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Social media is a rapidly growing frontier of violence against women and girls

LONDON — Crimes which involve use of the internet, social media and other forms of technology to "humiliate, control and threaten" women are on the …

Cozmo Is an Artificially Intelligent Toy Truck That’s Also the Future of Robotics

Author: Cade Metz. Cade Metz Business<p>Date of Publication: 07.13.16.<p>Time of Publication: 7:00 am. 7:00 am<p>Hanns Tappeiner types a few lines of code …

Pebble's first non-watch is basically a next-gen iPod Shuffle

One of Pebble's big goals for 2016 was to focus its efforts on health and fitness. It updated its Health app to provide more-meaningful stats, and just today, it announced two new smartwatches with built-in heart rate monitors.<p>But that wasn't quite enough. The company also wanted to make something …

New DIY wearable teaches kids to code and be active

The Mover Kit aims to combine the fun of wearable tech for kids with important programming tools that'll help them later in life. It also has rainbow lights that you can program to flicker whenever you moonwalk. If either of those things sound palatable to you, there's a Kickstarter out there with …

Google is helping developers make more accessible apps

Designing apps is hard, especially when you're trying to cram a new feature into an already crowded interface. Even the most popular apps can become cluttered, making them difficult to use for people with poor eyesight or hand-eye coordination. To help, Google has developed an Android app called …

Take a 360-degree video tour of Google's Oregon data center

Google's latest 360-degree video provides a virtual tour of its data center in The Dalles, Oregon. We've seen glimpses of Google's server farms before, through Street View and other high-res photography, but this new upload offers a better sense of immersion. It's also presented by Sandeep, one of …

Toyota's wearable for the blind sees the world through cameras

Scientists are slowly making headway in the treatment of visual impairments, but in the meantime, technology promises to help the blind and partially sighted gain greater independence. Joining the ranks of Microsoft and many others, Toyota has revealed that it, too, is working on a device to give …

Email inventor Ray Tomlinson dies

It's a sad day for the Internet: Ray Tomlinson, widely credited with inventing email as we know it, has died from a suspected heart attack at 74. In 1971, he established the first networked email system on ARPANET (the internet's ancestor), using the familiar user@host format that's still in use …

First known Mac ransomware reaches the wild

While ransomware has sadly been a reality on smartphones and Windows PCs for a while, you haven't really had to worry about it on a Mac... until now, that is. Palo Alto Networks claims to have discovered the first known instance of OS X-oriented ransomware in the wild, "KeRanger." If you install …

Think different again, as Apple updates the slogan's trademark

Apple hasn’t done much with its “Think different” slogan in the past decade. In fact, the last time the phrase was used by Apple was in 2002, and its …

Is this the future of work? Scientists predict which jobs will still be open to humans in 2035

Australian science agency CSIRO says workplaces will be increasingly digitally focused and automated. Who wants to be an ‘online chaperone’?<p>Workers looking for jobs in 2035 might consider retraining as remote-controlled vehicle operators or online chaperones.<p>Those are two of the jobs of the future …

ZTE's Android projector/tablet combo is crazy like a fox

Even more intriguing than new mid-range phones is ZTE's Spro Plus, which might just be the craziest projector design I've seen yet. The company basically managed to fit an 8.4-inch Android tablet right on top of a projector. And while that may sound a tad useless, it's actually a convenient way to …

MakerBot learns that 3D printing and copyright don't quite mix

Trying to stop unauthorized 3D printing is like plugging a hole in a dam with your finger -- once the template for an object leaks out, it's virtually impossible to stop the flood of bootleg prints. And MakerBot is learning this the hard way. The company is asking makers to protect their copyrights …

Bluetooth is getting big range and speed boosts in 2016

If you're like me, you employ multiple Bluetooth devices on a daily basis. From headphones to speakers and household gadgets, the wireless connectivity drives many of our tech habits. Thanks to the Bluetooth SIG, the company that oversees the wireless technology, the connectivity that we use on the …

Malware turns hundreds of security cameras into a botnet

Closed-circuit security cameras are supposed to make you safer, but some malware is turning them into weapons. Researchers at Incapsula have discovered code that turned about 900 Linux-based CCTV cameras into a botnet, which promptly bombarded an unnamed "large cloud service" that serves millions …

Hospital makerspace lets nurses build their own tools

Makerspaces are great for bringing your gadget ideas to life, but they're not usually much help to nurses who may want to invent (or improvise) tools needed to take care of their patients. That's where the University of Texas' new, permanent MakerHealth Space might just save the day. Nurses and …

The agonizingly slow decline of Adobe Flash Player

<i>By Jared Newman</i><p>This story on Adobe Flash was supposed to turn out a bit differently.<p>The idea was to talk with some of the biggest websites still using Adobe's browser plugin, which has fallen out of favor within tech circles for its constant security issues and thirst for system resources. Maybe …

MIT figured out how to 3D print using glass instead of plastic

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology unveiled a new 3D printing method on Friday that employs transparent glass as precursor instead of plastic. The method, called G3DP, works basically the same way that conventional 3D printing does though the team found that they could …

Google uses AI to rid your Gmail inbox of more spam

Spam is always annoying, but it can occasionally be disastrous. Google has now deployed its artificial neural network to stop more of it from arriving in your Gmail inbox, something it hinted at earlier. It's designed to "detect and block the especially sneaky spam -- the kind that could actually …

New Zealand makes cyberbullying a crime

New Zealand has passed a law that criminalizes one of the least desirable facets of the internet: cyberbullying. The legislation effectively prohibits sending messages to people that are racist, sexist, critical of their religion, sexuality or disability. The rest for determining harm will be if …

How to Troubleshoot Apps Overusing Energy in OS X

Even though most developers work their hardest to ensure that the programs you download onto your Mac run smoothly, sometimes, things go wrong. One issue that may arise is an app using an exorbitant amount of energy or memory, causing your Mac to overheat or suffer severe battery drain.<p>Sometimes, …

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How email became the most reviled communication experience ever

<i>By John Pavlus</i><p>It wasn't until I heard that a colleague had nuked his personal email account—on purpose, for good—that it hit me: <i>Email is the most reviled personal technology ever.</i> Mat Honan, the San Francisco bureau chief at <i>BuzzFeed</i>, was so fed up with email that he did the 21st-century equivalent …

iOS flaw tricks you into giving up your iCloud password (updated)

Successful hack attacks often happen not because of tricky coding, but plain old "social engineering" -- ie, conning people. A Github researcher called "jansoucek" has discovered an iOS exploit that works on that principal to steal people's iCloud passwords. The latest version of iOS, 8.3, …

Internet pictures can hide code that leaves you open to hacks (update: criticism)

You might want to be more cautious the next time you click on an internet image link sent by a stranger -- much like the pirate cat photo you see above, that adorable picture could be hiding something sinister. Security researcher Saumil Shah has developed a security exploit that uses steganography …

Popular Chrome extension Hola sold users' bandwidth for botnets

Hola, one of the most popular online services for viewing blocked videos and TV shows from other countries, has turned its users into a botnet without their knowledge. The software, which is available as plugin for the Chrome browser on desktop and mobile devices, had previously been praised for …

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Google finds that security questions aren't really secure

If you've ever thought that "what was your first pet's name?" is a lousy way to keep intruders from resetting your password, you now have some evidence to back up your suspicions. Google has published research showing that security questions aren't that secure at all. In many cases, your answers …

Google to create 'universal access for people with disabilities'

One billion people worldwide live with a physical or developmental disability. And for those in developing nations, many of these disabilities dictate a life of social and economic marginalization. But Google's doing something about it. The company announced Tuesday that it is funding a $20 million …