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Anyone in the US can use Facebook for personal fundraising
Posted on May 24, 2017 at 4:41 pm

You no longer have to be part of a privileged few to try out Facebook's personal fundraising. The social network has just made its do-it-yourself donation campaigns available to every adult in the US. If you'd like help with a medical bill and don't... […]

Tiny DJI Spark drone flies by gestures: Pricing, camera, and Autopilot
Posted by Chris Davies on May 24, 2017 at 4:39 pm

Drone pilots have a new, compact camera-drone option, with the DJI Spark promising not only portability but piloting so simple you don’t even need a controller. Smaller than the DJI Mavic, the Spark mini-drone is designed to be controlled by hand gestures. Indeed, once it’s powered-on and it takes off from your palm, it automatically starts watching for instructions. DJI … Continue reading […]

Republicans back straight-to-voicemail robocall plan
Posted on May 24, 2017 at 4:19 pm

Everyone loves getting robocalls, right? Because if there's one thing that everybody trusts, it's an automated system selling you something you definitely don't need. Unfortunately, it looks as if a whole new front in the war against telemarketers co... […]

New Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer shows Vulture in action
Posted by Eric Abent on May 24, 2017 at 4:18 pm

The third trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming dropped today, and it gives us a few glimpses we’ve yet to see in the trailers released so far. Most importantly, this trailer shows off even more of the Vulture in action, building hype for the showdown between him and Spider-Man. It goes without saying, but perhaps you shouldn’t watch if you’d prefer to … Continue reading […]

What is mobile gigabit and why should you care?
Posted on May 24, 2017 at 4:00 pm

You may have heard about this thing called a gigabit phone recently. The term was thrown around a lot during the launch of Samsung's Galaxy S8, since that's the first commercially available handset to support the technology. But gigabit will also be... […]

Amazon Echo Dot price cut briefly offers Alexa for $10 less
Posted by Chris Davies on May 24, 2017 at 3:54 pm

Curious to dip your toe into the smart home assistant market? Amazon’s Echo Dot has been given a rare discount, bringing the cost of the Alexa-packing connected home puck down to under $40. It’s the cheapest way we’ve seen to pick up a single Echo Dot in some time. Amazon hasn’t been entirely averse to cutting the Echo Dot’s price, … Continue reading […]

You can fly DJI's cutesy Spark drone with hand gestures
Posted on May 24, 2017 at 3:40 pm

DJI made a name for itself with its chunky flying Phantom drones, but within the last year we've seen the company really embrace the value of smallness. Despite numerous delays, the Mavic Pro was greeted very positively, and now the company has anoth... […]

T-Mobile calls out Verizon with its latest switcher promotion
Posted by Eric Abent on May 24, 2017 at 3:36 pm

T-Mobile has announced a new switcher promotion as part of its “summer celebration” and it’s aimed directly at pulling people away from Verizon. This latest deal has all the trappings of typical switcher promotions – T-Mobile will pay the remaining balance on your device, hook you up with a new plan, and let you add additional lines at a discount. … Continue reading […]

Victorinox SwissTool BS comes in every guy’s favorite color
Posted by Julie Strietelmeier on May 24, 2017 at 3:34 pm

I don’t want to stereotype an entire gender, but I feel like it’s safe to say that when given a choice of colors for gadgets and tools, a typical male will almost always choose black. If you’re one of those typical males and are looking for a new multi-tool, look no further than the Victorinox […]

Russia is building a secure Skype knock-off
Posted on May 24, 2017 at 3:21 pm

Russia's state-owned technology business, Rostec, is building a secure voice and video communications platform. In a statement, the company revealed that the system will be a "Russian analogue of Skype," albeit with more security. The software is exp... […]

Xbox Game Pass released today [it’s basically Netflix for games]
Posted by Chris Burns on May 24, 2017 at 3:20 pm

This week the folks at Microsoft behind the Xbox One have released the Netflix subscription model in a game program called Xbox Game Pass. As revealed earlier this year, Xbox Game Pass allows the subscriber to access “over 100 Xbox One and Backward Compatible Xbox 360 games” for right around $10 a month. It’s easy to envision a service such … Continue reading […]

IFTTT gives Makers the multi-stage IoT Applets partners had to pay for
Posted by Chris Davies on May 24, 2017 at 3:15 pm

IFTTT has built a reputation for itself as the glue that can hold the Internet of Things and the cloud together, and now it’s opening up its most advanced features for regular users. IFTTT – or If This, Then That – is effectively a cloud-based hub for connected devices and services that might not normally work together. With its Applets, … Continue reading […]

The law isn’t ready for the internet of sexual assault
Posted on May 24, 2017 at 3:00 pm

If the Mirai botnet taught us anything, it's that no device connected to the internet is safe from hacking. In that incident, malware hijacked thousands of devices, including DVRs, modems and security cameras. But as the worlds of sex and technology... […]

Sphero’s next remote-controlled car has eyes and a mouth
Posted by Chris Burns on May 24, 2017 at 2:49 pm

This week the folks at Sphero have revealed that they’re continuing their high-five of a relationship with Disney with a CARS 3 vehicle. They worked with the folks at Lucasfilm and Disney to make a real-deal BB-8 a reality – and in the process made the best Star Wars toy we’ve ever experienced. Now they turn their attention to the … Continue reading […]

'Battlefield 1' DLC adds a playable female soldier class
Posted on May 24, 2017 at 2:38 pm

By turning the clocks back to World War 1, DICE has created arguably one of the best games in the Battlefield series. Now, with Battlefield 1's latest DLC, the developer is using our tragic past to drag its franchise kicking and screaming into the 21... […]

Nintendo Switch now works with 8Bitdo controllers
Posted by Eric Abent on May 24, 2017 at 2:18 pm

8Bitdo announced today that most of its popular wireless controllers are now compatible with the Nintendo Switch. This new functionality is coming by way of a firmware update to version 4.0. Even better is the fact that since the Switch already supports wireless controllers, you don’t need pair these with a wireless receiver in order to get them to work. … Continue reading […]

Xbox's Game Pass offers 100 titles starting June 1st
Posted on May 24, 2017 at 2:18 pm

Remember when we told you that Microsoft was launching its own Netflix-style subscription service for games? Well, thanks to Danny Mcbride, we now know that it's coming to an Xbox One near you on June 1st. As we reported previously, Xbox Game Pass wi... […]

Sphero's latest app-controlled toy is a 'Cars 3' tie-in
Posted on May 24, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Sphero's made a name for itself with connected, rolling toys like the Ollie, SPRK and, perhaps most famously, the Star Wars-inspired BB-8. Of course, the company couldn't have brought its replica of the Force Awakens character to market without Disne... […]

Get a lifetime of Zoolz 1TB of cloud storage for $30
Posted on May 24, 2017 at 1:55 pm

If you've ever been on the wrong side of a hard drive crash, you know the stress and frustration that goes along with losing your valuable data. There's no shortage of cloud backup services out there, but the cost can be hard to justify, especially w... […]

Apple launches free courses for the next generation of app coders
Posted on May 24, 2017 at 1:45 pm

Apple has unveiled a free curriculum designed to teach high school and community college students app coding schools. The Swift language course has already been adopted by six US community college systems that will distribute it to half a million stu... […]

The Long Now: Planning for a future 10,000 years away
Posted on May 24, 2017 at 1:30 pm

In an age of self-driving cars, virtual reality worlds and artificial intelligence, some would say the future is already here. Technology moves at such breakneck speeds that companies in Silicon Valley often have product roadmaps that stretch five to... […]

The new Samsung Gear 360 is finally in stores
Posted by JC Torres on May 24, 2017 at 1:00 pm

When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S8, it didn’t just unveil a new smartphone. It also announced a whole ecosystem around it, including, of course, a VR ecosystem. Although the new Gear VR with Controller is in a bit of a legal bind, its camera partner is going full steam ahead. The 2017 Gear 360 camera has just landed on stores, … Continue reading […]

Samsung's cheaper, cuter Gear 360 cam arrives May 25th
Posted on May 24, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Samsung's updated Gear 360 is almost here -- you'll only have to wait one more day to be able to get it in the US. The 360-degree camera will be available tomorrow, May 25th, in store and online from Best Buy and its website, Amazon, AT&T, Sprint... […]

The new Nokia 3310 is too basic for 2017
Posted on May 24, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Nostalgia's a funny thing. It makes us leave the house in the dead of night to imprison a wild Clefairy and scramble over each other to buy an NES Classic Edition decades after we sold our original consoles for a pittance at yard sales. Companies are... […]

Nintendo's Switch has a retro gamepad option thanks to 8Bitdo
Posted on May 24, 2017 at 12:31 pm

If you've got a Nintendo Switch and an 8Bitdo gamepad lying around, there's good news: the two can now play together. 8Bitdo has released a firmware update that will let its entire controller family connect to Nintendo's hot new console. That include... […]

Moment iPhone lens kit review
Posted by Dave Moore on May 24, 2017 at 12:30 pm

It wasn’t that many years ago that we were toting enormous gadgetry around – shoulder camcorders the size of a suitcase, cameras as big as a Scooby Doo lunchbox, cassette players like bricks dangling from our belts and behemoth computers large enough to block out the sun.  It wasn’t pretty, but it got the job […]

Comcast tries to shut down pro-net neutrality site
Posted on May 24, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Internet advocacy group, Fight for the Future, says Comcast sent it a cease-and-desist order demanding the group take down Comcastroturf.com on the grounds that it violates the company's "valuable intellectual property." The site appeals for help ide... […]

Emojis are delicious with maple syrup
Posted by Julie Strietelmeier on May 24, 2017 at 11:21 am

Add a little whimsy to your next breakfast with a Nordic Ware Smiley Face Pancake Pan. Nordic Ware who has been in business in the US since 1946 sells several versions of fun pancake cooking pans, but I couldn’t help but smile at this one. Each pan can make seven 3-inch diameter pancakes that are […]

Travelex's fee-free travel Supercard is shutting down
Posted on May 24, 2017 at 11:10 am

Travellers looking to eliminate exchange fees on purchases abroad will soon have to find another provider after Travelex confirmed its Supercard program is to shut down. The company has written to customers explaining that the service, which allows c... […]

Garmin VIRB 360 camera review: rugged, simple, powerful
Posted by JC Torres on May 24, 2017 at 11:00 am

Garmin is a name mostly associated with navigation devices, but it has been branching out to other consumer electronics markets, from fitness trackers to dash cams. A 360-degree camera, however, is probably the last thing you thought it would get into, and yet here it is with the VIRB 360. In a market already crammed with GoPros and action cam … Continue reading […]

Google and Facebook lobbyists try to stop new online privacy protections
Posted by Jon Brodkin on May 24, 2017 at 5:15 pm

Lobbyists try to kill "opt-in" privacy standard before it can be implemented. […]

Windows switch to Git almost complete: 8,500 commits and 1,760 builds each day
Posted by Peter Bright on May 24, 2017 at 4:27 pm

The Windows team's migration to Git is almost complete. […]

Pokémon Go hackers getting put in Pidgey-filled purgatory
Posted by Kyle Orland on May 24, 2017 at 4:10 pm

Niantic appears to be using machine learning to hide rare Pokémon from bot makers. […]

AT&T’s purchase of HBO could lead to 20-minute Game of Thrones episodes
Posted by Jon Brodkin on May 24, 2017 at 3:46 pm

AT&T CEO says 60-minute episodes might be too long for mobile devices. […]

Exclusive: Wannacry hits Russian postal service, exposes wider security shortcomings
Posted on May 24, 2017 at 3:35 pm

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's postal service was hit by Wannacry ransomware last week and some of its computers are still down, three employees in Moscow said, the latest sign of weaknesses that have made the country a major victim of the global extortion campaign. […]

Feds probing psychiatric hospitals for locking in patients to boost profits
Posted by Beth Mole on May 24, 2017 at 3:04 pm

At least three federal agencies are looking into Universal Health Services. […]

Bitcoin soars above $2,400 to all-time high
Posted on May 24, 2017 at 2:55 pm

(Reuters) - Digital currency bitcoin hit a fresh record high on Wednesday, surging above $2,400, as demand for crypto-assets soared with the creation of new tokens to raise funding for start-ups using blockchain technology. […]

Viacom wants to leave sports in the dust with future $20 “skinny” TV bundle
Posted by Valentina Palladino on May 24, 2017 at 2:31 pm

How many people really want cable TV with no live sports? […]

IKEA’s low-cost smart lights get Alexa, Google, and Siri voice support
Posted by Mark Walton on May 24, 2017 at 12:55 pm

Bulbs start at just $12, while a full Wi-Fi enabled kit goes for $80. […]

Nokia 3310 review: No matter how much you think you want it, you don’t want it
Posted by Mark Walton on May 24, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Overpriced and underpowered, the Nokia 3310 is a feature phone for the hipster elite. […]

Non-mutant mice sired from space sperm boost hope of cosmic human conception
Posted by Beth Mole on May 24, 2017 at 12:15 pm

DNA damage from radiation may not be a barrier to future interstellar IVF. […]

Worm moms pump eggs full of toxin, demand they inherit an antidote
Posted by Diana Gitig on May 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Mom fills the egg with a poison only a specific gene can disable. […]

Germany says makes progress with China on electric car quotas
Posted on May 24, 2017 at 11:58 am

BEIJING (Reuters) - Germany has made good progress with China on how to introduce quotas aimed at producing more electric vehicles, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Wednesday, adding that more details needed to be worked out. […]

The A-EON Amiga X5000: An alternate universe where the Amiga platform never died
Posted by Jeremy Reimer on May 24, 2017 at 11:30 am

A new Amiga computer emerges that is both modern and an Amiga. […]

Data: Lifeblood of the Internet of Things
Posted by Tim Bucher, Senior Vice President, Seagate Technology on May 24, 2017 at 11:00 am

As computing power becomes increasingly distributed into the devices and infrastructure around us, the data generated by those devices will invariably play a larger role in our businesses and everyday lives. […]

Pace of Gulf tech deals heats up as Emaar buys Namshi stake
Posted on May 24, 2017 at 10:56 am

DUBAI/BERLIN (Reuters) - Emaar Malls will buy a 51 percent stake in e-commerce fashion website Namshi from Global Fashion Group, a firm backed by Rocket Internet, for $151 million, a sign of growing demand for tech deals in the Middle East. […]

Transaction app Alipay launches first non-yuan version in Hong Kong
Posted on May 24, 2017 at 10:35 am

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese online and mobile payment platform Alipay on Wednesday launched in Hong Kong its first app to handle transactions not denominated in the yuan currency, moving closer to its ambition of widening currency payment options. […]

Japan's SoftBank to appoint heads of overseas units as board members
Posted on May 24, 2017 at 9:39 am

TOKYO (Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp said on Wednesday it plans to appoint heads of key overseas subsidiaries to the group's board of directors, as the Japanese firm's business focus moves away from its domestic market. […]

Microsoft to buy cyber security firm Hexadite for $100 million: report
Posted on May 24, 2017 at 9:35 am

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Microsoft has agreed to acquire cyber security firm Hexadite for $100 million, Israeli financial news website Calcalist reported on Wednesday. […]

Uber inadvertently underpaid New York City drivers for over two years
Posted on May 24, 2017 at 8:14 am

(Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] said on Tuesday it underpaid its New York City drivers for the past two-and-a-half years, an error that could cost the ride-hailing company tens of millions of dollars. […]

'Clash of Clans' maker Supercell buys majority stake in UK's Space Ape
Posted on May 24, 2017 at 7:08 am

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish mobile game maker Supercell has acquired a majority stake in London-based game studio Space Ape, the British company said on its website. […]

Battle hardened eastern European tech entrepreneurs draw global interest
Posted on May 24, 2017 at 6:02 am

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Tech entrepreneurs in central and southeastern European, many of whom already have experience of launching their own businesses, are now having more success at enticing global investors the second time around. […]

Apple and Nokia end their patent fight
Posted by Joe Mullin on May 23, 2017 at 11:45 pm

Lawsuits get settled, but what about the companies wielding Nokia patents? […]

Wikimedia wins small victory in challenge to NSA “Upstream” spying
Posted by David Kravets on May 23, 2017 at 10:45 pm

“This surveillance will finally face badly needed scrutiny in our public courts.&rdquo […]

Fuel economy rules would decouple “miles traveled” trend from “gas used” trend
Posted by Megan Geuss on May 23, 2017 at 10:12 pm

But whether those rules are enacted is in jeopardy with Trump and EPA chief Pruitt. […]

Breaking the iris scanner locking Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is laughably easy
Posted by Dan Goodin on May 23, 2017 at 9:10 pm

The “future standard for phone authentication” is not ready for mainstream use. […]

A single controller line that works on the NES and the Switch
Posted by Kyle Orland on May 23, 2017 at 9:00 pm

And they’re a lot cheaper than Nintendo’s official Switch controllers, too […]

The LHC is starting another year of high-energy physics
Posted by John Timmer on May 23, 2017 at 8:50 pm

The first stable proton beams of the year have arrived at CERN. […]

Bringing Security and IT Service Management Together
Posted by Emily Johnson Digital Content Editor, InformationWeek on May 23, 2017 at 8:45 pm

Rob Juncker, VP, R & D for Ivanti stops by the InformationWeek News Desk. […]

Paypal says Pandora’s logo infringes, starts trademark battle
Posted by David Kravets on May 23, 2017 at 8:30 pm

“The similarities between the logos are striking, obvious, and patently unlawful.&rdquo […]