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Tor browser co-creator: Experian breach shows encryption may not be security panacea

The Experian/T-Mobile hack may be more worrisome than Experian’s carefully worded description of it suggests, some security experts said Friday.

One is the co-creator of the Tor secure browser, David Goldschlag, (now SVP of strategy at Pulse Secure). Goldschlag previously was head of mobile at …


LinkedIn pays big after class action lawsuit over user emails

The company known for using reminder emails to get you to use its professional networking service will now have to pay a hefty sum for taking the tactic a bit too far.

In an email sent by LinkedIn on Friday, users were notified that they were eligible for a class action settlement related to email …


Every Android device is vulnerable to newly discovered bugs

With two new "Stagefright" vulnerabilities discovered, almost every Android device ever released is vulnerable to malicious hackers. Fixing the bug …


Your next Comcast bill may be priced per gigabyte

The cable company is trying to bring wireless-style pricing to home broadband—consumers be damned.

Beginning tomorrow, residents of Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and the Florida Keys will become part of what feels like a never-ending experiment in pricing by America’s No. 1 broadband provider. Comcast …


Twitter is reportedly ditching the 140 character limit

Twitter is currently working on a new product that will let you share tweets that are longer than 140 characters, Recode reports.

The company already removed its character limit from direct messages last month, so it wouldn’t be a surprising move as the company has been testing lots of changes in …


Here’s All the New Stuff Google Just Announced

The Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, new Chromecasts and more

Google had a busy Tuesday, dropping two new phones, a pair of Chromecasts, a new tablet and a release date for the new Android software. Here’s what you missed.

New Nexus Phones

First, there’s the higher-end Nexus 6P. It’s a 5.7-inch device running …


Samsung Pay launches in the U.S. at more merchant locations than Apple Pay or Android Pay

Samsung launched its Samsung Pay mobile payments service in the U.S. today, and because the service supports contactless NFC payments and magnetic strips, it can already be used at more merchant locations than Apple Pay or Android Pay.

The service is supported wherever MasterCard credit cards are …


Early tests show iPhone 6s is nearly two times faster than rest of the industry

The iPhone 6s is so fast, not only does it destroy the iPhone 6 in speed tests, it tops the iPad Air 2 and every Android device on the market, according to initial benchmark tests.

Apple’s engineers managed to make some huge GPU improvements on the iPhone 6s thanks to new technology that allows the …


PayPal’s new chip card reader accepts Apple and Android Pay

PayPal Here – the company’s Square-like transaction system – now accepts chip cards and NFC payments in the US. The company today announced a new card reader with support for Apple Pay and Android Pay in the US, in addition to old-school magnetic swipes.

We knew it was coming; PayPal announced the …

Android Pay

Apple Removes 300 Infected Apps from App Store

The problem was first reported last week but it's much worse than anyone originally thought.The post Apple Removes 300 Infected Apps from App Store …


Apple: Latest iPhone, iPad software surpasses 50 percent adoption

The company says the uptake for iOS 9 is the fastest ever for the software that powers its iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices.

The new iOS 9 …


Downloads: The future of streaming


The subject of downloads has been a major talking point in the video-streaming realm this month, with three major companies all laying their offline-viewing cards on the table.

Kicking off on September 1, Internet juggernaut Amazon announced it was finally letting Prime Video subscribers on …

Amazon Instant Video

Verizon to be first to field-test crazy-fast 5G wireless

It expects "some level of commercial deployment" to begin by 2017 for next-generation wireless. That's much earlier than the common industry belief …


AT&T boosts limit on 'unlimited' data

On the heels of a major FCC fine, the wireless carrier increases the threshold at which it starts slowing down service to 22GB of data a month, …


Uber to Unveil Big E-Commerce Delivery Program With Retailers in the Fall

For at least a year, Uber has experimented with transporting packages in addition to people. Now it’s ready to make the arrangement more formal.

The popular ride-hailing service is planning a partnership announcement this fall with big retailers and fashion brands that could number in the dozens, as …


Mapping How Tor’s Anonymity Network Spread Around the World

Germany has overtaken the US in total nodes, with France, the Netherlands, and Russia coming close behind.The post Mapping How Tor’s Anonymity …


What happened when I tried to commute to work on a ‘hoverboard’

What could possibly go wrong?

I’d watched everyone from Skrillex to J.R. Smith whizzing around on what looks like the Segway’s much cooler cousin. The scooters — sometimes called hoverboards, despite being 100 percent glued to the ground — seemed to be an effortless and blissful way to get around. …


This hilarious Cisco fail is a network engineer’s worst nightmare

In 2013, Cisco issued a ‘field notice’ warning of a problem with its very expensive 3650 and 3850 Series Switches, used in many datacenters around the world.

One of the problematic switches

That field notice detailed a major problem with the switches, discovered after they were released: plugging in …

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Report: iPad Pro to Start at 64GB, Full Size Side-by-Side Apps, More

Some more news has leaked about Apple’s iPad Pro, the 12.9-inch tablet that Apple is expected to debut this week.

The iPad Air 2 displaying two apps side-by-side. The iPad Pro will display two portrait apps in a full-size view in side-by-side mode.


Unlike earlier iPads, which have started at


The Largest Air Purifier Ever Built Sucks Up Smog And Turns It Into Gem Stones

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Google Street View Gets a New App — And a Camera to Snap Your Own Street Views

Most users of Google Maps know about its option to view street-level panoramic images and about the Street View cars that have meticulously captured those photos. Now it’s your turn.

A new version of the Google Street View app will let users take their own Street View “photo spheres” and share them …


SmartThings Unveils A New Smart Home Hub

SmartThings’ smart home devices are getting a lot sleeker — and a lot more powerful — as of today.

The company today is releasing a new line of updated home sensors and a new, more powerful hub. In addition, SmartThings is rolling out a more simplified application centered around specific events and …


eBay is 20 years old today

If there’s one piece of news that can make you feel old, it’s when a cutting-edge online company hits the 10-year mark. So when news emerges that an Internet firm you grew up with is celebrating 20 years in business, well, that will surely make you feel ancient.

With that in mind, online shopping …

World Wide Web

Google Says It’s Not the Driverless Car’s Fault. It’s Other Drivers’.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google, a leader in efforts to create driverless cars, has run into an odd safety conundrum: Its cars don’t make enough mistakes.

Last month, as one of Google’s self-driving cars approached a crosswalk, it did what it was supposed to do when it slowed to allow a pedestrian to …


Hollywood studios begin suing Popcorn Time users

Popcorn Time may have won an army of fans with its "Netflix for Torrenting" service, but its rapid rise in popularity has also caught the attention of Hollywood and its legal teams. The Wall Street Journal reports that the studio behind The Expendables movies is suing 16 users of the Popcorn Time …


Algorithm turns any picture into the work of a famous artist

A group of German researchers have created an algorithm that basically amounts to the most amazing Instagram filter ever conceived: a convolutional neural network that can convert any photograph into a work of fine art. The process takes an hour (sorry, it's not actually coming to a smartphone near …


Samsung’s Slick New Smartwatch Makes Calls Without a Phone

There will be a few versions of the circular and slick-looking Gear S2, including one with its own e-SIM card.The post Samsung’s Slick New Smartwatch …