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Apple iPhone ban? New York looks to outlaw sale of encrypted smartphones

Will future smartphones ship with backdoor encryption? Image: Apple A proposed bill in New York seeks to require that all smartphones sold in the state can be decrypted or unlocked and proposes hefty fines for vendors failing to comply. The proposed law marks the latest effort by lawmakers to make it easier for law enforcement to access and read encrypted ... Read More »

You Can Now Visit The World’s Largest Model Railroad In Street View

 Over the years, Google has taken Street View to a number of exotic places. Today, it’s stepping things down by launching a set of Street View images for the world’s largest model railway, the Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany. Miniatur Wunderland isn’t your average model railway exhibit. We’re talking 13,000 kilometers of track, almost a thousand trains, 335,000 lights, and more than ... Read More »

Google’s search updates for Drive and Apps: Now you should find file handling easier

Google is making it easier to find documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Image: Google Google is rolling out improvements to Google Drive and Google Apps that should make it faster to find and manage files. When searching for files in Google Drive, users will now be able to drag and drop items from results to a folder of their choice. Google ... Read More »

In Letter To Google CEO, Sen. Franken Raises Questions Regarding Student Data Collection

In a letter sent Wedesday to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) sought to raise questions regarding Google’s use of data gathered from their EdTech initiatives. While I commend Google’s foray into education technology (“EdTech”), I am concerned about the extent to which Google may be collecting K-12 students’ personal data and using that information for non-educational purposes without ... Read More »

Google Nest’s battery-drain: Chilly users turn up heat over thermostat software glitch

Google’s Nest thermometer is acting up. Image: CNET A software glitch in Google firm Nest’s smart thermostats is causing havoc in households, leaving some owners hot under the collar with cold homes. Nest thermostats are meant to be a smarter way to control temperatures, capable of sensing a person’s presence and learning just how cool or warm owners like their ... Read More »

Threats To Google Fiber

Keegan Green is a Florida-based freelance blogger who focuses on sports and technology. How to join the network What’s the greatest threat to the Internet? Did you say the elimination of net neutrality? Thankfully, that fight is over. At least for now. Back in February, the Federal Communications Commission reaffirmed the current rules of net neutrality. What about SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy ... Read More »

Of course Apple’s working on electric car, says Tesla chief Elon Musk

Tesla’s Elon Musk sits in the electric Tesla Roadster sports car at the 2009 North American Auto Show. Image: James Leynse Tesla chief Elon Musk is certain that Apple is working on a rival electric car. But he welcomes the competition, viewing the likely arrival of the iPhone maker in the electric vehicle race as a bonus for Tesla. “It ... Read More »

Nextbit Robin Android M smartphone shipping to early backers week of 16 February

(Image: Nextbit) I was in the first group of people to back the Nextbit Robin Android smartphone on Kickstarter a few months ago, with planned early adopter shipping in January 2016. Nextbit just posted an update yesterday that states I should be getting my Robin the week of 16 February. Unlike some of the projects I have backed in the ... Read More »

Lenovo Is Making The First Google Project Tango Phone

Lenovo announced at CES that the company would be producing the first Project Tango phone. As a reminder, Project Tango is an ambitious project that adds depth as well as a bunch of sensors to your device’s camera. Now the conference was a little short on details. All we know is that Lenovo is going to release a phone that ... Read More »

More Google Play apps infected with Brain Test malware: Lookout

Google has promptly removed 13 compromised apps from the Google Play Store after mobile cybersecurity firm Lookout found the developers behind the Brain Test strain of malware had returned. According to Lookout, apps riddled with variants of the Brain Test malware attempt to gain root privilege, and persist factory resets and other efforts to remove it, which Lookout said is ... Read More »

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