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Google OnHub Gets Taken Apart By iFixit

The iFixit guys are at it again, this time they have managed to get their hands on the new Google OnHub and have taken the device apart to find out …

Gear & Gadgets

Logitech Harmony Elite Universal Remote Lets You Dominate Your Home Devices With Ease

Logitech has released Harmony Elite, their latest universal remote. With it and included Harmony Hub, you will be able to dominate various devices in …

UK government is working with Nasa to track drones

The British government is working with Nasa to come up with a realistic plan for monitoring drone use. The system would allow authorities to monitor …

An overview of the Android Design Support Library

Google introduced the Material Design guidelines for Android developers, but, initially, neglected to provide some of the new widgets and elements. At I/O 2015, however, the Android Design Support Library was announced, which greatly simplifies the effort required to implement some of the Material …

NASA Tests Two Greener, Less-Toxic Propellants

Keeping those satellites in motion<p>Once satellites reach their orbit, they sometimes need to change altitude or orientation. And to do that, they typically use thrusters that are powered by hydrazine. Hydrazine, while good at its job of moving bulky objects through space, is also rather toxic …

This computer chip will self-destruct in 10 seconds

The research arm of Xerox Corporation has developed a computer chip that can self-destruct with 10 seconds’ notice.<p>PARC debuted the chip at a …

In pursuit of the perfect Wi-Fi network

The CNET Smart Home is here, it's real, and it's going to take our ability to review connected home technology to a whole new level. But a smart home is only as strong as the Wi-Fi network it's tethered to, and for the kinds of testing we want to do, a simple router hidden underneath the living …

Wi-Fi

Logitech’s new universal remote commands your whole home

The last universal remote we bought cost $20 from Walgreens. It was a big, ugly hunk of plastic, but it controlled the TV and VCR just fine.<p>These days, things have gotten a little more complicated. Now we have an HDTV, three set-top boxes, two game consoles and Sonos, as well a Nest thermostat and …

Android lockscreen can be bypassed by overloading with massive password

Security bug means Android smartphones running Android Lollipop can be broken into by simply entering a very long password causing the lockscreen to crash<p>A bug has ben found which allows anyone in possession of an Android smartphone running Lollipop to unlock the device by bypassing the lockscreen …

Android News

OpenROV Trident underwater drone blows up on Kickstarter

OpenROV's Kickstarter campaign for the Trident drone still has 45 days left, but it has already raised six times its $50,000 goal. It's not another quadcopter or glider, though, it's a remote-controlled, camera-equipped underwater UAV. The Trident isn't OpenROV's first underwater drone -- in fact, …

Drones

'Doctor Who' assistant Jenna Coleman is leaving the show

LONDON — The Time Lord's assistant is trading in the Tardis for ball gowns and royalty.<p>Jenna Coleman, who has played Clara Oswald in the show since …

Providence: Machine Learning At Stack Exchange

At Stack Exchange, we’ve historically been pretty loose with our data analysis. You can see this in the “answered questions” definition (has an …

Windows is vulnerable to web encryption attacks, too

Microsoft's software isn't immune to the rash of recent web encryption exploits, it seems. The company has discovered (and thankfully, patched) a Windows flaw that lets hackers use the software's Secure Channel technology, which handles SSL and TLS encryption, to compromise PCs. If you're …

Automakers promise to limit the data they collect from your car (updated)

A modern car is potentially loaded with data: it could be collecting performance stats, where you've been and your internet usage. How do you know that it's not secretly sending that data to advertisers and insurers? You might not have to worry much longer. The Auto Alliance (which includes most …

Amazon details how it does networking in its data centers

Amazon shed some light onto what goes on with its networking strategy inside its many data centers on Wednesday at AWS re:Invent 2014 in Las Vegas. …

Samsung unveils Project Beyond, a 3D-capturing camera for Gear VR

Samsung has just unveiled a sneak preview of a new camera called Project Beyond, which is a 3D-capturing 360-degree camera designed to capture videos and stream them on the Gear VR. Pranav Mistry, Samsung's VP of Research, says that Beyond is a "new kind of camera that gives a new kind of immersive …

Android Lollipop is now rolling out for Nexus devices

Google announced this morning that Android Lollipop (5.0) has begun to roll out for Nexus devices over the air and will be available very soon.<p>The devices we know are supported include the Nexus 4, 5, 6 and 7, but it’s not yet clear which other devices will get the update. Factory images for …