Tech Trends

Deal: 1TB of Zoolz Dual Cloud Storage is just $29.99 for life

Instead of squeezing by with Dropbox’s paltry free offering or being perpetually locked into one of the Google/Apple/Microsoft ecosystems, consider …

Technology

In search of Facebook’s conscience

People are awful. It’s the obvious (but no less depressing) reality that Facebook—and especially Mark Zuckerberg—somehow failed to recognize.<p>Whether it was a naive belief or a negligent assumption, the fact remains: Zuckerberg built Facebook’s content control systems with the core idea that people …

Mark Zuckerberg

Tesla snaps up few engineers and designers from Faraday Future as they jump ship

When Faraday Future first set up its electric vehicle development effort in 2014 and ramped it up in 2015 and 2016, it was a strain on Tesla’s team since it poached literally dozens of engineers from the electric automaker.<p>Now it’s going the other way around as dozens of Faraday Future employees …

Autos

Microsoft to buy cyber security firm Hexadite for $100 million: report

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Microsoft has agreed to acquire cyber security firm Hexadite for $100 million, Israeli financial news website Calcalist reported on Wednesday.<p>Hexadite, headquartered in Boston with its research and development center in Israel, provides technology to automate responses to …

Cybersecurity

ASUS Zenfone Live, with real-time beautification feature for live streaming, launched in India

In a press event in New Delhi, ASUS announced the launch of Zenfone Live (ZB501KL) in India. First unveiled in February this year, the highlight of the Zenfone Live is its hardware-optimized, real-time beautification features – which come in handy given the growing trend of live streaming with …

Tablets

Twitter updates its emoji set with full Emoji 5.0 support

Twitter designer Bryan Haggerty has shared today that the social media platform has updated its emoji to include all of the new images available with the Emoji 5.0 release.<p>Twitter’s custom set of emoji, called Twemoji has been updated today to version 2.3. This update brings all of the 69 new …

iOS

Sony’s PSN Reaches 70 Million Monthly Active Users

Companies like Sony and Microsoft have their own online gaming networks where PlayStation and Xbox gamers can play multiplayer games. For Sony, it is …

Monthly Active Users

New Saltire emoji arrives on Twitter

<b>A new Saltire emoji flag has been released for Twitter users.</b><p>It joins new flags for Wales and England which have been created after a campaign by Jeremy Burge of Emojipedia and Owen Williams from BBC Wales.<p>Unicode, the authority on computer text and characters, agreed to add the three flags to the …

Social Media

Imzy is shutting down - Imzy

Hello everyone,<p>We are sorry to say that after nearly two years of building Imzy, it is time for us to shut down the site.<p>Some of you have been here …

Innovation

WannaCry: The North Korea Debate

Researchers split over whether an infamous North Korean hacking group, an affiliate, or another attacker altogether, is behind the epic ransomware …

Cybersecurity

Data Security & Privacy: The Risks of Not Playing by the Rules

Achieving compliance is a complex and challenging process. But with the right systems and policies, you can stay ahead of the next data breach - and …

Cybersecurity

4 Reasons the Vulnerability Disclosure Process Stalls

The relationship between manufacturers and researchers is often strained. Here's why, along with some resources to help.<p>The relationship between a …

Information Security

HomeKit light bulbs to start from $12 as Ikea announces smart lighting compatibility

The ability to use Siri and a single app to control your smart home technology makes HomeKit compatibility almost a must these days, but so far that has not come cheap – as both Zac and myself discovered. Smart bulbs from the market leader Philips mostly cost $30 per bulb for white and $50 for …

Home Automation

The Primary Challenge To Blockchain Technology

Any emerging technology goes through a hype stage. It takes a while to get the kinks out and for pilots and proofs of concepts to prove use cases and shift the curve to broad adoption. The power and disruption of blockchain is evident in the news almost daily, and people are beginning to understand …

Bitcoin

Ikea's cheap smart lighting will be Apple HomeKit, Google Home, and Amazon Alexa compatible

Coming this summer and fall<p>Ikea's low-cost TRÅDFRI smart lights first announced in Europe last year, will soon get voice control for owners of Google Home, Apple HomeKit, and Amazon Alexa devices. Expect it to arrive this summer or autumn, says Ikea's press release first spotted by <i>MacRumors</i>.<p>Ikea …

Home Automation

Target Settles Hacking Investigation With Promise To Boost Cybersecurity

A multi-state probe into one of the country's biggest ever hacking attacks has been settled after Target promised to boost its security.

Cybersecurity

Twitter is giving brands a new way to promote their chatbots

Twitter has found its own way to participate in the growing chatbot trend. The company announced today a new feature for advertisers, which allows businesses on Twitter to promote ads designed to pull consumers into personalized experiences within Direct Messaging – including interactions with …

Chatbots

Manchester attack: Social media trolls spread fake posts about missing children

Social media has been swamped with false reports of missing children and other seemingly-intentional hoaxes in the wake of the suicide bomb attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.<p>Images and posts widely shared across Twitter included false photos of the scene and claims that terrorists …

Social Media

With Billions Spent on Cybersecurity, Why Are Problems Getting Worse?

Technology alone won't keep you safe. Fully engaged employees should be your first line of defense.<p>In 2016, over $18 billion was spent on …

Cybersecurity

Innoviz debuts an aftermarket LiDAR product for self-driving car development

LiDAR is a key ingredient in the overall sensing package required to make autonomous cars a reality (though Tesla would disagree), but it’s also prohibitively expensive, especially for companies just starting out, and researchers not tied to companies with deep pockets. That’s why Innoviz has …

Autos

9 Ways Organizations Sabotage Their Own Security: Lessons from the Verizon DBIR

Mistakes and missteps plague enterprise security. The Verizon 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) offers nuggets on what organizations must …

Information Security

Quorum Information Technologies reports Q1 results

Quorum Information Technologies (OTC:QIFTF): Q1 EPS of C$0.00<p>Revenue of C$3.27M (+10.8% Y/Y)<p>Press Release<p>Now read: <b>Microsoft: Examining The Surface</b> …

Big Data

Teslabot is a Facebook chatbot to control and talk to your Tesla

SmartCar announced a novel new way to connect to your Tesla today called TeslaBot. In a nutshell, it is a Facebook Chatbot that connects to your Tesla Model S or X via Tesla’s open APIs and can do much of what Tesla’s own app can do, often faster…<p>For me this is a great way to interact with my car …

Chatbots

Google aims to connect online ads to real-world sales

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google already monitors your online shopping — but now it's also keeping an eye on what you're buying in real-world stores as part of its latest effort to sell more digital advertising.<p>The offline tracking scans most credit and debit card transactions to help Google …

Google

Custom Snapchat Stories let you collaborate with friends

Now you can have a group of friends adding snaps to one giant Story.<p>At a party with friends and want to make anyone not there jealous?<p>Snapchat's adding a custom Story feature that's probably going to do the trick.<p>While Snapchat already has a feature called Our Story that lets users contribute to a …

Social Media

Instagram is Testing ‘Archived Posts’ that Let You Hide Unwanted Photos

Instagram is testing a new feature called Archived Posts that will let you pull photos off of your main profile and into a hidden “Archive” section. …

Instagram

Chinese Tech Titan LeEco Reportedly Makes Huge Layoffs In More Possible Bad News For Faraday Future

<i>CNBC</i> is reporting that Faraday Future’s main financier, Chinese tech conglomerate LeEco, is expected to lay off as much as 80 percent of its U.S. …

Autos

Cyber-Attacks: Why Midsize Companies Believe They’re Safe – But Aren’t

Midsized companies are becoming an increasing hot spot for cyber-attacks. They face the same APTs and attacks as large enterprises, but have weaker …

Information Security

The EU is working on a new law to force Facebook and YouTube to take down hate speech

European Union ministers approved plans on Tuesday to make social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google's YouTube tackle hate speech on their platforms, the first legislation at EU level on the issue.<p>The proposals still need to be agreed with the European Parliament before becoming …

Censorship

Twitter for Apple TV adds live, 360 degree video and Periscope’s global map

Twitter launched a version of its service on Apple TV and other media player platforms last fall in order to deliver its live video content to the big screen. Today, the company is updating its Apple TV app with a couple of new features, including support for Periscope’s Global Map and the ability …

Smart TV