tech and geek stuff
Is government secrecy to blame for cyberattack?
The software giant compared the severity of the attack with "the US military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen".The malicious software - known as WannaCrypt or WannaCry - is widely believed...
iOS 10.3.1 includes bug fixes and improves the security of your iPhone or iPad
Enlarge reader comments 3 Share this story Further ReadingA tour of iOS 10.3: Checking out APFS, the Settings app, and other tweaksiOS 10.3.1 is out. The release notes don't specify what it fixes that...
First public data released by hyper suprime-cam Subaru Strategic Program
The first massive data set of a 'cosmic census' has been released using the largest digital camera on the Subaru Telescope. With its beautiful images now available for the public at large, figuring out...
WikiLeaks claims Samsung TVs enable surveillance
WikiLeaks says Samsung smart TVs were hacked to enable spying on consumers. In a trove of documents released Tuesday, WikiLeaks included code that it says shows the CIA worked with U.K. intelligence officials...
MacBook Pros get a diss; Rockettes get a leg up, apparently
Entertainment Weekly reported that Madison Square Garden leaders released a statement Friday contradicting several stories and social media postings, which had said the dancers were threatened with job...
Windows 10 update broke DHCP, knocked users off the Internet
reader comments 48 Share this story EnlargeCyberHadesMicrosoft has quietly fixed a software update it released last week, which effectively prevented Windows 10 users from connecting to the Internet or...
The Nintendo Switch is rumored to be launching on March 17 next year
Beyond a vague ‘March 2017’ release date being mentioned by Nintendo, details have been thin about when we might finally be able to get our hands on the Nintendo Switch. However, according to a tweet...
macOS 10.12.1 mostly focuses on fixing Sierra’s bugs
EnlargeApple reader comments 5 Share this story Further Reading“Hello again”: Apple confirms October 27 event, new Macs are likelyApple released the final version of macOS 10.12.1 today, its first update...
Nintendo unveils new gaming system, Switch
Nintendo has announced a new gaming system called the Nintendo Switch that combines a portable handheld device with a dock to use at home.The gaming giant released a preview video of the console Thursday....
10 best flip phones of all time
Today, smartphone design is a pretty dull affair. Legions of monolithic, identikit black slabs populate our pockets and any semblance of innovation has mostly died. It wasn't always this way.Much as the...
Linux Has Come a Long Way in 25 Years
This year marks a special anniversary for Linux, as the open-source operating system turns 25. What started out as the effort of a single man has grown into a massive distributed effort, benefiting from...
Apple thwarts jailbreakers with iOS 9.3.4 update
Andrew Cunningham reader comments 0 Share this story iOS 9.3.3 went through several beta tests before it was released a couple of weeks ago, but Apple apparently didn't catch everything. Today the company...
Windows 10 Anniversary Update nears RTM with bugfixes galore
With its August 2 release date growing closer, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is nearing completion. A steady stream of new builds for Windows Insiders on the fast track has been released over the...
Be a Martian!
NASA folks are big on inspiring us mortals, so they've released a series of mock recruitment posters to entice would-be space explorers with visions of hoped-for future voyages to Mars.NASA has big plans...
After a colossal wait, PS4-exclusive The Last Guardian confirmed to arrive this year
After an interminably long nine-year gestation period, it's been revealed that The Last Guardian, the latest game from Fumito Ueda (Ico, Shadow of the Colossus), will finally be released this year. In...
PHP 7.0.7 Released Fixing 28 Bugs
Though it seem like it was just yesterday that PHP 7 was first released (it was actually December 17, 2015), today the seventh incremental update is being released with PHP 7.0.7.As is the case with a...
Studies Offer Insight Into Third-Party Risks, Security Best Practices
This past week, a pair of separate research reports were released highlighting two different, yet complementary areas of security. On May 16, Infoblox released its 2016 Network Protection Survey, detailing...
Hormones that are released during hunger affect decision making
Never make a decision when you are hungry. The hormone ghrelin - that is released before meals and known to increase appetite - has a negative effect on both decision making and impulse control, report...
Nintendo reveals date for new NX games console
Japanese gaming giant Nintendo released its full-year results on Wednesday and revealed the date of its next video game console, codenamed the NX. Net sales for Nintendo fell 8.2 percent to 504 billion...
Apple releases iOS 9.3.1 with fix for link bug
Andrew CunninghamFurther ReadingPoorly behaved app causing crashes and link problems for some iOS 9.x users [Updated]An edge case has exposed an iOS bug that causes crashes and other issues.Apple today...
Piracy pioneer’s movie game changer
You could be watching Deadpool in your own home ... legally. A MAN responsible for pioneering the illegal downloading industry is now working on a start-up venture to end online piracy. Napster co-founder...
New Android OS brings split-screen apps
Split-screen multitasking and improved notification controls are among the new features being added to the Android operating system (OS). An early build of the new OS, known as Android N, was released...
Facebook executive jailed in Brazil set to be released Wednesday
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A senior Facebook Inc executive arrested in Brazil is likely to be released after spending nearly 24 hours in jail due to a dispute over a court order demanding data from the company's...
Facebook executive released from jail in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian police have released a Facebook executive who was arrested for refusing to give information about the company's users to law enforcement. The warrant says Dzodan repeatedly...
Vulkan now official, with 1.0 API release and AMD driver
After missing its planned release date last year, the Khronos Group has released version 1.0 of the Vulkan API specification, the next-generation version of OpenGL. Based on AMD's proprietary Mantle API,...
Wish you were up here: See NASA's stunning space travel posters
A studio at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has released more of its stunning Visions of the Future space tourism posters. After an initial three were made available for downloading and printing...
CBS Says Super Bowl 50 Broke Streaming Records With 3.96 Million Unique Viewers
CBS reported earlier this morning that its live stream of Super Bowl 50 broke all prior streaming records for the big game. Now the network has released numbers to back up that claim: according to...
Taylor Swift Joins Kardashian With Gaming App
Taylor Swift is following in the footsteps of Kim Kardashian and is making her first foray into the world of mobile gaming. The Grammy award winner has partnered with Glu Mobile which has focused on signing...
New Hitman trailer asks you to follow the money, see the violence - CNET
Square Enix has released a new Hitman trailer titled "World of Assassination." As the name implies, the trailer asks viewers to take a closer look at what's happening in the shadows, lays out the various...
Drugmakers calculated price boosts with profit in mind, memos say
Martin Shkreli anticipated huge profits from raising the price of a decades-old drug for infectious disease, belying any notion that helping patients was foremost in his mind, according to information...
Former One Direction singer releases debut single
The video for the single, which has been released ahead of the musician's debut studio album "Mind of Mine", sees Malik, 23, kissing American fashion model Gigi Hadid. Malik left One Direction in March...
Apple will offer paid content on News app
Apple said it expects to report sales of between $50bn and $53bn (£35-37bn), which is a significant decline on the $58bn during the same period last year. If the company's own forecasts are accurate,...
Watch: Detective Pikachu drinks coffee and learns to speak to humans
Nintendo has revealed a new Pokémon game for 3DS in which a Sherlock hat-wearing Pikachu solves crimes. We're not winding you up.The game, titled Great Detective Pikachu: The Birth of a New Duo, will...
Apple releases OS X 10.11.3 with fixes for bugs and security
Andrew CunninghamToday Apple released OS X 10.11.3, the third major update for El Capitan since the operating system was released to the public in September. You can grab it now through the Update tab...
DOOM designer creates first new level in 20 years
John Romero, designer of the originalÂ DOOM, has released a brand new level for the classicÂ first person shooterÂ -- his first in more than two decades. The level itself may be familiar to veterans of...
Xbox One system update hits today, fixes some 'behind-the-scenes' bugs - CNET
Microsoft has released a new Xbox One system update, but don't expect any new features. Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb writes on Twitter that the update includes fixes for some unspecified "behind-the-scenes"...
Segway is back - as an adorable robot servant that follows your every move
The Ninebot Segway can follow owners around, recognise voices, carry loads and film video, travelling at 11 miles per hour. The device "sees" through Intel's RealSense camera, which it uses to detect...
Lamar Odom's downfall tops Google's list of 2015 searches
The annual breakdown released Wednesday ranks the inquiries that triggered the biggest spikes in traffic on Google's dominant search engine, excluding queries about sexually explicit subjects. Other search...
With Launch Of FindTime, Microsoft Outlook Users Get Their Own Built-In Meeting Scheduler
Microsoft released a new tool today designed to give Outlook users an easier way to schedule meetings. Called FindTime, the add-in is one of the more practical applications to be released from Microsoft...
Most searched in 2015? Bobbi Kristina Brown, says Yahoo
Yahoo released its list Wednesday ahead of those of its much bigger search engine rivals Google and Microsoft's Bing. The second most searched term on Yahoo was iPhone, the company said, likely because...
How to watch the new Star Wars VR content - CNET
Enlarge ImageJakku Spy is the new VR-friendly mini-movie inside the Star Wars app. Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET The only thing better than watching "Star Wars"? Actually visiting a galaxy far, far away,...
Arty puzzler Monument Valley goes free on iOS
Popular iPhone and iPad puzzle game Monument Valley has gone free on those platforms - following an earlier switch to free on Android.The Escher-inspired title was first released last year and has since...
Supercomputing Trends: Performance Lags, China Rises, Cray Gains
Since 1993, the Top500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers has been released on a twice yearly basis, and has given the industry a view not only of what those systems are, but also overall trends...
Super Star Wars being re-released for PS4, PS Vita - CNET
DICE's Star Wars Battlefront isn't the only game based on the beloved sci-fi movie series being released this week. Sony has revealed Super Nintendo classic, Super Star Wars, is also making its way to...
Live-Action Trailer Hypes Fallout 4 Release
Bethesda on Thursday released a preview trailer for its postapocalyptic video game Fallout 4. The game will be released worldwide next week for Microsoft Windows and Xbox One as well as the Sony PlayStation...
Google's AlphaGo A.I. beats world's number one in ancient game of Go
This week's games between AlphaGo and Ke are being live streamed by Google online, but Chinese censors already block access to Google and its services, such as Gmail and YouTube, in the country. Chinese...
All 38 major Google IO announcements ranked
Google IO is the company’s chance to express its bragging rights, and it did that at the start of its keynote by telling one and all that Android is now up to 2 billion active users.What’s more, seven...
Android at the Wheel: Google Aims for One Vehicle Ecosystem
Google showcased the next phase of its automotive strategy at its I/O conference earlier this week, and announced partnerships with Volvo and Audi, which unveiled concept vehicles running its new automotive...
Fuchsia OS isn't replacing Android yet, Google says
Last August we got wind of a brand new operating system in development at Google, codenamed Fuchsia. At this year's Google I/O event in Mountain View, Android's Dave Burke shed a little bit more light...
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