The Most Intriguing Hardware at IDF 2016 – PC Magazine

SAN FRANCISCO—With no new major processor announcement directly tied to the show this year, the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) was a little hardware-deficient. The two keynote addresses, from Brian Krzanich on Tuesday and Murthy Renduchintala and Diane Bryant on Wednesday, dealt more with the broader issues Intel is exploring within the Internet of […]

Opera’s new browser blocks ads natively – PCWorld

Opera Software has updated its desktop browser to block ads without the need for a plug-in. With its 2.07 percent share of the desktop browser market last month, according to StatCounter, Opera’s move is unlikely to scare advertisers, or website operators dependent on advertising revenue — particularly as the blocker is turned off by default. […]

Nest’s New Features Signal a Shift for the Smart Home – Fortune

Nest is adding two features that will help make its connected products a better fit for the connected home. The first feature uses data from users’ phones to contribute to their home and away settings, and the second lets them add more than one person to the Nest account. This may seem small, but it […]

The Echo From Amazon Brims With Groundbreaking Promise – New York Times

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Master Marshmallow: 12 useful tips for Android 6.0 – Computerworld

Master Marshmallow: 12 useful tips for Android 6.0 – Computerworld

Google’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow release may have been announced last October — but if you’re like the majority of Android users, it’s probably pretty new to you right about now. Heck, you might even still be waiting to receive it! (The joys of Android upgrades, eh?) Whether you’re a Marshmallow newbie or an Android 6.0 […]

Could FBI Turn on Cameras and Microphones Next? – Fortune

Let the FBI in through the backdoor and soon they’ll be peeking through the windows and tapping into the microphones. That was the argument Apple head of online services Eddy Cue put forth on Univision on Wednesday, as he laid into the FBI for pushing the company to help uncover encrypted information on the San […]

Facebook withdraws Free Basics from India after regulatory debacle – PCWorld

Facebook has withdrawn Free Basics from India, days after the country’s telecommunications regulator prohibited the differential pricing of data depending on the content or application that is being accessed. “Free Basics is no longer available to people in India,” a Facebook spokesman wrote Thursday in an email. The Free Basics service, earlier known as Internet.org, […]

Google will stop serving Flash ads in 2017 – Mashable

Adobe Flash’s death march continues. Google announced Tuesday that beginning June 30, display ads built in Flash can no longer be uploaded to AdWords or DoubleClick Digital Marketing — it’s two biggest ad products. In a Google+ post announcing the news, Google added that it will stop running Flash ads on Jan. 2, 2017. See […]

Bill could block attempts to enforce encryption backdoors – SlashGear

The fight for security and privacy, now embodied in the encryption of devices and services, has long taken a political flavor when the US government publicly advocated installing backdoors on such systems for the sake of criminal investigation. Now the story takes an interesting turn when two lawmakers cross the political divide to propose a […]