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Americans resigned to their privacy-less fate, but they don’t like it

In what may be one of the most dejected research results of the year, a new study from the  University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication has determined that Americans are painfully aware of just how little control they have over how their data is being used by companies like Facebook and Google, and that they’re not happy about it. But despite their displeasure, most Americans seem to view it as a necessary evil, and are ...
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A computer has given humans a better understanding of gene connectivity

Some mysteries seem like they are simply too complex to be solved. However, computers are now making headway where humans previously hit a roadblock. A study published in PLoS Computational Biology on June 4 is a prime example of how technology may be able to solve age-old puzzles. Daniel Lobo and Michael Levin of Tufts University have successfully programmed a computer to craft its own scientific theory. The computer’s abilities have helpe...
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How to shoot insane action-sports photos (from a guy who has nearly died doing it)

Imagine careening down a hill at breakneck speed on a mountain bike, or shooting whitewater rapids in a kayak. It’s one thing to capture these images from a distance; it’s another to get up close and personal. As a photographer, it helps to have a genuine interest in extreme sports in order to photograph them well and this type of photography is mainly shot by people that participate in these sports. Michael Clark is one of the top action p...
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Bird-watchers, rejoice: Cornell’s new tool can identify bird species in your photos

Bird-watchers, rejoice; bird-privacy watchdogs, despair: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Visipedia research project have introduced a new tool called Merlin Bird Photo ID, which can correctly identify the species of a bird in an uploaded photo. In what Cornell University is calling “ a breakthrough for computer vision and for bird-watching ,” Merlin Bird Photo ID melds the power of artificial intelligence with human-generated data to...
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Revel in superb sound with the 10 best headphones under $100

Everybody expects more for less these days, and headphones are no exception to the rule. Fortunately, the modern headphone renaissance that has taken place over the last few years has created a veritable explosion of options on the market, creating cut-throat competition between manufacturers, and crowning the consumer as king. Related: Our favorite headphones under $200  | Our in-depth headphone reviews There’s no question that a few hundr...
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Top 5 best iPhone games you need to play this week

Top 5 Best iPhone games you need to play this week | Digital Trends Home > Mobile > Top 5 best iPhone games you need to play this week When you’re browsing the App Store, it can be challenging to find the best iPhone games. To help out, here’s our roundup of the games we think are worth downloading and playing this week. No matter your personal preference — whether it’s an endless hopper, a strategy game, or just a good old trivia gam...
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Yelp reveals personal info of users to businesses, and many are unaware

Even Yelp users who’ve been using the crowd sourced-reviews platform for a while may not be aware of a little-known Yelp feature that shares their personal information with businesses. According to Fusion , this change that Yelp refused to announce in a big way dates back to approximately two years ago. Yelp quietly mentioned this update in a low-key blog post in late 2013. It wasn’t even until last year when a few Yelp users began to notic...
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Weekly rewind: Dish and T-Mobile flirt, Windows 10 gets a drop date, and more

Top 10 Tech Stories You Missed This Week | Digital Trends Home > Mobile > Weekly rewind: Dish and T-Mobile flirt, Windows 10… In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. Too much, in fact, for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories from this week. From the release date for Windows 10, to details on GameFly’s new streaming service, and Tim Co...
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New PayPal policy could mean unwanted robocalls and ads for users

No one likes robocalls, so the fact that PayPal is asking its millions of users to accept new terms of service that give permission for it to make such calls has puzzled many. First spotted by the Washington Post , the revamped user agreement asks PayPal members to accept that the company, along with its affiliates and service providers, may “contact you using autodialed or prerecorded calls and text messages.” Related: eBay to cut thousand...
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Galaxy S6 Active Rumors: Leaked manual reveals it’s virtually waterproof

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 is anything but rugged — although it is gorgeous — and it’s missing the cool, water-resistance feature we saw on the S5. Luckily, Samsung will most likely introduce an Active variant relatively soon, for those of us who tend to drop our phones or are too careless around water. Updated on 06-04-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added in news from the leaked user manual spotted online confirming the phone’s existence and that it has ...
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Flying tricycle’s first manned test flight thankfully doesn’t end horribly

It might look like an early version of the Star Wars speeder bike but this is actually a Hungarian-made tricopter with a real-live human perched on top. The team behind the “all-electric personal flight device” recently conducted a successful controlled test flight of its flying bike, which it calls the “Flike” (see what they did there?). The maiden manned lift-off was captured in the video above, and shows an unnamed pilot clinging on for ...
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Warriors vs. Cavs: We simulated the entire NBA finals in 2K15, and the winner is …

With the NBA playoffs now in the past, fans and athletes now shift their attention towards earning the big trophy. This year’s NBA Finals matchup pits the Golden State Warriors against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The series tips off Thursday night, but NBA 2K15 gives players an early look at how the series could end up. In this episode of GameGuide, watch as we pick up the controller to simulate the season’s biggest games, and see exactly whic...
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Americans’ favorite phones are also the biggest ones around

Size matters — when it comes to phones, that is. According to the 2015 American Consumer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), the three most popular smartphones all had one thing in common: their enormous screens. With each clocking in at 5.5 inches or wider, one thing has become clear when it comes to Americans’ relationships with their phones — the bigger, the better. In first place was the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, with an almost laughably large scre...
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Button seamlessly connects apps so you can stop switching screens

Tired of using so many apps? Now, there’s an app for that too. New York City-based Button is revolutionizing the in-app experience by allowing users to stay within a single app to complete multiple functions, like making a dinner reservation and calling a car service, in a process called “deep-linking.” Back in January, the company raised $12 million in Series A funding (and $14.3 million total) after landing partnerships with Resy and Uber...
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The 2017 Lexus LX will get a spindle grille the size of a compact car

Toyota is preparing to give the full-size Land Cruiser major updates inside and out , so it comes as no surprise that the Lexus LX will benefit from similar modifications at about the same time. Official details are being kept under wraps for the time being, but a leaked image published by Japanese magazine Best Car gives us a good idea of what to expect from the newest version of one of the last body-on-frame SUVs. Introduced in 2007, the ...
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