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These are the most hackable cars on the road today

Modern automobiles are increasingly reliant on technology, which leaves them more and more susceptible to hackers. According to forensic engineering consulting firm PT&C|LWG, cars today use between 20 and 70 computers, each with is own specialized use, that make up the overall functionality of the vehicle. Show More Summary

Here’s one reason you may want a Windows Phone in October

Microsoft's next flagship smartphones, the 950 and 950XL, could feature Quick Charging 2.0, a technology developed by Qualcomm that can charge a battery from 10% to 95% in 25 minutes, according to a report from IT Home, which we first saw on WMPowerUser. Show More Summary

A startup that didn’t get any funding in its first 7 years just raised $108 million — and is now worth over $1 billion

When business software company Apttus first launched in 2006, its three cofounders committed to do something that’s rarely seen in tech startups these days: to build a company without raising any venture capital for as long as possible. Show More Summary

Animated map reveals the 550,000 miles of cable hidden under the ocean that power the internet

Every time you visit a web page or send an email, data is being sent and received through an intricate cable system that stretches around the globe. Since the 1850s, we've been laying cables across oceans to become better connected.Show More Summary

This London startup will let you book a restaurant with a tweet (TWTR)

Twizoo, the London startup that pulls restaurant recommendations from people's Tweets, is now going to let you make reservations over Twitter too. Last time we spoke to CEO Madeline Parra Twizoo was in a pre-launch beta mode and only available in London. Show More Summary

Goldman Sachs just poured millions into a startup that wants to make selling your car less annoying

Selling your car is annoying, especially if you want to sell to a person and not be ripped off by a dealer. It's about trust and money, and it's hard to have a transaction that doesn't make you miserable. Venture capitalists have noticed and have started writing large checks to solve the problem. Show More Summary

Boeing introduces a laser cannon to shoot down drones

Boeing's High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD) fires a beam of concentrated light that can disable anything from drones in flight to incoming mortar shells. Lasers are already in use on military trucks and Navy ships, but Boeing premiered a new version that can fit inside a suitcase earlier last week in New Mexico, Wired reports. Show More Summary

Apple is trying to turn iPhones and Apple Watches into smoke alarms (AAPL)

Apple's patent filings indicate that it is pressing ahead with its plan to build smart smoke detectors for the home, AppleInsider reports. New patent filings show that Apple could be preparing to fit future models of iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches with small smoke detectors. Show More Summary

I tried the buzzy San Francisco restaurant where ‘robots’ serve you quinoa and it blew my mind

I just had a dining experience straight out of "The Jetsons." Futuristic fast-food chain Eatsa opened today near San Francisco’s Embarcadero Center. The vegetarian restaurant, which specializes in quinoa bowls that cost about $7, uses technology to automate the ordering and pick-up processes. Show More Summary

Motorola is going to announce the new Moto 360 smartwatch a day before Apple's big event

Lenovo, the owner of Motorola, has set the date for the unveiling of the next generation Moto 360 smartwatch: September 8. This date sits squarely between IFA, the giant consumer electronics show in Berlin, and Apple's event, held on...Show More Summary

Here's how much you can now spend with Apple Pay in the UK (AAPL)

Apple Pay, the contactless payment service that launched alongside the iPhone 6, was previously constrained to payments of just £20 ($30) but the UK Cards Association, an industrial card payment group, has raised the limit of contactless card payments to £30 ($46). Show More Summary

10 things in tech you need to know today (GOOG, AAPL, HP, YHOO)

Good morning! Here's the tech news you need to know today. 1. Apple wants to start making its own original TV shows and movies. According to a new report, the company has been meeting with Hollywood execs and even made a bid for "Top Gear" hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond. Show More Summary

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is having twins

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is having twins, she announced on her Tumblr page Monday evening. The two baby girls, due in December, will follow Mayer's son, Macallister, who is nearly three. She announced that she was pregnant with him the day Yahoo named her as its new CEO. Show More Summary

LinkedIn just fixed one of its most annoying problems

I'm a big LinkedIn user, but for a long time there's one feature that caused me angst because it worked so poorly: Messaging. The one-to-one communication tool on LinkedIn was completely broken. I felt like I was constantly losing track of messages because the Inbox section of the site and app didn't allow me to read entire threads at once. Show More Summary

Apple wants to make its own TV shows and movies, according to a new report (AAPL)

Apple has been meeting with Hollywood executives with an eye towards making its own original TV shows and movies, Variety reports. The news comes just over a week before Apple's September 9th event, where it's expected to launch the next version of its Apple TV set-top device. Show More Summary

Next week, Apple could finally succeed where Microsoft has failed for almost 20 years

Word on the street is that Apple is planning on introducing a long-awaited major overhaul to the Apple TV at its September 9th event. If the rumors are true, the new Apple TV will be a $200-ish machine with an intriguing new motion-based...Show More Summary

How to tell if someone is lying

One thing the Ashley Madison hack has underscored: there's an awful lot of people who lie and cheat in the world, or at least who want to. For those of us that aren't in that camp, lying can be one of the most confusing, least understood parts of human nature. Show More Summary

Seattle is considering a crazy workaround to let Uber drivers unionize

Uber's classification of its drivers as independent contractors means drivers are not entitled to many standard worker rights. Drivers aren't eligible for minimum wage or mileage reimbursements. The other thing drivers can't do? Have any form of collective bargaining, such as a union. Show More Summary

I tried the San Francisco restaurant that serves quinoa delivered via robot cubbies and it's totally awesome

A new restaurant just opened in San Francisco on Monday, but it's not your typical fast-food joint.  Eatsa, located at 121 Spear Street, has a menu that revolves around the grain quinoa ("keen-wah") and eliminates employees and timeShow More Summary

An old Apple patent reveals how its new TV remote will probably work (AAPL)

There's a lot of talk about Apple reinventing the television — an all-new Apple TV is expected at next week's September 9 media event — but all reports suggest Apple has gone one step further and reinvented the TV's remote control, too. Show More Summary

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