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Can Wi-Fi let you see people through walls?

It isn't exactly Superman-like X-ray vision, but cheap, low-power Wi-Fi technology is gaining more attention as a remote sensing tool.<p>Do you really wish you had X-ray vision? Sure, it would be fun to see what your neighbors are doing behind those walls -- until you see something you wish you hadn't.<p>…

Wi-Fi

How Sony entrusted the design of the PlayStation 4 to an American consultant

In the creation of the PlayStation 4, Sony took the unprecedented step of entrusting its crown jewel to a game developer who is a consultant, not a full-time employee of the company.<p>Mark Cerny is a seasoned developer with decades of experience producing blockbuster Sony games such as the Crash …

iOS 7 Is Designed To Be Easy To Understand But Hard To Copy

Jony Ive explained in the video that introduced iOS 7 at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference that the new design was both familiar to existing users and yet a totally new experience of the iPhone. There has been criticism of both the familiarity (nothing really new here) and the ad hoc nature …

Scientists Confirm Three Potentially Habitable Planets Around A Nearby Star

<i>Astronomers from the European Space Observatory have confirmed that there are three potentially habitable worlds around the red dwarf Gliese 667C.</i><p>Scientists at the European Southern Observatory announced today that they’ve confirmed the existence of three planets existing in the habitable zone of …

Instagram Suffers Weird, Fruit-Based Flood of Spam

Strange things are afoot on Instagram.<p>The service seems to be suffering from a spam attack, spreading in the form of — get this — pictures of …

IE11 Gives Microsoft A Shot At Browser Redemption

Internet Explorer is a hard product to love. It was so bad for so long and Microsoft abused its position of having the dominant browser for so many years that even today, with a few solid releases under its belt, IE still feels like the browser you should hate. But with IE11, which just launched …

How Virtual Reality Can Curb Your Social Anxiety

Here’s how it works. Using a Microsoft Kinect or Asus Xtion Pro Live camera, Xenodu’s software extracts patients from their background and inserts …

NSA Spied on European Union Offices

America's NSA intelligence service allegedly targeted the European Union with its spying activities. According to SPIEGEL information, the US placed …

How to get the Windows 8.1 preview

Microsoft has released a preview version of Windows 8.1 for users to test and provide feedback. Here's how you can get it right now.<p>If you've been screaming from the rooftops for Microsoft to return the Start button to Windows, you're going to be happy. On Wednesday, Microsoft unveiled Windows 8.1 …

Microsoft Windows

Smartphone market share consolidates at top, study shows

Apple and Samsung continue to dominate smartphone makers, while Google's Android and iOS remain the top platform, according to ComScore, with the rest of the leaderboard ceding share to them.<p>The smartphone market leaders are more entrenched, and that's bad news for the underlings, based on a new …

Mobile

You Have No Control Over Security on the Feudal Internet

Facebook regularly abuses the privacy of its users. Google has stopped supporting its popular RSS feeder. Apple prohibits all iPhone apps that are political or sexual. Microsoft might be cooperating with some governments to spy on Skype calls, but we don’t know which ones. Both Twitter and LinkedIn …

PRISM Whistleblower Snowden: 'The US Government Can't Cover This Up'

The NSA whistleblower that kicked off the PRISM scandal last week has taken part in a live Q&A on the Guardian website, revealing further details about the extent of the US authorities surveillance activities.<p>In the Q&A on Monday, Edward Snowden, responded to questions put to him on the Guardian …

Microsoft Defends $499 Xbox One Console Price

Microsoft’s console business is on the backfoot, despite unveiling new hardware that will power the Xbox line for years, and an updated Kinect sensor that will greatly sharpen its accuracy. However, issues regarding used games, required Internet connectivity, market locks, and the price of the …

President Obama: If you are a US citizen the NSA can't listen to your calls, or target your emails

Broadcasting later tonight is a long interview between President Obama, and Charlie Rose. Topics discussed include recently reported NSA programs that target some Internet data, and cellular records.<p>Buzzfeed obtained a partial transcript, which I’ve excerpted to drill down onto the key questions …

Obama Says Americans Not Getting 'Complete Story' on PRISM

Amid the furore over the PRISM data-leaking saga in the US, President Barack Obama has insisted that Americans aren’t getting “the complete story” on the program – which reportedly enables the US government to tap directly into the central servers of US-based Internet companies.<p>Obama told Charlie …

Huawei Ascend P6, The World's Slimmest Android Smartphone

Huawei launched the Ascend P6 today, the world’s slimmest Android smartphone with some robust mid-to-high end specs.<p>The handset was unveiled at Huawei’s ‘Beauty’ event in London, just days before Samsung debuts a number of new Galaxy and ATIV devices at its dedicated ‘Premiere 2013’ event in the …

Hands-on with the Huawei Ascend P6, the world's thinnest smartphone

Huawei unveiled the Ascend P6 today, officially the world’s slimmest smartphone at just 6.18mm thick and running the very latest version of Android, Google’s popular mobile operating system.<p>It’s an elegant design, with a 4.7-inch HD display and a polished, metallic body. Under the hood is a 1.5GHz …

Google Invokes First Amendment As It Seeks to Disclose FISA Orders

Google has filed a petition with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court citing its first amendment rights as it asks for permission to disclose controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requests.<p>The company revealed in a Google+ post that it is seeking to separate out federal …

The Latest on the NSA Surveillance Scandal

The NSA surveillance controversy continues this week, and TNW would be remiss to keep you out of the loop. However, instead of shipping a number of short posts on the most recent news, what follows is a short compendium of what you need to know. For full coverage of PRISM, and the phone records …

Some developers already seeing more active users running iOS 7 than are still on iOS 5

Yesterday, Tapbots‘ Paul Haddad shared on Twitter that there were already more Tweetbot users on iOS 7 than still on iOS 5.<p>We confirmed the tweet’s contents with Haddad, then went on to poll a few more developers who corroborated the findings both on and off the record. The statistics here are …

NSA Chief Says Data Collection Program Stopped 10 US Terrorist Plots

When pressed by the House Intelligence Committee today, National Security Agency head General Keith Alexander revealed that surveillance programs that have recently come to light helped stop over 10 domestic terrorist plots and more than 50 worldwide since 9/11.<p>The Guardian’s liveblog of the …

Google and Bing have a little disagreement about the Xbox One

If you ask Bing about the coming Xbox One console, it has a pretty simple take. Google’s is a bit more complex. What’s interesting, or fun, is that they are diametrically opposed.<p>Fresh screenshots that I took myself between 4:55 and 5:03 PST today:<p>And Google:<p>Well then.<p>Intrigue? Horror? Naw. Check …

Huawei “Open-Minded” but Has No Plans to Buy Nokia

Huawei exec Richard Yu raised some eyebrows (and Nokia’s stock price) Tuesday with his musings about a possible acquisition of Nokia if the Finnish …

Mobile Technology

Google Alternative DuckDuckGo Hit Nearly 3.1M Queries Yesterday

Just over a week after passing a record 2 million searches in a single day, DuckDuckGo has announced a new milestone: the company processed 3,095,907 searches yesterday. DuckDuckGo made it clear that this stat does not include yesterday’s 18.9 million searches via its API and approximately half a …

Microsoft's Xbox Facebook page Turns into Epic ASCII Art Flame War

Microsoft’s efforts to promote the Xbox One on Facebook have devolved into an old-fashioned ASCII art flame war.<p>Xbox One and PlayStation 4 faced off last week at E3, and by most accounts, the Xbox took a bruising. Massively unpopular policies regarding used games and persistent Internet connections …

Chinese Supercomputer Is Now The World's Fastest - By A Lot

Every six months, the Top500 organization reveals its list of the world’s fastest supercomputers. And for the past few lists, there’s been a lot of movement. In June 2011, it was Japan’s “K” supercomputer. In June 2012, it was IBM‘s Sequoia. In November 2012, Cray took the lead with its Titan …

Worried about the Mass Surveillance? How to Practice Safer Communication — ProPublica

<b>Update:</b> A warning: Since this article was posted, we reported on the NSA's abilities to break encryption, as well as their secret efforts to weaken …

Privacy

The creepier web tracking technology that will replace cookies

It may raise hackles to think that U.S. intelligence officials might be monitoring your telephone and Internet communications, but for most of us it's only the marketers who are really interested in our everyday online activities. And with many billions of dollars at stake, companies are …

The first 3D-printed battery is as tiny as a grain of sand

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: Harvard<p>Imagine a computer so small it could slip through the human bloodstream. At just a millimeter in width, a new …

Facebook Suffers Site-Wide Downtime for Some

Facebook underwent a period of downtime at approximately 6 pm PT on Tuesday evening, according to multiple reports from users across Twitter.<p>Several …

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