Michael Swanson

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10 killer apps you shouldn't live without

When you hop into Apple or Google's app stores on your smartphone or tablet and literally have more than a million apps enticing you, it's easy to get quickly overwhelmed. Of course, there are countless options for the boring staples to handle email, maps, weather, stocks, games and …

The new Pebble smartwatch is now the most-funded project in Kickstarter history

In one week, Pebble’s new Time smartwatch has become the most “funded” project in Kickstarter history, approaching $14 million in pre-orders. The watch project generated more than $9 million in pre-orders on its first day alone, and has slowly been making its way up the chart all week.<p>What may have …

‘Star Trek’ fans told to stop ‘Spocking’ Canadian $5 bill

Bank of Canada executives have urged Star Trek fans to stop a campaign to deface currency as a tribute to late actor Leonard Nimoy.<p>A drive was …

Bank of Canada

The Secrets Of Writing Smart, Long-form Articles That Go Absolutely Viral

Going deep with the founders of Wait But Why, who show that thoughtful, long-form content is king.<p><i>Note: BuzzFeed publishes several long and excellent feature stories every week, as you can see on their Big Stories page. We did not intend to belittle the work of the editors and writers there, and we</i> …

Oracle extends its adware bundling to include Java for Macs

For years, Oracle has tormented Windows users by bundling adware with its Java installer for Windows PCs. Now Oracle has begun including the same …

Steam Machine prices range from $460 to … $5,000

It’s finally happening.<p>Valve has released details on the first wave of Steam Machines, a series of computers designed for playing PC games in the living room. They will all hit the market this November — and could have a significant impact on a PC online gaming market that may hit $30 billion by …

Steam Machines

Blizzard’s ‘Heroes of the Dorm’ tournament will be covered by ESPN

Blizzard Entertainment has announced its new “Heroes of the Dorm” tournament for, you guessed it, college students. These students will be battling …

US and UK Governments Hacked SIM Card Manufacturer

"The call is coming from inside the house."<p>In its increasingly wider net, the NSA and its British equivalent Government Communications Headquarters …

Superfish Admits It Installed a Root Certficicate Authority

Earlier this week it was discovered that many Lenovo PCs released between September 2014 and January 2015 shipped with an adware application called Superfish.<p>This application, while annoying, was almost harmless on its own, except for one big problem: it installed a root certificate authority on …

Cybersecurity

3 places better than Craigslist to buy and sell used items

When you want to buy or sell something used online, your first thought might be to use Craigslist. After all, it's the site that brought the newspaper classifieds into the digital world and today has nearly 40 million new listings every month.<p>Of course, using Craigslist does have valid concerns. …

Use just your voice to toggle flashlight, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth from Google Now (Lollipop only)

Users running the latest version of Android can now change simple settings with simple voice commands, hands-free.<p>Google Now has long supported voice commands for jumping to device settings like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, etc. But there was no way to do it with just your voice – issuing a command would …

Android News

YouTube to release kids app to ease parents' worries

YouTube is going to release a mobile app that will only show video clips suitable for young children to help parents control what their kids are watching on the Internet.<p>The YouTube for Kids app scheduled to be released Monday will only work on smartphones and tablets running on Android, the …

Lenovo Releases Tool To Remove The Sketchy Exploitable “SuperFish” Garbage It Pre-Loaded On Laptops

Earlier this week, word started spreading that Lenovo had been pre-installing a sketchy adware program called “SuperFish” onto many of its Windows PCs for months.<p>Then researchers started finding nasty vulnerabilities — namely, that SuperFish was using some pretty ugly hacks to tinker with your …

Cybersecurity

Marriott un-blocks Wi-fi, promises to behave

After being scolded by the FCC for blocking Wi-Fi signals inside their own hotels, the Marriott International have responded with a begrudging …

Panasonic Magic Mirror Offers Tough Love About Your Look

Taking criticism on your appearance is never easy, but getting it from someone you care about can be excruciating. Wouldn’t it be great if you could …

Three Ways to Repurpose Your Old Smartphone

Most of us have old smartphones lying around, and while they might not be the latest and greatest anymore, the odds are also high that they’re …

Apps

3 New Technologies to Keep Your Personal Data Safe

With the threat of data breaches continuing to grow, check out the latest products aimed at ensuring your (and your company's) information stays secure.<p><i>Update 1/30/15: Recently a vulnerability was discovered in the Blackphone's text messaging application, enabling hackers to decrypt and see users'</i> …

Information Systems

Just whose Internet is it? New federal rules may answer that

WASHINGTON (AP) — Few members of Congress appear willing to move toward a bipartisan update to the 80-year-old, Depression-era law that top U.S. …

Net Neutrality

Free Windows 10 Upgrade Offer Won't Extend to Enterprise

Everyone got excited when it was announced at the Windows 10 event that users of Windows 7 and 8 would be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free for one year. Unfortunately, Windows 10 for Enterprise customers won’t be able to partake in all the freeness.<p>Microsoft’s General Manager of security, Jim …

A new multibillion-dollar market for Microsoft Windows is about to go crazy

It's like Windows XP deja vu all over again, but this time, the beloved operating system is Windows Server 2003, which runs on computer servers and was first rolled out 12 years ago.<p>Microsoft is ending technical support for WS2003 on July 14, and computer makers like HP and Dell are licking their …

Windows Server

Hands on: Henge Docks’ Horizontal Dock for MacBook is one of the best in the business (Video)

I’ve been looking for a serious MacBook dock setup for quite some time, but really have been disappointed in the current offerings. Henge Docks displayed its Horizontal Dock as a prototype last year, but it’s now available to order and I’m pretty excited about it…<p>If you’re not familiar with Henge …

MacBook Pro

iPhone Separation Anxiety Is Real, Study Says

You might think you're doing yourself a favor if you leave your phone behind when you head to an important meeting or dinner with the in-laws, but a new study suggests just the opposite is true.<p>According to new research from the University of Missouri, being separated from your iPhone can lead to …

Research

Look Out, This Poker-Playing Computer Is Unbeatable

Researchers have developed a computer program they say can beat any human on the planet at a particular variant of Texas Hold'em poker.<p>The scientists aren't planning to clean up with their powerful poker bot. Instead, they hope it can help computers become better decision-makers in the face of …

Internet Archive Brings Oregon Trail, Prince Of Persia, Lemmings And 2200+ Other MS-DOS Games To Your Browser

Time to get nostalgic!<p>Remember when The Internet Archive brought hundreds upon hundreds of classic console games online and made them playable in the browser? And when they did it again with hundreds of arcade games?<p>They’ve done it again — this time with over 2,000 MS-DOS games. Lemmings! …

Mobile Phones and Laptops vulnerable to hacking even when not connected to Internet

Researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology say that hackers may be able to sneak into your laptop or smartphone just by analysing the low-power …

Anonymous declares war over Charlie Hebdo attack

Anonymous declared war on Islamic extremists Friday and promised to take revenge for the attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.<p>In a video posted on YouTube, the group of hackers said they would track down websites and social media networks linked to terrorists, and take them down.<p>"We, …

Terrorism