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The digital afterlife: app lets friends and family unlock your accounts after death
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is undoubtedly one of the hardest things that many of us will have to deal with in our lives. What compounds that pain is that many people who pass away leave behind...
Google makes it easier to share photos, notes and more with family members
Because constantly swapping passwords and usernames can be a pain, (if not also a security risk) Google is adding new ways for families to share with each other while still staying logged-on to their...
New study shakes the roots of the dinosaur family tree
More than a century of theory about the evolutionary history of dinosaurs has been turned on its head following the publication of new research. The work suggests that the family groupings need to be rearranged,...
Yahoo's new chatbot will send reminders and set shopping lists for your family
Yahoo may have wrapping up that Verizon acquisition on its mind these days, but the internet firm apparently found the time to build a chatbot designed to coordinate logistics between family members.Yahoo's...
At Indian Observatory, Family Records Daily Life of the Sun
In the early morning darkness, Devendran P. walks up a hill to a solar observatory in India’s southern hill town of Kodaikanal, trudging the same path his father and grandfather walked in a century-old...
Money, power, family: Inside South Korea’s chaebol
In South Korea, it's all in the family. South Korean officials on Friday arrested Lee Jae-yong, the vice chairman of Samsung and the scion of an immensely wealthy and powerful family. Mr. Lee — known...
Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg: We need time to mourn
Facebook is giving its employees more time to grieve.The social network is extending paid leave for bereavement of immediate and extended family, while also upping the paid leave workers can take to care...
Sheryl Sandberg: workers need time off to grieve after losing a loved one
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg drew on the personal tragedy of the loss of her husband Dave Goldberg when talking about Facebook's new bereavement policy announced today at a conference in southern California....
Texas family blame Apple's FaceTime in suit over fatal crash
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A Texas couple whose 5-year-old daughter died in a crash involving a driver who was allegedly using Apple’s FaceTime video chatting app is suing the tech company.The lawsuit filed this...
Australia’s oldest working scientist speaks about his life
“To keep alive, keep active”Edith Cowan UniversityBy Rowan HooperYou were born in 1914 and went to school in London. What sparked your interest in ecology? At St Paul’s School, a very good teacher led...
Teen still bullied after taking her life
Jacqueline Vela, sister of 18-year-old Brandy Vela who committed suicide in front of her family after she was relentlessly cyberbullied, speaks of the traumatising experience. Courtesy: ABC 7 Brandy Vela...
Texas teen subjected to cyberbullying for months fatally shoots self in front of family
TEXAS CITY, Texas — Family members of a Houston-area high school student who killed herself are rallying for tighter laws against cyberbullying.Brandy Vela’s family says cyberbullying pushed the 18-year-old...
Aussies turn to home DNA kits
More Australians are accessing DNA testing to trace their ancestries. SOMETIMES science involves Petri dishes and Bunsen burners. Other times, it involves spitting into a tube until you’ve grossed out...
Mum’s heartbreaking reply to shaming shopper
Members of the Australian Colombian Association gathered together outside the Davidson home of the family of four found dead in an apparent murder suicide involving carbon monoxide. A mother’s heartbreaking...
Replacement Samsung Note 7 phone emits smoke on U.S. plane: family
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - A replacement model of the troubled Samsung Note 7 smartphone began smoking inside a U.S. plane on Wednesday, the family which owned it said, signaling that Samsung's solution...
Horrifying moment croc swims past family
The crocodile swam right past the Timms family. Picture: Mark Timms. AN UNDERWATER Go-Pro camera has caught the moment a crocodile swam past a family going for a paddle who were blissfully unaware the...
Robot Can Turn On TV, Remind You to Do Errands
As anyone trying to juggle work and home life knows, there are days when things just don't get done. In the future, you may have a new family member to make your life easier by doing things like turning...
Star Trek fandom linked three generations in my family
Enlarge / No, sorry Jean-Luc. This is not another Trek anniversary post singing the TNG praises.Star Trek 50th Anniversary Hating parts of Star Trek is an essential part of loving Star Trek How Star Trek...
Hidden story behind this image
Look closely and you can see a story unravel. Gorongosa National Park’s elephants have a unique story to tell. Picture: ElephantVoices GROWING up in East Africa, Bob Poole’s childhood was a world away...
New Google Feature Lets 6 Family Members Share Google Play Purchases
The feature allows users to share video, ebooks, apps and games with up to six family members. People who purchase a movie, TV show, book or mobile app via Google Play can now share it with up to six...
Mother warns others about mall security robots after son has ‘frightening collision’
A mother in Palo Alto, California is warning others about the potential danger of a shopping centre security robot after her son had a “frightening collision.”The robot, made by the company Knightscope, acts...
"Ghost fish" seen alive for the first time
A living, swimming "ghost fish" has been seen for the first time ever.The fish, part of the family Aphyonidae, was caught on camera during an ongoing National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)...
Google Play Family Library lets you share anything you buy with up to 6 people
Tired of handing out your email and password every time someone wants to check out a movie or a book on your Google Play account? Want to start your own private Google account, but don't want to have to...
Peake Would Return To ISS 'In A Heartbeat'
British astronaut Tim Peake has said he would return to the International Space Station (ISS) "in a heartbeat". Speaking at the European Space Agency in Cologne, three days after returning to Earth, he...
Dumb career moves: Insulting Riley Curry, making ethnic jokes
reported that a Cleveland Cavaliers fan lost his job over his nasty tweet about Steph Curry’s family, including daughter Riley. USA Today said the company’s owner, James Wise, formally apologized to the...
Turkey President: 'Family Planning Not for Muslims'
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said no Muslim family should use birth control or engage in family planning, saying the practices violate Muslim traditions. "We will multiply our descendants. They...
Spotify Simplifies Its Family Plan, Drops Price to $14.99 for 6 Users
Spotify's lower family rate saves a family of six people $20 a month over its old rates and puts them in line with Apple Music's rates. Spotify has dropped the price of its Spotify Family Plan premium...
Photo of grieving dog goes viral
Abraham tragically died in a car crash on May 10. ABRAHAM Martinez tragically died in a car crash on May 10. A car travelling at a significant speed in a parking lot struck the 21-year-old’s vehicle, causing...
Uber Trip Tracker keeps tabs on family members
Uber this week introduced a new stalker safety feature that lets users track family and friends. An extension of the recent Family Profiles function, Trip Tracker provides automatic notifications and...
Science explains why mom calls you by your brother's name
The next time your mom calls you by your brother's name (or even your dog's name), don't be offended -- she's probably not doing it because she thinks you look like him, a new study finds.Such "misnamings,"...
Man survives brutal crocodile attack
A large saltwater crocodile attacked a man in the Northern Territory. A 19-YEAR-OLD man is lucky to be alive after he survived a crocodile attack in the Douglas Daly region of the Top End, north of Katherine....
Google to update Play Store icons: Here’s what they look like
Comments By: Tech Desk | Published:April 5, 2016 5:32 pm Google will update all the icons in its family of Play apps to provide a consistent look across the platform, it announced in a blog post. Google...
The price is wrong: Family Sharing confuses the App Store - CNET
One of my roles as a dad is iOS Game Scout. In an effort to get my daughter to take a break from one of the many Toca Hair salon games she plays and my son to step away momentarily from Minecraft, I bring...
That $1,700 data overage on your cellphone bill? Your kid can authorize it
Family share plan holders beware: a CBC Marketplace investigation reveals wireless providers are allowing minors and unauthorized family members to consent to additional charges on accounts, counter to...
5 apps to help families stay in touch and on task
We hear a lot about families spending too much time distracted by digital devices. But screens do have some family-friendly benefits: New apps can help family members stay connected and co-ordinated.Here...
Nest's new Family Accounts feature makes your thermostat even smarter - CNET
Enlarge Image Jason Cipriani/CNET The days of sharing your Nest account credentials with family members are long gone. The Google-owned company on Thursday updated its iOS and Android apps, adding the...
Nest products get smarter by tracking everyone in the family
When Nest launched its first thermostat in 2011, its aim was for the device to learn the rhythm of a user's household so it could automate heating. Nearly five years, two hardware hardware updates and...
Hacker who exposed Bush family e-mails, photos will be extradited to US
George W. Bush stands next to a Frenchified cardboard version of himself.The Smoking GunA year and a half after he was indicted, a Romanian man who broke into the e-mail of a family member of two former...
How to add family members to your Windows 10 PC - CNET
Sarah Jacobsson Purewal/CNET Sharing a PC doesn't have to be a pain if you give each family member their own personal login. Personal logins allow for separate files, desktops, and browser favorites,...
Chick-fil-A rewards tech-free family dinners
Chick-fil-A offers a free ice cream cone to family members who put their cellphones in this "coop" while they eat.(Photo: WXIA-TV, Atlanta) ATLANTA — Is it brilliant marketing? A great idea? Not realistic?...
Life and death in Gaza captured in 'watershed' VR film
A new virtual reality film gives a first-person view of a Palestinian family who lost two sons to Israeli bombing.My Mother's Wing is a short, immersive film produced by VR production company Vrse.works....
Mum’s heartbreaking note for murdered children
Damien and Melissa Little with sons Koda, 4, and Hunter, 9 months (front right). Picture supplied by family. THE mother whose husband shot himself and their young sons before driving off Port Lincoln wharf...
‘Why I wanted to scream at Obama’
Warren Weinstein is seen before his kidnapping and in a video to Barack Obama. WHEN American Warren Weinstein was captured in Pakistan in August, 2011, his family feared he would become another statistic...
CBC Forum: Should your family unplug from smartphones?
A program called Family Day Unplugged is trying to convince people in Alberta to unplug from their smartphones and other devices and instead spend time focused on their family. Should your family unplug...
Family Day Unplugged: Advocates aim for tech-free holiday
Social media has people more connected than ever before. But studies warn our state of constant technology consumption can have the negative impact of making us more distant. This Family Day, one program...
How to use Family Safety parental controls in Windows 10
Keep your family safeWindows 10 (as well as Windows 8) includes a useful set of parental controls known as Microsoft Family Safety to insulate your children from inappropriate content strewn across the...
Four ways to share your exact location with family (and why) - CNET
Checking in on a family member in 2016 is much easier than ever, and perhaps less invasive, too. We don't have to call or text to see that Sally hasn't left the house or that Dad is driving and should...
‘You should know what you’re sharing’
This photogenic Californian family was subjected to racist abuse on social media. Picture: Instagram ONE mother lives in Texas with her three spirited children, including a son with a disability. Another...
True crime docos to sink your teeth into
Dig deeper. IT’S official. We’re obsessed with true crime documentaries. Audiences have taken to Netflix’s 10-part Making a Murderer series like a fish takes to water — which is a bit of a confusing saying...
CES 2016: Samsung’s new smart fridge will let you do online grocery shopping
Comments | Updated: January 6, 2016 6:40 pm Samsung’s Family Hub Refrigerator is equipped with three cameras inside to help you track your inventory on your smartphone via an app. Samsung Electronics...
Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET
Enlarge ImageThe Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator. Ry Crist/CNET Samsung revealed a host of new appliances today at the Consumer Electronics Showcase in Las Vegas -- front and center among them: the Family...
CES 2016: Samsung's new fridge lets you watch your food go off in real time
It looks like the smart home future has well and truly arrived. Samsung's Family Hub refrigerator, just unveiled at CES, is equipped with a camera feed so you can check up on its contents from just about...
How technology can help you stay in touch this Christmas
Let tech bring you closer this yearDespite what Cliff Richard claims, Christmas time isn't just about mistletoe and wine. It's also about exchanging presents, and falling into a food coma in front of various...
Crunchies Tickets Make A Great Holiday Gift
Can’t figure out what to get your friends and family members for the holidays? How about a ticket to the 9th Annual Crunchies award show in San Francisco? The Crunchies take place on February...
‘The most prolific domestic terrorism cell’
A message spraypainted by “Family” members on a damaged building reads “This is War”. MEMBERS called it “The Family”. The FBI called it “the most prolific domestic terrorism cell of the time.” In the mid-1990s,...
Nine out ten adults estranged from family find Christmas difficult
Lonely nights (cropped). Credit: Christopher Michel A new report looking at the experiences of people who are estranged from family members and the challenges they face has highlighted the particular...
Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke will appeal “Blurred Lines” copyright ruling
Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke, and T.I. in the video for "Blurred Lines."The copyright dispute between “Blurred Lines” song creators Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke, and the family of Marvin Gaye,...
Google launches Play Music Family Plan: $15 for 6 people
One of the key advantages Apple Music has held over Google Play Music is gone: Google is matching Apple's service with a family plan of its own. Google announced the Play Music Family Plan on Wednesday,...
10 Great Family Board Games To Get The Kids (And You) Off Of The iPad
We all pretend to love board games but when it comes to sitting down and playing them most of us are remiss. The solution? Pick up any of these fun games for the family and see eyes light up, spirits...
Errant drone slices toddler's eyeball
A toddler has lost an eye in an "awful accident" with an errant drone in the UK. Sixteen-month-old Oscar Webb was outside his family's home in Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire, while a family friend...
Amazon is on a huge hiring spree for AWS and ad salespeople
Amazon's stock price dropped more than 3 percent in after-hours trading on Thursday after the e-commerce giant recorded a smaller second-quarter profit as expense growth outstripped revenue growth. One...
People are 'mystified' by Amazon's Whole Foods acquisition, says investor
It's still unclear exactly why Amazon decided to buy Whole Foods, a company with thin margins and slowing growth. But one investor believes there's a very clear reason for doling out $14 billion on the...
Amazon falls roughly 3% after earnings miss
The company indicated the investment cycle is likely to continue, as it gave third quarter operating income guidance in the range of a $400 million loss to $300 million profit. Revenue guidance came in...
Focus on Amazon's revenue growth more than earnings miss, strategists say
Investors shouldn't worry too much about Amazon's big earnings miss, strategists told CNBC's "Closing Bell." Shares of Amazon fell nearly 3 percent after it reported 40 cents earnings per share, falling...
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