The Information Age is over; welcome to the Experience Age

Twenty-five years after the introduction of the World Wide Web, the Information Age is coming to an end. Thanks to mobile screens and Internet everywhere, we’re now entering what I call the “Experience Age.”

When was the last time you updated your Facebook status? Maybe you no longer do? It’s been reported that original status updates by Facebook’s 1.6 billion users are down 21 percent.

The status box is an icon of the Information Age, a period dominated by…

The Future of Drones: Uncertain, Promising and Pretty Awesome

When filmmaker George Lucas popularized droids — worker robots designed to tend to humanity’s every need — in the 1977 movie “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope,” he seemed like a sci-fi visionary. But fast-forward nearly 40 years, and the idea of flying surveillance cameras, robotic companions and even unmanned aircraft carrying supplies around the planet is swiftly becoming mainstream.

The first drone delivery in the United States took place this past summer, marking an…

The US has banned all hoverboard imports that aren’t from Segway


The ongoing saga of the hoverboard has taken another swivel.

Today (Mar. 17) the US International Trade Commission has called for a ban on all hoverboard imports to the country which infringe on patents of Segway, creator of the original T-barred self-balancing scooter.

The ITC’s public notice states that it has issued a General Exclusion Order that forces all devices…

Google doubles max ChromeOS bug bounty to $100k

After shelling out $2 million in rewards to security bounty hunters in 2015, Google announced today it is doubling the reward for reporting serious security flaws, raising the top bounty from $50,000 to $100,000.

Google has been pretty serious about its security on Chrome; it has had a bug-hunting bounty in place since 2010, eligible to hackers who find vulnerabilities on Chromebooks, the Chrome browser and Chrome OS.

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Apple has shut down the first fully-functional Mac OS X ransomware

Apple has shut down what appears to have been the first, fully-functional ransomware targeting Mac computers. This particular form of cyber threat involves malware that encrypts the data on your personal computer so you can no longer access it. Afterwards, the hackers request that you pay them in a hard-to-trace digital currency – in this case, bitcoin – in order to for you retrieve your files. This ransomware, called KeRanger,” was first reported by researchers at

Forget driveless cars, Gmail’s new security features just might save you from getting fired one day

Google Apps for Work Unlimited customers can now benefit from better attachment scanning in Gmail that uses optical character recognition to check before sensitive document copies or images are sent out of your company via email.

Google’s Data Loss Prevention (DLP) launched late last year to automatically check all outgoing emails as per policies set up by your company admin and this new scanning feature can now be turned on in the backend.

There are also now some additional, customizable…

WordPress Sites Now Support Google’s AMP To Make Mobile Pages Load Much Faster

Google has some big plans when it comes to making the web faster on your mobile phone. The company just added AMP-enabled pages in its mobile search results. And one of the first companies supporting the new Instant Article-like format is an important one — Automattic, the company behind

AMP (also known as Accelerated Mobile Page) is an open-source project that borrows some ideas from Facebook’s Instant Articles and brings them to the open…

Bill Gates Voices his mind: Apple Should Unlock The iPhone

Bill Gates is siding with the FBI and says Apple should unlock the phone of the San Bernardino shooter. In an interview with FT, the Microsoft founder simply reiterates the Justice Department’s claim that this is a one-off case and the FBI is not asking for a general unlocking tool.

“This is a specific case where the government is asking for access to information,” Bill Gates told The Financial Times. “They are not asking…

The New Samsung Galaxy S7 And S7 Edge: Pre-order begins now.

Samsung aimed to gather the best features of Galaxies past for their S7 line. That included features missing from the S6 like water resistance and a microSD slot, but the company also took the improved design from the S6 line and made it even better. Check out the photos above to see every angle of the sleek new hardware and look here for a run-down of everything that’s new.

You’ll be sure to notice the…

Drone Capable Of Carrying A Human At 100KM Per Hour Unveiled

Drones are everywhere these days. The proverbial tool of the future, they are used to deliver aid to war-torn areas, fly over inaccessible lava lakes, and take elaborate selfies. The U.S. military are even developing “vampire drones” that self-destruct in sunlight. Now, a Chinese manufacturer has unveiled a drone that is able to carry humans through the air, which if demonstrated would be a world-first for drone technology, according to CNN.

Although this…

Google Is Finally Killing Picasa

It hasn’t made sense for Google to continue to invest in two separate photo storage and sharing applications, as it has been doing with the newer Google Photos and the dated software Picasa. And now the company is finally going to do something about that: Google announced this morning that it will no longer support the Picasa desktop application as of March 16, 2016. In addition, it will be archiving Picasa Web Albums data at a…

Apple Music Tops 11 Million Subscribers; iCloud Reaches 782 Million

At the beginning of this year, Apple Music had surpassed 10 million subscribers, according to a report from the Financial Times. Now, Apple SVP Eddy Cue has confirmed this figure. In fact, he gave a more precise number – the company has just passed over 11 million subscribers, he says. This tidbit and more were revealed on John Gruber’s “The Talk Show” podcast where Cue and SVP Craig Federighi joined to dish about features in upcoming OS…

Robotics, 3-D Printing, Drones Lead 2015 Tech Innovations

The waning year’s advances in computer hardware and software, mechanical devices, sensors and artificial intelligence brought the world another step closer to the robotic future.

Electric cars were a big hit in 2015. Most large manufacturers introduced higher mileage models; some, such as Honda, pushed for alternate energy sources.

“We want to create a society that produces uses, and connects with hydrogen power,” said the company’s CEO, Tahakiro Hachigo.

Self-driving vehicles…

iPhone 7 – coming in 2016 (Specs, design and features)

What We Expect

The iPhone 7 won’t be released until the fall of 2016, so it’s still several months off. Apple’s current flagship devices are the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus, released to the public in September of 2015. Though we have months to go until the iPhone 7 launches, rumors have already been trickling out, giving us some details on what we might see when the device is released.

Apple has used an alternating “S” naming formula to…

Autonomous cars are big at CES, but they leave consumers uneasy

From BMW’s iVision autonomous concept to reports of a potential Ford-Google collaboration to a dozen other heralded developments in Las Vegas this week, self-driving cars have become a major attraction at CES. Collectively, companies have touted autonomous cars as a means to delivering a safer, more fuel-efficient, more comfortable transportation experience.While these vehicles have been more popular than Celine Dion in Las Vegas this week, they’re getting a cooler reception from…

Obama Proposes $4 Billion for Autonomous Vehicles: Here Are All the Details

In his last State of the Union address this week, President Obama only briefly mentioned building a “21st century transportation system.”

But later this week, Secretary of Transportation (DOT) Anthony Foxx made an appearance at the auto show in Detroit, flanked by representatives from Ford, Delphi, and Google, to announce details of a $4 billion federal initiative to help usher in autonomous cars.

“We are entering a new world here, and we know it,” said Foxx at the…

Facebook’s ‘Mentions’ App For Celebrities And Other Verified Users Comes To Android

News just in that’s strictly for the one-percenters among us: Facebook Mentions, the service for verified users of the global social network, is now available for users with Android devices.The app isn’t open to all, you need that elusive blue tick of verification/fame to get it. That’s because it’s designed to give verified users a way to easily share public status updates, photos and videos with fans on the go — all…

Microsoft Today Ends Support For Windows 8, Old Versions Of Internet Explorer

Microsoft’s push towards Windows 10 continues. Today, Microsoft is ending support for Windows 8, as well as older versions of its Internet Explorer web browser, IE 8, IE 9, and IE 10. For end users, that doesn’t mean the software instantly becomes non-functional, but that it will longer be updated with bug fixes or other security patches. That  could potentially expose a good portion of online users to malware, if they choose not to upgrade, Microsoft…

Is The Password Dead? The Future Of Web And Mobile Authentication

Will 2016 be the year when passwords become obsolete? Or will we just continue to grin and bear it? And what’s the matter with passwords, anyway?

Passwords have been around a long time (think about soldiers entering armed camps at night and giving the secret password), but today, the average consumer uses 25 or more sites and apps that rely on passwords. A strong password is a dozen or…

Augmented Reality Versus Virtual Reality: The Battle Is Real

Although virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have existed in some form for decades, only recently have they garnered mainstream attention.

VR is blowing up right now, and its content and hardware advances have been exciting to watch.

In a short amount of time, content creators have made some mind-blowing advances in storytelling with this new technology. Brands, movie studios, gaming…

Twitter May Increase Tweets To 10,000 Characters, But Hide All Past 140

No, you’re not going to have article-length tweets overwhelming your timeline, but Twitter is looking to let you write more without leaving the service. The company is mulling a new option that would let you write up to 10,000 characters, but only show the first 140 in the timeline with a button to reveal the rest. Re/Code reports the feature might launch in late Q1.

This “Beyond 140” product might ease the learning curve…

Work happy – the secret formula

Have you ever watched a Formula one race before? The suspense, excitement and rush that builds up before the race, and all this are in expectation of the unexpected which is to begin at the sound of the gunshot.
I think this picture is replayed in our everyday lives as you move from one place to another, jumping from one building to another, meeting to another, one project to another and at the end of the day, you…

WeChat Adds Skype-Like International Calls To Its Messaging App

WeChat, the Uber popular Chinese message app with more than 500 million active users, is taking a leaf out of the Skype playbook after it launched an international telephone calling service.

The service is initially available for users based in the U.S., Hong Kong and India, but it will roll out to others over time. ‘WeChat Out’ is different from the existing calling options inside WeChat (voice and video) because it allows for calls to actual phone…

50 wearable tech gamechangers for 2016

It’s that time of year once again when the Wareable team set aside thoughts of mince pies and look ahead to what’s in store for wearable tech in 2016.

In last year’s Wareable 50, we correctly pointed out that the Apple Watch (surprise, surprise), Xiaomi and Tag Heuer would be grabbing the headlines.

We also said it would be a big year for the Jawbone UP3 and smart clothing. So we didn’t get everything right. Now it’s time to…

How 2015 became the year of the hoverboard

They don’t fly, but that hasn’t stopped their endless rise.Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Chances are someone you know unwrapped a hoverboard on Christmas morning. The self-balancing skateboards were among the most popular toys of 2015 — and the most controversial.

That’s because they’ve demonstrated an alarming propensity to catch on fire. The federal government is investigating them….

Where Will Social Media Users Go In 2016?

A new infographic produced by AdWeek draws off exclusive eMarketer data to break down 2015/2016 social network demographics. Where can we expect to see social media users setting up camp in the coming months? Where will we see them flooding out the exit gates?

Social Network Demographics: Key Takeaways
Embedded in these six pie charts is some very valuable information. If you’re not a data-person, we’ve got a few observations of our own for you to chew over. Below, you’ll…

Samsung’s 12-inch Windows 10 tablet could arrive in 2016 with a S Pen

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Back in August, Chinese website Weibo revealed a Windows 10 tablet was in the works over at Samsung named the SM-W700. During that time, it wasn’t clear when consumers would finally get their hands on the device, if at all. Fortunately, for those interested, reports suggest you won’t have to wait much longer.

That’s because, according to documents published by the Bluetooth SIG and Wi-Fi Alliance, Samsung’s Windows 10 slate…

HRQR – Human Readable Quick Response Code

HRQR – Human Readable Quick Response Code

Project by Valentin Heun is a new QR barcode that is human-readable (in English) as well as machine-readable:

HRQR is a visual Machine Readable Quick Response Code that can replace usual barcode and QR Code applications. The code can be read by humans in the same way it can be read by machines. Instead of relaying on a computational error correction, the system allows a human to read the message…