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U.S. Supreme Court: GPS Trackers Are a Form of Search and Seizure

When the government places a location monitor on you or your stuff, it could be violating the Fourth Amendment.<p>If the government puts a GPS tracker on you, your car, or any of your personal effects, it counts as a search—and is therefore protected by the Fourth Amendment.<p>The Supreme Court clarified …

Gear & Gadgets

As April Fools' arrives, Google flips out and T-Mobile goes to the dogs

Google has thrown things in reverse for April Fools' Day, and, not to be outdone, T-Mobile has announced its latest "Un-carrier" pet project.<p>It's a rite of spring: Tech companies regularly use April 1 as an occasion for jokey press releases and "Well, aren't we crazy?" pranks about …

T-Mobile

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy takes on the U.S. government again

Decked out in a buffalo-hide hat, bolo tie and Western boots, Nevada rancher and states' rights rabble-rouser Cliven Bundy stood near the Capitol building Tuesday, addressing a throng of supporters and one lone counter-protester (more on him later).<p>Hey, if Mr. Smith can go to Washington, then, by …

China internet regulator slams Google's certificate refusal

A Chinese internet regulator has slammed as “unacceptable” a decision by Google to no longer recognise its certificates of trust, a move which could deter Chrome browser users accessing sites approved by the authority.<p>Google said on its official security blog on Wednesday that it would no longer …

April Fools! - The 20 Greatest Corporate Pranks Of All Time

With another April Fools’ Day upon us, many of us will be gingerly walking around in the hopes of avoiding the office prankster. However, corporations have also had their share of great April Fools’ Day jokes over the years. In chronological order, here are 20 of my all time favorites:<p><b>1955 –</b></b> …

China orders square dancers to heel and toe the line

In China few activities escape the watchful eye of the state – and soon that will include square dancing.<p>Ever-growing numbers of enthusiastic dancers – usually “damas”, meaning elderly women – have gathered on the street corners of China’s cities in recent years to gyrate in unison. Some urban …

Why one investor thinks we need an Android that Google doesn't control

That's the gist of an argument today from Benchmark Capital partner Mitch Lasky .<p>His firm just just participated an $80 million investment into Cyanogen , a startup that's trying to build an alternative version of Android that is not so tightly controlled by Google.<p>He explains that when Android …

Apps

Moscow's singing babushka becomes accidental champion for elderly music fans

A chance encounter with a singing grandmother has captivated the Russian internet, inspiring her music idol to lower ticket prices for older fans. RFE/RL report<p>Elderly women in Russia – universally know as “babushkas” – don’t often become internet sensations.<p>But that changed this week when …

Soon You Can Drink Beer Brewed With Space Yeast

Ground Control to Major Breweries<p>On April 13, at a few select places around the country, you'll be able to take a swig of space. Ninkasi Brewing Company in Oregon is releasing Ground Control, an imperial stout brewed with yeast that travelled (very briefly) to space last year.<p>The first batch of …

Apple And USB: A History Of Adoption, Acceptance, Acquiescence

Did Apple jump the gun with the new MacBook’s sole USB-C connector? If so, it’s in keeping with its character–and not the end of the story.<p>The Macs and Windows PCs of a couple of decades ago shared few common connectors. PCs had parallel ports for printers and PS/2 ports for keyboards and mice. …

Westminster: Where houses earn more than people

<b>Members of Parliament heading home are greeted by a poster at the tube station that reads "£30,000 wouldn't even buy you floor space the size of this poster in Westminster".</b><p>It is a graphic reminder of the affordability crisis affecting housing in London and the South East - a disparity that has …

Housing

Burma jails New Zealand bar manager over 'insulting' Buddha images

Phil Blackwood and two Burmese colleagues get two-and-a-half year sentences over use of psychedelic image of Buddha wearing headphones to promote bar

First Click: Nintendo’s shocking move to smartphones

Nintendo is making smartphone games<p>❝Nintendo has long resisted the call of mobile gaming, but today it entered the space in a big way. The company has announced that it will team up with DeNA, a major Japanese mobile gaming company, to make smartphone games featuring Nintendo characters. The two …

Set-Top Boxes

I Spent A Week With The Scammers, Drug Dealers, And Endearing Dorks Inside The Dark Web

Here's what I learned.<p>Last month, a federal jury in New York convicted Ross Ulbricht on seven drug and conspiracy charges related to the operation of the now notorious online bazaar the Silk Road. The Silk Road — which at its peak listed 10,000 products for sale, 70% of which were drugs, and did …

The Micro Bit - can it make us digital?

<b>The BBC plans to give a million children a tiny computer this September.</b><p>It is called the Micro Bit and it was unveiled at this morning's launch of Make It Digital, an ambitious project aimed at getting us all to be a bit more creative with digital technology.<p>On hearing about this, I had some …

Raspberry Pi

Swatch CEO on Apple Watch: Design is ‘not a milestone’

Swatch Group AG chief executive officer Nick Hayek said the watch industry can make more attractive timepieces than the Apple Watch as the Swiss company adds more intelligent functions that don't sap battery life.<p>Apple Inc.'s smartwatch looks better than products by Samsung Electronics Co. and Sony …

Here's how one of Google's founders handles all the email he gets

There's a great thread on Quora where people dish about the email habits of some of tech's biggest stars. The answer for Google's cofounders is especially funny.<p>User David Shin wrote that when he worked at Google in 2006/2007, Page and Brin held a Q&A session. When someone asked how they manage …

Sergey Brin

Apple Watch apps limited to '10 second use', developers say

Slivers of information are emerging from Apples’ super secretive testing centre - apparently we are to be discouraged from staring at the smartwatch for too long, we learn today<p>Apple has released strict design guidelines for applications built for the watch, which suggest that applications be used …

Apple Watch

Google's wireless network will only work on one model of phone

It will become a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), which buys wireless space from big carriers like AT&T, then resells it to customers. The network is slated to launch in coming weeks, and one big goal is to let users switch between cellular and local wi-fi networks more easily.<p>But there's a …

Stephen Wolfram writes nifty IoT data store for his nifty software stack

One of the challenges associated with the internet of things is figuring out where to put all that data. If you have dozens of connected devices …

Wolfram Alpha

Google campus plan would explode the concept of buildings, workspace (renderings) - Silicon Valley Business Journal

When Google Inc.'s engineers need a certain kind of workspace, they come to David Radcliffe with a question.<p>"Dave, we've got this new idea, and I …

Silicon Valley

Small island, big bet: How PEI lost its online gambling gamble

John Shane MacEachern worked in finance. His wife was PEI's deputy minister of tourism. Jeff Trainor was a manager at a golf club, and his wife worked part-time at an investment firm in town. The couples lived next door to each other and had kids around the same age. They saw each other nearly …

Robear: the bear-shaped nursing robot who'll look after you when you get old

Japanese robot can lift patients from beds into wheelchairs or help them to stand up, promising ‘powerful yet gentle care’ for the elderly<p>A number of companies have explored the idea of humanoid robots as future home-helpers for elderly people. The latest experiment from Japan is distinctly more …

Ericsson sues Apple to block iPhone and iPad sales in the US over patents

Swedish mobile pioneer lodges complaint with US international trade commission, saying Apple uses its technology ‘without a licence’<p>Swedish telecoms firm Ericsson has filed seven new lawsuits against Apple and a complaint with the US international trade commission (ITC) in an attempt to block the …

Ericsson

How To Design The World's Biggest Airport Terminal

How do you make an airport terminal that spans 173 acres feel like anything but a monster? Zaha Hadid attempts the impossible in Beijing.<p>Beijing’s new airport is going to be a monster. At 7.5 million square feet, it covers about the same amount of space as 130 football fields put together–all …

Microchip hand implants offered to Swedish office staff - video

A new office block in Sweden is offering workers the chance to have a microchip implanted under their skin to allow them to access to various services within the building. The tiny chip, the size of a grain of rice, is implanted in employees hands, allowing them to open doors, or use the …

Unidentified drones seen flying over Paris landmarks

At least five unidentified drones have flown over the Eiffel Tower, the US Embassy and other Paris landmarks overnight, authorities have said.<p>The first sighting was near the US embassy in the French capital just after midnight on Tuesday morning, prompting police to follow the unmanned aircraft …

Explore A City Through The Eyes Of A Drone

The architect Liam Young is working with former Velvet Underground band member John Cale and the digital artists Field to imagine what that would …

Drones

First gray wolf seen at Grand Canyon in 70 years killed by Utah hunter

Echo, who was spotted near the north rim of the famous Arizona landmark in 2014, was shot by a man who said he mistook her for a coyote<p>A gray wolf killed last year by a Utah hunter was “Echo”, a female that had garnered international attention after roaming from Wyoming to become the first of the …

19 tips, tricks and shortcuts to help you conquer Mac OS Yosemite

1. N<b>ew Spotlight search</b><p>Spotlight received a significant overhaul with Apple’s introduction of OS X Yosemite, making it more powerful and useful than ever before. Press Cmd+Space and the new Spotlight search bar will appear on the screen. Just as in the previous version, it’s possible to search …