Emil Protalinski, Venture Beat
Hulu recently launched a universal Windows 10 app for smartphones, tablets, and PCs, with support for Cortana and Live Tiles. You can download the new version now from the Windows Store
Andrew Tarantola, Engadget
Researchers at the University of Southampton’s Optical Research Center announced on Tuesday that they’ve perfected a technique that can record data in 5 dimensions and keep it safe for billions of years. The method etches data into a thermally stable disc using femtosecond laser bursts.
Nate Swanner, The Next Web
Two years after adding support for GIFs, Twitter is officially adding a button to help you add GIFs to your tweets or direct messages without ever leaving the compose window, and it’s almost exactly as rumored.
Chance Miller, 9to5 Google
According to a new report from Strategy Analytics, the sales of smartwatches in the fourth quarter of 2015 outpaced sales of Swiss watches for the first time. The company claims that during the holiday quarter, a total of 8.1 million smartwatches were shipped, while 7.9 million Swiss watches were shipped.
Brian Barrett, Wired
Last night, A CALIFORNIA COURT ordered Apple to assist the FBI in hacking an iPhone. It’s an unprecedented request, one with potentially huge repercussions for the privacy and security of every Apple customer. This morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook posted an impassioned defense of encryption, and signaled the legal battles to come.
Dan Goodin, Ars Technica
Researchers have discovered a potentially catastrophic flaw in one of the Internet’s core building blocks that leaves hundreds or thousands of apps and hardware devices vulnerable to attacks that can take complete control over them.
Ben Popper, The Verge
The Ovid-Elsie school district sits an hour west of Flint, Michigan, the city now notorious for being poisoned by its own penny-pinching administrators. The district, which serves roughly 1,600 students, is one of the poorer areas in the state, with a per capita income of just over $15,000. “We’re looking at close to three-quarters of our kids [who] are classified as economically disadvantaged here,” said Kris Kirby, the district’s assistant superintendent. So when it came time to find computer equipment for every classroom, Ovid-Elsie had to get creative.
Chris Welch, The Verge
Google CEO Sundar Pichai has chimed in on the escalating battle between the FBI and Apple over iPhone encryption. Describing the letter published by Apple’s Tim Cook as “important,” Pichai says that a judge’s order forcing Apple to assist the FBI in gaining access to the data on a terrorist’s iPhone “could be a troubling precedent.” Seeing as Google oversees the Android operating system, Pichai is a crucial voice in this debate; Android also offers encryption to safeguard personal data.
Jillian D’Onfro, Business Insider
A new filing gives us more information about the wireless broadband equipment that Google is testing in Kansas City, where it already operates its high-speed internet service Fiber, hinting that it might eventually provide a wireless “last mile” for Fiber.
Charles Riley, CNN Money
What’s the real story behind India’s $4 smartphone? Just days after launching with enormous buzz, a cutting-edge device with a rock-bottom price is being blasted by industry officials and analysts.