Tom Brant

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Tom is PCMag's San Francisco-based news reporter. 

Drones

Did You Register Your Drone? You Could Get Your Money Back.

It turns out the FAA isn't actually allowed to have a drone registry, so the agency is offering to refund your money and expunge your data from the record.
Cybersecurity

Feds Investigate Cyberattack on U.S. Power Plants

The malware appears to come from several phishing campaigns, according to the FBI and Department of Homeland Security.
Google

Build Nearly Anything in VR With Google's Blocks App

The new Blocks app, free for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, gives you a basic set of tools to create 3D objects in virtual reality, no PC required.
Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic to Resume Test Flights

Richard Branson's commercial spaceflight company also plans to begin flying paying customers by the end of 2018.
Cybersecurity

Singapore Tops U.S. for Best Cybersecurity

The U.S. is second only to Singapore in the UN's ranking, which examines countries' abilities to defend against cyber attacks.
Terrorism

Internet Companies Boost Anti-Terrorism Collaboration

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube will work more closely together and with counter-terrorism officials to filter out extremist content from their websites.
Google

You Can Now Remove Medical Records From Google Search

Google's removal policy now includes a category called "confidential, personal medical records of private people."
Gmail

Google to Stop Scanning Gmail Messages to Serve Up Ads

Google apparently has enough data about your online activity to serve you targeted advertisements without its controversial email scanning program.
Google

Could an Update Mean a Google Glass Resurgence?

The wearable tech got its first software update in nearly three years, but it only adds Bluetooth support and some unnamed bug fixes.
Tesla

Report: Tesla Planning its Own Music Streaming Service

Not content to just offer drivers Spotify access, Tesla is reportedly in talks with major record labels to create a new way for people to listen to music.
Virtual Reality

Google: 180-Degree Video Is the Future of VR

Wait, didn't a new crop of consumer 360-degree cameras just go on sale this year? Yes, but Google says its new VR180 standard is much easier to work with.
Snapchat

Snapchat Now Lets You Spy on Friends' Locations

The new Snap Map has a 'ghost mode' that lets you browse a map of your friends' locations without sharing your own.
General Electric

GE Plans World's Largest Laser-Powered 3D Printer

The Atlas printer is designed to churn out parts up to one meter long, including entire engine blocks for automobiles.
Uber

Uber Adds In-App Tipping

The oft-requested feature is one of several intended to appease drivers. It'll also save riders from fumbling with their wallets.
Virtual Reality

Startup Looks to Boost VR Resolution by 70 Percent

You won't be able to buy a Varjo headset any time soon, but it promises resolutions 70 times greater than what current virtual reality headsets offer.
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