SOFTWARE

Hackers say they stole 1.5 terabytes from HBO. Here’s what that means.

Hackers say they stole 1.5 terabytes from HBO. Here’s what that means.

One point five terabytes. That’s the amount of data hackers claim to have stolen from HBO. It’s a cache that, at a minimum, includes unreleased episodes of various shows, at least one Game of Thronesscript, and the personal information of a senior HBO executive. We know this because the hackers posted a sampling of the goods online,

Uber must turn over to Waymo information about its acquisition of Otto, court rules

Uber must turn over to Waymo information about its acquisition of Otto, court rules

Anthony Levandowski, the engineer at the center of the legal battle between Google and Uber over driverless-car technology, has suffered a setback. Levandowski has broadly invoked his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination in the case, refusing to answer questions about whether or not he downloaded confidential files from Google before quitting his job at the


Google’s Sergey Brin said to be working on a zeppelin-like airship

Google’s Sergey Brin said to be working on a zeppelin-like airship

  Google co-founder Sergey Brin has been known to enjoy ambitious flights of technological fancy, but this may be his flightiest: Bloomberg reports the enigmatic billionaire, who favors dark attire and once leapt out of an airplane wearing Google Glass to promote the launch of the wearable, is now working on a secret airship in


PicoBrew blindsides Kickstarter backers with surprise stretch goal

PicoBrew blindsides Kickstarter backers with surprise stretch goal

PicoBrew has been around for a while, making beer brewing easy, even for people who don’t know the difference between hops and hops. The company’s current Kickstarter campaign is for the Pico C, a small home brewing appliance to make brewing even easier, using a Nespresso-style cartridge approach to making your own home brews. Today,

Instagram will soon work even when you don’t have connectivity

Instagram will soon work even when you don’t have connectivity

Facebook is working on a way for Instagram to work offline on Android. At a session at Facebook’s F8 developer conference on Tuesday, titled “Building Offline Experiences for Instagram,” a software engineer described the new offline mode for Android. 80 percent of Instagram’s users are outside of the U.S. — many in emerging markets where


Text, image and video moderation service Arbitrum picks up $500K from Ask.fm founders

Text, image and video moderation service Arbitrum picks up $500K from Ask.fm founders

Arbitrum, a text, image and video moderation service founded by German Gedgauds, who previously headed up Ask.fm’s moderation team and product, has raised $500,000 in funding. Backing the Riga, Latvia-based startup is Balaclava Lab, the investment vehicle of Ask.fm founders Ilja Terebin, Mark Terebin and Oskar Liepins. That Arbitrum has ties to Ask.fm’s chequered history

Instagram for Android beta hints at multi-photo posts

Instagram for Android beta hints at multi-photo posts

Looks like Instagram has a major new feature coming soon to its service. A new beta update to the Instagram for Android app rolled out recently that includes support for multi-photo posts. With the update, you can press and hold on images in your library to select up to 10 photos that you’d like to


Google ending Hands Free pilot on February 8

Google ending Hands Free pilot on February 8

Remember Google Hands Free? The payment service entered a pilot phase last year, and now that test is coming to an end. Google is officially ceasing the Hands Free pilot that it was running in the San Francisco Bay Area. The company hasn’t revealed anything about what’s coming next, but it does confirm that it’s