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Q&A: Cleaning Out Gmail

Written By: admin - Mar• 28•15

Messages moved to Trash must be manually deleted to regain space immediately. Also, how to convert audiobook CDs for the iPhone.

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Children on screens six hours a day

Written By: admin - Mar• 28•15

Children’s screen time has doubled in last 20 years, a UK study finds.

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BlackBerry Reports $28 Million Profit in 4th Quarter

Written By: admin - Mar• 28•15

The smartphone maker is in the midst of a major restructuring, limiting production of phones to avoid the costly financial of the past.

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Safari users win right to sue

Written By: admin - Mar• 28•15

Google loses Court of Appeal bid to stop consumers having right to sue in UK over alleged misuse of privacy settings.

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In Silicon Valley, Auto Racing Becomes a Favorite Hobby for Tech Elites

Written By: admin - Mar• 28•15

A small but growing group of mostly men gather to drive fast and network with clients and others in the tech industry.

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Google loses bid over suing

Written By: admin - Mar• 28•15

Google loses Court of Appeal bid to stop consumers having right to sue in UK over alleged misuse of privacy settings

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With an Eye on Its New Streaming Service, HBO Will Show a Daily Vice Newscast

Written By: admin - Mar• 27•15

No start date was given for the new half-hour program from Vice Media, the Brooklyn-based company, which already has a newsmagazine series on HBO.

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Bits Blog: Facebook Sees Oculus Virtual Reality Headsets Shipping This Year

Written By: admin - Mar• 27•15

Michael Schroepfer, Facebook’s vice president of engineering, told developers that the company’s Oculus VR unit would get its PC-based virtual reality headset to consumers this year. That puts a lot of pressure on Oculus.

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Bits Blog: Facebook Sees Oculus Virtual Reality Headsets Shipping This Year

Written By: admin - Mar• 27•15

Michael Schroepfer, Facebook’s vice president of engineering, told developers that the company’s Oculus VR unit would get its PC-based virtual reality headset to consumers this year. That puts a lot of pressure on Oculus, which has also promised a smartphone-based version of its headset in the fall.

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Bits Blog: Facebook Sees Oculus Virtual Reality Headsets Shipping This Year

Written By: admin - Mar• 27•15

Michael Schroepfer, Facebook’s vice president of engineering, told developers that the company’s Oculus VR unit would get its PC-based virtual reality headset to consumers this year. That puts a lot of pressure on Oculus, which has also promised a smartphone-based version of its headset in the fall.

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Bits Blog: With Chosen, ‘American Idol’ Meets YouTube Meets Mobile Devices

Written By: admin - Mar• 27•15

On the new app Chosen, would-be stars upload videos of themselves performing a song, which armchair judges then critique with their own response videos.

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3D-printed bionic ants team up to get the job done

Written By: admin - Mar• 27•15

Watch artificial ants move a large object by mimicking the cooperative behaviour of the real insects

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Bits Blog: A First Look at the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Written By: admin - Mar• 27•15

Everything about the new phones seems designed to convey a simple message: Samsung has changed.

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HBO Will Introduce a Daily Vice Newscast

Written By: admin - Mar• 27•15

No start date was given for the new half-hour program from Vice Media, the Brooklyn-based company, which already has a newsmagazine series on HBO.

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Tinder prank ‘tricked flirting men’

Written By: admin - Mar• 27•15

After a series of men on Tinder were reportedly tricked into flirting with each other, an expert attacks the app’s security.

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Disruptions: 10%? 20%? Apps Are Changing How We Tip

Written By: admin - Mar• 27•15

Payment apps are forcing customers to make a new and difficult choice with each transaction.

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PayPal fined for illegal payments

Written By: admin - Mar• 27•15

PayPal agrees a £5.1m payout over allegations it allowed payments from accounts deemed enemies of the state by the US government.

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Drones cleared to check power lines after outages

Written By: admin - Mar• 27•15

Electricity firm Commonwealth Edison, based in Illinois, become the first in the US to get permission to start sending drones to inspect damaged power lines

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Bits Blog: Lyft Adds Profiles to Make Ride Sharing More Personalized

Written By: admin - Mar• 27•15

Lyft is adding user profiles of passengers and drivers to its mobile app, so rides can be more tailored and conversational.

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Germanwings co-pilot ‘deliberately crashed’ plane after locking out captain

Written By: admin - Mar• 27•15

French prosecutors believe the co-pilot flew Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 into the Alps on purpose after locking the pilot out of the cockpit. We spoke to pilots to find out how this could have happened

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As Twitter Introduces Periscope, Tech Titans Bet on Live Streaming

Written By: admin - Mar• 27•15

Apps that help users broadcast themselves live from their phones are catching the eye of tech heavyweights and venture capitalists. Periscope is Twitter’s big entry into this realm.

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Rock grab from asteroid will aid human mission to Mars

Written By: admin - Mar• 27•15

NASA plans to grab a boulder off a nearby asteroid, throw it into orbit around the moon, and then send humans out for a visit, testing some tech on the way

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Who will win the live-streaming video battle?

Written By: admin - Mar• 27•15

Twitter begins offering live-streaming video links via its Periscope service, challenging another app called Meerkat.

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Corporate Peer Pressure: From Microsoft, a Novel Way to Mandate Sick Leave

Written By: admin - Mar• 27•15

The company announced that many of its 2,000 contractors and vendors would have to give employees 15 paid days off for sick leave and vacation time.

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Drones Beaming Web Access Are in the Stars for Facebook

Written By: admin - Mar• 26•15

The social network’s lofty ambitions are the centerpiece of its plans to connect with the five billion or so people it has yet to reach.

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Drones Beaming Web Access Are in the Stars for Facebook

Written By: admin - Mar• 26•15

The social network’s lofty ambitions are the centerpiece of its plans to connect with the five billion or so people it has yet to reach.

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Cost a Factor in Streaming Flight Data in Real Time

Written By: admin - Mar• 26•15

Another plane crash has many in aviation asking whether commercial flights should be required to transmit live data in real time.

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First year-long stay on the ISS about to begin

Written By: admin - Mar• 26•15

One twin will spend the year in space, the other on the ground. Monitoring their health could let us tease apart the effects of space flight from genetics

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Apple and Beats Developing Streaming Music Service to Rival Spotify

Written By: admin - Mar• 26•15

The new system will not have a lower price than its competitors, and won’t offer a free version supported by ads.

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State of the Art: Debunking the Latest Predictions of Facebook’s Demise

Written By: admin - Mar• 26•15

A theory making the rounds in Silicon Valley warns that Facebook relies too heavily on app ads from start-ups inflated by venture capital. But the threat is overblown.

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State of the Art: Debunking the Latest Predictions of Facebook’s Demise

Written By: admin - Mar• 26•15

A theory making the rounds in Silicon Valley warns that Facebook relies too heavily on app ads from start-ups inflated by venture capital. But the threat is overblown.

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Uber opens up to let any object or app call you a cab

Written By: admin - Mar• 26•15

Soon an Uber driver could wait outside your office as you leave your final meeting, alerted by your online calendar – but will automatic cab-hailing catch on?

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Facebook Messenger lets apps plug in

Written By: admin - Mar• 26•15

Facebook opens up its Messenger app to accept posts from other photo, video, audio and Gif-based social networks.

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Bits Blog: Yale Researchers to Study Learning Game Apps

Written By: admin - Mar• 26•15

A Yale research lab applies rigorous scientific methods to test the effectiveness of educational video games on children.

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Germanwings crash: Why did jet descend into ravine?

Written By: admin - Mar• 26•15

The A320 is one of the safest planes around, but flight 4U 9525 descended inexplicably into the Alps until it crashed. New Scientist investigates the possible reasons

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Dwarf planet Ceres might have right stuff for life

Written By: admin - Mar• 26•15

NASA hopes Dawn mission can answer the big question: could life lurk in icy volcanoes on Ceres, the asteroid belt’s biggest resident?

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Facebook Messenger lets apps plug in

Written By: admin - Mar• 26•15

Facebook opens up its Messenger app to accept posts from other photo, video, audio and Gif-based social networks.

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NASA’s Curiosity rover finds fatty acids on Mars

Written By: admin - Mar• 26•15

The lard-like molecules that showed up in Mars’s Gale Crater are important for life, but could still be non-biological in origin

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Car slows when it sees speed signs

Written By: admin - Mar• 26•15

Ford announces it is to start selling cars that restrict their speed to the limits shown on the road signs they pass.

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Gadgetwise: Selfie Sticks and Other Selfie Gear Go Mainstream

Written By: admin - Mar• 26•15

The tool for smartphone photography is easily found online; some work with a camera’s timer, others with cables or Bluetooth.

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Black holes devour stars in gulps and nibbles

Written By: admin - Mar• 26•15

Black holes rip stars apart and feast on them when they approach too close – but some black holes are gluttons while others play with their food

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Drones: US loss could be UK’s gain

Written By: admin - Mar• 26•15

As Amazon complains that US regulators are taking too long to issue test permits, countries like the UK could be well placed to profit, says a leading academic

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The car claiming to be ‘teen proof’

Written By: admin - Mar• 26•15

The new Chevrolet lets nervous parents spy on their children’s driving in real-time.

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BT returns to mobile phone market

Written By: admin - Mar• 26•15

BT announces it is to start selling mobile phone subscriptions again in the UK, 10 years after it pulled out of the market.

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BT returns to mobile phone market

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

BT announces it is to start selling mobile phone subscriptions again in the UK, 10 years after it pulled out of the market.

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Bits Blog: Car Crash Videos Highlight Risk of Multitasking With Phones

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

A study from AAA that entailed putting video cameras in the cars of teenage drivers allowed researchers to watch the excruciating moments before nearly 1,700 crashes.

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The Waves of the Future May Bend Around Metamaterials

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

Scientists have learned how to construct materials that bend waves of light, sound and seismic energy, and are working on applications that may transform industries.

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Is this the sweetshop of the future?

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

Is this the sweet shop of the future?

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Is this the sweetshop of the future?

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

Is this the sweet shop of the future?

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Netflix, Amazon and Hulu No Longer Find Themselves TV’s Upstarts

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

After years of battling traditional players in the television business, the big three streaming services must defend against a variety of new offerings.

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Bits Blog: Yale Researchers to Study Learning Game Apps

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

A Yale research lab applies rigorous scientific methods to test the effectiveness of educational video games on children.

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The Waves of the Future May Bend Around Metamaterials

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

Scientists have learned how to construct materials that bend waves of light, sound and seismic energy, and are working on applications that may transform industries.

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Bits Blog: Yale Researchers to Study Learning Game Apps

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

A Yale research lab applies rigorous scientific methods to test the effectiveness of educational video games on children.

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Swiss cheese is not a sign of Martian climate change

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

Growing circular pits in Mars’s south polar ice cap were thought to be a sign that the planet is warming – but a new model shows it is a natural cycle

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Facebook data row in top EU court

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

The future of how Europeans’ data is shared with US companies is set to be considered by the EU’s highest court.

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Twitch issues password warning

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

The video game streaming site says names and addresses, among other personal details, may have been leaked.

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Google Hires Finance Chief Ruth Porat From Morgan Stanley

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

Ms. Porat, who has been Morgan Stanley’s chief financial officer since 2010, will become one of the most powerful women in Silicon Valley.

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Online ‘Swatting’ Becomes a Hazard for Popular Video Gamers and Police Responders

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

Pranksters are targeting Internet gamers, calling police departments to prompt a raid that they can watch in real time as it interrupts the game’s live webcast.

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Finance vs. Tech: Why Wall Streeters Defecting to Silicon Valley Is Good News for the Economy

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

If you think of finance as a back office function, it’s easier to see why some of the best and brightest young people are making moves.

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Five medieval alternatives to sat nav

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

How did the Vikings find their way over the sea? Medieval artefacts are giving us important clues as to how they might have done it

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Wrecking ball Jupiter paved way for Earth

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

Jupiter may have ploughed through the early solar system, driving some of the first planets to a fiery death in the sun – and cleared room for planets like Earth

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Google Hires Finance Chief Ruth Porat From Morgan Stanley

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

Ruth Porat, who has been Morgan Stanley’s chief financial officer since 2010, will become one of the most powerful women in Silicon Valley.

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Bees get wearable tech trackers

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

A tiny new tracker designed to monitor bee behaviour is being tested by ecologists at London’s Kew Gardens.

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Google Hires Finance Chief Ruth Porat From Morgan Stanley

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

Ruth Porat, who has been Morgan Stanley’s chief financial officer since 2010, will become one of the most powerful women in Silicon Valley.

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Glittering spires and silicon roundabouts

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

Two video-game related start-ups with links to Cambridge attract attention

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Bits Blog: A Conversation With the Authors of ‘Becoming Steve Jobs’

Written By: admin - Mar• 25•15

Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, who wrote “Becoming Steve Jobs,” discuss the evolution of Steve Jobs and how they won Apple’s cooperation for the unauthorized biography of its former chief executive.

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Ordnance Survey releases map tool

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

A mapping tool that gives a detailed picture of local information in almost every corner of the UK has been released by Ordnance Survey (OS).

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India court scraps online arrest law

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

India’s Supreme Court strikes down a controversial law which allows police to arrest people for comments made online and on social media.

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The Waves of the Future May Bend Around Metamaterials

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

Scientists have learned how to construct materials that bend waves of light, sound and seismic energy, and are working on applications that may transform industries.

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The Waves of the Future May Bend Around Metamaterials

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

Scientists have learned how to construct materials that bend waves of light, sound and seismic energy, and are working on applications that may transform industries.

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Bits Blog: First Lawsuits Filed Against the F.C.C.’s ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

The first lawsuits over the agency’s new rules for Internet regulation were filed on Monday, sooner than expected and months before the rules are expected to take effect.

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VIDEO: Nurturing tech connections at SXSW

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

How people are communicating and networking at the South-by-Southwest festival.

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Bits Blog: Google Fiber Plans Experiment With Targeted Ads for Television

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

While Google Fiber is growing fast, it is still miniscule compared to its traditional rivals. But it shows the potential for delivering specific kinds of ads to local markets.

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Bits Blog: Google Fiber Plans Experiment With Targeted Ads for Television

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

While Google Fiber is growing fast, it is still miniscule compared to its traditional rivals. But it shows the potential for delivering specific kinds of ads to local markets.

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Q&A: Restoring the iCloud Drive Icon

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

With a few steps, the icon — and any other deleted icon on a Mac — can be brought back. Also, why Windows sometimes must restart when updating.

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Bits Blog: European Lawmaker Pushes Europe to Take Stronger Stance on Google

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

The antitrust case against Google in Europe has already gained more traction than in the United States. But like their American counterparts, competition officials at the European Commission in Brussels have been loath to bring formal charges against such a successful and powerful company.

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Step into a 3D tornado and see an epic storm up close

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

A virtual recreation of the tornado that hit Oklahoma in 2013 could provide a more effective way of monitoring storms as they progress

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The way to strike gold is to have a mine like a sewer

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

Human waste contains enough valuable metals that it could be worth mining, but we’ll need to find the right approach

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With New Nonstick Coating, the Wait, and Waste, Is Over

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

LiquiGlide has found a way to make the interiors of some bottles permanently wet and slippery. That keeps substances like ketchup from sticking inside.

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Sexism on trial in Silicon Valley

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

A judge has ruled that a woman may seek punitive damages from a venture capital firm in Silicon Valley on the grounds of sexual discrimination.

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Bits Blog: Tinder Appoints Chief Executive to Replace Sean Rad

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

The mobile dating application Tinder appointed Christopher Payne to replace its former leader, who was embroiled in a sexual harassment lawsuit last year.

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BBC News switches users to new site

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

The desktop version of the BBC News website is switched off with users now being directed to a newer "responsive" design.

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Europe’s electricity grid sails through solar eclipse

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

Last week’s eclipse put power grids to the test as solar output dipped and then rose suddenly, but no major problems were reported

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Itineraries: Companies Adapt to Uber and Lyft Rides on the Expense Report

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

A growing number of business travelers are choosing ride-hailing services over taxis and car services, and employers are racing to catch up.

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Taylor Swift buys .porn domain name

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

The singer buys TaylorSwift.porn and TaylorSwift.adult ahead of new web addresses going on sale.

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Taylor Swift buys .porn domain name

Written By: admin - Mar• 24•15

The singer buys TaylorSwift.porn and TaylorSwift.adult ahead of new web addresses going on sale.

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In Clinton Emails on Benghazi, a Rare Glimpse at Her Concerns

Written By: admin - Mar• 23•15

Roughly 300 emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private account were turned over to a House committee investigating the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.

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‘IS online threat’ to US military

Written By: admin - Mar• 23•15

The US military calls for "vigilance" after an online threat was allegedly made by Islamic State to 100 personnel whose details were posted online.

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In Clinton Emails on Benghazi, a Rare Glimpse at Her Concerns

Written By: admin - Mar• 23•15

The correspondence provided no evidence that Hillary Rodham Clinton issued a “stand down” order to halt U.S. forces responding to the violence in Benghazi, but did show that her top aides at times corresponded with her about State Department matters from their personal email.

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Bill Would Limit Use of Student Data

Written By: admin - Mar• 23•15

The Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act would place constraints on how education technology companies use or disclose students’ personal information.

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Tech Money Sends Funds on the Hunt for Unicorns

Written By: admin - Mar• 23•15

Big money managers are purchasing shares of private tech companies, once restricted to a start-up’s employees and early investors, but they remain difficult for the broader public to acquire.

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Apple Opens Up to Praise New Book on Steve Jobs, and Criticize an Old One

Written By: admin - Mar• 23•15

Apple brass, including its chief, Timothy D. Cook, are throwing their weight behind the unauthorized biography of Mr. Jobs, which goes on sale Tuesday.

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Norse legend? The Viking ‘GPS’ that relied on crystals

Written By: admin - Mar• 23•15

Nearly 50 years on, there’s still no consensus on the intriguing theory that Viking sailors navigated by viewing the sky through crystal slabs

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Hashtag election: Will it be Twitter wot won it?

Written By: admin - Mar• 23•15

More and more politicians are using social networks to engage with voters. What is the impact of the digital campaign, wonders Carl Miller

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Wild watches at Baselworld 2015

Written By: admin - Mar• 22•15

Extreme designs and prices at world’s biggest watch show

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At Kodak, Clinging to a Future Beyond Film

Written By: admin - Mar• 21•15

What happens when a tech company is left for dead but the people left behind refuse to give up? At Kodak, the answer is to mine its patents for gold. (With video.)

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At Kodak, Clinging to a Future Beyond Film

Written By: admin - Mar• 21•15

What happens when a tech company is left for dead but the people left behind refuse to give up? At Kodak, the answer is to mine its patents for gold. (With video.)

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Sinosphere Blog: Hackers Attack GreatFire.org, a Workaround for Websites Censored in China

Written By: admin - Mar• 21•15

Unidentified hackers have attacked GreatFire.org, a website that provides access to news websites blocked by China.

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Disruptions: The Health Concerns in Wearable Tech

Written By: admin - Mar• 21•15

Some researchers and consumers are now asking whether wearable computers will be considered harmful in several decades’ time.

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Disruptions: The Health Concerns in Wearable Tech

Written By: admin - Mar• 21•15

Some researchers and consumers are now asking whether wearable computers will be considered harmful in several decades’ time.

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