Apple promises to patch iMessage encryption flaw with iOS 9.3

A group of Johns Hopkins researchers discovered a flaw in Apple's iMessage encryption, which would allow hackers to gain access to photos and videos stored in iCloud and sent through iMessage. Apple acknowledges the issue and says a fix is…

Best app deals of the day! 10 paid iPhone apps on sale for a limited time

Everyone likes free apps, but sometimes the best ones are a bit expensive. Now and then, developers put paid apps on sale for a limited time, but you have to snatch them up fast. Here are the latest and greatest apps on sale in the iOS App…

FingerIO's finger-wagging sonar controls may make smartwatches more usable in the future

A team at the University of Washington have added an active sonar control system to a smartphone and a smartwatch, which turns any surface, or even the air surrounding the gadget, into a gesture control area.
Social Media

Pope’s Instagram account hits a million followers in record time

With nearly 9 million followers on Twitter, it's little surprise the pope's new Instagram account, which launched Saturday, has already picked up 1.4 million followers. And the speed at which the account reached a million set a new record…

iPhone fire on flight to Hawaii had passengers very worried indeed

Flier Anna Crail had the fright of her life recently when her iPhone suddenly burst into flames on a trip to Hawaii. Fortunately the crew was able to quickly deal with the situation, though Crail said that at one point she thought it was…

Watch a Galaxy S7 fall 1,000 feet from the air

The Samsung Galaxy S7 has had a wildly successful debut, but there's nothing like a 1,000 foot drop to bring you down to Earth. Literally. Thanks to Unlock River, we now know exactly how durable this latest Android masterpiece really is.

Update your Kindle by March 22, Amazon says

Own a Kindle? Listen up -- this one's relevant to you. If you were an early adopter of one of these popular e-readers, you've got to update your software, and we mean stat. Otherwise your trusty device may go kaput.

Try on that ring before you buy it with Shop 4 Ring, a new AR app

Meet Shop 4 Rings, a new iOS app that combines hand recognition technology with augmented reality (AR) to help consumers actually try rings on their hands before clicking "buy now."
Smart Home

SpotCam's 24 hour continuous monitoring will make you praise the good F-word

The camera itself is only the first part of a cloud security camera setup. The cloud service is equally important. Spotcam is the only cloud security cam that offers 24 hours of continuous recording for free.

Weekly Rewind: Self-tying shoes, March Madness apps, a cloak to keep you off radar

In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on, in fact, that it's almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech…

FTC warns 12 Android developers for baking software listening for TV ads into apps

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued warnings to 12 Android developers for including software that listens for signals in certain television commercials in their apps without letting users know about it.

Download these five apps of the week

Bored with the apps on your phone? Every week we peruse the various app stores to find you something new. Take a look at this weeks top five, including ProtonMail, Podpolly, and Remente.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Unforgettable umbrellas, wooden speakers

Check out our roundup of the coolest crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the Web this week. You can't buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

Adobe takes a close look at Apple before the March 21 event

Next Monday will be a big day for Apple enthusiasts, with the iEmpire gearing up for its mysterious "Let Us Loop You In" media event. To prepare, the Adobe Digital Index team has taken a closer look at Apple's competitors.

These smart hearing aids restore the beauty of music to those with hearing loss

A new hearing aid from Starkey Hearing Technologies is able to connect to the user's smartphone through Bluetooth, after which users can stream music to their hearing aids and fine tune things like hearing aid volume.

Uber reportedly just spent $10 billion on 100,000 Mercedes

According to recent reports, the transportation giant just dropped $10 billion on a fleet of Mercedes S-Class sedans, because not only does Uber strive to be the cheaper, more convenient alternative to taxis, it must be classier as well.

Who’s tracking your fitness tracker? We asked an expert

Many of us wear fitness trackers 24/7, so they can collect data on our activity, but there’s a danger that someone else could access that information. How secure are fitness trackers and what are the risks? We asked an expert.

Don’t use your phone at the theater or you may get a laser in your face

A London theater has had enough of people using their smartphones during performances, and is considering pointing lasers at offending audience members to shame them into switching off their device.