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US will force Facebook to protect WhatsApp user privacy

When Facebook bought WhatsApp, some were worried that the messenger would go back on its promise not to collect swathes of personal data in the style of its new owner. Luckily for you, the FTC has other plans, and will only give its blessing to the $19 billion deal if both companies swear to …

Car-hacking: A New Fear For Drivers of Tech-Loaded Vehicles

Add car-hacking to the list of motorists' fears.<p>A University of Michigan survey shows that Americans are nervous about whether new computer technology in vehicles could be hacked and the data stolen.<p>A majority of Americans, Australians and Britons believe that so-called “connected-vehicle” …

Auto Shows

SociBot: the 'social robot' that knows how you feel

If Skype and FaceTime aren't giving you enough of the human touch, you could soon be talking face to rubbery face with your loved ones, thanks to SociBot, a creepy “social robot” that can imitate your friends.<p>“It's like having a real presence in the room,” says Nic Carey, research co-ordinator at …

5 rules for using the Internet after ‘Heartbleed’

You know the lock icon that pops up next to URLs to tell you a website will keep your information safe? It turns out it has actually left your …

Information Systems

Instagram Is Down, Users Flock to Twitter to Complain

<b>UPDATE, Saturday April 12, 6:47 p.m. ET</b> — An Instagram spokesperson contacted <i>Mashable</i> to share news that this issue has been resolved.<p>Instagram …

You Can Now Play Nintendo DS Games On iOS Without Jailbreaking

It seems that Nintendo has no plans to bring its extensive back catalog of games to the App Store, but fans looking to play Nintendo DS titles on their iOS devices can now pick up a new, jailbreak-free emulator.<p>Called NDS4iOS, the emulator picks up where Game Boy Advance emulator GBA4iOS left off. …

See the buried E.T. Atari 2600 cartridges get dug up in person

Fans of video game history may want to book flights to New Mexico. On April 26, a team of documentarians and garbage contractors will excavate the fabled landfill where <i>E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial</i> Atari 2600 cartridges are said to have been buried three decades ago, and the public can attend the …

Microsoft admits it was "definitely a challenge" to get the Xbox One message across early on

Today during a PAX East panel called <i>Console Launches: A Post Mortem</i>, Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb acknowledged that it was a real challenge getting the Xbox One message across last summer when the console was originally announced.<p>The Xbox One was "very complex to explain" to consumers, …

Two-factor authentication: A good first step after Heartbleed

Yes, you should switch your passwords for services affected by the Heartbleed security vulnerability. But you can do better than that.<p>Some of today’s most popular web services let users enable a two-step, or two-factor, sign-on process that can apply an additional layer of authentication by asking …

IRL: A rant about Nintendo's Virtual Console service

<i>Welcome to</i> IRL<i>, an ongoing feature where we talk about the gadgets, apps and toys we're using in real life and take a second look at products that already got the formal review treatment.</i><p>Before you send in your angry emails, comments and tweets that decry me as a hatchet-wielding antichrist, let's …