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LED streetlights save cities millions, but raise health issues — and urban residents hate them

Though popular with city officials, LED lights are a source of angst for residents who dislike the bluish tinge, complain of nighttime glaring and are concerned about the potential adverse effect on human and wildlife behavior.

Snap It to Lose It: Weight-loss app takes the hassle out of counting calories

Lose It is rolling out a new beta feature in its iOS and Android app called Snap It, which makes it easier to log your meals. Snap It uses image-recognition technology to identify foods and assign their caloric value.

Meerkat could be on to a real winner with its new video chat app Houseparty

Houseparty is the latest app from the creators of Meerkat. A video chat network aimed at teens and millennials, Houseparty is on its way to becoming a breakout hit, having quickly amassed an audience of 1 million users.

iPhone users, you’ll start seeing Search Ads in the App Store from October 5

iPhone and iPad users are about to see sponsored results with their App Store searches. Starting October 5, developers can pay to have their apps appear higher in search results – a system Google's Play Store adopted just over a year ago…
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Scandinavian cool: Inside Facebook’s Arctic data center

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has shared the first detailed look inside the firm's Lulea data center, located just 70 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The massive facility is the size of six football fields.

Want to make a Skype call on your iPhone? Now you can ask Siri!

Skype has just added a new feature that lets you ask Siri to place a call without even opening the app. The functionality has been made possible after Apple recently opened Siri up to third-party developers with the launch of iOS 10.

Volkswagen’s ambitious I.D. concept should make Tesla very, very worried

Volkswagen has fully detailed the I.D. concept, which will make its public debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. A production version of the electric vehicle will go on sale in 2020 with a range of up to 373 miles.

Samsung says it’s now investigating reports of new Galaxy Note 7 phones overheating

Recent claims that some of the new, apparently safer, Galaxy Note 7 handsets are also overheating are now being investigated by Samsung. In some cases, the replacement handset has reportedly been "too hot to place next to the ear during a…
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The world’s biggest tech giants go all in on AI

The biggest names in tech are teaming up to form a new organization dedicated to advancing the public’s understanding of machine learning. The Partnership on AI is a non-profit whose members include Amazon, Google, Facebook, IBM, and…
Social Media

Selfie snappers, the ‘ballot selfie’ ban in New Hampshire is no more

In case you hadn't heard, there's a pretty big election happening in November, and in the age of the selfie a good many folks will want to snap a shot in the ballot booth. Some states ban the practice, but in New Hampshire you're now in the…
Home Theater

Cord-cutters may cost cable companies $1 billion over the next year

As costs for premium television subscriptions have risen by about 40 percent over the last five years, it appears as it more consumers will be cutting the cord in favor of streaming video.

Privacy Shield data protection program now has a new member: Microsoft

Microsoft said it is now part of the Privacy Shield framework to protect personal data. This is a platform created by the U.S. and the European Union to safeguard EU/Swiss personal data stored in the U.S.