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14 Billionaires Who Started With Nothing – Including Jack Ma And Larry Ellison

1. Jan Koum, the CEO and cofounder of WhatsApp, once lived on food stamps before Facebook made him a billionaire. Net worth: $7.7 billion (according to Forbes) Koum, 37, came to the US from Ukraine when he was 16 years… Continue Reading →

This 19-Year-Old Developer Is So Successful, He Turned Down Apple

Last week, 19-year-old John Meyer dropped out of a prestigious university computer science program to work full-time on his tech startup, Fresco News. His parents weren’t happy at first. He was attending NYU where his mom is a professor, he told… Continue Reading →

How I Stopped Sucking at Networking

I was out for coffee with a former client the other night, and she was praising my networking prowess, saying that I was the best networker she knew… it was the third time this week that someone had said something… Continue Reading →

This is What it Sounds Like When You Put Tree Rings on a Record Player

This is an excerpt from the record Years, created by Bartholomäus Traubeck, which features seven recordings from different Austrian trees including Oak, Maple, Walnut, and Beech. What you are hearing is an Ash tree’s year ring data. Every tree sounds… Continue Reading →

Facebook Ads Will Follow You Around. Starting Now

Good news for advertisers, but maybe not-so-great news for users concerned about their personal data: Starting Monday, Facebook will use data it gleans from users for its new ad network, Atlas, which it will serve up ads on non-Facebook sites… Continue Reading →

Thor’s Sex Change Is Nigh, But Her Identity Remains a Mystery

LOS ANGELES — Thor is becoming a woman this week, and the comic book horde hath questions. Like, how does that work? We thought “Thor” was a name — but is it just a title? What should we now call… Continue Reading →

What Does Airplane Mode Do, and Is It Really Necessary?

Airplane mode disables a device’s cellular radio, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth — the wireless transmission functions. But many airplanes now offer in-flight Wi-Fi, and cellular access may be coming to planes soon — so where does that leave airplane mode? Even… Continue Reading →

How to Easily Encrypt Files on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X

You can hide files on any operating system, but hidden files can be accessed by anyone with access to your PC or its storage. Encryption actually protects your files, preventing people from accessing them without your encryption key. Even if… Continue Reading →

What’s the Difference Between Single and Double Quotes in the Bash Shell?

Enclosing text in quotation marks is fairly standard practice on the command line, especially when dealing with files that have spaces in the names, but how do you know whether to use single or double quotes? Let’s take a look… Continue Reading →

CPU Basics: Multiple CPUs, Cores, and Hyper-Threading Explained

The central processing unit (CPU) in your computer does the computational work — running programs, basically. But one single-core CPU can only perform one task at a time, which is where multiple CPUs, hyper-threading, and multi-core CPUs come into play…. Continue Reading →

Mayhem in Hong Kong as Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters

At Least 30 Believed Dead at Japanese Volcano, Police Say

TOKYO — Rescue workers have found at least 30 people unconscious and believed to be dead near the peak of an erupting volcano in central Japan, local government and police said Sunday. Nagano prefecture posted on its website that about… Continue Reading →

Windows Memory Dumps: What Exactly Are They For?

When Windows blue-screens, it creates memory dump files — also known as crash dumps. This is what Windows 8′s BSOD is talking about when it says its “just collecting some error info.” These files contain a copy of the computer’s… Continue Reading →

How to Quickly and Cheaply Upgrade a Laptop or Tablet’s Storage

Many new laptops, tablets, and devices in between are coming with an ever-smaller amount of storage. But you can expand your device’s storage without spending much money or time. It’s actually a good thing that modern laptops are coming with… Continue Reading →

How to Turn Off Auto-Correction in Android

When typing on an Android device, your spelling is checked automatically and replacement words are suggested. If you don’t select a word in the list of suggestions, a default word is used to replace what the system things is a… Continue Reading →

How to Fix an Ubuntu System When It Won’t Boot

Ubuntu doesn’t offer the Safe Mode and Automatic Repair tools you’ll find in Windows, but it does offer a recovery menu and a reinstall option that keeps your files and programs. If you can’t boot anything — not even a… Continue Reading →

How to Check Your BIOS Version and Update it

You probably shouldn’t update your BIOS, but sometimes you need to. Here’s how to check what BIOS version your computer is using and flash that new BIOS version onto your motherboard as quickly and safely as possible. Be very careful… Continue Reading →

How To Check If Your Mac or Linux Machine Is Vulnerable to Shellshock

Shellshock, the newly discovered vulnerability that allows attackers to inject code into your machine, puts your Mac or Linux at a serious risk for malicious attacks. Here’s how to test if your machine is vulnerable. Shellshock uses a bash script… Continue Reading →

Shellshock bug is ‘more dangerous than Heartbleed’

A new security flaw affecting Linux and Apple computers could prove to be more dangerous that Heartbleed, according to experts, and the fallout will last years   The vulnerability has been hiding in plain sight in the Bash command shell… Continue Reading →

Facebook drones the size of jumbo jets to soar 17 miles up

Facebook will create thousands of semi-autonomous drones the size of jumbo jets which will fly 17 miles above the Earth to provide wireless internet access to the four billion people currently unable to get online.   Facebook will create thousands… Continue Reading →

The man who proved Stephen Hawking wrong

The day that Leonard Susskind decided he was not going to follow his father into the family plumbing business, his parents were appalled. “My father was a tough guy,” says Prof Susskind with a chuckle. “He said: ‘What do you… Continue Reading →

How Ukraine Lost the Conflict Against Russia

DONETSK, Ukraine – “Read between the lines: This is now a frozen conflict.” That’s how a senior Ukrainian official described the result of a recent cease-fire agreement between Kiev and Moscow-backed separatists, a move endorsed by Russian President Vladimir Putin…. Continue Reading →

‘Angry Birds Transformers’ Gets Rid of Slingshots

A gameplay trailer for the upcoming Angry Birds and Transformers shows just how far the physics puzzler has gone from its roots. In the new trailer, we see Angry Birds Transformers characters running across terrain and firing at far-off obstacles…. Continue Reading →

Top 10 Makeup Transformations in the History of Cinema

  Source: CineFix

‘Go the F*ck to Sleep’ Sequel Wonders Why Kids Won’t F*cking Eat

Parents, when your precious angel rips you from your three hours of sleep to demand food that he won’t actually eat, you’ll want this f’ing book. From the author of the wildly successful “children’s book” Go The Fuck to Sleep… Continue Reading →

NASA Plans to Launch 3D Printer Into Space Sunday

A 3D printer is planned to be among the supplies sent to the the space station on SpaceX’s resupply mission, slated for 2:00 a.m. ET Sunday morning. Once there, the 3D printer, NASA says, will be used to make replacement parts… Continue Reading →

Apple Offers Fix for iPhones Affected by iOS 8 Problems

Apple posted an official fix for iPhone owners affected by problems with Wednesday’s iOS 8.0.1 update, which many users reported caused a total loss of cellular service as well as issues with Touch ID on iPhone models that support the… Continue Reading →

Tyke the Elephant’s Last Day on Earth

By 1994, an elephant named Tyke had been abused in the circus for years. The never-ending confinement was too much for her to bear. This is the story of Tyke’s last day on Earth. Tyke killed a trainer and injured… Continue Reading →

This Is Your Brain on Drugs

Brainbot is the embryonic creation of a company called PotBotics, the first biotech company to merge robotics, artificial intelligence and electroencephalography to bring to the medical use of marijuana the same measurable diagnostic precision that is applied to conventional western… Continue Reading →

India makes a mark in Mars

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