Renfred Law

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It's Official: 2013 Was the Busiest Year Yet for Cyber Criminals

Bad news: The number of attacks is up. Good news: There are fewer kinds of attacks to defend against.<p>When the history of computer security is written, 2013 is going to go down as something of a watershed year. It was the year of the Target breach that exposed the credit and debit card numbers of …

Dying grandmother uses Oculus Rift to walk outside again

Roberta Firstenberg had long loved walking outside and caring for her garden. However, a hard battle with cancer had weakened her so that going outside was no longer possible. In a bid to give her one more view of the outside world, Roberta's granddaughter Priscilla, an artist, programmed an Oculus …

Google Street View Accidentally Made an Algorithm That Cracks CAPTCHAs

House numbers on Google Street View can turn up as blobby, blurry things, so its engineers built a pretty crazy neural network to decipher them. …

Mt. Gox faces liquidation as recovery plans scrapped

A Japanese court-appointed administrator is now in control of Mt. Gox following an unsuccessful attempt to save the business. The Bitcoin exchange filed for bankruptcy in February after losing 850,000 Bitcoins, though it later found around a quarter of them. That's still a $340 million loss at …

Google’s Modular Ara Smartphone To Launch For The Public In January 2015

Google has been showing off its Project Ara modular smartphone in a lot more detail over the past few days, likely because it’s also hosting a developer conference for the device this week. Ara uses interchangeable modules to deliver a smartphone that can be whatever a user wants it to be, complete …

Is Moore's Law Dying?

Moore's Law—the observation that the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles approximately every two years—had held true for 40 years. …

Hacker successfully uses Heartbleed to retrieve private security keys

This morning, content distribution network Cloudflare gave some hope to those affected by the Heartbleed security flaw with an announcement that the bug might not be as bad as feared. In two weeks of testing, Cloudflare said, its researchers failed to exploit the bug to steal a website's private …

Google Glass Sales Going Public, But Act Fast

Starting at 6 a.m. PT on April 15, any U.S.-based adult will have the chance to purchase Google Glass for $1,500.<p>PCMag reviews products …

Google Glass

Intel Is Experimenting With Fully Immersed Cooling for Computers

Forget your water-cooled gaming rig: Intel is experimenting with a cooling system which fully immerses the entirety of a computer's electronics in …

Cloud computing: Microsoft's potential ace up its sleeve

You're no doubt well aware that cloud computing is one of the Xbox One's big selling points. MS reps often tout the advantages of offloading physics …

The Project Ara team takes us behind the scenes in new video

Before the Project Ara team heads into their Google hosted Ara Developers Conference on April 15-16, 2014, they've decided to go ahead and offer a …

Prototypes

Here's another peek at Google's build-your-own-smartphone project

Project Ara has only exploded in prominence since Google unloaded Motorola earlier this year, and now we're getting yet another peek at the work in progress. The Phonebloks team just released a video showing off the progress Google and its partners have made on those modular smartphones, and things …

How a 2005 Steve Jobs Ultimatum Turned Into the iPhone We Know

Way back in 2005, Apple engineer Greg Christie was toying around with ideas for a touchscreen telephone. Then, Jobs gave him an ultimatum: show …

Nvidia's Got a New Next-Gen GPU and $3,000 Graphics Card

Nvidia is only just starting to put out cards that run on its new Maxwell architiecture, but its eyes are already on the future. Today at its annual …

Oculus investor says Facebook purchase is like 'Google buying Android in 2005'

Zuckerberg is betting virtual reality will be the platform of the future<p>Facebook announced today that it was acquiring virtual reality darling Oculus Rift for $2 billion in cash and stock. The transaction left a lot of people scratching their heads: Oculus has been focused on high-end gaming …

Microsoft just exposed email's ugliest secret

Email is more broken than you think<p>If you're hiding something from Microsoft, you'd better not put it on Hotmail.<p>It came out yesterday that the company had read through a user's inbox as part of an internal leak investigation. Microsoft has spent today in damage-control mode, changing its internal …

Is Jailbreaking Annoying? p0sixspwn Developer Thinks so

winocm is one of the developers of p0sixspwn, the tool that lets you jailbreak devices running iOS 6.1.3 to iOS 6.1.6. You’d expect him to be a big …

DirectX 12 coming to Windows Phone also - MSPoweruser

Microsoft today announced DirectX 12 for the desktop, and also for tablets and smartphones.<p>For the desktop it provides a lower level of hardware …

World's Tiniest Plasma Transistor Can Make Supertough Electronics

The pink glow you see above is coming from the world's smallest plasma transistor, an unfathomably miniscule device 100 times smaller than the width …

10 years of social media's biggest players and payouts by the numbers

Facebook launched ten years ago in February 2004. A month later, so did this site. Social media hasn't, doesn't and <i>won't</i> stay still. As Myspace rises, Friendster declines. The pattern's repeated itself a few times already, and even Google hasn't quite cracked the magic social network formula, at …

At TED, Sharpening the Vision of the Internet of Things

Smartphone-controlled coffee machine? Let's dream a little bigger.<p>Smartphone-controlled coffee makers turn out to be less cool than you might think. It’s not that hard to time your morning brew.<p>“I look today at some of the work being done around the ‘Internet of Things’ and it’s kind of tragically …

Valve's free pro-gaming documentary hits iTunes, Steam and YouTube (video)

If you didn't make it to <i>Free to Play</i>'s San Francisco premiere last night, Valve (yes, <i>that</i> Valve) has you covered. The <i>Dota 2</i> tournament doc is now available on iTunes, Steam and YouTube for the very reasonable price of zero dollars. The Valve-produced documentary clocks in at a little over an hour, …

Your new disease, America: Compulsive gadget-hoarding

According to a study, 68 percent of Americans keep their unused gadgets for posterity's sake. Or something. Only 25 percent allegedly admit to it.<p>If we can't unearth a new illness, syndrome, or phobia at least once a month, we are not America.<p>I am delighted, therefore, that by merely keeping my …

A closer look at Google's gorgeous smartwatches

Google is finally ready to say what a smartwatch should look like. Earlier today, it gave a first peek at Android Wear, a version of its mobile operating system designed specifically for wearable devices. So far, Google has shown quite a bit of what shape the OS will take when it comes to watches …

Microsoft reportedly considering an acquisition of Xamarin, would boost Windows Phone apps

Here’s some stellar news for Windows Phone developers. Microsoft is rumored to buy software development company Xamarin. Microsoft and Xamarin have …

Apps

Microsoft Office for iPad will be unveiled this month

Satya Nadella is planning to host his first press event as Microsoft CEO next week. The software maker has been inviting members of the media to a special cloud- and mobile-focused event in San Francisco on March 27th. Nadella is expected to discuss Microsoft’s "mobile first, cloud first" strategy, …

vrAse turns your smartphone into a VR headset (hands-on)

We'll admit it, when we first laid eyes on vrAse -- a smartphone case that gives your handset Oculus Rift-like functionality -- we were a bit... curious? The ambitious/ingenious project was launched on Kickstarter at the end of last year, and while it didn't get quite the huge sum that Oculus did, …

Microsoft says it's really time to dump Windows XP thru this clever infograph

For businesses, Microsoft also wants to remind the cost to maintain an out of date operating system can be “very expensive” compared to Windows 7 and …

Microsoft Windows

This concept makes most email clients look ugly

Some email clients have come a long way in presenting clean and clear information, but this concept from 1910 Design & Communication shows that there's still a lot of room for improvement. In the concept, structure and function follow from the constraints of typography, resulting in a design that …

Nokia granted a patent for interactive bezels - MSPoweruser

Bezels are a necessary evil for large handheld devices as otherwise the supporting hand will cover the displayed content on the screen, and also …