Morad Stern

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'Operator' is a font designed to make coding easier

While many of us bristle at the sight of Comic Sans (this writer included), coders have an altogether different view of typefaces and how they're presented. Thus, Operator Mono, the new font from one of the highest-regarded typeface-creators that was forged to make life easier for the folks who …

US intelligence chief: we might use the internet of things to spy on you

James Clapper did not name specific agency as being involved in surveillance via smart-home devices but said in congressional testimony it is a distinct possibility<p>The US intelligence chief has acknowledged for the first time that agencies might use a new generation of smart household devices to …

Internet of Things

Chrome's new tool can help developers make websites more secure

What exactly does that little green lock that occasionally appears on your browser's address bar mean? It means security, and Chrome is making it …

Uber soon to launch food delivery in 10 US cities, possibly Paris

The controversial hitch-a-ride company is getting ready to launch a massive new service that will come with its own corporate division and dedicated app. When you’re out and about, Uber wants to help you get where you’re going. When you just want to stay at home, Uber wants to make Outback …

Transportation

Microsoft pledges $1bn in cloud computing resources to benefit nonprofits and universities

Today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced a new initiative designed to ensure its cloud services, including Azure — a platform designed for building, managing and deploying applications and services — are accessible by those that stand to benefit most from the additional resources, universities …

Will India go cashless if mobile payments take off?

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/business/1220000/1220236_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534460956_59d63207b691c0989f3ee766b04cabbf<p><b>As soon as Binod Upadhyay arrives at a destination he immediately turns round to check if the customer is pulling out a wallet or a mobile …

Mobile Payments

Developers are frustrated because GitHub isn't listening

In an open letter published Friday, developers and maintainers of some of the Web’s largest code libraries and languages, complained that GitHub isn’t listening to them — and is almost impossible to reach.<p>The letter, Dear GitHub, says that “many of us are frustrated” because the company isn’t …

Auto industry goes head-to-head with Silicon Valley’s self-driving innovators

Google and Tesla may be pushing full-speed ahead in their self-driving car development and testing, but auto manufacturers aren’t sitting idly by. Judging from the outputs of this week’s North American Auto Show in Detroit, as well as CES in Las Vegas last week, it’s clear that incumbent car …

Silicon Valley

Amazon Echo may get a smaller, on-the-go sibling

The Amazon Echo has a New Year's resolution: Slim down and lose the power cord.<p>The online retailer plans to release a smaller, portable and cheaper version of the Echo, a digital voice assistant crammed into a cylinder speaker, in the coming weeks, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday, citing …

Apple finally put together a full list of cars with CarPlay

Apple's CarPlay made a splash at CES last week, with auto makers like Ford, Chrysler, and Volkswagen incorporating the sleek iOS-like infotainment interface into some of the show's biggest press conferences. With CarPlay expanding throughout the automotive industry, Apple has finally launched a …

This week in patents: Google cleans seawater with wind, NASA upgrades the Mars Rover and more

NASA has patented a rover that looks and moves like the jelly monster Blobby from Hotel Transylvania.<p>The rover is essentially a bladder filled with a fluid containing shape memory polymers. The bladder is covered with an outer layer that bladder from dirt or debris of the surface or surrounding …

Engineering

Tesla Model S Can Now Drive Without You

Well, authorities in Hong Kong aren’t going to like this one bit. Back in November, they told Tesla to remotely disable its semiautonomous driving technology until they can confirm that the features, released in mid October, are safe. They were concerned (sort of understandably) by widely reported …

Motorola explains Lenovo’s rebranding plan

The announcement yesterday that Lenovo would be phasing out the Motorola name turned quite a few heads in the mobile industry. Some users were confused about what this meant for the future of Motorola and the Moto line. Today, on their official blog, Motorola posted a lengthier explanation of …

Mobile Technology

U.S. Officials, Tech Leaders Meet To Discuss Counterterrorism

Top law enforcement and intelligence officials were in Silicon Valley on Friday to meet top brass at tech companies. The topic: counterterrorism. The government wants the biggest Internet brands to weed out ISIS recruitment online, and even help run advertising campaigns against ISIS.<p>The meeting …

Web developers rejoice; Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 die on Tuesday

Internet Explorer has long been the bane of many Web developers’ existence, but here’s some news to brighten your day: Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 are reaching ‘end of life’ on Tuesday, meaning they’re no longer supported by Microsoft.<p>A patch, which goes live on January 12, will nag Internet …

Software

Netflix Expands To 130 New Countries

The streaming site will now be available in giant markets like India, Russia, Indonesia and the Philippines.<p>Netflix will now be available almost everywhere in the world, with CEO Reed Hastings telling attendees at CES in Las Vegas they were "witnessing the birth of a new global Internet TV network."<p>…

CES 2016: HTC Vive virtual reality headset gets upgraded

<b>Taiwanese tech firm HTC has revealed changes to its forthcoming virtual reality headset at the CES tech show.</b><p>The Vive's release was delayed after what chief executive Cher Wang described as a "very, very big technological breakthrough".<p>This has been revealed to be a camera system that allows the …

Facebook is opening up Messenger to third-party chat bots

Facebook has allowed select developers access to an unannounced SDK that lets them build interactive bots in Messenger so users can get information, shop and pay for purchases within a conversation, reports TechCrunch.<p>The Chat SDK reportedly allows the creation of bots that can automatically …

Apps

Elon Musk says SpaceX's first reusable Falcon 9 rocket is 'ready to fire again'

For the first time, a rocket carried a payload to space and is now ready to be reused, rather than just sinking to the bottom of the ocean like a treasure chest loaded with an unusable currency.<p>At least, that's what SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced on Twitter on New Year's Eve. Musk tweeted an …

Samsung’s ‘Rink’ Motion Controllers For Gear VR Look Pretty Great

Related Articles<p>Oculus Teams Up With LeBron James For Virtual Reality Journey The Latest Gear VR Ad Follows A Very Important, And Necessary, Narrative The Future Of In-flight Entertainment Is Virtual Reality The Samsung Gear VR Is Your Window Into The Future<p>A few days ago, Samsung shared a few …

'Some people don't need a smartwatch' but that's ok, says Pebble smartwatch CEO

At the end of a disruptive year for the smartwatch sector, Pebble's Eric Migicovsky tells Rhiannon Williams why he believes all watches will soon be smart and why he once smuggled an iPhone<p>Technology chief executives are often distant, shadowy figures who crop up every now and again during annual …

Two kid programmers are helping wounded vets learn to code — and the response is heartwarming

These two kid coders helped 30 wounded veterans get the gift of a lifetime: a chance at a new career in IT as a programmer.<p>This is the latest project the boys have done in seven years of fund raising for the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that helps veterans returning from war adjust to …

Uber looks to expand throughout New York; cabbies fight back

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Lawmakers returning to Albany for the usual debates over taxes and spending will also take on an issue even more basic to many …

Transportation

Comcast has just started rolling out its gigabit internet service

When you think about gigabit internet connections for consumers, Google is certainly one of the first names that comes to mind. Now, over three years after Google Fiber launched in Kansas City, Comcast is moving forward with its own gigabit service. The company says that its first customer using …

Elon Musk: Tesla is 2 years away from a fully self-driving car

Dozens of automakers are working on self-driving car technology. None, however, will say when exactly the tech will be ready for the open road. …

Most anticipated tech of 2016: August to December edition

Fujitsu is splitting its PC and mobile divisions into new companies

Fujitsu is spinning off its PC and mobile divisions in an attempt to create more efficient businesses that can better compete in their increasingly competitive markets. The spinoffs, announced today, will create two new companies: the first, Fujitsu Client Computing Limited, will contain its laptop …

HTML5 Mastery: DOM Mutations

The last part of the "HTML5 Mastery" series gives an introduction to the mutation observer. We will see that the mutation observer is the …

Mutations