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  • Gravitational waves detected, confirming Einstein's theory

    Thu 6:56pm
    A team of scientists announced on Thursday that they had heard and recorded the sound of two black holes colliding a billion light-years away, a fleeting chirp that fulfilled the last prediction of Einstein’s general theory of relativity.…
  • A history of the Windows Start menu

    Thu 6:48pm
    Microsoft has tried a variety of different Start menus over the years, but the Windows 10 version is the best combination of the modern ideas the company has attempted and the classic menu. The Start menu is iconic, and it's the identity of Windows. As long as…
  • New bill looks to save smartphone encryption from state bans

    Wed 5:26pm
    Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) are introducing a bill today to effectively override bad state-level encryption bills. The ENCRYPT Act of 2016, or by its longer name, the Ensuring National Constitutional Rights of Your Private…
  • Android app helps Iranians avoid morality police checkpoints

    Wed 5:18pm
    Community mapping applications come in all shapes and sizes. There are apps to help drivers avoid speed traps, maneuver around traffic jams, and find cheap gas. And now there's one that helps people avoid being pulled from their car by the Ershad - Iran's…
  • A big phone works for everyone but you

    Mon 5:16pm
    But in bounding after large screens, phone makers seemed to ignore the usability issues that accompany them. Small studies have shown before that 4.3 inches is about as big as a phone can get before people start struggling to use it. The time to operate the…
  • Linux Distros Don't Keep Up with WebKit Updates

    Mon 5:09pm
    Major desktop browsers push automatic security updates directly to users on a regular basis, so most users don't have to worry about security updates. But Linux users are dependent on their distributions to release updates. Apple fixed over 100 vulnerabilities…
  • The Apple Watch got me hooked on mechanical watches

    Mon 5:07pm
    I've often predicted the current crop of smartwatches - be they Wear or the Apple Watch - are designed to end up in drawers, forgotten, unloved. However, I had no idea that even Marco Arment would eventually realise the same thing.…
  • New FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report published

    Feb 4, 2016, 6:01 pm
    The latest FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report is out.…
  • Google rolling out Marshmallow for Android Wear

    Feb 4, 2016, 5:59 pm
    Evidence has been mounting over the last few days and it looks like it's finally happening: Android 6.0 for Wear is starting to roll out. Googler Wayne Piekarski just announced on his Google+ feed that OTAs have begun and should continue over the next few…
  • Microsoft acquires SwiftKey

    Feb 3, 2016, 6:38 pm
    I'm pleased to announce that Microsoft has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SwiftKey, whose highly rated, highly engaging software keyboard and SDK powers more than 300 million Android and iOS devices. In this cloud-first, mobile-first world,…
  • Google wants to take 'Apple-like' control over Nexus devices

    Feb 3, 2016, 6:34 pm
    Two very interesting articles about Android's future that are strongly related. First, Vlad Savov wonders why Android OEMs continue to make Android phones when there's little to no profit to be gained.…
  • Chromebook Pixel: everything is so much better now

    Feb 2, 2016, 5:57 pm
    When we talk about laptops still being popular and important, we tend to talk about things like the precision of the mouse and the power and flexibility of a desktop operating system. We talk about all the things they can do better than a phone or a tablet. We…
  • Turing Phone drops Android for Sailfish OS

    Feb 2, 2016, 3:23 pm
    The Turing Phone, a fancy Android phone promising to be extra secure and which sports an unusual casing and design, has just announced that it's switching from Android... To Sailfish OS.…
  • EU, US agree to 'safe harbour' replacement

    Feb 2, 2016, 3:14 pm
    After the EU's highest courts rejected the standing safe habour agreement between the EU and the US, the two superpowers had to come up with a new one. They just did:…
  • Ready or not, here comes Windows 10

    Feb 2, 2016, 3:10 pm
    Public service announcement: as announced October last year, Windows 10 is now a recommended upgrade in Windows Update, meaning the installation will automatically start.…