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Android O, Google Assistant and augmented reality: What to expect at Google I/O

Google's biggest event of the year is about to get underway.<p>The company's developers conference, Google I/O, is just hours away so naturally the …

WhatsApp quietly added encryption to iCloud backups

WhatsApp has quietly beefed up the security of an iCloud backup feature for users of its messaging service — potentially closing a loophole that could enable otherwise end-to-end encrypted messages to become accessible in a readable form. Such as via a subpoena of Apple, which holds the encryption …

Privacy

Apple wants to sell iPhones out of an historic DC library

Apple is no stranger to the challenges of opening stores in historic locations, such as New York City's Grand Central Terminal. Its latest shop may be its most ambitious yet, however. The company has unveiled plans to convert Washington, DC's Carnegie Library into a retail store. The building …

Google's mysterious Fuchsia operating system gets a wild UI

Google has for some time now been working on a new operating system. Tentatively known as Fuchsia, the search giant’s third operating system …

Mozilla floods EU officials with digital leaflets to fight nonsensical copyright laws

Mozilla continues its march for better copyright laws in Europe and the company is back with yet another online campaign. This time it wants your help to drop millions of virtual leaflets from the sky to let EU officials know that outdated copyright laws are “threatening the health of the internet.”<p>…

Opera's new browser comes with WhatsApp and Messenger built in

Thanks to add-ons and extensions, modern browsers are capable of much more than just accessing websites. However, unless you know what you're looking for, finding useful tools isn't necessarily easy. Instead of relying solely on its extension marketplace, Opera hopes to claw back market share from …

Uber just got dealt a major blow by a key advisor to the top court in Europe

The decision is non-binding, but highly important.<p>The European Court of Justice is currently deciding whether Uber is a transportation firm or a digital service, something that will have significant implications for how it operates on the continent.<p>Uber, which does not own its own vehicles and …

Patients Beg For Pricey Drugs On Facebook Black Market

Desperate patients are swapping pricey pharmaceutical drugs on Facebook. Doctors say it's dangerous. But when you need a drug every day to survive, you're going to find a way to get it.<p>It shouldn't be that surprising. You can buy, sell or trade almost anything on Facebook, from designer sneakers to …

Eli Lilly

Ubuntu, SUSE Linux, and Fedora are all coming to the Windows Store

Microsoft is doubling down on offering developers more options on Windows 10, and at Build 2017, it announced that three of the most popular Linux distributions are coming to the Windows Store.<p>Ubuntu, SUSE Linux, and Fedora will all be available to install directly from the Windows Store, making it …

Ads are coming to Amazon Echo skills

If the <i>Beauty and the Beast</i> and Burger King debacles were anything to go by, owners of smart speakers like the Google Home aren't big fans of ads. But that won't stop marketing companies like VoiceLabs from trying to make them happen. The voice analytics company has announced a new platform called …

Smart Homes

Germany legalizes self-driving car tests

German automakers won't have to bring their experimental autonomous cars to California for testing anymore. The country has just approved a law allowing companies to test their self-driving cars on its roads, so long as they follow a set of conditions. Perhaps the most important requirement is that …

Mercedes-Benz

WannaCrypt Hackers May Have A Hard Time Claiming That Ransom Without Getting Caught

Though bitcoin’s anonymity makes it popular, hackers may find it impossible to collect the $70,000 collected so far without leaving a trail behind them.<p>As organizations around the world continue to clean up from this weekend’s record-breaking malware outbreak, ransom payments continue to trickle in …

Smell-Based User Interfaces Are Here

“Smell has a tremendous potential for AR and VR applications,” says Niklas Roy.<p>Thanks to the structure of the human brain, scent is incredibly evocative. Your olfactory cortex–the part of the brain that processes smell–is part of the the same system that stores your emotions and memories. This is …