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Quantum Dot to Bring Better Color to Smaller Screens

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 16:18
Ultra-colorful quantum dot displays aren't quite ubiquitous yet, but that could change soon. Taiwanese optics company, QD Vision, has introduced a new piece of quantum dot optics, which could allow for LCD monitors and all-in-one PCs with better color than we've ever seen. QD Vision's updated Color IQ tech uses 2mm-thin optics, which, compared to the previous standard of 3mm, will allow quantum dot to come to screens that are smaller than the one in your living room TV. A new buzzword, quantum dot is a technology that allows for full-gamut color.

Find out exactly how long it’ll take to binge-watch your favorite shows on Netflix

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 16:10
If you sit on your couch and do nothing but watch every episode of AMC’s Breaking Bad back to back with no break, you’ll run through the entire series in 2.6 days, or 45.5 hours without any commercials. The same mission would take just 41 hours with every Game of Thrones episode that has aired on HBO so far, and the entire Sopranos series would take you 3.6 days. If you’re planning to binge-watch these or any other TV shows anytime soon, there’s only one site you’ll need in order to find out exactly what you’re in for. DON’T MISS: 5 great free Android apps that do amazing things the iPhone can’t is a website that serves one purpose, and

Tech Retrospect: Google gets the EU antitrust treatment

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:57

Is Google abusing its position as the world's most popular search engine? Also, if you're hoping to walk into an Apple store and buy a Watch next week, we have some bad news. All that and more in your look back at the week in tech.

Cybercrime now 'number one' threat: Europol chief

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:50

Cybercrime has become as big a threat to Europe's security as terrorism, the head of the continent's policing agency warned Friday. It is now the number one security concern, alongside terrorism," Europol chief Rob Wainwright said. Wainwright was speaking on the sidelines of a global cyber conference ending in The Hague, which focused on issues such as Internet freedom, safety and security. More than 1,500 delegates from almost 100 countries, civil society and tech industry giants such as Microsoft, Facebook and Cisco gathered for the two-day Global Conference on CyberSpace (GCCS) in the Netherlands.

How Hollywood is waging war against VPNs

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:35
Virtual private networks (VPNs) aren’t some wild-and-crazy piece of hacker technology — in fact, anyone who’s ever worked remotely has likely connected to corporate email through a VPN many times before. However, VPNs can also be used to fool video streaming services such as Netflix into thinking you’re actually living in a different country, which can give you unauthorized access to streaming content that’s not available in your market. Because of this, entertainment studios have been making a big push on both ISPs and streaming services to crack down on VPN use, as two stories that broke this week demonstrate. RELATED: How to set up a VPN – and why you should, if you care about privacy In the first story,

Cyber Advanced Warning System sounds the alarm on security threats

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:21

Cyber Advanced Warning System is a service from NSS Labs that proactively determines a business's security status. Get more details about the warning system.

White House plays matchmaker with local geeks and leaders to get more people into tech jobs

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:10

In an effort to close the skills gap in tech, on Friday the White House hosted a confab with local tech meetup groups to build momentum for its TechHire initiative.

Chrome OS update brings full Google Now info to the app launcher

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:09

A few weeks ago, Google showed us a host of new Chrome hardware as well as a few upcoming tweaks to the underlying Chrome OS software, including a new app launcher that brings Google Now information to the forefront. Assuming Google hasn't changed things from what we saw last month, the app launcher button in the lower left side of your screen will now bring up a window that closely resembles Google's homepage. You can then click through to get your full app list or scroll down to pull up Google Now info. Google Now has been integrated into Chrome's notification system for a while now, but this new view much more closely resembles what you get when using Google Now on Android or iOS.

Apple Pay may reach first country beyond US this year

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:06

The mobile payments service is on the verge of expanding to Canada, according to the Wall Street Journal. But will Apple be able to seal the deal?

The Justice Department's lawyers reportedly want to block the Comcast mega-merger

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:03

The Justice Department is close to taking a step toward blocking the $45 billion Comcast-Time Warner Cable mega-merger, Bloomberg reports. What's more, the department reportedly won't consider a deal to approve the merger, even if Comcast agrees to regulatory conditions. Although Comcast was — and, at least publicly, is — bullish on approval, the prospects for the deal have looked increasingly less sure since the merger was first proposed in February 2014.

The incredible ‘gravity-defying’ iPhone 6 case is coming to Galaxy S6 too

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:00
The Zero G case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has already made an impression on Kickstarter fans, raising almost $70,000 with 12 days left in the campaign. But, unfortunately, the case that can adhere to any flat surface without falling was initially only compatible with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, meaning users who prefer other phones wouldn’t have been able to use one. DON’T MISS: Roommates hospitalized after stabbing one another during heated iPhone vs. Android debate Luckily for some of them, that’s about to change because Zero G manufacturer Mega Tiny Corp. is ready to support two more products. The company on Friday revealed that Zero G versions for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge

Google shaking up search recommendations on smartphones

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 14:59

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones in a shift that's expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information.

The 404 Show 1,610: Star Wars VII, Batman v Superman, and head transplants (podcast)

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 14:49

Sarah Lane and Tom Merritt join Iyaz today while Jeff tends to baby Henry Francis Bakalar.

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 launches early with discounted price

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 14:44

The unlocked smartphone arrives a few days ahead of schedule and with a lower-than-expected price.

Unfriended is the first film to accurately capture our virtual lives

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 14:28

Blaire and Matt are soon barged in on by the rest of their friend group, all of whom should be familiar to anyone who's seen more than one teen horror film in their lives: the vain slut, the drunk jock, the funny fat guy. We learn that it's the anniversary of the death of their classmate Laura Barnes, who was driven to suicide after a particularly gnarly drunk video of her was spread around on social media.

The Disneyland measles outbreak is finally over in the US

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 14:26

Health officials in California declared today that the measles outbreak that started in Disneyland is finally over, reports the Associated Press. The last case linked to the theme park was reported on March 2nd, according to the California Department of Health. Measles is a highly infectious disease that was declared eliminated from the US in 2000. More than 130 cases have been reported by California residents since December.