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  • Hackers Make Smart Rifle Go Rogue

    1h By Richard Adhikari
    Security researchers Runa Sandvik and Michael Auger have hacked a TrackingPoint smart rifle that was designed to deliver sharpshooter results, even for novices. They demonstrated their feat for Wired and will present their findings at the week-long Black Hat…
  • OpenDaylight Project Picks Up Steam

    Thu 6:16pm By Jack M. Germain
    The OpenDaylight Project this week announced that AT&T, ClearPath Networks and Nokia Networks have joined, bringing its membership total to 359. OpenDaylight is a collaborative open source project hosted by the Linux Foundation. Its goal is twofold: accelerate…
  • Commerce Dept. Caves on Security Export Rules

    Thu 2:56pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Some proposed federal rules on the export of security tools created a tumult in cybersecurity circles -- a tumult that's pushed the rules into limbo. The comment period for the rules, which the U.S. Department of Commerce first aired in May, ended July 20 --…
  • Microsoft Fans Embark on Windows 10 Migration

    Thu 8:00am By Quinten Plummer
    Microsoft on Wednesday began offering Windows 10 as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and 8 users in 190 countries. Eligible users began receiving taskbar notifications, beckoning them to begin the migration to Windows 10. To encourage migration, Microsoft has asked…
  • Consumers Fret Over Health Wearables Security

    Wed 5:48pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Collecting health and fitness data through wearable devices is raising concerns among consumers about the security of that information. Twenty-five percent of more than 3,500 consumers who participated in a recent survey did not believe their personal health…
  • Motorola Promises Its Smartphones Will Love You Back

    Wed 5:05pm By Quinten Plummer
    Motorola, on Tuesday launched three new handsets -- Moto X Style, Moto X Play and a refreshed Moto G -- designed to end the "one-sided relationships" between smartphones and consumers. People have been living with phones that nag during drives, make outbursts…
  • AI, Robotics Wonks Urge Autonomous Weapons Ban

    Tue 7:03pm By Richard Adhikari
    Leading artificial intelligence and robotics experts have issued an open letter arguing against the development of autonomous weapons. Its publication coincides with the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, which ends Friday in Buenos…
  • Nintendo's Sleep Monitor Is More Than a Dream

    Tue 5:05pm By Quinten Plummer
    A patent application published last week has revealed more information about Nintendo's plans to build out its hardware ecosystem with contactless sleep monitoring technology. The device will assess individuals' emotions by using array of microphones and…
  • Super-Scary Android Flaw Found

    Tue 1:51pm By Richard Adhikari
    Zimperium on Monday revealed a stunning discovery by researcher Joshua Drake -- a flaw in Android's Stagefright media playback engine that could expose millions of mobile device users to attack without their having done anything. Stagefright, which processes…
  • The Key to Apple Watch Success: Getting Enough Right the First Time

    Tue 8:00am By Chris Maxcer
    I still find wry joy in all the "Apple Watch Tanks" headlines from early July. There are some great gems, like "Apple Watch is a FLOP: Sales of the gadget have fallen by 90 percent since April, report claims" or "Analyst: Apple Watch selling worse than…
  • What To Do if Your Car Tries to Kill You

    Mon 8:00am By Rob Enderle
    The scary news last week was that a couple of guys demonstrated they could hack into a Jeep and take control of it. Later, more details came out that suggested you might want to avoid Chrysler cars altogether. The industry appears to be waiting for the first…
  • Gadget Ogling: Gritty Tablets, Wireless Storage Sticks, and Swapped-Out Speakers

    Sat 1:00pm By Kris Holt
    Dell's Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet is designed for people who work in the field, for the military and explorers, for industrial work and first responders. This system can handle some harsh conditions, including temperatures between -20 and 145 degrees and drops…
  • Tech Giants Boost Open Source Container Collaboration

    Sat 9:00am By Jack M. Germain
    The Linux Foundation this week announced the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, a consortium dedicated to the development and adoption of common container technologies. CNCF aims to make it easier for businesses to deploy containerized cloud applications…
  • Stephen Hawking Kicks Off $100M Hunt for Alien Intelligence

    Jul 24, 2015, 1:37 pm By Richard Adhikari
    Space fever seems to be catching on. Stephen Hawking and a group of other high-profile space scientists joined with Russian billionaire Yuri Milner this week to announce a new $100 million effort to search for intelligent alien life. The funding will go to the…
  • Twitch Yanks Player Controls From Flash

    Jul 24, 2015, 12:37 pm By Quinten Plummer
    Game-streaming service Twitch on Thursday joined Apple and other tech companies in swearing off its dependence on Adobe's Flash. The move away from Flash will happen in stages, but Twitch has promised its community that the gradual rollout will advance at a…
  • Hackers Take Hijacked Jeep Cherokee for Joyride

    Jul 23, 2015, 3:36 pm By Richard Adhikari
    White-hat hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek remotely took over a Jeep Cherokee, ran its controls, then cut the transmission as it sped at 70 mph along Interstate 64 in an experiment conducted with Wired. They turned on the air conditioning, switched…
  • OPM Director's Resignation Draws Mixed Reactions

    Jul 23, 2015, 1:15 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    The resignation of U.S. Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta is drawing mixed reactions from the cybersecurity community. Archuleta's departure on July 10, in the wake of a massive data breach resulting in the theft of the personal…
  • Commodore's Ghost Lives in New Machine

    Jul 22, 2015, 2:10 pm By Richard Adhikari
    Yet another Android smartphone has hit the market -- but what's surprising is that it comes from Commodore. The Commodore PET smartphone is from Commodore Business Machines, a UK-based firm that has acquired the brand and trademark. It runs Android 5.0…
  • The New Solus: Putting the Pieces Together Again

    Jul 22, 2015, 9:00 am By Jack M. Germain
    The Solus Project is a rebranded and rereleased Linux distro trying to regain its former popularity. In a field of Linux distributions cluttered with look-alike offerings, Solus brings something simple and something new. Solus has impressive potential for…
  • A New Challenger Pounds the Street Fighter V Pavement

    Jul 21, 2015, 2:09 pm By Quinten Plummer
    Capcom has introduced a new character for its upcoming Street Fighter V, as it continued a reveal that promises a more connected, less confusing experience for players of the next installment in the decades-old series. Whether in a dark alley or a sunny park,…
  • Philanderers, Scarlet Women Cower After Ashley Madison Hack

    Jul 21, 2015, 8:00 am By Richard Adhikari
    About 40 million swingers and sexual sophisticates have been whimpering in fear since hearing Sunday's news that hackers broke into the servers of Avid Life Media, the parent company of online cheating site Ashley Madison. The hackers reportedly stole large…
  • New Ford Tech Shines Light Where Drivers Need It

    Jul 20, 2015, 7:08 pm By Peter Suciu
    Ford Motor Company has developed a new lighting system that can illuminate hazards on the road -- even those that are not in the direct line of travel of the vehicle -- better than conventional headlights. Ford on Friday unveiled a new lighting system that can…
  • Angry Birds 2 Set for Late July Landing

    Jul 20, 2015, 3:48 pm By Quinten Plummer
    Six years and more than a dozen spinoffs after Angry Birds first took flight, the game finally will receive a proper sequel on July 30, Rovio announced last week. The details are scant, but Angry Birds 2 apparently will be "bigger, badder and birdier," going…
  • The Emperor Is Naked and We're All Idiots

    Jul 20, 2015, 8:00 am By Rob Enderle
    An old fable keeps running through my mind about the scam artist who convinced an emperor that he had created clothing only smart people could see. Everyone says they see the clothing because they don't want to look stupid. Walking around in clothing stupid…
  • Gadget Ogling: An Amped-Up Smartphone, a Giant USB Charger and a Gun Detector

    Jul 18, 2015, 1:00 pm By Kris Holt
    Marshall, best known for its guitar amplifiers and headphones, is moving into the smartphone market. Its first device, London, has dual front-facing speakers and a pair of audio outputs, making it easy to share what you're listening to with a friend who's also…
  • Pluto Pix Push Interest in Space Exploration

    Jul 17, 2015, 1:06 pm By Richard Adhikari
    Photos transmitted from 4 billion miles away by NASA's New Horizons Pluto space probe have sparked fresh interest in space exploration. New Horizons traveled more than 3 billion miles over a nine-and-a-half year stretch to reach the Pluto system. A close-up…
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