Apple may design its own servers to avoid government snooping

We’ve known for roughly two years the US government has programs devoted to intercepting computer hardware mid-shipment. These programs are used to insert backdoors or spyware deep into a system’s firmware before it even arrives at its destination. A new report claims Apple is looking into building its own servers as…

AMD appoints former Broadcom, Intel engineer to head CPU development

AMD has appointed a new corporate VP, Nazar Zaidi, to head future development of CPUs, SoCs, and systems engineering. While Zaidi isn’t being billed as a direct replacement for Jim Keller, AMD’s former CPU architect, his position seems to blend both engineering and long-term product focus and development. Keller left…

Windows 10 market share breaks 20 percent, but pace of growth still slowing

Earlier this month, we reported on Windows 10’s slow growth rate, despite Microsoft’s decision to pull out all the stops on pushing customers to upgrade to the new operating system. Three weeks ago, Microsoft pushed a “security” fix for IE11 that was actually aWindows 10 update notification in disguise (this…

New ransomware uses disk-level encryption to hold your computer hostage

Encryption can be used to secure your personal communication from prying eyes, keep your banking details secure, and plenty of other great things. However, it’s also the key to an increasingly common form of malware called ransomware. When a computer is hit by a piece of ransomware, the user’s files…

Facebook Messenger May Soon Let You Pay in Offline Stores

Over the past few months, Facebook has been aggressively making its instant messenger Messengermore capable by adding the ability to send money to a friend and talk to an AI bot. It seems the company has two more interesting features lined up, if the code of the iOS app is…

IITian Major’s jetpack to give wings to Army

In the frozen heights of Siachen, the world’s toughest and highest battle field, weather takes more lives than bullets. The count of casualties at Siachen was more than 860 due to hostile weather conditions till last year. Not to forget the ten soldiers from Madras Regiment who were buried under…

NexGTv’s new feature to save 5X data while streaming videos

NexGTv — India’s largest subscription-driven video entertainment app — on Thursday introduced a unique feature that allows users to manage their data flow at will as they stream a video on smartphones or other devices. The feature can help a user save data by as much as five times even…

Microsoft’s Quantum Break to run at 720p on Xbox One?

Microsoft Studios’ upcoming exclusive gaming title Quantum Break will reportedly run at 720p resolution on Xbox One. The third-person shooter game will be released on April 5 across Xbox One and Windows PC. Developed by the makers of popular games like Max Payne and Alan Wake—Remedy seems to have downgraded…

Artificial intelligence won’t overtake humans as of now

Self-aware and self improving computers will not overtake the human race in our lifetimes, according to IBM research director Arvind Krishna. Krishna heads the organization that gave the world Watson, the Jeopardy-winning cognitive computing system which is now being used by doctors to help diagnose cancer. “To get to this…

How education startups are making learning more fun

Let’s say after a game on his mobile phone a 12-year-old boy has been able to master a little more of Calculus, or an impatient girl in fourth standard plugs into a tablet to know more about the ‘bite marks’ on Pluto, they wouldn’t necessarily be representative of a distant…