FTC seeks research help from DEF CON hackers

The Federal Trade Commission made an appeal at DEF CON in Las Vegas last week in hopes of getting hackers to help them crack down on manufacturers and service providers that leave customers vulnerable. Top of the list: ransomware, malvertising, networked cars and security for the internet of things. Of particular interest in the case […] Read more »

A new app wants to help you beat the credit card companies

Our increasingly automated world should make driving safer. It could also make things safer for your checkbook. And just like with cars, it takes a healthy amount of trust to let the machines take over.  SEE ALSO: 7 can’t-miss apps: MuseCam, Summit, Yammo and more “[It’s] kind of like a self driving car for your […] Read more »

Spotify launches ‘Mix Mates’ playlist generator to help friends find common musical ground

In its latest attempt to showcase its smart music-discovery algorithms, Spotify has launched a new web app designed to help friends unearth common grounds in their musical tastes. With Mix Mates, Spotify says it’s targeting university students, presumably because term time normally begins around September, and music is often used to help people form new […] Read more »

Cloud Computing Help Please?

Earlier this month, startup Nicira officially came out of stealth mode. The company launched its software, which is called the Network Virtualization Platform (NVP), in hopes of dramatically changing cloud computing. As Martin Casado, Nicira’s co-founder and CTO, explained to us, the software creates virtual networks in cloud data centers. It takes workloads and puts […] Read more »