Over the weekend, with all the terror attacks-related frenzy in the media, I happened to stumble upon what might just be one of the most ignorant stances on encryption I’ve read in a while, The Telegraph’s “Why is Silicon Valley helping the tech-savvy jihadists?” And yes, the story is related to the debate on strong encryption, the kind of data protection for Internet-connected devices and Internet services that intelligence agencies can’t crack.
Before we start, no tech company is helping tech-savvy ISIS members by creating such products. In fact, it’s still not even clear that encryption helps ISIS plan and execute sophisticated attacks such as the one in Paris on November 13th.
The task force of private companies and interest groups charged by the Federal Aviation Administration with coming up with recommendations for new drone regulations has issued its final report. None of what is in this report is automatically going to become official policy, either for the FAA or Department of Transportation, which sits above the FAA and recently became more directly involved in setting out new regulations for drones. But the recommendations from this task force are likely to carry a lot of weight with the regulators, who are leaning on the private sector for guidance in dealing with a rapidly growing and changing new industry.
The most important recommendations in the new document deal with which drones need to be...
In less than a month, theaters around the country will be packed with Star Wars fans, anxious to see how The Force Awakens panned out. Will it live up to the seemingly impossible expectations set by the original trilogy? Will it crash and burn like the prequels before it?
We'll know soon enough, but in the meantime, J.J. Abrams sat down with Stephen Colbert on Saturday in Newark, New Jersey for the Montclair Film Festival's Celebrity Nerd-Off fundraiser to discuss the film.
Square is launching a new card reader today that'll let merchants accept Apple Pay and other wireless payments systems. The new reader is a stand-alone device that, like other wireless payment terminals, a customer just needs to tap their phone to in order to make a payment. Square is only advertising support for Apple Pay, but it notes that the reader has some amount of support for Android Pay right now as well; it currently "can't guarantee support" for all Android phones, however. There's also a card slot on one side of the reader, allowing it to accept cards with EMV chips, which are now starting to roll out in the US.
This is Square's first device for accepting wireless payments, and it could go a good ways toward making them more...
Black Friday is all about electronics at just about every store this year, but the dedicated electronics retailers always seem to have the most variety on hand. Best Buy is a great example — the nation's top big box gadget retailer has some killer deals lined up for Black Friday 2015, and there are even some deals you can already buy on Best Buy's website. Now, it's time for another major electronics retailer to step into the fray.
Fry's Electronics has released its Black Friday 2015 ad and as you might expect, there are hundreds of great deals to be had. In this post, we'll tell you everything you need to know.
On Friday, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that he’ll be taking two months off from work after the birth of his daughter to focus on being a parent. I applaud his decision, which runs counter to so many of the prevailing (and deleterious) myths we have about what it takes to be the leader of a large company. All too often, workaholism is mistaken for dedication, and neglect of family is taken as some kind of marker for diligence. We need more people like Zuckerberg — those who have a choice of whether to take parental leave or not — to set the right expectations and an example for everyone around them to follow.
Satya Nadella put it very astutely when he said that, as Microsoft CEO, his job is to be the curator of...
There’s a new interesting revelation in the debate on encryption that was reignited after the disastrous attacks on Paris in mid-November. According to a new report, Google can remotely unlock at least 74% of Android devices if ordered to by authorities – and that percentage might be much higher.
The PeopleMover was a fixture of California's Disneyland for nearly 30 years, a chain of slow-moving, open-air pods on a raised platform that took park goers on a guided tour of Tomorrowland. The attraction closed down in 1995 — but the individual cars are still floating around some 20 years later, it seems.
The Mercury News reports that a PeopleMover car (technically a two-car unit) just sold for $471,500 at an auction in Los Angeles. The auction house, Van Eaton Galleries, has some interesting backstory on this particular unit's provenance: of the 13 cars that are known to exist, none have the actual drive chassis that contains the suspension and wheels. This set has had its chassis recreated from the original specifications, so it...
There is absolutely no question that Best Buy's big Black Friday 2015 sale is one of the most hotly anticipated sales of the year. We recently showed you Best Buy's full official Black Friday 2015 ad and it is absolutely jam-packed with big bargains on all the electronics you can imagine. From HDTVs and computers to tablets, smartphones, drones, accessories and everything else you can think of, the nation's largest big box electronics retailer has got you covered in its big upcoming sale.
Well guess what: If you're an Elite or Elite Plus member, you don't have to wait another minute because Best Buy's big Black Friday sale just went live.
While some stores launch their Cyber Monday sales days before Thanksgiving itself, Target is extending its online deals for a week following the holiday. Various departments will have deals throughout that week, and Target is offering 15 percent off most of its inventory on Monday. The store will also offer nearly 75 bonus discounts throughout the day. If you get caught up in Cyber Monday madness, clicking "buy" on items you already have or don’t even need, there's free shipping and returns. This doesn’t even take into account the store’s Black Friday deals, which start on Thanksgiving this year.
Full deal details will be announced this Sunday through target.com/Weeklyad, but the retailer previewed some of what shoppers can expect:
Microsoft’s Xbox One console hasn’t changed much since its introduction two years ago. It’s still a big black set-top box that will dominate your living room, but Microsoft has a new, slightly more powerful version available this month. The Xbox One Elite console switches out the traditional 512GB of HDD space for a 1TB solid state hybrid drive, alongside a new Xbox One Elite Controller. I’ve been using an Elite console for the past couple of weeks to answer one very simple question: is it worth the extra $150?
Google Street View has expanded to Jordan, home to some of the world's oldest and most breathtaking ancient ruins. As of today, Street View users can explore 30 historical sites across Jordan, including the 2,000-year-old city of Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Google says it selected the sites in consultation with Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, who also narrated a video about Petra released today. Located just south of Amman, Petra was built by the Nabateans as early as 312 BC, but was hidden from the Western world until the early 1800s. Part of the city was carved out of the region's rugged, pink-and-white mountainside, earning it the nickname "Rose City."
Welcome to Black Friday week. There are a few things that are guaranteed in the run up to Black Friday. First and foremost, retailers are going to do everything in their power to draw your attention away from rivals. As we've seen from several top retailers including Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon and more, stores are using killer prices on gigantic HDTVs as the main draw in their efforts to win over holiday shoppers.
Big-screen televisions are definitely going to be a hot ticket item during doorbuster sales on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, but guess what: You don't have to battle crowds or even wait until Black Friday actually gets here to jump on the best deals of the year for 4K and 1080p HDTVs.
When a video first arrived announcing an Anonymous campaign against ISIS, many were skeptical. Coming in the wake of ISIS attacks on Paris, the #OpIsis campaign offered online activists an easy way to fight back against a frightening and genuinely evil group, all without closing their laptops. As the campaign picked up steam, many complained the Anonymous efforts would actually harm the fight against ISIS, muddying intelligence sources and flooding traditional channels with misinformation. Now, those predictions seem to be coming true.
The bulk of the Anonymous efforts have been directed at taking down ISIS-linked Twitter accounts and websites. But on the Twitter side, those reports have been wildly inaccurate, according to a Twitter...