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By Grant Ecker | Social, Mobile, Cloud, Big Data and the Internet of Things

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 both because of its gaming and productivity applications.<p>Ultrawide monitors are a …

Aspect Ratio

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 …

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

Why it matters to you<p>If you're obsessed with setting personal records, Nike's Unlimited Stadium gives you a new and unique way to race against …

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 …

Internet of Things

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. …

Microsoft

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

Russia has banned LinkedIn

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 (LNKD, Tech30) 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 …

Security

The End of Cloud Computing

<b>watch time: 25 minutes</b>“I’m going to take you out to the edge to show you what the future looks like.” So begins a16z partner Peter Levine as he takes …

Andreessen Horowitz

HoloLens system uses augmented reality to aid spinal surgery

Augmented reality (AR) isn't just for <i>Pokémon Go</i> and Snapchat masks, the technology will can have practical applications in areas like medicine, too.<p>At least that's the promise of the new Scopis Holographic Navigation Platform, which is designed to be used with the Microsoft HoloLens to help doctors …

Augmented Reality

Hackers exploited Word flaw for months while Microsoft investigated

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - To understand why it is so difficult to defend computers from even moderately capable hackers, consider the case of the security flaw officially known as CVE-2017-0199.<p>The bug was unusually dangerous but of a common genre: it was in Microsoft software, could allow a hacker …

AT&T Launches Fake 5G Network in Desperate Attempt to Seem Innovative

Have you heard? AT&T is going to “pave the way for the next generation of faster speeds” with something called 5G Evolution. No, it’s not <i>actually</i> a …

Telecoms

Submersible drone gives us a peek at what’s hiding under the sea

A drone-sailboat-submarine-Bond villain’s wet dream could be the key to getting an unprecedented look at the world’s oceans — and all it needs is sun and water.<p>The Submaran 10 is a hybrid device created by marine tech company Ocean Aero. It can function both as a sailboat-like water done and as a …

Oceans

The complete list of Alexa commands so far

Here are all the things you can ask Alexa to do. (Dad jokes included.)<p>Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa, is infiltrating your home, your beach trips and even your ride to work. Now that there are four ways to interact with Alexa -- with the Tap, Echo and Dot devices, and with the Amazon Fire TV -- …

Amazon

Broadband Privacy Repeal Sparks Interest in VPNs

The vote by the U.S. Congress to repeal rules that limit how internet service providers can use customer data has generated renewed interest in an old internet technology: virtual private networks, or VPNs.<p>VPNs cloak a customer's web-surfing history by making an encrypted connection to a private …

Privacy

Apple Patent Shows an iPhone Turning Into a MacBook

Want to process your iPhone photos for Instagram on a laptop without having to transfer any files? In the future there may be a crazy new way you can …

Forget traffic jams, hail a cab from the sky: Flying TAXIS could be hitting Singapore by 2030

• <b>Singapore's Ministry of Transport is in talks with passenger drone companies</b>• <b><br>The move is part of a drive to expand the range of urban mobility</b> …

DoubleAgent attack can use anti-virus apps to hijack your PC

Security researchers from Cybellum have discovered another technique cyber criminals can use to take over your computer. The zero-day attack called DoubleAgent exploits Microsoft's Application Verifier tool, which developers use to detect and fix bugs in their apps. Developers have to load a DLL …

6 persistent phone charging myths, debunked

Charging your phone should be easy — just plug it in and forget about it. Unfortunately, there's a lot of bad advice out there that is actually doing more harm than good.<p>Let's debunk it, shall well?<p>First, a note about exploding phones: Almost all smartphones these days use lithium-ion batteries, …

Batteries

'I can’t trust YouTube any more': creators speak out in Google advertising row

Inconsistencies behind the company’s ability to police advertising on controversial content are coming to light<p>Google’s decision-making process over which YouTube videos are deemed “advertiser friendly” faces scrutiny from both brands and creators, highlighting once again the challenge of …

Advertising

Google Invented A Way To Shrink JPEGs By 35% To Make Websites Load Faster

Websites have changed an awful lot in the past seven years. At the start of this decade, the average web page you viewed was pretty small — somewhere around 700 kilobytes. Today, that number is significantly higher. Some estimates put it up around 2300 kilobytes. That’s why Google is introducing a …

Web Design

Google’s DeepMind made ‘inexcusable’ errors handling UK health data, says report

New academic study examines a deal between the UK’s National Health Service and Google’s AI subsidiary<p>A new academic report examining a deal between Google’s AI subsidiary DeepMind and the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) has said that the US tech giant made “inexcusable” errors in terms of …

Health Care

Google's Deepmind wants to cut 10% off the entire UK's energy bill

DeepMind wants to help the UK cut its energy consumption by up to 10%, according to a report published in The Financial Times on Sunday.<p>The artificial intelligence (AI) lab — acquired by Google for £400 million in 2014 — has developed algorithms that can anticipate energy demand and supply.<p>They're …

Renewable Energy

Google’s Untrendy Play to Make the Blockchain Actually Useful

For Silicon Valley, the headline was sweet nectar: Google DeepMind, the world’s hottest artificial intelligence lab, embraces the blockchain, the …

11 Uses for Your Old Smartphone

11 Uses for Your Old Smartphone<p>Click To View Slideshow»<p>Do you have an old smartphone lying around? Turn it into something cool.<p>Smartphones! Everybody …

How a typo took down S3, the backbone of the internet

Hello, operator<p>Earlier this week, much of the internet ground to a halt when the servers that power them suddenly vanished. The servers were part of S3, Amazon’s popular web hosting service, and when they went down they took several big services with them. Quora, Trello, and IFTTT were among the …

Internet

This Smart AI Can Now Steal Code to Write Its Own Programs

We're not worried, honest.<p>Our artificial intelligence systems are continuing to get smarter, with scientists demonstrating that a system called …

Artificial Intelligence