Russell

87 Added | 4 Magazines | 4 Likes | 4 Followers | @Russell1b00 | Keep up with Russell on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Russell”

Evernote’s privacy policy allows its employees to read your notes, and you can’t opt out – but it’s a little more complicated than that [Update]

Not interested in potentially sharing the content of your Evernote notes with the company’s employees? Then your only option will be to leave the service, because you can’t opt out. Although it appears that this particular policy has already been in place for some time, an upcoming January update …

Privacy

GM recalls 4.3M vehicles to fix air bag software

General Motors is recalling more than 4 million vehicles, most of them in the U.S., to fix an air bag software defect that has been linked to one death and three injuries.<p>In rare cases, the car's sensing and diagnostic module — a tiny computer that senses what the vehicle is doing and controls air …

Sequoia-backed video chat app Tribe spammed its customers’ address books

Can mobile app startups please stop building SMS invite systems into their apps already? The latest example of a venture-backed startup getting dinged by customers for having spammed their entire address book without permission is Sequoia portfolio company Tribe. The video chat app hit the App …

The $5 PoisonTap quickly, completely hijacks even a locked computer’s internet

After I learned of this clever exploit from Samy Kamkar, my poor 2012 MacBook Air looks more vulnerable than venerable: Asleep on the table, its USB ports exposed, it could be hijacked in seconds by a malicious Raspberry Pi Zero called PoisonTap. No need for passwords, zero-days or million-dollar …

The Yale Real Living Assure Lock is just the thing to thwart lock-picking zombies

The first thing you’ll notice about the Yale Real Living Assure Lock is that it has no keyhole. There is no backup key, no physical keypad, and it looks like something that you’d mount on the outside of the Enterprise so Chekov can get back in after attaching a “Shatner/Nimoy ’74” bumper sticker to …

Oculus is giving away its mesmerizing VR painting tool, Quill

VR has quite a bit to offer creative types in terms of building worlds and images that would be impossible otherwise. Oculus Story Studio is looking to redefine the concept of a digital art with their latest effort, Quill.<p>Oculus announced today that it will be releasing a beta of the application …

Black Friday online sales to hit a record-breaking $3 billion, over $1 billion from mobile

Black Friday online shopping is continuing to grow, and this Friday was another record-breaking day. According to a new report out this evening from Adobe, which has been tracking e-commerce transactions throughout the sales holiday, Black Friday is on track to set a new record by surpassing the $3 …

Apple investigating iPhone 7 that set car on fire, spurious comparisons with Note 7 being made

An Australian surfing instructor has told <i>7 News</i> that an iPhone 7 left in a car caught fire, destroying the vehicle.<p>Mat Jones says he had left the phone under clothes in his car while taking a surf lesson. When he returned, he was shocked to discover the vehicle filled with smoke.<p>It hasn’t yet been …

Galaxy Note

Microsoft’s Surface PC event: what to expect

Microsoft is returning to New York City this week to host a special press event on October 26th. While Microsoft held a similar event last year in October, this year's show is expected to include less hardware, with more of a theme around 3D and creativity. That theme will extend directly to an …

Loop brings retro-styled entertainment to the grandparental generation

Content is consumed from the big screen in the corner and you’re probably on your smartphone morning, noon and night. Cramming itself into the gap in-between is Loop, a retro-looking device aimed at a generation that hasn’t quite embraced the clutch-your-device-at-all-times world quite yet. Loop …

GoPro announces the Hero 5 Black and Hero 5 Session

4K, voice control, water resistant, and cloud-connected<p>GoPro just officially announced the Hero 5 Black, the company’s first flagship action camera since the Hero 4 was unveiled in 2014. The company also announced the Hero 5 Session, and update to the original Session — the small, cube-shaped …

Videography

Blowing up on Kickstarter, Hello brings video conferencing and security to any TV

The $6.7 billion telepresence and video communication category hasn’t evolved much since we were introduced to Cisco and Polycom. At the same time Smart TVs are making video conferencing easier. But it’s still not <i>that</i> easy.<p>Hello is a new startup addressing this space — created by two former …

Nonstop Benioff: Inside The Master Networker's Audacious Plan To Disrupt Salesforce -- And The World

Salesforce cofounder Marc Benioff spends several months a year in Hawaii, where he owns a sweeping beachfront house on the Big Island and pals around with billionaire Michael Dell and aging rock star Neil Young. Little surprise, then, that for a retreat with 400 of his top executives in August he …

Marc Benioff

WhatsApp privacy backlash: Facebook angers users by harvesting their data

Facebook is being accused of backtracking on its pledge not to use the data of the 1 billion users of the WhatsApp messaging app it acquired two years ago<p>Stop us if you’ve heard this one: Facebook rolls out a new feature and/or acquires a new company, vowing to protect the privacy of its users’ …

Garmin released a luxury smartwatch for people who exercise

The Garmin Fenix Chronos<p>Garmin has a robust wearable lineup that includes activity trackers, smartwatches, and even an analog watch with activity features. Now it's attempting to make a luxury smartwatch, and it's not exactly cheap. The Garmin Fenix Chronos is a watch designed for people who don't …

Parrot’s fixed wing Disco drone takes flight next month for $1,300

Half a year after debuting a prototype at CES, Parrot’s finally ready to show off the final version of its next radical entry in the rapidly expanding drone space. The Disco marks a noted departure from both the French company’s earlier effort sand the consumer drone space in general, trading in …

T-Mobile One is garbage, and the EFF says it violates net neutrality

T-Mobile and its fancy new ’T-Mobile One’ plans, which promise unlimited LTE data, have come under fire from the EFF.<p>The EFF’s senior staff technologist, Jeremy Gillula, tells The Daily Dot the EFF feels T-Mobile One is a threat to net neutrality:<p>From what we’ve read thus far it seems like …

Net Neutrality

Microsoft open sources PowerShell, brings it to Linux and OS X

Microsoft today announced that it is open sourcing PowerShell and bringing it to Linux and OS X.<p>PowerShell is Microsoft’s command line shell for Windows power users, as well as an extensible scripting language for automating system tasks. It’s not unlike Bash on Linux (and now Windows, too), but …

The Onion Omega2 is a tiny little computer that only costs $5

The product follows the Raspberry Pi’s naming scheme of Produce + Greek<p>The Onion Omega2 is the latest tiny computer continuing in the tradition of the Raspberry Pi. The Omega2 is the successor to last year’s Omega, a hackable, expandable, and affordable computer that was one-fourth the size of the …

Raspberry Pi

A brief history of Niantic Labs, the makers of Pokémon Go

1/12<p>John Hanke's early MMO fascinations<p>Niantic CEO John Hanke already had a fascination with massive online games, starting a company called Archetype Interactive in 1994, according to an interview with Game Informer.<p>Archetype Interactive was responsible for an early 3D massively multiplayer online …

Pokémon

Tokyo Thrift: This Sharp Zaurus is a sleek pocket computer from 1999

It’s often said that Japan was slow to smartphones, with tens of millions of flip phone users long unconvinced of the benefits of iPhone and Android. It’s less often pointed out that those flip phones were miraculous in their own way, seamlessly integrated into Japanese society with features that …

Mobile Technology

The Holofone Phablet is a 7-inch Android phone / Windows PC with a built-in projector

Smartphone season is rapidly upon us, with the new versions of Samsung’s Galaxy Note and Apple’s iPhone rumored to be just around the corner. Unfortunately for those two companies, Akyumen (Pronounced like "acumen," probably) has just announced that its Holofone Phablet, which I assume is going to …

Brazil

Pokemon Go T&Cs strip users of legal rights

Players of Pokemon Go are not only giving up their right to act like sane human beings in public, as they walk around, zombie-esque, reaching into the phones held in front of their faces, they are also likely to be waiving legal rights if they don’t take a very close look at Niantic Labs’ Terms of …

India's $4 smartphone will begin shipping next week

Earlier this year, a $4 smartphone meant for the rural Indian market was announced, sending waves throughout the industry. Believe it or not, it’s real — and about to start shipping.<p>The Freedom 251 is now set to start shipping on June 30 to those who pre-ordered the device. Built by India’s Ringing …

Mobile Technology

APP STORE 2.0

The App Store changed the way we buy software. Can Apple do it again?<p>Apple’s annual conference for developers, which kicks off next Monday, is normally when the company previews its newest software for iOS and Mac OS X. But this year’s WWDC isn’t just about new operating systems: starting next week …

Apps

Bose QC35 review - the ultimate travellers' headphones

Don’t you wish you could turn off the world every now and then?<p>The last few weeks I’ve found out it’s actually possible… at a price.<p>Enter any airport around the world and you’ll see loads of people wearing either Bose’s QC15 or QC25 headphones — for a reason. Their omnipresence in planes is because …

Consumer Tech

Meet Zenbo, the Asus robot that costs no more than a smartphone

Voice-controlled companion, whose touchscreen face shows its emotions, can entertain kids and control the lights<p>The Taiwanese electronics manufacture Asus has unveiled a home robot called Zenbo that can talk, control your home and provide assistance when needed – all for the cost of a top-end …

Google Fiber’s TV Boxes add support for Google Cast

Google Fiber, the company’s steadily expanding gigabit internet service, will now more easily work with Google Cast – the technology that powers Chromecast – the company announced this morning. Instead of requiring subscribers to use a device like Chromecast, Google Cast will actually be integrated …

French Billionaire Opens Free Coding University '42' In Silicon Valley

French technology entrepreneur and billionaire Xavier Niel (#129 in 2016 and #7 in France with a net worth of $8 billion) is investing $100 million of his own money to bring his Paris-based ’42′ coding school to Silicon Valley.<p>The name ’42′ is a nod to Douglas Adams’ science-fiction series <i>The</i> …

Venture Capital

Moog's new app gives you a $10,000 synth for $30

Moog's Model 15 modular synthesizer, first released in 1973, can cost upward of $10,000. But Moog understands that not every synthesizer fan has a casual 10K laying around, so yesterday the company released an iOS app version of the classic instrument. It's available for iPads, iPod touches, and …