Technology

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A newly published survey suggests that Americans expect the next 50 years to bring innovations of science-fiction proportions—including old standbys like flying cars and “Star Trek” teleportation. But the future that Americans expect isn’t totally bright, according to the survey issued by the Pew Research Center in partnership with Smithsonian Magazine. “Even though people are optimistic about …

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Samsung Electronics is spending more to build its new flagship Galaxy S5 than the previous model despite a slowdown in the high-end smartphone market. The 32-Gigabyte Galaxy S5, which is water resistant and features a heart-rate monitor and fingerprint scanner, costs an “astronomical” $256.52 to build, according to teardown analysis by IHS. The model, which was …

Meta attracts big investors for new augmented reality glasses

Up in the hills above Silicon Valley, a group of 30- and 20-something engineers are living and working together in Portola Valley, Calif., in what could be called part modern-day commune, part high-tech kibbutz. The company is called Meta, and the team is working on a potentially revolutionary augmented reality eyeglass product. One thing to …

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An Apple analyst said the tech behemoth plans to release two new iPhones this year with different sized screens. iPhone 6 slated for September release: Report Apple Insider reports that Ming-Chi Kuo said the company will release a 4.7 inch phone, and a high-resolution 5.5 inch phone. Both are said to be 10 to 20 percent thinner than …

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Facebook‘s $2 billion deal to acquire Oculus last month marked the biggest bet yet on the resurgence of virtual reality. While any price tag that hefty for an unfinished, unproven technology is bound to spark investor second-guessing, it’s hardly a surprise that this purchase is being especially scrutinized. Like 3-D, virtual reality is a concept …

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Changing your password may not be enough to protect users of the world’s leading websites from the security flaw known as the “Heartbleed bug”, experts have warned. Read More What to do about tech’s latest ‘heartbleed’ Following revelations of the breach in sites’ security programs, web-users were recommended to change their passwords, but security experts told …

Windows XP & the power grid

Some utilities may find their power grids more exposed to hackers and service disruptions as Microsoft stops giving tech support for its Windows XP software, which is still used by several power companies. Josh Lipton has more on who’s vulnerable and what’s being done about it.

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The popular operating system Windows XP is about to become a lot less secure, yet a surprisingly high number of enterprises still expect to run parts of their business on the software, analysts say. As long planned, Microsoft ended support on Tuesday for XP users—meaning no new security updates will be offered. And without these security patches, …

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ATM machines of major banks will face greater hacking threats when Microsoft halts upgrades to its Windows XP operating system (OS) used in the majority of cash points around the world. Microsoft announced earlier this year that it would stop providing updates for Windows XP on April 8, the software it introduced in 2001, but …

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When Google effectively splits its stock on Wednesday, S&P Dow Jones Indices will do something unprecedented: It will keep both the old Google shares and the new ones in the S&P 500. That means the S&P 500 will technically have 501 components, though it will still have only 500 companies. “It’s a good trivia question for everybody,” Cowen & …

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Amazon unveiled the FireTV on Monday, giving it a competitor to Roku, Google Chromecast and Apple TV. The set-top box was unveiled at a press event in New York City. Thinner than a dime, the FireTV features 1080p HD video, 2GB of RAM and a quad-core processor. Amazon says the streaming device offers performance three times faster than Roku 3, …

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With all the hype over smartwatches—whether already announced or just hotly anticipated—the next frontier in wearables is probably much smaller. The San Francisco Gate has a story on the latest designs in “smart” rings, at least two of which—Ring and NFC Ring—got funding via Kickstarter. The Wearable Revolution The devices promise to do things like unlock your car door, enable mobile payments, …

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Apple and Samsung are in court battling over patented technology, but Google could have the most at stake in the legal scuffle.

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For the world’s skyscrapers, it’s not enough to be the tallest. They often have to be the techiest in order to lure the tourist dollars up to their observation decks. The tourists are more sophisticated than they used to be. “They’re not just tech savvy, they’re starving for more in-depth information and they want it …

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The maker of the addictive mobile game “Candy Crush” is ramping up hiring, despite its disappointing initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange last week. King Digital Entertainment has listed 165 jobs, representing some 25 percent of its workforce, according to The Wall Street Journal. Read More‘Candy Crush’ maker King Digital prices under IPO  The …