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Two men admit involvement in the TalkTalk 2015 hack

Two men involved in 2015's TalkTalk hack have pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey court in London. Matthew Hanley, a 22-year-old from Tamworth, Staffordshire, admitted to three offences under the Computer Misuse Act, including the TalkTalk hack itself a...

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 9:04 pm

B&O puts its smallest speaker in your pocket for $169

What's next for high-end audio company Bang and Olufsen following last year's handheld BeoPlay A1 speaker? Making a smaller model, of course. The Beoplay P2 fits in the palm of your hand and perhaps more closely resembles an earbud case than it does...

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 8:00 pm

Nintendo Switch could outsell the Wii U in its first year

Nintendo's profits are up. It's claimed an operating profit of $1.6 billion (178 billion yen) for the last quarter, which, while around the same level as the last earnings report, is almost a billion dollars more than the same quarter in 2016, when i...

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 7:45 pm

Samsung's chip business kept things looking up to start 2017

Samsung's Q1 2017 earnings are in, showing the company's highest quarterly profit since Q3 2013. That's despite the Galaxy Note 7 recall, and a markdown in the price of its Galaxy Note 7, apparently because the company's chip business (making memory,...

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 6:14 pm

Google becomes first foreign internet company to go live in Cuba

After former President Obama reopened America's diplomatic relations with Cuba, businesses started looking for opportunities to make inroads to the island nation. Google was one of these, with Obama himself announcing it would come to help set up WiF...

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 3:44 pm

2018 FIFA World Cup will be the first with instant replay

Soccer (or, to the rest of the world, football) traditionalists have shunned video replay for years, claiming it would alter the sanctity of referees' calls. But well-documented flubbed calls like those that erroneously eliminated England and Mexico...

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 2:18 pm

Microsoft wasn't hammered by surveillance requests in 2016

A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft released its Transparency Report revealing that it had received "1,000 to 1,499 surveillance requests for foreign intelligence purposes (known as FISA) from January to June 2016." There's only one problem though -- it...

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 1:37 pm

Google experiment promises clean nighttime shots from your phone

Many modern smartphones can take decent photos when the sun goes down, but their noisy, washed out images still don't hold a candle to the shots from a high-end DSLR. Google researcher Florian Kainz might have a way of closing that gap at least some...

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 12:06 pm

DJI grounded its drones in Iraq and Syria to lock out extremists

The most recognizable name in drones has reportedly stepped in to help the United States in its ongoing war on terror. As The Register reports today, Shenzhen-based DJI -- makers of the ever-popular Phantom and Inspire series quadcopters -- quietly c...

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 11:15 am

Watch David Hasselhoff in an AI-scripted short film

Robots are slowly taking more and more jobs -- and soon, they'll come for the writers (gulp). That's the pitch behind director Oscar Sharp and AI researcher Ross Goodwin's short film It's No Game, in which an artificial intelligence swoops in during...

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 11:11 am

Air Force enlists hackers to hunt bugs in its site

Bug bounties have been a staple among startups and online businesses since the days of Netscape Navigator but the federal government has been slow to adopt the beneficial code hunts. However, a year after the DoD's first such program, Hack The Pentag...

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 10:15 am

FCC Chairman outlines his plan to gut net neutrality

The future of net neutrality has been uncertain since the November election of Donald Trump. His FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, has made it clear he intends to scale back some of the regulations surrounding ISPs, but details have been scarce. Now we have an...

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 10:03 am

Google Trips is now more helpful for anyone afraid to fly

Last year, Google released Trips, an app for iOS and Android that helps you keep track of your itinerary while traveling. It automatically collects information from your Gmail inbox, organizes it and makes it available offline. It even offers suggest...

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 9:32 am

You're not too old to play with Hot Wheels in 'Forza Horizon 3'

The second Forza Horizon 3 expansion is coming out soon and it's bringing a big dose of childhood nostalgia along with it. Hot Wheels and their iconic bright orange tracks arrive on May 9th as part of the Forza Horizon 3 Expansion Pass or as standalo...

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 9:12 am

Samsung's auto-reply app fights distracted driving

Let's be honest: too many of us are using our phones while driving. It's a problem and it's dangerous, but we do it anyway. Samsung knows this and has come up with a new app cleverly named In-Traffic Reply to help. The app, currently in beta, aims to...

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 8:51 am

Facebook's live video problem is only getting worse

Facebook's struggle with livestreams of terrible crimes is still very real, and appears to be worsening. Local media report that a young Thai man used Facebook Live to broadcast a murder-suicide where he hanged his baby daughter before taking his own...

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 8:43 am

Spotify's latest move shows it's trying to get royalties right

Spotify has struggled with unpaid royalties recently, though it's promised to fix things to help support frustrated artists. The company recently limited its free streaming option to build trust with music creators. In addition, Spotify just acquired...

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 8:08 am

'Danger Zone' turns the best part of 'Burnout' into a full game

It's been nine long years since we had a proper Burnout game. But when Paradise launched back in 2008 it didn't come with the franchise's trademark Crash Mode, the arcadey feature that tasked players with hurtling themselves through an intersection t...

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 7:24 am

SOBRO: The smart coffee table for cold beers and chill tunes

Coffee tables aren't the most glamorous piece of furniture. If you're anything like me, they inevitably become a repository for loose stuff like keys and remotes. StoreBound's SOBRO smart table aims to be a lot more useful. It's not just nice to look...

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 7:03 am

A Fitbit Flex 2 reportedly exploded on woman's arm

Dina Mitchell was reading a book on Tuesday in her Wisconsin home when the Fitbit Flex 2 on her wrist exploded, causing second-degree burns, she told ABC News. Mitchell reportedly tore the device off of her arm as it was still on fire, and doctors ha...

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 6:47 am

Police will scan every fan's face at the Champions League final

If you're headed to the UEFA Champions League final in Cardiff on June 3rd, you might just be part of a massive experiment in security -- and a privacy uproar. South Wales Police are conducting a face recognition trial that could scan every one of th...

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 6:26 am

Google turns 'Hamilton' hype into a VR history lesson

We're all a bit more versed in American history these days, thanks in great part to playwright and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda and his award-winning hip-hop-infused musical, Hamilton. The Hamilton Education Program will bring 5,000 disadvantaged stud...

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 5:55 am

Reddit is stripping away some of its personality

Reddit's default design is a throwback to simpler times on the internet. However, moderators on the site's numerous subreddits put a bunch of work into making sure their communities stand out from each other by employing CSS (cascading style sheets)...

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 5:32 am

'Call of Duty: WWII' takes you back to Omaha Beach November 3rd

Call of Duty: WWII will launch November 3rd on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. As you might expect, the game takes place largely in Europe between 1944 and 1945, ultimately pushing toward Germany after fighting through Nazi reinforcements on Normandy...

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 5:16 am

'The Protectors' shows how VR can help save African elephants

At first, the elephant looks like it's asleep. But then you notice it has stumps where there should be feet. Its tusks have been sawed off. And there are countless maggots crawling along a gaping hole in its face. It's a horrifying image as I describ...

Posted on 27 April 2017 | 5:00 am