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  • Gadget Ogling: A Mighty Little Amp, a Credit Card-Sized Phone and a Food Tray Keyboard

    Tue 6:02pm By Kris Holt
    Tinny, terrible laptop speakers may be a relic of the past, but there are still occasions when the built-in audio from your portable computer's speakers or audio jack just doesn't quite cut it. Let's say you're an electronic music luminary traveling the world…
  • Is Home Where HomeKit's Heart Is?

    Tue 1:03pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Since Apple SVP Craig Federighi announced HomeKit at last year's Worldwide Developers Conference, the company has been working on making it ready for prime time. Now, a year later, Apple finally may have an app to go with its framework for integrating home…
  • Apple vs. Lenovo: Lenovo's Coming-Out Party

    Mon 8:00am By Rob Enderle
    If there is one vendor on the planet that has the capability to fight Apple -- on paper, it is Lenovo. Lenovo this week will hold its annual Lenovo Tech World event in China, showcasing the company's new breadth. While it would be easy to position this as the…
  • Spy Agencies Planned to Corrupt Google Play

    Fri 10:30am By Richard Adhikari
    The United States and its leading Western allies, known as the "Five Eyes," reportedly planned to hack into smartphones through their links to Google and Samsung's app stores.…
  • Simplicity Linux Makes Good on Its Easy-Peasy Promise

    Fri 8:00am By Jack M. Germain
    The latest edition of Simplicity Linux, version 15.4, recently became available for download. Simplicity Linux delivers just what its name suggests: It is a simpler way to run a fully powered Linux desktop on any computer you touch. Simplicity lets you carry…
  • DoT: Time to Get Serious About Car Talk

    Thu 4:42pm By Peter Suciu
    United States Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx recently called for accelerating the timetable to develop technology allowing communication between cars and highway infrastructures. The end goal is to effect a shift in automotive safety…
  • Apple Fiddles With MacBook Pro, iMac Features and Pricing

    Thu 1:50pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Apple on Tuesday announced performance enhancements for the MacBook Pro and a new configuration and price changes for the iMac. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro with its Force Touch trackpad and improved flash storage, battery and graphics performance is available…
  • Russia Aims to Build US-Free Mobile OS

    Wed 7:29pm By Jack M. Germain
    Russia wants to develop alternatives to proprietary or partly closed mobile operating systems by using open source tools as a foundation, Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications Nikolay Nikiforov said last week. "Success would make a fairly significant…
  • Fove VR Headset Locks Onto Your Gaze

    Wed 6:24pm By Quinten Plummer
    Fove is the first virtual reality headset to feature eye-tracking -- meaning, among other things, that characters you view on screen can look right back at you. So far, close to 500 people have pledged nearly $200,000 to bring the Fove VR headset to fruition.…
  • Venom Less Toxic Than Heartbleed

    May 20, 2015, 1:16 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    It was a little over a year ago that the Heartbleed bug shocked the Internet with its potential for mischief. Now another flaw in open source code has sent network administrators into damage control mode. The bug, called "Venom" for "Virtualized Environment…
  • The Rampant, Risky Babbling of Android Apps

    May 19, 2015, 8:35 pm By John P. Mello Jr.a
    Eurecom researchers recently developed an Android app that can monitor the network traffic of other apps to alert users of suspicious or malicious activity. With more than 1.2 million applications in the Google Play store, there are multiple programs for…
  • Cossacks 3 Could Revive RTS Game Genre

    May 19, 2015, 6:29 pm By Peter Suciu
    GSC Game World has announced it will release Cossacks 3, a new version of the popular real-time strategy title Cossacks: European Wars. It will be available for PC, Mac and Linux machines later this year. Cossacks 3 is a modern remake of the original game that…
  • Researcher's Airplane-Hacking Claims May Not Fly

    May 19, 2015, 11:52 am By John P. Mello Jr.
    A security researcher who last month bragged he'd hacked into a passenger jet's internal computer systems while in flight appears to have performed the act more than a dozen times over a three-year period. Chris Roberts, founder and CTO of One World Labs, told…
  • Makulu Gives Unity a Good Name

    May 18, 2015, 8:57 pm By Jack M. Germain
    Makulu Linux now is one of the first major distros to integrate the Unity desktop. It was more than worth the wait! The Unity desktop is Ubuntu's flagship desktop environment. Canonical pushed through its development several years ago as a way of introducing…
  • NASA's $2.25M Challenge: 3D-Print a Space Base

    May 18, 2015, 6:52 pm By Quinten Plummer
    NASA and America Makes have challenged innovators in the additive construction market to design a habitat for deep space exploration for the first stage of the competition and to fabricate such facilities in the second phase. The organizations will award a…
  • Will Apple TV Be Busting Out All Over?

    May 18, 2015, 6:06 pm By Chris Maxcer
    I want to believe that Apple will launch a new Apple TV hardware device in June at its Worldwide Developers Conference -- but holy macaroni, it's been more than three years since Apple introduced the third-generation Apple TV. Of course, Apple made a barely…
  • The Future According to Qualcomm

    May 18, 2015, 1:41 pm By Rob Enderle
    I was at the Qualcomm Internet of Things event in San Francisco last week during what was a major IoT event in the city. What is kind of amazing is the larger event was just a small part of the applications show that used to go on at the same time. This year…
  • Google's Driverless Cars to Leave the Nest

    May 16, 2015, 9:15 am By Quinten Plummer
    Google on Friday announced it will begin testing prototypes of its fully autonomous self-driving cars on public roads. The vehicles won't roam too far from their Mountain View, California, home -- but this latest phase of testing could be critical both for…
  • Gadget Ogling: A Tracking Camera Drone, a Rockin' Speaker and a Water-Boiling Efficiency Expert

    May 16, 2015, 8:05 am By Kris Holt
    Camera drones certainly are growing in popularity -- or further polluting the sky, depending on your perspective. A new model plans to follow your every move, thanks to a tracker on your wrist. After you throw Lily, it will fly up to 50 feet in the air and 100…
  • Reddit Flaps Gums at Harassers

    May 15, 2015, 6:15 pm By Richard Adhikari
    Reddit has announced a new policy prohibiting personal attacks. "We are updating how we apply existing policies to address new types of harassment on Reddit," said company spokesperson Heather Wilson. However, Reddit did not indicate what action it would take…
  • FireEye, Microsoft Outsmart Clever Chinese Malware

    May 15, 2015, 1:56 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    FireEye and Microsoft have scotched a scheme by a group of cybercriminals based in China to use an IT pro forum to hide malicious activity, according to a report released Thursday. The Chinese gang known as "APT17" devised the scheme, which uses forum pages…
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