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WikiLeaks Reveals How the CIA Can Hack a Mac’s Hidden Code

If the CIA wants inside your Mac, it may not be enough that you so carefully avoided those infected email attachments or maliciously crafted web …

Malware

The Clever ‘DoubleAgent’ Attack Turns Antivirus Into Malware

Your antivirus software might come with some annoyances. It might slow your computer down, or pop up so many alerts that you can’t tell when …

Information Security

Apple’s Next Big Thing: Augmented Reality - Bloomberg

Tim Cook has talked up a lot of technologies since becoming Apple Inc.'s chief executive in 2011. Driverless cars. Artificial intelligence. Streaming …

Augmented Reality

Bro culture is poisoning Silicon Valley

In an hour-long talk today at SXSW, best-selling author Dan Lyons broke down bro culture in three parts: What is it? Why does it exist? How do we fix it?<p>Lyons, author of the New York Times bestseller <i>Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Startup Bubble</i>, delivered a compelling talk in on his experience …

Silicon Valley

Microsoft's first-ever desktop PC blows away the Mac

Computers are kind of boring, right?<p>Whether you're a Mac fan or a PC person, I can hand you any laptop in the world, you can log into your Facebook and Google accounts, and do probably 90% of what you need to do. It means that, for a lot of people, one computer is pretty much interchangeable with …

Microsoft

A Jacket Made From Electronic Thread Goes on Sale This Year

A Smarter Way To Dress<p>We have been trying to update our clothing for quite some time now. From clothing that can help us with our work out to …

Wearable Tech

Can you solve the chess problem which holds key to human consciousness?

It might look like a simple chess problem, but this puzzle could finally help scientists uncover what makes the human mind so unique, and why it may never be matched by a computer.<p>75 years after Bletchley Park sought codebreakers in the Second World War by placing a crossword in The Telegraph, …

Chess

How CIA Hackers Rate Your Computer's Antivirus

WikiLeaks documents have revealed the opinion of CIA hackers on popular antivirus software.

Cybersecurity

Covering Fashion Shows With a Functional iPhone Keyboard

<i>How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Vanessa Friedman, The Times’s fashion director and critic, discussed the tech she uses.</i><p><b>As a fashion critic, what’s your favorite tech product that helps you spot and keep track of fashion trends?</b><p>My iPhone 5, …

Fashion

How to Fail as a Web Developer

First thing’s first: Analyze and diagnose the problem. Unfortunately, this tends to be the hardest part.<p>There’s a great line in the TV drama <i>Mr. Robot</i> …

Programming

The Alienware Area-51 is a spaceship disguised as a gaming PC

This article is to be read to the tune of a heavy metal soundtrack. Because the Alienware Area-51 is heavy, metal, and just as outrageous as Iron Maiden at its finest.<p>Announced at the end of last summer, the Area-51 was an immediate sensation thanks to its unconventional, otherworldly shape. …

PC Gaming

Meet the Wunderkind Economist Behind LinkedIn

He's mining LinkedIn's treasure trove of data for juicy economic secrets.

LinkedIn

Microsoft hasn't turned a phone into a PC just yet

When Microsoft first revealed its plans to turn Windows phones into a PC it really felt like the future. Others, like Motorola and Asus, have tried and failed to market phones that attach to laptops and turn into a PC, and it seemed like Microsoft had a good grasp of what was required to make this …

Windows Mobile

What Facebook Owes to Journalism

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto about community, released last week on Facebook, wisely analyzed the state of journalism: He decried sensationalism, and declared that “a strong news industry is also critical to building an informed community.” Giving people a voice, he said, …

Journalism

How Kevin Durant Became Silicon Valley’s Hottest Start-up

SAN FRANCISCO — Until last summer, Kevin Durant was certainly famous, but maybe not famous enough.<p>Here was a perennial N.B.A. All-Star and former most valuable player who had been ranked No. 4 on GQ’s list of the most stylish players in N.B.A. history. He had a reported $300 million endorsement …

Silicon Valley

Reveries on The Future of VR

“The future is already here. It’s just not evenly distributed.” William Gibson<p>As <b>we enter Year 2 of the emergence of Virtual Reality as a consumer</b> …

Google Test Of AI's Killer Instinct Shows We Should Be Very Careful

If climate change, nuclear weapons or Donald Trump don’t kill us first, there’s always artificial intelligence just waiting in the wings. It’s been a …

Google coding champion whose Cameroon hometown is cut off from the internet

<b>The first African winner in Google's annual coding competition is 370km (230 miles) from home, sitting outside his cousins' house in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde, because the government has cut off his hometown from the internet.</b><p>As cocks crow in the background, 17-year-old Nji Collins Gbah …

Cameroon

Java, C, C++ face growing competition in popularity

When it comes to programming, Java, C, and C++ still rule the roost, according to this month's Tiobe index of language popularity. But all three have …

C++

Tech

These 12 websites from the 90s show how useless the early internet was

A website. Literally, a website dedicated to the letter ‘A’<p>It will revolutionize academia, they said. It will streamline the workplace, they said. …

Google is bringing virtual reality to its Chrome platform

Google is pretty cool when it comes to bringing new, interesting things to the masses. However, every now and then the company does something that is …

Should You Learn Python, C, or Ruby to Be a Top Coder? (Infographic)

See which coding language you should learn first.<p>Top coders have near limitless prospects when it comes to employment, or even opportunities to succeed in their own startups. In fact, learning to code is fast becoming a necessary life skill, with millions each year taking online and in-person …

Programming

D-Wave has its first customer for a $15 million quantum computer

The last time we reported on Canadian quantum computing company D-Wave, it'd extended a contract for its 500-qubit D-Wave Two machine. Now, the firm has announced a major step forward: commercial availability of the D-Wave 2000Q, which it says has 2,000 qubits and costs a whopping $15 million. More …

Quantum Computing

Google Voice relaunches w/ redesigned mobile & web apps, promise of ‘regular’ updates

After a false start earlier this month, the first major update to Google Voice in years has just been announced. Featuring a redesigned interface, new features, and the promise of continued updates, it will be rolling out to everyone in the coming weeks.<p>Google Voice has been redesigned around a new …

Google

Hackers Back Up US Climate Data So Trump Can’t Delete It

Ethics — the next frontier for artificial intelligence

AI’s next frontier requires ethics built through policy. Will Donald Trump deliver?<p>With one foot in its science fiction past and the other in the new frontier of science and tech innovations, AI occupies a unique place in our cultural imagination. Will we live into a future where machines are as …

Artificial Intelligence

All hail Virgin’s innovative, forward-thinking, collaborative initiative: No email

Richard Branson has built several billion-dollar businesses, launched spaceships, and set a world record as the first person to cross the Atlantic in a hot air balloon. But surely his latest project—banning his staff from the horrors of email—is his most brilliant move yet.<p>Roughly 200 employees at …

Richard Branson