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Google's training AI to catch diabetic blindness before it's too late

Diabetes is no joke, regardless of what Wilford Brimley memes you've seen. The disease's associated foot ulcers can lead to amputation of the limb while diabetic retinopathy (DR) can rob people of their sight. Some 415 million diabetics worldwide are at risk of this visual affliction and many of …

Microsoft Surface gains at Apple iPad's expense

Microsoft says sales of its tablets surged 38 percent year over year in the company's first quarter.<p>Things are looking up for Microsoft's Surface.<p>The Redmond, Washington-based tech giant reported that sales of its tablets surged 38 percent in the first quarter compared with the same period a year …

Microsoft Surface

Watch HP's Elite X3 Windows Phone simulate a desktop

After spending plenty of time with HP's Elite X3 Windows Phone, it's hard not to be impressed by the company's ambition. It's just too bad the execution isn't so great. The Elite X3 builds on Microsoft's Continuum feature, which gives phones pseudo-desktop interfaces on larger monitors, with …

Google puts Daydream View VR headset up for pre-order

Google's fuzzy, comfy Daydream View virtual reality headset is now available for pre-order, the company has announced.<p>Announced earlier this month at …

The FAA Is Considering a Ban on Samsung's Exploding Smartphones

Last week, Samsung recalled roughly 2.5 million smartphones after it was discovered that at least 35 of the devices had spontaneously burst into …

Galaxy Note 7 explodes while man is sleeping

Not convinced Samsung’s Note 7 recall is a serious issue? According to a report on <i>Reddit</i>, one unit exploded while hooked up to Samsung’s stock …

Galaxy Note

What to expect from Sony’s PlayStation event

Sony is having a PlayStation event tomorrow in New York, where it plans to provide an update on its PlayStation business and PS4. Most people agree that means it’s going to show us a couple of PlayStation hardware updates, including a previously announced more powerful PlayStation 4 (supposedly …

Virtual Reality

Snapchat introduces Memories: a searchable, shareable archive of your snaps

Chat history<p>At a time when its social networking rivals are racing to promote more real-time sharing, Snapchat is turning its attention to the past. The company today introduced Memories, a way of saving and sharing old snaps in a private archive inside the main app. It’s a living, social camera …

Social Media

Enter for your chance to win* a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge!

From the Cheapskate: Whoa! One lucky winner will get an S7 Edge and a bunch of Spigen goodies. Second prize: an S7 and a bunch of Spigen goodies. Do. NOT. Miss this contest.<p><i>CNET's Cheapskate scours the Web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Questions about the Cheapskate blog?</i> …

Phones

Apple Says Apple ID Password on Shooter's iPhone Changed in Government Possession, Losing Access to Data

Shortly after the U.S. Department of Justice filed a motion demanding Apple comply with an order to help it unlock the iPhone 5c of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, Apple executives shared key information with several reporters, including <i>BuzzFeed</i>'s John Paczkowski, about government missteps that …

New Ubuntu smartphone has specs to pack a punch

In the run up to Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016, Canonical has released details of its next Ubuntu OS smartphone to come to market, and it offers the highest spec of any phone running the platform so far.<p>The Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition keeps with the existing trend of manufacturers repurposing …

Apple vows to resist FBI demand to crack iPhone linked to San Bernardino attacks

Tech giant Apple and the FBI appeared headed for a deepening confrontation Wednesday after the company’s chief pledged to fight federal demands to help mine data from an iPhone used by one of the shooters in December’s terrorist attacks in San Bernardino.<p>The clash reflects wider debates in the …

Privacy

Apple will not build a backdoor to the iPhone, says Tim Cook in response to FBI court order

Apple CEO Tim Cook has responded to a court order that stipulated Apple must help the FBI break into a phone belonging to one of the San Bernardino killers, saying it would set a “dangerous precedent.”<p>“The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens …

Apple releases new beta builds for iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS for developers

Apple has released new beta builds across its lineup, with OS X, iOS, tvOS and watchOS all getting a bit of attention.<p>The iOS 9.3 beta 3 fixes a few bugs with shared iPad authentication and Bluetooth pairing, but also keeps beta features like Night Shift and the secure Notes app which hides your …

The Big Dig After the Big Storm: Pictures

Long Island

Sofia Vergara Files $15 Million Lawsuit Against Skin Tightening Company

Sofia Vergara is taking legal action to protect her name and brand.<p>The <i>Modern Family</i> star has filed a $15 million lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior …

Sofia Vergara

Apple Watch 2 Said to Enter Mass Production in Mid 2016

Quanta will be the sole manufacturer of the second-generation Apple Watch, according to a few sources out of the China supply chain (via <i>DigiTimes</i>). The same sources believe that the manufacturing company will ramp up mass production on the "Apple Watch 2" sometime in the second quarter of 2016, …

Periscope for iPhone now lets you broadcast live using a GoPro

Your Periscope feed could soon be full of extreme footage. There’s now an integration that allows the GoPro HERO4 Black or Silver to broadcast straight to Periscope.<p>For iPhone users, the Periscope app will recognize a connected GoPro and give the option to broadcast from that device instead of …

FDA Approves Controversial 'Little Pink Pill' But With Restrictions

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a pill that aims to increase a woman’s desire for sex — a controversial decision made only after an extended lobbying campaign by the drug’s makers.<p>But the agency’s imposed an unusual number of restrictions on who can prescribe the drug and how they can …

Sexual Health

Scientists studying starlight can tell you: Our universe is going dark

We know that our universe has already lived through great number of exciting phases. But new research released overnight shows the universe has long passed its peak and is slowly but surely dying.<p>The research was presented at the year’s largest gathering of astronomers at the International …

Universe

China might be building vast database of federal worker info, experts say

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The massive hack that may have stolen the personal information of four million federal employees appears designed to build a vast database in what could be preparation for future attacks by China against the U.S., cybersecurity experts advising the government told CNN Friday …

Personal Information

A skeptic’s Apple Watch diary: Day 4, the halfway point

I gave my first impressions of the Apple Watch on Friday. Three-and-a-half days in, and halfway into my one-week experiment, it’s time for an update. You may want to get a cup of your preferred hot beverage before reading this piece: it’s a long one!<p>It appears I was entirely alone in my uncertainty …

It's Over: Kris Jenner Files for Divorce from Bruce Jenner

It’s official: Kris and Bruce Jenner’s marriage is ending.<p>The Kardashian matriarch, 58, filed for divorce Monday, 11 months after the longtime couple …

Can the iPhone 6 replace your gaming handheld?

Living with the iPhone 6, Part 3: In which Scott Stein sizes up the iPhones against his favorite portable game consoles and finds some interesting conclusions.<p>Apple's iPhones have been great game devices for years. In fact, iPhones are the gadgets that helped reinvent mobile gaming and steer it …

Phones

Oppo 'Smart Lens' leaks in new photos

Remember Sony’s intriguing line of QX lenses with built-in cameras? While the products remained fairly niche, there’s no doubt that Sony was onto …

[Weekend Poll] Would Android Silver Replacing The Nexus Program Be A Good Thing Or A Bad Thing?

A growing number of sources are corroborating our initial report on a project known as Android Silver - a premium retail and branding effort …

$20 Android smartphones coming in the next few months, says ARM

Companies worldwide have shipped more than 50 billion ARM-based chips since 1993, with 10 billion of them in 2013 alone. Many of those chips ended up in smartphones and tablets, but ARM’s designs are also used for everything from servers, to laptops, to smartwatches. So if anyone in this world has …

Mobile

Report: Samsung ships 10 million Galaxy S5 units in 25 days

A report out of South Korea claims that Samsung shipped 10 million units of the Galaxy S5 in 25 days, toppling the Galaxy S4's previous record of 27 …

South Korea