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Apple accused of iPhone 6 'touch disease' defect
Apple faces claims that it is failing to address a flaw that causes iPhone screens to become unresponsive.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:19:02 GMT

Asian companies have world's worst cybersecurity says study
Asian organisations are the worst prepared against cyber-attacks globally, according to US security company Mandiant.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:59:11 GMT

Why Pokemon Go may have passed its peak
New independent data suggests that the augmented reality craze is beginning to cool off.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:13:35 GMT

Google punishes sites with pop-up adverts
Google will give a lower search ranking to sites with "frustrating" pop-up ads from 2017.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:17:04 GMT

University hit 21 times in one year by ransomware
Universities and NHS trusts have been hit hard by ransomware in the last year, according to Freedom of Information requests carried out by two cybersecurity firms.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:01:06 GMT

How good is Tibet's Beijing-backed search engine?
A new Tibetan-language search engine has raised suspicions about the Chinese government's motives.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:23:18 GMT

Wikileaks criticised on sensitive data
Wikileaks has been criticised for not doing enough to screen sensitive information found in documents released via the site.
Published: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:15:31 GMT

India investigating French submarine company data leak
India is investigating a massive data leak from French shipbuilder DCNS that revealed crucial details about submarines being built for the Indian navy.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:15:35 GMT

Russian hackers 'targeted New York Times'
The FBI is investigating whether Russian hackers have carried out a series of cyber attacks on the New York Times, officials tell US media.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 01:38:22 GMT

Poor security 'aided' Ashley Madison hack
The Ashley Madison dating site had "inadequate" security systems and used fake icons to make people think it was safe, reveals a report.
Published: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:39:32 GMT

Android 7.0 Nougat released by Google
Google rolls out a new version of Android that allows mobile devices to run two apps simultaneously on the same screen.
Published: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:59:36 GMT

Facebook launches Lifestage app for school teens
Facebook has launched a new social media app, without privacy settings, aimed at young people in school.
Published: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 13:47:40 GMT

Can political apps send more young people to the polls?
Will smartphone apps encourage more young people to go to the polls?
Published: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 23:21:33 GMT

Windows 10 update stops webcams working
Millions of people are reporting that a Windows 10 update has stopped their webcams from working.
Published: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:59:45 GMT

North Korea 'Netflix' device unveiled
A set-top box offering video-on-demand services has been unveiled by the state broadcaster KCTV in North Korea, according to local reports.
Published: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 11:02:46 GMT

Gun crime tech 'failed to save lives' in Chicago
An attempt to use software to identify potential gun crime victims did not save any lives, a study suggests.
Published: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:16:18 GMT

Drones seized over HMP Pentonville carrying drugs and phones
Drones carrying larges amounts of drugs and mobile phones are intercepted by police as they were being flown near a north London jail.
Published: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 13:06:50 GMT

T-Mobile deal 'may breach US net neutrality' rules
An 'unlimited' smartphone data deal that charges extra for premium services may be in breach of US net neutrality rules, campaigners say.
Published: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:36:33 GMT

Uber to deploy self-driving cars in Pittsburgh
Ride-sharing firm Uber will begin allowing users to hail a self-driving car in a US city later this month, it confirms.
Published: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 14:45:48 GMT

Internet spying powers backed by review
Britain's spies should be allowed to continue harvesting internet data, the government's reviewer of terror laws has said in a review.
Published: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:58:05 GMT

Uber's $100m settlement with drivers rejected by judge
A $100m settlement between the taxi-hailing app Uber and some of its drivers is rejected by a US judge.
Published: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:12:29 GMT

Grooming prompts online lessons call
More than 150 people are reported to police in Wales for meeting children following sexual grooming over the last five years, prompting calls for compulsory online safety lessons for pupils.
Published: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 08:38:59 GMT

Spyware maker faces legal battle over alleged affair
A spyware company could face legal action after a US court ruled that it illegally intercepted an unwitting man's messages.
Published: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 17:19:39 GMT

China demands stricter rules for live streaming
China's internet regulator demands stricter controls over the hugely popular practice of live streaming, as part of a range of new requirements for websites.
Published: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 08:28:51 GMT

Is Russia hacking the US election?
Huge leaks of data from US organisations have been attributed by some to Russia, so has the former Soviet state launched cyberwar on the US elections?
Published: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:51:27 GMT

News site to shut down next week
Media company Gawker says it will close its main news site next week, days after it was bought by Univision in a bankruptcy auction.
Published: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 01:57:04 GMT

Currys PC World scolded over 4K Euro 2016 advert
The UK's advertising watchdog criticises Currys PC World for running a "misleading" advert about 4K television sets.
Published: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:50:09 GMT

Twitter shuts 235,000 more 'extremist' accounts
Twitter has suspended 235,000 accounts for violating its policies on the promotion of terrorism, the social network says.
Published: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 16:07:22 GMT

McDonald's drops wearable over claims it can cause rash
The fast food chain McDonald's drops a free wearable tech gadget it was giving to children, over reports that it can cause skin irritation.
Published: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:09:53 GMT

Reddit defends Suicide Squad 'music leaker'
Reddit has refused to hand over the details of an alleged music leaker to Atlantic Records.
Published: Wed, 17 Aug 2016 17:40:03 GMT

Tencent overtakes Alibaba as China's biggest tech company
Tencent, the owner of popular messaging app WeChat, overtakes rival Alibaba as China's biggest technology firm by market value.
Published: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 09:56:44 GMT

Intel factory to make ARM-based smartphone chips
Intel announces it will start making smartphone chips based on the designs of its rival ARM.
Published: Wed, 17 Aug 2016 12:29:49 GMT

Sage employee arrested in fraud probe
A 32-year-old Sage employee is arrested at Heathrow airport in connection with a fraud investigation.
Published: Wed, 17 Aug 2016 20:38:57 GMT

Cisco to cut up to 5,500 jobs
US tech giant Cisco Systems says it is cutting up to 7% of its global workforce, or 5,500 jobs, starting this summer.
Published: Wed, 17 Aug 2016 21:58:01 GMT

Why is Brooklyn Beckham selling Huawei's phones?
Brooklyn Beckham is the latest celebrity to advertise a tech product, but do they make a difference?
Published: Wed, 17 Aug 2016 13:46:05 GMT

Flipped 3D printer makes giant objects
A 3D printer that can produce large items such as plane parts is developed.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:49:26 GMT

Buses battle it out on test track
BBC News visits an annual bus competition designed to test handling and fuel efficiency, which helps a UK bus group choose the next generation of vehicles.
Published: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 05:14:10 GMT

Meet the robots in Amazon's UK warehouses
These robots are being rolled out to Amazon's warehouses across the UK.
Published: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 05:16:15 GMT

Ford reveals driverless taxi plan
Ford plans to release self-driving cars that will be used as a taxi service in five years' time.
Published: Wed, 17 Aug 2016 09:41:01 GMT

Meet the man cycling the UK using virtual reality
Aaron Puzey is cycling the length of Great Britain from the comfort of his own living room, using the power of virtual reality.
Published: Tue, 16 Aug 2016 19:39:20 GMT

Phones built for builders ? are they tough enough?
BBC's Zoe Kleinman puts the new Tuffphone to the test and compares it to rival handsets.
Published: Mon, 15 Aug 2016 23:41:18 GMT

Airlander 10: Longest aircraft damaged during flight
The world's longest aircraft - the Airlander 10 - is damaged when it takes a nosedive on landing during its second test flight.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:23:06 GMT

Barbra Streisand teaches Siri a lesson
After discovering Apple's Siri pronounced her surname incorrectly, singer Barbra Streisand sets the record straight.
Published: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 11:13:05 GMT

Children make 3D-printed boot for penguin and other news
BBC Click's Lara Lewington looks at some of the best of the week's technology news
Published: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 23:28:56 GMT

Low-cost underwater drone explores SS Tahoe shipwreck
An underwater drone has been developed which aims to make exploration more affordable and accessible.
Published: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 22:52:43 GMT

Why fencing with a drone could make it smarter
The drones being taught to avoid moving obstacles in real-time
Published: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:31:09 GMT

The hamster-powered drawing machine and other tech news
BBC Click's Lara Lewington looks at some of the best of the week's technology news
Published: Thu, 07 Jul 2016 23:30:58 GMT

Who's bugging you?
After the New Zealand rugby team discover a listening device in their Sydney hotel meeting room, we examine just how much spying technology has advanced in recent years.
Published: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 23:24:04 GMT

Can't wait, won't wait!
Online shoppers want fast websites and apps that are also visually rich and personalised, but how technically difficult is this to achieve?
Published: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 23:32:16 GMT

Found on Facebook
How a simple post on social media ended a Russian woman's 40-year search for her father.
Published: Tue, 16 Aug 2016 23:49:43 GMT

Super Soaker
Lonnie Johnson had an illustrious career as a nuclear engineer working on the Galileo space programme and the stealth bomber - but he is best known for creating a water pistol
Published: Mon, 15 Aug 2016 22:05:15 GMT

Take me to paradise
Airlines and travel companies are trying to extend their reach into interactive entertainment.
Published: Tue, 16 Aug 2016 01:00:39 GMT

Paranoid parents?
Can tech help busy working parents keep tabs on their toddlers or does it simply make them feel more guilty and paranoid?
Published: Thu, 11 Aug 2016 23:40:35 GMT

Cold Turkey
A recent report by UK regulator Ofcom claimed that 59% of Brits consider themselves to be "hooked" on their handsets - but not everybody is a slave to their smartphone, reports Zoe Kleinman.
Published: Tue, 09 Aug 2016 23:20:17 GMT

Split personality
Who has your data? So much of our private details are stored in the cloud, but where is that exactly, and is it secure?
Published: Mon, 08 Aug 2016 23:01:02 GMT

Screen test
TV show Mr Robot has won a strong following among hackers for its accurate portrayal of how hacks can happen
Published: Sun, 07 Aug 2016 07:53:00 GMT

How HoloLens is helping Nasa design the next Mars rover
Nasa has teamed up with Microsoft to help scientists collaborate on Mars research
Published: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 07:28:49 GMT

Technology explained: What is augmented reality?
Millions of people are playing Pokemon Go - a mobile game that blends the real world with computer graphics.
Published: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 23:02:38 GMT

Inside a factory making robot waiters and waitresses
Meet the people making robot waiters and waitresses for restaurants in China
Published: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 10:59:54 GMT

Pokemon Go players take to the streets
A new mobile game that lets players catch Pokemon as they roam the streets has become a phenomenon.
Published: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 18:08:31 GMT - RSS Channel - Tech delivers up-to-the-minute news and information on the latest top stories, weather, entertainment, politics and more.
Facebook's new app is another Snapchat clone

Published: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:08:02 GMT

This cell phone assembles itself
Cell phones can do a lot of amazing things. But they still rely on people and machinery to put them together and bring them to life. Researchers at MIT are trying to fix that.
Published: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:27:58 GMT

Choosing this Instagram filter could mean you're depressed

Published: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:16:47 GMT

Virtual reality is the new open house

Published: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 19:19:01 GMT

Moto calls out Samsung for 'stealing'

Published: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 18:25:07 GMT

Chinese cyber spies may be watching you
Despite repeated denials, China's track record points to participation in cyber espionage
Published: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:40:04 GMT

Tech giant 'strike force' to fight robocalls

Published: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 17:41:13 GMT

Can a Trump TV turn voters into viewers?
Donald Trump TV isa a tantalizing idea. But it could be even harder to pull off than a presidential campaign.
Published: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 01:07:34 GMT

Intel unveils big plans for VR, drones

Published: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 22:36:26 GMT

Wired makes first ever endorsement of Clinton

Published: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:55:41 GMT

Uber to offer free self-driving rides

Published: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:38:08 GMT

Man who claims to own half of Facebook is back

Published: Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:25:10 GMT

Microsoft and Google gang up on Apple

Published: Wed, 17 Aug 2016 19:59:26 GMT

NASA re-establishes contact with missing vessel
Despite almost two years of silence, NASA never stopped searching for its long lost spacecraft STEREO-B.
Published: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:51:54 GMT

Was Venus once habitable?
Imagine a mostly dead planet with a heavy, toxic atmosphere 90 times thicker than ours and surface temperatures that reach 864 degrees: hot enough to melt lead.
Published: Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:04:04 GMT

Watch a timelapse of the Perseid meteor shower
The annual Perseid meteor shower is back this year, and it's as spectacular as ever.
Published: Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:37:29 GMT

See equipment test with NASA's new camera

Published: Tue, 09 Aug 2016 19:48:43 GMT

Self-driving buses hit the road

Published: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:48:15 GMT

London's 24-hour Tube: $101M economic boost
The start of 24-hour weekend service on London's Tube is set to boost the capital city's thriving night-time economy.
Published: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:42:27 GMT

Your smartphone knows if you're a good driver
Want to prove you're a better driver than your friends? There's a growing list of apps to do just that.
Published: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 14:08:36 GMT

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HP Inc beats estimates, weak printer demand weighs on forecast
By Aishwarya Venugopal (Reuters) - HP Inc , the hardware business of the former Hewlett-Packard Co, reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit as demand recovered for its notebooks. However, HP forecast current-quarter profit below analysts' estimates, reflecting weak sales of its printers as companies cut costs across industries. HP's shares fell nearly 6 percent in extended trading on Wednesday. Third-quarter revenue from the company's computer business rose 7.5 percent from the second quarter as sales of notebooks improved. ...
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:45:58 -0400

Ex-Comverse CEO pleads guilty to fraud, a decade after fleeing to Africa
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - The former chief executive officer of Comverse Technology Inc pleaded guilty to securities fraud on Wednesday and was ordered detained a decade after fleeing the United States for Namibia to avoid prosecution. Jacob "Kobi" Alexander, the Woodbury, New York-based software developer's founder, entered the plea in federal court in Brooklyn, after ending his fight to avoid extradition. Benjamin Brafman, Alexander's lawyer, said he was "bitterly disappointed." It was unclear if Alexander would appeal.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:31:20 -0400

U.S. banking regulators focused on cyber security after SWIFT attacks
U.S. banking regulators said on Wednesday they are focused on cyber security risks and controls for U.S. financial institutions after attacks earlier this year involving the global financial network known as SWIFT. In a letter responding to questions from Representative Carolyn Maloney, a Democrat from New York, the regulators also said the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of the Comptroller of the Currency was drafting guidance on interbank messaging and wholesale payment systems. "As part of ongoing supervision activities, the OCC's onsite examination teams regularly address emerging issues, such as the recent reports of cyber-attacks involving SWIFT," said the letter from banking regulators including the Federal Reserve Board and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:22:33 -0400

Orange denies media report on deal with Vivendi on Telecom Italia
French telecoms operator Orange denied on Wednesday having reached a deal with Vivendi that would include taking stakes in the media giant's pay-TV Canal Plus and in Telecom Italia, following an online report by French magazine Challenges. Rumours of a potential deal between Vivendi, which owns 24.7 percent of Telecom Italia, and Orange, have regularly surfaced over the past few months as traditional media groups try to find new ways to compete against newcomers such as Netflix and Amazon. "Orange obviously discusses with all content players in a sector that is constantly evolving, but the group formally denies having reached any secret deal with Vivendi including Canal Plus and Telecom Italia," a spokesman for Orange said by phone.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:33:07 -0400

U.S. appeals court sends BlackBerry lawsuit back to lower court
A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit accusing BlackBerry Ltd of fraudulently inflating its stock price by painting an upbeat picture of the prospects for its BlackBerry Z10 smartphone line that was misleading. While the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said the lawsuit failed to state a plausible claim, it ordered a lower-court judge to reconsider whether to let the plaintiffs amend their complaint in light of what they said was new evidence. Neither BlackBerry nor a lawyer for lead plaintiffs Todd Cox and Mary Dinzik responded immediately to requests for comment.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:59:52 -0400

Hundreds of Pokemon Go fans hit the streets of Taipei
Hundreds of Pokemon Go enthusiasts caused a stampede in Taipei on Sunday (August 21) in a rush to 'catch' rare Pokemons. The streets in Beitou were packed with people playing the location-based game and hunting for the virtual monsters through their smartphones. Many rushed to the spot where the characters apparently appeared. "There is Snorlax, Gyarados... Aerodactyl is a bit more common," said one player, naming the characters that caused the commotion. So-called Pokestops are often established in parks, causing many to gather there. ...
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:55:03 -0400

How to decode Pokemon Go?s new appraisal feature
Many of the updates Niantic has released for Pokemon Go  over the past month have been to address bugs and server issues, but this week, the developer surprised players with a brand new feature that hadn't been previously announced . The new feature, "Appraise," allows players to ask their respective team leaders about the power level of any Pokemon in their possession. MUST SEE:  The holy grail: Hack Pokemon Go so you can walk anywhere, no jailbreak required It's a neat addition, but unfortunately (like every other feature in the game), it's poorly explained and nearly impossible to find if you don't know where to look. We're going to do our best to walk you through the process. How to appraise your Pokemon Once you've updated your Pokemon Go app to 1.5.0 (iOS)/0.35.0 (Android), you can open the Pokemon menu where all your captured Pokemon can be found. Tap on the Pokemon you want to have appraised, then tap on the circular menu button at the bottom of the screen. You should see three separate options: Favorite , Appraise and Transfer . Click on Appraise . At this point, your team leader?Blanche, Candela or Spark?will pop up at the bottom of the screen and analyze your Pokemon. Tap on the screen a few times to read everything your team leader has to say, but be sure to take note of what the leader says in the second dialog box, because you'll need that information later. Understanding your appraisal So, you've appraised your Pokemon, but you have no idea how to actually utilize the information you've been given. Here's where the internet comes in handy. Shortly after the update began rolling out, some clever Pokemon Go players decoded the messages from the team leaders and determined that you can actually gauge the Individual Value (IV) of your Pokemon based on what they say. Here's a helpful image from Reddit user ygorwr with every possible answer: If you want a more precise reading, you can check out the detailed explainer over on Gamepress . But this chart should give you a basic understanding of what your team leader means when they tell you that your Pokemon is "really strong."
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:30:33 -0400

'SNL' star Leslie Jones' personal site offline after hacking
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? The personal website of Leslie Jones has been taken offline after it appeared hackers posted personal photos in the latest online attack on the black "Saturday Night Live" and "Ghostbusters" actress-comedienne.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:28:50 -0400

The upcoming Macbooks will be fast in ways you probably weren?t expecting
Apple's upcoming Macbooks need to be a major refresh to the lineup, since the laptop selection is looking a little old lately. We're expecting Touch ID and a new OLED button panel to come to the 2016 Macbook Pro, but code hidden in the latest version of macOS Sierra hints at one additional feature. According to code uncovered by  9to5Mac , macOS Sierra will support USB 3.1 Gen 2, better known as the upgraded version of USB-C. Apple introduced USB-C ports into its lineup with the 2015 Retina Macbook, and it's a safer bet than ever that those ports will be coming to the new Macbook Pro. DON'T MISS: The code  9to5Mac   found shows that Apple is planning to support the upgraded USB-C from a software side. Given that the Retina Macbook isn't due for an update for a good six months, and a Macbook Pro refresh has been overdue for some time, it's a safe bet that this code is aimed at the upcoming Macbook Pros. I'll be disappointed if the new Macbook Pros ditch conventional USB ports entirely, but adding USB-C connectivity could be a major boost. The ports should have the capability for 10Gb/s transfer speeds, which means that one port could potentially handle a high-resolution external display, talk to an external graphics card, and provide power all in one. If that doesn't sound like a laptop you want in your life, there's something wrong.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:00:58 -0400

A simple reason why The Ring reboot trailer doesn't work
The Ring was excellent for a number of reasons, but I?d start with director Gore Verbinski, who, at his best, is not just a good horror director, but a talented storyteller regardless of genre. In The Ring, Verbinski's talents turn a silly story about a deadly video into something natural, immediate, and believable. Bit by bit the stakes are raised, with more innocent people being sucked into The Ring?s increasingly powerful blackhole.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:57:37 -0400

LG V20 leak shows the Android phone is keeping its second screen
LG's V20 is set to debut on September 6th, but mobile leaker Evan Blass has already got his hands on a high-resolution image of the Android flagship and posted it to Twitter. The image shows off a rather bland-looking smartphone with an uncluttered home screen devoid of any duplicate apps and unnecessary bloatware. What we can see from this image is LG's commitment to the second screen concept it debuted with last year's V10.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:36:30 -0400

Why Heath Ledger's Joker was the best Batman bad guy
No joke! A new video makes a convincing argument as to why the Clown Prince of Crime makes the perfect antagonist for the Dark Knight.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:28:30 -0400

France and Germany latest countries to want magical backdoors in encryption
The recent NSA hack just proved to the world that no system is hack-proof if attackers have what it takes to break the access door. Regardless of whatever protections guarded that NSA server, hackers found a security hole to get in and steal critical documents. The same thing could happen to encrypted services that would feature a backdoor for law enforcement. But governments around the world still think they?d be able to handle such terrifying scenarios, with France and Germany being the latest nations looking to gain access to private encrypted messages exchanged over the internet by terror plot suspects. DON?T MISS: Steve Wozniak has free advice for Apple on how to fix the iPhone 7?s major issue It?s understandable why France and German are interested in heightened digital security, considering the many terrorist attacks that have hit the European region. ?Messages exchanged through certain apps such as Telegram must be decrypted and used as evidence by magistrates and investigators as part of legal proceedings,? French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said during a joint press conference with his German counterpart German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière. As The Wall Street Journal reports , the two countries are seeking new legislation that would allow spy agencies to demand access to a suspect?s communications, and impose ?obligations? on operators unwilling to help. The proposed laws would force companies including Apple, WhatsApp, Telegram, and many others, to build backdoors into their messaging systems, something that?s highly unlikely to happen. ?Some terrorists and criminals are ahead of us on the technology front. That?s not right,? de Maizière said. But breaking encryption isn?t right either. The Computer & Communications Industry Association, representing Amazon, Facebook, Google, eBay, and others already took notice of the matter. ?It is certainly understandable that some would respond to recent tragedies with back doors and more government access,? the director for Europe of the association, Christian Borggreen, said. ?But weakened security ultimately leaves online systems more vulnerable to all types of attacks from terrorists to hackers.? This fall, the European Commission is expected to come up with new rules on privacy and security for telecom operators to include third-party services such as WhatsApp or Telegram.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:20:05 -0400

This adorable robot octopus is powered by farts
The latest addition to a growing menagerie of octopus-robots has a lot going for it: It?s small, completely squishy, it doesn?t need a battery ? and it farts.The adorable palm-sized robot is the work of a team of engineers from Harvard University. They created our flatulent friend by pouring liquid silicone into an octopus-shaped mold and 3D printing legs. A soft, central controller in the bot?s body shunts hydrogen peroxide fuel through reaction chambers that convert the liquid to oxygen gas and water vapor. ...
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:11:48 -0400

China's Mars rover concept looks like a butterfly
China plans to send an expedition to Mars soon, and it wants to land a very pretty rover on the surface.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:09:21 -0400

Parents have little clue what their kids are doing online, study says
Technically Incorrect: A Microsoft-sponsored survey suggests teens think their parents have little awareness of their online activity. And less than a third of parents suspect their kids have secret online lives.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:41:41 -0400

Would you believe that Lincolns have the highest rate of owner satisfaction?
That's the case, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:21:14 -0400

Privacy group: Microsoft should ?come clean? about ?malicious? Windows 10
Windows 10 has had a difficult first year in the world. Although the operating system itself has been generally praised, concerns over privacy and the overly pressurized upgrades have made with Windows 10 upgrade into way more of a saga than Microsoft needed. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, an advocacy group for digital rights, has published a no-holds-barred blog post condemning Windows 10's collection of data, and the "malicious" way Microsoft pushed 10 onto consumers. If you're not a fan of seeing Microsoft being verbally beaten up, this will be a rough ride. DON'T MISS:  Forget cheating, Pokemon Go will block you just for being too good Amul Kalia, the author of the piece, starts out by attacking Microsoft's well-documented attempts to push Windows 10 installs: "The tactics Microsoft employed to get users of earlier versions of Windows to upgrade to Windows 10 went from annoying to downright malicious. Some highlights: Microsoft installed an app in users? system trays advertising the free upgrade to Windows 10. The app couldn?t be easily hidden or removed, but some enterprising users figured out a way . Then, the company kept changing the app and bundling it into various security patches, creating a cat-and-mouse game to uninstall it." They go on to describe Microsoft's later attempts to push installs as "highly deceptive," and say Microsoft "chose to employ questionable tactics to cause users to download a piece of software that many didn?t want." Then, attention turns to what Windows 10 actually does once it's been installed on your machine: "Windows 10 sends an unprecedented amount of usage data back to Microsoft, particularly if users opt in to ?personalize? the software using the OS assistant called Cortana . Here?s a non-exhaustive list of data sent back: location data, text input, voice input, touch input, webpages you visit, and telemetry data regarding your general usage of your computer, including which programs you run and for how long." All in all, it's a succinct and damning report on how Microsoft screwed up what should have been a very easy software update. Ultimately, with Windows 10, Microsoft was giving away a much-improved piece of software to its users. How it managed to screw that up so badly that the EFF is writing bad editorials -- well, you just need to read it to find out .
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:15:56 -0400

US Treasury blasts European tax probe of multinationals
U.S. officials are publicly criticizing Europe's investigations into favorable tax arrangements that Apple and other multinational companies have reached with Ireland and a few other countries.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:04:30 -0400

Giant butt-shaped aircraft crashes because butts weren't meant to fly
The world's apparently largest aircraft crashed during a test flight in England. But all the internet could see was that it looks like a heinie.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:03:14 -0400

Hackers post 'Ghostbusters' star Leslie Jones' nude photos, private data
The actor's website is reportedly compromised with hackers posting personal identification and private photos alongside racist commentary.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:53:06 -0400

See Link?s rune abilities in new ?The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild? video
Not only is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild one of the most anticipated games of 2017 , it's also one of the last major titles to ever launch on the Wii U. With that in mind, you can understand why Nintendo is already hyping up the game, despite the fact that Breath of the Wild doesn't even have a release date. DON'T MISS:  Brand new Pokemon Go update comes with a feature you?ve wanted from day one A couple of days ago, the Nintendo of Europe Twitter account shared a short video showcasing some of the abilities that Link will have access to using the runes that he collects along his journey. We saw a few of these in action when Nintendo demoed the game at E3 2016, but there are some unseen powers in the video as well: The Cryonis Rune is the first that we see in the video, allowing Link to create ice pillars in the water in order to make his way to otherwise inaccessible terrain. Next up is the Magnesis Rune, which lets Link grab and lift metal objects from afar, such as a chest sitting at the bottom of a lake. The third rune on display is the Round Bomb, which is exactly what it sounds like ? a round bomb that can be summoned repeatedly (after a short cooldown). And finally we see the Statis Rune in action, which gives Link the ability to lock objects in place and manipulate them. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild  is clearly drawing inspiration from previous games in the series, but it looks like players are going to have a ton of new interactions to explore when the game launches for Wii U and NX in 2017.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:49:52 -0400

Microsoft jumps into the livestreaming business with its acquisition of Beam
Microsoft acquired Beam and its interactive livestreaming service as a way to bolster Xbox Live for a gaming culture crazy about eSports.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:41:00 -0400

Gambit director Doug Liman has left for DC?s Justice League Dark
Fox?s Marvel film franchise has suffered a new setback. Gambit director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow) has departed the project and has signed on to direct DC?s supernatural ensemble film Justice League Dark. DC started publishing the supernatural team-up in November 2011 with Justice League Dark #1.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:34:03 -0400

Video: How smart cities are using automation to increase energy efficiency
At the TrustBelt 2016 conference in Chicago, TechRepublic spoke with Erin Grossi of UI Labs about how new technologies are accelerating the growth of smart cities.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:22:17 -0400

How I get a new iPhone for $125 a year
A new iPhone is rapidly approaching, which means it's time for my yearly tradition of flogging my old iPhone to strangers on the internet. Upgrading phones every year might be a ridiculous luxury, but if you're smart about how you do it, upgrading once a year is actually less expensive than upgrading whenever your old device dies. DON'T MISS:  Android 7.0 has a hidden feature that could finally make it better than iOS There's a bunch of different ways of selling old devices, ranging from grandma-level easy to requiring actual time and effort. We've detailed those before, but what we'll be looking at here is selling privately. If you have a device in decent condition, selling online can get you pretty close to the as-new device condition, which is way, way above what you'll get on trade-in. Pick your selling site There's nothing wrong with using all the usual culprits to sell your iPhone, but I find the more local-specific the website, the higher price you can get. There's a glut of new or as-new iPhones on eBay, which drives the price down. Local Craigslist ads can be better, but I find the best place to sell consistently is local Facebook free-and-for-sale groups. Since there's less competition, and you're dealing with people who want to buy something  right now  in many cases, I've found much higher prices on Facebook. Using Facebook groups also tends to cut down on people messing you around or aggressively undercutting. Because you know the public Facebook profile of whoever you're dealing with, you get fewer no-shows. Of course, it's not perfect, so you should use the usual precautions of meeting in a public place and making sure you count the cash or verify the bank transfer before handing over your device. Keep your device in good condition There's a huge price difference between selling an as-new iPhone and one that's been thoroughly used. If you keep your device in some kind of case, a year's usage shouldn't put any noticeable scratches on the handset. Try to avoid using badly-designed cases that scratch your phone as you take them on or off. Before taking photos of your device to post, use a small amount of window cleaner and a paper towel to clean fingerprints off and remove any dirt that would show up in photos. It's also a good idea to update it to the latest software. Original box and accessories are worth more than you think Continuing the whole as-new vibe, hanging onto the box and accessories for your iPhone will massively boost the resale value. I hate the Apple Earpods and I have lots of charging cables, so I leave the ones that come in my iPhone in the original box, hidden in a drawer for a year. When it comes time to sell my iPhone, having the original box and brand-new accessories is a huge selling point. If you're planning on upgrading to a new iPhone and you've already used the accessories that came with your old phone, there's an easy way around this: buy your new phone before you list the old one, and transfer the brand-new accessories into the old box. Trust me, you're better off doing that and buying more Lightning cables off Amazon than you are using the new cables and headphones. Take good pictures It's a cliche that you should take good pictures to sell things online, but it's also true. Try to use a decent camera, but a modern phone camera will work well if it has to. More important is the lighting and the setting. The best option is to use a balcony or something outdoors right around sunset. That provides more than enough light, but not so bright that the phone is washed out, or has reflections coming off the screen. As for location, place your phone on a background that's simple and non-distracting. A plain-colored table or carpet works well here, but the important thing is that the phone is the focus of the photo. It's the same rules that tech journalists generally use for photographing gadgets, and what works for blogs also works for you selling your stuff. Pick your timing Back in 2013, I scraped data from eBay to try and work out if the release of a new iPhone has any effect on the resale value of previous-generation handsets. Remarkably, the differences are tiny. Given that Apple will drop the price of the iPhone 6s as soon as it releases the 7, the decrease in resale value is less than you'd expect. Back in 2013, I found that while the release of the iPhone 5S saw a dramatic increase in the volume of iPhone 5 sales, the price stayed nearly the same, only decreasing by 5 percent in a month. In other words: you don't need to panic-sell your old phone as soon as you've bought a new one. But, you should try and make the sale within a month or two, as prices of older iPhones take a nosedive about three months after the release of a new model. The bottom line As I said before, with careful selling and planning, buying a new iPhone every year doesn't have to be expensive. To give you some anecdotal experience, I've bought a new iPhone for full price for the last three generations. For the 64GB models, the price (with tax) is normally around $700. My average resale value has been $575, meaning in effect, I spend $125 per year to have the newest iPhone. What if I upgraded once every three years, which I think is about the most I can stretch it? Well, I wouldn't be financially much better off. If that were the case, I'd be using an iPhone 5s right now, and be getting rid of it to get a new iPhone 7 in a few weeks. 32GB iPhone 5s devices in good condition are selling for about $200 right now on eBay . Assuming that I get a little more for having it in good condition and keeping the box, I'd expect to get $250-$300 for mine. That means I would've spent $400 over three years for that phone, or about $135 per year. So, for almost the same amount of money, I get a brand-new iPhone every year, rather than upgrading once every three years. That's without taking into account that by buying new (on the right credit card) every year, I benefit from six months of no-deductible insurance, and my device is always under warranty. The iPhone argument The market in used smartphones is the one killer reason for why I've spent my own money on iPhones for the last few years. Despite the fact that I hate the bigger form factor, and I'd love to have my daily phone be waterproof, it's just not worth the cost. Even the biggest-name Samsung devices don't hold their value nearly as well as iPhones, which makes them hundreds of dollars more expensive in the long run. Being an Apple fanboy isn't a matter of taste -- it's just economics.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:20:16 -0400

Fingerprint scanner scares refugees away from safe haven
In northern France, authorities and charities have built three refugee camps with different technology and philosophies. But their good intentions can easily be undermined.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:08:35 -0400

What goes up, must come down: Domino tower gives it up to gravity
This colorful tower of dominoes was the third-tallest in the world, but something happened on its way to the top.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:06:30 -0400

Fisherman reportedly kept $100 million pearl under his bed for 10 years
The 75-pound natural pearl is now on display in the Philippines, waiting to be authenticated. It kind of looks like a shiny wad of gum.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:04:51 -0400

Google's balloon-fueled internet venture gets a new leader
The X research lab names Tom Moore the new general manager for Project Loon.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:54:09 -0400

Another big leak says iPhone 7 will fix iPhone users? biggest problem
If sentiment around the internet is any indication, iPhone owners aren't very happy with the idea that Apple is planning to ditch the standard headphone jack on its upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Nothing has been confirmed at this point, but everything we've seen and heard so far suggests that Apple's new iPhone models will only have a Lightning port on the bottom, so users who want to use a wired headset will either need to purchase a new one or use an adapter. Yes, Apple is creating a new problem for iPhone users, though if history has taught us anything the outrage will subside fairly quickly after the new iPhones are released. But potential iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users will be happy to learn that Apple will also likely solve a problem with its new iPhone models, and it's a big one. DON'T MISS:  Case maker claims the most intriguing new iPhone 7 feature is actually fake According to just about every study that has ever been done, iPhone users have two main problems with their smartphones of choice. One is battery life, which Apple doesn't seem interested in fixing anytime soon. iPhones are always among the thinnest smartphones available, and Apple seems to value design over battery life. Even more so than battery life, people complain about their iPhones' storage capacity... or lack there of. Apple has no plans to add microSD support and taking an ax to its iPhone ASPs, so users are stuck without however much storage comes on their iPhones. Not everyone can afford to spend $100 or $200 extra for more capacity, so 16GB is all they get ? and that doesn't even take into account the space occupied by iOS itself. Well, we have some good news. Rumors have suggested that Apple is planning to double each storage tier for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and now we may have some evidence to suggest that indeed will be the case. Twitter leaker "The Malignant" on Wednesday posted a photo of what is believed to be an internal spreadsheet that belongs to one of Apple's component suppliers or manufacturing partners. The image shows purported listings for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus storage modules, and it shows three different sizes: 32GB, 128GB and 256GB. Is this a guarantee that Apple does in fact plan to double the storage capacity for each new iPhone tier. Not quite, but the source has a decent track record and remember, this isn't the first time we've heard this rumor. All will likely be revealed on September 7th, when Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhones. Until then, you can check out the leaked photo below.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:51:11 -0400

Hillary Clinton calls on EpiPen maker to lower price immediately
Hillary Clinton has asked the maker of the the EpiPen to voluntarily lower the price of the lifesaving allergy treatment, which has jumped by over 400 percent in the past few years. Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Claire McCaskill of Missouri also requested pricing information from the manufacturer, Mylan NV, within two weeks. Several senators have been pressing Mylan over the price hikes.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:50:29 -0400

Tim Cook en Apple: 5 años que se traducen a 5 cifras récord
Hace exactamente cinco años, Cook tomó las riendas de la gigante de Cupertino. Bajo su mandato, la empresa alcanzó su récord de ventas para el iPhone, lanzó un reloj inteligente y abrió casi 500 tiendas por todo el mundo. ¿Cómo pintan los próximos 5 años?
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:48:53 -0400

Here are all your Pokemon saying, 'YAS!' in character
Bask in the jubilant absurdity of all your favorite Pokemonsters saying, "YAS!" in voices tailored to each character.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:34:10 -0400

Self-driving cars aren?t going to be so great until we make our maps way better
Uber is rolling out self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, which is cool ? but it means that the way we think about maps and addresses is about to get really complicated. For example, here is something that happens to me several times a week: I call an Uber to my apartment building, and the driver gets lost because they can?t find the door. See, the address of my building is on a main street, but the actual entrances are on the sides of the building ? and when I drop a pin at those locations, Uber maps them to nonexistent addresses.
Published: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:33:49 -0400 Tech and gadgets is a leader in breaking news and original journalism.
'Like' it or not: 10 things Facebook changed in 10 years
Ten years ago Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg launched ?The Facebook? from his Harvard dorm. Since then, the site has gone on to redefine our lives online.
Published: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 15:10:58 GMT

Senate grills Target CFO on data breach
Target CFO John Mulligan faced a Senate judiciary committee on Tuesday to answer tough questions about last year's massive breach that involved 40 million credit cards.
Published: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 17:04:13 GMT

Democratic lawmakers want to bring Net neutrality back to life
Democrats in Congress have introduced a bill that would restore Net neutrality regulations, less than a month after a court decision struck them down. "It basically says, 'Remember the court decision from a couple of weeks ago?
Published: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 21:33:05 GMT

Some developers balk as Apple cracks down on apps that track user info
Apple is cracking down on apps that collect certain information about its users. While that might make privacy advocates happy, developers are less than thrilled.
Published: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 22:58:36 GMT

FBI: Give us your malware, your worms
The FBI has put out a request for experts in the cybersecurity industry to send in all the malware they can. In a solicitation published this week on, the intelligence agency asks for "a rollup of sharable malware" for research purposes ? or so they say.
Published: Wed, 5 Feb 2014 00:11:05 GMT

Sexting stats: Half of adults' phones contain intimate content
Smartphone users are scandalous! A new study shows more than half of adults have sent or received ... ahem , intimate content on their mobile devices.
Published: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 22:14:18 GMT

AT&T slashes prices for some family plans
AT&T is the latest to cut prices in the wireless carrier wars. This time around, AT&T focused on family plans. The lower prices include 10 gigabytes of data per month, plus unlimited voice and texting.
Published: Mon, 3 Feb 2014 14:53:21 GMT

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