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Rutgers University Hires Cybersecurity Firms After Hacks

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Rutgers University has hired cybersecurity firms to protect its computer networks after they were disrupted by hackers at least four times during the past school year. One firm, FishNet Security, was hired before the attacks. The university hired two other firms — Level 3 …

Microsoft Offers Free Download Of “Start Me Up” To Celebrate 20 Years Of Windows 95

Remember Windows 95? I mean, how could you not? Oh, you’re under 30? Yeah, then you probably don’t remember Windows 95. Its launch was a glorious day, it stood for the rise of graphical interfaces that we’ve come to known and love.<p>Its launch also featured <i>The Rolling Stones</i>. Specifically, their song …

VMware Fusion updated to support Windows 10, but with bug in Unity mode

A week after Parallels was updated to support Windows 10, VMware has followed suit with an update to its Fusion software – but with a bug when used in Unity mode. Unity mode is where Windows apps are run alongside Mac ones.<p>Fusion was today updated to version 8, with performance improvements as well …

Momentum for Mars: Astronauts say mission is inevitable

This is what Mars would look like to an astronaut arriving there for the first time.<p>To be there would be inspiring, and intimidating; it would be a giant step for mankind; and for many it would herald a new era in science.<br>For others it would be overreaching; the technology simply is not there to …

Space Science

Export Google Keep notes to Docs

If you write a lot of notes in Google Keep, you may find yourself needing to convert some of them to actual documents. For instance, if you take down a list of things to remember when you're reviewing a restaurant you've recently visited, you'll want to work it into a more readable format.<p>With the …

Apps

Robots are using wikiHow to figure out how to cook us breakfast

If there’s anything you’ve ever needed to know how to do, from building a birdhouse to tying a bowtie to dressing like a “pastel goth,” you’ve probably ended up on wikiHow. Now, robots are using the user-generated advice site to learn how to do all sorts of tasks for us—including making pancakes …

Robotics

This new app lets you control your Android phone from your computer

If you’ve ever gotten tired of picking up your Android phone while you’re sitting in front of your computer, well, you’re not the only one. A new Chrome app allows you to use your Android phone right from any computer that can run Chrome. It works on Windows, Mac OS X, and Chromebooks.<p>The new Vysor …

Google patent covers using vehicle sensors to detect road quality, improve Maps

As first spotted by AutoBlog, Google was recently granted a patent covering a system capable of detecting road quality conditions, which in theory could allow it to deliver warnings of potholes and other road quality issues to its users.<p>The patent describes using a number of sensors in the vehicle, …

VMware Fusion is ready to put Windows 10 on your Mac

Parallels may have been the first to bring Windows 10 virtualization to the Mac, but its rival VMware isn't far behind. Its newly released VMware Fusion 8 has full support for Microsoft's latest platform, including Cortana -- you can ask it questions whenever the virtual machine is open, even if …

Verizon's Hum wants to make your dumb car smart

With your cellphone, you upgrade every year or two when your device becomes obsolete. With a car, that's a little bit trickier.<p>Older cars don't get …

Emergency Medicine

California Bill Could Ground Drone Dreams at Amazon, Google

Why Amazon and Google are paying attention to Sacramento this summer.<p>Tech has big plans for drones. A cadre of startups are building, flying and selling them, and behemoths Amazon and Google have ambitious delivery projects in the works. Now policy groups tied to these tech firms are scrambling to …

No Fly Zone

Nasa finds strange, shiny mountain on Ceres

A strange, four-mile tall limpet-like mountain on dwarf planet Ceres has been photographed in unprecedented detail by Nasa's Dawn spacecraft.<p>The …

Astronomy