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Airplane Wi-Fi is not safe

Airplanes, once a refuge from the Internet, are now home to the riskiest Wi-Fi networks you can find. For cybercriminals, Wi-Fi guzzling passengers are like fish in a barrel. Sure, public networks at Starbucks, airports, and elsewhere aren’t particular secure either, but airplanes are unique …

New York City asks Google Maps to discourage left turns

Making a left turn in a bustling place like New York City can be dangerous — even deadly.<p>Case in point: 17 pedestrians and three bicyclists were …

Google Maps

Here's the only way Uber can justify its $41 billion valuation

A fresh round of funding could push that valuation even higher, giving the startup a dizzying $50 billion valuation.<p>Uber is a five-year-old private company. It's still growing, fighting regulatory battles domestically and expanding internationally.<p>But eventually, when it's ready to go public, Uber …

The CEO of one of the fastest-growing business apps ever used an ingeniously simple analogy to explain why companies succeed

Before building his $2.8 billion startup Slack, which many consider the fastest-growing business app ever, Butterfield ran another hot startup called Flickr, which was sold to Yahoo for over $20 million.<p>He also has a master's in philosophy, with a focus on biology, cognitive science, and philosophy …

A solar-powered plane traveling from Japan to Hawaii just hit the home stretch

Solar Impulse 2 had traveled 67 percent of the way to the tropical US state by 2100 GMT Wednesday, having flown 5,199 kilometers (3,230 miles) with 2,536 km more to go, according to the project.<p>By that time the plane and its veteran Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg had logged nearly 75 hours of …

Samsung makes big trucks transparent in the name of road safety

Amazon will pay some authors for every page you read instead of every book you download

Amazon is introducing a new system that completely upends the way authors and publishers make money from their books. Starting next month, the company will pay authors based on the number of pages people read from their books — not the number of copies sold.<p>Of course, the change is limited in scope …

Germany's most popular paid app is a secure messenger loved by millions — now it's taking on the US

Created in 2012, Threema prides itself on its end-to-end encryption and security features. It's a minnow next to big messaging apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. WhatsApp has 800 million monthly active users; in contrast, Threema has just 3.5 million.<p>But Threema's userbase <i>has</i> skyrocketed by …

Google made a secret acquisition to get you to stop using apps because it makes most of its money from search

What's interesting about this acquisition isn't its size, but what it says about Google's intentions. It wants to shift people away from apps and onto the mobile web.<p>The growth of apps doesn't necessarily work in Google's favor. Yes, it owns the Android operating system, and the Google Play app …

Apps

AT&T smacked down for secretly slowing down service for 'unlimited data' plans

AT&T has racked up a $100 million overage fee.<p>The Federal Communications Commission is planning to fine AT&T $100 million for allegedly misleading …

Telecoms

7 Facebook Mistakes to Avoid Like the Plague

When did Facebook become such a mystery?<p>I remember a time when a long list of Facebook followers meant a bigger email list, and a more profitable …

Marketing

This ultra-efficient robot walks just like people do

You don't have to worry about robots rising up against humanity anytime soon -- the bipedal ones, at least. When they aren't constantly falling down, two-legged robots are running down their power supplies due to inefficient gaits and wasted motion. During a recent DARPA competition, teams from …

Robotics

Twitter to lift 140-character DM limit in bid to compete with messaging apps

Twitter is about to do away with its 140-character limit for Direct Messages. The change will come into effect next month, the social media company said in a message on its developer blog on Thursday.<p>Just to be clear, the 140-character limit for public tweets remains in place, with no sign of that …

How a 10-month-old startup's founders convinced investors to give them millions of dollars to buy a 93-year-old German razor factory

But Jeff Raider and Andy Katz-Mayfield, the cofounders of shaving startup Harry's did just that — and then they used the money to buy a 93-year-old German factory.<p>Raider and Katz-Mayfield became friends more than a decade ago, when the two were interns together during college. Raider then went on …

5G Vs 4G: Will 5G Technology Bring New Dimensions To Wireless?

<b>Building technology that will connect billions of people and things to the internet, and to one another, without wires.</b><p>While much of the world is …

Internet of Things

Microsoft's Latest Weird Decision Suggests It's Up To Something Big

One of the strangest pieces of news I’ve heard about the upcoming Windows 10 launch is that Microsoft is killing off the “modern” Skype app. If you don’t use Windows 8, then you won’t have used the modern app, but those who have will understand it’s the version of Microsoft’s chat app aimed at …

Google's plan to fix big cities starts with Sidewalk Labs

Google wants to do more than just simplify privacy for its users and put autonomous cars on the road, it wants to "improve city life for everyone." Cofounder Larry Page writes on G+ that with Mountain View's Sidewalk Labs, the company intends to do just that. The plan is to tackle cost of living, …

New York City

Microsoft’s giant Surface Hub displays arrive in September priced from $6,999

Microsoft first revealed its giant Surface Hub displays at a Windows 10 event back in January. Both models, 55-inch and 84-inch, are designed primarily for conference rooms and businesses. Microsoft acquired multitouch company Perceptive Pixel to bring the Surface Hub to life, and the result is a …

Tiny privately funded vehicle will re-enter atmosphere after testing thin sails that could be used to gain propulsion from sun’s rays<p>A privately funded space project to demonstrate an innovative solar sail passed with flying colours despite a series of near-fatal technical issues, program managers …

Space Travel

Why Americans are getting new credit cards

NEW YORK (AP) — A big change is happening inside your wallet.<p>U.S. banks, tired of spending billions each year to pay back fleeced consumers, are in …

Apple Planning to Change 30/70 Pricing Formula for In-App Media Subscriptions

Apple is planning to alter its pricing formula for subscriptions in a major change that will benefit subscription-based apps and services like Netflix, Spotify, Hulu, and more, reports <i>Financial Times</i>. Apple is said to be considering changing the 30 percent fee that it currently charges and is …

The robots are here — and you should be worried

Anxiety has been building around the second machine age and its implications for our economic future, and it may have reached a tipping point.<p>Just last week, Silicon Valley venture capitalists and executives published an open letter on the digital economy, calling for public-policy changes and new …

Doorman Raises $1.5 Million To Eliminate Missed Package Deliveries

Everyone has, at some time or another, experienced the frustration that comes from missing a delivery – that is, coming home only to find a delivery notice stuck to your door. A company called Doorman is trying to solve this problem by allowing customers to schedule their own deliveries as late as …

'Abused emoji' give kids an easy way to talk about serious issues

Some situations are just too hard to put into words even if you're the most eloquent person on the planet. So just imagine how tough it is for kids in troubled homes to tell someone, anyone, what they're going through. A Swedish non-profit for children's rights called BRIS believes one way to get …

Nonprofits

Report: Xiaomi Now World’s Second Biggest Seller Of Wearables Behind Only Fitbit

In a sign that the market for wearable devices remains nascent, China’s Xiaomi has risen from nowhere to become the industry’s second largest company responsible for one-quarter of all shipments in the first quarter of this year.<p>That’s according to new data from IDC, which ranks Fitbit top of the …

NASA and Verizon want to develop a drone tracking system

Google and Amazon have signed on to help test cell tower-based system<p>Verizon and NASA are working together on a cell tower system to track civilian and commercial drones in the US, according to documents obtained by <i>The Guardian</i>. Under the agreement, signed last year, NASA will develop an air …

Sources: DST Global Led Mobile Shopping App Wish’s $500M Round

DST Global, Yuri Milner’s late stage VC fund, took the lead on the purported $500 million financing round invested in Wish, the mobile shopping app, according to people familiar with the matter.<p>Forbes reported earlier that it had obtained SEC documents, which revealed Wish’s plans to raise $500 …

NFL partners with Yahoo to stream Bills-Jaguars game on Oct. 25

The game will be played in London, so the live stream will kick off at 9:30 a.m. on the east coast.<p>For the first time in NFL history, a game will be …

Google patents contact lens that collects your ‘iris fingerprint’

Google has a thing about contact lenses. The company has done a lot of work with contact lenses used in health applications. It’s now patented a technology that employs the contact lens as an identification device.<p>The new patent describes a contact lens that covers all or part of the iris of the …