computing

Google Chrome could soon let you mute annoyingly noisy websites

 Websites that auto-load videos with sound may soon be a thing of the past — or, at least, your days of having to put up with them could be. That’s because Google is testing a new option that lets users permanently mute a website within the Chrome Browser. Noisy websites have long been a pain. Chrome introduced an indicator to flag guilty tabs a couple of years ago — it had… Read More

Business messaging service Eko picks up $2M to fuel push into Japan, US and UK

 Eko Communications, a U.S.-Thailand company that operates a messaging app targeted at businesses, has closed a strategic investment of $2 million to grow in Japan and expand into Europe and the U.S.. The funding was led by Japanese corporate Itoc...

Google expands its public Wi-Fi program for emerging markets to Indonesia

 Google is launching its public Wi-Fi program, which offers free connectivity at railway stations and other locations such as universities, in Indonesia, the company announced today. The Indonesia launch is the first expansion of ‘Google Station’ — as the program is called — since it debuted in India some 18 months ago. The project is quite simple, it offers a free way… Read More

I was hacked

 At about 9pm on Tuesday, August 22 a hacker swapped his or her own SIM card with mine, presumably by calling T-Mobile. This, in turn, shut off network services to my phone and, moments later, allowed the hacker to change most of my Gmail password...

I was hacked

 At about 9pm on Tuesday, August 22 a hacker swapped his or her own SIM card with mine, presumably by calling T-Mobile. This, in turn, shut off network services to my phone and, moments later, allowed the hacker to change most of my Gmail password...

Microsoft Brainwave aims to accelerate deep learning with FPGAs

 This afternoon Microsoft announced Brainwave, an FPGA-based system for ultra-low latency deep learning in the cloud. Early benchmarking indicates that when using Intel Stratix 10 FPGAs, Brainwave can sustain 39.5 Teraflops on a large gated recurr...

Hulu adds Live TV to Xbox 360

 Starting today, Xbox 360 will support Hulu’s Live TV service. Hulu launched the highly anticipated streaming service earlier this May, which provides access to live television as well as Hulu’s library of original and streaming content for just under $40 per month. Read More

Spotify launches in Thailand to continue its Asia push

 While talk of Spotify’s apparent upcoming IPO continues in the U.S., the music streaming service is furthering its coverage of Asia after it launched its service in Thailand. Spotify Premium, which counts over 60 million paying users, will cost 129 THB in Thailand. That’s just over $4 and in line with its pricing across Asia. Customers in the U.S. and UK will be aware that it… Read More

Hackers nab $500,000 as Enigma is compromised weeks before its ICO

 The ICO hackers are at it again. Enigma, a de-centralized platform that’s preparing to raise money via a crypto token sale, had its website and a number of social accounts compromised with the perpetrators netting nearly $500,000 in digital coin by sending out spam. Enigma, which was started by a group of MIT graduates, did not lose any money from the attack. Whoever orchestrated it… Read More

New malware masquerades as a ride-sharing app

 An update to the venerable Faketoken.q Android malware has made it easier for the program to steal your credit card information from ride-sharing apps. Faketoken attacks Russian ride-sharing apps by overlaying text boxes on the credit card inform...

A “bug” that let a $500 password cracking box open up iPhone 7 is patched as of iOS 11

 Apple confirmed that the behavior that lets a $500 box ‘crack’ an iPhone 7 passcode will be patched out of the final version of iOS 11 that’s due this fall. It’s also patched under iOS 11 beta 4, if you’re running that. Read More

New Apple videos explain how iOS 11 and its multi-tasking features work on the iPad

 iOS 11, the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system, is quite the game-changer for iPad owners. We wrote that the software effectively turns an iPad into a mobile computer through a number of new features that go beyond previous limits with a focus on multi-tasking. The new iOS is currently in beta, but when it is released to all it will bring a very different experience to… Read More