Technology

24
Jan
Hobbyists pilot small drones for dogfights, photography

Marque Cornblatt's interest in drones began with a bit of playful drone-on-drone violence. He began attending "Fight Club"-like meetups in the Bay Area where enthusiasts pit the amateur flying machines against each other in bloodless battles of strength and flying technique. "We were beginners, so just getting off the ground caused damage," Cornblatt said of the dogfights, which were won by whichever drone lasted the longest and got back... [read news]

01
Jan
Faster processors, longer battery life, and more coming to tablets and laptops

The 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show happens January 7 to 10, and Consumer Reports reporters and analysts will be there in full force. You never know what you might see there—but electronics senior editor Donna Tapellini has a pretty good idea of what to expect for tablets and laptops. More Android tablets will feature the newest OS—4.4, or KitKat, like the candy bar. And we should see more Windows tablets and laptops... [read news]

30
Dec
New iPhone game warns of dangers of surveillance state

As Edward Snowden’s revelations about the ever-expanding reach of the National Security Agency continue to make headlines, one videogame developer is using a new iPhone game to speak out against what some call a new surveillance state -- by imagining the horrors such a state would bring. “Republique,” a Kickstarter project released this month by small developer Camouflaj, is an episodic stealth game in which the player must guide a... [read news]

28
Dec
Days of the 'bank job' are numbered, report suggests

The number of robberies on British bank branches has dropped by 90% in the past decade, figures from the British Bankers Association suggest. The BBA said there were 66 robberies in 2011, compared to 847 in 1992. The drop has been attributed to a raft of innovative technologies making it extremely difficult for "traditional" robbery tactics to work. "Banks are working hard to confine armed robberies to the world of TV dramas," BBA chief... [read news]

23
Dec
Rise of Snapchat: Do you want an erasable Internet?

As Google’s share price soars beyond $1,100, it seems like nothing can stop the Internet juggernaut as its land grab strategies continue to win over the eyes of its users and the wallets of its advertising clients. But an analysis published over the weekend by The Wall Street Journal’s Farhad Manjoo raises an interesting question surrounding a new business model that could someday lead to Google’s downfall. Do we want an erasable... [read news]

18
Dec
Apps must respect privacy over data, says Information Commissioner

App developers should ensure they do not misuse customers' data, says the Information Commissioner's Office in new guidance. The ICO says nearly half of all app users have decided not to download an app because of concerns over privacy. It wants developers to be clear about what data is being accessed and why. More than 320 million apps were downloaded on the busiest day of last year, Christmas Day, and that number is expected to increase... [read news]

16
Dec
Tablet goes on sale for £30 in UK

A tablet costing £30 has gone on sale in the UK. The UbiSlate 7Ci, made by UK-based company Datawind, is the commercial version of the Aakash 2 tablet, which was originally launched in India. There, the tablet is mainly used by students and was designed to provide cheap internet access to help improve education. Analysts say UK customers buying this tablet and comparing it with others on the market may be disappointed. The 7in (18cm)... [read news]

13
Dec
Southampton University supercomputer goes live

A £3.2m supercomputer, one of the most powerful in the UK, has been installed at the University of Southampton. The Iridis4 has 12,200 processors, each of which can perform a trillion calculations per second - a measurement referred to as a "teraflop". The IBM machine also has a million gigabytes of disk space and 50 terabytes of memory. Home computers generally have between 500GB and 2TB of disc space and about 4GB to 6GB of... [read news]

12
Dec
Football dominates UK Twitter chat in 2013

Football dominated the list of Twitter "surges" among users in 2013, the social network has revealed. Real Madrid knocking Manchester United out of the Champions League caused the biggest spike among its UK-based users during the year. Other popular moments were Andy Murray's Wimbledon win, Mumford & Sons at Glastonbury, and New Year's Eve. But when it came to retweets, it was the boys from pop band One Direction who stood out. Three of... [read news]

11
Dec
'Revenge porn' site owner arrested in San Diego

A 27-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the running of a "revenge porn" website. Kevin Bollaert is accused of being behind UGotPosted, a site that published intimate photographs of people against their wishes. It would link to relevant social networks of the subjects pictured. Prosecutors said the website also sought to extort money from the people featured on the site by charging a fee to have pictures taken down. "This... [read news]


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