Google I/O 2016: Assistant, Home, Allo, Duo, Android N, and More

Got privacy? If you use Twitter or a smartphone, maybe not so much

So long Time Warner Cable, you’re Charter now

Hacker fans give Mr. Robot website free security checkup


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New patent points towards possible Touch ID sensor under screen of next-gen iPhone


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Philips’ 4K UHD Blu-ray player goes on sale in June


Star Trek teaser trailer for the new series promises “new crews”

How much is your ISP ripping you off? New Netflix speed test tool can answer that.


Weird Science

Buzz Aldrin says NASA is going about Mars exploration the wrong way




Why Blockchains Will Change the World

The Internet of Things is a security nightmare, warns EFF

The Phononic solid state heating and cooling revolution is almost here

IBM’s Watson is going to cybersecurity school


Bite of the Apple

Podcasts Surge, but Producers Fear Apple Isn’t Listening


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Embedded fuel cells power smartphones for a week… and could run the world

Chainless electric bicycles are probably on the way

Replace your front wheel with this one, and go from bike to ebike in under a minute


Weird Science

Teen finds ancient Mayan city using stars and satellites


Technology Bytes Links – May 04, 2016


Voter ID Laws May Have Actually Increased The Likelihood Of Voter Fraud—By Hackers

Should you pay sales tax on Internet purchases? South Dakota law could be the test

Quantum computers pose a huge threat to security, and the NIST wants your help

Huge number of sites imperiled by critical image-processing vulnerability

the bill(board)s have eyes!

Hacker trades 272 million passwords for social media likes


Bite of the Apple

Apple loses exclusive rights to “iPhone” trademark name in China

Rumor: iPhone 7 to incorporate slightly larger battery, improve capacity

Rumor Roundup: Hey, about that ‘no headphone jack’ thing

HP’s new All-in-One is sleek, borderless, and has a really neat webcam


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Google’s Next Futuristic Self-Driving Car Is a Chrysler Minivan

A Redesigned Waterbed Makes You Feel Like You’re Floating on Air

Moog releases $30 Model 15 app that replicates $10,000 synthesizer

Samsung’s over-the-top Family Hub smart fridge is now on sale

Siri Creators Debuting New AI Assistant ‘Viv’ Next Week


Weird Science

Climate Hustle wants you to believe you just can’t trust climate science

Nearby exoplanet trio new target in search for life


Technology Bytes Links – Apr 27, 2016


Bot Wars: Why Big Tech Companies Want Apps To Talk Back To You

The Gimmick Economy: how central banks pretend software isn’t eating the world

The web is Doom

Intel declares independence from the PC as it lays out a broader 5-point strategy

Canadian Minister of Health Blames ‘Social Media’ for Gonorrhea Epidemic

The smartphone market is peaking

Why You Should Care About the Coming Email Privacy Law 


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Apple now makes more money from its services than selling Macs

Rumor: Next-gen Apple Watch could include cellular functionality

iPhone 7 Plus Design Drawings Depict Dimensions Identical to iPhone 6s Plus


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Hover Camera is a safe and foldable drone that follows you

Intel wants headphone jack on smartphones replaced with USB Type-C

4U Storage Pods offer 240TB of storage for 3.6¢/GB

TiVo’s cord-cutting DVR gets more storage and drops subscriptions

We Finally Have a Trailer for Bruce Timm’s The Killing Joke Movie


Weird Science

One Of The World’s Top Aging Researchers Has A Pill To Keep You Feeling Young

Human history traced via the Y chromosome

Titan’s great lakes appear to be filled with clear, colorless methane


Technology Bytes Links – Apr 20, 2016


Intel announces “evolution” away from PC industry, “up to 12,000” layoffs

Using a Dyson hand dryer is like setting off a viral bomb in a bathroom

Fair use prevails as Supreme Court rejects Google Books copyright case

Study: Americans are ditching home internet for mobile

Uber shuts down its Instant Delivery food service in NYC


Bite of the Apple

Apple Updates 12-Inch MacBook With Skylake Processors, Faster Graphics, Longer Battery Life, and Rose Gold

New 12-Inch MacBook Tidbits: 15% Faster, 41.4-Watt-Hour Battery, Refurb Price Drop, and More

Rumor: Apple looking to shift from aluminum to “all glass” enclosure with AMOLED screen for iPhone 7


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Next up in IoT: The Internet of shirts and shoes

The Ars guide to building a Linux router from scratch

Sony PS4K is codenamed NEO, features upgraded CPU, GPU, RAM—report

Cover your body in light with “organic photonic skin”

Monstrous Anker Battery Charger

China’s LeEco teases its very own autonomous electric car

Lian Li’s first standing desk is also a computer

‘Mr. Robot’ season 2.0 hits USA on July 13


Weird Science

Scientists Made LEDs 60 Percent Brighter By Copying Firefly Lanterns


Technology Bytes Links – Apr 13, 2016


FBI Used Security Flaw Found by ‘Professional Hackers’ to Crack San Bernardino Shooter’s iPhone

Microsoft is boosting security through hardware in Windows 10 PCs, phones

0-day exploits more than double as attackers prevail in security arms race

White House threatens veto of GOP’s anti-net neutrality bill

Verizon won’t fix copper lines when customers refuse switch to fiber

Kepler exits emergency mode, re-establishes full communication


Bite of the Apple

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Again Rumored to Feature Smart Connector, but No Stereo Speakers or Thinner Design

New Version of ‘January 1, 1970 Bug’ Can Brick Pre-iOS 9.3.1 Devices Over Compromised Wi-Fi Networks

Some iPhone SE users complain of Bluetooth audio issues, Apple has yet to offer official comment


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The original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy is returning to theaters


Kwikset is making a completely key-free smart lock

Amazon’s Kindle Oasis: The Highest-End High-End Kindle So Far

‘Captain America: Civil War’ is another gem in Marvel’s MCU gauntlet (spoiler free)


Weird Science

Stephen Hawking announces plan to explore Alpha Centauri for alien life

Using synthetic nervous system, paralyzed man is first to move again


Technology Bytes Links – Apr 06, 2016


The Wonder-Buoy That May Finally Make Wave Energy Feasible

Massive application-layer attacks could defeat hybrid DDoS protection

Nest’s Hub Shutdown Proves You’re Crazy to Buy Into the Internet of Things

Opposition to Broadband Subsidies Is More About Politics Than Tech

MIT Can Now 3-D Print Robots Made of Both Solids and Liquids


Bite of the Apple

HP says its new ultra-thin laptop will out-innovate Apple

Teardown Finds Apple’s iPhone SE Costs at Least $160 to Build

iPhone SE Availability Tightening Online and at Apple Stores


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Meet Tesla’s Model 3, Its Long-Awaited Car for the Masses

HP goes for bling with new super-thin, copper-accented Spectre notebook

Roku’s new, smaller streaming stick beams audio to your smartphone


Weird Science

NASA Is Finally Sending a Hotel Magnate’s Inflatable Habitat to the ISS


Technology Bytes Links – Mar 30, 2016


Feds break through seized iPhone, stand down in legal battle with Apple

Two more healthcare networks caught up in outbreak of hospital ransomware

New ransomware installs in boot record, encrypts hard disk [Updated]

The Best and Worst Stuff From Microsoft’s Build 2016 Keynote


Bite of the Apple

Apple Working on a Fix for iOS 9.3 Web Links Crashing Issue

Rumor: 2017 iPhone to feature AMOLED display, other changes

Possible renaming of OS X to ‘macOS’ clue discovered?


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Google Fiber just announced a home phone service inspired by Google Voice

Can Apple’s color-shifting screen really help you fall asleep faster?

Acer’s new, premium Chromebook offers up to 14 hours of battery life


The Ultimate Star Wars Action Figure Is Life-Sized and Costs $8,000


Weird Science

Scientists regenerate spinal cord in injured rats with stem cells

Japan’s Lost Black Hole Satellite Just Reappeared and Nobody Knows What Happened to It


Technology Bytes Links – Mar 23, 2016


A Government Error Just Revealed Snowden Was the Target in the Lavabit Case

Password-stealing Instagram client returns to Apple, Google stores

Apple gets short-term win, but new mysterious FBI unlocking method looms

Silicon Valley Mourns Andy Grove, a Titan of Tech

FBI Enlists Israeli Firm Cellebrite to Unlock Shooter’s iPhone

ISPs have built huge data systems to track you with, report says

Microsoft adds macros lockdown feature in Office 2016 in response to increasing attacks


Bite of the Apple

Think Different, Apple: Scrap The “Special Events”

References to 2016 12-Inch MacBook Spotted in OS X System Image Utility

Rumor: Apple working on “ultra-thin” 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air notebooks for second quarter


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9.7-inch iPad Pro and iPhone SE both have 2GB of RAM



How to watch the live unveil of the Tesla Model 3 on March 31st

Screening Room

Ruckus Bike


Weird Science

This is what an exploding star looks like (for real)


Technology Bytes Links – Mar 16, 2016

Top Story

Untrustworthy Robots


Other News

Microsoft will allow Xbox gamers to play against PS4 and PC players

Instagram Will Become More Like Facebook, With Algorithmic Feed

New York Times, BBC and others inadvertently serve up dangerous ads

College goes on lockdown after Star Wars toy mistaken for a gun

Tennessee kills muni-broadband expansion bill after AT&T opposition


Bite of the Apple

Rumor: iPhone 7 Plus could incorporate 256GB SanDisk NAND flash memory chip

Apple wants to “loop you in” at its March 21 press event

‘AceDeceiver’ iOS Trojan Spotted in China, Bypasses Apple’s DRM Mechanism

Evidence begins to point towards Energous’ development of long-range wireless charging technology for upcoming iPhone models


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Nike’s Back to the Future Self-Lacing Shoe, the HyperAdapt 1.0, Is Finally Here

WD PiDrive 314GB

Universal Windows Apps coming to Xbox One this summer

Radeon Pro Duo mashes two Fury GPUs together for 16 teraflops of performance


Weird Science

New tyrannosaur bridges gap from medium to monstrous

Playing with building blocks for metamaterial design