• Stop to smell the virtual roses: why scent could be the next frontier for VR

    By popular demand, the only thing missing from the VR version of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is the smell of rotting corpse. Now even that could change, thanks to the Tokyo-based startup Vaqso that is working to incorporate the sense of smell into virtual reality. In a story about VR haptics a few weeks ago, I surmised that […]

  • FACEBOOK ‘MISLED’ EU REGULATORS OVER ITS TAKEOVER OF WHATSAPP

    Facebook misled European Union regulators over its 2014 takeover of WhatsApp, European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager said Tuesday. At issue is the company’s recent linking of Facebook and WhatsApp user accounts, something that it had previously told the Commission it would not be able to automate reliably. The acquisition, announced in February 2014, won […]

  • FEDS FRUSTRATED BY CONSTANTLY CRASHING APPS

    Imagine if Twitter was offline for an entire day. Sure, some might be happy for the break, but the uproar that would greet a day with no access to the internet’s public square would no doubt be loud and angry. Within the federal government, however, seeing collaboration, communication and database applications go offline for a […]

  • HOW IBM PLANS TO EXPAND MOBILEFIRST FOR IOS PROGRAM

    Apple and IBM’s program for iOS mobile app development in the enterprise is broadening its reach this year as more businesses pursue apps that can transform how their employees work, according to IBM. “We are engaged with more than 1,000 clients across the world,” says Mahmoud Naghshineh, IBM’s general manager in charge of the MobileFirst […]

  • GOOGLE SUED BY EMPLOYEE FOR CONFIDENTIALITY POLICIES THAT ‘MUZZLE’ STAFF

    A product manager at Google has sued the company for its allegedly illegal confidentiality agreements, policies and practices that among other things prohibit employees from speaking even internally about illegal conduct and dangerous product defects for fear that such statements may be used in legal discovery during litigation or sought by the government. The alleged […]

  • Uber fined $20 million for lying about driver earnings, predatory financing

    Uber, the San Francisco ride-sharing company, has been in the news of late over its game of chicken with the city of San Francisco over a $150 license fee for self-driving vehicles (which it lost) and for losing an estimated $3 billion dollars in 2016. Now the company has been fined $20 million by the […]

  • SILICON VALLEY’S TRUMP REBELLION NOW HAS EFF CALLING FOR MORE ENCRYPTION

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation is keenly worried that President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress will step up surveillance activities and pass laws to curtail electronic rights. As a result, the EFF is advising the tech sector to use end-to-end encryption for every transaction by default, and to scrub logs. “You cannot be made to […]

  • WHAT MARKETING PROS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LIVE VIDEO IN 2017

    Fake news on Facebook. Trump’s Twitter tantrums. Snapchat Spectacles. Social media delivered plenty of surprises in 2016. For digital advertisers and marketers who’ve been paying attention, however, the biggest social media trend expected in 2017 shouldn’t be surprising at all: live video. Livestreamed video took off on social in 2016, and many believe 2017 will […]

  • MICROSOFT’S BROWSERS MAY HAVE HIT ROCK BOTTOM

    Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) and Edge browsers may be near the bottom of their unprecedented crash in user share, measurements published Sunday show. Analytics vendor Net Applications reported that the user share of IE and Edge — an estimate of the proportion of the world’s personal computer owners who ran those browsers — dropped by […]

  • The coolest health-tech products we saw at CES 2017

    From a brand new take on the electric breast pump to a discreet way to check sobriety during a night on the town, trust us, there’s a lot of neat stuff on the horizon. 1. Proof The Proof wearable wants to help drinkers keep an eye on their BAC levels. The company behind this wristband […]

  • Here’s what the most expensive headphones in the world sound like

    LAS VEGAS — It’s not every day that you get to try out a pair of $55,000 headphones, Sennheiser’s ultra-high-end “Orpheus” HE 1. But on Friday, I got to test an even more expensive pair: Onkyo’s $100,000 diamond-studded headphones — and I (almost) got to directly compare the two. Of course, other than the exorbitant […]

  • Your smart fridge is about to make our IoT security nightmare so much worse

    LAS VEGAS — Each year, CES plays host to some of the most compelling innovations in the tech industry: self-driving cars, virtual reality, robots, drones and televisions that get bigger and thinner each year. Not to mention Wi-Fi and bluetooth sensors embedded into just about every previously mundane appliance and object imaginable. Want Amazon’s Alexa […]