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Zimperium Raises $8M For Mobile Security That Turns The Tables On Attackers

Let’s say you’re at the airport, checking your email on your iPhone over the wifi. Well, you’ve already made your first mistake. You’ve trusted the airport network to be secure enough to protect you from hacker attacks.<p>Zimperium announced today it has raised $8 million from Sierra Ventures to build …

Mobile Rewards Startup Kiip Upgrades Its User Contests With New “Challenges” Product

When Kiip announced last week that that it’s powering rewards in Zepto Labs’ popular Cut the Rope mobile games, co-founder and CEO Brian Wong said it didn’t share one of the key details (because, uh, reasons) — that this is the debut of a new Kiip product called Challenges.<p>The company is best-known …

Gorgeous Robox 3D printer hopes it can do for 3D printing what the iMac did for personal computing

In 1999, my elementary school got every single kid to love computer class with a single move: It replaced a fleet of Macintosh Classic IIs with iMac …

Facebook Gets Sassy with New Like Sticker Pack for Messenger

Mobile messaging stickers are hot stuff right now, and Facebook is riffing on the trend with a new set of stickers that create some new poses for its iconic Like button hand. According to AllFacebook, the pack was created a few months ago during a hackathon.<p>I can definitely see myself getting …

Samsung Launches Android Gamepad

Apple began allowing third-party gamepads on the iPhone with iOS 7, and Samsung is also upping its presence in the space after announcing its own gamepad (the not-so-creatively named ‘Smartphone GamePad’) for Android 4.1 phones.<p>Unlike the iPhone gamepads which attach themselves to the device, …

Obad was the nastiest piece of Android malware discovered in 2013

In a recent end of year summary published by antivirus company Kaspersky Labs, the firm officially named Obad as its Villain of the Year 2013.<p>Obad was discovered during the summer and it was quickly recognized as a sophisticated piece of malware. The technical name for the Trojan is …

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Boston Dynamics Now Belongs to Google

BigDog is feeling lucky.<p><i>The New York Times</i> is reporting that Boston Dynamics, the company famous for robots like BigDog, LS3, Petman, Atlas, and …

Playboy and fashion: let's call time on this not-so-chic alliance

<b>Can a Playboy shoot ever really be fashionable?</b><i><br>Alex, by email</i><p>You would think so, Alex, considering the number of women who model for that sad, deflated erection of a publication and tell themselves just that. In a recent interview, model Alessandra Ambrosio – a woman I'd previously only encountered …

Wonderfully Witty Animal Comics by Liz Climo

If you're on Tumblr, you may already know the name Liz Climo. She's the artist whose funny comics get thousands (and even tens of thousands) of notes a day as people share her witty works with the world. By day, she's an author and animator for the hit show <i>The Simpsons</i>. By night, she turns into one …

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Have music downloads hit their peak, with streaming taking over?

What do 1980, 1989 and 2003 have in common? They were the peak sales years for LPs, cassettes and CDs respectively. After that, a very slight resurgence in vinyl aside, it was all downhill.<p><i>Billboard</i> magazine has an interesting piece in which they suggest that perhaps 2012 might join that list – as …

Microsoft’s Windows 8 Is The Perfect OS That Nobody Wants

Windows 8 looks perfect. But new updates may revert its design to appease consumers. What is going on?<p>With Windows 8, Microsoft did the unthinkable: The company designed a groundbreaking interface of boxes called Metro that could scale from laptops, to tablets, to phones, to Xboxes–meaning any …

Pebble Smartwatch in Red or Black: $90 shipped ($60 off) with .edu email ($120w/o)

<b>Update:</b> Amazon is also offering it for $119.99, but if you are eligible for the Best Buy student discount that remains the best deal.<p>Best Buy dropped the price on the Pebble Smartwatch in Black or Red by $30 to $119.99 with free shipping (price shows up in cart). Add a $30 discount for those with …

Amazon Really, Really Wants to Sell More Kindle Fire HDX Tablets

Amazon seems to be selling a lot of its newest Kindle Fire tablets.* But it would like to sell many more. <br>So here’s Jeff Bezos’s newest pitch: Buy a …

Japanese magazine offers Alphabet and Tenya Wanya Teens PS Vita skins

Japanese magazine Dengeki is offering <i>Alphabet</i> and <i>Tenya Wanya Teens</i> skins for the PlayStation Vita in its latest issue.<p>The magazine, which is only available in Japan, has two skins that users can stick onto their Vita. The <i>Alphabet</i> skin, based on the game by <i>Katamari Damacy</i> creator Keita Takahashi, is …

Netflix for Android Now Supports User Profiles

Are you an Android device owner who shares a Netflix account with your significant other/kids/family/dog? If yes, then there’s good news: Netflix for Android finally supports multiple profiles.<p>Netflix introduced user profiles in August to allow each person in a household using the same account to …

U.S. Recognizes A South Korean StarCraft Player As An Athlete

South Korean Kim Dong-hwan, a professional StarCraft II player, has received a special U.S. visa, normally reserved for baseball players and other athletes.<p>The five-year P-1A visa given to the video game player last week is for "internationally recognized athletes." This follows another visa given …

Motorola teases wood backing for Moto X on Twitter

It’s been a long time coming and even after a brief spout where we thought they would never arrive, Motorola is yet again teasing the wood backing for the Moto X. Advising followers to “Put this DIY project on hold. Trust us” with an image of wood back, we can only hope Motorola has plans to push …

Surface RT display smackdown: Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet shines

Nokia's Lumia 2520 tablet has one of the best screens tested to date, while Microsoft's Surface 2 counterpart falls into the also-ran category, according to a testing firm that evaluated the two Surface RT devices.<p>"With virtually identical functionality and OS software...The display on the Nokia …

Moto X wood back officially teased, likely coming very soon

The wood backs we saw on the Moto X(s goog) at the phone’s launch in August may be available any day now based on a teaser from Motorola. On the …

Zuli’s Smartplugs Turn Your Phone Into The Proximity-Based Switch For The Connected Home

A recent Kickstarter project called the Zuli Smartplug makes each of your power outlets intelligent thanks to Bluetooth low-energy, along with remote control from a smartphone, proximity triggering and scheduling, too. It’s sort of like what you maybe have been hearing about with Apple’s iBeacons, …

Steam Machine beta testers start receiving hardware, teasing the less fortunate

Unless you're part of a select group of beta testers (or happen to be handy with Linux), you're probably reading this in a home <i>without</i> access to a Steam Machine. Wondering what you're missing out on? A handful of Valve's 300 beta testers are happy to rub their good fortune in your face and clue you …

Norway's government says Bitcoin isn't real money

Governments worldwide are trying to solidify their positions on Bitcoin. Chinese regulators banned financial institutions from using Bitcoin earlier this month, while in July, Thailand's government declared the virtual currency's use illegal due to a lack of applicable laws. Now Bitcoin has taken …

Impala: Another Google Inspired Platform Enters The Mainstream Data World

Amazon Web Services has added support for Impala, the Google inspired query tool developed by big data startup Cloudera. It provides real-time, parallel processing for large amounts of data. With Impala, a developer can load new or access existing data to run their queries using an SQL-like …

BlackBerry set to lose two more executives as leadership cull continues

A source close to the beleaguered BlackBerry has told <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> that two senior staff members will soon be leaving the smartphone manufacturer. Chris Wormald, head of BlackBerry's mergers and acquisitions, will reportedly be leaving by the end of December, while Rick Costanzo, …

Computer Program That Can Tell If You’re a Hipster

Hipsters are similar to pornography. They’re both difficult to define, but people recognize it when they see it.<p>Can a piece of software do the same …

NASA’s 6-Foot Valkyrie Humanoid Robot Will Rescue You From Buildings

Remember Atlas, the amazing and slightly spine-chilling android that Boston Dynamics has entered into DARPA’s Robotics Challenge as a kind of future super-soldier? He’s got competition. Bigger competition, from a much friendlier source: NASA. Meet “R5” Valkyrie, the 6-foot-2 inch-tall humanoid …

Dell Unveils Its First Chromebook, An 11-Inch Portable Designed Specifically For Education

Dell has finally made its entry into the Chromebook market official, as it follows in the footsteps of many other PC OEMs who are looking around to shore up flagging Windows machine sales. Dell’s aims with Chromebooks and Chrome OS are pretty specifically targeted, however, as Dell is creating its …

IOC Announces "Protest Zone" At Olympics, Critics Decry Lack Of Focus On Human Rights

"It tells you a lot about [IOC] President Bach and the IOC's commitment to human rights that they believe this issue should be easily compartmentalized into a protest zone," one LGBT advocate says.<p>WASHINGTON — The International Olympic Committee announced Tuesday concerted efforts to control …

Toyota Licenses Wireless Charging Tech from WiTricity

You drive home in your electric car, enter your garage, and step out the car holding your briefcase in one hand and groceries in the other. Wouldn't …