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Boeing is making a phone for 'Mission Impossible' agents

Smartphone for defense customers wipes your data if you try to get inside it<p>Boeing's mysterious smartphone — the one that was supposed to have come out by the end of 2012 — is now out of the bag. Boeing today posted a full breakdown of Black, a device aimed at defense and security customers. The …

The hidden risk in Blackphone’s “secure” communications

Messaging, cheap phones, and the tensions between the telecom industry and web companies have been the overriding themes at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), an annual telecom-industry gathering in Barcelona this week. But another current has been flowing underneath the surface: security and …

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How GoPro Took Over The Internet

Next stop: the world!<p>GoPro’s line of action cams have resulted in some of the most explosively viral first-person videos of the past couple years. Yesterday, the video camera maker confidentially filed with the SEC for an initial public offering, signaling that GoPro is thinking about base jumping …

Dolphin Zero

If you’re reading this on your mobile, chances are you’re using Safari, Android’s stock browser, Chrome, or perhaps even Opera Mini. That’s according to recent stats from NetMarketShare, at least.<p>But there are other browsers out there too, such as Dolphin, which has won awards, plaudits and …

This t-shirt will tell your phone how healthy you are

OMSignal<p>Last month, Quartz wrote about Scanadu Scout, a nifty little device that can measure your vital signs—temperature, heart rate, blood pressure and more—simply through contact with your skin. The catch was that you have to hold it up your forehead to get a reading. Stephane Marceau, founder …

Why I'm Glad Instagram Direct isn't a Snapchat or Messaging App Clone

Before Instagram Direct was unveiled, I had reservations about how private messaging would be integrated into the platform.<p>The pure, immediate joy of Instagram comes from its simplicity, both in terms of its design and the sharing it facilitates. You capture a photo or short video clip, then post …

Product reviews, how-tos, deals and the latest tech news - CNET

Top Deals and Promotions<p>CNET may get a commission from these offers.<p>Ltd. Ed. Deep Radiance<p>360-degree sound with deep bass, 100-foot Bluetooth range, 20-hour playtime, less than 2 pounds and fully waterproof.<p>Ultra-light and comfortable. Plus great sound, excellent call quality, wireless and wired …

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Twitter Vulnerability Lets Apps Send DMs Without Permission

Security researcher Egor Homakov has discovered a Twitter vulnerability which allows apps to send DMs without requiring explicit user permission. TNW has verified the findings and can confirm the bug.<p>This means Twitter apps that don’t ask for permission to send DMs can do so anyway. For example, …

Too Different, Not Different Enough: Why Instagram Direct May Fail

My friends aren’t using Instagram Direct, at least not yet. I’ve received just two IGD messages since it launched Thursday. In the meantime, over 20 close friends I regularly message with elsewhere have posted publicly to Instagram, and I’ve received about 60 Snapchat Snaps from 18 different …

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Why You Want to Be Tracked Online

Hate being followed by airfare offers after researching a trip, or video-game ads after browsing for a child’s gift? Tracking by online marketers can …

Virtual Piggy, A Paypal For Minors, Rebrands As Oink After It Buys Domain From Kevin Rose’s Milk

Oink — a user-review app created by Kevin Rose’s startup lab Milk before Milk was acquired by Google and Rose later joined Google Ventures — never made it past its six-month birthday, but today the name and domain at least are getting another lease of youthful life. Virtual Piggy, a payments …

SnapPen: Draw whatever you’d like to on photos you’re sending and sharing with friends

Sending a photo to someone is one thing, but sometimes there’s more to the story you want to add, but don’t know how to. That’s where SnapPen comes …

Best iPad apps for volunteering

Volunteering your time to help out with different charities, is a great way to make a difference in this world. If you are interested in …

Social Video Startup Magisto Raises $13 Million From Qualcomm And Sandisk

Once upon a time, seemingly everyone was creating mobile apps to help users shoot, edit, and share videos with one another. Thanks to a desire to build or invest in the “Instagram for video,” a number of new social video apps popped up and got funding last year.<p>One startup that was always a bit of …

Mobile Video App Snapverse Raises $3.5M And Announces Deals With Universal, Warner Bros, And Sony

Snapverse is an iPhone app that combines 20-second user videos with licensed music. The amount of licensed music available is about to grow significantly, thanks to partnerships with Universal, Warner Brothers, and Sony.<p>The company is also announcing that it has raised $3.5 million from John Hannan …

Google Goes After Reporters With New “Google Media Tools” Site

Google has become the latest tech company to introduce a centralized resource containing tools aimed at courting journalists, with the launch of a new hub called Google Media Tools. The idea is to offer a one-stop shop where reporters can access and learn to use a number of Google services, from …

Some say health-care site’s problems highlight flawed federal IT policies

<b>Correction:</b> An earlier version of this article incorrectly said that CGI Federal, a contractor working on the government’s new health-care Web site, had a sole-source contract with the Department of Health and Human Services. In fact, multiple bidders competed for that contract. The article also …

Getting Ready for iOS 7: How to backup your device and set up iOS 7

Apple has announced that iOS 7 will be available tomorrow, September 18th. Before installing the update, it is recommended that you have a backup of your data. This how-to is going to walk you through backing up your iOS 6 device and transitioning it over to iOS 7:<p>First things first, let’s discuss …

Apple Offers Legacy Apps for Old iPhones and iPads

9to5MacWhen it debuts tomorrow, iOS 7 — the next generation of Apple’s mobile operating system — will support only the iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and …

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Make Your iPhone College Ready With These Apps

Many students nowadays have an iPhone, but who said that it's only for fun and games? The iPhone can be a student's best friend when it comes to …

An iPhone Lover’s Take On The Facebook Phone

“This is not a Facebook Phone.” Yeah, whatever. The HTC First is the first phone that has Facebook partnering up with an OEM to bake an Android pie with Facebook Home filling, so I’m calling it the Facebook Phone. There will be more. This is just the first. And guess what?<p>It’s really good.<p>Sitting …

This Video Explains Everything You Need to Know About Bitcoin in Three Minutes

What is a bitcoin? Like exactly? It's digital currency and it's been around for a while now so what's all the fuss these days? It's because more and …

Twitter's war on the multimillion-dollar fake follower business

Demand for higher follower counts has helped turn the trading of Twitter accounts into a multi-million dollar business. A new report from The <i>New York Times</i> details research by two Italian security researchers who spent several months looking into the big players that offer customers fake followers, …

The government could soon be using an iPhone to check your identity

Identity verification specialist AOptix is offering an iPhone-based biometric identification system aimed at government customers.<p>While there are existing solutions out there, the AOptix one is unusually comprehensive: it can recognise your face, iris, voice and fingerprints. The system – intended …

How to buy Bitcoins: A dispatch from inside the digital currency bubble.

<i>Update, 3:13 p.m.: The bitcoin market is extremely volatile today, with the price ranging from a low of $120 to a high of $266. You can see the</i> …

12 Useful 'Easter Eggs' Hidden In Your iPhone

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