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  • Windows RIP: Thankfully It Died With Windows 8

    1:22pm By Rob Enderle
    As we approach the end of the free Windows 10 upgrades and get used to the anniversary edition, it suddenly hit me the Windows we knew died with Windows 8 -- what we got with Windows 10 really isn't what we've come to know as Windows. Hell, looking at…
  • Snapchat's Curious About-Face

    Sat 2:00pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Fleeting memories will be a thing of the past with a new Snapchat feature currently rolling out. "Memories," introduced earlier this month, allows users of the app to save photos and photo stories to their phones, as well as share them with friends.…
  • Android, Chromebook Make a Sweet Couple

    Sat 2:00pm By Jack M. Germain
    Chrome OS and Android Apps now run together on some Chromebooks. Many, but not all, Chromebook models will get the operating system update that allows it as fall approaches. The Asus Chromebook Flip C100P -- the first Chromebook to get the upgrade -- is an…
  • Civil Rights Office Issues Ransomware Guidance

    Fri 5:11pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Ransomware infections are on the rise, and healthcare organizations are ripe targets, which may be why the federal government addressed the subject last week. Ransomware attacks have risen from about 1,000 a day last year to 4,000 a day this year, Symantec has…
  • Tinder Social Feeds More-the-Merrier Impulses

    Fri 8:00am By David Jones
    Tinder has announced the launch of Tinder Social, a new platform that helps users plan group nights out. The new platform will help users plan double dates or larger group events, creating new opportunities for people to make connections, the company said.…
  • Snowden Puts His Mind to Designing Spy-Proof Smartphone Cases

    Thu 7:05pm By Richard Adhikari
    NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden and noted hacker Andrew "Bunnie" Huang on Thursday published a paper on their collaboration to design a smartphone case that will protect user privacy. The pair developed a prototype compatible with the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, as…
  • Splice Machine Creates Open Source, Enterprise Split

    Thu 4:38pm By Jack M. Germain
    Splice Machine has open sourced its Spark-powered relational SQL database system. The company has set up a cloud-based sandbox for developers to put its new open source Splice Machine 2.0 Community Edition to the test. The company also announced the release of…
  • Teal Pushes Drone Speed Limits

    Thu 8:00am By Richard Adhikari
    Teal Drones on Wednesday introduced what it billed as the world's fastest production drone. Aside from its drone's capabilities, the company is drawing attention because George Matus Jr., its founder and CEO, is an 18-year-old recent high school graduate.…
  • Twitter Lets Anyone and Everyone Apply for a Blue Badge

    Wed 2:42pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Twitter on Tuesday announced it has opened up the application process for verified account status, which previously was reserved for celebrities and other high-profile users. Any user may now file an online application to have an account verified. Twitter…
  • The Internet of Medical Things, Part 3: Safety First

    Wed 8:00am By Quinten Plummer
    Though quick to capitalize on connected health devices and the coming Internet of Medical Things, hardware manufacturers may be moving too slowly when it comes to building the necessary protections into the back end. The National Security Agency last month…
  • Hackers Claim Credit for Pokemon Go No-Go

    Tue 3:38pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Pokemon Go, the augmented reality overnight sensation, experienced sluggish performance over the weekend, possibly from a hacker attack on its login servers. Shortly after Pokemon Go devs tweeted that the game was rolling out to 26 additional countries, this…
  • Skype for Linux Alpha Draws Cheers, Jeers

    Tue 12:00pm By Richard Adhikari
    Microsoft has introduced a new Web-based Skype for Linux client in alpha. Based on WebRTC, it uses Microsoft's next-generation calling architecture. It lets users share files, photos, videos and new emoticons. Users will be able to call others using the latest…
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 Returns Without a Hitch After Dragon Launch

    Jul 19, 2016, 8:00 am By Richard Adhikari
    SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday returned safely to Earth, touching down at Landing Zone 1 after launching the Dragon spacecraft into low-Earth orbit. "As with previous first stage land and drone-ship landings from SpaceX, this achievement is a testament to…
  • Gadget Ogling: Purely Personal Air, Transparent Audio, and Wah-Pedaling Shoes

    Jul 18, 2016, 3:06 pm By Kris Holt
    I was diagnosed with mild asthma as a kid. I don't take any medication, yet knowing that illness lives in my respiratory system means I try to be especially conscious of what I'm breathing. Air quality is difficult to control, so a personal air purifier is…
  • Reading Between the Lines: Musk's Folly, Trump's Plan

    Jul 18, 2016, 1:18 pm By Rob Enderle
    Something like 90 percent of CEOs are planning to put their companies out of business accidentally, based on a KPMG report I just reviewed. After watching Tesla of late, I think Musk is on the fast track to lead this effort, and since I'm a Tesla fan, and I…
  • Apple Patents Tech to Foil Concert Pirates

    Jul 16, 2016, 2:15 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    A patent for an infrared system that could be used to shut off iPhone cameras and microphones at live performances is one of dozens recently awarded to Apple. The system could assist the music and movie industries by automatically disabling camera functions at…
  • Nest Cam Braves the Great Outdoors

    Jul 15, 2016, 3:19 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Nest has introduced an outdoor surveillance camera to complement its indoor Nest Cam. The Nest Cam Outdoor will go on sale this fall for $199. It is easy to mount on any outdoor surface, according to the company, and even has a magnetic base for attaching to…
  • Nintendo's NES Classic Targets Gaming Geezers

    Jul 15, 2016, 12:05 pm By Peter Suciu
    Nintendo on Thursday unveiled its latest gaming console: the NES Classic Edition, a mini replica of the original home console that can connect directly to a TV via an HDMI cable. The system features 30 built-in games from the 8-bit era, including fan favorites…
  • Facebook's OpenCellular Offers DIY Wireless Access for Remote Regions

    Jul 14, 2016, 4:14 pm By Richard Adhikari
    Facebook last week introduced OpenCellular, an inexpensive, open source wireless access platform. Telecom operators, entrepreneurs, OEMs and researchers will be able to build, implement, deploy and operate wireless infrastructures to serve people living in…
  • Pokemon Go Devs Scramble to Fix Big Privacy Goof

    Jul 14, 2016, 8:00 am By David Jones
    Just days after Pokemon Go sent Nintendo shares soaring in Tokyo, the game's developers were scrambling to close a massive privacy hole. The iOS version of the mobile game -- which superimposes figures onto real-world environments through augmented reality…
  • Polaroid Swing Gives New Meaning to Moving Pictures

    Jul 13, 2016, 5:41 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Polaroid Swing, a new iOS app for creating animated photos, on Tuesday debuted at the App Store. The app has ties both to instant photography pioneer Polaroid and Twitter founder Biz Stone. Polaroid Swing lets a "phonetog" capture 1-second videos posing as…
  • Facebook Lets Messenger Conversations Go Dark

    Jul 13, 2016, 1:55 pm By David Jones
    Facebook last week said it would begin testing long anticipated end-to-end encryption capabilities in its Messenger app, enabling users to have secret conversations. The new level of security means that a message will be visible only to the sender and the…
  • SiFive Launches Freedom FOSS SoC Platforms

    Jul 13, 2016, 8:00 am By Richard Adhikari
    SiFive on Monday announced its flagship Freedom family of system on a chip platforms. The platforms are based on the free and open source RISC-V instruction set architecture that several of the company's founders created at the University of California at…
  • Google Dabbles in Post-Quantum Cryptography

    Jul 12, 2016, 5:06 pm By Richard Adhikari
    Google has launched an experiment with post-quantum cryptography in Chrome. A small fraction of connections between Google's servers and Chrome on the desktop will use a post-quantum key-exchange algorithm in addition to the elliptic-curve key-exchange…
  • The Internet of Medical Things, Part 2: Devices and Apps

    Jul 12, 2016, 8:00 am By Quinten Plummer
    Concerns have been multiplying in the United States over the creaks of a medical infrastructure that's bearing the weight of an aging population. Current and upcoming members of the over-65 club are helping to drive a new age in healthcare, in which devices…
  • US Pummels ISIS in Online Combat

    Jul 11, 2016, 6:33 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    The U.S. government's campaign to counter ISIS' social media presence is bearing fruit. More anti-ISIS content than pro-ISIS content is appearing on the Net by a ratio of six to one. Twitter traffic for accounts affiliated with the Islamic State is down by 45…