Intel CEO pledges urgency, transparency in wake of Meltdown and Spectre

Since cybersecurity researchers uncovered two massive microprocessor flaws that leave nearly every computing device in the world vulnerable to hackers, Intel has borne the biggest brunt of criticism in both the press and the stock market. Last Thursday, a week after researchers led by Google unveiled the Meltdown and Spectre bugs, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich penned… Please follow and like us:

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How to keep your iPhone but switch to Google or Microsoft apps

Your guide to a new software ecosystem. Your iPhone may be an Apple product, but it can still run your favorite Google and Microsoft apps. Ben Kolde via Unsplash/David Nield Just because you prefer the curved aesthetics of the iPhone doesn’t mean you want to buy entirely into the Apple software ecosystem. After all, Google and… Please follow and like us:

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General Motors Ditches Steering Wheel on New Car

Just as 1908 marked the end of the horse and buggy era with the introduction of the Ford Model T, 2018 may well be remembered as the end of the automotive era, as General Motors begins mass-production of a driverless car without steering wheels or pedals. General Motors announced its self-driving Cruise AV—a modified electric Chevrolet… Please follow and like us:

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Apple iCloud Users Swept up in Chinese Migration

Apple iCloud users in the United States appear to have been unwittingly caught up in the company’s plan to hand control of local users’ data to a state-owned Chinese company. Apple announced on Wednesday, December 10, that local user accounts for its iCloud services in mainland China would be handled by internet services firm Guizhou-Cloud Big… Please follow and like us:

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Google’s New Fact-Check Feature Almost Exclusively Targets Conservative Sites

Google, the most powerful search engine in the world, is now displaying fact checks for conservative publications in its results. No prominent liberal site receives the same treatment. And not only is Google’s fact-checking highly partisan — perhaps reflecting the sentiments of its leaders — it is also blatantly wrong, asserting sites made “claims” they demonstrably… Please follow and like us:

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Andres Oppenheimer: My biggest fear for 2018? That ‘Alexa’ and other intelligent machines will go crazy

As 2018 gets started, there are many dire warnings about the dangers facing the world, from a war with North Korea to an explosion of violence in the Middle East. But I have a more mundane fear: that the robots and algorithms that we are incorporating into our daily lives will suddenly go crazy. You may… Please follow and like us:

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Google moved 16 bn euros to Bermuda to avoid tax: Bloomberg

Google moved 15.9 billion euros ($19.2 billion) to a Bermuda shell company in 2016, saving it billions of dollars in taxes that year, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, quoting regulatory filings in the Netherlands. Google uses two structures, known as a “Double Irish” and a “Dutch Sandwich”, to shield the majority of its international profits from taxation,… Please follow and like us:

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Trust in digital technology will be the internet’s next frontier, for 2018 and beyond

By Bhaskar Chakravorti, Senior Associate Dean, International Business & Finance, Tufts University. Trust in online systems varies around the world. Sergey Nivens/Shutterstock.com After decades of unbridled enthusiasm – bordering on addiction – about all things digital, the public may be losing trust in technology. Online information isn’t reliable, whether it appears in the form of news,… Please follow and like us:

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Social media companies should ditch clickbait, and compete over trustworthiness

By Aram Sinnreich, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, American University School of Communication and Barbara Romzek, Professor of Public Administration and Policy, American University. It’s time to build trust. Arthimedes/Shutterstock.com Social media websites and online services, created to profit from connecting people and encouraging global conversations, have a deep and troubling dark side. Malicious users have… Please follow and like us:

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9 things you’ll likely pay more for in 2018

With 2017 just about in our rear view, it’s a good time to remember that pretty much nothing stays static over an extended period. Prices are no exception. That’s why it’s important that we adjust our expectations (and our budget) for 2018. Unless you always buy in bulk and have loaded up gobs and gobs of… Please follow and like us:

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12 bad tech habits you need to resolve to stop doing this New Year

Give 2018 a fresh start. A new year, a new start with your apps and gadgets. Annie Spratt/Unsplash Your brain may make New Year’s resolutions hard to keep, but that doesn’t stop us from promising to improve our lives each December. As 2017 turns into 2018, make sure you don’t forget about bettering your digital life… Please follow and like us:

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Last year in tech: 2017 edition

Fidget spinners, iPhone X, tons of hacks, and all the important tech stuff from this past year. Magic Leap Goggles We have seen some things. Oh my, have we seen some things. Magic Leap Year-end wrap-ups are the best. We get to sit here in our new holiday pajamas and dish out harsh judgments on everything… Please follow and like us:

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Silicon Valley mystery: Why the ‘time is right’ for Eric Schmidt to leave as Alphabet chairman

If the first thing you asked was “what did he do” when you heard the news that Google fixture Eric Schmidt is stepping aside as Alphabet executive chairman, you have company. The Silicon Valley tech giant didn’t say why Schmidt is out. “Larry, Sergey, Sundar and I all believe that the time is right in Alphabet’s… Please follow and like us:

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Eric Schmidt steps down as Alphabet’s executive chairman

Former Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt announced Thursday he has stepped down from his role as executive chairman of the search giant’s parent company Alphabet. Schmidt, who served as Google’s CEO from 2001 to 2011, will remain on Alphabet’s board of directors while also serving as a “technical adviser,” the company said in a statement. “Larry,… Please follow and like us:

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Apple Admits Old iPhones Are Deliberately Slow

The question ‘why is my iPhone slow?’ has more than 94 million search results in Google, demonstrating the widespread frustrations of anyone who has ever owned an older iPhone. Now, after years of speculation, Apple has officially revealed that slowing old iPhones is a deliberate “feature.” The issue recently gained attention after a Reddit user investigated… Please follow and like us:

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