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Potentially 'undefeatable' ad blocker looks at content, not code

Facebook may have just lost its war on ad blockers. That is, if a new method developed by Princeton and Stanford researchers is implemented into a widely available blocker. Computer scientist Arvind Narayanan and his colleagues detailed unveiled a tool that detects ads the same way humans would, by …

Ad Blocking

AI can predict heart attacks more accurately than doctors

An estimated 20 million people die each year due to cardiovascular disease. Luckily, a team of researchers from the University of Nottingham in the UK have developed a machine-learning algorithm that can predict your likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke as well as any doctor.<p>The American …

SpaceX to hold second Hyperloop competition in August

SpaceX has announced another chance for student teams from around the world to race their Hyperloop pod prototypes, with the second pod competition set to take place August 25th-27th in Hawthorne, California.<p>The first round of the competition started with an open field pitching design specs and …

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It sure looks like the Galaxy S8's battery won't explode even if you stab it with a knife

Samsung's Galaxy S8 blends beautiful design and performance effortlessly, but how much safer is its battery compared to the Galaxy Note 7?<p>In January, …

Apple Music surpasses 20 million subscribers

Apple Music appears to be growing on listeners.<p>The music subscription service has surpassed the 20 million subscriber milestone just 18 months after its launch, Billboard reported Tuesday. That number represents growth of 15 percent since the company announced in September it had accumulated 17 …

Apple supplier Foxconn is in talks to invest in the U.S.

One of Apple's biggest suppliers is in talks to invest in the United States.<p>Taiwan-based Foxconn is a giant contract manufacturer that plays a key role in assembling iPhones for Apple (AAPL), employing hundreds of thousands of workers in mainland China.<p>"We are in preliminary discussions regarding a …

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Fitbit formally announces that it is buying smartwatch startup Pebble

The acquisition excludes Pebble’s hardware products<p>Digital health and fitness-tracking company Fitbit has just officially announced that it is buying key assets from smartwatch startup Pebble, after reports emerged last week that a deal between the two was close to being completed.<p>Fitbit co-founder …

Someone is Testing Methods for Taking Down the Entire Internet

Earlier this month, security expert Bruce Schneier revealed that companies responsible for the basic infrastructure of the Internet are experiencing …

Uber is researching a new vertical-takeoff ride offering that flies you around

Do you want to fly to work?<p>In an onstage interview with me today at the Nantucket Conference, Uber products head Jeff Holden said that the fast-growing ride-sharing company was seriously looking at a new form of transportation to offer its customers: Short-haul flying in cities.<p>The technology is …

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Can’t wear Snap sunglasses at night

Unless you plan on bumping into stuff, don’t expect to record after-dark concerts and parties on your Snap Inc Spectacles. The company formerly known as Snapchat (they really should have just changed it to the 👻 emoji, Prince-style) confirms to me its new camera glasses are not currently built to …

Google rumored to announce Wifi, Home and Chromecast Ultra hardware on October 4th

The rumor mill spins strong as we approach Google’s October 4th event, where the company is expected to unveil its latest hardware. We are now hearing the new Pixel phones won’t be taking the stage alone, though. Sources claim the Search Giant will also announce a few other products for the …

New iOS 10 security flaw makes it easier to crack iPhone backups

According to <i>Forbes</i><i>,</i> Apple’s latest iOS release seems to have accidentally weakened the iPhone’s security, potentially allowing unauthorized access to localized backups.<p>Elcomsoft, a Russian firm that has created tools to break into iPhones, discovered the vulnerability as it worked to update its …

The brains behind autonomous vehicles may need a license to drive

Self-driving vehicles are already on the nation’s roads and many more are coming. Uber, Google, Tesla, and the major automobile manufacturers have plans to develop and deploy tens of thousands of such vehicles on America’s roads over the next decade.<p>A key point on the government’s just-released …

Autonomous Vehicle

Users report that replacement Note 7s are still having battery issues, just not explosive ones

Thought you’d heard the end of news surrounding Samsung’s Note 7 recall? Wrong. As the company continues to push distribution of replacement devices worldwide, there are a growing number of user complaints that the new devices are still having battery issues, just of the less explosive variety…<p>A …

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After one year, Google Photos has 13.7 petabytes of pictures

Google Photos just had its first birthday, and in celebration the search giant is looking back over the year to see how Photos did on its first journey around the sun. They report that 200 million people use Photos every month, and their automated assistant has generated over 1.6 billion …

Google Photos

Scary-smart AI is still 'decades and decades' away, Google says

Whenever we talk about artificial intelligence, someone inevitably mentions Skynet, the destructive machine system in the Terminator movies.<p>But we shouldn't be worried about a dystopian rise of the robots. At least that's the opinion of John Giannandrea, Google's chief of search and the company's …

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks India, plans for Apple Pay, retail stores & more in extended interview

Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down for an extended interview with NDTV while in India this week and in it discusses the latest on Apple Pay negotiations, bringing Apple retail to India, and discussions with carriers and government officials while visiting the country.<p>While noting several large investments …

Silicon Valley Billionaire Urges Apple to Rethink Its Stance After Brussels Attacks

“National security is more important than privacy.”<p>Early on Tuesday, a series of explosions struck the Belgian capital of Brussels, killing at least 30 people and wounding more than 230. <b>Vinod Khosla,</b> the founder of Silicon Valley venture-capital firm Khosla Ventures, tweeted his reaction hours …

There is a 'game changer' technology on Wall Street and people keep confusing it with bitcoin

Goldman Sachs says the technology "has the potential to redefine transactions" and can change "everything."<p>JPMorgan last month announced it was launching a trial project with the blockchain startup led by its former executive, Blythe Masters.<p>Her company, Digital Asset Holdings, has secured funding …

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Six million dollar man's bionic eye becomes reality

<i>The latest version of the telescopic contact lens, compared to a quarter (for scale). (Image Credit: Eric Tremblay and Joe Ford / EPFL)</i><p>Other vital improvements include giving the lens more oxygen permeability by putting in minuscule air channels approximately 0.1 mm wide to allow oxygen to flow …

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Leaked Samsung video may show Galaxy S7 waterproofing and wireless charging

Samsung's Indonesian arm may have shown off the Galaxy S7 almost a week earlier than planned. An unlisted commercial marked #TheNextGalaxy and posted to the branch's official YouTube channel shows Indonesian archer Dellie Threesyadinda training while using an unnamed Samsung phone.<p>As rumored, the …

Wireless Charging

40 countries are working on killer robots and there's no law to say how we use them

Artificial intelligence experts have come together at the World Economic Forum in Davos to discuss the future – or lack of – for autonomous killer robots.<p>Despite calls for a ban made by people like Tesla’s Elon Musk last year, Sir Roger Carr, the chairman of British weapons manufacturer BAE, said …

Apple, Samsung and Sony linked to child labor in Africa

A new report from Amnesty International claims that some of the world's biggest technology and automotive companies are failing to check whether cobalt mined by children is being used in their products. Its joint investigation with African Resources Watch (Afrewatch) suggests that Apple, Huawei, …

Apple Steps Back From Its iAd Advertising Business

Six years after launching its advertising platform, Apple is moving to phase out its in-house iAd sales team in favor of a new publisher-driven system.<p>Announcing Apple’s first foray into advertising back in 2010, company co-founder Steve Jobs promised a new vision of mobile advertising. The current …

Oculus Rift: Facebook’s virtual reality headset is here – at a price

Universal Music Group – the label that boasts Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Madonna on its roster – has revealed it is teaming up with iHeartMedia to “virtualise” the gig experience, with the hardware now available for pre-order. Industry experts are in agreement: 2016 may be the year that …

Virtual Reality

Leaked 'iPhone 7' Display Backlight Shows Moved 3D Touch and Flex Cables

Taiwanese website <i>Apple.club.tw</i> has shared leaked images of the purported backlight assembly for the "iPhone 7" display. The component draws some similarities to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus backlight assembly, although the 3D Touch chip and LCD flex cables are relocated on this leaked part.<p>The …

Mobile Technology

Uber's CEO explains why the app's time estimate for a car arriving is 'almost always' wrong

Investor Jason Calacanis launched a debate when he called it a "#firstworldproblem" that Uber cars are always later than their estimates in the apps. Others quickly disagreed, including Fortune's Dan Primack, who argued that the wrong estimates leave room for a rival to come in and provide better …

Travis Kalanick

Report claims next-gen Apple iPhone 7 Plus to feature 256 GB storage option, larger battery

A new report from Chinese media site MyDrivers is starting up the rumor mill for the iPhone 7, Apple’s next major revision to the iPhone due later in 2016. The iPhone 7 is expected to feature external design changes which means big changes inside and out. The report claims specifically that the …

IPhone 7

How Apple’s super-secret Industrial Design team really works

<i>This feature is adapted from my book,</i> Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products. <i>It offers a rare look inside one of Apple’s most secretive institutions: the Industrial Design studio.</i><p>Where do Apple’s great products come from?<p>For the last 18 years — since Steve Jobs returned to the …