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Police show photo of iPhone 5c they say saved gunshot victim’s life

An iPhone 5c saved the life of a 25-year-old gunshot victim, according to British police (via <i>Business Insider</i>). The victim, who has not been named, was shot at close range with a shotgun and suffered serious abdominal injuries, but survived thanks to the iPhone 5c in his pocket taking the main …

iPhone

iSaber Lightsaber Made by Apple

We’re not sure whether Apple have cooperated with Lucasfilm for some aspects of upcoming <b>Star Wars VII</b>, but the following concept <b>lightsaber</b> called …

Gear & Gadgets

Google to begin testing purpose-built self-driving cars on public roads

Google’s prototype self-driving car pods will take to public roads for the first time around its headquarters in Mountain View, California this summer.<p>The pods, which resemble a Smart Car crossed with a Nissan Micra, will be fitted with a removable steering wheel, brake and accelerator pedals, and …

Roads

The man who hacks phones with an implant under his skin

If you hand Seth Wahle your phone, he could steal your photos, passwords and more simply by holding it. Rose Eveleth finds out how he does it.<p>Seth Wahle is one of a growing number of people who has a chip implanted into his body. Wahle, a former petty officer in the US Navy and now an engineer at a …

Android Phones

How Apple Watch could predict heart attacks in the future

The Apple Watch heart rate monitor is far better than everyone thought, and that could theoretically lead to big medical breakthroughs — like the ability to predict heart attacks before they happen.<p>Developer Brad Larson dug into raw Apple Watch HealthKit heart rate data after a run and compared it …

Why DirectX 12 is a game-changer for PC enthusiasts

<i>We originally ran this article in May 2015, but with the release this week of Windows 10, we thought we'd revisit DirectX 12 on the launch version of</i> …

Amazon's Delivery Drones Might Stalk You to Make a Drop-off

Talk of Amazon’s delivery drones scarcely goes off the boil for more than a few weeks before some new bit of news or development brings them right back into the headlines.<p>The problem with the whole scheme, however, is while the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) is slowly making changes to rules …

Drones

ISIS Wants a Truce

In the new edition of its magazine, ISIS floats the idea of a truce. Is the group flagging—or is this just another trick?<p>After months of being …

Middle East

U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan tied to performance of Afghan security forces

The pace of U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan will headline Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's visit to Washington, yet America's exit from the war remains tightly hinged to the abilities of the Afghan forces that face a tough fight against insurgents this spring.<p>President Barack Obama has …

The CIA is giving its surveillance tech to US law enforcement

The Justice Department's newest electronic dragnet--plane-mounted "dirtboxes" that can slurp thousands of cellular phone ID's from the air -- was originally developed by the CIA to hunt terrorists in the Middle East, <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reports. Now however, it's being used domestically to track …

Apple targeted by CIA spies for years, say new Snowden documents

A new report by <i>The Intercept</i> says that researchers working for the CIA have been involved in a "multi-year, sustained effort" to crack Apple security measures on iPhones and iPads. Documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden detail a number of initiatives, including an attempt to …

Surveillance

Certified pre-owned Bugattis are now a thing

Yup. And with a warranty, to boot.<p>They said it couldn't be done.<p>When the Veyron EB 16.4 went into production in 2005, Bugatti said it would build 450 of them. The world laughed. Sure, it was the uncontested fastest production car of all time, but its sticker price read a million euro – at the time …

12GB Titan X GPU Unreal Engine 4 Kite Open World Cinematic Demo Released (Video)

Anyone that is considering purchasing the huge 12GB Titan X GPU that was unveiled last week by Nvidia, is sure to enjoy this cinematic demonstration …

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The iPhone and Virgin Mobile break up

If you want to switch over to Virgin Mobile from your existing network for its low prices, you’ll have to go Windows Phone or Android: Sprint’s pre-paid subsidiary seems to have stopped selling the iPhone.<p>Shortly after the iPhone 6 release, Virgin Mobile told consumers that it had no plans to offer …

Mobile

14-Year-Old Hacks Connected Cars With Pocket Money

A 14-year-old boy has stunned the automotive industry by showing how to hack into connected cars with apparent ease.<p>Armed with only $15 of simple electronics gear he bought from RadioShack, the boy was easily able to unlock and start a connected car. The make of vehicle that was breached has not …

Mission Impossible

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. The FAA has proposed new drone laws that could be a major headache for Amazon.</b> Under the new laws, Amazon's drone delivery program would be unable to operate.<p><b>2. Apple has hired British radio DJ Zane Lowe.</b> He's spent 12 years at BBC Radio 1 and is reportedly going to work on iTunes Radio.<p><b>3. A</b> …

Microsoft updates Next Lock Screen app for Android with new security features

Microsoft has updated its Next Lock Screen app for Android with support for PIN and pattern-based locking.<p>In addition, accidental unlocking by pressing the home button has now been addressed. The app is now available in Spanish and Chinese (Mandarin), and provides improved battery usage and …

Apps

Miami cops are falsely reporting their locations on Waze to trick drivers

Officers think this will make ticketing easier and prevent cop stalking<p>Police officers in Miami are flooding Google's traffic app Waze with false information in an attempt to deceive drivers, <i>Autoblog</i> reports. The goal is to make Waze's cop-reporting function less useful to drivers.<p>Waze lets users …

TurboTax Fraud May Impact Federal Returns Too, FBI Investigating

Tax filing season arrived with a bang this year, punctuated by a big uptick in fears about fraud. There was nearly a bank run when TurboTax had to suspend filing state tax returns over fraud concerns. It would be bad enough to find that someone had filed ‘your’ tax return in your state and scooped …

Identity Theft

Microsoft Software Recognizes Images Better Than Humans Do

And it’s a foundational step in the next wave of interaction.<p>It’s not the most gorgeous photography you’ve ever seen. ImageNet features 1.2 million pictures of mundane items–a photocopier shoved in the corner of an office, a bowl of oatmeal on a table, a pile of logs, a giant sign shaped like an …

Should You Worry About Your Car Being Hacked? Yes & No

Yesterday, the internet was ablaze with talk of hackers. Why? Because Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) released a report on potential security loopholes in …

Google search results will tell you when to be worried about that cough

Google will now highlight health-related information for related search queries, the company announced Tuesday.<p>The data, which is part of Google's …

Ultra-rare Nissan Fairlady Z 432 goes to auction in US

This is basically a Datsun 240Z with the powertrain of a hakosuka Skyline GT-R.<p>This is basically a Datsun 240Z with the powertrain of a <i>h</i><i>akosuka</i> Skyline GT-R; a super-Z so hot and rare it was a legend in its own time. Few survived decades of racing and abuse. This one's for sale at RM's Amelia …

What’s The Worst Possible Password?

Short answer: Password1 is pretty bad<p>Last fall, hackers leaked 10 million email passwords on a Russian Bitcoin forum. Bogdan Calin, the chief technology officer for Web security firm Acunetix, sifted through the data and found almost 50,000 Gmail accounts with the same password: 123456. In fact, …

Samsung and Microsoft come to terms over billion dollar license fee dispute

Microsoft has long been the recipient of license fees for patents related to each and every Android device sold. Samsung has long been the number one seller of Android devices sold around the globe, but have been refusing to pay said licensing fees for a while now.<p>This dispute hit the courts last …

Android News

Video: This may be the most incredible Google robot yet

Google has taken a big interest in developing robots and a new video posted by Google-owned robotics firm Boston Dynamics shows off what might be its …

CIA is Bringing Amazon’s Marketplace to the Intelligence Community

In the coming months, Amazon Web Services will launch an IC-only cloud marketplace that aims to shake up the way spy agencies purchase software.

Amazon Web Services

Teen faces murder charge after posing for Snapchat selfie with victim

A 16-year-old from Pennsylvania is facing murder charges after allegedly killing a classmate and sharing a picture of himself with the victim's body over Snapchat.<p>Maxwell Marion Morton was charged with first-degree murder last Friday reports the <i>Pittsburgh Tribune-Review</i>, after police were shown a …

Ebola survivor: 'Demonic' disease 'worse than war'

<b>Freetown, Sierra Leone (CNN) —</b> I started working at the Ebola treatment center the day it opened, September 19. I cared for children, men and women with Ebola. Every day more than 100 new patients came in. It was so serious.<p>I wasn't afraid. I was determined to make the outbreak go away from my …

Disease