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Smartwatch sales show sharp decline, report finds
Smartwatch shipments declined by almost 52% year-on-year, according to a new report by market analysts IDC.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:16:28 GMT
AI creates gallery of nightmare images for Halloween
Scientists have created a "nightmare machine" to teach AI systems how to be scary.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:16:24 GMT
Sweden bans cameras on drones
The use of camera drones has been made illegal in Sweden unless they are granted a special surveillance permit.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:41:41 GMT
Beijing threatens legal action over webcam claims
China's Ministry of Justice has threatened legal action against those blaming Chinese firms for botnets.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:23:35 GMT
New London phone boxes to offer free calls and Wi-Fi
New phone boxes offering free calls and ultrafast Wi-Fi will be introduced on the streets of central London.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:50:13 GMT
US changes toddler screen time advice
Until now the American Academy of Paediatrics has recommended that children under two have no screen time at all.
Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:14:08 GMT
Blockchain bandits hit crypto start-ups
Are hack attacks aimed at the technology behind Bitcoin and other virtual currencies undermining confidence in the digital cash world?
Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:19:09 GMT
Australia #censusfail: Derision greets simple fix failure
Computer bosses admit Australian census issues could have been prevented by switching router "off and on again".
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:58:55 GMT
Webcams used to attack Reddit and Twitter recalled
Home webcams that were hijacked to help knock popular websites offline last week are being recalled in the US.
Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:21:14 GMT
Game's PlayStation VR demo charges spark anger
Gamers have complained about video game retailer Game's decision to charge for demos of Sony's new PlayStation Virtual Reality headset.
Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:55:53 GMT
Teen hackers study considers link to addiction
A study for Europol suggests efforts to stop young people hacking could learn from anti-addiction efforts.
Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:25:36 GMT
AI predicts outcome of human rights cases
A research project has found that an AI could accurately predict the outcome of legal cases nearly 80% of the time.
Published: Sun, 23 Oct 2016 22:53:47 GMT
The real-world uses for virtual reality
VR is increasingly being used in real-world situations by schools, charities, hospitals and... kitchen retailers.
Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:02:01 GMT
'Smart' home devices used as weapons in website attack
Hackers used internet-connected home devices, such as printers and web cameras, to attack popular websites on Friday, security analysts say.
Published: Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:33:35 GMT
Warnings over Dirty Cow Linux bug
Users of the Linux operating system are being urged to update it to remove a "serious" bug that hackers could use to hijack systems.
Published: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:54:38 GMT
Online gambling companies probed by CMA over winnings
Online gambling firms may be breaking the law by making it very difficult for players to collect their winnings, the competition regulator says.
Published: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:10:50 GMT
Samsung 'blocks' exploding Note 7 parody videos
Samsung appears to file copyright claims against YouTube videos mocking its recalled Galaxy Note 7 handset.
Published: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:17:20 GMT
NSA contractor faces spying charges
An NSA contractor is accused of stealing vast amounts of government secrets over a 20-year period.
Published: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:02:42 GMT
Video game voice, stunt and motion actors go on strike in US over pay
Actors who provide voices, stunts or motion capture for video games are on strike in the US over pay and conditions.
Published: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:22:52 GMT
Nintendo Switch console plays games home and away
Nintendo reveals the first details of its next games console - the Nintendo Switch - previously code-named NX.
Published: Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:07:52 GMT
Microsoft shares at new high as cloud focus pays off
Microsoft's focus on cloud computing has helped it deliver better-than-expected quarterly profits and sent its shares to an all-time high.
Published: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 01:31:13 GMT
The smart mirror which makes customised makeup patches
BBC Click's Dan Simmons looks at some of the latest technology on show in Japan.
Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:11:07 GMT
The trainers featuring a mini screen and other tech news
BBC Click's Marc Cieslak looks at some of the best of the week's technology news.
Published: Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:39:32 GMT
Ordnance Survey has new map to update car sat navs
Ordnance Survey has come up with a new map database to keep drivers away from dangers.
Published: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:04:58 GMT
Nintendo NX becomes Switch
Nintendo reveals its next games machine - Nintendo Switch - will be a handheld, portable device that doubles up as a home console.
Published: Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:34:02 GMT
Kodak Ektra smartphone inspired by 1940s
Photography brand Kodak reveals a smartphone that takes its name and looks from a 1941 camera.
Published: Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:09:41 GMT
Robot arm flies aircraft over US
A robotic arm that can help fly an aircraft has been designed by engineers in Virginia.
Published: Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:59:13 GMT
Tomb Raider: How Lara Croft became a game changer
A feminist icon, a virtual blow-up doll, the sixth Spice Girl, a cyberbabe, an ambassador for Britain, or a distorted male fantasy? Lara Croft has been described as all of these. BBC News looks at her legacy as Tomb Raider turns 20.
Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:18:10 GMT
'Facebook 'most secure' for instant messaging services, says Amnesty
Facebook are doing the most to secure users' data in mainstream instant messaging apps, says Amnesty International.
Published: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:57:08 GMT
Why this solar panel could be the next big energy player
Researchers in Switzerland are looking to develop a solar panel that can push out twice the energy of existing standard roof panels
Published: Thu, 06 Oct 2016 07:25:52 GMT
Origami bird gets BBC reporter in a flap
An origami bird that can be controlled with gestures is on show at the Ceatec technology exhibition in Japan.
Published: Wed, 05 Oct 2016 16:26:03 GMT
The Pompeii house recreated in 3D and other tech news
BBC Click's Stephen Beckett looks at some of the best of the week's technology news.
Published: Thu, 13 Oct 2016 23:11:00 GMT
A fashion show using mixed reality with a Hololens
A designer has used London Fashion Week to show off her collection using VR technology.
Published: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 23:25:41 GMT
Clicks and bricks
The building industry has not been known for digital innovation, but virtual reality design and project management software are changing perceptions.
Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:03:15 GMT
Will human drivers take advantage of driverless cars' safety-first caution and simply ignore them?
Published: Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:49:10 GMT
Life streamed online
In 1996 Jennifer Ringley switched on a webcam and opened her life to the public for seven years. Then she logged off - completely. What was it all about?
Published: Mon, 17 Oct 2016 23:03:18 GMT
Firms are increasingly using game play to encourage greater engagement from customers and staff - but does gamification work?
Published: Mon, 17 Oct 2016 23:23:56 GMT
Lights, camera... cloud
Cloud computing is giving small design and special effects studios the chance to compete with the giants of the film industry. But what are the drawbacks?
Published: Thu, 13 Oct 2016 23:01:24 GMT
Repairing the damage
As Samsung stops production of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone after incidents of the handsets catching fire, how can it hope to repair its damaged reputation?
Published: Wed, 12 Oct 2016 23:06:27 GMT
Actor Liam McIntyre tells Newsbeat why he was happy to go from TV to gaming star in Gears of War 4.
Published: Tue, 11 Oct 2016 13:56:03 GMT
No pink, please
Women in tech and science professions reflect on how things would be different if there were more women in the sectors
Published: Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:09:13 GMT
The killing of two Peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq last week highlights the potential of turning cheap-to-buy, easily available drones into weapons.
Published: Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:07:11 GMT
Problems for technology giant Samsung may go beyond a smart-phone that catches fire, as the BBC's Stephen Evans explains.
Published: Tue, 11 Oct 2016 16:55:54 GMT
Fires and spin
Whirlpool is facing a cacophony of calls to improve its response to a tumble dryer fire risk. A BBC News investigation has delved into the sequence of events.
Published: Tue, 11 Oct 2016 08:38:29 GMT
Are you a danger?
Staff and companies increasingly use third-party apps for work. But are employers alert to the security threat these apps pose?
Published: Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:16:14 GMT
PlayStation VR headset: The verdict
BBC Click's Marc Cieslak reviews Sony's PlayStation virtual reality headset.
Published: Wed, 12 Oct 2016 23:23:22 GMT
Drones carry patients' blood for a fee in Rwanda
A drones start-up is launching a service that will deliver blood, plasma and coagulants to hospitals in Rwanda.
Published: Thu, 13 Oct 2016 23:00:53 GMT
The collar which visualises your dog's emotions
The collar displays different colours depending on the dog's mood. BBC Click finds out more.
Published: Wed, 12 Oct 2016 23:27:32 GMT
Meet the giant robot equipped with a paintball cannon
Why engineers want to build giant robots which can battle each other.
Published: Tue, 11 Oct 2016 23:28:41 GMT
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App alerts CPR-trained people to emergencies
Sudden cardiac arrest requires immediate CPR to prevent brain damage; a smartphone app connected to local 911 emergency systems alerts CPR-trained people within a quarter mile radius that their help is needed.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:14:43 GMT
CPR kiosks ... learn to save a life in 5 minutes!
Hands-only CPR kiosks are now in America's busiest airports. CNN's Kelly Bowman reports on how a few minutes of training could help save a life.
Published: Mon, 02 May 2016 16:56:29 GMT
Luxury watches get smarter
Fossil is investing in the smartwatch market and luxury brands like Michael Kors and Kate Spade are releasing their latest watches.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:08:24 GMT
Could your fitness tracker sabotage your diet?
Wearable technologies can monitor your physical activity or your allergies. Increasingly, they are part of our everyday lives. But a new analysis comparing two sets of dieters discovered that those wearing activity trackers lost less, not more, weight than the tech-free dieters.
Published: Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:27:47 GMT
New screen time rules for kids, by doctors
Digital media exposure for children of all ages should be limited, according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Published: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:06:59 GMT
She's been sexually assaulted 3 times -- once in virtual reality
Jordan Belamire has been sexually assaulted three times. Twice in real life, and once in virtual reality.
Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:53:32 GMT
South Koreans sue Samsung over Note 7 recall
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:51:53 GMT
LinkedIn hacking suspect identified by feds
Published: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:44:07 GMT
Microsoft stock hits all-time high
Published: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:59:41 GMT
Detailed new Milky Way map released
Scientists have used two of the world's largest telescopes to produce a new, super-detailed map of our galaxy.
Published: Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:59:14 GMT
Mars lander lost during descent
The European Space Agency (ESA) has confirmed the Schiaparelli spacecraft, which was expected to land on Mars on Wednesday, has been lost.
Published: Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:03:59 GMT
Meteor shower peaking overhead
The sky will put on a heck of a show tonight.
Published: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:37:36 GMT
Meet the baby who was born twice
Margaret Boemer went for a routine ultrasound 16 weeks into her pregnancy with her third child. She quickly found out that things were far from routine.
Published: Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:50:48 GMT
Venturi smashes EV land speed record
Supercharged presenter, Nicki Shields travels to Utah's legendary Bonneville Salt Flats to witness automotive history.
Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:58:56 GMT
Facebook doubles down on its strategy for Live
Published: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:57:35 GMT
Tesla is building cars that will drive you
Tesla is now building cars equipped for full self-driving.
Published: Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:23:26 GMT
Tesla, Panasonic partnering on new solar project
Tesla is teaming up with Panasonic to build solar cells and modules at a SolarCity factory in New York.
Published: Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:44:06 GMT
AT&T, Time Warner deal faces tough regulatory fight
Donald Trump says he doesn't think AT&T and Time Warner should merge. And Hillary Clinton might not want them to either.
Published: Sun, 23 Oct 2016 21:01:02 GMT
Why AT&T wants Time Warner
The answer has something to do with the ways that phones have changed our lives.
Published: Sun, 23 Oct 2016 20:08:50 GMT
Beware the slow version of the new iPhone 7
Published: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:06:50 GMT
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'Siri, catch market cheats': Wall Street watchdogs turn to A.I.
By John McCrank NEW YORK (Reuters) - Artificial intelligence programs have beaten chess masters and TV quiz show champions. Two exchange operators have announced plans to launch artificial intelligence tools for market surveillance in the coming months and officials at a Wall Street regulator tell Reuters they are not far behind. A.I. may even sniff out new types of chicanery, said Tom Gira, executive vice president for market regulation at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:22:59 -0400
China's Xiongmai to recall up to 10,000 webcams after U.S. hack
By Sijia Jiang HONG KONG (Reuters) - A recall of webcams linked to a major cyber attack in the United States last week will involve up to 10,000 of the compromised devices, Chinese manufacturer Hangzhou Xiongmai Technology Co told Reuters on Tuesday. Xiongmai said it would recall some surveillance cameras sold in the U.S. on Monday after security researchers identified they had been targeted in the attack, which rendered Twitter, Spotify and dozens of other major websites unavailable. Friday's cyber attack alarmed security experts because it represented a new type of threat rooted in the proliferation of simple devices such as webcams which often lack proper security.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:27:50 -0400
U.S. self-driving sensor maker Savari announces partnership with China's SAIC Motor
Savari Inc, a U.S. maker of sensors for autonomous driving, on Tuesday said China's largest automaker, SAIC Motor Corp Ltd, has agreed to manufacture and distribute Savari's sensors in China and some Southeast Asian markets. California-based Savari did not disclose financial terms in a statement announcing the deal.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:05:04 -0400
Samsung chip supplier AMS warns of customer setback, shares plunge
Austrian sensor chip maker AMS AG has warned of a setback with one of its customers which could hit revenues and force a writedown in its accounts, sending its Swiss-listed shares down by as much as 23 percent on Tuesday. AMS, which supplies components to smartphone makers Apple and Samsung among others, did not name the company involved in what it called a "customer-specific negative development", but analysts suggested it could be Samsung. Samsung scrapped its flagship Galaxy Note 7 phone on Oct. 12 less than two months after the launch after numerous reports of their batteries overheating and catching fire.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:03:46 -0400
Uber's Otto hauls Budweiser across Colorado in self-driving truck
By Alexandria Sage SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - In the first real-world commercial use of autonomous trucking, some 45,000 cans of Budweiser beer arrived late last week to a warehouse after traveling over 120 highway miles in a self-driving truck with no driver at the wheel, executives from Uber [UBER.UL] and Anheuser-Busch said. Otto, the self-driving truck subsidiary of Uber, shipped a truckload of Budweiser from Fort Collins, Colorado to Colorado Springs last Thursday with the driver monitoring from the truck's sleeper berth for the entire two-hour journey, Otto's co-founder Lior Ron and Anheuser-Busch's senior director of logistics strategy, James Sembrot, told Reuters on Friday.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:05:06 -0400
Netflix CEO gives conditional approval of AT&T-Time Warner deal
Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings said he was in favor of AT&T Inc's planned $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc, provided that his popular media streaming company continued to be treated fairly. Speaking at a technology conference hosted by the Wall Street Journal in Laguna Beach, Calif., Hastings said it was critical that Netflix's content be treated the same as Time Warner's once the deal takes effect.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:32:41 -0400
Google adds digital whiteboard to expanding device lineup
Google has designed a giant touch-screen canvas for companies trying to make it easier for their employees to brainstorm as they work on team projects and other assignments. The product is called "Jamboard," ...
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:14:40 -0400
Microsoft to launch its Slack competitor as Microsoft Teams
Microsoft is planning to unveil its Slack competitor at an Office event in New York City next week. Originally dubbed Skype Teams internally, Microsoft will launch the service as Microsoft Teams once it's broadly available for businesses and schools to make use of. Just like Slack, it's a web-powered chat service that's designed for teams of colleagues or school classes to collaborate.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:06:42 -0400
Singapore telecoms group StarHub says hit by cyber attacks
Singapore telecom operator StarHub Ltd said on Tuesday intentional cyber attacks had caused web connection disruptions for some of its home broadband customers on October 22 and October 24. The company said it analyzed network logs of the disruptions and found that it had experienced intentional and likely malicious distributed denial-of-service attacks on its domain name servers. StarHub said there was no evidence of any impact on the rest of its services, and the security of its customers' information was not compromised.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:04:19 -0400
The Walking Dead: Negan?s victim discusses his demise in new interview
The Walking Dead is back, and if you?re a fan you know what happened during Sunday?s premiere. AMC?s massive trolling came to an end and we finally know who Negan killed as well as exactly how he did it. Just in case you still haven?t seen the first episode of season 7, be warned, major spoilers follow below , as we?re about to tell you what Negan?s victim had to say about the whole ordeal. DON?T MISS: Report claims iPhone 8 will feature a revolutionary new design that no one saw coming ...or should we say, victim s . Negan killed Abraham and Glenn on Sunday night, proving some theories out there right. Both characters are dead in the comics, though Negan only killed Glenn with his trusty bat Lucille. The Walking Dead?s showrunners decided to go a different route for this extended Negan introduction. Abraham was Negan?s first choice, and he would seemingly be the only major character to die in the episode. However, Glenn also met Lucille after Daryl punched Negan during an outburst. Even if Glenn experiences a similarly horrifying death in the comics, his death at the hand of Negan was something of a surprise. Here?s what actor Steven Yeun had to say about the whole thing in an interview with AMC . ?For me, personally, I didn?t want anyone else to take that death and I don?t think anyone intended to give it to anyone else, to be quite honest,? the actor said. ?I don?t know what it feels like to die, but it was a very unique experience [to film] and a pretty affective moment for me, too,? Yeun added. ?After I took some steps back from it, I really started to process what it was, what it meant, and what it means for me in terms of how much I might have been connected to Glenn.? Yeun knew at the beginning of season 6 that he was going to die just like his character did in the comics, and he had to keep the secret for a year. ?It got gnarly near the end because when you mentally cross that threshold and say to yourself, ?OK I?m done with this particular chapter now,? to then hold onto it for another full year is pretty rough,? he said. As for Daryl, who causes Glenn?s death, Yeun said he shouldn?t feel responsible. ?I think Daryl did what anybody would have done at that moment ? which is fight back ? and it just happened to be that it came with other ramifications,? Yeun said. ?I suppose Daryl is the type of person that would shoulder that type of blame. That seems like something that could be in his wheelhouse to feel, but I don?t know if he?s supposed to be blamed for that. That doesn?t seem right to me. He?s a good person, and I don?t think he likes to live with things like that.? Finally, Yeun also addressed Glenn?s last line. ?Maggie, I?ll find you,? Glenn says after Negan first hit. This reminds the audience of earlier in the series when Glenn was actually looking for Maggie. ?I tried to play it as sincere as you possibly could in a moment where you are just glitching,? he said. ?I think Glenn was fighting to find words? Maybe it was a subconscious thought or maybe something he held onto for a while that was his driving force, and when he got smashed in the head, it just brought it to the forefront.? So there you have it, folks: Glenn is dead, and it seems like Yeun wouldn?t have wanted it any other way. As for Abraham?s demise, well, you can read more about it at this link .
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:02:02 -0400
Fast & Furious producer Justin Lin is rebooting Knight Rider
Fast & Furious producer Justin Lin is trading drag racing for AI-driven cars with a reboot of the ?80s crime-fighting show Knight Rider. The digital series, which is currently in development, is expected to launch in 2017. It?s a joint venture between Machinima ? best known for productions like Mortal Kombat: Legacy 2 and Street Fighter: Assassin?s Fist ? NBCUniversal Brand Development, and Lin?s digital media company YouOffendMeYouOffendMyFamily (YOMYOMF).The original Knight Rider aired from 1982 to 1986 and starred David Hasselhoff and his self-aware, chatty car, KITT. ...
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:00:13 -0400
Loop's retro tablet looks like a Fallout prop
A new tablet called Loop was unveiled at CES this year and is now available to order. Sure, you could just use a tablet or smartphone in the kitchen, but the creators behind Loop think you?ll be into their product?s throwback design, 10-inch HD display, and voice controls. The tablet pairs with phones over Wi-Fi through a companion iOS / Android app, so users can send photos to their Loop and convert it into a digital picture frame.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:00:10 -0400
Duet Pro turns your iPad into a high-end Wacom tablet
If you've never heard of Duet Display and you're the owner of an iPad, do this one good thing for yourself and download it immediately. The update is aimed at artists to use as a professional graphics tablet, like a Wacom. The cheapest version of the tablet is the $800 Cintiq 13HD, and my imposter syndrome tells me it's insulting to real artists for a cartoonist like me to even think about using such a powerful device, when a cheap $100 Wacom Bamboo works just fine.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:00:02 -0400
Cheaper phones are fine _ if top-end camera isn't a must
You can easily save hundreds of dollars on an Android phone ? especially if you, like many people, don't need a top-end camera. Cheaper Android phones are, in many respects, adequate substitutes for pricier ...
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:48:34 -0400
This Futuristic All-Screen Phone Just Beat iPhone 8 to Punch
If you're curious what next year's iPhone 8 might look like with an all-screen design, look no further than Xiaomi's Mi Mix. This jaw-dropping "concept" phone (which already has a price and release date in China) features a ceramic design and virtually edgeless display that make it look like something flung out of the far future. The handset's all-ceramic design was made in partnership with well-known designer Philippe Starck, and lacks any unsightly stripes or camera bumps.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:40:00 -0400
Daily quests are coming to Pokemon Go
Niantic is on a roll. After failing to provide many significant post-launch updates following the launch of Pokemon Go , the team appears to have settled into a groove lately, adding new features , improving gym training and unveiling the first official in-game event ( which starts tomorrow and runs through Halloween ). But there's still one feature that has been suspiciously missing from Pokemon Go since launch: incentives to log in and play the game on a daily basis. Daily rewards are a staple of free-to-play games, but up to now, they haven't made their way to one of the App Store's most profitable games. Thankfully, that's about to change. DON'T MISS: Pokemon Go Halloween event details After data mining the hex code featured in the latest Pokemon Go update (0.43.3 on Android, 1.13.3 on iOS), Pokemon Go Hub has discovered that Daily Quests are coming to the game. The code indicates that there will be three possible daily quests: First Catch of the Day , First PokeStop of the Day and an Unknown quest. It's still unclear what the rewards for completing a Daily Quest will be, but the code makes mention of an incubator. It could be the only possible reward, one of several possible rewards or something else entirely ? we don't know yet. The code also suggests that trainers will be able to perform Streaks , i.e. complete multiple Daily Quests in a row for potential bonuses on top of the standard rewards. The code references both a Current Streak Count and a Current Period Bucket (which is described as "the currently active questing period"). Although Niantic hasn't announced Daily Quests yet, all of the necessary code to activate the feature is already in the app. In theory, all Niantic needs to do is turn it on, which means Daily Quests could arrive virtually any time. That said, we're willing to bet the developer will wait until after the Halloween event.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:37:18 -0400
Beer run! Self-driving truck goes 120-plus miles on delivery
DENVER (AP) ? Anheuser-Busch says it has completed the world's first commercial shipment by self-driving truck, sending a beer-filled tractor-trailer on a journey of more than 120 miles through Colorado.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:31:03 -0400
The Gilmore Girls revival trailer is here and everyone, everyone, everyone is back
The official trailer for Netflix's much-hyped Gilmore Girls revival is here, and if you're the sort of person that interests, you might want to sit down and take a deep breath before you watch it. All of the casting rumors were true, and you'll see Kelly Bishop as Emily Gilmore, Melissa McCarthy as Sookie St. James, and, crucially, Sean Gunn as Kirk. There's also a Ben Affleck joke, because Rory and Lorelai are obviously Team Jen!
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:18:38 -0400
Fake Blue Screen of Death Leads to Tech-Support Scam
Imagine this: You install an antivirus program, only to find that the installation has infected your machine with malware. The real Blue Screen of Death doesn't include a phone number. Hicurdismos is a new and creative type of malware that pretends to be Microsoft Security Essentials, a real antivirus suite used on Windows 7 and earlier.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:12:02 -0400
The difference between iPhone users and Android users
Just over three months ago, I was having a casual conversation with an acquaintance about a few rumors surrounding Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 7. At the time, Samsung's sixth-generation phablet was one of the most hotly anticipated smartphones of the summer. He knew what I did for a living and asked if I had heard anything about the new phone that hadn't already been reported, and I told him about some display and design improvements I had caught wind of that were in the works, as well as a few new software features that hadn't yet been revealed in leaks. Then, the conversation took an interesting turn that ended up sending me on a three-month mission. MUST SEE: Report claims iPhone 8 will feature a revolutionary new design that no one saw coming He was excited about the new details I gave him that were unknown at the time, and he told me that he would be pre-ordering the phone as soon as Samsung announced it. Then he asked me if I planned to buy one as well, and I told him that I was definitely excited to review the phone but I planned to stick with my iPhone 6s until the iPhone 7 came out in September. His response was ridiculous: "Oh man I hate Apple," he told me. "I can't believe you use an iPhone!" My face probably puckered in an expression that closely resembles the face I make when I read ridiculous troll comments on Twitter or elsewhere online, because he immediately followed with, "whatever, the Apple cult always thinks everything else out there is junk. I could never be an iSheep !" Now, anyone reading this has undoubtedly seen this type of comment all over the internet. For some bizarre reason, people love arguing about smartphones and why their platform of choice is better than rival platforms. I suppose my friends and family aren't the web-commenting type though, because I never have conversations like this myself, in the real world . Since I had no interest in arguing about something so insignificant, I chuckled and steered the conversation back to the Note 7. But it gave me pause. This wasn't some teenage tech enthusiast I was speaking with, he was a grown man who owned a small business and had a family. Let's be honest for a moment: when you read comments on the internet from people arguing back and forth about smartphones, do you picture a kempt adult in a suit or young teen shoveling Cheetos into his or her face in a basement somewhere? I don't know about you, and I apologize if this offends anyone, but it's difficult to believe that there are productive members of society with fulfilling lives who have the time or desire to bicker about cell phones. But they exist, and I was intrigued. Like a wildlife expert who had just discovered a new species, I needed to know more. Over the course of the next three months, I conducted an informal and unscientific poll that included only one main question. In and around New York City and northern New Jersey, I would approach people at random while they used their phones and ask why they chose one platform over the other. Specifically, after explaining briefly that I was the editor of a tech news site, I would ask iPhone users "why do you use an iPhone?" and Android phone users "why do you use an Android phone?" It was beyond uncomfortable for me, and perhaps for some of them as well. But as I said, I needed to know more . While this poll was completely unscientific, I phrased my question in a very specific way. My phone was always in my pocket when I asked, and I made sure to never mention a rival platform at all. It's subtle, but the question "why do you use an iPhone and not an Android phone?" is a bit leading compared to simply asking, "why do you use an iPhone?" In about three months I ended up asking 219 different people this question, including 112 iPhone users and 107 Android users. I wasn't terribly concerned with the features of each platform that people liked most. I just wanted to see how many people, unprovoked, would mention a rival platform in a negative way when offering their responses to a complete stranger. So, how many Android users mentioned their disapproval of Apple or of the iPhone among in their response? 51. 51 people said things like "iPhone users are a cult," "I hate Apple," "only stupid people use iPhones," or "I hate the iPhone" when explaining to me why they chose an Android device. Seriously, people actually used the word hate to describe their feelings about a cell phone, or worse yet, about people who use a certain type of cell phone. And how about the other side of the fence? Of the 112 iPhone users I polled, a total of six people said something negative about Android or about a specific Android phone manufacturer. Not a single person make a negative blanket statement about Android users in general. Look. People. Life is too short. There's enough craziness in the world, and there are already enough petty and illogical reasons that people dislike each other. We don't need to pile on with something as ridiculous as this. Find a phone that works for you, use it, and don't worry about what kind of handset anyone else is using. Seriously, it's a damn cell phone we're talking about here. -- (Of note, there is one type of unprovoked complaint that I did not include in my final tally. If people said they had switched from one platform to another and found that the new platform suited them better, they were not included in the final count. On top of the figures noted above, several iPhone users and Android users mentioned having experience with one platform and then switching to the other. Also excluded from the tally above are five iPhone users who laughingly joked that they chose the iPhone because it doesn't explode like Samsung's Galaxy Note 7. It seemed pretty obvious that they were joking and not being malicious.)
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:08:45 -0400
UK approves third runway for London's Heathrow, Europe's busiest airport
The UK has approved the addition of a third runway to Heathrow airport in London ? a decision that has taken decades to come to and that has already been heavily criticized by members of the government. Businesses have said increasing airport capacity in London is a must, but expanding any of the city's existing airports (there are six in total) means clashes with nearby residents. Environmental campaigners have also objected to the new runway, which will hamper the UK's pledged reductions to greenhouse gas output.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:08:30 -0400
About.com launches new technology site Lifewire
A new technology information website has launched by the media company behind About.com.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:46:07 -0400
Apple's Found a Better Way to Find Your iPhone
Currently, you can find a missing iPhone, iPad or Mac by using the iCloud feature Find My iPhone, but that system relies on your lost device being turned on and connecting to the internet. Apple's U.S. Patent No. 9,479,920 is for a "Power management in crowd-sourced lost-and-found service" and uses Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) technology to ping waypoints in your community. If this sounds familiar, Apple's patent appears to share a lot of features with the Tile trackers, which users can clip onto their keychain or slot into their wallets.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:44:02 -0400
Samsung just shot down the Galaxy S8 rumor that had fans buzzing
Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 has gone up in smoke, both figuratively and literally, leaving a huge void in the smartphone market this holiday season. After years of following the same release pattern, Samsung has trained consumers to expect a new Note series smartphone each fall. New Notes always feature the latest and greatest specs, including jaw-dropping Super AMOLED displays and a suite of software features that make use of the S Pen stylus. This year, however, a new Note smartphone is nowhere to be found. Some smartphone shoppers will turn to Apple's new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus since there are no new Samsung flagships to be found. Others will opt for Google's Pixel or Pixel XL, or perhaps for a rival smartphone from another Android phone vendor. But not everyone is willing to bail on Samsung and all of the class-leading features its smartphones offer, so many people are waiting for the next-generation Galaxy S8 to arrive before upgrading to a new handset. Well, we have some bad news... DON'T MISS: Report claims iPhone 8 will feature a revolutionary new design that no one saw coming According to a new rumor that just started to make the rounds on Tuesday morning , Samsung's next-generation Galaxy S8 is going to be an absolute beast. The leak in question suggests that the Galaxy S8 will sport a completely new design with cutting-edge specs and a display that takes up almost all of the phone's face. Other highlights apparently include a next-generation processor and as much as 8GB of RAM. All that is good news, so what's the problem? A recent rumor that gathered some serious steam suggested that Samsung was planning to released the new Galaxy S8 ahead of schedule to help fill the void left by the Note 7's untimely demise. Fans were excited by the prospect of getting their hands on a sleek redesigned Samsung phone early next year as opposed to having to wait until sometime in March, but Samsung was quick to squash those dreams. "Currently we do not have any plans to release Galaxy S8 early," an unnamed Samsung executive told The Electronics Times on Tuesday. "Even before we released Galaxy Note 7, we had a separate plan to announce Galaxy S8. Pushing release date forward all of sudden is something that is realistically impossible." The new Galaxy S8 is shaping up to be an impressive phone indeed, but it looks like we still have four or five months to wait before we can finally get our hands on it.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:43:28 -0400
Playtest is Black Mirror's terrifying take on the future of gaming
The third season of Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror, a Twilight Zone-esque anthology TV series about technological anxieties and possible futures, was released on Netflix on October 21st. This year, virtual reality headsets finally started shipping to consumers en masse, but there?s no denying that we?re still in the Wild West when it comes to content. 360-degree movies, experimental shorts, first-person games that turn players into Bruce Wayne ? if there?s an idea out there, odds are that somebody has tried it.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:21:14 -0400
How smartphone cameras took over the world
In the early 2000s, the digital photography revolution made it possible for miniaturized camera hardware and image sensors to be packed into cell phones without adding a significant amount of weight. Then the iPhone was announced. As the smartphone war began, the camera became an important part of the ongoing spec race. Competitors tried to beat Apple in making an excellent camera (and app) that was easy to use ? and it took until this year for that to start happening. Now, two-thirds of adults in the US own a smartphone. The average smartphone user takes at least 150 photos per month. ...
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:00:23 -0400
This Robot Vacuum Could Beat the Roomba
Gadget lovers with dusty homes could be putting robot vacuums even cooler than that Roomba on their holiday wish lists. Using technology similar to LiDAR remote sensing, which is used to help autonomous cars navigate around obstacles, the Botvac could actually be more efficient than the Roomba and other similar robot vacuums. Instead of following a somewhat random path across a room like the Roomba, the Botvac's lasers find a room's perimeter and moves back and forth across it.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:00:00 -0400
Hackable heart implants: St. Jude comes under fire for security risks
In an ongoing legal battle between St. Jude and Muddy Waters and MedSec, new filings claim that devices created for heart issues are vulnerable to cyberattacks.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:55:20 -0400
Leak says Galaxy S8 will be an all-screen phone with amazing hardware
Samsung is still picking itself up after the Galaxy Note 7 disaster, which has seemingly affected its Galaxy S8 production schedule as well, at least according to some reports. Even so, the phone is still expected to make its debut in late February and a new round of rumors reveals more purported details about Samsung?s next big thing. DON?T MISS: Report claims iPhone 8 will feature a revolutionary new design that no one saw coming According to a leaker who posted a spreadsheet on Weibo , the Galaxy S8 edge will have a 5.5-inch 4K Super AMOLED display ? that?s 3840 x 2160 resolution and 506 ppi pixel density). Interestingly, the screen will supposedly account for 80% of the front side of the handset, which seems to imply that Samsung is going to ditch the home button next year. Furthermore, the phone is said to have either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 processor or an Exynos 8895 chip, which means in either case will will sport a 10nm chipset. Finally, the leaker says the phone will have either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, which is impressive. The battery size isn?t mentioned, and we?re definitely interested to see what Samsung is doing next when it comes to smartphone batteries, given the whole exploding Galaxy Note 7 thing. The leak also says the phone will be unveiled on February 26th next year, with a launch scheduled for the following month. No matter how exciting all that sounds, this is still just a rumor so treat it accordingly. After all, there's no telling how the Galaxy Note 7 mess will affect Galaxy S8 production, especially given that the phone is expected to introduce a brand new design.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:53:20 -0400
How to be more efficient by using Action Launcher 3's Quickpage on your Android device
Action Launcher 3 offers a feature set that can seriously boost efficiency. Get details on how to enable and use one such feature called Quickpage.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:32:04 -0400
Daisy Ridley says we?ll learn the truth about Rey?s parents in Star Wars: Episode 8
Although Rogue One could very well be a great film and worthwhile entry into the Star Wars canon, its most important job is to tide fans over until Star Wars: Episode VIII premieres in 2017. Based on what we've seen from the trailers , it's got a pretty good chance of doing that, but that hasn't stopped the internet from voraciously searching for any clues they can find about the future of the main series . READ MORE: Report claims iPhone 8 will feature a revolutionary new design that no one saw coming On Friday, Vulture shared an interview with Daisy Ridley in which the actress was once again questioned about Rey's parentage. Specifically, the publication asked about whether or not Rey might be related to Obi-Wan Kenobi, but her answer was non-committal: "We will see in a year," Ridley said. "Just sit tight on that question." It's no surprise that Ridley wasn't willing to spoil one of the biggest mysteries of the new trilogy, but based on her answer, we're pretty comfortable assuming that the mystery will be solved next year when Episode VIII hits theaters. Vulture also asked Ridley if it might be possible for Jyn Erso (the main character in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ), but after trying to work out the timeline of the series in her head, she realized it wouldn't make much sense: "I mean, I think historically it wouldn?t work, because she is ? Darth Vader is there ? so she would ultimately be my great-grandma; no, she would be my grandma. I mean it could happen, especially in a galaxy far, far away." Rogue One: A Star Wars Story releases on December 16th in the United States.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:28:53 -0400
Big tech-media mergers raise fresh privacy concerns
Data collected by internet and media companies is a powerful tool, and the big mergers planned by AT&T with Time Warner and Verizon with Yahoo offer those firms more data that can be used to target consumers with content and advertising. "Twenty-first century media is all about the ability to gather information on a single individual regardless of where they are -- whether they are using mobile phone or watching TV or in a grocery store," said Jeffrey Chester of the Center for Digital Democracy, a privacy rights group. The $85 billion deal unveiled Saturday would combine AT&T, one of the largest mobile telecom and residential internet operators, with Time Warner, the media-entertainment giant with powerful brands including the Warner Bros. studio, HBO, CNN, Cartoon Network and a major online game studio.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:19:26 -0400
Google's self-driving car design boss speaks on her strategy
As the head of design for Google?s self-driving car program, YooJung Ahn has figured out how to design a car for people who aren?t the least bit interested in driving. The challenge is that people who will ride in the Google car aren?t drivers, they are users. Google has been mum about its process for building and operating self-driving cars, and has even made the name of its self-driving car arm Alphabet, and research being done at X, hard to pin down.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:09:13 -0400
Chinese firm says it did all it could ahead of cyberattack
BEIJING (AP) ? A Chinese electronics maker that has recalled millions of products sold in the U.S. said Tuesday it did all it could to prevent a massive cyberattack that briefly blocked access to websites including Twitter and Netflix.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:03:33 -0400
Did Xiaomi just preempt the iPhone 8?
Xiaomi, the former darling of the Chinese smartphone market, has hit a rocky patch as of late, though its rejuvenation efforts have today been stoked with the introduction of a spectacular new smartphone called the Mi Mix.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:00:05 -0400
Mophie's co-founder made a crazy smartphone-connected scooter
The Immoter Go is a new foldable scooter from the ex-CEO and co-founder of Mophie, Daniel Huang. The battery is built with a micro-processor inside and runs on Immoter's custom OS, which the company says will allow riders to determine whether their battery is malfunctioning or needs to be replaced.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:00:03 -0400
Samsung slapped with biggest class action lawsuit yet over Note 7 recall
Remember last week when Samsung was hit with a class action lawsuit over "economic injuries" resulting from the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco? At the time we told you it would be the first of many suits filed as a result of Samsung's defective Note 7 and the company's mishandling of the ensuing global recall(s). More lawsuits are indeed inevitable, and now the biggest class action lawsuit so far has been filed in Samsung's home country. What's more, the new suit coincides with increased pressure from analysts advising shareholder to vote against approving Samsung Vice Chairman and heir apparent Jay Y. Lee's seat on the board. DON'T MISS: Report claims iPhone 8 will feature a revolutionary new design that no one saw coming Bloomberg relays news that a new class action lawsuit has been filed against Samsung in South Korea. The suit, which is the largest yet to have been filed as a result of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 ordeal, seeks to recoup losses resulting from Samsung's mishandling of the Galaxy Note 7 recall. Filed by attorneys at Seoul-based Harvest Law on behalf of a class of 527 Galaxy Note 7 buyers, the lawsuit alleges that Samsung caused hardships for customers by recalling its first-run Note 7 phones and then issuing replacement devices that had to be recalled yet again. The suit seeks 500,000 won in damages per plaintiff, or about $440 each. Samsung told Bloomberg that the company plans to take appropriate action once it receives the complaint, but the attorneys are already gearing up for a fight. "We?re now planning to file a lawsuit every month," Harvest Law's Ko Young-yeel said. The lawyer also noted that it took his firm just five days to collect more than 500 plaintiffs, suggesting that more Note 7 buyers may be likely to follow suit.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:51:13 -0400
Here's the one thing keeping me from dumping my iPhone for Google's Pixel
Apple is strategically using iMessage lock-in to keep customers from moving to Android, which is bad news for would-be iPhone switchers.
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:51:00 -0400
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'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 fedbizopps.gov, 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