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Phonvert has a plan to convert old smartphones into IoT nodes

As humanity creates more and more smartphones each year there is an unintended glut of still capable yet less desirable one-year-old or two-year-old smartphones that take the backseat to new models. While many of these retired smartphones still work and have usable sensors like cameras, …

This 10-minute video shows you how to land a plane in an emergency

If you’ve ever imagined a scenario where you’re safely piloting a plane to a runway after something catastrophic happens, this video is for you. If you, like me, would be spending your last few moments curled up in fetal position, not as much.<p>Tim Morgan, a commercial pilot, created a 10 minute …

Why you should be extra nice to your tech team next Tuesday

Many people that work for the IT departments of businesses say they don't feel very appreciated by their employers or coworkers, and that their colleagues don't fully understand what they do and how hard they work.<p>So a company called SolarWinds that runs a social network for IT Pros is trying to …

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Flipboard Confirms New $50M Funding Round From JP Morgan

Flipboard has confirmed to us that it has raised $50 million, two days after we first reported that the company had authorized the shares earlier this year. JP Morgan was the sole investor, the company says. “We raised this round with JP Morgan, one of the best institutional investors in the world. …

Estonia recruits volunteer army of 'cyber warriors'

General Jonathan Shaw, head of Britain's Defence Cyber Security Programme from 2011 until 2012, says UK should follow Estonia's example<p><b>Estonia</b> has recruited a "ponytail army" of volunteer computer experts who stand ready to defend the nation against cyber attack.<p>The country's reserve force, the …

Google Fiber Confirmed for 4 New Cities Later this Year

Just a few days ago we reported on rumors that Google Fiber would be coming to Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham this year. Turns out the rumors were right, but those aren’t the only cities involved.<p>The gigabit internet service is now coming to Atlanta, GA and Nashville, TN in addition to the …

Hot deals ending soon featuring the HyperDrive MacBook Storage Expander [Deals]

If your MacBook is running low on storage and you need to give it a boost, then you don’t want to miss out on getting the ingenious HyperDrive MacBook storage expander. It turns an average MicroSD card into a part of your MacBook’s memory and does so at a low price point.<p>Deals like this one are …

U.S. seeks China's help against North Korean cyberattacks

The United States has asked China for help battling North Korean hacking of American information systems, such as the Sony Pictures incident, a senior administration official told CNN on Saturday.<p>"We have discussed this issue with the Chinese to share information, express our concerns about this …

Apple sends invites to Oct. 16 event, saying 'it's been way too long'

It's iPad time.<p>Apple on Wednesday sent out invitations to an October 16 press event on its campus in Cupertino, Calif. It's widely expected to unveil new iPad tablets and Mac computers, as well as talk about its new Mac operating system software.<p>The event comes about a month after Apple showed off …

Here's what you can earn at the 20 top tech companies

While there’s debate over whether there’s a shortage of qualified tech workers, there’s one thing no one argues about: Tech companies pay their employees well.<p>We’ve heard of senior engineers getting a base salary of $160,000, with stock options and other benefits on top. Some interns are earning …

Apple Again Dominating Shipping Capacity Out of China Ahead of iPhone 6 Launch

As Apple prepares to unveil the iPhone 6 and its much-rumored iWatch at its September 9 event, <i>TechCrunch</i> reports that the Cupertino company has once again booked a high amount of shipping space out of China. The company's shipping volume is reportedly so high that it's begun displacing competitors' …

IBM wants to kill the hard drive it invented

Saving files to memory is something that's supposed to be mostly invisible for the end user. We don't need to think about it; it just has to work. But whether it's a solid-state or hard disk drive, conventional storage solutions have their limitations -- namely, speed, rewritability and durability. …

Dropbox slashes pricing and boosts storage as competition intensifies

1 terabyte for $9.99 a month<p>Almost from the day it launched, Dropbox has been arguably the best storage and file syncing service on the market — and it's also been among the most expensive. Founder Drew Houston has often said that Dropbox customers aren't focused on the price, so long as they get a …

World-record 43 Tbps data transfer speed set by Danish researchers

Using a new type of optical fiber, researchers at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) have transmitted data over a single optical fiber at a …

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You Can Now Play Cards Against Humanity Online

So long, Ever Going Outside Again.

Decal makers enjoyed massive sales spike following Apple’s ‘Stickers’ ad

Apple did sticker and decal makers a massive favour with its recent “Stickers” ad for MacBook Air, showing the myriad ways users choose to customize their ultra-thin Apple notebooks.<p>That is backed up by figures, unearthed by website <i>Macstories</i>, which discovered that sticker-makers did, in fact, …

Google's next version of Android 'L' release has a new look, deeper ties to the web

KitKat may have only found its way onto roughly 15 percent of phones at this point, but that won't stop Google from looking to the future. The new version, teased by Sundar Pichai is simply being referred to as the "L" release right now. As previous leaks have indicated, this will be the most …

The NSA Probably Really, Really Wants a Quantum Computer

How long until the security agency gets one?<p>This is huge: Physicists have figured out how to reliably transmit quantum information, a major first step toward the kind of quantum communications and quantum computing that would dramatically enhance our ability to secure networks, crack codes, and …

Secret Service Buys Software That Will ‘Detect Sarcasm’ on Social Media

The Secret Ser­vice is pur­chas­ing soft­ware to watch users of so­cial net­works in real time, ac­cord­ing to con­tract doc­u­ments.<p>In a work or­der …

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Apple vs. Google: It's War, and Thank Goodness

Let's face it: the tech world has been spoiling for a good, clean fight for years.<p>Competition energizes us; it squeezes out our best performances, …

Apple Dropped The Biggest Hint Yet That An 'iWatch' Is Coming

Apple just offered the most tantalizing clues yet that an "iWatch" is coming.<p>At the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday in San Francisco, Apple executives showed off the latest versions of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 8, which comes with features that would work pretty darn well …

Teleportation Is Closer to Moving Data, But Not People

Humanity is one step nearer to quicker computers, but still very far away from Harry Potter-like apparating.<p>Dutch physicists have successfully …

Seattle minimum-wage fight: Does $15 an hour make economic sense?

The Seattle City Council is poised to raise the municipal minimum wage Monday to $15 an hour, making it the highest in the country. That number grabbed the imagination of this progressive, affluent city and became central to the November elections, which swept the first Socialist into office here …

US cybercrime laws being used to target security researchers

Some of the world’s best-known security researchers claim to have been threatened with indictment over their efforts to find vulnerabilities in internet infrastructure, amid fears American computer hacking laws are perversely making the web less safe to surf.<p>Many in the security industry have …

Google's "Quantum Computing Playground" lets you fiddle with quantum algorithms

Google has just launched a new web-based integrated development environment (IDE) that allows users to write, run and debug software that makes use …

Xamarin 3 Launches With UI Design Tool For iOS Apps, Cross-Platform Interface API And More

Xamarin has long been one of the most popular tools for building cross-platform mobile applications and today, the company is taking a major step forward by launching version 3.0 of its service. The highlights of today’s release are the launch of Xamarin Designer for iOS, which can almost …

LittleBits' Arduino module puts the focus on programming, not wiring

Getting your feet wet with programmable hardware can be tricky; even if you're comfortable with coding, you may not want to break out the soldering iron just to build a usable device. LittleBits is aware of just how intimidating these make-it-yourself gadgets can be, so it has just launched its …

3D printed 'nano-liver' could help poisoning and infection victims

When 3D printing and nanotechnology get together for a party the results are actually <i>good</i> for your liver, according to researchers at the UC San Diego. They've managed to create a device that uses nanoparticles to trap toxins that can damage cells in the body, helping victims of animal stings, …

Research project Cider allows unmodified iOS apps to run on Android

Cider, an operating system compatibility layer, allows iOS applications to run natively on Android devices.<p>Developed by computer science students from Columbia University, Cider effectively tricks iOS apps into running on Android’s Linux kernel just as they would on Apple’s XNU kernel.<p>Quoting from …

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Apple's iPad will reportedly add split-screen multitasking with iOS 8

Apple may finally be bringing legitimate multitasking to the iPad. The well-connected Mark Gurman of <i>9to5Mac</i> is reporting that starting with iOS 8, users will be able to run two apps simultaneously on the tablet's screen. For years, iOS has allowed only one app to be displayed on screen at any given …