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Opt Out of Verizon's Relentless Tracking Program for Real

Verizon Wireless is finally letting its customers opt out of its ad-targeting program that uses persistent, undeletable tracking codes on phones, reports The New York Times.<p>The mobile carrier has been injecting users’ devices with ‘supercookies’ — also known as unique identifier headers (UIDH) — …

Behind The “Wheel” Of The Mercedes Driverless Car

LED touchscreens and laser projections promise a safer, more luxurious commute.<p>It's the year 2030 and your daily commute begins with the press of a button. Using a smartphone app, you summon an autonomous car — the Mercedes F015. The car starts, exits a parking garage, and drives itself to your …

Thousands of Apps Are Still Vulnerable to the FREAK Bug

According to FireEye researchers, a large number of iOS and Android apps are still vulnerable to the FREAK bug despite patches being released.<p>The report suggests Android has the biggest problem, with over 10 percent of apps open to attack.<p>“Europe's leading digital technology conference”It's …

The UK's latest 'wonder material' is made from sugar beet

A Scottish start-up is turning root vegetables into an ingenious new material, which can be used to lock moisture into anything from food to cosmetics to concrete<p>A Scottish start-up has developed a material made from carrots and sugar beet that it claims is twice as strong as carbon fibre, and is …

Google Plans Ranking Algorithm Change For Doorway Pages

Google today announced that it’s making a change in the future to how it ranks ‘doorway pages’ and is encouraging users to stop utilizing them ahead of the changes.<p>Doorway pages are used to help rank a website for a particular keyword or phrase that is not heavily mentioned on the site itself. …

Icos

Samsung’s next smartwatch may have Apple Watch-style digital dial of its own

Having spent more than a year throwing smartwatch concepts a wall, only to discover that very few of them stick, Samsung’s taking a bit of a break …

Smartwatches

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Elon Musk is going to solve a big problem for Tesla drivers this week.</b> He has promised to fix "range anxiety" - the problem of cars not being able to last until their next charge.<p><b>2. Google accidentally leaked hundreds of thousands of users' personal details.</b> There was a problem with its WHOIS …

Obama announces $100 million initiative to bolster tech hiring

After going after the minimum wage, President Obama is turning attention to the tech sector, with a plan that calls for the hiring of more tech workers. Announced yesterday, the TechHire Initiative is a mix of agreements between the government and private companies in more than 20 different areas, …