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Where are they now? Yahoo-AOL deal prompts a look back at other 90s internet stars
Yahoo and AOL are in the news this week after it was announced the companies — no longer the nineties powerhouses they once were — will become part of a Verizon owned media company called Oath. Both brands...
For Mark Zuckerberg, this top-ranked app is the one that got away
When it gobbled up Bitstrips, Snap picked up a team of app developers who are quite familiar with Facebook. Bitstrips co-founder and CEO Jacob Blackstock, who goes by B.A., was leading the company when...
Huge salaries led staffers to quit Alphabet's car project, report says
The car project at Google-parent Alphabet paid some workers so much that they built a nest egg and ditched the company, according to a Bloomberg report. Some long-time staffers were paid so much that...
Brain Computer Interface Technology Opens Possibilties, Ethics Issues
Imagine if you could hook up your brain to a computer: what are the possibilities that could unlock? Science fiction has explored this idea in many films, including an upcoming movie called MindGamers....
Film Explores Bright, Dark Side of Brain-computer Interface
Imagine if you could hook up your brain to a computer: What are the possibilities that could unlock? Science fiction has explored this idea in many films, including an upcoming movie called "MindGamers."...
HTC’s next flagship won’t be called the HTC 11
If you’re waiting for the HTC 11 you might be waiting a long, long time, at least for a phone with that name, as while a new HTC flagship is likely to arrive this year – perhaps as soon as MWC 2017 –...
Nokia could be working on its own AI assistant called Viki
Nokia could be about to introduce a smart, AI-powered assistant app of its own called Viki, if a trademark application just unearthed by Dutch blog GSMinfo is anything to go by.If and when Viki turns...
BlackBerry Press gets leaked in full ahead of unveiling
Just yesterday a new handset believed to be called the BlackBerry Press got officially teased and, while the teaser didn’t give much away, we may have just seen the handset in full, with leaked renders...
Samsung announces brand new Q8 Curved and Q9 flat TVs
Samsung has revealed two new TV models at CES 2017 - the Q8 Curved and the Q9 Flat QLED TV.Both TV models feature Samsung's Quantum Dot technology and feature 100% color volume for the first time on a...
MIT figured out how to play HTC Vive and Oculus Rift untethered
Don’t like being tethered to your PC while playing games on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive? Neither do researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), apparently.To create a seamless wireless...
Pyroelectric peptide microtubes turn heat to electric currents
Many peptides and proteins have an innate ability to assemble into long, slender fibers called fibrils and other shapes. Now, researchers have found a way to harness this property to create tubular structures...
Hard-headed: Prehistoric Texas Reptile Boasted Bony Domed Skull
In a warm, lush region of West Texas crisscrossed with rivers, a bizarre reptile roamed the Triassic Period landscape about 228 million years ago, boasting a bony domed head unlike almost any creature...
Super cement's secret
Mayenite is one smart cement -- it can be turned from an insulator to a transparent conductor and back. It is also suitable for use as semiconductors in flat panel displays. The secret behind mayenite's...
NASA Finalizes Preps for Asteroid Meet-up
In just a few weeks, NASA will launch a bowtie-looking craft into space for a hopeful rendezvous with an asteroid called Bennu. The ship is called OSIRIS-REx an acronym for the Origins, Spectral Interpretation,...
Cravings for high-calorie foods may be switched off in the brain by new supplement
Eating a type of powdered food supplement, based on a molecule produced by bacteria in the gut, reduces cravings for high-calorie foods such as chocolate, cake and pizza, a new study suggests. Scientists...
Smart toothbrushes the latest Internet of Things battleground
Teeth are becoming the latest battleground in the technology industry’s push to make ordinary objects smart. The health care arm of Dutch technology company Philips is introducing a $200 toothbrush on...
How to Build a 2D Tapping Game in Unity
In this tutorial, I’ll demonstrate how to create a simple 2D tapping game in Unity. The idea is similar to the famous games of Tapping Bugs: you tap on a moving insect, it disappears, and another...
Senders gives you more context for the recipients and senders in email
The advent of email tracking has caused quite a bit of ruckus, and is generally, rather creepy. A NY-based startup called One More Company made an attempt to tackle this head-on with a service called...
The Apple vs. FBI drama isn't close to over yet - CNET
Apple may have gotten an 11th-hour reprieve in its fight with the FBI, but that doesn't mean the war over public safety and personal privacy is finished.Rather, the battle will continue to play out in...
Herschel goes high tech with its new magic fabric
Everyone’s favorite retro backpack maker is heading into the 21st century. The Vancouver-based company has released something called the Lawson Backpack, a grand departure from their olde-timey...
The new search engine for business is called, um, Plonked - CNET
Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.It's new. It's Plonked. screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET You know that tech is an incestuous business, don't...
'Magic Slot' could be the LG G5's secret, customisable edge over Samsung
LG looks set to make a big deal of a new customisable accessory range that will plug into the bottom of the G5, via a feature called the 'Magic Slot', to give the phone added functionality.According to...
T9000 malware steals your information
If you've seen any of the “Terminator” movies, you might remember that Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a deadly T-800 assassin robot. In “Terminator 2,” there's an even more deadly robot called the T-1000....
YouTube Red launches first movies, shows on subscription network
The four movies and TV shows are: “A Trip to Unicorn Island,” which shows the journey of Lilly Singh on her global tour covering 26 cities; a movie about “unlikely friendships” and dance called “Dance...
Refinery29 Debuts Its First App, A Morning News Round-Up Called “Refinery29 AM”
Refinery29, a media site catering to a younger, female demographic, has today launched its first-ever mobile application, called Refinery29 AM. The idea with the new application is to deliver a round-up...
Google's AI beats human champion at Go
In what they called a milestone achievement for artificial intelligence, scientists have created a computer program that beat a professional human player at the complex board game called Go, which originated...
“Hey! VINA” Is A Tinder For (Girl) Friends
A startup called VINA is launching a mobile app today that operates a lot like a Tinder, but is aimed at women seeking new friends. And no, not friends-with-benefits or boy-space-friends, but other...
Alarm Clock Makes You Recite Tongue-Twisters
Microsoft has released an alarm clock app that makes you take strange selfies and recite tongue-twisters to turn off the alarm. It says that forcing you out of bed to complete a task is a good way to...
Brain 'switch' to turn off nicotine cravings identified
WASHINGTON: Scientists have identified a fat molecule in brain cells that may act as a 'switch' to increase or decrease the motivation to consume nicotine, a finding that could lead to new therapies to...
De-mystifying the study of volatile organic plant compounds
Similar to human pheromones, all plants emit signaling chemicals. The chemicals, called volatile organic compounds (VOCs), are ubiquitous. The smell of freshly cut grass is caused by a VOC. Ever wonder...
Everything you need to know from CES so far - CNET
BB-8 has a new accessory -- the Force Band by Sphero lets you control the droid using hand gestures. Claire Reilly/CNET Though most Consumer Electronic Show attendees are still arriving in Las Vegas and...
Why bitcoin tech could change everything for banks
UBS has been one of the most open banks about its plans with the blockchain. It has a team called "Crypto 2.0" in London conducting research on the technology. The Swiss investment bank said it has explored...
Scott Aaronson on Google's new quantum-computing paper
In 2010, a Canadian company called D-Wave announced that it had begun production of what it called the world's first commercial quantum computer, which was based on theoretical work done at MIT. Quantum...
GTA 5's next free expansion announced, not coming to Xbox 360/PS3 - CNET
Rockstar Games has announced the next update for Grand Theft Auto V's multiplayer mode, Grand Theft Auto Online. The update, called Executives and Other Criminals, lets players become a "VIP" and then...
Postmates And Twitter Product Guru Sara Mauskopf Is Working On Parenting App Called “Winnie”
During stints at Postmates, Twitter, YouTube and Google, Sara Mauskopf has touched many of the products that you use on a daily basis. With that knowledge, having just left her recent post at Postmates*,...
2016 Will See More Steps Toward ‘Smart Everything’
The Consumer Electronics Show held each January in Las Vegas is considered to be the most important display of everyday technologies expected to hit the market during the rest of the year. Judging by the...
Vegetable oils contain 'toxic' chemicals, scientists say
When heated, corn, sunflower, palm and soya bean oils - often called "vegetable" oils - release chemicals called aldehydes which have been linked to various cancers and neurogenerative diseases such as...
Academia, A Social Network For Scientific Studies, Looks To Score The Best Papers
It took three years for Richard Price, a PhD in philosophy, to get a paper published. The slow speed of that inspired him to start what is essentially a social network called Academia, where academics...
Firefox Founder Writes Original Screenplay Called ‘PRICKS’ Brutally Parodying Theranos
When Firefox cofounder Blake Ross last showed off his writing wits, he was imagining new adventures for the fictional Pied Piper team on HBO’s Silicon Valley. Now he’s creating a new...
Semantic Scholar engine for scientists gets (leaps) to the points
From the Seattle-based Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, comes a free science search engine. Oren Etzioni is CEO. The Institute is also called by its...
B.C. voters express frustration after election called before polls close
Frustration erupted on social media from many voters in Western Canada Monday night, apparently upset that a Liberal government was called before the polls closed in their province.“How relevant can the...
Police called to ‘UFO crash site’
Unexplained object ... Police were called to a possible UFO crash after this smoking mess was spotted on a London street. Picture: Facebook/Kingston Police POLICE have told of their shock after being called...
You can now hack 3D Touch onto any iPhone
You now won't need to upgrade to the latest iPhone 6S to get some of the features the new phone offers... if you're willing to jailbreak your iPhone.Live Photos and 3D Touch are both available after the...
Genetically engineered micropigs to be sold as pets
Over the years, chihuahuas have become chihuahuas and pugs have become pugs because people have bred those dogs to bring out certain traits and inhibit others. A genomics institute in China called BGI...
Google Unveils Two New Nexus Smartphones
Google has unveiled its latest Nexus smartphones as it tries to bite into the dominance of Apple and Samsung. The 5X and 6P will run Google's latest version of the Android operating system, Marshmallow,...
Malware Jumps Apple's Garden Wall
Developers who unknowingly used a malicious tool to code their programs uploaded hundreds of malware-infected apps to the iTunes App Store, China-based iOS developers reportedly discovered last week. Security...
Snoop Dogg launches marijuana lifestyle site
Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.Smoke pot and be merry? MTV2/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET For the longest time, I've considered...
Hot, sleepless nights will get more common with climate change
The future’s set to leave us more hot and botheredChina Photos/Getty By Michael Le PageAs the planet warms, many people will find it much harder to get a good night’s sleep. A study based on a survey...
Obama anticipates a future economy challenged by driverless cars and automation
Former US President Barack Obama is speaking out on automation and driverless cars, including the impact the futuristic tech – that’s closer to reality than it once was – could have on the economy. Obama,...
Ritualistic body waxing videos on Instagram are going viral, in a relaxing way
Some of Lizbeth's most popular clips, which are seconds long and repeat on an endless loop, have been viewed almost 900,000 times apiece. She currently has more than 311,00 Instagram followers. There's...
Game theory says you should charge your friends to borrow things
Paying to borrow tools can be a saw pointAnge/Alamy Stock PhotoBy Timothy RevellWant to borrow my tent? No problem, that will be £25 please. That might sound annoying, but it will be better for society...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark