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E-readers bring hope to Africa's schools updated 1 days ago

A nonprofit called Worldreader is bringing e-readers to students in nine African countries.

Meet Sobrr, the anti-Facebook app updated 1 days ago

Sobrr is a social network where messages and posts disappear, à la Snapchat, after 24 hours.

Digital wallets and vein scanners: How we'll pay for things in the future updated 2 days ago

Whether it's via contactless cards and mobile phones, or even biometrics, new ways of paying and spending are increasingly muscling their way into the mix.

The Chairless Chair, an invisible chair that you can wear updated 2 days ago

It's like a chair that isn't there, but magically appears whenever you need it.

Unpakt is 'Yelp for moving companies' updated 2 days ago

Unpakt -- call it Yelp for moving vans.

New Amazon phone makes it easy to buy stuff ... from Amazon updated 3 days ago

An Amazon Fire phone feature, Firefly, identifies QR codes, bar codes and other ways to shop in Amazon's online store.

Social Web tackles the #IceBucketChallenge updated 3 days ago

The #IceBucketChallenge takes on ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease. Celebrities, athletes are posting videos of dumping buckets of ice water on social media.

Digital-age 'Dungeons & Dragons' is more than rolling dice updated 3 days ago

Dungeons & Dragons has joined the internet age with online MMO "Neverwinter" and a webcomic, "Table Titans."

2022 World Cup city rises in the desert updated 4 days ago

Plans for the desert city of Lusail include man-made islands and a host arena for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Image overload: Help us sort it all out, NASA requests updated 5 days ago

NASA is asking for your help analyzing hundreds of thousands of images that astronauts have taken from space.

Can this brain-sensing headband give you serenity? updated 5 days ago

Could this brain-mapping headband help users achieve a state of zen-like calm?

Apparently This Matters: The beauty of big trucks updated 5 days ago

CNN humor columnist Jarrett Bellini looks at the beauty of construction equipment.

See the UFO? No? Try squinting. Squint harder updated 7 days ago

See the UFO? No? Try squinting. UFO enthusiasts found interesting specks on recently deployed NASA webcams.

Have you gotten 'the talk' that Ferguson shooting protesters are posting about? updated 7 days ago

If you're African-American, you might have gotten "the talk."

Twitter reviewing policies after Robin Williams' daughter harassed updated 9 days ago

Actress Zelda Williams, daughter of Robin Williams, has quit social media after receiving taunts on the Internet.

For the first time ever, a woman wins mathematics' highest honor updated 9 days ago

For the first time in history, a woman has received the highest honor in mathematics, often nicknamed the Nobel Prize of mathematics.

Black hole bends light, space, time -- and NASA's NuSTAR can see it all unfold updated 10 days ago

NASA's NuSTAR telescope array has observed a supermassive black hole's gravity tugging on X-ray light.

Is this the future of parenting? updated 10 days ago

Babies are unpredictable, messy and constantly changing. Sleep-deprived parents struggling to make sense of their tiny humans' behaviors are starting to take a scientific approach, collecting data in the hopes of solving problems like not sleeping through the night.

It's not a man's world: The African women breaking down tech barriers updated 11 days ago

Female techies across Africa are joining forces to help each other break the glass ceiling in a largely male-dominated industry.

Spy satellites fighting crime from space updated 11 days ago

Satellite-based surveillance is set to transform law enforcement, but will the good guys suffer as well as the crooks?

Google Lunar X Prize: Build a robot, send it to the moon, win $20 million updated 12 days ago

Google is shooting for the stars by sponsoring an international competition for innovators to go back to the moon 42 years after man last visited.

Facebook makes games reveal charges, quit inflating 'likes' updated 14 days ago

Facebook games must note in-app purchase, can't give rewards for a like of their Facebook page.

Apparently This Matters: Congratulations! It's a ... zonkey? updated 15 days ago

CNN humor columnist Jarrett Bellini looks at what happens when a zebra and a donkey make whoopee.

The spaceship reinvented for new frontiers updated 15 days ago

Radical redesign is 100% reusable, offering more frequent, cheaper and deeper flights into space.

Hackers put data of U.S. government workers at risk updated 15 days ago

USIS, which provides background checks for the U.S. government, said hackers breached its computer systems.

New software targets 'ransomware' used to steal millions updated 15 days ago

Two tech companies are offering a free tool to defeat sophisticated malicious software that criminals have used to extract millions of dollars in ransom payments from small businesses and other computer owners.

Startup offers payday advances without the pesky loan-sharking updated 15 days ago

A new service lets workers access pay they've already earned, without having to wait for payday.

Eavesdropping with a camera and potted plants updated 16 days ago

Before you spill your deepest darkest secrets, or plans for world domination, look around you. Is there a gossipy potato chip bag or leafy houseplant?

Will bigger iPhones end great one-hand games? updated 17 days ago

Bigger iPhone 6 models could be end of gaming apps that are simple and only require one hand to play.

Gulf of Mexico 'dead zone' is the size of Connecticut updated 17 days ago

The Gulf of Mexico's annual spring-summer "dead zone" is the size of Connecticut -- slightly smaller now than in recent years.

Anonymous email app launches with 'creepy' stunt updated 18 days ago

The creators of an app that helps people send anonymous emails are coming under fire for a PR stunt that didn't quite go as planned.

Instagram celebrity Grandma Betty dies of lung cancer updated 19 days ago

Instagram celebrity Grandma Betty has died at 80 of lung cancer.

NASA's next Mars rover will make oxygen, look for farmland updated 20 days ago

NASA's next rover to Mars will make oxygen and look for farmland.

Voyager 1: 'The little spacecraft that could' updated 21 days ago

For 37 years, it has revealed the secrets of our solar system. Here's how Voyager 1 made history.

Apparently This Matters: MANternity photos updated 21 days ago

CNN humor columnist Jarrett Bellini looks at delightfully weird set of maternity photos -- of a dude.

Hitchhiking robot is halfway across Canada updated 21 days ago

A talking robot, hitchBOT, is hitchhiking across Canada from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Victoria, British Columbia.

Five years on, millions still dig 'FarmVille' updated 23 days ago

It started out as a simple concept five years ago. Let people become virtual farmers. And "Farmville" became a social media and gaming phenomenon.

Does your Facebook feed have a Middle East bias? updated 23 days ago

Writer worries that many of his friends are only seeing the news of the Mideast conflict through a Facebook filter.

The undersea drones revealing the ocean's secrets updated 24 days ago

From typhoon warnings to exploration and conservation, unmanned vessels are revealing the mysteries of the oceans.

Facebook: Get Messenger app or else updated 24 days ago

For mobile users who text with friends via Facebook, it's almost time to download the social-media giant's dedicated app for doing so, or lose the ability.

NASA maps out geysers, finds evidence of liquid water on surface of Saturn moon updated 25 days ago

On the surface of one of Saturn's icy moons, scientists have discovered the possible existence of a very important, life-sustaining element: liquid water.

Apparently This Matters: French Girls gone wild updated 27 days ago

CNN humor columnist Jarrett Bellini looks at why the French Girls app has gone wild.

That was a close one! Study: Massive solar storm barely missed us in 2012 updated 28 days ago

Nearly two years ago, modern infrastructure came very close to a serious disruption. The culprit? One of the largest solar storms in recorded history.

Repairing yourself: Self-healing buildings, bodies, and machines updated 29 days ago

Crumbling buildings, burnt-out PCs, potholes, and cracked smartphone screens -- all these damaged goods could soon be distant memories, as a new generation of "self-healing" technologies emerge.

Robot furniture that builds itself updated 30 days ago

Researchers are creating robots that are building blocks for furniture that moves and assembles itself.

Now you feel it, now you don't: Nanomaterial cloaks the sense of touch updated 31 days ago

A real invisibility cloak may still be the stuff of fantasy, but scientists have figured out a way to hide objects from touch.

Out of this world: The best selfies from space updated 32 days ago

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin says he took the first "space selfie" in 1966 -- and in doing so, he started a space selfie trend.

Apparently This Matters: Facebook bracelets at Tomorrowland updated 35 days ago

CNN humor columnist Jarrett Bellini explains the Facebook bracelets being worn by sexy people at Tomorrowland.

12 more real people who appeared in video games updated 36 days ago

Real people in video games have always been around, long before Manuel Noriega sued "Call of Duty: Black Ops II."

Here's what you learn when you put a baby mammoth in a 3-D scanner updated 36 days ago

Newly released 3-D images of two mummified baby mammoths provide a window into the lives of creatures that roamed Siberia 40,000 years ago.

After Apollo: Do we need to go back to the moon? updated 37 days ago

45 years ago man first walked on the moon. Is it time to go back?

Marines test new beach assault vehicle updated 37 days ago

The Marine Corps showed off a prototype of its Ultra Heavy-lift Amphibious Connector (UHAC) last week in Hawaii.

Manuel Noriega sues over 'Call of Duty' video game updated 37 days ago

Ex-Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega has a message for publishers of "Call of Duty: Black Ops II," which has a mission to catch him: You owe me money

Space weather: Fine, with a chance of solar flares updated 38 days ago

Solar flares and eruptions create dazzling visuals in space, but each burst of energy can also disrupt systems we rely on every day.

Electronic noses sniff out cancer updated 38 days ago

Scientists are developing "electronic noses" to detect deadly diseases.

We're genetically linked to our friends updated 38 days ago

This brings a whole new meaning to the phrase, "You've got a friend in me."

Apparently This Matters: Six Californias updated 39 days ago

CNN humor columnist Jarrett Bellini looks at a bold plan to split California into six separate states.

Sonar sticks use ultrasound to guide blind people updated 39 days ago

High-tech walking canes use ultrasound to let blind people know about their surroundings.

Scientists: We're 'very close' to finding another Earth updated 39 days ago

Scientists looking for signs of life in the universe, as well as another planet like our own, say they are a lot closer to their goal than people realize.

World Cup walloped social-media records updated 40 days ago

In terms of online entertainment, the World Cup seemed to have it all.

Astronaut tells kid, 'You'd love it' up here updated 40 days ago

CNN held its first iReport interview from outer space with astronaut Steve Swanson of NASA.

Apparently This Matters: Death metal without oxygen updated 42 days ago

CNN humor columnist Jarrett Bellini looks at a death metal band playing in an air tight, sound proof cube.

Elon Musk promises $1 million for Tesla museum updated 43 days ago

On Nikola Tesla's 158th birthday, it was the effort to build a museum in the influential scientist's honor that got the gift.

The most brutal (and funny) Germany vs. Brazil tweets updated 44 days ago

Twitter reaction to the Germany vs. Brazil World Cup final was brutal. Here are our favorite funny tweets.

12 wacky smartphone cases updated 45 days ago

From cute rubber animals to models that include pepper spray and stun guns, here's a look at wacky smartphone cases.

Kill switch: breeding kamikaze mosquitoes updated 46 days ago

How scientists are using genetic modification to eradicate mosquitoes and wipe out disease.

Potato-salad rookie raises thousands on Kickstarter updated 46 days ago

Zack Brown posted a Kickstarter project with a goal of $10 and a desire to make potato salad. As of Monday, more than 800 backers had pledged $8,000.

Reservation-selling startup angers tech world updated 47 days ago

There's a website that lies to restaurants, making reservations under fake names, and then sells them to you.

Truck of the future aims to drive itself updated 49 days ago

Tractor-trailer drivers, if you're texting while driving in the middle of the freeway, then the future belongs to you.

This robot valet will park your car updated 50 days ago

In Germany, high tech has come to airport parking.

Forget selfies -- make way for 'dronies' updated 51 days ago

Forget selfies. Those are so 2013.

Hot-car death highlights key role of digital evidence updated 51 days ago

Your computer and social media accounts can land you in hot water. A look at just some of the ways it can happen.

Happy 35th birthday, Walkman updated 52 days ago

It was 35 years ago Tuesday that Sony, not Apple, revolutionized the way we listen to music with the Walkman.

Get to know your unconscious: Dream-reading technology that actually works? updated 52 days ago

Shadow app seeks to connect users with their dreams by waking the user during their sleep and inviting them to record their memories.

NASA launches satellite to study carbon pollution in the atmosphere updated 52 days ago

NASA launched a satellite to study climate change on Wednesday, shooting the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) into space.

Launch of satellite to study carbon pollution delayed updated 52 days ago

A NASA mission to study climate change was scrubbed Tuesday because of water flow issue in the launch pad.

FIFA: U.S. World Cup fans most active online updated 52 days ago

They came up just short in their knockout-round match with Belgium on Tuesday. But online, Team USA is already a World Cup winner.

Mars Curiosity: Take a look under the hood updated 53 days ago

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Scientists create a mini Mars on Earth updated 54 days ago

If you want to drive on Mars, you are going to need a very large sand pit to prepare.

Film offers portrait of the 'Internet's Own Boy' updated 56 days ago

Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide facing federal hacking charges, is subject of "The Internet's Own Boy" documentary.

Super choppers confront California's weird wildfire season updated 57 days ago

A Los Angeles County flying firefighter reveals the battle tactics behind the Firehawk super chopper, as California braces for wildfires.

NASA's deep-space craft readying for launch updated 57 days ago

Orion, NASA's newest manned spaceship, is readying for its first mission in December.

Mobile apps transforming the future of parking updated 57 days ago

A new wave of mobile apps are simplifying the parking process by letting drivers rent spaces from their phones.

Futuristic drive: Step inside a 3D printed car updated 58 days ago

Italian designer Michele Anoe has won the 3D Printed Car Design Challenge with his Strati concept.

What will Aereo's TV watchers do now? updated 58 days ago

Aereo, the Web startup that captured shows from broadcast airwaves, is essentially dead after a Supreme Court ruling Wednesday.

Preserving 120 years of U.S. cultural history updated 58 days ago

When the Library of Congress comes to mind, most of us don't think of movies, TV shows or old-school vinyl.

Happy anniversary! On Mars, Curiosity rover has done a lot in a long year updated 59 days ago

A year is a very long time on Mars -- 687 days. NASA's Curiosity rover can attest that it's plenty enough time for some unexpected life changes.

Report: Bigger iPhones coming this fall updated 59 days ago

iPhone screens are about to get a lot bigger, if a new report is to be believed.

Google wants to sell domain names updated 59 days ago

Google already is a major player in search, online mapping, social networking and other key functions of the Web. Now it wants to sell domain names, too.

Match.com, Mensa create dating site for geniuses updated 60 days ago

It takes a special person to join Mensa.

'Bionic eye' lets blind man 'see' again updated 60 days ago

An eye implant is restoring vision in blind people. But what do they see?

Lighting on the wall: World's most spectacular video projections updated 60 days ago

Sydney Opera house dressed in snakeskin? Projection mapping makes any part of the environment a living canvas.

Hackers show how to protect your iPhone updated 60 days ago

Here's one way to make your iPhone hacker-proof: Ask hackers for advice.

World Cup becoming biggest social-media event ever updated 61 days ago

World Cup 2014 on Facebook and Twitter is the most popular social-media event ever.

Apparently This Matters: My Kids Suck updated 61 days ago

There are two good reasons to own a giant trampoline.

Cheating death through 'suspended animation' updated 61 days ago

Doctors are cooling trauma patients' bodies to ward off the potential damage caused by loss of blood and oxygen.

5 things we'd like to see from the Apple smartwatch updated 63 days ago

Rumored for years, the long-awaited smartwatch from Apple may finally become reality in a few months.

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