Interesting Tech

collection of interesting topics on tech

Bits Blog: Amazon to Sell Predictions in Cloud Race Against Google and Microsoft

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

Amazon Web Services, the world’s biggest cloud company, is now selling cheap data analysis and prediction. It’s likely to get baked into all kinds of applications, bringing pain to the old guard.

Read more here

Intel Said to End Talks to Buy Chip Designer Altera

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

The collapse of the discussions puts a halt to what would have been Intel’s biggest-ever takeover as it seeks to diversify its business.

Read more here

Cybersecurity v human rights in Africa

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

Cybersecurity versus human rights in Africa

Read more here

Jawbone to start UP3 deliveries

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

Jawbone says it will begin deliveries of its top-end UP3 fitness tracker from 20 April, four months later than originally promised.

Read more here

Bits Blog: Amazon to Sell Predictions in Cloud Race Against Google and Microsoft

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

Amazon Web Services, the world’s biggest cloud company, is now selling cheap data analysis and prediction. It’s likely to get baked into all kinds of applications, bringing pain to the old guard.

Read more here

Bits Blog: Ahead of Watch Release, Apple to Allow Customers to Try It On

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

The era of online shopping made “buy before you try” (and ship back if you don’t like it) a typical consumer experience. The Apple Watch, which releases April 24, is probably something you should actually try before buying.

Read more here

French Broadcaster TV5 Monde Recovers After Hacking

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

A cyberattack by hackers claiming to support the Islamic State militant group had shut down transmission and wrested control of online accounts.

Read more here

Bits Blog: Measuring Social ‘Trust’ to Make Loans

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

Vouch Financial is putting a digital-age spin on the old banking concept of using social references to make lending decisions.

Read more here

Founder of Satyam, Software Outsourcing Company in India, Found Guilty of Fraud

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

Ramalinga Raju and nine others were sentenced to seven years in prison in one of the largest corporate accounting frauds in India’s history.

Read more here

‘Mystique-like’ malware killed off

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

Polymorphic malware that changes its identity up to 19 times a day to avoid detection while taking control of users’ computers has been deactivated.

Read more here

Austria court ponders Facebook case

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

A court in Austria will decide in the coming weeks whether it has jurisdiction to hear a class action privacy lawsuit brought against Facebook.

Read more here

The Gap Between Auto Dealers and Social Media

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

Carmakers embrace social media and spend millions of dollars on sophisticated marketing campaigns, but many dealers barely maintain a Facebook page.

Read more here

Fabric fights off fire and water at the same time

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

Flame-retardant fabrics normally degrade when washed, but a water-repelling coating could make your flame-proof suit or sofa self-cleaning

Read more here

Control smartphones with a stroke of your hair

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

Hairware is a switch woven into hair extensions that can be used discreetly to activate apps

Read more here

Satyam Founder Guilty in India’s Biggest Corporate Fraud Scandal

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

An court has pronounced Ramalinga Raju, who led one of the country’s largest IT outsourcing companies, guilty of forging documents and falsifying accounts.

Read more here

Looking into the voids could help explain dark energy

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

The influence of dark energy on big empty patches in space could aid us in understanding the expansion of the universe – and predicting its ultimate fate

Read more here

Real money trade starts in Warcraft

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

The introduction of a way to use real money to buy virtual cash for World of Warcraft has prompted big changes in the value of game gold.

Read more here

The Gap Between Auto Dealers and Social Media

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

Carmakers embrace social media and spend millions of dollars on sophisticated marketing campaigns, but many dealers barely maintain a Facebook page.

Read more here

Bits Blog: Lyft Hires Amazon Executive as Chief Operating Officer

Written By: admin - Apr• 10•15

The ride-hailing start-up Lyft appoints a new chief operating officer who worked at Amazon.

Read more here

AT&T fined record $25m over breach

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

AT&T has been fined $25m (£17m) over breaches of customer data at call centres in Mexico, Colombia and the Philippines.

Read more here

Facebook Messenger app for browsers

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

The browser app for Facebook Messenger is separate from the rest of the service to stop users getting distracted.

Read more here

Facebook faces privacy class action

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

A class action suit against Facebook, brought by 25,000 users who allege violations of European privacy laws, is due to begin in a court in Austria later.

Read more here

Wall St. Is Told to Tighten Digital Security of Partners

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

Only a third of banks were found to require companies they do business with to notify them of a breach. The outside companies include everything from data providers to cleaning crews.

Read more here

Bits Blog: F.C.C. Fines AT&T $25 Million for Privacy Breach

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

Customer service employees at AT&T call centers sold customers’ personal information to third parties over a six-month period ending last April.

Read more here

Phone Cameras and Apps Help Speed Calls for Police Reform

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

People who support police reform say watchdog smartphone apps are evidence of the power of tech weapons in the fight.

Read more here

Zynga founder Mark Pincus to return

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

Troubled game maker Zynga says Mark Pincus will return to lead the company he founded.

Read more here

Gadgetwise: HBO Makes ‘Game of Thrones’ Easier to See, if Not Follow

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

The HBO Now app, which lets viewers see the network’s shows without a standard cable plan, represents a big change from just a few years ago.

Read more here

ISIS tweets reveal how the group rules its territories

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

A close look at ISIS-affiliated Twitter accounts is giving us an insight into how the group governs the territories it has conquered – and throwing up some surprises

Read more here

State of the Art: Dear Diary: My Week Wearing an Apple Watch

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

Spending seven days learning to use, and getting used to, the Apple Watch proved to be a mostly rewarding experience.

Read more here

PL video technology ‘in five years’

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

Premier League matches are set for video technology within five years, according to the Dutch FA who are conducting trials.

Read more here

Bits Blog: F.C.C. Fines AT&T $25 Million for Privacy Breach

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

Customer service employees at AT&T call centers sold customers’ personal information to third parties over a six-month period ending last April.

Read more here

Bits Blog: F.C.C. Fines AT&T $25 Million for Privacy Breach

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

Customer service employees at AT&T call centers sold customers’ personal information to third parties over a six-month period ending last April.

Read more here

Apple releases iCloud Photos app

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

A new photo storage app from Apple automatically stores full-resolution images in the cloud and lower quality ones on mobile devices.

Read more here

Drones stream live video to YouTube

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

The world’s bestselling drone firm unveils new models that are easier to take off and land and stream footage to YouTube Live.

Read more here

Bits Blog: HP Comes to Terms With the Cloud

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

Hewlett-Packard has decided it cannot compete with the likes of Amazon and Google for one of the hottest new businesses. Instead, on the eve of its split into two companies, HP is learning about collaborative technologies, and not just for its customers.

Read more here

Intel shows 3D depth camera in phone

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

Intel reveals it can now fit a depth camera into a smartphone, opening the door to 3D selfies and gesture controls.

Read more here

Oyster to Sell E-Books Alongside Its Subscription Service

Written By: admin - Apr• 09•15

The company said that it would sell e-books, letting customers buy titles that aren’t available through its all-you-can-read subscription service.

Read more here

Why Obama’s cyber sanctions won’t deter digital crime

Written By: admin - Apr• 08•15

The US president has declared a national state of emergency over cybercrime, but his plan is unenforceable at best, and could even do real harm

Read more here

Bits Blog: HP Comes to Terms With the Cloud

Written By: admin - Apr• 08•15

Hewlett-Packard has decided it cannot compete with the likes of Amazon and Google for one of the hottest new businesses. Instead, on the eve of its split into two companies, HP is learning about collaborative technologies, and not just for its customers.

Read more here

Google purges Chrome extension store

Written By: admin - Apr• 08•15

Tens of millions of users who visit Google sites use a browser loaded with malicious add-ons, research suggests.

Read more here

Bits Blog: HP Comes to Terms With the Cloud

Written By: admin - Apr• 08•15

Hewlett-Packard has decided it cannot compete with the likes of Amazon and Google for one of the hottest new businesses. Instead, on the eve of its split into two companies, HP is learning about collaborative technologies, and not just for its customers.

Read more here

Informatica Agrees to $5.3 Billion Buyout

Written By: admin - Apr• 08•15

Permira and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board are acquiring the enterprise software company in the biggest buyout of the year.

Read more here

Einstein puts a ring on distant galaxy

Written By: admin - Apr• 08•15

The effects of general relativity, which celebrates its centenary this year, distorted light to create this beautiful ring-like image of a distant galaxy

Read more here

Work-Life Balance: Silicon Valley: Perks for Some Workers, Struggles for Parents

Written By: admin - Apr• 08•15

The technology industry highlights the difficulties that the American economy has had adapting to modern family life.

Read more here

Bendy battery promises safety, speed

Written By: admin - Apr• 08•15

Engineers unveil a flexible aluminium battery which they say could offer a cheap, fast-charging and safe alternative to current designs.

Read more here

Vivendi in Talks to Buy 80% Stake in Dailymotion

Written By: admin - Apr• 08•15

The French conglomerate is trying to revamp the fortunes of the video-sharing website, which has long struggled to live up to its early promise as the next YouTube.

Read more here

Microsoft targets autistic workers

Written By: admin - Apr• 08•15

Microsoft is to hire more people with autism in full-time roles.

Read more here

Informatica Agrees to $5.3 Billion Buyout

Written By: admin - Apr• 08•15

Permira and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board are acquiring the enterprise software company in the biggest buyout of the year.

Read more here

Call to investigate YouTube Kids app

Written By: admin - Apr• 08•15

US regulators have been asked to investigate whether a YouTube app for children breaks rules on advertising to younger people.

Read more here

Samsung attacks S6 Edge bend test

Written By: admin - Apr• 08•15

Samsung criticises a test that suggests its Galaxy S6 Edge phone is at least as vulnerable to bending as Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus.

Read more here

Samsung Shows Signs of a Turnaround

Written By: admin - Apr• 08•15

The beleaguered South Korean manufacturer said that it expected its first-quarter earnings in 2015 to beat analyst forecasts.

Read more here

Turkey threatens Google with ban

Written By: admin - Apr• 07•15

Turkey threatened to ban Google unless it removed links to controversial images of a prosecutor being held at gunpoint.

Read more here

Illegal downloaders face exposure

Written By: admin - Apr• 07•15

An Australian court orders internet service providers to hand over details of customers accused of illegally downloading a US movie.

Read more here

EE offers wi-fi call back-up service

Written By: admin - Apr• 07•15

EE is to begin switching some of its customers to wi-fi enabled calls to help combat mobile signal dead spots.

Read more here

Samsung Beats Analyst Predictions Despite Falling Profits

Written By: admin - Apr• 07•15

The South Korean electronics maker faces pressure from Apple and Chinese rivals, but there are signs it may be on the verge of a turnaround.

Read more here

EE offers wi-fi call back-up service

Written By: admin - Apr• 07•15

EE is to begin switching some of its customers to wi-fi enabled calls to help combat mobile signal dead spots.

Read more here

Turkey lifts Twitter block for image

Written By: admin - Apr• 07•15

Social media restrictions are lifted in Turkey as sites comply with a court order to stop sharing images of a prosecutor being held at gunpoint.

Read more here

Turkey acts on hostage image sharing

Written By: admin - Apr• 07•15

A Turkish court orders net firms to block access to social media sites to stop the sharing of photos of a hostage taken during an armed siege.

Read more here

Bits Blog: Publication of New Internet Rules to Prompt Cheers and Challenges

Written By: admin - Apr• 07•15

The F.C.C. regulations are expected to appear in the Federal Register as early as this week, starting two 60-day countdowns: one until they take effect and the other until a deadline for lawsuits.

Read more here

Turkey blocks Twitter and YouTube

Written By: admin - Apr• 07•15

A Turkish court orders net firms to block access to Twitter and YouTube for sharing photos of a hostage taken during an armed siege.

Read more here

The Hackathon Fast Track, From Campus to Silicon Valley

Written By: admin - Apr• 07•15

Weekend hackathons organized by and for students are surging in size, scale and frequency, for networking, recruiting, pitching and learning.

Read more here

Turkey blocks Twitter and YouTube

Written By: admin - Apr• 07•15

A Turkish court orders net firms to block access to Twitter and YouTube for sharing photos of a hostage taken during an armed siege.

Read more here

The Hackathon Fast Track, From Campus to Silicon Valley

Written By: admin - Apr• 07•15

Weekend hackathons organized by and for students are surging in size, scale and frequency, for networking, recruiting, pitching and learning.

Read more here

Google Gmail hit by software glitch

Written By: admin - Apr• 06•15

Gmail users around the world see errors and safety warnings after Google forgets to update a key part of the messaging software.

Read more here

‘Revenge porn’ site owner jailed

Written By: admin - Apr• 06•15

The operator of a ‘revenge porn’ website has been sentenced to 18 years in jail in America.

Read more here

Online Test-Takers Feel Anti-Cheating Software’s Uneasy Glare

Written By: admin - Apr• 06•15

School administrators say for online learning to be legitimate, the testing has to be monitored. Proctortrack requires the student to sit upright, remain glued to their chair, keep their face fully visible, and a few more.

Read more here

Jay Edelson, the Class-Action Lawyer Who May Be Tech’s Least Friended Man

Written By: admin - Apr• 05•15

The class-action lawyer, who specializes in filing privacy lawsuits against technology companies, has raised the ire of Silicon Valley executives.

Read more here

Who said the camera never lies?

Written By: admin - Apr• 05•15

Devices that can alter the lighting or even the angle of a shot after it’s taken will alter our relationship with photography

Read more here

Wake up and smell the comet: Rousing the Rosetta probe

Written By: admin - Apr• 04•15

Asleep in the dark near Jupiter, a spacecraft is almost ready to make the first ever landing on a comet – if we can wake it. Stuart Clark joins mission control

Read more here

Wake up and smell the comet: Rousing the Rosetta probe

Written By: admin - Apr• 04•15

Asleep in the dark near Jupiter, a spacecraft is almost ready to make the first ever landing on a comet – if we can wake it. Stuart Clark joins mission control

Read more here

Antitrust and Other Inquiries in Europe Target U.S. Tech Giants

Written By: admin - Apr• 04•15

New developments offer the latest sign that American tech giants face intensifying scrutiny in Europe that could curb their profits in the region and affect how they operate around the world.

Read more here

Antitrust and Other Inquiries in Europe Target U.S. Tech Giants

Written By: admin - Apr• 04•15

New developments offer the latest sign that American tech giants face intensifying scrutiny in Europe that could curb their profits in the region and affect how they operate around the world.

Read more here

Antitrust and Other Inquiries in Europe Target U.S. Tech Giants

Written By: admin - Apr• 04•15

New developments offer the latest sign that American tech giants face intensifying scrutiny in Europe that could curb their profits in the region and affect how they operate around the world.

Read more here

New Stumble in Trial of Former Goldman Programmer

Written By: admin - Apr• 04•15

The long-running case against Sergey Aleynikov, a former Goldman Sachs programmer, is set to begin on Monday after a judge rebuffed a request from the prosecution for a long delay.

Read more here

OnLive gaming service to switch off

Written By: admin - Apr• 04•15

Video game streaming pioneer OnLive is to close after five years following the sale of several of its patents to Sony.

Read more here

YouTube hack ‘threatened’ Bieber clips

Written By: admin - Apr• 04•15

A Russian coder reveals how he discovered a way to delete any clip uploaded to YouTube within 30 seconds.

Read more here

Antitrust and Other Inquiries in Europe Target U.S. Tech Giants

Written By: admin - Apr• 04•15

New developments offer the latest sign that American tech giants face intensifying scrutiny in Europe that could curb their profits in the region and affect how they operate around the world.

Read more here

Death of the hidden Easter egg?

Written By: admin - Apr• 03•15

The end of the hidden Easter Egg?

Read more here

In Europe, Apple’s Music Streaming Service Is Scrutinized

Written By: admin - Apr• 03•15

Officials are said to be questioning several music labels and rival streaming companies to help decide whether an official investigation is needed.

Read more here

Baby star before-and-after shows how it gets massive

Written By: admin - Apr• 03•15

No one knew how the energetic radiation from young, hot stars that grow up to be planet factories picks a direction – but now we’ve watched it in action

Read more here

Bits Blog: Tech Leaders Call for Anti-Discrimination Laws to Protect Gays in all 50 States

Written By: admin - Apr• 03•15

More than three dozen chief executives and other senior Silicon Valley leaders issued a joint statement asking all state legislatures to add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes to their civil rights laws.

Read more here

Uber Hires a Security Chief From Facebook

Written By: admin - Apr• 03•15

Joe Sullivan, the ride-hailing company’s new chief security officer, will work in areas like securing driver data, and driver and passenger safety.

Read more here

Win a Lytro Illum camera and take living pictures

Written By: admin - Apr• 03•15

Take photos that come alive with a state of the art light-field camera in our free competition

Read more here

In Europe, Apple’s Music Streaming Service Is Scrutinized

Written By: admin - Apr• 03•15

Officials are said to be questioning several music labels and rival streaming companies to help decide whether an official investigation is needed.

Read more here

Human cruise control app steers people on their way

Written By: admin - Apr• 03•15

Electrodes attached to legs can guide people wherever you want them to go via an app. Welcome to the bizarre world of electro-stimulation

Read more here

Bits Blog: Via, a Ride-Sharing App, Raises $27 Million for Car-Pooling

Written By: admin - Apr• 03•15

The aim of Via is to expand its service far beyond the confines of Manhattan.

Read more here

Bits Blog: Via, a Ride-Sharing App, Raises $27 Million for Car-Pooling

Written By: admin - Apr• 03•15

The aim of Via is to expand its service far beyond the confines of Manhattan.

Read more here

No ‘trust’ in Chinese net regulator

Written By: admin - Apr• 03•15

A Chinese internet regulator has hit out at Google for no longer accepting its security certificates.

Read more here

European Commission Asks Companies to Go Public With Google Complaints

Written By: admin - Apr• 03•15

The move is part of an antitrust inquiry into whether the search giant has used its dominant position to give preferential treatment to its own services.

Read more here

Android apps to run on Windows, Macs

Written By: admin - Apr• 03•15

Google has released a software tool that lets Android apps run on any machine that can run its Chrome browser.

Read more here

Airbnb adds Cuba to destination list

Written By: admin - Apr• 03•15

Airbnb begins listing rooms to rent in Cuba, but only allows US-based members to make bookings.

Read more here

Alien FAQ: 6 questions about strange cosmic radio bursts

Written By: admin - Apr• 03•15

Was it ET? Subspace communication? Mega bursts of radio waves that seem to come from a galaxy far, far away have a weird pattern– here’s what you need to know

Read more here

New Stumble in Trial of Former Goldman Programmer

Written By: admin - Apr• 02•15

The long-running case against Sergey Aleynikov, a former Goldman Sachs programmer, is set to begin on Monday after a judge rebuffed a request from the prosecution for a long delay.

Read more here

New Stumble in Trial of Former Goldman Programmer

Written By: admin - Apr• 02•15

The long-running case against Sergey Aleynikov, a former Goldman Sachs programmer, is set to begin on Monday after a judge rebuffed a request from the prosecution for a long delay.

Read more here

Fiancee and cat tracked by home cam

Written By: admin - Apr• 02•15

The girlfriend and cat watched by home cam

Read more here

Gadgetwise: Reviewing Sound Bars: An Alternative to TV Home Theater Systems

Written By: admin - Apr• 02•15

The bar can significantly improve the quality of audio on newer TVs, which has diminished with their size.

Read more here

Bits Blog: Tech Leaders Call for Anti-Discrimination Laws to Protect Gays in all 50 States

Written By: admin - Apr• 02•15

More than three dozen chief executives and other senior Silicon Valley leaders issued a joint statement asking all state legislatures to add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes to their civil rights laws.

Read more here

When will live-streaming apps like Periscope get interesting?

Written By: admin - Apr• 02•15

Two new apps let people easily share what’s going on around them in real time. So how do we make the most of them and not bore viewers?

Read more here

GoDaddy Shares Jump in Market Debut

Written By: admin - Apr• 02•15

The shares opened at $26.15, about 30 percent above the initial public offering price of $20, a dollar more than the top end of the expected range.

Read more here

Future cameras will make living photographs reality

Written By: admin - Apr• 02•15

Could the traditional lens be defunct? A radical rethink of photography means you can refocus, reshape and relight your snaps after you’ve taken them

Read more here