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These are the electric cars arriving by 2020 that you can actually afford

A slew of long-range electric cars are expected to hit the market by 2020.<p>Several of these electric vehicles will be made by luxury automakers and will most likely cost upward of $50,000.<p>But several automakers are working on EVs with a range of more than 200 miles that are likely to have a …

Electric Vehicles

Mazda made a game-changing fuel efficiency breakthrough other carmakers have spent decades working on

The Japanese carmaker has announced it is ready to reveal a combustion engine using compression technology Ford, General Motors and Hyundai have been trying to get into production for the best part of a decade.<p>It's called Spark Controlled Compression Ignition and it uses the same sparkless …

Finally, a tablet that folds up into a phone that fits in your pocket

Lenovo is back at blowing minds again with another concept device with a bendable screen.<p>At the third annual Lenovo Tech World last week, the Chinese …

Gear & Gadgets

One picture shows why self-driving cars are loaded with all kinds of sensors

You're looking at what's known in the autonomous-car industry as an "edge case"—a situation where a vehicle might have behaved unpredictably because its software processed an unusual scenario differently from the way a human would.<p>In this example, image-recognition software applied to data from a …

French court throws out Google's $1.3 billion tax bill

Alphabet Inc.’s Google won a reprieve from one of its biggest legal battles in Europe on Wednesday, when a Paris court threw out a €1.11 billion ($1.27 billion) bill that France’s tax authority has sought from the search giant for five years of back taxes.<p>In a decision issued Wednesday afternoon, …

Judiciary

Baidu Adds Momentum To NVIDIA's Lead In AI

It is not much of an exaggeration to say that Artificial Intelligence (AI), in its present form, would not be possible without NVIDIA GPUs. NVIDIA has enjoyed near-universal support from some of the largest adopters of Machine Learning technology, as NVIDIA’s speedy GPUs accelerate the training and …

Artificial Intelligence

Online courses for small business owners and wannabe entrepreneurs

Whether you run a small business or are just working on a great side hustle, maintaining an exceptional online presence is crucial for entrepreneurs. …

Here's how malware gets inside your phone's apps

Known as malware, some perpetrators use it to infect apps and get inside your smartphone. Why do they do it? Money, mostly.<p>The recent Judy malware, for example, was reportedly found in 41 apps in the Google Play store. It seems to have made money for its creators by repeatedly auto-clicking on …

PayPal launching instant money transfers directly to bank accounts

Despite the rising popularity of services like Cash and even some social networks like Facebook and Snapchat, PayPal is still the leading peer-to-peer money service on the market. Nearly every shopping site on the web offers a PayPal option during checkout, with the company handling over $7 million …

Elon Musk runs two huge companies by breaking his day into 5-minute slots

Elon Musk has a lot on his plate.<p>The tech entrepreneur now balances his time between his two companies, Tesla and SpaceX. His jam-packed schedule sees him darting back and forth between SpaceX's LA headquarters and Tesla's base in the Bay Area.<p>All in all, Musk puts in about 85 to 100 hours a week, …

Elon Musk

Google launches its AI-powered jobs search engine

Looking for a new job is getting easier. Google today launched a new jobs search feature right on its search result pages that lets you search for jobs across virtually all of the major online job boards like LinkedIn, Monster, WayUp, DirectEmployers, CareerBuilder and Facebook and others. Google …

Employment

China’s Mobike raises $600M to expand its bikes on-demand service worldwide

Mobike, one of two fast-emerging on-demand bike rental services, has landed $600 million in new funding as it seeks to expand its business outside of China.<p>Bike rentals are shaping up to be the first global tech industry that was born in China. The principle is simple: bikes are fitted with GPS …

Venture Capital

Computer printers have been quietly embedding tracking codes in documents for decades

In 2004, when color printers were still somewhat novel, PCWorld magazine published an article headlined: “Government Uses Color Laser Printer Technology to Track Documents.”<p>It was one of the first news reports on a quiet practice that had been going on for 20 years. It revealed that color printers …

Surveillance

The creator of Android explains how his new phone can take on Apple and Samsung

But Rubin left Google back in 2014, and now he's on his own.<p>His latest gig is Essential, a startup he runs as CEO that's trying to become a new kind of gadgets company. It starts with a phone, called the Essential PH-1, and the plan is to expand into smart appliances and cars from there.<p>Rubin spoke …

American military backs an entirely new kind of processor

Virtually every processor you see is based on the same basic (Von Neumann) computing model: they're designed to access large chunks of sequential data and fill their caches as often as possible. This isn't the quickest way to accomplish every task, however, and the American military wants to …

Two-factor security is so broken, now hackers can drain bank accounts

Criminals have exploited a known flaw in how calls and text messages travel around the world to redirect a two-factor code for a person's bank …

A Russian hacker has created his own 'starter pack' ransomware service

Now even low-level criminals can jump into the ransomware game, said the researchers who found the malware.<p>A new kind of highly-customized ransomware …

Ransomware

The Best and Worst Ways to Connect With VCs

It's remarkably hard to connect with top tier investors. Find out how to increase the odds of getting a VC to meet with you.<p>Wow, I can't believe just over a month ago I quit my job. I knew it was time.<p>Since then, I've been focused on raising money for my new startup company. That has meant a lot of …

Venture Capital

New password guidelines say everything we thought about passwords is wrong

When I recently discovered a draft of new guidelines for password management from NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology), I was amazed about the number of very progressive changes they proposed.<p>Although NIST’s rules are not mandatory for nongovernmental organizations, they …

Google may be quietly tracking everywhere you go — here's how to turn it off

You probably don't know the answers to these questions — but Google might.<p>How? It's thanks to a feature nestled away in your Google account called Location History. If you care about your privacy, you should probably check it out.<p>Location History is exactly what it sounds like: It's a comprehensive …

Hackers can steal your password by looking at how you tilt your phone

According to a team of cybersecurity experts at Newcastle University, the way you tilt your phone could be used by hackers to break into your device.<p>When it comes to security and the protection of privacy, people often worry about connecting to public Wi-Fi networks, tricking face recognition …

Information Systems

For Uber, 'Hell' is apparently tracking Lyft drivers

Jean Paul Sartre once said, "Hell is other people." For ride-share giant Uber, "Hell" is actually Lyft drivers.<p><i>The Information</i> reports that Uber …

What in the World Is Causing the Retail Meltdown of 2017?

In the middle of an economic recovery, hundreds of shops and malls are shuttering. The reasons why go far beyond Amazon.<p>From rural strip-malls to Manhattan’s avenues, it has been a disastrous two years for retail.<p>There have been nine retail bankruptcies in 2017—as many as all of 2016. J.C. Penney, …

$9 billion startup Stripe is automating the complicated process of starting a company

Now the $9 billion payments company has realized that Atlas is something entrepreneurs throughout the United States want too.<p>Atlas automates the complicated process of starting a company into a filling out a short web form. Atlas then takes care of incorporating a company in Delaware, setting up a …

When the 'S' in HTTPS also stands for shady

Just when we'd learned the importance of HTTPS in address bars, spammers and malicious hackers have figured out how to game the system.<p>Let's Encrypt is an automated service that lets people turn their old unencrypted URLs into safely encrypted HTTPS addresses with a type of file called a …

You soon won't need a card to withdraw cash at this shady bank's ATMs

Plastic is soooo yesterday.<p>Wells Fargo, being the hippest bank to allegedly open more than 2 million fraudulent accounts in its customers' names, …

Are Free VPN Apps Worth the Risk? Experts Say 'No'

The Google Play app store holds about 250 Android apps that provide access to virtual private network (VPN) services.<p>The bad news? Many of these VPN …

Information Systems

9 bills you can negotiate to get a better deal

Some bills have introductory rates that expire, shooting monthly costs skyward. Others offer secret discounts or upgrades to those in the know. Providers constantly tweak their plans and pricing, which means long-term customers can overpay by hundreds of dollars a year.<p>"It's like airline seating …

The Hidden Risks Of Watching Porn Online

It’s not just those scary pop-ups you need to worry about.<p>With plain HTTP, anyone – like hackers, the government, or snooping neighbors – sitting between your browser and the webserver can see what’s moving back and forth.<p>“Live cam” sites, like Chaturbate, LiveJasmin, and Bongacams, are more likely …

New skimmers fit right on top of chip and PIN credit card scanners

As usual Mr. Krebs has some great images of a credit card skimmer found in the wild. This model uses Samsung phone parts and lays right over the Ingenico card scanners you’ve probably seen in stores. The interesting thing is that these scanners also support chip and PIN technology but, as evidenced …

Identity Theft