NSA whistleblower Snowden, CNN’s Zakaria face off over encryption

A debate on whether the government should have lawful access to encrypted communications and devices saw former NSA contractor Edward Snowden duking it out with CNN host Fareed Zakaria.

Omni’s smartcase fattens up your MacBook to double its battery life

Omni Technology has a Kickstarter project seeking backers for what it calls a "smart case" for the MacBook, which includes an additional battery promising up to a nine hour extension, and a few extra ports to make connectivity easier.

Work is never done on the farm: Breakout sim Stardew Valley getting updates

Breakout indie farming sim Stardew Valley has a major new content update in the works, in addition to the promise of co-op multiplayer, and ports for Mac, Linux, and consoles.
Virtual Reality

Sorry, Oculus Rift pre-orderers: It's going on sale at Best Buy starting May 7

The Oculus Rift is arguable the most important virtual reality release to date, and you can get it for yourself from Best Buy starting on May 7 -- if you're one of the lucky few able to get in early enough, that is.

You thought your Wi-Fi was bad? Threatening hot spot delays flight for two hours

A Quantas flight from Melbourne to Perth was delayed for two hours when a passenger discovered a Wi-Fi hotspot called "Mobile Detonation Device." It was never located, but the plane was eventually cleared, and landed safely in Perth.

It took years, but Chrome is officially the king of web browsers

Internet Explorer has finally fallen from its perch, if you believe the headlines, but only because NetMarketShare was a steadfast holdout. Everyone else agreed that Chrome has been the most popular browser for some time now.

Prove you're human by identifying gibberish words, because computers suck at that

Humans are pretty good at knowing when a word is gibberish; computers are not. Audio CAPTCHA research takes advantage of this, and could help the blind prove that they're human much faster than before.

The Pirate Bay pulls in a whopping $9 a day in bitcoin donations

Bitcoin donations never quite caught on as much as the copyright lobbyists thought they would, with even giant sites like The Pirate Bay and KickassTorrents pulling just a few dollars a day between them.

Fallout 4 gets Oculus Rift support thanks to open-source project

An open-source project called Vireio Perception injects VR support into games designed without the hardware in mind, meaning players can enter Fallout 4 by using their Oculus Rift.

Hack into a car in Michigan, spend the rest of your life in prison

New car hacking bills submitted to the Michigan legislature make it a crime to hack into onboard car systems. If convicted, the sentencing guidelines call for a life sentence in prison.

Windows 10 adoption slows to a crawl

Microsoft had high hopes for Windows 10 ahead of its release, but new data suggests that the OS is struggling to maintain the rate at which new users make the switch from previous versions.

Are Sofia and Broxton just the first casualties in an Intel Atom cull?

In the wake of an announcement by Intel that Sofia and Broxton chips are being cancelled, reports are circulating that the company plans to kill off its Atom line of low-cost processors.