• ATM skimmer caught in the wild by a real security engineer

    ATM skimmer caught in the wild by a real security engineer

    Whoda thunk it? Tourist/cybersecurity expert Benjamin Tedesco was hanging out in Vienna when he walked up to an ATM. Because he trusts no one he decided to give the reader a little tug and came away with a working skimmer designed to look exactly like the card slot on the original machine. “It pays to be paranoid,” he said — and he’s right. Tedesco pulled off the… Read More

  • Oculus removes hardware DRM that locked games onto its headset

    Oculus removes hardware DRM that locked games onto its headset

    An Oculus update posted today quietly removes a feature that blocked Oculus software from being played on other headsets — something that the community has been up in arms about for a month. The removal is essentially a mea culpa from Oculus, which over the last few weeks has faced hard questions from press and users about its strategy in locking down content to its own platform. Read More

  • A running tab of what tech people think about whether we’re living in a simulation

    A running tab of what tech people think about whether we’re living in a simulation

    Are we living in a simulation? For whatever reason, this is a hot topic in Silicon Valley these days. It all more or less started when Tesla Motors CEO (and soon to be SolarCity CEO — check one off for the simulation argument there) Elon Musk made a claim at the Code Conference that there’s such a high chance that we’re living in a simulation that it’s more likely we… Read More

  • YouTube expands creator outreach with new features, better support

    YouTube expands creator outreach with new features, better support

    Along with news that it’s preparing to introduce live streaming support in its main mobile application, YouTube also this week announced a series of new features for its creator community. The details, which include a new Creator Hub, better support, a benefits program and other tools, were unveiled Thursday at VidCon, an event focused on online video and digital culture. In a… Read More

  • Today is the last day to save $1,200 on Disrupt SF tickets

    Today is the last day to save $1,200 on Disrupt SF tickets

    Attention, budget-conscious tech enthusiasts. Today is the last day to get Disrupt SF tickets at the deeply discounted extra-early-bird price point of $1,795 apiece — $1,200 off the full ticket price and $200 cheaper than they’ll be tomorrow. Read More

  • Omni Calculator brings math to the masses

    Omni Calculator brings math to the masses

    There are some men who want to watch the the world burn and others who want to offer it easily customizable embedded calculators. Mateusz Mucha belongs to the latter camp. Mucha is a sociologist by training who has built multiple small startups. His latest project, Omni Calculator, is completely bootstrapped and has three employees building clever calculators for various formulae. “We… Read More

  • YouTube can still win the livestreaming war

    YouTube can still win the livestreaming war

    YouTube, sounding a little miffed that House representatives were livestreaming their sit-in using Periscope and Facebook Live, reminded its community that it has been offering livestreaming on its site since 2011, “before it was cool,” the company snarked in a series of announcements emerging from this week’s VidCon event. That may be true, but a single-purpose app… Read More

  • Is the future of VR NVIDIA, Sony and Apple? Crunch Network

    Is the future of VR NVIDIA, Sony and Apple?

    Virtual reality is all the buzz nowadays. And why wouldn’t it be when analysts like Goldman Sachs make estimates that the industry is poised to surpass the TV market in annual revenue by 2025. That would make virtual reality bigger than TV in less than 10 years. These estimates are so massive because the breakthrough technology has the ability to extend itself into so many markets… Read More

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