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Researchers have detailed a series of security risks in the Linux kernel that threaten to put the future of the Internet of Things at risk. Developers told the 2016 Linux Security Summit that Linux needs a "total rethink" to remain safe to use.

Google now shows you university information in search results

Google has announced a new style of card it's adding to its search results. Searching for a school or university will now show relevant data within the search page, letting you check details like graduation and acceptance rates without leaving Google.

HP backs down from blocking third-party printer inks

Earlier this month, reports hit the media that a timebomb in HP's printers caused thousands of devices to simultaneously start blocking third-party inks. The company has now apologised to customers, saying it will issue a new update to reverse the block.

Google says faster Android Wear 2.0 won't arrive until 2017

Google has announced it's postponing the launch of its upcoming Android Wear 2.0 update until 2017. The release includes improved performance, a revised user interface and expanded support for cellular connections but has been delayed for testing.

FCC will upgrade wireless alerts after manhunt for Ahmad Rahami

In the wake of emergency alerts sent out during the manhunt for bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to expand the system to make it more effective.

Sierra Nevada's 'Dream Chaser' to fly first UN mission in 2021

Five years from now, a private space plane will fly a two-week robotic mission in low-Earth orbit as part of a cooperative agreement between the Sierra Nevada Corp. and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).

Samsung admits some replaced Galaxy Note 7 phones are overheating

Samsung has responded to reports that replacement Galaxy Note 7 devices are overheating, admitting it's looking into reports that phones are becoming uncomfortably hot during use. It is replacing 2.5m Note 7 handsets that could explode and catch fire.

Self-driving chairs soon at Japanese restaurants

Nissan has unveiled what it's calling the self-driving chair designed for those who hate queuing at their favorite restaurant.

Japan's new passenger plane completes US flight

Japan's problem-plagued new passenger jet on Thursday completed a flight to the United States for testing, its maker said, after aborting two earlier attempts.

Women left tech industry when 'gaming industry became very male'

After years of traveling the world working to improve the lives of impoverished women overseas, Melinda Gates looked around the US and decided some work needed to be done here at home.

YouTube-to-MP3 converter service sued by record labels

YouTube-mp3.org is a popular site that rips audio from YouTube videos and it is being sued by a group of major record labels.

Microsoft says QWERTY keyboards 'will die out' in the near future

A Microsoft executive responsible for predicting future technologies ahead of time has said the QWERTY keyboard is set to die out in the face of emerging input methods. Microsoft expects voice input, gesture tracking and facial recognition to take over.

Amazon's new Fire TV Stick is 30 percent faster, still only $40

Amazon has announced a new Fire TV Stick, one of the company's most successful hardware products. The low-cost compact dongle is now 30 percent faster than the original. Amazon is also teasing a major software update with a "new on-screen experience."

Moscow to replace Microsoft software with Russian alternatives

The city of Moscow has announced it will replace Microsoft software with programs made within Russia. The decision was made after a call from President Vladimir Putin to reduce the country's dependency on foreign software, a potential security risk.

BlackBerry admits the end, announces withdrawal from smartphones

BlackBerry has announced it will withdraw from the smartphone market, ceasing development of its own devices and focusing instead on software. The end has been foreshadowed for years and marks the end of an era for BlackBerry, once a mobile market leader.

Is digital addiction a problem that affects only Millennials?

Is digital addiction a real medical condition or just a scaring ghost evoked by people who seek a financial gain from a boom of allegedly addicted kids? And how much is this problem affecting youths compared to adults?

Shomi, a video streaming service, to shut down as of Nov. 30

Shomi, a video streaming service that was launched in 2014 in Canada and was offered as an alternative to Netflix, is shutting down in November.

Millennials would rather delete their phone than Snapchat

Millennials hate calling on the phone so much that they'd rather delete their main phone app altogether than lose Snapchat. That's according to a new study from LivePerson, which surveyed 3,000 US smartphone users ages 18 to 65.

Google's building a new operating system called 'Andromeda'

Google is building a new operating system called "Andromeda" that will see Android and Chrome OS merged together. According to a new report, the company is planning a laptop and tablet to run the new OS, potentially designed as a next-generation platform.

Windows 10 to keep you safe online with new browser sandbox

Microsoft has announced a significant security enhancement coming to Windows 10 as part of the Redstone 2 software update next year. The company has further expanded Windows Defender to help you stay safe online, isolating the browser from your PC.

Google unveils YouTube Go, an app designed for offline playback

On its 18th birthday, Google has announced a new YouTube app that places an emphasis on offline viewing. Users will be able to download content to watch when disconnected. The app will target emerging markets and particularly concentrate on India.

Google celebrates its 18th birthday, may have the wrong date

Google has turned 18 today, at least according to itself. The search giant posted a special celebratory Doodle to its homepage this morning, as it has done for the past 11 years. However, some people maintain that Google's birthday isn’t on September 27

Uber could be offering self-flying drone taxis within a decade

Forget about calling for a self-driving taxi. Uber could be working on passenger-carrying drone technology that could become a reality within a decade, according to an Uber official.

Smart safe developed to remind people to take medications

A safe, controlled via a smartphone, not only keeps valuables (including medicines) safe it also sends out reminder texts when it’s time to take prescription medicines.

Microsoft Windows could soon track everything you do on your PC

Microsoft has patented a technology that would see it almost continually spying on Windows users. The company's software would be constantly listening for "triggers" and sending data home. Microsoft thinks it would be beneficial to customers.

Viral video claims to reveal iPhone 7's 'secret' headphone jack

A prank video that claims to reveal how to expose the iPhone 7's "secret headphone port" has gone viral, attracting over 10 million views. Some owners appear to have been tricked into drilling 3.5mm holes into the bottom of their $649 phones.

Sinister new malware hints at future of undetectable viruses

A security researcher has discovered a strain of Microsoft Office malware that utilises a simple but effective technique to evade detection by analysts. While it is relatively unsophisticated, it points to the future challenges of combating cybercrime.

Apple to offer spoken iTunes podcasts of online news articles

Apple has accidentally revealed a new iTunes feature that will see it rival radio news stations. The company will offer "Spoken Editions" of online content, a series of podcasts offering an audio version of a publisher's written material.

How drone usage is reshaping America's infrastructure

In the 1980s, the IT revolution upended the way companies do business while completely transforming our economy. Now we have the same thing happening with drone technologies as the potential for commercial drones in the infrastructure sector take off.

The 2020 Olympics may have medals made from electronic waste

Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are hoping to source the gold, silver and bronze needed to make medals for the games from millions of discarded smartphones and other small consumer electronics.

Chevy Bolt will be under $30,000 after tax rebate

The Chevy Bolt is set to go on sale later this year. And while the Tesla model 3 has captured the imaginations of many electric-vehicle-minded consumers, GM has a chance to make a big splash with the cost-effective appeal of the Bolt.

Microsoft integrates Google's AMP tech into Bing's mobile app

Microsoft has announced that the Bing app for iOS and Android now uses Google technology to load webpages faster. The app now supports the AMP initiative which streamlines webpages to reduce their size, prioritising user experience over ads and tracking.

Google's AI can now caption images almost as well as humans

Google has announced a new version of its image captioning algorithm that describes the contents of images with 94 percent accuracy. It's almost as good at writing captions as humans are. It has been trained to emulate descriptions written by real people.

Facebook using Messenger AI to prompt you to pay friends back

Facebook has revealed it is testing a new Messenger feature that will allow the app to remind you to pay friends back. Facebook Messenger can already be used to send payments. It can now detect when you've loaned money from friends to make you repay.

Electric car breaks world land-speed record

An electric vehicle built in 2013 has smashed the world land-speed record during a recent run on the famous Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

Samsung unveils world's fastest desktop-oriented NVMe SSD

Samsung has unveiled its next-generation series of M.2 PCIe SSDs. They boast some of the fastest transfer speeds achieved in commercial SSDs. The drives will improve storage performance in new laptops, tablets and desktop computers.

Microsoft told to compensate Windows 10 users with ruined PCs

Consumer rights group Which? has announced a public challenge to Microsoft over the launch of Windows 10. It called on the company to "take action" over a myriad of issues on the platform, suggesting it pay compensation to users.

New ransomware prevents Windows from loading until you pay up

A potentially devastating new ransomware discovered in the wild goes to new lengths to convince you to pay up. After encrypting your entire hard drive, Mamba overwrites your PC's master boot record, preventing it from starting Windows.

Lenovo denies conspiring with Microsoft to block Linux on its PCs

Lenovo has come under fire for appearing to block installations of alternate operating systems on its Windows-powered flagship laptops. The systems are locked down from the factory, preventing users from choosing their own software to run.

World’s first self-driving boats to be launched in Amsterdam

As self-driving cars slowly become a reality, the world will soon see driverless floating vessels as the next big thing in transportation.

Gartner's new forecast anticipates a massive growth in cloud tech

In their latest release, Gartner, Inc. projects that the public cloud services market will grow by an amazing 17.2 percent this year alone and that the total revenue will reach up to $208 billion, an increase of $30 billion in just one year.
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