All posts on December, 2015

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The $5K wood-covered Novena Heirloom open-source laptop ships to backers

Chances are you are not going to find this on display next week at the 2016 International CES, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas. The creators of the $5,000 Novena Heirloom, a laptop built with a completely open and modifiable design, have shipped the final premium models this week to backers. The Heirloom […]

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BlackBerry will remain in Pakistan as telecom authority relents on data monitoring demands

BlackBerry has reversed its decision to exit Pakistan completely, citing the national telecom authority’s own reversal in demanding access to large swaths of BlackBerry customers’ communications. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority had been seeking monitoring capabilities for all domestic BlackBerry Enterprise Service traffic, which includes user emails and private messages. At the time of the announced departure […]

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CES 2016 guide: How to survive the madness

Surviving the Consumer Electronics Show is no picnic. Veterans will walk miles and miles of exhibits next week at the 2016 International CES. Newcomers, on the other hand, will be lucky to escape Las Vegas with minimal nightmares and hangovers. This year, the survival tips are a lot different because there are going to be a […]

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Three grandmas show how virtual reality can be the life of a holiday party

During my holiday break, I always like seeing what the relatives enjoy when it comes to gaming. The kids always lead the way. One nephew was playing Crossy Road on his brand-new Apple TV. But virtual reality stole the show at Christmas. As you can see from the photo above, my 81-year-old mother-in-law, Tan Chin, […]

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Software with the most vulnerabilities in 2015: Mac OS X, iOS, and Flash

What software had the most publicly-disclosed vulnerabilities this year? The winner is none other than Apple’s Mac OS X with 384 vulnerabilities. The runner up? Apple’s iOS with 375 vulnerabilities. Rounding out the top five are Adobe’s Flash Player with 314 vulnerabilities, Adobe’s AIR SDK with 246 vulnerabilities, and Adobe AIR itself also with 246 […]

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Twitter revives Politwoops for saving politicians’ deleted tweets

Twitter officially announced the return of Politwoops on Thursday. After a four-month absence, Twitter reached an agreement with political watchdog groups The Sunlight Foundation and The Open State Foundation to revive the site, which logs deleted tweets from politicians. Although the saved tweets are sometimes simple typos or other minor errors, the site aims to hold politicians accountable for past […]

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Martech in 2015: $17B in funding, $87B in exits, and more fragmented than ever

VB INSIGHT: There has been $17 billion in funding, spread over 313 businesses, generated within the marketing technology industry this year. While that is down from last year’s impressive $47 billion total — which was distributed across 487 organizations — it is still impressive for a sector that has yet to find its footing outside of the Fortune 500. […]

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