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Every Wi-Fi network at risk of unprecedented 'Krack' hacking attack

Every Wi-Fi connection is potentially vulnerable to an unprecedented security flaw that allows hackers to snoop on internet traffic, researchers have revealed.<p>The vulnerability is the first to be found in the modern encryption techniques that have been used to secure Wi-Fi networks for the last 14 …

Wi-Fi

Airbus flying taxi concept on track to make first flight in 2018

It's 2017, and yes, the flying car might be coming -- but you probably won't drive it. European aviation giant Airbus claimed that the company's flying taxi concept is on track to make its first flight by the end of next year. While the first tests will be unmanned, the company plans to have humans …

Aerospace

Inside Alibaba's smart warehouse staffed by robots

Alibaba Group

Woman films her internet-connected camera whispering ‘Hola señorita’

This is not an episode of <i>Black Mirror</i>. A couple of months ago, Rilana Hamer from the Netherlands bought a small internet-connected camera from a local convenience store. She wanted to use the device to keep an eye on her puppy while away from the house. But it wasn’t only the puppy that was being …

Internet

A Month with the Note 8: Can Samsung's Phablet Replace a Laptop?

For the better part of the past two decades, my job and life have revolved around always having a phone, a tablet or a notebook or two at hand for …

Gear & Gadgets

Senate approves self-driving cars for US roadways

The US Senate today announced it had reached an agreement internally concerning self-driving car technology. The Senate is expected to pass legislation on October 4th that would clear regulations and restrictions for manufacturers, in essence providing a clear path to putting driverless cars on the …

U.S. Dept. of Transportation

Microsoft and Facebook just laid a 160-terabits-per-second cable 4,100 miles across the Atlantic

Enough bandwidth to stream 71 million HD videos at the same time<p>Microsoft, Facebook, and the telecoms infrastructure company Telxius have announced the completion of the highest capacity subsea cable to ever cross the Atlantic Ocean. The cable is capable of transmitting 160 terabits of data per …

Microsoft

Amazon just made a major move into the restaurant food delivery business

Amazon’s (AMZN) June announcement that it would purchase Whole Foods for $14 billion marked just the beginning of its efforts to dominate the food …

Shake Shack

Equifax has been directing victims to a fake phishing site for weeks

In failing to correctly patch a known vulnerability and exposing the personal data of potentially 143 million Americans to hackers, Equifax made a …

Identity Theft

Secret Ultrasonic Commands Can Control Your Smartphone, Say Researchers - MIT Technology Review

Voice-controlled digital assistants are increasingly common and sophisticated. Google, Apple, Amazon, numerous car manufacturers, and others all …

Automation

RED's Wild Holographic Phone Screen Looks Like This

Earlier this year, high-end camera maker RED said that it's working on a new Hydrogen smartphone that would come with a holographic display. And now, …

Semi-automated truck convoys get green light for UK trials

Government allocates £8.1m to trials of ‘platooning’ which proponents say could cut congestion and hauliers’ fuel costs<p>The government has given the go-ahead for the first trials of convoys of semi-automated trucks on UK motorways.<p>Up to three wirelessly connected HGVs will travel in convoy, with …

Transportation

Samsung topples Intel as world’s largest chipmaker

Samsung registered a record profit of $12.6 billion in its second quarter earnings report, but hidden in those numbers lies another milestone. Of its $54 billion in revenue, $15 billion came solely from Samsung Semiconductors -- pushing it above the $14.8 billion that all of Intel brought in. In …

Samsung

We spoke to the vigilante hackers who stole $85 million in ether to save it

Deciding to steal $85 million worth of cryptocurrency isn't something to take lightly.<p>For the members of the White Hat Group, however, it seemed to …

Cryptocurrency

Crowded cloud: Microsoft 2017-07-21 | Espresso

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Microsoft Paint to be killed off after 32 years

Long-standing basic graphics editing program, used throughout childhoods since the 1980s, has been marked for death<p>Microsoft’s next Windows 10 update, called the Autumn (or Fall in the US) Creators Update, will bring a variety of new features. But one long-standing stalwart of the Windows …

Microsoft

Closing the books on Microsoft’s Windows Phone

Android and iOS are the last major smartphone platforms standing.<p>Reports of Microsoft’s smartphone demise have been ... pretty much on point.<p>Last week, the company announced it was ending support for Windows Phone 8.1, the latest in a series of moves marking the end of the Windows Phone. These have …

Windows Phone

Google’s best travel feature is an orange blob

For as relaxing as vacations are supposed to be, there tends to be an awful lot of stress involved. My girlfriend and I just got back from a trip a couple weeks ago, and the biggest problem we had was planning: sure, we had plane tickets, train tickets, and Airbnbs all set, but we still had to …

Google Maps

UK'S NHS has violated privacy of 1.6M patients in Google DeepMind medical trial

The British Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has asserted that the Royal Free National Health Security (NHS) Foundation Trust has failed to protect patient rights when granting Google DeepMind access to the personal data of more than 1.6 million individuals.<p>The Trust initially provided the …

Privacy

Here's how to stop SIM fraudsters from draining your bank account

If you haven’t experienced SIM swap fraud, count yourself lucky. It’s a relatively new, sophisticated form of fraud that allows hackers to gain …

Identity Theft

Police in Dubai have recruited a self-driving robo-car that can ‘scan for undesirables’

The O-R3 comes with a built-in drone to follow targets off-road<p>By the end of the year, Dubai’s police force will have a new recruit patrolling the streets: a self-driving car that acts a mobile surveillance unit. The vehicle is about the size of a child’s toy electric buggy, reports <i>Gulf News</i>, and …

Robots

China's 'straddling bus' hits its final roadblock

<b>It seemed like a glimpse into the city of tomorrow - but China's "straddling bus" was riddled by doubts early on and now is headed for the scrap yard.</b><p>The futuristic idea was a bus that would drive above traffic, allowing other commuter cars to pass underneath.<p>The project was announced last summer …

Transportation

Samsung just unveiled the widest computer monitor you can buy — here's how it looks in person

When I first tried an ultrawide monitor in 2016, I was hooked because of its applications in both gaming and productivity.<p>Ultrawide monitors are a …

Whole Foods stock rockets 28% on $13.7 billion Amazon takeover deal

Shares of Whole Foods Market rocketed 28 percent on Friday after Amazon said it plans to acquire the grocery store chain for $42 a share, in a deal …

eCommerce

Supreme Court Will Decide If Your Mobile Phone Location Data Is Private

It's a funny thing about the 21st century: Nearly all of us carry location trackers on us, voluntarily, every single place we go. They're our phones, …

Privacy

Nike just opened a running track where you can race against your digital self

Every runner wants to beat their best time. So, who better to race against than yourself? Nike answers that question with its recently unveiled Nike …

Manila

The Internet of Things: Could it really change the way we live?

When it comes to predicting the future, Kevin Ashtonis not a fan of what he calls ‘vague handwaving’. He prefers laying all his cards on the table, even at the risk of being completely wrong.<p>Here’s one: 25 years from now, he believes, you’ll be able to live in Edinburgh and commute – in your …

Microsoft's Big Surface Phone Secret Revealed by Qualcomm CEO

Last week, I wrote a post expressing the school of thought that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) ‘s rumored Surface Phone is not a smartphone. …

Mark Zuckerberg wants to eliminate all screens from your life with special glasses

If Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has his way, you'll never have to buy a gadget with a screen again.<p>Instead, you'll be using a pair of augmented reality (AR) glasses or even contacts in the future in order to place digital content on top of any surface.<p>At a keynote speech at Facebook's annual F8 …

Augmented Reality