Your Android Phone Might Be Leaking Your Location


The names of the Wi-Fi networks to which you connect probably say a lot about you. Did you just come back from the airport? Do you work at X company? Do you spend your days at Y cafe? Your Android phone might be broadcasting this information for anyone within Wi-Fi range to see, according to…

Don’t Sell Your Used Cellphone Until You Read This


Does factory-resetting your smartphone delete all your embarrassing photos? Many people who resell or pass on their used smartphones use the built-in factory-reset feature to delete their personal info. But many studies, most recently by Prague-based security company Avast, have shown that a factory reset may not be enough. In this study, Avast’s experts bought…

Python bumps off Java as top learning language


Python has surpassed Java as the top language used to introduce U.S. students to programming and computer science, according to a recent survey posted by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Eight of the top 10 computer science departments now use Python to teach coding, as well as 27 of the top 39 schools, indicating…

Google’s Dart language is approved — but adoption is no guarantee


Google’s Dart language, proposed by the search giant as an alternative to JavaScript, has earned some legitimacy this week: Ecma International has officially recognized the specification as a standard. Now officially known as “ECMA-408,” the first edition of the Dart standard — Dart 1.3 — is available as a PDF download from Ecma’s website. But Ecma’s stamp…

MIT And Dropbox Alums Launch Inbox, A Next-Generation Email Platform


Founded by Drop box and MIT alums, a new startup called Inbox is launching out of stealth today, hoping to power the next generation of email applications. Similar to the newly launched Gmail API, Inbox offers a more modern way to build apps that access end users’ inboxes. But instead of being limited to Gmail, it also works with…

Zuckerberg says basic Internet should be as universal as 911 service


Mark Zuckerberg sees the Internet as a vital service that should be made available to everyone across the world — a service that can be as vital as, say, the ability to call for emergency help on a telephone. In an editorial published Monday in The Wall Street Journal, the Facebook chief outlined his vision for a…

Music Vault Unlocks Concert Videos on YouTube


  Today, Music Vault unveils more than 13,000 videos of concert footage on YouTube, the world’s biggest stage. The collection holds 2,000 hours of exclusive video spanning the past 50 years and rare performances by some of the biggest names in music history, including Bob Dylan, The Who, James Brown and Bruce Springsteen as well as such contemporary indie acts as St….

Samsung Q2: Sluggish Tablet Demand, Slowing Smartphone Sales


Samsung said today that a number of factors dented second-quarter results, including a slowdown in smartphone sales, “sluggish” demand for tablets and a strong Korean currency. The company said second-quarter sales were approximately 52 trillion Korean won ($51.4 billion) and operating profit was about 7.2 trillion won ($7.1 billion). That is a drop from both…

You Can Now Buy a Car With Bitcoin and Have It Delivered With a Bow


Add used cars to the list of products you can now buy with a currency that didn’t even exist a decade ago. Beepi, a two-month-old company that operates an online market for used-car sales, will start accepting bitcoin as a form of payment, CEO Ale Resnik toldRe/code in a recent interview. Beepi is working with bitcoin…

Duolingo App allows you to learn a language for free


Duolingo is totally free; it “gamifies” the learning experience (a technique I normally dislike, but here it actually works); and it offers immersion learning on its website, letting users translate real documents for practice purposes. This translation service is also how the company makes money — clients like CNN and BuzzFeed pay Duolingo to translate…