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New health site lets the crowd rate treatment effectiveness

CureCrowd aggregates the experiences of others by letting them score the usefulness of various treatments from 0 (no help) to 4 (cured).

By Mar. 13, 2014


Get a 5-in-1 sync/charge cable for $3.12 shipped

For less than the price of a latte, this cable connects to Apple 30-pin, Apple Lightning, Micro-USB, and Mini-USB devices.

By Sep. 27, 2013


Wikipedia readies new tool to improve reader feedback

The latest version of the Wikipedia's feedback tools is meant to transform metric ratings into real-time suggestions.

By Jul. 12, 2012


Silent Circle: NIST encryption standards untrustworthy

The secure-communications company says it's moving away from the the US government agency's standards after reports of NSA tampering.

By Sep. 30, 2013


WordPress begins accepting Bitcoin for service upgrades

The popular blogging platform will accept the controversial peer-to-peer currency without the traditional "confirmations" for establishing a trustworthy reputation.

By Nov. 15, 2012


Surveillance a la Skype: EFF, others seek answers

Open letter from privacy advocates, Internet activists, journalists, and others calls on Microsoft to provide public documentation about the security and privacy practices around Skype.

By Jan. 24, 2013


Five rules for trouble-free software updates

It often pays to wait before installing new versions of your system software and applications.

By Oct. 31, 2013


How to avoid unpleasant surprises when buying or selling online

Ensure that your online transaction goes smoothly by researching the vendor before you finalize the deal; for sellers, Amazon and other big-name e-tailers offer some protection against fraudulent buyers.

By Jan. 15, 2013


Software can tell if you're mean and ugly

Researchers create a tool they say can predict character traits such as dominance and meanness with an accuracy above 90 percent. It can also tell you where you land on the scale of perceived attractiveness.

By Aug. 17, 2011


Phone scammer or trustworthy solicitor? Software calls it

Japanese researchers aim to protect potential victims of phone scams by identifying "overtrust" in their voices when they interact with the bad guys.

By Mar. 20, 2012