March 23, 2017 Steven Avery

reader comments 3 Share this story In early 2015, architects of Google’s Android mobile operating system introduced a new feature that was intended to curtail the real-time tracking of smartphones as their users traversed retail stores, city streets, and just about anywhere else. A recently published research paper found that…

March 23, 2017 Steven Avery

The Apple A8 die shot as mapped out by Chipworks. reader comments 3 Share this story The semiconductor industry is beyond remarkable when it comes to the the complexity and precision of the processes. A modern integrated circuit is not a single layer of circuitry, but many layers, all stacked on top of…

March 23, 2017 Rebecca MacLary

Sebastian Anthony reader comments 98 Share this story Rejoice, Chrome users! With Chrome 57, released this week, your laptop might soon get more than three hours of battery life when you have multiple tabs open. In September last year, the Chromium team said changes were coming to Chrome’s handling of background tabs, but…

March 23, 2017 Steven Avery

Getty Images | tiero reader comments 104 Share this story Years in the making, a proposal to mandate the installation of fiber conduits during federally funded highway projects might be gaining some new momentum. If the US adopts a “dig once” policy, construction workers would install conduits just about any time…

February 15, 2017 Nicole Latta

Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images reader comments 3 Share this story Depictions of the future in books and film are usually influenced by what’s going on at the time, reflecting social malaise, impending armageddon, or economic anxieties. The robots in classic sci-fi usually resembled humans, as most authors assumed they would…

February 14, 2017 Nicole Latta

reader comments 46 Share this story Today is the second Tuesday of February, and that means it should be Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday. It should be a big Patch Tuesday, too. First, there’s an in-the-wild zero-day flaw in SMB, Microsoft’s file sharing protocol, that at the very least allows systems to…

February 14, 2017 Nicole Latta

reader comments 52 Share this story For T-Mobile USA customers who pay extra to watch high-definition video, one of the company’s most annoying inventions was the “HD day pass.” Instead of allowing video to stream in high definition at all times, T-Mobile has only let customers enable HD video for 24 hours…