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Washington D.C. Is Littered With Phony Cell Towers

The Russian Embassy, White House, Supreme Court, and other landmarks have some nosy neighbors, claims the maker of an ultrasecure mobile phone.<p>Continuing a sort of cross-country tour to detect phony cell towers, also known as interceptors or IMSI catchers, researchers associated with the security …

Why Use Google Maps When You Can Get GPS Directions On The Death Star Instead?

Mapbox Studio is a toolkit that allows apps and websites to serve up their own custom-designed maps to users. Companies like Square, Pinterest, Foursquare, and Evernote con provide custom-skinned Mapboxes instead, changing map elements to better fit in with their brand.<p>But Mapbox can do far cooler …

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Brazilians are writing their own bus stop signs – and it's working

The week’s best city stories explore “zombie” streetcars in San Francisco, bus-stop stickers in Porto Alegre and the restoration of deserted Rust Belt train station terminals.<p>We’d love to hear your responses to these stories and any others you’ve read recently, both at Guardian Cities and …

Tamron 15-30mm is the First Ultra-Wide f/2.8 Zoom Lens to Offer Stabilization

Tamron today announced the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 DI VC USD ulta-wide zoom lens, which the company says is the first ultra-wide f/2.8 zoom to offer …

Facebook is under fire from gay and transgender users who are being forced to use real names

Not that long ago, it looked as though Facebook might be softening its previous stance on real names, with comments from CEO Mark Zuckerberg that …

Gmail Rejects Emails with Misleading Unicode Characters

Google today announced it is implementing a new effort to thwart spammers and scammers: the open standard known as Unicode Consortium’s “Highly Restricted” specification. In short, Gmail now rejects emails from domains that use what the Unicode community has identified as potentially misleading …

FCC wants to protect citizens from Stingray-style cell phone trackers

Devices known as Stingrays, which can secretly track and record phone users by mimicking cell phone towers, have been a hot topic in law enforcement …

Uber's dirty tricks quantified: Rival counts 5,560 canceled rides

It's the taxi app version of ding-dong ditch.<p>Uber employees have ordered and canceled more than 5,000 rides from rival Lyft since last October, according to new data provided by Lyft. The data was obtained at CNNMoney's request when reporting another story on the companies' competition.<p>It's the …

Apple's new iPads will come with anti-glare displays, says Bloomberg

Apple is set to launch not only new iPhones and a possible wearable soon, but also a new line of iPads, according to <i>Bloomberg</i>. Its sources told it that a full-sized, 9.7-inch iPad is now being mass-produced for a launch near the end of the quarter, and that a 7.9-inch iPad mini will arrive a few …

Groupon, Zynga investors are losing money and patience

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — They were among the fastest-growing tech startups in the early days of the social media craze. But that was then.<p>Zynga …

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Why your brand-new plane doesn't have a seat-back TV

Earlier this year, I boarded a United flight from Newark to San Diego. After passing the first few rows, a young boy turned to his mother and asked, "Why aren't there any TVs?"<p>"It's probably an older plane," she responded -- but that couldn't be further from the truth.<p>The aircraft, a 737-900 with …

I Know Where Your Cat Lives

I Know Where Your Cat Lives is a data experiment that visualizes a sample of 1 million public pics of cats on a world map, locating them by the …

Tor Project makes efforts to debug dark web

<b>The co-creator of a system designed to make internet users unidentifiable says he is tackling a "bug" that threatened to undermine the facility.</b><p>The Tor (the onion router) network was built to allow people to visit webpages without being tracked and to publish sites whose contents would not show up …

Hands On With The Production Version Of The Myo Gesture Control Armband

Thalmic Labs is a Waterloo-based startup with a very ambitious goal – to change the way we interact with our everyday computing devices. To that end, they’ve developed the Myo armband, a gesture control device that fits around the meaty part of your forearm and detects slight muscle movements, arm …

Windows systems set to be merged by Microsoft

<b>Microsoft has said work is under way to "unify" parts of its different Windows operating systems.</b><p>Chief executive Satya Nadella discussed the effort while briefing analysts following Tuesday's earnings update.<p>"We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one …

Mobile Devices

The 'Coolest' Cooler Kickstarter Has Ever Seen

If you could combine a cooler with another product, what would it be? A built-in ice crushing blender, a USB charging station, a waterproof bluetooth …

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EU Invites Google, Microsoft to Discuss 'Right to Be Forgotten'

Ruling Has Become Latest Battleground Over Freedom of Speech and the Right to Online Privacy<p>European Union privacy watchdogs are raising concerns about Google Inc.'s implementation of the bloc's new "right to be forgotten" rule ahead of a meeting with search engines next week, EU privacy officials …

Privacy

The next age of Foursquare begins today

Foursquare needed a fresh start, so it created a brand new identity<p>In mid-May, Foursquare decided to split itself in two. The first half is Swarm, an app that lets you find friends nearby and check in. The second half is the forthcoming Foursquare 8.0, a complete redesign of the company’s existing …

OS X Yosemite preview: the Mac gets a major makeover

The last time Apple released a new version of OS X, we came away feeling a little... underwhelmed. Don't get us wrong: We'll never say no to a free software upgrade. But despite a handful of new apps and features, last year's Mavericks release still felt like the same old OS X. You can't say that …