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Microsoft’s Free Windows 10 Giveaway: What That Means

In this April 29, 2015 file photo, a Dell laptop computer running Windows 10 is on display at the Microsoft Build conference in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
In this April 29, 2015 file photo, a Dell laptop computer running Windows 10 is on display at the Microsoft Build conference in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

SAN FRANCISCO—Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday, as the longtime leader in PC software hopes that giving the upgrade away for free will help it carve...




  • In this July 2, 2015 photo, asthma sufferer Elizabeth Ortiz, who uses the Asthma Health smartphone app daily to track her condition, poses for photos at her apartment, on New York's Lower East Side. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    App Turns Smartphones Into Tools for Medical Research

    SAN FRANCISCO—Jody Kearns doesn’t like to spend time obsessing about her Parkinson’s disease. The 56-year-old dietitian from Syracuse, New York, had to give up bicycling... Read more

  • A demonstrator, including supporters of the group Anonymous, poses during a march in protest against corrupt governments and corporations in front of the White House in Washington, DC, November 5, 2013 (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

    Anonymous Hacktivists Threaten Canada With Leak of Classified Information

    Anonymous, a loosely organized group of hacktivists, is threatening to leak classified information from the Canadian government unless the police officer who shot a protester... Read more

  • The Arkyd 6 prospector craft is launching later this year (Planetary Resources).

    Can Companies Keep the Valuable Minerals They Dig Up in Outer Space?

    The question over the ownership of outer space—all the other planets, asteroids, and stars—has a colorful history. By dent of its inaccessibility, outer space has... Read more

  • "You can send a video in a couple of seconds, but you don't consume the energy of the wearable device. The transmitter externally is expending energy—not the watch or other wearable," M.C. Frank Chang explains. ( NASA/JPL-Caltech)

    Chip Reflects Wi-Fi to Make Wearables Last Longer

    A new microchip could make the batteries in your high-tech wearables last longer. Adrian Tang of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and M.C. Frank Chang at... Read more

  • FILE - This Feb. 13, 2014, file photo, shows a rescue drone flown by Box Elder County Sheriff's Office during a demonstration in Brigham City, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

    California Wants to Allow Firefighters to Destroy Drones. Is It Legal?

    Last month, firefighters in Southern California had their mission interrupted by a stray drone, which blocked the aerial path of a plane carrying gallons of... Read more

  • An intersection in Mcity (Mobility Transformation Center).

    Michigan Now Has a Fake City to Test Self-Driving Cars

    Autonomous vehicles promise great things: fewer accidents, less congested roads, and freeing up hours each day for erstwhile drivers. But as with any new robot... Read more

  • FILE - In this April 10, 2015, file photo, a customer tries on an Apple Watch at an Apple Store in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

    Even Apple Loyalists Taking Their Time on Apple Watch

    NEW YORK — For all those who hailed the iPhone as the “Jesus Phone” in 2007, the Apple Watch’s arrival has hardly been the second... Read more

  • A customer looks at the Apple Watch at the Apple Store on June 17, 2015 on Fifth Avenue in New York City. (Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

    Strong iPhone Sales; Apple Stock Down With Few Watch Details

    SAN FRANCISCO—Apple’s latest financial report shows iPhone sales are still surging, driven partly by growth in China. But it also contains hints that Apple’s much-vaunted... Read more

  • FRANCE-HEALTH-SURGERY-CANCER-ROBOTICS

    Robot-Assisted Surgery Rising, but Far From Perfect

    Between 2000 and 2013, robotic equipment played a role in 144 surgery-related deaths in the United States, according to an analysis of records kept by... Read more

  • A person uses a laptop computer showing Youtube's logo on March 27, 2014 in Istanbul. (OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

    YouTube Is Back With a Vengeance and Is Now More Popular Than Cable

    During Google’s recent earnings conference call, Google chief business officer Omid Kordestani said that YouTube is now bigger than any individual US cable network when... Read more

  • Ashley Madison Home Page

    Hackers Threaten to Expose 37 Million Users of Adultery Website Ashley Madison

    Ashley Madison, the premiere dating website for married people looking to cheat on their spouse, experienced a major data-breach this weekend, and the hackers threaten... Read more

  • In this photo taken Oct. 6, 2014,  in  World Sight Day, Vision Service Plan,  the nations largest vision care company  hosted a week long program of free eye exams and brand-new glasses at its mobile clinics and at the VSP headquarters in Rancho Cordova, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    Gene Therapy Offers Cure for Congenital Blindness and So Much More

    In 1907, the first antibiotic was synthesized. It was able to treat syphilis without harming the the human body and was heralded as a “magic... Read more

  • Screen capture of video of the first ever drone delivery in the United States, Wise, Virginia, July 17, 2015. The test flight was conducted by Australian startup Flirtey. (Flirtey/Youtube)

    Australian Startup, Flirtey, Beats Amazon to Make the First Drone Delivery in US (Video)

    The Australian drone startup Flirtey made history on Friday, July 17, conducting the first commercial drone delivery test in the United States, ahead of better-known... Read more

  • A Tesla Model S P85d car is displayed at the 16th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai on April 20, 2015. (JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

    ‘Ludicrous Mode’ Upgrade for Tesla Model S Lets It Go From 0 to 60 MPH in Under 3 Seconds

    Tesla unveiled a bundle of optional upgrades for the Model S sedan, including a series of software updates, a battery upgrade from 85 to 90 kWh,... Read more

  • A Cargolux Boeing 747 cargo aircraft lands on January 5, 2015 at Payerne airport. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

    Boeing Patented a Nuclear Fission-Fusion Jet Engine, Which Will Never Work

    You’ve heard of nuclear power plants, now get ready for nuclear powered planes —on paper at least.  Last month, Boeing patented a nuclear fission-fusion jet propulsion... Read more

  • Chinese Government Named In Breach Of Federal Data System

    Hacked OPM Employee Data so Sensitive, Victims Could Need ID Theft Protection for Life

    Near the end of 2014, after hackers looted Sony’s database, a number of former employees filed class action lawsuits against the company, arguing that the... Read more


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