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Microsoft’s lawsuit against government gag orders will move forward
Microsoft's lawsuit against the Department of Justice will continue, according to a ruling today from Western Washington District Court. The ruling is a crucial early hurdle for Microsoft's case, which...
In Airbnb’s Super Bowl ad, implied criticism of Trump’s travel ban
The National Football League and Fox, the broadcaster of the game, maintain the right to approve ads, and some advertisers walked a tightrope to get ads with immigrants approved. Before the game started,...
Paedophile loses bid to be removed from Google
The Japanese man appealed to the Supreme Court in the country for similar protections to Europe's 'right to be forgotten'.The court ruled that deleting the search results would violate the principle of...
Google reveals what a smartphone needs to be Daydream compatible
Google has recently announced that four new phones would soon support its Daydream virtual reality program and though this seems like a relatively small number considering the number of good smartphones...
Samsung tries to shake off Note 7 debacle as it looks to Galaxy S8 to boost confidence
Samsung appears to be shaking off the Note 7 saga. The firm said 93 percent of the Note 7 devices in the market had been returned with 75 percent of users deciding to exchange it for an S7 or S7 Edge....
New York stops the litigious sprawl of pre-1972 sound copyrights
Enlarge / Mark "Flo" Volman and Howard "Eddie" Kaylan of the Top 40 rock group The Turtles performing in 2010 during the Happy Together Tour 25th Anniversary. Photo by Vallery Jean/FilmMagic reader comments...
Bike group, business owner cite Uber self-driving mishaps
[...] under fire from state and city lawmakers for not getting permits, the cars are now raising an outcry from bicyclists, who say they make illegal and unsafe right turns through bike lanes. [...] a...
Indonesia Poised to Pass Asia's First ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Law
Two years after the European Union first asserted a person's "right to be forgotten," or the removal of objectionable search results, Indonesia has moved toward including a similar provision in its Internet...
Joey from Friends is being immortalised in AI
The best character from the 90s sitcom Friends was Joey Tribbiani, and don't even try to argue with me. The womanizing Italian-American actor is simultaneously hilarious and adorable. Which is why it's...
Review: UPDATED: Google Glass
Introduction and designUpdate: Google Glass ceased production in 2015, but the novel head-worn computer experiment may live on in a foldable Enterprise Edition one day. The Snapchat Spectacles may give...
Youthful DNA in old age
The DNA of young people is regulated to express the right genes at the right time. With the passing of years, the regulation of the DNA gradually gets disrupted, which is an important cause of aging. A...
MSI’s VR One backpack PC packs overclocked Core i7 and GTX 1070
Enlarge reader comments 28 Share this story Backpack PCs for virtual reality gaming were all the rage at this year's Computex in Taiwan, but it looks like MSI is the first of that early batch to have...
Bet on this tech giant to get back to its old highs: Trader
The technology sector has some of the best-performing stocks in the market, and one trader has singled out an old tech name for a trade. Cisco is up more than 17 percent year to date, rising off of what...
Five Tinder tips from an eligible bachelor
Matt's top 5 Tinder tips Fellers, don’t be overusing the powerswipe okay. I AM not saying I have all the answers to online dating, but being an eternal bachelor has helped me learn some tricks of the trade....
NSW woman finds koala sitting on couch
Now that’s a home intruder we’d happily welcome. Picture: Vicki Haines/AAP. A COUCH-surfing koala has taken winter shelter in the lounge room of a coastal NSW house, sitting in the living room in front...
You can now livestream right from the YouTube app
YouTube's live mode.YouTube is finally ready to take on Periscope, Facebook Live, and other livestreaming mobile services: the company is building live mobile video broadcasting right into the core YouTube...
Checking your smartphone in bed could cause temporary blindness
This might cause you to think twice before checking your email from bed. A team of London-based researchers has come across two separate cases where women reported temporary blindness — both times in...
Hacking memory to follow through with intentions
Whether it's paying the electric bill or taking the clothes out of the dryer, there are many daily tasks that we fully intend to complete and then promptly forget about. New research suggests that linking...
Tesla calls cheap-labor dispute 'totally unacceptable'
"Assuming the article is correct, we need to do right by Mr. Lesnik and his colleagues from Vuzem," Tesla wrote on Monday. "This is not a legal issue, it is a moral issue." In the Monday statement, Tesla...
Google acquires start-up founded by Indian-origin entrepreneur
Comments By: PTI | Updated: May 4, 2016 5:10 pm Varun Malhotra is the founder and CEO of Toronto-based Synergyse, which was launched in 2013 with an aim to teach users how to use Google Apps. (Source:...
Delhi HC asks Centre, Google: Does right to privacy include right to be forgotten?
Comments By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: May 2, 2016 11:42 am Does right to privacy include right to delink from the Internet the irrelevant information, the Delhi High Court has asked the Centre and Google....
Inside a company creating mixed-reality technology
April 23, 2016, 8:13 AM|Imagine playing an immersive video game where you are battling robot attackers right in your own living room, or shopping for sneakers from the comfort of your sofa, with realistic...
Nvidia's next generation graphics cards are right around the corner
Nvidia is going to reveal its powerful, next generation Pascal graphics cards at Computex, or that's at least that's the word on the rumor mill.As PC & Tech Authority spotted, the next-generation GeForce...
iPad Pro 9.7 is the best tablet in the world right now
Ever since it was released in October 2014, the iPad Air 2 has sat at the top of the podium in our selection of the best tablets in the world - until now.Now it has been usurped by the new kid on the block,...
You'll never guess how much the TSA's Randomizer app cost - CNET
Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.You go left, you go right. You go right, you go left. TdoggE/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET You...
Watch the Microsoft Build 2016 Day 2 keynote live right here
Microsoft is holding its annual Build developer conference in San Francisco this week and after focusing on Windows, Xbox, HoloLens, and Cortana yesterday, the company will shine the spotlight on...
WIRED will now predict your political views (you naÃ¯ve thing)
This article was first published in the April 2016 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content...
Watch the Microsoft Build 2016 keynote live right here
Microsoft is holding its annual Build developer conference in San Francisco this week and the company is kicking off the event with its first of two major keynotes this morning. You can watch the...
10 cool things Cortana can do in Windows 10 (pictures) - CNET
Sure, you can plug your currency conversion into Google, but why bother when you can do it right from your desktop? Just type in the amount, original currency, and currency you want to convert it to,...
Photographer snaps thrilling space station image from his backyard - CNET
Enlarge ImageThe solar panel arrays are visible in this shot of the ISS. Thomas Klemmer If I stand in my backyard at night with a camera and take a picture of the sky, it will turn out as a blurry, amorphous...
Japan’s Gunosy invests $5m in Indonesia-based Kurio, a fellow news reading app
In a case of one news reader app helping another, Japan’s Gunosy has invested $5 million in Indonesia-based Kurio. Gunosy went public in Tokyo last year and this year it has embarked on a series of investments,...
One of world’s rarest creatures spotted
The head of a right whale peers up from the water as another whale passes behind in Cape Cod Bay in 2008. Picture: AP Photo/Stephan Savoia ONE of the rarest creatures on the planet — the endangered right...
Car that steers itself nearly crashes
The new Mercedes E Class shows off all of its self-driving skills, including a near miss! The 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class will feature an overtaking function. COMMENT LESS than a week after an autonomous...
‘Blink if Trump is holding you hostage’
Look at those haunted eyes... AS DONALD Trump held a jubilant press conference after his string of Super Tuesday primary victories, the internet could only focus on the man standing behind him. That man...
2017 Audi Q2 Release Date, Price and Specs - Roadshow
The auto equivalent of forbidden fruit is a car that won't come to your country, even though it would be perfect. Such is the case with Audi's new Q2, which the German automaker showed off here at the...
Texas cop indicted for searching car of activist filming the police
A Galveston Police Department sergeant in Texas has been indicted on misdemeanor accusations of unlawfully searching the vehicle of a video activist, according to a report in the Galveston County Daily...
Trump: Boycott all Apple products
Law enforcement, Apple users and security experts react to the legal standoff between Apple and the U.S. government over its iPhone encryption technology. Deborah Lutterbeck reports. Federal prosecutors...
Victim’s mum: Don’t unlock killer’s phone
Privacy rights ... Mum who lost her son in San Bernardino shooting sides with Apple. Picture: Supplied. HER son was killed in the San Bernardino, Calif., massacre — but Carol Adams agrees with Apple that...
Watch 500 Startups’ Demo Days Right Here
TechCrunch is excited to stream 500 Startups’ demo day live from the Computer History Museum. The demos start at 1:00 PM Pacific and are expected to last four hours. You can watch it live right...
Hand you write with can determine how you vote, scientists find
"It’s nothing to do with using your hands when you respond,” Dr Casasanto told the Association for the Advancement of Science annual conference in Washington. US President Barack Obama is left handed ...
Finally, There’s An App For Noodle Soup Lovers — And It’s Great
If you’re a noodle soup enthusiast — and if you’re not, you really should be — here’s an app that’ll get you salivating. “Wait, there’s an app for noodle soup???” I hear you say… Yes, that’s right. Believe...
Google extends 'right to be forgotten'
Tech giant Google says it will hide content removed under the "right to be forgotten" from all versions of the search engine when viewed from countries where removal was approved. Under the "right to be...
Twitter is assembling a super team to take down the trolls
One of Twitter's biggest problems right now is online harassment, and tackling it is going to be essential if the service wants to keep growing. The company has just made a big move in the right direction,...
Don't expect an Apple Watch 2 in March, it may just be a S update
Apple is rumoured to be hosting a new event in March with the iPhone 5SE, iPad Air 3 and Apple Watch 2 all tipped to appear – but it now seems the 2016 version of the wearable won't be as exciting as we...
5 Reasons Why Meteor Is Ideal for Startups
This article was peer reviewed by Nilson Jacques, Chris Perry and Mark Towler. Thanks to all of SitePoint’s peer reviewers for making SitePoint content the best it can be! Picking the right tech stack...
Breaking up not so hard to do: PayPal & eBay CEOs
The National Retail Federation reported for the first time ever on Black Friday that more Americans shopped online than they did in stores. And amid the rapid global shift to digital and mobile payments,...
This app lets you remix Massive Attack's new material before it's released
Massive Attack are back with a new tour and a promise of new material, some - if not all - of which is now available to hear through a new 'sensory remixer' app called Fantom.The app, which was co-developed...
QUIZ: How well do you know Robot Wars?
After a 11-year hiatus Robot Wars is finally getting another series. The bots are being rebooted, with BBC Two announcing that six hour-long episodes are set to air in 2016. The new series promises more...
Arizona lawmaker wants to make filming cops a crime—if you’re too close
Tony WebsterSen. John Kavanagh (R-Ariz.).Gage SkidmoreAn Arizona lawmaker is proposing legislation to make it a crime to get too close to the police to film them in action. The proposal from Republican...
Praying mantises get fitted with 3D glasses, watch bug movies - CNET
The 3D-video craze may have died down a bit from a few years ago when every other new flat screen or Hollywood blockbuster seemed to be boasting the tech, but scientists may have found a new group that...
15 years ago the CIA tried to predict the world in 2015. Here's what they got wrong
But other predictions have fallen flat – such as the notion we’d all be eating cloned beef burgers, or that North and South Korea would be unified. Read on to find out just what they got right and wrong...
We need to make digital navigation tools more human – here's how
Imagine you're in a city you don't know, and need to find the way to the train station. You ask a stranger in the street, and she answers: "Walk east for 144ft, turn right towards the main road for 26ft,...
FaceDirector software generates desired performances in post-production, avoiding reshoots
Some film directors are famous for demanding that scenes be shot and re-shot repeatedly until actors express just the right emotion at the right time, but directors will be able to fine-tune performances...
Watch The TC Disrupt Hackathon Live Right Here!
Ahoy, mates! We’re in foggy London town and Disrupt Europe 2015 is officially underway, as the Hackathon presentations kick off right now. In case you have no idea what I’m talking about,...
Pure Storage posts solid Q3 sales in first report since IPO
Enterprise storage provider Pure Storage posted better-than-expected results in its first quarterly report since going public in October. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company reported an earnings loss...
Bluecore Marketing Automation Tool Secures $21M In Series B Funding
Bluecore, the data marketing platform for ecommerce brands, has today announced the close of a $21 million Series B round led by Georgian Partners, with participation from existing investors like...
The best cooking apps for the holidays - CNET
Whether you're heading into the kitchen, or are on the hook to bring the drinks to the big meal, these apps will help find the right recipes, cook like a pro and get the right bottle of wine this holiday...
How to get 2GB of free data from Verizon right now
Our Black Friday 2015 hub is boiling over with great holiday deals that will save you tons of money on everything from electronics and appliances to clothing and more, but now it’s time to shift focus...
A CEO’s Guide To Group Health 2.0
While many new healthcare technologies show great promise, few have been made widely available. CEOs have a population right in their backyard, the collective health of which they want to continually...
iDevices Thermostat looks smart...from a distance
Using HomeKit protocols, you can easily program various command schedules to fit your living patterns. If you leave every weekday at 8 a.m. and get back at 4 p.m., you can make sure your home is heated...
Apple accuses EU of a litany of “breaches” in defense of Irish tax deal
EnlargeWilliam Murphy reader comments 28 Share this story Apple has attempted to school the European Commission on how it interprets Irish law, by lodging no less than 14 pleas in its challenge against...
Apple may reveal its new iPad Pro lineup soon
Apple is being mum about the next step its taking with its tablets, but we may learn exactly where the tech giant is going in just a month.2017's lineup of iPad Pros is expected to be revealed during...
Report: Apple is planning a top-to-bottom refresh for the iPad in March
Enlarge / The iPad Pro, Smart Keyboard, and Apple Pencil. Andrew Cunningham reader comments 28 Share this story For some time now, the ever-churning Apple rumor mill has been telling us to expect some...
Evidence for iPhone 8 face-unlocking mounts, as Apple acquires facial recognition startup
Recently, it’s been speculated that Apple may forgo its Touch ID feature on the upcoming iPhone 8 in favour of facial recognition, and the company’s latest acquisition seems to line up pretty neatly with...
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