10 virtually indestructible cases to protect your iPhone 6 Plus


Whether you're worried about your iPhone 6 Plus bending, its glossy 5.5-inch screen getting scratched, or you just know you're a total klutz, we have you covered. We've found 10 cases designed for the iPhone 6 Plus that offer some durable protection to keep your beloved smartphone in pristine condition. See also: 7 Ways to Preserve Your Battery Life on iOS 8 Take a look through our tough-as-nails selection below. iPhone 6 Plus Rugged Cases 1. Speck CandyShell Grip With military-grade drop test protection, the CandyShell Grip offers raised rubber grips, so you'll be less likely to drop it in the first place. A raised bezel helps shield the screen, and rubberized … [Read more...]

14 international coffee recipes for a double shot of culture


Get your international buzz on. There's nothing like a cup of hot coffee to get us going on Monday mornings. However, drinking down our usual brew can get a little bit boring — and there's a big, wide world of coffee lovers out there who do things a little differently than our regular joe. See also: 10 Iced Coffee Cocktails for the Ultimate Buzz Even if you don't have the cash for a trip around the globe, you can still experience all the caffeinated wonders of the world. Coffees From Around the World 1. Indian Filter Coffee Indian filter coffee uses a special tumbler for a brew that's both flavorful and aromatic in the morning. Image: @dkavip on Instagram … [Read more...]

Sea turtles navigate home using Earth’s magnetic field


Female sea turtles, known to swim thousands of miles before returning to their birthplace to lay eggs, find their way home by relying on unique magnetic signatures along the coast, a new study finds. For more than 50 years, scientists have been mystified by how sea turtles do this, said the study's lead researcher, J. Roger Brothers, a graduate student of biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "Our results provide evidence that turtles imprint on the unique magnetic field of their natal beach as hatchlings, and then use this information to return as adults," Brothers said in a statement. SEE ALSO: Quest for Survival: Photos of Incredible Animal … [Read more...]

15 programming languages you need to know in 2015


If you're a programmer, these are good times. Jobs in the segment are projected to grow 8% over the next seven years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you're a hotshot coder, you can make up to $300 an hour or more. Those at the high end of the pay scale have mastered the languages that are most in demand. Which are those? We asked Doug Winnie, director of content for online learning platform Lynda. Here's his assessment: See also: Programming Isn't Manual Labor, But It Still Sucks 1. Java Image: Mashable Composite/WikimediaJava is one of the most popular languages for building back-ends for modern enterprise-web applications. With Java and frameworks … [Read more...]

Increased gov spy powers are NOT the way to stay safe against terrorism


May said: It is too soon to say for certain, but it is highly probable that communications data were used in the Paris attacks to locate the suspects and establish the links between the two attacks. Quite simply, if we want the police and the security services to protect the public and save lives, they need this capability. But the Home Sec fails to make a clear case for legalising the domestic spying activities of GCHQ – which, lest we forget, is actively aided and abetted by the ex-Cable & Wireless division of Vodafone. Yes, yes, Godwin's Law, Orwell, Stasi, etc. Now read this She doesn't stop at raising a theoretical question as if it was proven fact. May wants the … [Read more...]

Twitter complies with Turkey’s ‘national security’ blackout demand – BLOCKS newspaper’s tweets


It's been claimed that the vehicles were loaded with weapons for extremists to attack the Syrian regime, which is led by President Bashar al-Assad. However, the Turkish government has vehemently denied the allegations and said that the trucks were transporting humanitarian aid to the country. A partially redacted document (PDF) on the Chilling Effects website revealed details of the court order. Turkey argued that revealing details of the police raid, after documents of legal proceedings relating to the story were leaked online, could damage national security. Following the court order, Twitter, Facebook and Google – whose chiefs frequently claim to strongly support … [Read more...]

Snowden doc leak ‘confirms’ China stole F-35 data


The release states that the compromised information includes radar systems data, engine schematics, heat contour maps, and designs to cool exhaust gases. The latest leak confirms the scale of the data theft, which emerged in US media such as The Washington Times March 2014. As that report notes, the Defence Science Board at the Pentagon stated that “cyber attacks” had compromised F-35 design information. In 2014, the leak was attributed to Lockheed Martin and was believed to have taken place in 2007, and in June 2013, Defense acquisitions boss Frank Kendall told the US Senate he was confident that F-35 data was now better protected. China's F-20 development is still at an … [Read more...]

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review – specs, comparison and best price


Now here's something a bit different. A high-end phablet with a curved side screen. It ticks the boxes for style and wow factor, but does it justify the high price?  The Note Edge is a large, thin phablet very much in the Note 4 style. It has a terrific-looking 5.6-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED screen with a higher-than-HD resolution of 2,560x1,440 pixels (524ppi). It's a similar size and weight to the Galaxy Note 4 -- a little longer, but also a little thinner and a couple of grams lighter.It also has the Note 4's fingerprint ID sensor, heart sensor and of course the increasingly fine S-Pen, which tucks itself away in the same slot on the side. Still not waterproof though, … [Read more...]

UK hacker arrested over Xbox Live and PSN attacks


An 18-year-old man from Southport has been arrested as part of a police investigation into the attacks on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network over Christmas. Police said the man had been arrested under the computer misuse act.The man, who is yet to be named, was arrested on Boundary Street, Southport in a joint-operation between the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) and the FBI. Police said the arrest was made in connection with DDOS attacks "launched from the UK". A number of electronic devices were also seized for examination. Both Xbox Live and PSN were taken down for long periods over Christmas after a major distributed denial of service (DDOS) … [Read more...]

Is this the end for Bitcoin? Cryptocurrency has plummeted dramatically


Related stories Google backs Bitcoin in a big way by installing its very own 'BTM' Bitcoin value surges as Microsoft starts accepting cryptocurrency Apple's bitcoin snub has got people smashing their iPhones Rich in Bitcoin? It might be time to sell, sell, sell (if you're very pessimistic about its future). The virtual currency is taking a bit of a hammering, having dropped in value by almost 40% since the start of 2015.According to Coindesk's index chart, the coin sits at a value of $187.46 US Dollars at the time of writing, down from its $1,100 value back in December 2013 - and dropping below $200 for the first time since 2013 (worth noting that it dropped around $8 … [Read more...]

Mark Zuckerberg throws shade at Google Glass


You probably won't see Mark Zuckerberg wearing smartglasses anytime soon. During a live Q&A session in Bogota, Colombia Wednesday, the Facebook cofounder and CEO was asked by an audience member how he imagines Facebook may look in 10 years, with Google Glass mentioned in the question as one example of how technology is changing. While he didn't mention Glass specifically in his response, he suggested that Google's product and smartglasses in general still have a long way to go. "In another 10 to 15 years, I think we can imagine there will be another platform [beyond mobile]," Zuckerberg said. "We will have something that either we can wear it, maybe it will look like … [Read more...]

Tesco launches Google Glass shopping app


Struggling supermarket giant Tesco has become the first major UK retailer to launch a Google Glass shopping app.Tesco Labs, which models itself as being "here to help you experience the future", is behind the app, which it describes as a "basic" version of its Grocery app, available on iOS and Android. The new offering appears to be genuinely useful -- that is, if you have Glass strapped do your face 24/7. Which of course, you mainly don't.With Grocery Glassware you can browse Tesco products, look at nutritional information and add items to a basket with a few verbal commands and taps. Around six months ago the supermarket chain posted a concept video to Vimeo … [Read more...]

Bitcoin value plummets below $200


The value of bitcoin has fallen below $200 (£131) for the first time since 2013 as the cryptocurrency continues to slump. Since the start of the year bitcoin has lost nearly 40 percent of its value, having started 2015 at around $313 (£206).In December 2013 bitcoin hit a record high of $1,200 (£715, at that time) but has since steadily fallen. The latest slump in price is more dramatic, with bitcoin tanking in the past week. The sharp drop could have major implications for the large and costly mines that underpin bitcoin. At the time of publication bitcoin was valued at $188.Earlier this week bitcoin exchange CEX.IO announced a temporary suspension of its cloud mining … [Read more...]

Feature your face in a forensics-inspired game


If you've ever wanted to feature your face in a game -- and a vintage style crime game at that -- now might just be your chance. Collaborating with the Wellcome Trust, 4PM Games is set to launch detective mystery game Criminel, and the Trust is offering one winner the opportunity to feature inside the game as a 3D computer-generated character and witness. Criminel TeaserBojan Brbora This science-inspired game linked to a new exhibition entitled "Forensics: the Anatomy of Crime", set to open at the Wellcome Trust in February. Set in twentieth century Paris, players must don a vintage detective's outlook and rely on early forensic techniques to solve a series of … [Read more...]

Samsung’s first Tizen smartphone is HERE … by which we mean India


Samsung's first batch of carrier partners, including Orange and NTT DoCoMo, all pulled out following repeated software delays. Then we were told to expect a Tizen phone to launch at a developer event in Moscow, but that never happened and Samsung never explained why not. But this time the launch is really going forward, and Samsung says the Z1 should appeal to "millions of potential users in India." The device's stats, which were detailed in a blog post on Wednesday, jibe with what had been announced earlier. The Z1 features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a four-inch 480-by-800 pixel screen, 768MB of RAM, and 4GB of onboard storage, and it runs Tizen 2.3. Samsung says it … [Read more...]