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  • Apple Is Confusing Tablet Leadership With Awesomeness

    10:04am By Chris Maxcer
    The new super thin iPad Air 2 is starting to get tepid reviews, most of which begrudgingly call it the "best tablet" in the market, while admitting it's boring. Instead of talking up all the great things about how it makes their lives better or fun, the focus…
  • Reading and Writing and Open Source

    Wed 10:08pm By Jack M. Germain
    Digital textbooks with open-licensed content -- and sometimes even complete open source textbooks -- are starting to change the way students and teachers interact with subject material. The budget-busting prices of traditional printed textbooks and the…
  • Smart Nightlight Calls Your iPhone When Smoke, CO Alarms Start Wailing

    Wed 3:21pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Leeo on Tuesday introduced the Smart Alert Nightlight, a $99 gadget that can detect when the alarm sounds from a smoke or carbon monoxide detector and send alerts to an iPhone.…
  • The Next-Gen TV Cable Dilemma

    Wed 9:44am By Peter Suciu
    Television manufacturers are moving toward ultra high definition -- also known as "4K" -- which offers four times the resolution of HD. It also offers greater depth of color and faster frame rate. That means more information must travel through the cable from…
  • Google Takes a Flyer on Magic Leap

    Tue 7:08pm By Katherine Noyes
    Magic Leap on Tuesday announced that Google was the lead investor in a $542 million round of funding for its secret endeavors. Also participating were Qualcomm, Legendary Entertainment, KKR, Vulcan Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Andreessen Horowitz…
  • $10K Will Get You a Clunky, Slow Hoverboard That's Nothing Like Marty McFly's

    Tue 3:55pm By Peter Suciu
    The designers behind the Hendo Hoverboard on Tuesday took to the crowdfunding site Kickstarter to help launch a prototype and bring it to actual production. The funding period for this project will run from Tuesday through Dec. 15. The team has set a…
  • Chinese Officials Kick In Apple, MS Cloud Doors

    Tue 12:14pm By Richard Adhikari
    Chinese authorities have launched man-in-the-middle attacks on Apple's iCloud.com and Microsoft's Login.live.co that are ongoing, according to Greatfire.org. Qihoo 360 browser users' local connections to iCloud.com are being rerouted to a dummy site that's…
  • Kickstarter Puts Kibosh on Tor-Based Router Funding

    Tue 10:00am By Katherine Noyes
    Kickstarter on Friday suspended a crowdfunding campaign for Anonabox, a portable networking device designed specifically to run Tor. The campaign for the privacy-minded router, which launched earlier last week, was wildly successful. In just a few days, it…
  • Black Box Keeps Cybersnoops in Dark

    Tue 8:00am By John P. Mello Jr.
    Following Edward Snowden's revelations about indiscriminate government snooping on U.S. citizens, many Net surfers would like to find a way to lower their visibility on the Internet. There are a number of tools in cyberspace that can help a soul do that, but…
  • FOSS and the Fear Factor

    Mon 12:17pm By Katherine Noyes
    In a world that's been dominated for far too long by the Systemd Inferno, Linux fans will have to be forgiven if they seize perhaps a bit too gleefully upon the scraps of cheerful news that come along on any given day. Of course, for cheerful news, there's…
  • FBI's Comey Argues Against Encryption: Trust Us

    Mon 11:44am By Richard Adhikari
    FBI director James Comey, in a speech last week at the Brookings Institute, reiterated his concerns about encryption built into iOS 8 and Android stymieing law enforcement.…
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