Drugs need to go through a lot of testing before they actually make it to market, but that testing isn't all occurring in quite as ethical of a way as we might hope. Over at Medium, Carl Elliott describes the growing use of homeless people as test subjects in drug trials. Homeless shelters have become something of a target for recruiters trying to find subjects, as shelters have a wealth of people looking for jobs and willing to overlook whatever side effects might come with the trial. But the situation is potentially made even worse for these subjects than it would be for the average volunteer, as recruiters are often able to find people there with mental illnesses. You can read the full piece, the first of a two part investigation on...
Does anyone actually like the wireless data caps that mobile carriers impose? No, of course not. And now Re/code points out that everyone now has a brand-new reason to hate data caps: Apparently, they're scaring us into spending more money than we need to spend on our data plans.
Would an ominous banner ad be enough to dissuade you from illegally stealing an album or movie? UK authorities are apparently hoping so. The City of London Police’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) is plastering ads across known piracy websites in an attempt to make users think twice before clicking the download button. "This website has been reported to the police," reads the ad. "Please close the browser page containing this website." Authorities partnered with local "creative and advertising industries" to replace regular advertisements with the straightforward warnings.
The ads appear on all sites that've been added to PIPCU's new "Infringing Websites List" (ICL). That list is currently about 70 websites long, a...
BGR has been growing at a phenomenal pace for years, but the first half of 2014 saw unbelievable growth that exceeded even our own lofty expectations. Does that mean it's time to rest on our laurels, sit back and enjoy being one of the largest and most influential news sites in tech? Of course not — we're not even close to being done.
As fantastic as our team is right now, however, we need more hands on deck if we're going to keep growing at our current breakneck pace.
General Keith Alexander was in charge of the National Security Agency when all hell broke loose and former security contractor Edward Snowden leaked documents showing the organization was spying far beyond the extent to which most people were aware (or comfortable with). But he's not letting that episode stop him from launching what looks to be an exceptionally lucrative private career selling...you guessed it, cybersecurity software.
As Bloomberg first reported last week, Alexander has spent the last few months since his retirement as NSA head in March giving paid talks on cybersecurity to banks and other large financial institutions. Bloomberg also noted that Alexander has charged up to $1 million a month for his services, and even...
PlayStation 4 owners who also happen to love watching 3D content should know that Sony has just updated its new console to support 3D Blu-ray playback, the company revealed in a short tweet.
Elon Musk seems to end up wildly successful in pretty much any venture that he's undertaking, and it appears that success extends into fictional worlds as well. According to EW, Musk will cameo on The Simpsons in a future episode, where he'll turn up in Springfield and somehow manage to bankrupt Mr. Burns. This won't be the first time that Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors, has been referenced in the show — an earlier episode used his name as a body spray scent — but this will be the first time that he shows up in person.
With details emerging about the upcoming new Iron Man series at this year's Comic-Con, Marvel has confirmed what the rest of America already knows: San Francisco is where you go if you're looking to launch an app. In the upcoming comic Superior Iron Man #1, Tony Stark is leaving Stark Tower in Manhattan and moving 3,000 miles to San Francisco to build his Extremis mobile app. Stark is a very, very, very rich man, and a narcissist who could benefit from a locally sourced, organic glass of humility. He'll fit right in.
EA announced on Tuesday that it would be partnering with Microsoft to introduce a new $4.99 a month membership service called EA Access exclusively on the Xbox One. The service is in beta at the moment and will only be available to a limited number of Xbox One owners at first, but EA Access will launch for everyone else soon.
When it comes to sex, animals have developed a plethora of tricks to avoid mixups with other species. They use sight, smell, and even feel to tell each other apart. But in certain cases, the similarities between species are just too strong, so internal processes, such as a female’s ability to detect sperm from another species and select those that belong to her own, have to pick up the slack. This is what tends to happen with Caenorhabditis worms, a type of roundworm. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always work — sometimes the sperm cells are just too quick, and things can go terribly wrong.
Encryption is hard. As the NSA leaks create new demand for secure voice and texting apps, it’s a lesson developers have learned over and over. It’s not just writing secure code — although that’s hard too — but ending up with a program that your average user can actually navigate.
When it comes to tackling that problem, Whisper Systems has an unusually strong track record. The company made RedPhone and TextSecure for Android, tackling encrypted calls and texts respectively. Now they're making the leap to iOS, and taking the opportunity to produce one of the company's simplest and most intuitive interfaces yet.
We can't wait to see how great our favorite apps will look on Android L and its gorgeous new Material Design UI. Droid Life points us to a new concept video that takes elements of Material Design and applies them to Instagram to give us a sneak peek at what the app will look like once Android L releases this fall.
Electronic Arts has announced a new subscription service that gives Xbox One owners access to some of its biggest games for a small monthly fee. Called EA Access, the service is launching to select users in beta today, with a starting price of $4.99 per month or $29.99 per year. The company says EA Access will "launch for everyone on Xbox One soon." Paying for the subscription will get you access to what EA calls its Vault, a collection of games you'll have unlimited access to as long as you're subscribed. During the beta, that will include a sampling of four titles — FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2, and Battlefield 4 — though the company says more games will be added "soon."
The service will also get you early access to some of EA's...