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  • Dev Aims to Light the Way for Apple Watch Gaming

    Fri 2:05pm By Quinten Plummer
    Racking up more preorder sales in a couple weeks than the combined sales of all Android Wear units in 2014, the Apple Watch is in a position to redefine the nascent smartwatch market. It won't do that alone, however. The key ingredient is likely to be apps,…
  • Take Your Apple Watch Face and Love It!

    Thu 6:04pm By Chris Maxcer
    Apple is known for fantastic product design but not for customization. The first iPhone hit the world nearly eight years ago, and yet our "customizable" home screen options are limited to the organization of app icons and a few bland wallpaper choices. So all…
  • YouTube Marks 10 Years of Nondisruptive Revolution

    Thu 4:54pm By Peter Suciu
    YouTube on Thursday celebrated its first full decade in business. It was 10 years ago to the day that cofounder Jawed Karim uploaded the site's first video. It was a humble beginning: a 19-second clip of elephants, with Karim declaring that the pachyderms have…
  • Google's Low-Fee Fi: Ho-Hum

    Thu 12:15pm By Richard Adhikari
    Google carrier partners Sprint and T-Mobile with more than 1 million free, open WiFi hotspots Google has verified as fast and reliable. Users' devices will move automatically to the fastest connection -- 4G LTE being the standard in the United States,…
  • Breach Outbreaks Fuel Encryption Adoption

    Wed 1:19pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    As data breaches make headlines around the world, more companies are turning to encryption to protect their information jewels. That is one of the findings in a study released Monday, conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Thales E-Security.…
  • Ubuntu's Vivid Vervet Makes Snappy Entrance

    Tue 3:29pm By Jack M. Germain
    Canonical on Tuesday announced the release of Ubuntu 15.04, aka "Vivid Vervet," as in East African monkey. It will be available for download on Thursday. The new OS offers tools for cloud, device, client and Internet of Things development. The Ubuntu desktop…
  • Government Surveillance: What to Do, What to Do?

    Tue 1:36pm By Richard Adhikari
    The CIA has been trying to hack into iOS for years. British and American agencies reportedly have collaborated to create a map of the Internet and Web users. The United States National Security Agency has, together with the UK's GCHQ, reportedly stolen SIM…
  • Google Dresses Up Android Wear

    Mon 6:32pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Google on Monday released an update to Android Wear -- just the second significant feature refresh for its wearable device software since its introduction more than a year ago. "This update is overdue," said Ian Fogg, senior director and head of the mobile and…
  • US Navy Gears Up for Cyberwarfare

    Mon 2:13pm By Richard Adhikari
    The U.S. Fleet Cyber Command, part of the U.S. 10th Fleet, reportedly is developing a strategy for modernizing its cyberoperations and transforming the Navy's network into a cyberwarfare platform. The need for a stronger cybersecurity approach has been…
  • We'll Soon Live in an Imaginary World

    Mon 8:00am By Rob Enderle
    Virtual and augmented reality and holographic image technologies are coming at us with the speed of a freight train, and it won't be long until we'll no longer be able to distinguish between what is real and what isn't. There are some initiatives going on…
  • Gadget Ogling: A Juicy Wristband, a Gamy Wearable and a Dorky Dongle

    Apr 18, 2015, 8:00 am By Kris Holt
    Asus is taking a common-sense approach to the fitness tracker game by debuting a new watch with a 10-day battery life. Thanks to its square screen, the soon-to-be-released VivoWatch resembles a smartwatch more than, say, a Fitbit. It appears to have a…
  • Riding in Driverless Cars Could Be Sickening

    Apr 17, 2015, 1:49 pm By Peter Suciu
    Self-driving vehicles could increase the likelihood of motion sickness in some riders, suggests a UMTRI study released last week. Motion sickness, also known as "kinetosis," is a condition marked by symptoms of nausea, dizziness and other physical discomfort.…
  • China's Great Cannon Could Point Anywhere When Next Fuse Is Lit

    Apr 16, 2015, 6:26 pm By Richard Adhikari
    China, which censors the Internet with its Great Firewall aka the "Golden Shield," has a new censorship tool that is causing alarm. It's known as the "Great Cannon." The University of Toronto's Citizen Lab identified the tool in a report released last week.…
  • LG Lends Substance to G4 Rumors

    Apr 16, 2015, 2:17 pm By Richard Adhikari
    LG on Thursday confirmed rumors about the basic look of its upcoming G4 flagship smartphone with a post on its Facebook page. Details about LG's forthcoming G4 flagship smartphone recently were leaked on a Korean microwebsite, generating considerable buzz on…
  • Opening Windows Source Code Could Improve Security

    Apr 16, 2015, 8:00 am By John P. Mello Jr.
    Microsoft Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich raised a few eyebrows at ChefCon earlier this month, when he aired the possibility of Windows becoming an open source program. Sure, Microsoft's attitude toward the open source movement has mellowed over the years,…
  • Guitar Hero Strikes Back

    Apr 15, 2015, 3:17 pm By Quinten Plummer
    Rock Band 4's race to the top of the gaming charts this fall will be rivaled by a new release from Activision. Returning with a music video mode and first-person perspective, Guitar Hero Live offers a unique take on the music game genre. It "lets people rock…
  • SuperX OS Greases the Classic Linux Wheel

    Apr 15, 2015, 8:00 am By Jack M. Germain
    SuperX OS is a solid Linux distribution that dispels all of the criticisms about using free open source OSes. SuperX is a relatively new distro developed by Libresoft. Based on Ubuntu and Debian, it adds a highly customized KDE desktop environment. The…
  • Apple Devs Play WWDC Lottery

    Apr 14, 2015, 6:25 pm By Richard Adhikari
    Apple on Tuesday announced that its 26th annual Worldwide Developers Conference will take place in San Francisco June 8-12. The event will include more than 100 technical sessions on developing, deploying and integrating the latest iOS and OS X technologies.…
  • New Smart Drone Breaks $1K Barrier

    Apr 14, 2015, 12:23 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    A new aerial drone from 3D Robotics packs two computers and an array of powerful features for $999. The computers -- one on the craft and one in the controller -- have enabled it to make some radical breakthroughs in autonomous flight and camera control,…
  • Reactions to New MacBook Run From Tepid to Cold

    Apr 13, 2015, 3:58 pm By Richard Adhikari
    Early reviewers last week weighed in on Apple's new MacBook, and for the most part, they were underwhelmed. The new MacBook is 13.1mm thick, weighs 2 pounds, and has a 12-inch Retina display. Apple has touted it as the future of the notebook, pointing out that…
  • Apple's Storm Clouds

    Apr 13, 2015, 12:42 pm By Rob Enderle
    An Apple shop recently dumped Apple for Dell following a surprising revelation. Over most of the last two decades, the only time I've seen a move like this was when some change in IT forced it, and a lot of staffers subsequently would quit. This move was…
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