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    Facebook Is the Least Trusted Major Tech Company When it Comes to Safeguarding Personal Data, Poll Finds

    Facebook is the least trustworthy of all major tech companies when it comes to safeguarding user data, according to a new national poll conducted for Fortune, highlighting the major challenges the company faces following a series of recent privacy blunders. Only 22% of Americans said that they trust Facebook with their personal information, far less than Amazon (49%), Google (41%), Microsoft (40%), and Apple (39%).

  • 3 days ago
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    Silicon Valley Investor Calls Start-Up Economy A Ponzi Scheme

    Silicon Valley’s Chamath Palihapitiya, the tech investor behind the Social Capital venture firm, is telling clients that the start-up economy is has turned into a sophisticated—and dangerous—Ponzi scheme and the high-stakes losers are employees and limited partners. In a letter from Social Capital, Palihapitiya notes that “over the past decade, a subtle and sophisticated game has emerged between VCs, LPs, founders, and employees”, and someone has to foot the bill for it as VCs are “s...

  • 3 days ago
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    Healing kidneys with nanotechnology

    Each year, there are some 13.3 million new cases of acute kidney injury (AKI), a serious affliction. Formerly known as acute renal failure, the ailment produces a rapid buildup of nitrogenous wastes and decreases urine output, usually within hours or days of disease onset. Severe complications often ensue. Currently, there is no known cure for AKI.

  • 3 days ago
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    Google confirms dark mode is a huge help for battery life on Android

    We’ve known for a long time that dark mode / night mode apps can prolong battery life on smartphones with OLED screens. It’s true on Android, and it’s true with the iPhone. This is because the individual pixels have to do less work on dark areas of the screen, and they use practically no juice at all when displaying true black.

  • 8 days ago
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    A cure for cancer: how to kill a killer

    Revolutionary work on the body’s immune system and a host of new drug trials mean that beating cancer may be achievable

  • 12 days ago
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    Study: Volunteering is linked to reduced depression via increased social connectedness

    Psychology researchers in Ireland have shed new light on why volunteering is associated with reduced depressive symptoms.

  • 13 days ago
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    AmazonSmile has raised $100 million for charity

    A little good press goes a long way for a company like Amazon. The company routinely gets knocked for things like warehouse conditions, tax breaks and impact on smaller retail outlets. AmazonSmile’s helped to counteract that a bit, raising money for legitimately good causes.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    Samsung's Good Lock Offers the Coolest Smartphone Features & Customization Nobody Talks About

    Samsung’s Galaxy S and Galaxy Note continue to be the de facto Android experience for millions of people around the globe, remaining the best selling phones among casual crowds and a preferred option among enthusiasts as well. While the devices have been a bit predictable for a while, there’s no arguing that they’re incredibly competent products and certainly two of the most important Android flagships around.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Potato spoons, pipe bots and mini wind turbines on Dyson awards list

    Cutlery made from potato peelings and a robotic cleaner that can tackle pollution in rivers, lakes and canals are among the groundbreaking international designs shortlisted for the prestigious annual James Dyson award. Over half the world’s population currently live in cities, according to the United Nations – a proportion expected to rise to seven in 10 people by 2050 – and the projects share a common theme of aiming to redefine urban living through technology to create a more sustainable...

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Was life on the early Earth purple?

    Early life-forms on Earth may have been able to generate metabolic energy from sunlight using a purple-pigmented molecule called retinal that possibly predates the evolution of chlorophyll and photosynthesis. If retinal has evolved on other worlds, it could create a a distinctive biosignature as it absorbs green light in the same way that vegetation on Earth absorbs red and blue light.

  • 1 month ago
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    Star Wars Fatigue : It’s Ok To Not Like Star Wars Anymore

    After the recent revelation/insinuation that Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi was poorly received because of Russian Bots (?), a Solo film that no-one wanted, and the announcement of 64,000 new projects in the works – we take a look at the onset of what we like to call Star Wars Fatigue. It surely is unlike a studio to milk a franchise for all it is worth. So we were quite surprised when Disney announced they would be releasing a slew of new releases on various outlets for their acquired flagshi...

  • 1 month ago
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    Personality differences between the sexes are largest in the most gender equal countries - University of Gothenburg, Sweden

    The self-rated personalities of men and women differ more in more gender equal countries, according to recent research from the University of Gothenburg, University West and the University of Skövde. In the study over 130,000 people from 22 different countries filled in a validated personality test. The test measured the “big five” personality traits (Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism), regarded as the most accepted categorization within personality r...

  • 1 month ago
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    Ground transport at 760 mph: New hyperloop passenger pod unveiled

    Elon Musk's dream of hyperloop travel is getting closer to reality. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) unveiled its first full-size passenger capsule in Cadiz, Spain, on Tuesday. The company, one of several in the race to enact hyperloop technology, said the vessel had been built to scale to transport passengers at super-fast speeds through magnetic tubes. HTT CEO Dirk Ahlborn told CNBC he hopes to have a full hyperloop system up and running in three years. "In three years, yo...

  • 1 month ago
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    Man who wanted country 'cleansed of white people' found guilty of hate speech

    The Equality Court has declared Velaphi Khumalo guilty of hate speech after he called on Facebook for the country to be "cleansed" of white people, in the same manner Adolf Hitler targeted Jews. "The utterances of the respondent are declared to be speech prohibited in terms of Section 10(1) of the Equality Act," ruled Judge Roland Sutherland. He interdicted Khumalo from repeating the utterances and ordered him to remove all references to the utterances off any social media or...

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    Every employee at this grilled cheese restaurant has a criminal record

    Two years ago, Emily Turner quit her job as a U.S. Housing and Urban Development attorney to open a grilled cheese restaurant. Turner, who worked on prisoner reentry, housing segregation, and fair housing, was frustrated about not feeling like part of the solution. The restaurant was a new way to fight for justice: To get a job at the nonprofit restaurant, you need a criminal record. On Mondays, when the restaurant closes, employees take classes in entrepreneurship and law.

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    German far-right terror suspects detained in overnight raids

    Germany's state prosecutor has ordered the arrest of six men charged with forming a far-right terror group known as "Revolution Chemnitz." The men are accused of planning attacks on migrants in eastern Germany. Some 100 police officers raided several properties in the German states of Saxony and Bavaria early on Monday morning as part of an investigation into a far-right terror group called "Revolution Chemnitz," named after the eastern...

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    Plane overshoots a runway in Micronesia and crash lands in the ocean 

    A passenger on board the plane which crash-landed near Papua New Guinea today has praised the 'awesome' response of the locals who jumped into their boats and pulled people from the jet as it sank into the ocean. Authorities confirmed the airliner - which was en route to Papua New Guinea from Micronesia - missed the runway and crashed into the water off the tiny island of Weno, north-west of Papua New Guinea, around 9.30am Friday local time.

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    Young boy admits putting needles into strawberries

    Police said the boy, who has not been named, confessed to the gag as investigations continue over deliberate fruit contamination. They said they still did not know the motive for the attacks and were still looking for suspects. Authorities have complained that the vast majority of the 100 reported cases were hoaxes, and warned that pranksters posting images on Facebook claiming that they have discovered tainted fruit could also face prosecution and potential jail time.

  • 1 month ago
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    The iPhone XS camera beats the iPhone X, but not the Pixel 2

    Apple’s new iPhone XS and XS Max have arrived, and as with any new flagship phone, a key question has been, “How’s the camera?” We now take great displays and performance for granted, especially with Apple’s new and improved iOS 12, but the camera remains the one technical aspect where a modern phone can truly set itself apart. Apple has fallen behind on this front over the past couple of years, which is an unusual place for the smartphone design and engineering leader to be.