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Tuesday - October 21, 2014
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There's something about Magic Leap. It hasn't publicly disclosed much about what that something is, but Google and other investors were excited enough to throw half a billion dollars in its direction. It has something to do with seeing tiny elephants leaping joyously in your hands, or a life-size whale sailing over a crowded beach, or a miniature ballerina dancing on your bed. Something like that. [More...]

Tuesday - October 21, 2014
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The Hendo Hoverboard weighs 100-lbs. and can levitate a whole inch above the ground -- or, more accurately, above ground covered with a special copper surface. It appears tricky to stay on the thing and doesn't look like that exhilarating a ride. Still, in the first few hours following the Hendo's Kickstarter launch, hundreds of backers had pledged more than $100k toward its $250k goal. [More...]

Tuesday - October 21, 2014
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China apparently has no intention of allowing its citizens to take advantage of the higher levels of security U.S. tech companies aim to provide to their users. Officials apparently have launched MITM attacks that redirect Apple and Microsoft cloud login traffic to dummy pages, in order to collect their usernames and passwords. The attacks coincide with the iPhone 6 launch in China. [More...]

Tuesday - October 21, 2014
Kickstarter on Friday suspended a crowdfunding campaign for Anonabox, a portable networking device designed specifically to run Tor. The campaign for the privacy-minded router, which launched earlier last week, was wildly successful. In just a few days, it reportedly garnered more than $600,000 in pledged funds from thousands of backers. The Kickstarter goal for the $45 device was just $7,500. [More...]

Tuesday - October 21, 2014
Following Edward Snowden's revelations about indiscriminate government snooping on U.S. citizens, many Net surfers would like to find a way to lower their visibility on the Internet. There are a number of tools in cyberspace that can help a soul do that, but they can take time and savvy to set up. That's why Kerry Cox launched the Sierra Project, which he hopes to fund through Kickstarter. [More...]

Monday - October 20, 2014
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FBI Director James Comey seems to think that we just can't afford privacy any more. Efforts to keep personal information private will inevitably "let bad guys walk away," he argued. Railing against the introduction of encryption in mobile operating systems, Comey called for back doors to allow lawful investigations. Such back doors also would give criminals a way in, noted CDT's Jake LaPerruque. [More...]

Monday - October 20, 2014
iPad Air 2
The only thing that really stands out on the iPad line is the fingerprint reader. Taken against the utility of the PadFone X Mini, the Nexus 9, or the Dell Venue 8, it seems impressively noncompetitive. This is what Tim Cook thinks will drive people to trade in their perfectly good old iPads for a new one? Oh, and Apple still sells the old ones at a substantial discount. [More...]

Saturday - October 18, 2014
iPad Air 2
The iPad Air 2, pictured here, and the iPad mini 3 feature few truly earth-shattering advancements. They look sleek and plain nice, in that way Apple products always are. They're thinner, faster, sharper and so on, and they have Touch ID. Really, that's about it. We keep expecting Apple to wow us at every turn. This time, it's given us more of a half-hearted smile. [More...]

Friday - October 17, 2014
The BBC will publish and continually update a list of its published articles that were removed from Google searches under Europe's "right to be forgotten" rule. David Jordan, director of editorial policy and standards for the BBC, announced the move. The decision is a reaction to the EC ruling that search engines must remove "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant" links upon request. [More...]

Friday - October 17, 2014
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When Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the new iPad Air 2 on Thursday, he took the opportunity to defend the success of the iPad line, even though sales have been off. The new iPad is a beauty -- but it's still just a tablet. Competitors like Lenovo and Microsoft could take advantage of that weakness in Apple's armor, but they wouldn't be able to penetrate very deeply. Apple's chain mail is its ecosystem. [More...]

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