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Pictures of human faces on social media more popular

Pictures of human faces on social media more popular

ATLANTA, March 20 (UPI) -- On Instagram, pictures with human faces are 38 percent more likely to receive likes than photos with no faces, U.S. researchers say.

Gazprom Neft joins arctic spill response venture

MOSCOW, March 19 (UPI) -- Oil company Gazprom Neft said Wednesday it's the first Russian company to join an international group tasked with assessing the safety of arctic oil work.

Google Play Store brought down by hacker twice

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 18 (UPI) -- A Turkish hacker has issued an apology after crashing Google's app publishing system for Android smartphones.

New chat app causes problems in middle schools, high schools

CHICAGO, March 8 (UPI) -- A new smartphone chatting application called Yik Yak is causing problems in middle schools and high schools across the United States, officials say.
NASA: 'Planet X' not found during sweep of sky

NASA: 'Planet X' not found during sweep of sky

LOS ANGELES, March 8 (UPI) -- NASA discovered thousands of stars are closer to the solar system than previously thought, but found no signs of a new planet orbiting the sun, officials said.
Smartphone 'kill switch' legislation introduced in U.S. House

Smartphone 'kill switch' legislation introduced in U.S. House

NEW YORK, March 4 (UPI) -- Legislation that would require a "kill switch" on smartphones to deter thefts has been introduced in the U.S. House, Rep. Jose Serrano, D-N.Y., said.

Lawmakers tackle email privacy

WASHINGTON, March 2 (UPI) -- Lawmakers have proposed legislation that would bar law enforcement agencies from obtaining emails in investigations without warrants.

European Commission mulls best defense for cybersecurity

BRUSSELS, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- The European community needs a cybersecurity strategy that prevents the advantages of the digital age from misuse, a security official said Friday.

Google Glass app could do remote diagnoses, save lives in remote areas

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- The Google Glass -- eyewear with computer capabilities -- could diagnose illness and save lives, especially in isolated locations, a U.S. researcher says.
Scientists fit sharks with 'flight data recorders' in ocean study

Scientists fit sharks with 'flight data recorders' in ocean study

HONOLULU, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Instruments strapped onto and ingested by sharks show how the feared but largely misunderstood ocean predators swim, eat and live, U.S. researchers say.
Google to offer Lego-like modular phone in 2015

Google to offer Lego-like modular phone in 2015

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. tech giant Google has announced it plans to offer $50 customizable modular phones -- that users can modify themselves -- by early next year.
Russian phone maker unveils second-generation dual-screen smartphone

Russian phone maker unveils second-generation dual-screen smartphone

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Russian smartphone maker Yota Devices has revealed its latest e-ink display equipped YotaPhone at the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.
India unveils its own astronaut crew capsule, plans test launch

India unveils its own astronaut crew capsule, plans test launch

NEW DELHI, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- India, hoping to become the fourth nation to send humans into space, has unveiled a key element in the effort, an indigenously manufactured astronaut capsule.

App could turn smartphone into emergency locator beacon

ST. AUGUST, Germany, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- An app that turns a smartphone into an emergency transmitter could help rescuers locate people trapped in collapsed buildings, German researchers say.
Study suggests massive offshore wind farms could tame hurricane winds

Study suggests massive offshore wind farms could tame hurricane winds

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Offshore wind farms with thousands of turbines could lessen hurricane winds and storm surges and possibly prevent billions in damages, a U.S. researcher says.
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