What's this red phone Nextbit hiding?

Nextbit hopped on Periscope and Facebook Live a few minutes ago to announce the beta of its web interface for photo backups. That’s a cool new feature, but perhaps the most interesting part of the broadcasts was hidden in the background: Nextbit Not-quite-hiding in plain sight was a bright red phone that …

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Google is working to safeguard Chrome from quantum computers

Google is working on safeguarding Chrome against the potential threat of quantum computers, the company announced today. It’s doing so by implementing post-quantum cryptography in an experimental version of the browser, the company announced today. While there exist hardware defenses against the vastly superior computing power of quantum machines, Google is using a …

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iOS 10 launches in public beta today

If you’re eager to check out the next version of iOS 10, you’ll have a chance to do just that starting today. Apple is opening up its beta of iOS 10 to the public, letting anyone with an iPhone check it out (that likely means Apple Watch owners will be …

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Leap year 2016 also gets a leap second

Be ready to have your New Year’s celebrations last a second longer. Literally. Timekeepers at the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (IERS), which keeps track of the world’s time, announced yesterday that an extra second will be added on December 31st. Around midnight, the clocks will read 11:59:60 …

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Microsoft stored an OK Go music video in strings of DNA

Hundreds of years from now, today’s DVDs, web servers, and flash drives will all be long dead. But one copy of a music video — for alternative rock band OK Go’s song “This Too Shall Pass” — could still be playing. The Rube Goldberg-inspired video is part of a 202-megabyte …

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Just like dogs, goats will look you in the eye when they need help

Have you ever been on the receiving of a curious look from a goat? It’s a pretty unsettling experience, not least of all because of the animal’s unusual rectangular pupils (an evolutionary adaptation that literally lets them spot predators out the corner of their eye). However, next time you get side-eyed …

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