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The Shocking Truth About Torvalds' Home Office

Jul 28, 2014 3:39 pm

If the Linux world has anything akin to royalty, Linus Torvalds surely must be its monarch. So what could be more natural than for the Linux-loving masses to want to see where he works and lives? Fortunately for FOSS fans, none other than the Linux Foundation has stepped up with an answer to that... [more]

Bits Blog: Airbnb Expands Into Business Travel

Jul 28, 2014 2:39 pm

Airbnb introduced a new business travel initiative on Monday, expanding beyond the vacation and couch-surfing crowds the company has traditionally focused on. [more]

Bits Blog: F.T.C. Publishes Steps for Mobile Industry to Prevent Overbilling

Jul 28, 2014 2:23 pm

In the midst of a lawsuit against T-Mobile for overbilling, the Federal Trade Commission published a list of best practices for companies to protect consumers from being overcharged. [more]

Q&A: Using the ‘Public’ Network Option

Jul 28, 2014 12:31 pm

Plus, finding the date and time stamps on iPhone photos. [more]

A Tentacled Underwater Workhorse

Jul 28, 2014 12:00 pm

A new breed of robots with sinewy arms, a powerful grip and the ability to work underwater, is almost here. [more]

Lenovo's smart glasses prototype has battery at neck

Jul 28, 2014 11:59 am

China's PC giant Lenovo last week offered a peek at its Google Glass-competing smart glass prototype, further details of which are to be announced in October. Lenovo's glasses prototype is not an extreme departure from the Google Glass look but there is a distinguishing feature and that is a... [more]

Researchers discover cool-burning flames in space, could lead to better engines on earth (w/ Video)

Jul 28, 2014 11:40 am

A team of international researchers has discovered a new type of cool burning flames that could lead to cleaner, more efficient engines for cars. The discovery was made during a series of experiments on the International Space Station by a team led by Forman Williams, a professor of mechanical... [more]

Microsoft says under antitrust probe in China

Jul 28, 2014 11:40 am

Microsoft said Monday it was under investigation by antitrust authorities in China, pledging to cooperate in the investigation. [more]

How to repair and extract broken RAR archives

Jul 28, 2014 10:33 am

Broken, damaged or corrupt archives can be quite annoying. It does not really matter if an archive that you have created locally is not working anymore, or if you have downloaded Megabytes or even Gigabytes of data from the Internet only to realize that one or multiple of the files of the archive... [more]

U.S. military once called moon base a 'requirement'

Jul 28, 2014 9:52 am

The U.S. military races to the moon to build a base -- to beat the Russians to the punch. Maybe test a nuclear weapon on the surface. Consider a lunar-based bombing system to target earthbound foes. That was the plan in the 1960s, according to declassified national security documents released... [more]

Google searches hold key to future market crashes

Jul 28, 2014 9:10 am

A team of researchers from Warwick Business School and Boston University have developed a method to automatically identify topics that people search for on Google before subsequent stock market falls. [more]

Amazon launches 3D printing store

Jul 28, 2014 9:09 am

Amazon announced Monday the launch of an online store for 3D printed items to allow consumers to customize and personalize items like earrings, pendants, dolls and other objects. [more]

Teen invents hot car alarm device

Jul 28, 2014 9:06 am

A New Mexico teen invented an alarm to alert people if they leave their children in hot cars. CNN affiliate KOAT reports. [more]

Zillow buys real estate rival Trulia for $3.5 bn

Jul 28, 2014 8:23 am

Online real estate website Zillow announced Monday it was buying rival Trulia in a $3.5 billion stock deal that merges the two main firms in the sector. [more]

Microsoft Offices in China Are Targets of Authorities’ Visits

Jul 28, 2014 8:17 am

An agency that enforces antimonopoly laws visited company offices in four cities, as the country more closely scrutinizes multinational companies. [more]

The Skully Augmented Motorcycle Helmet Would Make Iron Man Jealous

Jul 28, 2014 7:39 am

Skully had its coming-out party last week, and while the name unfortunately sounds like the nickname for any number of comic book villains -- from Skeletor to the Red Skull -- it is actually a firm that makes a pretty incredible high-technology motorcycle helmet, with technology similar to Google... [more]

EU antitrust body clears Apple's $3bn Beats deal

Jul 28, 2014 6:36 am

(AP)—The European Union's antitrust authority has cleared Apple's $3 billion deal to buy Beats Electronics, which makes headphones and offers music streaming services. [more]

DealBook: Zillow to Acquire Trulia for $3.5 Billion

Jul 28, 2014 6:35 am

The deal will create a giant repository of online listings for real estate and home values. [more]

Bits Blog: The Lessons Thus Far From the Transition to Digital Patient Records

Jul 28, 2014 6:22 am

The use of digital patient records has not led to overbilling, as feared, according to a new report — but it has not yet delivered efficiency gains or improved care, either. [more]

Tracking your digital fingerprint online raises privacy issues

Jul 28, 2014 6:00 am

Just how much information we give away about ourselves as we browse the web has been raised again by a tracking device used in thousands of websites. [more]

Can you really be identified on Tor or is that just what the cops want you to believe?

Jul 28, 2014 5:40 am

Have the UK police successfully broken anonymity on the internet? They certainly seemed to imply as much when the National Crime Agency proudly announced last week that it had made 660 arrests after an operation to identify people viewing indecent images of children online. [more]

DRIP is an abuse of our rights, not a matter of national security

Jul 28, 2014 5:30 am

The UK is one of the most CCTV-saturated countries in the world. Being watched and monitored is an everyday reality on British streets, allegedly increasing from one camera for every 14 people in 2008 to one for every 11 people in 2013. [more]

Workers discover fire debris in wall cavity of Thomas Jefferson's rotunda

Jul 28, 2014 5:24 am

The 1895 fire that all but destroyed Thomas Jefferson's Rotunda was thought to have left no traces of the iconic building's dome. But University of Virginia masons working on the building's current renovation have discovered pieces of that structure preserved within the walls. [more]

Engineers tap gaming technology to improve design

Jul 28, 2014 5:10 am

UNSW researchers are hoping to revolutionise engineering design with cutting-edge, low-cost 3D gaming technology. [more]

Add Full-Text Search to your Chrome Browsing History

Jul 28, 2014 4:30 am

Web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox use the browsing history in a number of ways. Besides making available a list of sites that users have visited in the past, it is also used when users type in the browser's address bar to display matches. That's comfortable if you want to... [more]

Samsung delays Tizen smartphone sales launch

Jul 28, 2014 4:16 am

Samsung Electronics said Monday it would postpone the roll-out of its new smartphone based on Tizen, a home-grown operating system aimed at breaking away from Google's Android system. [more]

US companies increasingly fish for growth overseas

Jul 28, 2014 1:50 am

(AP)—Major U.S. companies are starting to reap their most rapid growth in fertile lands of opportunity far from home. [more]

Professors object to FAA restrictions on drone use

Jul 28, 2014 1:40 am

(AP)—Thirty university and college professors say government restrictions on the use of small drones are likely to stifle academic research. [more]

Chinese portal Sohu reports $45 million loss

Jul 28, 2014 1:30 am

(AP)— Inc., operator of a popular Chinese Internet portal, said Monday it lost $45 million in the latest quarter while revenue rose 18 percent to $400 million. [more]

MultiMon is an advanced system monitor for Windows

Jul 27, 2014 11:37 pm

The Windows operating system ships with a boatload of system monitors that help users fix issues on the computer or optimize processes. While that is the case, there is still room for third-party programs that bring additional features to the table. MultiMon is a free and paid program for Windows... [more]

LCD Hacking Trick Could Make Virtual Reality More Real

Jul 27, 2014 10:00 pm

Stacking components from two LCD panels more than doubles the pixel density of a video display.Donning a pair of virtual reality goggles like the Oculus Rift can instantly transport you into another place. But being able to see the pixels that make up that computerized world can be a niggling... [more]

Machine Learning: LG’s Snappy G3 Phone Is Poised to Test Rivals

Jul 27, 2014 7:44 pm

The many enhancements of the new device could help LG, not widely thought of in the U.S. as a maker of high-end smartphones, challenge its rivals. [more]

Can Reddit Grow Up?

Jul 27, 2014 6:28 pm

Efforts by the freewheeling online community to monetize without driving away its 114 million monthly users will require appealing to advertisers without sacrificing values like personal data privacy. [more]

Smell of the Greasepaint, the Funds of the Crowd

Jul 27, 2014 3:54 pm

Proposed investment rules would make it easier for American theater producers to raise money through crowdsourcing, a method already being tried in Britain. [more]

Sapphire talk enlivens guesswork over iPhone 6

Jul 27, 2014 2:00 pm

Sapphire screens for the next iPhone? Sapphire is second only to diamond in hardness scratch-proof properties, used in making LEDs, missiles sensors, and on screens for luxury-tier phones. Last year, the budget-conscious rubbed their eyes when learning that a debut Vertu Ti phone with sapphire... [more]

UConn makes 3-D copies of antique instrument parts

Jul 27, 2014 11:50 am

(AP)—Researchers at the University of Connecticut are using medical technology to breathe new life into some antique musical instruments. [more]

Researchers achieve 'holy grail' of battery design: A stable lithium anode

Jul 27, 2014 11:20 am

Engineers across the globe have been racing to design smaller, cheaper and more efficient rechargeable batteries to meet the power storage needs of everything from handheld gadgets to electric cars. [more]

Mobile tech reshaping the health sector

Jul 27, 2014 1:40 am

Your smartphone is not only your best friend, it's also become your personal trainer, coach, medical lab and maybe even your doctor. [more]

Firefox 33 for Android gets option to clear private data on exit

Jul 27, 2014 1:39 am

If you are running a version of Firefox for Android right now on a smartphone or tablet, you may have noticed that it lacks an option to automatically clear private data. While you can clear private data manually, there is no option to configure the mobile browser to perform the operation... [more]

Startup offers elderly an Internet key to family links

Jul 27, 2014 12:47 am

Two grandmothers mystified by computer tablets have inspired a French-Romanian startup to develop an application and service to help the elderly stay in touch with their relatives through the Internet. [more]

Paste Passwords into blocked form fields on the Internet

Jul 26, 2014 9:13 am

Most Internet services don't prevent you from pasting information into password fields or other form fields on websites. Some on the other hand restrict pasting to select fields or none at all, which means that you need to fill out those fields manually as you cannot use copy and paste to do so.... [more]

Economic View: Hold the Phone: A Big-Data Conundrum

Jul 26, 2014 8:45 am

Why does my phone seem to slow down when a new one is introduced? The data show correlations, not conclusions. [more]

Bits Blog: When Digital Art Is Suitable for Framing

Jul 26, 2014 7:45 am

New screens offer a chance to showcase an image (and a growing community of artists). [more]

Registrar improves the default Windows Registry Manager tenfold

Jul 26, 2014 1:07 am

The Windows Registry Manager, much like many other tools that ship natively with the Windows operating system, is limited in many ways. While it is okay-ish for editing or creating keys or values in the Registry, this too is not optimized, something that could easily be improved with little... [more]

Business Briefing: Bose Sues Beats Electronics Over Patents

Jul 25, 2014 7:38 pm

Bose said Beats infringed upon five of its patents in some of its headphones and was seeking unspecified damages. [more]

Google to Search for the Meaning of Health

Jul 25, 2014 7:37 pm

Google is seeking 175 volunteers from whom it will collect bodily samples in an effort to create their biochemical fingerprints and establish the baseline for a healthy body. The Baseline study, to be run by Google X labs, will seek to connect traditional clinical observations of health, such as... [more]

Sorted Food, a Cooking Channel, Is a YouTube Hit

Jul 25, 2014 6:20 pm

Recipe exchanges in a British pub have expanded into one of the most popular cooking channels on YouTube. [more]

Bits Blog: Bill to Legalize Unlocking Cellphones Passes Congress

Jul 25, 2014 5:27 pm

On Friday, the House of Representatives passed a bill that will make it legal for consumers to open the digital locks on their cellphones so that they can more easily switch wireless carriers. [more]

Self-healing buildings, bodies, and machines

Jul 25, 2014 3:19 pm

Crumbling buildings, burnt-out PCs, potholes, and cracked smartphone screens -- all these damaged goods could soon be distant memories, as a new generation of "self-healing" technologies emerge. [more]

Bits Blog: Challenges for Amazon’s Cloud Computing Hopes

Jul 25, 2014 3:08 pm

Amazon Web Services, the company’s Internet computing service, declined in quarterly revenue. The company blamed competition from Google, but there may be more to the story. [more]

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