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Facebook Pays 329 Security Researches Over $1 Million in Bug Bounties

Facebook today announced it has paid out over $1 million to 329 security researchers as part of its bug bounty program, which launched just over two years ago. The researchers are spread across 51 different countries, according to the company, and only 20 percent of bounties paid out so far have …

YouTube Expands Live Streaming To Channels With Just 100 Subscribers, Opens Custom Thumbnails & Merchandise Links To All

Google today announced a number of updates to YouTube that will allow more video producers to use YouTube for live streaming. All channels in good standing with at least 100 subscribers will be able to live stream from their accounts within the next few weeks.<p>By bringing the number of required …

Google Play Edition smartphones start receiving Android 4.3 (updated)

If you were wondering just how long it would take the Google Play Editions of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 to get Android 4.3, we can now tell you: not long at all. Owners of both devices report that they're receiving over-the-air updates to the new OS. There isn't yet word of any …

Videos of purported iPad 5 and plastic-low-cost iPhone shells hit the web

Following several photo leaks and reports, Macotakara has posted two videos that show purported shells for the upcoming fifth-generation iPad and low-cost, plastic iPhone. Above is the video of the iPad 5 shell, which shows thinner bezels and is in line with our exclusive photos from January. …

Students hijack US$80m yacht with GPS spoofing - Roadshow

<b>Students from the University of Texas created a custom GPS spoofing device that allowed them to take over a superyacht's navigation system, changing</b> …

Hashtag creator leaves Google to join a 6-person startup

Google developer advocate Chris Messina is leaving the search giant to join a tiny startup.<p>During his 1300 days at Google, Messina spearheaded a number of community-focused initiatives, including the Google Developers site. He also developed the “hashtag,” which flourished on Twitter and Facebook. …

Digital media set to overtake TV viewing

If the obesity epidemic weren't clue enough, new estimates about U.S. media-viewing habits underscore that Americans are a lazy bunch. And it may be music to the ears of of pay-TV providers.<p>Average time spent with digital media per day will surpass TV-viewing time for the first time this year, …

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The materials breakthrough that might lead to computers thousands of times faster

As the technology for making silicon circuitry smaller, faster and less power-thirsty approaches the limits of physics, scientists have tried out many materials in the search for an alternative to silicon. New research by a team at the US Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory …

Simulating 1 second of real brain activity takes 40 minutes and 83K processors

Advertisement<p>32 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / StudioSmart<p>A team of Japanese and German researchers have carried out the largest-ever simulation of …

Wi-Fi enabled taxis to be flagged up to passengers

Londoners will now be able to identify which black cabs offer free Wi-Fi to passengers via a new TfL approved sticker.<p>The symbol will be rolled out to a network of 300 London taxis.<p>A recent survery by communications agency Ubiquitous found three quarters (75 per cent) of London taxi passengers …

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Microsoft cuts Surface Pro price by $100 following Surface RT reductions

Microsoft is discounting its Surface Pro tablet this weekend, following heavy reductions to its Surface RT costs recently. The 10 percent price cut to Surface Pro reduces the cost of the 64GB and 128GB models by $100 each in the US. Not all regions appear to have Surface Pro price cuts just yet, …

YouTube opens up live streaming to anyone with 100 or more subscribers

YouTube is opening up its live streaming service to anyone with 100 or more subscribers, putting smaller, independent creators on the same footing as larger productions. The announcement comes less than three months after YouTube lowered the bar on live streaming to channels with 1,000 or more …

iOS 7 Will Immunize iPhones From Bogus Charger Attacks

Ars Technica<p>Apple has patched an obscure vulnerability in its iOS operating system that could have allowed a malicious hacker to install malware on …

WordPress 3.6 is Out

WordPress.org today announced the release of WordPress 3.6, featuring a new blog-centric theme and a revamped revision browser. You can download the new release now from WordPress.org/Download (it’s 5.2MB).<p>Dubbed “Oscar” in honor of Canadian jazz pianist and composer Oscar Peterson, WordPress 3.6 …

HP’s first Android smartphone could come this year

HP made some serious missteps with the ill-fated Palm acquisition, which ended up as a write-off and a very public embarrassment for the Silicon Valley giant.<p>Under CEO Meg Whitman, HP went back to the drawing board, and decided that the best way to move forward was to embrace Android. The first …

Moto X: Google unveils 'self-driving', always listening smartphone

Google has unveiled an American-built "self-driving" smartphone, the first made from scratch by Motorola since it was acquired by the internet company last year.<p>Using voice control as its standout feature, the Moto X is designed to be in permanent listening mode, able to serve up directions, a …

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean now used on more devices than Gingerbread

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean now running on 34% of active devices.<p>Google’s latest Android version statistics, which detail the relative number of devices running the different versions of Android, show that Jelly Bean usage is still on the rise while Gingerbread continues its very slow march towards …

Microsoft patent application resembles leaked Kinect Glasses project

Microsoft has submitted a patent for a "head-mounted display" that looks a lot like the company's leaked Kinect Glasses. The patent application was filed in early 2012, and made public this week. Microsoft describes a multiplayer system that lets game players invite other users via a head-mounted …

What is Facebook doing at a hacker convention in Vegas?

The social network pays the underground a visit<p>If you're a fly-by-night computer hacker who prefers IRC to Instagram and goes by your handle instead of your real name, a company like Facebook is basically The Man. But the social network is back at Def Con, the long-running hacker convention that …

Deadline looms for U.S. sales ban on older iPhones, iPads

The clock is ticking ahead of next week's sales ban on older models of Apple's iPhone and iPad in the U.S.<p>Come Monday, Apple will be unable to import or sell the iPhones prior to the iPhone 4S made for AT&T's network, nor the 3G-enabled versions of the iPad 1 and 2 in the U.S. as part of a final …

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FBI Can Remotely Activate Android Smartphone And Laptop Mics, WSJ Reports

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the FBI employs a number of high-tech hacker tactics in its efforts to round up information on suspects, including the ability to remotely activate microphones on Android devices and notebook computers, according to one of its sources who is described as a …

Usain Bolt becomes the world's fastest in-app purchase

Usain Bolt, the world record holder for the 100- and 200-meter sprint, is now available as a limited-time in-app purchase in <i>Temple Run 2</i>. The sprinter comes with a special "Bolt" ability. Activating the special ability makes Usain invincible, turns on auto-guidance, and also adds a coin magnet. …

Apple Will Reportedly Use Samsung Retina Screen For Next iPad Mini

Apple suppliers in Asia are working on a next-generation iPad Mini that will have a high-resolution retina display from Samsung, the Wall Street Journal reports, in an interesting collaboration between the two smartphone rivals.<p>Component manufacturers have reportedly been told that Apple is …

Panasonic puts Android on your home phone

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Cell phones keep on changing, but the traditional landline has remained mostly the same. Panasonic is looking to shake things …

Concept Twitter redesign brings rich profile pages to the social network

Twitter's website makes it really easy to see updates from the people who you're following — but that's about it. Digging into another person's profile still lands you in a mess of replies, without any clear way to get a sense of what they're up to. Designer Fred Nerby has some ideas for how to …

Facebook Turns Up the Volume on Its TV Ad Pitch

Facebook is on track to do more than $6 billion in ad sales this year. It would like more, and it would like to start getting more of those dollars …

Xbox One will be compatible with current-gen headsets, Microsoft confirms

Xbox One owners will be able to use their current-gen and third-party gaming headsets with the upcoming console using an adapter designed by Microsoft, the company's lead planner for Xbox One Alberto Penello confirmed on Twitter.<p>"Yes," wrote Penello in response to a question on the website. "We …

Samsung edges past Apple in US smartphone satisfaction study, but reverse is true in Korea

What a difference a year makes. Apple topped American Customer Satisfaction Index's smartphone rankings back in 2012, but Samsung has taken the lead in 2013 by a slim margin. Owners responding to ACSI's national survey gave an 84-point score to both the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II, putting the …