December 31, 2016

Amazon’s new warehouses may fly in sky

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's an Amazon blimp stuffed with packages, soaring through the skies, sending off drones to make deliveries.

It may sound far-fetched, but that may be Amazon's plan for their warehouses of the future, according to a patent unearthed this week.

December 30, 2016

The FBI just released a comprehensive list of the outlandish secret code names used by Russian hackers

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security released a joint report Thursday on Russian "malicious cyber activity" that included a thorough list of the peculiar secret code names used by Russian hackers.

December 14, 2016

6 Holiday Marketing Tips From Twitter's Head of Content Planning

The holidays offer major opportunities in retail, sales and marketing. If you're not leveraging this time to engage consumers and offer awesome content, you're missing out.

December 3, 2016

The Best Smart Home Devices of 2016

What if all the devices in your life could connect to the Internet? Not just computers and smartphones, but everything: clocks, speakers, lights, doors, door bells, cameras, windows, window blinds, hot water heaters, appliances, cooking utensils, you name it. And what if those devices could all communicate, send you information, and take your commands? It's not science fiction; it's the Internet of Things (IoT), and it's a key component of home automation and smart homes.

November 19, 2016

5 Sure Signs Ransomware Attacks Are Intensifying

Ransomware continues to pose a potent threat to individuals and, increasingly, to companies. What's worse, all signs point to ransomware attacks escalating the rest of this year and into 2017.

How bad is it? Arctic Wolf Networks has measured a 433 percent spike in ransomware attacks over the past year, and the FBI says victims paid up $209 million in the first quarter of 2016, up from $24 million in all of 2015. And that only counts complaints actually registered with the bureau.


Google Home vs. Amazon Echo: Alexa takes round 1

Given the surprising success of the Amazon Echo -- a smart speaker that responds to your voice commands, plays music, and controls your smart home -- competition was inevitable. With Google Home entering the arena, complete with the backing of the company's ubiquitous search engine, the Echo's place on top is no longer secure.


November 5, 2016

Russia vs USA War: Putin Bans Microsoft In Government Offices; Scared Of US Hackers?

he Russia vs USA war is getting more complicated every day. According to the most recent update, Russian President Vladimir Putin has banned all US products in government offices. And, the first company targeted is Microsoft.


DDoS attack on Dyn could have been prevented

The Online Trust Alliance says the recent DDoS attack that took down portions of the internet for several hours could have been "easily" avoided by improving the security of IoT devices.


How the Mirai botnet almost took down an entire country, and what your business can learn

Security researcher Kevin Beaumont recently discovered a botnet attack that almost took down all internet service in Liberia. Here's what you need to know.


October 31, 2016

Amazon's cloud is bigger than Microsoft, Google and IBM combined

Amazon Web Services is vastly overpowering its competition in the cloud computing market, says Synergy Research Group.

In its latest quarterly analysis, the market research firm says that AWS accounted for 45% of the revenue generated by public "infrastructure as a service" (IaaS) providers.


October 29, 2016

GoDaddy Built a Search Engine For Available Emoji Web Domains

Yes, really.

GoDaddy has figured out how to win over millennials.

On Friday, the company, best known as a Web domain registration and hosting service, released a search engine to help customers find and register emoji-based domain names. That's right—emoji domain names.


October 23, 2016

AT&T Agrees to Buy Time Warner for $85.4 Billion

In the world of media, bigger remains better.

So in the wake of Comcast's $30 billion takeover of NBCUniversal and Verizon Communications' serial acquisitions of the Huffington Post and Yahoo, AT&T has bought one of the remaining crown jewels of the entertainment industry.


September 25, 2016

Apple reveals 50MW solar plant in Arizona

Apple has unveiled a new 50MW solar plant in Florence, Arizona, in collaboration with local utility Salt River project.

The 121-hectare plant will generate 151 million kWh of power per year, according to Apple, and will provide enough clean energy to power more than 12,000 typical homes.


September 24, 2016

Why Businesses Should Be Paying Attention To The Chatbot Revolution

Advancements in artificial intelligence, coupled with the proliferation of messaging apps, are fueling the development of chatbots — software programs that use messaging as the interface through which to carry out any number of tasks, from scheduling a meeting, to reporting weather, to helping users buy a pair of shoes.


Kids can build a LEGO drone with Flybrix kits

A company called Flybrix is putting legos on the wing.

The San Francisco startup today began selling build-a-drone kits for kids age 14 and up comprised of: LEGO bricks, boom arms and motors that don't require soldering, and other off the shelf and Flybrix-designed parts.


September 18, 2016

Twitter and the NFL: 5 Good Things and 5 Bad Things

Twitter has been experimenting with live video for some time now, with ventures like its Wimbledon stream earlier this year. But the biggest deal by far was Thursday night's stream of an NFL game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets.


September 5, 2016

How Spy Tech Firms Let Governments See Everything on a Smartphone

SAN FRANCISCO — Want to invisibly spy on 10 iPhone owners without their knowledge? Gather their every keystroke, sound, message and location? That will cost you $650,000, plus a $500,000 setup fee with an Israeli outfit called the NSO Group. You can spy on more people if you would like — just check out the company's price list.


September 4, 2016

IBM Watson's next match? The U.S. Open

NEW YORK—The computer that famously became a Jeopardy champ a few years ago isn't about to take on top seeded tennis superstar Serena Williams.

But off the court, IBM Watson is making its presence felt at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, Queens, home to the U.S. Open Tennis Championships that began last week. IBM is leveraging Watson's machine learning smarts and cloud-based analytics to bolster the fan experience — while simultaneously raising the self-proclaimed cognitive computer's profile.


Free Ways to Use Pokémon GO to Increase Business

Pokémon GO has taken the country by storm, and businesses are abuzz with the use of Lure Modules as a paid -- though totally inexpensive -- way to draw new customers in via nearby PokéStops. If you don't have a PokéStop conveniently located right next door to your location, how can you utilize Pokémon GO to boost business? Here are a few tactics that don't require any in-app purchases.


August 18, 2016

Google quietly bought Apportable last year

Google secretly acquired the team at mobile app development startup Apportable more than a year ago, VentureBeat has learned. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but multiple sources said that it was an acqui-hire.


August 10, 2016

HSBC and Bank of America Merrill Lynch use Hyperledger Project for blockchain trade finance

Bank of America Merrill Lynch, HSBC and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) are using a blockchain prototype to streamline the paper-heavy world of global trade. The consortium used the Linux Foundation open source Hyperledger Project blockchain fabric, supported by IBM Research and IBM Global Business Services.


August 9, 2016

Apple announces its first invite-only $200,000 bug bounty programme at Black Hat conference

Apple is planning to launch its first-ever, invite-only bug bounty programme, offering hackers and security researchers up to $200,000 to find vulnerabilities in iOS and iCloud. Set to launch in September, the programme was announced by Ivan Krstić, head of Apple Security Engineering and Architecture, at the Black Hat conference on 4 August and is the first of its kind for the Cupertino company.


Verizon’s Yahoo Partners with Hulu to Launch New TV Viewing Site

Talk about kicking up the content strategy.

Yahoo, Verizon's new acquisition, on Monday launched a new TV viewing website in partnership with Hulu that will allow users to watch the latest episodes from popular shows little more than a week after their broadcast.


August 7, 2016

UberEATS debuts food-delivery service in Phoenix

Ridesharing giant Uber has launched its food-delivery services in Phoenix.

UberEATS is a standalone app that features a curated list of top Phoenix-area restaurants, focusing on local eateries rather than chains. First tested in Los Angeles, the app now is available in nearly 20 other cities around the world.


July 28, 2016

Official Galaxy Note 7 commercial reveals several features

Samsung Mobile Korea has posted the first official Galaxy Note 7 advertisement. The device will be officially announced on August 2 in New York but we've already seen a bevy of leaked specs, features and images. But this is the first time we've seen anything official from Samsung and the commercial is quite revealing.


July 25, 2016

Nintendo Stock Tanks Despite 'Pokemon Go' Craze

TOKYO (Reuters) - Shares in Nintendo Co tumbled as much as 18 percent on Monday after the company said Pokemon GO would have a limited impact on its earnings - their biggest setback so far after a huge run-up on the smash-hit game.


July 18, 2016

Watch As Elite Password Hacking Software Cracks Thousands Of Passwords In Seconds

Dr. Mike Pound demonstrates how a password hacking hardware called "Beast" can make short work of your "strong" passwords.


July 10, 2016

Audible pushing short-form content with Channels

NEW YORK—Audible is launching a standalone, on-demand short-form digital audio service called Channels Thursday, plunging the Amazon-owned company smack into the listening mode dominated by podcasts.

Almost all of the 1.6 billion hours of spoken content that Audible members around the world listened to last year centered around lengthy material. Audible has more than 300,000 audiobooks in its library, after all, and is the largest seller of such narrated books.


You Might Be Overpaying for Streaming Music

When Lauren Higgins tried to sign up for Spotify's premium plan on her iPhone, she was irked that the music service asked for $13 a month, $3 more than the gift subscription she had given her boyfriend.

"I was pissed and I wasn't going to do it," said Higgins, a 25-year-old public-relations executive in New York.


What is Pokemon Go? How to play, find and catch Pokemon

I never grew up watching or playing Pokémon. I'm a casual gamer, but Pokémon never did it for me.

But this week, all anyone can seem to talk about is the new hot free app for iPhones and Androids, "Pokémon GO."


July 6, 2016

Snapchat hires Raffael Dickreuter as augmented reality designer

Snapchat has hired a top visual effects specialist in Hollywood to work on "augmented reality." It could be related to the company's secret project to build sunglasses that superimpose computerized images on the real world.


June 22, 2016

Bentley Uses NASA Tech To Create Mulsanne EWB GigaPixel Image [w/Video]

Bentley has accompanied the market launch of its new Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase model with an interactive photo made up of approximately 53 billion pixels.

Created using NASA technology, which was developed to enable Mars rovers to take exploratory panoramic shots, the image is 4,425 times larger than a regular smartphone photograph.


Tumblr to launch live video on Tuesday

Google has YouTube's live streaming. And Facebook has Facebook Live. Now, Tumblr is getting into live video, too. The company is preparing to launch a new live video feature on its service, beginning tomorrow, which will introduce a series of live broadcasts as well as a user-facing feature that could compete with Facebook Live, among other things.


Uber China Hopes To Gain Market Share By Entering Travel Industry

Uber China has launched a travel app that it hopes will help the company grab more market share in its fierce competition with Didi Chuxing.


June 18, 2016

Microsoft is working on software for the legal marijuana industry

Microsoft's next bet is on the weed business. The company announced today that it will partner with LA-based marijuana startup Kind on a system for tracking the legal growing and sale of weed.


You'll soon be able to buy a HomeKit-powered ‘Apple House'

New homebuyers today have many things to choose from: wood floors or tile, granite or stainless steel countertops, central air or window units. But later this year, you'll be able to decide if you want to make your space a fully Apple-supported smart home, built from the ground up.


June 4, 2016

Do computer screens hurt your eyes?

If you work in front of a computer all day, you're familiar with that irritated, fuzzy, and tired feeling your eyes have by the end of the afternoon. Everything starts to get a little blurry and sometimes your head aches. This cluster of symptoms is known as eye strain or computer vision syndrome, and it's a unique malady of our modern era, one that more than 60% of Americans experience.


June 2, 2016

Europe Cautions Governments Against Banning Uber and AirBnB

Services such as ride-hailing app Uber and home-rental site Airbnb should only be banned as a last resort, the European Union executive said on Thursday, as it seeks to foster development of the "sharing economy".


May 21, 2016

Lyft and GM partner on Express Drive, a rental service that paves the way for autonomous cars

Lyft and GM partner on Express Drive, a rental service that paves the way for autonomous cars
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Two months after General Motors announced a $500 million investment in transportation startup Lyft to work on autonomous cars, the pair are launching their first service together. No, it's not a self-driving car fleet (yet); it's a short-term rental program called Express Drive: GM will provide all-in rental cars to Lyft drivers, who will pay between $99/week plus mileage and nothing at all, depending on how many Lyft rides they provide using the vehicles.

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May 20, 2016

Gas delivery apps are new on-demand fad

SAN FRANCISCO — The latest target for disruption by the tech industry: gas stations.

In San Francisco on Monday, smartphone app Filld began dispatching drivers with pickup trucks loaded with gasoline to fill people's tank. A Filld customer sets the exact location of his or her car, chooses a delivery window and releases the gas flap. A driver arrives in a small truck, pops open the gas tank and fills it with regular or premium unleaded gas. Filld charges per-gallon rates comparable to nearby stations and tacks on a delivery fee.

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May 18, 2016

Ross, the AI Attorney, Gets Employed

Artificial intelligence is proving to be an exceptional tool for everything from conquering complex board games to debugging computer programs, to helping oncologists fight cancer. This week, Microsoft's Chief Envisioner went as far as to say, "AI is the most important technology that anybody on the planet is working on today." So, it's no surprise to find AI in our smartphones and automobiles. But how about in our courtrooms?


April 30, 2016

Auto Night Vision Is Much Improved But The Price Is Still Eye Watering

NEW YORK — The latest generation of Night Vision from Swedish auto safety-system supplier Autoliv can detect and highlight large animals such as deer, a big real-life improvement over earlier systems, which could pick up pedestrians but not animals.


April 29, 2016

The Best Times To Post On Social Media

Social media can be one of the best ways to promote and grow your business online. Knowing the best times for highest engagement on Social Media can help you get better exposure for your business.

People ask is there a perfect time of the day to post content?


April 28, 2016

Facebook in class of its own as ad revenue soars

After underwhelming results from Apple Inc, Google Inc and other big tech names, investors finally found a friend in Facebook Inc after the company shredded Wall Street's forecasts for revenue, profit and user growth.


April 20, 2016

Yahoo’s got millions of users, but it’s still in decline. What went wrong?

SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo strove for the past two decades to build one of the most visited sites in the country and a robust online display advertising business.

It succeeded at both.


April 13, 2016

Virtual reality tested by NFL as tool to confront racism, sexism

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Virtual reality can bring us to the top of Mount Everest. But Stanford University researchers believe it can conquer an even steeper challenge: racial and sexual discrimination.

"Feeling prejudice by walking a mile in someone else's shoes is what VR was made for," says Jeremy Bailenson, director of Stanford University's Virtual Human Interaction Lab.


GoPro Poached Apple Designer Daniel Coster and Shares Are Soaring

Shares of GoPro  GPRO 17.81% popped nearly 16% in afternoon trading Wednesday after a report said the troubled camera maker had poached a member of Apple's  AAPL 1.60%  elite design group.


April 9, 2016

Who's Going To Buy Yahoo? Why Are Companies Interested In The Ailing Internet Giant?

Yahoo has been gradually fading into the background in the technological world, and as a result, it's putting itself up for sale – if the price is right, at least. With that said, the big questions of who's going to buy the company and why still remain, though.


Talking With a Top Curator at Amazon Art, on the Fine Art of Reinventing Art Buying

What's your role at Amazon Art?

I'm the Senior Manager of Business Development at Amazon Art. I recruit and manage galleries and dealers to sell on the platform as well as organize Amazon's presence at art fairs around the country, spreading the word to the general public. Even though Amazon is a big name, and a brand known throughout the world, Amazon Art is still not on the radar of many people, and just now becoming known. Even internally at Amazon, many people haven't heard of Amazon Art. So, I'm an ambassador for getting the word out, on every level, and to every audience. I'm always thinking of creative ways to reach a more global audience, collectors in the art world, people wanting to collect art, and customers who are already purchasing from Amazon. As you know Amazon is all about the customer, so we work on things like returns and shipping with the Amazon system, as well as making it a stellar art site within Amazon.


March 31, 2016

This weekend’s NCAA Final Four will be live-streamed in virtual reality

The NCAA has announced that this weekend's Final Four and National Championship games will be live-streamed in virtual reality. Fans who own a Samsung Gear VR will be able to watch each game from a courtside perspective for free by downloading the NCAA March Madness Live app in the Oculus Store. This is the second big move into virtual reality by the NCAA this month — just a few weeks ago, the association partnered with Fox Sports to live-stream a handful of Big East Tournament games.



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