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Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

Yahoo Tech News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 05:18

WASHINGTON (AP) — People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.

Beats Music update lets you subscribe from inside the iOS app

Yahoo Tech News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 03:34

Odds are that you weren't riveted by Beats Music when it first arrived, but the streaming service has just delivered a pair of big updates that may give you a good excuse to tune in. For the iOS app, the biggest improvement is visible when you're signing up -- you can now subscribe from within the software rather than heading to the web. The move makes it that much easier to keep the music flowing after your trial is over, and may just help Beats grow its fledgling customer base.

Spec Sheet: Toshiba's 4K laptop tries to dominate the high-res competition

Yahoo Tech News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 03:00

Apple may be responsible for really kicking off the demand for high-resolution displays on all of ours smartphones and tablets, but it's other companies that have taken the idea and ran with it. That's true on laptops too, where everything from Samsung's Ativ Books to Asus' Zenbooks have received super high-res displays that in many cases outclass even Apple's Retina Macbook Pros when it comes to pixels. Now, Toshiba is taking things a notch further, announcing a laptop with a 15.6-inch 4K display that'll be available in the US for $1,499.99 beginning next week. Though laptops with displays that go beyond 1080p have only started popping up recently, they're already offered by a surprisingly wide selection of manufacturers.

Bookshelf: 5 Episodes in a Pivotal Year in New York

Newyork Times Books - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 02:42
Landmark events are discussed in “New York City 1964: A Cultural History,” architecture as healing art in “Build, Memory” and urban courtesy in “NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette.”

Ex-Microsoft engineer invents a new machine to help you brew the perfect batch of beer

Yahoo Tech News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 02:30

Home brewing is rewarding but it’s also often fraught with peril — if you don’t thoroughly sterilize all of your equipment or if you drop in the yeast while your wort is still hot, it can ruin hours of hard work. Bloomberg Businessweek has written a profile on former Windows engineer Bill Mitchell, who left Microsoft in 2010 to work full-time on PicoBrew, a startup that’s dedicated to take away as many potential pain points as possible for home brewers. Last fall, PicoBrew launched a Kickstarter for Zymatic, its own automatic beer brewing appliance that raised more than $660,000, or more than four times its original goal of $150,000. PicoBrew’s pitch is very appealing to anyone who’s ever tried their hand

Study of Moon’s Atmosphere Ends With Planned Crash

Newyork Times Science - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 02:24
The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer slammed into the moon early Friday, ending a successful six-month mission, if a few days early.

World Briefing: Viral Disease Spreads to Southeast Asia

Newyork Times Science - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 02:04
The viral disease known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome has reached Asia, according to reports from Malaysia and the Philippines.

5 features an Amazon phone might offer

Yahoo Tech News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 01:45

NEW YORK (AP) — A report this week in The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone has prompted industry analysts and technology blogs to muse about what the device might offer.

Daily Roundup: Xperia Z2 review, Oculus VR lets a terminal patient travel and more!

Yahoo Tech News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 01:37

You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.

Now Android fans can play one of the greatest computer games ever on their tablets

Yahoo Tech News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 01:15

Old-school RPG fans still get nostalgic when you bring up Baldur’s Gate, the classic Bioware D&D-based adventure that set the standard for computer RPGs when it was released all the way back in 1998. In fact, the Balur’s Gate series’s popularity has been so enduring that studio Beamdog has overhauled it with improved graphics and features while also adding touch controls to make it easy to play on tablets. Although Beamdog released its Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition for the iPad a while ago, the studio has finally gotten around to porting it to Android, and it’s now available on the Google Play store for $9.99. Although the iPad version of the overhauled Baldur’s Gate received mixed marks for its buggy controls,

White House delays Keystone XL pipeline decision indefinitely

Yahoo Tech News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 01:15

Despite passing the State Department's final environmental analysis earlier this year, the controversial Keystone XL pipeline is facing more delays well before developments get underway. In an announcement made today, the Obama White House stated that it is putting its final approval of the project on hold. According to White House officials, the decision to delay the presidential go-ahead comes as Nebraska lawmakers debate whether or not the 1,179-mile pipeline can be built through the state. US District Court Judge Stephanie Stacy overturned a law in February that originally approved the project, stating in her ruling that the law violated Nebraska's state constitution.

Bits Blog: OpenSSL and Linux: A Tale of Two Open-Source Projects

Newyork Times Technology - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 01:09
For years, Linux has enjoyed the backing of a range of big tech companies. How has Linux flourished while other open-source efforts have begged for resources?

Heartbleed Highlights a Contradiction in the Web

Newyork Times Technology - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 00:59
The bug that rattled the Internet last week exposed the paradox that some of the web’s most crucial coding depends on the efforts of volunteers.

How the Touch Screen Became So Out of Touch

Yahoo Tech News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 00:46

The touch screen -- interface of the future or gimmicky marketing headache? When the first touch screen interfaces came out (at least in a big consumer kind of way) it was in smartphones. Sure there have been other instances of touch screen interfaces (ATM machines, TV remotes, etc.) but no touch screen application has ever become so prolific, so fast, as did the smartphone touch screen. It seemed like overnight we began seeing every sort of tech device coming to us with a touch screen built into it, so much so that the usefulness became very hit or miss. In

Michaels Stores’ Breach Involved 3 Million Customers

Newyork Times Technology - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 00:32
The company said that two security firms had found evidence of a breach at Michaels, a crafts retailer, and at a subsidiary, Aaron Brothers, a framing company.

U.S. Delays Final Call on Keystone XL Pipeline

Newyork Times Science - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 00:24
The State Department will wait to decide whether to allow construction of the pipeline until it has a clearer idea how legal challenges to the route through Nebraska will be settled, sources said.

Swim to Sea? These Salmon Are Catching a Lift

Newyork Times Science - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 00:23
California’s drought has left rivers too shallow for salmon, so the government is trucking and barging them to the sea in the hope they will return.

Nike reportedly killing the Fuelband to focus on fitness software

Yahoo Tech News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 00:18

Just days after Nike announced the launch of its Fuel Lab location in San Francisco to enhance partnerships with other digital services for athletes, there's a report that it's fired much of the team behind its FuelBand wristwear. CNET ...

Hide your stash, heat-seeking drones are helping thugs hijack UK weed crops

Yahoo Tech News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 00:15

Criminals are dicks. That much we all know is true. But now these dicks are using heat-sensing drones to pull off "sophisticated" heists of weed farms (yes, that weed) in the United Kingdom, as local paper Halesowen News discovered. Consider this quote from one enterprising crop hijacker:

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