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U.K. grocery store to power itself on biogas generated from its own food waste

Jul 23, 2014 6:00 am

British supermarket chain Sainsbury's has announced that it plans to power one of its grocery stores using only biogas generated from its own food waste. The store in Cannock, West Midlands is approximately one mile away from one of British based Biffa's waste management systems, and will get its... [more]

Bits Blog: With the Blessing of Bill Gates, an Unlikely Summertime Best Seller

Jul 23, 2014 5:34 am

Microsoft’s co-founder has resurrected “Business Adventures,” a book published in 1969, and made it a best seller by declaring it his favorite business book. [more]

Wall Street Journal takes computers offline after hacking

Jul 23, 2014 1:50 am

The Wall Street Journal took some of its computers housing news graphics offline after they were hacked, publisher Dow Jones & Co said. [more]

Google made failed bid for Spotify

Jul 23, 2014 1:40 am

Internet titan Google tried last year to buy streaming music service Spotify but backed off for reasons including a whopping price tag, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. [more]

Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts

Jul 23, 2014 1:20 am

(AP)—Cyber thieves got into more than 1,000 StubHub customers' accounts and fraudulently bought tickets for events through the online ticket reseller, a law enforcement official and the company said Tuesday. [more]

Review: Amazon Fire offers new ways to use phones

Jul 23, 2014 1:10 am

(AP)—What I find fascinating about Amazon's Fire phone isn't the gizmos such as the 3-D imagery or the camera scanner that helps you get more information about products. [more]

IBM's Watson advises US soldiers on life after service

Jul 23, 2014 1:04 am

IBM's Watson supercomputer is putting its real-world smarts to work helping US soldiers transition back to civilian lives. [more]

Microsoft CEO sees 'bold' plan as 4Q tops Street

Jul 23, 2014 1:00 am

(AP)—Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella painted an upbeat vision of the future Tuesday, saying that the next version of Windows will be unified across screens of all sizes and that two money-losing units—Nokia phones and Bing search—would become profitable in 2016. [more]

LinkedIn to buy ad tech company Bizo for $175M

Jul 23, 2014 12:59 am

(AP)—LinkedIn says it is spending $175 million to buy Bizo, a provider of advertising technology and measurement services aimed at professionals. [more]

How to prevent Firefox from sending downloaded file information to Google

Jul 23, 2014 12:40 am

Starting with Firefox 32, Mozilla will check file downloads against Google's application reputation database which is powering Chrome's Safe Browsing feature since 2012. If you have read the release notes of Firefox 31, you may have noticed the entry "block malware from downloaded files" under... [more]

State of the Art: Review: Amazon’s Fire Phone

Jul 22, 2014 7:00 pm

Despite its flashy features, such as Dynamic Perspective and Firefly, the Fire Phone can stand alone for those uninterested in such frills. [more]

Apple Case Over Labor Code Is Granted Class-Action Status

Jul 22, 2014 6:48 pm

A judge in California certified a class of 21,000 current and former Apple employees who claim the company did not give them required meal and rest breaks. [more]

Black Hat Tor-Busting Talk Nixed

Jul 22, 2014 5:02 pm

The Tor Project is working to remedy a vulnerability in its anonymity software following the sudden cancellation of a talk at next month's Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas that would have revealed it. The planned talk would have demonstrated a way to unmask users of Tor, the... [more]

Square Feet: Former Verizon Buildings Sold for Conversions

Jul 22, 2014 4:04 pm

Verizon Communications has been selling many of its massive buildings in New York, which are being converted into condos, medical centers and hotels. [more]

Nokia Bolsters Microsoft Revenue, but Earnings Slip

Jul 22, 2014 3:14 pm

Revenue at Microsoft was slightly higher than analysts expected, but earnings were 5 cents a share lower. [more]

DealBook: LinkedIn Does Another Deal, Buying Bizo

Jul 22, 2014 3:10 pm

The social network for professional is paying about $175 million for a firm that lets marketers identify new business prospects and target them with relevant content. [more]

Apple Reports $7.7 Billion Profit on Strong iPhone Sales

Jul 22, 2014 3:00 pm

Sales for the smartphone grew even in a time of year when smartphone sales are expected to be slow. [more]

Apple's fiscal 3Q earnings top analyst forecasts

Jul 22, 2014 2:44 pm

Apple's growth prospects are looking brighter as anticipation builds for the upcoming release of the next iPhone, a model that is expected to cater to consumers yearning for a bigger screen. [more]

Microsoft profit down but revenues jump

Jul 22, 2014 2:44 pm

Microsoft said Tuesday its profits fell from a year ago even as revenues got a strong lift from cloud services. [more]

Grammatical habits in written English reveal linguistic features of non-native speakers' languages

Jul 22, 2014 2:44 pm

Computer scientists at MIT and Israel's Technion have discovered an unexpected source of information about the world's languages: the habits of native speakers of those languages when writing in English. [more]

Apple gets smartwatch patent

Jul 22, 2014 1:43 pm

A US patent made public on Tuesday bolstered rumors that Apple has designs on a smartwatch. [more]

Putin signs law seen as crimping social media

Jul 22, 2014 1:35 pm

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday signed a law requiring Internet companies to store all personal data of Russian users at data centres in Russia, a move which could chill criticism on foreign social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. [more]

iOS Insecurity - Designed by Apple?

Jul 22, 2014 12:34 pm

The long-held belief that Android is the least secure of mobile OSes was shattered by security researcher and expert iOS hacker Jonathan Zdziarski over the weekend. Zdziarski unveiled a host of iOS vulnerabilities, the scope of which was staggering. They include undocumented services that bypass... [more]

Scratching Privacy: What the Internet Can See From Your Cat Pictures

Jul 22, 2014 12:17 pm

Calling attention to “the wave of decreased privacy for all," a professor has shown that photos can reveal the locations of cats and their owners. [more]

Nvidia's Shield Tablet Earns Praise for Hardware, Shrugs for Games

Jul 22, 2014 11:39 am

Nvidia is expanding its Shield line of gaming products with the launch of a gaming tablet and accompanying wireless controller. Designed for high performance, the tablet is powered by Nvidia's Tegra K1 processor, which includes 192 graphics processing unit cores. It will be frequently updated... [more]

Goodwill, feds investigate possible data breach

Jul 22, 2014 11:31 am

Nonprofit organization Goodwill Industries Inc. is working with federal officials to investigate a possible security breach. [more]

Safe Preference Header implemented in Internet Explorer and Firefox

Jul 22, 2014 11:25 am

Some Internet sites make use of a safe mode to filter out objectionable contents. This is true for search engines such as Google Search, Startpage or Bing, or video sites like YouTube. When enabled, contents with adult themes may be filtered out automatically by sites. The safe mode is usually... [more]

No Man’s Sky: A Vast Game Crafted by Algorithms

Jul 22, 2014 10:50 am

A new computer game, No Man’s Sky, demonstrates a new way to build computer games filled with diverse flora and fauna.Sean Murray, one of the creators of the computer game No Man’s Sky, can’t guarantee that the virtual universe he is building is infinite, but he’s certain that, if it... [more]

What the Future Holds: How Technology, Aided by Recession, Is Transforming the Work World

Jul 22, 2014 9:59 am

Routine tasks that follow well-defined procedures are especially likely to be taken over by computers, and the recession has sped this process up. [more]

Newegg Price History and Comparison extension Hover Hound

Jul 22, 2014 9:53 am

When it comes to popular computer online shops in the United States, Newegg is without doubt very popular. While it attracts users of all experience levels, the layout and design of the store make it ideal for tech-savvy users who know what they want and understand the lingo that is used on the... [more]

Nvidia launches tablet for on-the-go gamers

Jul 22, 2014 8:20 am

US computer chip maker Nvidia launched a high-performance tablet Tuesday aimed at gamers who want the convenience of a mobile device. [more]

Share button may share your browsing history, too

Jul 22, 2014 8:18 am

One in 18 of the world's top 100,000 websites track users without their consent using a previously undetected cookie-like tracking mechanism embedded in 'share' buttons. A new study by researchers at KU Leuven and Princeton University provides the first large-scale investigation of the mechanism... [more]

Bits Blog: Hackers Find Way to Outwit Tough Security at Banking Sites

Jul 22, 2014 8:00 am

A new cyberattack allows criminals to bypass the security mechanisms at banks in Austria, Japan, Switzerland and Sweden. [more]

An innovative system anticipates driver fatigue in the vehicle to prevent accidents

Jul 22, 2014 7:40 am

The Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia (Biomechanics Institute - IBV) has worked on the development of a devise integrated in smart materials capable of monitoring cardiac and respiratory rhythms in order to prevent drivers from falling asleep, in the framework of the European project HARKEN. [more]

Self-cooling solar cells boost power, last longer

Jul 22, 2014 7:21 am

Scientists may have overcome one of the major hurdles in developing high-efficiency, long-lasting solar cells—keeping them cool, even in the blistering heat of the noonday Sun. [more]

Verizon 2Q profit rises 93 percent

Jul 22, 2014 7:16 am

Verizon reported Tuesday that its second-quarter earnings nearly doubled after it secured full ownership of Verizon Wireless. [more]

'X-Men' VR experience coming to Comic-Con

Jul 22, 2014 7:10 am

Comic-Con attendees will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to enter the mind of Professor X. [more]

Bits Blog: The New Nigerian Email Swindle

Jul 22, 2014 6:42 am

Security researchers have found that a new string of cyberattacks are being orchestrated by some of the same people behind the Nigerian 419 swindle, in which fraud artists try to trick foreign victims into transferring money to their bank accounts. [more]

Comcast 2Q earnings top views on Internet hookups

Jul 22, 2014 6:39 am

Comcast Corp.'s second-quarter net income rose 15 percent to nearly $2 billion as it added high-speed Internet customers at a faster pace than a year ago and video subscriber losses moderated. [more]

NIST develops prototype meter test for hydrogen refueling stations

Jul 22, 2014 6:30 am

To support the fair sale of gaseous hydrogen as a vehicle fuel, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a prototype field test standard to test the accuracy of hydrogen fuel dispensers. Once the standard is field tested, it will serve as a model for... [more]

'530 Fatties' page targets the overweight

Jul 22, 2014 6:08 am

A Facebook page created to criticize people about their weight has sparked controversy. CNN affiliate KOVR reports. [more]

Chameleon highlights and protects you from browser fingerprinting in Chrome

Jul 22, 2014 6:07 am

Browser fingerprinting refers to methods to profile a browser based on information transferred automatically when connections are made to websites or services, or generated with the help of scripts and technologies. It is unclear how widely browser fingerprinting is being used on the Internet but... [more]

GoTenna Makes Wireless 'Magic'

Jul 22, 2014 6:00 am

Startup GoTenna has launched its eponymously named device, which lets users communicate without the need for a cell tower. "This is an interesting concept," said Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research. "It's like a walkie-talkie on steroids." The device uses BlueTooth LE to pair with... [more]

Why are Fukushima engineers creating walls of ice under a contaminated nuclear plant?

Jul 22, 2014 5:30 am

Engineers at Fukushima nuclear power plant have been trying to create a £185m ice wall to isolate contaminated water from mixing with groundwater. However, there has been a steady stream of news articles reporting on problems associated with the work so far. They are simply adding to the sense... [more]

Sinosphere Blog: Twitter Acts Quickly on Suspect Pro-China Accounts

Jul 22, 2014 5:26 am

Just hours after The New York Times posted an article about bogus Twitter accounts dedicated to spreading pro-China propaganda, Twitter appears to have hit the kill switch on a score of the suspect accounts. [more]

Renewable energy is ready to supply all of Australia's electricity

Jul 22, 2014 5:10 am

In a recent article on The Conversation, University of Melbourne Professor Emeritus Frank Larkins wrote that Australia's targets to increase renewable energy will make electricity more expensive, thanks to problems with consistency and storage. [more]

Video: Chemists develop new process for producing cleaner, cheaper diesel fuel

Jul 22, 2014 4:42 am

Diesel—we know it best as the fuel that does the heavy lifting. [more]

Squink personal factory aims to make circuit prototyping easy

Jul 22, 2014 3:40 am

The team at BotFactory have launched a Kickstarter campaign for their prize endeavor, Squink, to bring it to life. The team behind Squink started out with the question, what if making circuit boards were easy? This is a personal electronic circuit factory, and "its purpose is to make circuit... [more]

Firefox 31 released: Find out what is new

Jul 22, 2014 2:31 am

Mozilla will release updates for Firefox on all channels and platforms later today that increase the version of the browser by one. This means that stable users of the browser will get updated to version 31 automatically, while beta, aurora and nightly users are moved to Firefox 32, 33 and 34... [more]

Yahoo builds mobile muscle with Flurry buy

Jul 22, 2014 1:10 am

Yahoo continued its quest for renewed relevance with the purchase of a startup specializing in analyzing and making money from mobile applications. [more]

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