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'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' Launches on iBooks

The newest story set in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter universe, called <i>Harry Potter and the Cursed Child</i>, has launched worldwide on Apple's iBooks platform. Referred to as "the eighth story," <i>Harry Potter and the Cursed Child</i> is a script of the play of the same name, which has been in previews at the …

KickassTorrents mirrors go down, but new KAT sites quickly spring up

The official KickassTorrents website (also known as Kickass Torrents, or just KAT) may be dead, but the war to keep its name alive rages on. The torrent site version of whack-a-mole is never-ending.<p>Earlier this month, the original KAT site went down after alleged founder Artem Vaulin was arrested. …

Android Nougat drops in August with manual camera exposure

Manual exposure control is reportedly coming back to stock Android, and we’re expecting it to drop sometime in August.<p>Having vanished from earlier preview builds of Android Nougat, the camera control has returned. According to Android Police, exposure control appears when you tap the screen to …

Microsoft is updating Windows 10 again, in its latest bid to win you back

The company is following through on its commitment to regularly refine its Windows 10 software. Now it needs to get you to care.<p>A new update to Microsoft's Windows 10 is coming, but you're forgiven if you didn't know. It turns out not many people are going to tell you.<p>Admittedly, there's not much …

Microsoft's SwiftKey suspends sync after keyboard leaks strangers' contact details

SwiftKey has switched off its sync service after users began receiving odd predictions, apparently from other people's devices.<p>Microsoft-owned …

The best new features in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Microsoft's latest free update to its Windows 10 desktop operating system, the Anniversary Update, launches tomorrow.<p>The Windows 10 Anniversary …

This Beautiful New Chromebook Is One of the Best

<b>The good</b>: Thin and attractive design, Comfortable keyboard, Decent battery life <b><br>The bad</b>: Sticky mouse button, Expensive compared to most other …

Brave, the ad-blocking browser from former Mozilla CEO, grabs $4.5 million

Brave Software, the new web browser company co-founded by former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, has raised $4.5 million in seed funding for the continued development of its open source browser that blocks online ads and other trackers. Unlike traditional web browsers where ad-blocking takes place via a …

Lenovo's new laptop is named Air 13 Pro because creativity is futile

Last week Xiaomi released its MacBook Air competitor, and now Lenovo has announced a competitor to the competitor. The Lenovo Air 13 Pro (such a creative name) is a Windows 10 laptop that nearly matches Xiaomi's Mi Notebook Air spec for spec, down to the $750 price tag:<p>13.3-inch Full HD …

MacBook Air

Android 7.0 Nougat could arrive August 5

Google may launch Android 7.0 Nougat as soon as Friday.<p>This particular prediction came from known and generally reliable leaker Evan Blass, aka @evleaks, in a tweet on Saturday. "Android 7.0 releases next month, with the 8/5 security patch," Blass said in the tweet. Assuming Blass is correct, an …

Android News

Google may be redesigning its app launcher for the new Nexus

Google may be releasing Android Nougat before launching its new Nexus devices, but that doesn’t mean it’s giving away all its goodies. A report by Android Police suggests Google is completely redesigning the Launcher app in time for its new devices.<p>There are a few notable changes. First up, Google …

Android News

Homeward Bound Gary Rieschel Talks About China VC, Huawei And Colliding Garbage Trucks

Many of the savviest China hands give their best interviews only when they are about to leave the country, and venture capitalist Gary Rieschel gave me a great one when on the morning of the very day he moved back to the U.S. from Shanghai in July.<p>Rieschel arrived in China in 2005 on the back of a …

Google Daydream is looking for the ‘Citizen Kane’ of VR games

Google wants to help redefine what a game is when it comes to virtual reality.<p>The tech giant is preparing to launch Daydream, a new “high-quality” VR platform for Android-powered mobile devices, this fall. And it’s hoping to make its growing portfolio of games as exciting and as broadly appealing …

The Superbook transforms your Android smartphone into a bona fide laptop

Motorola made waves at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show with its Atrix smartphone. Dubbed the world’s most powerful phone at the time with a …

Alienware Launches High-End PC Gaming and VR Lounge in Sydney

Hardware manufacturer Alienware has announced the launch of Alienware Live AU in Sydney, a gaming space featuring multiple high-end PCs. Kicking off on August 18, the company has partnered with internet cafe City Hunter to host the event, which will include a dedicated virtual reality space.<p>To be …

How Google and Facebook Are Battling Terrorist Groups Online

For years, Islamic terror groups like ISIS and their followers have used the Internet and social media to recruit and spread propaganda, but now the …

Honor Note 8 goes official with 6.6-inch display, impressive specs, and affordable price tag

Huawei’s sub-brand Honor has today announced its latest smartphone, the Note 8. Not to be confused with Samsung’s lineup of flagship smartphones, the Note 8 brings a massive display, impressive specifications, and all for the affordable price tag of the equivalent of $345, for China anyway…<p>The Note …

New database aims to track the global surveillance industry

Privacy International releases searchable database on more than 520 surveillance companies and the powerful tools they sell to governments<p>Privacy International, a London-based watchdog, has launched a new searchable database on hundreds of surveillance companies across the world, as part of an …

How Google Is Making YouTube Safer For Its Users

Google now encrypts almost all the traffic flowing from YouTube, the company said in a Monday blog post.<p>In the post, Google (goog) software engineer …

Google now gives you Android notifications when new devices log into your accounts

Android users will be told of new device logins to their Google accounts via a notification on the smartphone rather than by email.<p>Google is moving …

Microsoft Remedies Past Mistakes In New Xbox One S

Slimmer. Faster. And unabashedly admitting its mistakes. This is the new Xbox One S.<p>This week, Microsoft will begin selling the second generation of Xbox One, the ambitious set-top box that debuted in 2013 to mixed acclaim. The sequel is called the Xbox One S, and it aims to solve many of the …

Xbox One S Launches New Performance Analysed (video)

Microsoft has today launched its new white Xbox One S console which brings with it a number of new features for gamers to enjoy including a built-in …

Google’s AMP project expands beyond news

Six months after launching AMP for news stories in its mobile search results, Google today announced the next step for the project: moving AMP beyond news and bringing it to other mobile sites, too.<p>Just like with the rollout of AMP pages for news sites, Google is launching a demo site today that …

Intel really wants to move away from the dying PC business

And for a company like Intel, who's historically made most of its money off PC chips, that's bad news.<p>In order to survive the PCs' decline, Intel has been desperately trying to shift away from it, reshaping the company to focus on chips for data centers and connected devices instead.<p>That renewed …

Windows 10's Anniversary Update arrives

After a few months of hype, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is here... well, mostly. Microsoft has started rolling out the upgrade to desktop users, who'll automatically receive it in stages. "Newer machines" will get it first. You can update manually if you just can't stand sitting behind the …

Windows 10

200 million Yahoo log-ins reportedly for sale on dark web

You come up with complex password for you Yahoo account: two uppercase letters, three numbers and you didn't use any part of your username. You assume your account is safe. That may not be the case.<p>A hacker known as "Peace" claims to have 200 million Yahoo usernames and passwords and is offering to …

Dark Web

Airbnb hopes to redesign small towns

For Airbnb, it's not enough to try to shape city policies on home sharing -- it wants to shape the cities themselves. The service tells <i>FastCo Design</i> that it has created an innovation lab, Samara, whose aims include rethinking architecture and urban planning. If Airbnb can spark new life in small …

Housing

MIT creates video you can reach out and touch

Strictly speaking, video isn’t an interactive medium, but a new research project from MIT aims to change that: The school’s CSAIL lab has come up with a technique through which viewers can reach out and “touch” objects in videos, manipulating them directly to achieve effects similar to what you’d …

Russian hackers keep business booming for Irvine cybersecurity firm

When the Democratic National Committee discovered in April that its computer networks had been hacked, leaders there did not just alert government intelligence. They called CrowdStrike, a 5-year-old cybersecurity firm that makes millions from mercenary work sold with a promise: "We Stop …

Android Marshmallow adoption passes 15% after 10 months

Android Nougat may be just around the corner, but everyone is still watching Android Marshmallow slowly grow. After taking four months to hit 1 percent adoption, and eight months to pass 10 percent, the latest version of Android took another two months to hit 15 percent adoption, according to …