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Workers in Silicon Valley Weigh in on Obama’s Immigration Order

Nov 23, 2014 7:47 pm

Despite drawbacks, some immigrants working in technology said the president’s actions could make work in the United States easier. [more]

Critic’s Notebook: Dragon Age: Inquisition Evokes Interactive Storytelling

Nov 23, 2014 4:03 pm

Dragon Age: Inquisition shows that sophisticated storytelling in video games has become commonplace even as it remains the most experimental and contentious aspect of the medium. [more]

How to play Unity Games offline

Nov 23, 2014 9:49 am

When you play games in your web browser, one of the following four technologies is being used usually: Adobe Flash, Java, Unity or HMTL5. There are exceptions to the rule but the majority relies on at least one of the technologies listed above. When it comes to Unity, it is necessary to install... [more]

Facebook 'newspaper' spells trouble for media

Nov 23, 2014 7:20 am

Facebook's move to fulfill its ambition to be the personal "newspaper" for its billion-plus members is likely to mean more woes for the ailing news media. [more]

After nuclear phase-out, Germany debates scrapping coal

Nov 23, 2014 7:19 am

After deciding to scrap nuclear power, Germany is pondering saying goodbye to coal, its biggest energy source but also its top polluter and main threat to ambitious climate goals. [more]

Bits Blog: What Cloud Computing Means to Your Job

Nov 23, 2014 5:01 am

The next big technology migration will change how workplaces are organized. Bad news, middle managers: You’re going to get less important. [more]

DiskBoss Free, a hard drive management tool

Nov 23, 2014 2:56 am

DiskBoss refers to a line of hard drive management tools. This review looks at the freeware version of DiskBoss which is limited in comparison to the paid versions. More about that later. After you have installed DiskBoss on your Windows machine and started it up, you get a list of all drives... [more]

Bidding in Government Auction of Airwaves Reaches $34 Billion

Nov 22, 2014 3:40 pm

Prices are likely to rise further because the auction has no definite end and could continue for days or weeks. [more]

Mozilla tests search field changes in Firefox Beta

Nov 22, 2014 9:20 am

Firefox users have several options when it comes to running searches. They can type a query in the browser's address bar, use the default search field, a search engine on a new tab page or open a search engine directly in the browser to use it. Mozilla announced some major changes to the search... [more]

At Spain’s Door, a Welcome Mat for Entrepreneurs

Nov 22, 2014 8:31 am

A nation is beckoning foreign brains and money with the kind of immigration reform that Silicon Valley can only envy. [more]

Prototype: Brewing Your Own Beer, With Help From an App

Nov 22, 2014 8:18 am

A machine eases the way for amateurs and professionals to make small batches of craft beer. [more]

Gadget Ogling: Dueling Tablets, a Smart Scale, and Slooow Games

Nov 22, 2014 7:00 am

Welcome to our weekly look at the latest, greatest, and poorest gadgets to be revealed to the world. Hark as yours truly extols the virtues and horrors of two wildly different tablets, a smart kitchen scale, and video games requiring patience, among other objects. It's not like the planet needs... [more]

Form Devices team designs Point as a house sitter

Nov 22, 2014 5:40 am

A Scandinavian team "with an international outlook" and good eye for electronics, software and design aims to reach success with what they characterize as "a softer take" on home security. Their device is one where guests can feel less uncomfortable about keeping surveillance cameras in the home.... [more]

Man pleads guilty in New York cybercrime case

Nov 22, 2014 2:43 am

A California man has pleaded guilty in New York City for his role marketing malware that federal authorities say infected more than a half-million computers worldwide. [more]

Judge approves $450 mn deal in Apple ebook suit

Nov 22, 2014 2:34 am

A US judge signed off on Apple's $450 million legal deal to compensate consumers harmed by an illegal price-fixing conspiracy for electronic books. [more]

Image enlargement extension Imagus for Firefox

Nov 22, 2014 2:24 am

I reviewed Imagus back in 2013 when the then popular extension Hoverzoom caused controversy in regards to scripts it ran that were not in any way related to enlarging images on the Internet. Imagus came to same fame and many call it the best Chrome extension of its kind. The author of the... [more]

Dish restores Turner channels to lineup

Nov 21, 2014 5:40 pm

Turner Broadcasting channels such as Cartoon Network and CNN are back on the Dish network after being dropped from the satellite TV provider's lineup during contract talks. [more]

Judge Approves $450 Million Settlement in Apple E-Book Case

Nov 21, 2014 5:31 pm

A deal in the antitrust case would give consumers $400 million in cash and e-book credits, and lawyers $50.million. But an appeal is still pending. [more]

NotCompatible Mobile Malware Gets Badder

Nov 21, 2014 4:44 pm

A new version of the NotCompatible malware, which first appeared in 2012, is bigger, badder and pretty much indestructible, Lookout Security reported. And it can compromise corporate networks, thanks to the BYOD trend. The malware, called "NotCompatible C," focuses on Android devices. The... [more]

Bits Blog: In Europe, a Resolution to Break Up Google

Nov 21, 2014 4:41 pm

The nonbinding resolution could increase pressure on Europe’s the competition commissioner to bring formal charges against Google. [more]

To Delete or Not to Delete: That’s the Uber Question

Nov 21, 2014 2:47 pm

Customers are deleting the company’s on-demand taxi app after Emil Michael, a senior vice president, suggested spying on its critics. [more]

Another Bleak Black Friday for Apple Fans

Nov 21, 2014 1:15 pm

Apple is a company that bucks trends, that does things its own way, that manages its business through highly tuned cycles. One thing Apple barely does at all, though, is offer any sort of special deal or sale price. Not even on Black Friday. Or Cyber Monday. Or just because. Heck, when Apple... [more]

Bits Blog: F.C.C. Chairman Says Agency Will Not Rush Net Neutrality Rules

Nov 21, 2014 12:42 pm

The chairman, Tom Wheeler, said he had not spoken with President Obama since the president publicly urged the F.C.C. to reclassify broadband Internet access as a utility. [more]

LiquidPiston unveils quiet X Mini engine prototype

Nov 21, 2014 12:40 pm

LiquidPiston has a new X Mini engine which is a small 70 cubic centimeter gasoline powered "prototype. This is a quiet, four-stroke engine with near-zero vibration. The company said it can bring improvements to applications such as lawn equipment, small generators, mopeds, auxiliary power units... [more]

Theatre Arts research provides insight into human behavior for scientists, engineers who build social robots

Nov 21, 2014 12:01 pm

As an actress, producer, director and theatre arts lecturer at The University of Texas at Arlington, Julienne Greer knows the techniques that help draw people's deepest emotions to the surface. Now, she's building on her experience and research to help scientists and robotics engineers better... [more]

How to keep programs up to date without automatic updates

Nov 21, 2014 11:05 am

Automatic updates can be quite helpful at times. While some users prefer to download and install updates manually as it gives them more control over the process and options to test an update first before it is applied, it is without doubt the best option for users who don't do so. While many... [more]

Bits Blog: Google Experimenting With Removing Ads for a Fee

Nov 21, 2014 10:57 am

Google started experimenting with a new way to let users contribute to websites in exchange for fewer ads. [more]

Wunderlist To-Do Manager for Windows 7 released

Nov 21, 2014 8:33 am

If you are using the to-do manager Wunderlist on a mobile device or the web you may find it interesting that it has been published for Windows 7 today. The program brings the full experience to the Windows desktop and while the program looks like it is only a wrapper for the web interface, it... [more]

Citadel Trojan Adds Keylogging to Arsenal

Nov 21, 2014 8:28 am

Cybercriminals are using a new version of the dangerous Citadel Trojan, which has been employed to attack the financial and petrochemical industries, to compromise password and authentication solutions, IBM Trusteer has reported. The new version begins capturing keystrokes, or keylogging, when... [more]

Seattle Sounders score with SQL Server and fitness-tracking technology

Nov 21, 2014 8:20 am

The Emerald City's football fans aren't limited to those cheering for the Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Huskies. Here, footballers also include the soccer heroes of the Seattle Sounders FC, who are heading into Major League Soccer's Western Conference Championship this weekend with LA Galaxy. [more]

TV startup Aereo in bankruptcy after US court defeat

Nov 21, 2014 8:08 am

Television startup Aereo, which lost a US Supreme Court test of its system to bypass cable with tiny, personalized antennas, announced Friday it was filing for bankruptcy protection. [more]

Novel robotic walker helps patients regain natural gait

Nov 21, 2014 7:56 am

Survivors of stroke or other neurological conditions such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and Parkinson's disease often struggle with mobility. To regain their motor functions, these patients are required to undergo physical therapy sessions. A team of researchers from the... [more]

Researchers study impact of power prosthetic failures on amputees

Nov 21, 2014 7:32 am

Powered lower limb prosthetics hold promise for improving the mobility of amputees, but errors in the technology may also cause some users to stumble or fall. New research examines exactly what happens when these technologies fail, with the goal of developing a new generation of more robust... [more]

Forging a photo is easy, but how do you spot a fake?

Nov 21, 2014 7:20 am

Faking photographs is not a new phenomenon. The Cottingley Fairies seemed convincing to some in 1917, just as the images recently broadcast on Russian television, purporting to be satellite images showing the MH17 airliner being fired upon by a jet fighter, may have convinced others. [more]

New battery technology for electric vehicles

Nov 21, 2014 6:57 am

Scientists at the Canadian Light Source are on the forefront of battery technology using cheaper materials with higher energy and better recharging rates that make them ideal for electric vehicles (EVs). [more]

Singapore moves to regulate taxi booking apps

Nov 21, 2014 6:30 am

Singapore on Friday announced new rules for mobile taxi booking apps, including US-based Uber, in the latest move by governments around the world to regulate the increasingly popular services. [more]

Aereo Files for Bankruptcy

Nov 21, 2014 6:29 am

The streaming television start-up said it was unable to recover from a Supreme Court decision that essentially barred its business model. [more]

Nintendo Tries to Energize Wii U Sales With Amiibo Toys

Nov 21, 2014 6:05 am

A collection of toy figurines that will interact with a video game is Nintendo’s entry into an already flourishing market. [more]

Q&A: Using a VPN

Nov 21, 2014 5:48 am

Plus, troubleshooting “file in use” messages. [more]

3-D printing innovation capable of making stronger, lighter metal works for auto, aerospace industries

Nov 21, 2014 5:10 am

A Purdue innovation that produces stronger, lighter metal parts that work for the automotive and aerospace industries through a new, 3-D printing technology is being commercialized through Frontier Additive Manufacturing LLC, a Crawfordsville, Indiana-based company. [more]

How to keep the world's eyes out of your webcam

Nov 21, 2014 5:09 am

There are concerns that thousands of private webcams around the world could be streaming live images to anybody who wishes to view them – without their owner knowing – thanks to a Russian website providing a convenient list of every camera that can be accessed. [more]

Website streams private webcams

Nov 21, 2014 4:43 am

A Russian website is streaming video from private webcams around the world. Laurie Segall reports. [more]

Japan orders air bag maker to conduct probe

Nov 21, 2014 4:43 am

Japan's transport ministry has told air bag maker Takata to conduct an internal investigation after cases of its air bags exploding triggered safety concerns in the U.S. and other countries. [more]

How close can a drone fly to your plane?

Nov 21, 2014 4:42 am

Attorney Danny Cevallos explains a few of the legal questions surrounding civilian drones. [more]

Algorithm, not live committee, performs author ranking

Nov 21, 2014 3:16 am

Thousands of authors' works enter the public domain each year, but only a small number of them end up being widely available. So how to choose the ones taking center-stage? And how well can a machine-learning algorithm rank the most notable authors in the world? Allen B. Riddell at Dartmouth... [more]

Use Firefox’s Developer Edition Dark Theme in Nightly

Nov 21, 2014 1:21 am

Mozilla launched a Developer Edition of Firefox recently. The main idea was to create a version of Firefox that is optimized for web development tasks. It is separate from other versions of Firefox and Mozilla switched the theme of that version to reflect that. It is not the only indicator... [more]

Are Telepathy Experiments Stunts, or Science?

Nov 20, 2014 10:00 pm

Scientists have established direct communication between two human brains, but is it more than a stunt?Two scientific teams this year patched together some well-known technologies to directly exchange information between human brains. [more]

App City: An App to Help New York City Renters Find Compatible Roommates

Nov 20, 2014 9:35 pm

Taking cues from online dating services, MatchPad seeks to match renters on how they mesh in areas like extroversion and cleanliness. [more]

Cinnamon Desktop Spices Up Makulu Linux

Nov 20, 2014 8:01 pm

The Makulu Cinnamon Debian Edition 1.1 marks a new path for Makulu. This latest release has numerous new features that could make it a top competitor against the Linux Mint Cinnamon edition. Makulu Cinnamon Debian Edition, or MCDE, has fewer standard apps than the previous Makulu Xfce and KDE... [more]

Advertising: Jim Parsons, ‘Big Bang Theory’ Star, to Promote Intel as Innovator

Nov 20, 2014 6:08 pm

Mr. Parsons, who portrays the genius nerd Sheldon Cooper on the comedy series, is featured in a campaign that is scheduled to begin on Monday. [more]

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