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Bitcoin exchange Bitfinex apparently loses $63 million to hackers

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 18:01:00 GMT

A digital currency exchange in Hong Kong has suspended trading after a security breach in which thieves made off with an apparent $63 million worth of bitcoin.

MIcrosoft opens up HoloLens sales to anyone in the US or Canada

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 13:57:00 GMT

Microsoft has opened up sales of the HoloLens development kit to anyone with $3,000 to spare, a move that could significantly expand the community of developers building apps for the augmented reality headset.

Instagram takes aim at Snapchat with disappearing 'Stories'

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 13:55:00 GMT

If Snapchat is still just a little too confusing for you, Instagram might have a solution. The Facebook-owned company today revealed a new feature that resembles one of Snapchat's most popular attributes: "disappearing" photos and video. 

Microsoft delivers Windows 10's 1607 upgrade

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 13:55:00 GMT

Microsoft today began distributing 2016's major Windows 10 upgrade to customers via the operating system's update service.

Virtual reality needs U.S. gov't backing

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 13:29:00 GMT

As virtual reality and augmented reality gain popularity with consumers, attention is turning to ways these immersive technologies can be used in U.S. schools and in the work force.

Apple TV Remote app puts a Siri Remote on your iPhone

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 13:25:00 GMT

A new remote app designed for the Apple TV addresses most of the remaining points of friction between the fourth-generation TV box and the increasingly long-in-the-tooth Remote app designed for controlling iTunes and previous models of the Apple TV. The new app effectively simulates a Siri Remote and features a game mode that sits somewhere between a Siri Remote and a physical game controller. It’s also free, as opposed to $80 for a Siri Remote made of atoms.

Immutable empty collections and iterators

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 13:01:00 GMT

Have you ever wondered why the java.util.Collections class includes various "empty" class methods, which return immutable empty collections and immutable empty iterators This post answers this question.

Google's parent company will begin testing delivery drones in the US

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 12:45:00 GMT

Google parent company Alphabet will begin testing a drone delivery service in the U.S. in a bid to overcome any hurdles to rolling out the technology, the White House said Tuesday.

IRS warns on super summer scam scourge

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 12:43:00 GMT

In the ideal world the infamous Internal Revenue Service call scam should have faded away replaced by some other stupid ploy but alas…

Apple updates Public Betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 12:30:00 GMT

A day after Apple released new developer betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, the company on Tuesday released new betas available to the general public.

Microsoft's Windows 10 Anniversary Update is rolling out, but not to phones—yet

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 12:01:00 GMT

As expected, Microsoft said Tuesday that its Windows 10 Anniversary Update is beginning to roll out. Surprisingly, perhaps, Windows phones aren’t on the approved list.

Google Play Store 6.9 lays the foundation for app streaming, VR purchases

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 11:48:00 GMT

Google promises a bunch of nifty features are coming to the Play Store, like streaming preview versions of apps and offering you virtual reality content.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 will come bundled with free Vulkan-ready games

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 11:16:00 GMT

Samsung and Google have long been teasing the Vulkan API and the added benefits it will bring to your mobile gaming experience, but there have been no game titles to actually take advantage of the open standard until now.

Connected medical device makers need to step up security

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 10:57:00 GMT

The healthcare industry is adopting internet of things (IoT) devices at a rapid rate. But while the value of connected devices in the medical sphere is becoming increasingly clear, device makers and hospitals need to step up their game in a big way when it comes to security.

Kill a smartphone password with a scan of your eye

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 10:37:00 GMT

Remembering passwords can be a headache; instead, why not log into your computer with a scan of your eye

Instagram Stories is Facebook's most obvious shot at Snapchat

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 10:35:00 GMT

Facebook has been after Snapchat and its huge userbase of teens for years, but nothing can slow the growth of the super-popular ephemeral messaging app. As the old adage goes, if you can’t beat ’em or buy ’em, take their best features and put them in your own product. This time, Facebook is blatantly copying Snapchat Stories and adding an identical feature to Instagram that starts rolling out to iOS and Android on August 2. It’s called Instagram Stories. Yep.

Future Nexus launcher leaks, showing revamped app drawer and slide-out search bar

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 10:30:00 GMT

Now we know why there were those nagging rumors about Google was killing off the app drawer in the next version of Android.

This tiny device can infect point-of-sale systems and unlock hotel rooms

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 10:00:00 GMT

Millions of point-of-sale systems and hotel room locks can be hacked by temporarily placing a small, inexpensive device several inches away from their card readers.

Windows 10 finishes first year on 1-in-4 Windows PCs

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 09:56:00 GMT

Windows 10 wrapped up its first year powering nearly one-in-four Windows PCs, a record adoption pace fueled by the now-expired free upgrade for consumers and many businesses.

How to install Microsoft Edge browser extensions

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 09:45:00 GMT

The Anniversary Update for Windows 10 is rolling out today, and with it comes the ability to install browser extensions on Microsoft Edge.