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Server bug leaks user data for thousands of popular websites

A number of high-profile websites have been leaking their users personal data into the ether, thanks to an error at their hosting provider. Cloudflare, which provides services to companies like Patreon, Fitbit and OKCupid among others, had an error in its code that caused pieces of memory to dump …

Security

Microsoft's CEO Sent an Extraordinary Email to Employees After They Committed an Epic Fail

You can learn a lot about effective leadership from just a few, short sentences.<p>Just under a year ago, Microsoft launched a Twitter bot by the name of Tay (officially, Tay.ai), in an attempt to advance how artificial intelligence communicates with humans in real time. Things took a vicious turn, …

Leadership

Your TV is probably tracking you -- here's how to stop it

Internet-connected smart TVs and streaming devices from Vizio, LG, Samsung, Sony, Roku, Google and others can all spy on your viewing habits. Here's how to stop them.<p>When you unpacked your new TV or streamer for the first time, you probably couldn't wait to start watching it. In the excitement to …

Smart TV

World’s first rideable hoverbike looks cool as hell but will probably kill you

Or at least amputate your legs<p>Hoversurf, a Russian company that builds drones, posted a video last week showing off its latest prototype: the Scorpion-3, a single-seat, electric-powered hoverbike that looks cool as hell but probably won’t be ready for the X Games anytime soon.<p>The manufacturers say …

Drones

‘Smart Mirrors’ Come to the Fitting Room - Bloomberg

Since e-commerce began threatening stores last decade, retailers have been trying to make their locations operate more like the web. Yet despite …

eCommerce

Liquid battery could last for over 10 years

Modern batteries aren't hampered so much by their capacity as their long-term lifespan -- a lithium-ion pack can easily become useless after a few years of heavy use. That's bad enough for your phone, but it's worse for energy storage systems that may have to stick around for the long haul. If …

Batteries

Vizio fined $2.2 million for collecting customer viewing histories without consent

Looks like Vizio is pulling itself out of some hot water. The popular television manufacturer (among other products) has been fined $2.2 million, …

Google ordered to turn over foreign emails

So much for Microsoft's court win providing a neat and tidy defense against law enforcement requests for foreign data. As part of an FBI fraud investigation, a Philadelphia judge has ordered Google to obey search warrants for emails stored on servers outside the US. The court ruled that …

Google

Elon Musk unveils Solar Roof by SolarCity

GitLab.com melts down after backup fail and data loss

Code hub Gitlab.com is in meltdown after experiencing data loss as a result of what it has suddenly discovered are ineffectual backups.<p>On Tuesday …

DevOps

Delta Becomes Second Airline in a Week to Ground US Flights Over Computer 'Issues'

On Sunday, Delta Airlines temporarily grounded all domestic flights due to an unexplained technical error, the second major American airline to do so …

Airlines

Google Translate now lets you convert from Japanese to English by hovering your phone over text

English-speaking travelers seeking speedy translations of Japanese text are in luck today, with the news that the Google Translate app for Android and iOS now lets you hover your smartphone in front of a piece of text to instantly translate it.<p>While the Google Translate app already enabled you to …

Google

Tesla driver stranded in the desert after smartphone app failure

A Tesla driver was stranded in Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas after the car's keyless control app suddenly stopped working.<p>Interested in testing a feature that lets Tesla owners unlock and power their car using their smartphone, Ryan Negri decided to leave his keys at home when he went for a drive …

Avoid long checkout lines with the new Walmart Scan & Go app for Android

Long checkout lines in stores are one of the most annoying parts of shopping. Especially for people who are a bit impatient by nature. Retailers are trying different things to make the checkout process faster, but not all of them work as planned. Walmart is one of the retailers trying to fix this …

Apps

Police request Echo recordings for homicide investigation

Officers in Arkansas are hoping the smart speaker's recordings can provide some clues on a murder.<p>You have the right to remain silent -- but your smart devices might not.<p>Amazon's Echo and Echo Dot are in millions of homes now, with holiday sales more than quadrupling from 2015. Always listening for …

Amazon Echo

Home farming robot

U.S. says cybersecurity skills shortage is a myth

The U.S. government has released what it claims is myth-busting data about the shortage of cybersecurity professionals. The data points to its own …

Cybersecurity

Battery breakthrough will let phones charge in seconds and last for a week

A new type of battery that lasts for days with only a few seconds' charge has been created by researchers at the University of Central Florida.<p>The high-powered battery is packed with supercapacitors that can store a large amount of energy. It looks like a thin piece of flexible metal that is about …

Russia has banned LinkedIn

<b>London (CNN) —</b> Russia has officially banned LinkedIn.<p>The country's communications regulator has blacklisted the social network for professionals because it has not complied with personal data storage regulations.<p>The site was inaccessible from Russia on Thursday.<p>LinkedIn had been found to be in …

Russia

This augmented reality tool could totally change med school

Facebook Buys Stolen Passwords

Facebook has admitted that it trolls the black market for stolen passwords in an effort to beef up its own security and protect its users who may use …

China Unveils Three Major Decisions Within Three Minutes - Bloomberg

As the world focuses on the race for the White House, China unveiled three major decisions within three minutes of each other on Monday.<p>Among a raft …

China

More websites were viewed on mobile devices and tablets than desktops for the first time ever this month

Our internet reading habits are becoming increasingly mobile.<p>October was the first month ever when more web pages were viewed on mobile and tablet devices than on desktop and laptop computers, according to the web analytics firm StatCounter.<p>While this doesn’t necessarily mean more people are using …

Web Design

Surface Studio and Dial hands-on: Microsoft made desktops exciting again

Microsoft has been going toe-to-toe with Apple’s hardware the past year or two. The Surface 2-in-1 concept is finally starting to catch on, the Surface Book was one of the best laptops I’ve ever used, and now the company is looking to reinvent the desktop with the Surface Studio and it’s quirky …

Microsoft