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  • Hackers Get Up Close and Personal With WH Staffer's Email

    3:39pm By David Jones
    Federal authorities last week launched a probe of a suspected cyberattack that targeted the private Gmail account of a White House staffer. The employee's correspondence turned up on the DCleaks hacktivist site, which earlier this month posted the private…
  • Project Shield Has Krebs on Security's Back

    2:24pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    The website of prominent security blogger Brian Krebs is back online this week after sustaining one of the largest distributed denial of service attacks in Internet history. DDoS attacks typically disrupt service at a website by flooding it with junk traffic.…
  • Snap Unveils Eye-Popping Camera Spectacles

    10:00am By Richard Adhikari
    Snap, the company formerly known as "Snapchat," on Saturday announced sunglasses that take videos through a built-in camera in the frame. Snap's Spectacles let users take 10-second videos by tapping a button on the top left-hand corner of the eyeframe. Users…
  • Lenovo Courts Devs WIth Moto Z Source Code Release

    Mon 6:45pm By Richard Adhikari
    Lenovo, which owns Motorola, last week released the kernel source code for the Moto Z Droid smartphone. The move follows this summer's posting of the Moto Z Droid Moto Mods Development Kit and Moto Mods on Github. This is the first kernel source code made…
  • HPE and Apple: The Speed of Image Transformation

    Mon 1:26pm By Rob Enderle
    HPE and Apple are very different companies this decade, having shifted their models from a strategic customer/innovation focus to one that's more tactical -- and tied far more closely to quarterly profit. They are hardly alone, and this unfortunate trend is…
  • Gadget Ogling: Driving Partner, Hydration Station, and Flying Grabbers

    Sat 1:35pm By Kris Holt
    After a bad experience when I was first behind the wheel as a teenager, I'm only just now learning to drive, more than a decade later. My partner and I are going through the school together, and when asked about our dream vehicles in class, she replied that…
  • Social Networks Prep for Key Role in Presidential Debates

    Fri 5:30pm By Richard Adhikari
    The Commission on Presidential Debates, which has run them since 1988, last week announced initiatives with social media, academics, and media organizations to engage the American public in substantive conversations before, during and after this year's…
  • Senate Leadership Rebuffs Cruz's Shutdown Threat Over Internet Control

    Fri 8:00am By Peter Suciu
    It appears that the Senate is poised to quash a government shutdown threat from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in spite of presidential candidate Donald Trump lending his support to his former primary opponent's cause. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on…
  • Opera's Free VPN Takes On Internet Privacy Challenge

    Thu 3:36pm By Richard Adhikari
    Opera earlier this week released a new version of its browser, Opera 40, which comes with a free virtual private network service built in. The official rollout follows five months of user experimentation with a beta version. After evaluating beta users'…
  • GoPro Karma Lets New Hero5s Fly High

    Thu 10:00am By John P. Mello Jr.
    Pro earlier this week refreshed its product line, announcing two new action cameras, a cloud service and a drone. Its new Hero5 Black camera can capture 4K video at 30 frames a second and still photos at 12 megapixels, with RAW and WDR support. It has a 2-inch…
  • Nikon Gets In On the Action

    Wed 5:36pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Nikon has announced its new KeyMission line of shooters, marking its entry into the 360-degree and action camera business. The KeyMission 360 can corral 360-degree video in 4K UHD at 24p, as well as in the more traditional HD 1080p. It also shoots 30-megapixel…
  • The Internet's Shameful Role in Propagating Body Shaming

    Wed 1:14pm By Quinten Plummer
    A problem once associated mainly with school playgrounds often follows people into adulthood, and the anonymity of the Internet has aided its proliferation. People have been shamed for being overweight, underweight, too conservative, too revealing, too young,…
  • DoT Refreshes Rule Book to Include Self-Driving Cars

    Sep 20, 2016, 5:31 pm By David Jones
    U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has introduced new federal guidelines for the emerging highly automated vehicle industry -- including self-driving and semi-autonomous vehicles -- creating a framework that will help drive one of the most important…
  • Congress to Bureaucrats: Trust No One

    Sep 20, 2016, 2:37 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Congress earlier this month lowered the hammer on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in a report on the massive data breach that resulted in the theft of 4.2 million former and current government employees' personnel files, as well as 21.5 million…
  • Parsix Normalizes GNOME

    Sep 20, 2016, 8:00 am By Jack M. Germain
    Parsix is a feature-rich distro that will delight GNOME desktop users looking for a well-tweaked user experience. It offers a well-oiled, single track Linux desktop operating system. It has no distractions from multiple desktop options. It provides one of the…
  • Steam Blows Off Aggrieved Indie Dev

    Sep 19, 2016, 5:22 pm By Peter Suciu
    Independent video game developer Digital Homicide Studios on Monday posted a response to its ban from Valve's digital distribution platform Steam. Valve banned the development studio this weekend, after Digital Homicide reportedly initiated legal action…
  • Why Russian Hackers Are Doing the US a Favor

    Sep 19, 2016, 12:59 pm By Rob Enderle
    Colin Powell's hacked email once again showcases that what people in office tell us and what they actually think are two very different things. Politicians work for us -- we are supposedly their employers. Yet we seem to know far less about what they do and…
  • New Apple Products Have the Right Gaming Stuff

    Sep 17, 2016, 1:30 pm By David Jones
    Apple wants to attract gaming fans to the more powerful graphics and processing power embedded in its new iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 products. The iPhone 7 features the new A10 Fusion chip -- the most powerful ever in a smartphone, according to the…
  • Cyberattacks on Athletes May Be Russian Distraction Tactic

    Sep 16, 2016, 4:18 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Confidential information about international athletes surfaced on the Internet Wednesday -- the second such exposure this week. Russian hackers allegedly stole the information from the World Anti-Doping Agency. It includes confidential data on medical drug…
  • Sony Kicks The Last Guardian Down the Road Again

    Sep 16, 2016, 8:00 am By Peter Suciu
    The first wave of previews for SIE's long-in-development video game epic The Last Guardian appeared following a demo at the Tokyo Game Show earlier this week, and reactions were mixed. Much of the coverage of this PS4 game, first announced at E3 in 2007, has…
  • iPhone 7 Draws Tepid Notices

    Sep 15, 2016, 2:29 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    The iPhone 7 may be Apple's best smartphone to date, but it's garnering lukewarm reactions from reviewers and pundits. The new iPhone's waterproofing and better battery life are welcome. Further, "the camera and speed improvements are nothing to sneeze at,"…
  • Udacity Fuels Autonomous Vehicle Engineering Dreams

    Sep 15, 2016, 8:00 am By Jack M. Germain
    Online education company Udacity on Tuesday introduced a new "nanodegree" program in self-driving auto engineering. President Sebastian Thrun made the announcement. The goal is to build a crowdsourced, open source self-driving car, he said. Students will learn…
  • Nation States May Be Plotting Internet Takedown, Warns Cybersec Pro

    Sep 14, 2016, 6:23 pm By Richard Adhikari
    Unknown attackers have been testing the defenses of companies that run critical parts of the Internet, possibly to figure out how to take them down, cybersecurity expert Bruce Schneier warned. Large nation states -- perhaps China or Russia -- are the likely…
  • Attack-for-Hire Teens Collared in Israel

    Sep 14, 2016, 8:00 am By John P. Mello Jr.
    At the FBI's request, Israeli authorities last week arrested two teens for operating vDOS, a DDoS-for-hire service that raked in more than half a million dollars in two years. DDoS attacks flood websites with garbage data in order to disrupt their operation…
  • Arya.ai's Braid Aims to Weave Together Neural Network Components

    Sep 13, 2016, 6:48 pm By Richard Adhikari
    Startup Arya.ai on Monday introduced Braid, an open source tool available for free to companies developing neural networks. Braid is a flexible, customizable, modular meta-framework that works with operating systems for deep learning, according to the company.…
  • Bezos Trots Out New Glenn Rocket Design

    Sep 13, 2016, 1:11 pm By Richard Adhikari
    Jeff Bezos on Monday disclosed details about the New Glenn rockets his Blue Origin aerospace company plans to build. "Blue Origin's next step ... meet New Glenn," he tweeted. Bezos released illustrations of two models, the New Glenn 2 and the larger New Glenn…