Gadget Ogling: Google Embraces a Hardware Future

Welcome to Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that’s taken just enough time away from pondering how many major email providers have built tools to let the government scan everyone’s messages to pore over Google’s latest hardware. In our trove of data this time around are Google’s smartphones,...
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Amazon Music Unlimited Rolls Gently Down the Stream

Amazon on Wednesday rolled out its Music Unlimited cut-rate subscription streaming service, available on its Echo, Echo Dot and Amazon Tap devices for as little as US$4 a month for a single device. Setting a low-entry price point “is a logical move, given that the company has invested...
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Hackers Get Up Close and Personal With WH Staffer’s Email

Federal authorities last week launched a probe of a suspected cyberattack that targeted the private Gmail account of a White House staffer. The employee’s correspondence turned up on the DCleaks hacktivist site, which earlier this month posted the private emails of former Secretary of State Colin Powell. The...
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Cisco Battles Shadow Broker Exploits

Cisco has swung into action to combat a hacker group’s exploitation of vulnerabilities in its firmware. The group, known as the “Shadow Brokers,” released online malware and other exploits it claimed to have stolen from the Equation Group, which is believed to have ties to the United States...
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Toyota Positions Kirobo Mini as Tiny Traveling Companion

Gearing up for this week’s CEATEC trade show in Tokyo, Toyota on Monday announced that its compact-sized Kirobo Mini, pitched as a “communication partner,” will go on sale early next year in Japan. The Mini is a smaller version of the astronaut robot Kirobo, which visited the International...
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IoT Could Become Playground for Botnets Gone Wild

The source code for Mirai, the malware behind the botnet that launched a massive attack on the Krebs on Security website — the largest DDoS attack on record — has been released in the wild, according to Brian Krebs, author of the blog. A hacker who goes by...
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Tech Heavyweights Join Forces to Lasso AI

Amazon, DeepMind/Google, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft last month announced the creation of the Partnership on AI, a nonprofit organization dedicated to formulating best practices in artificial intelligence and educating the public about the field. The group will invite academics, other nonprofits, and specialists in policy and ethics to...
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Blade Runner 2049 Is the Name for the Blade Runner Sequel

A sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi cyberpunk masterpiece Blade Runner was on its way, and now it has a name: Blade Runner 2049. Warner Bros made the announcement on Thursday night, along with a photo of director Denis Villeneuve, producer Ridley Scott, returning actor Harrison Ford, and...
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