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Can drones help tackle Africa's wildlife poaching crisis?

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New technique could boost internet speeds tenfold

Researchers at Aalborg University, MIT and Caltech have developed a new mathematically-based technique that can boost internet data speeds by up to …

The Fastest Way To Crack A 4-Digit PIN Number [Infographic]

Good ol' 1234 accounts for about 10 percent of passwords. That's more than the bottom 4,200 combinations put together.<p>We know people default to bad passwords, whether for their computers or banking PINs. But, we have to stress this here, people are <i>really</i> bad at picking passwords. This infographic …

Meet Google's Security Princess

As Google's top hacker, Parisa Tabriz thinks like a criminal—and manages the brilliant, wonky guys on her team with the courage and calm of a hostage negotiator.<p>"Security Princess" is Parisa Tabriz's official title at Google. Seriously. And yes, you can google that. "'Information Security Engineer' …

The buried Mac setting that can save your inkjet's color ink

It feels like my Canon Pixma inkjet is perpetually low on ink -- color ink, in particular. One of the three color ink tanks seems to be always low or out of ink.<p>I often print a document in color when I don't need to because the grayscale option is buried in Preview's print window. If it were on the …

Bonnaroo festival used iBeacons to collect valuable data about concertgoers

While iPhone users have enjoyed new location-based experiences thanks to early implementations of Apple’s iBeacon technology, companies deploying the bluetooth beacons are also collecting some valuable data on users. We reported previously how some are experiencing huge jumps in app usage and ad …

4,000 IBM Workers In Vermont Are Anxiously Waiting For IBM's Earnings Report On Thursday

They are wondering if they will hear news that IBM has sold its chip manufacturing facilities located there.<p>IBM's chip-making business could be losing as much as $1.5 billion a year, sources told Bloomberg. The Wall Street Journal reported back in April that IBM was contemplating getting out of the …

TED co-founder launches an observatory for the largest cities on Earth

TED co-founder Richard Saul Wurman’s Urban Observatory is now a virtual reality.<p>The Urban Observatory is a multi-media interactive exhibit culled from big data that is displayed on screens to let viewers compare and contrast data from the world’s largest cities. Fifty-five of the world’s largest …

The US government wants to create an experimental city for testing wireless tech

Like Rapture, but for spectrum sharing<p>The US government has for years been trying to encourage "spectrum sharing" as a way of getting more and faster wireless connections around the country. The idea is to convince the organizations that own rights to transmit data over specific airwaves — such as …

Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney reportedly being considered as Apple’s next PR chief (Updated 2x)

A new report from Re/code today suggests that Apple is currently considering hiring Jay Carney as its new head of PR. Carney worked as White House Press Secretary from February 2011 until June of this year. Prior to joining the White House staff, he worked as Miami Bureau Chief for <i>Time</i> Magazine and …

Apple reportedly toying with idea of fuel cells in electronics

Battery life is a concern for anyone with a gadget, and as much as we want longer life — it’s just not happening on a hardware level. Companies like …

The Eric Schmidt email confirming Google’s one-hour window to counter Facebook job offers

More fascinating emails continue to trickle out of the Google/Apple/Intel/Adobe wage-conspiracy case in California. In one exchange revealed last week, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt confirmed—in a huff—an extreme measure aimed at preventing Facebook from stealing his company’s …

Ducking Rubber Bands and Double Takes as the First Female Hire at a Tech Startup

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Most days, I don’t feel particularly special -- well not due to my gender, at least. Most days, I try to hit "in-box zero" state but fall further behind on my to-do list and do my best to grow my company. Most days, I enjoy my co-workers …

Comcast Just Spent Millions To Connect Everything In Your Home To The Internet

Launched in 2008 as a spinoff from Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), PowerCloud Systems specializes in WiFi management systems control. Its enterprise product CloudCommand VC allows companies to manage and control their Internet connections, while its consumer product Skydog does the same …

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Apple Fires Back Against Chinese Media’s Security Warnings Over iOS Location Tracking

- Jul 14, 2014<p>Last week, the state-run Chinese media labeled the iPhone’s Location Services feature found in iOS 7 a “national security concern,” …

Google's augmented reality turf war, 'Ingress,' arrives on iOS

Google's Niantic Labs grew the potential audience for <i>Ingress</i> in a big way late last year, when it put out the finished Android version of its augmented reality game. Today, the studio is taking the next (if fairly obvious) step toward grabbing more players: it's releasing the long-promised iOS …

REPORT: Apple Has A Secret Partnership To Make Battery Life A Lot Better

Apple is rumored to be working with Intelligent Energy, a fuel-cell firm that could enable Apple's devices to last "days or even weeks," according to a Daily Mail report.<p>Consumer technology is a major facet of Intelligent Energy's business. "Our technology can be sized to suit your requirements and …

MIT researchers use drones as photography lights

Rim lighting is a technique used to illuminate the side of a subject, with the light source usually positioned behind or next to the subject.<p>Also known as backlighting, the technique requires the photographer to position the lights and the subject precisely in order to achieve the desired effect.<p>If …

Google tried to stop Facebook from poaching employees

As Google, Apple, Intel, and Adobe wait for approval of their settlement offer in the wage-fixing lawsuit, new details have been released.<p>US District Judge Lucy Koh posted documents on Friday that contain emails between Google executives talking about their concern of Facebook hiring its employees, …

Secret nabs $25M in funding, opens up collections of secrets to the web

Anonymous sharing app Secret has raised $25 million in Series B funding, the company announced Monday, bringing its total haul just shy of $35 …

Google's Board Of Directors Wanted The Founders To Personally Try To Poach Facebook Employees

The case — which accuses Google, Apple, Intel, and Adobe of conspiring not to recruit each other's talent — had previously released emails showing Google execs started getting concerned about Facebook recruiting its employees around 2007.<p>The latest emails, sent in 2010, suggest Google board of …

Apple Facing Production Issues with iPhone 6 as 5.5-Inch Version May Be Delayed Until 2015

The launch of Apple's 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may be delayed into 2015 as Apple's production issues with the smaller 4.7-inch version will likely carry over into the larger model, according to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.<p>Production bottlenecks on 4.7-inch iPhone 6 center on the …

Apple is building a new iBeacon-powered device, FCC filing reveals

Heads up, iBeacon developers: Apple is gearing up to launch a new product that will utilize its location-aware iBeacon technology, according to a filing with the Federal Communications Commission — discovered by TUAW.<p>Apple’s iBeacon technology has recently made waves in the retail industry. The …