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Bits Blog: Political Consultant for Uber to Advise Other Start-Ups

Aug 2, 2015 3:04 pm

Bradley Tusk, a former campaign manager for New York’s last mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg, is starting Tusk Ventures, a political consulting firm geared toward helping start-ups work with — and in some cases, beat back — government regulators. [more]

Empty tables, crowded gyms: Learning with Density

Aug 2, 2015 3:00 pm

Futurists are encouraged by possibilities residing in Internet-connected sensors for making us better aware of how to get through the day, [more]

Smart gadgets from guns to cars ripe for hacking

Aug 2, 2015 2:50 pm

Hackers are not just after your computer: connected devices from cars to home security systems to sniper rifles are now targets for actors looking to steal or cause mischief. [more]

Hitchhiking robot's cross-country trip in US ends in Philly

Aug 2, 2015 2:40 pm

A hitchhiking robot that captured the hearts of fans worldwide met its demise in the U.S. [more]

China tightens controls on export of drones, supercomputers

Aug 2, 2015 2:04 pm

China is tightening controls on exports of some drones and powerful computers and will require firms to register to ensure they do not "compromise national security", state media reported Sunday. [more]

Check if System Restore is enabled on Windows 10

Aug 2, 2015 12:25 pm

If you have set up Windows 10 on a new machine or upgraded to the new operating system from a previous one, you may be surprised that one of the system's core restoration features, System Restore, may not be running. System Restore is a handy feature that creates snapshots of certain files and... [more]

Vietnam's refugees find second chance in Silicon Valley

Aug 2, 2015 8:00 am

For Road Trip 2015, CNET went to San Jose, California, to talk with Vietnamese Americans who traveled a long way to get to where they are today. [more]

The truth about Ultra HD 4K TV refresh rates

Aug 2, 2015 7:45 am

Today's Ultra HD 4K TVs are all marketed with "motion," "action" and "clear" numbers that start at 240 and go up from there. They're all basically made up. Here's the real story. [more]

Computing at full capacity

Aug 2, 2015 7:28 am

Over 12 million servers in 3 million data centers in the U.S. burn about 100 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity every year. Billions of dollars are spent on data center energy every year, with billions more spent on power distribution and cooling infrastructures. Even with the magnitude of... [more]

Social media amplifies damage of product recalls to firms—rivals, too

Aug 2, 2015 7:20 am

A product recall is never good news for a firm. And though it might seem like a great occasion for schadenfreude, a recall is not necessarily good news for competitors, either. [more]

Victory Motorcycles introducing all-electric addition to its lineup

Aug 2, 2015 7:00 am

Victory Motorcycles has introduced its Empulse TT, the first all-electric addition to the Victory lineup. Features include adjustable suspension featuring a single rear shock and inverted front forks; dual-disk front brakes for high-performance stopping power; lightweight aluminum wheels; and an... [more]

Nextbit to launch phone distance away from marketplace crowd

Aug 2, 2015 6:00 am

Mobile software startup Nextbit is to launch its first smartphone. The company CEO said that Foxconn is manufacturing the smartphones, according to Engadget. That means the company is moving in a new hardware direction as well, and last month was a buzz-filled wrap about what all this might... [more]

Bits Blog: Why Some Start-Ups Are Called Tech Companies and Others Are Not

Aug 2, 2015 5:30 am

For as long as there has been a commercial Internet, there has been fuzziness about what is or is not a tech company. And the question has only become more complicated with the rise of start-ups like Uber that deliver real-world services aided by technology. [more]

How to remove core apps in Windows 10

Aug 2, 2015 5:23 am

Windows 10 ships with a set of core applications that are installed automatically. While some users may find some or even all of those apps useful, others may not. If you are using a dedicated email program for instance, you may not need the Mail app for that. And if you are not a gamer,... [more]

More than 20 percent will buy gadget for back-to-school kids, survey says

Aug 1, 2015 3:24 pm

Technically Incorrect: Americans reveal themselves to be neurotic about back-to-school online shopping, according to a new survey. But many will be buying laptops, phones or tablets for their little ones. [more]

Check if Windows 10 is activated

Aug 1, 2015 1:23 pm

This guide walks you through the steps of verifying that a computer running Windows 10 is activated. Microsoft released Windows 10 a couple of days ago and while things went smoother than expected for the most part, some users experienced issues during or after the upgrade. One common issue... [more]

Microsoft describes hard-to-mimic authentication gesture

Aug 1, 2015 12:00 pm

Photos. Messages. Bank account codes. And so much more—sit on a person's mobile device, and the question is, how to secure them without having to depend on lengthy password codes of letters and numbers. Vendors promoting other solutions are all around, including the ability to unlock your... [more]

Farhad and Mike’s Week in Review: Twitter Problems

Aug 1, 2015 11:30 am

Two technology journalists from The New York Times assess the week’s major news stories from Silicon Valley, including earnings announcements from Facebook and Twitter. [more]

Red and white fleet going green

Aug 1, 2015 11:30 am

When it comes to environmental sustainability, Red and White Fleet president Tom Escher is all in. [more]

New Orleans Hospital Is Replaced, With Hope of Preserving Its Mission

Aug 1, 2015 11:24 am

Charity Hospital, which was ruined by Hurricane Katrina, has been replaced with a $1.1 billion hospital, but there are concerns over whether it will continue its history of serving the poor. [more]

Gadget Ogling: Useful Smartwatches, Orbital Cameras, and an Un-Procrastinator

Aug 1, 2015 11:00 am

Dot is a smartwatch that may have life-changing implications. Rather than trying to convey information through tiny text on a small screen, Dot intends to provide visually impaired wearers with notifications through Braille. Four sets of the six dots that signify characters in the Braille system... [more]

How self-driving cars will cut accidents 90% (Q&A)

Aug 1, 2015 8:00 am

For Road Trip 2015, CNET talks with the University of Michigan's Peter Sweatman about the rapid merging of computers and cars, and the fake city in Ann Arbor where it's being put to the test. [more]

Apple mania sweeps across Vietnam (pictures)

Aug 1, 2015 8:00 am

As part of Road Trip 2015, CNET explores the Vietnam electronics scene. What everyone seems to lust after is the iPhone. [more]

Netherlands bank customers can get vocal on payments

Aug 1, 2015 6:00 am

Are some people fed up with remembering and using passwords and PINs to make it though the day? Those who have had enough would prefer to do without them. For mobile tasks that involve banking, though, it is obvious that some measure of protection is needed. [more]

File Hoster Mega not secure anymore?

Aug 1, 2015 2:44 am

In an interview on Slashdot, Kim Dotcom mentioned that he is no longer involved in the file hosting service Mega and that he does not trust Mega anymore. According to Kim, Mega suffered from a hostile takeover by a Chinese investor who managed to accumulate shares of the company. Interestingly... [more]

Facebook hackathon gives Super Mario millennial touch

Aug 1, 2015 2:30 am

Amanda Maler wasn't even born yet when Nintendo's beloved Super Mario made his debut 30 years ago. [more]

Shamers on the prowl in social media jungle

Aug 1, 2015 2:20 am

The killing of a Zimbabwean lion by an American dentist is a vivid reminder of how, in this era of social media, it's a virtual jungle out there. [more]

Yahoo tries to get more fashionable with Polyvore purchase

Aug 1, 2015 2:10 am

Yahoo is buying style-tip specialist Polyvore in its latest attempt to become a more fashionable place to advertise. [more]

Researchers warn of bogus emails offering Windows 10

Aug 1, 2015 2:00 am

Some hackers are exploiting Microsoft's offer of free upgrades to its new Windows 10 operating system. [more]

Research Scientists to Use Network Much Faster Than Internet

Jul 31, 2015 8:23 pm

The Pacific Research Platform will allow West Coast universities to connect on a high-speed network tens or hundreds of times faster than is typical now. [more]

Yahoo Buys Polyvore, a Site Focused on Shopping

Jul 31, 2015 7:57 pm

Yahoo has acquired Polyvore, a social shopping site that lets users pick and share clothing ensembles — and purchase all items shown. [more]

Texting while strolling makes you walk funny, study confirms

Jul 31, 2015 7:33 pm

The good news: walking texters did a good job adapting their movements to avoid mishaps. The bad news: the rest of the world was stuck behind them and late to an appointment. [more]

U.S. Decides to Retaliate Against China’s Hacking

Jul 31, 2015 7:26 pm

The Obama administration decided a response was needed after the Chinese stole data on 20 million Americans from the Office of Personnel Management. [more]

High-quality movies and TV shows hit HBO, iTunes in August

Jul 31, 2015 7:13 pm

HBO Now is available on more platforms than ever and it's bringing Oscar winners "Birdman" and "The Theory of Everything". Meanwhile, Apple's bringing home the Bacon (Kevin) in "Cop Car" and other first-run movies. [more]

Food tech startups raking in cash: survey

Jul 31, 2015 6:40 pm

Farm and food tech startups were red-hot in the first half of 2015, pulling in $2.06 billion from investors, a new survey showed Friday. [more]

Fashion forward: Yahoo acquires social-shopping site Polyvore

Jul 31, 2015 6:31 pm

The Internet giant looks to the style and e-commerce site to try to jolt its advertising offerings. [more]

NY village makes ransom payments to keep computers running

Jul 31, 2015 6:10 pm

A village in central New York made ransom payments of $300 and $500 last year to keep its computers running after two official-looking emails released malware throughout its system, state auditors said. [more]

Uber valuation tops $50 bn with latest funding: report

Jul 31, 2015 5:58 pm

Global ridesharing startup Uber has closed a deal raising nearly $1 billion in fresh capital, pushing its valuation to more than $50 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. [more]

Regulators close case questioning California reactor repairs

Jul 31, 2015 5:40 pm

Federal regulators have closed a case that questioned whether Southern California Edison violated government rules when it installed faulty equipment at the now-closed San Onofre nuclear power plant. [more]

Amazon Pushes to Deliver More Prime Time

Jul 31, 2015 5:40 pm

Between series like “Transparent” and deals with Woody Allen, Spike Lee and the car-show host Jeremy Clarkson, Amazon is nurturing its original programming to build its subscription service. [more]

Angry Birds 2: Freemium Clips Its Wings

Jul 31, 2015 5:39 pm

Angry Birds 2 -- the 13th installment of Angry Birds and the original game's first proper sequel -- on Thursday became available for iOS and Android. The free-to-play model is a call to players beyond its base. However, those new players may slip through developer Rovio's fingers if the game's... [more]

Unpacking and Decoding the World of Animation

Jul 31, 2015 5:36 pm

An exhibition shows how animation has grown far beyond traditional bounds to become a staple of the digital era. [more]

Half of the most popular news on Twitter is not covered by traditional news media sources

Jul 31, 2015 5:33 pm

The study, carried out by researchers from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, the IMDEA Networks Institute and NEC Laboratories, has just been published in the journal PLOS ONE. The analysis focuses on the "trending... [more]

Music Artists Take On the Business, Calling for Change

Jul 31, 2015 5:19 pm

As their attitudes toward the online economy shift, more artists are speaking out for an overhaul of the industry and how they are compensated. [more]

These robot bugs don't just walk on water, they jump on it

Jul 31, 2015 5:18 pm

An international team has developed robot water striders. Is this more evidence of a coming awesome robot apocalypse? [more]

Microsoft Is Said to Invest in Uber

Jul 31, 2015 5:11 pm

Microsoft has agreed to contribute a substantial amount of the financing in a recent round, which totals about $1 billion, people with knowledge of the matter said. [more]

Here's how to set your default browser in Windows 10

Jul 31, 2015 5:01 pm

Setting your default browser is easy -- follow these simple steps to learn how. [more]

Uber to spend $1B over nine months for India expansion

Jul 31, 2015 4:49 pm

The ride-hailing service says it wants to expand the number of rides it offers in India to a million each day, up from a reported 200,00 daily trips. [more]

Hackers expose security flaws in cars, phones — even guns

Jul 31, 2015 4:37 pm

Our greatest security weaknesses are revealed at the annual BlackHat and DefCon conferences, where hackers gather to show off their most compelling work. Meanwhile, Facebook prepares to fly its own drones. [more]

Mozilla Gripes at Microsoft for Giving Edge an Edge

Jul 31, 2015 4:24 pm

Mozilla CEO Chris Beard has published an open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, calling on him to offer Windows 10 users an easier way to set their browser preferences. Beard characterized the lack of choice in the Windows 10 experience as "very disturbing." It appears to have been designed... [more]

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