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Here's How That One Weird Text Message Crashes Your iPhone (Probably)

All it takes to crash an iPhone is one text message, because of a small set of Arabic characters that grow longer when you delete them. Probably.<p>So says Tom Scott, a British engineer and TV personality known for his explanatory YouTube clips. He tackled the interesting bug in a video published …

Why You Need to Encrypt Your Android Phone Before You Wipe It and Sell It

Android's Factory Reset option is broken and it could compromise your security<p>Of course you're going to factory reset your phone before you give it away or sell it. You don't want all your data sitting on there, right? Unfortunately a new study shows even a full factory reset will leave data behind …

California helps low-income drivers switch to electric cars

California is introducing a new “Plus-Up” pilot project that should make plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles a lot more affordable.<p>Considering recent news that prices on used electric cars are on a downward spiral, and with families potentially eligible to receive as much as $12,000 toward the …

7 common tech myths busted

I know you've had the experience of sharing a "fact" you've known for years, only to have someone point out that it's actually wrong. In the fast-changing tech universe, it's very common. Here are seven myths that I hear people saying over and over, but are not exactly accurate.<p><b>1. You shouldn't</b> …

US military tests a Tinker Bell-sized drone

There's no standard set for the shape or form of drones, and the Army plans to use that to its advantage. Here's where the Black Hornet Nano comes in. This micro drone, designed by Norway-based firm Prox Dynamics, is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, measuring in at a mere 4 x 1 inches …

Drones

Attacking cybercrime through infrastructure, not individuals

<b>If someone has been mugged, there's a mugger to catch. If a car is stolen, there'll be a thief to find. If a bank is robbed, there will be a robber to track down.</b><p>And cybercrime?<p>Not so much. With online crime it is much harder for the police to pursue a single perp. This has provoked a change in the …

Can anybody keep your personal data safe?

By Michelle Singletary<p>Michelle Singletary<p>Personal finance columnist<p>Email Bio Follow<p>When I watch spy movies and see characters who have decided to go “off the grid,” I’m inclined to think they are overly paranoid.<p>But are they?<p>With each new attack on various corporate or government databases, we have …

20 best iPhone and iPad apps and games this week

iPhone,iPad,iOS,Apple,Apps,Technology,Media,Games,Mobile,Mobile phones,Smartphones,Tablet computers,Google,Children's tech,Digital music and audio,Gmail,Virtual reality,Email,Tomb raider,Zynga,Culture<p>MixRadio, Google Photos, Make My Day, Capitals, Geometry Wars 3, Til Morning’s Light, Inbox by …

Apps

The 3D-Printed Peek Camera Helps Diagnose Eye Disease In Developing Areas

The Peek, or Portable Eye Examination Kit app, is a smartphone based system for diagnosing eye problems. It uses a 3D-printed add-on that can allow ophthalmologists to give detailed and complete eye exams in the field using an app and a small camera overlay. Created by British ophthalmologists, the …

Medical Technology

Google Photos Reminder: Smile, It’s Free — You’re The Product!

At its I/O developer conference last week Google announced a big revamp of its cloud-based photo sharing and storage product, uncoupling it from the Google+ social network, where usage was inevitably constrained, and sending it winging its way onto the wider web and iOS as a standalone app.<p>Its …

Internet pictures can hide code that leaves you open to hacks (update: criticism)

You might want to be more cautious the next time you click on an internet image link sent by a stranger -- much like the pirate cat photo you see above, that adorable picture could be hiding something sinister. Security researcher Saumil Shah has developed a security exploit that uses steganography …

Hacking

This app lets you chat as Bill Gates to Steve Jobs' ghost

You might not realize but role-playing online as real people and characters from fiction is a huge thing. A quick search of Twitter or Tumblr throws up thousands of people who indulge in it as a hobby.<p>It’s the inspiration behind Studio, a new messaging app with anonymous role-play using trademarked …

The Navy Wants A Round That Travels At Mach Five

All of the battle on a lot less ship<p>Wither the Battleship! Once-dominant sea-going giants, the famed and feared titans of naval warfare found themselves outclassed, outmatched, and outranged by aircraft carriers in World War II, and they are now mostly a distant memory. Despite the battleship's …

6.1B Smartphone Users Globally By 2020, Overtaking Basic Fixed Phone Subscriptions

Today there are 2.6 billion smartphone subscriptions globally, and while growth has been levelling off in developed markets like the U.S. and Europe, it’s not stalling altogether by a long shot. By 2020, globally there will be 6.1 smartphone users led by huge growth in less mature markets. And with …

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Where to eat in Barcelona

I first visited Spain in 2001, and I had no idea where to eat in Barcelona. I also had no clue how to navigate a city that seemed bewilderingly …