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A number of third-party YouTube apps and YouTube rippers are closing down
If you use an app or website to convert and download YouTube videos for offline playback, then you may have to find an alternative, as a number of popular apps and websites that allow this seem to be...
Popular heartburn drugs linked to higher early death risk
Millions of U.S. residents take proton pump inhibitors which are widely prescribed to treat heartburn, ulcers and other gastrointestinal problems. Now, a new study shows that long-term use of the popular...
You can probably guess the most popular Google Play game and app ever
Google Play turns five today (woohoo!), and to celebrate the milestone, Google has released a few lists that look at the most popular content to ever make it through its digital shopfront.Google's lists...
Top 6 best Linux terminal emulators of 2017
The terminal is the beating heart of Linux, no matter how hard today’s user-friendly graphical distros might try to push it into the background. If you need something done quickly and efficiently, chances...
Learning chemistry within Minecraft video game
Scientists are exploring whether teaching real-world science through a popular computer game may offer a more engaging and effective educational approach than traditional concepts of instruction. A group...
10 best Linux distros for privacy fiends and security buffs in 2017
The awesome operating system Linux is free and open source. As such, there are thousands of different ‘flavours’ available – and some types of Linux such as Ubuntu are generic and meant for many different...
Twitter Releases 2016 Trending Topics
Twitter has released its top trending topics from 2016. According to the microblogging site, the most tweeted about topic of the year worldwide was the Rio Olympics. Next on the list was the hotly contested...
Google Duo Aims to Bring Simplicity to Making Video Calls
It's hard to believe, given how popular the game has become, but Pokémon Go is no longer the world's most popular app. Google Duo, a new video-calling app from the search giant's application development...
Contagion in popular places: From Zika to political extremism
The alert is out and South Floridians are taking heed. With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issuing a warning for visitors and locals to avoid a neighborhood in Miami after more than a dozen...
Apple To Swap Revolver Emoji For Water Pistol
The move follows a series of deadly shootings in America, including the killing of two black men by police and the subsequent slaying of eight officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.The country...
SDCC 2016: Comic-Con 2016: the best cosplay and costumes
Live from San Diego Comic-Con 2016 Couldn't make to San Diego Comic-Con this year? Wondering what crazy and amazing cosplayers you missed? Never fear as we've gathered together some of our favorites from...
Fads that ruled the world
PokemonGo is a phone sensation that has generated Nintendo an extra nine billion dollars worth of revenue. Dreamt up while drinking. Made the bloke millions POKEMON Go is the latest craze to take over...
Pokemon Go is already more popular than Tinder
For many smartphone users, catching Pokemon appears to be more of a priority than swiping right for dates. The hugely popular new Pokemon Go smartphone game has been installed on more Android phones in...
Generate Barcodes with JRuby and Barcodes4J
Ruby has a very vibrant ecosystem that provides solutions for almost all common problems. But one particularly lagging area is barcode generation. Ruby only has solutions for generating QR Codes, which...
New Debugging Method Finds 23 Undetected Security Flaws in Popular Web Applications
A new debugging system found 23 previously undiagnosed security flaws in 50 popular Web applications, and it took no more than 64 seconds to analyze any given program. By exploiting some peculiarities...
New debugger finds security flaws in popular web apps
By exploiting some peculiarities of the popular Web programming framework Ruby on Rails, researchers have developed a system that can quickly comb through tens of thousands of lines of application code...
Popular ‘blue light’ reducing app F.lux arrives on Android
F.lux, the popular color-adjusting application for computers and mobile devices that reduces blue light emissions for better nighttime usage, has now arrived on Android. Unfortunately, the application...
Facer brings its popular watchface customization utility to Apple Watch
A popular smartwatch customization platform for Android, Facer, has today made its way to iOS and Apple Watch. While there are already dozens of utilities on the App Store that allow users to better...
Where is your surname from?
The distribution of the world’s most popular surname, Wang. EVER wondered where your name comes from? The website Forebears can show you how common your surname is in different parts of the world. Simply...
Daily Briefing, Feb. 18
Fandango has bought Rotten Tomatoes and San Francisco’s Flixster from Warner Bros., uniting the biggest online ticket seller with popular outlets for finding films and reading reviews. Warner will get...
10 of the Most Popular Free WordPress Themes
There are thousands of free and premium WordPress themes available. Some of these themes are extremely popular and used by hundreds of thousands of users. In this article, I will list the 10 most popular...
The 10 most popular Vines of the last year
Here are the top 10 Vines of 2015/2016 1. Bomb in Stade de France, Paris The most popular Vine of the last year, looped more than 330 million times, was taken inside the stade de France during the Paris...
Kodak Is Bringing Back Super 8
If you’ve always wanted to shoot video using the tools your parents probably used to film each other naked then Yves Behar and Kodak have a product for you. Super 8 was a cartridge-based film...
10 Messaging Apps for Mobile Device Users Who Are Tired of SMS
The use of messaging applications has changed dramatically in recent years. While there was a time when Short Message Service (SMS) was one of the more popular ways for people to communicate digitally...
And 2015’s most pirated TV shows and films are…
"The Walking Dead" and "The Big Bang Theory" came in second and third for piracy—as they did in 2014—with their most popular episodes. Newcomers "Mr. Robot" and "Supergirl" made an entrance into the Top...
Amazon brings out the big Prime numbers after record Christmas
Amazon's premium Prime membership was given a big subscriber boost in the run up to Christmas, with 3 million new members signing up to the service.Prime is Amazon's multi-faceted membership scheme, which...
Which TV streaming device is best for you?
If you're ready to cut the cord on cable -- or just want to add to your TV viewing options -- a whole range of plug-in and set-top video streaming devices are available to help out. How do they work,...
Kik Invests In Its Platform, Buys Fashion Startup Behind Popular Kik Bot
Chinese tech trends are distinctly different to North America’s but today, in a move that bears parallels to WeChat-only companies, popular messaging app Kik acquired the small company behind...
Fears over hoverboards spread to U.K.
LONDON -- Amazon is warning British customers that their hoverboards may be unsafe, the latest in a string of warnings about the popular scooters.Amazon says some of the boards it sold are unsafe because...
Cilla Black tops Google Search in 2015
Cilla Black was the UK's top-trending search term on Google in 2015, according to the tech firm's annual review of its users' activity. The singer and TV star died in August aged 72 following a stroke....
YouTube in 2015: Stanky legs, Liam Neeson, and a 6ft man in a water balloon
As insights into the cultural trends of 2015 go, YouTube's annual list of its most popular videos is perhaps the most interesting. After all, falling down the YouTube rabbit hole in a spiral of viral...
Popular Google Play Store apps may be compromising your privacy, says study
Comments By: PTI | Los Angeles | Published:December 8, 2015 1:13 pm The researchers found that almost nine per cent of the popular apps interacted with malicious URLs, implicated in distribution of malware....
The ten most popular Instagrams of 2015: in pictures
10. Kendall Jenner Model and stepsister to Kim Kardashian Kendall Jenner celebrated reaching 20m Instagram followers with an artistic selfie early in the year, the 10th most popular picture on the photo...
Another Popular App Leaves The Mac App Store
Apple has a Mac App Store problem. Popular vector-based design app Sketch is leaving the App Store in order to move back to a direct-selling model. The developer announced the move on its official...
The hottest holiday gifts? IBM's Watson predicts...
You may recall IBM’s Watson as the supercomputer that soundly defeated "Jeopardy!" champs Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings. But last week IBM announced that the data-crunching tech platform will now devote...
Padlock and not explosion was the most popular emoji during Diwali: report
Comments By: Tech Desk | Published:November 15, 2015 5:32 pm Padlock was the most popular emoji during Diwali and was sent 11 times more often than usual (Source: OnePlus India) OnePlus India in collaboration...
Physical emoji keyboard makes typing emoji faster than ever
The Emoji Keyboard Photo: EmojiWorks The plus and pro models feature skin modifier keys for changing the skin tone of a character as you can on a smartphone. Developed for use in Japanese SMS messages,...
Pandora to Broadcast Second Season of Popular Podcast “Serial”
Pandora, the publicly traded streaming music company, is wading into podcasts. Earlier today, founder Tim Westergren announced the service will be the “exclusive streaming partner” for...
New Polymer Gel Could Create Edible Devices for Ultra-Long Drug Delivery
A team of scientists has developed a polymer gel that could allow for the development of long-acting devices that reside in the stomach, including orally delivered capsules that can release drugs over...
NASA SLS Program ‘Right on Track’ for Journey to Mars
NASA’s Space Launch System Program has completed its review – another step forward for the program that will help launch astronauts on missions to an asteroid placed in lunar orbit, and eventually...
Solid Electrolyte Paves the Way for Rechargeable Batteries with Almost Indefinite Lifetimes
Engineers from MIT and Samsung have developed an approach for a solid electrolyte that could greatly improve both battery lifetime and safety, while providing a significant boost in the amount of power...
High Density Wind Farms Generate Less Electricity Than Thought
Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry show that large wind farms with a high density of installed capacity slow down the wind and generate less electricity than previously thought....
A New Frontier in 3D Printing, Engineers Print Transparent Glass in 3D
Engineers from MIT have developed a new system to print transparent glass in 3-D. This new system is the first to create strong, solid glass structures from computerized designs. The technology behind...
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