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AI Could Kill Us All: Meet the Man Taking the Threat Seriously

Thinking about the end of the world is something that most people try to avoid; for others, it’s a profession. The Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford, UK specializes in looking at the ‘big-picture’ future of the human race, and notably, the risks that could wipe us out …

Uh-Oh, Now It Looks Like There Isn't A New Apple TV On Its Way

The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and 9to5Mac all said Apple was developing a new version of its little hockey puck sized TV box.<p>But on Friday, Apple blogger Jim Dalrymple shot down much of that reporting. He did it in his own signature way.<p>If you don't follow the Apple blogosphere, this takes a …

Smart TV

Why Do Companies Keep Getting Hacked?

One reason is that security isn’t always a priority for developers in a rush to bring a product to market. Another reason is that humans are stupid.<p>Two weeks ago, a respected crowdfunding site, Kickstarter, was hacked. Snapchat was hacked the week before that. Skype’s social media accounts were …

Bank of America

Why Haven't European Investors Accepted the 'Failure is Good' Mindset?

<i>Andrea Francis is a growth-hacking oriented marketer who loves to work with startups. She currently works for Twoodo and is helping out at FailConNL, embracing failure as a learning experience (Amsterdam, March 4th).</i><p>As European talent in the form of startups and entrepreneurs continue to flock …

Why did Samsung play it safe with the Galaxy S5's processor?

Of all the phone manufacturers out there, Samsung seems to have a particular talent for creating an anticlimax. Our first thought when holding the Galaxy S5 was that we'd been through all this before a year ago, with the equally underwhelming launch of the GS4. Our disappointment jibed with the …

How Mobile Games Can Make A Difference (and Still Be Profitable)

<i>Oliver Miao is the CEO of Pixelberry Studios.</i><p>Mobile game developers are always looking for ways to build strong relationships with their user bases, and rallying players around important social issues is a great way of doing so.<p>This strategy has already seen great success in the PC and console …

Why Samsung Ditched Google In Its New Smart Watch

But Samsung made an unexpected move in the new version by abandoning Android as the watch's operating system. Instead, the new Gears run Tizen, another open source operating system that Samsung, Intel, and others are working on.<p>Some see the move to Tizen as a signal that Samsung wants to distance …

Mobile

Apple-Samsung silicon union still strong, chip expert says

For all the bad blood over smartphones, a coziness remains when it comes to Samsung-made chips, says the chief of VLSI Research. "Apple has been ... learned how to work that relationship."<p>Call it a habit that Samsung and Apple just can't break.<p>Their critical partnership in silicon is still strong, …

IPad Air

Otter: The iOS App User Feedback Visualizer

While it’s not exactly something you’d call a consumer product, Otter App Ratings Visualizer from Mutual Mobile isn’t meant to be. But this neat little Web app <i>could</i> still give reporters, marketers and developers some interesting insights into reviews on the App Store.<p>Otter was created initially as …

Samsung drops Android for Tizen in new Gear 2 smartwatches

A "significant improvement" over the original<p>A mere six months after the introduction of the Galaxy Gear, Samsung is returning to the smartwatch market with two new models: the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Announced at Mobile World Congress today, the new watches remain faithful to the original's look, …

How To Sell Your Company To Google In A Year

Password replacement firm Slicklogin just pulled off the slickest deal of all.<p>Israeli startup Slicklogin thinks passwords are insecure, messy, and time-consuming–and that two-step authentication via SMS text message is too awkward. The answer to the world’s password woes, according to Slicklogin: …

Side Line

Smartwatches are dumb, but they don't have to be

If recent trends are any indication, there are two roads that lie ahead for smartwatches and the companies foisting them upon us: the all-you-can-eat, tracker + smartphone approach and the single-minded focus on health and wellness bands. One meanders off to a fuzzy horizon laden with disregarded …

Samsung’s new Gear 2 smartwatches are basically an apology for the Galaxy Gear

Only six months after Samsung released its failed Galaxy Gear smartwatch, with all the faux fanfare of a product that was supposed to change the world, the company announced its new smartwatches in the lowliest of ways: with a press release.<p>Samsung officially announced the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo …

Microsoft's OK with Nokia using Android. Kind of

Microsoft expressed its support for Nokia's efforts, although noting it was "less excited" about some projects than others.<p>BARCELONA, Spain--Things got awkward for short moment on stage when Microsoft executives were asked about the possibility of Nokia using Android.<p>Joe Belfiore, vice president of …

Windows Phone

Google's Smart Watch Will Launch In June

Like with the Nexus line of smartphones, LG will be taking care of the hardware details of the watch while Google designs the software. The watch will debut at Google's I/O conference in San Francisco.<p>Previous reports about Google's smart watch have hinted that it will be integrated with Google Now …

Smartwatches

LG is reportedly building Google's smartwatch

LG is building Google's long-awaited smartwatch, according to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. Citing "a person familiar with the situation" in Barcelona, the <i>Journal</i> claims that LG's hardware partnership with Google will soon expand to include the wrist-worn device. But it may not be the only manufacturer …