Author Archives: Brittany Hillen


Apple tipped in Dryft startup acquisition

Apple tipped in Dryft startup acquisition

Apple has acquired Dryft, the startup behind the keyboard apps, at least according to some sleuthing work that has been performed and unnamed sources. If true, it was an exceptionally quiet acquisition, with it being said it seems the acquisition happened in 2014. Apple skirted around confirming the rumor, saying instead its boilerplate response about occasionally buying smaller tech companies -- a canned response many are assuming means "yes" without any explicit confirmation of such. If true, it appears it may have been a talent grab.

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Anonabox recall has critics saying “I told you so”

Anonabox recall has critics saying “I told you so”

Anonabox has not had a simple life. The little router, which was bid as a security solution to make privacy both effective and simple, was met with backlash from critics who argued that it was not nearly as secure as claimed, and that it suffered from some security flaws. Despite raising a large six-figure sum, Kickstarter ended up canceling its crowdfunding campaign, citing discrepancies in the maker's claims. That didn't keep the box down, however, and it eventually found success elsewhere, only for the end result to be exactly as expected. Flawed.

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Skype Translator update brings Mandarin, Italian

Skype Translator update brings Mandarin, Italian

Skype Translator, that wonderful science fiction-like tool that allows people to talk in real-time in two different languages, has been updated, and with that update it is now a little bit smarter. The software has gained knowledge of how to understand and speak Mandarin and Italian, opening it up to more users who want to chat with foreign speakers in their own native language. This joins the two languages the Preview software kicked off with, English and Spanish.

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AT&T and FCC settle after call center workers sold customer data

AT&T and FCC settle after call center workers sold customer data

AT&T has paid $25 million to settle a case with the Federal Communications Commission, it has been announced. The reason revolves around a privacy breach concerning the service provider, which is said to have had confidential customer data leaked via its call center workers to third-party resellers. The reason was so that the resellers could unlock the used phones they acquired, according to the FCC. This is said to have included some pretty serious data disclosures, including giving away subscribers' Social Security numbers.

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Canon XC10 ‘hybrid’ 4k camera features 1″ sensor

Canon XC10 ‘hybrid’ 4k camera features 1″ sensor

Canon has taken the wraps off its new Canon XC10, a hybrid-like camera that resembles a DSLR, but that is able to shoot high-quality 4k video footage akin to what you'd get with a dedicated camcorder with accessories to aid. This gives photographers with a videographer slant the best of both worlds, and does so in a relatively compact and sleek body. Best of all, the XC10 features a 1-inch sensor, providing better image quality than what you'd get from a comparable camera sporting a smaller image sensor.

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Periscope for iOS update brings simplified blocking

Periscope for iOS update brings simplified blocking

Periscope has pushed out a new update for its iOS app, and with it comes some new features, not the least of which is the ability to more easily block viewers while you're streaming. As expected, the update also brings a few bug fixes in tow, such as that caching issue that was presenting the wrong user profile picture, as well as the problem that prevented some from watching broadcasts that were being heavily watched by others. We've the full change log after the jump!

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LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt portable drive sports 1TB SSD

LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt portable drive sports 1TB SSD

For most people, portable storage needs don't include the ability to withstand the hazards of long hikes or rain. Some need a drive rugged enough to handle such situations, however, like adventure photographers or those recording documentary footage in remote places. LaCie has long targeted those users with its Rugged line of portable storage drives, and its latest expansion to the lineup is no exception. With this latest addition, users get 1TB of storage, but not without a price tag to match.

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NASA anticipates finding evidence of alien life in 10 to 20 years

NASA anticipates finding evidence of alien life in 10 to 20 years

If you're hoping humans will discover other living beings in the universe during your lifetime, you might be in luck. Speaking yesterday at a panel in DC, NASA researchers touched on the topic of alien life and finding evidence of such, and what they had to say was largely inspiring: it'll eventually happen, and the first stages of that likely within the span of the next 20 years. The prospect is exciting, not the least of which is due to the leaps in space travel humans are likely to make in that same time span.

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‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ game to become movie

‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ game to become movie

The horror video game genre has its staples, and in the mobile realm, Five Nights at Freddy's is one of the more popular titles. There are a few iterations of the mobile horror game at this point, and they enjoy a healthy fan base...so much so that Warner Bros. has acquired the film rights for the game, and it's not merely a preemptive grab hinting at a future possibility. There are already production plans for the theatrical adaption in place.

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Mortal Kombat X leak reveals “selfie fatality”

Mortal Kombat X leak reveals “selfie fatality”

Everyone's favorite blood-and-guts battle game has some new fatalities in store, one of which has surfaced online reveals a groan-worthy bit of modern narcissism -- something that isn't surprising since it's coming from Johnny Cage's daughter. It is a "selfie fatality", and it includes a cheesy fake Facebook screenshot on which a selfie, taken during a fatality, is posted. It's snapped by Cassie Cage during the fatality, and if you try hard enough, you'll find a bit of social commentary tossed in.

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