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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 be the only move left. On July 19, the loose collection of hackers and cryptocurrency experts were alerted to the theft of $32 million worth of ether — …

Cryptocurrency

Crowded cloud: Microsoft 2017-07-21 | Espresso

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Economics

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 …

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 …

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, …

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. …

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

Medical 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 …

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 …

Ben 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 …

Cybersecurity

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 …

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

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 -- you might find yourself talking to her more often.<p>The list of commands …

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> …