• Even your connected car will need antivirus software

    Even your connected car will need antivirus software

    Connected cars can talk to each other (vehicle-to-vehicle, or V2V), and they’re starting to be able to talk to the city they’re driving around (vehicle-to-infrastructure, or V2I). That also means baddies can potentially talk to our cars, as we’ve seen in the experimental hack of a Jeep. But hacking isn’t the only danger, because wherever there’s a computer… Read More

  • The InBody Band fitness tracker can measure your body composition

    The InBody Band fitness tracker can measure your body composition

    Most fitness trackers are all about numbers. How many steps did you take? How many flights of stairs did you climb? How many projected calories did you burn? But there is one number (an important one, if you’re a health nut) that is left out of almost every fitness tracker on the market: BMI. The InBody Band, made by a South Korean company that makes professional-scale body… Read More

  • Brazil orders cell phone carriers to block WhatsApp for 72 hours

    Brazil orders cell phone carriers to block WhatsApp for 72 hours

    WhatsApp, Facebook’s messaging service that recently rolled out end-to-end encryption to its users, will be blocked in Brazil for 72 hours, starting this afternoon. A judge from the small Brazilian state of Sergipe ordered telecom providers in the country to block WhatsApp today in a dispute over access to encrypted data. Judge Marcel Montalvao has ordered WhatsApp to turn over… Read More

  • Google acquires Synergyse, an interactive training service for Google Apps

    Google acquires Synergyse, an interactive training service for Google Apps

    Google has acquired Synergyse, a Toronto-based interactive training service for Google Apps for Work that was launched by a group of former Google employees in 2013. As part of this acquisition, Google will make Synergyse Training for Google Apps available for free to all Google Apps customers. The company did not disclose the financial terms of the transaction. According to CrunchBase… Read More

  • EasilyDo’s speedy new mail app puts a smart assistant in your inbox

    EasilyDo’s speedy new mail app puts a smart assistant in your inbox

    Productivity app maker EasilyDo is best known for its smart assistant for iPhone that lets you do things like organize your travel plans, track shipments, update your contacts, create personalized email alerts, and more. Now the company is taking some of its best features to a just-launched email application that has this assistant feature built in. In addition, the new EasilyDo Mail app… Read More

  • Oculus Rift demos are coming to select Best Buys May 7th, with a ‘small number’ available for purchase

    Oculus Rift demos are coming to select Best Buys May 7th, with a ‘small number’ available for purchase

    Elvis Costello once famously said that writing about music was like “dancing about architecture” — or maybe it was Martin Mull or Laurie Anderson or Frank Zappa, but that’s beside the point really. Reporting on VR carries a similar caveat. You just really have to try to get it. Retail is likely to be a large part of the technology’s outreach, and there’s… Read More

  • The new face of data leaks is fuzzy Crunch Network

    The new face of data leaks is fuzzy

    I dare say that nobody wants to be the target of malicious hackers, and certainly doesn’t want private data out there in the hands of unknown third parties. As individuals, we keep secret our most personal information — bank accounts, passwords and medical information — because we know it can be used against us. We trust organizations to keep this and other personally… Read More

  • Torturing the ghost

    Torturing the ghost

    So we probably have our Satoshi. The Economist, GQ, and the BBC have all posted semi-breathless stories on their personal interactions with Craig Steven Wright, an Australian computer scientist and inventor. Dr. Wright was unmasked last year by Wired and Gizmodo who pointed to leaked emails and keys. Now Wright himself has come forward to claim the mantle of the most mysterious instrument… Read More

  • Oracle scoops up cloud utilities solution Opower for $532 million

    Oracle scoops up cloud utilities solution Opower for $532 million

    Last week Oracle bought Textura for $663 million, giving the database giant a vertical construction solution in the cloud. Today it bought Opower for $532 million giving it a vertical utilities cloud solution. I can’t be sure, but I think I see a pattern here. Opower provides cloud data solutions for the utilities industry. What that means in practice is that it gathers data from… Read More

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