Google’s Low-Fee Fi: Ho-Hum

Google on Wednesday announced Fi, a program that combines the wireless networks of Google carrier partners Sprint and T-Mobile with more than 1 million free, open WiFi hotspots Google has verified as fast and reliable. Rumors that Google intended to enter the mobile virtual network operator space have been circulating since early this year. Users’ devices will move automatically to … Read More

YouTube Marks 10 Years of Nondisruptive Revolution

YouTube on Thursday celebrated its first full decade in business. It was 10 years ago to the day that cofounder Jawed Karim uploaded the site’s first video. It was a humble beginning: a 19-second clip of elephants, with Karim declaring that the pachyderms have “really, really long trunks.” In fairness, it may have been in keeping with other notable firsts … Read More

Google Dresses Up Android Wear

Google on Monday released an update to Android Wear — just the second significant feature refresh for its wearable device software since its introduction more than a year ago. “This update is overdue,” said Ian Fogg, senior director and head of the mobile and telecoms team at IHS Technology. “With other products, Google adds features fairly continuously,” he told TechNewsWorld. … Read More

Government Surveillance: What to Do, What to Do?

The CIA has been trying to hack into iOS for years. British and American agencies reportedly have collaborated to create a map of the Internet and Web users. The United States National Security Agency has, together with the UK’s GCHQ, reportedly stolen SIM card encryption keys from Gemalto. The FBI is frothing at the mouth over Google’s and Apple’s encryption … Read More

Reactions to New MacBook Run From Tepid to Cold

Early reviewers last week weighed in on Apple’s new MacBook, and their reactions were tepid. The new MacBook is 13.1mm thick, weighs 2 pounds, and has a 12-inch Retina display. Apple has touted it as the future of the notebook, pointing out that it had to reimagine every element to make the device lighter, thinner and better. Reviewers praised the … Read More

New Smart Drone Breaks $1K Barrier

Solo’s two computers — one on the craft and one in the controller — have enabled it to make some radical breakthroughs in autonomous flight and camera control, according to 3DR. Built on 1-GHz Cortex A9 ARM chips running Linux, the computers allow operators to preprogram the drone’s flight path so they can concentrate on shooting video or stills from the … Read More

Flexible Aluminum-Ion Battery Recharges in 60 Seconds

Stanford University researchers on Tuesday revealed they had stumbled onto a breakthrough that could lead to the adoption of fast-charging, long-lasting batteries in the near future. “An ultra-fast rechargeable aluminum-ion battery,” which details the team’s findings, was published in the April 6 edition of Nature. The turning point occurred when the researchers were trying out materials to serve as a … Read More

New sensor package could keep drones from crashing and burning

Drone aircraft are becoming less expensive and more capable with each passing year. And with laws for commercial usage being loosened, the sky could soon be teeming with semi-autonomous robots. What happens if something goes wrong, though? An Amazon delivery drone carrying a box of junk could do some damage when it spirals to the ground below. A team of researchers … Read More

Who makes the most reliable hard drives ?

It’s the eternal question for PC owners: Which manufacturer makes the most reliable hard drives? Backblaze, the unlimited online backup company, has been following this story for years now, and its latest 2015 data sheds some new light on the subject. Backblaze currently has over 41,000 hard drives powered up and constantly spinning. And as you can imagine, it is very much … Read More