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Gmail's 'Undo Email' Button Is For Real
This tool taps into every email user's daily anxiety.
A History of Taylor Swift's War on Streaming Platforms
What's Taylor Swift's beef with free streaming and where did it start? A timeline.
J.R. Smith's Futuristic Skateboard Entrance at the NBA Finals
The 22 pound, next-gen skateboard IO Hawk is powered by batteries.
NSA Surveillance May Cost U.S. Tech Companies More than $35 Billion
A new report says Edward Snowden’s revelations about the NSA has significantly hurt U.S. tech firms’ foreign sales
How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
The Apple Watch combines the two rudest things you can do in social settings—check your watch and look at your phone—and suggests you do both incessantly.
Affordable, Light-Speed Supercomputer One Step Closer
Company hopes its optical processor will deliver processing speeds 500 times faster than today's fastest supercomputer, by 2020.
The Drone Craze Shows No Sign of Letting Up
Newsweek tests out the newest affordable drone as well as TV speaker and an LED torch.
Twitter Opens Up Its Direct Messaging Feature
Now anyone can slide into your DMs—unless you opt out.
Millions Invested In Estonian Startups After Boom in Tech Industry
Leading western venture capitalists, including Richard Branson, are investing heavily in Estonian startups.
Germanwings Crash 'Could Have Been Averted With Military Autopilot System'
The Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System reportedly saved an F16 flying over Syria.
Nicholas Megalis Goes 'Mega Weird'
The 26-year-old Vine star has penned an illustrated memoir that’s part 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding,' part 'Beavis and Butt-head.'
Privacy Advocates Call Talking Barbie 'Surveillance Barbie'
The doll, critics say, could be used as a surveillance tool, among other things.
Are We About to Become Techno-Connected 'Post-Humans'?
Where does the collapse of ancient societies tell us about where we are heading?
New Energy-Generating Cloth to Charge Your Phone as You Walk
Researchers in Korea say that energy could be created simply by ‘everyday motion’.
Tech Blog Gigaom Shutters
Unable to pay its creditors, the company is ceasing editorial operations.
China Seeks Government Access to All Communications
Counterterrorism legislation could increase tensions with Silicon Valley and the U.S.
Lenovo Admits Preloading Laptops With 'Potentially Dangerous' Adware
Users complain they were not made aware of the the software that could be capable of collecting sensitive data.
ACLU: Plan to Expand FBI Search Powers May Compromise Cybersecurity
With little congressional involvement, the Justice Department is changing the rules about how law enforcement obtains warrants.
Artificial Skylight Could Allow Us to Build Deeper Underground
The developer claims artificial skylight 'tricks the brain' into believing it’s the real thing.
Facebook Finally Figured Out What to Do With Dead Users
Facebook users can now opt to have their accounts permanently deleted upon their death.
Samsung TV Users Complain of Incessant Ads Inserted Into Movies
Unwelcome Pepsi advertisements interrupt movie-watchers programming.
Samsung Updates SmartTV Policy, Names Third Party Collecting Voice Commands
After growing concern, company clarifies to customers with whom it’s sharing their voice commands.
Shh! Your Smart TV Is Listening!
Samsung says a third party is receiving information obtained through the TV’s voice recognition feature.
Will New 911 Location Requirements Compromise Privacy?
The FCC unanimously votes for improved indoor location for emergency calls, worrying civil liberties advocates.
Tech Giants Have a Few New Tricks for Stomping Startups
Yes, startups are sexy, but the big tech companies have some advantages.
Nobody knows how to stop these cyberattacks, which will only get more sophisticated and more treacherous.
Hits of the CES Gadget Parade
The gizmos that have a fighting chance at capturing the interest of the shortest attention span generation that has ever walked the earth.
Lawsuit Claiming Facebook Scanned Private Messages to Better Target Ads Moves Forward
California judge rules the social network must go to court over controversial practice.
Make Way for Virtual Driver’s Licenses
Iowa’s idea for digitized licenses has raised a slew of privacy questions.
New App Lets You Click Your Way Out of a Bad Date
Dorothy lets users discreetly signal for a rescue when the evening goes south.