Netflix just unrolled a social recommendation feature that will make evangelizing your favorite shows far easier. To use the new function, you'll need to first connect your account to Facebook before you can select your friends from a row of pictures. Netflix will then allow you to add an optional personal note before it relays your suggestions.
Apple on Tuesday confirmed that various celebrities using iPhones have had their iTunes accounts hacked by third parties who managed to steal sensitive information including nude pictures and videos, but revealed that a massive iCloud security issue isn’t to blame. Instead, attackers used other means of associating user names and passwords to get into their targets’ iCloud accounts. Wired has learned more details about the massive hack, revealing that a law enforcement tool may have been used in the attacks. FROM EARLIER: Claimed hacker behind iCloud nude photos theft says it took ‘months’ of planning to pull off heist The compromising data theft has been denied by some of the many celebrities affected, although others, including actress Jennifer Lawrence, confirmed
Chromebooks are slowly transcending their reputation as barebones web surfing notebooks, and Toshiba's Chromebook 2 is shaping up to be one of the strongest yet. Launching October 5th for $330, the Chromebook 2 sheds a few ounces from its predecessor's body, while making the jump to full 1080p. Sporting an aluminum-brushed body with slim edges and black island keys, the Chromebook 2 is looking more and more like Toshiba's answer to the Apple MacBook Air.
By David Randall and Christina Farr NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some of the best-known technology investors are looking beyond their tried-and-true Internet plays to bet on healthcare data as the next growth market. Venture capital firms and portfolio managers of large mutual funds are among those investing in companies that gather and analyze healthcare data, all in hopes of tapping into the shift to electronic record keeping and consumer acceptance of personal health tracking devices. Unlike biotechnology firms, which are often hit-or-miss based on the success of drugs under development, investors say these health technology firms tend to have a reliable path to profits by selling services and data to insurance companies, doctors and hospitals. Overall, venture capital funding for healthcare technology firms is up 176 percent so far this year, at $2.3 billion, versus the same period last year, according to Rock Health, a San Francisco–based seed funding firm.
Microsoft’s attack on cheap Android tablets might have started this week, but the software maker is also directly targeting Chromebooks. Asus is one of the first PC makers to announce a $199 laptop running Windows 8.1 with Bing. It’s Microsoft’s answer to Google’s Chrome OS, and the low licensing costs mean many PC makers will be able to create laptops for $199 or even less. Asus’ EeeBook X205 uses the Eee branding that the company first used on its netbooks nearly seven years ago, and this EeeBook is very much a netbook in many ways.
Home Depot might be the next victim of a massive cyberattack, Krebs on Security and The Wall Street Journal report, although specific details have not been offered by the company yet. FROM EARLIER: Your credit card might already be for sale on the black market “I can confirm we are looking into some unusual activity and we are working with our banking partners and law enforcement to investigate,” Home Depot spokeswoman Paula Drake told Krebs on Security. “Protecting our customers’ information is something we take extremely seriously, and we are aggressively gathering facts at this point while working to protect customers. If we confirm that a breach has occurred, we will make sure customers are notified immediately. Right now, for
If you've got $199 to burn then you now have everything you need to enter the Sonos ecosystem of whole-home audio. Sonos accomplished all of this with software. The Sonos 5.1 update (teased in April) allows the company's range of speakers to operate on your existing Wi-Fi network while promising the same high quality audio performance synonymous with SonosNet — Sonos' bulletproof peer-to-peer wireless mesh network created by wiring the Bridge or a Sonos speaker directly into your router.
You can finally tip your favorite YouTubers for a job well done, thanks to the new Fan Funding feature. According to AndroidPolice, all it takes is clicking the relevant icon on the top left corner of a video, interacting with the support button on a user's channel, or accessing the functionality through the YouTube Android app.
Google on Tuesday said it is working on a super-fast "quantum" computer chip as part a vision to one day have machines think like humans. The Internet titan added renowned researcher John Martinis and his team at the University of California, Santa Barbara, to the Quantum Artificial Intelligence team at Google, according to director of engineering Hartmut Neven.