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Tech Hunters: the unstoppable, unbreakable Nokia 3310

Wed, 24 May 2017 04:00:00 -0400

(image) Modern day smartphones may shudder at the mere thought of being dropped but for the Nokia 3310, it was just another day at the office. First released at the turn of the millennium, the impenetrable candy bar handset wowed owners with interchangeable...

Blockstack's decentralized internet browser uses bitcoin tech

Wed, 24 May 2017 02:23:00 -0400

(image) Blockchains used to be exclusively associated with bitcoins until other industries saw how useful the digital distributed ledger can be. Walmart used it to identify expired food that needed to be pulled from its shelves, and at least one shipping com...

Starz app streams 'American Gods' to your Samsung Smart TV

Wed, 24 May 2017 01:18:00 -0400

(image) If you've wanted to watch the likes of American Gods or Outlander with little more than an internet connection and your TV, you no longer need one of Sony's sets to make it happen. Starz has launched its streaming app on Samsung Smart TVs, bringing...

Facebook's latest journalism fix connects users with local news

Tue, 23 May 2017 23:52:00 -0400

(image) Earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg and company announced the Facebook Journalism Project -- an initiative to repair the social network's reputation with journalists and help fight the spread of fake news. The project already introduced curated news d...

Daimler bets big on luxury EVs with new battery plant

Tue, 23 May 2017 22:21:00 -0400

(image) Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler is incredibly bullish about electric vehicles. So much so that it's recently broken ground on another battery plant in Germany, a stone's throw from its existing facility. It'll begin operating around June next year and so...

Google's $5,000 4K digital whiteboard goes on sale

Tue, 23 May 2017 21:18:00 -0400

(image) It only took half a year, but Google's first take on a digital whiteboard is finally available. Google has started selling the Jamboard in the US for $4,999 plus $600 per year for management and support ($300 if you buy one by the end of September)....

Warby Parker has an app that checks your eyes at home

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:14:00 -0400

(image) Usually, completing a vision test for new glasses requires a trip to the optometrist and the glasses store. Newly announced technology could change that, however. Warby Parker, which started out as a try-before-you-buy mail-order eyeglasses company,...

US sues Fiat Chrysler over diesel emissions cheating

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:39:00 -0400

(image) Volkswagen definitely won't be the only major automaker hauled into court for cheating on diesel emissions tests in recent years. In the wake of EPA accusations from January, the US Department of Justice has sued Fiat Chrysler for allegedly using a c...

Google will track your shopping trips to prove its ads work

Tue, 23 May 2017 18:59:00 -0400

(image) First, Google followed you to the store using location data, much like Foursquare. Then its launched its Express shopping service. Now, it will track billions of credit and debit card transactions in an even bigger effort to prove its online ads push...

IKEA's affordable smart lights will dim with your voice

Tue, 23 May 2017 18:34:00 -0400

(image) Last month, IKEA launched its own line of low-cost smart lighting, called TRÅDFRI, and up until now, users have had to rely on a remote control or a proprietary app to use the product. But no longer. Today, the Swedish retailer announced that...

CBS greenlights another James Corden show... on Snapchat

Tue, 23 May 2017 18:09:00 -0400

(image) James Corden's viral-friendly Carpool Karaoke videos have given The Late Late Show exposure well beyond it's timeslot. Now CBS wants to squeeze out a little more of Corden's magic by giving the singing Brit his own (fictional) competitive reality sho...

US senator wants to make sure the FTC takes smart toys seriously

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:44:00 -0400

(image) It's not just parents that are worrying about the security of connected toys. Senator Mark Warner has sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission grilling it about efforts to protect kids' privacy when they use smart toys like the CloudPets you se...

Wikimedia is clear to sue the NSA

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:23:00 -0400

(image) A federal appeals court has ruled the Wikimedia Foundation does have grounds to sue the National Security Agency over its use of warrantless surveillance tools. A district judge shot down Wikimedia's case in 2015, saying the group hadn't proved the N...

China's LeEco lays US ambitions to rest with massive layoffs

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:57:00 -0400

(image) Several days ago, the CEO of Chinese corporation LeEco, Jia Yueting, resigned. While he remains chairman of the company, the move followed worrying announcements over the past six months: Growing so quickly it was running out of cash, selling the sit...

Google simplifies sharing notes, calendars and photos with family

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:36:00 -0400

(image) Google knows that a large part of its customer base probably have families. That's why it introduced a family plan option to Google Music a couple of years ago, as well as Family Library sharing for the Play Store last year. When YouTube TV launched...

Medium’s existential makeover continues with a revamped homepage

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:14:00 -0400

(image) Despite its high profile, Medium still hasn't quite figured out what it is in the five years since it launched as a minimalist blogging platform. In the meantime, Medium has pivoted from tech company to publishing service and various shades in betwee...

Uber admits New York drivers were underpaid for years

Tue, 23 May 2017 15:53:00 -0400

(image) Uber drivers have it tough lately. They have to deal with rate hikes they won't see directly, company plans for self-driving cars, and higher insurance rates. Uber doesn't have it much easier, already having settled in January to pay $20 million for...

Fashion and technology will inevitably become one

Tue, 23 May 2017 15:30:00 -0400

(image) There's no denying that the technology world is obsessed with fashion. Amazon, Apple and Google, three of the biggest names in tech, are all trying to carve their own path into the fashion space. Apple's doing so with fancy smartwatches; Amazon with...

Target settles with 47 states over its 2013 data breach

Tue, 23 May 2017 15:14:00 -0400

(image) Believe it or not, Target still isn't done paying the price for the 2013 breach that exposed the shopping data of tens of millions of customers. The retailer has reached a settlement with 47 states (and the District of Columbia) that will have it pay...

New York forces smart lock maker to improve its security

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:58:00 -0400

(image) Smart locks promise the security of a traditional lock without the need to carry around a key. Most can be unlocked with a mobile app or an RFID-equipped card you can store in your wallet. Unfortunately, they're also pretty easy to hack open. The off...

‘Overwatch’ turns one with more skins for your arsenal

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:37:00 -0400

(image) Last week, Blizzard answered the susurrous rising from Overwatch fans wondering whether the studio would celebrate the game's one-year anniversary: Yes, an event was in the works. (And there was much rejoicing.) To commemorate the game's arrival exac...

The Galaxy S8 iris scanner can be hacked with aging tech

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:16:00 -0400

(image) Biometrics are becoming our next de facto security measure, and they're supposed to be a vast improvement on easily-forgotten and hackable passwords. Yet a point-and-shoot camera, laser printer and contact lens is all it took for German hacking group...

Facebook defends content policy after guidelines leak

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:54:00 -0400

(image) Facebook has caught its share of flak from critics of its leaked content rules. Some are worried that it's being too lenient on abusers, while others are convinced it's engaging in heavy-handed censorship. And apparently, Facebook has had enough --...

Twitch adds video speed controls to slow down that amazing play

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:33:00 -0400

(image) Now that Twitch is making a bigger deal out of pre-recorded videos, it's competing more directly with services like YouTube -- and that means adding the kind of playback controls you take for granted elsewhere. Accordingly, the service has introduced...

Mouse semen experiment suggests humans can reproduce in space

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:12:00 -0400

(image) Humans have become relatively experienced at living and working in space aboard the International Space Station. Now, we're looking forward to the next step: reproduction. Mouse sperm, which was freeze-dried and stored aboard the ISS for nine months...