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Massive cyberattack targeting 99 countries causes sweeping havoc

Hospitals, major companies and government offices have been hit by a massive wave of cyberattacks across the globe that seize control of computers until the victims pay a ransom.<p>Cybersecurity firm Avast said it had identified more than 75,000 ransomware attacks in 99 countries, making it one of the …

Cybersecurity

Apple reportedly considering building iPhones in the US instead of China

Despite the proud ‘designed in California’ tag on most of Apple’s products, they are generally made in China. But if a report by the Nikkei Asian Review is true, Apple might start to shift iPhone production to the US.<p>The report suggests Apple asked its manufacturer, Foxconn, to study the …

Amazon’s Fire tablets get Blue Shade, a new feature designed to save your eyes at night

Amazon is adding several new features to its 2015 tablet lineup, in an update rolling out today. Among the new capabilities endowed upon the Fire HD 10, Fire HD 8, Fire Kids Edition, and Fire tablets is a nighttime reading mode that adjusts the display to minimize its so-called blue light …

Under The Right Conditions Our Sun Could Produce An Enormous Superflare

It's the end of the world as we know it<p>Solar flares are gorgeous, but the delicate fiery loops that we've observed during humanity's brief study of the sun are nothing compared to what other, similar stars are up to.<p>In a recent paper, researchers detail their observations of 'superflares' on a …

Snowden's preferred messaging app Signal comes to Chrome

Open Whisper Systems has launched a desktop version of its free secure messaging app Signal. It’s the same service NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden uses, so it’s perfect for all your super-secret correspondence.<p>Signal is now available in beta as a Chrome app, and lets you send text, picture, and …

Google's new computer 'vision' tech is very cool and somewhat terrifying

The tech is called the Google Cloud Vision API and it allows any app developer to tap into Google's smart "machine learning" service that can identify objects, including faces and emotions.<p>Cloud Vision solves a hard computer problem of "seeing." For instance, your computer can scan and reproduce an …