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  • The Apple Watch Mystery Won't Be Solved March 9

    Fri 2:30pm By Chris Maxcer
    The fog shrouding the Apple Watch won't be lifted on March 9. Apple's invite to its media event displays the tease "Spring Forward," which likely refers to the shift in daylight savings time -- and time itself. Sure, we'll learn more about the Apple Watch's…
  • DeepMind AI Exterminates Space Invaders, Pac-Man

    Fri 8:00am By Richard Adhikari
    Researchers at Google's DeepMind subsidiary in England have developed an artificial agent they call a "deep Q-network" that learned to play 49 classic Atari 2600 arcade games by just diving in. The DQN algorithm performed at more than 75 percent of the level…
  • Malicious Emailers Find Healthcare Firms Juicy Prey

    Thu 12:11pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Healthcare providers have garnered growing interest from hackers in recent months. More evidence of that trend appeared last week in a report on email trust. An email that appeared to come from a healthcare company was four times more likely to be fraudulent…
  • Pearl OS Could Be a Gem in the Making

    Thu 8:00am By Jack M. Germain
    If you favor the OS X environment, Pearl OS might be a Linux distro to feed your fancy. Pearl OS is a revival of the discontinued Pear OS distro. It picks up where Pear left off in early 2014. Pearl OS has two desktop versions: XFCE and MATE. Both are based on…
  • Volvo Talks Up Its Self-Driving Cars

    Wed 3:31pm By Peter Suciu
    Volvo last week revealed the latest developments in its Drive Me project, showing off a complete system that could make it possible to integrate self-driving cars into regular traffic with drivers behind the wheel. Volvo is making progress toward its goal of…
  • Valve To Put Steam Behind VR Efforts With New Headset

    Wed 1:04pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Valve on Monday announced that it's getting into the virtual reality hardware business. In a terse tease posted to the Web, the company trumpeted its intentions to reveal its SteamVR hardware system next week at the 2015 Game Developers Conference in San…
  • Google Puts Blogger Porn Under Wraps

    Wed 8:00am By Jack M. Germain
    Google will place a privacy curtain around sexually explicit images and video on its Blogger platform if users fail to remove the content of their own volition by March 23. The measure falls short of outright censoring the content or terminating users.…
  • Open Source vs. Proprietary Firms on the IoT Battleground

    Wed 8:00am By Jack M. Germain
    A battle is brewing over control of the Internet of Things marketplace. Consumers see only convenience and extensions to their always-on mobile devices. Product makers see a pathway to streaming data that can be monetized from buyers' connections. Will history…
  • Pebble Makes Big Ripples on Kickstarter

    Tue 4:00pm By Richard Adhikari
    The money is pouring into Pebble's Kickstarter campaign for its new smartwatch, Pebble Time. Within hours, upwards of 27,000 supporters had pledged more than $5.6 million. The project's goal was to raise a mere $500,000. The strength of the response highlights…
  • How Apple Will Sell a Watch That No One Really Needs

    Tue 11:16am By Chris Maxcer
    There has been a lot of discussion lately of where and how Apple will sell the Apple Watch -- through high-end luxury department stores in Paris, for example, or through special new displays inside of Apple Stores, guided into existence by fashion genius…
  • Citizenfour's Oscar Highlights National Divide Over Snowden

    Tue 8:00am By Richard Adhikari
    Citizenfour, a film documenting interviews director Laura Poitras conducted with whistle-blower Edward Snowden, won the Oscar for best documentary Sunday. The talks took place as Snowden blew the lid off the United States National Security Agency's…
  • Government Spies Steal SIM Card Cryptokeys

    Mon 1:39pm By Richard Adhikari
    The United States' National Security Agency and British spy agency GCHQ have hacked into the internal computer network of Gemalto, the world's largest maker of SIM cards, and stolen the cards' encryption keys, according to information in files leaked by…
  • The Apple/Tesla Dream Team

    Mon 8:00am By Rob Enderle
    We've seen a lot of speculation this week on the Apple car -- everything from Apple building its own car from scratch to its buying or merging with Tesla. Like many, I think the best path would be an Apple/Tesla combination, but since I doubt Tim would want to…
  • Gadget Ogling: Jewelry Gets Inky, Toys Get Brilliant, Remotes Get Beautiful

    Feb 21, 2015, 8:00 am By Kris Holt
    L!ber8's Tago Arc is aimed at the fashion conscious or those who like to use their jewelry to tell the world a little more about themselves. It has an e-ink screen, which is controlled using an NFC-enabled smartphone -- sorry, iPhone owners -- to let wearers…
  • Google Rails Against Proposal to Give Feds Remote Hacking Authority

    Feb 20, 2015, 2:09 pm By Richard Adhikari
    Google is fighting a proposed amendment to Rule 41 of the U.S. Criminal Code that might allow authorities to hack into computers abroad. The amendment seeks to empower a magistrate in a district where activities related to a crime may have occurred to issue a…
  • Video Game Preservation: An Impossible Dream?

    Feb 20, 2015, 8:00 am By Peter Suciu
    Fuel Industries last year sought to find the long-rumored cache of buried E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial video games, made for the Atari 2600 in the early 1980s. Surplus copies of E.T. -- a notoriously bad gaming experience -- were dumped in a landfill after…
  • Lenovo Rapped for Preinstalling Spyware

    Feb 19, 2015, 6:54 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Lenovo has come under fire for preinstalling spyware on some of its laptops. The software, Superfish, uses the same techniques cybercriminals often employ to crack encrypted traffic. "Superfish is purposely designed to bypass the security of HTTPS websites in…
  • Azure Machine Learning Aims to Convert Data to Information

    Feb 19, 2015, 8:00 am By Richard Adhikari
    Microsoft has announced new data services running on its Azure cloud in a bid to bring big data to the mainstream. Those services include the HDInsight Apache Hadoop-based service; Storm on HDInsight, which lets users use Hadoop and Storm to create…
  • Korora Comes Bursting With Extras

    Feb 18, 2015, 3:14 pm By Jack M. Germain
    Korora, a Linux distro based on Fedora, the community version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, just keeps getting better. When I reviewed Korora 19, released in July 2013, I said it had the potential to grow in popularity among users looking for a better, more…
  • Apple Awarded Patent for Hybrid VR Headset

    Feb 18, 2015, 2:17 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Apple has been awarded a patent for a virtual reality headset that can use an iPhone or iPod as a display. Patent number 8,957,835 was awarded by the USPTO to Apple for a "head-mounted display apparatus for retaining a portable electronic device with display."…
  • Gadget Ogling: An On-the-Go Digital Safe, a Portable Power Plant and a Gimmicky Ghost Buster

    Feb 18, 2015, 8:00 am By Kris Holt
    Welcome to a new edition of Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, your weekly guide to the best and worst of gadgets that have just rolled off the production line for the first time or have the proverbial ink still drying on their press releases. On our conveyor belt…
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