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  • Vaio's Phone Biz to Test Windows 10's Reception in Asia

    Fri 2:42pm By Richard Adhikari
    Vaio on Wednesday announced Phone Biz, a Windows 10 mobile phone. The device doesn't have a SIM, leaving users free to select their own carriers. The Phone Biz lets users easily access corporate apps, Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Exchange, as well as the…
  • Google to Put Self-Driving Cars Through Rainy-Day Paces

    Thu 4:53pm By Peter Suciu
    Google on Wednesday announced that it has chosen Kirkland, Washington, as the next location to test its self-driving cars. It picked Kirkland as the third test city to give the cars more experience driving in new environments, traffic patterns and road…
  • Rugged Turing Phone to Run on Sailfish OS, Not Android

    Thu 2:46pm By Jack M. Germain
    Turing Robotic Industries this week announced that it has uninstalled Google's Android mobile platform in favor of Jolla's Sailfish OS in its yet-to-appear secure smartphone. The Turing Phone, molded from a single unit of the Liquidmorphium liquid-metal alloy,…
  • Apple Pencils In March 15 for 4-Inch iPhone Launch

    Thu 8:00am By John P. Mello Jr.
    Apple is planning an event to unveil a refresh of its iPhone 5s and its Apple Watch, as well as to introduce a new version of its iPad Air, according to a Tuesday report. However, the event date could change, or the company could opt for an online…
  • Fitbit's Alta Is Dressed to Kill

    Wed 6:26pm By Quinten Plummer
    Fitbit has unveiled a new fitness tracker that highlights muted colors and fashion-forward design elements. The Alta, priced at $129, has a brushed, stainless steel body that supports interchangeable bands, so that it doesn't stand out for the wrong reasons.…
  • MIT Team Runs Victory Lap in 1st Hyperloop Competition

    Wed 5:09pm By Richard Adhikari
    A team from MIT won the best overall design award in the first round of the Hyperloop pod design contest, held last weekend at Texas A&M University. About 120 teams participated in the event. The MIT entry focused on speed, braking, stability and levitation.…
  • T-Mobile Wins OpenSignal Speed Tests

    Wed 3:12pm By Jack M. Germain
    T-Mobile's 700-MHz rollout has given its mobile users some of the fastest data speeds in the U.S. market, according to a report OpenSignal released Tuesday. OpenSignal crowdsources data on carrier signal quality from users who have its consumer mobile…
  • Europe, US Cut 11th Hour Safe Harbor Deal

    Wed 8:00am By John P. Mello Jr.
    Europe and the United States on Tuesday announced a new Safe Harbor agreement that neutralizes the threat of enforcement actions against domestic companies handling overseas data. The EU-US Privacy Shield aims to protect the privacy of data belonging to…
  • Harvard Researchers Debunk Warnings of Terrorists 'Going Dark'

    Tue 3:44pm By Richard Adhikari
    The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University on Monday released a report that questions the so-called "going dark" phenomenon. The U.S. government and surveillance and law enforcement agencies have been calling for an end to encryption…
  • Gadget Ogling: Babe-Friendly Smartwatches, Pretty Routers, and Automated Aromas

    Tue 8:00am By Kris Holt
    If I were a parent, I assume I would have a strong opposition to giving a smartphone to an under-14 child of mine. Don't get me wrong. I would, I surmise, be all in favor of my offspring being able to tap into the Internet to explore, learn, and communicate.…
  • Zenwalk 8 Beta Led Me Down a Rocky Road

    Feb 1, 2016, 5:52 pm By Jack M. Germain
    Zenwalk is a Linux distro that seems to be in a state of flux. I took a gamble with the Zenwalk 8.0 beta edition, released last month, after several colleagues raved about its improvements. Chalk that up to potentially bad advice. It's not that Zenwalk is a…
  • Microsoft's Project Natick: Data Centers Better Down Where It's Wetter?

    Feb 1, 2016, 2:30 pm By Peter Suciu
    Microsoft on Monday unveiled Project Natick, a research initiative aimed at developing underwater data centers that could be built near coastal cities. The project is still in its infancy, but Microsoft built one test facility last year. It was deployed 30…
  • How Analytics Could Upset the Presidential Frontrunners

    Feb 1, 2016, 8:00 am By Rob Enderle
    Given all the campaign drama, there was little else on my mind when I started to write my column at the end of last week. The also-rans really didn't understand how suicidal Trump's comments were about fans supporting him even if he shot someone in New York.…
  • Oracle Pulls Plug on Java Browser Plug-In

    Jan 30, 2016, 1:00 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Oracle earlier this week announced its decision to scrap its Java browser plug-in. The plug-in, a frequent target of hackers, won't be included in the next version of JDK 9, which is expected to ship in September. Oracle's action was motivated by browser…
  • Google, Movidius to Bring Deep Learning to Mobile Devices

    Jan 29, 2016, 5:24 pm By Richard Adhikari
    Movidius on Wednesday announced that it's working with Google to put deep learning on mobile devices. Google will source Movidius' latest flagship chip -- the MA2450 -- and software development environment, and will contribute to Movidius' neural network…
  • Google's AlphaGo Defeats Human Master of Ancient Game

    Jan 29, 2016, 2:43 pm By Richard Adhikari
    Research at Google on Wednesday announced that AlphaGo has become the first computer software system to beat a human at the ancient game of Go. There are more possible positions in Go than there are the number of atoms in the universe, and it has a googol more…
  • Your Facebook Friends Are Really Not That Into You

    Jan 29, 2016, 8:00 am By David Jones
    Most of your friends on Facebook may not care much about you at all, suggests an Oxford University study. Friendships on social networks are not that different from real-world friendships, found Robin Dunbar, the professor of evolutionary psychology who…
  • Starry Eyes Speedy Internet Access

    Jan 28, 2016, 4:55 pm By Richard Adhikari
    Project Decibel on Wednesday announced Starry, a company that promises easy broadband Internet access at speeds of up to 1 GB with no caps. Starry will deploy what it says is the world's first millimeter wave band for consumer Internet communications. Initial…
  • Walmart Opens OneOps Cloud Management to the Masses

    Jan 28, 2016, 4:19 pm By Jack M. Germain
    Walmart on Tuesday announced that it has posted the code for its OneOps cloud application life cycle management platform on GitHub. The company developed OneOps for building and launching cloud applications across frequently changing storage environments. It…
  • FDA Guidelines Target IoT Medical Device Security

    Jan 28, 2016, 8:00 am By John P. Mello Jr.
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week took a step toward addressing the threat the Internet of Things poses to patients and their data by releasing some proposed guidelines for managing cybersecurity in medical devices. "Networked medical devices,…
  • Suggestion Glitch Crashes Safari Browser

    Jan 27, 2016, 6:25 pm By Richard Adhikari
    Apple's Safari browser has been crashing on Macs and iOS devices when users launch a search through its address bar, according to reports on Wednesday. OS X and iOS users worldwide have been affected, according to The Verge, which confirmed the problem on…
  • GoPro Shooters Can Send Live Streams Up Periscope

    Jan 27, 2016, 1:37 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    GoPro on Monday announced an integration with Twitter's Periscope app that allows live streaming from a GoPro Hero4 camera. Periscope users can switch between broadcasting from their iPhone's camera to their GoPro directly from the phone screen with the touch…
  • 3D Printing: Innovation's New Lifeblood

    Jan 27, 2016, 8:00 am By Pam Baker
    To many, 3D printing is little more than a toy. A toy that mostly prints toys. To others, it's a prototyping tool good for a hands-on feel of a manifested idea but not much more. Yet for a select few, 3D printing is the heart of innovation, and each new…
  • Fast Times With Nelum OS

    Jan 26, 2016, 6:15 pm By Jack M. Germain
    Nelum OS is a light and fast live-installable Linux distribution family offering three separate releases. The distro is a brand-new entry to the land of Linux, with its initial release posted earlier this month. It is an unusual twist on what you usually see…
  • New Little iPhone May Sprout This Spring

    Jan 26, 2016, 3:48 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    An iPhone with a 4-inch display and some features found in Apple's latest models will launch in March or April, according to a report that surfaced last week. The model reportedly will be called the "iPhone 5se" -- for "special edition" -- and will be offered…
  • Gadget Ogling: Super Strollers, Posture Prodders, and Portable Projectors

    Jan 26, 2016, 12:58 pm By Kris Holt
    Regular readers will know that I am not a parent, so you might wonder why I'm including a self-propelling stroller in this week's cavalcade of riches. The answer is elementary: It's a smashing idea. Granted, it's maybe because I don't have a child that I think…