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Since he brought to light the enormous spying efforts of the US government two years ago, Edward Snowden has opened our eyes to a slew of related and (sometimes, not so related) topics. Some are not quite expected, though, such as one he revealed during a chat with Neil deGrasse Tyson on his StarTalk podcast... Read more...
Apple hasn’t exactly started Monday off on a high note. Earlier today, we reported that Apple acknowledged that a rogue copy of Xcode was responsible for littering its impenetrable iOS App Store with malware-laced apps. This is a first for Apple and is just the kind of news that the company was looking to avoid as it... Read more...
Microsoft might be gearing up to release a new version of the Microsoft Band, the wearable fitness tracker it launched late last year. Photos of a new version, which has been dubbed “Band 2” by media in lieu of any details from Microsoft, appears to have leaked. We hope that the photos, which come from... Read more...
AT&T is suing a trio of former employees for allegedly installing malware on company computers to give an outside firm remote access to its systems. The outside company, called Swift Unlocks, then used its unauthorized access to AT&T's computers to sell cell phone unlocking services, according to AT&T's lawsuit... Read more...
We all fear the day when humans end up under the mechanical thumbs of our eventual robot overlords, but for now, it's us who still reign over them. Such is also the result of a joint effort involving the Volvo Group and several partners to develop a robot that picks up trash under the supervision of a garbage truck... Read more...
If you don't want to negotiate an iPhone deal with your wireless carrier, you can join Apple's recently launched iPhone Upgrade Program and get a new handset every year starting at $32.41 per month (that includes AppleCare+ coverage). Likewise, Samsung is planning to offer a similar program for its Galaxy... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware’s Two and a Half Geeks, Marco, Paul and Dave discuss AMD's small but powerful Radeon R9 Nano, the Alienware X51 R3 SFF console-killing PC, the Intel-powered ASUS ZenPad S 8 tablet, hint at an upcoming giveaway. and lots more... Show Notes: 01:45 - AMD Radeon R9 Nano... Read more...
Skype appears to be stumbling a bit this morning, to the chagrin of its users. The Microsoft Skype team posted a note on its blog today alerting users that it is aware of the problem and promising to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. More than one problem is bugging Skype at the moment, but by far its... Read more...
Apple might have one of the most secure app stores on the planet, but as with all things secure, someone is bound to find a hole and waltz right on in. Such is the case with whomever modified Apple's official coding software Xcode to bundle malware with any app compiled with it. That sounds simple, but despite the... Read more...
This is just the beginning of what will no doubt be a long, public, and very expensive flogging for German automaker Volkswagen. We reported late last week that the company got caught cheating on U.S. EPA emissions tests by using a “defeat device.” To put it succinctly, VW programed the engine control units (ECU) of... Read more...
As the years pass, our lives continue to become intertwined even more with the Internet. Today, the Internet acts as a backbone to critical infrastructure, and much like the risk of someone exploiting a flaw to break into our home PC, a real risk exists that enemies of the government could break into and cause harm to... Read more...
It must be interesting to work in a recycling plant, especially one that has mammoth companies like Microsoft providing some of the business. Some of the stuff that comes through is no doubt interesting, such as 70,000 copies of a certain office product. If you were given these perfectly good copies to recycle, would... Read more...
The flurry of good fortune stemming from an unfortunate incident continues to pour on Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old freshman student who was arrested at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, after his homemade clock was mistaken for a bomb. Ahmed has received an outpouring of support through social media, along... Read more...
The PlayStation 4 just received a price cut in Japan earlier this week. Sony reduced the price to 34,980 yen, which converts to roughly $292. Once word of the price cut hit the airwaves, everyone began wondering when Sony’s generosity would would extended to U.S. customers — after all, the PS4 has soldiered on for... Read more...
For those using the Fast ring in Windows 10, a brand-new build awaits. This one is build 10547 and Microsoft notes that many bugs have been patched up since 10532. There's a fair bit of tweaking that's been done as well, notably to improve the customization capabilities of the OS. Start is one of the areas that has... Read more...
Apple's first foray into Google Play isn't going so well. The company made its introduction to Android users with "Move to iOS," an app designed to help Android users transfer their photos, messages, contacts, and other data over to an iPhone, the presumption being that they've seen the light and it shines brighter... Read more...
Microsoft turned more than a few heads when it unveiled its Xbox Elite Wireless Controller earlier this year at E3. At the time, Microsoft would only commit to a Fall release and not a specific date. However, a quick visit to the Microsoft Store now shows that it will come out on October 27, 2015. If you pre-order... Read more...
Being a massive company, Google has a ton of cool stats to share, and fortunately, most of those are well-known. Its revenue? That's public information. The same goes for the amount of employees it has and the number of data centers it has scattered around the globe, among many other things. However, some... Read more...
Sony is all about special edition PlayStation 4 consoles these days, though its latest 'OMG that's so friggin' cool, I want one!' PS4 can't be bought (not right away, anyway -- we're sure they'll pop up on eBay in due time). Instead, you can enter for a chance to win a "Limited Edition Gold PlayStation 4 Bundle" by... Read more...
AMD has just lost another one of its great employees, legendary chip designer Jim Keller. Interestingly, AMD managed to lure Jim back to its stable just over three years ago, and at that time, it felt like the burst of hope we needed that AMD would in fact become competitive in the CPU market again. Well, that hope... Read more...
Whoa, Nelly! Volkswagen has gotten caught with its hands in the cookie jar, and its offense is pretty egregious. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has accused the Volkswagen Group of purposefully programming its engine control units (ECU) to detect when federally-mandated emissions tests are being run on... Read more...
It’s just about time to close out another week, but not before serving up the latest batch of HOT deals straight from our friends at TechBargains. On tap for you all today, we have deals on a Lenovo Y70 Intel Core i7-4710HQ based notebook with touch, an Ooma Telo VOIP device, a 3TB WD My Passport Ultra USB 3.0... Read more...
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