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 


Bite of the Apple

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



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


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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


Technology Bytes Links – Mar 09, 2016


Google tries to get jump on Apple with early release of new Android — sort of

IRS shuts down identity security tool for taxpayers due to security problems

Secret court approves classified rule change on how FBI can use NSA data

New MIT Code Makes Web Pages Load 34 Percent Faster in Any Browser

Time to Give Up on Flickr, Everybody


Bite of the Apple

Early iPhone 7 Case Has No Headphone Jack and Stereo Speaker Cutouts

5.8-Inch iPhone With OLED Display Rumored for Launch in 2017 or 2018

Apple Liquidmetal patent imagines iOS home button use


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The Popslate 2 Is an E-Ink iPhone Case That May Actually Make Sense

Google is offering $150 off a Pixel C—just $349 for Google’s latest tablet

Project Fi drops invite program, offers $150 off a Nexus 5X with service

Free virtual fossils for everyone


Weird Science

Chernobyl Is Getting More Radioactive

New techniques regrow lens, cornea tissue


Technology Bytes Links – Mar 02, 2016


DisplayPort 1.4 to Use ‘Lossless’ Compression for Higher-Quality 8K Video Over USB-C

The Apple-FBI Encryption Hearing Was Unexpectedly Hostile to the FBI Director

Android Nerds Are Freaking Out Over Rumors That Google Is Killing the App Drawer 

Latest attack against TLS shows the pitfalls of intentionally weakening encryption

Intel outlines a plan to get back in line with Moore’s Law

Has Donald Trump Ever Used a Computer?


Bite of the Apple

Rumor: 9.7-inch iPad Pro to feature 12 megapixel rear camera

Largely undetected Mac malware suggests disgraced HackingTeam has returned


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Weird Science

FRBs: Mystery repeating radio signals discovered emanating from unknown cosmic source


Technology Bytes Links – Feb 24, 2016


Facebook Signals It’s All-In On VR

The latest DNS bug is terrifying, widespread, and reveals deep flaws in Internet security

Justice Department looking to have Apple help extract data from 12 additional iPhones

Apple: We tried to help FBI terror probe, but someone changed iCloud password

Windows 10 lock screen ads begin with Rise of the Tomb Raider push

Asus lawsuit puts entire industry on notice over shoddy router security


Bite of the Apple

Siri Coming to the Mac Menu Bar in OS X 10.12 Later This Year

Design Drawings Suggest iPhone 5se Will Look Almost Identical to iPhone 5s

Latest iOS 9.3 Beta Unbricks iPhones Affected by ‘January 1, 1970’ Date Bug


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Yahoo is Now Officially For Sale!

‘Passive Wi-Fi’ researchers promise to cut Wi-Fi power by 10,000x


Vizio and Google Will Reportedly Build TVs With Chromecast Baked In

Marshall’s wireless headphones rock all night (and day) long


Weird Science

Earth May Be a 1-in-700-Quintillion Kind of Place

SpaceX’s booster will likely crash, but it’s trying a landing anyway [Updated]