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Firefox adds Tracking Protection to make your Private Browsing sessions more private

Firefox is rolling out a new feature as part of a browser update available from today that it says will give users more control over the data they choose t

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I am not a Computer Science major, but I do love to write about technology and can even offer insight into the world of Chemistry too, as my primary job is a Scientist at a biotech company in San Diego. You do need to show some proficiency with writing, but if you have the desire to write about Android and all things related, I would love to help show you the ropes. And I hope you can teach me a few things too. Hopefully we can help inspire girls around the world together.

'Star Wars': See how 'The Force Awakens' fits into 'Battlefront'

A new trailer for 'Star Wars: Battlefront' takes a peek at the Battle of Jakku, a free add-on for the game that ties to 'The Force Awakens.'

PuzzlePhone wants you to fund its modular smartphone

PuzzlePhone has turned to Indiegogo to get its modular handset off the ground.

Cult horror game 'White Day' is coming to PSVR

The first-person horror game White Day: A Labyrinth Named School is being ported to Sony's PlayStation VR headset. To call White Day a sleeper hit would be an u...

Esquire's "Spotless" is dark, irreverent and terrific

Esquire Network has acquired the terrific series Spotless, which aired in France earlier this year.

Foil your cat's bathroom attacks with 3D-printed toilet-paper guard - CNET

Stop your furry, little criminal mastermind from shredding your all-important toilet paper with the help of a sliding guard that deflects claws before they cause damage.

Dad and son dress as each other for Halloween, look exactly the same

Imgur user jschu2711 writes that a friend and the friend's father used Halloween as an excuse to demonstrate their uncanny resemblance.

New drone footage reveals monstrous size of Apple's 'Spaceship'

We've seen bits and pieces of Apple's Spaceship, but nothing has provided a sense of scale quite like this drone footage.

Harry Potter-Inspired Jewelry

The Harry Potter universe is just full of things that call out to be made into jewelry. While the Time Turner is a classic, the Snitch and Deathly Hallows symbol also make great pendants and pieces of jewelry. Check out this collection of fun Harry Potter-inspired jewelry that you can make yourself.

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1 raises $500 million from Fidelity, the ambitious e-commerce startup taking on Amazon, has raised a $500 million round of venture capital led by Fidelity, according to people familiar with the company. The round is not yet closed and will likely include additional capital from existing investors. It values the company at $1 billion “pre-money,” or excluding the funding.

The robots who ask for help: Why bots need people as much as we need them - TechRepublic

The robots don't just chat to people, but also to each other, wirelessly communicating to co-ordinate tasks they have been given and share useful updates - not only building maps but also information, such as an office door that another bot is en-route to being shut. This group knowledge can extend to web-sourced concepts, such as 'Where is coffee most likely kept?', which may in future aid bots in understanding what is meant by requests that assume a lot of knowledge, such as 'Get me a cup of coffee'.

You moved to the cloud ... the Internet's down. Now what?

Many knowledge workers tend to grab the free version of an app like Evernote without realizing there is a premium version of these apps that provides offline syncing. If the Internet is down or there’s a network problem, the user can keep working locally. When the access is restored, the app will automatically sync the files. The premium version if usually not that expensive. For example, Evernote Premium costs $50 per year to use the offline mode.

U.S. grapples with controlling 'cyber-munitions' while recruiting 6,000 new cyber-warriors - TechRepublic

Today, said the government official, limiting access to technology and intellectual property serves as political leverage for negotiation in trade and commerce agreements with other states. The official added "if the [technology] item is commercial in nature or of dual-use, then generally the Department of Commerce, not the Department of State, regulates its export. For this reason, a lot of items typically viewed as "cyber weapons," are actually under the Department of Commerce's jurisdiction.

Need a ride home from work? Now you can call Lyft from Slack

Back in August Slack rolled out a new "Add to Slack" feature to simplify the process with launch partners including Box, and on Tuesday, it introduced another update designed to make the process even easier.

Analyst: A10-based 'iPhone 7 Plus' to come with 3GB RAM; Apple will launch 4-inch iPhone with A9 chip in H1, 2016

The analyst believes that Apple is working on a 4-inch iPhone that “resembles an upgraded iPhone 5s.” He notes that since the iPhone 5s was more popular than the iPhone 5c, Apple has a greater chance of launching an upgraded version of the former. The upgraded iPhone 5s will come with a metal chassis, feature an A9 chip, and will be released sometime in the first half of 2016. This new iPhone will not come with 3D touch though — probably to keep its price down.

Facebook's Notify breaking news app rumored to launch next week

According to the Financial Times , Facebook is gearing up to launch its breaking news app, called Notify, as early as next week. While no finalized date was pegged down, the publication seems certain that the app will see the light of day the week starting on November 9. On top of that, the publication states that Notify will see the light of day with content from CNN , The Washington Post , Vogue , and others.

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Science seems obsessed with creating tiny objects that can do big things . Like a team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison which has created a new microlens with a 170-degree field of vision. Modeled after an insects multi-faceted eye, the flexible lens is roughly the size of a pinhead. Where typical lenses refract light, this one focuses using diffraction, which bends it as it passes over the folded barrier. Each of these bendable structures look like bullseyes because the lens is made up of both light and dark regions. The distance between these concentric circles determines how far the lens can see and the best part is, because they're flexible, the field of vision can be easily altered.

Slack's Newest Feature Lets You Call A Lyft From Within Slack

Slash commands are simple, one-line queries that let you run a search or make a request from a third-party service—all without leaving the Slack interface. These commands have long been available on Slack, but today their installation gets much easier. If, for example, you are planning a department lunch outing, you can use Foursquare—one of five launch partners for this feature—to find a lunch spot from directly within Slack by typing /foursquare lunch near [your office address] . Need to haul everyone there? Just ask Lyft to bring you a car. You can even type in commands like /lyft eta to keep tabs on how far away the car is.

Cortana for iPhone beta signups kick off

Just as it did with Android , Microsoft is gearing up to bring its Cortana virtual assistant to iPhones. The beta release of Cortana won't have all of its features -- you can't say "Hey Cortana" to wake it up, for example -- but it sounds you'll be able to ask Cortana questions manually and add reminders. Basically, it'll have the same limitations as the current Cortana Android beta. If you want to be a Cortana guinea pig, fill out this survey to sign up for the beta and sit tight for a download link over the next few weeks. Be warned, though, Microsoft also says it's only looking for a "limited number"of people to try it out, and it's currently only available in the US and China. You can be sure it'll open up the Cortana for iPhone beta even more eventually.

Etsy Struggles To Remain Cozy And Local Amid Global Expansion

In a call with investors, CEO Chad Dickerson outlined Etsy's plans for the coming months and years. Dickerson described ways that Etsy is trying to balance its new position as a publicly traded company with its identity as a cozy marketplace for handcrafted goods. The company's main goals are "making Etsy an everyday experience, building local marketplaces globally, offering high-impact seller services, and expanding the 'Etsy economy,'" Dickerson said on the call.

Snowball: Why did Amazon just make a hard drive with a Kindle attached?

Snowball isn't just about storage. "Snowball is a highly secure, shippable storage appliance that's much simpler than a disk to load your data into – and it encrypts your data end-to-end," says Jassy. "It has a tamper-proof secure enclosure, the container is easy to close and ship, and attached to it is a Kindle that allows you to automatically have a return label that you can track the progress of – both of it being shipped, and then being downloaded to AWS."

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A day after voters in the nation’s fourth-largest city soundly defeated a measure that would have extended antidiscrimination protections to gay and transgender people, business and civic leaders voiced concern about a potential economic backlash.

Alphabet’s Google to Try Again With Low-Cost Smartphone for India

Alphabet Inc.’s Google helped launch a line of low-cost smartphones in India more than a year ago, part of a strategy to win more customers in fast-growing emerging markets. It was a flop.

You can buy this 3D printed car next year for $53,000

It's also unclear exactly when the vehicles will be delivered, though Local Motors said that crash tests won't take place until the end of 2016, meaning certification isn't likely until 2017. The company is planning on building about 2,400 vehicles a year, depending on demand. If you'd like to get your hands on what's bound to be a unique vehicle and can afford the risk, stay tuned for more details next year. If you'd rather spend the $50,000-plus elsewhere, you can also get a single pair of headphones .

The next major Windows 10 update could arrive this week

Microsoft has reportedly signed off on a new update to Windows 10 , and that build could arrive as early as this week for Windows Insiders. Codenamed Threshold 2, the build number for the release is expected to be 10586.

How the UK government will track everything you do online

ISPs won't hand over details of the actual pages you visit or contents of your communications without a warrant, but site URLs can make it abundantly clear what they're about: you don't visit if you're financially stable, for example. Similarly, location data can say a lot about you - churchgoing, perhaps, or visiting a particular building at particular times when Alcoholics Anonymous just happens to be meeting.

​Surface Book, Surface Pro 4 screen flicker? Now Microsoft updates Windows 10 flagships' firmware | ZDNet

Microsoft has begun rolling out its second wave of firmware updates to fix numerous glitches in its new flagship Windows 10 devices.

Microsoft OneDrive price hike could push consumers to cloud rivals

Microsoft is putting the squeeze on its OneDrive users by cutting storage limits and raising prices, at a time when many other cloud vendors offer more affordable consumer storage options.

As space station marks 15th anniversary, robotic advances hit home

"For 15 years, humanity's reach has extended beyond Earth's atmosphere," wrote NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, in a statement on the anniversary. "Since 2000, human beings have been living continuously aboard the space station, where they have been working off-the-Earth for the benefit of Earth, advancing scientific knowledge, demonstrating new technologies, and making research breakthroughs that will enable long-duration human and robotic exploration into deep space."

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Pyston 0.4 released

We are very excited to release Pyston 0.4, the latest version of our high-performance Python JIT.  We have a lot to announce with this release, with the highlights of being able to render Dropbox webpages, and achieve performance 25% better than CPython (the main Python implementation) on our benchmark suite.  We are also excited to unveil our project logo:

Hiku’s New Connected Grocery Scanner Lets Your Order Groceries From Walmart And Peapod

Typically, the device sells for $79 – a bit steep for a convenience item like this. However, the 2nd generation hiku is going to be available for $49 from today through the end of the year, in an effort to boost sales. The original hiku will be no longer be sold, though early adopters will be able to use the Walmart/Peapod ordering feature using their existing app and hardware combination.

YIFY: The rise and fall of the world's most prolific movie pirate

Before YIFY, there was aXXo. aXXo was the alias of an individual who specialized in leaking DVD-quality rips of new movies to torrent sites that were nearly always encoded in files under 700MB. There were many imitators, but none could match the speed or breadth of aXXo leaks. When the prolific pirate signed off in 2009, it took YIFY around a year to begin uploading torrents to sites like PublicHD, KickassTorrents, 1337x, The Pirate Bay, and ExtraTorrent. According to records on KickassTorrent, the first YIFY upload was a DVD rip of Toy Story 1 & 2 in 2010.

Thousands protest in Romania, prompt government resignation

Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta has announced the resignation of his government following huge protests involving more than 20,000 people. This comes in the wake of a nightclub fire that killed more than 30 people on Oct. 30. [Additional reporting by the Associated Press] Read more:

Google Parent Company Alphabet Targeting India for Stratospheric Internet Balloons

Google parent company Alphabet Inc. says it is discussing with the Indian government an ambitious project to use high-altitude balloons to provide Internet access in remote areas, the latest sign of U.S. tech firms’ interest in the world’s second-most-populous country.

Netflix may start producing Bollywood and anime programming

We're hopeful that we'll over time make a great Bollywood show, make a great anime show. It might not be that that Bollywood show is for [Showtime CEO] Matt Blank. It might be that it's more segmented, but again the internet let's you do that. I think that's the key in that enablement. But as Matt knows, making these shows is very challenging and I'm sure we'll have issues over time.

Review: Office 365 fails at collaboration

With Office 2016 for Windows now available , completing the delivery of the modern versions of Microsoft's productivity suite, the publications at IDG — InfoWorld, Computerworld, Network World,, ITworld, CSO Online, JavaWorld, PCWorld, Macworld, TechHive, Greenbot, IDG News Service, and -- decided it was time to use Office 365 to its fullest. Our most acute need was messaging within and across groups, but we also wanted to take advantage of document sharing, group calendars, and online conferencing, activities we had been doing ad hoc.

Airbnb dodged a bullet in its hometown

We also want to underscore our commitment to working with everyone in San Francisco to make this City an even better place to live, work and visit. Airbnb could have only been started in San Francisco — a community that welcomes and celebrates new ideas and a new way of doing things. San Francisco has experienced affordability issues for decades and our community wants to be part of the solution. This City is our home, and no matter where you stood on Proposition F, we want to work with you to make San Francisco stronger for everyone.

Apple Watch raises awareness of wearables as Pebble doubles its sales, CEO says

Pebble are full of sht. Apple have no interest in the cheap segment where those low end products like Pebble, Fibit and bunch of other cheapos compete. Show the sale number of those above $200 and let's talk. Again, smart watch market will move in the same direction as smartphone where bunch of cheap watches race to the bottom while Apple dominate the premium segment which has highest margin. Pebble didn't realize that they survive because Apple let them. I don't know where would Pebble be now if Apple watch was priced at $249 with less capabilities than the one now. Maybe Pebbe can only sell $50/pc plasticky junks.

Tesla steals Google’s Jason Wheeler for CFO role

During its third-quarter earnings call, Tesla revealed the latest edition to its executive team. Google vice president of finance, Jason Wheeler, is joining Tesla as its chief financial officer.

These new Star Wars: The Force Awakens posters get up close and personal

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is just over a month away at this point, and the hype machine is going to get louder with each passing day. Today the official  Star Wars website released a number of new character posters (well, some of the actors revealed them first ), giving us some extremely close looks at the stars of the film.

Uber carpooling experiment helps you commute between cities

There's no mention of whether or not Pool to SF will become a regular option, and there's no matching counterpart to get you home (you'll have to settle for regular Uber or, gasp, conventional transport). However, the hope is that this sort of service will eventually become a mainstay in sprawling areas where driving yourself is a hassle, yet mass transit isn't always practical. One day, you could get a relatively quick out-of-town trip without paying through the nose for a taxi.

Formation 8 Axes Plans For Third Fund, Lonsdale Now Raising $400M For “8 Partners”

I wanted to let you know about a new direction Formation 8 is taking in the coming months. We have spent the last four years working tirelessly to do everything possible to make Formation 8 a strong and vibrant venture capital firm. We are hopeful we have earned a reputation for building industry-transforming, winning companies, and to that end, we are all extremely fortunate to be working with you.

Google Says Over 19K Organizations Are Now Testing Or Using Android For Work

Android for Work makes it easier and safer for businesses to allow their employees to bring their own Android devices to work. It separates business apps from personal apps. Thanks to this, the IT department still retains control of its data and apps, while the employee can still play Angry Birds on the device, too. This program, which Google first previewed at its I/O developer conference in 2014, officially launched in February of this year .

Google is shuttering its Cyber Monday shopping festival in India

After three years of running its Cyber Monday-style sales events for India, Google has announced that it will no longer host its annual Great Online Shopping Festival (GOSF) in the country, because ecommerce has grown rapidly and retailers are frequently hosting their own deal days year-round.

Why Android Beats The iPhone At Breeding New Smartwatches

I’ve experienced this firsthand with the latest smartwatches from Pebble. When paired to Android phone, the new Pebble Time offers a full range of actions, including replies by voice. iPhone users can’t do anything except read a notification and dismiss it. (Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky has told me actionable notifications are coming to the iPhone in some way, but it’s unclear how well this will work.)

Surprise: The Surface Book is a pain to repair

Microsoft’s Surface Book is one of the coolest-looking laptops to come around in a long time, but those looks come at a price (well, other than the actual price): it’s nearly impossible to repair yourself.

Has Microsoft been looking at user files to find the 75TB OneDrive hoarders?

According to the blog, the average is "14,000 times" less than 75TB – that's 5.4GB, making 5GB look nothing short of mean, compared to 15GB free on Google Drive, plus extra space for images. In fact, since this whole change is blamed on the users filling up 75TB of space, it's not clear why free users get less storage at all, unless Microsoft is giving up on the idea of using OneDrive as a loss leader to attract users from other platforms, with tools like automatic photo upload.

Ending of Google antitrust case still open: EU's Vestager

Google has said a fine would be inappropriate because of the unusual nature of the case and its willingness to head off charges with the offer of concessions to Vestager's predecessor last year. It said the charges have no legal or economic basis.

Vectr adds another option for Chromebook graphic apps - TechRepublic

I'm glad to know that Vectr is in beta, because it has a ways to go before it's a viable solution for graphics design on any level. The interface is a bit clunky, the tools are sparse, and its lack of real layering makes it rudimentary at best. If the company behind the tool can address those issues, Vectr could turn into a serious app for Chromebook users. Until then, your best bet is to stick with Pixlr. But if you're curious as to where this app is heading, I highly recommend installing it and playing around with the the basic feature set.

Science Knowledge Quiz

Test your knowledge of science facts and applications of scientific principles by taking our short 12-question quiz. Then see how you did in comparison with a nationally representative group of 3,278 randomly selected U.S. adults surveyed online and by mail between Aug. 11 and Sept. 3, 2014 as members of the Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel.

How "Cracked" Got Serious About Being More Than Funny (But Stayed Funny Too)

How "Cracked" Got Serious About Being More Than Funny (But Stayed Funny Too)

Avoid Humans

Sometimes, everybody needs a break from everybody. Enter Avoid Humans—a web-based app that combs data from Foursquare and Instagram check-ins, giving you the nearest places in your area with the least amount of humans. The app is divided into four categories-nightlife, food, coffee and refuge—and each location is color coded to indicate the current level of human presence.

Investors just poured $500 million into, the buzzy Amazon-killer that's now worth $1 billion

Investors just poured $500 million into, the buzzy Amazon-killer that's now worth $1.5 billion

Color blind or color brave?

The subject of race can be very touchy. As finance executive Mellody Hobson says, it's a "conversational third rail." But, she says, that's exactly why we need to start talking about it. In this engaging, persuasive talk, Hobson makes the case that speaking openly about race — and particularly about diversity in hiring — makes for better businesses and a better society.

NASA | Thermonuclear Art – The Sun In Ultra-HD (4K)

It’s always shining, always ablaze with light and energy. In the ubiquity of solar output, Earth swims in an endless tide of particles. Every time half of the Earth faces the Sun, we experience the brightness of daytime, the Sun’s energy and light driving weather, biology and more. But in space, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) keeps an eye on our nearest star 24/7. SDO captures images of the Sun in 10 different wavelengths, each of which helps highlight a different temperature of solar material. In this video we experience images of the Sun in unprecedented detail captured by SDO. Presented in ultra-high definition video (4K) the video presents the nuclear fire of our life-giving star in intimate detail, offering new perspective into our own relationships with grand forces of the solar system. Music tracks in the order they appear from the album Deep Venture 7-Northern Stargazer 9-Negative Thermal Expansion 13-Photophore 6-Osedax 12-Retroreflector All tracks are written and produced by Lars Leonhard This video is public domain and can be downloaded at: http://svs.

How Changing Your Reading Habits Can Transform Your Health

Yet despite all the benefits to mind, body, and society, plenty of people find it hard to sit down and start reading. It seems like we just don’t have the time to read more. We have work and family commitments; we have smartphone pings and social media mentions to respond to. But both Billington and Wilkinson say you can become a more committed reader—and reap the major benefits of reading—without putting your life on hold and locking yourself in a library. Here’s how:

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