-profile court showdown between the Justice Department and Apple Inc over the suspect iPhone, according to Congressional and Obama Administration officials and outside observers.
Published: Fri, 27 May 2016 01:08:10 -0400

China to open e-commerce, other sectors to foreign investment: newspaper
China will lift restrictions to investments by foreign firms in a range of service industry sectors, including e-commerce, logistics, accounting and auditing, the China Securities News quoted commerce minister Gao Hucheng as saying. Gao said China would also promote the orderly opening of other service fields including finance, education, culture and health care, the report published on Saturday said without elaborating or giving a time-frame. China's trade in services would exceed $1 trillion by 2020, the minister predicted.
Published: Sat, 28 May 2016 04:37:03 -0400

Facebook expands ads on third-party apps, websites to beyond users
(Reuters) - Facebook Inc said its customers' ads would now be visible on third-party apps and websites to everyone who has ever visited its website, and not just to users logged into its social networking service. In the first quarter, Facebook generated more than 80 percent of its $5.20 billion ad revenue from mobile ads.
Published: Fri, 27 May 2016 07:54:33 -0400

Cinematic VR maker Jaunt needs a new CEO

Published: Sat, 28 May 2016 23:49:00 -0400

Nest's co-founder is releasing a smart kids' go-kart

Published: Sat, 28 May 2016 22:23:00 -0400

Google Photos celebrates first birthday and 24 billion selfies

Published: Sat, 28 May 2016 20:50:00 -0400

ASUS' GeForce GTX 1080 is faster and more colorful

Published: Sat, 28 May 2016 19:22:00 -0400

Task Saturation - The Silent Killer of Business Growth & Ways To Eliminate It
Memorial Day is around the corner and holidays are time for reflection. The downtime brings rest, rejuvenation & perspective. Time, during this period, can be a bit more 'elastic' with low Task Saturation. In this reflective period, it's good to take a pause from Task Saturation and consider this question - "how will you, in the next 7 months...
Published: Sat, 28 May 2016 19:20:21 -0400

New Binational Research Institute Represents the Future for U.S. Mexico Relations
The opening of the new Cali-Baja Center for Resilient Materials and Systems at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), on May 24, 2016, was expected to be perfunctory, but when Dr. Olivia Graeve, the new Center's first director, stepped to the podium, it all changed."This center will be filled with the spirit of '¡Si, se puede!' It...
Published: Sat, 28 May 2016 19:06:14 -0400

What is LitRPG and why does it exist?
Look, the idea of going inside a WoW-style MMO as a plot element in sci-fi is not new to me. Survival Quest was different, though. No, Survival Quest is about what MMOs are actually about: grinding experience and gear.
Published: Sat, 28 May 2016 18:21:02 -0400

Phonebloks creator isn't entirely happy with Project Ara

Published: Sat, 28 May 2016 17:51:00 -0400

Amazon built a tool that puts Alexa in your browser
Amazon's Alexa personal assistant is super useful in the Echo and lot of fun to use. In light of this, Amazon has created a web app that lets you play with Alexa right in your browser. You can access the web app at and it lets you ask Alexa all kinds of questions.
Published: Sat, 28 May 2016 16:57:03 -0400

NASA successfully puffs up its inflatable space habitat

Published: Sat, 28 May 2016 16:40:00 -0400

Apple Store's worst feature? Customers, says ex-employee
Technically Incorrect: The customers are awful, workers get death threats, and the Apple Watch could use some work, a former Apple retail staffer tells Business Insider.
Published: Sat, 28 May 2016 16:34:44 -0400

Senate anti-encryption bill is effectively dead, for now

Published: Sat, 28 May 2016 15:58:00 -0400

If you're looking for a chill summer, you better get off of the coasts
Most of the continental United States has a good chance of a scorcher this year. Kansas, Nebraska, and parts of South Dakota, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and northern Texas appear to be pretty much in the clear, and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cites the region's currently extremely high soil moisture as the cause. In contrast, Alaska has the highest likelihood of a hotter-than-usual summer, as sea surface temperatures there are already averaging 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit above normal.
Published: Sat, 28 May 2016 15:41:02 -0400

State Senator backs off attempt to gut Illinois privacy law
On Thursday, Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act was faced with a sudden and abrupt threat, with a new amendment introduced by State Senator Terry Link that would place severe limits on the bill's power. Facebook, Google and Snapchat are all facing lawsuits for violating the act, and the proposal would have stopped those lawsuits in a single stroke. The Biometric Privacy Information Act has become an unexpected legal hurdle for the new generation of facial recognition systems, which power products like Facebook's photo-tagging system, Google Photos, and Snapchat's smart filters.
Published: Sat, 28 May 2016 15:13:39 -0400

Meet the wearable tablet you might use at your next job

Published: Sat, 28 May 2016 14:30:00 -0400

Uber needs to stop nudging me into carpooling
This costs less than other Uber ride options, but it means waiting for other people to get picked up and dropped off, which you might not want to do. UberPOOL was introduced in San Francisco in 2014 and became available in Washington, DC, in October 2015. San Francisco and New York are still safe, but here in DC, the once-straightforward Uber app now pushes you into carpooling, by default.
Published: Sat, 28 May 2016 13:31:02 -0400

HomeKit does indeed make the August Smart Lock more useful

Published: Sat, 28 May 2016 13:00:00 -0400

U.S. Special Forces will soon have a new weapon at their disposal: Stealth motorcycles
Over the past few decades, the military has made great strides towards improving its stealth technology. Today, the U.S. Air Force can make use of stealth fighter jets and stealth bombers while the U.S. Navy can just as easily deploy stealth submarines and even stealth ships. But what if a particular mission calls for something a bit smaller and just a tad more mobile? Meet the stealth motorcycle. DON'T MISS:  iPhone 6s and Galaxy S7 faced off in a drop test and it was brutal A few years ago, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) sponsored a competition where companies were challenged to come up with a compelling stealth motorcycle design. The underlying goal? To provide ground troops with the ability to navigate through tough terrain quickly and without detection. Such a bike could also airdropped down to troops on the ground whereupon they could use it and subsequently hide it "for later retrieval." Earlier this week, at the National Defense Industrial Association's Special Operations Forces Industry Conference, two prototype stealth bikes were on full display. One bike -- The Silent Hawk -- was developed by Logos while the other bike --dubbed Nightmare -- was developed by LSA Autonomy. Not surprisingly, both are hybrid bikes. The Silent Hawk in particular weighs 350 pounds, has a range of 170 miles, can reach a top speed of 80 mph and can store as much as 75 pounds of equipment. More importantly, when the bike is in "quiet mode", the noise it emits is less than 55 decibels, which is to say about as loud as a normal conversation. Logos adds : Troops attempting to maneuver with equipment during field operations face a number of challenges. Conventional transport vehicles can move people and cargo fast, but they have trouble negotiating extreme terrain. Likewise, the size and weight of these conventional vehicles is designed to make them difficult to airdrop. With its thin profile and innovative two-wheel drive, Silent Hawk makes easy work of thick forests, narrow mountain paths, and rocky landscapes. The military bike is lightweight and is made for easy deployment?its large cargo capacity, auxiliary power ports, and interactive user interface support deep-penetrating operations. The Nightmare sports specs similar to the Silent Hawk, though it weighs about 50 pounds more and can generate just a bit more horsepower. A photo of the Nightmare can be seen below. Interestingly enough, both the Silent Hawk and the Nightmare can run on a number of different fuels, including gasoline, Jet-A1 fuel, propane and more. Defense One notes: Both bikes feature cutting-edge hybrid multi-fuel engines that can burn a variety of combustibles like JP-8, Jet A-1, gasoline, propane, etc.. ?If it?s gasoline, tell it it?s gasoline, tell it it?s something else. It will figure it out,? said Alex Dzwill, and engineer with Logos. Could you run it on lipids, olive oil? ?Theoretically, yeah,? said Dzwill. While it remains to be seen when these bikes will transition from prototypes to full-fledged vehicles used in operations, it appears that it may be sooner rather than later.
Published: Sat, 28 May 2016 12:28:30 -0400

Reasons Sean O'Kane says I should watch the Indy 500
This is a bad thing for me to admit, because every time I've done it in the past, I've gotten some very angry emails and tweets from IndyCar fans. One of those fans is my colleague Sean O'Kane. In fact, I think he's probably the biggest IndyCar fan I know, and when I told him that I had no interest in watching this weekend's Indy 500, he basically lost it on me.
Published: Sat, 28 May 2016 12:04:03 -0400

Six transforming furnishings that make the most of small spaces

Published: Sat, 28 May 2016 11:30:00 -0400

The definitive guide to not updating to Windows 10
Microsoft wants you to upgrade to Windows 10 . Like, a lot. So much so that if you leave your PC to its own devices for too long, you might come back and find that Cortana has settled in and made itself at home. If you want to hang on your Windows 7 or 8 install without having to live in fear of an unexpected update ( like this unfortunate TV weather crew ), or if you want to prevent Windows 10 from spying on practically everything you do , we've put together the definitive guide. There's a couple options, but the best one is very simple: download a tiny utility called Never 10. It's a utility that changes your computer's settings to prevent operating system upgrades. Simply download the utility and run it, and it will make the necessary deep-level changes to prevent any upgrade to Windows 10. It's not a piece of software that sits running on your computer -- instead, it just edits system settings, so you only have to run it once to be set. It also has the handy option that if Windows has downloaded the 6.5GB of files for a Windows 10 upgrade, it will find their specific location and delete them. If you ever choose to reverse the changes and upgrade to 10 (not a bad option, and worth considering before 10 becomes a paid upgrade later in July), just re-download the utility and revert back to Windows 10-friendly settings. If you're not a fan of utilities from unknown devs messing with your PC, there's other options. The most simple: correctly ignore the Microsoft prompts to upgrade to 10. There's a danger here, though: at a certain point, Windows is going to automatically schedule an update for you. If you "x" out of the pop-up informing you of this, you're not cancelling the scheduled update -- you're just making the notification go away. So, the highest thing on your priority list should be to check if you've got a Windows 10 upgrade already scheduled. If you do, and you let that date creep up on you, the update is going to happen whether you like it or not . To check if there's something scheduled, click on the Windows 10 icon in your taskbar. You should get a window telling you of a scheduled update. You can change the timing of that to something more convenient, or just cancel it altogether. There is a native way to completely disable Windows 10 updates, but it's the opposite of user-friendly, since it involves editing the registry. It's detailed in a Microsoft support article, or this ZDNet article. It's not for amateurs, though, and a misstep could mess up your PC. The TL;DR is this: for most everyone who just wants to postpone any update indefinitely, the simplest solution is to download this utility , and set it to Disable Win10 Upgrade. If you just want to postpone the update to a more convenient time, use the built-in Get Windows 10 app to schedule a better time. If you're comfortable messing with the registry, you can use Microsoft's heinously unfriendly method detailed here .
Published: Sat, 28 May 2016 11:11:04 -0400

This is your next jam: Flume, The Strokes, and more
This week?s batch of new tracks isn?t as rock-heavy as last week?s, but there are still some spots reserved for heavy-hitters like Dinosaur Jr. and The Strokes. Nao and Shura are readying long-awaited debut LPs in between the riffs, and Jessie Ware is making sure a new romantic comedy has at least one redeeming quality. It?s easy to get lost in all of the elliptical folk Cass McCombs has released over the last decade-plus.
Published: Sat, 28 May 2016 11:00:03 -0400

Splish splash! What if your phone takes a bath?
In this edition of Ask Maggie, CNET's Marguerite Reardon offers some advice about drying out a wet phone. (Hint: It doesn't include rice.)
Published: Sat, 28 May 2016 10:55:58 -0400

The Indistinguishable X-Men: the narrowing range of superhero emotions
Critics agree that X-Men: Apocalypse is a troubled film. Indiewire says it has an apocalypse problem. The Hollywood Reporter says it has ?severe traffic control problems.? All these things are true ? it?s overcrowded, the villain is generic and forgettable, and his plan to Destroy Everything Because Reasons has turned up in far too many recent superhero films.
Published: Sat, 28 May 2016 10:00:03 -0400

Recommended Reading: Is the VR hype train grinding to a halt?

Published: Sat, 28 May 2016 10:00:00 -0400

9 new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week
It?s the end of May, which means that X-Men: Apocalypse is finally hitting theaters all over the world; following its international launch, the new X-Men movie is now finally playing in the US. If you?re going to ignore all the critics who slammed it and see the most terrifying X-Men villain yet, you should expect a bombardment of new trailers , including a few exciting new ones. DON?T MISS: The iPhone 7 might actually be in trouble Beauty and the Beast Beauty and the Beast already looks like it's going to be a huge hit for Disney. The teaser trailer below received more views in a 24 hour period than Star Wars: The Force Awakens  or  Captain America: Civil War . Read more about Beauty and the Beast at this link . Finding Dory The Finding Nemo sequel focuses on the forgetful fish we?ve grown to love. The Pixar animation hits theaters in just a few weeks, and there?s a new trailer out now. Free State of Jones Here?s an idea, what if someone made the The Patriot again, this time around replacing Mel Gibson with Matthew McConaughey? We?d somehow end up with Free State of Jones . The movie premieres on June 24th, with Keri Russell and Gugu Mbatha-Raw joining McConaughey. Oh, and it?s not a Patriot remake, but it's a story about the civil war that?s inspired by actual events. Independence Day: Resurgence We just can?t get enough Independence Day: Resurgence clips , can we? After a slew of new videos were released last week, we have a brand new trailer for the sequel that?s been 20 years in the making. Morgan Morgan is a very special human who has some potentially dangerous powers. Kate Mara is sent to investigate an accident caused by this human, but the trailer for the Morgan movie doesn?t reveal any other details about this special person. The sci-fi thriller launches September 2nd, with Rose Leslie, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Paul Giamatti and Toby Jones also in the cast. Sing We talked about Sing before . It?s about a koala bear that wants to, well, host a singing competition at his theaters. There?s nothing wrong with that, especially considering the impressive cast voicing these animals. Here?s an idea of what to expect on December 21st when this one comes out. Star Trek Beyond One of the most important new trailers of the week covers Star Trek Beyond , the third new Star Trek film that will show us aliens tearing apart the Enterprise. The movie comes out on July 22nd, and I personally can?t wait to see it. The Infiltrator In The Infiltrator , Bryan Cranston plays the role of an undercover agent who?s called upon to infiltrate the organization run by Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar. The movie hits the big screen on July 13th. The Space Between Us Forget about The Martian ! He was an adult who only had to live for about a year on the red planet. In The Space Between Us we have a boy who was born on Mars, where he lived until he turned sixteen. He had to be left behind or Earth would?ve killed him. But he decides to come back to Earth. And who wouldn?t? After all, Mars can be such a boring place. The movie will be released on August 19th, so get ready for one more story about Mars.
Published: Sat, 28 May 2016 09:19:53 -0400

ICYMI: Smashing bacteria, high-jumping roboroaches and more

Published: Sat, 28 May 2016 09:00:00 -0400

Has 'Apocalypse' messed up the first 'X-Men' movie? Yes and no
As we meet younger versions of Storm, Cyclops and Jean Grey, we investigate whether "Apocalypse" hangs together with the chronology of "X-Men" and "X2". Spoilers!
Published: Sat, 28 May 2016 08:00:05 -0400

What did one car say to the other car? If you make that turn I'll hit you!
From CNET Magazine: Vehicle-to-vehicle communication could be the biggest safety breakthrough since seat belts, air bags and antilock brakes. Are you ready?
Published: Sat, 28 May 2016 08:00:04 -0400

Raspberry Pi: The smart person's guide
Everything you need to know about the tiny, ultra-cheap computer that has taken the world by storm.
Published: Sat, 28 May 2016 08:00:00 -0400

Rosetta finds key building blocks of life in comet dust

Published: Sat, 28 May 2016 07:04:00 -0400

Watch NASA's second attempt at inflating the first expandable habitat on the ISS
After failing its first attempt, NASA will try once again to deploy its first expandable habitat. The space agency will start inflating the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) on Saturday morning, starting at 9AM ET. You can watch the event live on NASA TV.
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'Like' it or not: 10 things Facebook changed in 10 years
Ten years ago Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg launched ?The Facebook? from his Harvard dorm. Since then, the site has gone on to redefine our lives online.
Published: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 15:10:58 GMT

Senate grills Target CFO on data breach
Target CFO John Mulligan faced a Senate judiciary committee on Tuesday to answer tough questions about last year's massive breach that involved 40 million credit cards.
Published: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 17:04:13 GMT

Democratic lawmakers want to bring Net neutrality back to life
Democrats in Congress have introduced a bill that would restore Net neutrality regulations, less than a month after a court decision struck them down. "It basically says, 'Remember the court decision from a couple of weeks ago?
Published: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 21:33:05 GMT

Some developers balk as Apple cracks down on apps that track user info
Apple is cracking down on apps that collect certain information about its users. While that might make privacy advocates happy, developers are less than thrilled.
Published: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 22:58:36 GMT

FBI: Give us your malware, your worms
The FBI has put out a request for experts in the cybersecurity industry to send in all the malware they can. In a solicitation published this week on, the intelligence agency asks for "a rollup of sharable malware" for research purposes ? or so they say.
Published: Wed, 5 Feb 2014 00:11:05 GMT

Sexting stats: Half of adults' phones contain intimate content
Smartphone users are scandalous! A new study shows more than half of adults have sent or received ... ahem , intimate content on their mobile devices.
Published: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 22:14:18 GMT

AT&T slashes prices for some family plans
AT&T is the latest to cut prices in the wireless carrier wars. This time around, AT&T focused on family plans. The lower prices include 10 gigabytes of data per month, plus unlimited voice and texting.
Published: Mon, 3 Feb 2014 14:53:21 GMT

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