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NSA director defends plan to maintain 'backdoors' into technology companies

The National Security Agency director, Mike Rogers, on Monday sought to calm a chorus of doubts about the government’s plans to maintain built-in access to data held by US technology companies, saying such “backdoors” would not be harmful to privacy, would not fatally compromise encryption and …

Cyber-attacks

It's Official: Apple Is Finally Getting Diverse Emoji

Who says Santa Claus has to be white? Until now, your iPhone's emoji keyboard did.<p>A new beta release of iOS 8.3, currently available only to software developers, fixes that. It includes the option to change an emoji's skin color, meaning you can finally choose something beyond the pale pink hands …

MIT researchers claim they have a way to make faster chips

Image copyright Flickr / Andrew Magill.A team of MIT researchers have discovered a possible way to make multicore chips a whole lot faster than they …

Quantum Computing

Could Apple really be about to make cars?

Speculation that computing giant Apple is to start building cars has been one of this week’s biggest tech stories. But how likely is it – and what challenges does Apple face to become a carmaker? Jack Stewart investigates.<p>At the moment it is all just speculation – a sea of rumour and what-ifs, all …

Detroit Auto Show

Cloud hosting services and the future of lock-in

Image copyright Shutterstock / Redchanka.For a software product, identifying a product–market fit, getting to market, and then scaling to meet …

Amazon Web Services

The 'Paperless Society' Is Far From Paperless

Hardly a day goes by when we do not receive a message from some organization proclaiming with great self-satisfaction that it is shifting to “paperless” communications. The message is often accompanied by a smug comment that the organization is doing its part not only to reduce the use of paper, …

Japanese company plans space elevator by 2050

Japan's giant construction company, Obayashi Corporation, has announced that it plans to build an elevator into space by the year 2050.<p>Researchers heading into space in the not-too-distant future could be travelling by elevator rather than rocket if Japanese construction giant Obayashi Corporation …

Space Travel

Amazon Will Pump $55 Million Into Secretive California Lab

The company will also add nearly 800 jobs to the lab.<p>Amazon is stepping up its investment in a subsidiary that works on some of the company’s most secretive products, according to a recent filing with the state of California.<p>According to the document, Amazon is investing $55 million into A2Z …

ARM launches a high-powered microcontroller for the internet of things

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: c) 2013 Pinar Ozger pinar@pinarozger.com<p>ARM, the chip design firm whose processor designs are in almost all of the …

Amazon's secret lab is working on smart-home devices -- report

Amazon's Lab126 will boost staff by 27 percent over the next five years as it tests smart-home gadgets, reports Reuters.<p>Amazon's secretive hardware unit, known as Lab126, is busy working on new smart-home gadgets and will require some additional hands, according to a new report.<p>Amazon is currently …

Apple iPhone 6 Camera Tested Against Every Other iPhone - See the Results

<i>Photo: Apple</i><p><b>Eight iPhone cameras compared</b><p>The iPhone has revolutionised photography, and there’s no doubt that the iPhone 6 offers the best camera yet, but how does it stack up against previous versions?<p>Lisa Bettany, co-founder of popular apps Camera+ and MagiCam, has tested eight models of iPhone …

Google's undersea cables have to be reinforced because sharks keep biting them

Fiber-optic lines reinforced with Kevlar-like material<p>Google has been forced to protect its undersea data cables with a Kevlar-like coating in order to defend them against shark attacks. Dan Belcher, a Google product manager, explained at a Google Cloud Roadshow event that the company's …

Facebook reportedly planning money storage and transfer services

Facebook is reportedly planning to take a step into financial services, allowing users in select regions to store money online to use for making payments and transferring funds to others. According to the <i>Financial Times</i>, Facebook could obtain regulatory approval in Ireland to begin offering these …

SHIFT adds a self-service Twitter tool with tailored audiences to its social marketing platform

SHIFT, a cloud-based social media marketing service, has officially launched its new self-service tool for advertising on Twitter. The new version offers all the features of Twitter’s ads API while also adding more granular tailored audiences and an easier way for global teams to coordinate their …

Who Should Buy Google Glass

For one day only, Google will put its futurewear optics on sale to the general public. On Tuesday, April 15 at 9am ET, Google will be “opening up some spots in the Glass Explorer Program,” allowing any U.S. resident to buy the before-its-time wearable computer known as Google Glass.<p>At $1500, the …

New IBM Services Target Security And Disaster Recovery

IBM has seen the technology world changing as much as any other vendor and that’s part of the reason it bought SoftLayer last year –to broaden its cloud offerings. Today, the company has built upon that, announcing new security and disaster recovery services that could make the cloud more …

Google may boost search results of sites that use encryption

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock/ photobank.kiev.ua<p>Google(s goog) may soon give greater prominence in its search results to websites that …

‘None of the Web companies are doing anything’ to protect you, say security pros

Tech giants are struggling to protect your privacy. More to the point, they’re struggling to protect themselves from public criticism.<p>And security experts say the biggest companies of them all aren’t doing nearly enough to safeguard consumers. Instead, they’re piling on the features and benefits to …

Apple Hires Wolff Olins CEO Karl Heiselman For New Marketing Role

As Apple looks to improve its advertising efforts, the company has added an impressive new member to its marketing team. <i>Ad Age</i> reports that Apple has …

The First Emoticon May Have Appeared in ... 1648

The discovery would push back the pre-history of the emoticon by (at least) 200 years.<p>A dedicated poetry reader appears to have discovered a smiley face in a poem from 1648, a find that would extend the pre-history of the emoticon back by about 200 years.<p>Editor Levi Stahl, publicity manager for the …

Wi-Fi in the Sky Is Taking Off

With satellite-based Wi-Fi, Internet speeds on jetliners are getting lightning fast. And airlines are finding that travelers expect connections in the air to rival those on the ground — and at lower cost.<p>But the fast evolution of rival systems and standards, such as Ku band and Ka band, pose a big …

Wi-Fi

Google Knew About Heartbleed and Didn’t Tell the Government

Google knew about a crit­ic­al flaw in In­ter­net se­cur­ity, but it didn’t alert any­one in the gov­ern­ment.<p>Neel Me­hta, a Google en­gin­eer, first …

Heartbleed Bug

Google Acquires Titan Aerospace, The Drone Company Pursued By Facebook

Google has acquired Titan Aerospace, the drone startup that makes high-flying robots which was previously scoped by Facebook as a potential acquisition target (as first reported by TechCrunch), the WSJ reports. The details of the purchase weren’t disclosed, but the deal comes after Facebook …

Joe Biden Dusts Off His Old Twitter Account

Vice President Joe Biden is resurfacing his old Twitter account in anticipation of the upcoming midterm elections.<p>It's been 16 months since the …

Samsung's Goals for 2012: 'Beating Apple is #1 Priority'

Internal documents included in the second patent trial between Samsung and Apple last week revealed how Apple viewed Android, calling for a "Holy War" against Google and expressing concern about competition from larger-screened, lower-priced Android phones. A new set of documents reported by <i>Re/code</i> …

72% of Americans Won’t Wear Google Glass Because of Privacy Worries

It’s not Google Glass’ nerdy aesthetics, somewhat douchey reputation or lofty price tag that will prevent a whopping 72 percent of Americans from …

Silicon Valley Buying Spree: A Tech Bubble, Or Strategy At Play?

Over the past few months, the country's biggest technology firms have spent billions buying startups. Are we watching another tech bubble about to burst?<p>In this year's first quarter, Google and Facebook, alone, announced deals worth more than $24 billion on little companies that have almost no …

Gogo is bringing peak internet speeds of over 70Mbps to international flights

In-flight internet service provider Gogo just revealed a new technology that is expected to deliver peak speeds of over 70Mbps. The new technology is called 2Ku, named for its two Ku-band satellite antennas. The 70Mbps peak speeds are a considerable improvement compared to the 9.8Mbps speeds …