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  • Gadget Ogling: A Homier Google, Flicking Lamps, and Busy Earbuds

    Fri 12:00pm By Kris Holt
    Taking a page or 10 out of Amazon Echo's book, Home is a blend of a smart speaker and a personal assistant, which you control using your voice. It can handle the types of queries Google Now and its successor, Google Assistant, can take on -- from simple…
  • Tiny HopperGo Neatly Stashes Loads of Mobile Entertainment

    Thu 11:11am By Peter Suciu
    Dish Network continues to change the way we view recorded TV. It made location-shifting as easy as time-shifting via its Sling technology, and its Hopper let users transfer recordings to a mobile device. Now it has introduced another option for taking recorded…
  • Twitter Loosens Tweet's Leash

    Wed 2:53pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Twitter on Tuesday announced a number of changes to tweets, including what will be included in a message's 140-character count. The changes will be rolled out in the coming months. When replying to a tweet, tagged @names at the beginning of the reply no longer…
  • OnePlus Offers Free Headsets to Lure Crowd to VR Smartphone Launch

    Wed 10:00am By Richard Adhikari
    The 30,000 virtual reality headsets OnePlus announced it would give away as part the unveiling of its OnePlus 3 smartphone were snapped up Monday, the day they became available. OnePlus has set up a VR space called "The Loop" in which it will unveil the…
  • Google's Abacus May Count Out Passwords

    Tue 6:38pm By Richard Adhikari
    By the end of the year, Android devs will be able to use a trust API from Google's Project Abacus in their apps, Google ATAP Director Dan Kaufman suggested at last week's I/O conference. The API, which will run in the background continually, is aimed at doing…
  • Versatile iBot Wheelchair to Make a Comeback

    Tue 3:59pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Toyota and DEKA Research and Development last week announced an agreement that will revive development of the iBot, a wheelchair that can climb stairs. The companies revealed their pact to develop mobility solutions for the disabled community at the annual…
  • Rebellin Linux Offers Best of Both Gnome Worlds

    Tue 2:01pm By Jack M. Germain
    Rebellin Linux is a smart-looking, fast distro that is both lightweight and secure. It is well worth checking out. The Rebellin line avoids the pitfalls that befall many Debian GNU/Linux derivatives. It does not maintain a warehouse full of desktop versions.…
  • The Rise of Drone Racing, Part 1

    Tue 8:00am By Quinten Plummer
    Tearing through open spaces and timing each turn to burst out of them, a seeming continuum of drones weaves through a set of obstacles lap after lap, until the stutter of a pilot's joystick breaks the cadence of this competitive concert and destroys the…
  • Microsoft Tightens Screws on Terrorists Posting Online

    Mon 7:08pm By David Jones
    Microsoft last week announced plans to crack down on terrorist content, perhaps in response to the Obama administration's intense effort to get Silicon Valley's help in preventing organizations like ISIS from using social media as a recruiting and fundraising…
  • Google's New Custom Chip May Not Live Up to the Hype

    Mon 3:53pm By Richard Adhikari
    Google last week announced the Tensor Processing Unit, a custom application-specific integrated circuit, at Google I/O. TPU was built for machine learning applications and has been running in Google's data centers for more than a year. Google's AlphaGo…
  • Using the Scientific Method to Pick the Best US President

    Mon 1:33pm By Rob Enderle
    I've been thinking a lot this week about what it takes to select a strong CEO and being annoyed by robocalls from the different campaigns. On one such call, when asked what I'd do if given the choice between Clinton and Trump, my response was "move to Canada."…
  • Hyperloop Dreams Are Getting Real

    May 21, 2016, 1:09 pm By David Jones
    The Hyperloop -- the high-speed transportation concept Elon Musk has promoted heavily -- is edging closer to becoming a reality. Russia plans to develop a Hyperloop network for freight transportation, the country's transport minister announced Friday. MIT last…
  • Gang Surrenders Key to TeslaCrypt Ransomware Kingdom

    May 20, 2016, 6:06 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Eset on Wednesday announced that it has fashioned a free tool that victims of all variants of the TeslaCrypt ransomware can use to unlock affected files. After the criminal gang behind TeslaCrypt recently abandoned support of the malicious software, an Eset…
  • Google Patents Tech to Limit Injuries in Vehicle-Pedestrian Accidents

    May 20, 2016, 5:19 pm By Peter Suciu
    The United States Patent and Trademark Office earlier this week granted Google a patent for "Adhesive Vehicle Front End For Mitigation of Secondary Pedestrian Impact." The patent application, filed a year and a half ago, credits Google employees Alex Khaykin…
  • Gadget Ogling: Speedy Tortillas, Racing Robots, and Real-Time 3D

    May 20, 2016, 3:58 pm By Kris Holt
    Flatev is a pod-based system for instant tortillas in the mold of a Keurig coffee maker. Insert a pod of fresh dough -- you have several choices, all organic -- then adjust settings for type of dough and desired crispiness, and 90 seconds later you'll have a…
  • Apache Guru Behlendorf to Helm Hyperledger Project

    May 20, 2016, 1:12 pm By Richard Adhikari
    The Linux Foundation on Thursday announced that Brian Behlendorf, a primary developer of the Apache Web server, has joined the Hyperledger Project as executive director. The project is a collaborative effort to advance blockchain technology by identifying and…
  • Flaw Puts a Billion Wireless Mice at Risk

    May 20, 2016, 8:00 am By John P. Mello Jr.
    Wireless mice and keyboards are the perfect accessories for a world in which devices increasingly are shuffling off their connection coils, but those accessories -- especially untethered rodents -- also can create new threats for those who use them. One such…
  • Google Plots Home Invasion

    May 19, 2016, 8:17 pm By David Jones
    Google CEO Sundar Pichai kicked off the company's annual I/O developers conference on Wednesday with a keynote address that included previews of a batch of new products. Among those showcased were Google Assistant, a tool that can understand and respond to…
  • BitTorrent Live Aims to Iron Out Live-Streaming Kinks

    May 19, 2016, 1:39 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    BitTorrent on Tuesday announced at the Internet & Television Expo an application called "BitTorrent Live" that applies its distributed file-sharing technology to video streaming. BitTorrent is able to speed up file downloads by storing pieces of a file on…
  • Otto Kits Out Big Rigs With Aftermarket Self-Driving Tech

    May 18, 2016, 5:18 pm By Peter Suciu
    Otto on Monday introduced a self-driving kit designed to help those behind the wheel of big rigs drive more safely and efficiently. The company is developing a suite of sensors, software and other truck-related enhancements that could be retrofitted into…
  • Motorola Shows Off New Moto G Collection

    May 18, 2016, 2:29 pm By Richard Adhikari
    Motorola on Tuesday unveiled three new smartphones: the fourth-generation Moto G, the Moto G Plus and the Moto G Play. The Moto G and Moto G Plus can be customized using Moto Maker, while the Moto G Play can not. All three run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The…
  • Forked Debian Beta Is Rough Around the Edges

    May 17, 2016, 6:54 pm By Jack M. Germain
    The Devuan GNU/Linux community's much-awaited Devuan Linux Jessie 1.0 beta release is available. It took two years for disgruntled Debian community members to make good on their promise of a systemd-free Debian distro. They rejected a Linux-wide trend to…
  • Google to Dim Flash Player in Chrome Browser

    May 17, 2016, 5:30 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Google last week announced that it would minimize use of Adobe's Flash Player in its Chrome Web browser by the end of the year by turning off its default status. When Chrome encounters a Web page, it will report the presence of Flash Player only if a user has…
  • Facebook Looks Into Bias Claims

    May 17, 2016, 4:53 pm By Richard Adhikari
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg last week announced that the company would investigate allegations that its Trending Topics feature had an anticonservative bias. "We have found no evidence that this report is true," he said, referring to a news report that kicked…
  • Could the Next Disruptive Consumer Product Be a Flip Phone?

    May 16, 2016, 11:00 am By Rob Enderle
    Smartphones appear to be losing their luster, and the king of smartphones -- Apple -- clearly is not having a good year. Suddenly, I'm hearing that there is an upswing in flip phones, making this feel a bit like a Game of Thrones episode, when a believed-dead…
  • Google's Chirp May Try to Drown Out Amazon's Echo

    May 13, 2016, 4:56 pm By David Jones
    The device, which might resemble the OnHub router, would incorporate its Google Now voice assistant technology. Google likely will launch the product later this year, although it's expected to preview it at I/O. The Echo, one of Amazon's biggest product…