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Court halts ridesharing service Uber in Germany

Sep 2, 2014 3:00 am

A court has issued an injunction barring ridesharing service Uber from operating in Germany, the latest shot in a fight with the country's taxi drivers. [more]


Top South America hackers rattle Peru's Cabinet

Sep 2, 2014 2:50 am

The Peruvian hackers have broken into military, police, and other sensitive government networks in Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela and Peru, defacing websites and extracting sensitive data to strut their programming prowess and make political points. [more]


Apple's shadow looms large at Berlin electronics show

Sep 2, 2014 2:36 am

Berlin's gigantic IFA consumer electronics fair opens this week, with the shadow of Apple looming large even if the iconic US brand traditionally snubs the event. [more]


FBI says it's addressing nude celebrity photos

Sep 2, 2014 1:55 am

The FBI says it is addressing allegations that nude photos of several female celebrities have been stolen and posted online. [more]


Brainy, Yes, but Far From Handy

Sep 1, 2014 3:58 pm

Robots still lack a critical element that will keep them from eclipsing most human capabilities anytime soon: a well-developed sense of touch. [more]


EU urged to convert TV frequencies to mobile broadband

Sep 1, 2014 2:15 pm

The EU should convert a whole spectrum of television and radio frequencies for use by mobile broadband by around 2020 as smartphone use soars, a report said on Monday. [more]


Fukushima accepts 'temporary' radioactive waste storage

Sep 1, 2014 2:13 pm

The governor of disaster-struck Fukushima agreed Monday to accept the "temporary" storage of nuclear waste from the Japanese accident, paving the way for an end to a years-long standoff. [more]


Firefox 32 Find out what is new

Sep 1, 2014 1:56 pm

Mozilla will release the Firefox 32 final to the stable channel in the coming 24 hour period. In addition to that, the organization will also move all other channels to the next major version in line. This results in the release of Firefox 33 Beta, Firefox 34 Aurora and Firefox 35 Nightly in the... [more]


Ride-sharing could cut cabs' road time by 30 percent

Sep 1, 2014 1:00 pm

Cellphone apps that find users car rides in real time are exploding in popularity: The car-service company Uber was recently valued at $18 billion, and even as it faces legal wrangles, a number of companies that provide similar services with licensed taxi cabs have sprung up. [more]


Jumping into streaming TV

Sep 1, 2014 11:50 am

More TV viewers are picking up so-called streaming media boxes in the hope of fulfilling a simple wish: Let me watch what I want when I want. [more]


Can levitating appliances take off?

Sep 1, 2014 11:38 am

Ger Jansen is puzzling about how to fit a windshield. His problem is not installing it in a car, but hanging the glass in thin air and keeping it hovering for a prolonged display. [more]


Wage gap grows between support staff at tech campuses and high-tech employees

Sep 1, 2014 11:30 am

Amid the affluence of Silicon Valley's highly paid technology employees, an "invisible workforce" of low-paid support staff at the region's tech companies has emerged, making one-fifth the wages of the digital workers, according to a report released Tuesday. [more]


Job listing service ZipRecruiter raises $63 million

Sep 1, 2014 11:10 am

ZipRecruiter, a California start-up that tries to simplify tasks for recruiters, has raised $63 million in initial venture capital funding as the 4-year-old service races to keep up with growing demand. [more]


Start-up brings new designs and materials to North America's oldest team sport

Sep 1, 2014 10:50 am

Minnesota-based upstart Epoch Lacrosse is making a splash in the lacrosse equipment market with a brand that embraces technology. The company is utilizing new designs and new materials to compete with established brands in one of North America's oldest and fastest-growing team sports. [more]


PIN customers can avoid heat of thief's phone attachment

Sep 1, 2014 10:45 am

Engineer Mark Rober has some words of advice in guarding the safety of your PIN. His advice comes in the form of a video where he demonstrates that a thief can steal a PIN by using a thermal imaging attachment clipped to a smartphone. The good news is that the theft can be easily avoided. Anyone... [more]


Apparent massive hack attack reveals stars' nude pictures

Sep 1, 2014 9:39 am

Scandal rocked both Hollywood and the US tech industry Monday after an apparent hack of a cloud data service unleashed a torrent of intimate pictures of celebrities onto the Internet. [more]


Greater safety and security at Europe's train stations

Sep 1, 2014 9:10 am

When a suspicious individual fleas on a bus or by train, then things usually get tough for the police. This is because the security systems of the various transportation companies and security services are typically incompatible. The EU project, Secur-ED, aims at creating remedies and... [more]


Fingerprints for freight items

Sep 1, 2014 8:40 am

Security is a top priority in air freight logistics but screening procedures can be very time consuming and costly. Fraunhofer researchers intend to boost efficiency with a new approach to digital logistics, without sacrificing the security of air freight operations. [more]


On the way to a safe and secure smart home

Sep 1, 2014 8:30 am

A growing number of household operations can be managed via the Internet. Today's "Smart Home" promises efficient building management. But often the systems are not secure and can only be retrofitted at great expense. Scientists are working on a software product that defends against hacker... [more]


Radar networks, innovation against occupational hazard

Sep 1, 2014 8:30 am

Researchers at UPM have developed an alarm system for construction vehicles with a low-cost radar network that can prevent collisions and improve safety in work environments. [more]


Digital Clone: You Won't Be Able to Live Without One

Sep 1, 2014 8:24 am

A very interesting book just hit the market. Written by Martine Rothblatt -- apparently she is America's top paid female CEO -- its title is Virtually Human: The Promise -- and the Peril -- of Digital Immortality. The subject is digital clones, and Rothblatt goes into depth about what they are,... [more]


Developer friendly Windows configuration tool BellaVista

Sep 1, 2014 7:44 am

Whenever you start a Windows PC for the first time as a developer, you may need to make certain configuration changes to adjust certain settings of the system for development purposes. Maybe you need to enable debugging options, configure crash dumps, or certain environment variables. While you... [more]


Drone Developers Consider Obstacles That Cannot Be Flown Around

Sep 1, 2014 7:44 am

With the recent demonstration of a drone-based delivery system by Google, the tech industry’s enthusiasm for the devices seems undimmed — but some issues will be difficult to solve. [more]


Protecting privacy also means preserving democracy

Sep 1, 2014 6:30 am

What impact does the proliferation of new mobile technologies have? How does the sharing of personal data over the Internet threaten our society? Interview with Professor Jean-Pierre Hubaux, a specialist in communication networks and privacy protection, a major field of IT security. [more]


Storing solar energy

Sep 1, 2014 6:20 am

A research project conducted by Leclanché S.A., the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Romande Energie and with the financial support of the Canton of Vaud could bring a real added value in the development of renewable energies. [more]


Sony wooing Japanese to PS4 with Dragon Quest

Sep 1, 2014 4:52 am

Sony is trying to woo Japanese game fans to the PlayStation 4 home console that went on sale in November in the U.S. and Europe, but didn't arrive at stores here until February. [more]


Sony founder nephew starts as head of PlayStation unit

Sep 1, 2014 4:51 am

The nephew of a Sony founder on Monday started as head of a regional gaming unit, after the Japanese electronics giant sailed past the 10 million mark in sales of its PlayStation 4. [more]


Japan firm showcases 'touchable' 3D technology

Sep 1, 2014 4:49 am

Technology that generates touchable 3D imagery was unveiled in Japan Monday, with its developers saying users could pull and push objects that are not really there. [more]


Japan says electronics OK during take-off and landing

Sep 1, 2014 3:16 am

Japan on Monday relaxed a ban on the use of electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets in flight, following similar moves by the United States and the European Union. [more]


Scientists get set for simulated nuclear inspection

Sep 1, 2014 2:19 am

Some 40 scientists and technicians from around the world will descend on Jordan in November to take part in a simulated on-site inspection of a suspected nuclear test site on the banks of the Dead Sea. [more]


Alibaba IPO comes with unusual structure

Sep 1, 2014 2:18 am

Foreigners who want to buy Alibaba Group shares in the Chinese e-commerce giant's U.S. public offering will need to get comfortable with an unusual business structure. [more]


Samsung Group’s Shipbuilding and Engineering Arms to Merge

Sep 1, 2014 12:56 am

Latest tie-up comes with efforts to merge affiliates gaining speed after patriarch of group’s controlling family was hospitalized in May. [more]


Popular photo editing app Pixlr now available for desktop

Sep 1, 2014 12:46 am

Pixlr has been available as a web version and application for Android and iOS for quite some time. It is a popular application judging by the ratings that it has received by users that can be used to manipulate photos in several ways directly on the phone or web. This includes among other things... [more]


The Media Equation: Amazon Bets on Content in Deal for Twitch

Aug 31, 2014 6:48 pm

Twitch has built a platform that hosts live events akin to the N.F.L., the United States Open or the X Games — and it has the audience to show for it. [more]


Mental Floss Is Buoyed by Online Video

Aug 31, 2014 6:24 pm

Mental Floss has become one of the magazine industry’s biggest video success stories by deploying a secret weapon — the author and YouTube star John Green. [more]


NATO Set to Ratify Pledge on Joint Defense in Case of Major Cyberattack

Aug 31, 2014 6:17 pm

For the first time, a cyberattack on any of the 28 NATO nations could be declared an attack on all of them, much like a ground invasion or an airborne bombing. [more]


Tesla Motors dealing as states play factory poker

Aug 31, 2014 12:06 pm

From the start, little has been typical about Tesla Motors' plan for a $5 billion factory to make batteries for a new generation of electric cars. [more]


Cleveland welcomes growing field of server farms

Aug 31, 2014 9:34 am

Northeast Ohio is hardly ready to usurp the Silicon Valley as a high-tech mecca, but a growing number of data centers are locating in and around Cleveland. They're taking advantage of cheap power, an abundance of fiber-optic cable and one of the safest environments in the country for storing... [more]


DIY glove-based tutor indicates muscle-memory potential

Aug 31, 2014 5:40 am

A senior editor at IEEE Spectrum worked on a DIY project that enabled his 11-year-old son to improve his touch typing by use of a vibrating glove. His son was already "pretty quick on the keyboard," said his father, David Schneider, but his finger technique could have used some more training.... [more]


Bits Blog: San Francisco Exhales During ‘Burning Man Exodus’

Aug 31, 2014 5:00 am

The event draws more than 50,000 people, many of whom are from the tech industry. And while they’re away, the city’s hard-to-get-into restaurants and bars aren’t so hard to get into. [more]


Fujifilm vs Ebola: Japan giants turn hands to medicine

Aug 31, 2014 4:20 am

When Japan announced it was ready to supply a new drug to help combat the deadly Ebola virus, one unusual detail emerged—it would be made by Fujifilm. [more]


Booming electric car sales under fire in Norway

Aug 31, 2014 4:10 am

Ministers in Norway—a major and rich oil-producing country—are under increasing public pressure to reduce perks and tax breaks for booming electric car sales. [more]


US cyber-warriors battling Islamic State on Twitter

Aug 31, 2014 4:06 am

The United States has launched a social media offensive against the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda, setting out to win the war of ideas by ridiculing the militants with a mixture of blunt language and sarcasm. [more]


Indian start-up launches shoes that show you the way

Aug 31, 2014 4:04 am

"Wizard of Oz" heroine Dorothy only had to click her ruby red slippers together and they would spirit her home to Kansas. [more]


'Halo' makers shed light on live-action series

Aug 31, 2014 4:02 am

"Halo: Nightfall" is returning to familiar territory. [more]


Convert Windows XP to a virtual machine with VirtualXP

Aug 31, 2014 3:04 am

Microsoft abandoned Windows XP some months ago and while some users moved on to other operating systems, others are still running windows XP. The main issue here is that Microsoft won't release official security patches for the operating system anymore which leaves it vulnerable to exploits... [more]


DealBook: Top Bitcoin Proponent to Plead Guilty to Federal Charge

Aug 30, 2014 2:40 pm

Charles Shrem, a leading backer of Bitcoin, is to plead to one federal count of aiding and abetting an unlicensed money transmitting business. [more]


Hal Finney, Cryptographer and Bitcoin Pioneer, Dies at 58

Aug 30, 2014 1:27 pm

Mr. Finney made advancing online privacy his life’s work, and he took part in the first Bitcoin transaction, when Satoshi Nakamoto sent him 10 Bitcoins. [more]


Power Up: E-Sports Set Video Gamers Fighting for Real Money in Virtual Contests

Aug 30, 2014 11:18 am

Professional video gaming is becoming a worldwide spectator sport offering big prizes to competitors, helping the game industry gain even greater cultural and economic clout. [more]


ISIS Displaying a Deft Command of Varied Media

Aug 30, 2014 9:59 am

ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, is using every contemporary mode of messaging to recruit fighters, intimidate enemies and promote its claim to have established a caliphate. [more]


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