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8 things that will (probably) happen in tech in 2016

Read The Telegraph technology team's predictions for the year ahead, including drones, robots, driverless cars and virtual reality<p>Virtual reality goes truly mainstream<p><b>Rhiannon Williams:</b> Momentum has been building for years, but 2016 is the year that virtual reality will truly take off. …

What 2016 Will Hold for Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Other Tech Giants

The world's most successful technology companies use the platform business model. Here are 5 trends we see impacting both established and new platform companies in 2016.<p><i>This is a guest post by Applico Principal Greg Battle.</i><p><b>1. Facebook Famous</b><p>Facebook's app constellation strategy has gotten a lot of …

Livestreaming

The 15 most beautifully designed apps of 2015

It’s that time of year again, folks, when retrospective lists reign supreme and reflective musings clog your feeds. This post meets that description, but rest assured it will provide at least one thing to brighten your day: eye candy.<p>Here’s our list of the 15 most impressively designed apps …

Google is ramping up hiring for its ambitious plan to make 'energy kites'

In the past few months, Google has posted more than 30 Makani job openings ,and a recent posting on the company's LinkedIn page boasts that the team is "growing rapidly."<p>The division has said that its experimental technology can produce 50% more energy with 90% less materials than traditional wind …

Anonymous 'at war' with Isis, hacktivist group confirms

#OpIsis, born in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo murders, stepped up following Paris attacks<p>The online collective Anonymous “is at war” with the Islamic State following the attacks in Paris, in a continuation of its “#OpISIS” campaign.<p>One major Anonymous twitter account, @GroupAnon, announced …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Robot revolution: rise of 'thinking' machines could exacerbate inequality

Global economy will be transformed over next 20 years at risk of growing inequality, say analysts<p>A “robot revolution” will transform the global economy over the next 20 years, cutting the costs of doing business but exacerbating social inequality, as machines take over everything from caring for …

Globalization

Microsoft Created an Android App That Intelligently Organizes Your Phone

Microsoft promises that its latest Android app will make it easier than ever to find commonly used apps without having to dig through your phone.<p>The …

Apps

China's DJI will develop drones in Palo Alto

DJI, the leading manufacturer of consumer drones, is building a new research and development center in Palo Alto, Calif., that could hold 75 or more …

Android and Chrome OS may be combined as early as next year

For years, people have wondered if Google would merge its Android and Chrome operating systems, and the company has steadfastly held to them important but distinct pieces of its strategy. That might be changing: <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> is reporting that Google has been working for two years to merge …

Apple opens up its cryptographic libraries to third-party developers

Apple is encouraging developers to create more secure apps with its latest open-source release.<p>Today, Apple announced it will open up its cryptographic libraries to third-party developers in an effort to persuade them to build more robust security into their apps.<p>Third-party developers will have …

MIT researchers have developed a device that can identify people through walls

Paranoid about technology chipping away at our privacy? You might want to skip this article.<p>If all goes to plan, a product will become commercially available in 2016 that can pick up wireless reflections off the human body to see the silhouette of a person standing behind a wall. It can distinguish …

Artificial Intelligence

Stratasys Invests In Direct 3D Metal Printing Startup

The most common 3D printers we currently read or hear about print with plastic in some form. Due to its less-durable reputation, compared to metal, the perception exists that the outcome, the printed part, is cheap or useless for anything other than a trinket, keepsake, or prototype model. While …

The Next Higgs Boson: Made In China?

China plans to build a superior collider<p>Super colliders are already massive. The Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland features a circular track over 16 miles long. Today, Chinese state media announced the nation’s plan to construct a super collider <i>twice as large</i>, with construction beginning in …

Physics

EE's wallet-busting 'Complete' tariffs come with a 50GB data allowance

EE split its pay-monthly plans into two tiers a couple of years ago, offering "double-speed" data and the highest allowances to anyone willing to shell out for its pricey "Extra" tariffs. Naturally, 4G contracts have become increasingly more affordable since, leaving Brewsters everywhere with …

iPhone

HP, a Silicon Valley icon, is ready for its break-up

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One of the nation's most storied tech companies will split in two this weekend, another casualty of seismic shifts in the way …

The U.S. Information Chief Wants To Modernize The Government’s Cybersecurity

By staffing up and installing emerging technology, the federal chief information officer hopes to improve government cybersecurity.<p>Tony Scott, the country’s chief information officer, wants to overhaul the way government IT is run. On Friday, he will announce a long-term cybersecurity strategy …

Ultra-Thin Skin Sensor Can Tell How Fast Your Blood Is Pumping

And it's as thin as a temporary tattoo.<p>Stretchy, soft, and as thin as a temporary tattoo, this new health sensor does something no other wearable device can. Peering into your veins, it tracks the speed of your flowing blood in real time. The study appears in <i>Science Advances</i>.<p>A team of engineers and …

Google slammed the brakes on its acquisition machine, with the lowest deal-making since 2009

According to Google's 10Q quarterly earnings report, filed Thursday, Google's acquisitions in the first nine months of 2015 totaled $250 million.<p>For a company like Google, which has $72.8 billion in cash and short-term securities on its balance sheet, and which in recent years has been known to …

Anonymous plans to reveal names of about 1,000 Ku Klux Klan members

The ‘hacktivist’ collective wrote that the identities of white supremacist group members will be revealed next month on anniversary of their anti-Klan operation<p>The “hacktivist” collective Anonymous have vowed to release the names of “about 1,000” Ku Klux Klan members as part of an ongoing operation …

Ku Klux Klan

Jessica Verrilli Returns To Twitter After Short Stint At Google Ventures

A familiar face is returning to Twitter. Jessica Verrilli is rejoining the company after a 5ish month partner stint at Google Ventures. Sudden change of heart, perhaps? Her GV bio is still up on the site. Verrilli was key in many facets of the company, especially M&A. Her involvement in bringing …

Social Media

Google names Oklahoma City, Jacksonville and Tampa as potential Fiber cities

Google Fiber is slowly but surely gaining momentum, and the Mountain View company just last month announced that it began exploring Irvine, Louisville, and San Diego as potential cities for the service. Today, it looks like there are three more cities being added to the “maybe one day” list (which …

The wireless audio device market is growing 3x faster than smartphones, but smartphones are to thank

The global market for wireless audio devices — which includes products like Apple’s newly launched $229 Beats Pill+ Bluetooth speaker — is booming, and that’s largely thanks to smartphones.<p>In fact, it’s growing at about three times the rate of the smartphone market, which has seen a steady decline …

Developer manages to run Nintendo 64 and PSP games on his LG G Watch [Video]

We’ve seen a slew of emulators — everything from Macintosh II to Game Boy Color — running on Android Wear devices before, but the latest entries from Hacking Jules might be the most absurd yet. In these videos, we can see that popular PSP emulator PPSSPP and an unnamed Nintendo 64 emulator are both …

Hacking Team offers encryption breaking tools to law enforcement

Mere months after having more than 400 GB of confidential information stolen from its servers, spyware vendor Hacking Team has announced that it has resumed operations with a suite of digital tools to help law enforcement agencies get around pesky device encryption technology. In an email pitch …

Remote Controls

Walmart Selling 16GB iPad Mini 2 for $199 Starting November 1

Beginning on November 1, Walmart will begin offering Apple's 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad mini 2 at a significant discount, selling it for $199 instead of $268. $199 is a solid deal and one of the lowest prices we've seen on the iPad mini 2, which was the first of Apple's iPad mini line to ship with a …

These Mac, iPod, & Beats products are losing Apple repair support, moving to ‘obsolete’ status in December

As it does regularly with older products, Apple is about to move a bunch of Macs, iPods, and accessories to obsolete status, meaning the products will no longer be eligible for service or repair support through Apple retail stores or authorized third-party channels. So if you happen to have one of …

AppDynamics, A “Unicorn,” Raises Fresh $83.4 Million, And It’s Targeting More

Looks like investors approve of former Adobe digital chief David Wadhwani.<p>Just weeks after it was announced that Wadhwani has joined seven-year-old, San Francisco-based AppDynamics as its new CEO, an SEC filing shows the company has raised a fresh $83.4 million in funding as part of a round that’s …

Venture Capital

Deep learning startup Ersatz Labs suspends development of its cloud service

Ersatz Labs, a startup specializing in a trendy type of artificial intelligence called deep learning, has suspended development of its cloud service and application programming interface (API).<p>The startup has recently dropped its headcount from around 13 down to five—with three of those employees …