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Hollywood Hospital Pays Hackers $17K Ransom

Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center paid a 40 bitcoin ($17,000) ransom to regain control of its network.

Skype rolls out group video calling to its Android and iOS apps

Microsoft has announced that group video calling with up to 25 people is now available through Skype on iOS and Android.

Microsoft's new Wireless Display Adapter is more responsive

It's a lot smaller than its predecessor, too.

Inside Lady Gaga's high-tech Grammy performance

It took several weeks for Intel to design Lady Gaga's David Bowie tribute at the Grammys on Monday night.

Mime through time with recreations of your favorite viral videos

Watch YouTube stars, SketchShe, recreate some of your favorite viral videos.

The new Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon trailer is really pushing the Lady Star Wars vibes

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'Pokkén Tournament' joins the Pokémon Championship series

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Being Bilingual Changes the Architecture of Your Brain

Of course, any bilingual person will tell you that sometimes they don’t bother making a choice. When I talk to other people who speak English and Spanish, I often mix the languages together, saying things like, “Quieres un toast?” and “I wanted to aprovechar the holiday and viajar un poco.” If I want to maximize the cognitive benefits of speaking two languages, should I stop mixing and force my brain through the gymnastics every time I open my mouth? In short: no. “Back in the 1980s, people claimed that language mixing was pathological,” Kroll said. “It’s actually a normal and typical part of bilingual experience.” Plus, it’s not like my brain is slacking off. I’m still choosing between languages with every word, it’s just that I’m not making the same choice every time.

The First Four Things You Should Do Every Workday

Productivity experts recommend that you not spend your morning reading and answering emails (as I learned firsthand, it can totally derail your good a.m. intentions). Focus your morning on what you need to get done—not the little things people need from you. Quickly scan your emails to see if there is anything high priority that will affect your goals for the day, then keep the trains moving. As Julie Morgenstern, author of Never Check Email in the Morning , told the Huffington Post , "Those requests and those interruptions and those unexpected surprises and those reminders and problems are endless . . . there is very little that cannot wait a minimum of 59 minutes." So if you want to be more productive throughout your day, step away from your inbox in the morning. Seriously.

How to turn your sluggish old Mac or PC into a faster Chromebook

Earlier today we  published a story about Neverware , a New York City startup that is helping schools refurbish old Windows PCs and Macs that had been abandoned as unusable, converting them into "Chromebooks" students can actually work on. Neverware charges schools a licensing fee for every machine it enables this way, but it also  offers the software for free to individual users. And starting today, you can set up most computers to dual boot into their original operating system or Chrome, meaning you don't have to get rid of anything on your machine to give it a spin as a Chrome-capable laptop.

Apple’s Noble Stand Against the FBI Is Also Great Business

That positioning stands in stark contrast to Google, which is heavily dependent on advertising revenue and has an incentive to gather as much user data as possible. Yes, Apple runs the iAds network, so there’s a bit of spin involved in the Cupertino company’s positioning, but it’s true that Google and Apple have very different business models overall. That, combined with the way Apple makes it dead simple to encrypt the data stored on your iPhone or Macbook, has given Apple products a reputation of being secure yet easy to use. Complying with the FBI’s request would jeopardize the company’s image as the paragon of easy security.

Google’s CEO just sided with Apple in the encryption debate

"We build secure products to keep your information safe and we give law enforcement access to data based on valid legal orders," Pichai tweeted moments ago. "But that's wholly different than requiring companies to enable hacking of customer devices and data." Pichai seems to side squarely with Cook. "Forcing companies to enable hacking could compromise users’ privacy." Google's CEO said he's "looking forward to a thoughtful and open discussion on this important issue."

Apple addresses error 53 flap with iPhones | ZDNet

If you recall, error 53 became a big issue after Apple customers essentially bricked their phone after getting a screen replaced. The issue was that Touch ID's fingerprint data is stored in a secure enclave. Unless that data is revalidated Apple shut down the phone.

Microsoft testing new Premium email service | ZDNet

In August 2015, Microsoft expanded the very limited number of users who had received the new preview. As of Febraury 2016, Microsoft is continuing to roll out the updated service worldwide. Microsoft officials said this week that they are rolling out the new experience "to millions of users each week."

What BuzzFeed's Dao Nguyen Knows About Data, Intuition, And The Future Of Media

I have a good example about that, because it's something that I was involved in personally. The first post I wrote on Buzzfeed was called " 27 signs you were raised by immigrant parents ." It was published two years ago now, so I feel kind of terrible still talking about it. The point of it was it was incredibly viral, got like 2 million views—it got like 1 million views in the first 12 hours. Two and a half years ago we were a very small site, so it was a big deal. It wasn't the first post that we ever wrote about having immigrant parents, there were previous posts called "Signs you were raised by immigrant parents." There was one that was "Signs you were raised by Pakistani immigrant parents." There were many versions that all did pretty well, but this one blew them out of the water. That's because the concept was piggybacking off other people's work. The whole post was gently mocking your parents. Like "Your dishwasher is only used to dry dishes, not wash them." Or "Your mother is always telling you you need to wear a sweater.

The Most Important Apple Executive You’ve Never Heard Of

One of his deputies greets Srouji at the bus and badges through several locked doors into a room where future chip designs are being tested. The building is eerily quiet and still, save for the hum of air conditioners and the blinking red and green lights of large dark boxes that are stacked together and resemble Zambonis. The room is Apple-white and clean, but not tidy; thick wires and large plugs lie around. Old, unused Macs are lined up on a shelf like books that have already been read. All the equipment is operated remotely. The boxes are running software that scans for possible flaws in the chip architecture. Testing proceeds for several days on one element of the chip, then moves on to the next, and then the next, until the process is done, which can take months. “We beat the silicon as much as we can,” Srouji says. “If you’re lucky and rigorous, you find the mistakes before you ship.”

$3 Smartphone From India

The release of the Ringing Bells Freedom 251  means exciting things for India, and if it goes well possibly the hacker community, too. This $3 device comes with all the things you’d expect from your standard smartphone. Considering any of the individual components alone (4″ IPS screen, cell modem, 1450 mAh battery, 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 3.2 MP front and 0.3 MP rear cameras) could cost more than the whole thing put together, some skepticism is warranted.

FCC votes to fight cable's reign over set-top boxes

Last month, reports surfaced that the FCC planned to pry set-top boxes out of hands of cable and satellite companies. Today, the Commission passed the "Unlock the Box" plan that would do just that. The proposal aims to introduce more competition when it comes to the boxes you rent from television providers. As it stands, you have to lease the equipment from a cable or satellite company for a monthly fee that's added to your bill. You have little choice in the matter, and those fees earn service providers millions of dollars a year. With the FCC plan, opening up cable boxes to third parties would not only lower costs, but make it easier for pay-TV subscribers to tap into internet programming like Netflix and Hulu.

New York's public Wi-Fi hubs now have Android tablets

Starting today,  New York City's first public Wi-Fi hubs are getting Android tablets, allowing New Yorkers to check their email, make a phone call, or find directions on Google Maps as easily as they once made a call on the public payphones the hubs are replacing. The tablets are going in a dozen-or-more  LinkNYC kiosks along Third Avenue between 15th and 42nd streets, and will be included in all the future hubs as they are installed.

Facebook will soon let any publisher post Instant Articles

For its part, Facebook says users are more likely to post and share Instant Articles. That said, there will still be some publishers that prefer to forego the feature, espcially smaller ones. As The Verge points out, implementing it requires some web-coding prowess, and some publishers might prefer to use richer advertising methods not available to Instant Article posts.

Encryption: what is it exactly, and who is right about it?

Normally we publish What's Tech? on Tuesday morning, but we couldn't hold next week's episode until then. A federal court has requested Apple help the FBI gain access to the contents of an iPhone that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters. Apple has refused.

Google Play Games is ditching Google+ tie-in for new Gamer ID profiles

Benjamin Frenkel, Product Manager for Play Games, tells TNW the change is more about letting gamers be who they want to be. Feedback from users suggested there was a lot of us that didn’t want our gmail linked to an online presence where we played games. Users enjoy having one account for all of their Google needs, but don’t think it makes sense for gaming.

The state of privacy in America: What we learned

10 Many technology experts predict that few individuals will have the energy or resources to protect themselves from “dataveillance” in the coming years and that privacy protection will likely become a luxury good. Another prediction from 2,511 experts we canvassed was that the prospect of achieving bygone notions of privacy will become more remote as the Internet of Things takes hold and people’s homes, workplaces and the objects around them will “tattle” on them. A more hopeful theme about privacy’s future was sounded by experts who argued that new technology tools would become available that would give consumers power to negotiate on equal footing with corporations about information sharing and also allow them to work around governments trying to collect data.

Forget GIFs -- Twitter adds support for capturing and sharing video in Direct Messages

Forget GIFs — Twitter adds support for capturing and sharing video in Direct Messages

Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro Talk Collaboration, Horror - IGN

Kojima reaffirmed his enthusiasm for working with del Toro, saying "of course" he'd love to work "on a game, a movie, I don't care, we'll do it."

Apple apologizes for Error 53, releases fix | Cult of Mac

“Some customers’ devices are showing ‘Connect to iTunes’ after attempting an iOS update or a restore from iTunes on a Mac or PC. This reports as an Error 53 in iTunes and appears when a device fails a security test. This test was designed to check whether Touch ID works properly before the device leaves the factory,” Apple told TechCrunch .

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The FCC just voted to save you a ton of money on your cable bill

Right now we are en route to eliminating the need for a set top box altogether and app can turn the iPad or phone into a navigation device... The commission should be encouraging those efforts. But this proposal would do the opposite. It would divert the industry's energies from app development and toward the slog of complying with the new regulatory scheme for unwanted hardware.

Popular home security system SimpliSafe can be easily disabled by burglars

According to Andrew Zonenberg, a researcher with security consultancy firm IOActive, attackers can easily disable SimpliSafe alarms from up to 30 meters away, using a device that costs around $250 to create a replay attack.

Pope Francis on Donald Trump: He is 'not Christian'

“I love the pope in many ways. I love what he stands for and I like his attitude. He’s very independent and he’s very different. He’s sort of a modern day pope if you think about it,” Trump said on the program.

'Blade Runner 2' release date set as the present catches up to the future

The original classic with Harrison Ford was set in 2019, and the sequel will open in a 2018 still lacking widespread flying cars or bitter Replicants.

Where the future of journalism lies

I’m old enough to remember when Postmedia was Southam News. Though the major papers in the chain – Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette, Vancouver Sun, Calgary Herald, etc., – had the same owners the papers competed against each other like it was life and death. All these papers had bureaus in Ottawa so they could take national news and make it relevant to each market. Papers would poach journalists from other papers and they did not need permission of head office. Now the goal is to homogenize. I get that times have changed but I will always believe the Internet destroyed the industry. Too many owners forgot the what they did best was put out a newspaper. Instead of rushing the Net like a pack of lemmings on speed they should have found away to defeat it. When radio stations found themselves in trouble they didn’t start newspapers. The worst part is that this is on the owners but it is the hard working journalists who have taken the brunt of this spiral down. How could any newspaper executive take a bonus in this climate? Yet they do.

Apple releases software update to correct 'Error 53'

The error, first reported by The Guardian a few weeks ago, affected users who had used a third party to fix a cracked screen or a failing Touch ID-enabled home button. Error 53 appeared as a security measure, said Apple, adding it was caused by a precaution put in place to stop the iPhone's fingerprint sensor being exploited. But it rendered iPhones unusable once the error message appeared.

Google lends Apple support over FBI encryption demands

Why this matters: Although security experts and politicians have been arguing over encryption and backdoors for months, the court order—and Cook’s letter—have caused the debate to boil over. But so far, other tech companies have shied away from strong public stances against the FBI’s demand. Pichai’s statements are the closest any company has come to an endorsement of Apple, though even he’s taking some criticism for not offering an even stronger stance.

DICE 2016: Kojima Interested in Horror, ‘Displeasure’ for VR Projects - IGN

“Let’s say you put the VR headset on and there are a lot of people here, people you’re not familiar with,” he explained. “You’re not being told who you are, why you’re there. That alone is scary. That alone makes you want to look away. For example, when you look away you can have someone come [into the room]. You don’t need to explain anything. That’s something completely different. That alone is so interesting, the possibility of creating that.”

Cat's next rugged phone will be the first with a built-in thermal camera

What isn't special about the S60? Pretty much everything else. This Android Marshmallow smartphone runs on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 617 processor, includes LTE support, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of expandable storage, and comes with a 13-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front-facing camera. If you close off the microphone and earpiece openings using the two yellow notches on its front, the S60 can be taken down to a depth of 5 meters — otherwise its waterproofing is limited to 2 meters — though that doesn't seem like a huge advantage over the typical 1.5-meter rating for waterproof phones. The battery weighs in at a generous 3,800mAh, however the 4.7-inch display only offers an unsatisfying 720p resolution. At least it's bright, reaching a peak brightness in excess of 500 nits, and it supports input with both wet and gloved fingers.

The FCC just took the first big step toward changing the cable box business

In a three-to-two vote, the FCC has decided to move ahead with a proposal that could drastically change the cable set-top box industry. The decision may have far-reaching consequences for how cable customers watch TV — ultimately allowing them to go through third parties for their set-top systems, rather than being tied to the same company they use for cable service.

Why virtual reality could finally mend its broken promise - TechRepublic

There's a graveyard of virtual reality projects that have fizzled, failed, and flopped at various stages of existence. Some never made it off the patent page, like Heilig's 1960 Telesphere Mask. Others got further — if you're of a certain age, you might have owned a Nintendo Virtual Boy for the brief time it was projecting its red and black display onto young retinas. Then, of course, there's Sega VR, which never made it to market.

Google Translate Now Covers 99 Percent of Online Population

In other translation news, Microsoft today updated its Translator apps for iOS and Android with some handy new features. The Android app is getting a new artificial intelligence-powered, on-device translation engine for those times when you don't have Internet access, or don't want to spend an arm and a leg on international roaming fees. Microsoft said the technology brings the "highest-quality offline translation" to your Android mobile device. The iOS version is getting a new image translation feature that uses "state-of-the-art" optical character recognition to translate text from your camera roll or saved pictures.

Microsoft releases updates to pacify 'Surfacegate' complaints

Microsoft’s Surface chief, Panos Panay, says the company is “committed to continuing to improve Surface” and that he used the users’ complaints on forums and blogs in order to come up with the most recent improvements.

Smartphones Don't Kill Pedestrians, Cars Do

Every few months we get to read the same misinformed story about “distracted walking”—how pedestrians are too busy looking at their phones to safely walk across the street. But Facebook updates aren’t the real problem here.

Don't panic: no-one is scanning your contactless card through your pocket

Giles Mason, Media Relations Manager for the UK Cards Association, told techradar, "In order to be able receive any money from a card payment, a retailer account must be set up with an acquiring bank.

Apple Apologizes And Updates iOS To Restore iPhones Disabled By Error 53

Today, Apple is issuing an updated version of iOS 9.2.1 for users that update their iPhones via iTunes only. This update will restore phones ‘bricked’ or disabled by Error 53 and will prevent future iPhones that have had their home button (or the cable) replaced by third party repair centers from being disabled. Note that this is a patched version of iOS 9.2.1, previously issued, not a brand new version of iOS.

Show me the Data: Year #02 has just turned two today and we couldn’t be more excited about how far we’ve come. What started out as a simple proof-of-concept, inspired by ye-olde idea of a “virtual hackerspace,” has truly evolved into a global playground for some of the best, brightest, and most creative minds you have ever met. It also became a home and the place to spend sleepless nights for many of us on the team, and we’re excited to share a few ideas on where we are headed going forward.

Why Apple needs to make such a big deal about privacy — and Google doesn't

Our privacy is being attacked on multiple fronts. I'm speaking to you from Silicon Valley, where some of the most prominent and successful companies have built their businesses by lulling their customers into complacency about their personal information. They're gobbling up everything they can learn about you and trying to monetize it. We think that's wrong. And it's not the kind of company that Apple wants to be.


If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’s ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the Pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been President because this would not have happened. ISIS would have been eradicated unlike what is happening now with our all talk, no action politicians. The Mexican government and its leadership has made many disparaging remarks about me to the Pope, because they want to continue to rip off the United States, both on trade and at the border, and they understand I am totally wise to them. The Pope only heard one side of the story - he didn’t see the crime, the drug trafficking and the negative economic impact the current policies have on the United States. He doesn’t see how Mexican leadership is outsmarting President Obama and our leadership in every aspect of negotiation. For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful. I am proud to be a Christian and as President I will not allow Christianity to be consistently attacked and weakened, unlike what is happening now, with our current President.

Apple pushes iOS patch to counter the dreaded 'Error 53'

Note that this iOS patch is only for users that still update via iTunes. Folks that update their phones through iCloud aren't susceptible to the error. So if your phone is bricked, just plug it into iTunes and the patch should get everything working again.

Gig Economy Attracts Many Workers, Few Full-Time Jobs

The institute used an anonymized sample from JPMorgan’s 28 million customers to determine how many received payments from at least one of 30 online platforms. The study found that 4.2% of adults earned income from the sharing economy at some point during the three-year period examined. But the Uber driver, seemingly the face of the gig economy, was not the most common participant.

Edge of the abyss

Eventually, I relent and let Janni be evaluated by a therapist who's an expert in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). She immediately rules out ASD because Janni is too engaging, and wants her to do an IQ test. Janni scores 146 out of 150, the highest the test can calculate. The therapist tells us that, at age four, Janni is mentally between 10 and 11 years old, and this is where all our problems will come from. Her advice is to enrol Janni in a school for extremely gifted kids, but Janni is still not potty-trained and screams if anyone mistakenly calls her by her given name.

Facebook Plans To Put Ads In Messenger

Regarding Messenger ads specifically, Facebook told me “We don’t comment on rumor or speculation. That said, our aim with Messenger is to create a high quality, engaging experience for 800 million people around the world, and that includes ensuring people do not experience unwanted messages of any type.” That last part sounds like Facebook trying to reassure users that even when there are ads, they won’t be completely unsolicited, and it’s going to be very careful.

Fandango just bought Rotten Tomatoes and Flixster

It’ll be interesting to see whether Fandango chooses to maintain some separation between the services, or ultimately decides to fold them all into the Fandango site and app. That could drive more traffic to Fandango as it becomes an all-in-one source for movie discovery, reviews and ticketing, but might alienate dedicated Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes users.

We’re one step closer to a world with non-removable SIM cards

You’ll probably note the absence of smartphones in the discussion so far — a separate specification is in the works specifically for mobile phones, and this will be released in June of this year. In an interview with the Verge , the GSMA confirmed that the new specification is a simplified version of the full eSIM, as it looks to encourage uptake among its partners. “We don’t want the consumer to be disadvantaged compared to the current SIM model,” said GSMA’s chief engineer Ian Pannell. “We’re putting the first specification out for companies that may want to launch products that are very simple.”

First cast photo of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 unites world with tiny Groot fandom

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has begun principal photography, according to an announcement today by Marvel Studios. Marvel also confirmed the long-rumored casting of Kurt Russell, an actor who may play a key role in the film's plot, which hinges on Peter Quill's (Chris Pratt) search for his true father.

Global profits at stake as Apple, tech fight U.S. on security

At stake are the sweeping international ambitions of the entire U.S. technology industry, billions of dollars in potential global growth that hinges on customers entrusting the most intimate details of their lives to Apple, Google, Microsoft and Facebook, especially in areas of the world where people have far greater qualms about the government gaining unfettered access to their personal information.

Nextbit Robin review: The cloud-integrated phone that promises you won't run out of storage

Most of these problems are niggling issues that will be fixed with a software update. The company is already working on a fix for shooting in HDR mode that results in a slightly different picture being captured than the one shown on screen when you press the button. And if you’re a regular-to-light phone user, the battery life probably won’t bother you all that much either.

51 on Twitter
52 Apple launches Apple Pay in China
53 Microsoft enhances its Translator app to catch up with Google
54 Spotify: "We’re not really in the business of paying for exclusives"
55 El Niño Is Almost Dead, But Now 'Anti-El Niño' Is on Its Way
56 The simplest men's clothing app we've seen so far
57 The latest high-end Ubuntu phone will be available globally | ZDNet
58 Apple's FBI standoff: Why it's a lot bigger than breaking into one device - TechRepublic
59 Ted Cruz vows to defeat ‘politically correct’ gluten-free meals
60 'Star Wars' stars Oscar Isaac and John Boeyga as 18th century men
61 Coleco Chameleon will resurrect your favorite Atari 2600 games
62 Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview for PCs with Cortana, Edge, and Skype improvements
63 The World’s First Thermal Imaging Smartphone
64 Endangered baby dolphin dies after beachgoers pass it around for selfies
65 Ads will reportedly come to Facebook Messenger in the next few months
66 Building an engineering team in Singapore
67 Amazing Footage of Sniper Killing ISIS Fighters Turns Out to Be a Video Game
68 Star Wars super fans have restored the original 1977 print
69 In legal showdown, FBI vs. Apple could make or break Silicon Valley | ZDNet
70 Twitter just rolled out two new services for businesses to talk to customers
71 Hands-on with LinkNYC: the free Wi-Fi hub and tablet that killed the payphone
72 Apple's new 'Trade Up With Installments' program makes it easier to get a new iPhone
73 Pope Says Contraception May Be Permitted in Regions Hit By Zika
74 Is Donald Trump really a Christian? What we know about his faith
75 The Tribeca Film Festival is (technically) accepting submissions via Snapchat
76 Apple will discount your iPhone payment plan if you trade in an old phone
77 Nextbit Robin Review: Cloud Storage a Hit, But Camera a Miss
78 How to see what Instagram posts your favorite celebrities are looking at on their phones
79 Fire Emblem makes you feel like a monster for choosing Conquest over Birthright
80 Twitter launches customer feedback tool and direct message deep links for businesses
81 Mobile Summit 2016
82 Ctrl-Walt-Delete: Walt and Nilay decrypt everything
83 LinkNYC's free gigabit WiFi officially launches, we go hands-on
84 Pope suggests women fearing Zika could use contraception
85 Judge orders Apple to access iPhone belonging to San Bernardino shooter [u]
86 How to Watch the DICE Summit - IGN
87 Marvell agrees to pay record-breaking $750M to university to end patent lawsuit
89 Top New York law officials call Apple's encryption stance irresponsible
90 Facebook Live video streaming is rolling out globally