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California -- currently facing one of the worst droughts on record -- has accumulated a rainfall “deficit” of about 20 inches since 2012, according to a new NASA study. In other words, the difference between actual rainfall …
International Business Times · 17 minutes ago
NASA Study
Uber has raised a new $1 billion funding round, which pushes the company’s valuation to $51 billion. The new investment money comes from Microsoft and Indian media conglomerate Bennett Coleman & Co.
VentureBeat · 30 minutes ago
Uber
A new and surprising component of human hair has just been discovered, according to research recently presented at the annual meeting of the American Crystallographic Association. Remarkably, it’s a discovery that …
Io9 · 17 minutes ago
Human Hair
OnePlus was founded less than two years ago, and its only phone, the OnePlus One, arrived in April 2014. By the end of the year, the startup based in Shenzhen, China, had sold nearly a million phones with about 20 …
International Business Times · 5 minutes ago
CEO Carl Pei
Nvidia is one of a handful of companies that is trying to make a play for the gaming system space, but a defect in one of its marquee consumer products could damage its reputation before it truly gets started. The Nvidia …
VentureBeat · 30 minutes ago
Nvidia
At more than 100 years old, the New York City subway is one of the oldest in the world. Most of it is run by equipment nearly as old. In a video on its YouTube channel, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority provided …
Mashable · 15 minutes ago
NYC Subway
Don't let the name fool you, though. Blue moons are very rarely blue. Most are pale gray and white, resembling a moon on any other night. A truly blue colored moon can occur on rare occasions, according to NASA …
ABC News · 6 minutes ago
Blue Moon
Some Android users since June have seen a small, but significant tweak to Twitter: more hearts and fewer stars. Now it's iOS users' turn. The social network has begun rolling out an experimental feature to some iOS users …
Mashable · 36 minutes ago
iOS users
London (CNN)Could life on Earth have been kick-started by a comet strike? A startling discovery by the Rosetta comet-chasing mission has added fresh evidence to suggest that it is possible. The European Space Agency …
CNN · 47 minutes ago
Rosetta mission
August is our second hottest month on average. We talk about the “dog days of summer” deep into the month thanks to its often-relentless humidity and continued heat after an already hot July. Last August we saw …
Washington Post · ByMatt Rogers · 4 hours ago
precipitation
Instant gratification has taken on a whole new meaning. Want a slice of your favorite pizza? Maybe a new tie to better match your suit? Or tickets to the big game? GoButler, a self-proclaimed “virtual personal assistant …
The Christian Science Monitor · 22 minutes ago
Magic
Of course, the event isn't quite a traditional hackathon -- you don't need special coding skills in order to create levels in Super Mario Maker. But it was a chance for Nintendo to open up the game to at least a small …
Engadget · 29 minutes ago
Nintendo
The latest figures from IDC show a seven percent drop in global tablets sales compared to last year. Apple's iPad grabbed a healthy portion, 24.5 percent, of those lower sales. Samsung was in second place with 17 percent …
ZDNet · ByJames Kendrick · 29 minutes ago
wireless charging
Q. I like to do work using the free Wi-Fi at a local coffee shop. Can anyone there get my bank account number and password? A. Yes, public Wi-Fi leaves your data out in the open. Anyone from a casual snoop to a …
FOX News · 24 minutes ago
online banking
When it comes to the elements in the periodic table found throughout the Universe, it’s only the first two that originated from the Big Bang: hydrogen and helium. Everything else was formed from stars, whether: fused …
Forbes · 19 minutes ago
Periodic Table
PITON DE LA FOURNAISE, Reunion (AP) — Journalists arriving this week to the Indian Ocean island Reunion to report about the discovery of a jet wing fragment were met with another spectacular sight: the eruption of one …
San Jose Mercury News · 21 minutes ago
volcano
Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy …
Engadget · ByBilly Steele · 58 minutes ago
Kentucky distillery
Deep at the bottom of the Atlantic, NASA has built an underwater lab—and there are astronauts living there. I joined them (sadly, in a digital format) to see what they’re up to down there and just what kinds of things they …
Io9 · 28 minutes ago
deep space
NASA did not take a vacation this July, closing out a busy month by confirming the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our solar system. Larger than Earth and at "a mere" 21 light years away, the exoplanet - …
The Christian Science Monitor · 1 hour ago
light years
The folks in Redmond are getting all over the mobile space, and have produced a launcher for Android. Arrow offers less customization than traditional Android launchers as it brings three home screens to the phone. Arrow …
ZDNet · ByJames Kendrick · 2 hours ago
Android news