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An ‘Electronic Aura’ Could Be the Future of Digital Security

An ‘Electronic Aura’ Could Be the Future of Digital Security

You are trying to book theatre tickets online with a rarely used credit card. Prompted to give a password, you find you can no longer remember it. The result is a failed transaction and a minor rise in blood pressure. It gets worse. While shopping later on, you drop your car keys. An opportunist picks them up and wanders ...

The Internet of Things and Security: How to Do it Right

The Internet of Things and Security: How to Do it Right

The Internet of Things could get out of control pretty fast. We’re still pretty far from self-aware homes trying to procreate, but as Gigaom Research analyst Craig Foster noted in his recent report on IoT security, the dangers are already very real. Take a look at the maritime industry. Earlier this yea, hackers tilted ...

Apple Acquires BookLamp to Battle Amazon on the E-Book Battlefield

Apple Acquires BookLamp to Battle Amazon on the E-Book Battlefield

TechCrunch has learned that Apple has made another acquisition, one that it is using to boost its e-books effort and “beat Amazon at its own game.” It has bought BookLamp, a startup based out of Boise, Idaho, that developed big data-style book analytics services. (Apple has since confirmed the initial report of the ...

NASA Releases Files So We Can 3D Print Space Stuff

NASA Releases Files So We Can 3D Print Space Stuff

It turns out that a decontextualised asteroid looks a lot like a Kipfler potato -- although we're not entirely sure that's the takeaway intended from a recent release by NASA. The space agency has made a whole bunch of files available for free so that you can 3D print your own space stuff. Included in the 21 objects ...

Spotify Now Lets You Use One Device as a Remote for Another

Spotify Now Lets You Use One Device as a Remote for Another

Spotify just updated its Android app’s Spotify Connect feature to let the app act as a remote to control other devices playing Spotify tunes. Now you can hook up your tablet to your home speakers and control the jams with your smartphone. The Spotify change log in Google Play states the following: "Want to use Spotify ...

Stephen King and 900 Other Authors Oppose ‘Thuggish’ Amazon

Stephen King and 900 Other Authors Oppose ‘Thuggish’ Amazon

They include some of the biggest literary names on the planet, among them Stephen King, Donna Tartt, Paul Auster, James Patterson and John Grisham; a Pulitzer prize winner in Jennifer Egan; and four from this year's Man Booker longlist, Joshua Ferris, Karen Joy Fowler, Siri Hustvedt and Joseph O'Neill. Then there are ...

How to Enhance Your Netflix Experience With Third-Party Programs

How to Enhance Your Netflix Experience With Third-Party Programs

We've heard your complaint: you can't find anything to watch on Netflix. Despite all the A/B testing, app updates and data Netflix is measuring behind the scenes, the way it presents the library makes it nearly impossible to see everything that's available to watch, and sometimes you want to do the choosing instead of ...

Congress Makes Phone Unlocking Legal in the U.S.

Congress Makes Phone Unlocking Legal in the U.S.

Consumers in the US should soon be able to legally unlock their phones for use on other wireless networks. The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill this afternoon legalizing cell phone unlocking, following the lead of the US Senate earlier this summer. President Obama came out in support of the policy over a ...

Report: Facebook May Add Uber Integration to Messenger

Report: Facebook May Add Uber Integration to Messenger

Mark Zuckerberg must be looking to Asia for inspiration for the kind of platform Facebook Messenger could become. Here’s one idea: An integration with popular car-hailing service Uber that would be beneficial to both companies and, presumably, their users. Such a deal could be a first step in Facebook’s goal of turning ...

WSJ: Google Has Already Hidden 100,000 Search Results in Europe

WSJ: Google Has Already Hidden 100,000 Search Results in Europe

The "right to be forgotten" is already having a huge impact on Google's search results. Since the landmark May ruling, Google has removed "tens of thousands" of links — potentially over 100,000 — pertaining to Europeans who've filed to have that information hidden from web users. According to a Wall Street Journal ...