Alvy Ortiz

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Report: Samsung could launch “Galaxy Glass” smart glasses at IFA

Samsung is reportedly developing smart eyewear, with a target launch at the IFA Berlin show in September.<p>According to an unnamed company official cited by the <i>Korea Times</i>, Samsung hopes to benefit from an early mover advantage in the budding wearable devices industry and is currently developing a …

Mobile

ASUS unveils Zenfone line packing Android, Intel chips and a simple interface

It's been a while since we've seen an ASUS smartphone that wasn't meant to be used with (or as) a tablet, but the company is making up for that absence by launching the Zenfone line. The Zenfone 4, 5 and 6 all sport dual-core Intel Atom processors and a range of exotic color options. They also tout …

In 2014 the next billion will access the mobile internet—at $20 a handset

For the first time ever, in 2013 smartphones outsold feature phones, and the dean of Silicon Valley tech investing, Marc Andreessen, says that within three years you simply won’t be able to buy a non-smartphone. But what proportion of phones in use right now are smartphones?<p>Less than half, is the …

Mobile Broadband

According To Science, These Are The Best Photos To Use In Your Dating Profile

Now, science has proved that certain kinds of photos will help you attract more dates, and the standards are not the same for men and women.<p>Online dating site Zoosk recently did a study of 4,000 singles, says The Date Report.<p>Should my photo be taken indoors or outdoors?<p>Depends! Women attract 60% …

Zoosk

Lenovo’s new ThinkPad 8 is the best Windows alternative to the iPad mini Retina

Lenovo’s second 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet might just be the best one yet. While Lenovo only unveiled its 8-inch Miix 2 tablet back in October, the company is launching the 8.3-inch ThinkPad 8 today with a focus on power. Alongside the slight increase to the tablet's display size, Lenovo has opted …

Who knew that Chinese mobile company Xiaomi has users in 58 countries

Chinese mobile giant Xiaomi isn’t merely expanding its business in China. Users of its customized version of Android smartphone software now total 30 million (three times the number of users it had at the start of the year) and span 58 countries, according to an infographic released by the company. …

Mobile

Snapchat hack should be wake-up call

SAN FRANCISCO — This new year of 2014 may very well be the one in which the ability (or failure) of social networks to protect their users' data becomes a competitive advantage (or disadvantage).<p>If so, Snapchat has started the year off in a bad way, by having its servers hacked and the user names …

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Snapchat User Name and Phone Numbers Allegedly Leaked Affecting 4.6M

If you’re a Snapchat user, then you might be interested to know that someone <i>may</i> have found a way to save the usernames and phone numbers for 4.6 million accounts. The website SnapchatDB.info allows anyone to simply grab either as a SQL dump or a CSV text file information that the creators claim was …

Everything visible: How wearable cameras are changing the way we think about public space

<b></b>Unless you spend all of your time in a cave, you’ve probably been photographed without your knowledge.<p>The presence of surveillance cameras is becoming a growing norm in public spaces. For example, currently in the United Kingdom, there are an estimated 4.2 million cameras —some even with …

FBI uses malware to spy on suspects, but it doesn't always work

The FBI has an elite hacker team that uses malware to spy on suspects and even secretly turn on users' webcams. This sort of state-sponsored hacking has raised alarm among privacy advocates. But despite fears of a Big Brother police state, the FBI's hacking team is nowhere near all-knowing.<p>Court …

Google Is Building Robots. These Demos Show Them At Work.

The company that gave us Android is developing androids.<p>Yes, Google is building robots. And not just self-driving cars, which, of course, are technically robots, but humanoids that can walk around and make cow eyes at you.<p>It will probably be a while before anyone sees a Googlebot walking the …

Even Disconnected Computers May Face Cyberthreats

If your computer is infected with a virus or other forms of malware, disconnecting the machine from the Internet is one of the first steps security experts say you should take. But someday, even physically separating your laptop from a network may not be enough to protect it from cyber …

The next USB plug will finally be reversible

Work has begun on a new generation of USB that will break compatibility with existing connectors in order to improve ease of use and allow for thinner devices. The new connector, called Type-C, is an addition to the existing USB 3.1 specification and is expected to be finalized by the middle of …