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Eric Schmidt calls Android 'more secure than the iPhone'

Google's Eric Schmidt has a reputation for raising eyebrows with his public proclamations, so this latest episode should come as little surprise — the company chairman declared during the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo that Android has a security advantage over Apple's iPhone. In comments reported by …

How MongoDB raised $150M in warp speed to challenge IBM, Oracle, and SAP

MongoDB, the company that offers a database technology developers can use to easily enter and retrieve data for applications, raised its $150 million round of funding in just three weeks, according to its CEO, Max Schireson.<p>Most fundraising takes months. However, Schireson, in an interview with …

MongoDB proves it’s king of NoSQL databases with $150M in new funding

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr/401(K) 2012<p>More evidence that MongoDB rules in online databases: the company just raised $150 million in new …

After Silk Road's demise, online drug dealing moves to new sites

Can one of these three digital black markets step in for the fallen billion-dollar empire?<p>Patrons of the Silk Road, by far the largest online marketplace for buying illegal drugs, were understandably alarmed when the FBI seized and shut down the site earlier this week. The black market's customers …

Quantum Computers Move Another Step Closer To Reality

Imagine that two people could get linked in such a way that they could influence each other no matter where in the universe they existed. Now scientists find they can entangle mechanical vibrations in this same way, findings that could help enable quantum computers far more powerful than normal …

Intelligence chief says the US attacks encryption because the bad guys use it

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has responded to leaks showing how the NSA tried (and largely failed) to break through Tor's encryption network. While his statement doesn't shed much new light on the situation, it encapsulates the intelligence community's general response to …

With competition ramping up, Splunk starts targeting non-techies

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Machine-data management specialist Splunk is getting in on the trend of democratizing analytics by making its Splunk …

Twitter Founder Reveals Secret Formula for Getting Rich Online

Ev Williams has figured out the internet.<p>That's what he told the gathered tech heads at the recent XOXO conference in Portland, Oregon, and while he …

And the gigabit train rolls on: France’s Free launches gigabit service

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr / fdecomite<p>Illiad, the French telecom that offers the Free brand of broadband and mobile phone service, has …

AT&T tries to beat Google to Austin, launches fiber internet in December

Gigabit internet service will soon be a reality in Austin, Texas. AT&T says that its "GigaPower" U-verse service will go live for "tens of thousands" of customers this December, though, despite the name, it won't launch with gigabit speeds. Instead, AT&T says its first customers will get (still …

Scribd moves beyond document sharing with $8.99/month ebook subscription service

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>There must be something in the water: Just under a month after startup Oyster launched a Netflix-like subscription service for …

This is the first interesting search engine since Google

It’s hard to build a really new search engine. Microsoft has spent enormous resources trying to convince people that Bing’s search results are just as good as Google’s. Bing has won market share, but not at Google’s expense. Other Google alternatives like DuckDuckGo are growing rapidly because they …

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NASA's Voyager 1 Mission Far From Over

NASA’s recent announcement that its venerable Voyager 1 spacecraft had made humankind’s first historic leap into interstellar space might seem like a great way to end its hugely successful decades-old mission.<p>But, in reality, the spacecraft likely has more than ten years of life remaining.<p>That is, …

Controlling Your Home With The Touch Of An iPad

When you step off the elevator into the 8,000-square foot Savant Experience Center, it feels less like a showroom and more like a swanky Manhattan abode. “We wanted to develop a space where technology blended in with the environment,” says Robert Madonna, chief executive of Savant Systems, a …

Samsung's teased curved phone may not be what you think

If Samsung's reveal of a forthcoming smartphone with a curved screen sends shivers down your spine and visions of bendable handsets dancing through your head, you may want to rein in your excitement.<p>While Samsung (and LG and Nokia and Apple) are all experimenting with kinetic displays that move …

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A.I smartwatch is also a standalone Android smartphone (updated)

Smartwatches sure are multiplying faster than rabbits. One of the newest devices hoping to make it to market is the A.I Watch: a companion gadget that's also a standalone Android phone, similar to a Chinese creation we saw in August. According to its developers, you can use the A.I Watch to make …

SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket, its largest to date

SpaceX launched its most powerful rocket to date on Sunday, a booster the company hopes will one day ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.<p>The nine-engine Falcon 9 lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, about 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles, at 9 a.m. PT, carrying a Canadian …

Space Travel

Google Fiber Compared To Broadband By Putting A Middle Age Guy In A Bath Robe And Soaking Him With A Firehose

Provo, Utah is getting Google Fiber in the next few months. So how do you explain to the people of this small city north of Salt Lake what that will mean for their Interent service?<p>You get a guy to wear a bath robe and stand next to a raised swimming pool with a garden hose, symbolic of broadband …

What Games Are: Steam’s Big Bet

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tadhg Kelly is a veteran game designer and the creator of leading game design blog What Games Are. You can follow him on Twitter here.</i><p>There had long been hints that Valve was up to something. Hints like Gabe Newell decrying the state of Windows 8 and speaking in favor of Linux. Hints …

Microsoft now wants to buy your iPhone for at least $200

After offering at least $200 for an iPad, Microsoft is now looking to buy iPhones for the same price or more. The company's latest promotion at its Microsoft Stores, which was previously rumored, will run until November 3rd and allow visitors to trade-in an iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 for a minimum of …

Apple’s iOS 7 includes a surprise: a ticket to the next generation of the internet

For five years, researchers have toiled over an obscure bit of fundamental internet infrastructure that promises to make the connections to our mobile devices faster and more reliable than ever, and if you’ve already downloaded Apple’s iOS 7 to your iPhone or iPad, you could be using it …

Internet of Things

Electronic tattoo tracks the heat running through your veins

Wearable sensors can tell more and more about what happens inside us<p>Thermometers don't seem like they need reinventing. Just stick one beneath your tongue, wait a minute, and everything you need to know is right in front of you. But there's a lot more that temperature can tell us if we're paying …

Google's Self-Driving Cars: A Quest for Acceptance

Robots can already outdrive humans. Now everyone needs to get out of their way.<p>Every morning, at about 8 a.m., Anthony Levandowski walks out of his house in Berkeley and folds his six-foot-six-inch frame into the driver's seat of his white Lexus. Levandowski is embarking on his daily commute to …

Google starts new health company to tackle aging

Calico, a new company backed by Google, may use powerful data crunching to tackle age-related illness and disease.<p>SAN FRANCISCO — Google is not happy just organizing the world's information. The Internet search giant wants to help you live longer now too.<p>Google unveiled Calico Wednesday, a new …

Adobe's Project Mighty and Project Napoleon to Launch in 2014

At its MAX event in May this year, Adobe revealed that it was experimenting with hardware in the form of ‘Project Mighty’ – an Internet-connected stylus, and ‘Project Napoleon’, an accompanying digital ruler. Now the firm has announced that these two devices have graduated from experiments to …

CHART OF THE DAY: Technology Platforms With A Billion Users

Here's a cool, if a bit overwhelming, chart from Horace Dediu at Asymco.<p>It tracks which platforms have hit a billion users. Windows was first, then Facebook, then Android, and iOS should hit 1 billion in the next year or so, says Dediu.<p>Android hit the milestone faster than any other platform, …

T-Mobile reprimanded for false advertising by industry watchdog (update: T-Mobile responds)

Apparently AT&T isn't the only one thinking that T-Mobile's Uncarrier advertising campaign might be a touch too aggressive. The National Advertising Division, which is administered by the Council of Better Business Bureaus, has put out a statement scolding the magenta carrier for "flawed" …

UK enters global online university race

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1011000/1011759_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524640024_394bfd614d010bfd4fd81ceebd557d4f<p><b>The UK's biggest online university project has been launched, with more than 20 universities offering free courses.</b><p>Students will be able to follow …

Android engineering manager is Yahoo's latest acquisition

Described in some circles as one of Android open-source gurus, Jean-Baptiste Queru is the latest high-profile Google employee to leave the company.<p>Queru, also known by his initials JBQ, said on Twitter that he has joined Yahoo as a senior principal engineer working on mobile apps.<p>The first public …

Android News

iPhone 5C Review Roundup: A Cheaper, Colorful, and Uncompromising New Take on the iPhone 5!

- Sep 18, 2013<p>The iPhone 5C may not be Apple’s most powerful iPhone – but it has generated a great deal of buzz, and may have more appeal to the …