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Google Drops Cloud Computing Prices By Up To 30 Percent, Launches Preemptible Instances

Google today announced yet another round of price cuts for its cloud computing platform, as well as a new instance type that will allow businesses to save even more on some of their cloud computing tasks.<p>Today’s cuts focus on the Compute Engine side of the service and include cuts of up to 30 …

Cloud Computing

Hacking Phones With The Touch Of A Hand

A hand that's got an implanted RFID chip, that is<p>For many of us, our smartphones are an integral part of our being, containing not just everything we need to communicate but depths of personal information, from our daily schedules to our finances. While last summer the Supreme Court ruled cell …

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Is your smartphone being tracked? We asked an expert

In the movies, people on the run are often hunted down because of their cell phones. There are countless scenes where expensive smartphones are …

Information Systems

The car of the future is 'the most powerful computer you will ever own'

The chips inside driverless cars will be as powerful as those used in some supercomputers, according to Danny Shapiro, senior director of automotive at Nvidia<p>The car of the future will be the most powerful computer you will ever own, packing the processing power of a supercomputer into a box the …

Find the Omega Centauri star cluster

Tonight – or any night in the coming weeks – let the sparkling blue-white star Spica act as your guide to the Omega Centauri globular star cluster. …

Astronomy

iPad Pro review: A killer creative canvas with laptop-replacement dreams - CNET

A killer creative canvas with laptop-replacement dreams<p><b>The Good</b> The new iPad Pro is the biggest and fastest Apple tablet to date. The pressure-sensitive Pencil stylus offers superior sketching and drawing, and the Pro's gorgeous giant screen and quad speakers are ideal for split-screen apps, …

IPad Pro

WSJ: Google will add buy buttons to search results on mobile

Google's getting ready to face Amazon and eBay, according to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, and will be adding buy buttons directly to its search results. You'll see those buttons accompanying sponsored results under a "Shop on Google" heading -- they won't be used for non-sponsored links returned by the …

Luxury brands sue Chinese online shopping giant for allowing fakes

It's no secret that luxury designers see Chinese online stores as a haven for fake goods, but they're now taking concerted action to shut down these less-than-official outlets. Kering, the parent company behind brands like Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, is suing shopping giant Alibaba for allegedly …

Security

This Is Why The Enormous JPMorgan Chase Hack Is So Scary

Banks are supposed to be among our safest institutions.<p>An enormous privacy breach has compromised the bank accounts of 83 million JPMorgan Chase customers, including 76 million households, spilling out customer names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses.<p>According to the <i>New York Times</i>, the …

Cybersecurity

Netflix Usage On PlayStation, Xbox Is Declining

Even though video game consoles are aiming to try and become “living room PCs” in this new era of tech, they’re starting to face challenges from cheaper alternatives offering many of the same services.<p>Namely, video game consoles like the PS3 and Xbox 360 were some of the first living room devices …

Marriott dinged $600,000 for blocking personal wi-fi hotspots

Marriott International Inc.must pay a $600,000 fine for using technology to block visitors at a Nashville hotel from using their personal hotspot devices, the Federal Communications Commission announced Friday.<p>"The growing use of technologies that unlawfully block consumers from creating their own …

Linkedin re-ranked colleges by where graduates get the best jobs

When colleges are re-ranked by how graduates do in the job market, only a few of the conventionally prestigious schools make the top of the list. LinkedIn mined its massive dataset of professionals to see what colleges where producing employees at the most desirable firms in a handful of …

Out with the air: Bridgestone shows off tires you never have to inflate

Bringing new meaning to the term flat tire, the Japanese company shows a second-generation prototype of its airless tires at the Paris Motor Show.<p>PARIS -- Maybe it's time to move beyond those donut-shaped balloons that connect our cars to the road.<p>At the Paris Motor Show here, Bridgestone showed …

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