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Google rolls out Contributor, a subscription service to remove ads from sites

Google Inc. announced an initiative Thursday that offers ad-free web browsing to users interested in paying a monthly subscription fee. The crowdfunding tool called Contributor asks users to pay anywhere from $1 to $3 to view the pages. Essentially it’s kind of a subscription service for online publications allowing people to pay to remove ads from participating websites. [...]

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Amazon pledges to long-term renewable energy on its cloud platform

Amazon has pledged to achieve 100 percent renewable energy usage vowing to run its data centers completely on renewable energy, after being criticised by Greenpeace for being stuck in a dirty energy past. Major tech companies are making an extensive environmental pledge to use renewable energy, considering the large number of data centers and machines [...]

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Chinese app developers can now offer paid Android apps via Google Play store

Google Inc. has announced merchant support for Chinese developers, meaning they can now offer free or paid apps for Android users in over 130 countries via its Google Play store. They however cannot earn any money in China, as the Play Store is unavailable in the country. Nonetheless, this is a small step towards giving Chinese [...]

WhatsApp messaging app adds end-to-end encryption between Android devices

WhatsApp messaging app adds end-to-end encryption between Android devices

WhatsApp, the Facebook owned massively popular messaging app is now encrypting text messages by Android users, boosting efforts by technology companies to shield consumers from hackers and government spies. The change is the result of a partnership with Open Whisper Systems to use TextSecure protocol so messages can’t be deciphered when stored or traveling between [...]

Parrot’s HD-Video Bebop Drone Launches For $499

Parrot’s HD-Video Bebop Drone Launches For $499

French drone company Parrot on Tuesday unveiled its latest flying machine, the Bebop drone. Named Bebop for its ability to dance in the air, the drone is smaller, lighter and infinitely more powerful than Parrot’s AR.Drone 2.0. The announcement of Bebop drone was made back in May and Parrot today announced that its Bebop Drone [...]

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FTC says web privacy firm deceived consumers about recertification program

TRUSTe, the provider of privacy certifications for online businesses skipped follow-up audits of some companies that had received its seal and allowed it to be falsely portrayed as a nonprofit corporation, even after it became a for-profit business in 2008, the Federal Trade Commission alleged in a settlement announced Monday. The San Francisco-based TRUSTe firm [...]

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Facebook developing workplace network similar to career website LinkedIn

Facebook is reportedly working on another version of its social networking site that would cater to workplace environments. While LinkedIn connects businessmen, enterprises, entrepreneurs and companies, Facebook wants to become the platform that would allow users to keep their personal profile separate from their professional account. The professional version of the website called ’Facebook at Work’ [...]

Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Sedan

Toyota Motor Corp Launches “Mirai” Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle, Plans Hydrogen Stations In Northeast

With Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles being the new alternative fuel vehicle, Toyota Motor Corp. offered more details about its long-awaited fuel-cell powered sedan named “Mirai,” meaning “future” in Japanese. The Japanese automaker made the announcement on the eve of the Los Angeles auto show. The eco-friendly car can travel 300 miles (483 kilometers) deriving energy from [...]

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Facebook updates its privacy policies to make it easier to understand

Facebook updated its privacy policies on Thursday, making it easier for the 1.3 billion users of the social network to take control of their own privacy. The social network launched a page called Privacy Basics, which tells users how to manage settings to make sure they have the level of privacy they want for their Facebook [...]

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BlackBerry and Samsung come together for better Android security

BlackBerry Ltd announced partnerships with Samsung Electronics Co. to provide a new level of security on Android devices, broadening the reach of its new mobile-device management and security platform. Early in 2015, Samsung will integrate BlackBerry’s BES12 end-to-end encryption service, into its own Knox security software that will add an extra layer of security to [...]

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Yahoo acquires video-advertising service BrightRoll for $640 Million

On Tuesday, Yahoo announced it has acquired digital video ad firm BrightRoll for $640 million to bolster its ability to sell video ads in real-time to marketers. Video ad tech company BrightRoll hosts videos for publishers and along with algorithms, helps them select which ads to run against them. BrightRoll also helps advertisers find the [...]

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Google signs 60-year lease on former NASA airfield for space and robotics research

Google has decided to invest in Moffett Federal Airfield which is owned by NASA. The company’s subsidiary Planetary Ventures LLC signed a second long-term lease with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for expanding research concerning space exploration and robotics. The company already uses Moffett airfield for its top executive’s private jets. The field is [...]

McAfee presents the 12 Scam of Christmas

McAfee Announces Its Annual “12 Scams Of The Holidays” List To Warn Consumers Of Cybersecurity Threats This Holiday Season

Security software firm McAfee announced its annual “12 Scams of the Holidays” list to bring awareness among the public on the most popular ways cyber scrooges scam consumers during the holiday season as they surf their digital devices. This holiday season, sales are expected to rise to around $616.9 billion, while e-commerce sales are predicted to [...]

Microsoft Lumia 535

Microsoft releases first Lumia smartphone without Nokia name

Microsoft has finally bid goodbye to Nokia branding for its Windows Phones. The first handset to drop the Nokia label is the new Microsoft Lumia 535, an entry-level device with everything one might expect from a modern day smartphone. In April, Microsoft acquired Nokia’s phone business for $7.2 billion in a deal that permitted the division to [...]

Cyborg Cockroaches Developed by North Carolina University

Cockroach ‘Biobots’ To Help Find Survivors By Sound During Rescue Operations

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed technology that allows cyborg cockroaches, or biobots to capture sound through tiny microphones and discover the source of the sound. The technology is designed to assist emergency personnel in rescue efforts in cases of natural disasters and emergencies. “In a collapsed building, sound is the best way [...]

SpaceX Founder Elon Musk

Elon Musk planning internet satellites to bring affordable internet to the world

Following in the footsteps of Facebook and Google, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is apparently looking to launch hundreds of small satellites to orbit Earth in order to deliver Internet access to even the remote corners of the world. Supposedly, Musk is collaborating with Greg Wyler, who led Google’s satellite division and now runs WorldVu Satellites in order to launch a [...]

A Lytro light field camera

Lytro Launches Its First Developer Kit, Could Empower Exploration Of Light Field Technology

Lytro, the company behind the fancy light-field camera technology announced the release of its first Lytro developer kit (LDK). Lytro intends to enable outside developers to use Lytro’s technology and adapt it in new ways so that they will be able to introduce improvement to their devices instead of just for the field of photography alone. [...]

Android booth on the floor at Google I/O in San Francisco.

Google Maps on Android, iPhone gets Material Redesigned

Google has announced that it will roll out its new Material Design-inspired Maps app soon to fit the style of Android 5.0 Lollipop, bringing some additional features with it as well. The makeover follows those for Android, Chrome OS, the web and other apps such as Google Calendar. Material Design has introduced bright solid colour [...]

The California based Palo Alto Networks said it had seen indications that the attackers were Chinese.

Palo Alto Networks discovers new WireLurker malware app, targeted at Apple devices

Cyber security software maker Palo Alto Networks Inc said on Wednesday that they had found a new method in which hackers can infect Apple products. The new family of malware, dubbed WireLurker can infect both iOS and OS X devices. A report from Palo Alto Networks claims the WireLurker malware can install third-party applications on potentially [...]