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IPad Air 2 and Mini 3 Review: One Thumb Up, and Another Down

Oct 21, 2014 7:02 pm

The iPad Air 2 is substantially faster than its predecessor, and both it and the Mini 3 include Touch ID and Apple Pay. Needless to say, both products are costly. [more]

Google Takes a Flyer on Magic Leap

Oct 21, 2014 5:08 pm

Magic Leap on Tuesday announced that Google was the lead investor in a $542 million round of funding for its secret endeavors. Also participating were Qualcomm, Legendary Entertainment, KKR, Vulcan Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Andreessen Horowitz and Obvious Ventures. Details are... [more]

Q&A: Finding the Best Ways to Cut Utility Costs

Oct 21, 2014 4:30 pm

A wide variety of alternative and “smart” gadgets, including advanced power strips and high-efficiency light bulbs, can help consumers conserve energy. [more]

Yahoo profit surges on Alibaba divestment, mobile

Oct 21, 2014 3:50 pm

Yahoo said Tuesday its quarterly profit surged with its sale of shares in Chinese Internet powerhouse Alibaba, and also saw improving results from its mobile Internet initiatives. [more]

UMD researchers formulate cyber protection for supply chains

Oct 21, 2014 3:47 pm

The supply chain is ground zero for several recent cyber breaches. Hackers, for example, prey on vendors that have remote access to a larger company's global IT systems, software and networks. [more]

Yahoo Revenue and Profit Surpass Estimates

Oct 21, 2014 3:02 pm

Strong third-quarter results at Yahoo ended a long pattern of declines. [more]

DealBook: After JPMorgan Cyberattack, a Push to Fortify Wall Street Banks

Oct 21, 2014 2:57 pm

Regulators are said to be discussing fortification of a critical area of cybersecurity: outside vendors, including law firms, accounting and marketing firms and even janitorial companies. [more]

DealBook: Google Invests in Magic Leap, an Augmented Reality Firm

Oct 21, 2014 2:24 pm

Google is leading a $542 million investment in a little-known firm called Magic Leap, in an investment that is said to value the start-up at about $2 billion. [more]

Bits Blog: F.T.C. Names New Chief Technologist

Oct 21, 2014 2:05 pm

Ashkan Soltani, an independent technology consultant, co-wrote some articles in The Washington Post’s Pulitzer-winning series based off Edward Snowden revelations. [more]

$10K Will Get You a Clunky, Slow Hoverboard That's Nothing Like Marty McFly's

Oct 21, 2014 1:55 pm

The designers behind the Hendo Hoverboard on Tuesday took to the crowdfunding site Kickstarter to help launch a prototype and bring it to actual production. The funding period for this project will run from Tuesday through Dec. 15. The team has set a Kickstarter goal of $250,000 and already... [more]

Apple sees iCloud attacks; China hack reported

Oct 21, 2014 1:40 pm

Apple said Tuesday its iCloud server has been the target of "intermittent" attacks, hours after a security blog said Chinese authorities had been trying to hack into the system. [more]

China Attack Aims at Apple iCloud Storage Service

Oct 21, 2014 1:01 pm

Cybersecurity monitoring groups and security experts said iCloud users in China may have given away login information to a third party. [more]

Hendersons introduce hoverboard and a future beyond wheels

Oct 21, 2014 12:50 pm

Greg and Jill Henderson are behind a hoverboard that uses a magnetic field to generate lift, and they have turned to crowdfunding to put the finishing touches on their California-based Hendo Hoverboard. They said that "perfecting it will take a little more time and resources," and their target... [more]

Bits Blog: Staples Is Latest Retailer Hit by Hackers

Oct 21, 2014 12:46 pm

The company said it was working with law enforcement agencies to determine the extent of the problem. It is one of many retailers and restaurant chains to be hit by hackers over the last year. [more]

Bits Blog: Longtime Microsoft Executive Opens Cloud Database Start-up

Oct 21, 2014 12:33 pm

Bob Muglia helped build Microsoft’s server and tools business into a $17 billion-a-year juggernaut. Now he’s running a cloud database start-up that has raised $26 million in funding. [more]

Bits Blog: Verizon Reports Higher Profit During a Price-Cutting War

Oct 21, 2014 12:23 pm

Amid a price-cutting war in the American wireless industry, the Verizon juggernaut keeps growing, even though its prices are generally higher. [more]

Machine Learning: Shopping With Apple Pay: Seamless in Stores but Quirky Online

Oct 21, 2014 12:23 pm

Integrating the new payment system with varied apps still has some flaws, but brick-and-mortar purchases are easy and fun. [more]

More hackers targeting mobile phones to get bank info, survey says

Oct 21, 2014 11:56 am

Hackers are increasingly targeting mobile phones to get into bank accounts of victims and steal money, security researchers said Tuesday. [more]

Q&A: Exporting Video From iPhoto

Oct 21, 2014 11:11 am

Plus, tips on removing malicious software from browsers. [more]

HP supercomputer at NREL garners top honor

Oct 21, 2014 11:00 am

A supercomputer created by Hewlett-Packard (HP) and the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) that uses warm water to cool its servers, and then re-uses that water to heat its building, has been honored as one of the top technological innovations of the year by R&D... [more]

Solar energy prices see double-digit declines in 2013, trend expected to continue

Oct 21, 2014 10:58 am

Distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) system prices dropped by 12 - 19 percent nationwide in 2013, according to the third edition of a jointly written report on PV pricing trends from the Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory... [more]

Turner channels removed from Dish amid pact spat

Oct 21, 2014 10:40 am

Channels such as Cartoon Network and CNN are no longer part of Dish's programming lineup as a deadline has passed for the satellite TV provider and Turner Broadcasting to renew their distribution agreement. [more]

Google's streaming music service adds mood to mix

Oct 21, 2014 10:40 am

Google's music-subscription service will try to anticipate its listeners' mood swings as it amplifies its competition with Pandora, Spotify and other popular services that play tunes over the Internet. [more]

Staples investigating possible data breach

Oct 21, 2014 10:23 am

Staples is looking into a potential credit card data breach and has been in touch with law enforcement officials about the issue. [more]

Super stable garnet ceramics may be ideal for high-energy lithium batteries

Oct 21, 2014 10:17 am

Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered exceptional properties in a garnet material that could enable development of higher-energy battery designs. [more]

Chinese Officials Kick In Apple, MS Cloud Doors

Oct 21, 2014 10:14 am

Chinese authorities have launched man-in-the-middle attacks on Apple's and Microsoft's that are ongoing, according to Qihoo 360 browser users' local connections to are being rerouted to a dummy site that's identical to Apple's login page. Users... [more]

Google enables Security Key support for 2-Step Verification

Oct 21, 2014 10:12 am

One of the best ways to improve the security of a Google account is to enable 2-step verification for it. The idea behind the feature is to combine the usual account username and password with local information tied to a mobile phone. So, instead of having to enter your Google email and password... [more]

Verizon reports higher 3Q net income, revenue

Oct 21, 2014 9:37 am

Verizon Communications Inc. on Tuesday reported higher net income and revenue in its third quarter, helped by strong wireless subscriber growth and demand for its FiOS Internet services. [more]

Researchers take big-data approach to estimate range of electric vehicles

Oct 21, 2014 8:45 am

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed new software that estimates how much farther electric vehicles can drive before needing to recharge. The new technique requires drivers to plug in their destination and automatically pulls in data on a host of variables to predict... [more]

Cyber-espionage is more difficult to pin to a state than spying in the physical world

Oct 21, 2014 8:40 am

Who's in your network, checking out your data? The latest invasive digital creature is Sandworm, a piece of malware discovered to be using a previously unknown Windows vulnerability to infiltrate government networks, spying on systems at NATO, the European Union, the Ukrainian government and others. [more]

Making smartphone browsing 20% faster while reducing power consumption by 40%

Oct 21, 2014 8:20 am

Nokia Networks today announced that it has conducted the first live network trial of a software feature that improves smartphone performance on 3G networks. Nokia High Speed Cell FACH cuts smartphone-generated network signaling by up to 80%, boosts response time by up to 65% and achieves up to... [more]

Freescale introduces world's smallest integrated tire pressure monitoring system

Oct 21, 2014 8:10 am

Freescale Semiconductor today introduced the FXTH87 tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) family, which is the smallest integrated package TPMS solution available at an extremely light weight of 0.3 grams. The FXTH87 family is 50 percent smaller than competing products, helping designers reduce... [more]

What's next for the smartphone in a rapidly changing market?

Oct 21, 2014 8:00 am

It should be no surprise to anyone that many smartphones may have been designed to last about 24 months – the length of a typical contract with a network service provider. After all, it is a fast-moving, high-turnover market and planned obsolescence is how it is kept moving. [more]

Kickstarter Puts Kibosh on Tor-Based Router Funding

Oct 21, 2014 8:00 am

Kickstarter on Friday suspended a crowdfunding campaign for Anonabox, a portable networking device designed specifically to run Tor. The campaign for the privacy-minded router, which launched earlier last week, was wildly successful. In just a few days, it reportedly garnered more than $600,000... [more]

Sweeping air devices for greener planes

Oct 21, 2014 7:49 am

The large amount of jet fuel required to fly an airplane from point A to point B can have negative impacts on the environment and—as higher fuel costs contribute to rising ticket prices—a traveler's wallet. With funding from NASA and the Boeing Company, engineers from the Division of... [more]

World record in data transmission with smart circuits

Oct 21, 2014 7:29 am

Fewer cords, smaller antennas and quicker video transmission. This may be the result of a new type of microwave circuit that was designed at Chalmers University of Technology. The research team behind the circuits currently holds an attention-grabbing record. Tomorrow the results will be... [more]

Retrofitting old buildings to make them earthquake safe

Oct 21, 2014 7:10 am

Non-ductile reinforced concrete buildings are among the most common structures in the United States. They are also among the most deadly. [more]

Robots recognize humans in disaster environments

Oct 21, 2014 6:40 am

Through a computational algorithm, a team of researchers from the University of Guadalajara (UDG) in Mexico, developed a neural network that allows a small robot to detect different patterns, such as images, fingerprints, handwriting, faces, bodies, voice frequencies and DNA sequences. [more]

Researchers developing algorithms to detect fake reviews

Oct 21, 2014 6:20 am

Anyone who has conducted business online—from booking a hotel to buying a book to finding a new dentist or selling their wares—has come across reviews of said products and services. Chances are they've also encountered some that just don't seem legitimate. Researchers at the University of... [more]

New study examines web-based biosurveillance systems in identifying disease outbreaks

Oct 21, 2014 6:01 am

Little quantitative evidence exists to show that electronic event-based biosurveillance systems that gather near real-time information to identify infectious disease outbreaks have led to specific health policy actions, decisions or outcomes, according a new study published today in the... [more]

Black Box Keeps Cybersnoops in Dark

Oct 21, 2014 6:00 am

Following Edward Snowden's revelations about indiscriminate government snooping on U.S. citizens, many Net surfers would like to find a way to lower their visibility on the Internet. There are a number of tools in cyberspace that can help a soul do that, but they can take time and savvy to set... [more]

Verizon Posts Lower Quarterly Profit, but Higher Revenue

Oct 21, 2014 5:55 am

Verizon Communications on Tuesday posted lower quarterly earnings, but revenue rose as it added customers to its wireless business. [more]

First driverless vehicles for public launched in Singapore

Oct 21, 2014 5:36 am

For the first time, two SMART-NUS enhanced driverless buggies to ferry passengers, free-of-charge, around Chinese and Japanese Gardens, as part of the Smart and Connected Jurong Lake District (JLD) Pilots and Trials initiative. [more]

Outbreak in Africa reveals a need for the contributions of engineers to global health

Oct 21, 2014 5:21 am

As Ebola continues to pose national and international risks, a role is envisioned for engineers, who are being called on to design devices and processes to help protect against the virus. [more]

Skype Qik: mobile video swapping by Microsoft

Oct 21, 2014 5:04 am

I have a hard time understanding the concept of sharing photos or videos with other people. While I do understand that it can be useful at times, say wedding photos or special moments, the increase in shared media is what I don't really get. There must be something to it though if you consider... [more]

Skin icons can tap into promise of smartwatch

Oct 21, 2014 3:39 am

You have heard it before: smartwatches are cool wearables but critics remind us of the fact that their small size makes many actions cumbersome and they question how many people will really have them on their shopping lists. A project at Carnegie Mellon could serve as an interesting lesson that... [more]

Japan court orders Facebook to reveal revenge porn IP addresses

Oct 21, 2014 3:30 am

A Tokyo court has ordered Facebook to disclose the IP addresses used by fake accounts that were posting revenge porn, a lawyer said Tuesday, in the first such case in Japan. [more]

Skype is about to become a 'universal translator'

Oct 21, 2014 3:01 am

Users of the video chat app will soon be able to conduct voice and video calls supported by a near-real time translation technology. [more]

It's the Economy: Can You Uber a Burger?

Oct 21, 2014 2:58 am

Surge-pricing comes to the restaurant industry. [more]

Samsung phones cleared for US government use

Oct 21, 2014 2:47 am

Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday some of its Galaxy mobile devices were approved by the National Security Agency for use with classified U.S. government networks and data, a boost to the company's efforts to expand in the security-conscious business market. [more]

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