Islamic State shifts to new platform after Twitter block

19 August 2014 Last updated at 14:24 A sustained clampdown on the Twitter presence of Islamic State (IS) has forced the hardline jihadist group to explore less well-known social media platforms, setting up a string of accounts on the privacy-focused Diaspora. Since IS began a series of spectacular land-grabs in Iraq in June, a long […]

Former Microsoft boss leaves firm

19 August 2014 Last updated at 20:29 “I bleed Microsoft – have for 34 years and I always will,” Mr Ballmer said. Former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has said he is stepping down from the board with immediate effect. In a public letter, Mr Ballmer said he had become “very busy” since he quit […]

HTC unveils cheaper Windows M8 phone

19 August 2014 Last updated at 16:33 By Joe Miller Technology reporter The Windows HTC model features new services such as personal assistant Cortana The handset maker HTC has unveiled a new smartphone that runs a Windows Phone operating system. The modified One M8 is being sold at roughly half the price of the same […]

Google removes 12 BBC News links

19 August 2014 Last updated at 18:17 By Edwin Lane Technology reporter, BBC News Google has delivered “notices of removal” to sites whose content is being removed from some searches Google has removed a total of 12 BBC News stories from some search results since controversial EU “right to be forgotten” laws came into force […]

Hospital hack ‘exploited Heartbleed’

20 August 2014 Last updated at 12:54 Community Health Systems believes the data breach did not involve medical records The theft of personal data belonging to about 4.5 million healthcare patients earlier this year was made possible because of the Heartbleed bug, according to a leading security expert. Community Health Systems – the US’s second […]

PayPal’s One Touch wants to power your in-app mobile purchases

It’s a pretty common thing to see in an online store: pay with PayPal — but what about on mobile devices? Well, the eBay-owned company is working on that. The company just announced PayPal One Touch, a new system that (as the name implies) hopes to make paying of items in mobile apps a one-touch […]

Google search trends highlight America’s digital divide

While the rest of us were out frolicking in the sun, The New York Times‘ Upshot blog spent the early part of the summer sussing out which counties in the United States were the easiest and hardest to live in. After a little extra prompting from Google’s chief economist, editor David Leonhardt and the Upshot […]

Discarded car batteries could become low-cost solar cells

It’s great that manufacturers recover lead from discarded car batteries to use in new ones, since lead production from ores yields toxic residues. The problem is, when we shift from lead-acid to lithium-ion and other types of batteries (and we’re starting to), over 200 million old batteries could be retired in the US and cause […]

See-through solar panels provide power and a killer view

While we’ve seen some pretty big advancements (and even bigger installations) in solar-energy collection lately, unless you’re looking for privacy, one of the biggest light-catchers — windows — have to go largely under-utilized. Researchers at Michigan State University might have a solution for that, though. The Spartan scientists have developed a transparent, colorless method for […]

Xbox 360 HDD now comes in 500GB format, costs less than 320GB version

Been taking advantage of the Xbox 360′s “Games with Gold” deal? You might be running out of hard drive space, and Microsoft knows it: it just updated the Xbox website with a teaser for a 500GB hard drive. At $110 it’s still more expensive than PC storage, but it’s oddly cheaper than the 320GB Xbox […]

The Best Workarounds for Various Dietary Restrictions

Dietary restrictions may mean that you can’t eat whatever you want, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways around your restriction. These are the best alternatives for flours and baking grains, sweeteners, oils, thickening agents, and proteins. Whether your diet is gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, vegan, low carb, low sugar, or low fat, this list from […]

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