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Bitcoin plunges $200 after cyber attackers demand ransom using the digital currency
Bitcoin plunged from a record high hit last week to below $1,700 after cyber attackers locked up data in 200,000 computers Friday and demanded ransom in the digital currency. "It's a big hit to sentiment,"...
If you’re looking for a premium Usenet service, you’ll find that the market is crowded with a host of respected providers, many of which we’ve reviewed in recent months. XS Usenet is another such offering,...
Pandora believes it can make a deal to sell itself in the next 30 days
If Pandora sells itself within that 30 days, it would have to pay KKR $15 million. But sources said the company views that money as an insurance policy of sorts that effectively gives the company a 30-day...
Welcome to TechRadar's Console Gaming Week
Welcome to Console Week on TechRadar! We’re about to embark on seven days celebrating the gaming giants that have finally justified the evolution of opposable thumbs and well-developed planning skills.With...
Google Releases Details of Unpatched Microsoft Flaws
With Microsoft canceling an update on Feb. 14, the company missed patching two vulnerabilities in time to meet Google's 90-day deadline. For the second time in as many weekends, Google released details...
The Air Force’s secretitve X-37B space plane may—or may not—be about to land
Enlarge / The X-37B is shown after the end of its third mission in 2014.US Air Force reader comments 0 Share this story We don't know much about the US Air Force's X-37B uncrewed space plane. Although...
Trump update: Travel ban? Depends on what the meaning of ‘ban’ is
Trump in recent days rolled back some of terms of his quickly written order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries — including banning residents with green cards. Many saw the order as Trump...
As health experts freak out over teen vaping, data shows decline
EnlargeGetty | Justin Sullivan reader comments 18 Share this story Last Thursday, US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy made headlines by boldly proclaiming that teen e-cigarette use is a “major public health...
Get up to $1,000 off a new laptop in Microsoft’s holiday promotions
Microsoft reader comments 4 Share this story Microsoft's 12 days of deals holiday season promotion starts at 12am Pacific on Monday, December 5. Each day has a different special offer, and some of the...
This is the next big thing for Airbnb
Airbnb is offering new local experiences through the app, including a London Lycra running route. Picture: Supplied Ever wanted to spend three days becoming an experimental artist on the streets of Paris,...
Solar smart window could offer privacy, light control on demand
Smart windows get darker to filter out the sun's rays on bright days, and turn clear on cloudy days to let more light in. This feature can help control indoor temperatures and offers some privacy without...
Rented PC servers for Battlefield 1 will cost over $300 a year
Enlarge / The expansive dunes of BF1's Sinai level give way to a more populated military outpost. reader comments 15 Share this story If you want to rent a fully customizable server for your Battlefield...
Samsung Electronics shares rise for first time in four days
SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd shares opened up 1 percent on Thursday, rebounding for the first time after three straight days of falls following its decision to permanently end sales of...
Ebola virus has lurked in a man’s semen for more than 500 days
How long can it hide?NIAIDBy Debora MacKenzieThe Ebola virus can persist in a man’s semen for much longer than we thought. A man in Guinea who survived Ebola in 2014 is now known to have carried it for...
Jeff Williams Breaks US Space Record
American astronaut Jeff Williams has set a new record for most cumulative time in space for a U.S. astronaut. On Wednesday, Williams surpassed 520 days living in space, breaking Scott Kelly’s record set...
NASA astronaut sets new U.S. space record
Space station commander Jeff Williams set a new U.S. space endurance record Wednesday, his 521st day in orbit over four missions, eclipsing the 520-day record set earlier this year by astronaut Scott Kelly...
Jeff Williams will quietly become NASA’s most experienced flier
Enlarge / Jeff Williams works aboard the Space Station in April.NASA reader comments 7 Share this story During his nearly year-long mission aboard the International Space Station, former NASA astronaut...
Is your sandwich hurting your diet?
About half of Americans eat a sandwich on any given day, but the classic lunch item may be contributing to a generally less healthy diet, a new study suggests.The study found that on the days that people...
Pokemon game adds $7.5 billion to Nintendo market value in two days
TOKYO (Reuters) - Shares in Japan's Nintendo Co Ltd soared again on Monday, bringing market-value gains to $7.5 billion in just two days as investors cheered the runaway success of Pokemon GO - its first...
Pokemon Go is reportedly launching in Europe and Asia 'within a few days'
Pokémon Go is a mobile smash hit, but many would-be fans have been disappointed by the game's slow international release. The app launched in the US, Australia, and New Zealand last week, but its popularity...
Tesla told regulators about Autopilot crash nine days after accident
SAN FRANCISCO/DETROIT (Reuters) - Tesla Motors alerted regulators to a fatality in one of its electric cars in partial self-driving Autopilot mode nine days after it crashed, the company said on Tuesday,...
The world didn’t end as predicted
On May 9 spectators around the world will have the chance to witness a rare celestial phenomenon when the planet Mercury slowly passes in front of the sun. WSJ's Monika Auger reports. Photo: NASA This...
Will the world end on May 9?
This composite image of observations by NASA and the ESA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory shows the path of Mercury during its November 2006 transit. On Monday, May 9, 2016, the solar system's smallest,...
Coinbase is finally letting you instantly buy Bitcoin with a debit card
Anyone who has been a long-time user of Coinbase knows that the cryptocurrency startup hasn’t exactly always made it easy to buy Bitcoin. In the early days you had to link your U.S bank account,...
The endless summer is over
Expect more of this in the coming months but it will still be unseasonably warm. Photo: Bob Barker. IT’S been our constant companion bringing never ending days of glorious sunshine and long night’s sticky...
AccuWeather issues 90-day forecasts and meteorologists are not amused
If you want a forecast for July, 2016, in Houston AccuWeather has one for you.AccuWeatherThe ability to throw more computer processing power at forecast models has substantially improved the ability of...
0-day exploits more than double as attackers prevail in security arms race
Enlarge / The number of zero days showed their sharpest rise ever in 2015, reaching a record 54.SymantecThe number of attacks that exploited previously unknown software vulnerabilities more than doubled...
What’s the true cost of your phone data?
Tired of running out of data every month and paying your cell carrier even more money? Follow Joanna Stern's simple data diet to save. Photo/video: Drew Evans/The Wall Street Journal. These days we can...
Only two days left to save $1,000 on Disrupt NY tickets
All right all you procrastinators out there — the time to act is now. You have just two days left to get your early-bird tickets to TechCrunch Disrupt NY and save $1,000 in the process. Early-bird...
Ocean temps predict US heat waves 50 days out
The formation of a distinct pattern of sea surface temperatures in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean can predict an increased chance of summertime heat waves in the eastern half of the United States...
Kuvée raises $6 million for smart wine bottles
Because everything is “smart” these days, wine bottles are getting an Internet connection, too. Meet Kuvée, a refillable case that keeps wine fresh for up to 30 days. Announcing $6 million...
Grandfather set to break space record as he blasts off to the ISS
Jeff Williams, a grandfather to three kids, is set to blast off to the International Space Station later today, and during his mission he'll break the record for the most days spent in space by an astronaut.According...
Summer keeps marching on
Much of Australia is sweltering through the hottest start to Autumn in decade. Picture: BOM AUSTRALIA’S southern states are in the grip of record-breaking heatwaves — with summer-like conditions set to...
Scott Kelly back on Earth after 340 days in space
March 2, 2016, 7:16 AM|After 340 days aboard the International Space Station, astronaut Scott Kelly landed safety in Kazakhstan Tuesday. This is the longest an American has ever traveled in space. Mark...
Kogan Mobile's new 1XL plan is great value for data sippers
Coming shortly after the announcement that its mobile plans would be getting a 70 per cent price cut, Kogan Mobile has now unveiled its cheapest (non-discounted) prepaid plan yet.The online retailer's...
Disturbing reason why this Aussie is running
Mina Guli doing her 7 Deserts Run in Tabernas Desert, Spain. A FEW days ago Mina Guli was running on a polar ice cap, it was minus 20 degrees and there was a white out. “I couldn’t see anything, it was...
Eight big movies even more romantic than 'Deadpool' (pictures) - CNET
Now that we've started, we can't stop! Anything can be a rom-com. Tell us your ideas in the comments section on this post or on Twitter @crave. "Psycho": Heist-movie hijinks take strange turn into gross-out...
Facing An Array Of Challenges, Autodesk Shifts To Subscription Pricing
Autodesk has been around the block a few times, having debuted way back in 1982 in the earliest days of the desktop PC. These days, the company is in the midst of a major transition from a licensing...
Ship your breast milk, stick yourself with pins: The new world of worker perks - CNET
Not all employers are created equal, and that also applies to benefits and perks. Take outdoor-gear store REI, whose employees get two paid days off called "Yay Days," which they can use to spend in an...
Nokia-Samsung patent verdict expected within days
HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia and Samsung are expected to settle their two-year patent dispute within days, with analysts forecasting a one-time payment of hundreds of millions of euros for the Finnish company....
After 30 Days, The FAA Has Now Registered Almost 300K Drone Owners
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that almost 300,000 drone owners have now used its online registration system. The site went live thirty days ago and until today, the FAA...
NASA looks at storms hitting California
Extreme rain events fueled by the current strong El Nino have started to affect California. NASA estimated rainfall over a period of 7 days while NASA/NOAA's GOES Project created a satellite animation...
Choking on smog, Rome and Milan issue no-car day edicts
A City Police officer stands among vehicles as he directs traffic in downtown Rome, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015. Rome and Milan have ordered no-car days to combat pollution, which has hit unhealthy levels...
Time-lapse bio ink blooms to reveal your secret writing - CNET
Enlarge ImageSunlight makes Living Ink grow on the page. Living Ink Technologies Any kid with even a passing interest in the world of international espionage used to know that you can create secret messages...
Postmates Digs Into Commerce With Curated ‘12 Days Of Postmates’ Campaign
Postmates, the on-demand delivery startup that has dug nationwide trenches in the food delivery space, has today unveiled the ’12 Days of Postmates’ campaign. The promotion will let users...
New Year’s, Valentine’s Day most Instagrammed days of 2015
Comments By: Tech Desk | Published:December 3, 2015 10:09 am Disneyland was the place with the most Instagram posts in the world. New Year’s Day 2015, followed by Valentine’s Day were the most Instagrammed...
Chennai Floods: BSNL, Airtel, Vodafone, RCom, Aircel and Paytm offer free talktime
Comments By: PTI | Chennai | Published:December 2, 2015 9:07 pm Telecom companies such as BSNL, Airtel, Vodafone, RCom and Aircel are offering free talktime to their customers in the city that is witnessing...
How to survive today’s 40C scorcher
One way to beat the heat. Picture supplied AS HARBINGERS of hot days go an increase in the number of people admitting themselves into hospital emergency departments due to kidney stones might seem odd...
Activision's new 'Call of Duty' game rakes in $550 million in three days
(Reuters) - Videogame maker Activision Blizzard Inc said "Call of Duty: Black Ops III" generated more than $550 million in global sales in the first three days after its Friday release, setting the tone...
Trapped dog rescued after three days
The incredible moment a dog is rescued after being trapped for three days. AN American bulldog owned by a homeless New South Wales man has been rescued after being stuck down a wombat hole for three days....
Hands-on review: Updated: PlayStation Now
PlayStation NowUpdate: Sony is adding 105 new games to the PlayStation Now catalog today, bringing the total to a little over 260 games. New franchises on the service will include Resident Evil, Street...
Sweden Projected to Lose 40-80 Days of Snow as Climate Warms
Snowy white winters are likely to become a thing of the past for most Swedes. The national weather service on Monday released a new analysis of how climate change will affect the Nordic country — and...
Scott Kelly sets new record for longest space flight by an American astronaut
Comments By: IANS | Washington | Updated: October 30, 2015 2:04 pm Scott Kelly now officially holds the record for longest time spent in space by an American astronaut (Source: Wikipedia) Scott Kelly,...
`Cutting sugar improves kids' health in 10 days'
Obese children who cut back on their sugar intake see improve ments in their blood pressure, cholesterol readings and other markers of health after ust 10 days, a rigorous new study found. The new research...
Satellite animation shows Olaf grow into a major hurricane
An animation of imagery from NOAA's GOES-West satellite over several days showed Hurricane Olaf become a major hurricane on Monday, October 19, 2015. NASA's GOES Project created the animation that compiled...
Kogan Mobile 2.0 arrives using the Vodafone 3G network
According to Ruslan Kogan, the relaunch of Kogan Mobile network today is like the return of Simba to the Pride Lands in the Lion King."The way we view the past is a bit like the Lion King," Kogan...
Man survives 6 days on ants in Australian outback
PERTH: A 62-year-old recreational hunter lost in a hot and arid region of the Australian Outback survived without water for six days by eating ants, police said on Tuesday. Reg Foggerdy left a car driven...
120-day patching gap puts many firms at risk of cyber attack, study shows
The probability of a vulnerability being exploited hits 90% between 40-60 days after discovery, but many firms are taking up to 60 days beyond that to patch, while others are failing to patch at all, a...
Apple watchOS 4 release date, news and features
Apple’s wearable software is a big part of why the Apple Watch and Apple Watch 2 are still some of the best smartwatches on the planet and keeping pace with the best Android Wear watches out there.There...
iPhone 8 tipped for September launch with a rear facing fingerprint scanner
New photos of an early iPhone 8 prototype suggests the phone may be the first Apple phone to have a rear fingerprint scanner.Two new photos claiming to show the prototype casing of the iPhone 8 appeared...
Qualcomm shares slip after earnings
EPS: 83 cents per share vs 81 cents per share expected by a Thomson Reuters consensus estimate. Revenue: $5.3 billion vs $5.26 billion expected by a Thomson Reuters consensus estimate. In the year ago...
Here's the new place where you can learn about Apple's work in AI
Apple is famously secretive about, well, everything, but particularly about its work in artificial intelligence. Today, that changes as the tech giant has launched a website dedicated to publicizing its...
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