April Fool’s Day could not pass without a few technology stories that test the bounds of credibility, although it isn’t always easy to separate the jokes from reality. Apple’s products have earned a reputation as hard-to-fix so it came as something of a surprise to learn that it had bought iFixit, the company dedicated to DIY repairs. On iFixit’s website, … Read More
AOL Hack Causes Zombie Spam
Whether or not you use AOL, a recently exposed mass hack of the company’s network promises trouble for everybody. Hackers stole “a significant number” of email addresses, passwords, contact lists, postal addresses and answers to security questions, the company said in a blog post Monday. Anyone of the company’s 120 million account holders might be affected. Judging by AOL’s description … Read More
Netflix to raise prices for new subscribers
The company said in a letter to shareholders Monday that it’s going to raise prices for new members by the end of June. The price increase will be “one or two” dollars per month “depending on the country.” It won’t initially apply to Netflix’s existing members, who will pay the current price “for a generous time period.” The company is … Read More
An app that claims to fix jet lag?
Declaring jet lag “fundamentally a math problem,” researchers at the University of Michigan say they have devised a mobile app to overcome it. The resulting iPhone app is called Entrain—named after the scientific word for recovery from jet lag—and operates on the premise that natural light is the body’s strongest signal controlling circadian rhythms. Entrain is designed for travelers, night-shift … Read More
Microsoft drops Windows XP on Tuesday, April 8, 2014
The operating system is now 12 years old and Microsoft will no longer add security updates or technical support, leaving the software in danger of hackers to exploit bugs freely. Windows XP isn’t just running on the dusty, discarded PC in your closet. It’s everywhere, threatening devices that store sensitive information and computers that keep the city lights on and … Read More
The Droplet sprinkler takes accurate aim at individual plants and positions itself to be the Roomba of the watering world.
The Droplet is a robotic watering system that wants to make watering more efficient by aiming at specific plants, rather than indiscriminately watering everything in sight. It doesn’t move around like a Roomba, but sits in one spot and hooks up to your garden hose to aim a stream of water at each plant. It knows where to water, how … Read More
NBA wears Google Glass
The NBA’s Sacramento Kings are using technology from CrowdOptic that lets fans see what players, cheerleaders, and announcers are seeing through their Google Glass. In real time. Johnson, McCallum, and Thompson of the Sacramento Kings were wearing Google Glass as part of a new program the Kings have started that is designed to let fans see things like shootarounds, pre-game … Read More
World Wide Web 25th Anniversary
Poll finds most Americans are on the web and happy with it. The technology’s birthday is reckoned as March 12, 1989, the date that Sir Tim Berners-Lee wrote a paper proposing a system for managing information on the internet that would become the framework for the Web. He released the code for the system for free on Christmas Day the … Read More
Apple's 'iOS in the Car' technology due in cars later this year.
Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo are aboard for the launch of the operating system, which lets drivers access various iPhone functions through a car’s built-in screen. The official announcement for CarPlay was made at the Geneva Motor Show. Apple talked up iOS in the Car at its Worldwide Developers Conference last year, with VP Eddy Cue — a Ferrari board member … Read More
New gadgets unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2014
Mobile World Congress returned to form this year, with Samsung, Nokia, and Huawei all choosing to launch flagship devices in Barcelona. Huawei E578-has the 4G-LTE mobile hotspot is commonly known as a MiFi. It supports the connection speed of up to 300Mbps. All mobile hotspots so far support just the single stream specification, which caps at just 150Mbps. The main … Read More