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  • Ghost Hunters Kinect With Spirits

    Fri 4:31pm By Katherine Noyes
    Microsoft's Kinect motion controller may have been intended to keep gamers moving while in the throes of play, but some intrepid explorers have been using it for a different purpose: hunting ghosts. Its skeletal-tracking and infrared-sensing capabilities let…
  • Security-Minded Qubes OS Will Satisfy Your Yen for Xen

    Fri 2:48pm By Jack M. Germain
    Qubes OS is a hybrid computing technology that raises the bar for security. It takes locking down computers to a new level. It has advanced far beyond the primitive proof of concept demonstrated more than four years ago. Beta Release 2, which arrived in late…
  • Gadget Ogling: Logged Jogs, Manual Music, Smart Weapons and Skinny Phones

    Fri 9:43am By Kris Holt
    Welcome to another installment of Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, a weekly look at the treats and horrors revealed as manufacturers pull back their curtains. Behind door number one is a selection of updated activity trackers from one of the oldest dogs in the…
  • Microsoft May Have Launched a Band of Gold

    Thu 4:18pm By Richard Adhikari
    Microsoft has made another foray into the mobile health market with the introduction of the Microsoft Band, powered by its new Microsoft Health platform. The band, which is available at Microsoft Stores for $200 as of Thursday, is designed to be worn 24 hours…
  • Apple Pay vs. CurrentC: Prelude to the Beacon Wars

    Thu 10:30am By Chris Maxcer
    The current dustup between Apple Pay and CurrentC is a stark, bleak mess. That's not because Apple promises an easier, more secure way of making a smartphone-based retail transaction. Nor is it because CurrentC wants to harvest data on you and provide…
  • The Long and Winding Road to Shellshock Recovery

    Wed 10:32pm By Richard Adhikari
    Four days after Shellshock was disclosed, Incapsula's Web application firewall deflected more than 217,000 attempted exploits on more than 4,100 domains. The company recorded upwards of 1,970 attacks per hour, from more than 890 IPs around the world.…
  • HP May Sprout New Manufacturing Techniques

    Wed 4:44pm By Richard Adhikari
    HP has introduced its Blended Reality ecosystem: HP Multi Jet Fusion, an advanced 3D printer; and Sprout by HP -- a combination scanner, depth sensor, high-res camera and projector that provides 3D images of items and enables real-time remote collaboration.…
  • With Ampy, You'll Get a Charge Out of Exercising

    Wed 8:00am By Chris Maxcer
    While some people are vaguely aware that movement can be converted into electrical energy -- think wrist watches or emergency crank flashlights -- a new Kickstarter project has created Ampy, a small, wearable battery pack that can harness the kinetic motion of…
  • Elon Musk Calls for Preventive AI Demon Wrangling

    Tue 5:44pm By Richard Adhikari
    Elon Musk, CEO of both SpaceX and Tesla Motors, among his many roles, this week warned about the threat humans face from artificial intelligence. AI is probably our biggest existential threat, he told students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.…
  • Mobile Malware Takes Victims by Surprise

    Tue 4:31pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Malware writers behind Koler, a bad app that attacks Android devices, have upped their game with a new variant of the pernicious program. In its original version, Koler hijacked phones it landed on and wouldn't set them free until a ransom was paid. This…
  • Hybrid IKEA Desk Could Get You Off Your Duff

    Tue 9:53am By Katherine Noyes
    IKEA last week introduced a new desk that can be raised and lowered with the push of a button to accommodate both sitting and standing positions. Part of IKEA's Bekant line, the desk serves as a hybrid alternative to traditional desks. "This desk promotes a…
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