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New Tech Targets Enterprise Ransomware

Ransomware has been a scourge not only for consumers, but for the enterprise, too. The malicious software can be particularly nettlesome for enterprises because they have to protect so many endpoints — phones, tablets, laptops, desktops and servers. The company, which gained some notoriety when Netflix said it was ditching its antivirus software for SentinelOne’s Endpoint Protection Platform, has a ... Read More »

Fitbit Amps Up Tracking Features

Fitbit on Monday announced the addition of PurePulse heart rate tracking and SmartTrack automatic exercise recognition to its Charge HR and Surge devices. The PurePulse monitoring will be activated whenever the devices are used in Exercise Mode, providing users with continuous, automatic tracking of heart rate trends over time without the need for a chest strap. SmartTrack will recognize select ... Read More »

Is This VR’s Mainstream Moment?

Samsung last week began fulfilling orders for its Oculus-power Gear VR headset, giving U.S. consumers their first taste of Oculus VR’s brand of virtual reality. International preorders have opened and have been expanding. It won’t be until early next year that Oculus VR begins shipping its full-featured Oculus Rift headset, but as a Gear VR collaborator, it has been touting ... Read More »

Facebook Tests Tools to Make Breakups More Bearable

Facebook last week announced it was testing tools that will let people manage their post-breakup life on its pages. “Today social media means that you are guaranteed to run into your ex, and he or she might very well be wrapped around a new partner,” relationship expertWendy Walsh said. “Research has shown that those who don’t disconnect electronically have a ... Read More »

Blue Origin Rocket Sticks Landing

Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket this week made history when it landed intact in Texas. The unmanned crew capsule returned safely from a test flight that took it 330,000 feet into the air. The New Shepard could become the first reusable booster — it’s scheduled to return to space in a few months. It’s now tucked into a storage facility ... Read More »

How Technology Could Prevent Another Paris-Like Attack

What I find fascinating is that with all of the focus members of the intelligence community place on violating our privacy, they still aren’t able to stop attacks like the one in Paris. Currently they are complaining that it is our fault for implementing encryption that blocks their often-illegal views into citizens’ personal lives. I think that even if encryption ... Read More »

Gadget Ogling: Zippy 3D Printing, Custom-Molded Earphones, and Fast-Food Buttons

Welcome to Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that mines the week’s gadget announcements for the more intriguing nuggets while wondering just how to survive the Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping orgy with financial solvency. In our flyer this week are a rapid 3D printer, a set of custom-molded earbuds, a low-cost smart bulb, and a single button for ordering pizza. ... Read More »

Tech Titans Launch Breakthrough Energy Coalition

High-tech honchos and venture capitalists from around the world — and one university — on Monday officially announced their participation in theBreakthrough Energy Coalition, a new fund to support companies doing clean energy research. The group includes Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, Kingdom Holding ... Read More »

Google Updates Android for Web Lite

The update will remove most images when loading a page on a slow connection, reducing data consumption by up to 70 percent, Google claimed. After a page has loaded, users can tap to show all images or just the ones they want. Chrome users in India and Indonesia will get the update first. It will be rolled out elsewhere in ... Read More »

At $60K, Nokia’s Ozo VR Camera Is Priced Right for Pro Filmmakers

Nokia this week revealed its Ozo virtual reality camera system. Priced at US$60,000, it will ship in the first quarter of 2016. Nokia is clearly targeting a market a tier or two higher than the segmentYouTube and GoPro have set their sights on with the Jump VR platform, which is about a fourth of Ozo’s launch price. Priced for Pros ... Read More »