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Hackers are using this nasty text-message trick to break into people's accounts

It requires a second level of proof of who you are — typically a code sent to your phone — before you can log in. This prevents anyone from gaining unauthorised access to your account, even if they manage to get hold of your password.<p>However, hackers and hijackers are managing to find ways around …

New iPhone 7 Plus Leaks, Rumors and Speculation: What We Know About Apple's New iPhone

I’m expecting Apple to push a lot of the media’s spotlight towards the iPhone 7 Plus when it launches in September. The iPhone 7 – although it will have solid specifications and represent an increase in capability over the iPhone – does not have enough new ‘gee-whizz’ technology packed inside to …

Mobile Technology

President Obama got rid of his BlackBerry

President Obama has had to use a BlackBerry since the moment he took office. However, he's finally moving on with less than a year left in his term. The Commander-in-Chief tells <i>Tonight Show</i> host Jimmy Fallon that he was given a new (and currently unnamed) smartphone this year to replace his …

BlackBerry

Apple’s App Store at the end of the app era

Like a fly frozen in amber, the App Store’s fundamental deal has remained unmoving since its inception.<p>As an enormous ecosystem swelled around it, crystalline structures of new rules and avenues of customer interaction have also grown — but not nearly fast enough for most developers. Especially the …

Here's what Google's augmented reality platform 'Tango' looks like

It'll be the first smartphone to support Google's augmented reality platform, called Tango.<p>Tango essentially looks like virtual reality, but without the headset. You look through the Phab 2 Pro's camera to see the world around you, then it uses Tango to "augment" that reality with digital objects …

Possible Leaked Images Of The New Xbox One Look Pretty Good

If NeoGaf is to be believed, we’ve got our first looks at the Xbox One slim. Microsoft isn’t expected announce the redsign of its console until tomorrow morning, but early reports suggest the new machine will be 40% smaller with a 2TB hard drive, a “streamlined controller” and a reduced price. …

We just got another example of the frenzy that's sweeping the tech industry

Blue Coat CEO Greg Clark will become chief executive of Symantec and join the Symantec Board once the deal has closed.<p>Business Insider previously reported that Blue Coat was close to filing for an IPO. The company had been running a so-called dual track process, running a sales process while …

Apple is about to reveal how serious it is about competing with Amazon and Google on AI

Is Siri just catching up, or does Apple have a leapfrog move?<p>Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off Monday, June 13, in San Francisco with one of the company’s signature product keynotes. (Join <b>Recode</b> for live WWDC coverage, beginning at 10 am PT, 1 pm ET.)<p>Many expect Apple to …

How to back up your iPad using iCloud or iTunes

Backing up your iPad is the most important habit you should try to keep with regard to routine maintenance of your device. It’s the first step in your line of defense before ever attempting any trouble-shooting measures. Furthermore, it is a prudent operation you should take prior to updating to a …

Quake Champions, a new Prey and Fallout 4 VR: Everything Bethesda announced at E3 2016

At Bethesda's E3 2016 showcase, we heard about a new Quake, a new Prey, VR support coming to Fallout 4 and the first long look at Dishonored 2.<p>"Yes, Quake is back."<p>With these words, Bethesda kicked off its E3 2016 showcase with a trailer for a new Quake game, Quake Champions.<p><b>Quake Champions:</b> A …

Is Siri coming to the Mac? Here's your final clue

If you need any more evidence Siri is coming to the desktop, here’s your final clue: she’s talking about a ‘Finder’ folder.<p>Via Medium, developer Brian Roemmele notes some interesting feedback from Siri when asked to open an app in the ‘window.’ Limited to iOS, Siri should really have no clue what a …

New Fallout Pip-Boy replica is a $350 ‘smartwatch' for phone calls and text messages

Remember last E3, how Bethesda announced a real-life Pip-Boy? And remember how it was essentially a crummy smartphone shell? Well, this E3 Bethesda has revealed a new Pip-Boy and this one looks maybe — just maybe — like it’s the Pip-Boy <i>Fallout</i> fans wanted all along.<p>Unlike the old version, the …

What If The Drivers Owned Uber, An NYU Professor Asks

Arun Sundararajan, a professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business, has been thinking a lot about the impact of Uber, Airbnb and other companies that are defining “the sharing economy.” In a new book, Sundarajan caps off 220 pages of careful analysis with a provocative final chapter …

Sharing Economy

Apple readies AI pitch to cap developer season

SAN FRANCISCO — Like a dressed-down awards season, Apple's WWDC conference concludes a three-month developer season. But will it end with a bang, as the Academy Awards do for the film industry?<p>It began with Microsoft's Build in March and continued with Facebook's F8 show in April and Google I/O in …

Facebook will delete your backed-up photos if you don’t install Moments app

Facebook will delete all the photos users have synced from the main Facebook app if they do not install its dedicated photo-sharing app Moments before 7 July.<p>The social network began notifying users that it would soon delete all their synced photos if they did not install the app, which was …

Apps

International version of Galaxy A9 Pro gets Bluetooth cert

Back in March Samsung released the Pro version of its Galaxy A9 (2016) in China. It features a 6-inch Full HD (1920X1080) Super AMOLED display with a 1.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 652 SoC, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage. It also has a 16 megapixel rear camera and 8 megapixel front camera …

India is building a monsoon-predicting supercomputer

In India, monsoons are big business. If the country has a healthy rainy season, its agricultural industry thrives and helps account for a fifth of the total value of its goods and services. It's vitally important for meteorologists to predict when those rains will come, so instead of utilizing …

India

Britain's internet minister insists that she isn’t trying to clamp down on people’s freedoms

Shields, who wants to try and protect people, particularly children, from online pedophiles and terrorist groups, said regulation is "never the right solution."<p>The former managing director at Google and Facebook gave a talk at the Brilliant Minds conference in Stockholm last Friday, where she …

The price of bitcoin is skyrocketing ahead of the 'halvening'

The digital currency has gone on a wild streak over the weekend, peaking above $700 on Monday, and is currently hovering around that point — $700.58 as of writing.<p>(All figures come via bitcoin news site CoinDesk's price analysis tool.)<p>In the space of a month, bitcoin's value has jumped by more than …

How much extra would a US-made iPhone cost? MIT has done the sums …

With two Presidential candidates saying that Apple should be making more of its products in the USA, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has done the sums to see just how practical it would be for Apple to manufacture iPhones in its home market.<p>The question, of course, isn’t a simple one: you …

Hive adds smart lightbulbs to its connected home lineup

British Gas' connected home brand Hive expanded beyond smart thermostats to plugs and motion sensors earlier this year. As was always the plan, the product range has grown a little bigger today with the launch of Hive Active Lights. These smart bulbs are controlled via the existing Hive app for …

Smart Homes

AR startup Meta raises $50M at around $300M valuation, eyes up China

The market for augmented and virtual reality technology continues to heat up, and now one of the more promising startups making both AR hardware and software has raised a $50 million round to keep up the pace.<p>Meta, which makes an AR headset/glasses of the same name, as well as software to run on …

Where to watch the live stream for today’s Apple WWDC keynote

Apple is holding a keynote ahead of its annual WWDC developer conference today at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, and the company is planning once again to live stream the event. At 10 AM PT (1 PM in New York, 6 PM in London, 7 PM in Paris), you’ll be able to watch the event on all Apple …

This 9-year-old girl is the youngest developer at WWDC 2016

Among the thousands of developers attending Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Anvitha Vijay holds the distinction of being the …

WWDC

Popular Science takes us on a tour of Apple’s Spaceship Campus construction [Video]

We’re following construction progress of Apple’s Campus 2 via a series of drone videos and renders, but <i>Popular Science</i> got invited in for a closer look at some of the unique features of the building.<p>The piece starts out with some stats, among them that there are around 3,000 sheets of glass, the …

Samsung partners with EA to show off its curved gaming monitors at E3

Gaming is an unusual hardware category for Samsung, in that the Korean company doesn’t dominate it. If you were to ask me for hot tips on the best gaming monitor, I’d consult my Asus, Dell, and even Acer catalogs before thinking about Samsung. That’s the perception Samsung is hoping to correct with …

Gear & Gadgets

Concept Imagines What a 'Deep Blue' or 'Dark Blue' iPhone 7 Could Look Like

Following rumors that Apple is prepping a "Deep Blue" or "Dark Blue" color option to replace the Space Gray color for the upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, designer Martin Hajek has created some renderings imagining what such handsets might look like.<p>Hajek's renderings reflect myriad rumors …

What exactly is modularity and is the Moto Z really modular?

With the arrival of the Moto Z the discussion about modularity has fired up again. But there’s a side of the question that goes beyond the simple extrapolation that Moto Mods are <i>modules</i>. What exactly is modularity and are the LG G5 or Moto Z truly modular phones like the Project Ara phone? Or are …

Facebook accidentally declares state of war in the Philippines

The social network apologised for its flag-based blunder, but not before a slow hand clap had echoed around the country.<p>How easy is it to declare a state of war? It really depends on the country, but in the Philippines it's as easy as inverting the colors on the nation's flag.<p>Facebook learned this …

Verizon and AT&T Are Reportedly Through to the Final Round of Yahoo Bidding

U.S. telecommunications rivals Verizon Communications and AT&T are set to go through to the third and final round of bidding in the auction for …