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General Interest Tech News

Top Stories from Wired

Tesla's Model 3 Is Here: How to Watch the Big Event

The long-awaited affordable electric car is finally here, for a lucky few.

The 'Cloak & Dagger' Attack That Bedeviled Android For Months

Not all Android attacks come from firmware mistakes.

TechCrunch Gadgets

Timekettle’s WT2 real-time translation earpieces enable ordinary conversation across language barrie...

At TechCrunch’s event in Shenzhen last month, we had a chance to test out the WT2, a clever and ambitious device from startup TimeKettle. It’s a pair of wireless earpieces; each person in a multilingual conversation wears one, and they translate what’s said into the language spoken by each participant. Essentially it’s a Babel fish, though admittedly a rough draft of one. Read More

Microsoft’s Imagine Cup crowns its 15th winner, the X.GLU smart glucose meter for kids

 Microsoft’s annual Imagine Cup, a global competition of high-tech student projects, reached its culmination this week accompanied by the usual pomp at the company’s headquarters in Redmond. The winner of the $100,000 grand prize and 365 days of bragging rights is X.GLU, a Czech team that created a custom smart glucose meter for children with diabetes. Read More

BuzzFeed is getting into the smart appliance business with the Tasty One Top

BuzzFeed One Top Here’s a sentence I never expected to write: BuzzFeed is making its first smart appliance, the Tasty One Top, available for pre-order. It sounds a little weird for a digital media company to try to sell you a fancy hot plate, but this is part of BuzzFeed Product Labs, which was created last year following the acquisition of e-commerce startup Scroll. The team’s goal is to… Read More

Computerworld

What's in the latest Chrome update?

Google on Tuesday released Chrome 60 for Windows, macOS and Linux, adding support for the Touch Bar on the newest MacBook Pro laptops and a new online payment API, and patching 40 security vulnerabilities.

Chrome updates in the background, so most users need only relaunch the browser to get the latest version. (To manually manage an update, select "About Google Chrome" from the Help menu under the vertical ellipsis at the upper right. The ensuing page either shows the browser is already up to date or displays the updating process before presenting a "Relaunch" button.)

The Mountain View, Calif. company updates Chrome every six or seven weeks; the last time it upgraded the browser, to version 59, was June 5, or just over seven weeks ago.

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Your next company computer may be a 2-in-1 laptop

While consumer adoption of tablets is decreasing, business adoption is going the other way, powered by corporate fondness for Apple's iPad Pro and 2-in-1 devices running Windows.

The number of consumer-owned tablets is expected to decline about 3.3% annually even as the number of business-owned tablets grows at a combined annual growth rate of 6.9% by 2022, according to Forrester Research.

Global mobile device usage is expected to reach more than 5.5 billion users by 2022,  almost double the total number of users (2.8 billion) in 2008, according a Forrester  report released last week.

Large-screen smartphones are contributing to the decline in tablet sales among consumers, while the diverse use cases for a 2-in-1s is driving that segment's growth, Forrester stated.

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Oracle beefs up cloud sales team with 1,000 EMEA openings

Oracle is the latest legacy software vendor looking to reorganise its sales teams to be more focused on cloud services, as it announces 1,000 job openings in EMEA.

Oracle is targeting "people from diverse backgrounds and profiles with between two to six years work experience", the official press release states.

This follows some positive financial results for Oracle, as it posted a 66 percent year-on-year growth in cloud revenues for Q4 2016. That figure comes in at $1.4 billion and includes PaaS, IaaS and SaaS, which has been boosted by the recent NetSuite acquisition. By comparison AWS posted revenues of $3.66 billion in its latest results back in April.

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How to expose flaws in custom-built mobile apps

As enterprises develop more custom applications -- many of them  mobile apps as part of a mobile-first strategy -- in-house developers are increasingly at risk of unwittingly using open-source code rife with vulnerabilities.

Developing custom apps allows a business to differentiate itself from competitors by offering customers, whether internal users or consumers, a better mobile experience.

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Unlike traditional software development, mobile applications add layers of complexity, particularly when companies create server-side web APIs or client-side native rich clients. That's also true when integrating software across other applications and systems.

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R Consortium survey seeks input from R users

The R Consortium is trying to find out what R users think of the language, how they use it, and how things might be better.

This is "the first of what we hope will be an annual survey of R users," according to a blog post by Joseph Rickert and Hadley Wickham, members of the Consortium's Board of Directors.

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Tech Republic Small-Medium Businesses

The ransomware debate: Should you pay to get your data back?

As ransomware continues to grow exponentially, more and more users and corporations are being affected and finding themselves at a crossroad: To pay or not to pay?

How to add an AirPort Express to an AirPort Extreme to extend wireless networks

A single wireless radio is often insufficient to cover all the floor space a SOHO requires. Here's how to add an AirpPort Express to extend an AirPort Extreme-anchored wireless network.

4 ways Google Analytics can help you improve your website

Every business can use Google Analytics to make smart changes to website content, navigation, layout, and approach to promotions. Here's how to get started.

Sprint's free plug-and-play small cell Magic Box boosts data signal inside your office

Spring recently launched its Magic Box, a self-configuring LTE small cell that improves data coverage and network density in a home or business.

Google launches free Optimize A/B testing tool for SMBs

Google's new tool runs on top of Google Analytics to allow small businesses to test and experiment with multiple versions of their company website.