Hackable media-streaming speaker does HiFi with tubes


Tubecore’s “Duo” wireless media-streaming speaker embeds a Raspberry Pi or Udoo SBC, and features Bluetooth and WiFi, plus a 48v Class A analog-tube preamp.At $649, discounted to $479 in the current pre-order phase, the Duo costs more than typical $50 >>read more

Feds Beg Supreme Court to Let Them Search Phones Without a Warrant


American law enforcement has long advocated for universal “kill switches” in cellphones to cut down on mobile device thefts. Now the Department of Justice argues that the same remote locking and data-wiping technology represents a threat to police investigations–one that >>read more

APPLE shares soar on increased buyback

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Shares of APPLE soared more than 7% in premarket trading Thursday, one day after the company upped its share buyback and dividend. Apple also handily beat Wall Street’s profit and sales estimates for the past quarter.

Apple also announced a seven-to-one >>read more

Net neutrality dead for good? FCC may endorse pay-for-play deals


FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler confirmed today that proposed rules to replace the net neutrality regulations struck down by a court decision are on track for an FCC vote on May 15.

Wheeler didn’t detail exactly what those rules would be, but >>read more

Lytro ’s Magical DSLR-Like Camera Lets You Refocus Photos After You Take Them


Lytro’s first offering was meant to bedazzle hipsters. The hand-held point and shoot light-field camera let photographers refocus shots after taking them. It was (and is) very cool, but it wasn’t exactly up to professional standards.

With a new camera >>read more

Hackers are getting better at offense. Companies aren’t getting better at defense.




High-profile data breaches at retailers such as Target, Neiman Marcus and Michaels brought the sorry state of corporate cybersecurity into sharp focus last year as millions of customers found the data they had entrusted to companies had fallen >>read more