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Apple Pulls iOS 8.0.1 Update Amid Reports of Problems

Apple pulls an update of its i0S 8 mobile operating system, amid reports of users losing cell service and access to Touch ID, Apple's fingerprint sensor.<p>It hasn’t been an easy few weeks for Apple.<p>After the U2 “gift,” the delay in its HealthKit software and yesterday’s bendygate, Apple discovered it …

Worse than Heartbleed? Today's Bash bug could be breaking security for years

Linux users got a nasty surprise today, as a security team at Red Hat uncovered a subtle but dangerous bug in the Bash shell, one of the most versatile and widely used utilities in Linux. It's being called the Bash bug, or Shellshock. When accessed properly, the bug allows for an attacker's code to …

Android Circuit: Motorola's Superior Android, Xiaomi Fights For Third, Note 4 Defeats iPhone 6 Plus

Taking a look back at the week in news across the Android world, this week’s Android Circuit highlights a number of stories including the Note 4 vs the iPhone 6 Plus, the Droid Turbo’s confirmed specs, Lenovo completes its Motorola purchase, Samsung confirms drastic drop in profits, Android …

Microsoft Stops Selling Windows 8 And Windows 7

This year 31 October frights are not limited to Halloween. Today is also the day Microsoft stops selling retail copies of both Windows 7 and Windows 8.<p>The date is written large in the Windows Life Cycle Fact Sheet but, like the best Halloween scares, the real threat is not as big as the initial …

Microsoft stops selling consumer versions of Windows 7 to computer makers

Microsoft today stopped providing Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, and Windows 7 Ultimate licenses to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), including its PC partners and systems builders. This means you’ll only be able to buy a computer running Windows 7 as long as stock lasts.<p>The …

Chinese hackers steal Israel’s Iron Dome missile data

A Chinese hacking group has been accused of stealing data from Israel’s billion-dollar Iron Dome missile system.<p>The state-sponsored Comment Crew hacking group, thought to operate out of China, was responsible for attacks from 2011 onwards on three Israeli defence technology companies Elisra Group, …

Why People Aren't Buying iPads Anymore

Last week, a colleague of mine went to the Verizon store to get a new phone. An hour later, he walked out with a new smartphone and a free Android tablet.<p>That's how cheap tablets have become: Verizon will give you a free one when you sign a two-year contract with the company.<p>No wonder iPad sales …

LG cooks up more flexible & less hazy 18-inch OLED panels

LG Display has outdone itself, with more flexible displays than it’s ever made before.<p>The company announced today a flexible 18-inch panel made of organic light-emitting diodes, or OLEDs, as well as a new transparent OLED panel in the same size thats beats previous models on light transmittance and …

Cursed Warship Revealed With Treasure Onboard

Researchers and divers have started studying the secrets that Mars, the pride of Sweden's 16th-century navy, has held for 450 years.<p>It was the largest and fiercest warship in the world, named the <i>Mars</i> for the Roman god of war: But it went up in a ball of flames in a brutal naval battle in 1564, …

Millionaires Support Four-Day Workweek

Wealth, we hear constantly, comes from hard work. But Google chief Larry Page — no slouch in the wealth department — says the workweek should be shorter. So do most millionaires who commented in a recent survey. In a discussion with tech investor Vinod Khosla, Page said "the idea that everyone …

‘Windows 9’ preview expected later this year with a focus on the desktop

Microsoft is busy preparing a second update to Windows 8.1, but the company is largely focused on a larger "Windows 9" release due next year. <i>ZDNet</i> reports that a preview of codename Threshold — which may or may not be named Windows 9 once it’s released — will be available later this year. The …

Impatient iPhone users switching to larger-screened Samsung Galaxy S5

Kantar data shows Apple sales share falling in three months to May, as iPhone owners abandon platform for 5.5in Samsung flagship<p>Apple users are losing patience waiting for a larger-screened iPhone. New data showing that 26% of British buyers of Samsung's Galaxy S5 in the three months to the end of …

14 of the Best iOS Apps From June

From ambient audio-sharing apps to free, unlimited storage for all your mobile photos, we covered a lot of ground with new iOS apps in June. So by way of a quick recap and, of course, to help you filter through the debris, here’s our pick of the newbies from the past month.<p>OverHeard<p>OverHeard is a …

Revamped Google Drive for Android makes it easier to tinker with your files

Google unveiled a <i>lot</i> of things at the start of its I/O conference, but there was also a pair of stealthy updates that could make a big difference for cloud storage lovers. To begin with, there's a brand new version of Google Drive for Android that makes it much easier to manipulate your files. …

Ideo Releases A New Photoshop For Interaction Design

The design agency offers an improved version of Origami, the open-source UX prototyping tool Facebook released earlier this year.<p>A few months ago, Facebook released a bit of open-source code called Origami, which lets designers create and test user interfaces without any coding.<p>Now, Ideo has …

How to Opt Out of Facebook's Interest-Based Ads

Earlier today, Facebook revealed that ads served on mobile devices will include links to a Facebook Page, social context and sharing options from August 6. This move essentially brings its mobile apps in line with those on the desktop version of Facebook.<p>Now, however, Facebook has revealed another …

The Final Key – Hardware Password Manager - Hacked Gadgets – DIY Tech Blog

Passwords are a pain to keep on top of. The Final Key project is a Hardware Password Manager. It is based on an Arduino with a an EEPROM soldered …

5 Ways The Improved Google Maps Make It The Perfect Travel Companion (list)

Google Maps has gotten a bunch of new improvements just in time for summer road trips! The Maps app for both Android and iOS both feature small …

Jeep Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, Renegade Refresh/Redesign Schedule Revealed

Jeep clearly wants to be more things to more folks; the aggressive model-reshuffling over the next few years sees the merciful end of the Compass/Patriot twins, and with them the last dangling vestiges of the execrable Dodge Caliber. They’ll be replaced with a single crossover in 2016 that will be …

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Quick Tip: 3 Ways to Master Your Use of Foregrounds

How often do you think about foregrounds? If you have a natural eye for composition, you might be including interesting foregrounds without even …

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Obama reportedly lets NSA keep some security flaws secret

While saying that most vulnerabilities should be revealed, the White House allows some flaws to be kept secret in the event of "a clear national security or law enforcement need," the New York Times reports.<p>While President Obama has decided that the National Security Agency should reveal most major …

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IRS tastes its own medicine, will pay Microsoft millions for Windows XP support

Usually, the Internal Revenue Service is the one getting paid this time of year, but Uncle Sam will be lining someone else's pockets this tax season because of its attachment to Windows XP. In case you hadn't heard, support for XP officially stopped on April 8th, meaning that Microsoft will no …