August 16, 2014

Feedback Loop: Favorite keyboards, dash cam options and podcasts

Happy Saturday! Here's a fresh edition of Feedback Loop, so grab your coffee and dive in! This week we're talking about our favorite keyboards, which dash cams are the best, the podcasts we're currently listening to and USB cables....
August 16, 2014

Germany accidentally spied on phone calls from Hillary Clinton and John Kerry

Germany may be upset with the US over its eagerness to spy on national leaders (and seemingly everyone else), but it turns out that Germany itself isn't completely above reproach. Der Spiegel has revealed that the country's BND intelligence agency...
August 16, 2014

IRL: Nokia Lumia 1020 (one year later)

A year later, and strangers still ask. "Is that the Lumia with the crazy camera? How do you like it?" And, after a year, I still offer up the same basic response. "Great camera, solid phone." But after 12 months, and with a slew of new handsets...
August 16, 2014

UK spies have scanned the internet connections of entire countries

You may know that the UK's GCHQ intelligence agency pokes its nose into people's internet service accounts, but it's now clear that the spy outfit is mapping the internet connections of whole nations, too. Heise has obtained documents showing that a...
August 16, 2014

VizeraLabs reupholsters furniture with the power of light

Looking for the perfect chaise longue? That's no easy feat even on the best days, but the process is made even trickier since stores rarely seem to have their full collections on display. That's precisely the problem a San Francisco startup called...
August 16, 2014

Recommended Reading: Healthcare.gov, Edward Snowden and Square’s struggles

Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read. The Billion Dollar Web...
August 16, 2014

ModCloth leads the charge against Photoshopped models

What's the quickest way to lose 5 pounds? Why Photoshop, of course. If you've picked up a magazine anytime in the last 15 years, you've probably been treated to a digitally manipulated parody of the human form. The practice of photoshopping flaws out...
August 16, 2014

Cars may soon know when you’re on the phone behind the wheel

Word to the wise, kids: do not muck around with your phone while driving. Some of you probably won't be able to help it (tsk tsk), but a team from Santa Catarina State University in Brazil just might have the solution -- according to MIT Technology...
August 16, 2014

Facebook is testing a “satire” tag to help you figure out what’s real and what’s not

Sure, you're smart enough to know that "New Study Finds Humans Shouldn't Spend More Than 5 Consecutive Hours Together" is a headline from well-known satirical publication The Onion. But not everyone is, which could lead to some misdirected -- and...
August 16, 2014

Hackers target grocery chains for customers’ credit card info

You know why you should always keep a close eye on your credit card activity? Because hackers can target any kind of establishment, whether they're huge corporations, mom-and-pop shops or, in this case, grocery chains. American chains SuperValu and...