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  • Google Gives Google+ Some Nips and Tucks

    Wed 4:21pm By Richard Adhikari
    Google has announced three new updates to Google+ in an effort to revive interest in the faltering product. The added features will be rolled out next week, when the old Google+ layout will vanish. Lower quality comments will be hidden, although Google didn't…
  • Microsoft Hardens Latest Windows Version Against Hackers

    Tue 12:37pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Microsoft has fortified the latest version of Windows to make it more secure than previous editions, but the strongest protections will be available only to those willing to pay a steep price for them. Windows 10 Anniversary Update has introduced many…
  • Did BuzzFeed Just Commit Suicide?

    Mon 1:32pm By Rob Enderle
    Remember the oldie, "You Don't Mess Around With Jim"? The chorus goes like this: "You don't tug on superman's cape, You don't spit into the wind, You don't pull the mask off that old lone ranger, And you don't mess around with Jim." One of the lessons we…
  • Nintendo Banks on Switch Hit

    Sat 1:40pm By Richard Adhikari
    Nintendo on Thursday announced the Nintendo Switch handheld gaming console, its long-awaited successor to the poorly received Wii 2. The $300 Switch will hit the streets March 3. Purchasers will get the console, two Joy-Con controllers, a Joy-Con Grip, a set…
  • New Facebook Project Aims to Strengthen Journalism

    Jan 12, 2017, 5:20 pm By Richard Adhikari
    Facebook on Tuesday unveiled the Journalism Project, which is designed to establish stronger ties with the journalism industry. Through the project, Facebook aims to bolster the quality of journalism on the network. Among other things, the project aims to…
  • Gadget Ogling: The CES Spectacular Edition

    Jan 12, 2017, 3:01 pm By Kris Holt
    Trust Razer to come up with something completely ridiculous that I need in my life immediately. Project Ariana is a projector that incorporates Razer's full-spectrum lighting system, Chroma. It uses a wide-angle lens to project images. Its 3D depth-sensing…
  • St. Jude Medical Patches Cardiac Machine's Cybersecurity Flaw

    Jan 11, 2017, 12:51 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Medical device maker St. Jude Medical on Monday began deploying software designed to protect its remote monitoring system for implantable pacemaker and defibrillator devices. The move came on the heels of the U.S. food and Drug Administration's warning that…
  • Pentagon Battle-Tests Micro Drone Swarm

    Jan 11, 2017, 8:00 am By Richard Adhikari
    The U.S. Department of Defense on Monday announced a successful demonstration of one of the world's largest micro drone swarms at China Lake in California. Three F/a-18 Super Hornet combat jets launched 103 Perdix drones in the exercise, which took place last…
  • iPhone at 10: The Best Is Yet to Come?

    Jan 10, 2017, 12:33 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    It seems like yesterday -- not 10 years ago -- that Steve Jobs took the stage at MacWorld to debut Apple's latest new gadget: the iPhone. The iPhone was three devices in one, he declared. It was a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile…
  • Min Browser Muffles the Web's Noise

    Jan 9, 2017, 5:31 pm By Jack M. Germain
    Min is a Web browser with a minimal design that provides speedy operation with simple features.…
  • CES 2017's Magic

    Jan 9, 2017, 1:02 pm By Rob Enderle
    CES was a fascinating show this year. One of the things that made it so fascinating was that everyone and their brother had cars demonstrating one form of technology or another. It kind of makes me wonder what we'll see at the next car show -- PCs, drones,…
  • Las Vegas Captures Ransomware Crown

    Jan 7, 2017, 1:40 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Las Vegas is arguably the gambling capital of the world, but it's also the king city for ransomware, based on recent research. Among the world's nations, the United States ranked highest in ransomware incidents, according to a Malwarebytes report on the…
  • Nvidia Lays Out Bold Strategy at CES

    Jan 6, 2017, 2:04 pm By Peter Suciu
    Nvidia offered a bold new strategy at this week's International CES in Las Vegas. The company, which has been a leader in hardware graphics technology for decades, recently has expanded into the realms of artificial intelligence, deep learning and automotive…
  • Gadget Ogling: Floating Speakers, Neckbrace Audio, and Charming Caffeine Fixes

    Jan 6, 2017, 12:26 pm By Kris Holt
    LG features twice in this edition of the column with two very different but similarly strange speakers. The "Levitating Portable Speaker" has as descriptive and accurate a name as the "Small Transparent Speaker" from last month's edition of this column. You…
  • Google, FCA Test-Drive New Open Source Infotainment System

    Jan 5, 2017, 5:27 pm By Jack M. Germain
    Google and FCA this week showcased a new in-auto infotainment platform at CES in Las Vegas. The open source system combines Uconnect with Android Auto. The companies demonstrated their concept design inside a Chrysler 300 sedan at the show. The integration of…
  • Crowd Forms on Alexa Bandwagon

    Jan 5, 2017, 4:07 pm By David Jones
    New additions to Amazon's growing ecosystem of Alexa-based products are making a splash at CES this week. With a growing number of home appliance, computer and electronics makers announcing integrations with the company's digital assistant technology, the…
  • Snapdragon-Powered AR Smartglasses Are the Real Deal

    Jan 4, 2017, 5:21 pm By Richard Adhikari
    Qualcomm on Tuesday debuted its groundbreaking Snapdragon 835 system on a chip at CES. Following the 835 launch, the company joined Osterhout Design Group in unveiling two new ODG augmented reality headsets, the R-8 and R-9, which are the first Snapdragon…
  • Lenovo Surprises With Home Tech Play

    Jan 4, 2017, 2:47 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Lenovo watchers expected the company to announce a number of new laptops when CES rolled around, but the company surprised on Tuesday when it also unveiled new products aimed at the home technology market. "The Smart Assistant and Smart Storage line probably…
  • Absolute Linux Caters to the Slackware Crowd

    Jan 3, 2017, 5:52 pm By Jack M. Germain
    Absolute Linux is a distro that raises the question: Is it really worth the bother? Any version of this Slackware-based Linux OS is just that -- a really big bother -- unless you love Unix-like systems that give you total control. It likely would be especially…
  • Norton Core Router Gives Home Security a New Design

    Jan 3, 2017, 4:31 pm By Richard Adhikari
    Norton by Symantec on Tuesday announced the Norton Core secure router for smart devices in the connected home at CES. The router protects up to 20 PCs, Macs, Android and iOS smartphones and tablets on a home network, and unlimited devices connected to the IoT.…
  • Looking Ahead to CES: This Will Be a Big One

    Jan 2, 2017, 12:00 pm By Rob Enderle
    CES week is here, and it's the one week of the year I look forward to looking back on. CES is a killer show -- not because you are up to your armpits in interesting new products, but because it is so spread out that it'll kill your legs as you hike all over…
  • Germany Could Ding Facebook for Fake News

    Dec 30, 2016, 11:00 am By Richard Adhikari
    The frenzied 2016 election cycle mercifully is over, but Facebook's fake news problem isn't going away. The company may face steep fines in Germany if it fails to address it satisfactorily. A bill slated for consideration next year would establish fines of up…
  • 2017: More Apple Security Flaws, Cyberattacks, Hacktivisim

    Dec 28, 2016, 9:00 am By John P. Mello Jr.
    More security vulnerabilities will appear in the software of Adobe and Apple than in Microsoft's, more attacks on the Internet's infrastructure will occur, and cybersecurity events will stoke international tensions. Those are a few of the predictions for 2017…
  • 2016: The Year That Was

    Dec 26, 2016, 2:00 pm By Rob Enderle
    2016 really was a year like no other. We had yet another election defined by the misuse of analytics -- and folks seem to be getting worse rather than better at this. We had a rush to robotics, particularly self-driving cars, and some firms even leaped ahead…
  • Fact-Checking the President-Elect's Tweets

    Dec 24, 2016, 3:00 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Fact-checking President-elect Donald Trump can be a chore, even for people paid to do it. The Washington Post wants to make it less so, with add-ons to the popular Chrome and Firefox browsers. The browser extension, RealDonaldContext, is available from the…
  • Gadget Ogling: Heightened Hearing, Toasty Toes, and Glass Speakers

    Dec 22, 2016, 1:00 pm By Kris Holt
    Bose's latest earbuds are designed to help you tune in to the specific sounds you want to hear. Hearphones are a sort of blend of noise-cancelling earbuds and hearing aids. There are several presets in the app, with names like "focused conversation," "gym,"…