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WikiLeaks latest CIA dump focuses on malware for Windows

As WikiLeaks continues to extend the mileage from its "Vault 7 cache" of CIA information, its latest release focuses on tools it says the agency uses for hacking Windows computers. While its release didn't include any source code, manuals described a "Grasshopper" tool used to create custom malware …

Malware

The complete LED lighting kit you can get for $150

If you’re looking for a lighting setup to build on a budget, Caleb Pike from DSLR Video Shooter has a useful video for you. In his latest tutorial, …

LED Lighting

Ubisoft Is Working on an Assassin's Creed TV Series

Expanding the brand.<p>It looks like Ubisoft's cross-media efforts to expand the Assassin's Creed franchise will extend beyond last year's live-action …

Assassin's Creed

Google plans faster updates for all Android phones in 2017

If you didn't get a timely update on your Moto, Samsung or HTC device, but your friend over there with the Google Pixel did, it's not necessarily the manufacturer's fault. The complexity of Android, especially when it comes to security, is also a big part of the problem. In fact, Google revealed …

Apple says it hasn’t been breached after hacker group threatens to wipe millions of iPhones

Apple has poured water on claims by a hacker group that it has gained access to hundreds of millions of iCloud accounts. In a statement provided to <i>Fortune</i>, an Apple spokesperson said that none of the company’s systems — including iCloud and Apple ID — had been breached, and that the alleged list of …

iCloud

Why buying a top-shelf smartphone makes less sense than ever

Premium smartphone flagships cost as much as 2-3 times more than their mid-ranged counterparts. In today's market, the advantages of a more expensive …

Android Nougat

The Xbox One is struggling because video game exclusives still matter

Where have all the Xbox One games gone?<p>We’re three months into 2017 and it’s already unusually crowded with great exclusive video games.<p>The PlayStation 4 is on a hot streak. <i>Nioh</i>, <i>Yakuza 0</i>, <i>Gravity Rush 2</i>, <i>Horizon Zero Dawn,</i> and <i>Nier Automata</i> have already landed to largely positive reviews. In the …

Rocket League

Microsoft close to finalizing the Windows 10 Creators Update

Microsoft will distribute the final version of the Windows 10 Creators Update to testers by the end of the month, sources familiar with the company’s plans tell <i>The Verge</i>. The software giant is currently in the final phases of development, but has not publicly revealed a date for when the Creators …

Windows 10

Microsoft will soon let you block desktop apps from installing on Windows 10

It appears Microsoft wants users to start relying on its Windows Store a lot more in the future. The software titan is currently testing a new functionality in Windows 10 that prevents you from installing any desktop apps – unless they come from the official store.<p>MSPoweruser reports the feature …

Arby’s Warns It Has Suffered a Massive Security Breach

Arby’s has confirmed that amassive data breach has occurred at “hundreds” of its restaurants, potentially putting more than 355,000 of its customers’ …

Two new strains of Mac malware unearthed by security researchers

Earlier this week,security researchers unearthed two familiar strains of malware specifically targeting Mac users, according to a new report from <i>Ars</i> …

This battery won't explode even when cut or punctured

Mike Zimmerman, a Tufts University professor, has invented a battery that won’t explode and set your car on fire when you cut or puncture it. He showed off his invention in a new NOVA documentary, which was recently aired on PBS.<p>Unlike conventional lithium-ion batteries found in our smartphones, …

Clean Energy

Huawei makes Nougat update for Honor 8 officially official, stock UI included

Huawei appeared to jump the gun a little with Nougat goodies sent to the Honor 8 here and there ahead of a self-imposed February deadline, but …

Location Services on your iPad; what you need to know

When it comes to electronic devices, especially mobile phones, the big big buzz word these day is privacy. Makes sense, it’s a big deal. Almost as important as privacy is how you mange your privacy settings. Personalizing settings to fit your lifestyle and needs can be cumbersome and consuming. If …

Privacy
Mobile Technology

The Android Things Developer Preview 2 is out, adds support for Intel's Joule, brings TensorFlow for machine learning on IoT platforms, and more

It's been a big day from the mystical Google land. In addition to all of the Wear stuff, the team behind Android Things has released the second …

How IoT hackers turned a university's network against itself

A university found its own network turned against it - as refrigerators and lights overwhelmed it with searches for seafood.<p>Hackers are increasingly …

IOT

Steam Greenlight is dead: Valve introduces Steam Direct

Valve wants to take itself out of the equation when it comes to the Steam PC gaming marketplace, and that means it is ending the Steam Greenlight program and introducing a far more open platform.<p>Steam Direct is a new path for developers to bring their games to the Steam store, and Valve is looking …

Apple might secretly start iPhone 8 production earlier than expected

Apple might be gunning to begin building its upcoming iPhone 8 earlier than usual this year, Barron’s Tech Trader Daily reports.<p>John Donovan and Steve Mullane from BlueFin Research Partners told the outlet there is “some indication” the Big A is ramping up production for its next-generation …

Getting Started With VR Interface Design

The virtual realm is uncharted territory for many designers. In the last few years, we've witnessed <b>an explosion in virtual reality</b> (VR) hardware and …

Virtual Reality
Virtual Reality

How to set up and use Kodi on your Android device

<b>Update June 2017:</b> Updated the section on using Kodi with Chromecast.<p>Kodi is a powerful open source media center, which is available across a …

Operating Systems

Turn your workstation into a creative supercomputer

You can never have too much computing power to work with, especially if you're doing intensive 3D or VR work, but even if you're only using Photoshop …

Moto Z Plays in India and Brazil are getting Android N today

Congrats, Moto Z Play owners, you made it. Lenovo is giving some of you the update you’ve been waiting for while your Moto Z and Moto Z Force brethren have been enjoying it for months. Android Nougat is now available on Moto Z Plays in India and Brazil, as first spotted by <i>TechDroider</i>. The update …

Android News

This is the ZTE Quartz, the company’s first Android Wear watch

While Android Wear has yet to fully break into the mainstream, this year veteran manufacturers are poised to release their second and even third generations of smartwatches, and new entrants continue to join the ecosystem as well. ZTE is the latest smartphone maker to enter the fray, according to …

Google uses AI to sharpen low-res images

Deckard's photo-enhancing gear in <i>Blade Runner</i> is still the stuff of fantasy. However, Google might just have a close-enough approximation before long. The Google Brain team has developed a system that uses neural networks to fill in the details on very low-resolution images. One of the networks is …

ZTE Axon 7 is now the cheapest Google Daydream VR-ready phone

Once you download the Android Nougat update, that is.<p>If you wanted to experience Google's Daydream before now, you had to drop some serious cash: over $600 for a Google Pixel or Moto Z handset, and another $79 for the VR headset itself.<p>The ZTE Axon 7 should make a Daydream investment a bit easier …

Mobile Technology

Most smart TVs are tracking you — Vizio just got caught

Vizio got in trouble with the FTC this week and had to pay $2.2 million to settle charges around having monitored the viewing habits on more than 11 million TVs without consent over the course of two years.<p>The main problem was that Vizio TVs had tracking features turned on by default, instead of an …

Televisions

Google’s ad tracking is as creepy as Facebook's. Here’s how to disable it

Google in June deleted a clause in its privacy settings that said it would not combine cookie information with personal information without consent<p>Since Google changed the way it tracks its users across the internet in June 2016, users’ personally identifiable information from Gmail, YouTube and …

Privacy