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Kansas hospital pays ransomware demand, doesn't get files back

Negotiating with criminals doesn't always work out, as Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita learned last week. The hospital paid to get files back after falling victim to ransomware, but only got "partial access" and a demand for more money, Techspot is reporting.<p>That's right: the criminals got their …

Hospitals

Pizza Hut has employed a robot waiter

Mastercard has announced that it is powering the first commercial application of SoftBank’s humanoid robot Pepper, creating a service in Pizza Hut restaurants in Asia.<p>The service will have Mastercard’s digital payment service MasterPass as the core and Pizza Hut, the first brand to come on board to …

Pizza

Wrio Keyboard for iOS Claims up to 70% Faster Typing Speed

Swiss startup Wrio has launched a new keyboard app for iOS which claims to speed up typing by between 20 and 70 percent compared to standard Qwerty layouts.<p>The developers of Wrio say they achieved this typing feat by throwing out the rulebook that says keys should be square, and instead adopting a …

Typing

Xbox One is about to get a torrent client

Xbox One users could soon have access to a torrent client compatible with the multimedia gaming console.<p>As announced at Build Developer Conference back in March, the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update - due to be rolled out this summer - sees Microsoft bring the PC operating system and Xbox One …

Xbox One

Here's why Google's Chromebooks are so awesome

Google's Chromebooks just hit a huge milestone. For the first time, they outsold Macs in the US, a sign that a lot of people are looking for cheap, capable computers.<p>And soon, they're getting a huge update that'll let them run Android apps.<p>Here's why Chromebooks are so great, and why you'll …

Chromebook

Twitter is testing a night mode on Android

If there's one thing all nerds can agree on, it's that night modes absolutely rule.<p>I have no idea why this is a thing, but it is. Literally just this weekend, while procrastinating on a story I was supposed to be writing, I started searching for a way to add a night mode to Google Docs.<p>It's only in …

Google

French Billionaire Opens Free Coding University '42' In Silicon Valley

French technology entrepreneur and billionaire Xavier Niel (#129 in 2016 and #7 in France with a net worth of $8 billion) is investing $100 million of his own money to bring his Paris-based ’42′ coding school to Silicon Valley.<p>The name ’42′ is a nod to Douglas Adams’ science-fiction series <i>The</i> …

Silicon Valley

Windows Phone market share sinks below 1 percent

Worldwide smartphone sales increased by nearly 4 percent in the recent quarter, but Microsoft's Windows Phone OS failed to capitalize on the growth and dropped below 1 percent market share. Gartner's latest smartphone sales report provides the latest proof of the obvious: Windows Phone is dead. …

Phones

Google demos Project Ara developer unit, plans for a 2017 commercial release

It’s been a little while since we’ve heard much about Project Ara, but Google wasn’t going to let an I/O go by without shedding a little more light on the much discussed (and formerly Moto-centric) modular smartphone platform.<p>After highlighting the latest updates from Projects Soli and Jacquard, …

E Ink

Allo is a messaging app with Google built right in

Google is announcing a new messaging app today. It's called Allo and its main feature is a Google assistant that's built right in. Google says it'll be available later this summer — for free — on both iOS and Android.<p>Allo (pronounced like "Aloe" and not like "'allo, guv'nor!") is a mobile-only app …

Machine Learning

China is joining the Hyperloop race

China’s scientists are looking to ­develop military applications for experimental technology behind an ultra high-speed “vacuum” transport system, according to a researcher involved in one of the projects.<p>The technology under development would involve loading passengers into pods and projecting …

Transportation

Here's the big news you missed at Google I/O

Google is betting its near term future on virtual reality, encrypted messaging apps, and bringing digital personal assistants further into your life.<p>Here's what you might have missed.<p>Daydream<p>Allo and Duo<p>Just when you thought you didn't need another messaging app, Google has announced not one...but …

Google

Windows 10 testers can now get Android phone notifications on their PCs

Microsoft revealed earlier this year that it was planning to bring Android phone notifications straight to Windows 10 PCs. If you're a Windows 10 tester then you can enable this new feature today. A new update for the Android version of Cortana will allow you to enable individual apps to sync their …

Android News

Google announces Android Wear 2.0 with standalone app support and tiny keyboard

Google today announced Android Wear 2.0, the biggest update to its wearable operating system since its release back in September 2014. The biggest change with the software, which releases this fall, is apps can be run standalone without the need for a phone nearby. In fact, Google's David …

Google

Charter officially owns Time Warner Cable, creating the US's second largest cable provider

Charter has completed its purchase of Time Warner Cable, combining the two companies and forming the United States' second largest cable operator, just behind Comcast. Charter also completed its acquisition of the smaller cable provider Bright House Networks. With the three companies combined, …

Time Warner

Microsoft sell-off sees Nokia relaunch phone business

Nokia has announced plans to re-enter the smartphone and tablet market with a range of branded devices.<p>The company has granted HMD, a newly-formed Finnish firm, exclusive global license to create Nokia-branded phones and tablets for the next ten years.<p>HMD said it would invest $500 million (£346m) …

Nokia

Connecting everyone to internet 'would add $6.7tn to global economy'

Bringing internet access to the 4.3 billion people in the world who do not have it would increase global economic output by $6.7 trillion, raising 500 million people out of poverty, according to a study by PwC.<p>The report, titled Connecting the world: Ten mechanisms for global inclusion, was …

Economics

Firefox usage overtakes Microsoft’s IE and Edge desktop browsers globally for the first time

Firefox has met a notable milestone as the desktop version of Mozilla’s browser overtook Microsoft’s incarnations globally for the first time in April in terms of usage.<p>According to analytics company StatCounter, which tracks browsing data over 15 billion page views per month across three million …

Internet Explorer

The UK is developing a digital driving licence

The UK government is developing a digital driving licence, according to the BBC.<p>The smartphone licence being developed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is currently at the prototype stage but it could be available by 2018, the BBC reports.<p>Oliver Morley, CEO of the DVLA, tweeted a …

Driving