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'Alien megastructures' orbiting distant star are most likely comets, as expected

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 12:00

Last month, the online world went into a tizzy over the possibility of intelligent alien life lingering near a distant star in our galaxy. The star in question is called KIC 8462852, and the reason it caused such a ruckus is because it exhibits strange dimming behavior that doesn't follow a particular pattern. The dimming is most likely caused by a swarm of comets that are traveling along a very eccentric orbit around KIC 8462852, according to a new study that will soon be published in the journal Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Best Buy’s Cyber Monday deals start today: Killer prices on HDTVs, iPhone 6s and more

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 10:30
It’s time to focus on Cyber Monday now that Black Friday is over. And if you’re shopping for gadgets and electronics, Best Buy is definitely one store you should check out. The retailer already revealed its Cyber Monday 2015 ad a few days ago, and now it’s ready to start taking Cyber Monday beginning today, one day early. DON’T MISS: eBay’s Cyber Monday announced – great deals on laptops, cameras and Apple Watch Best Buy announced in a press release early on Sunday that some of its Black Friday deals are still available online, including laptops, big screen HDTVs and smartphones. Additionally, Best Buy kicks off its huge Cyber Week event today, offering buyers up to 50% off on “more than

With Secret Hitler, Cards Against Humanity's co-working space becomes an idea machine

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 10:30

For those who aren't in the know within the tabletop game community, you may have missed the launch of a strangely titled card game on Kickstarter last week called Secret Hitler. Designed to be a World War II-themed deduction game similar in ways to Werewolf and Mafia, Secret Hitler is the latest product in an ongoing revival of physical games played with other physical people. Secret Hitler's creators would never have gotten the game off the ground if not for physically working alongside one another in a co-working space operated by Cards Against Humanity (CAH).

Resources to Recover Aids the Human Capacity to Survive Mental Illness

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 09:26
Jay Boll, Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Resources to Recover (RtoR). Credit: Katherine DuResources to Recover (RtoR), a gateway website equipping families with resources to tackle mental illness, has flourished since its launch in 2014.An initiative of Laurel House, a 501(c)(3) social services organization based in Stamford,...

Three things you should know about the new Apple Pencil

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 08:00

Is Apple's new Pencil just a gadget? Or does the new stylus fulfill a critical need for business professionals? Erik Eckel explores Apple's newest innovation.

Facebook makes paid time off for baby leave a global benefit

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 20:52

(This story corrects paragraph 3 to add terms for some non-U.S. employees) SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Less than a week after Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said he would take two months of paternity leave, the social media company announced it is extending its parental leave policy to full-time employees outside the United States. Employees may take leave at any point up to a year after the birth of their child, Lori Matloff Goler, the company's head of human resources, said in a Facebook post late Wednesday. Facebook currently offers four months of paid parental leave to U.S.-based full-time workers.

Sleep like a Time Lord with 'Doctor Who' bedding

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 20:41

Allons-zzzz! Have sweet dreams with this stylish bedding featuring the Tardis and elegant Gallifreyan symbols. Sadly, these sheets won't bend space and time so you can snooze longer.

Your Black Friday mall brawl highlights

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 20:14

Technically Incorrect: As people rushed to get electronics, little seemed to have changed from previous years. There was pandemonium, and there were fights.

Pro tip: Fine-tune 3D Touch sensitivity in iOS 9

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 20:04

3D Touch is Apple's new way of interacting with iOS devices, starting with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Learn how to adjust the touch sensitivity to your preferences.

NASA's 'Chemical Laptop' could help future rovers find life on alien planets

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 19:28

NASA scientists have a new device up their sleeves to help find life on other planets. The rectangular box is being called the "Chemical Laptop," but it's really more of a portable, automated chemistry lab that can be built into future NASA rovers. The Chemical Laptop has one primary goal, according to NASA: to find molecules associated with life.

FCC, Cox Communications agree to $595,000 breach settlement

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 19:18

Cox failed to report incident that led to first-ever FCC privacy, data security enforcement action with a cable operator

The Re-Emergent Local Public Sphere

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 18:35
Photo Credit © 2013 Eduardo Fonseca ArraesBy: Dr. Hollie Russon-Gilman, Beeck Center Fellow. Originally appeared on Brookings "Tech Tank" in 2014.Many citizens are enthusiastic about improving their communities and local governments are employing new technologies to take advantage of this resurgence in civic energy. Local level governments,...

See the invisible wireless signals around you with this augmented reality app

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 17:48

The human eye is remarkable, but it only lets us see a very small sliver of electromagnetic waves. It's nearly impossible to imagine what our world would look like if we could see beyond the visible spectrum, but a new app called Architecture of Radio does give us a taste. Spherical wavefronts emanate from wireless routers and distant cell towers.

NSA will stop collecting bulk phone data by the end of the day

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 16:30

At 11:59PM ET tonight, the NSA will shut down its systems that collect bulk phone call data from Americans across the US. The move comes as planned, precisely six months after the USA Freedom Act was signed into law. The legislation called for the NSA to cease collection of bulk phone records, which includes metadata like phone numbers and the duration of calls.

Yum? Now you can make chocolate poop-emoji cookies

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 16:20

The cute little emoji symbol of a smiling pile of feces is now edible. YouTube star and pastry chef Rosanna Pansino shows you how to bake your own sweet-smelling poop cookies.

​Winter is coming! Grab these geeky sweaters to get warm

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 16:19

Stay toasty in Hoth-like winters with our favorite nerdy sweaters featuring Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Gremlins, Cthulhu, superheroes and gaming characters.

Mexico's telecom watchdog approves America Movil prices

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 16:02
Mexico's telecom regulator said it signed off on the prices dominant phone company America Movil can charge rivals and virtual operators to connect to its network, according to a statement from the regulator on Saturday. Billionaire businessman Carlos Slim's America Movil, which controls about 70 percent of Mexico's mobile phone lines, was declared dominant by the regulator last year. As a result of that ruling, America Movil has to seek regulator approval for the prices it charges other operators for using its infrastructure.

Toymaker VTech confirms cyberattack; appears tone deaf

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 15:59

VTech says its app store for its high-tech toys has been hacked, with reports indicating at least 4.8 million accounts have been breached. Some of that data is reportedly connected to kids.

Everything coming to Netflix and Amazon Prime this December (and what to watch before it’s gone)

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 15:15

Sure, you haven’t even started to recover from the joy and terror of Thanksgiving yet, but it’s already time to look ahead to the winter holiday season — and streaming video services want you to know that they have your back. Netflix will finally release its much-trailered Bill Murray holiday special on December 4th, starting the month off on a festive note before letting the much-dreaded Adam Sandler flick The Ridiculous Six out into the world just one week later. ...

Is Amazon's online storage really 'unlimited'? Read the fine print

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 15:08

Amazon's Black Friday offer of "unlimited" storage in its Amazon Cloud Drive service has been getting plenty of attention. But read the terms of service before you dive in, and you'll find some substantial limits. Here are the details.