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Confessional in the Palm of Your Hand

Sure, people say some nasty things in anonymous apps, but the good far outweighs the bad.

Biomedicine

Obama’s Brain Project Backs Neurotechnology

The U.S. announces $46 million to develop new technologies for exploring the brain.

Mobile

Vast Grassroots Mobile Network Grows at Center of Hong Kong Protests

Protestors are turning to mobile messaging apps that can work without requiring cell service or Internet connections – but data security is still weak.

Business

Saying Hello to Ello, an Ad-Free Facebook Alternative

A social network avoids ads and elevates design.

Computing

EmTech: Qualcomm Working to Build Artificial Intelligence Into Smartphones

Future smartphones could have specialized hardware that uses simulated neurons to do things like recognize objects or faces.

Computing

Future Smartphones Won’t Need Cell Towers to Connect

Qualcomm, Facebook, and other tech companies are experimenting with technology that lets smartphones use their LTE radio to connect directly to other devices up to 500 meters away.

Business

Google Execs Have Ideas on How to Run Your Business

The ex-CEO and another longtime Google executive say the “new style of managing” they developed should be widely copied.

Energy

New Nuclear Fuel Could Boost Reactors, But Also Safety Worries

A new fuel rod design will be tested in a full-size reactor, but some worry it could bring fresh safety problems.

Materials

A Promising Step Toward Round-the-Clock Solar Power

A simple, cheap device turns sunlight into hydrogen fuel.

Computing

Pirate Favorite BitTorrent Offers a New Way to Pay for Music

A new “bundle” format turns the file-sharing network BitTorrent into a way to pay for music and other content.