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Drones capture dramatic views of Bangkok protests

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has tantalized shoppers with the prospect of package delivery by drones in a few years. But flying machines are already delivering dramatic protest footage in Thailand.<p>Anti-government protesters seeking the ouster of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra have clashed with …

Hackers Are Attacking Millions Of Computers And Demanding Ransom In Bitcoins

The National Crime Agency in the U.K. issued an alert last month saying that hackers have targeted "tens of millions" of computers.<p>CryptoLocker is a form of a virus called "ransomware," meaning hackers do something bad to your computer and then demand money to reverse what they've done. In this …

National Crime Agency

Google Wants To Make Your Passwords Obsolete

<i>Update to add comment from Google on U2F technology.</i><p>If there’s one thing that decades of computer use have taught security experts, it’s that most of us are really bad at creating good passwords. After the recent data breach involving Adobe’s customer accounts, security researcher Jeremi Gosney …

Scientists create malware that communicates using sound, no network required

Straight from camp "what could go wrong" scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication have developed a proof-of-concept malware that can communicate with other machines nearby, using just standard laptop speakers and microphones. Most importantly, the computers don't need to be on the …

Intel's Mashery Acquires Hackathon Platform Hacker League

Mashery, the API management company that was acquired by Intel earlier this year, has announced an acquisition of its own today. It has bought the assets of Hacker League, a firm that offers a platform used at hackathons from the likes of Evernote, Foursquare and The Next Web.<p>Hackathons, where …

Fuel My Run: Remember to Fuel-Up During Marathons

Whether you’re shopping for a fitness-tracker or in the early stages of training for a marathon, the issue of how much energy you burn in your day-to-day activities will likely rear its head at some point.<p>As a general rule, the more active you are, the more food and liquid you <i>should</i> consume. And …

Microsoft's 'Project Spark' beta arrives on Windows 8.1, lets you create an Xbox One game

Microsoft is launching a beta version of <i>Project Spark</i> today, its game-maker project for Windows 8.1, Xbox 360, and the new Xbox One console. <i>Project Spark</i> is essentially a tool to allow developers, enthusiasts, and gamers to build a game within a game. Players can build custom worlds, characters, …

What 2.1 Million Sales Means For PS4 Owners

Sony just released sales numbers for the PS4, and even the more excitable projections look conservative by comparison. The company has moved 2.1 million machines since launch, giving it the fastest selling console in history as well as a sizable lead over Microsoft's Xbox One.<p>So. what does that …

Sony Sells More Than 2.1 Million PlayStation 4s (Update: And Microsoft Says Xbox Has Sold Out)

Sony has sold more than 2.1 million units of its new gaming console, the PlayStation 4, Sony Computer Entertainment Group CEO Andrew House announced …

This ‘air modem’ could hack your PC or phone via sound waves — without any electronic connection

The one thing you’ve always been certain of is that a computer that’s not connected to a network, doesn’t munch data from any USB sticks, and doesn’t accept any kind of electronic connection requests is reasonably safe against hackers and crackers breaking into its electronic vaults.<p>Not so much, …

Intel Makes Another Acquisition: Hacker League, A Platform For Hackathons, Is Now A Part Of Mashery

Intel’s acquisition spree continues apace, with the latest being made to augment one of its other recent acquisitions. It is buying Hacker League, a popular platform for managing hackathons, which will be incorporated with the API management company Mashery (acquired April 2013). The terms of …

Xbox Can Hear You Curse and Will Scold You For It

Shouting profanities while slowly losing to an 11-year-old in Call of Duty is a rite of passage for gamers everywhere. But the symbiotic relationship …

UPS researching delivery drones that could compete with Amazon's Prime Air

Flying parcel-carriers are the next logical frontier for delivery companies<p>Amazon made headlines Sunday night when it announced it was working on small drones that could someday deliver customers packages in half an hour or less. But the e-commerce giant isn’t the only company researching how to …

Malware jumps 'air gap' between non-networked devices

Computer scientists have developed malware capable of establishing communications between devices that don't have active network connections. The discovery threatens the perceived protection of the "air gap" that separates standalone devices.<p>Using the built-in microphones and speakers found on PCs, …

iOS 7 Reaches 70% Penetration In North America

Has it really been less than three months since the roll out of iOS 7?<p>Well, however long it has been that has clearly been enough time for most users — since new data from online ad network Chitika reveals that iOS 7 is currently running on more than 70 percent of North American iOS devices.<p>“This …

North America

David Cameron seeks cyber-security talks with China

<b>British Prime Minister David Cameron says he is seeking "a proper dialogue" with China over cyber-security.</b><p>Speaking on the third day of his visit to the country, Mr Cameron said he had raised the issue in talks with Chinese prime minister Li Keqiang.<p>UK and US government sources have identified …

Cybersecurity

Why You Want to Be Tracked Online

Hate being followed by airfare offers after researching a trip, or video-game ads after browsing for a child’s gift? Tracking by online marketers can …

India will ask the US government for help in spying on its citizens

When you need help with a difficult problem, it’s always wise to turn to an expert. Maybe that’s why India’s home ministry is planning to ask the United States for assistance in decrypting communications over Skype, BlackBerry, WeChat, and other services.<p>The request is on the agenda for the US-Indo …

Stolen Facebook and Yahoo passwords dumped online

<b>More than two million stolen passwords used for sites such as Facebook, Google and Yahoo and other web services have been posted online.</b><p>The details had probably been uploaded by a criminal gang, security experts said.<p>It is suspected the data was taken from computers infected with malicious software …

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 …

With Steam Machines on the Horizon, Valve Makes Its Linux Love Official

Linux mascot Tux the penguin with a cake bearing the logo of Valve’s games store, Steam.“Gabe Newell is the Steve Jobs of the gaming industry.”That’s …

Gaming

The Xbox One Interface Is About To Get More Like Windows 8

The Xbox One interface is… let’s be charitable and say that it’s a work in progress. Either way, it’s not what you call “universally loved.” Microsoft’s solution? Windows 8!<p>Or, at least, incorporating elements of Windows 8 into the Xbox One interface. That’s the plan according to leaked internal …

New FCC chairman Tom Wheeler appears to have conflicting views on net neutrality

New Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler may have started his term off on a pro-consumer note, but his latest remarks could throw a wrench into that initial image. While taking questions at Ohio State University, Wheeler delivered a pair of seemingly opposing answers: he declared …

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 …

Facebook Aims To Weed Out Piracy By Analyzing Your Personal Data

Facebook has been granted a patent over the use of personal data -such as a user’s location, friends and interests – to identify potential piracy or other unauthorized content.<p>The patent, first unearthed by Torrentfreak, is titled ‘Using social signals to identify unauthorized content on a social …

Cloud Computing Guru Marc Benioff Offered To Fix Healthcare.gov For Free And The White House Said No

But they could have gotten a lot more help than that.<p>Salesforce.com founder and CEO Marc Benioff, known for his close ties to the Obama Administration, actually offered to fix the website at no charge, and run it for free for five years, Benioff told the Washington Post.<p>But the White House couldn't …

The White House

Microsoft labels US government a ‘persistent threat' in plan to cut off NSA spying

Microsoft is unveiling an aggressive plan today to combat government surveillance. Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, says the software giant shares the concerns of its own customers about government surveillance of the internet, and is planning to address them with improved encryption, legal …