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10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. French taxi drivers rioted in the streets because they are unhappy about the rise of Uber in the country.</b> They blocked roads and threw rocks at cars.<p><b>2. Google Ventures has invested in London startup Yieldify.</b> The e-commerce company raised £7.3 million from Google Ventures and Softbank.<p><b>3.</b> …

Top Warning Signs That Your Employees are Disengaged

<i>Ilya Pozin is a serial entrepreneur, writer, and investor. He is the founder of online video entertainment platform Pluto TV, social greeting card company Open Me, and digital marketing agency Ciplex.</i><p>It’s a well-reported figure at this point, but it’s still immensely troubling: 70 percent of …

German Crowd-Sourced Software Testing Firm Adds Cloud Product

Testbirds introduced a new cloud testing product today they are calling TestChameleon.<p>The German company to this point has been known for offering crowd-sourced software testing. They have a group of 50,000 testers who will put your mobile apps and software through its paces and report back to you …

This 19-Year-Old College Student Built an Artificial Brain That Detects Breast Cancer

<i>by Elizabeth Kiefer, TEEN VOGUE</i><p>Brittany Wenger is changing the game when it comes to cancer detection technology -- and, at 19, she's just getting started.<p><i>Brittany Wenger explaining her work to President Obama. You know, casual.</i> | Photo: Getty Images<p>Brittany Wenger is one seriously smart cookie. In …

These programming skills will earn you the most money

<i>This post has been corrected</i><p>If you want to provoke an argument among computer programmers, ask them to pick their favorite coding language or framework. But even more contentious in an environment where engineers literally have agents, is which is the most lucrative.<p>Quora threads on the subject …

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How This 25-Year-Old Made $66,000 In A Month By Teaching An Online Course

"When I got home, my dad was super nice and bought me an iPhone 4, and it was my first introduction to apps," the 25-year-old remembers. "I was like, 'These things are crazy! They can do anything!'"<p>Since that first introduction, Walter, who graduated from Brigham Young University with an …

Something Called 'The Race To Zero' Is Scaring A Lot Of Tech Companies

There's so much competition in the cloud industry that cloud companies keep cutting their prices, even while they increase their storage limits.<p>There are a couple of reasons for this. For one, computer storage keeps getting cheaper. A gigabyte's worth of storage on a hard drive in 1993 cost more …

ThickButtons: iPhone Keyboard App for Fat Fingers

Apple’s move to open up system-wide access to third-party keyboards has been a huge boon for developers and users alike. While SwiftKey is perhaps the star attraction from the keyboard realm on iOS 8, there are a number of alternatives. Niche and otherwise.<p>The latest one to hit our radar is …

Adesto Technologies doubles down on memory chips that can cut energy consumption 100 times

Low-power memory chip startup Adesto Technologies is launching an improved version of its chips that can cut energy consumption as much as 100 times.<p>Adesto is launching a new non-volatile serial memory chip that operates at 1.2 volts, using a third less voltage than other chips on the market. The …

An iOS security flaw can reportedly replace apps and open iPhones to data theft

On the heels of the WireLurker malware, a new iOS vulnerability has potentially emerged and this one could share all your private information with hackers.<p>According to security research firm FireEye, a new flaw it calls Masque Attack installs malicious apps that replace official third-party apps on …

Got an IP webcam? Here are 73,000 reasons to change from the default password

I have three webcams in my home that let me monitor what’s going on with our pets as well as watch for deliveries. And I’m glad that none of them use …

Codecademy: From Zero Experience To A Tech Job In Three Months

Codecademy, a venture-backed company, offers free online training for tech workers. Since it opened in 2011, more than 25 million people have taken those courses, according to CEO Zach Sims.<p>Courses include how to build websites and e-commerce apps, which, said Sims, “use modern languages like Ruby …

Why social media needs to be taught in high school

There’s been a lot of discussion recently on what schools should be teaching kids. Just this month, the United Kingdom announced the addition of cybersecurity to its curriculum in response to a lack of education in the field and the rising industry skills gap.<p>I believe U.S. schools have been …

Oppo N3's motorized swivel camera takes selfies to the next level

If you thought Oppo was done with making eccentric selfie phones, you're wrong; the Chinese company is back with a new model dubbed the N3 to replace the N1 from last September. The iconic swivel camera at the top is here to stay, but this time we have a 16-megapixel f/2.2 module with Schneider …

Windows Phone Shrinks In Android-Dominated Europe, As New iPhones Boost iOS’ Share

Spare a thought for Microsoft, a relative newcomer to the mobile making business, after Redmond completed its $7.2BN+ acquisition of former European mobile making powerhouse Nokia earlier this year. If Microsoft was hoping to see quick marketshare wins in Europe once its hands were fully on the …

Everything You Need to Know About the Apple MacBook Pro Lawsuit

Lawyers representing frustrated Apple MacBook owners filed a class action complaint Tuesday, alleging the company failed to address a glaring defect …

9 Apps to Help You Completely Organize Your Life

Email was supposed to make our lives easier. Instead it’s become a dumping ground for travel itineraries, receipts, social-­media updates, work …

Could an app help prevent suicides?

<b>(MitarArt via Shutterstock)</b><p>Samaritans Radar will flag tweets containing warning phrases<p>Joanna Rothkopf<p>October 29, 2014 5:00pm (UTC)<p>A new app from suicide prevention organization Samaritans is the newest effort to use technology for mental health monitoring. Samaritans Radar will track tweets (from …

HP promises a fast enterprise 3D printer for 2016 that will cost…something

After teasing it for more than a year, HP has finally revealed its very first 3D printer. We still don’t know what it will cost, though HP says the …

Google takes another step into your living room with its Nexus Player (hands-on)

Google's wanted a piece of your living room for ages, and now -- after two attempts that never really went anywhere -- the search giant seems poised to get what it wants. Android TV is coming to, well, a TV near you, and we just spent a few brief moments wrapping our heads around Mountain View's …

HP Unveils Faster, Cheaper 3-D Printers

Like we said last week.<p>Computing and printing giant Hewlett-Packard stepped into the nascent 3-D printing market today with a product it says will be faster and cheaper than anything else on the market.<p>Called Fusion (pictured), it’ll be targeted mainly to business customers and will be available by …

Bill Gates explains how he thinks about tech's biggest problem: inequality (in 4 quotes)

America is becoming a very unequal place, with the top 1 percent of earners controlling more than one-third of the wealth. As the increasingly powerful billionaires create software that automates middle-class jobs out of existence, the technology industry is struggling with how to deal with rising …

Even With The Novel Sprout, HP Just Can’t Win

By all accounts HP announced something truly innovative today. The Sprout by HP is a mind-blowing mash-up of desktop computer, 3D scanner and touchscreen. It effectively pushes the desktop medium forward more so than anything produced in recent memory.<p>But the Sprout is from HP.<p>Imagine if Apple had …

Flying car approaches liftoff as most advanced prototype yet is unveiled

With its sportscar cockpit and dragonfly wings that fold in neatly behind the cabin, it looks like something straight out of the Batcave or Q’s secret laboratory. But the creators of AeroMobil’s Flying Roadster insist their innovation is more than just a boy’s toy dreamt up by science fiction fans. …

Former Android VP calls iPhone 6 'the most beautiful smartphone ever built'

Hugo Barra talks smartphones at WSJD Live<p>Hugo Barra was once the public face of Google's Android division, but today he sounds more impressed by Apple. Speaking at WSJD Live today, Barra — who is now vice president for international for Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi — was effusive in his praise …

The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed

A contractor at the Manila office of TaskUs, a firm that provides content moderation services to U.S. tech companies. Moises Saman/Magnum<p><b>The campuses</b> …

How Magic Leap’s Augmented Reality Works

Patent and trademark filings reveal the augmented reality technology that convinced Google and others to invest $542 million into Magic Leap.<p>A …

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5 tech myths you hear all the time

Humans are great at creating myths. From Marduk and Zeus to unicorns and mermaids, there's no end to what we can imagine. That's true even with technology.<p>There's old tech advice that no one questions, half-remembered instructions you just keep doing, misunderstood terms and more that you believe …