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  • Gadget Ogling: A Touchless Thermometer, Flashing Audio, and a Mesmerizing Mattress Cover

    Sat 8:00am By Kris Holt
    JoyWing's Wishbone is a fancier thermometer than what you or I will have seen on any trip to the doctor. It's a smartphone attachment that gives temperature readouts within a couple of seconds without even having to touch the person or material it's examining,…
  • Gamergate Bleeds Into Wikipedia

    Fri 4:00pm By Richard Adhikari
    The Gamergate controversy, which centers on sexism and sexual violence in the video game industry, has made things hot for Wikipedia, whose arbitration committee has taken punitive action against some of the people involved in the debate. The committee decided…
  • Google Gives WebView the Cold Shoulder

    Fri 8:00am By Richard Adhikari
    Google has decided not to fix vulnerabilities in WebView for Android 4.3 and older, sparking heated discussions among developers. Those versions of WebView run on the WebKit browser. Fixing them "required changes to significant portions of the code and was no…
  • SpaceX Video Stirs Excitement for Falcon Heavy

    Thu 5:02pm By Richard Adhikari
    SpaceX on Thursday released a computer-generated animation demonstrating how the three Falcon 9 cores of its Falcon Heavy rocket, scheduled for launch later this year, would return to Earth. The boosters would land vertically at a selected site. The Falcon…
  • Canada Levitates Data from File-Sharing Sites

    Thu 10:23am By Richard Adhikari
    Canada's spy agency, the Communications Security Establishment, has been eavesdropping on 102 free file upload sites, including Sendspace, Rapidshare and Megaupload, which has been shut down. A CSE program called "Levitation" lets analysts access information…
  • There's a GHOST in Linux's Library

    Wed 7:37pm By Jack M. Germain
    Patches for GHOST, a critical vulnerability in glibc, the Linux GNU C Library, now are available through vendor communities for a variety of Linux server and desktop distributions. Qualys earlier this week reported its discovery of GHOST, a vulnerability that…
  • Tech-Savvy Cubans Build Their Own Private Internet

    Wed 4:22pm By Richard Adhikari
    Because Cuba's government makes it difficult for all but a handful of Cubans to access the Internet, people in Havana and other parts of the country reportedly have linked thousands of PCs to create an informal network known as "StreetNet," or "SNet" for…
  • POS Terminals Rich Vein for Gold-Digging Hackers

    Wed 10:32am By John P. Mello Jr.
    Hackers are like gold miners. Once they find a rich vein for their malware, they mine it until it's dry. Point-of-sale terminals are such a vein, and it doesn't appear that it's one that's about to run dry any time soon. Following the success of the Target…
  • Oculus VR's Story Studio to Create Cinematic Virtual Reality Experiences

    Tue 6:06pm By Peter Suciu
    Oculus VR on Monday unveiled a new project at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Oculus Story Studio will produce movies in virtual reality. It presented its first example of the genre on Monday evening -- a 4-minute experience called Lost.…
  • Wikileaks Steamed Over Google's Lengthy Silence on FBI Snooping

    Tue 8:00am By John P. Mello Jr.
    Google may have contributed to violating the First Amendment rights of three journalists working for WikiLeaks two and a half years ago, when it turned over to the FBI all their email, subscriber information and metadata. Google informed the journalists about…
  • Debian Forked: All for Devuan and Devuan for All?

    Mon 6:53pm By Jack M. Germain
    A group of developers made good on their threats to fork Debian Linux late last year, after the community's leadership voted to replace sysvinit with systemd, making systemd the default init boot process. The Debian Technical Committee's decision spurred…
  • Walk Like a Man: The DARPA Robotics Challenge

    Mon 12:00pm By Richard Adhikari
    The humanoid Atlas robot made by Google company Boston Dynamics has gotten an overhaul to be stronger, lighter and more independent, and to be able to function for one hour of mixed-mission operations. Designed by the United States Defense Advanced Research…
  • Microsoft's Windows Reboot Could Be Legendary

    Mon 9:52am By Rob Enderle
    I was one of the launch analysts for Windows 95, and the launch of that product is widely held -- including by Bill Gates -- as the company's pinnacle. No launch before or since ever came close to that launch, and I remain amazed that no one, including Apple…
  • Gadget Ogling: A Microsoft Marvel, an Eensy Keyboard and an Ingenious Desk

    Jan 24, 2015, 10:57 am By Kris Holt
    Microsoft had a major surprise up its sleeve for those awaiting details about the Windows 10 launch: its holographic headset, HoloLens. Billed as a new way to interact with technology and the world around us at once, it overlays holograms onto what wearers see…
  • Zenwalk Linux - A Walk on the Quirky Side

    Jan 23, 2015, 6:51 pm By Jack M. Germain
    The developmental path and sketchy developer website may cast an unfavorable impression about Zenwalk's trustworthiness as a serious computing platform. The ho-hum impression when first running the live edition does little to encourage users to take this Linux…
  • Ford R&D Facility Rolls Into Silicon Valley

    Jan 23, 2015, 4:19 pm By Peter Suciu
    Ford Motor on Thursday announced the opening of its Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto, a 25,000 square foot facility that will help it accelerate the company's innovation in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data.…
  • The Brave New World of Windows 10

    Jan 23, 2015, 10:24 am By Richard Adhikari
    Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled a slew of new features and capabilities coming in Windows 10: the convergence of the desktop and mobile; the advent of the killer universal app; more power and features for personal digital assistant Cortana, which will be on…
  • Quinn's Crash Override Combats Cyberbullying

    Jan 22, 2015, 8:08 pm By Erika Morphy
    Crash Override made its official debut last week, promising a new way to support targets of online bullying and harassment. Cofounder Zoe Quinn, a video game developer, is one of the better-known people on the receiving end of such abuse. For her, it started…
  • Acer Designs Chromebooks for Students' Rough Handling

    Jan 22, 2015, 5:19 pm By Jack M. Germain
    Acer on Wednesday announced two new ruggedized Chromebooks geared for classroom use. Both will go on sale in February. The Acer Chromebook C910 and C740 have a durable design built around reinforced covers and hinges. The new models support multiple user…
  • Could Microsoft's Foggy Windows 10 Plan Be Any Smarter?

    Jan 22, 2015, 10:05 am By Chris Maxcer
    The most important and daring move that Microsoft made Wednesday is far and away making the upgrade to Windows 10 free. Seems dirt-simple and intuitive on the surface, but it represents a startling and abrupt shift in both how users will relate to Microsoft…
  • Microsoft Just Handed Us Our Holographic Future

    Jan 21, 2015, 3:41 pm By Richard Adhikari
    Microsoft on Wednesday announced Windows Holographic, a feature in Windows 10 that will let users create their own holograms and print them out on 3D printers. Every Windows 10 device has holographic APIs enabled, Microsoft's Alex Kipman said. Windows 10…
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