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  • New Android Malware Sprouting Like Weeds

    Wed 5:31pm By Jack M. Germain
    Information stored on an Android smartphone or tablet is vulnerable to almost 4,900 new malware files each day, according to a report G Data SecurityLabs released Wednesday. Cybercriminals' interest in the Android operating system has grown, the firm's Q1 2015…
  • 5 Things the Apple App Store Could Do Better

    Wed 8:00am By Chris Maxcer
    I haven't been thrilled with app discovery on the App Store for years, and while Apple has been tweaking things to make it better, it's pretty easy to enter the iOS App Store, look around, and come to the conclusion that only an infinitesimal fraction of 1.5…
  • Faster, Cheaper Fiber Could Rev Up Internet

    Tue 7:55pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Researchers have found a way to significantly improve the performance of fiber networks, which could lead to benefits for both consumers and Internet service providers. Information in fiber optic cables degrades with the distance it travels. When you try to…
  • ISS Cargo Lost in SpaceX Falcon Flameout

    Mon 7:26pm By Richard Adhikari
    The SpaceX CRS-7 rocket failed minutes after Sunday's launch, blowing up in mid-air.…
  • Uncle Sam Wants a Hoverbike

    Mon 3:57pm By Richard Adhikari
    The United States Army Research, Development and Engineering Command has commissioned two companies to develop hoverbike technology. The Army intends to operate the hoverbike as a new class of tactical reconnaissance vehicle. "This isn't for jungles or…
  • The Automobile as We Know It Is Dead

    Mon 12:43pm By Rob Enderle
    There's a massive number of efforts going on to kill the car as we know it. Among them are efforts to make it a tiny self-driving box that we'd likely be embarrassed to be seen in, efforts to make it highly customized and amazing, and efforts to change its…
  • Gadget Ogling: Vertical Vinyl, Kid-Friendly Video Chats, and a Smart Pool Monitor

    Sat 8:00am By Kris Holt
    I enjoy music as much as anyone, though I'm no real audiophile and I have not an enormous passion for one format over another. I admire the romance of vinyl but find it unwieldy and cumbersome when digital recordings work just fine for me. The Floating Record…
  • Self-Driving Cars Avoid Collision, as They Should

    Fri 4:50pm By Peter Suciu
    Two self-driving prototype vehicles, one operated by Google and the other operated by Delphi Automotive, earlier this week avoided a collision in Palo Alto, California. Neither car touched the other, but the incident spurred a number of rattled headlines over…
  • Oculus Rift: This Is My Final Form

    Fri 12:39pm By Quinten Plummer
    No more screendoor-effect issues or motion-induced sickness. On-board power, outside power requirements under control. With each prior iteration of its Rift headset, Oculus VR assured gamers that they hadn't yet seen the its final form. Finally, in the run-up…
  • Makulu 9 Aero Soars Above the Linux Distro Crowd

    Fri 8:00am By Jack M. Germain
    The special release of Makulu 9 Aero edition might seem like one flexible Linux offering too many. However, anyone hankering for a Windows-like operating system and the best of what is easy about using Linux could not make a better choice. The Linux OS is…
  • 3D Printing Could Resurrect Custom Carmaking

    Jun 25, 2015, 6:10 pm By Quinten Plummer
    Divergent Microfactories just introduced the world to the Blade, a 3D-printed supercar it designed as a proof of concept to spur the establishment of other microautomakers and reshape the auto industry. Divergent Microfactories envisions microautomakers…
  • Will LastPass Breach Poison Trust in Password Managers?

    Jun 25, 2015, 1:32 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    A data breach is no picnic for any organization, but for a company that makes its potato salad by protecting other people's passwords, it's the mother of all nightmares. Yet, that has happened to LastPass twice. In 2011, the service found anomalies in its…
  • Lexus Teases Smokin' Hoverboard

    Jun 25, 2015, 12:03 pm By Quinten Plummer
    Some said it could never be done. Some said it would be at least another half century before someone could develop an actual hoverboard. However, Toyota on Wednesday announced that a division of its Lexus arm has built a prototype of a hoverboard, one that…
  • Devialet Wants You to Experience an Emotional Sound Implosion

    Jun 24, 2015, 4:44 pm By Quinten Plummer
    Capable of pushing out sound levels that approach the edge of the infrasound spectrum, Devialet's Phantom speaker system finally reached the U.S. market last week. Two versions of the speakers will be available: the 740 watt, 99 db base model, the Phantom,…
  • US, Brit Spooks Bedevil Security Software

    Jun 24, 2015, 1:13 pm By Richard Adhikari
    The United States' National Security Agency and the UK's Government Communications Headquarters reportedly have been attacking antivirus and other security software since at least 2008. The aim is to infiltrate networks and track users. The agencies apparently…
  • Amazon Holds Coming-Out Party for Echo's Alexa

    Jun 23, 2015, 6:44 pm By Quinten Plummer
    About seven months of invitation-only exclusivity for Prime customers came to a close on Tuesday as Amazon opened up sales of Echo, its digital assistant hardware, to anyone willing to spend $180 for it. Amazon will start fulfilling new Echo orders on July 14,…
  • Sony Meets Microsoft in Game Console Muscle Match

    Jun 23, 2015, 1:57 pm By Quinten Plummer
    Beefed up and slimmed down, the new 1TB PlayStation 4 Ultimate Player Edition is scheduled to arrive in Japan before this month concludes and then launch in the UK in the middle of July, Sony announced on Sunday. The revised console, bearing twice the storage…
  • Container Coalition Seeks Common Standard Creation

    Jun 22, 2015, 9:12 pm By Jack M. Germain
    Docker and CoreOS on Monday announced the formation of a coalition of 21 industry leaders to create the Open Container Project, a nonprofit organization seeking minimal common standards for software containers for cloud storage. The two companies made the…
  • 3 Things That Will Change Electronic Entertainment Forever

    Jun 22, 2015, 12:58 pm By Rob Enderle
    E3 -- perhaps the biggest and most important gaming conference in the world -- took place last week. Sony and Microsoft came ready to do battle, Nintendo showed up, and we were up to our armpits in little companies doing amazing things with virtual reality.…
  • Gadget Ogling: Wrist-Saving Keyboards, Resource-Saving Smartphones and New Angles on Reality

    Jun 20, 2015, 1:00 pm By Kris Holt
    Here to save all our wrists -- or at least those of the populace with a spare $299 to spend on a computer accessory -- is a lovely, wood-finished keyboard called "Keyboardio Model 01." Taking its cue from a long history of ergonomic keyboards, the device…
  • DxO One Bridges iPhone-DSLR Camera Divide

    Jun 19, 2015, 6:37 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    DxO on Thursday announced a new compact camera designed to allow iPhones and iPads to capture higher-quality digital images. The DxO One is the first digital camera that plugs into the Lightning connector found on Apple devices and that uses their Retina…
  • Hyperloop Dreams May Become Concrete

    Jun 19, 2015, 2:51 pm By Richard Adhikari
    SpaceX this week announced plans to construct a mile-long Hyperloop test track next to its headquarters in Hawthorne, California, scheduled for completion by June 2016.…
  • Antergos Linux Lowers the Arch Barrier

    Jun 18, 2015, 11:02 pm By Jack M. Germain
    Antergos is an Arch-based Linux distribution that offers six desktop choices. This is a distro that Linux tinkerers might well embrace, but it comes with a few more stumbling blocks than other Linux options, which could make it a less welcome alternative. Its…
  • Google Takes It to the Streets

    Jun 18, 2015, 6:29 pm By Richard Adhikari
    Google last week announced the formation of a new company that will develop technology to improve city life for residents, businesses and governments. Google has teamed up with Dan Doctoroff -- former Bloomberg CEO and ex-deputy mayor of economic development…
  • Routers Becoming Juicy Targets for Hackers

    Jun 18, 2015, 2:34 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Most consumers pay as much attention to routers as they do to doorknobs. That's not the case with Net marauders. They're finding the devices ripe targets for mischief. "We've seen a big increase in malware designed for home routers," said Incapsula researcher…
  • Swiftkey Security Slipup Exposes Samsung Smartphones

    Jun 17, 2015, 7:18 pm By Richard Adhikari
    At least 600 million Samsung smartphones are vulnerable to remote attacks because of the way the company implemented the SwiftKey keyboard, NowSecure researcher Ryan Welton warned Tuesday. A phone can be attacked if it's connected to a compromised or malicious…
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