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A federal jury has sided with Google in a long-running legal battle with tech...
For those who think that Google and Amazon have effectively already won the...
Uber may have been the target of considerable (and deserved) flack for its new...
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The obvious challenge with renewable energy sources like solar and wind is: what do you do when the sun isn't shining or the wind isn't blowing? Solar and wind generators don't tend to produce electricity in convenient...
Apple's pressure-sensitive 3D Touch feature didn't find its way to the cheaper iPhone SE, probably because of the cost of a touch-sensitive panel. But what if the SE -- and any other phone with a speaker and mic --...
Google wins a major US court battle with software firm Oracle when a jury rules it did not unfairly appropriate parts of the Java programming language....
Microsoft has pushed Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14352 to the Fast Ring. The latest build introduced a number of updates and bug fixes. One of the biggest changes is to Cortana which can now be used to control a...
Fights over tech policy are going increasingly local. Most technology regulations have been federal issues. There have been a few attempts to regulate on the state level -- including Pennsylvania's ridiculous attempt to...
Earlier this year, a jury in Florida found gossip blog Gawker liable for violating the privacy and publicity rights of well-known wrestler Hulk Hogan (whose real name is Terry Gene Bollea) by posting an amateur sex tape...
Listen. It’s fine if you don’t get why this video is so good. You can just chalk it up to  the youths being  the youths . But I dare you to resist cracking a smile when the crowd goes absolutely wild after...
Independently, playing video games and watching movies are immensely enjoyable activities. But when the two mix, the result is often an exercise in disappointment. Likely rooted in Hollywood's never-ending effort to...
A government agency staged the reading of the terms and conditions of 30 downloadable apps to point out their absurdity and possible illegality....
An electrician in Brazil got a slithery surprise while trying to fix a broken PS4....

Tech

Samsung has introduced a new Galaxy S7 edge ‘Injustice Edition” to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of Injustice: Gods Among Us. The special edition is themed around DC’s Batman, and will be available in limited...
The possibilities to engage your Minecraft buddies in a good old death match are limitless, but you have to make the rules and keep score—this is one of the most open of all open-world games, after all. That will...
By Greg Roumeliotis and Liana B. Baker NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc is working on its bid for Yahoo Inc's core assets with an investment bank which was, as recently as last year,...
Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will launch a smartphone app in South Korea that would allow for easier use of its mobile payments service for online transactions, the Electronic Times reported on Friday citing...

Gadgets

When Twitter first announced Audio Cards that would put songs in your social feed, SoundCloud was the music service of choice at launch. After the feature has been available for well over a year, Spotify tracks will now...
Joe Steel compares the intelligent assistant landscape by way of food orders — and by "food" I mean "pizza." Don't forget about the food! These days I'd be shocked to see an intelligent assistant demo without some...
If you haven't already emptied your savings account on Star Wars memorabilia, Disney is back to tempt you once more. Another version of The Force Awakens soundtrack is on the way as a two LP set that has 3D...
Mirror's Edge, the cult-classic video game franchise from EA, is set to become a television series from the makers of Big Brother, The Biggest Loser and Hell on Wheels. Endemol Shine Studios acquired the TV rights...

Gaming

With Warcraft 's $160 million budget, it seems like it needs a strong box office showing. Variety reports that it's projected to make a modest $25 million, placing it at third or fourth for its US upcoming weekend. The...
Tony Temple has written one hell of a story about a “raid” on the The Duke of Lancaster, a beached and rotting former luxury liner in Wales that for over 30 years had hidden a treasure trove of classic arcade games...
Ready at Dawn, the independent studio behind games like The Order: 1886 and God of War: Ghosts of Sparta , will announce its GameStop-published game next week. GameStop COO Tony Bartel said on an earnings call today,...

Internet

By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Vietnamese government restricted access to Facebook Inc inside Vietnam for several days this week as part of a broader crackdown on human rights and political dissidents...
Amid a nationwide debate about how to speed up security checkpoints, Atlanta airport is testing a new apparatus that if successful could spread to other cities. The new system is an automated conveyer belt that uses...
Last week, Mashable teamed up with Barilla to give our Instagram community an inspiring challenge : Share the things that feed your passion We hosted this with YouTuber and author Hannah Hart , who pursues her passions...
Mashable and the Social Good Summit Partners, United Nations Foundation , the United Nations Development Programme and the  92nd Street Y , will again come together to host the 2016 Social Good Summit on Sept....

Linux/Open Source

By the end of the year, Android devs will be able to use a trust API from Google's Project Abacus in their apps, Google ATAP Director Dan Kaufman suggested at last week's I/O conference. The API, which will run in the...
Rebellin Linux is a smart-looking, fast distro that is both lightweight and secure. It is well worth checking out. The Rebellin line avoids the pitfalls that befall many Debian GNU/Linux derivatives. It does not...
The Linux Foundation on Thursday announced that Brian Behlendorf, a primary developer of the Apache Web server and a founding member of the Apache Software Foundation, has joined the Hyperledger Project as executive...
The Devuan GNU/Linux community's much-awaited Devuan Linux Jessie 1.0 beta release is available. It took two years for disgruntled Debian community members to make good on their promise of a systemd-free Debian distro....

Security

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Companies based in Brazil scored “significantly poorer” in aggregate on a variety of cyber security indicators than those based in other major world economies, such as the...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight days before Hillary Clinton took office as secretary of state in January 2009, an aide to former President Bill Clinton quietly registered a new internet address for the couple. That trivial...
By Clare Baldwin and Nathan Layne HONG KONG/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Cyber thieves who stole $12 million from an Ecuadorian bank in 2015 routed the funds through 23 companies registered in Hong Kong, some of them with no...
By Krishna N. Das and Ruma Paul DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh police are reviewing a nearly forgotten 2013 cyber heist at the nation’s largest commercial bank for connections to February's $81 million heist at the...

Social Media

To date, Facebook has only showed ads across its Audience Network to Facebook users, targeted based on information the company has collected about its users' tastes and behaviors. Now Facebook plans to collect...
The Vietnamese government restricted, and sometimes outright blocked, access to Facebook in the country from Sunday to Wednesday of this week during President Obama's visit, say two activists groups who spoke with...
Facebook appears to be funnelling its energy toward the Facebook Audience Network, a product via which Facebook sells ads on sites across the Web using its robust trough of consumer data for ad targeting. Recently,...
Facebook has finished their own internal investigation into censoring conservatives in their trending section, and surprise, they've found no evidence of overt bias. Still, in the wake of a very rough week and tough...

Software

The last few years have seen a variety of form factors emerging. However, it's easy to forget that vendors have been trying to break away from the mould (the beige mid-tower format) for ages. One of the first was a...
Introduction and design Amazon's Kindle range hasn't seen an innovation like the Oasis since 2014, when the Kindle Voyage appeared. Ever since the original Amazon Kindle hit the virtual shelves back in November 2007 the...
Introduction and design Samsung has been a sleeping giant in the notebook world. Sure, it has had a couple of standout Chromebooks and premium Windows laptops, but only recently has it found its groove with a more...
Introduction and design Sometimes, businesses demand a no-compromise approach to their computing needs. It's all a matter of balance and budget, but for businesses looking to cram as much capacity as possible into a...

Wireless

By Jim Christie SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. jury handed Google a major victory on Thursday in a long-running copyright battle with Oracle Corp over Android software used to run most of the world's smartphones....
By Jim Christie SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. jury handed Alphabet's Google a major victory on Thursday in a long-running copyright lawsuit against Oracle Corp, saying the law allowed Google's use of...
 Software developers can breathe a massive sigh of relief — a jury found today that Google’s implementation of 37 Java APIs in Android qualified as fair use. However, Oracle attorneys have already...
 Your pet gets sick and you don’t know what to do. Google has a thousand conflicting answers and it could be a week until you can get an appointment with a veterinarian. But Treat can let you chat live with a...