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Snapchat's parent needs to think bigger, says ex-Facebooker-turned-venture capitalist
Chamath Palihapitiya, founder and CEO of venture firm Social Capital, is questioning why Snap is focusing its strategy so narrowly. In an interview Thursday on CNBC's "Squawk Box," Palihapitiya said a...
Google Home could soon solve a big smart speaker problem
Though smart speakers have the potential to be extremely useful in busy households they face a big barrier in that they only support single user accounts. This could be a problem Google is well on its...
Another sell rating for Snap from Wall Street on its slowing user growth, high valuation
Instinet initiated coverage on Snap with a reduce rating, saying future financial results will likely disappoint investors. The firm was the second on Wall Street to initiate on the hot IPO with a sell...
Snap IPO shares soar 40% in first day's trading
Snapchat parent Snap Inc. (SNAP) saw shares in its initial public offering soar more than 40% in the first minutes of trading Thursday, opening at $24 a share from a Wednesday night price of $17.The company...
Cramer’s Snap IPO playbook: How to make the most of a ‘phenomenal trade’
As the market eagerly awaits the IPO of Snap, the parent company of the popular Snapchat app, Jim Cramer reviewed his playbook for investors to make a move at the right time. "I totally get where the...
Let Your Phone Pay for Your Car's Fuel
Autonomous automobiles aren't taking over American highways yet, but automation is becoming a bigger part of the driving experience. A mobile phone app called Shell allows drivers to pay for a fill-up...
Buying a Switch? Secure your new Nintendo online user ID now
The official launch of Nintendo’s latest console is just around the corner, but Nintendo has already opened registrations for its new Nintendo Account user ID system which, apparently replaces the current...
IBM Details Risks of Second-Hand IoT Devices and Connected Cars
VIDEO: What happens to IoT user accounts in the cloud when a device or even a car is sold? According to new research from IBM Security, revocation of old users isn't happening, exposing a major new risk....
Nintendo Switch UI shown off as one gamer gets console early
With the Nintendo Switch launch date a mere two weeks away, it was only a matter of time before someone posted a video of themselves playing around with the new hardware. Lo and behold, today on NeoGAF...
Here's what Snap will tell investors ahead of setting its IPO price on March 1
Spiegel and Khan will emphasize that users love the product and spend lots of time in it, rather than focusing on the number of users. This argument could be used to counter the fact that the company's...
Snap looks more like Twitter than Facebook, argues investor Chamath Palihapitiya
Snap looks more like Twitter than Facebook, said Social Capital partner Chamath Palihapitiya, a former Facebook executive, Wednesday on CNBC's "Power Lunch." "It's tracking to look more like Twitter than...
Here's what Facebook made off an average user in the last three months
It's no coincidence that Facebook is one of the world's richest companies. In company earnings reported on Wednesday, it revealed it made an average of $4.83 in revenue per user, globally, over the last...
Twitter inks another big sports live-streaming deal in its battle with Facebook, Snapchat
"Deadline day is a huge date in the diary for everyone who loves football," Andy Cairns, Sky Sports News executive editor, said in a press release on Tuesday. "Every window we strive to find new ways...
Oculus Rift 2 could get advanced eye-tracking
Eye-tracking is one of the last missing pieces of the VR puzzle, but Oculus may have bought a company that could crack it in time for the Oculus Rift 2.The Facebook-owned VR specialist has just purchased...
Hackers stole personal data from 1 billion Yahoo user accounts
More than a billion accounts breachedDado Ruvic / ReutersBy New Scientist Staff and Press AssociationYahoo says it believes hackers stole personal data from more than one billion user accounts in a cyberattack...
Amazon opens lineup-free grocery store
Amazon has opened a small bricks-and-mortar store in Seattle where customers can walk in, grab what they want and walk out without lining up to pay.Called Amazon Go, the company says it’s opened a 170...
Judge forces Coinbase to hand over years’ worth of user data to IRS
EnlargeKen Teegardin reader comments 16 Share this story Further ReadingIRS to Coinbase: Please identify active US traders between 2013 and 2015On Wednesday, a federal judge in San Francisco approved...
Raspberry Pi enthusiasts rejoice! Pi User magazine launches
The wonderful world of Raspberry Pi has exploded in popularity since the arrival of the low-cost computer - and Future (TechRadar's publisher) has now launched a magazine for all the Pi enthusiasts. Pi...
Devolutions Remote Desktop Manager Aims to Relieve Help Desk Chaos
IT support professionals are well aware of the challenges associated with supporting multiple or even multitudes of users working remotely. Nowhere is that pain more felt than when a user calls the help...
Castle Raises $2 Million for Account Takeover Technology
Castle aims to make it easier to detect online fraud. The funding will be used to help the company grow its engineering and go-to-market efforts. Security vendor Castle announced on Nov. 9 that it raised...
Thycotic Acquires Cyber Algorithms
Privileged access account management vendor Thycotic is picking up user behavior analytics smarts via the acquisition of Cyber Algorithms. Privately held security vendor Thycotic is acquiring user behavior...
Chilling online reviews may be linked to alleged serial killer
A South Carolina realtor stands accused of kidnapping and killing several people across more than a dozen years, and the investigation has revealed he may have bought and later reviewed various products...
Could brainwaves replace your passwords?
Moving beyond the traditional password and improving security measures has led us down the path of biometrics, but even as we travel along that avenue, things are branching out swiftly with exploration...
Yahoo reportedly gave the US government access to all user emails
In an unprecedented move, Yahoo allegedly built custom software for the US government to help its spy agencies look for specific information in all of its customers' emails. A report from Reuters claims...
Color-changing smart material sensor to alert user to get out of sun
According to the American Cancer Society approximately 5.4 million basal and squamous cell skin cancers are diagnosed each year. Yet, the sun does contribute to the production of Vitamin D, which is necessary...
Wearable device helps blind people 'read again'
OrCam uses a camera mounted on a pair of glasses and a small computer to turn words into audio.When the user identifies something that they want to read, they point at the text and the written words are...
Are fitness trackers fit for security?
The popularity of fitness trackers is constantly growing. Worldwide, nearly 20 million of these devices have been sold in the first quarter of 2016. Many of them track via GPS the kilometers the user run,...
Aussie cops ran child porn site for months, revealed 30 US IPs
John Skewes reader comments 2 Share this story Further ReadingFBI: Exploit that revealed Tor-enabled child porn users wasn’t malwareTurns out the FBI isn't the only agency to take over a child pornography...
Serious Flaw Fixed in Fedora Linux Account System
Fedora Linux and Red Hat are investigating the potential impact of a major vulnerability that was first disclosed Aug. 8. The Fedora Account System (FAS), which provides user information management for...
Digium D6x Series IP Phones Boast Full Color Screens
Launching alongside the IP phones is the latest release of Switchvox, with new features including multicast audio and call parking enhancements. Unified communications and telephony specialist Digium...
Battery Life Could Be Used To Track You Online
Following someone's online movements is useful to brands because it helps them to serve targeted ads.Many people delete their cookies, or use a private web browsing mode, to thwart these advertisers.But...
IBM Extends QRadar to Battle Insider Threats
IBM extends its QRadar security intelligence platform with user behavior analytics to protect against insider threats. IBM this week delivered its new IBM QRadar User Behavior Analytics application, which...
Twitter's user numbers, slowing revenue growth in focus in Q2 earnings
This stagnating growth is particularly striking in contrast to the growth seen at other social media platforms: Facebook has just announced that its Messenger app has 1 billion users, joining Facebook's...
Ubuntu Linux Forums Hacked: Examining the Implications
News Analysis: Two million usernames and emails were exposed after the breach of unpatched forum software. Here's what happened and what we should learn from it. Ubuntu Linux is one of the most popular...
Everybody on Outlook.com will soon get Office 365 features for free
It seems like ages ago that Microsoft began rolling out the overhauled version of Outlook.com across the webmail service's user base – indeed, it's been almost half a year – and many folks still haven't...
Updated: 10 CRM systems small businesses should know
IntroductionNote: Our best CRM software round-up has been fully updated. This feature was first published in May 2014.Keeping up-to-date with your leads, prospects and contacts is a vital task for any...
Blindspotter Uses Machine Learning to Detect Network Breach Attempts
NEWS ANALYSIS: The use of machine learning to identify suspicious online activity is a new and important capability in securing the network, but privileged users were the weak point until now. BUDAPEST—There...
iOS 10 beta still encrypts user data, but not the kernel
The iOS 10 developer betas come with an unencrypted kernel. Andrew CunninghamFurther ReadingFBI paid at least $1.3M for zero-day to get into San Bernardino iPhoneFBI Director James Comey: "But it was,...
First Microsoft buys LinkedIn. Is Twitter takeover next?
Twitter's San Francisco headquarters(Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images) SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter shares surged 6% on hopes that Microsoft's $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn makes the sale of the...
Datameer 6 Delivers New UI, Spark Support
Datameer 6 provides a new user experience for iterative analytics and a re-architected, future-proof back end supporting Apache Spark. With a goal of further democratizing big data analytics by making...
Katy Perry’s Twitter account—the biggest in the world—got hacked
"We do not comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons," a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement. Katy Perry's representatives were not immediately available for comment when contacted...
Phinx – the Migration Library You Never Knew You Needed
You're building an application, and you need to share the database's structure with your team. After all, you want everyone to be up and running as soon as possible. What do you do? SQL dumps of table...
Can you crack this optical illusion?
This new optical illusion is driving people crazy. Picture: Imgur THIS is not an image you should look at if you’ve had a beer. On the surface, it looks like a loved-up couple enjoying a tender embrace...
Using Android Text-to-Speech to Create a Smart Assistant
In this tutorial I will show you how to create a simple Android App that listens to the speech of a user and converts it to text. The app will then analyze the text and use it as a command to store data...
Everything you need to know about Linux Commands
Getting startedIt won't be long after starting to use Linux that you ask a question and the answer begins with, "Open a terminal and..." At this point, you may be thrown into an alien environment...
Android Pay comes to the UK with Transport for London support
EnlargeAlphabet Google announced today that its mobile payments app Android Pay will be rolling out in the UK. Android Pay is the company's re-vamped version of Google Wallet, which launched in 2011 and...
Apple App Store Hit by Search Glitch Affecting All Users
Apple's system status page acknowledges the problem, which appears to have begun early May 5 and is continuing. Apple's App Store has been returning improper search results to user queries since early...
The Trick to Building Habit-Forming Products
Did you know that 79 percent of people check their phones within 15 minutes of waking up? The average Facebook user visits the site 13.8 times a day, and only spends around two minutes 22 seconds each...
Epic UX Fails (and the Lessons We Can Learn)
We love design, UX, and everything that enables technology to help make our life easier. We want to inspire and encourage future designers to continue to improve the user experience across all the devices...
Creating an iOS Style Swipe Button for Android
Even if you're never touched an iPhone before, you're probably familiar with the infamous "slide to unlock" button. The original purpose behind this button was to prevent a device from getting accidentally...
Viber gets end-to-end encryption, hidden messages and more
Comments By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: April 20, 2016 10:47 am Following the footsteps of WhatsApp, Viber will encrypt user messages to protect texts and calls on its platform from “interception”. Following...
Wireless localizer means password-free WiFi, safer drones, and smarter homes
Tired of crossing your fingers while trying to locate a WiFi signal? What if, instead, the WiFi could locate us?The smart cats at MIT are on it. More robotics Randi Zuckerberg backs wooden, Montessori-approved...
The 3 ‘Non-Negotiables’ of Successful Product Design
Every successful product has them… does yours? Below we boil down the practice of product design into its 3 essential components. Useful, functional, and enjoyable. 1. Is it Useful? If we had to choose...
Timeline: A history of encryption and government backdoors (pictures) - CNET
2013 -- Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden reveals the extent of government surveillance both of other countries and its own citizens. Central to these disclosures was the cooperation of seven major...
Axero Updates Communifire with Page Builder
Communifire 5.2 delivers an array of new features designed to improve the user experience for administrators, including the Page Builder feature. Social intranet software, collaboration and knowledge...
Amazon Files Patent For Paying With A Selfie
Amazon has filed a patent application to allow users to pay for items by taking a selfie. The firm argues the move would improve people's security as they carry out more and more tasks online. "While...
7 secrets of Windows Task Manager every computer user should know
If you're a longtime Windows user, you've probably encountered the Task Manager on more than one occasion. This handy Windows feature gives you an overview of what your computer is doing from applications...
Top 5 Breakout Mobile Design Trends for 2016
If you want to enjoy a view from the front, you’re going to need to step up your mobile design. Based on my conversations with the design team at UXPin, let’s deconstruct 5 useful mobile design trends...
As IoT emerges, UX takes on greater urgency within enterprises
Perhaps the renowned techno-futurist Mark Pesce said it best in a recent tweet: "I'd like to point out that [virtual reality] is the only display layer with profound UX implications. Fundamental ones....
Apple may let users know if boss is monitoring phone
A lot of companies equip employees with mobile phones so they can check work email and keep in touch out of the office. But this perk comes with a catch: the company can monitor or restrict your activities...
Apple just made a deal that could reinvent the App Store for a new generation
Workflow is somewhat of a visual programming tool that's easier than writing an app but probably too wonkish for the average consumer. Gillett said Apple might get under the hood, making it easier for...
Chinese Court Rules in Favor of Apple in Patent Disputes
A Chinese court has ruled in favor of Apple in design patent disputes between the Cupertino, California company and a domestic phone-maker, overturning a ban on selling iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones...
New iPad 9.7 deals: where to pre-order Apple's new tablet
We've been waiting for some time for a new iPad, and Apple surprised us all a few days ago by announcing just that. So, if you're looking for somewhere to pre-order your new iPad 9.7, you're in the right...
New iPad: everything you need to know
Update: The new iPad from Apple is out today. You'll be able to order from around the world by the end of the day, and we expect to see if appear on the Apple website at 8AM PT (11AM ET, 3PM GMT) .Apple...
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