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Empathy device lets a friend’s brain signals move your hand
I know how you feel Image Source/GettyBy Matt ReynoldsIf you’re happy and you know it, clap someone else’s hands. A muscle stimulation system aims to evoke empathy by triggering involuntary hand gestures...
New DNA technology could help solve jogger's slaying
PRINCETON, Mass. -- The highly-specialized DNA technology that investigators used to create a profile of a person of interest in the killing of Vanessa Marcotte could mean the difference between solving...
Seeing the poor cuts support for a tax on the rich
EnlargeJeremy Brooks reader comments 46 Share this story Wealth inequality has increased over the last several decades, as the gap between the rich and the poor has become wider. There are a number of...
Attorney wants Google to unmask reviewer who only wrote “It was horrible”
Anthony Ryan reader comments 35 Share this story A New York lawyer has gone to court to unmask an anonymous person who on Google gave him a one-star review that solely said "it was horrible." The 8-month-old...
Facebook users report being falsely marked dead
Facebook users were forced to do a double take on Friday as they leisurely scoped out their friends’ profiles.At the top of the page, some people, including verified users, reported seeing memorial banners. The...
Employers use surveys to find workers with best fit
A number of screening tools are available to managers who are looking for the right person to fill a job — about 800 tools are on the market. Are you the kind of person who works best in a fast-paced...
Chimps, bonobos and orangutans grasp how others view the world
An ape perception test, starring… King KongChristopher Krupenye, Fumihiro Kano, MPI-EVA, Kumamoto SanctuaryBy Emily BensonApes may be even more like us than we thought. They appear to anticipate that...
Where you live shapes your immune system more than your genes
Like fingerprints, immune systems vary from person to person. And although we all inherit a unique set of genes that help us respond to infections, recent studies have found that our history and environment--like...
Probe of leaked US NSA hacking tools examines operative's 'mistake'
Various explanations have been floated by officials in Washington as to how the tools were stolen. Some feared it was the work of a leaker similar to former agency contractor Edward Snowden, while others...
Virtual reality could help to diagnose Parkinson's Disease
Virtual reality is often touted as the future of entertainment, but a team of medical researchers believe that it could be the future of diagnosing neurodegenerative diseases, like multiple sclerosis and...
'Funeral of the Future' Memorializes With Digital Footprints
When a person dies in this age of social media, his digital imprint may live on. One California artist is exploring how to use digital artifacts to create a futuristic funeral. The process starts with...
Hedge fund manager David Tepper is 'on guard' toward the market
Hedge fund billionaire David Tepper, who may already have signaled in a recent filing that he is less bullish on markets, is now "on guard" in his approach to trading, according to someone familiar with...
Bezos tops Buffett; cheap Durant jerseys; an S&P 500 record
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos on Thursday passed Warren Buffett to become the third-richest person in the world, thanks to a rough day for Buffett’s company, Berkshire Hathaway — and the fact that Buffett donated...
Alligator seen with body in jaws
Picture of the alligator apparently shows a human corpse in its jaws. Picture: WFLA AN ALLIGATOR spotted with a human body in its jaws is being hunted in Florida. The Sun reports that a horrified pensioner...
CloudMagic can now tell you everything about the person who just emailed you
CloudMagic, an email application that today has grown to 4 million users, has just added a useful feature that can aid those who receive a lot of inbound email from unknown persons: Sender Profile....
Brain's reaction to celeb pics might create very secure ID
We live in an age that is somewhat over saturated with images. From Facebook to Instagram, photos are everywhere. Researchers behind a new report published in the journal IEEE Transactions on Information...
Norwegian PEN chapter sues its country to ensure Snowden can receive Ossietzky Prize in person
The Norwegian chapter of writers’ rights organization PEN International is suing its own government in an attempt to make it safe for Edward Snowden to accept the prestigious Ossietzky Prize...
VW deal proposed to pay owners of cheating diesels
DETROIT — Volkswagen, the U.S. government and private lawyers have reached a deal for the automaker to spend just over $1 billion to compensate owners of about 600,000 diesel-powered cars that cheat on...
Researchers can identify you by your brain waves with 100 percent accuracy
A team of researchers has recorded the brain activity of 50 people wearing an electroencephalogram headset while they looked at a series of 500 images designed specifically to elicit unique responses from...
Location data from two social networks is enough to identify you
Amidst the ongoing debate over the value of privacy online, one thing is quickly becoming clear: It's very easy to identify people even when names and personal details are stripped from their data.A team...
Yahoo 'sale book' reveals dire finances
Embed Share Yahoo is in a "serious free fall." The company estimates that its 2016 revenues will drop close to 15%, and earnings by more than 20%. Video provided by TheStreet Newslook In this Feb. 19,...
Hackers broke into hospitals despite software flaw warnings
WASHINGTON (AP) — The hackers who seriously disrupted operations at a large hospital chain recently and held some data hostage broke into a computer server left vulnerable despite urgent public warnings...
AP Source: Spotify adds $1 bln to war chest on way to IPO
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Music streaming leader Spotify has raised $1 billion in debt as it looks to buy companies that could accelerate its growth before listing shares on the public market within the next...
Sharp, Foxconn CEOs plan to meet Friday in China - source
TAIPEI Sharp Corp CEO Kozo Takahashi and Foxconn Chief Executive Terry Gou plan to meet on Friday in China, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters Friday.The meeting comes a day after the Taiwanese...
How to Fire Someone Without Getting Sued or Hurting Morale
Almost every manager says firing people sucks. Not only is it painful to tell someone he or she has lost the job, but it also means you have to go through the time-consuming and expensive process of interviewing,...
6 degrees of separation? It's more like 3.57
Ever since the theory of six degrees of separation was unveiled in 1929, people have been under the impression that they're connected to any other person through just six acquaintances. In honor of Facebook's...
Alzheimer’s may get transmitted through ‘medical accidents’
ears are growing that Alzheimer's may be passed from person to person after researchers reported a 2nd case suggesting the disease could be transmitted by "medical accidents". Swiss doctors found signs...
Can Augmented Reality Make Remote Communication Feel More Intimate?
A Microsoft Research study uses augmented reality to project a life-size person into a room with you, perching them in an empty seat.Nothing beats talking to another person face-to-face, but a group of...
DJ Khaled On Technology, Entrepreneurship And Snapchatting His Keys To Success
If I told you that the hottest person on social media right now is a rap producer telling fans that eating egg whites and drinking a gallon of water a day is the key to success, would you believe...
Snapping up friends on Facebook
One of Facebook's greatest qualities is the fact that users can stay tethered to nearly every person they have interacted with to date. Your neighbour's great aunt; the person you sat next to in high school...
X-ray vision? New technology making it a reality for $300
In this Nov. 19, 2015, photo, MIT researchers Emad Farag, left, and Fadel Adib walk through a room with chairs as a screen displays how RF-Capture is tracking their movements through the wall behind them,...
Cyberbullying insurance? That's a real thing one company is offering in the United Kingdom.
(Reuters/Tim Wimborne) It's no secret that online trolling can be disruptive. Some of its most extreme forms like swatting -- where a harasser fakes an emergency to get police to raid a victim's home...
Satoshi Nakamoto doesn’t exist. He is not one person. He is not even controlled by a single entity. And although I would argue much of his writings were produced by one person and edited by...
Software Reconstructs Famous Faces from Still Images, Captures Their Unique Mannerisms
Today’s nightmare fodder: the disembodied faces of nine different politicians and celebrities—including Barack Obama—all in sync with the expressive quirks of former president George W. Bush. It’s as...
UKtech50 2015 - The most influential people in UK IT
Judging the UKtech50 The UKtech50 list was decided by a judging panel representing every area of the UK IT profession – and we also asked readers to vote on who they wanted to top the list. The panel...
Airbnb raises $100M at $25.5B valuation
Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky(Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images) SAN FRANCISCO — Internet high-flier Airbnb has raised more than $100 million in a new round of funding. The San Francisco home-rental...
Call for review of civil justice system
A University of Otago PhD candidate is calling for a review of New Zealand's civil justice system after completing research into those who represent themselves in civil court. Bridgette Toy-Cronin's now...
Super-recognisers could be used to identify strangers on CCTV
Can you spot a face in the crowd? People with extraordinary recognition skills – or “super-recognisers” – may be particularly suited to jobs in national security. Identifying familiar faces from CCTV...
Tinder wants to help you find true love
Its newest feature, known as Superlike, launched in October and allows you to ‘superlike’ just one person a day. This means the person can see that you like them before they decide to swipe you out of...
Third person held over TalkTalk hack
A 20-year-old man from Staffordshire has become the third person to be arrested over the TalkTalk cyber attack. The company has said that up to 1.2 million email addresses, names and phone numbers and...
Easy transfer of trace DNA can contaminate crime scene
A depiction of the double helical structure of DNA. Its four coding units (A, T, C, G) are color-coded in pink, orange, purple and yellow. Credit: NHGRI If your DNA is found on a weapon or at a crime...
MIT researchers create X-ray vision to protect the elderly
The system sends radio signals through walls to identify a person by their movements. (Courtesy MIT) It all started in 2012, with what MIT grad student Fadel Adib called a crazy idea. What if WiFi could...
Tesla urges caution over 'autopilot'
Tesla has launched a software update for its cars - enabling the car to have an "autopilot" mode. While not fully self-driving, the software enables the car to "automatically steer down the highway, change...
What Your Eating Habits Reveal About Your Personality
You are what you eat, or so the saying goes. But it may be more accurate to say that you are how you eat. Last week, an unscientific but all-too-relatable listicle on LittleThings.com broke...
Researchers need to pay attention to differences in self-control
Whether it's resisting buying a candy bar in the checkout lane or purchasing an unneeded pair of shoes on sale at the mall, self-control varies from person to person. Researchers must pay attention to...
Teen falls to his death while taking an extreme selfie, report says
Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.Andrey Retrovsky's Instagram photos were loved by some. Drewsssik/Instagram screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET...
Uproar over new people-rating app
A new app that promises to let users review individuals has caused controversy before it has even launched. Peeple will allow members to give star ratings to people they know via the app, much as restaurants...
Google under fire for ads running with offensive content
Google makes tens of billions of dollars per year in ad sales. This week it's facing a global crisis after some of the world's biggest advertisers halted their spending after concerns that their ads are...
Google is streamlining its chat apps again
Google has a baffling array of chat apps and platforms out there at the moment, so the tech behemoth has decided to try and simplify its approach just a little bit: firstly it's phasing out Google Talk...
Google reportedly removing SMS texting from Hangouts on May 22
Welcome to your new Hangout. reader comments 40 Share this story Google continues to shake up its messaging tools with the upcoming removal of a popular feature from Hangouts. According to an email sent...
Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt: We 'can't guarantee' ads won't appear next to offensive content
Google may not be able to guarantee advertisements won't appear next to offensive content, but it is working on a solution that "can get pretty close," according to Alphabet's executive chairman Eric...
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