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Eve Smart Home Irrigation Systems Save You Money And Time (video)

Plaid Systems has this week unveiled a new range of irrigation systems they have created called Eve, which have been designed to provide homes with …

Crowd Funding

Brazil Court Issues Injunction Against Secret And Calls For App To Be Remotely Wiped

A court in Brazil has ruled (via UOL) that Apple and Google must remove Secret, the anonymous social networking app, from their mobile software stores – and also from user devices where it’s already installed. The court has issued a preliminary injunction in the case, pending the results of a final …

Say goodbye to the OS X Dock. With StatusDuck, you’ll never need it again

If you’re like me, you hate OS X’s Dock. While a useful UI innovation on Apple’s part, the dock takes up a surprising amount of screen real estate on what, in the end, adds up to a superfluous amount of visual fluff.<p>You can hide your dock, sure, but isn’t there a better alternative to dock? As it …

Apps

Here’s how to BitTorrent movies on your Apple TV

Popcorn Time is a fantastic — albeit questionably legal — Mac app that allows you to treat BitTorrent like Netflix, searching for movies and TV shows on sites like The Pirate Bay that you want to watch and then streaming them directly to your computer.<p>It’s a great app, but it has at least one …

Popcorn Time

Got $1,600? Docker will take it & train you to use its magic Linux containers

San Francisco startup Docker wants to expand the use of the open-source container technology it created to help developers easily package up their applications and move them over different environments. Today, it revealed a new method for increasing adoption: two-day classes for a pretty penny.<p>For …

An Ingenious Way To Keep People From Spying On Your Password

As many a snoopy significant other knows, it’s pretty easy to figure out a smartphone passcode. On the iPhone, the numbers helpfully light up when they are tapped. But thanks to new technology, you don’t have to use the side-eye technique to compromise someone’s privacy. A snoopy Google Glass app …

Inside The FCC’s 1.1 Million Net Neutrality Comments

If you ever wanted to make your Chrome browser freeze 10 times in one afternoon, you could take a look at the 1.4 GB of XML files of net neutrality comments that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) posted on Tuesday.<p>More than 1.1 million comments regarding net neutrality have been submitted …

Bitcoin price crashes linked to web search surges

<b>A spike in searches for Bitcoins can be a good predictor of an imminent crash in its value, suggests research.</b><p>The conclusion emerged from a study of the web activity and social media chatter surrounding the virtual currency by Swiss computer scientists.<p>Their analysis of who was taking part in this …

Cryptocurrency

Security firms help Cryptolocker malware victims get their files back

Remember Cryptolocker? It was a clever but terrible piece of malware that encrypted files on your PC, charging you a ransom to get them back. The leader of the gang behind to be behind the software is now awaiting trial, but that won't help around 500,000 people who still can't get at their prized …

Chinese government’s war on Apple escalates as it bans govt purchases

After a Chinese state-run TV channel last month described the iPhone as a “national security concern” (a claim Apple denied), Bloomberg reports that the Chinese government has stepped up its war on Apple by removing the company’s products from its procurement lists.<p>Ten Apple products — including …

Why everything is bad for Apple

Can you tell which of these paragraphs was written by veteran PC Magazine columnist John Dvorak and which by a robot?<p>“The House of Jobs was once a …

Propaganda instead of peer review

The recent letter published by The Lancet, “An open letter to the people of Gaza” is as much an insult to the integrity of this scientific journal as it is to Israeli doctors, scientists and academics. The letter, by Manduca et al on behalf of 24 signatories, denounces over and over the “aggression …

NFL Will Let Teams Use Microsoft Surface Tablets On The Sidelines During Games

In the first instance of tablets and mobile computing devices being used on the sidelines of NFL games, Microsoft Surface tablets will be used by coaches and players in the upcoming season as part of a reported $400 million multi-year deal between the NFL and Microsoft.<p>The Sideline Viewing System …

Obama woos African leaders to counter growing Chinese influence

Barack Obama is convening the largest ever gathering of African leaders in Washington on Monday – 50 have been invited – for a summit billed by the White House as "elevating our engagement" with a continent increasingly under China's influence.<p>But it's likely to prove a challenging few days for a …

Researcher Details USB-Based Attack That Circumvents All Known Protective Security Measures

Security research Karsten Nohl of Berlin's SR Labs has revealed a flaw in USB devices that potentially allows hackers to evade all known security measures used by a computer. In a report by <i>Wired</i>, Nohl says his BadUSB exploit is "almost like a magic trick" because "you cannot tell where the virus …

Only Enough for One: Experimental Ebola Serum Used on U.S. Patient

A dose of “experimental serum” arrived in Liberia to be tried on a U.S. charity worker struggling for her life — but there was only enough for one of the two infected workers, so Dr. Kent Brantly asked that it be used on his colleague, the group Samaritan’s Purse said Thursday.<p>Dr. Brantly, a doctor …

Smartphone Addiction Now Has A Clinical Name

According to data from the Pew Research Center, 90% of Americans have a cell phone, while a full 58% of them own smartphones.<p>More surprising, though, is the percentage of people who have developed a psychological attachment to their phones.<p>It's called "nomophobia" (short for no-mobile-phone …

Mental Health

Apple’s content delivery network is reportedly live and it’s huge

Earlier this year we heard that Apple(s appl) was starting to build its own content delivery network, instead of relying on third-party CDNs like …

Canvas fingerprinting is tracking you, and you don't even know what it is

Canvas fingerprinting?<p>Popular, heavily trafficked websites are increasingly turning to “canvas fingerprinting” in order to track your online movements. Canvas fingerprinting is extremely hard to block, hard to detect, and has become a unique identifier that logs your ‘Net history as you jump from …

FreedomPop starts selling tablets with free data and voice plans

FreedomPop’s freemium mobile voice and data services are available in mobile hotspots, home modems and smartphones, but until today there was one 4G …

Canada accuses China of hacking into National Research Council

Canada has accused China of hacking into government servers and attempting to steal information.<p>The National Research Council, which handles Canada's research and development efforts on behalf of its government, confirmed Tuesday that its IT infrastructure was hacked but said the intrusion was …

Chuck Palahniuk Is Dishing More Details On His Upcoming ‘Fight Club’ Sequel

Last year, author Chuck Palahniuk spilled the beans to a very excited crowd at New York’s Comic Con that he had a <i>Fight Club</i> sequel in the works. Unfortunately, he wasn’t referring to a new big screen adventure for Edward Norton, Brad Pitt and Helena Bonham Carter, as he meant that he’d be picking …

Apple and IBM announce 'landmark deal' to develop apps

Once bitter rivals, US tech giants Apple and IBM have now teamed up to develop business apps and sell iPhones and iPads to corporate customers<p>Apple and IBM have agreed a “landmark deal” that will see the technology giants work together to develop apps for iPhones and iPads.<p>Under the agreement, IBM …

Tim Cook

'Smart' luggage will text you when it gets lost

When an airline loses your luggage, it can take hours or even days to get someone to tell you where it ended up -- if it ever turns up at all. Wouldn't it be easier to hear from the luggage itself?<p>That's the promise of "smart luggage," in which GPS tracking chips are embedded in bags capable of …

Every Time You Shower, This Gadget Makes Energy From The Extra Heat

What if the heat could be recaptured to keep the shower hot? After working with a team on 4,700 different experiments and iterations, engineer David …

UC Berkeley

Iraqi rebel leader calls for 'holy war'

The leader of the so-called Islamic State has called on Muslims worldwide to take up arms and flock to the "caliphate" it had declared on captured Syrian and Iraqi soil.<p>Proclaiming a "new era" in which Muslims will ultimately triumph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi issued the call to jihad - holy war - in an …

Explore Minecraft-Created Westeros on a Virtual-Reality Treadmill

Scaling the wall isn't just for wildlings anymore.<p>The giant world of Westeros has already been created in <i>Minecraft</i>, but you can crank up the geek …