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How Not to Get Hacked by Russians (or Anyone Else): Lessons From the DNC’s Disastrous Cyber Strategy

December 15, 2016 The US FBI told the Democratic National Committee in September of 2015 that its computer network had been breached by hackers linked to the Russian government. But nothing concrete happened about the cyber break-in for seven months, according to an exhaustive report on Dec. 13 in the New York Times...

First Amazon PrimeAir Drone Delivery Landed Today, 13 Minutes After Order Was Placed

December 14, 2016 A future where we can press a button, or tell a 1-foot cylinder to order whatever we’re running low on, and have a flying robot deliver it faster than Domino’s can deliver a pizza is slowly coming into view. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced today the company had completed its...

Google Spins Out Self-Driving Car Project Into Own Company

December 14, 2016 The koalas are growing up. Google’s parent company Alphabet announced yesterday its self-driving car project will be spun out into a new standalone business under the Alphabet umbrella, called Waymo. It had been gestating in X, the company’s “moonshot” lab, for the last few years. In a post on Medium,...

Apple Is Using Drones to Make its Maps Better

December 2, 2016 Apple is taking to the skies. The company plans to use drones to collect aerial information to improve its Maps app, Bloomberg reported Dec. 1. Apple was granted permission to fly drones by the Federal Aviation Administration in March, after applying in September 2015. The company’s original application to FAA...

There Are Now No Obstacles That Can Stand in the Way of the Robot Uprising

December 2, 2016 Your greatest fear has been confirmed: When the day comes, robots will now have no trouble getting past any obstacle you put in their way. Your best hope is their tyranny will be swift and their new-world order merciful. What’s the source of our inevitable doom? New research out of...

The Employee You Complain to About Black Friday Sales This Year Could Be a Robot

November 23, 2016 The robots are coming—to spread some holiday cheer. On Nov. 22, the robotics arm of Japanese telecom giant SoftBank announced a partnership that will bring personal robot Pepper to two Westfield shopping centers in California. Starting today, Peppers will be, erm, peppered around the Westfield San Francisco Centre and the...

Apple Is Reportedly Going to Stop Making Wireless Routers

November 22, 2016 The company forcing its customers to go wireless by removing ports from all of its devices is reportedly going to stop manufacturing wireless routers. According to Bloomberg, Apple will be getting out of the router market and will shift employees onto other projects, including Apple TV, the company’s standalone streaming...

If Your iPhone 6S Keeps Shutting Off Unexpectedly, You Might Want to Get to an Apple Store

November 21, 2016 If you’ve noticed your iPhone 6S shuts down well before the battery runs out, you might be in luck. Apple announced late on Nov. 20 it would be offering replacement batteries for certain phones. The company said in a release there’s an issue with “a very small number” of 6S...

The Future Is Here: Drones Are Delivering Domino’s Pizzas to Customers

November 16, 2016 It’s a brave new world—for pizza. For residents of the town of Whangaparaoa in New Zealand, Domino’s pizza is now just a short drone delivery away. The company announced today it delivered its first pizzas to actual customers using drones, after testing the service out this summer. To order a...

Over Half the World’s Internet Users Have Facebook

November 3, 2016 Facebook is slowly becoming the internet. The social network announced as part of its third-quarter earnings Nov. 2 that 1.79 billion people now access Facebook in some capacity every month—16 percent more than this time last year. According to the internet-monitoring website Internet Live Stats, there are an estimated 3.42...