Apple Airpods: review

Apple’s new wireless AirPods are finally available. The company on Tuesday began taking orders for AirPods at its online store, and said it would start delivering the US$159 earphones to customers, Apple Stores, resellers and carriers next week. At the iPhone 7 launch in September, Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller said…


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Popcorn Time: the ransomware with a twist

Just when you think ransomware can’t get any stranger, a new variant comes along and changes everything. Popcorn Time is the latest ransomware that has us interested. Instead of just encrypting data your data and demanding money, the attackers have turned the infection into a pyramid scheme-style affair. You may have heard of the name before. Popcorn…


The recent attack on Android accounts

More than 1 million Google accounts have been breached by Android malware dubbed “Gooligan,” Check Point reported Wednesday. The malware roots infected devices and steals authentication tokens that can be used to access data from various Google apps including Gmail, Google Docs, G Suite and Google Drive. It potentially affects devices running Android 4 and…


Apple is going to be collecting a lot of data – with drones

Apple has assembled a group of robotics and data-collection experts who will use unmanned aerial vehicles — that is, drones — to obtain data for updates to its Maps app, Bloomberg reported Thursday. Apple, Google and others in the cartography space currently collect a lot of their data using motor vehicles equipped with high-tech gear.…


The FBI malware investigation

The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday released new details about the multinational takedown of Avalanche, a multimillion-dollar malware and money-laundering network, following a four-year probe led by German police and prosecutors. Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell, Acting U.S. Attorney Soo C. Song and Assistant Director Scott S. Smith of the FBI’s Cyber Division…


Data loss prevention will help prevent data breaches

The ethics of destroying data

Climate change is a hot topic. It played a part in the debate leading to the recent US presidential election, but its reach and the attention it is getting go way beyond. The global scientific community is not only united in its conviction that anthropogenic climate change is real, but also working in collaboration and…


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Automation is killing the art of learning

You may have read (or heard of) the latest viral article making the rounds through the web: This $1,500 Toaster Oven Is Everything That’s Wrong With Silicon Valley Design. Basically, it discusses how a smart oven uses a ridiculous number of technologies to cook food. Spoiler: the author finds that the automation isn’t worth it. This…


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The San Francisco hack that commuters are thankful for

Why would anyone be happy about a cyber attack? This past weekend, the commuters of San Francisco, California were pleasantly surprised when city officials announced a hack of the city’s public transportation system that resulted in free rides for everyone. The message “You Hacked, ALL Data Encrypted” began appearing on Friday evening on Muni station…


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Machine learning has reached the point of language creation

Machine learning refers to the way computers – really smart ones – can develop the capacity for learning on their own without programming from humans. The latest freaky development? Computers have created their own secret language. In September, Google announced that its Neural Machine Translation (GNMT) system had gone live. This uses deep learning to produce better,…


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The future of virtual reality: movies

We’ve discussed virtual reality before, but mostly just in terms of gaming. But now Hollywood is making bets that VR will be just as popular as popcorn at the movies. 20th Century Fox is releasing “The Martian VR Experience,” a virtual-reality simulation that puts viewers inside the spacesuit of Mark Watney, Matt Damon‘s character in the…