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With court order, federal judge seeks to fuel debate about data encryption

A federal judge in New York is seeking to expand to the courts the hot debate over whether tech companies should be forced to find ways to unlock encrypted smartphones and other devices for law enforcement.<p>Magistrate Judge James Orenstein of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New …

Apple Removes Some Apps from Online Store Over Security Concerns

Apple said on Thursday that it had removed "a few" applications from its App Store, expressing its concern that the security of some users' personal data could be compromised in certain circumstances.<p>The company said the apps threatened users' security by installing certificates that can expose …

3D printing is a cool, futuristic concept that's not making a lot of money

3D printing is the closest thing we have to magic: it can recreate everything from toys to clothes to human cells. Now the companies behind it just …

Load Web pages in a flash with Speedafari for iOS

When you're browsing the Web on your broadband-connected PC, it's not a big deal if pages are stuffed with ads, photos, tracking scripts and the like. You've got speed and bandwidth to spare.<p>When you're on your phone or tablet and connected via cell towers, on the other hand, suddenly that stuff …

Apple adds Bluetooth 4.2 to iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2

Changes to Apple’s published tech specs for various products are rare, but when they happen, they’re typically interesting — and under-the-radar. At some point following the September 9th announcement of the 2015 iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro and iPad mini 4, Apple quietly modified the tech …

IPad Air

Google rolling out redesigned Maps for web inspired by Material Design, mobile apps

Google looks to be rolling out a redesigned version of Google Maps on the web that introduces a tweaked user interface that in many ways mirrors its mobile app experience on both Android and iOS. As pictured above, Maps gets a redesigned menu/sidebar/search UI that is clearly inspired by Material …

Apps

An algorithm might save your life: How the Amazon and Netflix method might someday cure cancer

<b>(Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>Algorithms recommend movies, books, dates — even job candidates. In the future, they might cure disease<p>Pedro Domingos<p>October 10, 2015 8:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World”<p>Machine learning plays a …

Machine Learning

The FBI warns of weaknesses in chip-and-sign credit card systems

The FBI has a stern warning for the credit card industry's latest security measure, the EMV chip. In a statement today, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center warned that the new chips don't prevent against online fraud or point-of-sale compromises of the type seen in the Target hack. The …

A futuristic razor that shaves hair with a laser has raised nearly $4 million on Kickstarter

But two Swedes think they have a solution: A razor that shaves hair with a laser, not a blade. They call it the Skarp Razor.<p>The project went nuts on Kickstarter but has now been kicked off the crowdfunding site over concerns that it didn't have a working prototype.<p>As we previously reported, in its …

Crowd Funding

Apple’s Jimmy Iovine is ‘scared’ for the future of music

Iovine, who joined Apple through its $2 billion acquisition of his company Beats Music last year, railed against music services like Spotify that use a "freemium" model on stage at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit.<p>Spotify's model lets people use the service for free, as long as they listen …

Jimmy Iovine

Fitbit plays the long (battery) game with update to Surge activity tracker

Good for those 10-hour runs<p>Fitbit is rolling out a significant update to one of its dedicated fitness trackers this week.<p>Starting Wednesday, the Fitbit Surge — a large, GPS- and heart rate-sensing Fitbit that's aimed at athletes and fitness enthusiasts — will get a software update that will …

Wearable Tech

Buyers of emotional robot must agree not to have sex with it, report says

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>I feel for Pepper the robot.<p>More precisely, I feel for all the Peppers who are about to go into the world and be owned by humans.<p>Made by Japanese telecommunications company Softbank in collaboration with …

Hot-button issue: iPhone 6S hints at an end to the home button

When Apple co-founder Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone in 2007, he touted the elegance of its design, particularly how simple it was to navigate the smartphone from a single point.<p>"On the front, there's only one button," Jobs said. "We call it the home button. Takes you home from wherever you are. …

Every Politician in the U.S. Just Received This Letter About Bitcoin

As an early adopter of the internet (I got AOL in 1993), I have watched with fascination as Bitcoin has become more and more popular: with the media, with users, and especially with investors. I have my doubts about the future of Bitcoin, but the technology is unquestionably one of the most …

Bitcoin

Backblaze launches B2 object storage service at 1/4 of the cost of Amazon S3

Backblaze, a company that has long offered to back up data sitting on personal computers for $5 per month, is announcing today a major expansion: It’s launching a new service to store files for developers’ web applications.<p>The new Backblaze B2 service will cost one-fourth the price of the widely …

Cloud Computing

This free Google Chrome extension provides one of the most essential parts of learning a new language

The extension translates portions of whatever you're reading into the language you're trying to learn.Flickr / Ed YourdonScience suggests that the best way to learn a new language — especially as an adult — is through immersion.<p>For example, you might spend an extended period of time in a foreign …

Language

Apple Is About To Lay Down Its TV Cards

Some of us have been waiting for Apple to drop its proverbial hammer on television for what seems like forever. A company with a strong sense of design, the ability to craft purposeful hardware and software and a penchant for cutting through the crap to deliver something you actually want to use …

Smart TV

Robots, drones and heart-detectors: How disaster technology is saving lives

<i>Watch "Katrina: The Storm that Never Stopped</i>" Thursday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.<p><b>(CNN) —</b> Robots with cameras, microphones and sensors searched for victims stranded in flooded homes and on rooftops. They assessed damage and sent back images from places rescuers couldn't get.<p>It was August 31, 2005, two days …

Robots

Those puppy-dog eyes trigger chemical connection with humans

The long, loving gazes. The ritualized, often high-pitched, expressions of affection. The heroic self-sacrifice one would readily endure for the other.<p>What is it about the bond between human and dog that is not like the relationship between parent and child?<p>Now science offers a new explanation for …

Pets

Amazon launches X-Ray on Fire TV to bring IMDb movie and TV data to the big screen

Amazon is bringing its “X-Ray for Movies and TV” service to the big screen for the first time, with the news that the contextual information offering is rolling out for Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick.<p>First arriving for Kindle Fire back in 2012, X-Ray for Movies and TV taps IMDb — the popular …

While you were sleeping, your brain was working overtime

Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary research has been moving to focus on the active rather than recuperative role that sleep has on …

Neuroscience