Technology

Mind Your Viewing: TV Networks Open Labs to Study Telly Watching Habits

NEW YORK, Nov 4 (Reuters)  TV networks are trying a new tactic to understand what shows and commercials people like to watch: read their minds. Comcast Corp’s NBCUniversal and Viacom Inc are each opening labs where they will study TV viewers in mock living rooms filled with infrared cameras tracking their biometrics – such things

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Spacewalkers Prepare Station for Space Taxi Parking Spots

CAPE CANAVERAL (Reuters)  Two U.S. astronauts wrapped up nearly seven hours of electrical work and maintenance chores outside the International Space Station on Wednesday, part of an ongoing upgrade to prepare the outpost for new commercial space taxis. Station commander Scott Kelly and flight engineer Kjell Lindgren left the station’s airlock around 1230 GMT, the

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Five Drones to Consider for Your Family This Christmas

  Filed Under: Tech & Science, Drones, Consumer Technology Christmas is in two months, but it’s never too early to brainstorm gift ideas for your family. With the surging popularity of hobbyist drones—more than a million drones are expected to be sold this holiday seaso—perhaps you are considering one for your loved ones. One caveat:

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Apple Issues Free Repairs for MacBooks With Stained Retina Displays

MacBook and MacBook Pro users who have seen their Retina display’s anti-reflective coating wear off, leaving behind blotchy screens, may be entitled to a free repair or a refund. MacRumors, a Apple-focused tech website, reported last Saturday that Apple issued an internal notice of a new quality program to replace any damaged Retina displays for free.

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Hacker Said to Have Breached CIA Official’s Email Releases List of Names, Social Security Numbers

A hacker who claims to have breached the AOL email account of CIA Director John Brennan released email addresses, phone numbers and Social Security numbers supposedly belonging to various government officials and consultants. The purported hacker tweeted an image with personal information of a list of individuals. Some of those on the list have previously worked for

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Driverless Cars Could Help Stop Traffic Deaths

Driverless cars could provide a long-term solution to the 1.25 million deaths that occur on the world’s roads each year, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) official. In its 2015 report on the state of global road safety, the WHO found that road accidents are the leading cause of death among 15-29 year-olds around

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Chinese Researchers Use Genetic Modification to Make Buff Beagles

Chinese scientists have created a genetically modified beagle that has roughly twice the muscle mass of an ordinary one. The researchers created the buff beagle by deleting a gene called myostatin that normally limits the amount of muscle the body can create, MIT Technology Review reported. The dogs have “more muscles and are expected to have stronger

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Sony Agrees to Settle Hacking Lawsuit for $8 Million: Report

Sony reached a settlement with current and former employees on Tuesday for a November 2014 hack attack, agreeing to pay up to $8 million in damages for personal information that was stolen off its servers. A group calling themselves the Guardians of the Peace hacked and dumped nearly 40 gigabytes of email transcripts and sensitive company data

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Rare Merging Stars Spotted, Soon to Explode

Astronomers peering through the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope have spotted something extraordinarily rare: a double star, the surfaces of which have merged. No double star quite like this has ever been seen, and it’s unusual to spot such a system because they are short-lived, the agency said in a release. Indeed, the double-star system—which

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Watch the Earth As Seen From Space Every Day

In July, NASA released its first unstitched image since 1972 of the entire sunlit face of Earth. More than four decades elapsed between the first and second of such “whole Earth” images. But on Monday, the agency launched a new website that will post a dozen or more images of Earth every single day. The daily photo shoot

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