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Free Google Wi-Fi transforms rural school buses into rolling classrooms

DEER TRAIL, Colo. – Google is giving out free Wi-Fi and Chromebooks to rural school districts in a dozen states to transform school buses into rolling classrooms.<p>Google officials announced the expansion of their “Rolling Study Halls" program on Monday at a school district on the plains east of …

Google WiFi

India loses contact with a recently launched satellite

On Thursday, the ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) launched the GSAT-6A, the country's most powerful communications satellite to date, into orbit. Yesterday, the organization confirmed that it had lost contact with the satellite, possibly due to a failure in the power system, according to …

Apple will reportedly ditch Intel chips in Macs as early as 2020

Transition will likely start with MacBooks<p>In a major shift that carries big implications for both companies, Apple will reportedly replace Intel’s processors with the company’s own chips in Mac computers as soon as 2020, according to a new report from <i>Bloomberg</i>. The changeover is likely to begin …

iOS Apps

More Bomb-Sniffing Dogs at Airports Could Slow PreCheck Lines

Your TSA PreCheck line might be getting a whole lot slower.<p>Why? Because officials say there are new security procedures being implemented that …

Apple applies for patent that lets riders virtually fight zombies or hang glide in self-driving cars

Apple has applied to patent a VR system for autonomous cars that would use interior screens and VR headsets to alter the interior of the vehicle, as reported by <i>VentureBeat</i>.<p>The patent, applied for in September 2017 and published last week, is framed as a way to “address problems with vehicles in …

Augmented Reality

Stocks Are Having Their Worst April Start Since 1929. Here’s Why

1929 was the start of the Great Depression.<p>If you feel like the second quarter has begun badly, you’d be right.<p>U.S. stocks are on track to have their …

AMD vows to fix newly-disclosed processor vulnerabilities

Semiconductor company AMD has finally acknowledged there's a problem with its Platform Security Processor. Earlier this month Israel-based CTS labs found 13 critical vulnerabilities (including RyzenFall, MasterKey, Fallout and Chimera) with AMD's product, which could allow attackers to access …

London Mayor Sadiq Khan: Tech companies need a 'greater duty of care'

Social media is "fantastic," but it needs more control not only from the tech companies themselves but also from policymakers.<p>That was the message …

Google Beefs Up Cloud Security and Data Privacy Tools

Google has unveiled a slew of new business-focused data privacy and threat protection offerings, bolstering its cybersecurity arsenal in the never-ending war to stay ahead of attackers.<p>The tech giant's latest security enhancements are focused on Google Cloud Platform and G Suite. Google announced a …

Report: Twitter violates human rights by failing to protect women

Amnesty International's latest report discusses what a lot of Twitter's female users already know: the social network is toxic for women. The non-government organization says the platform fails to respect women's rights by not "investigating and responding to reports of violence and abuse in a …

Google is adopting blockchain-like technology

Google is planning to adopt a blockchain-like ledger system, people familiar with the situation told <i>Bloomberg</i>. Google will use the tech, the report states, as a means of differentiating its cloud business from rivals. The company would also supposedly license the ledger system so that other …

Blockchain

‘Alexa, give me a cookie!’ Are digital assistants ruining my son?

“L’Lexa, play songs from Lego Batman.”<p>Silence.<p>“L’Lexa! I said, PLAY SONGS from Lego Batman!”<p>Silence, again.<p>In some households, Amazon’s Alexa will …

WhatsApp co-founder joins call to #DeleteFacebook as fallout intensifies

Brian Acton adds his voice to Cambridge Analytica backlash, as US agency said to be investigating social network’s mishandling of data<p>Mark Zuckerberg breaks silence on Cambridge Analytica<p>Facebook’s troubles entered a fourth day with a rising chorus of people – including the co-founder of WhatsApp – …

Privacy

Amazon is now second most valuable US-listed company

Amazon.com has become the second most valuable publicly listed US company, surpassing Google parent Alphabet for the first time.

Stock Markets

Next-gen 5.8-inch OLED model tipped as the cheapest of all three 2018 iPhones

As more and more analysts believe average iPhone selling prices are likely to decrease this year to keep shipment numbers from free-falling, …

Siri privacy bug lets it read out most hidden message content on a locked iPhone

[Update: Apple says it will fix the bug in a future update.]<p>A privacy bug reported by Brazilian site <i>Mac Magazine</i> allows someone to access hidden message notifications on a locked iPhone by asking Siri to read them …<p>As of iOS 11, you can set message notifications to be hidden on your Lock screen – …

Sketchy leak claims OnePlus 6 pricing could hit $749 w/ 256GB storage, Snapdragon 845

We’re probably just a couple of months away from the debut of OnePlus’ next flagship, the OnePlus 6. There’s a lot to be excited about with the company’s next flagship, but the price might not be one of them. With incremental price increases on each flagship to date, OnePlus might be pushing …

CryptoKitties raises $12M from Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures

CryptoKitties, the virtual collectible kitten game that turned into a viral sensation has raised $12M in funding and will be spun out from Axiom Zen, the Vancouver and San Francisco-based design studio that originally built the game.<p>The round is being led by Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square …

Microsoft’s Wunderlist acquisition is getting complicated

Microsoft first acquired Wunderlist almost three years ago, promising the to-do app would help the company “reinvent productivity for a mobile-first, cloud-first world.” At the time, Wunderlist founder and CEO Christian Reber joined Microsoft to continue leading the app forward. Instead, Microsoft …

Alphabet's Outline lets you run your own self-hosted VPN for free

Jigsaw, an incubator that’s part of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has launched Outline, an open-source virtual private network (VPN) that you can host on your own server at no charge.<p>As an initiative from the human-rights-focused Jigsaw, Outline is being billed as a tool to help journalists …

Tinder and Instagram are ‘crippling’ relationships, sex therapist Esther Perel says

On the latest Recode Decode, Perel says dating apps are giving us too many options, and other apps give us an excuse to be “psychologically gone.”<p>Most people would define “cheating” in a relationship as sleeping with another person, without your partner’s consent. But psychotherapist Esther Perel …

Relationships

Coinbase bug made it possible to reward yourself with unlimited Ethereum

You might have missed a one-off opportunity to become a cryptocurrency multi-billionaire. It appears popular exchange desk Coinbase suffered from a flaw in its Ethereum smart contract setup, which made it possible to reward yourself with a virtually infinite sum of ETH, according to newly surfaced …

Google makes Pixel 2's driving awareness available to Android apps

If you have a Pixel 2, you might have appreciated its Driving Do-Not-Disturb feature -- it can automatically minimize distractions while telling the difference between a stop at the intersection and the end of your ride. That intelligence hasn't really been available beyond Google's walls, however, …

YouTube Bans Firearms Demo Videos, Entering the Gun Control Debate

YouTube, a popular media site for firearms enthusiasts, this week quietly introduced tighter restrictions on videos involving weapons, becoming the …

Internet

Alabama lawmakers approve execution by nitrogen gas

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama lawmakers voted Tuesday to allow the use of nitrogen gas to execute death row inmates, a method that has so far not been …

Mark Zuckerberg apologises for Facebook's 'mistakes' over Cambridge Analytica

Following days of silence, CEO announces Facebook will change how it shares data with third-party apps and admits ‘we made mistakes’<p>The Cambridge Analytica saga is a scandal of Facebook’s own making<p>Facebook is changing the way it shares data with third-party applications, Mark Zuckerberg announced …

Internet

Netflix’s sleek new typeface will save it a ton of money

Typefaces are vital to a brand’s identity. For a while now, Netflix has been known by its use of the striking Gotham font. However, spiraling licensing costs have forced the streaming titan to look elsewhere, resulting in it launching its own bespoke typeface: Netflix Sans.<p>Netflix Sans was the …

Apple's still trying to convince us Face ID is cool

There are some things in life that are just unambiguously cool, like, I don't know, motorcycles.<p>Apple's Face ID is not one of those things. And yet, …

Here's why you should update your iPhone now

The latest iOS update patches the "Spectre" vulnerability that first made headlines last week.

iPhone

The PlayStation 4 continues to dominate as the world's most popular gaming console

Sony's PlayStation 4 continues to dominate Microsoft's Xbox One and Nintendo's Switch.<p>As of December 31, the PlayStation 4 reached 73.6 million consoles sold. That puts Sony in the lead by a mile.<p>More specifically, Sony's PlayStation 4 sales are more than double that of the closest competition — …

Gaming