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The Death of Human Driving Has Been Greatly Exaggerated — Fully autonomous cars are coming. Google has said it could have the technology on the market in the next few years, and Nissan said it will have a self-driving car available by 2020. But car lovers will like hearing that the autonomous cars probably won't be as pervasive as some predict, or completely kill the fun of driving.

Queen Elizabeth Celebrates Tech History With First Tweet — One does not often find time to dabble in social media while fulfilling one's political, social, and cultural duties. But Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II managed a quick tweet today, to introduce a major new exhibition at London's Science Museum. From the official British Monarchy account -which boasts more than 19,000 posts-today's message marks the Queen's first tweet.
Oct 24, 2014

This story we did about Queen Elizabeth II tweeting for the first time is absolutely charming.,281…

Ubuntu Turns 10 With Version 14.10 — On the 10th anniversary of the original Ubuntu launch, Canonical has released Ubuntu 14.10. The latest desktop version focuses on the developer experience, boosts overall quality, and provides a number of important features and security enhancements. Most notably, this week's release introduces the first iteration of the Ubuntu Developer Tools Center.

Trying to Avoid Backoff Malware? Good Luck — Malware remains a popular modus operandi for hackers, many of whom are using the Backoff model to infiltrate some of your favorite retailers. Target and Home Depot are two of the larger Backoff-related breaches of late, but Dairy Queen, Kmart, Jimmy John's, P.F.

Bank of America Fixes Apple Pay Glitch — Bank of America has fixed an issue that was charging some customers double when they used Apple Pay. Following Monday's mobile wallet launch, a number of BoA customers took to social media to complain about the glitch. Early adopter and CNN correspondent Samuel Burke thought the service was "convenient [and] fast," and seemed to work "without incident."

New Lumia Phone Soon, Entry-Level Nokia Devices Remain — Despite Microsoft's handset rebranding, Redmond will continue selling entry-level Nokia phones. Devices like the $25 Nokia 130 will be joined by additional Nokia handsets in the future, according to Tuula Rytilä, senior vice president of marketing for Microsoft Phones.

Civilization: Beyond Earth (for PC) — Given that we just celebrated the 45th anniversary of mankind's landing on the moon, it only makes sense that we'd be particularly focused on the stars.
Oct 23, 2014

RT @MMurrayPCMag: In Civilization: Beyond Earth, the familiar manages to overwhelm the fresh. Read our review.,281…

Oct 23, 2014

In Civilization: Beyond Earth, the familiar manages to overwhelm the fresh. Read our review.,281…

Facebook Launches 'Rooms' App for Anonymous Chats — A/S/L? In a throwback to the popular chat rooms of the mid-90s, Facebook today released a new app - dubbed Rooms - that will let you chat anonymously about topics that interest you. Rooms has been updated for the digital age, of course.

How to Watch Today's Solar Eclipse — Today, most of North America will be treated to a partial solar eclipse where-depending on your location-the moon will block up to 90 percent of the sun. The "meat" of the eclipse will be visible throughout much of western Canada and the United States.
Oct 23, 2014

There's going to be a partial solar eclipse over the USA today! Here's how to watch without melting your eyeballs.

Android Wear Update Gives Smartwatches Some Freedom — Google's first update for its Android Wear platform gives its smartwatches a little independence from the smartphone. Starting today, Android Wear users can ditch the smartphone during a run or bike ride, and still keep track of data like route, distance, and speed.

ThreatTrack Vipre Antivirus 2015 — In a popular 1960's TV series, agents of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.) fought evil plots perpetrated by the Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity (T.H.R.U.S.H.). I thought of that show when I learned that V.I.P.R.E. stands for Virus Intrusion Prevention and Remediation Engine.
Oct 23, 2014

ThreatTrack Vipre Antivirus 2015 has a lovely new interface, but got some really poor test scores, mine & indie labs.,281…

Apple to Open 25 More Stores in China — Amidst tensions between Apple and China, chief Tim Cook this week visited the country to talk mobile security, tour the Foxconn factory, and announce an expansion. According to a transcript posted to Asian news site, the iPhone maker intends to open 25 more retail stores in Greater China over the next two years.

Ello Cements Pledge to Stay Ad-Free — Ello, the so-called anti-Facebook social network startup, this week made a new pledge to stay ad-free and announced it has raised a nice chunk of money to help with the effort. Ello is now known as a public benefit corporation, which means investors cannot require the company to display ads or sell user data.

Christian Bale Signs On to Play Jobs — It's official: Christian Bale will don a black turtleneck and a pair of round glasses in his new role as the iconic Steve Jobs. As Aaron Sorkin told Bloomberg, the Welsh actor didn't even have to audition for his part the upcoming biopic about the late Apple co-founder.