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WhatsApp now has Windows and Mac desktop apps

You don’t get to a billion active users by ignoring platforms. (Except BB10, even WhatsApp can’t be bothered with BB10 anymore).<p>Joining the Android, Apple, Windows Phone, Symbian and Nokia S40 (yes, really) apps, WhatsApp now has desktop apps for Windows and Mac OS.<p>The apps are very similar to …

Apps

Don't feel guilty: This is your brain on piracy

A new study shows why you don't feel bad about torrenting the latest "Game of Thrones".<p>In addition to its number of venomous animals per capita, sunny beaches and an interminable fascination with cricket, Australia puts the world to shame when it comes to piracy. Despite a relatively small …

Research

High-tech devices take cheating to new level in Thai schools

BANGKOK (AP) — Glasses with embedded cameras and smartwatches with stored information seem like regular spy equipment for the likes of James Bond, but for three students applying to medical school in Thailand, they were high-technology cheating devices.<p>Bangkok's Rangsit University canceled its …

Education

The Islamic State has launched a new app—for children

ISIL’s powerful propaganda team is now turning to apps to promote its message to children. The terrorist group has reportedly released an app to teach kids Arabic that is riddled with jihadist themes.<p>The app—called Huroof—has games and songs to learn the Arabic alphabet. Screenshots obtained from …

Apps

A legal battle about the Klingon language could affect the future of computer programming

The most ardent Star Trek fans go so far as to make their own versions of the classic movies—but not without legal risks. Last year Paramount Pictures and CBS hit the makers of a Kickstarter-funded film with a lawsuit. They claimed that <i>Prelude to Axanar</i>, a 2014 short, and its planned full-length …

Star Trek

Ex-Skype Crew Sued Developers Of WhatsApp Encryption Over '$2m Extortion'

As the fight between Apple and the FBI attested, we’re in the midst of Cryptowars 2.0. But it would be reductive to claim it’s technologists facing off against the government over how to best protect the public from criminal hackers and terrorists. On both sides there are internecine battles being …

Privacy

The $20,000 iPod: vintage Apple products net the big bucks on eBay

Like baseball cards and Beanie Babies, old-school Apple products have become lucrative collectables that are selling online for thousands of dollars<p>If you are one of those people who hoards old electronics, then you might be able to cash in those iPods from the early 2000s for a few hundred dollars …

Apple Store

Samsung hones in on self-driving chip business

South Korean mobile giant Samsung now has an entire division working day in, day out on chips for self-driving cars, in an effort to push aside competitors and become the go-to supplier in this booming market.<p>The team is mainly researchers from Samsung’s semiconductor and sensor division, according …

Driverless Cars

This Startup Wants to Build a 2000-hp Turbine-Powered Hybrid Big Rig

Nikola Motor Company's all-wheel-drive electric big rig concept has a natural gas turbine generator inside its wild bodywork. And that's just the start of the craziness.<p>A quick glance at the spec sheet of the Nikola One reads like a vaporware hypercar startup: An all-wheel-drive electric screamer …

Sextortion is scarily common, new study finds

Children and women are being manipulated online in a common, scary phenomenon called 'sextortion.'<p>It's the practice of using personal information -- often photos obtained by illicit means -- to extort victims into providing more sexually explicit photos and videos.<p>Take Luis Mijangos, a sextortion …

Research

Hitman Go lands on the Gear VR, Oculus Rift tomorrow

If you’re familiar with Hitman but not it’s ‘Go’ spinoff, then you’re probably imagining a very different VR experience than the one that will be arriving on Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift tomorrow. No, you won’t be thrust into the first person perspective of everyone’s favorite barcoded assassin, …

Virtual Reality

One of Apple's earliest Siri engineers reportedly leaves for GE

Apple hasn't had a great time holding on to the original Siri team, and we don't just mean the founders -- there are precious few of those core members left. And today, we're learning that one of those last remaining pioneers may have walked out the door. <i>The Information</i>'s sources claim that Darren …

T-Mobile to launch HTC 10 next week

The wireless carrier is enticing people to buy the new high-end HTC product with giveaways.<p>The HTC 10 is here. Next week it will be at T-Mobile.<p>The wireless carrier said Wednesday it would launch the HTC 10 on May 18. T-Mobile is charging nothing down and a little more than $28 a month over two …

T-Mobile

Cyber attacks on Islamic State use tools others also have: U.S. defense chief | Reuters

SANTA CLARA (Reuters) - Cyber attack techniques used by the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State could also be used by other countries, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said on Wednesday.<p>U.S. Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter attends the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in …

Cybersecurity

Drones could replace $127 billion worth of human labor

A new report from PwC finds that drones could replace $127 billion worth of human labor and services across several industries.<p>Infrastructure and agriculture make up the largest chunks of the potential value — some $77.6 billion between them — including services like completing the last mile of …

The Future

New Galaxy Report Reveals Samsung's Success

The successful release of the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge was pivotal for Samsung’s fortunes in 2016. Announced in late February 2016, the flagships took the wind out of the iPhone SE sails and boosted Samsung’s first quarter reports. All of that combined created a lot of feel good stories around the …

Electronics Industry

4 Cybersecurity Threats You May Be Overlooking

Cybersecurity spending is rising in nearly every sector, and the trend is going to continue over the next few years to the point where we will be spending $170 billion by 2020.<p>Cybersecurity spending is rising in nearly every sector, and the trend is going to continue over the next few years to the …

Cybersecurity

Chinese company merges PS4, Xbox One and Android for its new gaming system

The company hopes to compete with Sony and Microsoft, who were banned from selling consoles in the country until last year.<p>We've seen many iPhone clones come out of China, like the Oppo R9 and the Meizu Pro 6. Now, that phenomenon enters the gaming arena.<p>Chinese company Fuze on Tuesday announced a …

Selling

Google was going to pay up to $40 million for a critical piece of Android, but talks fell apart

But talks broke down and, as a result, Sun got nothing.<p>Schmidt was testifying for the second day in the latest phase of Oracle's battle with Google over Android.<p>Oracle bought Sun in 2009, and filed a series of lawsuits against Google beginning in 2010. The latest phase began earlier this …

Android News

Periscope suicide could lead to closer scrutiny of live-streaming

Live-streaming has brought a lot of mindless entertainment to the world (and perhaps even some useful information), but there’s a potential, and emerging, darker side to services that allow viewers to watch anything you do as it happens, and authorities are still working out how to deal with the …

Oculus and Samsung have 1M Gear VR users

Oculus has already sold more than 1 million virtual reality head-mounted displays — although most of those are the Gear VR peripheral for Samsung Galaxy phones.<p>The Facebook subsidiary announced in a blog today that 1 million people used the Gear VR last month, which is a significant milestone for …

Loans

Opera adds power-saving mode to its browser

Opera is on a roll lately. Over the last few weeks, the company added a built-in ad blocker and VPN service to its desktop browser, for example. Today, the company is launching a new early release developer version for its Windows and OS X users that includes a power-saving mode. Opera argues that …

Software

Hyperloop successfully speeds through the desert

Technology firm Hyperloop One has successfully tested its futuristic transport system for the first time. The system of tubes and pods for passengers …

High-speed Rail

4 Lucrative Business Ideas That You Should Consider Starting if You Can Drive

Credit<p>Beyond the Ice cream trucks and the food trucks and cabby services, (which are good businesses by the way) there is a lot more you can do with a vehicle that can be lucrative and can serve either as a healthy side business or a major gig.<p>If you have a vehicle or are thinking of a mobile …

Small Business

Watch a Woman Try to Stop Her Car from Being Towed

You know you’re having a bad day when you approach your parked car, only to find it being loaded onto a tow truck. One woman went to extreme measures …

Interior Design

Android Auto testing is more sophisticated than you might think

When hearing about things like Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, you might think it simply involves mirroring Android or iOS to a car’s infotainment …

This Lamborghini Is A 'Trumpventador'

The Lamborghini Aventador is a 691bhp fire spitting monster that can scare anyone inside or in its path.<p><b>To Follow DriveSpark On Facebook, Click The</b> …

Alfa Romeo Giulia vs BMW M3 vs Mercedes C63 AMG

Italy has entered the super saloon fray with the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, and first impressions are good. It’s name may be a mouthful, but the …