Director of National Intelligence warns of IoT security threats

Director of National Intelligence warns of IoT security threats
Hackers aren't the only ones bypassing the weak security of the Internet of Things. According to Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, smart devices could also be used to shut down US intelligence operations in the future. At an open hearin…
Source: Engadget

Trolling the patent trolls

Trolling the patent trolls
 “Don’t feed the trolls,” the popular wisdom goes. But with a new project, Cloudflare is taking things a little farther — the company is trying to starve its trolls out by taking away their revenue. Patent lawsuits against tech companies are fairly common, and most companies will simply settle with their opponents rather than fund an expensive, lengthy legal defense.… Read More


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Vice’s Director of Mobile Apps Ben Jackson is creating his own startup advisory firm

Vice’s Director of Mobile Apps Ben Jackson is creating his own startup advisory firm
Ben Jackson Ben Jackson, whose résumé includes work at Vice Media and The New York Times, is launching a startup advisory firm called For The Win. Jackson was most recently Vice’s director of mobile apps, where he said he created a team that built nine apps during his tenure, as well as the company’s first unified content API. He’s also worked at the iOS lead at Longform and as a… Read More


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'Payday 2' puts you inside the bank heist with free VR mode

'Payday 2' puts you inside the bank heist with free VR mode
Popular multiplayer bank heist shooter Payday 2 has been around since 2013, but it's about to get a new life as a virtual reality game. Developer Overkill showed off the new mode at its Starstream event, with players using an HTC Vive VR headset and…
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Google’s neural network-generated custom face stickers are like Bitmoji that aren’t horrible

Google’s neural network-generated custom face stickers are like Bitmoji that aren’t horrible
 So let me just say really quick that I really dislike Bitmoji. Everything about it/them. The one thing that’s good about Bitmoji is that the user really can easily customize a representative avatar, even if the results are universally terrible in every way. Fortunately Google has just blown Bitmoji out of the water with a genuinely excellent alternative. Unfortunately, it’s only… Read More


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Robo-advisor WeathSimple raises another $37 million from Power Financial

Robo-advisor WeathSimple raises another million from Power Financial
 With more than 30,000 clients and $750 million in assets under management, Toronto-based investment platform Wealthsimple continues to grow both in its home market and in the U.S. To bolster that growth, the company has raised an additional $37 million ($50 million Candian) in funding from Power Financial. Read More


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Netflix's next original is basically a French 'Black Mirror'

Netflix's next original is basically a French 'Black Mirror'
One of the great things about Netflix's global expansion is that it allows audiences to enjoy new movies and TV shows that have been produced in other countries. French subscribers, for example, saw their first local original — Marseille — debut ar…
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Microsoft will offer 3 flavors of Linux in the Windows Store

Microsoft will offer 3 flavors of Linux in the Windows Store
Microsoft made headlines at last year's Build developer conference when it announced that it would build support for the Bash shell and Ubuntu Linux binaries directly into Windows 10. Doing so enables developers to run command-line tools while buildi…
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