tech and geek stuff
Google can now track your offline purchases
Google runs the world's largest and most profitably online ad network, but the lion's share of ad dollars still go to TV. The search giant is looking to change that by associating online ads with purchases...
Online ‘sextortion’ cases in Canada involving teen boys spiking, say experts
Child exploitation experts say they’ve detected a spike in reports of online “sextortion” cases involving teen boys.The Canadian Centre for Child Protection says 65 boys reported incidents to Cybertip.ca...
PC gamers, prepare your wallet: Nvidia’s official store finally open to Aussies
Industry-leading graphics hardware maker Nvidia has finally brought its online store to Australia, enabling customers the chance to buy the company’s GeForce graphics cards directly from the manufacturer,...
With Airbnb's $31 billion hotel disturbance peaking, it has an eye on all your travel
In a March appearance at Oxford Union, Chesky said he wants Airbnb "to one day redefine how we fly." Then he added, "The funny thing about flying is, no matter how successful you are in life, you are...
Kids' web security 'as important as road safety'
The NSPCC and O2 have today launched a campaign, highlighting the potential dangers associated with the internet and social media.The actress and comedian, Catherine Tate, who is supporting the initiative...
Thieves in online games can be caught by watching how they play
Take care with your accountRiot GamesBy Chris BaraniukWatch out, there are thieves about. That’s as true in virtual worlds as it is anywhere else. Theft of players’ accounts has blighted large multiplayer...
PM wants under-18s right to wipe social media posts
The "right to innocence" measure is among a series of reforms to curb the dangers of the cyberworld in a new Conservative manifesto pledge.It comes as the NHS was left reeling from a massive cyberattack...
Wal-Mart's Jet.com tests grocery concept in New York to take on Amazon Fresh
Wal-Mart has quietly made its next move in taking on Amazon to bring fresh groceries to the masses. On Wednesday, Jet.com — which Wal-Mart acquired for $3.3 billion in 2016 — is opening a temporary grocery...
China to Strengthen Its Controls Over the Internet
China will further tighten its internet regulations with a pledge Sunday to strengthen controls over search engines and online news portals, the latest step in President Xi Jinping’s push to maintain strict...
Online grocery start-up 'neck and neck' with Amazon as competition heats up
Shipt, a grocery delivery start-up, is expanding its partnership with Costco and also plans to double its overall market size this year. Shipt announced Thursday it will add nine Florida markets, including...
It’s getting harder to victimize Canadians online, but study still finds weak spots
Canadians are typically well-informed and cautious when it comes to cyber-security, a new government survey has found, but there is still room for improvement in certain areas like password protection...
Victoria’s Secret, Nike rank among top brands for Millennials
Among men, Amazon.com was voted the favorite retailer across all categories, and it was the top shopping app for women. Companies are increasingly working to make it easier to shop seamlessly online....
YouTube starts training young commenters to be kinder to each other
YouTube has launched a new initiative called Internet Citizens to help young people in the UK navigate the perilous world of online interaction. The initiative takes the form of day long workshops for...
Think running retail stores is more expensive than selling online? Think again.
Then, if an order placed online is fulfilled from store merchandise, employees at the store have to pick, pack, and ship individual orders to a shopper's home. Not only has that same outfit now shipped...
Google Hire is the new LinkedIn you might actually use
Let's be honest: job hunting is tough, even if it's done online. Thankfully, the newest face to join the job application game is a familiar one.Google is working on a tool for posting job openings and...
EVE Online gamers will seek real exoplanets in virtual universe
EVE Online/CCP GamesBy Tom Fenwick If you enjoy navigating distant galaxies, leading intergalactic alliances and fighting space pirates, you might want to take on another challenge: discovering real planets....
Here's why you're paying for Nintendo Switch online services
Nintendo caused a stir back in January when it announced that its latest game console, the Nintendo Switch, would break convention and charge gamers to play online. Despite the initial outrage and though...
Poll: 40 Percent of Americans More Cautious With Email After Election Hacking
Forty percent of Americans say they are more cautious about what they write in emails since last year's cyber attacks against the Democratic Party, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Thursday....
Posting Persona 5 spoilers could get you hit with account suspension
Enlarge reader comments 13 Share this story Further ReadingWhy Nintendo can legally shut down any Smash Bros. tournament it wantsWhile it's quite clear that video game publishers have the legal right...
Congress addresses cyberwar on small business: 14 million hacked over last 12 months
"Cybersecurity is clearly a concern that the entire business community shares, but it represents an especially pernicious threat to smaller businesses," the Securities and Exchange Commission wrote in...
Experts Urge Huge Expansion of Online Therapy For Mental Illness
A "massive and growing" mental health burden across the world can only be tackled successfully with a major expansion of online psychiatric resources such as virtual clinics and web-based psychotherapies,...
Amazon Cash lets you shop online with physical money
Not feeling confident giving out your credit card info to do a little online shopping? Amazon is making it easier to pay for goods online using cold, hard cash.The digital retail giant is rolling out...
You can use cash to shop on Amazon -- here's how
Amazon announced a new service named Amazon Cash on Monday. It's a great option for folks who might want to use cash on Amazon instead of linking their debit or credit card to the online service. It means...
Fire your interior decorator: Amazon thinks VR is the future of home design
Seattle-based ecommerce giant Amazon is looking at expanding its physical presence with appliances, furniture, and potentially electronics, and is considering using augmented- or virtual-reality tech...
Perks, pitfalls of removing yourself from social media
Perks, pitfalls of removing yourself from social media Part of the allure of social media is telling friends and strangers what’s happening in your life. Rather than obliterating your social media presence,...
Pay crash expected in online gig economy as millions seek work
Millions of people get quick jobs through online portalsGeorges Gobet/AFP/Getty ImagesBy Timothy RevellA huge number of people in South-East Asia and sub-Saharan Africa looking for online “gig economy”...
Inspirational London Underground Sign a Hoax
A message of resilience posted online in the wake of the London terrorist attack Wednesday was read in Parliament, it was mentioned on the BBC, and it went viral online. Unfortunately, the hand written...
Stitch Fix online styling service reportedly considers IPO
Stitch Fix, the online personal-styling service backed by Benchmark, is reportedly considering an initial public offering. The company, which counts Benchmark and Lightspeed Venture Partners among its...
Saks Fifth Avenue exposed personal info of tens of thousands of customers
The personal information of tens of thousands of customers of Saks Fifth Avenue, Gilt, Lord & Taylor, and other retail brands have been publicly available in plain text online, BuzzFeed News has learned....
Bark execs on protecting your kids in the digital age
Parents are finding new ways to protect teens online and still maintain their children's trust and privacy. A service called Bark analyzes online activity and text messages for signs of cyber bullying,...
Upon further review: The Nintendo Switch’s lackluster online features
reader comments 9 Share this story Further ReadingNintendo Switch review: Meet the Game Boy Entertainment SystemWhen we first reviewed the Nintendo Switch hardware last week, we noted that our evaluation was...
Status update: social media makes us lonely
The more time people spend online on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, the more likely they are to feel cut off from the rest of the world, according to psychologists.People who typically spend...
YouTube TV is the company’s new live TV subscription service
Flickr: Rego Korosi reader comments 2 Share this story Today at an event in Los Angeles, YouTube announced a huge new feature that could change what you watch on the online video platform. The company...
In global expansion, Netflix makes friends with carriers
In global expansion, Netflix makes friends with carriers [...] negotiations have become increasingly commonplace for Netflix as its global ambitions have taken the content streaming service far from its...
Online options for Oscar-nominated flicks
Online options for Oscar-nominated flicks More movies and cheaper options are now online for movie fans wanting to catch up on Oscar-nominated flicks. Of the 62 full-length movies and shorts nominated...
Walmart’s bid to challenge Amazon helped by online surge
Walmart posted its third straight quarter of double-digit online growth, which helped its holiday results top estimates. The world’s largest retailer is benefiting from last year’s acquisition of Jet.com,...
Google’s chief business officer: Fake news problem should be taken 'very, very seriously’
Google's chief business officer, Philipp Schindler, says the company is doing everything it can to combat misinformation campaigns online, a.k.a. "fake news." "We have to take the fake news problem very,...
Prince’s music will be on Spotify and other services starting Sunday
Enlarge / Prince performing on stage during the 1984 Purple Rain tour. Richard E. Aaron/Redferns reader comments 16 Share this story Prince was notable for being a skeptic of online music. Those who manage...
Do you know the source of the news you see online?
Hours after reading this article, will you remember where you saw it? (Reminder: it’s CBS News.)The tricky nature of memory in the rapid-fire landscape of online news was the subject of a new study released...
Tips to keep kids safer online
America's kids are more connected than ever, but that can leave them vulnerable to cyberbullies, identity thieves, and other threats online. CBS News' Craig Boswell reports on the latest efforts to keep...
Youngsters bullied with online images
The report, carried out by the Safer Internet Centre, also found that 70% of young people have seen images and videos not suitable for their age.The findings are part of the seventh Internet Safety Day...
We all live in a bubble. Here’s why you step out of it, according to experts
Picture this, you’re online scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed and this is what you see: ‘Keep them out! Finally nice to see there’s accountability in this country #travelban.’ Or you see this:...
Super Bowl can be viewed online on these devices
Here’s your online guide to the matchup in Houston between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots. Some people will be watching the Super Bowl for the actual game on an actual TV. Just fire...
Getting online with Nintendo Switch will cost less than half of rivals’ fees
Enlarge / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Nintendo Switch in portable mode. reader comments 14 Share this story Complaints and concerns about Nintendo's first paid online service, which will launch later this...
Debunking the myths of VPN
Imagine walking through a busy downtown street. While you’re lost in a sea of people, a bubble of personal information such as your name, address, and credit card number floats above your head like a...
Why Nintendo Switch’s new online service worries me
Nintendo has, since the late ‘90s era of PlayStation vs. N64, felt years behind its competitors when it comes to cutting-edge gaming technology. Sony’s PlayStation could play CD-ROMS while Nintendo’s...
Man who spent $96k in stolen veterans funds on online porn gets prison
reader comments 21 Share this story EnlargeFox61A Connecticut veteran who was treasurer at both an American Legion and VFW post was sentenced Friday to 2.5 years in prison. Local media said Frederick...
Kenya Targets 1 Million Digital Jobs for Youths in a Year
Kenya has started a digital skills training program to enable 1 million young people to secure freelance online work in the next year, in a bid to tackle the country's acute youth unemployment problem....
The best free website builder 2017
The best free website builderCreating a website used to be the domain (geddit?) of professional designers and coders, but these days it is something anyone can tackle. The problem is that there are so...
The Nintendo Switch will need its smartphone app for online matchmaking
The Nintendo Switch companion app is fast turning into a pretty essential part of the Switch. As well as the previously announced news that you’ll need to use the app in order to enable voice-chat on...
‘Glass Room’ Exhibit Asks, What Is Privacy in a Digital Age?
These days, many Americans live much of their lives online — connecting with friends on social networks, making everyday purchases and authorizing banking transactions over the internet. The convenience...
Is Online Privacy Dead? NYC Exhibit Explores Digital Privacy Themes
An exhibit in New York City is taking a closer look at our relationship with technologies and online platforms, and the increasing lack of privacy stemming from it. From personal data that we willingly...
15 facts from the Nintendo Switch presentation you need to know
In a moment equal parts exciting, yet baffling and forward-facing, yet vague, Nintendo announced that the Switch will do things a little differently this time around when it comes to online functionality.The...
Nintendo details new paid online service for Switch
Enlarge / You'll have to pay to play this bad boy online, apparently. reader comments 0 Share this story Further ReadingNintendo Switch launches worldwide March 3, $299 in USFollowing its video presentation...
BBC iPlayer to be 're-invented' by 2020
In an effort to keep up with big online streaming services like Netflix and Amazon, the BBC is planning to re-invent the iPlayer with the aim of becoming the UK’s top online streaming service by 2020. The...
Browser history and location can change what you pay online
Shopping online could make you a victim of price discrimination. Companies can use data like your past searches or location to influence the price you pay. Anna Werner reports on how that could mean paying...
Online shopping makes it easier for consumers, but returns are still a hassle
Holiday shoppers who enjoyed the convenience of fulfilling wish lists with a simple click of the “buy” button are learning this week that the return process for online purchases can still be a hassle....
Xiaomi-backed online bank to launch services soon - bank investor
BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese online bank backed by smartphones and home appliances maker Xiaomi Inc [XTC.UL] is set to launch services soon, after being officially established and rebranded recently,...
Shop till you drop? Sell till you drop, more like, as online retail grows across UK
More folks in the UK are selling goods or skills online to make some extra cash, according to a new piece of research.The survey of 1,000 adults in the UK commissioned by ePages showed that no less than...
This chart shows how dominant Amazon is again this holiday season
Both Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales topped $3 billion and broke single-day e-commerce records, according to Adobe Digital. What's more, this holiday season, virtually every shopping day has topped...
Hot, sleepless nights will get more common with climate change
The future’s set to leave us more hot and botheredChina Photos/Getty By Michael Le PageAs the planet warms, many people will find it much harder to get a good night’s sleep. A study based on a survey...
Obama anticipates a future economy challenged by driverless cars and automation
Former US President Barack Obama is speaking out on automation and driverless cars, including the impact the futuristic tech – that’s closer to reality than it once was – could have on the economy. Obama,...
Ritualistic body waxing videos on Instagram are going viral, in a relaxing way
Some of Lizbeth's most popular clips, which are seconds long and repeat on an endless loop, have been viewed almost 900,000 times apiece. She currently has more than 311,00 Instagram followers. There's...
Game theory says you should charge your friends to borrow things
Paying to borrow tools can be a saw pointAnge/Alamy Stock PhotoBy Timothy RevellWant to borrow my tent? No problem, that will be £25 please. That might sound annoying, but it will be better for society...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark