Donald Penland

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Hotel's robotic butler a real differentiator for tech-savvy guests

If a guest is staying at the Aloft hotel in Cupertino, Calif. and asks for a comb or a late-night snack, the guest may be surprised at who -- or what …

Silicon Valley

NSA secretly uses scapegoats, data mules and innocent victims' PCs for botnets

After digging into top secret documents provided by Edward Snowden, Der Spiegel published another very enlightening report on the NSA’s digital arms …

Cybersecurity

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Trends

Ten operating systems for the Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi<p>The Raspberry Pi single board computer has become incredibly popular with hobbyists, academics, educators and OEMs. It’s tiny, it’s …

Raspberry Pi

Tor Project mulls how Feds took down hidden websites

Little is known about how U.S. and European law enforcement shut down more than 400 websites, including Silk Road 2.0, which used technology that …

Silk Road

U.S. Economy Fueling Strong Hiring, Pay Gains

Washington — Healthy job growth in the United States has reached a level of consistency unseen in nearly two decades.<p>In the same week that voters …

NEC smartphone tech can spot counterfeit goods

Finding fake goods could become a question of simply taking close-up photos with a smartphone, according to a new NEC technology.<p>The electronics …

Demonstration

Hackers are targeting execs on the road through hotel networks

For the past four years a group of sophisticated hackers has compromised the networks of luxury hotels to launch malware attacks against corporate …

Cybersecurity

Security bug leaves iPhones open to fake app attack

Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in iPhones and iPads that allows attackers to install fake apps that take the place of …

Apps

Obama backs net neutrality, wants broadband regulated as a utility

President Obama has made his strongest statement on net neutrality to date, calling on the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify broadband …

Net Neutrality

Big Data Just Killed Happy Hour

One of the hottest fields in high-tech right now is big data — making sense of huge amounts of information on everything from shopping to dating. And …

New iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are easier to repair

Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are slightly easier to repair than their forerunners, the iPhone 5C and 5S, iFixit said today after tearing …

New US Senate bill aims to limit access to emails stored abroad

Legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate on Thursday aims to place limits on access by U.S. law enforcement agencies to emails and other …

Privacy

Infographic: Consumers Gravitate Toward More Flavorful Beers

Changing consumer taste preferences, varied levels of cost-consciousness and competition from spirits and wine are converging to re-shape the beer …

Once your car's connected to the Internet, who guards your privacy?

Once mobile devices are connected to car infotainment systems and cars are connected to the Internet, vehicles will become a rich source of data for …

High-End Earbuds You Wear All Day Like a Necklace

When you consider all the problems you run into with earbuds, some of the big ones relate directly to convenience—or inconvenience. Either they're …

Mystery of Death Valley's moving rocks solved

For years scientists have theorized about how large rocks—some weighing hundreds of pounds—zigzag across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National …

Beer Gardens Helping Milwaukee County Budget

In this photo taken on Aug. 20, 2014, Scott Johnson, left, Andrew Geisler and Matthew Dusenberry enjoy oversized glass mugs of beer at Estabrook Park …

Robots unlikely to take big bites out of employment, expert says

Advances in artificial intelligence and robotics mean that machines will soon be able to do many of the tasks of today's workers. And not just blue …

Home Depot breach could be as big as Target's

In what could turn out to be another huge data breach, Home Depot on Tuesday confirmed that it is investigating a potential compromise of credit card …

Are your calls being intercepted? 17 fake cell towers discovered in one month

You wouldn’t likely know if you are under cell phone surveillance, but you would if you were about to make a call and your phone displayed an …

Dropbox Drops Price, Increases Storage

Storage | News<p>Dropbox, the popular free and fee cloud storage service, has launched a new Pro version that includes a remote wipe feature, …

"Outraged" Apple issues update on celebrity cellphone nude photo breach

Apple on Tuesday issued a statement regarding the hacking of dozens of celebrities' cellphones that exploded over the weekend as actual and fake nude …

Celebrity Gossip

Mapping the cloud: Where does the public cloud actually live?

<i>NOTE: This article was updated on September 23, 2014, to include information about Apple's data centers.</i><p>Tech public relations likes to talk about the …

Hackers make drive-by download attacks stealthier with fileless infections

Cybercriminals are increasingly infecting computers with malware that resides only in memory in order to make their attacks harder to detect.<p>Recent …