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FBI trick for breaking into iPhone likely to leak, limiting its use

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The FBI’s method for breaking into a locked iPhone 5c is unlikely to stay secret for long, according to senior Apple Inc engineers and outside experts.<p>A new Apple iPhone 5C is on display at a Verizon store in Orem, Utah, in this file photo taken September 19, 2013. …

The world's first cyborg Olympics is coming

A group of scientists in Europe want to know if electronically enhanced humans have an unfair advantage over regular people – beyond night vision and a skeleton made of steel of course.<p>The cyborg Olympics, or Cybathlon as it has been dubbed, will take place in Zurich this October. Its aim is to …

This Chrome extension solves one of Netflix's most annoying features

You’re watching your favourite show on Netflix and just as the next episode starts you get this:<p>This is fine for the casual Netflix user, but if you binge-watch shows like I do, it pops up every three to four episodes. Which is annoying as all hell.<p>But this deeply first-world problem has a …

Meet the first beautiful E-bike from the future

Every time you think of the words ‘electric bike’ you probably think of something unattractive, with a huge bulky battery. E-bikes, or electric bikes, have traditionally been heavy, ugly, overpriced or all three of these things.<p>Amsterdam-based VanMoof plans to change that with its new ‘Electrified …

Fast Voice Assistant App 'Hound' Comes to iOS, Takes on Siri

A new voice search and personal assistant app called Hound debuted on iOS yesterday that apparently outperforms Siri, Google Search and Cortana in terms of speed and recognition accuracy.<p>Developed by the creators of music-recognition app SoundHound, the new app provides extremely fast responses to …

IBM's iOS sleep-tracking app is powered by Watson

Are your poor sleeping habits messing up your day-to-day life? If you own an Apple Watch or iPhone, you can find out with the SleepHealth app from IBM Watson. The app is the first for IBM's Health Cloud, a program it launched last year with Apple and Johnson & Johnson. The idea of the program is to …

Users are not happy about Netflix's crackdown on VPN services

Netflix is cracking down on customers using virtual private networks (VPNs) to watch its content, and it doesn’t look like anyone is happy about …

You See a Snow-Covered Mountain, This Guy Sees a Giant Canvas

Beck creates what he calls “snow drawings,” intricate patterns stomped out by foot on snow-covered mountain plains. The results are giant geometric …

Drawing

San Bernardino police chief takes sides in Apple’s encryption battle with the FBI

If you’re keeping score at home, add San Bernardino’s police chief as the latest to take sides in the ongoing battle between Apple and the FBI. Jarrod Burguan, the local police chief, joined NPR to share his views on the current FBI and Apple privacy battle. In the interview, Burguan admits that …

Apple is Working on to Make FBI’s Job More Harder

Apple is trying to upgrade its security to prevent government officials to access data on a locked phone. This is bound to succeed and will lead to …

Tim Cook

Tim Cook: Unlocking terrorist's iPhone would be 'bad for America' (updated)

Apple has been in an ongoing legal fight with the government regarding the iPhone of terrorist, Syed Rizwan Farook. While the United States has filed motions compelling the company to help it circumvent the passcode of the device, the company and CEO Tim Cook have publicly refused via an open …

Adobe Lightroom lets you shoot RAW - but only on Android

Adobe Lightroom is probably the most popular image processing program for professional photographers, but now the company wants to be your camera too – if you own an Android phone anyway.<p>Adobe Lightroom 2.0 for Android adds a full-fledged camera interface with a standard set of controls like flash, …

Google Has Quietly Changed How You See Ads On Its Site

Google has removed ads from the right side of its desktop search results, and has placed them on the top and bottom of search pages.<p>Instead, the …

Your phone could soon be your car key

Get ready to throw away your car key.<p>Volvo is experimenting with letting drivers use nothing more than a smartphone app to start their cars.<p>The app, which is basically a "digital key," will let a driver open the door, get in, and start the car without touching the phone. Like a remote control key …

Security

Google is teaming up with phone operators to elbow its way back into messaging

Google has joined the world’s biggest mobile operators to boost adoption of a replacement for SMS. The company, which owns Android, the world’s most popular smartphone operating system, will make its messaging technology available to an effort to standardize the use of Rich Communications Services …

Apps

A cure for phone fatigue? LG hopes uber-customizable G5 wows

LG has been feeling what we've been feeling: It's getting harder to get pumped up for a new phone.<p>In fact, the company has known that for a while.<p>On the day in November 2014 that Juno Cho took the reins of the Korean conglomerate's mobile business, he asked Ramchan Woo, who heads up the development …

Mobile Technology

FBI Admits It Urged Change Of Apple ID Password For Terrorist's iPhone

Apple executives face a court order to help create what the company calls a "backdoor" to the phone. [Update: San Bernardino County officials said the FBI had requested the Apple ID password reset of Syed Farook’s phone, which the FBI acknowledged Saturday night.]<p>The Apple ID password linked to the …

Apple implies FBI screwup: iPhone Apple ID password changed in govt possession, backdoor unnecessary

Apple has now responded to a Department of Justice filing that we reported earlier today was attempting to force the company to comply with an FBI request for access to a locked iPhone belonging to a suspect in the San Bernardino attacks. In one statement to Reuters, an Apple spokesperson said the …

Apple gets three extra days to decide if it will hack the iPhone for the FBI

Apple has a little more time to respond to the historic order to break security protections on a phone belonging to one of the alleged perpetrators of the San Bernardino attack. When the order was initially handed down Tuesday night, the company was given five days to respond as to whether the …

Tim Cook

Twitter, Facebook support Apple in its fight with the FBI

As Apple CEO Tim Cook insists that his company should not be forced to help the FBI weaken security on an iPhone (Not sure why that matters? Get an explanation of the key issues here.), a few more companies have stepped forward in support. Yesterday Google CEO Sundar Pichai issued a …

The Week in Review: Apple vs. the Feds

A federal judge ordered Apple to help the FBI gain access to an iPhone this week, in a move that raised questions over national security and personal privacy. The device belongs to one of the San Bernardino attackers who killed 14 people in the December attack.<p>The phone, used by gunman Syed Farook, …

Privacy

Why your brain likes it when you multi-task

We’re told that multi-tasking can leave us with an attention deficit and make us less effective. BBC Future investigates.<p>We all know the feeling. You’re in a noisy office trying to concentrate. Your computer screen shows you have eight different websites open, along with two email accounts, three …

Time Management

What you need to know about Apple's fight with the FBI

The iPhone 5c belonging to Syed Rizwan Farook, the man behind the San Bernardino terror attack that left 14 dead, is in the hands of the FBI. It could -- <i>potentially</i> -- contain information about the shooting, including the names and contact information of other terrorists. The handset might even …

Google and Apple, once enemies, unite thanks to the FBI

The fault lines dividing Silicon Valley's two most powerful technology companies shifted this week, however briefly, as Google was compelled to stand …

Expect to see plenty more kid-friendly wearables soon

Qualcomm has signed a deal with three lesser-known tech companies to bring its new Snapdragon for wearables chip to a more niche branch of smartwatches. The most interesting outfit to sign on the dotted line is Infomark, which has no interest in making yet another Android Wear device. The business …

The first rally to support Apple's fight with the FBI just happened at the Apple Store in San Francisco

The rally, organized by a group called Fight for the Future, drew a little over 30 people to the Apple Store in downtown San Francisco.<p>The turnout wasn't that big, but Fight for the Future is taking things nationwide as it plans to hold rallies in New York City, Boston, and Minneapolis starting …

Apple Store

Instagram Finally Adds Two-Factor Authentication To Fight Hackers

Instagram accounts are worth stealing. Now at 400 million users including celebrities, brands, and artists making a living, it’s time to add another lock to its doors. In November I wrote that “Seriously, Instagram Needs Two-Factor Authentication”, and a tipster just told me they’ve spotted it in …

Authentication

Apple May Be Developing An Augmented Reality Windscreen For Its (Rumored) Car

Apple, like Facebook and others, is actively exploring its own flavor of a virtual/augmented reality future.<p>Apple is already well into an effort to explore the possibilities of virtual and augmented reality products, and one of the applications may be in the rumored Apple car.<p>If a new report from …

Microsoft's Band 2 now lets you do more than track your weight

Microsoft released its Band 2 late last year and now it’s updating its accompanying Health dashboard and app to add some neat features, like the ability to share your workouts with friends.<p>The cross-platform Health dashboard is one of the Band 2’s greatest assets as it means users of the tracker …

Fitness Technology