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  • E&Y Japan arm launches internal probe of Toshiba audit (2015-07-31 23:44:40)
    The Japanese affiliate of Ernst & Young LLC has launched an in-house investigation into its audit of Toshiba Corp in the wake of the electronics maker's $1.2 billion accounting scandal, a person with knowledge of the matter said. Ernst & Young ShinNihon LLC has established a team of about 20 executives to investigate whether there were any problems with how it conducted its audits of Toshiba, the person said. Last month an external panel of lawyers and accountants hired to probe Toshiba's accounts found the company had inflated profits by 152 billion yen ($1.23 billion) over seven years by postponing the realization of losses and other schemes.
  • Former CEO of collapsed Mt.Gox bitcoin exchange arrested in Japan: reports (2015-07-31 22:40:26)
    Mark Karpeles, the former head of defunct bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, was arrested on Saturday in connection with the disappearance of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of the virtual currency, Japanese media reports said. The French-born Karpeles, 30, is suspected of falsifying data on the outstanding balance of the exchange, at one point the world's largest hub for trading the digital currency, they added. When it filed for bankruptcy in February 2014, Mt. Gox said 750,000 customer bitcoins and another 100,000 belonging to the exchange were stolen due to a software security flaw.
  • Leaked NSA slides: Chinese hackers have been wreaking havoc on corporate America (2015-07-31 22:15:37)
    NBC News this week obtained leaked slides from a February 2014 NSA presentation which highlight in specific detail the extent to which China has successfully hacked U.S. corporations and individuals. As indicated by the map above, each red dot represents a unique “successful Chinese attempt to steal corporate and military secrets and data about America’s critical infrastructure, particularly the electrical power and telecommunications and internet backbone.” All told, there were nearly 700 successful hacking attempts on U.S. targets over the last five years. DON’T MISS: Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do – here’s how to opt out Not surprisingly, the clusters of red congregate mostly in California and in the DC and Maryland area. Interestingly, North Dakota is the
  • Sweeping 4K drone footage shows off Tesla's Fremont factory (2015-07-31 22:00:02)
    Stephen Powelson recently flew his Phantom 3 drone over Tesla's battery factory in Fremont, California and recorded the flight. Almost as soon as he posted the video to a Tesla Motors Club forum, other commenters began warning Powelson of the legal trouble he might be in. Powelson quickly assured concerned posters that Tesla employees had no problem with the video.
  • Think Design Think (2015-07-31 21:42:18)
    Fields from science to politics to business are looking to design for inspiration, alternative processes, and new solutions. Design negotiates between technology, policy, systems and users. A structured design approach can heighten the hit-rate in the fuzzy front end of innovation processes in public and private sectors. As a result, design has...
  • The latest Google Maps update lets you customize your map like never before (2015-07-31 20:45:26)
    If you’ve updated Google Maps on your Android device recently, you might have noticed a new feature that Google added to its mobile app. You can now edit the names of locations on the map, save them to your personal Google account and search for them the next time you’re out and about. MUST-READ: Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do – here’s how to opt out This is useful for a number of reasons. If there’s a restaurant you’re ordering from but know you’ll never remember its name, just rename it to “Incredible Restaurant.” That’s a search term I’d remember more frequently than “Taverna Kyclades.” You can also drop a pin in a location without a set name on Google Maps and give it
  • The first trailer for Zoolander 2 was briefly posted to YouTube before being pulled (update) (2015-07-31 20:39:49)
    Forget Star Wars — the world's most anticipated sequel is unquestionably Zoolander 2. And the first trailer is here. Sure, most of the trailer is some weird science-themed graphics with a narration by Stephen Hawking (we assume), but before long Ben Stiller's making the Blue Steel face and everything is all good. Check out the trailer above — Zoolander 2 will arrive in February of 2016.
  • The first trailer for Zoolander 2 was briefly posted to YouTube before being pulled (2015-07-31 20:39:49)
    Forget Star Wars — the world's most anticipated sequel is unquestionably Zoolander 2. And the first trailer is here. Sure, most of the trailer is some weird science-themed graphics with a narration by Stephen Hawking (we assume), but before long Ben Stiller's making the Blue Steel face and everything is all good. Check out the trailer above — Zoolander 2 will arrive in February of 2016.
  • Texting while strolling makes you walk funny, study confirms (2015-07-31 20:34:10)
    The good news: walking texters did a fine job adapting their movements to avoid mishaps. The bad news: the rest of the world was stuck behind them and late to an appointment.
  • US exploring ways to strike back against China hacking, says New York Times (2015-07-31 20:29:15)
    Last month, millions of current and former US government employees had their personal information stolen in a hack believed to have originated from China — and the US may finally respond with more than words. According to a new report from The New York Times, President Obama has decided to retaliate against China, though his administration has not decided exactly how it will respond. The White House is reportedly weighing whether to employ a symbolic response, such as a diplomatic protest, or something more aggressive.
  • Researchers warn of bogus emails offering Windows 10 (2015-07-31 20:28:30)
    Some hackers are exploiting Microsoft's offer of free upgrades to its new Windows 10 operating system. Security researchers are warning about a wave of bogus spam emails with malicious attachments, labeled ...
  • Watch: The only alarm you won’t be able to snooze (2015-07-31 20:00:50)
    Having trouble waking up in the morning? There are countless alarm apps that will make sure you wake up on time for work… provided, of course, that you don’t keep hitting snooze and then dozing off again. There is, however, an alternative: A High Voltage Ejector Bed that was created by YouTube inventor Colin Furze and that is essentially an alarm you’ll never have the chance to snooze. DON’T MISS: Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do – here’s how to opt out The bed has an alarm of its own and it comes with various intensity settings that can be adjusted depending on your sleeping needs. But the feature that makes the bed the ultimate wake up alarm is
  • High-quality movies and TV shows hit HBO, iTunes in August (2015-07-31 19:13:54)
    HBO Now is available on more platforms than ever and it's bringing Oscar winners "Birdman" and "The Theory of Everything". Meanwhile, Apple's bringing home the Bacon (Kevin) in "Cop Car" and other first-run movies.
  • Yahoo Livetext (2015-07-31 19:07:21)
    Live video texting without sound
  • White House: government cybersecurity improving, more work to do (2015-07-31 18:51:06)
    U.S. federal agencies have increased cybersecurity measures since the hacking at the Office of Personnel Management, but more work is necessary to help prevent further attacks, the results of a 30-day effort to raise standards showed on Friday. The White House's Office of Management and Budget kicked off a "cybersecurity sprint" last month after the hacks that put the personal data of more than 22 million Americans at risk, directing agencies to strengthen their networks and report back. In a blog post about that effort, the White House's Chief Information Officer Tony Scott said federal civilian agencies had increased use of "strong authentication for privileged and unprivileged users" from 42 percent to 72 percent.
  • The UK's National Museum of Computing opens its Summer Bytes festival for kids (2015-07-31 18:41:51)
    The National Museum of Computing's annual Summer Bytes festival will include a string of coding, code-breaking, robotics and other events designed to entertain kids during the school holidays
  • The future is here: New face recognition technology can work in the dark (2015-07-31 18:30:56)
    It’s kind of crazy how quickly face detection and recognition technology managed to push its way into the mainstream. Over the past few years we’ve seen face recognition technology reach desktop photo software like iPhoto and even mass market smartphones from the likes of Samsung. And of course, there are no shortage of stories centering on government agencies who use face recognition technology for identification and surveillance purposes. Setting the bar even higher, researchers from Germany have reportedly developed a new technology that allows facial recognition software to identify faces even in the dark. Whereas traditional facial recognition software involves the comparison of two photos, both of which must be taken in well-lit environments, the approach German computer scientists came up with involves using
  • Sony's C5 Ultra and M5 smartphones may be the latest to jump on the selfie phone bandwagon (2015-07-31 18:27:30)
    Sony's mobile division may be bringing the rest of the company down, but that hasn't stopped the company from working on new phones just yet. Thanks to 9to5Google, we're getting a look at the forthcoming Xperia C5 Ultra and M5, the latest in Sony's lineup. These leaks apparently came from the site Mail.ru, which appeared to inadvertently post a review of the devices early — but 9to5Google managed to grab the photos and info before it was all taken down.
  • Yahoo buys fashion website Polyvore (2015-07-31 18:25:58)
    (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc said on Friday it agreed to buy fashion start-up Polyvore to help drive traffic and strengthen its mobile and social offerings. Yahoo, which did not disclose terms of the deal, said Polyvore will accelerate its 'Mavens' growth strategy. The company has been focusing on four areas — mobile, video, native advertising and social — which it calls Mavens, to drive user engagement and ad sales as it battles intense competition from Google Inc and Facebook Inc .
  • OnePlus draws a crowd in Times Square (2015-07-31 18:17:03)
    It's been less than a week and over 1 million people have already reserved the OnePlus 2. OnePlus' second smartphone, which it's positioning as the "2016 flagship killer," has debuted to an incredible amount of buzz — at least among tech enthusiasts. With the queue system only growing longer, OnePlus held a series of public events today in cities around the world that gave its fans a chance to handle the OnePlus 2 and score an invite of their own.
  • Google Cloud Nearline Storage warrants reconsidering your backup strategy (2015-07-31 18:06:00)
    The ultra low-cost Nearline Storage service in Google Cloud Platform has reached general availability. Find out how it compares with Amazon Glacier.
  • Food tech startups raking in cash: survey (2015-07-31 18:05:33)
    Farm and food tech startups were red-hot in the first half of 2015, pulling in $2.06 billion from investors, a new survey showed Friday. The amount of money pouring in -- amid an overall boom in tech investments -- could be revised since some of the investments are not publicly disclosed, AgFunder said. The second quarter saw 99 deals totaling $971 million "which we expect to revise upward as additional funding data trickles in," AgFunder chief executive Rob Leclerc said.
  • Engineers create world's first white laser beam (2015-07-31 18:02:33)
    Researchers at Arizona State University have created the world's first white laser beam, according to a new study published in Nature. More work needs to be done to perfect this technology, but white lasers could serve as a potential alternative light source — both in people's homes and in the screens of their electronics. Lasers are more energy efficient than LEDs, and the ASU researchers claim that their white lasers can cover 70 percent more colors than current standard displays.
  • Uber to spend $1B over nine months for India expansion (2015-07-31 17:55:03)
    The ride-hailing service says it wants to expand the number of rides it offers in India to a million each day, up from a reported 200,00 daily trips.
  • Watch Kendrick Lamar as Uncle Sam in his 'For Free? (Interlude)' music video (2015-07-31 17:54:05)
    Kendrick Lamar has already given us three music videos for songs off his critically acclaimed sophomore album To Pimp A Butterfly, including the tremendous treatment for "Alright," which should pull in a VMA Award if there's any justice in the world. Featuring a choir, a full band, and a rapidly multiplying Kendrick Lamar, the brisk video — directed by Joe Weil & The Little Homies — is the latest addition to one of the best albums to come around in some time.
  • FDA warns of security flaw in Hospira infusion pumps (2015-07-31 17:50:54)
    By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday advised hospitals not to use Hospira Inc's Symbiq infusion system, saying a security vulnerability could allow cyber attackers to take remote control of the system. The agency issued the advisory some 10 days after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned of the vulnerability in the pump, which is used to deliver medications directly into the bloodstream of patients. The FDA and DHS cited research from independent cyber security expert Billy Rios, who found that remote attacks could be launched on patients by accessing a hospital's network.
  • These robot bugs don't just walk on water, they jump on it (2015-07-31 17:39:23)
    An international team has developed robot water-striders. Is this more evidence of a coming awesome robot apocalypse?
  • The State of One Direction: updates on the power structure of a boy band (2015-07-31 17:31:04)
    As sinister as it is that their yearly album drop is just days before the holiday shopping season begins, and as much crap as they get dealt for recycling vintage rock with slightly more swoon-worthy harmonies, One Direction deserves a lot of our appreciation for what they do for young women. By deciding to belong to teenage girls, One Direction decided that they didn't need to be taken seriously. When Zayn Malik parted ways with the other four-fifths of One Direction in March, there were many tears to shed, many pieces to reshuffle, and no way to know for sure if the fantasy could continue unmarred.
  • Watch out: A dangerous Windows 10 scam is being circulated online (2015-07-31 17:30:46)
    The Windows 10 rollout has been relatively smooth, but there are plenty of users who never received the Get Windows 10 app and are still waiting in line for their turn to update. Unfortunately, scammers have seen how desperate Windows users are for the update, which is why it should come as no surprise that a phishing campaign has been discovered. READ MORE: What it was like to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 According to Cisco’s Talos Group, scammers impersonating Microsoft have begun sending out emails informing individuals that they are eligible to upgrade to Windows 10. The email appears to come from an official Microsoft address, update@microsoft.com, adding to its authenticity, but don’t be fooled — Microsoft isn’t going
  • HBO's head of programming says Game of Thrones is getting an eighth season (2015-07-31 17:28:02)
    Grab the nearest bottle of fine Dornish red and your cleanest goblet, because it's time to celebrate: Game of Thrones is getting one more season than expected. Speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo dismissed the widely held idea that show runners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are capping the flagship fantasy drama at seven seasons. It's not surprising that HBO is willing to give Benioff and Weiss virtually unlimited time to bring their story home.
  • Dreamers and Disruptors: How the Evolution of Silicon Valley is Reshaping Our World (2015-07-31 17:25:49)
    The earliest companies in Silicon Valley were created by dreamers. Driven by visions of an improved future, these dreamers built entirely new areas of technology, including semiconductors, computers and networking. But those ventures also laid the groundwork for companies today, which are using that technology to bring massive change to the...
  • This week's most important songs: Disclosure, Prince, and more (2015-07-31 17:24:40)
    Bow down, readers: the queen Carly Slay Jepsen is roaring back to life. Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij co-wrote and produced "Warm Blood," the latest in a series of great singles cut from Jepsen's upcoming Emotion.
  • Microsoft reportedly investing in Uber at a $50 billion valuation (2015-07-31 17:13:29)
    If it seems like Uber is working on another new round of funding, that is because Uber is always working on another new round of funding. Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal are reporting that the company has closed a new investment which values it at $50 million, and also includes Microsoft as a backer. The round gave Uber another $1 billion, putting its total funding at $5 billion.
  • Nvidia recalls some Shield tablets due to battery fire fears (2015-07-31 17:06:16)
    (Reuters) - Nvidia Corp said it was recalling some of its Shield 8-inch tablets in the United States as the battery in these devices can overheat, posing a fire hazard. The Android-based tablet, which has a price tag of $300-$400, is targeted at gaming enthusiasts and comes equipped with batteries that are made to last longer. Nvidia, better known for its graphics chips, said it would replace Shield tablets with battery types that test Y01 it sold in the United States since the product's launch in July 2014.
  • Here's how to set your default browser in Windows 10 (2015-07-31 17:01:08)
    Setting your default browser is easy -- follow these simple steps to learn how.
  • University of Connecticut says hit by hackers from China (2015-07-31 16:53:11)
    By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - The social security numbers and credit card details of up to 6,000 University of Connecticut students, faculty and others may have been stolen by cyberhackers from China, the university said on Friday. Officials detected a potential breach of the School of Engineering's network in March and an investigation uncovered that hackers may have gained access to it as early as September, 2013, spokesman Tom Breen said. Breen said the hack has been traced to China "based on the type of cyber-attack that was launched, and the software used." He added the FBI and several state agencies have been notified.
  • Uber valuation tops $50 bn with latest funding: report (2015-07-31 16:48:22)
    Global ridesharing startup Uber has closed a deal raising nearly $1 billion in fresh capital, pushing its valuation to more than $50 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The report, citing people familiar with the deal, said investors in the latest round include Microsoft Corp. and the investment arm of Indian media conglomerate Bennett Coleman & Co. Uber did not immediately respond to an AFP request for comment.
  • How blockchain is likely to transform IT and business (2015-07-31 16:46:00)
    The technology underpinning the well-known cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, is really the star of the show. Here's why Blockchain will almost certainly lead to a digital transparency and trust revolution near you.
  • Federal Court's data breach decision shows new tilt toward victims, class-action lawsuits (2015-07-31 16:44:14)
    Federal courts beginning to recognize possibility of on-going harm to those who lose financial, personal data in a breach
  • Hackers expose security flaws in cars, phones — even guns (2015-07-31 16:37:20)
    Our greatest security weaknesses are revealed at the annual BlackHat and DefCon conferences, where hackers gather to show off their most compelling work. Meanwhile, Facebook prepares to fly its own drones.
  • BMW paying electric car owners to delay charging in Bay Area (2015-07-31 16:32:34)
    Carmaker has teamed up with Pacific Gas & Electric to curb power grid demand by giving i3 drivers gift cards if they charge at off-peak hours.
  • BBC sports announcer uses his hand as an iPad (2015-07-31 16:21:53)
    Technically Incorrect: Chris Mitchell tapped away on his palm, perhaps hoping that the camera wouldn't show that it had no actual iPad in it. It appears an inside joke.
  • What it was like to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 (2015-07-31 16:16:41)
    Last night, Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi took to the Windows blog to announce that over 14 million devices were already running Windows 10. Making the OS free is proving to be a smart move for Microsoft, and millions more are sure to join the early adopters in the coming days and weeks, but plenty of users are understandably cautious about updating. Yesterday, I decided to take the plunge without reading any instructional articles or investigating the issues I might face. Foolish? Quite possibly, but I wanted to know what it would be like to go in blind. I’d seen a few worrisome tweets, but for all I knew they were the outliers. I was going to find out for myself if
  • Why We Should Focus On Our Babies, Not Our Screens (2015-07-31 16:09:25)
    No matter how many different ways we ask the question, the answer from child development experts remains the same: humans under age 2 learn best from people, not screens. "The real emphasis shouldn't be on the taking away of screens," Dr. Claire McCarthy, a pediatrician at Boston Children's Hospital, recently said on HuffPost Live. "The...
  • Facebook's Zuckerberg and wife are expecting a daughter (2015-07-31 16:07:11)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his pediatrician wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting a baby.
  • Uber valued at about $51 billion after latest funding round: WSJ (2015-07-31 16:06:00)
    (Reuters) - Online taxi-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc has closed a new round of funding that values the company at close to $51 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Uber raised close to $1 billion in the round, bringing its total funding to more than $5 billion, WSJ reported on Friday, citing one of the people. Investors in the latest round include Microsoft Corp and the investment arm of Indian media conglomerate Bennett Coleman & Co, WSJ added.
  • Tinder Hooks Up with Country Star to Debut Song (2015-07-31 15:54:33)
    Now, Tinder is making strides toward becoming a more all-purpose social network, including providing a platform for musicians. Country singer Luke Bryan has debuted "Kill the Lights": a brand-new single to which you can listen as you scroll through pictures of cute singles and porn bots. Bryan shared the news with his fans today, which should be a pleasant surprise for inveterate singles who also love country music.
  • IBM, Cloudera, Amazon announcements: Big Data news roundup (2015-07-31 15:54:32)
    New products, new technologies and an acquisition announced over the last two weeks may be small items on their own, but they add up to an important shift in the Big Data space.
  • New Battlefield confirmed for 2016 release (2015-07-31 15:53:37)
    Senior EA exec reaffirms company's yearly shooter strategy.
  • GTA 5 becomes an RPG with this new mod (2015-07-31 15:44:20)
    A mod adds a skill tree, looting, and tons of XP bonuses to make GTA 5 more like an RPG.
  • Man finds iPhone that fell from airplane (2015-07-31 15:43:30)
    The phone dropped 9,300 feet and ended up in a field alongside a hungry donkey in rural Texas.
  • Apple’s Tim Cook reportedly met with BMW to learn about making cars (2015-07-31 15:42:26)
    Reuters is today backing up earlier reports of a meeting between Apple and luxury automaker BMW. CEO Tim Cook is said to have visited BMW's headquarters last year, and other executives toured the company's Leipzig plant. According to Reuters, Apple showed a particular interest in BMW's i3 electric car and the manufacturing process which produces the vehicle's carbon fiber body.
  • ​U.S. District Judge rules mobile-phone tracking does require a warrant (2015-07-31 15:41:22)
    It's a tug of war for cell-phone privacy as U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh rules mobile-phone tracking does requires a warrant.
  • F-U-N-D-E-D: How Silicon Valley's cash is making grocery stores and cookbooks obsolete (2015-07-31 15:38:18)
    Record-level investments are flowing into food delivery startups.
  • 'For Cecil and his Kingdom,' avoid this golden HTC One (2015-07-31 15:33:41)
    There's no controversy or debate to be had about the irredeemably bad idea of exploiting the death of Cecil the lion to shill your latest gold-plated custom smartphone. The image of a lion is imprinted on the back of a golden HTC One, just above a slogan reading "For Cecil and his Kingdom." Because we all love the African savanna.
  • Facebook CEO Zuckerberg and wife expecting a baby girl (2015-07-31 15:32:50)
    By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting a baby girl, he said on his Facebook page on Friday. Zuckerberg, 31, did not say when their daughter is due but said the pregnancy was far enough along that the risk of miscarriage was low. Zuckerberg, who often uses his Facebook page to make both corporate and personal announcements, opened up about the emotions he and Chan, who is a doctor, have felt while trying to have children.
  • Go Large: The Power of Exponential Thinking (2015-07-31 15:32:47)
    For lovers of exponential thinking, the best place on Earth - and so by default the solar system - to immerse yourself in such ideas might be Silicon Valley. Those in the know make a beeline for Singularity University based at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View - but a stone's throw from Google HQ. You wouldn't even have to be a good...
  • Coach Taylor tells Alamo Drafthouse moviegoers to keep it quiet (2015-07-31 15:30:11)
    It's rude to talk or take phone calls during a movie. That statement should be obvious, but it's a problem that persists regardless of how much shushing you do. So independent theater chain The Alamo Drafthouse made a new video to silence loud moviegoers by invoking the emotional aesthetic of Friday Night Lights, complete with a score by Explosions in the Sky and a performance from the show's biggest star.
  • New friend for Zuckerberg: Facebook CEO to be a dad (2015-07-31 15:21:15)
    The social-networking giant's co-founder shared Friday that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting their first child -- a daughter. Their dog, Beast, "has no idea what's coming."
  • PS4's celebrity-led horror game Until Dawn goes gold (2015-07-31 15:19:17)
    Development on long-in-development horror game finished ahead of its launch in August.
  • Hundreds of Destiny cheaters banned (2015-07-31 15:17:16)
    Bungie bans lots of offending Crucible players for manipulating network traffic.
  • Windows 10: more of your questions answered (2015-07-31 15:14:27)
    Thumb drive issues, beta testing, data caps, browser compatibility, and more.
  • Promise me you will never forget this video (2015-07-31 15:11:37)
    Remember when Olivia Newton John and John Travolta made a music video for Christmas 2012? You don't? What do you mean you forgot? I don't care if it's been two and a half years!
  • Apple, BMW in courtship with an eye on car collaboration (2015-07-31 15:07:31)
    By Edward Taylor and Julia Love FRANKFURT/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - BMW and Apple may rekindle a courtship put on hold after an exploratory visit by executives of the world's top maker of electronic gadgets to the headquarters of the word's biggest seller of premium cars. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook went to BMW's headquarters last year and senior Apple executives toured the carmaker's Leipzig factory to learn how it manufactures the i3 electric car, two sources familiar with the talks told Reuters. The dialogue ended without conclusion because Apple appears to want to explore developing a passenger car on its own, one of the sources said.
  • BMW paying i3 electric car owners $1,540 to delay charging in Bay Area (2015-07-31 15:05:56)
    Car maker has teamed up with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to curb power grid demand by incentivizing i3 drivers to charge at off-peak hours.
  • 5 Signs You Are a Expert Product Manager (2015-07-31 15:04:27)
    Leading a product team is invigorating. As the CEO of the product, the product manager has one of the best jobs in the company as well as one of the hardest. Make the wrong decisions and you're a failure. But, define the right product for the right customer at the right time and you are a star.Becoming a master product manager takes time,...
  • Starting Over and Starting Up with Thrive (2015-07-31 15:01:47)
    7%.What does that number represent?It represents the percentage of investor money given to women-led startups.*I want to put a spin on this story and start out with song. It's Raining Angels (Angel Investors)The San Francisco fog is rising.According to all sources - what sources?Silicon Valley is the place to go - we better hurry up.'cause for...
  • Drake and The Game trade beef for bromance in their video for ‘100' (2015-07-31 14:57:04)
    It's been a busy week for Drake, but why not cap it off with yet another song about how real he is. A music video just came out for The Game's "100," which features a very mellowed out Drake rapping through the middle of it and warning other rappers not to show up to his studio "with that fake shit." The song originally dropped last month, but its lyrics are all too fitting for the end of a week focused on Meek Mill's accusation that Drake does exactly what he's warning others not to.
  • With Star Wars relaunch, the Force is with Electronic Arts (2015-07-31 14:47:10)
    Electronic Arts Inc is back from the "dark side". EA said on Thursday that "extremely strong" preorders for "Star Wars: Battlefront" were behind its decision to raise its full-year revenue forecast to $4.45 billion from $4.40 billion. "(EA) is merely trying to rein in runaway expectations for Star Wars, during a highly competitive holiday window for first-person shooters," Barclays analyst Chris Merwin, who raised his price target on EA by $14 to $82, wrote in a research report.
  • The 2015 Moto X looks like the phone that could make me love Android again (2015-07-31 14:41:21)
    Why do Android diehards love Android? A lot of it comes down to freedom — they don’t like Apple’s walled garden approach and they love being able to have devices that have more customization options than iPhones do. But freedom isn’t just about how you use software — it’s being free from mobile carrier contracts and the assorted carrier bloatware apps that come with them. And this is why, as Droid Life’s Kellen Barranger explains, Android fans should really hope the new Moto X Pure Edition is a hit. READ OUR FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Moto X Pure Edition and Moto G hands-on: The pure Android phones you’ve been waiting for Instead of selling its device through mobile carriers at a subsidized price, Motorola offering the Moto
  • Parents, Help Your Connected Teens Get Safety Savvy This Summer (2015-07-31 14:37:01)
    If you're the parent of a teen, chances are that they updated their Facebook page, posted pictures on Instagram or live-tweeted their summer activities. As August nears, summer vacation may be drawing to a close, but there are still plenty of extra hours to Whisper, Periscope, and Snapchat the day away. This makes it a prime opportunity for...
  • A Childhood Crisis of Technological Proportions (2015-07-31 14:34:41)
    This morning my wife delivered some challenging news. The family tablet was not charging and we would need to buy a new one immediately. As a family with no TV, we rely on the tablet to entertain our children at various points of the day, particularly in the summertime when there are more hours at home. And while we are blessed to possess a...
  • Your next sunscreen...courtesy of fish slime? (2015-07-31 14:20:33)
    Researchers have figured out a way to harness the power of the oceans to create a sunscreen that could be more friendly to the reefs that grow there. And humans too.
  • The ultimate Windows 10 cheat sheet: Everything you need to know (2015-07-31 14:12:23)
    More than 14 million people have already upgraded to Windows 10, but you might not be one of them. You’re probably scared that things will go wrong, that your data might be lost, or that Microsoft will soon have you searching for drivers. Don’t worry — that last one won’t happen. The entire process is much simpler than you think, and below you’ll find everything you need to know before and after the install. DON’T MISS: Windows 10: The first 5 things you need to do immediately after you install it Before you upgrade If you haven’t registered for the upgrade yet, do so from the upgrade tool available in the lower-right corner of your screen — click the Windows icon and perform the
  • Gold-plated smartphone raises cash for Cecil the Lion's home (2015-07-31 14:11:14)
    Goldgenie, a company known for blinging up tech devices, offers a golden HTC One M9 to raise funds for Cecil the Lion's national park in Zimbabwe.
  • Pinterest hires early Apple designer Susan Kare (2015-07-31 14:09:48)
    Pinterest has hired designer Susan Kare, the graphic artist famously behind many of Apple's early fonts and icons, including those on the original Macintosh. At Pinterest, Kare will be serving as a product design lead, where the company says she'll likely end up working on products like buyable pins, guided search, and app pins.
  • Windows 10 now running on over 14 million devices (2015-07-31 14:08:58)
    The operating system is being launched to current Windows 7 and Windows 8 users in phases, so the number of devices now running Windows 10 will rise steadily in the coming days as more users get access to the platform.
  • Car hacking risk may be broader than Fiat Chrysler: U.S. regulator (2015-07-31 14:07:02)
    By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The cybersecurity issues that led Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV to recall 1.4 million vehicles this month could pose a problem for cars and trucks from other automakers, the top U.S. auto safety regulator said on Friday. Mark Rosekind, who heads the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said his watchdog agency is trying to determine how many car makers received wireless components from the same company that supplied Fiat Chrysler. “The supplier didn’t just supply radios to Chrysler but to a lot of other manufacturers," Rosekind told reporters.
  • Mixers, turntables, and the best of DJ gear (2015-07-31 13:52:57)
    In 2015, DJs are at the heart of music, crafting pop hits and critical darlings alike, along with the usual nightclub duties. The simple act of controlling recorded sound is more riveting and more popular than it's ever been, and that popularity has come with surprising technological changes. What started with a simple turntable has become a melange of mixers, MIDI controllers, CDJs and software suites that tie it all together.
  • Comcast's NBC blocks Sling TV ads, Dish says (2015-07-31 13:50:16)
    By Malathi Nayak NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dish Network Corp said on Friday that Comcast Corp's broadcast television network NBC is not airing ads promoting its Sling TV video streaming service in some markets. While NBC, part of Comcast's NBCUniversal film and TV unit, has banned Sling TV ads, other major networks such as ABC, CBS, Fox are running its commercials, Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch said in a blog post. NBCUniversal's four locally-owned stations in New York, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. ...
  • Uber, driver attorneys maneuver toward crucial hearing (2015-07-31 13:27:10)
    By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] is jostling with drivers suing for reimbursement of their expenses in advance of an important hearing next week in the fight over whether drivers are independent contractors or employees entitled to benefits. Three drivers sued Uber in a federal court in San Francisco, contending they are employees and entitled to reimbursement for expenses, including gas and vehicle maintenance. If allowed to proceed as a class action, the 2013 lawsuit could cover more than 160,000 California drivers and give plaintiffs leverage to negotiate a settlement.
  • 3D-printed BoomCast heals broken bones the connected way (2015-07-31 13:21:21)
    Meet the BoomCast, a 3D-printed cast with embedded electronics, which gives patients more freedom and allows doctors to monitor a patient's progress anywhere in the world.
  • Windows 10 review: The first 24 hours (2015-07-31 13:15:42)
    When I first upgraded to Windows 7 back in 2009, I was shocked. Microsoft had somehow recovered from the mediocrity of Windows Vista and built an operating system that felt like the natural progression from Windows XP. It was clean, it ran better and most importantly, it didn’t try to fix what wasn’t broken. Then Windows 8 happened. I was smart/fortunate enough to avoid Windows 8 altogether, but as a fan of new technology, I couldn’t help but feel a little left out. I wanted the latest and greatest, and now, nearly three years later, it has arrived in the form of Windows 10. READ MORE: Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do – here’s how to opt out Having spent
  • The Vergecast 164: Motorola, Microsoft, and screen sizes (2015-07-31 13:14:40)
    Greetings, mobile accomplishers! It’s been a big week for phones, so this week The Vergecast is a tech show. Dieter Bohn, Chris Ziegler, Dan Seifert, and Sam Sheffer are on hand to reflect on Motorola’s new phones, Microsoft’s new OS and mobile strategy, cars, and various Palm products. It’s a trip down memory lane into the future.
  • Win a OnePlus 2 invite! (2015-07-31 13:10:07)
    Over a million people have signed up to receive an invite for the opportunity to buy a OnePlus 2. We got our hands on six invite cards — and since it's free-stuff Friday — we're giving them away on our Facebook page to six lucky winners.
  • Having trouble with the words to that one Human League song? This is for you (2015-07-31 13:03:59)
    Have you ever become confused about the employment status of the subject of "Don't You Want Me," The Human League's 1981 synth-pop classic? Have you ever visited a cocktail bar, even if only for a minute? If you can answer "yes" to any of the questions above, you need to acquaint yourself with "Workin' in a Cocktail Bar." It takes the salient plot detail from "Don't You Want Me" — namely the female protagonist's gainful employment as a server in a libations establishment — and gives it a newfound clarity.
  • Nvidia recalls all Shield tablets due to battery fire fears (2015-07-31 12:52:31)
    (Reuters) - Nvidia Corp said it was recalling its Shield 8-inch tablets in the United States as the battery in these devices can overheat, posing a fire hazard. The Android-based tablet, which has a price tag of $300-$400, is targeted at gaming enthusiasts and comes equipped with batteries that are made to last longer. Nvidia, better known for its graphics chips, said it would replace all 83,000 tablets it sold in the United States since the product's launch in July 2014.
  • Former 'Star Trek' actor Patrick Stewart supports SnotBot drones to help whales (2015-07-31 12:51:21)
    Ocean Alliance teams up with the former "Star Trek" captain to help raise money for snot-collecting drones for whale research.
  • Game Of Thrones executive producer finally reveals Jon Snow’s fate (2015-07-31 12:50:15)
    Yes, Jon Snow is dead, and many people know that already, including Game of Thrones fans who haven’t even seen the most recent episode of HBO’s tremendously popular TV series. And while there are many plausible fan theories that say he’ll be back, one HBO executive wants to remind you he’s oh so very dead. DON’T MISS: Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do – here’s how to opt out “Dead is dead is dead. He be dead. Yes. Everything I’ve seen, heard and read, he is dead,” HBO executive Michael Lombardino said, according to The Huffington Post. He made these remarks during the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour on Thursday, but that doesn’t really answer the question many ask:
  • Windows 10 May Share Your Wi-Fi Password with Facebook (2015-07-31 12:40:57)
    If you're taking up Microsoft on its offer of a free upgrade to Windows 10, you should know that the new operating system has a feature, called Wi-Fi Sense, that automatically shares your Wi-Fi passwords with others. When Wi-Fi Sense is enabled, anyone you have in your Skype, Outlook or Hotmail contacts lists — and any of your Facebook friends — can be granted access to your Wi-Fi network as long as they're within range.
  • Windows 10 shares your Wi-Fi password with all your friends – stop it using this guide (2015-07-31 12:25:12)
    Windows 10 is the much-needed upgrade that PC users have been waiting for ever since Microsoft promised it would fix its numerous blunders in Windows 8. But that doesn’t mean Windows 10 is perfect. In fact, there are plenty of issues that need correcting, and a Day One patch might fix some of them. On top of that, there are certain privacy issues you need to be aware of, and the fact that Windows 10 is spying on you by default. On top of that, Windows 10 will also share your Wi-Fi passwords with others by default, but that can also be fixed relatively easily. DON’T MISS: Windows 10: The first 5 things you need to do immediately after you install it
  • Low Latency 131: Window shopping (2015-07-31 12:10:27)
    Windows 10 has been received well by critics, but it might take a little more convincing for people to actually upgrade.
  • Qualcomm wins appeal in $173 million ParkerVision case (2015-07-31 12:03:54)
    By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld a lower court's decision to clear Qualcomm Inc in a patent lawsuit by ParkerVision Inc, allowing it to escape a $173 million verdict for infringement. Trading in ParkerVision shares was halted on the Nasdaq after the price fell 50 percent to 23 cents. ParkerVision had accused Qualcomm of infringing its patents beginning in 2006 over a means to convert radio frequency signals, and incorporating its technology in products sold for use in mobile devices such as smartphones.
  • It looks like the iPhone 6s is actually going to be a game-changer (2015-07-31 12:00:44)
    The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are both expected to come with support for Force Touch gestures, a brand new way of interacting with a device that was first seen in the Apple Watch, Retina MacBook and select MacBook Pro models. After Bloomberg said recently that both 2015 iPhones will get the new feature, a new report from Taiwan indicates that the components needed for this great new tech are already in mass production. DON’T MISS: Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do – here’s how to opt out According to sources from the supply chain that spoke to Digitimes, Force Touch panels are already being churned out in Eastern factories, with suppliers ramping up production now. The
  • Review: Straight Outta Compton finds new humanity in rap legends (2015-07-31 11:58:54)
    President Ronald Reagan was leading a belligerent and misguided charge in the War on Drugs. The Los Angeles Police Department made up for recent budget and staff cuts with near-constant aggression in predominantly black neighborhoods like Compton. The department even had a special unit known as CRASH, which stood for Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums (really) that encouraged police to use widespread force to combat gang violence in the city.
  • I ate crab bisque cooked by a robot chef (2015-07-31 11:53:18)
    Speed and consistency: these are the two qualities that Tim Anderson says he most values in the kitchen. As a former UK MasterChef champion and head of a forthcoming Japanese-soul food fusion restaurant in London, Anderson knows what he’s talking about. In fact, Anderson says the real problem might be that it’s too consistent.
  • Nvidia recalls 88,000 Shield tablets over possible fire hazard (2015-07-31 11:48:47)
    The 8-inch Shield tablets sold between July 2014 and July 2015 are at risk of overheating, the company says.
  • Online viewers won't miss Super Bowl ads shown on TV (2015-07-31 11:46:38)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Next year, you won't have to worry about missing the buzziest commercials of the Super Bowl if you can't get to a TV.
  • Survey results: Apple Watch owners making health a priority (2015-07-31 11:40:51)
    Apple Watch owners are satisfied with their purchase and results show they are also using it to improve their lifestyle through daily activity and awareness.
  • Hot slate: Nvidia recalls some Shield tablets due to overheating battery (2015-07-31 11:40:00)
    Some Nvidia Shield tablets could pose a fire hazard and will be replaced free of charge. Here's how to tell if your device has the problem battery.
  • You’ll be able to see a rare blue moon tonight (2015-07-31 11:35:45)
    The phrase “once in a blue moon” is meant to describe something that’s very rare, although in reality blue moons happen once every three years or so. And actually, there’s nothing blue about a blue moon — rather, it’s a term used to describe the second time a full moon appears in a given month. The last time we had a blue moon was in 2012 and we’re not scheduled to get another one until 2018. MUST SEE: We found the ultimate flamethrower that spits fire 50 feet into the air So why do we call it a blue moon at all if there’s nothing blue about it? A 2012 Sky and Telescope article claims the term was originally part of a colloquial saying
  • Self-service data preparation: Who's your best provider? (2015-07-31 11:28:11)
    SnapLogic and Logi Analytics are the latest to embrace the self-service data-prep trend. But should your choice be an integration vendor, a BI/analytics player or a stand-alone offering?
  • Tonight's 'Blue Moon' wants attention; don't give it what it wants (2015-07-31 11:28:03)
    You may have heard musings that there's a blue moon on the rise tonight. Don't believe the hype. The moon you see this evening will stay the same grey-ish shade it always looks.
  • Comcast's NBC refuses to air commercials for Sling TV (2015-07-31 11:20:40)
    NBC is unwilling to run commercials for Dish's Sling TV streaming service on its own TV stations. Business Insider reports that Sling recently brought a new set of ads to all the major networks and their affiliates in eight cities. Everyone was happy to take them with the lone exception of Comcast-owned NBC, which rejected the commercials in key markets like New York and Los Angeles, where NBC itself owns and controls the local peacock station. The spots portray traditional cable operators as greedy and aggressive bullies, a sentiment that Comcast probably isn't too fond of.
  • Sharp abandons the TV market in the Americas (2015-07-31 11:20:16)
    Starting next year, Sharp TVs sold in the Americas won't actually be made by Sharp. Sharp announced this morning that it was getting out of the TV business in North and South America by selling its Mexican production factory and leasing rights to its brand name to Hisense, a Chinese manufacturer that's been trying to build its name up in the region. Once Hisense picks up production, it'll be the real name behind Sharp TVs, as well as the Aquos and Quattron branding.
  • AMC's sci-fi drama Humans is coming back for a second season (2015-07-31 11:17:19)
    AMC and Channel 4 are bringing Humans, their anxious, trans-Atlantic AI drama, back for a second season. The show takes place in a parallel version of suburban London, one where synths — skilled, precise androids almost indistinguishable from humans — have become omnipresent as servants and home assistants. Humans hasn't been a huge hit for AMC, but the show was an instant sensation in the UK.
  • Windows 10: How to remove all the tiles from your Start Menu and pretend Windows 8 never existed (2015-07-31 11:10:00)
    Windows 10 has done a fantastic job thus far of replacing the sour taste left in our mouths from Windows 8 with the sweet, sweet taste of software that’s actually intuitive and user-friendly. No longer is Microsoft attempting to cram a tablet interface down our throats on desktop and laptop computers, and that simple fact alone is likely enough to make most users happy with Windows 10. Of course, Microsoft didn’t stop there — here are some of the best new features you’ll find in Windows 10. Of course, there are still some remnants of Windows 8 floating around in Microsoft’s new operating system, and in this post we’ll show you how to get rid of the biggest ones. DON’T MISS: Windows
  • YotaPhone 2 won’t be coming to the US (2015-07-31 10:57:37)
    Yota Devices revealed today that it is canceling its plans to launch the YotaPhone 2 in the US, citing complications with its manufacturing partners. According to an email sent to backers of the phone through Indiegogo and obtained by The Verge, the company says "the reason for our cancelled launch is due to unforeseen delays including both production and delivery of the North American variant of YotaPhone 2 from our manufacturer" and "the logistics were insurmountable and the device would simply arrive too late." It says that a delay in delivery of the YotaPhone 2 to North American customers would have caused conflict with its plans for 2016 and that Indiegogo backers would still be waiting for the device when other regions were already getting newer, better, and less expensive YotaPhones.
  • Tough week for social media stocks _ no one is spared (2015-07-31 10:47:54)
    NEW YORK (AP) — It hasn't been an easy week in social media, despite double-digit revenue growth from Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Investors are looking beyond headline numbers and finding reasons to sell.
  • We found the ultimate flamethrower that spits fire 50 feet into the air (2015-07-31 10:45:33)
    Do you love the smell of napalm in the morning? Then you’re going to absolutely love the X15 flamethrower that you can now buy in 48 states for the price of $1,600. RELATED: Meet the amazing $174 gadget that lets you shoot fireballs from your wrists The flamethrower, which you can order online here, is developed by a company called XMatter that’s based in Ohio and that specializes in making flamethrowers that are priced for the average consumer. In XMatter’s FAQ section, it claims the X15 has a range of up to 50 feet if you use the recommended fuel mixture of 90% diesel and 10% gasoline. Using this mixture also lets you fire out three gallons’ worth of fuel in just
  • Why Everyone Should Unplug More Often (2015-07-31 10:41:22)
    I don't know about you, but my smartphone sometimes seems like Grand Central Station at rush hour. Between texts, emails, regular old phone calls, and notifications from multiple social media sites, keeping up with all the inputs can feel like a full-time job. In fact, I can't remember the last time I passed a full 12 hours without checking my...
  • Your next sunscreen ... courtesy of fish slime? (2015-07-31 10:34:30)
    Researchers have figured out a way to harness the power of the oceans to create a sunscreen that could be more friendly to the reefs that grow there ... and humans too.
  • Pro tip: Enable NTFS write support natively for OS X (2015-07-31 10:23:28)
    Jesus Vigo explains the pros and cons of using Apple's default NTFS driver for native write support of NTFS-formatted drives in OS X.
  • Amazon's exclusive acoustic collection features Deer Tick, Surfer Blood, and more (2015-07-31 10:22:34)
    Amazon Prime Music is a small but important piece of Amazon Prime's portfolio, and the company is working to render it more vital through exclusive content. Amazon Acoustics is an exclusive new collection of originals and covers available for streaming by Prime subscribers and for purchase by customers worldwide. It's an eclectic mix of artists and cover subjects, albeit one that naturally leans toward rock, country, and adult contemporary pop: Ashley Monroe is covering John Mellencamp, Michelle Branch is covering Radiohead, Surfer Blood is covering OutKast.
  • Windows 10 entices millions in first day (2015-07-31 10:21:35)
    Some 14 million people installed the Windows 10 operating system in the first 24 hours following its release, Microsoft said, calling the response "overwhelmingly positive. The company said its new operating system aimed at computers, mobile devices and other gadgets got off to a strong start toward its goal of reaching one billion devices. "We're humbled and grateful to see the response to Windows 10," corporate vice president Yusuf Mehdi said in a blog post late Thursday.
  • Dixons Carphone to sell Phone House Portugal (2015-07-31 10:21:25)
    British electricals and mobile phone retailer Dixons Carphone has agreed to sell The Phone House Portugal, further streamlining its business as it focuses on markets where it has a leading position. Following completion, expected by the end of next month, Dixons Carphone will receive a small cash consideration. Earlier this year the group sold The Phone House Netherlands and The Phone House Deutschland.
  • 9 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale right now for free (2015-07-31 10:20:32)
    It’s Friday, and you all know what that means… one last list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free before the week comes to an end. We’ve had a great run this week, and we’re finishing on a high note with nine solid paid iOS apps on sale for free. If you’re really hungry for new apps and nine isn’t enough, there are still a few apps on sale for free in yesterday’s post as well. MUST-READ: Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do – here’s how to opt out These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how
  • Could HomeKit have pushed back a new Apple TV to September? (2015-07-31 10:17:38)
    New content deals and an SDK for Apple TV apps might be holding up a device refresh. Or perhaps it's that the HomeKit gateway serves little purpose at the moment.
  • BMW paying Bay Area i3 owners up to $1,540 to delay charging (2015-07-31 10:15:39)
    BMW has teamed up with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to curb power grid demand by incentivizing i3 drivers to charge at off-peak hours.
  • New leaks show NSA targeting Japanese ministers and energy companies (2015-07-31 10:15:13)
    The NSA has been keeping a close eye on Japan's biggest businesses, according to a new publication from Wikileaks. The latest release is similar to previous documents that revealed French government targets as well as the personal surveillance of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
  • Get a refurbished HP Stream 13 for $169.99 (2015-07-31 10:09:07)
    For less than the price of a new 11-inch Stream, you can get HP's super-popular laptop in a larger size. Sellout risk: also larger-size.
  • 6 Things You Didn't Know Were Invented by NASA (2015-07-31 10:03:49)
    By: Joe OlivetoCredit: Wikimedia CommonsNASA deserves a lot of thanks. The space program is the reason we've put satellites in the sky, landed on the moon, and seen Armageddon. But in the constant quest to dominate the stars, the agency has also ended up creating tools and technologies with applications right here on Earth.In fact, you're...
  • Recon Jet smart glasses get the GoPro controller app they deserve (2015-07-31 10:01:00)
  • New trailers: Beasts of No Nation, Black Mass, The 33, and more (2015-07-31 10:00:02)
    The trailers are all over the place. It's not the subject anyone expected to see next from Michael Bay, but he's taking his typically huge explosions and battle sequences over to Libya to take on a more serious subject. It'll be on Netflix starting October 16th.
  • Patience will be the key to a successful Windows 10 upgrade (2015-07-31 09:58:50)
    Greg Shultz recommends letting the dust settle before you attempt the free Windows 10 upgrade.
  • Tom Cruise: New ‘Mission: Impossible’ movie starts shooting next summer (2015-07-31 09:55:22)
    Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible movies are always fun to watch. They might not win the Oscar for the best motion picture, but they’re packed with action, special effects and incredible stunts, including some crazy performances from the actual star of the show — check out one of Cruise’s stunts for Rogue Nation. Fans of the franchise will probably be thrilled to hear that Tom Cruise has at least one more movie in the works, and it will premiere much sooner than you think. MUST-READ: Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do – here’s how to opt out The actor told Jon Stewart during an interview on The Daily Show earlier this week that the next Mission: Impossible is going to start
  • The FCC is already getting thousands of Net Neutrality complaints (2015-07-31 09:42:00)
  • I disabled Flash on my computer and I haven’t enjoyed the web this much in years (2015-07-31 09:30:27)
    For the past several months, I’ve been unable to surf the web on my MacBook Air without having it sound like a rocket ship taking off. While things weren’t quite that bad on my Windows 8.1 desktop PC, I still had to deal with my fair share of slow loading times and Shockwave crashes that would regularly drive me up the wall. However, all this changed when I finally did something that I should have done a long, long time ago: I disabled Adobe Flash on both computers. MUST-READ: Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do – here’s how to opt out Ever since disabling Flash, pages load faster, tabs don’t crash whenever Shockwave decides to soil itself, and
  • Google rejects France's demand for a global 'right to be forgotten' (2015-07-31 09:22:00)
  • Why the creator of BoJack Horseman embraces sadness (2015-07-31 09:20:13)
    One of the most affecting moments in the first season of BoJack Horseman, Netflix’s weird and surprisingly dark animated sitcom, is the titular man-horse asking his ghostwriter if he’s beyond redemption. Series creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg would probably tell you that’s the point.
  • Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do – here’s how to opt out (2015-07-31 09:05:02)
    Windows 10 is amazing. Windows 10 is fantastic. Windows 10 is glorious. Windows 10 is faster, smoother and more user-friendly than any Windows operating system that has come before it. Windows 10 is everything Windows 8 should have been, addressing nearly all of the major problems users had with Microsoft’s previous-generation platform in one fell swoop. But there’s something you should know: As you read this article from your newly upgraded PC, Windows 10 is also spying on nearly everything you do. DON’T MISS: Windows 10: The first 5 things you need to do immediately after you install it It’s your own fault if you don’t know that Windows 10 is spying on you. That’s what people always say when users
  • Listen to One Direction's first post-Zayn single, 'Drag Me Down' (2015-07-31 09:02:30)
    One Direction surprised fans by sneaking their new single "Drag Me Down" — their first piece of new music since losing original member Zayn Malik in March — onto iTunes and Spotify early Friday morning. This might be the closest a One Direction song comes to having a "drop." When you fold in the melody, the whole package reminds me of Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble," and that qualifies as praise in this space. Malik's departure from the band has come with its fair share of Twitter tomfoolery and acrimony, most of it involving British producer Naughty Boy.
  • F-U-N-D-E-D How Silicon Valley's cash is making grocery stores and cookbooks obsolete (2015-07-31 09:00:02)
    Record-level investments are flowing into food delivery startups.
  • ICYMI: Street View pollution hunt, Easier Amazon and more (2015-07-31 09:00:00)
  • Former "Star Trek" actor Patrick Stewart supports SnotBot drones to help whales (2015-07-31 08:42:03)
    Ocean Alliance teams up with the former "Star Trek" captain to help raise money for snot-collecting drones for whale research.
  • How to clean install Windows 10 (2015-07-31 08:41:45)
    Windows 10 has been available for a couple of days, and 14 million machines have already been upgraded. Microsoft hasn't been exactly clear about that process, but I've spent the past couple of days figuring out what does and doesn't work. If you want to learn more about the operating system then read our Windows 10 review here.
  • BMW pays i3 owners to charge their cars at non-peak times (2015-07-31 08:41:00)
  • Ebola vaccine is 100 percent effective in Guinea trial, WHO reports (2015-07-31 08:36:51)
    A vaccine is "highly effective" against Ebola, according to the World Health Organization. Early results from a trial in Guinea show that the drug protected 100 percent of the people who received it against Ebola. "The initial results are exciting and very promising," said Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, in a press conference earlier today.
  • Tesla Model S gets torched by a McLaren 650S in a drag race… and it’s not even close (2015-07-31 08:30:06)
    When it comes to raw acceleration relative to price, you’d be hard pressed to come up with a car as impressive as the Tesla Model S P85D. With a push of a button, Tesla’s upper-tier model can go from 0-60 mph in just 3.2 seconds flat. Fittingly, Tesla calls this mode Insane Mode. But as any physics student could tell you, acceleration and speed aren’t the same thing. So while the performance edition of the Model S is an absolute beast getting off the line, that doesn’t necessarily translate into being the most impressive car on the track, speed wise. DON’T MISS: Why does every Android phone company think it can be Apple? A few days ago, DragTimes decided to pit
  • Nvidia recalls Shield Android tablets over battery fire fears (2015-07-31 08:20:00)
  • Quick Tip: Take advantage of Samsung's Ultra Power Saving Mode (2015-07-31 08:13:02)
    Find out about how ultra power saving mode works on the Samsung Galaxy S5/S6.
  • Tor connection vulnerability uncloaks hidden web services (2015-07-31 08:12:00)
    Can "circuit fingerprinting" reveal the true location of Tor websites and services?
  • Survey: Will artificial intelligence take over IT and the world? (2015-07-31 08:11:00)
    Artificial intelligence (AI) has been a staple of sci-fi for decades. But it has a growing role in technology. Take this survey and tell us your thoughts on the current and future impact of AI.
  • China mulls forcing Tencent, Alibaba to offer rivals' online payment services (2015-07-31 08:10:25)
    China proposed new regulations on Friday that could force Internet companies such as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, Tencent Holdings Ltd and Baidu Inc to offer their rivals' online payment services as well as their own. China has the world's largest Internet population and Beijing is trying to better regulate the country's rapidly-changing Internet sector, drawing up rules for everything from censorship to cybersecurity and e-commerce. "Payment institutions should fully respect customer's right to choose, and must not force customers to use the internet payment service they provide, and also must not stop customers using other Internet payment services provided by other institutions," said draft regulations posted on the People's Bank of China's website.
  • Google makes it even easier to test Android apps (2015-07-31 08:05:00)
  • Nvidia recalls all Shield Tablets due to battery fire hazard (2015-07-31 08:04:29)
    Nvidia promised spectacular, unprecedented gaming performance from its 8-inch Shield Tablet last year, but its pursuit of extreme performance seems to have gone a tiny bit too far. The company is now recalling its first Android tablet device due to a potential fire hazard posed by the battery, which can overheat. When it launched the Shield Tablet, Nvidia made a big deal out of the extra thermal dissipation of its design, claiming it was double what you'd get from a typical tablet.
  • Windows 10 reactions, 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' reviewed and more in CNET UK Podcast 443 (2015-07-31 08:02:06)
    We discuss reactions to Microsoft's new operating system, GameSpot's Sarah Lynch explains the tech situation in the new "Mission Impossible" movie and more.
  • Zero Day Weekly: Wassenaar backpedaling, rifle hacking, Stagefright, Wi-Fi Sense hysteria (2015-07-31 08:00:04)
    Notable security news items for the week ending July 31, 2015. Covers enterprise, controversies, application and mobile security, malware, reports and more.
  • Windows 10 is already on 14 million PCs, and the rush to upgrade is far from over (2015-07-31 07:45:11)
    Windows 10 is probably the most exciting Windows update we’ve seen in years. A massive number of Windows 7 and Windows 8 users have already upgraded to Windows 10, and the upgrade wave is far from over. DON’T MISS: How to skip the queue and install Windows 10 right now The new operating system brings several interesting features — including the new Start button, the Microsoft Edge browser or Cortana voice assistant integration — and has received very positive reviews so far, even though Microsoft still has plenty of bug squashing to do. In just two days since Windows 10 was first released to the public, Microsoft has announced that the OS is already installed on some 14 million devices, with Windows Insiders
  • Watch 1,000 musicians woo the Foo Fighters to Italy (2015-07-31 07:38:43)
    One thousand musicians gathered in Italy this week to perform the Foo Fighters song "Learn to Fly," as part of an effort to bring the band to Cesena — a northern city of about 100,000 people. The Rockin' 1000 event was organized last year by Fabio Zaffagnini, who described the performance as a "huge, huge miracle." Zaffagnini used crowdfunding to raise more than $50,000 for the performance, with the hope that it would convince Dave Grohl and his bandmates to hold a concert in Cesena. It seems to have worked. ...
  • Brazilian company NeoA adapts support groups into a social network (2015-07-31 07:30:03)
    NeoA is a new app that aims to turn support groups into online social networks.
  • First Click: Tiny wireless earbuds are definitely coming this summer, maybe (2015-07-31 07:30:02)
    Of all the future technologies that seem just out of reach, wireless earbuds rank near the top of the list. Kickstarter and Indiegogo are rife with similar Bluetooth projects like the Bragi Dash and Trex. Dot found its Kickstarter campaign suspended, only to end up on Indiegogo and its "shit yeah, we’ll take your money" attitude towards the Internet of Things.
  • Facebook readies drone with wingspan of a Boeing 737 (2015-07-31 07:23:58)
    Social networking giant's solar-powered Aquila UAV will broaden reach of its controversial Internet.org program by beaming internet connectivity to remote regions.
  • Tiny robotic insect can jump on water like a strider (2015-07-31 07:10:00)
  • 10 women cleantech leaders to follow on Twitter (2015-07-31 07:00:03)
    There are some powerful women in the cleantech industry, working on things like energy initiatives in Africa and startup hubs in the US. Here are 10 leaders to follow on Twitter.
  • BBC's Ibiza Prom is the perfect '90s house music mix for the summer (2015-07-31 06:53:59)
    If you've ever visited the Royal Albert Hall you'll know it has no connection to Ibiza. Set in the heart of London, it plays host to The Proms annually — eight weeks of classical music concerts in a historic venue. Ibiza and the Royal Albert Hall are polar opposites, but on Wednesday night they merged together to pay homage to house music.
  • Can the company behind the smartwatch with 30-day battery life make one that never needs recharging? (2015-07-31 06:50:04)
    Startup Vector Watch is readying a range of watches with a classic look, understated tech, and a really long battery life.
  • Google offers revamped Glass headset to the enterprise: report (2015-07-31 06:49:25)
    Google is reportedly distributing a new version of Glass for use in specialist sectors.
  • Internet of Wine: The Italian project using networked vineyards to make a better vintage (2015-07-31 06:47:00)
    An Italian project is allowing wine-growers to keep bills down and get a better crop thanks to some new technology.
  • World's best whisky is being sent to age in space (2015-07-31 06:32:50)
    A Japanese distillery is sending some of its world-renowned whisky into outer space. Tokyo-based Suntory, a brewing and distillery company, announced today that it will send six samples of its whiskies and other alcohols to the International Space Station (ISS) next month, in order to observe the effects of zero-gravity on the aging process. Suntory is Japan's oldest whisky distillery, and is responsible for producing the Yamazaki Single Malt Cherry Cask 2013, which last year was named the best whisky in the world (much to the dismay of Scotland).
  • Get an early look at VW's new Android Auto, Apple CarPlay-ready dashboard (2015-07-31 06:30:16)
    Volkswagen's new MIB II infotainment system for its 2016 models rolls in a heap of new features, including compatibility with both Google and Apple's car systems.
  • Vodafone turns to QR codes for 'simpler' pay-as-you-go top-ups (2015-07-31 06:15:00)
  • Samsung and Mastercard team up ahead of Pay launch in Europe (2015-07-31 06:06:24)
    Samsung is preparing to follow Apple into Europe's mobile payments market.
  • Huawei passes Microsoft as third-largest mobile phone maker (2015-07-31 06:06:00)
  • Hisense snaps up Sharp America in $24m deal (2015-07-31 05:58:27)
    Hisense has completely taken over Sharp's television business across the United States.
  • Japan's Sharp to exit Americas TV market after deep first-quarterly loss (2015-07-31 05:32:59)
    Sharp Corp on Friday said it would exit the TV set business in the Americas and consider more steps to shore up its finances, after reporting a deeper-than-expected quarterly loss on weak sales of smartphone displays. The Japanese electronics maker said it would sell its TV manufacturing plant in Mexico and license its brand in the Americas to China's Hisense Group. In a separate statement, Hisense said it would pay $23.7 million for the business.
  • Google distributes new version of Glass designed for professionals (2015-07-31 05:05:55)
    The Internet giant is proposing the device to companies in the healthcare, manufacturing and energy industries.
  • Google Glass will have a new snap-on design, says WSJ (2015-07-31 05:01:10)
    Google is reportedly working on a new "Enterprise Edition" of its augmented reality Google Glass headset that has a few new hardware improvements. Aimed at businesses, the new Google Glass reportedly features a button-and-hinge system to attach it to different glasses. Google is also reportedly developing a battery pack that connects magnetically to provide additional power.
  • Bill Nye is halfway to funding a documentary about his life as The Science Guy (2015-07-31 04:43:45)
    William Sanford Nye, better known as Bill Nye the Science Guy to his many fans, is one of the foremost ambassadors of science in our modern times. Alongside Neil deGrasse Tyson, Nye has done much to make scientific topics relatable and entertaining to a mainstream audience. A $5 contribution to the Bill Nye film campaign nets backers a Twitter shout-out from Bill Nye himself, plus a look behind the scenes as the picture is being developed.
  • 'Endless Space 2' hopes to sate your space-faring strategy thirst (2015-07-31 04:40:00)
  • Uber invests $1 billion in India (2015-07-31 04:38:14)
    Uber today announced a $1 billion investment in India, as the taxi-hailing app looks to expand in its largest market outside of the US. In an email statement, Uber said its India business is currently growing at a 40 percent rate, month-over-month, and it expects to grow even faster with today's investment. "We are extremely bullish on the Indian market and see tremendous potential here," Amit Jain, president of Uber India, said in a statement.
  • Uber to invest $1 billion in India to expand services (2015-07-31 04:32:44)
    (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] will invest $1 billion in India in the next nine months, as the online taxi-hailing company looks to expand its services in its biggest market outside the United States. Uber said it would use the additional investment to improve operations, expand beyond the 18 Indian cities where it now operates, and develop new products and payment solutions. "We are extremely bullish on the Indian market and see tremendous potential here," Amit Jain, president of Uber India said in a statement on Friday.
  • Google defies France over making right to be forgotten global (2015-07-31 04:31:54)
    The search engine has rejected an order by the French data protection watchdog to apply the right to be forgotten to all its domains, including those outside Europe.
  • Google rejects French order on world 'right to be forgotten' (2015-07-31 04:24:28)
    PARIS (AP) — Google is rejecting an order by the French data privacy agency to remove search results worldwide upon request, saying European law allowing the 'right to be forgotten' doesn't apply globally.
  • Hisense to buy Sharp America in $23.7M deal (2015-07-31 03:41:34)
    Chinese manufacturer Hisense is making a play at the American TV market by buying out Sharp America, taking over the Japanese company's Mexican factory and gaining rights to the Sharp brand in North and South America.
  • Quickflix haemorrhages customers in Q2 after Netflix launch (2015-07-31 03:35:23)
    The launch of Netflix in Australia and New Zealand has had a massive impact on Australian streaming service Quickflix, with the latter losing 14 percent of its customer base in the quarter.
  • 'Yooka-Laylee' snags a publisher after record-breaking Kickstarter (2015-07-31 03:21:00)
  • Crave giveaway: Chant BT portable Bluetooth speaker from House of Marley (2015-07-31 03:00:02)
    Win a sustainably crafted portable speaker for use at home or on the go. Because music makes everything better.
  • Windows 10 lands on 14 million devices in first 24 hours (2015-07-31 02:42:24)
    Microsoft has begun its campaign to see 1 billion devices operating on Windows 10 over the next few years with a total 14 million devices using its latest OS within the first full day of its launch.
  • Over one million people want to buy a OnePlus 2, maybe (2015-07-31 02:26:14)
    It seems a lot of people are at least somewhat interested in buying a OnePlus 2. The new phone, an impressive yet inexpensive device from Chinese startup OnePlus, has prompted over a million people to register an invitation to buy it just 72 hours after the company started soliciting customers. Invites were scarce for the OnePlus One, so a lot of people are no doubt signing up as early as possible even if they're not sure they want to buy the new device.
  • Mozilla is unhappy with Microsoft over Windows 10 changes (2015-07-31 02:20:00)
  • Telstra announces closure of music-streaming service MOG (2015-07-31 02:03:23)
    Telstra is shuttering its music-streaming service as competition increases in the market with the recent launch of Apple Music.
  • Uber to drive India business with $1B investment (2015-07-31 01:30:39)
    Ride-sharing app company wants to clock up 1 million rides a day in the country through plans to expand its presence beyond the 18 cities where it currently runs.
  • Mozilla CEO slams Microsoft over Windows 10 browser defaults (2015-07-31 01:18:50)
    Company behind Firefox accuses the tech giant of making an "aggressive move to override user choice" by designating its Edge as default browser.
  • Velpic to finalise AU$5.2m reverse takeover of International Coal (2015-07-31 00:29:08)
    Video e-learning startup Velpic is looking to open offices in Melbourne and Sydney, and will use its backdoor listing to help facilitate expansion plans.
  • Twitter's new homepage is designed to lure in new users (2015-07-31 00:28:00)
  • Mega denies claims by Kim Dotcom of NZ government control of company (2015-07-31 00:24:00)
    Encrypted cloud storage service Mega has hit back at claims by Kim Dotcom that it is in the hands of a wanted Chinese investor whose shares have been seized by the New Zealand government.
  • Uber to invest $1 billion in India in next nine months (2015-07-30 23:53:34)
    Uber said it would use the additional investment to improve operations, expand into newer cities, and develop new products and payment solutions. "Uber has grown exponentially in India, a global priority market for us, which has also quickly become the largest market geographically for Uber outside the U.S.," Amit Jain, President of Uber India said in a statement. The news of Uber's investment in India was first reported by the Financial Times, which said it was the first time the company had set such a target for India.
  • FireChat gets offline private messaging (2015-07-30 23:30:00)
  • Meek Mill's Photoshop skills are worse than his diss track (2015-07-30 23:19:53)
    Meek Mill just premiered his long-awaited Drake diss track, "Wanna Know," on Hot 97. Is that Drake's face copy-pasted onto the body of a Milli Vanilli member? Do you think Meek has spent all of this time carefully cutting Drake's head out of a Drake photo using the lasso tool instead of writing a decent comeback?
  • Resolve df-pfa-03 error in the Google Play Store (2015-07-30 23:05:03)
    People have reported a rather frustrating error with the Google Play Store. If you've seen the DF-PFA-03 error, Jack Wallen might have the fix.
  • Meek Mill finally responds to Drake with his own diss track, "Wanna Know" (2015-07-30 22:45:09)
    Over a week after Meek Mill first called out Drake for allegedly having a ghostwriter, the Philly rapper has responded with his own diss record, "Wanna Know". The track follows two records from Drake — "Charged Up" and "Back to Back Freestyle" — that put Meek's back against the wall. Everyone expected a response from Meek Mill earlier this week on Hot 97 DJ Funkmaster Flex's show that never transpired. Meek Mill and his team began dropping hints this afternoon that the track would finally be released tonight, and on Flex's show no less.
  • Meek Mill finally responds to Drake with his own diss track, Wanna Know (2015-07-30 22:45:09)
    Over a week after Meek Mill first called out Drake for allegedly having a ghostwriter, the Philly rapper has responded with his own diss record, "Wanna Know". The track follows two records from Drake — "Charged Up" and "Back to Back Freestyle" — that put Meek's back against the wall. Everyone expected a response from Meek Mill earlier this week on Hot 97 DJ Funkmaster Flex's show that never transpired. Meek Mill and his team began dropping hints this afternoon that the track would finally be released tonight, and on Flex's show no less.
  • Google rejects French demand over global right to be forgotten (2015-07-30 22:36:58)
    Google rejected a French demand to globally apply the so-called right to be forgotten, which requires the company to remove links to certain information about users if asked. It was responding to a call by France's national data protection authority, CNIL, to globally implement a May 2014 ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that allows people to ask search engines to delist links with personal information about them. "While the right to be forgotten may now be the law in Europe, it is not the law globally," Google's global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer said in a blog post.
  • Google's AU$1m grant to help introduce 10,000 students to STEM careers (2015-07-30 22:35:08)
    Google is teaming up with three not-for-profit organisations to help train and raise the STEM capabilities of underrepresented groups, including women, low socio-economic groups, and Indigenous Australians.
  • How to do a clean install of Windows 10 (2015-07-30 22:33:00)
    Three ways to install a clean version of Windows 10 onto any PC.
  • Microsoft says 14 million computers now running Windows 10 (2015-07-30 22:32:10)
    PALO ALTO, California (AP) — Microsoft says its' new Windows 10 operating system is now running on more than 14 million computers, two days after the software was released as a free download.
  • Windows 10 is up to 14 million installs already (2015-07-30 22:24:00)
  • Windows 10 is on 14 million machines already (2015-07-30 22:11:18)
    Microsoft is rolling Windows 10 out in phases, but the company just announced that over 14 million devices are all running its latest operating system. In a blog post, Windows marketing head Yusuf Mehdi says that Microsoft has "many more upgrades to go" before everyone with a reservation gets their copy through. Those who reserved ahead of time will be prioritized.
  • Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger's rock drama Vinyl hits HBO next year (2015-07-30 21:59:29)
    The rock 'n' roll drama series exec-produced by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger finally has a name and a date of sorts — HBO has announced that Vinyl will come in 2016. Reportedly long in gestation, the show is set to star Boardwalk Empire's Bobby Cannavale, House's Olivia Wilde, and Jagger's own son James.
  • Get an early look at VW's new Android Auto, Apple CarPlay ready dashboard (2015-07-30 21:48:51)
    VW's new MIB II infotainment system for its 2016 models rolls in a heap of new features.
  • NASA space telescope discovers Earth's closest rocky neighbor (2015-07-30 21:34:00)
  • Rackspace to host cloud security sharing centre (2015-07-30 21:29:54)
    The Cloud Security Alliance wants the big names in the cloud industry to join forces to tackle security threats in the cloud space that would see providers sharing information before an attack hits another firm.
  • Uber ban causes AU$40m annual loss to Queensland economy: Report (2015-07-30 21:24:16)
    A report by the ABC has revealed that not allowing Uber to operate in the state of Queensland actually reduces competition to the tune of AU$40 million.
  • The top 10 'Star Wars' sidekicks, ranked. Who should be No. 1? (2015-07-30 21:21:38)
    The editorial staff of StarWars.com is out with another episode of "The StarWars.com 10," revealing their 10 favorite "Star Wars" sidekicks. Shockingly, Jar Jar Binks madea the list, okee day?
  • Uber to invest $1 billion in India: FT (2015-07-30 21:16:31)
    (Reuters) - Online ride hailing service Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] is set to invest $1 billion in India, which will bring its investment on par with that in China, the Financial Times reported. Uber said that this move would help its service reach 1 million daily rides by March 2016, the first time the company has set such target for India, FT said. Amit Jain, president of Uber India, said the company was "extremely bullish" on the Indian market and that it continues to see a 40 percent monthly growth, FT reported.
  • As Windows 10 rolls out, take a step back in time through the evolution of Windows (2015-07-30 21:15:16)
    After years of anticipation, Windows 10 has finally arrived. Although Microsoft will undoubtedly be spending the next several weeks ironing out the kinks of its new operating system, the reaction from users and critics alike has been largely positive, proving that Windows 10 is a huge step up over the ill-fated Windows 8. READ MORE: How to download and install Windows 10 right now That said, Windows 10 doesn’t look all that different from Windows 7 at first glance. Sure, a few of the UI elements have been adjusted or replaced, but any tech-savvy Windows user will be right at home on Windows 10. Of course, the upgrades haven’t always been so relatively incremental. On Thursday, OnTheHub shared with us an interactive
  • Pocket invites you to try beta features, starting with recommendations (2015-07-30 20:39:00)
  • Firefox boss attacks Microsoft over the default browser settings in Windows 10 (2015-07-30 20:38:13)
    Mozilla's CEO has published a letter of complaint about Windows 10's default browser settings - which actually affect all programs, not just browsers - and been parodied over Mozilla changing users' default search setting in its own Firefox browser....
  • You have the power with the Zweissen Manual Food Processor (2015-07-30 20:20:50)
    The Zweissen Manual Food Processor is an affordable kitchen tool that likes to explore. And since it requires no electricity, the gadget can be used anywhere.
  • Yelp is in a 'death spiral,' industry expert says (2015-07-30 20:16:02)
    The business reviews site has suffered a string of blows this week, including the departure of its high-profile board chairman. Can it regain its footing?
  • 'League of Legends' pirate Gangplank is dead; long live Gangplank (2015-07-30 20:14:00)
  • Google said to be trying out new version of Glass for workplace (2015-07-30 20:07:28)
    The search giant has made tweaks to its smart eyewear as it pitches the device to the enterprise. One change: Workers will be able to attach the device to an existing pair of glasses.
  • Man shoots down drone hovering over house (2015-07-30 20:00:32)
    A Kentucky man thinks it unacceptable when a drone floats over his property. So he shoots it down. Then the drone's owners come calling.
  • Samsung confirmed its next Gear smartwatch has a rotating bezel (2015-07-30 19:39:00)
  • Former 'Top Gear' stars head for Amazon Video (Tomorrow Daily 218) (2015-07-30 19:36:06)
    Khail and Ashley discuss Amazon's move to sign the former "Top Gear" trio to a new deal, how Nokia plans to enter the VR market with a new camera and a Lexus modded to visualize a driver's heartbeat.
  • I took me out to a ball game, where tech called balls and strikes (2015-07-30 19:31:15)
    Technically Incorrect: The two-game series between the San Rafael Pacifics and the Vallejo Admirals claimed to be the first to use Pitchf/x tech to make decisions.
  • Two-year project boosts REANNZ network speed, cuts costs (2015-07-30 19:27:31)
    New Zealand's national research network gains a massive speed boost and resiliance through a public-private partnership with FX Networks.
  • The Knick heads to San Francisco for its second season in a new teaser (2015-07-30 19:10:22)
    Steven Soderbergh's turn-of-the-century medical series, which follows lead surgeon Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen) and staff at a New York hospital during the dawn of modern medicine, was widely acclaimed upon its premiere last fall. Thanks to the teaser trailer above, we know that some of the new season's action will take place in San Francisco, a major shift given the first season's setting. Soderbergh spared no detail in bringing New York c.
  • Every free PS4, PS3 and PS Vita game you can download in August (2015-07-30 19:00:37)
    Despite the fact that we’ve seen a few big releases over the past couple of months, the summer video game lull is still in full effect. We still have over a month until September arrives and the schedule begins to pick up, but in the meantime, there are plenty of free games to download on the PS4, PS3 and PS Vita. READ MORE: The 10 best Netflix shows you didn’t know existed Yesterday, Sony revealed the latest additions to the Instant Game Collection for the month of August. Anyone with an active PS Plus subscription will be able to download each and every one of these games starting next Tuesday: Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris (PS4) Limbo (PS4) Sound Shapes (PS4 |
  • Apple to unveil next Apple TV version in September: BuzzFeed (2015-07-30 18:55:11)
    (Reuters) - Apple Inc will launch the next generation of its Apple TV set-top box in September, with a new remote and support for Siri voice control, online publisher BuzzFeed reported on Thursday. The new Apple TV will have a slimmer chassis, a "drastically improved" remote with touch-pad input, increased on-board storage and an operating system that will support Siri, BuzzFeed said, citing sources familiar with the matter. Apple said it declined to comment on rumors and speculation.
  • Crave Ep. 213: Take a tour of the ISS, Google Street View style (2015-07-30 18:53:17)
    ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti took many photos during her time on the International Space Station, and now they've been stitched together to create a virtual tour of the ISS.
  • Latest Apple TV rumor: new box in September, but no TV service yet (2015-07-30 18:50:00)
  • Mozilla blasts Microsoft for making it harder to switch to Firefox in Windows 10 (2015-07-30 18:35:44)
    Microsoft has altered Windows 10 so that users have to explicitly set a default app for applications like mail, calendar, or web browsers. The change means the setup installers for Chrome and Firefox can no longer set themselves as the default browser during the install process. In a blog post and open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Mozilla CEO Chris Beard outlines the company’s concerns.
  • Hacker claims he can use GM’s OnStar app to remotely open and start your car (2015-07-30 18:35:22)
    Connected cars are awesome but they also present big opportunities for hackers to cause significant, and potentially deadly, mischief. Reuters reports that white-hat hacker Samy Kamkar says he’s figured out a way to hack into GM’s OnStar mobile app and then use it to remotely open and start GM cars. RELATED: Hackers take over a Jeep driving down the highway at 70 mph Essentially, Kamkar says he’s found a way to intercept communications between the OnStar RemoteLink app and the OnStar service itself, which he can then use to control some of the car’s key functions. He’ll provide more technical details on how this hack works at the Def Con conference in Las Vegas next month. News of Kamkar’s research comes a week
  • Exploding Kittens, the most-funded game in Kickstarter history, is now shipping (2015-07-30 18:11:35)
    Exploding Kittens holds the record for the most backers in Kickstarter history (219,382 — a record is still reportedly holds, at least according to whatkickstarterprojecthasthemostbackers.com). The game was scheduled for release in July, and with just one day to go, Exploding Kittens is now shipping. Subtitled "A card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats," Exploding Kittens is card game illustrated by web cartoonist Matthew Inman aka The Oatmeal, who's credited as co-creator along with Elan Lee and Shane Small.. Deliveries for both the standard and NSFW edition are arriving now.
  • In rural China, shoppers go online - with a little help (2015-07-30 18:10:45)
    By Sue-Lin Wong TONGLU, China (Reuters) - Cheng Yonghao left his village in central Henan province almost 20 years ago, not expecting to return. Cheng is just one of an army of local recruits who are part of Alibaba Group's big bet on rural e-commerce as China's internet giants invest billions in outpost service hubs to tap a market twice the size of the United States. E-commerce growth in the countryside now outpaces that in major cities, though fewer than one tenth of online purchases made on Alibaba platforms were shipped to rural areas in the first quarter of this year.
  • Canon’s insane new video camera can record HD color video in the dark (2015-07-30 18:10:20)
    Canon earlier today unveiled a jaw-dropping new multi-purpose camera with a maximum ISO of over 4,000,000. In layman’s terms, this bad boy can effectively see in the dark. Dubbed the ME20F-SH, Canon’s latest creation can record full color HD video in extremely dark conditions. How dark? Well Canon’s press release notes that it can capture video “with a minimum subject illumination of less than 0.0005 lux. “To put that in perspective, Petapixel writes, “a full moon on a clear night is about 0.27 to 1.0 lux, and 0.0001 lux is a moonless, overcast night. The camera can capture high-quality images of things the human eye cannot see.” DON’T MISS: The latest big iPhone 6s leak brings some bad news along with it
  • Engadget Live takes over LA on August 21st! (2015-07-30 18:09:00)
  • California offers $75,000 bounty to catch drone pilots who slowed wildfire efforts (2015-07-30 18:08:34)
    California is aggressively pursuing the people responsible for three recent incidents in which drones interfered with firefighters as they worked to extinguish devastating forest fires. "We want to know who was flying drones, and we want them punished," said Jorge Ramos, chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. In the July incident, five recreational drones got in the way of firefighters, who had no choice but to divert their planes and briefly land before the drones finally moved along.
  • Sultans of shrink pack more chips into smart wearables (2015-07-30 18:04:17)
    By Michael Gold TAIPEI (Reuters) - The latest chapter in the miniaturisation of increasingly smart consumer electronics lies in the hands of chip packagers, an indispensable group of firms whose role in the supply chain alone is worth $27 billion. Packagers like Taiwan's Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc (ASE) receive chips from manufacturers and prepare them for device assemblers by, for instance, encasing them in metal and resin. The advent of wearable devices, particularly Apple Inc's Apple Watch and its dozens of chips, pushed packagers to devise innovative ways of cramming ever-more communications, graphics and location chips into the tiniest of spaces.
  • LinkedIn 2Q caps rough week for social media stocks (2015-07-30 17:58:32)
    NEW YORK (AP) — It hasn't been a good week for social media companies, not even for the usually reliable professional networking service LinkedIn Corp.
  • NASA confirms the discovery of a rocky exoplanet just 21 light years away (2015-07-30 17:58:18)
    Astronomers have found the closest rocky planet outside our solar system using the Spitzer Space telescope. Plus its three-day orbit is too close to its host star for liquid water to form, even though the star is cooler and smaller than our sun. This new neighbor could help us better understand the formation of planets and solar systems in general.
  • ​Navman Wireless takes its telematics back-end to AWS (2015-07-30 17:58:00)
    Work is progressing to integrate Navman's technology with those of stablemate Teletrac.
  • A minor-league baseball team let a machine call balls and strikes last night (2015-07-30 17:54:12)
    It's a sport that embraced advanced statistics alongside more "old school" scouting and basic counting stats like RBIs, but it's also one where the "human element" plays a huge role in almost every part of the game — specifically, the home plate umpire who calls either a ball or strike on every single pitch. With the advent of advanced technology like the Pitch F/X system that tracks the location of every pitch thrown in a game, fans have started wondering when the umpire might get put out to pasture — or at least get some assistance from this system that has been installed in all 30 major league stadiums.
  • Challenging Digital Boundaries (2015-07-30 17:49:51)
    If your doctor only glanced at your chart before telling you that you have cancer and that you need surgery, you'd likely get a second opinion. If your surgeon greeted you on the morning of surgery and told you that he was awake the night before answering emails from the hospital's chief of staff, you'd likely jump off the table and run.
  • Pinterest launches diversity initiative, will share hiring goals with public (2015-07-30 17:47:55)
    Digital-scrapbooking site announces partnership with startup to find strategies to increase staff diversity. It will share what works and what doesn't, in an aim to help the whole tech industry.
  • Every free Xbox One and Xbox 360 game you can download in August (2015-07-30 17:45:23)
    Last month, Microsoft improved its Games with Gold program dramatically by giving Xbox One owners an additional free game to download every month. Xbox has always been a step behind PlayStation when it comes to rewarding subscribers of its pay-to-play online service, but this addition brings Games with Gold and PS Plus much closer to parity. READ MORE: These are the Xbox 360 games we’re most excited to replay on Xbox One Similar to last month, Microsoft is offering a triple-A title and a smaller, independent game on Xbox One. The big free game in the month of August is Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, so for any of you who were jealous that PS4 owners got the game for free back in June, now
  • For EA, sports titles are the gift that keep on giving (2015-07-30 17:33:16)
    The game maker's strong back catalog of sports games helps the company generate strong revenue even in the absence of new releases.
  • Google is launching a new version of Glass, but only for workers (2015-07-30 17:32:00)
  • Silent films are back, with Livetext messaging app (2015-07-30 17:25:16)
    Yahoo takes away sound from video as a twist to attract younger users. Also, Lexus teases that hoverboard again, and Google Translate adds more languages.
  • North America’s salamanders threatened by bloody skin disease (2015-07-30 17:15:31)
    A gruesome and deadly skin disease threatens to wreak havoc among North America’s salamanders, researchers warn in a study published in Science today. The Asian fungus that causes the disease — called Bsal — has already reached Europe, wiping out 96 percent of fire salamanders in the Netherlands. Now, researchers have determined that the fungus will spread like wildfire if it reaches North America, and they’re calling for an immediate ban on all salamander imports.
  • FireEye posts slowest revenue growth since debut; CFO quits (2015-07-30 17:13:33)
    Cybersecurity company FireEye Inc reported its slowest quarterly revenue growth since going public in 2013, and said Chief Financial Officer Michael Sheridan will step down. "People would be nervous about a CFO transition, typically," Chief Executive David DeWalt told Reuters, offering an explanation for the drop in share price. Sheridan, CFO since June 2011, will join a private technology company, FireEye said.
  • Facebook made a solar-powered plane to deliver internet (2015-07-30 17:09:00)
  • An insane person’s guide to ditching Windows 10 and going back to Windows 8.1 (2015-07-30 16:56:40)
    So, you’ve installed Windows 10 on your laptop, tablet or desktop and for some reason, you don’t like what Microsoft has done to fix the tragedy that was Windows 8. Or, perhaps you’re aware of some bugs that Microsoft hasn’t yet patched. Luckily for you, Microsoft lets you downgrade back to a previous Windows version right from inside Windows 10, and the procedure is relatively easy, though not quite hassle-free. DON’T MISS: How to download and install Windows 10 right now As Gizmodo points out, Microsoft included an option to downgrade a computer to Windows 8.1 if you so desire. Just go to Update & Security and choose Recovery. A few clicks later you should find yourself running Windows 8.1 again on
  • Facebook ready to test Internet-beaming drones (2015-07-30 16:47:48)
    Facebook on Thursday said it is ready to begin test flights of a high-altitude drone designed to provide Internet access to remote locations of the world. Yael Maguire, the engineering director of the project, told journalists the team had "achieved a significant milestone" with laser communications for high-speed data connections that are faster than most current speeds. Using the drone could mean "quickly bringing connectivity to an area that needs it," he said at a presentation at Facebook's California headquarters.
  • Apple TV with Siri and App Store could finally arrive in September (2015-07-30 16:42:51)
    A new Apple TV may finally be on the way. According to BuzzFeed News, Apple plans to announce an overhauled Apple TV in September, likely during the same event that it'll unveil new iPhones. The new Apple TV is supposed to bring some major changes to the device, including an App Store, voice control with Siri, and an improved remote with a touch pad on it. It would mark the first update to the Apple TV since 2012.
  • JXE Streams: A piece of puzzle pie in 'The Talos Principle' DLC (2015-07-30 16:40:00)
  • Apple’s big Apple TV refresh is finally launching in September (2015-07-30 16:38:39)
    It’s been years in the making at this point but we now know Apple will finally, at long last, release its big Apple TV refresh this coming September. Buzzfeed’s John Paczkowski, who has impeccable sources for Apple release schedules, says that Apple will unveiled its refreshed TV set-top box alongside its new iPhones in September. FROM EARLIER: Japanese scientists fire a 2 quadrillion-watt laser, the most powerful ever While the new set-top box will bring plenty of new features, one thing it won’t be bringing is Apple’s long rumored over-the-top TV subscription service. Apparently Apple is still trying to hammer out deals with studios for the rights to offer their shows as part of its pay TV subscription package. That said, the new
  • DIY Desktop Background Collage (2015-07-30 16:30:07)
    Changing your desktop background is a great way to change up your life without doing anything too drastic. It's a fun way to change up your work space without spending any money (except for a few cents on your electricity bill). There are lots of pretty desktop backgrounds on the Internet already, but you can just as easily create your own...
  • Facebook's 'Security Checkup' is ready to guard your account (2015-07-30 16:27:00)
  • Pierce Brosnan (2015-07-30 16:18:22)
    Is Pierce Brosnan anyone's favorite James Bond? When fans of the series rank actors who've played the British spy, Sean Connery, Roger Moore, and Daniel Craig typically claim the podium, leaving Brosnan's Bond to be best known for a video game.
  • Silent Circle's Blackphone 2 to support Android for Work (2015-07-30 16:18:16)
    The move aims to enhance the privacy-focused smartphone's appeal in the corporate world, where the separation of personal- and work-related information is paramount.
  • BMW i3 owners in the Bay Area are getting $1,000 not to charge at peak hours (2015-07-30 16:18:06)
    Up to 100 BMW i3 owners in the San Francisco area are being offered $1,000 to hold off on charging during hours when the electricity grid is stressed the most. The 18-month trial, which is being run by BMW and Pacific Gas & Electric Company, started this week. The chosen customers will also be eligible for an additional bonus of up to $540 at the end of the program, but that amount "will be determined by individual participation levels throughout the 18-month program," according to BMW.
  • FireEye revenue jumps as companies spend more on cybersecurity (2015-07-30 16:11:10)
    (Reuters) - Cybersecurity company FireEye Inc reported a 55.8 percent jump in quarterly revenue as businesses spent more to protect their networks from sophisticated cyber attacks. FireEye's net loss attributable to shareholders widened to $133.6 million, or 87 cents per share, in the second quarter ended June 30 from $116.8 million, or 82 cents per share, a year earlier. The company said Chief Financial Officer Michael Sheridan is leaving to join a private technology company.
  • Airfares will soon be the cheapest they’ve been in four years (2015-07-30 16:08:01)
    If you’re planning to book any flights this fall, you might want to wait until August. According to Montreal-based analytics company Hopper, the price of an average round-trip ticket will plummet to $244 next month. That’s nearly a 5% decrease from the average price in August 2014. READ MORE: Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu – here’s how to customize it “Typically, prices will fall during the latter part of summer before stabilizing in the fall and early winter,” Hopper’s chief data scientist Patrick Surry told Fortune. “Since this summer was cheaper than last summer, we expect prices to remain lower than last year through the rest of this year, returning slightly closer to normal by the end of the year.”
  • Toyota moves further away from Android Auto and CarPlay with Telenav announcement (2015-07-30 16:05:01)
    Toyota and Telenav are announcing today that certain 2016 vehicles will be the first to support Scout GPS Link, a feature that ferries route and destination information between the dashboard and a version of Telenav's Scout app for iPhone and Android. Scout already has an in-car turn-by-turn mode that you can use directly on your phone, but this makes it easier — all the interactions (including voice commands) happen through the car's display and audio system instead of the phone's. If this sounds a little familiar, it should: Toyota recently entered an agreement with Ford to explore the use of its SmartDeviceLink technology, which — like Scout GPS Link — lets Toyota maintain control over its user interface in a way that Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto do not.
  • No end in sight for Oracle, Google legal fight over Android (2015-07-30 16:00:38)
    By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Oracle Corp's long-running legal battle with Google Inc over Google's Android operating system for smartphones and other devices probably will not proceed to another trial until the middle of 2016, a U.S. judge said on Thursday. The closely watched case involves how much copyright protection should extend to the Java programming language, which Google used to design the operating system. Oracle is seeking royalties for Google's use of some of the Java language, while Google argues it should be able to use Java without paying a fee.
  • Facebook ready to test giant drone for Internet service (2015-07-30 16:00:36)
    MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook says it will begin test flights later this year for a solar-powered drone with a wingspan as big as a Boeing 737, in the next stage of its campaign to deliver Internet connectivity to remote parts of the world.
  • A closer look at the Edge browser in Windows 10 (2015-07-30 16:00:00)
  • You Can Now 3D Print Your Own Clothes From Home (2015-07-30 15:58:01)
    Need new clothes? Who needs a store? Danit Peleg is printing them herself.
  • What Makes a Company Culture Great? (2015-07-30 15:55:56)
    Culture. It is probably a term you hear often -- and I believe that it is one worth discussing. Clearly, we want more than just a job -- we want more control over how and where we work. And the right company culture allows us to make that happen.But it is difficult to objectively look at one company and have everyone agree on what the culture...
  • Pocket starts recommending articles and videos in a new public beta (2015-07-30 15:50:30)
    Save-for-later service Pocket is testing out recommendations for the first time, introducing personalized picks for articles and videos into a public beta channel it is opening today. Pocket's 17 million registered users can sign up to join the beta program for Android, iOS, and the web. Once you're enrolled, you'll be able to use a beta version of the app that includes a Recommendations tab next to the list of content you've chosen to save yourself.
  • 'Sherlock' Funko figures can surely solve mini mysteries (2015-07-30 15:50:01)
    Re-create your favorite sleuthing moments from "Sherlock" with Funko's Vinyl Pop figures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, as well as their friends and enemies.
  • Facebook says drone ready for real-world testing later this year (2015-07-30 15:43:22)
    By Yasmeen Abutaleb MENLO PARK, Calif. (Reuters) - Facebook Inc announced on Thursday it has completed building its first full-scale drone, which has the wingspan of a Boeing 737 and will provide Internet access to the most remote parts of the world. The plane will weigh about 880 pounds (400 kg), said Yael Maguire, the company's engineering director of connectivity. "Our mission is to connect everybody in the world," said Jay Parikh, vice president of engineering.
  • Uber opens car-leasing program to lure in more drivers (2015-07-30 15:42:00)
  • 5 common problems people are having with Windows 10 – and how to fix them (2015-07-30 15:41:00)
    There is absolutely no question that the response to Windows 10 has been overwhelmingly positive. True, anything would seem like a huge improvement compared to the disaster that was Windows 8. But people love that the Start Menu has made its triumphant return and replaced the Start screen that everyone hated so much, and new features like Cortana and the Edge web browser are big checks in the pro column as well. Of course, nothing is perfect. DON’T MISS: Why does every Android phone company think it can be Apple? In these early days, you can expect to run into a fair number of issues with Windows 10. First, it’s an early release — in fact, Microsoft has already released its first
  • Google loses bid to overturn low-cost patent licenses to Microsoft (2015-07-30 15:33:16)
    By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - In a setback for Google Inc , a U.S. appeals court ruled on Thursday that the low licensing rate Microsoft Corp pays to use some of Google's Motorola Mobility patents had been properly set. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said a lower court judge properly determined the patents' value even though the royalty rate was only a fraction of what Motorola had asked for. Google sold the Motorola handset business to Lenovo last year but kept its patents.
  • Office Mobile apps are now available for Windows 10 tablets (2015-07-30 15:27:00)
  • Being Human in a Digital World: Five Core Things We Worry About (2015-07-30 15:24:28)
    Genevieve Bell is an Intel vice president and Intel Fellow, and the director of User Experience Research at Intel Labs. She leads a team of social scientists, interaction designers, human-factors engineers and computer scientists, all of whom focus on people's needs and desires in order to help shape new Intel products and technologies.As an...
  • Forget the blue screen of death, Windows 10 has the silliest error message yet (2015-07-30 15:16:32)
    It looks like Windows 10 has fixed a lot of issues users had with Windows 7 and Windows 8, even though not all pre-release bugs have been squashed. In fact, you might discover things you don’t like here and there, though Microsoft is ready to fix some of them with quick updates. DON’T MISS: How to download and install Windows 10 right now But there’s one Windows 10 error that’ll leave you completely stunned: The Something happened error message bug. The image above, which went viral on Twitter, says it all. Forget blue screens of death and any other Windows error message you can think of. This is the most glorious error you can encounter. Something happened with your computer during Windows
  • Minority Report-type insect robots jump on water (2015-07-30 15:14:51)
    The spider robots that invade the bath of Captain John Anderton, played by Tom Cruise, were one of the highlights of iconic 2002 film Minority Report. Now a team of international researchers has created a similar insect android that can launch itself easily from the water. "I'm just fascinated by how the water striders can jump on water and I'm really excited to see that we were able to extract the principles from nature to re-create one of the most fascinating locomotion of nature, the water jumping," said Kyujin Cho, professor of mechanical engineering at Seoul National University.
  • Facebook’s solar-powered internet plane looks like a stealth bomber (2015-07-30 15:10:35)
    Facebook's plans to become a flying internet service provider for the developing world are coming to fruition. The company today introduced Aquila, a high-flying, long-endurance plane that will bring basic internet access to the developing world. A working model of the plane is now ready for testing, Facebook said.
  • Google refuses French order to apply 'right to be forgotten' globally (2015-07-30 15:09:00)
    By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Google Inc is refusing to bow to an order from the French privacy watchdog to scrub search results worldwide when users invoke their "right to be forgotten" online, it said on Thursday, exposing itself to possible fines. The French data protection authority, the CNIL, in June ordered the search engine group to de-list on request search results appearing under a person's name from all its websites, including Google.com. Google complied with the ruling and has since received more than a quarter of a million removal requests, according to its transparency report.
  • See the Philae lander descend onto a comet (2015-07-30 15:07:02)
    Now you can get a glimpse of what it looks like to land on a comet. The European Space Agency (ESA) just released this amazing GIF of the Rosetta mission's Philae lander descending upon comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The GIF is a compilation of images taken by Philae's ROLIS imager in November, as the vehicle gently lowered itself onto the space rock.
  • Prince releases new song on Spotify weeks after removing all his music (2015-07-30 15:05:54)
    A few weeks ago, the notoriously fickle but undeniably brilliant Prince decided to pull all of his music from most of the major streaming music services, including the industry leader Spotify (something that devastated my colleague Russell Brandom's playlists, as well as the playlists of countless other users). Today, there's a glimmer of hope that this sad situation could be reversed — Prince just dropped a new song called "Stare," and it appears to be exclusively available on Spotify, at least for now. Of course, this doesn't mean that Prince is bringing his back catalog to Spotify again just yet — there's still only a few random odds and ends available from Prince on the service.
  • Nest Cam review: a slightly better Dropcam (2015-07-30 15:00:00)
  • Former Reddit AMA coordinator Victoria Taylor is now working for the place that hosted AMAs (2015-07-30 14:59:24)
    The former "face" of Reddit's popular Ask Me Anything section — whose sudden dismissal caused a massive upheaval in the Reddit community and eventually led to CEO Ellen Pao's departure — has found a new home at WeWork. Details on what Taylor will be doing as digital community director are slim, but at least it won't be big change in her commute: "Reddit's New York office has been based out of the WeWork space in Soho West [sic] since before I joined in 2013." WeWork is a company that offers workspaces for individuals and small business / startups. As to when WeWork will be doing a Reddit AMA, Taylor quoted Plan 9 From Outer Space: "Greetings, my friend.
  • Have I Lost My Mind -- Or Only My Car Keys? Technology's Effect on Memory (2015-07-30 14:56:46)
    Whoever invented the key fob for cars did not design it for women with more than one purse. I feel like I am playing a constant game of hide-and-seek with my keys. Modern technology clearly has many benefits, but for a long time I was certain that the impact on "working memory" was one of the negative side effects, not a positive one.My...
  • Japanese scientists fire a 2 quadrillion-watt laser, the most powerful ever (2015-07-30 14:49:52)
    Lasers. They’ve captured our imaginations for decades and were even at the center of one of Dr. Evil’s most beloved running gags in the Austin Powers movies. And now a team of researchers at Osaka University in Japan claims that they’ve fired the most powerful laser in the history of the world for the first time… and thankfully it didn’t take out any small planets with it. FROM EARLIER: MIT researchers can break Tor anonymity without even touching encryption The researchers say that the laser “instantaneously concentrated energy equivalent to 1,000 times the world’s electricity consumption and entered the record books as the most powerful laser beam ever emitted.” This giant laser is 100 meters long and can emit a beam that’s
  • Take a 360-degree GoPro ride on winning horse American Pharoah (2015-07-30 14:47:58)
    Your only chance to ride the newest Triple Crown winner comes from an immersive GoPro video that puts you in the saddle of the elite horse.
  • 'ZombiU' reborn for PS4, Xbox One and PC as 'Zombi' (2015-07-30 14:45:00)
  • Uber partners with senior citizen group in hunt for new drivers (2015-07-30 14:43:56)
    As part of a new charm offensive, the startup giant is hoping to attract more than 100,000 drivers from an unlikely place: AARP.
  • Researcher says can hack GM's OnStar app, open vehicle, start engine (2015-07-30 14:42:23)
    By Jim Finkle and Bernie Woodall BOSTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - A researcher is advising drivers to halt the use of a mobile app for General Motors Co's OnStar vehicle communications system, saying hackers can exploit a security flaw in the product to remotely unlock cars and start engines. "White-hat" hacker Samy Kamkar posted a video on Thursday saying he had figured out a way to "locate, unlock and remote-start" vehicles by intercepting communications between the OnStar RemoteLink mobile app and the OnStar service.
  • Data from ESA's Philae lander provide insight into the origin of comets (2015-07-30 14:02:41)
    The European Space Agency's Philae lander made history last November when it became the first spacecraft to land on a comet. Some of Philae's hardware malfunctioned during its descent, and the lander wound up bouncing a couple of times before finally coming to rest in a spot too shadowy to charge its solar-powered batteries. Today, the journal Science published seven papers analyzing the data gathered by Philae in that short time.
  • Microsoft has already released its first big Windows 10 update – here’s how to get it (2015-07-30 14:00:27)
    Windows 10 was released just yesterday — follow these steps to avoid waiting in line if you still haven’t received your upgrade confirmation — but there’s already an update available for the new OS. In fact, Microsoft’s first Windows 10 update is a pretty massive one, and you should download it right away. DON’T MISS: Windows 10: The first 5 things you need to do immediately after you install it Sure, Windows 10 is designed to give you automatic updates as long as you’re connected to the Internet — though you can disable them if you so desire — so some users might have already received the 10240.16405.150725-1815.th1 update without lifting a finger. However, people who have disabled automatic updates, or who haven’t received this new update automatically don’t have to
  • Sneaky insect-like robot jumps on water without a splash (2015-07-30 14:00:02)
    For the first time, researchers have made a miniature robot that can jump on water by launching itself into mid-air from the water’s surface — without causing a single splash. "This robotic technology could probably be used for building [a] large number of robots that can float, and jump on water for surveillance missions," the researchers write in a statement to the press. Despite the Tom Cruise reference, the robot, developed by researchers at Seoul National University and Harvard University, isn't actually equipped with surveillance technology.
  • OnStar hack remotely starts cars, GM working on a fix (2015-07-30 13:58:00)
  • 'Collectibles' auction website Catawiki raises 75 million euros (2015-07-30 13:53:55)
    By Yoruk Bahceli AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A European company that holds online auctions for "collectibles" such as wine, rare comic books and historical artefacts said on Thursday it had raised 75 million euros ($82 million) from a group of investors led by U.S. group Lead Edge Capital. The investment is one of the largest in a Dutch start-up company and comes despite some industry watchers saying the market for online auction sites has become saturated following the success of companies such as eBay and Priceline. Catawiki, founded in 2011 in Assen, Netherlands, says it has grown rapidly in the past year and is now averaging 15,000 auctions a week.
  • Pinterest sets goals for hiring more women and minorities (2015-07-30 13:47:37)
    The targets include having women make up at least 30 percent of the full-time engineers it hires, having people from underrepresented ethnic backgrounds make up at least 8 percent of those hires, and having people from those backgrounds make up at least 12 percent of all other hires. Pinterest is also mandating that its teams interview at least one woman and one person from an underrepresented ethnic background when trying to fill a leadership role. Only 19 percent of Pinterest's current engineers are women, making next year's hiring goal more than a 50 percent increase to its apparent hiring average.
  • The Big Picture: VHS monstrosities invade Iceland (2015-07-30 13:36:00)
  • GM quickly issues fix for OnStar hack, but service still vulnerable (2015-07-30 13:24:38)
    Just last week Chrysler recalled 1.4 million vehicles after hackers revealed a software bug. Now, a new hack exposes a vulnerability in GM vehicles equipped with OnStar. GM issued a quick fix, however, hacker Samy Kamkar has confirmed the problem still exists.
  • Influential Twitter users are encouraging hookah use (2015-07-30 13:17:48)
    High-profile Twitter users who tweet about hookah are often writing about how people should smoke it, according to a new study out of Washington University. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention caution that this promotion of hookah is a dangerous trend, since smoking it comes with many of the same health risks as smoking cigarettes. Researchers reviewed a randomized 5,000-tweet sample of these messages, specifically those from high-profile Twitter users.
  • China's Huawei overtakes Microsoft as world's No. 3 mobile phone vendor (2015-07-30 13:15:33)
    A higher market share for Huawei and a lower one for Microsoft have reversed the global rankings of the two, says research firm Strategy Analytics.
  • US wants the world's fastest supercomputer by 2025 (2015-07-30 13:12:00)
  • Facebook shares dip as results fail to impress (2015-07-30 13:07:14)
    (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's shares fell as much as 5 percent on Thursday, after the company's weak advertising sales growth outlook dampened investor expectations boosted by Google Inc's strong report earlier this month. Facebook's shares rallied 7 percent since the search giant reported a better-than-expected profit on June 16, and said it would take a disciplined approach to spending. In contrast, Facebook said it plans to keep spending heavily on its messaging services, Instagram and its virtual reality headset business.
  • The Vergecast will be live today at 4:30PM ET! (2015-07-30 13:02:40)
    Windows 10. New Moto Xs. OnePlus 2. Various car hacks. This last week was very much filled with tech news, and that's exactly what Dieter, Dan, Chris, and Sam (that's me!) will be discussing on today's show.
  • The Nintendo 3DS may be a niche, but it’s my niche (2015-07-30 12:56:38)
    It turns out the same is true for video games. With the continued growth of mobile games, many have predicted the eventual death of dedicated handheld gaming devices. Why would anyone want to play a $40 game on a device that can only play video games, when you can grab a free game on your phone and also watch Netflix and read comic books?
  • Formula 1 driver joins video game racing team (2015-07-30 12:51:00)
  • Donald Trump and other people who want to be king of America, ranked (2015-07-30 12:50:41)
    By one conservative estimate, there are 21 people in the running for president of the United States. Of those, 16 are Republicans. There are so many candidates, The New York Times had to run a piece called "Who is running for president?" This poses a problem for responsible voters — there just aren't enough hours in the week to get to know all these people. But The Verge is here to help.
  • Motorola figured out how to fix the most annoying thing about Android (2015-07-30 12:50:06)
    Motorola announced brand new Android hardware on Tuesday, including the sleek and affordable Moto X Pure Edition phablet and the significantly updated budget-friendly Moto G. But there’s also one other thing Motorola plans to do starting with these phones in order to fix the most annoying thing about Android. DON’T MISS: Why does every Android phone company think it can be Apple? Many people will say there’s no such thing as an Android fragmentation problem, as most apps don’t require the latest Android version to run. That’s true, but then again you see plenty of users complaining about their non-Nexus phones not getting the latest Android update on time. That might change for these new Motorola handsets, which is even more exciting
  • FBI understaffed to tackle cyber threats, says watchdog (2015-07-30 12:47:45)
    The FBI is struggling to attract computer scientists to its cybersecurity program mainly due to low pay, a report by the U.S. Department of Justice showed, highlighting weaknesses in a flagship initiative to tackle growing cyber threats. As of January 2015, The Federal Bureau of Investigation had only hired 52 of the 134 computer scientists it was authorized to employ under the Justice Department's Next Generation Cyber Initiative launched in 2012, the report showed. Although cyber task forces have been set up at all 56 FBI field offices, five of them did not have a computer scientist assigned to them, the report by the Office of the Inspector General found.
  • 'Mr. Robot' creator on the evils of Facebook and hackers in Hollywood (2015-07-30 12:30:00)
  • T-Mobile raises 2015 subscriber forecast; results top estimates (2015-07-30 12:26:44)
    T-Mobile US Inc on Thursday posted better-than-expected second-quarter profit and revenue and raised its 2015 subscriber forecast for the second time this year, boosting shares by 4.5 percent. The company has revamped pricing plans, eliminated service contracts and launched marketing campaigns to turn around years of subscriber losses and lure customers from bigger rivals Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc. While investors have lauded the efforts, the costs have hurt profits.
  • The 10 best Netflix shows you didn’t know existed (2015-07-30 12:25:44)
    Once upon a time, Netflix’s streaming service was a vast wasteland of dusty old content that nobody wanted to watch. Today, Netflix is packed full of so much fantastic content that it’s practically impossible for one person to watch it all. Dozens of movies come and go each month, some more popular than others, but there is plenty of must-see content to be streamed by Netflix subscribers. At BGR, we do our best to recommend good content we come across to help you find solid movies and shows on Netflix. For example, you’ll definitely what to check out the 10 best movies and TV show seasons set to be removed from Netflix in August, since you only have two days to
  • IBM's Watson wants to make you healthier in deal with CVS Health (2015-07-30 12:16:49)
    CVS and IBM will use Watson's computational abilities to do a better job of predicting possible health issues and give patients recommendations on how to stay healthy.
  • Google rejects French request for broader 'right to be forgotten' rules (2015-07-30 12:07:05)
    Google is pushing back against a request to expand the scope of Europe's "right to be forgotten" law. Last year, the European Union Court of Justice ruled that citizens of its member states could ask Google to delist search results that were irrelevant, out of date, or fit a mix of similar criteria. Google, which says it's received 290,000 requests since the rule took effect, has responded by removing information from country-specific versions of Google across Europe.
  • Google refuses French request to apply 'right to be forgotten' globally (2015-07-30 12:06:42)
    By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Google Inc is refusing to bow to an order from the French privacy watchdog to scrub search results worldwide when users invoke their "right to be forgotten" online, it said on Thursday, exposing itself to possible fines. The French data protection authority, the CNIL, in June ordered the search engine group to de-list on request search results appearing under a person's name from all its websites, including Google.com. Google complied with the ruling and has since received more than a quarter of a million removal requests, according to its transparency report.
  • Google's Android for Work adds Blackphone, all four major US carriers (2015-07-30 12:06:06)
    Google's mission to make Android the preferred choice for companies everywhere is picking up some fresh momentum today. Today the company announced that its Android for Work program is expanding to include a total of 40 partners. "AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, Rogers, Bell Canada, Telus Mobility and KT are now offering broad support for Android for Work, so people can soon turn to their mobile operators to take advantage of Android for Work’s integrated security, management and productivity solutions," Google wrote in a blog post.
  • Luxury smartwatch maker Olio adds 24k gold to its repertoire (2015-07-30 12:06:00)
  • Groupon takes on Seamless and GrubHub with online food ordering service (2015-07-30 12:05:22)
    Groupon is getting into online food ordering. It's launching a new service today called Groupon To Go, which allows people to order food online for pickup or delivery. Groupon plans to expand the service quickly, with service in Austin and Boston launching this fall.
  • NASA's Golden Record made for alien ears now on SoundCloud (2015-07-30 12:03:43)
    An album full of dogs, weather and human noises meant for the listening enjoyment of extraterrestrials is now available in its entirely for online streaming.
  • These are the horrifying things that happen to your body in the hour after you drink a Coke (2015-07-30 12:00:54)
    Everyone knows that soda isn’t healthy, but you probably don’t know specifically what a can of Coca-Cola does to your body on a chemical level in the hour after you drink it. Thankfully, The Renegade Pharmacist has put together an infographic detailing the adverse effects of the sugary drink so that we might reconsider our soda consumption habits. MUST-READ: Why does every Android phone company think it can be Apple? “I actually discovered that a trigger factor for many widespread diseases of the west such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes could be closely linked to the consumption of one particular substance found in many processed foods and drinks – fructose in the form of high fructose corn syrup,” says Niraj
  • Former Apple, Google, and Xbox leads move into mobile game streaming with Mobcrush (2015-07-30 12:00:03)
    The curiously named Mobcrush is making moves as it attempts to turn into the Twitch of mobile gaming. Today the company announced that its iOS and Mac apps are now in open beta (Android and Windows devices will follow soon), in addition to two new hires, who come from the games teams at Apple and Google. Greg Essig previously led the games section of the App Store before joining Mobcrush, while Koh Kim was formerly a member of the Google Play business development team for games.
  • Ready to build robots? The Raspberry Pi Hacker Bundle shows you how (2015-07-30 12:00:00)
  • Hands on with Livetext, Yahoo's silent new video chat app (2015-07-30 11:56:38)
    A couple of weeks ago, we wrote that Yahoo had quietly released Livetext, its new messenger app, and was testing it in Hong Kong. The company must have been satisfied, because as of today Livetext will be available in five new countries — the United States, the UK, Canada, Germany, and France. Livetext is a live video chat app with a key difference: there's no audio. "While texting is quick and easy, you often miss the meaning of a message, have to explain your reaction ("LOL"), or wait hours before getting a response," Yahoo wrote in a blog post introducing Livetext.
  • How did you get that job: designing a parachute for NASA’s Mars rover (2015-07-30 11:54:18)
    You might not be familiar with Anita Sengupta, but you’re definitely familiar with her work: she helped design the 70-foot parachute for NASA’s Mars Rover, Curiosity. After getting a bachelor’s in aerospace engineering from Boston University, she went on to receive a master’s and PhD from the University of Southern California, where she is now also a research associate professor.
  • Prince is still using Spotify to promote new music, one song at a time (2015-07-30 11:44:00)
  • GM says its cars are already protected against the OnStar hack (2015-07-30 11:41:34)
    As security researchers get better at finding vulnerabilities in connected cars, some automakers are getting better at patching them too. Earlier today, Wired revealed a vulnerability in General Motors' Onstar system, letting attackers effectively hijack the system to gain control of the car — but just hours after publication and days after the vulnerability was disclosed, General Motors says the problem is already fixed. According to a General Motors representative, a fix has been implemented in the servers that communicate with the OnStar app, instituting stronger certificate controls and effectively locking out remote attacks like the one detailed by Wired.
  • The latest big iPhone 6s leak brings some bad news along with it (2015-07-30 11:35:07)
    Apple will launch the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus at some point in mid-September, with the devices already in production, according to some reports. As a result, it’s not surprising that more and more pictures showing alleged iPhone 6s components are popping up all over the web. MUST-READ: Why does every Android phone company think it can be Apple? After two recent leaks showed us the metal case and the glass screen from the iPhone 6s, a new set of images published by French blog NowhereElse displays various other components that are supposedly from Apple’s next-generation iPhones. The following images show various flex cables that are similar to the iPhone 6’s corresponding components, but, as you can easily see, they have been tweaked
  • Inexperienced Surgeons Give Robotic Surgery a Bad Rap (2015-07-30 11:34:43)
    Robots performing surgery? How is this possible? Is it safe? These were some of the questions and criticisms of robotic surgery back in 2000 when I began as one of the pioneers in the field of prostate cancer adopting the technology. Over 1.7 million robotic procedures were performed between 2007 and 2012 in the U.S., with the majority being in...
  • Here, will.i.am uses lasers to rave in a Lexus (2015-07-30 11:27:11)
    My name is will.i.am. This is the story of my harrowing escape from Lexus Island.
  • China search engine Baidu plans $1.0 bn share buy-back (2015-07-30 11:25:01)
    Chinese search engine Baidu, listed on the US Nasdaq market, said Thursday it is planning a $1.0 billion share buy-back programme over the next 12 months. Baidu's profit for the second quarter came in at 3.66 billion yuan ($591 million), up slightly from 3.55 billion yuan in the same period a year earlier but below forecasts. Baidu said in a statement its board had authorised share repurchases of up to $1.0 billion, which would be funded through its existing cash balances.
  • US backpedals on plan to regulate hacking software (2015-07-30 11:22:00)
  • Ultra-local 'Facebook' turning city neighbours into friends (2015-07-30 11:16:38)
    Frag Nebenan proved an instant hit with locals of all ages when it launched last May. More than 12,500 people have already signed up and around 400 new members join every week. Frag Nebenan seems like a nice way of finding those who want to say hello," Gramsl explained. Theissbacher, who grew up in a small village, said he got the idea after realising he had been living in his apartment block for a year and a half without ever properly speaking to his neighbours.
  • Angry Birds back in a sequel to save game maker Rovio (2015-07-30 11:12:35)
    Finnish game maker Rovio launched Angry Birds 2 on Thursday, a sequel to what the company claims is the most downloaded mobile game series of all time. "With new towers to topple, pigs to pop and missiles to master, Rovio is thrilled to announce the launch of Angry Birds 2," the company said in a statement. Angry Birds was a worldwide success after its release in 2009, but the game started losing its appeal in 2013 and Rovio is now trying to swoop back from a sharp drop in profits.
  • 10 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time (2015-07-30 11:10:48)
    You missed out big time if you didn’t grab all of the paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free in yesterday’s post. But don’t worry, we’ve obviously got a fresh new batch for you today. Thursday’s list has 10 apps in total, but these sales could end at any time so be sure to hurry. 10 apps not enough for you? There are still a few solid freebies in yesterday’s post for you to enjoy, so head over and grab them now. MUST-READ: Why does every Android phone company think it can be Apple? These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to
  • Living with Cortana, Windows 10's thoughtful, flaky assistant (2015-07-30 11:00:00)
  • Jason Segel talks about taking on the daunting role of David Foster Wallace (2015-07-30 10:55:53)
    David Foster Wallace’s thousand-page novel Infinite Jest is one of those books. The internet is full of fan-written readers’ guides, wikis, and other helping hands for getting through Wallace's dense vocabulary, the endless endnotes, and the heavy symbolism. James Ponsoldt, director of the bittersweet YA-novel adaptation The Spectacular Now and the moving addiction drama Smashed, had a couple of key ideas: he and screenwriter Donald Margulies tackled David Lipsky’s non-fiction book Though Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, about Lipsky’s five-day interview with Wallace over the course of the last four stops on the Infinite Jest book tour.
  • Why You Should Wait to Buy a Galaxy S6 (2015-07-30 10:53:02)
    The Samsung Galaxy S6 is arguably the best Android phone on the market, but if you don't have one already — wait. Samsung didn't specify how much of a price cut to expect in its blog post, only stating that it would be "adjusting" the price of both the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, in order to ramp up sales momentum. Samsung mentioned that it would introduce "new premium smartphone models," likely referring to the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus that are expected to arrive in August.
  • Comcast is about to fund its biggest media critics with hundreds of millions of dollars (2015-07-30 10:45:41)
    Comcast has earned a reputation as one of America’s most hated companies and there are plenty of people in the media who slam the cable giant on a regular basis. That’s why we’re intrigued about Re/code’s new report claiming that NBCUniversal, which is owned by Comcast, is about to invest hundreds of millions of dollars into two major media companies that have in the past been some of its toughest critics. RELATED: Why should Comcast improve its reputation when it can just buy the blogs that bash it? Re/code’s sources say NBCUniversal “is close to a deal to invest $250 million in BuzzFeed” and is also “negotiating to invest in Vox Media, which owns this Web site, in a deal that would value Vox
  • The next Mission: Impossible is coming way ahead of schedule (2015-07-30 10:42:09)
    First, you get a big-name director (Brian De Palma, John Woo, J.J. Abrams, Brad Bird, and now Christopher McQuarrie have all filled this role). Then you have them find new stylish ways to endanger Tom Cruise's life for sake of cool cinema. Tom Cruise, however, is not happy with that recipe.
  • Sage refocuses on SMB customer at Sage Summit 2015 (2015-07-30 10:41:41)
    Sage refocuses on core SMB business. Five key points anchor Sage's new strategy.
  • Here's what's next for Windows 10 (2015-07-30 10:40:40)
    While millions are performing the upgrade this week, Microsoft is working hard on updates and fixes behind the scenes. The first bigger collection of fixes will come with what Microsoft calls Service Release 1 (SR1). Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans tell The Verge that SR1 is due to be released in early August, possibly as early as next week.
  • 'Fallout 4' won't support user mods this fall (2015-07-30 10:37:00)
  • Get a natural wood turntable and free LP carrying case for $119.99 (2015-07-30 10:36:35)
    Electrohome's top-rated Winston record player includes built-in speakers, AM/FM radio and a CD player. And the case is a $70 value!
  • T-Mobile's revenue beats due to strong customer additions (2015-07-30 10:36:21)
    T-Mobile US Inc reported a better-than-expected 14 percent jump in quarterly revenue as aggressive pricing helped it win more customers. T-Mobile said it now expected to add 3.4 million to 3.9 million postpaid users in 2015, up from 3.0 million to 3.5 million. As EBITDA margins climb, that flows through to earnings," Macquarie Research analyst Kevin Smithen said.
  • World's cutest male spider does embarrassing dance to impress cutest female spider (2015-07-30 10:31:38)
    Does the newly discovered species of peacock spider, Maratus personatus, meet the criteria for world's cutest spider? I held a debate with myself to uncover the answer.
  • T-Mobile nets 2.1 million customers in Q2, revenue surges (2015-07-30 10:29:00)
    The No. 4 US wireless carrier got a major boost as it fights to overtake Sprint for the spot at No. 3.
  • Microsoft launches free, 90-day trial of Windows 10 (2015-07-30 10:24:47)
    It's the Windows 10 Enterprise edition, but it gives you a chance to test-drive the new OS before deciding if you really want to upgrade from Windows 7 or 8.1. However, there are some key drawbacks.
  • Apple to construct Cupertino visitor's center: report (2015-07-30 10:22:18)
    Plans have surfaced for a new visitor's center at Apple's Spaceship campus in Cupertino, California in the US. The 'Apple Campus 2 visitor's center,' it reportedly includes a café, a store that will offer Apple products and viewing platform that looks out over the $5 billion dollar Spaceship campus from across the street.
  • Why does every Android phone company think it can be Apple? (2015-07-30 10:20:13)
    A decade ago, the smartphone market looked nothing like it does today. Nothing at all. Major players included Nokia, BlackBerry and Palm, and none of those companies even make smartphones anymore. OK, BlackBerry still makes a phone or two, but they’re hardly of consequence. Moving beyond the companies that dominated the market, smartphones themselves were much different than they are in 2015. They came in all shapes and sizes, and each new year brought new phones with new features and new designs. They launched when they were ready, not on any set schedule, and new models were released all throughout the year. Then, Apple released the iPhone. DON’T MISS: 5 awful Windows 8 problems that are fixed in Windows 10 I’m
  • New Onstar hack can unlock cars and start engines (2015-07-30 10:18:18)
    In a report in Wired today, researcher Samy Kamkar revealed a homemade device he calls OwnStar. It's a small box about the size of a router, built to break into GM's OnStar system through a rogue Wi-Fi hotspot.
  • Samsung can halt Smartflash patent infringement trial: U.S. appeals court (2015-07-30 10:14:17)
    Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, which faced a trial on patent infringement in a lawsuit brought by patent holder Smartflash LLC, can halt the proceedings while the Smartflash patents are scrutinized for their validity by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Thursday. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit also declined to stay the Smartflash case against Apple. The iPhone maker lost a $533 million infringement verdict last February to Smartflash, but a lower court judge has ordered a new trial on damages.
  • Warning: Crazy new Android security flaw can render your phone completely lifeless (2015-07-30 09:55:00)
    Another day, another Android vulnerability. Just days after researchers disclosed an MMS-based Android vulnerability that potentially puts 950 million Android devices at risk, a different group of researchers have come forward with yet another Android-based security exploit. The latest Android vulnerability affects more than half of all Android devices in circulation today and has the potential to render handsets completely inert, which is to say infected phones cannot make calls or receive any other type of notification. What’s more, the screen itself may become lifeless, effectively turning Android phones into expensive screen savers. DON’T MISS: 5 awful Windows 8 problems that are fixed in Windows 10 The exploit, discovered by researchers at Trend Micro, can be enacted either via a malicious app or
  • Facebook spending on messaging, wearables seen fuelling growth (2015-07-30 09:38:22)
    (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's plans to focus spending on its two messaging services, Instagram and its virtual reality headset business was cheered by Wall Street analysts, who said the efforts would boost long-term growth. Of the 50 brokerages covering the stock, at least 20 raised their price targets. Piper Jaffray was the most bullish with a $146 target - 50 percent over Facebook's Wednesday close of $96.99.
  • Windows 10: The first 5 things you need to do immediately after you install it (2015-07-30 09:30:29)
    Windows users, it’s time to breathe a collective sigh of relief. After what seemed like an eternity trapped in the clutches of Windows 8, Microsoft’s latest and greatest operating system is finally here to save us. Tech bloggers the world over have sung Windows 10 praise. Is it really that great, or is it just that anything is better than the nightmare that was Windows 8? Who cares? Install it right now and you’ll never have to deal with Windows 8 again. In a recent post, we told you how to skip the queue and install Windows 10 right now. Your job isn’t done once you’ve got it installed, however, because there are a few things you need to make sure
  • Former US national security officials back end-to-end encryption (2015-07-30 09:28:00)
  • A closer look at logging into a Windows 10 PC with just your face (2015-07-30 09:20:18)
    Windows 10 introduces a number of new apps and features, but one of the more unique additions is Windows Hello. Much like the Xbox One, Windows Hello will allow you to log into a Windows 10 PC with just your face. You can also use a fingerprint reader, but the facial scanning is the unique, new feature for Windows 10.
  • Yes! Amazon snags Jeremy Clarkson for a new ‘Top Gear’-like show (2015-07-30 09:05:54)
    This is what you’ve been waiting for, Top Gear fans: Amazon announced on Thursday that it’s signed former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson and his former cohosts Richard Hammond and James May to star in a new car show that doesn’t yet have an official title. The show is set to go into production “shortly” and will air as an Amazon Prime exclusive beginning in 2016. DON’T MISS: Have hackers stolen your personal information? This handy quiz will let you know The always colorful Clarkson wasn’t shy about boasting of his new deal with Amazon, which he heavily implied was a much sweeter arrangement than the one he had with the BBC. “I feel like I’ve climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship,” said
  • ICYMI: Password via voice recognition, drone delivery & more (2015-07-30 09:00:00)
  • T-Mobile blows away profit expectations as customer growth surges (2015-07-30 08:45:34)
    The carrier continues its torrid pace of subscriber growth amid stiff competition in the wireless business.
  • The battle of the sixes is over: iPhone comes out on top, Samsung left bloodied (2015-07-30 08:30:54)
    Samsung redesigned its flagship smartphone from the ground up for the first half of 2015. The Galaxy S6 is the fastest and most powerful handset the world has ever seen, and its stunning 2K display has been called the best on the planet. Samsung then took things a step further by using premium aluminum and glass construction to make the S6 the most sleek and solid smartphone the company had ever produced. But it wasn’t enough. Samsung reported its audited second-quarter results on Thursday morning, and the company’s operating profit from its mobile division plummeted 38%. Put plainly, the Galaxy S6 simply couldn’t get the job done when pitted against the iPhone 6. DON’T MISS: 5 awful Windows 8 problems that are
  • Help nonprofits by volunteering your tech skills these 4 ways (2015-07-30 08:30:17)
    Everyone needs IT help at some point, including nonprofits. Here's how you can lend your skills.
  • ​Google reveals how it crams a neural network in your pocket with Translate (2015-07-30 08:11:25)
    Google has developed a miniature neural network so that its Translate app can do live translations without being connected to the internet.
  • The thirteenth 'Angry Birds' game is 'Angry Birds 2' (2015-07-30 08:08:00)
  • Customers with smartphone installment plans less satisfied, says J.D. Power (2015-07-30 08:03:44)
    Customers who lease their smartphones wait longer for support, have more issues and are less satisfied overall, says J.D. Power. T-Mobile benefits.
  • Putting dollars to charity a la app, with a social twist (2015-07-30 08:00:02)
    A new wave of apps lets you give to charities and challenge your friends with just a few swipes on your phone -- and it will cost you as little as nothing.
  • T-Mobile's quarterly revenue rises 14 percent (2015-07-30 07:49:52)
    (Reuters) - T-Mobile US Inc's quarterly revenue rose about 14 percent as aggressive pricing helped the company win more customers. T-Mobile said this month that it added a net 2.1 million customers in the second quarter, up from 1.5 million a year earlier.
  • Stratasys cuts outlook; says easy growth over for 3D printing (2015-07-30 07:48:52)
    3D printing giant Stratasys cut its third quarter outlook, pulled guidance for 2015 and said the market is transitioning to slower growth. Blame extra capacity, Asia and perhaps a pause before HP's 2016 debut.
  • High-res Galaxy Note 5 renders show us what the next major Android phablet will look like (2015-07-30 07:45:48)
    Samsung has already confirmed it’s hosting a special media event on August 13th, just like recent reports claimed. At the press conference, it’ll likely unveil its next-gen Galaxy phones, including the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge Plus. Both devices have been featured in numerous leaks, and now designers have created some stunning Galaxy Note 5 renders based on the rumors. DON’T MISS: How to download and install Windows 10 right now The following set of high-resolution images comes from Ivo Maric, who recently created similar concepts for the iPhone. Maric describes himself on Instagram where he posted the images as “mechanical engineer addicted to CAD modeling, 3D printing and rendering smartphones before they are released.” The Galaxy Note 5
  • CA offers $75,000 to catch firefighter-interrupting drone pilots (2015-07-30 07:41:00)
  • Salesforce Ventures-backed marketing startup Autopilot raises another $7 million (2015-07-30 07:30:04)
    Autopilot wants to "fill the void between basic email software and complex marketing software designed for the tech elite."
  • First Click: Apple Lightning cables are more like lemons (2015-07-30 07:30:02)
    Let’s get the facts out of the way first:I’ve owned two Lightning cables from AppleBoth cables died after two years, almost exactlyI’ve taken very good care of them and there’s no sign of external damageMy wife owned one Lightning cable from AppleHer cable died after two years, almost exactlyShe’s taken very good care of it and there’s no sign of external damageI’m annoyed
  • Arbor Gladius: Ruggedized Windows 10 tablet for the worksite (2015-07-30 07:26:09)
    With Windows 10 readily available, it's a good time to look at a new 10.4-inch fully ruggedized tablet for field work. The Gladius tablet can take rough handling in the field or warehouse.
  • 21st century pen pals: Students around the world 3D print, build apps with Level Up Village (2015-07-30 07:25:00)
    Level Up Village partners students from developing nations with students in the US to learn about design and engineering, and in the process, they learn about global collaboration.
  • Tesco's self-service checkouts are getting a lot less irritating (2015-07-30 07:22:00)
  • Graphene kirigami could lead to flexible, nanoscale machines (2015-07-30 07:02:00)
  • Amazon signs 'Top Gear' stars Clarkson, Hammond and May for new online-only show (2015-07-30 07:01:39)
    Four months after Jeremy Clarkson was fired from the BBC for punching a producer, Amazon confirms the three "Top Gear" presenters will be back on Amazon Prime Instant Video in 2016.
  • New Nexus 5 leak: This might be our first look at the phone’s case (2015-07-30 06:50:57)
    Google is widely expected to release two new Nexus handsets this year, including a new LG Nexus 5 and a Huawei Nexus phablet. Both devices have appeared in a variety of reports so far and a newly leaked image shows what looks like the smaller Nexus’s rear housing. DON’T MISS: How to download and install Windows 10 right now UPDATE: French publication NowhereElse, which is also managing the @OnLeaks Twitter account, published more images showing Nexus 5 (2015) case designs – check them out at the end of the post. According to @OnLeaks, the rear case in the drawing below comes from a case manufacturer. The image offers some details about the device, including support for what appears to be a 3D
  • ​Cut the marketing nonsense: Will the real data scientist please stand up? (2015-07-30 06:42:56)
    Marketing people are just muddying the waters by misappropriating the 'data scientist' job title, according to former CERN physicist Dr Paul Schaack.
  • Nokia profit grows as networks division leads turnaround (2015-07-30 06:28:49)
    HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia enjoyed a solid 60 percent rise in net profit in the second quarter, with a good performance in its core networks division suggesting the Finnish company is succeeding in turning its business around since selling its handsets operation to Microsoft in 2013.
  • Amazon signs Top Gear's Clarkson, Hammond, and May for new show (2015-07-30 06:25:30)
    Former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May have signed up for a new motoring show on Amazon Prime, set to air in 2016. The news ends months of speculation about the trio's future on TV after the BBC refused to renew Clarkson's contract following a "fracas" during filming this year. "I feel like I’ve climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship," said Clarkson in a press release, with Hammond commenting: "Amazon? In addition to the three presenters, Amazon also secured former Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman, an old school friend of Clarkson's and the figure credited with the show's revival in the early 2000s. Wilman and Clarkson reportedly dreamt up the show's tone and style during a conversation in a pub 15 years ago, putting Top Gear on the long road to becoming the most watched factual program of all time, with an estimated worldwide audience of some 350 million.
  • Growing Here and LG deal give Nokia a healthy-looking second quarter (2015-07-30 06:15:31)
    Nokia's shares rose eight percent on Thursday after reporting a better than expected second quarter.
  • Amazon snaps up former 'Top Gear' trio for new motoring show (2015-07-30 06:06:00)
  • Windows 10 laptops and tablets: Your upgrade guide (2015-07-30 05:52:56)
    Are you seeking a new laptop, hybrid or tablet on which to run Windows 10? We asked the leading PC vendors to identify suitable products in a number of categories.
  • IBM's Watson computing technology learns Japanese (2015-07-30 05:45:18)
    TOKYO (AP) — The IBM Watson super-brainy computing technology, which has helped organize massive data as well as beaten champions on the Jeopardy TV show, is now learning Japanese.
  • Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent post strong results as merger approaches (2015-07-30 05:31:30)
    Nokia's 15.6 billion euro ($17 billion) acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent announced in mid-April aims to position the company to better compete with market leader Ericsson and low-cost Chinese powerhouse Huawei [HWT.UL], by forging a strong number two in mobile with a more complete product line. The deal is supposed to be completed by mid-2016, although Alcatel-Lucent hinted that closing could come earlier since some key regulatory approvals had already been secured. Shares of Nokia surged 7.8 percent while Alcatel gained 5.7 percent, having slumped 20 percent and 27 percent respectively in the past three months against a 20 percent fall for Ericsson.
  • Virgin Media's superfast broadband network heads to Leeds (2015-07-30 05:30:00)
  • Sony books highest first-quarter profit since 2007 on strong sensor sales (2015-07-30 05:28:02)
    Sony Corp reported its highest first-quarter profit since 2007 on Thursday due to strong sales of camera sensors and PlayStation 4 videogames, beating analyst estimates and helping to reassure investors a recent stock offering would pay off. The result comes after Sony last month announced its first capital raising in a quarter of a century, sending its shares tumbling. Sony said it would use the funds to boost production of image sensors, which are now among its strongest-selling products.
  • Former 'Dead Island 2' developer can't pay its bills (2015-07-30 05:20:00)
  • ​Google's Project Loon to blanket Sri Lanka with internet access (2015-07-30 05:14:40)
    Sri Lanka has struck a deal with Google to deliver universal internet access right across the island nation.
  • Does Yahoo have a sound idea for video messaging? (2015-07-30 05:14:38)
    Livetext is a new video-calling app with a very big difference: it doesn't support audio. Like Apple's FaceTime, Google Hangouts or Skype, Yahoo Livetext uses a smartphone's front-facing camera to establish a live video connection between callers, but rather than talk, users text each other. The app, which goes live for iOS and Android devices as a free download on Thursday, may sound quirky, or even borderline gimmicky, but Yahoo claims that it's done its homework on the subject and the reason why existing video calling apps aren't as popular as they could be is because of the audio element -- the sound can get in the way of real communication.
  • Facebook ordered to allow fake user names in Germany (2015-07-30 04:58:26)
    In a decision handed down Tuesday, the Hamburg data protection authority said Facebook's name policy violates German privacy laws, adding that the company cannot force users to submit photo identification or change their profile names without their consent. Facebook has come under increased criticism for its real name policy, with users complaining of having their accounts blocked or their names unilaterally changed. In the Hamburg case, a woman who tried to use a Facebook under an alias filed a complaint after the company blocked her account and requested a copy of her ID, before changing her name without her permission.
  • Sony's smartphone losses are canceling out its PS4 wins (2015-07-30 04:54:59)
    Sony's rapidly shrinking mobile division has put a damper on the company's latest quarterly earnings, which show great improvement in sales of imaging sensors and PS4 games plus a healthy bump in operating profit. Comparing the last three months of Sony's performance to the previous year, the company's gaming division was up 12.1 percent, pulling in ¥288.6 billion ($2.33bn), while its mobile communications unit slumped by 16.3 percent, recording ¥280.5bn ($2.27bn) in revenue. While evidently still important to Sony's bottom line, the phone business has now been surpassed by sales of PlayStation consoles and games, and may soon fall behind the company's imaging division as well.
  • Watch this tiny car burn rubber as it sets new EV acceleration record (2015-07-30 04:40:55)
    This fully electric vehicle might look dinky (hell, even its burnouts are cute), but it's just become one of the fastest accelerating cars on the planets, beating the likes of the Bugatti Veyron and Porsche 918 to cinch a new world record for EVs. Built by a team of students from the University of Stuttgart, the car managed to hit 62 mph (100 kmph) in an astonishing 1.779 seconds. In fairness though, we should point out that this beats the previous record holder — Swiss team AMZ Racing — by just 0.006 seconds. According to a report from Electric Autosport, the car weighs 160kg and is powered by four electric motors and a 6.62kWh battery to generate 134 horsepower.
  • Alibaba tops up cloud investment with $1B (2015-07-30 04:40:50)
    Chinese internet giant says the investment will be used to expand its global presence, including new data centers in Singapore and Japan, as well as boost its partner network and cloud capabilities.
  • Remote denial of service vulnerability exposes BIND servers (2015-07-30 04:40:00)
    The vulnerability affects every DNS server online which uses the popular BIND protocol software.
  • Google begins injecting ads into Play Store searches (2015-07-30 04:19:00)
  • How Virtuous Software built the Salesforce for nonprofits (2015-07-30 04:00:03)
    Nonprofits are a fairly underserved market in tech. Startup Virtuous Software wants to provide powerful tools for nonprofit needs.
  • Obama orders creation of exascale supercomputer (2015-07-30 03:56:06)
    Can the president's executive order prompt the development computer systems capable of running at 1 exaflops?
  • Apple, Samsung lose ground in shrinking tablet market (2015-07-30 03:50:36)
    Tablet computer sales fell in the second quarter of 2015, with market leaders Apple and Samsung losing ground to other vendors, a survey showed Wednesday. Apple remained the top vendor with 10.9 million iPads sold in the past quarter, for a market share of 24.5 percent. Samsung was number two with 7.6 million tablets sold, for a 17 percent market share.
  • PlayStation helps Sony to big profits, but mobile's struggling (2015-07-30 03:27:00)
  • Samsung Electronics cautious on second half; capital returns disappoint (2015-07-30 03:25:46)
    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday offered a downbeat outlook for the second half of the year as smartphone market growth slows and ahead of the expected release of new iPhones from arch rival Apple Inc . Samsung's dominance is being chipped away at the low-to-mid end by Chinese rivals such as Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] and in the premium segment by Apple, while some markets show signs of saturation. Researcher TrendForce last week cut its 2015 global smartphone market growth forecast to 8.2 percent from 11.6 percent earlier.
  • UK trade union takes legal action against Uber (2015-07-30 03:19:06)
    Taxi-booking service Uber has once again come under fire, with British trade union GMB seeking improved pay and working conditions for drivers.
  • NRMA keeps email attacks at bay using Mimecast's SaaS security controls (2015-07-30 03:03:08)
    NRMA recently partnered up with Mimemcast -- which has opened up two local datacentres and a Sydney office -- to address the frequent email attacks it was unable to filter.
  • Toyota robot can pick up after people, help the sick (2015-07-30 02:56:38)
    YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Toyota's new robot that glides around like R2-D2 is devoted to a single task: picking things up.
  • Sony first-quarter operating profit rises 39 percent, beats estimates (2015-07-30 02:52:47)
    Sony Corp on Thursday reported a 39 percent rise in quarterly profit on strong sales of camera sensors and PlayStation 4 videogames, beating analyst estimates and helping to reassure investors a recent stock offering would pay off. April-June operating profit rose to 96.9 billion yen ($780.8 million), compared with the 73.3 billion average estimate of 18 analysts polled by Reuters. The result comes after Sony last month announced its first capital raising in a quarter of a century.
  • Vix awarded AU$27m contract to build Malaysia transit ticketing system (2015-07-30 02:46:22)
    Smart ticketing and payment systems are set to unify across Malaysia's bus, train, metro, and monorail networks, with the solution to be rolled out by 2017.
  • Fujitsu ¥27 billion in the red as Japanese PC sales slump (2015-07-30 02:45:16)
    Japanese tech giant Fujitsu has posted a 27.3 billion yen ($220 million) quarterly operating loss.
  • Razer's Android gamepad is now on Google Play for $80 (2015-07-30 02:29:00)
  • Angry Birds 2 is out now for Android (2015-07-30 01:59:41)
    Okay, so I know since Angry Birds came out in 2009, we've had Angry Birds Space, Angry Birds Rio, Angry Birds Friends, Angry Birds Seasons, Angry Birds Star Wars, Angry Birds Go!, Angry Birds Transformers, Angry Birds Fight!, Angry Birds Stella, and somehow even more. But none of those titles mattered. Because they didn't have a number.
  • Angry Birds 2 is out now for Android and iOS (2015-07-30 01:59:41)
    Okay, so I know since Angry Birds came out in 2009, we've had Angry Birds Space, Angry Birds Rio, Angry Birds Friends, Angry Birds Seasons, Angry Birds Star Wars, Angry Birds Go!, Angry Birds Transformers, Angry Birds Fight!, Angry Birds Stella, and somehow even more. But none of those titles mattered. Because they didn't have a number.
  • Network gear maker Nokia posts surprise profit rise (2015-07-30 01:54:09)
    Nokia , the world's No. 3 network equipment maker, on Thursday reported a surprise rise in second-quarter profits, helped by high-margin software sales and fewer low-priced contracts at its mainstay telecom network equipment business. Finland's Nokia, which in April proposed a 15.6 billion euro take-over of its French rival Alcatel-Lucent , said operating profit at its network unit was 313 million euros ($343 million) in the second quarter, or 11.5 percent of sales. Network equipment sales were 2.73 billion euros, below a market consensus of 2.84 billion euros.
  • AT&T rejects $100 million fine, claims it followed the rules (2015-07-30 01:52:00)
  • China's Baidu to buy back $1 billion shares after investor selldown (2015-07-30 01:21:39)
    By Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - Baidu Inc, China's biggest internet search engine company, said on Thursday it will buy back shares worth $1 billion after the company's stock price slid following a weak earnings report earlier this week. The repurchases will take place over the next 12 months and be funded from the company's existing cash balance, New York-listed Baidu said in a statement. Baidu shares have fallen 14 percent since July 27, when it reported lower-than-expected second-quarter profit.
  • 'Dropsy' the clown threatens to hug you in September (2015-07-30 01:02:00)
  • Samsung Electronics cautious on second-half; capital returns disappoint (2015-07-30 00:55:00)
    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday offered a downbeat outlook for the second half of the year as smartphone market growth slows and ahead of the expected release of new iPhones from arch rival Apple Inc . Samsung's dominance is being chipped away at the low-to-mid end by Chinese rivals such as Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] and in the premium segment by Apple, while some markets show signs of saturation. Researcher TrendForce last week cut its 2015 global smartphone market growth forecast to 8.2 percent from 11.6 percent earlier.
  • CommBank ramps up mobile wallet with loyalty cards and offers (2015-07-30 00:54:42)
    The Commonwealth Bank has introduced a loyalty feature to its CommBank app, and plans to pilot its Offers app in conjunction with Scentre Group at a single Westfield shopping centre
  • CVS Health, IBM plot Watson deployment (2015-07-30 00:01:04)
    CVS and IBM are teaming up to use Watson to better treat chronic diseases.
  • Canon's new $30,000 video camera can see where you can't (2015-07-30 00:00:00)
  • Uber launches car leasing unit, makes entry into financial services (2015-07-29 23:56:13)
    By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber Technologies has launched its own auto leasing subsidiary in an effort to sign up more drivers, injecting the fast-growing ride services company directly into the financial services sector for the first time. The move by Uber, announced as a pilot project on Wednesday, follows the end of its partnership with Banco Santander's U.S. lending unit earlier this year. Uber announced the initiative but disclosed few financial details, though it said it would offer both new and used cars.
  • Galaxy S6 fails to reverse profit decline at Samsung (2015-07-29 23:54:43)
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics suffered a fifth straight drop in quarterly earnings as the Galaxy S6 failed to reverse its declining fortunes in global smartphone sales.
  • Samsung will discount Galaxy S6 phones after launch sales disappoint (2015-07-29 23:36:00)
  • Hackers can crack the self-aiming rifle to change its target (2015-07-29 22:51:00)
  • Samsung will 'adjust' Galaxy S6 pricing after disappointing earnings (2015-07-29 22:45:31)
    Samsung Electronics posted second-quarter earnings today in line with its own predictions: the company's net profit fell eight percent year-on-year to 5.75 trillion won ($4.93 billion) on sales of 48.5 trillion won ($41.7 billion), down seven percent from last year. Samsung says its mobile division expects a "difficult business environment" in the second half of the year, but plans to keep up sales momentum by "adjusting the price" of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, along with introducing some new high-end phone models — likely the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. Samsung is holding an Unpacked event in New York City on August 13th, meaning we'll see its bigger phones a little earlier this year than usual.
  • NASA's Ceres maps show color-coded features and new official, mythical names (2015-07-29 22:41:26)
    The geological features on dwarf planet Ceres are now named after agricultural gods and goddesses, while we're still waiting to hear about the sci-fi names chosen for features of Pluto's moon.
  • Samsung Q2 results signal further drop in profit (2015-07-29 22:39:57)
    The South Korean technology giant has revealed a drop in profit of 8 percent year on year, attributed to increased competition on all fronts of the smartphone sector.
  • ​Open source leader 'livid' at TPPA software patent capitulation (2015-07-29 22:39:00)
    Negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement appear likely to undo New Zealand's ban on software patents.
  • Freelancer posts million dollar operating loss for first half (2015-07-29 22:08:03)
    Online outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace Freelancer has reported an operating EBITDA of AU$1 million for the first half of 2015.
  • 4 Ways Confident Product Managers Deal With Failure (2015-07-29 22:02:35)
    You have the greatest job in the world. You are a product manager. How many people get the opportunity to truly build something and champion a product to greatness? Each new day is an adventure. There has never been a better time to lead product -- if you are up to the challenge.Every team from Engineering to Marketing depends on you. They are...
  • California Guard uses drone to search for missing teacher (2015-07-29 21:55:44)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California National Guard is using a drone to search El Dorado National Forest for a missing San Francisco teacher, marking the first time the Guard has used an unmanned aircraft for a search-and-rescue mission.
  • Most 2016 Volkswagen cars can avoid crashes and talk to your phone (2015-07-29 21:55:00)
  • 30 years of Windows, condensed into a single infographic (2015-07-29 21:30:10)
    Windows is no longer the dominant force it was in the 1990s but it’s still by far the most widely used desktop operating system in the world, and that’s not nothing. To celebrate the launch of Windows 10 on Wednesday, MicrosoftTraining.Net has put together a terrific infographic that shows us Windows’ long evolution over the past 30 years. DON’T MISS: Windows 10: The 5 most important tips for newbies Source: MicrosoftTraining In the beginning, there was Windows 1… and it was ugly. For many of us, Windows didn’t really start to become a household name until 1990 when Microsoft released Windows 3, which had a GUI akin to the one that Apple had introduced with its Macintosh line of computers. And from there,
  • Windows 10: The smart person's guide (2015-07-29 21:29:28)
    This comprehensive guide covers must-know Windows 10 details, like features, system requirements, upgrade options, and Microsoft's new Windows-as-a-service strategy.
  • NASA crashed another Cessna to improve emergency locators (2015-07-29 21:29:00)
  • Samsung Elec says second quarter Galaxy S6 sales below expectations (2015-07-29 21:12:01)
    SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday that sales of its premium Galaxy S6 smartphones fell short of expectations during the second quarter due to firm's inability to meet demand for the curved-screen model. Park Jin-young, Samsung's vice president for the mobile business, said the firm expects overall smartphone sales volume to increase in the third quarter from the previous quarter as the firm launches new larger-screen models and new mid-to-low tier products. (Reporting by Se Young Lee; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)
  • Maintaining the Creative Edge: An Interview With Ben Lamm of Chaotic Moon (2015-07-29 21:09:02)
    I've known Ben Lamm for over five years. He runs Chaotic Moon, a really neat mobile-app-development shop that churns out some really innovative apps. I came across him while researching The New Small. Since that time, the company has exploded from three employees to more than 200. Clearly, it's doing something right.I recently sat down with...
  • 'Guacamelee' studio's next game needs a few extra months (2015-07-29 20:58:00)
  • Samsung plans price cut for Galaxy S6, S6 Edge (2015-07-29 20:50:47)
    Warning that it faced a difficult market environment, the smartphone maker announces that it's "adjusting" the price of its flagship handsets.
  • Windows 10: How to disable automatic system software updates (2015-07-29 20:45:47)
    In an issue that recently stirred up quite a bit of controversy, the terms and conditions of Windows 10 Home stipulate that Microsoft reserves the right to push down system software updates with no notice. DON’T MISS: 5 awful Windows 8 problems that are fixed in Windows 10 As we highlighted a few weeks back, Microsoft’s terms and conditions for Windows 10 read in part: The Software periodically checks for system and app updates, and downloads and installs them for you. You may obtain updates only from Microsoft or authorised sources, and Microsoft may need to update your system to provide you with those updates. By accepting this agreement, you agree to receive these types of automatic updates without any additional
  • Google in talks to bring Loon to Sri Lanka, but it's not a done deal (2015-07-29 20:38:56)
    The search giant is looking to bring its Wi-Fi-beaming balloons to the South Asian country, but discussions are still in early stages.
  • How to upgrade to Windows 10: A step-by-step walkthrough (2015-07-29 20:35:00)
    It's July 29, 2015 or later and Windows 10 is now available as a free update. Here is what you can expect when you say "yes" to the update.
  • Samsung Elec cautious on outlook, says mobile business environment tough (2015-07-29 20:32:00)
    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd offered a downbeat outlook for the third quarter after April-June profit dropped on a supply shortage for one of its main smartphone models, underscoring continued headwinds for the tech giant. Samsung remained the world's top smartphone seller in the second quarter, but investors and analysts say the South Korean firm's inability to meet demand for its curved-screen S6 edge smartphones likely cost the firm in April-June. "While 2H 2015 is expected to present mounting challenges, the company will try to improve earnings," Samsung said in a statement.
  • Some of the cars on Uber's maps don't really exist (2015-07-29 20:25:00)
  • Samsung Elec second quarter profit down 4 percent, hurt by supply shortage for key phone (2015-07-29 20:06:09)
    Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday its April-June operating profit fell 4 percent from a year earlier, in line with its earnings guidance, hurt by a supply shortage for one of its main smartphone models. Samsung, the world's top smartphone maker, reported a 6.9 trillion won ($5.9 billion) profit for the second quarter, matching a preliminary estimate given early this month. It was its best quarterly operating profit in a year.
  • Brady wasn’t destroying Deflategate evidence, he was trashing his ‘broken’ Samsung for an iPhone 6 (2015-07-29 20:00:56)
    The NFL on Tuesday announced it was upholding Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for allegedly being “generally aware” that team staffers were deflating footballs before games in violation of league rules. In its explanation for why it was upholding the suspension, the NFL revealed that Brady had instructed an assistant to destroy his smartphone just when investigators were getting ready to question him about his role in the scandal. Brady has now fired back with an official excuse for trashing his old phone that will certainly give Samsung executives heartburn when they hear about it. RELATED: Patriots fans react to ‘Deflategate': Here are the 3 stupidest things they’ve done so far “I replaced my broken Samsung phone with a new
  • Android security flaw puts your phone into a near-coma (2015-07-29 19:41:00)
  • California Guard uses drone to in search for missing teacher (2015-07-29 19:39:14)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California National Guard is using a drone to search El Dorado National Forest for a missing San Francisco teacher.
  • Oculus Story Studio debuts adorable VR short film 'Henry' (Tomorrow Daily 217) (2015-07-29 19:30:03)
    Khail and Ashley explain how you can tour the International Space Station, discuss Oculus Story Studio's newest VR film "Henry" and talk shop on the first legal drone delivery in the US.
  • Life's a breach: Reported attack on United Airlines shows everyone has valuable data to protect (2015-07-29 19:25:20)
    No longer focused on stealing credit card numbers alone, hackers are flexing seriously dangerous muscle, security experts say.
  • Dashcam catches off-duty cop threatening to put 'hole in head' of driver (2015-07-29 19:22:29)
    Technically Incorrect: A Massachusetts driver makes a wrong turn. What happens next, all filmed on his dashcam, has led to an investigation. And yes, it's now on YouTube.
  • Every WhatsApp and Viber user is going to love Google’s latest Google Now feature (2015-07-29 19:15:50)
    If you happen to love Google Now and spend plenty of time on your smartphone texting, you should know that Google is rolling out a brand new feature that will let you send messages to friends using other Android apps than Google’s Hangouts. DON’T MISS: How to skip the queue and install Windows 10 right now The feature, initially available in English only, will let you connect your Google account to various third-party apps including WhatsApp, Viber, WeChat, Telegram and NextPlus, to let you send messages using your voice. Just make sure you have the latest versions of all these apps installed on your Android device for it to work. You’ll be able to issue commands such as “Ok Google, send
  • Gripping objects takes much more brain power than we thought (2015-07-29 19:13:00)
  • Acer's new Aspire E Series Windows 10 laptops are easy on the eyes (2015-07-29 19:04:04)
    Starting at $449.99, the new notebooks include audio technology optimized for Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant and blue light reduction to reduce users' eye strain.
  • Debris found near Madagascar may be from long-missing MH370 airliner (2015-07-29 18:59:33)
    Multiple reports now indicate that a weather-battered aircraft section found earlier today on Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean is part of a flaperon — a control surface that acts both as a flap and an aileron — from a Boeing 777. The only Boeing 777 that is presently unaccounted for is Malaysia Airlines 370, which has been missing since it disappeared from radar in March of 2014 with 239 people aboard.
  • Open Text revenue beats estimates for first time in four quarters (2015-07-29 18:50:19)
    Canada's business software maker Open Text Corp raised its fiscal 2016 operating margin forecast and reported a better-than-expected revenue for the first time in four quarters as it closed more big contracts. Open Text's U.S.-listed shares rose 14 percent in trading after the bell on Wednesday as the financial results overshadowed the possibility of a higher U.S. tax bill. The company, whose software to help companies manage documents and workflows, has been struggling with slowing revenue growth as it focuses on building its cloud business.
  • LG’s total Q2 smartphone profit is only enough money to buy 235 iPhones (2015-07-29 18:30:24)
    It must be annoying to sell a boatload of smartphones and not make any serious money off them. Just ask LG! The Korean company’s second-quarter smartphone profit was so miniscule, it was only enough money to cover 235 iPhone 6 handsets at retail price. DON’T MISS: How to skip the queue and install Windows 10 right now Mind you, the 235 devices would be all 16GB iPhone 6 units, or the cheapest off-contract new iPhone you can currently get. Such a device is selling for 850,000 won in Korea (that’s Apple’s official price for it), and LG reported 200 million won in profits, or around $172,000, from smartphone sales during the quarter ending in June The money could also cover 161 128GB iPhone 6
  • Here's how you stream Xbox One games on Windows 10 (2015-07-29 18:19:00)
  • Facebook profit dips as expenses bite into revenue (2015-07-29 18:16:38)
    Facebook reported a dip in its quarterly profit Wednesday but said revenues surged on mobile advertising gains, as its user base neared 1.5 billion. Facebook like other global companies was hurt by the rising dollar, saying that revenues would have been up 50 percent without the impact of currency changes. "This was a good quarter for us," said Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on a conference call on the results.
  • Mac backup basics (2015-07-29 18:15:11)
    A Mac backup plan doesn't have to be complicated. The easier a plan is to set up and follow, the more likely you are to use it and have a current backup when disaster happens.
  • This ultra-advanced luxury car feature is on affordable cars now (2015-07-29 18:10:24)
    Dynamic cruise control is one of those opulent car options that sound a little ridiculous until you actually try it, and then you can't really imagine using a car without it. The feature has appeared in various forms on luxury vehicles for two decades, but it's been hyper-focused on the luxury segment — now, it's starting to trickle down. Affordable brands like Chrysler, Ford, and Chevrolet have started to offer dynamic cruise on mainstream models over the past couple years, and today Volkswagen has announced that it is going nearly all-in: you'll be able to get Adaptive Cruise Control (as VW calls it) on the 2016 CC, Golf, Jetta, and Toureg.
  • Mark Zuckerberg says virtual reality is the obvious next step for Facebook (2015-07-29 18:08:34)
    Facebook has another quarter in the books, and the company's business continues to boom. Its operating margins also tumbled as Facebook's spending soared. On today's earnings call, chief financial officer David Wehner said that the company had added a near record number of new employees this quarter, most in research and development, which helps explain the change in margins.
  • Zuckerberg ready for his closeup: Facebook's video efforts taking off (2015-07-29 18:07:52)
    The social-networking giant says advertising revenue continues to rise, as does the number of active users. One of the key drivers of growth, executives said Wednesday, is video.
  • Twitter shares tumble amid fresh doubts on growth (2015-07-29 18:07:24)
    Twitter shares fell hard Wednesday after the latest update from the one-to-many messaging platform revived doubts about its growth prospects. While revenue growth was seen as positive, the sluggish increase in users sparked fresh worries among investors. Twitter said its user base grew to 316 million worldwide, but that its core user base was up by just two million from the prior quarter.
  • Obama wants to build an exascale supercomputer by 2025 (2015-07-29 18:05:52)
    The White House is getting serious about supercomputers. Today, President Obama issued an executive order establishing the National Strategic Computing Intiative — essentially a federal strategy for making sure America leads the field in supercomputers. It sounds ambitious, but supercomputer experts had already predicted the US could break the so-called exaflop barrier as early as 2023.
  • Facebook 2Q results soar as user base, mobile ads grow (2015-07-29 18:03:48)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook surpassed expectations on all fronts in the second quarter, growing not just profit and revenue but its already-massive user base, mobile advertising and usage of its "family" of non-Facebook apps like Instagram and WhatsApp.
  • U.S. likely to scale back planned limits on intrusion-software exports (2015-07-29 18:00:50)
    By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Commerce said on Wednesday it will revise regulations intended to restrict the export of software that can used to break into computers and smart phones. An initial draft of the regulations, published in May, attracted hundreds of comments, many of them complaints that the rules were so broad as to bar the easy sale of standard tools used to test electronic security. "All of those comments will be carefully reviewed and distilled, and the authorities will determine how the regulations should be changed," a spokesman for the Commerce Department said in an interview.
  • Google's Project Loon will cover the entirety of Sri Lanka with internet coverage (2015-07-29 17:58:15)
    Project Loon is undoubtably one of the most "Google" projects that Google is working on — Wi-Fi being delivered by giant floating balloons is certainly a unique approach to getting internet to hard-to-reach areas. While Project Loon still sits in the Google X "moonshots" lab, it got a huge vote of confidence from the nation of Sri Lanka, which announced yesterday it would use Project Loon to cover the island nation with internet. The plan calls for Google to work with Sri Lanka's local internet providers to let them use Project Loon balloons to enhance their service, so it sounds like Project Loon won't be an internet free-for-all for whoever wants it.
  • ACSC publishes first threat report, but... ho hum (2015-07-29 17:50:00)
    The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has released its first-ever unclassified cyber security threat report, but it's an opportunity missed. It's just another generic government cyber document.
  • AT&T wants your smartphone to get FM radio (2015-07-29 17:47:02)
    There's an FM radio hidden inside of most smartphones, even though most phones don't actually allow you to use it. A person familiar with the matter tells The Verge that AT&T isn't making radio activation a requirement, despite what some news releases are saying. Now that AT&T wants them turned on, there's a decent chance of that happening.
  • Facebook profit falls 9 percent as costs soar (2015-07-29 17:30:43)
    Facebook Inc said quarterly revenue beat forecasts but profit fell 9 percent at the social media company on heavy spending to boost mobile revenue and future growth. Total costs and expenses jumped 82 percent to $2.77 billion in the three months ended June 30, Facebook said on Wednesday. Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said in an interview the huge increase in expenses was for "growth we need now and in the future." "We're investing in the next set of services and what will be future investments like Messenger, WhatsApp and Oculus," she added.
  • Mater Health's converged infrastructure to underpin VDI upgrade (2015-07-29 17:30:04)
    Mater Health Services has been able to reduce configuration time from two days to two hours with the implementation on its Nutanix converged infrastructure.
  • Twitter's Windows 10 app shows you top tweets right from the start (2015-07-29 17:28:00)
  • KFC limited-edition chicken bucket doubles as a Bluetooth photo printer (2015-07-29 17:24:10)
    Need some greasy Polaroids with your next bucket of fried chicken? KFC invents the Memories Bucket, which lets people print pictures right from the bucket with Bluetooth.
  • The 10 best movies and TV shows about to be removed from Netflix (2015-07-29 17:10:52)
    If you have a busy week full of work and errands planned, we’re so sorry to have to do this to you. There are priorities in life though, and making sure you binge-watch the great content about to be removed from Netflix is somewhere near the top of the list. Content comes and goes each month on Netflix, and much of it goes unnoticed. If you want to catch some great movies and TV shows before they expire in August, however, you’ll want to make sure you take notice of the list below. DON’T MISS: How to skip the queue and install Windows 10 right now Our picks for the 10 best movies and TV series set to be removed from Netflix in August follows below,
  • Here's how to upgrade to Windows 10 (2015-07-29 17:09:54)
    Ready to move on up to Windows 10? Here are all the steps you need for success.
  • Tesla is turning its owners into a nationwide sales team (2015-07-29 17:08:22)
    The dealer wars just got more interesting. Luxury electric-vehicle manufacturer Tesla launches a referral program, with new owners receiving $1,000 discounts and those making the referrals getting $1,000 of their own.
  • 'Five Nights at Freddy's' movie lands the director of 'Poltergeist' (2015-07-29 17:08:00)
  • Western Digital, Equinix, Ruckess earnings results mixed bag (2015-07-29 16:54:01)
    Western Digital was hit by a PC slowdown; Equinix's sales surged, but earnings missed and Ruckus delivered a solid quarter across the board.
  • Amazon's Dash Buttons bring one-push ordering to all Prime members (2015-07-29 16:45:00)
  • ServiceNow satisfies Q2 targets, revenue tops $246 million (2015-07-29 16:41:01)
    The non-GAAP profit for ServiceNow was $7.3 million, or 4 cents per share.
  • Facebook stock slides even as 2Q results soar (2015-07-29 16:33:12)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's second-quarter revenue barely squeaked past Wall Street's outsized expectations, sending its high-flying stock down in after-hours trading.
  • 3 Ways Around Walking and Texting (2015-07-29 16:32:16)
    It was a day like any other. I had gone shopping at a local supermarket with a friend. While I was walking back with her to the car, I received a text. I am not usually in the habit of reaching to read or answer a text while I am walking, and I never use my phone while driving. This time, however, I reached into my bag and pulled out the phone....
  • Present and Correct? (2015-07-29 16:29:46)
    I have a problem. A very 21st century problem, in fact that, somehow, one day, crept up on me and consumed entirely my ability to function as part of society. I am not "present".Whilst it might land on the more existential end of modern day crises, it is nonetheless damaging to myself and those around me, and with the rise of irritatingly perky...
  • Meet the Windows 10 magical anime girl (2015-07-29 16:29:18)
    There's a new member of the Windows operating system anime family, but she hasn't yet been named. Meanwhile, Google search tracks when a store is crowded, and Amazon Dash buttons go on sale to the public.
  • Bounce in AMD's stock may put pressure on short sellers (2015-07-29 16:27:20)
    By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A two-day rally in the lowly shares of Advanced Micro Devices Inc may be squeezing short sellers, who recently increased their bets against the chipmaker. The annual interest rate that short sellers pay to borrow shares of AMD surged from 4 percent to an unusually high 50 percent last week, according to SunGard's Astec Analytics, which tracks securities lending. A significant percentage of stock in a short position indicates that investors expect it to drop in value.
  • Tablet shipments drop again amid shrinking market demand: IDC (2015-07-29 16:24:15)
    Global tablet shipments totaled 44.7 million units in Q2 compared to 48 million during the same period the year prior. Shipments slipped nearly 4 percent compared to just last quarter.
  • 'Titanfall' is going free-to-play in Asia (2015-07-29 16:24:00)
  • Drake vs. Meek Mill: a roundtable on the summer's best beef (2015-07-29 16:18:21)
    The spat between rappers Drake and Meek Mill is entering its second week, and it’s starting to get ugly. Here’s the shortest possible recap, just in case you haven’t been following every twist and turn: Meek Mill accused Drake of using a ghostwriter for “R.I.C.O.,” a track they recorded together for Meek’s new album Dreams Worth More Than Money. Drake stayed silent until Saturday night, when he released three new tracks during his OVO Sound radio show on Beats 1.
  • Forget Windows 10: Remember when Windows 95 was new? (2015-07-29 16:16:50)
    As Microsoft introduces its newest operating system, we venture back 20 years in the CNET Vault to find our video coverage of its ancestor, Windows 95. Let new features like the recycle bin, MSN and long file names amaze you.
  • The US is rewriting its controversial zero-day export policy (2015-07-29 16:15:52)
    For two months, security researchers have been fighting a controversial export policy known as the Wassenaar Arrangement — and now it looks like they may have won a crucial battle in that fight. In a closed-door meeting this morning, a Commerce Department representative said the agency's Wassenaar-inspired export controls were currently being rewritten after the comment period ended last week. First laid out in May, the Department of Commerce's new export rules were controversial from the start, with many in the security community saying the rules would make it impossible to develop and deploy benign security tools.
  • Facebook revenue jumps 39 percent as mobile ad sales rise (2015-07-29 16:08:03)
    (Reuters) - Facebook Inc reported a 39 percent jump in quarterly revenue on Wednesday as more advertisers used its increasingly popular mobile app. Net income attributable to stockholders fell to $715 million, or 25 cents per share, in the second quarter ended June 30, from $788 million, or 30 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue jumped to $4.04 billion from $2.91 billion. (Reporting by Devika Krishna Kumar in Bengaluru; Editing by Ted Kerr)
  • Tom Brady's Deflategate riposte: I switched from Samsung to iPhone 6. So? (2015-07-29 16:06:50)
    Technically Incorrect: In a Facebook post decrying his suspension, the New England Patriots quarterback insists that the NFL had no right to see his phone and that he was free to do with it as he wished.
  • This new Google feature lets you avoid crowds at your favorite stores (2015-07-29 16:04:10)
    Google can get away with being creepy in many cases because it’s just so useful. Case in point: Google this week unveiled a new search feature that will let you know whether the store or restaurant you want to visit is likely to be crowded at a given time and can even break down a place’s popularity on different days of the week. How does Google know all this about individual locations? We have no idea, but this is nonetheless an extremely useful new feature. FROM EARLIER: The dentist who killed Cecil the Lion is getting spammed with hilarious Yelp reviews “Now, you can avoid the wait and see the busiest times of the week at millions of places and businesses around
  • A Facebook photo helped scientists discover a new plant (2015-07-29 16:03:25)
    Brazilian plant researcher Paolo Gonella probably wasn't hoping to discover a new plant species when he was scrolling through his Facebook newsfeed, but when he came across a picture posted by Reginaldo Vasconcelos, that's exactly what happened. "Internet based image databases have become an important tool for plant enthusiasts and botanists to share their interest and knowledge," writes Gonella in an article published in the scientific journal Phytotaxa.
  • Report: United hacked by the same group behind OPM breach (2015-07-29 16:02:00)
  • Telecom Italia inks content deal with Netflix (2015-07-29 15:46:08)
    Telecom Italia will offer TV series and movies from Netflix to its clients after a deal the Italian phone group said would help spur demand for faster Internet in the euro zone's No. 3 economy. Telecom Italia is boosting investments to build modern fiber optic networks and sealing deals with content providers, part of a search for new sources of income as its traditional phone services lose appeal amid rising online competition. TV clients equipped with a set-top box provided by Telecom Italia will access content of fast-growing Netflix.
  • Sprint counters T-Mobile with 10GB of shared family data (2015-07-29 15:44:00)
  • Want a free Tesla Model X? Convince ten people to buy a Model S right now (2015-07-29 15:40:41)
    Tesla announced today that it's rolling out a referral program through October 31st that's designed to boost sales through word of mouth, and it's a pretty decent one: for every referral that current owners generate, they'll get $1,000 — and the new buyers will get $1,000 off their purchase. The referrals will be made through a custom link offered to current owners, which makes it sound a lot like any other referral program on the internet. The $1,000 bonus isn't all, though: if you refer five people, you get to tour Tesla's upcoming Gigafactory battery manufacturing facility in Nevada and head (with a guest) to the opening party.
  • Microsoft gears for turnaround with Windows 10 rollout (2015-07-29 15:34:38)
    The stakes are high for Microsoft as it pushes out the new operating system for both traditional computers and mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. The company is hoping the new system can help it gain traction in mobile, where it lags behind Google Android and Apple iOS, and in emerging technologies for computing. "Our vision was one platform, one store, and one experience that extends across the broadest range of devices from the smallest screens to the largest screens to no screens at all," said Microsoft executive vice president for Windows, Terry Myerson, in a blog post.
  • How much money do you have to save each day to become a millionaire at 65? (2015-07-29 15:30:19)
    There are plenty of legal ways of becoming a millionaire, but you probably won’t be able to do it overnight. However, if you’re determined to reach that particular milestone, there is a way to save $1 million by 65, assuming you’re willing to adopt a strict savings plan. DON’T MISS: How to download and install Windows 10 right now The plan was discovered by Business Insider in David Bach’s Smart Couples Finish Rich book and appears to be quite simple, at least on paper. According to Bach, you have to commit and stick to a systematic savings and investment plan for your money, even if you don’t have any money to begin with. “You don’t need to have money to make money,”
  • Google adds 20 languages to instant translation app (2015-07-29 15:27:50)
    Google announced Wednesday it was adding 20 new languages for its mobile translation application that reads text and instantly converts to another tongue. The smartphone app now can read 27 languages and instantly convert the text without an Internet connection, the tech giant said. Google also said it was making voice translation "faster and smoother" in the Translate app, which can interpret street signs, ingredient lists, instruction manuals and other texts.
  • Netflix synthesizes a brainwave symphony for 'Sense8' (2015-07-29 15:20:00)
  • Volkswagen to offer crash avoidance systems on most U.S. models (2015-07-29 15:14:13)
    Volkswagen AG , the world's No. 1 automaker, will offer automatic braking and other crash avoidance systems as standard or optional features on most 2016 models sold in the United States beginning later this year, the company said on Wednesday. Volkswagen said it will offer systems that can bring a car to a full stop from about 18 miles (29 km) per hour when the vehicle’s sensors detect an imminent crash. At higher speeds, the automatic braking system will slow the vehicle but may not bring it to a full stop, VW senior engineer Michael Rohlfs said in a presentation to journalists.
  • Twitter stock tumbles as user growth stalls (2015-07-29 15:09:10)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Tepid user growth and ongoing uncertainty about its leadership dragged Twitter's stock to its lowest level in over a year Wednesday, even though the short-messaging service reported sharply quarterly higher revenue.
  • Reddit needs to stop pretending racism is valuable debate (2015-07-29 15:06:40)
    Reddit's executives are still walking a thin, shaky tightrope as they update the site's content policy. Today, CEO and co-founder Steve Huffman posted a small update on Reddit's new moderator tools and rules for policing the site's worst communities — which could spell one of the biggest shifts in the site's history. While my personal views towards bigotry haven't changed, my opinion of what Reddit should do about it has.
  • Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu – here’s how to customize it (2015-07-29 15:03:07)
    Congratulations, dear reader. You followed our instructions to skip the queue and install Windows 10 without waiting, and now you won’t have to live another minute with Windows 8. As familiar as Windows 10 is though, there will still be a period of adjustment while you check out Microsoft’s new features and learn how to get the most out of them. Among Windows 10’s best new features — which we listed earlier on Wednesday — the triumphant return of the Start Menu is unquestionably ranked near the top. It has definitely evolved from the Start Menu of old, however, so let’s take a look at how to use all of its most important new features. FROM EARLIER: 5 awful Windows 8 problems that
  • Dear Veronica: Is this the end of portable gaming devices? (2015-07-29 15:00:00)
  • Nintendo's best-selling Wii U, 3DS games revealed (2015-07-29 14:49:49)
    Mario Kart and Pokemon lead the way.
  • Wall Street ponders whether to fly the coop on Twitter (2015-07-29 14:48:16)
    Experts debate what's next after the struggling social network warns investors it does not plan to see any substantial user growth.
  • Technology and Alzheimer's Care (2015-07-29 14:46:43)
    Technology has revolutionized the way I live and work. I love this brave new world and welcome it into both my personal and professional life. Innovations like Fitbit, Netflix and Facebook keep me healthy, entertained and connected with friends from long ago. And with 24/7 internet availability and advances in telecommunications technology,...
  • How Guitar Hero Live borrows from old-school MTV and Destiny (2015-07-29 14:44:18)
    Freestyle's new multiplayer model has recurring content and a classic feel.
  • Samsung adds some power to its latest Android flip phone (2015-07-29 14:43:00)
  • Windows 10: The 5 most important tips for newbies (2015-07-29 14:41:08)
    Happy Windows 10 day! If you’re one of the millions of Windows users out there who is making the upgrade, you may be wondering how to get the most out of the new operating system. In no particular order, here are the five essential tricks we think all Windows 10 newbies should know. FROM EARLIER: I can’t believe this, but I’m really excited for Windows 10 Get Cortana to start listening automatically just by saying, “Hey Cortana!” You can enable this feature by clicking on the search field in the lower left-hand corner of the task bar and then select the Notebook icon that will pop up on the left-hand side. Then you should click Settings and turn on the option to
  • 7 amazing human-powered gadgets (2015-07-29 14:30:00)
  • Why do you really hate Kanye West? (2015-07-29 14:26:20)
    Over the last five years, Kanye West has morphed into one of the greatest live performers of our generation. It’s a disconcerting contrast that speaks in part to what a lightning rod West’s public persona has become, and how loud and inescapably race-driven the Kanye West hater echo chamber has grown. It started back in March, when over 130,000 people signed a petition to stop West from playing the UK’s Glastonbury Festival.
  • How You Type May Be Your Greatest Security Weakness (2015-07-29 14:22:21)
    Passwords can be cracked and fingerprints can be stolen, but a new kind of technology called behavioral biometric software can turn how you type into a strong means of verifying your identity.
  • WYOD: Is Your Organization Ready? (2015-07-29 14:20:39)
    Shortly after the launch of Apple's iPhone, corporate Blackberry users started experimenting with the iPhone, and it didn't take long before we began seeing office workers and executives juggling two phones - the Blackberry because they had to and the iPhone because they wanted to.Blackberry was focused on the corporate market and they designed...
  • New facets sparkle in Windows 10 (2015-07-29 14:10:48)
    Microsoft's new Windows 10 computer operating system is out to win the love its predecessor never got. - The Windows 10 user interface designed to work well on touchscreen devices such as tablets or smartphones and on personal computers with old-school mouse and keyboard controls. - The Start menu that fell victim to Microsoft's shift to "live tiles" in a prior iteration of Windows has been returned to its familiar place in the lower left corner of the screen, but users can opt for the tile interface.
  • AT&T will require working FM radios in its Android phones (2015-07-29 14:09:00)
  • Being frank not enough, Twitter needs to act (2015-07-29 14:07:34)
    Twitter needs to act fast - simplify its core product and organize news feeds better, analysts said. At least 19 brokerages cut their price target on Twitter to as low as $30 - 18 percent lower than the stock's Tuesday's close of $36.54. Twitter's shares skidded more than 13 percent to $32.15 on Wednesday, wiping out about $3 billion of the company's market value.
  • Forget John Galt -- Who is Richard Craib? (2015-07-29 14:03:21)
    Forget John Galt. John Galt was the fiction. Behold Richard Craib, the man. Ecce homo!I went to school with Richard at Cornell. Richard studied math. Quiet and studious disposition. Played chess and poker. Traded stocks and started companies in his free time, learned to code for fun - before that was a cool thing to do. Fashion: very...
  • StubHub lets eventgoers call an Uber from its app (2015-07-29 13:50:00)
  • Powerful aurorae observed on brown dwarf for the first time (2015-07-29 13:39:41)
    Brown dwarfs have long been in a state of cosmic limbo. This has led some scientists to argue that brown dwarfs are more akin to planets than they are to the luminous balls of plasma scattered throughout the Universe. For the first time, astronomers have detected powerful aurorae on a brown dwarf star located 20 light years from Earth.
  • Marketers failing to take advantage of predictive analytics tools according to new report (2015-07-29 13:38:36)
    Almost half of US based marketers struggle to find and engage with social media influencers and predict their buying behaviour according to a new report.
  • This Product Manager Feared Customers (2015-07-29 13:33:40)
    Susan landed her dream job -- she was a Sr. Product Manager at a fast-growing technology company. I knew her well. She got to work with brilliant people every day, building an amazing product. The culture was great and the team was focused on building something lasting. She was happy.After several months at the new company, Susan was on a...
  • United Airlines data breached by China-backed hackers: Bloomberg (2015-07-29 13:31:56)
    REUTERS - United Continental Holdings Inc has been the target of a data breach linked to a group of China-backed hackers, Bloomberg reported. The company detected an attack into its computer systems in May or early June, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Among the data stolen are manifests, which include information on flights' passengers and destinations, Bloomberg said. United Airlines did not immediately respond for comment. ...
  • Under Lenovo, Motorola is more like Google than it ever was (2015-07-29 13:24:47)
    Now that we’ve had a moment to catch our breath after all the excitement surrounding the Windows 10 release, let’s rewind to the other big news of this week: the launch of Motorola’s 2015 smartphone lineup. At Google I/O this year, Sundar Pichai set out Google’s internal mission as being the development of technology that works for and is accessible to everyone. The Chicago-based company has been consistently undercutting its competitors’ prices and surprising us with the amount of smartphone power it can fit into the tightest of budgets.
  • Are We All a Bunch of Narcissists? (2015-07-29 13:24:34)
    Part I - Empathy Is a Choice"Empathy is a choice," I read on the billboard. We had just boarded the bus. It was crowded and New York City bound. I was sitting with my friend near the front when a young Asian couple entered. The couple wanted to sit together, but no two connected seats were available. They took what they could get: two nearby...
  • Snapchat is selling an official Snapchat beach towel (2015-07-29 13:23:10)
    Snapchat is all about sharing fleeting moments in the form of photos and videos that expire like messages in Mission: Impossible. "What a timely question," I might answer, before I direct you to this new product: an official Snapchat beach towel. A bright, iconic, Snapchat yellow adorns most of the towel, and the company's faceless ghost logo sits squarely in the middle.
  • CGI exiting low-margin markets, eyes M&A in cyber security (2015-07-29 13:21:11)
    By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - CGI Group Inc, the information systems and management consultancy, said on Wednesday it would target acquisitions in cyber security while exiting some markets entirely, as it reported third-quarter profit and revenue that missed estimates. The company's chief executive officer said it has compiled a short list of 85 potential acquisition targets that would help it grow by delving deeper into industries, three years after going wide with its Logica acquisition. CEO Michael Roach told investors on a conference call that the company is working its way through a list compiled from almost a thousand interviews with top managers at its customers "as part of our buy strategy." Scores of acquisitions have fueled CGI's growth over four decades.
  • Twitter stock plunges as user growth stalls (2015-07-29 13:16:13)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Tepid user growth and ongoing uncertainty about its leadership are dragging Twitter's stock to its lowest level in over a year even though the short-messaging service reported sharply quarterly higher revenue.
  • Yahoo unveils silent video chat app (2015-07-29 13:12:40)
    Yahoo on Wednesday unveiled a new mobile application allowing users to exchange live video, text and emoticons, without audio. "We wanted to find that new and expressive way of communicating," Yahoo senior vice president Adam Cahan said at a New York media event for the app called Livetext. Cahan said the Yahoo team chose to focus on video without audio to encourage people to use the app in a variety of situations.
  • Captain EO is coming back to Disney World's EPCOT (2015-07-29 13:11:00)
  • Amazon's push-to-order Dash Buttons are now on sale for $4.99 (2015-07-29 13:07:21)
    When Amazon announced the Dash Button back on March 31st, it seemed like an early April Fools' joke: it had made a button you can buy that would place an order for something — a single, specific product — whenever you pressed it.
  • You don't have to love cars, but you can't make them go away (2015-07-29 13:06:44)
    Electrification of the auto industry isn't coming as quickly as anyone would like (except for the petroleum industry, I suppose), but it's coming — the writing is on the wall. The technology now exists to make electric cars go several hundred miles on a charge and to make those charges faster and less annoying. Many major automakers have either hinted at plans for a high-range EV in the near future or have shown one.
  • Longtime Android fanboy will ‘hate’ himself for it, but he’s switching to iPhone (2015-07-29 13:06:33)
    The incredibly long time it takes for many Android phones to receive software updates is something that has driven users crazy for years now. Longtime Android fanboy Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai recently reached a breaking point with Android after news broke this week about a massive flaw in the platform that lets hackers compromise Android devices simply by sending them either an MMS message or a multimedia file. In particular, Franceschi-Bicchierai was enraged that it would take so long for his phone to get a necessary patch, if it ever got it at all. RELATED: I’ve Used Android Exclusively for the Past 5 Years – Here’s Why I’ll be Buying an iPhone 6s What makes this particularly infuriating is that Google was alerted to this
  • Actian hires senior Oracle sales exec (2015-07-29 13:05:00)
    A boom in big data analytics has lured a senior Oracle exec to the Silicon Valley company...
  • Windows 10 tablet mode: a mobile OS that stays out of your way (2015-07-29 13:00:03)
    Microsoft’s bet on touch interfaces led to some of Windows 8’s most frustrating design choices, and the company has been doing damage control over it for the past three years. Windows 10 is the culmination of these efforts, bringing back desktop-friendly features like the Start menu. In fact, by paying more attention to the desktop side of things, it’s created a more interesting experience — and even helped justify the existence of Windows tablets.
  • Researchers engineered a protein factory inside a living cell for the first time (2015-07-29 13:00:03)
    This change in ribosome structure may have accounted for the attempt’s success — scientists have tried to produce them in the past. "A lot of people consider the ribosome to be the chef of translation and so one of the things we’re curious to know now is if you have the ability to make specialized chefs, chefs that make different types of cuisines," says Michael Jewett, synthetic biologist at Northwestern University and a co-author of the study.
  • Get the coolest Lightning cable ever for $11.99 (2015-07-29 12:45:24)
    Cheapskate exclusive! The iOrange-E cable is flat, MFi-certified and equipped with a simple but incredibly useful feature.
  • Yahoo's Livetext is a messaging app for the Snapchat generation (2015-07-29 12:45:00)
  • KFC's new chicken bucket is also a Bluetooth photo printer (2015-07-29 12:40:02)
    Global poultry syndicate KFC is celebrating its 60th anniversary of operation in Canada, and it's introducing a special new chicken bucket to celebrate. You won't be able to snare one for yourself through your standard order, though — based on comments on KFC Canada's Facebook page, it's going to be given away as a limited release. If you have a minute at lunch, you can play ColonelQuest, an 8-bit romp through Colonel Sanders' life released in May. The Memories Bucket may raise the bar on ridiculous poultry products, but this is an age of tweeting fridges, smart dishwashers, and NFC-enabled ovens — who's to say your chicken bucket shouldn't print pictures?
  • Sonos speakers now work with Microsoft's Groove music service (2015-07-29 12:39:21)
    Microsoft rebranded its Xbox Music service to Groove earlier this month, and it officially launches today. While Sonos never supported Xbox Music, fans will be pleased to hear that Groove is now officially supported. It's available in beta from the Sonos controller, allowing you to stream Groove music to compatible speakers.
  • Microsoft debuts Windows 10: Why it's being given away free (2015-07-29 12:39:13)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft debuted its new Windows 10 operating system Wednesday, in what the company hopes will be a pivotal moment in its bid regain its sway in a world where the PC is no longer king.
  • 5 awful Windows 8 problems that are fixed in Windows 10 (2015-07-29 12:39:08)
    Windows 10 hasn’t even been out for a day yet, but it already seems like the sour taste left in our mouths by Windows 8 is fading. It’ll be a while before it’s completely gone, but there is absolutely no question that Windows 10 is a huge step in the right direction. There are a number of great new features in Windows 10, and we covered five of the best ones in a recent article. Now, it’s time to take a look at five of the most awful, annoying, horrible problems from Windows 8 and see how Microsoft fixed them in its new operating system. FROM EARLIER: How to skip the queue and install Windows 10 right now Start Screen It’s hard to state
  • Yahoo reveals Livetext, its new silent video chat app (2015-07-29 12:31:18)
    Yahoo has a new way to connect with your friend. At an event today in Manhattan, Yahoo announced a new app called Livetext, available tomorrow for iOS and Android. Yahoo describes the app as "live video texting," essentially a combination of self-facing live video and chat.
  • Google Street View cars are starting to map air pollution (2015-07-29 12:25:25)
    A small number of Google Street View cars are recording more than photos of the road — they're also taking snapshots of the air quality around them. Aclima, a company that makes environmental sensors, announced this week that it's been working with Google to put air quality detectors on some of its cars. The sensors allow Google's vehicles to pick up information on carbon dioxide, methane, black carbon, particulate matter, and other pollutants on a block-by-block basis.
  • Hormones may be partners in crime for unethical behavior (2015-07-29 12:18:55)
    A new study claims that naughty behavior like fraud, cheating and lying could be predicted and reinforced by a rise in hormones such as testosterone and cortisol.
  • Google Translate can help you with text in 20 new languages (2015-07-29 12:17:00)
  • Lexus’ real hoverboard finally has a release date – but don’t get too excited (2015-07-29 12:04:14)
    The Lexus Slide hoverboard shown off in a teaser ad not long ago turned plenty of heads. It was meant to be more of a publicity stunt than a real product, at least according to what Lexus said, but the hoverboard is actually real and it’s coming sooner than you think. But don’t get too excited about it just yet. DON’T MISS: How to skip the queue and install Windows 10 right now The Lexus hoverboard is real, and it’s spectacular — meaning it’s more than special effects. But Lexus has no plans to make it a commercial product. And it’s likely that, with today’s tech, such a device wouldn’t exactly be the affordable hoverboard of your dreams anyway. However, the carmaker put a new
  • Are You a "Digitalist"? (2015-07-29 12:02:00)
    Are you a leader who is trying to help your organizations through transformational change? Here's a new resources you may be interested in...
  • A fresh Start: Microsoft's Windows 10 wins plaudits (2015-07-29 11:42:58)
    Microsoft Corp's launch of its first new operating system in almost three years, designed to work across laptops, desktop and smartphones, won mostly positive reviews for its user-friendly and feature-packed interface. The launch was seen critical for the company, particularly after the poor response to Windows 8, an ambitious redesign that confused many users by ditching the start button menu and introducing a new layout. The new OS, launched on Wednesday, will be available as a free upgrade for users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1.
  • These tricks will make your Windows 10 experience even better (2015-07-29 11:37:33)
    It’s a busy day in the tech world today as Microsoft just a few hours ago released Windows 10 in 190 countries. And in case you missed it, the friendly folks in Redmond are making the upgrade to Windows 10 completely free for existing Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. Of course, if you happen to be running Vista or XP, there are ways for you to get Windows 10 for free as well. Thus far, early reviews of Windows 10 have been overwhelmingly positive as Microsoft seems to have corrected many of the frustrations that plagued Windows 8. Which is to say, if you’re a Windows user, this is an upgrade you’d be well advised to check out as soon
  • Why Microsoft is giving away Windows 10 for free (2015-07-29 11:36:48)
    When Microsoft released Windows 95 almost 20 years ago, people packed into stores to be among the first lucky buyers to get their hands on this cutting edge new technology. Microsoft had an iron grip on productivity software in the enterprise, but even ordinary consumers were accustomed to paying hundreds of dollars for software. Two decades later, Microsoft is releasing Windows 10.
  • 13 Hours trailer: Michael Bay makes Benghazi movie with Jim from The Office (2015-07-29 11:27:37)
    13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is a movie I somehow hadn't heard about until today, despite its brain-rattling elevator pitch: director Michael Bay and actor John Krasinski team up for an action movie about arguably the most controversial attack on American diplomats, soldiers, and citizens in the past decade. On September 11th, 2012, Islamic militants attacked two American compounds in Benghazi, Libya, killing two CIA contractors, a US foreign service information management officer, and a US ambassador — Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens became the first US ambassador to be killed in the line of duty since the late 1970s.
  • How to get Windows 10 on your Mac (2015-07-29 11:15:02)
    Like most people using MacBooks, I have no interest in getting rid of my laptop, but thankfully I don’t have to buy any new hardware to use Windows 10. Thanks to Apple creating some helpful tools and some solid third-party options, it’s rather easy to get Windows 10 up and running right alongside OS X. You can use a virtualization program, which runs Windows 10 like an app right on top of OS X, or you can use Apple’s built-in Boot Camp program to partition your hard drive to dual-boot Windows 10 right next to OS X.
  • What does Windows 10 mean for gaming? (2015-07-29 11:00:01)
    Although the overwhelming majority of PC gamers run Windows, it would be fair to say that their relationship with Microsoft has been fraught throughout the years. The disastrous Games for Windows Live initiative was a tone-deaf attempt to turn online gaming on Windows Vista into an Xbox-like experience. Windows 8, meanwhile, brought an unfriendly interface and a half-hearted App Store pricing model, which was met with a collective shrug by countless gamers worldwide who stuck with Windows 7.
  • This crazy F1 concept car could save open wheel racing (2015-07-29 10:54:41)
    Last month, another in a long line of ostentatious Formula One concept designs sent automotive fans on the internet in a tizzy: a closed cockpit McLaren. While the pictures are pretty, the futuristic design comes at a very important time — because open wheel racing is dying. IndyCar introduced a wild new aerodynamics package for both the Chevrolet and Honda cars this year, but the move has not gone so well.
  • Will the Internet listen to your private conversations? (2015-07-29 10:47:03)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Like a lot of teenagers, Aanya Nigam reflexively shares her whereabouts, activities and thoughts on Twitter, Instagram and other social networks without a qualm.
  • Dating apps are changing US courtship rituals (2015-07-29 10:46:44)
    From adulterous middle-aged marrieds to millennials who say only freaks chat up people in bars, millions of Americans are finding love online as technology corners the market in romance. New York has a reputation as a party capital of the world, where sex is free and easy and unmarried adults outnumber their married counterparts. Andrea Morales, a 25-year-old graduate student from Costa Rica, used to think Internet dating was a bolt-hole for the desperate.
  • For dating apps in Asia, love by numbers or chaperone (2015-07-29 10:45:57)
    Move over Tinder -- a crop of dating apps in smartphone-addicted Asia is offering to recruit friends for group dates or send along a chaperone to steer the course of romance. While dating apps developed in the West encourage one-on-one, often no-strings-attached meetings, many in Asia are as much about old-school courtship or friendship in a region where meeting a stranger in a bar can still be a taboo. You couldn't go on dates if your parents didn't know the guy," said Valenice Balace, who developed the Peekawoo service in the Philippines two years ago.
  • 9 best paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free today (2015-07-29 10:45:09)
    If the eight iOS apps in yesterday’s list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free weren’t enough for you, don’t worry — we’re back with another nine apps in today’s post. We’ve got a solid collection of apps on today’s list, including a few well-rated games that you’ll definitely enjoy. There are still a bunch of freebies in yesterday’s post though, so be sure to go back and grab them if you haven’t already. DON’T MISS: Windows 10: The 5 best new features These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end
  • Qualcomm tech could bring wireless charging to iPhones, iPads (2015-07-29 10:32:26)
    With metal cases and backs, Apple's iOS devices don't play nicely with wireless chargers. Enter Qualcomm: Its WiPower tech now works through metal to recharge batteries.
  • I can’t believe this, but I’m really excited for Windows 10 (2015-07-29 10:20:47)
    When was the last time I actually felt excited by a new version of Windows? I think I’d have to go back all the way to Windows 98, which came out at a time when Microsoft completely ruled the computing world and Apple was on death’s doorstep. OK, so I do remember being excited for Windows 8… until I actually started using it. Windows 8.1 offered some much-needed relief but it felt like a transition to Microsoft’s next big thing. All of which brings us to Windows 10. FROM EARLIER: How to skip the queue and install Windows 10 right now   I’m excited for Windows 10 for a bunch of reasons and not just because it means saying goodbye to Windows
  • Lexus sets August 5 reveal date for hoverboard (2015-07-29 10:16:33)
    Called the Slide, Lexus's skateboard-like construction that uses magnetic levitation -- rather than wheels -- to glide through the air rather than the street will soon become a reality.
  • Why don't some people use the Internet? (2015-07-29 10:11:09)
    Senior citizens make up a huge chunk of those who abstain, but income, education, location and ethnicity also are factors, according to Pew Research.
  • NoSQL is a "complete game changer," declares database expert (2015-07-29 10:01:09)
    As data changes, databases must change, too. Matt Asay explains how NoSQL is changing data forever.
  • Windows Edge review: Microsoft finally has a good browser (2015-07-29 10:00:02)
    For two decades, the default web browsing experience in Windows has been Internet Explorer. Over the years, Microsoft’s home-built browser became bloated, insecure, confusing to use, and just plain hated by many users. With Windows 10 (check out our full review here), Microsoft went back to the drawing board and scrapped everything it had done so far with Internet Explorer.
  • Microsoft Edge review: Windows finally has a good browser (2015-07-29 10:00:02)
    For two decades, the default web browsing experience in Windows has been Internet Explorer. Over the years, Microsoft’s home-built browser became bloated, insecure, confusing to use, and just plain hated by many users. With Windows 10 (check out our full review here), Microsoft went back to the drawing board and scrapped everything it had done so far with Internet Explorer.
  • Google Translate update lets more travelers see the world in their language (2015-07-29 09:56:44)
    Google announced the addition of 20 more languages to its Translate app on Wednesday, making for a total of 27.
  • Wii U sales finally hit 10 million units as Nintendo nabs tiny profit (2015-07-29 09:56:09)
    Nintendo's revenue was up 21 percent as the company tries to dig its way out of third place in the game console market.
  • Killer deal: Amazon will pay you $10 to buy a $30 Google Chromecast (2015-07-29 09:55:59)
    Google’s little Chromecast dongle is pretty awesome. The device plugs into the HDMI port on any HDTV or monitor and instantly gives users access to movies, TV shows, videos, music, photos and more that can be streamed from any Android device. Best of all, perhaps, the Chromecast is wonderfully inexpensive at just $29.99. For a limited time, however, Amazon is making Google’s Chromecast an even better value by offering a deal that really may be too good to pass up. DON’T MISS: Windows 10: The 5 best new features The Google Chromecast has been a best-seller in the electronics category on Amazon since the day it launched. If you haven’t pulled the trigger yet, however, your patience is about to pay
  • Windows 10 commercials in Russia are basically Saturday morning cartoons (2015-07-29 09:55:02)
    You know, the show where Windows, Xbox, Cortana, Internet Explorer, and the rest of the Windows software gang are reimagined as cartoon characters who go on zany adventures. In this episode, Windows 10 is about to attend a big premiere, but first she has to see what's up with this new hunk named Edge who's moved into town. At least, I think that's what's happening in this Russian Windows 10 commercial.
  • The best Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts (2015-07-29 09:52:20)
    Windows 10 is available today as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users. If you've followed our guide on how to upgrade, then you might be interested in some new keyboard shortcuts. Microsoft has introduced a variety of keyboard shortcuts to navigate between new features like virtual desktops, and even activate the new Cortana digital assistant. All the new important additions use the Windows key, so they're easy to activate. ...
  • 10 best practices for DevOps (2015-07-29 09:42:13)
    DevOps is helping organizations keep pace with the skyrocketing demand for mobile app development. Here are 10 best practices for managing successful DevOps projects.
  • Put big data to work with Cortana Analytics (2015-07-29 09:40:50)
    A successful modern enterprise must have big data analytics. Microsoft plans to simplify the process with the Cortana Analytics Suite.
  • It's July 29. Do you know where your Windows 10 (and Office Mobile) bits are? (2015-07-29 09:36:00)
    It's not just the Windows 10 rollout that starts today. The Windows Universal Office Mobile apps, Windows 10 for IoT and new Windows DVD Player app are all available as of July 29, too.
  • Italy's 'bill of rights for the internet' published - but what about net neutrality? (2015-07-29 09:35:00)
    While the reception to the Italian bill of rights for web users has been broadly positive, some questions remain.
  • Windows 10 marks turnaround moment for Microsoft (2015-07-29 09:34:53)
    The goal of the software maker's flagship product is to renew faith in the Windows world.
  • Windows 10: The 5 best new features (2015-07-29 09:30:55)
    Windows. 10. Is. Here. For a while there, it felt as though this day might never come. The world, trapped for an eternity in the nightmare that was Windows 8. But just as Microsoft was the cause of all that ailed us in Windows 8, so too will it be the cure. With Windows 10, Microsoft formally admits that its awful vision of a single interface for tablets and desktop computers alike was just that: Awful. There is no question that the single most important reason to upgrade your computer to Windows 10 from Windows 8 is to bury the previous-generation operating system forever and never look back. That’s not the only reason, though. Windows 10’s best feature might simply be
  • Titanfall is getting a free-to-play spinoff, but only in Asia (2015-07-29 09:26:21)
    The rapid fire robot action of Titanfall will soon be free-to-play — but only in Asia. EA and Titanfall developer Respawn have announced a partnership with Nexon, which will see the Japanese company release a free, PC-only version of the game. Nexon is best known for its work on free PC and mobile games, in particular the long-running hit MapleStory.
  • Watch Foals' new 360-degree video filmed on a GoPro (2015-07-29 09:24:22)
    Today, the band dropped a video for the album single "Mountain at my Gates," which was filmed using GoPro's new spherical camera mount to create a virtual reality experience. The premise of the video is simple enough: the band plays the song in some kind of mountain valley surrounded by birds. Viewers on Chrome or the YouTube app can use the compass in the upper-lefthand corner or the A / W / S / D keys to shift their perspectives while the band continues to play.
  • Pro tip: How to use the calling features of the Apple Watch (2015-07-29 09:21:49)
    A surprisingly wonderful way to use the Apple Watch is by making and receiving quick calls while on the go or at your desk. Cory Bohon shares some tips for using the Apple Watch to talk on the phone.
  • Being frank not enough, Twitter needs to broaden portfolio (2015-07-29 09:19:11)
    Twitter Inc interim CEO Jack Dorsey's criticism of the company's efforts to woo new users may just be the first step to address its long-standing problems. To generate long-term earnings growth and satisfy investors, Twitter needs to broaden its portfolio and create an ecosystem of products similar to that of Google Inc and Facebook Inc . At least 15 brokerages cut their price target on Twitter to as low as $30 - 18 percent lower than Tuesday's close of 36.54.
  • What is the best Windows 10 PC? (2015-07-29 09:15:02)
    Windows 10 has arrived, and with it comes the inevitable question: should I upgrade my PC? Microsoft’s minimum spec requirements haven’t changed since Windows 7, making it possible to enjoy the latest software without having the latest PC. Unlike Windows 8 before it, Windows 10 really doesn’t introduce any new specific hardware requirements.
  • Game-changing Qualcomm tech paves the way for iPhones with wireless charging (2015-07-29 09:05:29)
    One smartphone feature iPhone users don’t have access to yet is true wireless charging. Sure, there are cases that enable the functionality and you can add wireless charging support with a quick hack, but Apple has yet to build the feature into the phone. There’s at least one reason that hasn’t happened so far, and Qualcomm may already have a fix for it. DON’T MISS: Windows 10: Don’t panic if you haven’t received the install files yet After the iPhone 4S, Apple returned to metal cases for the iPhone. And metal interferes with wireless charging pads, which might be one reason why Apple decided against adding the feature to its iPhone lineup. Even Samsung went for a glass housing on its Galaxy S6 models to offer
  • Google Translate adds 20 new languages to video text translation (2015-07-29 09:00:02)
    The Google Translate app is about to get a lot more powerful. In an update released today, Google is adding dozens of new languages to some of the Translate app's most powerful features, and smoothing out the app to make it friendlier to slow connections. In particular, the update makes Translate's visual translation features significantly more powerful, letting mobile users translate 37 languages via photo, 32 via voice, and 27 through real-time video. Today's changes are updates to two features added to translate back in January: a real-time video translation feature called Word Lens and a conversation feature that translates bilingual speech in real-time.
  • Pro tip: Get desktop-like download management on Android (2015-07-29 08:56:27)
    If the built-in Android download system isn't enough to appease your power-user frame of mind, Jack Wallen has a simple solution in Advanced Download Manager.
  • Verizon Wireless Offers HBO Now (2015-07-29 08:47:20)
    In what could only be described as a mild case of competing against its own interests, Verizon Wireless will soon let its users access HBO Now. This standalone, $15-per-month service allows customers to access both new and archived HBO content without a cable subscription, which makes it all the more puzzling that Verizon is keen to distribute it. Verizon and HBO announced the partnership today (July 28), and explained that HBO Now is now available to Verizon Wireless customers, as well as those who subscribe to Verizon FiOS, even if they don't have a cable TV package.
  • Which version of Windows 10 should you buy? (2015-07-29 08:45:02)
    Microsoft is positioning Windows 10 as "the last version of Windows" you’ll ever need to get, with regular feature updates and product improvements taking the place of big releases every couple of years. Fortunately, your options for buying Windows 10 are a lot simpler than they were in the Windows Vista and Windows 7 days. As it did with Windows 8, Microsoft will offer four versions of Windows 10: Home, Pro, Enterprise, and Education.
  • Black Hat 2015: Cool talks, hot threat intel (2015-07-29 08:43:36)
    With Black Hat USA 2015 starting in just a few days, we've got a shortlist of the hottest talks slated for this year's largest domestic professional infosec conference.
  • ​OpenDaylight dawn: Open-source software defined networking goes into production (2015-07-29 08:43:18)
    OpenDaylight, the open-source, software-defined network, is moving from the lab into full-scale production.
  • Hammertoss: Russian hackers target the cloud, Twitter, GitHub in malware spread (2015-07-29 08:36:06)
    FireEye says a new virulent strain of malware buries itself in network traffic to avoid detection.
  • The nine most important updates in Windows 10 (2015-07-29 08:30:02)
    Windows 10 is officially out today. It’s the biggest update to Windows in years and represents a number of new directions for Microsoft’s premier software product. Windows 10 replaces Windows 8 and 8.1, and serves to attract those Windows 7 users that never bothered to update to Windows 8.
  • How to download and install Windows 10 right now (2015-07-29 08:30:01)
    Ladies and gentlemen, the wait is over — Windows 10 is finally here. Microsoft on Wednesday began the long, long process of trying to make the world forget all about the disaster that was Windows 8. By all accounts, the company has done a good job so far, not just by skipping 9 and jumping right to 10 for the software’s name, but also by creating a new operating system that actually seems like it was designed to run on a laptop or desktop, rather than just a tablet. While July 29th marks the start of the Windows 10 rollout, there’s no guarantee that you’ll get the new software today — or even this week — if you sit around
  • Extra sneaky Hammertoss malware acts just like you on your computer (2015-07-29 08:12:51)
    Security company FireEye says a Russia-sponsored group uses malware that mimics normal computer use while stealing sensitive files.
  • Russians hackers used Twitter, photos to reach U.S. computers: report (2015-07-29 08:03:29)
    By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Russian government-backed hackers who penetrated high-profile U.S. government and defense industry computers this year used a method combining Twitter with data hidden in seemingly benign photographs, according to experts studying the campaign. In a public report Wednesday, researchers at security company FireEye Inc said the group used the unusual tandem as a means of communicating with previously infected computers. FireEye has briefed law enforcement on what it found.
  • ​AWS adds mobile SDK for Xamarin to .NET tools (2015-07-29 08:01:44)
    AWS has brought its SDK for the enterprise cross-platform tool Xamarin out of beta and bundled it with its .NET SDK.
  • The story of Windows 10 from inside Microsoft (2015-07-29 08:00:09)
    Windows 10 has a lot to live up to. Microsoft has made a lot of promises about it. And oddly enough, we’ve heard most of them before, with Windows 8. Both were designed to acknowledge and embrace mobile and mobile apps, work well on touchscreens as well as laptops, and form the basis of a new phone platform. But there’s a big difference between them: Windows 10 actually does all those things. The story of Windows 10 from inside MicrosoftThe company's latest trick: listening to its usersBy Tom Warren
  • 10 must-have Apple accessories for business travelers (2015-07-29 08:00:02)
    The proper tech accessories can make or break a business trip. Here are ten Apple extras for the road warriors out there.
  • Running Windows 10 on a Mac: Frequently asked questions (2015-07-29 07:56:00)
    Adrian Kingsley-Hughes has been running Windows 10 on his Macs since the earliest builds were made available.
  • How to check to see if your PC can run Windows 10 (2015-07-29 07:45:56)
    It’s finally Windows 10 day, which means plenty of Windows users will receive the free operating system upgrade beginning today. Users who preregistered to download the update already know whether their machines are compatible with Windows 10. But if you haven’t checked your device, then there’s an easy way to do it. DON’T MISS: Windows 10: Don’t panic if you haven’t received the install files yet You’ve probably noticed that new Windows update icon popping up in the lower right corner of your desktop. Click it to activate Microsoft’s update tool, which also lets you check whether your computer is compatible. Once opened, go to the Options button (upper right corner of the window) and select the Check your PC option from
  • AT&T to activate FM radio chips in all Android phones next year (2015-07-29 07:43:20)
    Most smartphones have an FM radio chip that is deactivated by choice of the handset maker. AT&T will change that next year by lighting up FM on all Android phones.
  • Microsoft launches Windows 10 with an eye on mobile market (2015-07-29 07:42:15)
    (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp launched its much-awaited Windows 10 operating system at midnight on Wednesday. Windows 10, which comes almost three years after the launch of the company's last operating system, will be available in 190 countries as a free upgrade for users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. The new operating system is designed to work across laptops, desktop and smartphones and is part of Chief Executive Satya Nadella's push toward breaking Apple Inc and Google Inc's stranglehold in the mobile arena.
  • Lexus will show its hoverboard in action on August 5th (2015-07-29 07:42:10)
    Last month, Lexus unveiled the "Slide" — an honest-to-god, working hoverboard that uses magnetic levitation and liquid nitrogen cooled superconductors to keep afloat. The Slide uses technology that's similar to working hoverboards we've tried ourselves and it seems way more substantive than hoaxes we've seen in the past.
  • Wireless charging for electric cars inches closer to reality (2015-07-29 07:30:02)
    Wireless charging could be a big deal for electric vehicles, allowing drivers to top up their car's batteries simply by parking in the right spot, but right now the technology simply isn't available. One of the leaders in the market is Qualcomm, which has fitted its Halo system of inductive chargers to Formula E course cars and other test vehicles, but has yet to push the technology into a broader market. To this end, Qualcomm announced a new deal today with Swiss electric car parts maker Brusa, allowing the firm to develop, manufacture, and supply its Halo charging plates to other companies.
  • First Click: Twitter's battle between hearts and stars is a battle for hearts and minds (2015-07-29 07:30:02)
    To change the icon would change the very meaning of a favorited tweet. My colleague Micah Singleton was recently converted to hearts on Twitter, yet I’m still seeing stars. If Twitter knew its users it would know that I should be the heart and Micah the star.
  • When it comes to tech budgets, it's time to make money matter (2015-07-29 07:22:47)
    Complaining about not getting enough funding is the wrong response, says the Naked CIO.
  • Facebook tests LinkedIn-style profile tags (2015-07-29 07:04:59)
    The feature was created during an internal Facebook hackathon and lets users add tags to their profile -- and be tagged by their friends, the Verge reports. Of course, users have the chance to approve tags their friends add, and the tags are free form, meaning they can be single words or phrases and even include emojis. Accepting the tags added by friends makes them visible to everyone and declining them makes them disappear.
  • Morgan Berman: Milkcrate founder. CEO. Women's rights activist. (2015-07-29 07:00:03)
    The co-founder of My Milkcrate, an app that connects Philly residents to local, sustainable businesses, talked to TechRepublic about how her work in nonprofits and research led her to start a tech company.
  • An end to your wi-fi pain is in sight: The router that does all the config work itself is almost here (2015-07-29 06:49:04)
    A Norwegian startup is using lightweight software, machine learning, and automatic configuration to turn your home hub into the router you've always wanted.
  • Despite the G4, lower smartphone and TV sales leave LG with a 'challenging' quarter (2015-07-29 06:47:53)
    LG's hopes that its G4 flagship would boost second quarter profits haven't materialised.
  • Nokia unveils virtual reality camera for filmmakers (2015-07-29 06:38:31)
    Finnish telecoms equipment maker Nokia unveiled Wednesday its new virtual-reality camera for professional filmmakers and content creators. "We're thrilled to introduce OZO to the content creation world, and to define a completely new category of virtual reality capture and playback solutions," Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia Technologies, said in a statement. The ball-shaped gadget captures 3D footage for content creation for devices such as the increasinly popular headsets that let users immerse themselves in virtual games.
  • Getting physical: A $10 device to clone RFID access keys on the go (2015-07-29 06:26:00)
    A tiny open-source skimmer is due for public release within weeks.
  • Datatec to buy U.S. technology firm for $42 million (2015-07-29 06:22:15)
    Datatec Ltd's Logicalis Inc unit has agreed to buy U.S.-based Advanced Technology Integration Group (ATIG) for $42 million, giving the South African IT firm a bigger presence in the Midwest. "ATIG is central to the consolidation of our position in that market," Datatec's Chief Executive Jens Montanana said. The acquisition is expected to be earnings enhancing for Datatec after ATIG reported revenues of $133 million in 2014.
  • Lenovo's Motorola unit preps Samsung assault with high-end Moto X (2015-07-29 06:04:03)
    The Moto X Pure's biggest innovation is quality specs with a value price. Starting at $399 unlocked, the Moto X Pure will put the squeeze on Samsung's Galaxy line and other Android players.
  • Nokia enters the virtual reality world with the OZO camera (2015-07-29 05:57:53)
    Described as the first commercially available virtual reality camera for professional filmmakers, the OZO is a ball-shaped device with eight synchronized lenses and eight synchronized microphones for true 360° sound and vision. "We're thrilled to introduce OZO to the content creation world, and to define a completely new category of virtual reality capture and playback solutions," said Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia Technologies. Now that it is free of its smartphone business, Nokia has set its sights on breaking into and being at the forefront of virtual reality entertainment.
  • Alibaba cloud unit sets sights on Amazon in $1 billion global push (2015-07-29 05:38:46)
    China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd said on Wednesday it would invest $1 billion into its Aliyun cloud computing arm to challenge Amazon.com Inc's lucrative Web Services division, opening a global front in the battle between the two e-commerce giants. With the global cloud computing market estimated by analysts to be worth about $20 billion, Alibaba said in a statement the investment would go toward setting up new Aliyun data centers in the Middle East, Singapore, Japan and Europe. Although Alibaba and Amazon have so far avoided competing directly in their core business of e-commerce outside China, Aliyun's international expansion takes aim squarely at Amazon Web Services (AWS), an increasingly central and profitable division of the Seattle-based company.
  • Nintendo records best Q1 sales since 2012 thanks to Amiibo and Splatoon (2015-07-29 05:32:44)
    Nintendo has published its first quarter earnings for the three months ending June 30th, revealing net sales of ¥90 billion ($727 million) and operating profit of ¥1.1 billion ($9.3 million). This is good news for the Japanese company on two counts: firstly, this is Nintendo's best first quarter sales since 2012, and secondly, its operating profit has beaten the expectations of Wall Street analysts, who were predicting losses of anywhere between $1 million and $50 million. The firm cited strong sales of its Amiibo figurines and Nintendo 3DS console and games as reasons for the profitable earnings.
  • Facebook told to stop forcing people to use their real names (2015-07-29 05:25:00)
    A German data watchdog has told Facebook it has to let it users choose pseudonyms if they like.
  • Panasonic first-quarter profit falls 7 percent as housing tech sales decline (2015-07-29 05:03:15)
    Japan's Panasonic Corp on Wednesday reported a 7 percent decline in first-quarter operating profit, missing analyst estimates, as sales fell in its appliances and housing technology businesses. Profit for April-June fell to 76.56 billion yen ($619.02 million) from the same period a year prior, compared with the 92.7 billion yen average estimate of 19 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters. While still known as a consumer electronics maker, Panasonic in recent years has turned its attention to new businesses such as high-tech auto parts and energy-saving home systems to escape cut-price competition in smartphones and TVs.
  • Windows 10 begins its global roll-out (2015-07-29 05:00:41)
    Windows 10 is the most ambitious and comprehensive update in Microsoft's history and one that aims to unify different types of static and mobile devices and usher the PC firmly into the modern, connected, always-on world. Developed based on feedback from over 5 million users as well as general criticism regarding Windows 8 and its over-zealous focus on touchscreens and mobile devices, the new version sees the return of the Start button and the addition of Cortana, a personal digital assistant who can answer questions and complete tasks via voice command. The software comes with a host of apps focused on multimedia entertainment including Microsoft Groove, its new dedicated music service, and compatibility with OneDrive, Microsoft's cloud storage service, is backed in.
  • Panasonic three-month net profit soars more than 50% (2015-07-29 04:58:16)
    Japanese electronics giant Panasonic said Wednesday that its net profit soared 57 percent from a year ago, mainly thanks to a tax accounting change as the electronics giant continues to reshape its business. The Osaka-based firm's earnings for the three months to June surged to 59.52 billion yen ($482 million), while operating profit edged down seven percent to 76.56 billion yen. The upbeat net profit was also supported by Panasonic's lesser-known auto parts unit.
  • Yelp reviewers tear apart American dentist who killed Cecil the lion (2015-07-29 04:55:19)
    The man who paid $54,000 to kill a beloved lion in Zimbabwe was identified this week as Walter James Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota. Palmer, whose name was first reported by The Telegraph on Tuesday, traveled to Zimbabwe earlier this month, where he killed Cecil the lion with a bow and arrow after luring the animal out of a national park. The 13-year-old lion had been part of an Oxford University study, and was one of the most popular animals at Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park.
  • Nintendo reports profit but no word on new president (2015-07-29 04:51:37)
    TOKYO (AP) — Nintendo posted an 8.28 billion yen ($67 million) profit for the fiscal first quarter, helped by better sales and a cheap yen, but did not announce a new president to lead the company after the death this month of Satoru Iwata.
  • LG made 1.2 cents in profit for every phone it sold last quarter (2015-07-29 04:10:00)
  • Nokia launches virtual reality camera (2015-07-29 04:02:15)
    Finland's Nokia, once the world's largest phone maker, has unveiled a spherical camera designed for making 3D movies and games that can be watched and played with virtual reality headsets. The device, showcased at an event in Los Angeles, takes video and audio in 360 degrees with eight sensors and microphones, and is the first from Nokia's digital media solutions business -- one of its new focuses for future growth. Nokia is going through restructuring after selling its mobile phone business to Microsoft last year and following that up with a proposed 15.6 billion euro ($17.2 billion) acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent, which is set to boost its main network equipment business.
  • Nintendo swings to first-quarter operating profit on strong figurine sales, weak yen (2015-07-29 03:53:45)
    Japan's Nintendo Co Ltd on Wednesday booked a profit for the April-June quarter, defying market expectations for a loss due to a weaker yen and strong sales of its "amiibo" figurines which are sold as accessories to its popular games. Nintendo swung to a first-quarter operating profit of 1.1 billion yen ($9.3 million) from a loss of 9.5 billion yen a year earlier.
  • Nintendo reverses into quarterly profit on yen, sales growth (2015-07-29 03:52:55)
    TOKYO (AP) — Nintendo posted an 8.28 billion yen ($67 million) profit for the fiscal first quarter, helped by better sales and a cheap yen that boosted overseas earnings.
  • Amazon wants air space for delivery drones (2015-07-29 03:49:53)
    Online retail colossus Amazon wants to carve out a special zone of the sky to shuttle commercial drones that would deliver goods to its customers. Amazon Prime Air project vice president Gur Kimchi used a NASA convention in California on Tuesday to fly the idea of dedicating separate air zones for commercial drones. Kimchi proposed setting commercial drone zones between 200 and 400 feet (61 and 122 meters) above the ground, with a no-fly buffer of 100 feet above to keep them safely apart from other aircraft.
  • Lazesoft Recovery Suite Home review (2015-07-29 03:42:10)
    Recover lost or deleted data and restore Windows password
  • ​Nokia to target content creators with Ozo VR camera launch (2015-07-29 03:41:32)
    Nokia will be launching its Ozo virtual reality camera as its first digital media solution from its Nokia Technologies portfolio.
  • Japan's Panasonic first-quarter profit falls 7 percent, missing estimates (2015-07-29 03:36:11)
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Panasonic Corp on Wednesday booked a 7 percent fall in first-quarter operating profit, missing analyst estimates, attributing the decline to a change in reporting practices. Operating profit for April-June fell to 76.56 billion yen ($619.02 million) from 82.29 billion yen in the same quarter a year prior, the company said in a statement. The result compared with the 92.7 billion yen average estimate of 19 analysts, according to Thomson Reuters data. (Reporting by Joshua Hunt; Editing by Christopher Cushing)
  • LG Electronics reports 45 percent plunge in 2Q earnings (2015-07-29 03:15:00)
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — LG Electronics said Wednesday its second quarter earnings sank 45 percent over a year earlier as losses widened in its TV business and mobile phones earned little income.
  • LG Electronics second-quarter profit slumps 60 percent on weak TV, smartphone sales (2015-07-29 03:10:36)
    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's LG Electronics Inc said on Wednesday its quarterly profit skidded 60 percent, plummeting below estimates, as sales of televisions and smartphones buckled under weaker demand and intense competition from rivals. LG, the world's No. 2 TV maker after Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, said second-quarter operating profit fell to 244 billion won ($211 million) from 610 billion won in the same period a year earlier.
  • FastStone Image Viewer review (2015-07-29 03:08:56)
    Manage, view, convert, and edit your images
  • Microsoft now rolling out free Windows 10 upgrades (2015-07-29 02:40:00)
  • Toshiba to cut interim CEO pay by 90 percent on accounting scandal (2015-07-29 02:38:57)
    Toshiba Corp said it would slash its interim chief executive's monthly salary for the next two months by 90 percent, including previously announced cuts, following revelations of improper accounting at the Japanese conglomerate. The company said on Wednesday it would reduce Masashi Muromachi's monthly salary by 50 percent on top of the 40 percent cut already in place. Toshiba also said it would hire more independent directors, including lawyers and accountants.
  • ​GoDaddy launches in Australia to target small businesses (2015-07-29 02:34:51)
    After using Australia as a pilot market, GoDaddy has formally launched locally and has appointed Tara Commerford as the Australia and New Zealand country manager.
  • Have Microsoft blown it? Part II (2015-07-29 02:06:00)
    I suggested last week that Microsoft Office was approaching obsolescence, rooted in archaic paper Victorian work practices. In response to some of the comments and debate last week here are some further thoughts on my rationale
  • Black Vine: Anthem hackers share zero-days with rival cyberattackers (2015-07-29 01:48:31)
    The group behind the disastrous Anthem hack is believed to be part of a zero-day sharing network.
  • Twitter's problems could hurt SF Mayor's re-election (2015-07-29 01:32:00)
    If Twitter falters it could damage San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee's political ambitions and add to a growing backlash against the tech community.
  • This Netherlands bank lets use your voice as your password (2015-07-29 01:29:00)
  • This Netherlands bank lets you use your voice as your password (2015-07-29 01:29:00)
  • Queensland government open to Uber operating (2015-07-29 01:28:55)
    The Queensland government has said that it will be reviewing its taxi strategy later in the year, and has not ruled out the co-existence of taxis and Uber services on the state's roads.
  • Doh! Teens sold iPhones that were Play-Doh bricks, police say (2015-07-29 01:01:15)
    Technically Incorrect: In the latest attempt at fooling the unsuspecting and gullible, three Detroit area teens allegedly talk a MetroPCS store into buying fake iPhones.
  • Amazon dreams of drones-only airspace (2015-07-29 00:55:53)
    How do you combat drone safety worries? Dedicate airspace purely for commercial drones to operate.
  • Japanese scientists fire the world's most powerful laser (2015-07-29 00:34:00)
  • Review: 5 ways Windows 10 fixes annoyances in predecessor (2015-07-29 00:26:41)
    NEW YORK (AP) — It took me just a weekend to get comfortable with Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system, something I never did with its predecessor, Windows 8, even after nearly three years.
  • Nokia jumps into virtual reality market with 360-degree Ozo camera (2015-07-29 00:24:31)
    The camera taps eight synchronized shutters and eight microphones to capture 360-degree video and spatial audio.
  • Windows 10 review: Full of promise, but not a must-have just yet (2015-07-29 00:00:03)
    Should you upgrade to what Microsoft has called the last version of Windows?
  • Microsoft is working on streaming PC games to Xbox One (2015-07-29 00:00:02)
    In an interview with The Verge, Microsoft's head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, reveals the company is working on the feature. "We understand if you're going to go PC to Xbox, we need to get keyboard and mouse working completely so you could play those games," explains Spencer.
  • You can now upgrade to Windows 10 (2015-07-29 00:00:02)
    Windows 10 is here. While not every single machine will get the upgrade instantly, Microsoft is rolling out the install to millions of devices. All you have to do is register for the upgrade from the taskbar, and Microsoft will alert you once it's ready to be installed.
  • Xbox chief doesn’t see 'as much value' in TV cable box features (2015-07-29 00:00:02)
    When Microsoft originally unveiled the Xbox One nearly two years ago, the software maker was focused heavily on entertainment. Phil Spencer, Microsoft's Xbox chief, took over the role around a year ago and he has re-centered the company's focus on gaming. In an interview with The Verge, Spencer has shared some of his vision around the future of the entertainment features in the Xbox One.
  • Windows 10: You've got questions, I've got answers (2015-07-29 00:00:00)
    There's more to Windows 10 than just the revamped Start menu. I've been keeping this FAQ up to date throughout the Preview program. Here are the latest details, now that Windows10 has been officially released.
  • Oculus debuts virtual reality film 'Henry' (2015-07-28 23:50:24)
    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Oculus is hedging its bets that an adorable critter named Henry can help convince consumers — and Hollywood — about the viability of virtual reality as a storytelling medium.
  • This Arduino Basic Kit has everything a newbie maker could ask for (2015-07-28 23:31:00)
  • Nokia's virtual reality camera is designed for filmmakers (2015-07-28 23:20:00)
  • Landscape of no fear: Sea turtles don't avoid hungry tiger sharks the way you'd think (2015-07-28 22:18:40)
    Sea turtles don't alter their movements to avoid shark attacks, researchers find, which means sea turtles are tougher than most of us.
  • Oculus deploys virtual reality hedgehog to lure filmmakers (2015-07-28 22:18:14)
    By Piya Sinha-Roy and Lisa Richwine BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) - In a Beverly Hills mansion on Tuesday, Facebook-owned Oculus rolled out "Henry," a movie that takes advantage of its virtual reality technology to tell the story of a hug-obsessed hedgehog. The company's pitch is to lure filmmakers to use the technology and produce content that attracts consumers for the Rift, its virtual reality headset. Oculus doesn't plan to sell "Henry," the second film from its film division, Story Studios, which employs both video game engineers and former Pixar animators.
  • Qualcomm's wireless charging tech now works on metal phones (2015-07-28 22:06:00)
  • Internet mauls dentist accused of illegal kill of popular lion (2015-07-28 21:42:47)
    Technically Incorrect: Walter Palmer, a dentist in Minnesota, has his Yelp entry attacked by those not fond of his allegedly illegal killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe.
  • Twitter shares dive on word of growth challenges (2015-07-28 21:37:05)
    Twitter shares have hit the slide as executives warned that the messaging service’s path to mainstream popularity would be a long one. "We will take the necessary time to build a service people love to use every day," Twitter co-founder and interim chief executive Jack Dorsey said during an earning call. Twitter on Tuesday reported that it lost $137 million in the recently ended quarter on revenue that jumped 61 percent to more than half a billion dollars.
  • What's on your HDTV: 'Review', 'American Summer', 'Reading Rainbow' (2015-07-28 21:19:00)
  • Oculus' debuts virtual reality film 'Henry' (2015-07-28 21:14:15)
    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Oculus is hedging its bets that an adorable critter named Henry can help convince consumers — and Hollywood — about the viability of virtual reality as a storytelling medium.
  • Twitter CEO Dorsey's criticism of company refreshing, analysts say (2015-07-28 21:13:35)
    By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Critics have long lamented that Twitter Inc is difficult to use and has had trouble defining itself, which is why it has not expanded its audience. Add interim chief executive Jack Dorsey and Chief Financial Officer Anthony Noto to the list of critics. While Wall Street dumped the stock in after-hours trading on Tuesday, the frank comments by the two executives gave analysts reason to hope the company would start addressing the long-standing problems.
  • ANU to take world wide web lead for Australia (2015-07-28 20:47:59)
    The Australian National University has been selected to host the W3C Australian chapter, with the Canberra-based office hoping to play a significant role in guiding the future of the web.
  • White House: No pardon for Edward Snowden (2015-07-28 20:45:05)
    The White House is not quite ready to give Edward Snowden a free pass. The former NSA contractor turned whistleblower made some of the most important revelations in modern history about the covert operations conducted by Western intelligence agencies. Despite his many supporters, however, the U.S. government isn’t about to just let bygones be bygones. DON’T MISS: Moto X Style and Moto X Play: Full specs and pricing information Snowden was charged under the Espionage Act, but more than 167,000 people petitioned the White House to pardon him. The Obama administration issued a response to that request on Tuesday, saying that it will not pardon the whistleblower. “Instead of constructively addressing these issues, Mr. Snowden’s dangerous decision to steal and disclose
  • Walmart selling $100 tablet with free Windows 10 upgrade (2015-07-28 20:44:13)
    Windows 10 is the next big thing, and those wanting to try it on a small tablet should check out the Nextbook Flexx 8 for $99.99 at Walmart.
  • White House speeds up (and opens up) online petitions (2015-07-28 20:34:00)
  • Mercy Increases Patient Health with Technology (2015-07-28 20:29:53)
    With its new Daily Visit Planner tool and additional technological advancements, Mercy has helped over 300,000 patients for 50 clinical measures and 9 disease states. Health leaders now have easy, fast access to actionable insight for a diverse amount of treatment settings. In addition, the organization can help cut unnecessary healthcare steps to save money and improve outcomes for patients.
  • Netflix schedules loads of new shows, says why 'Lilyhammer' died (2015-07-28 20:12:00)
  • Here’s how you can order the OnePlus 2 (2015-07-28 20:00:01)
    The most annoying issue with the OnePlus 2 isn’t its lack of an NFC chip or microSD slot. It’s that the company still isn’t ready for a proper launch, meaning many fans looking forward to buying the handset will have to deal with an annoying invitation system yet again. DON’T MISS: Boeing 777’s insane landing in a 75MPH windstorm is almost too unnerving to watch The phone goes on sale beginning on August 11th in two configurations: a base $329 OnePlus 2 that packs 3GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, and a $389 OnePlus 2 with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Specific prices for various markets can be seen below. According to OnePlus, you can settle for the invite system,
  • Pentagon shuts down Joint Chiefs' email network (2015-07-28 19:41:00)
  • Prominent tech and science experts call for killer robot ban (Tomorrow Daily 216) (2015-07-28 19:29:21)
    Ashley and Khail discuss a petition to ban autonomous weapons, one man's silly idea to load Half-Life 2 on his Android Wear smartwatch and Stanford University's AI program to teach robots to play games.
  • Singtel upgrading 4G network to hit 337Mbps in Singapore (2015-07-28 19:25:04)
    Singapore's largest telco has switched on its 4G+ network, announcing plans to roll it out to shopping malls, new residential areas, and train tunnels.
  • Telstra extends streaming service with launch of Telstra TV (2015-07-28 19:24:00)
    Telstra has partnered with Roku to bring Telstra TV to the market, which will give customers access to Netflix, Presto, and Stan.
  • Twitter's user growth skids to a stop (2015-07-28 19:22:02)
    The microblogger's executives say they have no idea when they could see "significant" additions to its monthly active users metric.
  • Your tattoo is permanent thanks to meddling macrophages (2015-07-28 19:16:07)
    You can blame your immune system for the permanence of your tattoo of a unicorn doge saying "Wow."
  • Cooler than the Batmobile? San Francisco police have an amazing amphibious bike (2015-07-28 19:15:12)
    Yes, that’s a police vehicle in the image above and it’s one of three such contraptions the SFPD has in its fleet of vehicles. We’re not looking at some mini version of a Batmobile or anything crazy like that. Instead, it’s a quadski that lets cops chase criminals both on land and on the water without switching vehicles. DON’T MISS: Moto X Style and Moto X Play: Full specs and pricing information The amphibious machine is a curious contraption that probably won’t be useful most of the time. After all, how many times will officers find themselves in pursuit of a suspect on land and then at sea? Well, if the bad guys also have access to quadskis, then that’s definitely one police chase
  • Yelp's 2Q results, outlook disappoint as stock plunges (2015-07-28 19:11:56)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yelp is getting skewered by investors after the online business review service sank to a second-quarter loss and dimmed its outlook amid a slowdown in its digital advertising sales.
  • Twitter shares fall as growth of monthly users slows (2015-07-28 19:11:39)
    "This is unacceptable and we're not happy about it," Jack Dorsey, who stepped in as interim chief executive on July 1, said on a call with analysts. Twitter said it had 304 million core users in the second quarter, up from 302 million in the prior quarter. Twitter's struggles to increase its audience worries investors, who are focused on the company's growth potential, and the latest figures did little to reassure them.
  • Facebook is testing out LinkedIn-style profile tags (2015-07-28 19:11:35)
    Facebook seems to be taking a cue from LinkedIn and is early in the process of testing a new feature — profile tags. Verge reader Luke M. alerted us to Facebook's new profile tags feature, and the company confirmed it was testing them out with the following statement: "Profile tags are a creative tool that lets you and your friends add tags to your profile to highlight the things that describe you and what you're into." Created as part of an internal Facebook hackathon, the new feature will let you add tags to your own profile, or let your friends add tags for you, which you must approve before they become publicly visible.
  • Former NY financial watchdog counters criticism on bitcoin work (2015-07-28 19:10:36)
    By Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former New York financial regulator Benjamin Lawsky on Tuesday countered criticism from the bitcoin community that he may have generated consulting work for himself by issuing controversial regulations for virtual currency firms before he left his post. Lawsky, who departed last month as superintendent of the New York Department of Financial Services, started his own firm to advise companies on regulation and other matters. Marc Hochstein, editor-in-chief of the American Banker, asked Lawsky about the possible conflict of interest in his issuing regulations governing bitcoin on June 3.
  • Xbox One App now lets you look at screenshots (2015-07-28 18:53:17)
    Apply the new SmartGlass update for Android and iOS and you can view, share, save, and comment on Xbox One screenshots.
  • Spaceship pilot describes harrowing free fall after breakup (2015-07-28 18:48:34)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Free-falling miles above the desert, his test spaceship ripped to pieces and the frigid air hard to breathe, pilot Peter Siebold struggled through crippling injuries to turn on his oxygen and just to stay conscious.
  • CBS plans to livestream Super Bowl commercials for the first time (2015-07-28 18:41:00)
  • The algorithms behind the rules of attraction (2015-07-28 18:39:03)
    With so many people using online dating sites and app, can algorithms really determine whether the next person will be 'the one'?
  • The world’s smartest people agree: AI-enhanced weapons systems are a bad, bad idea (2015-07-28 18:30:07)
    There are times when humanity inexplicably shoots itself in the foot. Remember when we thought it would be a good idea to use lead in paint and gasoline? Yeah, that wasn’t one of our best moments. Same deal when we created crazy financial instruments like synthetic collateralized debt obligations that helped blow up the world economy back in 2008. Humanity’s next own goal, however, could be its most catastrophic yet — yes, we’re talking about artificially intelligent weapons systems. RELATED: Elon Musk explains why artificial intelligence should scare us to death Per The Guardian, a group of some of the world’s smartest people have banded together to warn governments around the world that creating AI-enhanced weapons systems is a terrible idea. More
  • Cult film 'Hawk the Slayer' gets a sequel with help from Rebellion (2015-07-28 18:14:00)
  • Akamai forecasts revenue, profit below estimates; shares sink (2015-07-28 18:11:33)
    Online content distributor Akamai Technologies Inc forecast third-quarter revenue and profit below estimates, citing a stronger dollar. Shares of Akamai, which claims to deliver between 15 and 30 percent of all Web traffic, fell as much as 13 percent in after-hours trading on Tuesday. The company's second-quarter profit fell nearly 8 percent after 11 quarters of growth, as costs rose.
  • HBO Now comes to Verizon's internet customers (2015-07-28 17:59:00)
  • Twitter surprises Wall Street, beats investor expectations (2015-07-28 17:51:29)
    Social-networking site's earnings exceed investors' expectations as the company continues to search for a new CEO.
  • Samsung Galaxy Note could sport Exynos CPU, 4GB RAM (2015-07-28 17:49:58)
    A recent report from GSM Arena claims that Samsung's next big thing could include a homegrown processor and plenty of memory.
  • Twitter 2Q revenue grows sharply but user growth stays slow (2015-07-28 17:45:26)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter failed to grow its user base at a quick enough pace for investors in the second quarter even as revenue grew sharply, feeding concerns about whether it can ever become a mass-market service like Facebook or Google.
  • Twitter second-quarter revenue, adjusted profit beat estimates (2015-07-28 17:45:25)
    Twitter Inc's quarterly earnings and revenue blew past expectations, but its monthly average user number grew at its slowest pace since it went public in 2013, and its shares fell about 7 percent after hours. "We do not expect to see sustained meaningful growth in maus until we start to reach the mass market," Chief Financial Officer Anthony Noto said, referring to monthly active users of the microblogging service. "This is unacceptable and we're not happy about it," Jack Dorsey, who stepped in as interim chief executive on July 1, said on a call with analysts.
  • Can Apple Music beat Spotify? Report suggests it’s off to a surprisingly strong start (2015-07-28 17:45:01)
    Despite a number of usability issues, it appears that Apple Music is quickly catching on with consumers. Just about one month after its debut, music industry publication HITS Daily Double is reporting that Apple’s on-demand streaming service has already attracted more than 10 million subscribers. DON’T MISS: iPad mini 4 and iPad Air 3 details finally revealed in new report To put that figure into context, Spotify currently has 75 million active users, of which 20 million are paying subscribers. So all things being equal, 10 million Apple Music users in just four weeks time isn’t too bad at all. Once iOS 9 is released alongside new iPhone models, it stands to reason that this figure could easily double or even triple. Of
  • The most popular technologies at student hackathons (2015-07-28 17:36:28)
    Devpost has identified the main technologies used in student hackathons. This could provide an insight into the future of programming, but the numbers are influenced by sponsorships and prizes.
  • Amazon proposes a delivery drone flight plan (2015-07-28 17:32:00)
  • Moto Pulse and Moto Surround: Hands-on with Motorola's new wireless headphones (2015-07-28 17:21:02)
    As part of its new Moto X and Moto G launch event, Motorola also introduced two new affordable Bluetooth headphones. So, how do they sound?
  • Intel and Micron memory chip tuned to data driven age (2015-07-28 17:17:05)
    Intel and Micron Technology on Tuesday unveiled what they touted as a new kind of memory chip that could "revolutionize" computing devices, services and applications. Intel and Micron, both based in the United States, said chips with 3D XPoint technology, described as a "major breakthrough," were already in production and represented the first new breed of memory since the introduction of NAND flash in 1989. "This new class of non-volatile memory is a revolutionary technology that allows for quick access to enormous data sets and enables entirely new applications," Micron president Mark Adams said in a release.
  • White House promises to speed up petition responses, now works with Change.org (2015-07-28 17:14:39)
    Now, it's promising to respond to any petitions that meet its threshold within 60 days. In order to receive a response, a petition must hit 100,000 signatures within 30 days — a number that was raised from 30,000 in January of 2013. White House petitions have wrought genuine change in the past few years.
  • German privacy watchdog orders Facebook to stay out of usernames (2015-07-28 17:13:00)
  • Why Kanban Is Never Enough for Product Development (2015-07-28 17:12:09)
    There is a growing trend. I hear about it on a daily basis. Product teams implementing Kanban style boards to speed up innovation and improve their development process. But many of them quickly realize they have made a mistake.Product teams move to using Kanban out of good intent -- they want to get software shipped and keep product and...
  • Brinks safe hacked with USB stick and 100 lines of code (2015-07-28 17:10:05)
    As typically portrayed in action movies, breaking into an ostensibly impenetrable safe often requires a world class lock-picker or, barring that, an array or C4 explosives positioned in just the right orientation. But in the real world, surprisingly enough, defeating the security mechanisms on a top-notch Brinks safe can be done with nothing more than a USB stick and 100 lines of code. At the always entertaining Def Con Hacking Conference set to kick off in Las Vegas next week, researchers Daniel Petro and Oscar Salazar of Bishop Fox will detail how they were able to skirt around the defenses of the Brinks CompuSafe Galileo with relative ease. DON’T MISS: The trailer for Seth Rogen’s drug-filled Christmas movie is 172 seconds of
  • IAC's profit beats estimates on strong dating business growth (2015-07-28 17:07:11)
    (Reuters) - Media mogul Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as more users signed up for its dating services and the paid version of its mobile app Tinder outperformed the company's expectations. Shares of IAC, whose portfolio also includes dating website Match.com as well as Investopedia and Dictionary.com, rose nearly 2 percent in trading after the bell on Tuesday. The company's search business is its largest, but the dating business Match Group is seen as the crown jewel of the conglomerate and has been driving strong results for the past few quarters.
  • HP buys ActiveState's Stackato unit to fill out hybrid cloud plans (2015-07-28 17:02:00)
    Stackato consists of a Platform-as-a-Service rooted in Cloud Foundry and utilizes Docker for its Linux Containers.
  • Twitter latest financials are strong but its executives are jumping ship (2015-07-28 16:57:09)
    Twitter posted higher than expected revenues and profit today, and the stock was initially up more than 10 percent in after-hours trading. At the same time Christian Oestline, vice president of product management, announced he was headed to YouTube, and Todd Jackson, former product management, announced he was leaving for Dropbox. The two front runners to take the CEO spot at Twitter are Adam Bain, the head of Twitter's successful business unit, which has largely exceeded investors expectations despite anemic user growth, and its prodigal son, Dorsey, a co-founder, former CEO, and last minute replacement for former chief Dick Costolo.
  • Video showing how to launch a nuke is equally captivating and chilling (2015-07-28 16:57:01)
    Physicist Derek Muller walks through the process by which one of the world's most destructive forces could have been unleashed. It's frighteningly simple.
  • Why Disconnecting Can Actually Help Your Business (2015-07-28 16:52:38)
    It's true: Society is becoming more and more reliant on -- and sometimes addicted to -- technology. For many, using a smartphone for browsing the web or checking social media updates is the first thing done in the morning and the last thing done at night. We are constantly connected to both work and social media.Pew Research says that 46...
  • Twitter posts quarterly loss as revenue climbs (2015-07-28 16:49:58)
    Twitter on Tuesday reported that it lost $137 million in the recently ended quarter on revenue that jumped 61 percent to more than half a billion dollars. In a closely watched figure, Twitter said that the number of people using the one-to-many messaging service monthly climbed 15 percent to 316 million compared to the same three-month period a year earlier. Twitter shares leapt more than five percent in after-hours trade following the report.
  • How to never get slammed with Uber surge pricing again (2015-07-28 16:45:35)
    Uber is a true game-changer that reimagines the way we travel on a daily basis. The service truly could not be any easier to use, and millions of people around the world rely on it each and every day. Of course, Uber is far from perfect, and one of the bigger complaints users have pertains to surge pricing. Well, there’s a free app that will help ensure you never have to pay surge prices again. DON’T MISS: Moto X Pure Edition and Moto G hands-on: The pure Android phones you’ve been waiting for For those unfamiliar with Uber’s surge pricing policy, it’s an automatic mechanism that charges customers in certain areas more money during high-traffic times when cars are busier than normal. It’s aggravating, but
  • Twitter is making more money while signing up fewer users (2015-07-28 16:45:00)
  • AWS profit keeps feeding the Amazon beast (2015-07-28 16:39:27)
    As AWS improves its profitability, it's the gift that keeps on giving to all of Amazon's businesses.
  • Citrix Systems CEO to resign; gives Elliott Management board seat (2015-07-28 16:35:29)
    (Reuters) - Cloud-computing company Citrix Systems Inc said Chief Executive Mark Templeton would retire and separately said it had agreed to give activist investor Elliott Management a board seat. Elliott, whose affiliated funds own about 7.5 percent of Citrix's stock, has agreed to customary standstill, voting and other provisions for at least a year, Citrix said. Elliott in June said Citrix should sell some units, cut costs and buy back shares to make up for six years of underperformance.
  • In Tech: New Motorola smartphones; faster future memory chip (2015-07-28 16:33:12)
    Motorola is refreshing its Android smartphones with better cameras and other improvements as it seeks to lure customers who want lower-cost alternatives to leading smartphones from Apple and Samsung.
  • Windows 10 review: the best of Windows 7 and 8 (2015-07-28 16:30:00)
  • Dropbox hires Twitter, Facebook veteran as first product VP (2015-07-28 16:29:00)
    Dropbox's latest executive hire comes with a lengthy resume at some of the hottest spots in Silicon Valley: Twitter, Facebook and Google.
  • Amazon proposes a slice of the sky for commercial drones (2015-07-28 16:21:01)
    At a conference hosted by NASA, the e-commerce company calls for a high-traffic strip of the sky to support the wider use of robotic aircraft.
  • Akamai profit falls about 8 percent as costs rise (2015-07-28 16:15:29)
    (Reuters) - Akamai Technologies Inc , whose services help deliver Internet content faster, reported a near 8 percent fall in quarterly profit, hurt by a rise in costs. Shares of Akamai, which claims to deliver between 15 and 30 percent of all Web traffic, fell 5.6 percent to $69.50 in trading after the bell. The company's net income fell to $67.2 million, or 37 cents per share, in the second quarter ended June 30 from $72.9 million, or 40 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 13.6 percent to $540.7 million. ...
  • NTSB: Company should have prepared for human error (2015-07-28 16:14:05)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board concluded Tuesday that the developer of a commercial spacecraft that broke apart over the Mojave Desert last year failed to protect against the possibility of human error, specifically the co-pilot's premature unlocking of a braking system that triggered the in-flight breakup of the vehicle.
  • Twitter surprises Wall Street with better-than-expected earnings, revenue, user growth (2015-07-28 16:10:00)
    Q2 marks the last quarter under the helm of former CEO Dick Costolo, who ​announced he was stepping down from Twitter's executive perch in June.
  • This 'Walking Dead' zom-beer wants to intoxicate your brain (2015-07-28 16:06:07)
    The folks behind "The Walking Dead" have teamed up with the Terrapin Beer Company to create a (blood) Red IPA for all you zombie fans out there.
  • AT&T says it didn’t do anything wrong when it throttled your ‘unlimited’ data (2015-07-28 16:05:05)
    AT&T is as mad as hell and it’s not going to take it anymore! The Hill reports that AT&T this week hit back at the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to fine the carrier $100 million for deceiving consumers when it throttled their “unlimited” data plans. RELATED: T-Mobile will slow down your ‘unlimited’ LTE data in some circumstances – here are the details “The Commission’s findings that consumers and competition were harmed are devoid of factual support and wholly implausible,” AT&T wrote in a filing with the FCC. “Its ‘moderate’ forfeiture penalty of $100 million is plucked out of thin air, and the injunctive sanctions it proposes are beyond the Commission’s authority.” AT&T may deny that its network management practices harmed consumers but
  • How to get the Windows 10 update (2015-07-28 16:04:03)
    Windows 10 launches on Wednesday, and you're probably going to want to update. The good news is that Microsoft has made the process surprisingly painless. If you already own a computer running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, then Windows 10 is going to be completely free — and updating should be really easy.
  • The growth formula: Q&A with Kevin Weil, Twitter's head of product (2015-07-28 16:00:03)
    Inside Twitter, there was confidence Weil could succeed where past product leaders failed. Unlike Graf or Michael Sippey before him, Weil is a Twitter insider: he joined the company in 2009 as a data scientist and steadily rose until he became responsible for all of Twitter’s revenue-producing products. The changes have boosted morale within Twitter among the employees I’ve spoken with.
  • How Pilot Remembers Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crash (2015-07-28 15:55:04)
    The pilot who miraculously parachuted to safety after Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo disintegrated over the Mojave Desert last year felt as though something was trying to rip his helmet off as he fell to the ground. Peter Siebold’s interview was included in a release today by National Transportation Safety Board. Following a nine month investigation, the agency shared their findings in the October 31, 2014 accident, saying it was caused by "premature repositioning" of the spacecraft's tail wings.
  • Motorola's software chief on talking to phones and life after Google (2015-07-28 15:50:00)
  • Amazon moves to fuel startups for its platform (2015-07-28 15:40:42)
    Amazon unveiled plans Tuesday to help startups launch and sell their products and services through the US online giant. The program called Amazon Launchpad offers assistance to these new firms to get up and running and get access to the Amazon network. The US online retailer and cloud storage giant announced it would help startups in areas such as brand development, marketing, inventory management and global expansion.
  • Verizon internet customers can subscribe to HBO Now starting today (2015-07-28 15:35:52)
    Verizon is joining HBO's growing roster of partners that offer subscriptions to HBO Now, the premium network's stand-alone streaming service. Starting immediately, Verizon's broadband internet customers (FiOS and otherwise) can start a 30-day free trial and access HBO Now across Android, iOS, Apple TV, PC, Mac, and Amazon's Fire TV hardware. Once the trial's up, they'll pay the same $14.99 per month that's become the going rate for HBO Now — regardless of whom you're buying it from.
  • VSCO Cam adds Collections to curate photos from other users (2015-07-28 15:25:00)
  • The Pentagon now says at least 192 laboratories accidentally received anthrax (2015-07-28 15:19:56)
    A US Army lab accidentally shipped live anthrax to at least 192 laboratories, according to a Department of Defense statement. On the DOD's Laboratory Review site, the agency on Monday updated the list of all the laboratories that had received anthrax spores. Seven foreign countries also received the shipments, including Japan, the UK, South Korea, Australia, Canada, Italy, and Germany.
  • Google Search can now tell you when a store gets crowded (2015-07-28 15:17:42)
    Google has a new way to help you dodge crowds. The feature is built with the same anonymized Android location data Google uses to estimate how heavy traffic is on a given road — and like the traffic data, it's just an estimate. The result is one more way Google is able to leverage Android adoption into new features for Search, which in turn provides more integrated features for Android users.
  • Netflix offers new details on its big plans for future Marvel series (2015-07-28 15:15:10)
    Netflix and Marvel are engaging in an ambitious project to release several different series based on four different characters that will eventually culminate in a big team-up series featuring all of them working together. Daredevil was the first of these shows and it was a big hit among both critics and viewers. Per Variety, Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos told the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday that Netflix is planning to release a new series based on a different character every six months or so. RELATED: Marvel’s master plan to rule Netflix: ‘Phase 2′ revealed in new report With the first season of Daredevil out of the way, we can expect to see the first season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones air in late 2015,
  • How Millennials Are Disrupting The Art of Donating (2015-07-28 15:09:06)
    Remember when kids ran through the streets Halloween nights with "Trick or Treat for UNICEF" boxes in tow alongside plastic pumpkin carriers full of fun size snickers and red apples? Or what about when the neighbor's 4th grade daughter knocked on your door to sell something called a box of Girl Scout cookies to which you just couldn't say no?...
  • Ouya reportedly cutting off indie studios' funding after Razer acquisition (2015-07-28 15:06:56)
    Yesterday, game hardware company Razer confirmed that it had bought former Kickstarter gaming sensation Ouya. Ouya's distinctive Android console wasn't part of the deal, but Razer is getting the rights to Ouya's software, as well as its technical and developer relations teams. It's a lifeline for Ouya, which will be spun into a publishing service for Razer's own Android console.
  • Senator objects to anti-terrorism rules for online sites (2015-07-28 15:06:08)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat and skeptic of broad government surveillance, objected Tuesday to a bill that would have required social media and online sites like Google, Yahoo, Twitter and Facebook to alert federal authorities of any terrorist activity.
  • Candle power to charge smartphones (2015-07-28 14:59:42)
    By Ben Gruber A power outage - it's an experience all are familiar with and everyone dreads. This scenario was one of the inspirations for Andrew Burns of California startup Stower to develop the candle charger.
  • Intel's 3D memory is 1,000 times faster than modern storage (2015-07-28 14:59:00)
  • Why your Uber app is lying to you about available cars (2015-07-28 14:50:57)
    When you fire up Uber and see a bevy of  cars seemingly hovering around your location, many of the cars depicted on your screen may not even be anywhere close. As it turns out, there are times when the vehicle icons populating the Uber app on your phone may be nothing more than phantom cars meant to trick you. So if you’ve ever wondered why you sometimes have to wait 10 minutes for a pick-up when there is seemingly an abundance of cars in your immediate vicinity, we finally have an explanation for you thanks to two new reports that surfaced this week. DON’T MISS: Moto X Style and Moto X Play: Full specs and pricing information First off, a Vice report on this very phenomenon explains that these phantom
  • Musician creates catchy dance remix from 'Game of Thrones' clips (2015-07-28 14:34:04)
    Musician Chris Lohr used footage of random sounds and dialogue from the first two seasons of HBO's "Game of Thrones" to create a pretty catchy song that you just can't help but tap along with.
  • Solar Impulse 2 needs 20mn euros to complete flight (2015-07-28 14:31:53)
    The team behind the sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 plane on Tuesday said it needed an additional 20 million euros ($22 million) to complete a historic round-the-world flight, after battery damage grounded it for months. The plane suffered irreversible damage to parts of its battery system during a gruelling, five-day journey from Japan to Hawaii. The project had initially hoped the repairs could be completed within weeks, but the extent of the damage grounded the plane in Hawaii until at least April of next year.
  • How Social Media Helps Transcend Grief (2015-07-28 14:29:49)
    Cyberbullying, harassment, bullying, shaming, digital cruelty, just downright being mean to each other. The modern human race (at all ages) has become a culture of cruelty. The real issue is that it isn't done privately anymore, it's now magnified across the world on computer and smartphone screens. Monica Lewinsky put it best when she said,...
  • 'Dragon Quest XI' may be one of the first Nintendo NX games (2015-07-28 14:26:00)
  • Still offline: US non-Internet users stuck at 15 pct (2015-07-28 14:25:08)
    Some 15 percent of American adults are not using the Internet -- a figure which has not changed over the past two years, researchers said Tuesday. The findings in the Pew Research Center survey suggest it may be difficult to get the remaining non-Internet adopters online. "The size of this group (of non-Internet users) has changed little over the past three years, despite recent government and social service programs to encourage Internet adoption," the Pew researchers said.
  • YouTube’s best gadget reviewer offers 5 key insights into the OnePlus 2 (2015-07-28 14:25:00)
    The minute the OnePlus 2 was announced, we knew it wouldn’t take long for gadget reviewer extraordinaire Marques Brownlee to post a video giving us his first impressions. And sure enough, Brownlee posted a new video late Tuesday evening in which he gives us five key insights about the OnePlus 2 after he spent two weeks using the device. DON’T MISS: ‘Skysphere’ is the craziest high-tech man cave you’ve ever seen, and it took an engineer 3 years to build So what has Brownlee found overall with OnePlus’s latest flagship phone so far? Let’s go over the basic points. He likes the placement of the device’s fingerprint center on the home button on the bottom front of the device instead of
  • Anaplan targets SAP, Oracle in fast-growing business planning market (2015-07-28 14:17:13)
    By Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Business planning software start-up Anaplan is nipping at the heels of industry leaders SAP, Oracle and IBM, with sales of its cloud-based service tripling in each of the past three years as it seeks to shake up the market. Customers are demanding more flexible ways to use business planning software, which crunches corporate data to allow companies to forecast growth and set performance goals. "There is a major shift going on and Anaplan is at the forefront," Forrester business apps analyst Paul Hamerman said.
  • Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Pilot Recalls Chilling Moment of Accident (2015-07-28 14:15:04)
    The Virgin Galactic pilot who miraculously parachuted to safety after SpaceShipTwo disintegrated over the Mojave Desert last year felt as though something was trying to rip his helmet off as he fell to the ground. Peter Siebold’s interview was included in a release today by National Transportation Safety Board.
  • Moto X Pure Edition camera forecast: mostly sunny with scattered doubts (2015-07-28 14:11:11)
    The last of the big four Android makers to check in is Motorola. At today's event, Motorola's head of design, Jim Wicks, laid his cards on the table in no uncertain terms: "We're extremely excited about the camera.
  • Exclusive: Education company Blackboard seeks $3 billion sale - sources (2015-07-28 14:08:27)
    Blackboard Inc, a U.S. software company that provides learning tools for high school and university classrooms, is exploring a sale that it hopes could value it at as much as $3 billion, including debt, according to people familiar with the matter. Blackboard's majority owner, private equity firm Providence Equity Partners LLC, has hired Deutsche Bank AG and Bank of America Corp to run an auction for the company, the people said this week.
  • CBS will live stream every national Super Bowl ad next year for the first time (2015-07-28 14:01:27)
    The internet has changed the way we watch the Super Bowl, and media is following suit. Variety reports that CBS, in a game-changing move, will live stream every national ad during next year's big game in near-real time. It's an incredible decision that will change how advertisers spend money on the event, and helps turn Super Bowl 50 into a much bigger spectacle. Super Bowl ads are consistently the most ambitious and most expensive spots in advertising, and are about as talked about as the game itself.
  • Silicon Valley CEOs are the default movie villains of our generation (2015-07-28 13:58:50)
    Mark Zuckerberg is the model villain of our time. Today a press image revealed the new look of Lex Luthor in the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. In the still, one of comics' most iconic villains swaps his familiar bespoke suit for a sports jacket, T-shirt, and fitted jeans.
  • Indie developers out thousands of dollars in OUYA-Razer deal (2015-07-28 13:57:00)
  • What Every Mom/Startup Founder Can Learn From Having a C-Section Without Anesthesia (2015-07-28 13:54:51)
    It's only after the doctor begins cutting my abdomen that I realize the local anesthesia didn't take. In order to reach my baby, I know she needs to cut through skin, muscle, fat, and finally my uterus. I'm screaming. The C-section is pain like I've never felt. And I can't do anything about it.As I think about my son just inches away from being...
  • Watch astronauts play with carbon-filled bubbles and their new 4K camera in space (2015-07-28 13:53:17)
    NASA released today more 4K Ultra High-Definition (UHD) video footage captured by the space station's RED Epic Dragon camera — and it looks like the astronauts are having a lot of fun playing with their new expensive toy. A clip posted to the ReelNASA YouTube channel shows Astronaut Terry Virts — who was on the ISS from November 2014 to June of this year — insert an effervescent tablet into a floating ball of water.
  • Did Tom Brady destroy his phone to escape justice? Here are all the ways he might've done it (2015-07-28 13:40:28)
    You also happen to be a central figure in the high-profile sportsball drama known as "DeflateGate." NFL investigators would like to see text messages between you and Patriots personnel, but you're not having that. You're Tom Brady, dammit, and last you checked, the NFL didn't have the jurisdiction to request the data from your carrier. Whether or not Smith's assertion is true — whether Brady actually destroyed his phone to make sure investigators couldn't read his side of any text message conversations — it's still fun to imagine all the ways in which the famed quarterback could have destroyed it.
  • Reddit's revolving door swings again as head of community departs (2015-07-28 13:40:05)
    Jessica Moreno has become the latest in a growing number of women to leave Reddit in the last several weeks, as the company looks to pivot on its content policy.
  • Intel’s breakthrough new invention will fix all your memory issues and obliterate SSDs (2015-07-28 13:35:46)
    How many times have you complained about the low amount of RAM or internal on your computer or smartphone? It turns out Intel and Micron have been listening for quite a while and the two companies have announced a brand-new type of memory that’s both faster and cheaper than NAND storage and DRAM memory. But the best thing about the companies’ new 3D XPoint technology is that it can apparently replace both NAND and DRAM in a device while simultaneously improving overall speed. DON’T MISS: Boeing 777’s insane landing in a 75MPH windstorm is almost too unnerving to watch 3D XPoint memory offers up to 10 times greater density than DRAM, which means manufacturers could include more RAM memory on a
  • Top 5 Ways to Master the Art of the Conference Call (2015-07-28 13:30:14)
    What are some ways to present yourself well during conference calls?: originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question. Ask a question, get a great answer. Learn from experts and access insider knowledge. You can follow Quora on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.Answer by Richard Walker, Author, It's My Life! I Can Have The Job I...
  • Microsoft's Fifth Avenue flagship store will open this fall (2015-07-28 13:28:00)
  • Sleeping with smartphones, and other vices (2015-07-28 13:26:16)
    Consumers around the world admit it: they sleep with their smartphone, take it in the shower, and would rescue the device from a fire before saving the family cat. Sixty percent of those surveyed said they slept holding their handsets -- with the highest percentages in India (74 percent) and China (70 percent). One in six smartphone users said they used their phones while showering, and more than half -- 54 percent -- said they would reach for the smartphone before saving their cat in the event of a fire.
  • White House shoots down petition to pardon Edward Snowden (2015-07-28 13:25:20)
    Two years after it was posted, the White House has responded to a petition to pardon NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The news, however, isn't anything new: it maintains that Snowden should have gone through official channels to raise his concerns about surveillance, and that he should come back to the US to be tried for his actions. "Mr. Snowden's dangerous decision to steal and disclose classified information had severe consequences for the security of our country and the people who work day in and day out to protect it," said White House homeland security and counterterrorism advisor Lisa Monaco, who answered the petition.
  • Windows 10: Don’t panic if you haven’t received the install files yet (2015-07-28 13:15:54)
    It’s almost time for Windows users to upgrade to Windows 10 and Microsoft is getting ready to roll out the major operating system update to the millions of users who have already preregistered. In fact, it turns out that you may already have the files necessary for upgrading Windows 7 or Windows 8 downloaded on your device, without you even knowing. DON’T MISS: Boeing 777’s insane landing in a 75MPH windstorm is almost too unnerving to watch When you preordered your free Windows 10 update, you also instructed Microsoft to download automatically the installation files on your laptop or desktop. The Verge reports that some users have already received the files and have been finding them at this location: C:\$windows.~BT. If you
  • How to make fun of metal bands and test for robots at the same time (2015-07-28 13:12:18)
    Instead of a series of letters and numbers, Metal CAPTCHA asks users to decipher the logos of metal bands. It's ridiculously difficult, because metal bands are required by law to make their logos look like the Medieval Times font if it were carved into a cow hide with someone's femur. If you're in a metal band, you can send your logo to the team behind Metal CAPTCHA, and they'll get you saddled up in their evil system.
  • How Understanding Millennials Can Make You a Better Leader (2015-07-28 13:08:55)
    Where are all those fearful, desperate, compliant workers when you need them? The good ole days of unquestioned leadership, enforced hierarchy and kingship are ending. Millennials are different. Leaders today face a gaping generational chasm which translates into a tough challenge - and a unique opportunity to become a better leader. First...
  • Tell Android to send your texts through apps like WhatsApp or WeChat (2015-07-28 13:07:00)
  • Surgical robot gets a bendable 'wrist' (Tomorrow Daily 215) (2015-07-28 13:06:14)
    Khail and Ashley check out a surgical robot with a "wrist" that can bend into tight spots, discuss an unauthorized (but very cool) demo for a "Star Wars" VR game and explain with a university in Singapore is deploying robot swans.
  • VMware and Microsoft are the top virtualization leaders, according to Gartner (2015-07-28 13:01:09)
    Gartner's Magic Quadrant for x86 server virtualization puts VMware and Microsoft as leaders. Find out what the report's findings indicate for the future of the data center.
  • Why Grooveshark failed (2015-07-28 13:00:25)
    Sometime in early 2006, Josh Greenberg, a freshman at the University of Florida, began attending meetings at a school club for budding business types. The son of an electronics repairman, Greenberg was a model junior entrepreneur. Underage, he couldn’t legally serve on his company’s board of directors, so he appointed his grandfather as chairman.
  • Before Wet Hot American Summer, there was Stella: a beginner's guide to the forgotten web series (2015-07-28 13:00:02)
    The long-awaited prequel to Wet Hot American Summer premieres this week on Netflix. This is an introduction to Stella — a guide for people whose favorite part of Wet Hot American Summer is the drug-induced trip to town. The group's most accessible 5-minute short, which stars Paul Rudd, is a handy test.
  • Qualcomm says it can now wirelessly charge metal phones (2015-07-28 12:59:39)
    The best phones around are increasingly being made with metal bodies and frames, which has posed an issue for wireless charging. Metal phones have had to rely on supplementary cases if they want to support this type of charging, but today Qualcomm says it can put an end to that. Qualcomm doesn't say how the technology works, but it's designed to be compatible with the Rezence standard.
  • Qualcomm invents way to wirelessly charge mobile devices with metal bodies (2015-07-28 12:53:32)
    The new technology will allow you to wirelessly charge a smartphone or other device with a metal exterior or case, a process that hasn't been possible with current charging systems.
  • Tablet Tuesday: Get a Google Nexus 9 for $287.40 (2015-07-28 12:49:43)
    One of the "best tablets of 2014" is finally on sale -- but not for long. Plus, yesterday's movie-freebie deal: not dead yet?
  • Amazon Launchpad helps startups get products to customers (2015-07-28 12:46:00)
  • Yet another new version of the Galaxy S6 just leaked – is this the one you’ll buy? (2015-07-28 12:45:23)
    Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are arguably the two best Android phones that have ever existed. After years of complaints from tech blogs and Android fans, Samsung finally gave in and built a pair of smartphones with premium materials to match their premium performance and premium prices. Unfortunately, even the best isn’t good enough when you’re up against the iPhone 6. Put plainly, not enough people are buying Samsung’s high-margin S6 series phones to help stop the company’s sliding profits. Well, if the Galaxy S6 isn’t the phone you want… and the Galaxy S6 edge isn’t the phone you want… and the Galaxy S6 Active isn’t the phone you want… and the much-rumored Galaxy S6 edge+ isn’t the phone
  • Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile USA will let heavy users buy more data (2015-07-28 12:44:24)
    The two prepaid wireless carriers are offering a 1-gigabyte option for $5, and 2GB for $10.
  • Cause of fatal 2014 SpaceShipTwo crash determined by NTSB (2015-07-28 12:43:08)
    The National Transportation Safety Board releases its final report on the October 31 crash that killed one of two pilots on the test flight over the Mojave Desert.
  • Amazon partners with startups to sell crowdfunded products (2015-07-28 12:36:50)
    Amazon.com Inc launched a new platform on Tuesday that will help startups advertise and distribute their products directly to millions of Amazon customers, filling an important gap for entrepreneurs trying to reach a wider market of consumers. The online retailer is partnering with more than 25 crowd-funding platforms like Indiegogo and venture capital firms to offer 200 products on the platform, which is called "Amazon Launchpad." Amazon said it is not working with Kickstarter in "any official capacity" for its program. Some of the products are already availalbe on Amazon.com, but the program will be listed on Amazon's Launchpad store.
  • Amazon provides new details on its plan for a drone superhighway in the sky (2015-07-28 12:33:08)
    When I arrived in San Jose last night, the newspaper on the front desk at the hotel had this headline splashed across the front page: "Drones Putting Lives at Risk." At least five times this year, fire departments trying to battle wildfires in California were unable to fly their helicopters close enough to assist teams on the ground because small drones flown by ordinary citizens were in the airspace capturing footage of the blaze. This morning, at NASA's UTM Convention, Amazon announced details of a plan designed to solve these kinds of problems. The company laid out its vision for a multi-tiered superhighway in the sky, one in which all drones flying above 200 feet would have the ability to communicate with — and ideally sense and avoid — other aircraft.
  • Sorry, Bethesda can't make any more 'Fallout 4' Pip-Boys (2015-07-28 12:24:00)
  • NTSB: Co-pilot of spaceship unlocked braking system early (2015-07-28 12:14:34)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal safety investigators said Tuesday the crash of a Virgin Galactic spaceship last year was caused by a catastrophic structural failure triggered when the co-pilot unlocked the craft's braking system early.
  • Netflix is bringing BoJack Horseman back for a third season (2015-07-28 12:05:08)
    BoJack Horseman's second season is still brand new, but Netflix has seen enough to make a call regarding its future. Netflix announced the renewal alongside premiere dates for some of its other original programming, including the fourth season of the former A&E murder drama Longmire (September 10th) and the new Aziz Ansari vehicle Master of None (November 6th). Starring Will Arnett as the titular anthropomorphized horse — a struggling former sitcom star trying to rebuild his life and career — the show's latest run debuted exclusively on Netflix earlier this month.
  • Google will now require explicit consent for tracking European users (2015-07-28 12:01:09)
    After a long and costly legal battle in the European Union, Google is making some changes to the way it serves ads to European users. Under a new European user consent policy published Monday, AdSense will require any site serving European users to require explicit consent before those users can be tracked. It's a serious change from previous consent standards, which allowed for passive permissions that rendered tracking cookies effectively invisible.
  • What you need to know about internet television and its weird pre-YouTube origin (2015-07-28 12:00:48)
    What's strange is to think series like The Spot, Stella, and Homestar Runner charted the path for internet television programs like House of Cards and Burning Love. To reminisce about the early days of internet television, I invited The Verge's entertainment reporter Jamieson Cox to the show. It's possible you missed out on the joys of Teen Girl Squad, but Cox will get you caught up.
  • Windows 10 review (2015-07-28 12:00:43)
    Looking back at Windows 8, it’s easy to see where Microsoft went wrong. Microsoft is trying to fix all that with Windows 10. Windows XP saved us from Windows ME, Windows 7 saved us from the Windows Vista mess, now Windows 10 is here to save save us from Windows 8.
  • VSCO Cam's new Collections feature lets you curate your favorite images (2015-07-28 12:00:02)
    VSCO Cam is best known as a great image editor for mobile devices that makes it easy to tweak and improve the images captured by your smartphone or tablet. But VSCO has long had greater ambitions for the app than just editing images. The Grid and Journal features offer ways for photographers to share their images with other VSCO users, either one at a time or through a collected narrative. Today, the company is adding the ability to curate images taken by others to your own VSCO account.
  • Two Wii U devs on why 'indie' doesn't have to be a curse word (2015-07-28 12:00:00)
  • T-Mobile will swap your iPhone 6 for the next model at no extra cost (2015-07-28 11:47:00)
  • German regulator orders Facebook to allow pseudonyms (2015-07-28 11:34:52)
    By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Facebook may not prevent its users from using fake names, a German privacy watchdog said on Tuesday, in the latest privacy setback for the U.S. company in Europe. The Hamburg data protection authority, which is responsible for policing Facebook in Germany, said the social network firm could not unilaterally change users' chosen usernames to their real names, nor could it ask them for official ID. The German order comes after the Belgian privacy watchdog took Facebook to court in June over the way it tracks the activities of its users.
  • T-Mobile’s iPhone 6s and Apple Music offer just changed the game again (2015-07-28 11:30:23)
    It looks like T-Mobile is going all out to win over iPhone fans. The “Un-carrier” announced on Tuesday that customers can now trade in their current devices for a new iPhone 6 right now for $0 down and $15 per month over 18 months. They can also trade in their devices and get an iPhone 6 Plus for $0 down and $19 per month over 18 months. And that’s not even the best part.  DON’T MISS: OnePlus 2 offers cutting-edge hardware for under $390… and Android fanboys are still whining about it You see, if you trade in your current phone for an iPhone 6 by September 8th this year, T-Mobile will “guarantee today’s great price when you upgrade to your next iPhone later this year.”
  • Hands-on with the new $179 Moto G (2015-07-28 11:29:15)
    Motorola’s most popular smartphone is back with an improved camera and the most recent version of Android. The Moto G can be purchased today with an 8 GB model for $179 and a 16 GB model for $219.
  • Insane flying semi-truck sets jump record, nearly takes out building (2015-07-28 11:27:14)
    Stunt filmmaker Gregg Godfrey set a new record at Evel Knievel Days and nearly made a mess of Butte, Montana in the process.
  • Moto X Play hands-on: a little G, a little X (2015-07-28 11:23:00)
  • T-Mobile guarantees $15 monthly pricing on this iPhone and the next (2015-07-28 11:19:38)
    The company also adds Apple Music to its program that lets you stream music without counting against your data plan.
  • Facebook's ascent has investors betting on more gains (2015-07-28 11:18:19)
    By Saqib Iqbal Ahmed NEW YORK (Reuters) - The big selloffs in shares of social media companies last quarter following weak results seem to be brushed under the carpet this earnings season as investors focus instead on the success of Facebook Inc . Investors in the options market are betting on more gains for the stock after it reports results Wednesday. Facebook escaped the rout in social media stocks after last quarter's results.
  • N++ is impossibly hard, and I can’t stop playing (2015-07-28 11:18:02)
    It’s an evolution of sorts: Toronto-based studio Metanet Software first released the browser game N in 2004, and followed it up with an improved version for the Xbox 360, called N+. Platformers might be the most oversaturated genre in video games, but there’s still nothing that feels quite like an N game — even now, more than a decade after the series debuted.
  • Why Google+ has to shrink to grow (2015-07-28 11:12:30)
    One day in 2013, I received an email from Google informing me that YouTube was preparing to fix its notoriously bad comment section. The move has triggered a fresh round of stories from the tech press in the popular Google+ is dead genre, which emerged shortly after the service’s launch and receives a wave of new entries every time Google+ twitches.
  • Review: Titus Andronicus' The Most Lamentable Tragedy is vital, vicious rock (2015-07-28 11:11:09)
    When you find yourself in the middle of a Titus Andronicus binge, it’s easy to slip into a parallel universe — a world much like ours, but where "+@" (the band’s preferred short form) is the biggest band in the world. "Ecce Homo" streaming from open car windows, "Titus Andronicus" blaring from arena monitors at the pivotal moments of sports games, breathless coverage of every new tweet from the band's account: it makes for a fun thought, albeit one that’s going to remain a fantasy.
  • Motorola turns on the style for latest flagship smartphone (2015-07-28 11:09:41)
    At special coordinated live events in London, Brazil and New York, Motorola took the wraps off a new handset, the Moto X Style, which, the company claims, redefines the relationship that consumers have with their smartphones. It's called the ‘Style' because it is meant to complement the user's personal taste, and Motorola claims it is the most customizable handset in existence, or at least it will be when it goes on sale in September. Motorola explains this focus on photography because of the brand's belief that smartphones should be there to help make and share memories.
  • Motorola releases two new wireless headphones for only $59.99 and $69.99 (2015-07-28 11:08:41)
    In addition to unveiling three new flagship smartphones, Motorola is releasing two new wireless headphones to pair with the devices. Available starting today, the Moto Pulse and Moto Surround are attractive (and attractively priced) enough to lure in anyone interested in Motorola's lineup. The Moto Pulse is a classic pair of on-ear headphones aimed at Beats lovers, feature 40mm speaker drivers that put them in the same lane as other, bass-ier headphones.
  • You can now use Google Now to dictate messages on WhatsApp (2015-07-28 11:07:43)
    Google is rolling out an update to Google Now that will allow you to dictate and send messages through a number of popular third-party messaging apps including WhatsApp, the company announced in a blog post. WeChat, Viber, Telegram, and NextPlus are the other initial third-party services that Google Now will be able to send messages through. Simply say "Ok Google, send a WhatsApp message to Tom," and Google will render and send the message through the proper service.
  • 8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are on sale for free right now (2015-07-28 11:05:12)
    If you’re an iPhone user, you probably haven’t been too interested in our coverage of the OnePlus 2 or the new Moto X phones. But don’t worry — we’ve rounded up eight different paid iPhone apps for you to download that are completely free for a limited time. Check them all out below! FROM EARLIER: Moto X Style and Moto X Play: Full specs and pricing information These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is
  • This year's Moto G feels like another cheap champion (2015-07-28 11:05:00)
  • Engadget giveaway: win a 3TB My Passport Ultra courtesy of WD! (2015-07-28 11:00:00)
  • T-Mobile adds Apple Music to its data-free music streaming plan (2015-07-28 10:54:40)
    T-Mobile's controversial Music Freedom program just got a lot bigger. In an announcement today, CEO John Legere announced he was adding Apple Music to the carrier's free music-streaming program, joining Spotify, Google Play Music, iTunes Radio, Tidal, and dozens of other services. As a result, T-Mobile users will be able to stream endless quantities from Apple Music without counting against their data caps. In the weeks since the service launched, Legere says Apple Music has accounted for 80 percent of the requests made to Music Freedom.
  • The five most important things from Motorola's Moto X event (2015-07-28 10:51:33)
    In 2013, Motorola Mobility introduced the Moto X, its first smartphone since being acquired by Google. The Moto X didn't have the best specs on the market, but it did have something virtually no other phone had: customizability. The Moto Maker store let buyers pick the color of the phone's backplate and accents, eventually adding options like a bamboo case.
  • Hands-on with the new Moto X Style (2015-07-28 10:51:12)
    Motorola’s new Moto X Style comes with a bigger, higher resolution display and a new, 21-megapixel camera. It's going to be available this September for $399 unlocked and will work on any major US carrier.
  • This music video from Microsoft is pure Windows 10 hype (2015-07-28 10:46:04)
    Unless you don't have the internet (you do, you're reading this) then you'll know Windows 10 is launching tonight. Alongside any major release of Windows comes a lot of marketing and hype, but this time it has been slightly different. Microsoft is keeping things relatively low-key with smaller launch parties for fans.
  • Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crash was due to co-pilot error (2015-07-28 10:42:00)
  • Microsoft's free Windows 10 giveaway: What that means (2015-07-28 10:41:22)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday, as the longtime leader in PC software hopes that giving the upgrade away for free will help it carve out a new role in a world where people increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and information stored online.
  • T-Mobile will give you a free upgrade to the next iPhone if you buy an iPhone 6 (2015-07-28 10:41:01)
    T-Mobile CEO John Legere is doing the unthinkable. Starting today, T-Mobile customers who buy an iPhone 6 on the company's $15-a-month Jump On Demand phone leasing plan can swap the phone out for the new iPhone when it comes out without paying for anything more. ...everyone who already got an iPhone 6 for $15 per month automatically gets this deal.
  • Moto X Pure Edition and Moto G hands-on: The pure Android phones you’ve been waiting for (2015-07-28 10:38:22)
    Google’s Nexus program is great. It sets the stage for Android and gives hardcore Android fans a selection of great pure devices that are free of vendor tweaks and carrier bloat. If pure Android is what you’re looking for, however, there’s a new smartphone duo that just rocketed to the top of your list. Motorola on Tuesday unveiled the brand new Moto X Pure Edition and Moto G, and we just spent some time with both new smartphones. DON’T MISS: 5 Gmail hacks you shouldn’t have to live another day without Beginning with the flagship model, the Moto X Pure Edition is the U.S. version of the “Moto X Style.” Neither name really rolls off of the tongue, but that obviously
  • Microsoft fixes Windows 10 crash bug ahead of July 29 launch (2015-07-28 10:32:52)
    With the official launch of Windows 10 imminent, Microsoft is still squashing bugs to make sure the new OS is as solid and stable as possible.
  • Motorola unveils wireless Pulse and Surround headphones (2015-07-28 09:59:00)
  • How Uber uses free rides as a lobbying tool (2015-07-28 09:53:20)
    Uber's rapid rise has spawned one of America’s most heated urban policy debates. Uber has supplemented its more traditional lobbying tactics with the creative use of its customer base, which it mobilizes to pressure officials who seek regulations that the company opposes. Uber has also made extensive political use of its arguably largest asset: its own drivers.
  • Moto X Pure Edition will sell for $399 in the US this fall (2015-07-28 09:52:34)
    Motorola is pushing off-contract phones in a big way this year. It's a surprisingly low price for one of Motorola's typically high-quality phones, especially since the Moto X is a pretty powerful device. The Pure Edition is designed to work on any US carrier, but because it comes straight from Motorola, it comes without carrier branding or bloatware.
  • Galaxy Note 5 leak: High-quality pictures offer our best look yet (2015-07-28 09:50:10)
    Samsung has already confirmed it’s hosting its second Unpacked event of the year on August 13th where it’ll likely unveil both the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge Plus. Meanwhile, more and more leaked images are showing what seems to be the final design of the handsets, including some new pictures that offer us our best look yet. DON’T MISS: Boeing 777’s insane landing in a 75MPH windstorm is almost too unnerving to watch Obtained by NowhereElse, these high-quality images show a handset that resembles the Galaxy S6 when it comes to overall design, but the device is definitely a Note phablet, as the S Pen stylus is clearly shown in some of the images. Interestingly, the design of
  • Delta will now let you upgrade your flight to a private jet, if you're extremely lucky (2015-07-28 09:49:54)
    Private aircraft are typically the exclusive playground of millionaires and billionaires, but Delta is rolling out a new program that might — might — put them within reach of the normals. The airline is going to start offering private jet upgrades for $300 to $800 to Medallion members (Delta's name for its frequent flyers), but only if the stars align: there needs to be an aircraft that's going to be sitting unused near their starting point, which can happen if, say, someone takes a chartered flight and there's no return flight planned. The upgrade "includes transportation to the airport's private aviation area and complimentary on-board catering," which presumably means something slightly better than a bag of peanuts.
  • The Moto X Play is the Style's more affordable cousin (2015-07-28 09:49:00)
  • All the news from Motorola's Moto X event (2015-07-28 09:48:52)
    Motorola held a global event from New York City, London, and Sao Paulo to unveil three new smartphones today: the Moto X Style, Moto X Play, and third-gen Moto G. Each phone builds on the successes of previous iterations, all with improvements on battery life and camera — areas where Motorola has struggled in previous years. This new Moto smartphone has a 21-megapixel image sensor and comes with a bold promise from Marketing VP Adrienne Hayes, who says that Motorola "can guarantee the cameras in our phones will now be best in class." Beyond the camera, the Moto X Style also has very small bezels around the screen, making it feel smaller than its large screen would suggest, and it has "the world's fastest turbo charging" plus LTE compatibility with all US carriers. A few more of the Moto X Style specs: 1.8GHz hexa-core Snapdragon processor, 3GB of RAM, 3,000mAh battery, up to 64GB of built-in storage as well as microSD expansion, and a new water repellant coating.The display has been upgraded to Quad HD resolution and Motorola cites a laudable 76 percent screen-to-body ratio, meaning that three quarters of the phone's front are occupied by the display.
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  • Motorola unveils the new Moto G (2015-07-28 09:40:08)
    It is the best-selling Motorola smartphone in history, the most popular phone in Brazil, and the new, third iteration of the model, unveiled at events in India, Brazil, the UK and the US on Tuesday, continues to build on the initial winning formula.
  • Moto X Style Pure Edition will work on any US carrier (2015-07-28 09:32:00)
  • You can customize and buy the new Moto G with LTE today (2015-07-28 09:31:56)
    This year's Moto G may have been one of Motorola's worst kept secrets, but it's still taking the time to formally announce the new smartphone on stage today. With this new model, which Motorola is releasing today, the Moto G becomes an even more compelling choice for people looking for a cheap smartphone. On the inside, this year's Moto G switches over to a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 410 processor, which is what's allowing it to have LTE.
  • The Moto X Play is cheaper than the competition and has a massive battery (2015-07-28 09:24:33)
    In addition to the third-gen Moto G and Moto X Style, Motorola today unveiled the new Moto X Play, a new, bigger Moto X that's cheaper than the competition and has an absolutely massive battery. In addition, the Play will also have a 21MP rear-camera and a 5MP front-facing camera — which Motorola was quick to boast about — and we'll have to put the camera through its paces to determine if its a welcome improvement over previous versions.
  • Moto X Style and Moto X Play: Full specs and pricing information (2015-07-28 09:21:47)
    Motorola on Tuesday took the wraps off its Moto X Play and Moto X Style flagship phones that promise to be big upgrades over last year’s impressive version of the Moto X. For those interested in just the hardware, here are the full specs for the Moto X Style and the Moto X Play. FROM EARLIER: OnePlus 2 offers cutting-edge hardware for under $390… and Android fanboys are still whining about it Moto X Style: 5.7-inch quad-HD display Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 1.8GHz hexa-core processor 3GB of RAM A 21-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera Universal LTE banding 3,000 mAh battery microSD support up to 128GB Android 5.1.1 2015 Moto X Play: 5.5-inch 1080p display Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 1.7GHz octa-core processor
  • Google will now let cloud partners hold their own encryption keys (2015-07-28 09:18:08)
    Google is adding another layer of protection for its cloud computing customers. Starting today, the company will let users hold their own encryption keys for Google Compute Engine, the company's cloud processing platform. Google already encrypts data on the platform, but it manages the keys itself, leading to concern among some that the company could be compelled to decrypt the data without the user's permission. Under the new system, Compute Engine users will be able to manage their own keys, preventing Google or any other party from decrypting the data without somehow obtaining the offsite keys.
  • Motorola announces 5.7-inch Moto X Style with 'best-in-class' camera (2015-07-28 09:15:21)
    The new Moto X is now official: it's a 5.7-inch Android Lollipop smartphone with "one of the best cameras in the world" and it carries the title of Moto X Style. This new Moto smartphone has a 21-megapixel image sensor and comes with a bold promise from Marketing VP Adrienne Hayes, who says that Motorola "can guarantee the cameras in our phones will now be best in class." Beyond the camera, the Moto X Style also has very small bezels around the screen, making it feel smaller than its large display would suggest, and it has "the world's fastest turbo charging" plus LTE compatibility with all US carriers. A few more of the Moto X Style specs: 1.8GHz hexa-core Snapdragon processor, 3GB of RAM, 3,000mAh battery, up to 64GB of built-in storage as well as microSD expansion, and a new water-repellent coating.The display has been upgraded to Quad HD resolution and Motorola cites a laudable 76 percent screen-to-body ratio, meaning that three quarters of the phone's front are occupied by the display.
  • The Moto X Style is big, gorgeous and (of course) highly customizable (2015-07-28 09:13:00)
  • Moto G specs: Everything you need to know about 2015’s best smartphone bargain (2015-07-28 09:04:10)
    Motorola’s third-generation Moto G (2015) was officially announced on Tuesday during the company’s special media event, and the 2015 budget phone is going to offer users a better experience than any of the previous models for a very affordable price. DON’T MISS: OnePlus 2 official: The ultimate flagship smartphone killer is finally here The cheapest version of the phone is expected to cost $179 (the 1GB of RAM / 8GB storage model), just like its predecessor. The device should be launched in various markets starting on August 2nd, though buyers can order it online from Motorola, Best Buy and Amazon right now. Hardware-wise, here’s what you can expect from Motorola’s newest budget-friendly handset. 5-inch Gorilla Glass display with HD resolution 1.4GHz quad-core
  • Dell to open Windows 10 laptop sales a day early, free overnight shipping (2015-07-28 09:00:10)
    Dell will let you buy a Windows 10 system a day early and give free overnight shipping so you receive it on launch day.
  • Google Cloud Platform tells customers to bring their own encryption keys (2015-07-28 09:00:05)
    Google's move to hand over the keys follows similar developments from other cloud storage providers this year.
  • ICYMI: A ban on kill-capable bots, data center design & more (2015-07-28 09:00:00)
  • Apple drops plans for smaller iPhone 6C, claims analyst (2015-07-28 08:48:50)
    Rumor was that Apple was working on a smaller iPhone 6C with a 4-inch display. Now the word is that the company has dropped those plans.
  • We're live from Motorola's 'Relationship' event! (2015-07-28 08:46:00)
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    For a period of time in late 2014, the Moto X was the best Android phone on the planet. It wasn’t the most powerful Android flagship and it wasn’t the thinnest. It didn’t have the highest-resolution display and it didn’t have the support of a billion-dollar marketing budget. The Moto X was, however, the most well-rounded Android flagship on the market. It was sleek, it was unique, it had solid specs and it could be customized in dozens of different ways. Meanwhile, the 2014 Moto G was shockingly capable for a handset that was so affordable, offering all-day battery life, respectable specs and a surprisingly good screen for under $200 with no service contract. It was an improvement over its predecessor in every
  • tl;dr: Engadget is launching mini review videos! (2015-07-28 08:30:00)
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  • Motorola updates the Moto G with more RAM, storage, and water resistance (2015-07-28 08:17:40)
    After weeks of leaks, Motorola has officially unveiled the new Moto G, the third generation of its popular, low-cost smartphone. The rear-facing camera on the Moto G been boosted from 8 to 13 megapixels, and there's a new version with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage in addition to last year's specs of 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage.
  • Windows 10 will win yesterday's battle, but what about tomorrow's war? (2015-07-28 08:00:04)
    Windows 10 will fix the failings of Windows 8, but that may not be enough in a mobile-centric world.
  • 10 things SMBs need to know about Windows 10 (2015-07-28 08:00:03)
    The Windows 10 release means big changes for the OS. Here's what SMBs need to know.
  • Boxer launches new email app with integrated calendar (2015-07-28 08:00:02)
    The mobile email app space is highly competitive, with great entries from Google, Apple, Microsoft, and many others. Today, Boxer is joining that crowd with version 6.0 of its email app, which brings along a full-fledged calendar app. Boxer 6.0 introduces a refreshed design of Boxer's email experience, with updated visuals and performance.
  • Mini-glossary: Business intelligence and analytics terms you should know (2015-07-28 08:00:00)
    These 21 terms are essential to learn if your IT job requires you to work with BI or analytics.
  • UK's Visualisation Lab uses VR to solve transportation issues (2015-07-28 07:56:00)
  • Sri Lanka ties with Google for Internet beamed from balloons (2015-07-28 07:49:16)
    Sri Lanka teamed up on Tuesday with Google to bring high-speed Internet access to the island using balloons, aiming to become the first country in the region with complete coverage. Foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera said officials signed an agreement with Google in the capital Colombo to launch the helium-filled, high-tech balloons above the Indian Ocean island in coming months. Google announced Project Loon in 2013 aimed at delivering Internet connections to remote or rural areas worldwide using gear floating from thousands of the balloons.
  • Confirmed: Galaxy Note 5 Unpacked event set for August 13th (2015-07-28 07:45:27)
    Rumors about the Galaxy Note 5 launching early were right after all. The phone is going to be unveiled during Samsung’s second major Unpacked event of the year and the company sent out invites to the media on Tuesday for a New York-based August 13th keynote. DON’T MISS: Boeing 777’s insane landing in a 75MPH windstorm is almost too unnerving to watch The event will start at 11 a.m. and will be streamed online at this address: youtube.com/samsungmobile. Reports from earlier this year claimed that Samsung is anxious to launch the Galaxy Note 5 before the iPhone 6s Plus becomes official in mid-September in order to get a head start against Apple’s flagship phablet. Samsung denied the claims, but other reports
  • Pandora will give you one hour of ad-free music if you 'engage with brands' (2015-07-28 07:40:02)
    "Pay attention to us and we'll give you free music," — that's the message from brands and advertisers participating in online radio service Pandora's new "Sponsored Listening" initiative. The feature, which has been in beta for almost a year but is now rolling out to a wider audience, offers users an hour of ad-free radio if they watch a video or interact with a company's "rich media unit" for at least 15 seconds. ...
  • First Click: Thanks Microsoft, but the Windows to my life have all closed (2015-07-28 07:30:02)
    Windows 10 is shaping up to be a great operating system. Unlike Chaz_UK I’m too entrenched in Apple hardware and Google services. Despite the MacBook’s apparent dominance in trendy cafes, 9 Windows PCs are sold for every computer running OS X.
  • Moto X event: start time, live stream, and what to expect (2015-07-28 07:00:02)
    Want to know when Motorola will reveal more and what we already know about the new phones? Live stream: Motorola will be broadcasting video of the event from its website. The Moto X is Motorola's flagship smartphone, and now's the time of year that it unveils a new one.
  • Windows 10 might already be downloading on your Windows 7 and 8 PCs (2015-07-28 06:55:51)
    In less than 24 hours, Microsoft will start upgrading Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines to Windows 10. The software giant is preparing for this big release, at 12AM ET on July 29th (9PM PST on July 28th), by pre-loading the final version of Windows 10 on PCs eligible for the upgrade. A number of Windows 7 and Windows 8 users who have registered for the upgrade have started noticing that the full installer files for Windows 10 have been downloaded to C:\$windows.~BT as Microsoft gets ready for release.
  • Made in France, the return: The €3.4bn industry revamp pitting technology against technolgy (2015-07-28 06:46:04)
    The French government is bringing back its 'made in France' plan to kickstart local production. It's an initiative that could have unintended consequences for the French tech industry.
  • You can't help but feel cool in Nike's new face mask (2015-07-28 06:41:00)
  • Microsoft has quietly released its own Android launcher (2015-07-28 06:21:09)
    Microsoft's relatively new strategy of pushing more apps onto more platforms continues apace with the quiet release of Arrow Launcher Beta: a basic but functional launcher for Android devices. As the name suggests, Arrow Launcher Beta is unfinished, and has been pushed onto the mobile scene with little fanfare, attracting beta-testers via a private Google+ group. The launcher itself is pretty straightforward, with a pair of lists on the home screen displaying your most recent and most frequently used apps.
  • ​VCs plough €3bn into Europe's startups as Spotify swells Swedish funding (2015-07-28 06:17:00)
    Europe's online firms shaking up traditional businesses continued to dominate venture capital financing in the second quarter of the year.
  • Want to remove the ads from Solitaire in Windows 10? That'll be $1.49 a month (2015-07-28 06:06:19)
    Microsoft is once again bundling Solitaire with Windows, but if you want an ad-free experience then that's going to cost you.
  • Scientists worry about arms race in artificial intelligence (2015-07-28 06:00:08)
    LONDON (AP) — Scientists and tech experts — including Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak — are warning of a global arms race with weapons using artificial intelligence.
  • The best SIM-only deals in the UK (2015-07-28 06:00:00)
  • Google+ unwinds: What did we learn about Google? (2015-07-28 05:54:04)
    Google's alleged Facebook killer is being downgraded, but there were multiple lessons learned. We'll see what the search giant does with the takeaways.
  • The OnePlus 2 invites itself to the flagship phone party (2015-07-28 05:49:06)
    The OnePlus 2 could well add up to a big headache for established smartphone makers as long as consumers don't mind waiting for an invite to buy it. OnePlus is a Chinese tech startup which has been making waves in its native China with its elegant and powerful handsets but with its latest phone, it's looking to wow European and American consumers in the same way. In terms of specifications alone, the new handset -- technically a phablet by virtue of its 5.5-inch display -- could very well do that.
  • Don't like your mobile carrier? Ofcom wants to help you switch (2015-07-28 05:42:00)
  • ​Which Lenovo PCs will get free Windows 10 upgrade tomorrow? (2015-07-28 05:26:26)
    Lenovo has detailed how its laptop, tablet, and desktop customers can get their Windows 10 upgrade later this week.
  • Dragon Quest XI is coming to PS4, 3DS, and Nintendo NX (2015-07-28 05:01:08)
    The next mainline entry in arguably the most popular game series of all time in Japan has just been announced. Dragon Quest XI is coming to both the PlayStation 4 and the 3DS, according to a live broadcast currently underway in Japan, with a release date targeted for next year. The PlayStation 4 version is being developed internally at Square Enix, and will use the Unreal Engine.
  • World's first solar-powered E Ink traffic signs deployed in Australia (2015-07-28 04:50:02)
    In some respects, E Ink displays are a bit of a marvel, with their low power consumption, easy readability, and minimal glare making them both sustainable and practical. No wonder, then, that the Australian Road and Maritime Services (RMS) has decided to try out the technology in a new domain: the world of signage. The RMS has rolled out the world's first E Ink traffic signs in Sydney, where they'll be used to display real-time information to drivers during special events.
  • Twitter welcomes interactive notifications on iOS devices (2015-07-28 04:50:00)
  • Amazon Prime Music streaming comes to the UK (2015-07-28 04:45:00)
  • LinkedIn will finally stop spamming your inbox (2015-07-28 04:27:28)
    If you created a LinkedIn account at any point in your life, you've probably grown accustomed to receiving a flood of daily emails that, in most cases, go straight to the trash bin. Thankfully, the career-building social network has now realized the spammy-ness of its ways, and it's making changes. In a blog post published Monday, LinkedIn said it's cutting back on its email blasts, as part of an effort to make its intrusions "more infrequent and more relevant." Instead of receiving emails for every invitation or group notification, users will now have those updates aggregated into email "digests." The company has already implemented this change, reducing its email output by 40 percent, and cutting user complaints in half.
  • Android flaw lets hackers break in with a text message (2015-07-28 04:15:24)
    Cyber security firm Zimperium on Monday warned of a flaw in the world's most popular smartphone operating system that lets hackers take control with a text message. "Attackers only need your mobile number, using which they can remotely execute code via a specially crafted media file delivered via MMS (text message)," Zimperium Mobile Security said in a blog post. Android code dubbed "Stagefright" was at the heart of the problem, according to Zimperium.
  • Amazon takes Prime Music streaming international with UK launch (2015-07-28 04:00:04)
    The online retailer hopes curated playlists at a lower annual price tag will lure Brits away from Apple Music and Spotify.
  • Federal officials examine probable cause of spaceship crash (2015-07-28 03:25:49)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board is considering what caused a Virgin Galactic spaceship to break apart over the Mojave Desert during a test flight 10 months ago, killing the co-pilot and seriously injuring the pilot.
  • Microsoft launches Windows 10: Here's what that means (2015-07-28 03:13:43)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday, as the longtime leader in PC software struggles to carve out a new role in a world where people increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and information stored online.
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  • Twitch tries to tackle foreign language trolling (2015-07-28 03:07:00)
  • Insane flying semi-trailer sets jump record, nearly takes out building (2015-07-28 03:03:54)
    Stunt filmmaker Gregg Godfrey set a new record at Evel Knievel Days and nearly made a mess of Butte, Montana in the process.
  • NSA access to phone data ending in November (2015-07-28 02:31:48)
    The US government intelligence agency's access to telephone metadata will be cut off at the end of November, although records will be kept for litigation purposes.
  • GST changes capture online retail elephants but miss 'millions of mice': CPA (2015-07-28 02:06:32)
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  • NSW opts for own transaction portal for now (2015-07-28 02:02:06)
    For the time being, the NSW government will be designing its own digital transaction portal on Service NSW, while it discusses joining myGov.
  • Periscope for iOS can mute notifications (2015-07-28 01:34:00)
  • HSBC and First Direct now support Apple Pay in the UK (2015-07-28 01:18:00)
  • Xbox One screenshots are coming to SmartGlass on Android and iOS (2015-07-28 00:22:00)
  • Google moves to decouple Google+ and YouTube (2015-07-27 23:38:38)
    Following feedback from its users, Google+ is getting a makeover, with the search engine giant admitting that decisions it had made in the social networking space previously, were not necessarily the best, and it will start with decoupling YouTube comments.
  • IoT to generate massive data, help grow biz revenue (2015-07-27 23:05:00)
    Internet of Things (IoT) will churn more than 20 trillion gigabytes of data by 2025, fueled by increasing broadband speeds, and is expected to generate new revenue for businesses.
  • Doc or Sorkinization? Which will be the better Steve Jobs movie? (2015-07-27 23:03:48)
    Technically Incorrect: Will it be the documentary, whose first trailer was just released? Or will it be the Aaron Sorkin version, which, it was announced Monday, will be the centerpiece of the New York Film Festival?
  • For OnePlus, China is no longer its biggest market (2015-07-27 23:01:00)
  • OnePlus announces the next generation flagship killer: The OnePlus 2, priced below $400 (2015-07-27 23:01:00)
    OnePlus launched a new phone, dubbed the flagship killer, in 2014. Today OnePlus brings us its successor, the OnePlus 2, with even more impressive specs at a sub-$400 price.
  • Can OnePlus Two equal success for a small smartphone startup? (2015-07-27 23:00:05)
    OnePlus, a small Chinese upstart, drew big hype after it released the OnePlus One -- a smartphone geek's smartphone. With its follow up device, the OnePlus 2, it looks to take the next step.
  • The OnePlus 2 pushes the boundaries of how cheap a flagship phone can be (2015-07-27 23:00:02)
    There are more options than ever for getting a good, cheap smartphone, and last year’s OnePlus One was a standout. The just-announced, heavily-leaked OnePlus 2 doesn’t deviate strongly from the formula that made the One such an intriguing phone, but there are some notable differences to be found once you dig into the new device.
  • OnePlus 2 is a $329+ metallic upgrade with a beefed-up camera (2015-07-27 23:00:00)
  • Leak: Moto G specs and pricing revealed ahead of tomorrow’s event (2015-07-27 22:30:29)
    Ahead of Motorola’s planned special event this Tuesday, a Brazilian retailer accidentally uploaded unboxing photos of the third-gen Moto G. As a result, we basically know most everything there is to know about the third generation of the budget-friendly Moto G. DON’T MISS: 5 Gmail hacks you shouldn’t have to live another day without The leaked photos, originally spotted by Pocketnow, reveal that the upcoming Moto G will feature a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, a 13 megapixel rear facing camera, a front facing 5 megapixel camera, a 5-inch display made out of sturdy Gorilla Glass, LTE connectivity, 16GB of storage, an IPX7 waterproof rating, and the ability to personalize the device via different colored and interchangeable shells. Price wise, the third-gen Moto
  • Google reportedly tried to buy a veggie burger company (2015-07-27 22:18:00)
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  • KLM flight sways crazily in windy landing (2015-07-27 21:20:22)
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  • Israeli researchers compromise isolated network with dumbphones (2015-07-27 21:10:00)
  • Toshiba interim CEO Muromachi to stay on in role: media (2015-07-27 21:09:24)
    Toshiba Corp has decided to propose interim President Masashi Muromachi as a more permanent chief executive officer beyond September after a slew of executives resigned over their roles in the country's biggest accounting scandal in years, Japanese media said on Tuesday. The Japanese computers-to-nuclear conglomerate had said last week that then-chairman Muromachi would temporarily assume the CEO role after an independent probe found that former CEO Hisao Tanaka had been aware the company had inflated its profits by $1.2 billion over a period of several years. A Toshiba spokesman said nothing had been decided.
  • Every new movie and TV show you can stream on Netflix this week (July 26 – August 1) (2015-07-27 21:00:26)
    It’s that time of the week again, and BGR is bringing you a roundup of the best new Netflix movies and shows for your streaming pleasure. A lot of your time is wasted by looking around Netflix for something you haven’t seen yet, so this update will save you some precious ticks on the clock. DON’T MISS: 5 Gmail hacks you shouldn’t have to live another day without The August releases haven’t been announced yet, but we’ll update this post as soon as they are. July 28th Comet (2014) Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. (Season 2) July 30th Almost Mercy (2015) My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (Season 5) The Wrecking Crew (2008) July 31st Turbo Fast (Season 2) Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (2015)
  • NASA shows off the International Space Station in glorious 4K (2015-07-27 20:21:00)
  • Shoveling more dirt onto Google+’s grave (2015-07-27 20:15:59)
    A little more than four years ago, Google unveiled Google+, an awkwardly named social network that Google hoped would become a serious rival to Facebook. It goes without saying that didn’t happen even though Google annoyingly tried to push the platform onto anyone who used any of its services. Google has spent the last several months chopping up Google+’s most useful pieces and making them separate services as it moves away from making Google+ the central hub for all Google-related activity. And on Monday, the company announced its most drastic step for breaking up Google+ year. RELATED: Man who wrote entire book on Google+ has no idea how to stop it from spamming him Google now says that in the coming
  • Samsung to host Unpacked event on August 13, new mobile products to be announced (2015-07-27 19:47:00)
    The rumors were right. Samsung is readying its latest devices ahead of rival launches.
  • Federal govt calls for joint effort to back STEM education in Australia (2015-07-27 19:31:38)
    Students, parents, teachers, schools, and the government are all responsible for driving the uptake of STEM skills in Australia, according to ​Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science Karen Andrews.
  • Beijing cops shut down huge $19 million counterfeit iPhone factory (2015-07-27 19:30:45)
    Have you ever seen an iPhone on sale with a price that’s too good to be true? It turns out counterfeiting the iPhone is a profitable pastime in many parts of the world. But at least one massive counterfeit iPhone operation in China was recently shut down, as police raided a factory that produced more than 41,000 fake iPhones worth as much as $19 million. DON’T MISS: Intel Skylake specs leak; Expect new laptops with 41% faster graphics and insane battery life Disguised as a gadget maintenance shop, the company operated in the northern outskirts of Beijing and was apparently the brainchild of a married couple. The couple allegedly set up the factory in January, Reuters reports, by creating six assembly
  • Nike offers partial refund to end FuelBand lawsuit (2015-07-27 19:28:25)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Nike will give partial refunds or gift cards to people who bought FuelBand fitness trackers in the last 3 1/2 years, resolving a lawsuit that says the products can't accurately tally how many steps a user is taking or how many calories they've burned.
  • Samsung teases an August 13th event with a big, curvy Galaxy (2015-07-27 19:26:00)
  • ​Stagefright: Just how scary is it for Android users? (2015-07-27 19:10:00)
    If your smartphone or tablet vendor doesn't fix the Stagefright security hole, this text-message based malware can be really scary. But you can protect yourself from it with a few simple steps.
  • Opener review (2015-07-27 19:08:15)
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  • Samsung to host Unpacked event on August 13th (2015-07-27 19:00:02)
    Samsung today officially announced its next major product launch event, which will take place in New York on August 13th. Galaxy Unpacked 2015 will be at 11:00AM ET on that date, and will likely include the announcement of the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, the details of which have leaked extensively over the past few weeks. Announcing the next generation of its successful Note series in August is a change of approach for Samsung, which has traditionally launched Note devices in early September, with retail availability occurring a few weeks later.
  • Fan mashup pits Katniss against Jon in 'The Hunger Game of Thrones' (2015-07-27 18:59:50)
    It's Katniss Everdeen versus Jon Snow in an epic battle to the death in this fan-made parody trailer for "The Hunger Game of Thrones," a movie we actually kind of wish was a real thing.
  • Here's why your canine companion is actually pretty smart (2015-07-27 18:42:43)
    Did you know that dogs can detect things like seizures, low blood sugar and cancer? A new AsapScience video looks at some of the scientific wonders of man's best friend.
  • Rhapsody for Android gets prettier, more powerful music controls (2015-07-27 18:37:00)
  • Twitter for Windows 10 gets a new look (2015-07-27 18:28:21)
    Twitter for Windows 8 first debuted in March 2013, and it has been barely updated ever since. Twitter is working on an updated app for Windows 10, and it appears it will be rolling out soon. Screenshots of the new app are available in the Windows Store right now, revealing a look that compliments the new theme for Windows 10.
  • Most Android phones can be hacked with one text (2015-07-27 18:26:21)
    Watch out, Android owners. A security firm says it only takes one malicious text message to spy on your phone and steal personal data. Google has a fix, but when will it be coming to your phone?
  • Fallout 4's Boston location was decided before Skyrim launched (2015-07-27 18:07:09)
    Bethesda's head of marketing told GameSpot that Fallout 4's Boston setting was set many years ago.
  • GTA 5: How to earn double GTA$ and RP this week (2015-07-27 18:06:56)
    Earn extra bonuses this week by completing GTA Online's "Series A Funding" Heist or participating in various activities.
  • Witcher 3's final free DLC is New Game Plus (2015-07-27 18:06:45)
    It's not coming this week, but CD Projekt Red starts to tease the RPG's New Game Plus with cryptic image.
  • Your Destiny character will stay with you for 10 years (2015-07-27 18:06:32)
    No need to make a new character for upcoming expansions or sequels, Bungie confirms.
  • Why Halo 5 has no split-screen at all (2015-07-27 18:06:10)
    343 explains the difficult decision to drop split-screen, saying it might have "compromised" the game.
  • iPad mini 4 and iPad Air 3 details finally revealed in new report (2015-07-27 18:00:50)
    As iPhone sales continue to impress, iPad sales continue to plummet. During Apple’s most recent earnings report, it was disclosed that year over year, iPad sales fell by 18%. What’s more, revenue from iPad-related sales dropped by 23%. Nonetheless, Apple remains committed to the tablet space, with Tim Cook stating as recently as April that Apple will continue to invest in the iPad product pipeline. Cook also said that he “strongly predicts” that iPad sales will pick up in the future. So with fall right around the corner, we’ll likely be seeing an iPad refresh sometime in the next three months or so. To that end, a recent report from the Japanese-language Macotakara blog relays a few tidbits about what we can expect to
  • Why Bugs Bunny is the greatest cartoon character ever (2015-07-27 17:55:45)
    Bugs Bunny, one of the most beloved and enduring characters of the 20th century, turns 75 today. If you want a semi-formal study on why Bugs and his Looney Tunes brethren are so great, you should probably start with Chuck Jones. Jones gave us the classic "Hunting Season Trilogy" along with what What's Opera, Doc?, which is widely considered one of the finest cartoons ever made.
  • eBay is shutting down its on-demand delivery service (2015-07-27 17:48:00)
  • Fantasy sports company DraftKings raises $300 mn (2015-07-27 17:38:57)
    DraftKings, a leading player in the booming fantasy sports business, announced Monday that it raised $300 million from a group of investors that includes Fox Sports and three major sports leagues. Winning support from the leagues -- Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer -- "is an incredible milestone for us," said Jason Robins, chief executive of DraftKings. Equally important, DraftKings wants to build the global audience for sports like baseball and American football, which are not widely watched outside the US.
  • Time to binge: Every movie and TV that will expire from Netflix in August (2015-07-27 17:34:40)
    Nooooo! Every month around this time, Netflix subscribers are informed that a bunch of movies and TV show seasons are about to expire. Needless to say, the following weekend marks the start of a binge-fest for the ages. In August, there are definitely some titles that you’ll be sad to say goodbye to — among them are Unbreakable, The Fifth Element, Face/Off and Titanic. OK fine, no one will really be sad to see Titanic go… DON’T MISS: 5 Gmail hacks you shouldn’t have to live another day without The following is a list of every movie and TV series set to be removed from Netflix in August, along with the exact dates they’ll be removed. Leaving Aug. 1 Bad Girl Island (2007)
  • Time to binge: Every movie and TV show that will expire from Netflix in August (2015-07-27 17:34:40)
    Nooooo! Every month around this time, Netflix subscribers are informed that a bunch of movies and TV show seasons are about to expire. Needless to say, the following weekend marks the start of a binge-fest for the ages. In August, there are definitely some titles that you’ll be sad to say goodbye to — among them are Unbreakable, The Fifth Element, Face/Off and Titanic. OK fine, no one will really be sad to see Titanic go… DON’T MISS: 5 Gmail hacks you shouldn’t have to live another day without The following is a list of every movie and TV series set to be removed from Netflix in August, along with the exact dates they’ll be removed. Leaving Aug. 1 Bad Girl Island (2007)
  • Baidu shares dive on earnings miss (2015-07-27 17:33:35)
    Baidu shares skidded Monday after the Chinese Internet colossus reported earnings shy of most market expectations. Baidu's profit for the second quarter was 3.66 billion yuan ($591 million), up slightly from 3.55 billion yuan in the same quarter a year earlier. Sometimes referred to as the Chinese answer to Google, Baidu reported revenues rose 38 percent from a year earlier to 16.57 billion yuan ($2.7 billion).
  • Lock it down: Google shows off Android's boot verification warning system (2015-07-27 17:21:00)
    Using a verified boot process, Google will make Android safer by warning device owners if their software has been tampered with.
  • Killers and Deaths Everywhere (in Technology) (2015-07-27 17:11:20)
    I install a lot of apps on my mobile and tablet. But recently I have changed. I am trying to avoid installing apps if I am going to use them occasionally. It just consumes space in my phone, and there is no way I am going to find it when I need anyways. Searching for app is so not intuitive and obvious, I would rather search for things...
  • Firefox wants your feedback on upcoming browser features (2015-07-27 16:57:00)
  • Last prerelease Windows 10 tweak triggers crashes for some testers (2015-07-27 16:56:38)
    An update to the prerelease version of the software causes crashes in certain situations as Microsoft works hard to meet its July 29 launch deadline.
  • You can now mute people who Periscope too much (2015-07-27 16:46:44)
    The rise of live-streaming apps this year has proven a boon to journalists, media organizations, and everyday people who find themselves standing at the center of a news event — and those who want to watch them unfold. But their drop-everything-and-look nature can be addictive, and frequent broadcasters wind up spamming the notifications of the people who follow them. It's been my biggest complaint about Periscope, Twitter's live-streaming app, from day one. Today the company took an important step to fix it.
  • Every single new movie and TV show coming to Netflix in August (2015-07-27 16:42:05)
    Netflix subscribers, it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for. Each and every month, Netflix adds dozens of new titles to its catalog of movies and TV shows. Of course, August is no different, and the company just announced everything new that’s coming to a TV, computer, tablet or smartphone near you in August. Highlights include The Hurt Locker, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Doctor Who: Season 8 and two Russell Brand stand-up specials. DON’T MISS: 5 Gmail hacks you shouldn’t have to live another day without Here’s the full list of everything new coming to Netflix next month, along with the date each movie and TV show will be added. Available Aug. 1 Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet
  • NSA analysts will lose access to phone record database on November 29th (2015-07-27 16:28:44)
    The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has laid out a roadmap for restricting access to, and eventually deleting, years' worth of telephone records collected under the Patriot Act. In a statement today, the office addressed questions about how intelligence agencies will transition into the new, reformed surveillance framework, which was signed into law last month. While the USA Freedom Act bans what's known as "bulk collection" of phone metadata, the NSA was given a six-month grace period to phase out the old program. On November 29th, the ODNI says, intelligence analysts will lose access to past data.
  • Former HTC and Apple employees are creating hardware together (2015-07-27 16:28:34)
    NextBit, a mobile developer that wanted to bring Handoff-style app switching to Android, is now getting into the hardware business. Recode reports that the startup now plans on designing its own smartphone. NextBit, which is run by alums from Google, Apple, HTC, and Amazon, initially unveiled its app transfer software late last year. Then, via a NextBit account, the same app can be opened on another device in the exact same spot.
  • Next 'Splatoon' update will fix matchmaking, increase level cap (2015-07-27 16:28:00)
  • Cells with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads? (2015-07-27 16:07:46)
    Researchers from the University of St. Andrews figure out a way to attach laser lights to cells to make them easier to keep track of. Because they don't make name tags that tiny.
  • Chi-X founder in blockchain trading technology venture (2015-07-27 16:05:16)
    By Lionel Laurent LONDON (Reuters) - One of the founders of trading venue Chi-X Europe is joining the race to bring "blockchain" technology, the system that tracks and identifies transactions in digital-currency bitcoin, to the wider financial world. A venture called SETL, led by former Chi-X head Peter Randall and hedge-fund investor Anthony Culligan, said on Monday its blockchain-inspired technology would simultaneously transact real-world currencies or assets and provide a "golden record" of the trade, which takes days on some financial markets. "We want to unlock the power of the blockchain for financial markets," said Randall in an interview.
  • New Moto X rumored to have 1080p display, big battery, microSD slot (2015-07-27 16:01:28)
    Motorola may resist the industry trend of moving to higher-resolution displays with its upcoming, third-generation Moto X. HelloMotoHK has published what it claims to be accurate hardware specs for the device, and those point to the 2015 Moto X having a 1080p screen — just like last year's. This display will be larger, however, coming in at 5.5 inches. If accurate, the new Moto X will be larger than the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9, though still falls short of the biggest phablets like Samsung's Galaxy Note and Motorola's own Nexus 6.
  • With Windows 10, Microsoft corrects the problems it created (2015-07-27 16:00:00)
  • Google+ to be subtracted from YouTube, other services (2015-07-27 15:54:58)
    The Internet giant is changing its tune, allowing users to ignore Google+ and have just a general Google account to access everything. So what happens to the social network now?
  • These car rental companies still let you rent cars with deadly unfixed recalls (2015-07-27 15:51:07)
    Not all cars are safe, and that’s especially true for rental cars. In light of the massive Fiat Chrysler and Takata recalls, a recent report has looked at what happens with rental cars that are part of such recalls and how that affects unsuspecting renters. In case you happen to rent cars on a regular basis, you should read this before you rent the next one — it might just save your life. DON’T MISS: Intel Skylake specs leak; Expect new laptops with 41% faster graphics and insane battery life Looking at recalled cars that are part of rental fleets, Today has discovered an unnerving problem: While it’s illegal to sell cars that have been recalled, they can still be rented out
  • Bolivia is tripling the size of its subway in the sky (2015-07-27 15:49:32)
    By Sarah Marsh LA PAZ (Reuters) - Bolivia already has the largest urban cable car system in the world. Now the booming country is tripling the size of the network and will soon have nine lines whizzing above the administrative capital of La Paz. State company "Mi Teleferico" ("My Cable Car") now operates three lines, including two linking La Paz with the satellite city of El Alto.
  • Motorola's phones: a visual history (2015-07-27 15:45:00)
  • New York’s LaGuardia Airport is so bad that it’s being completely replaced (2015-07-27 15:32:12)
    The airport — the smallest of three major airports that serve the New York metropolitan area — is so bad that Vice President Joe Biden famously quipped that it felt like a "third-world" facility in remarks last year. Biden joined New York governor Andrew Cuomo today to announce an expansive plan for LaGuardia that would effectively raze the entire thing and replace it with a single giant terminal — an improvement over the collection of small terminals that serves the airport today — and move its boundary further from Flushing Bay so it can grow in size. New York will have the newest major airport in the United States.
  • Has Android growth come to a screeching halt? (2015-07-27 15:24:24)
    When it comes to bragging about some of Android’s more impressive achievements, Google isn’t exactly shy. Over the past few years, Google has never missed an opportunity to let us know how many Android activations they’ve seen or how Android shipments have been doing. DON’T MISS: Boeing 777’s insane landing in a 75MPH windstorm is almost too unnerving to watch Curiously, though, it’s been a while since we’ve heard anything substantive about the current state of Android. As highlighted in the tweet below, Google hasn’t graced us with any compelling Android data since last summer. “Google hasn’t given a new Android statistic since last summer” –@BenedictEvans — Horace Dediu (@asymco) July 27, 2015 So what gives? Is it possible that
  • NSA won't look at call metadata collected under the Patriot Act (2015-07-27 15:21:00)
  • Dengue vaccine protects people nine years or older — but harms younger kids (2015-07-27 15:15:07)
    A vaccine for dengue, a leading cause of illness and death among children in some Latin American and Asian countries, protects people nine years old and older from the infection, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. There’s a catch, though: children vaccinated before age nine were actually more likely to contract the illness. Children who were nine or older at the study’s start were 80 percent less likely to be hospitalized from dengue two years later, compared to their peers receiving a placebo.
  • Canary home security system: Convenient surveillance in a small package (2015-07-27 15:09:49)
    If you're looking for the most user-friendly home and small business security device on the planet, Canary may have just what you're looking for.
  • Google lifting Google+ requirement for YouTube, other services (2015-07-27 15:04:19)
    The Internet giant is changing its tune, allowing users to have just a general Google account to access everything. So what happens to the Google+ social network now?
  • Facebook opens up Internet.org to all mobile operators (2015-07-27 15:02:07)
    A year after Facebook introduced Internet.org, the company is making it easier for any mobile operator to sign up to offer free internet access to basic online services. Facebook is now attempting to woo more mobile operators to join the program, announcing a dedicated portal through which operators can sign up. As a nod to the raging net neutrality debate and accusations that Internet.org allowed access to only preferred websites, Facebook also made sure to reiterate in its blog post that its goal was to "work with as many mobile operators and developers as possible to extend the benefits of connectivity." Theoretically, this means that any developer would be able to create services offered through Internet.org — although questions about how much this will cost, or what regulations developers will have to work around, remain as yet unanswered.
  • The Distiller App: A Portal to the World of Whiskey (2015-07-27 15:00:00)
    Learn how a new app for whiskey fans came to be and how it works.
  • Shoot food at your pets with the Petzi Treat Cam (2015-07-27 15:00:00)
  • Nike FuelBand settlement pays $15 to $25 for owners (2015-07-27 14:58:02)
    Did you buy one or more FuelBands from Nike or the Apple Store at any point between January 19th, 2012 and June 17th, 2015? If you answered yes, then you should know you’re entitled to some money back from Nike — either $15 in cash or a $25 gift card. DON’T MISS: 5 Gmail hacks you shouldn’t have to live another day without Nike and Apple both agreed to settle a class action case against them, though it’s only Nike that’s forking out the $2.4 million to customers. According to ModernReaders, buyers have until January 4th, 2016 to claim the cash payout or gift card, and they can claim as many as either, based on the number of FuelBands they bought. The gift card can
  • eBay Now rapid delivery service shut down (2015-07-27 14:55:23)
    The e-commerce company continues trimming initiatives to focus on its core marketplace, saying Monday it's shuttering some delivery services and several mobile apps.
  • Dreaming of a more secure and hybrid MBaaS future (2015-07-27 14:51:49)
    The future of MBaaS is going to be more hybrid and secure to meet the security requirements of customers across regulated industries.
  • One year later, Internet.org opens to more mobile operators (2015-07-27 14:42:43)
    Any mobile operator can now partner with the Facebook-backed initiative to expand Internet access around the world.
  • This electro-optical modulator is smaller than a lightwave (2015-07-27 14:42:00)
  • How the Americans With Disabilities Act Helps the Able-Bodied (2015-07-27 14:39:11)
    *co-authored by Alexis Ander Kashar and Debbie Ander Kenvin."Hello," said the doctor, "can you please tell your grandmother and family that your grandfather passed away this evening? Thank you and have a nice night." Debbie looked at the phone that was too big for her to hold, unsure of what the doctor meant, but proceeded to relay the call to...
  • Al Roker is airing a new cooking series on Meerkat (2015-07-27 14:33:47)
    If you're like me, you're probably familiar with Al Roker because of his work on TV. He's gregarious and capable as the weather anchor on NBC's Today, and he hosts his own daily show on The Weather Channel, Wake Up with Al. Here's something you might not know about Roker: he's a contemporary Renaissance man, a media personality who also happens to be an author, a cooking enthusiast, and the head of a TV production company. And through Roker Labs, the new innovation-centric arm of Al Roker Entertainment, he's trying to add a new title to his crowded résumé: live streaming pioneer. ...
  • OnePlus 2 leak: High-quality photos offer our best look yet (2015-07-27 14:30:47)
    We’re just hours away from OnePlus’s big event for the OnePlus 2 smartphone but Droid Life has obtained some high-quality photos that give us our very best look at the new device. FROM EARLIER: 950 million Android users at risk as researcher uncovers massive security flaw Here is what the rear of the phone looks like. It has a similar look overall compared to the OnePlus One though it’s slightly more refined. The camera module is placed more toward the center of the device than on the previous model and this model appears to not have the ugly Cyanogen branding at the bottom that the OnePlus One had, although that may yet appear in the final version that’s shipped to customers. Source:
  • Apple, Google join White House pledge to fight climate change (2015-07-27 14:27:00)
  • Netflix streaming strategy for August: replace great movies with Reading Rainbow nostalgia (2015-07-27 14:22:59)
    Every month, Netflix announces which films and television shows will be joining and leaving the streaming service. August's list, like the lists of many recent months, is an example of the company's ability to fill the service with nostalgic fluff, while losing some of its best material. (I love you, Bill Nye the Science Guy, but I'm looking at you.)
  • Power Purchase Agreements allow utilities to build renewable resources (2015-07-27 14:22:24)
    Long term commitments spur growth in alternative energy production.
  • Windows 10 test version triggers crashes for some as launch nears (2015-07-27 14:06:57)
    An update to the prerelease version of the software causes crashes in certain situations as Microsoft works hard to meet its July 29 launch deadline.
  • Microsoft's working on an Android launcher of its own (2015-07-27 14:02:00)
  • Google throttles back vision for its social network (2015-07-27 14:01:50)
    Google on Monday said it is throttling back on its vision of having profiles at its social network serve as people's identities across its range of online offerings. "Important changes" coming to Google+ in the months ahead will include users no longer needing an account at the social network to post videos or comments at YouTube. "When we launched Google+, we set out to help people discover, share and connect across Google like they do in real life," vice president of streams, photos and sharing Bradley Horowitz said in a blog post.
  • Watch 'Catapult' Bed Literally Launch Sleepers into the Day (2015-07-27 13:53:59)
    If you’ve never heard of scientist and YouTube sensation Colin Furze, now’s the time to check him out. Just don’t ever spend the night at his house.Furze, who’s gained a huge following due to such insane, brilliant inventions as a bike that runs on ice and a jet-powered Go-Kart, has now made what might be his most ingenious (or...
  • TomTom is now making maps for autonomous vehicles (2015-07-27 13:50:16)
    Autonomous vehicles are going to need detailed maps of the world if they want to carefully get around, and TomTom wants to be one of the companies to provide those. It's starting to work with auto parts maker Bosch to develop road maps for self-driving vehicles. By the end of the year, TomTom wants to cover "all freeways and freeway-like roads in Germany," before eventually expanding to Europe and North America.
  • Apple Watch will be sold at some Best Buy stores (2015-07-27 13:48:52)
    NEW YORK (AP) — The Apple Watch is heading to some Best Buy stores ahead of the holiday shopping season.
  • WordPress on national security demands: "We wish we could tell you more" (2015-07-27 13:48:51)
    The company has not received a single national security demands in two years.
  • Ouya, video-game console startup, gets scooped up by Razer (2015-07-27 13:47:07)
    Gaming hardware maker Razer will integrate Ouya's app store and publishing business into its operations as it seeks to expand into content. The future of Ouya's hardware is unclear but looks shaky.
  • OnePlus 2 shows up in detailed photos ahead of announcement (2015-07-27 13:44:55)
    After images of the design were leaked by a Chinese regulator last week, today we're seeing even more closeups of the second-gen OnePlus posted at both Android Central and the XDA forums. The OnePlus 2's removable back comes off to reveal dual-SIM support, and the person who posted these photos claims that the 13-megapixel camera's optical image stabilization performs well. OnePlus has already revealed that the phone is powered by a Snapdragon 810 processor and 4GB of RAM.
  • Taxi laws need post-Uber rethink, French economy minister says (2015-07-27 13:40:53)
    Uber has had a rough ride in France to date. A law passed in October last year attempting to address the issues it raised restricts the use of the localization software Uber uses. The law is being challenged by Uber, which faces similar opposition in other countries around the world.
  • What you need to know about upgrading to Windows 10 (2015-07-27 13:40:00)
  • Get the first four 'Mission: Impossible' movies for free (2015-07-27 13:36:59)
    As if you need another reason to get amped up for 'Rogue Nation,' Paramount is giving away some of Tom Cruise's finest.
  • Watch a semi truck fly a record-breaking 166 feet through the air (2015-07-27 13:33:19)
    I don't really have a lot to add to this one; here's a semi jumping over half the length of a football field. What else needs to be said? It's apparently a record for the longest semi jump, obliterating the 83-foot, 7-inch record set by Lotus last year in an insane stunt involving an F1 car swerving beneath the airborne big rig. Stunt driver Gregg Godfrey says he meant to only jump 140 feet, but accidentally jumped another couple dozen feet at an event in Montana last week. As mistakes go, that's a pretty awesome one to make.
  • IBM wants to cool data centers with their own waste heat (2015-07-27 13:23:00)
  • These 3 Amazon deals offer killer prices on gadgets every smartphone user needs (2015-07-27 13:15:25)
    Yes, Amazon’s massive Prime Day sale ended up being a bust for the most part. The site is still home to some of the best deals you’ll find on the web, of course, and we’ve got three solid ones to share with you today. All three of them are limited-time sales on great gadgets that bring cheap prices to accessories every smartphone user should have. How good are these prices? One deal drops the price of a very handy accessory to just $4.99 with free shipping — there are some cups of coffee at Starbucks that aren’t even that cheap! DON’T MISS: 5 Gmail hacks you shouldn’t have to live another day without Like all sales, the sales we’ll be highlighting today
  • ZTE Axon review: a powerhouse that punches above its weight (2015-07-27 13:00:00)
  • Google+ and YouTube are finally splitting up (2015-07-27 12:58:37)
    Google is officially divorcing Google+ profiles from its other, more popular services. The decision comes several months after Google stopped forcing new users to create accounts under its social network, which has failed to become the Facebook and Twitter competitor Mountain View once hoped it would be. Google has also split successful Google+ features like Photos into stand-alone products, a strategy it says will continue.
  • A Leader's Guide to Redesigning Work in the Era of Cognitive Technologies (2015-07-27 12:57:33)
    Over the next few years artificial intelligence technologies, also known as cognitive technologies, will likely have a profound impact on work, workers, and organizations. These technologies can and will be used to eliminate jobs. But they will also make it possible to redesign work, creating new opportunities for workers and greater value for...
  • Generate multiple indexes in the same Word document (2015-07-27 12:52:49)
    One index is usually enough, but when you need more, use these two tricks to generate exactly the indices you need.
  • Google 'retires' G+ as a requirement, starting with YouTube (update) (2015-07-27 12:52:00)
  • Cord cutters: Free app makes Netflix like watching cable TV so you can relive pay TV’s glory days (2015-07-27 12:50:18)
    There are some things about pay TV that cord cutters will never, ever miss. The first couple that obviously spring to mind are the ridiculously expensive prices, and the annoying channel bundles that can’t be broken apart. But, no matter… all that is behind you now if you’ve cut the cord, and that’s part of the reason so many are saying goodbye to traditional pay TV. Cable and satellite TV do have some redeeming qualities though, and there are actually a few things cord cutters might actually miss once their pay TV packages are gone. Now, however, there’s a nifty free app that lets you relive cable TV’s glory days without having to pay for it. DON’T MISS: 5 Gmail hacks you shouldn’t have to live another day
  • The Back to the Future Donald Trump mash-up is too real and too terrifying (2015-07-27 12:50:12)
    Video artist James Montalbano has replaced the grim fictional 1985 of Back to the Future Part II with the grim non-fictional 2015 of the current election cycle. The scene, in which Marty McFly watches the promotional video for the old, wealthy, and evil Biff Tannen, has been altered to feature stump speeches and news footage of Donald Trump. The similarities between Biff Tannen and Donald Trump are well documented, but for those new to the national conversation, Marty McFly's nemesis Biff Tannen makes his fortune in the 1980s off a casino, a hotel, and real estate — along with a sports almanac from the future.
  • Samsung unveils monitor that can wirelessly charge your phone (2015-07-27 12:38:56)
    The company announces the world's first wireless mobile-charging monitor at a time when PC monitor sales are on the decline.
  • New York Magazine's website is under attack after an ambitious Cosby rape story (2015-07-27 12:29:46)
    At 9PM on Sunday night, New York Magazine published to the web one of its most ambitious and powerful stories of the year, an extended interview with 35 women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault. On Twitter, accounts identifying themselves as the hackers gave a variety of conflicting and implausible explanations for the attack, ranging from general animosity toward New York City to a personal connection with one of the women involved.
  • Play as the Terminator if you want to live in 'WWE 2K16' (2015-07-27 12:24:00)
  • When it's time to break away from monoliths to microservices (2015-07-27 12:23:00)
    In transitioning from monoliths to service-oriented architectures, the organization needs to change first.
  • Razer confirms Ouya purchase in bid to take over Android TV gaming (2015-07-27 12:16:23)
    Razer has confirmed its acquisition of Ouya, maker of the Android-based game console that started as one of Kickstarter's biggest hits before fizzling out when it came to market with few games, limited functionality, and a bad controller. Razer has purchased Ouya's software assets and hired its technical and developer relations teams in order to further work on its own Android TV gaming initiatives, including Forge TV and a version of Cortex designed for Android TV. Polygon reports that the deal includes about over 1,000 games that will be able to run on Razer's device, making the purchase a quick way to prime it with content. Ouya's hardware was not included. The sale was first confirmed this morning by Ouya founder Julie Uhrman, who until now had been serving as its CEO.
  • Pastor, Bless My iPhone (2015-07-27 12:15:08)
    I was a block from my house when I realized I forgot my phone. As my anxiety level rose, I wondered if I could make it through the next four hours without it. I kept driving, contemplating that question for another block or so and then I turned around. I drove home and parked. I went upstairs, unlocked the door and grabbed the phone safely...
  • Find out what's new in Microsoft Excel 2016 for Mac (2015-07-27 11:40:51)
    Microsoft Excel has long been the dominant spreadsheet application standard. Erik Eckel explores the features Apple users will find in Excel 2016 for Mac.
  • Cisco sheds Invicta storage line as new CEO Chuck Robbins takes over (2015-07-27 11:40:00)
    Robbins also added two company outsiders to his executive team.
  • NY wins $600 million hub for photonics research, development (2015-07-27 11:36:27)
    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A $610 million research and manufacturing hub dedicated to the science of photonics — the use of light in technology — will be developed in western New York, federal and state officials said Monday, which could mean thousands of jobs for the region.
  • 950 million Android users at risk as researcher uncovers massive security flaw (2015-07-27 11:35:27)
    A security researcher has recently uncovered a worrisome new Android exploit which allows hackers to compromise a device simply by sending either an MMS message or a multimedia file. Once a device has been targeted and infected, hackers can access a user’s microphone, camera, external storage, and in some cases (depending on the device in question), even gain root access. Initially discovered by Joshua Drake from the security firm Zimperium, the exploit takes advantage of a number of vulnerabilities found within the software framework Android uses to “process, play and record multimedia files.” DON’T MISS: 5 Gmail hacks you shouldn’t have to live another day without What makes the exploit truly dangerous is that it can seemingly be triggered without any pro active
  • Gambling firm GVC raises offer to $1.6 billion for rival Bwin.party (2015-07-27 11:34:32)
    By Aastha Agnihotri and Neil Maidment LONDON (Reuters) - Online gambling firm GVC Holdings returned on Monday with a new 1 billion-pound ($1.55 billion) bid for rival Bwin.party Digital Entertainment , looking to trump a recently accepted offer from 888 . Bwin, put up for sale last year, accepted a cash and stock deal worth almost 900 million pounds from online casino and poker firm 888 this month, shunning an earlier 908-million-pound offer from GVC and Canada's Amaya Inc , which it deemed too complex and with less attractive growth prospects. The tussle for Bwin is the latest in a flurry of merger activity in the industry, a trend likely to continue as firms seek to expand to offset increasing taxes and tighter regulation in Britain.
  • The risk of flooding for US coastal cities has risen significantly over the past century (2015-07-27 11:32:15)
    By analyzing historical storm data, researchers have found that the likelihood of a coastal city experiencing severe rainfall and storm surge at the same time is far greater nowadays than it was in the middle of the 20th century. As a result, the chance that New York City will experience a weather scenario that combines simultaneous storm surge and heavy rain has actually doubled, compared with 60 years ago.
  • Is Apple releasing 3 new iPhones this year? New report says it wanted to (2015-07-27 11:10:47)
    There’s a lot of back and forth on the iPhone 6c rumor, and a new report seems to indicate that Apple may have indeed planned three new iPhones for a fall 2015 launch… but then decided to stick with just two of them. However, a new 4-inch iPhone with updated internal components that would launch alongside the iPhone 6s family — often dubbed as the iPhone 6c — might still be in the works. DON’T MISS: 5 Gmail hacks you shouldn’t have to live another day without According to Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri, cited by Business Insider, the 4-inch iPhone 6c was under development in the early months of the year. Arcuri gathered his intel from various sources in Apple’s supply chain, according
  • Researchers have found a new texting vulnerability in Android (2015-07-27 11:09:58)
    This morning, researchers at Zimperium Mobile Security announced a new vulnerability in Android, targeting the multimedia messaging system. Dubbed "Stagefright," the vulnerability affects roughly 950 million Android devices worldwide, according to researcher estimates, although the most vulnerable devices are those running pre-Jelly Bean versions of Android. Google has released a patch for the vulnerability to manufacturers, but most have not yet pushed that update to customers.
  • Disclosure and Sam Smith are back together for moody single 'Omen' (2015-07-27 11:07:42)
    British house-pop princes Disclosure have a new album on the horizon — sophomore effort Caracal is due out September 25th — and their latest single features the vocal work of an old friend. "Omen" is a moody, by-the-numbers piece of club fare elevated by the presence of Sam Smith, your mom's favorite maudlin crooner, and it marks the third time Smith and Disclosure have collaborated. "Omen" is the second official single from Caracal, following in the steps of jaunty garage cut "Holding On." Its video is the second in a series of four that tell the story of a near-future rebel named Mariella.
  • Hawking, Musk and others call for a ban on autonomous weapons (2015-07-27 10:59:00)
  • New Google patent wants to store and search your life experiences (2015-07-27 10:57:40)
    Google already knows more about your online activities than you might like. Now Google has filed a patent to search and add your personal real-world experiences to its data store.
  • Next-gen Android One phone launches in India for $176 (2015-07-27 10:56:26)
    The Lava Pixel V1 offers a solid value for the price, combining mid-range hardware with the latest Android software updates from Google.
  • Most Android phones at risk from simple text hack, researcher says (2015-07-27 10:52:23)
    Last year, more than 1 billion Android devices shipped around the globe. Security firm Zimperium says this vulnerability could affect 95 percent of them.
  • BT's broadband prices are going up this September (2015-07-27 10:52:00)
  • Can Samsung push wireless charging further into the mainstream? (2015-07-27 10:51:01)
    The Samsung SE370 is the first world's first computer monitor that can double as a wireless battery charger for a smartphone, tablet or even a smartwatch. For example, it uses AMD's FreeSync technology so that it refreshes at the same rate as the computer's graphics card (provided it's also AMD) for a smoother, more immersive gaming experience. "Technology should support, not interfere with, active lifestyles.
  • 7 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time (2015-07-27 10:45:00)
    Welcome to the start of a brand new week, and what better way to kick things off than with a great list of seven paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free for a limited time? As always, these sales could be over before you know it, so hurry up and grab anything that looks appealing before these deals are done. DON’T MISS: 5 Gmail hacks you shouldn’t have to live another day without Nestor To-Do Lists Normally $0.99. Organize your life in a board. Create a Nestor and add tasks to it. Move them between three boards: – To do – Doing – Done Edit each task with a title, a description, a category and an image. Add it to
  • Software turns smartphones into tools for medical research (2015-07-27 10:44:06)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jody Kearns doesn't like to spend time obsessing about her Parkinson's disease. The 56-year-old dietitian from Syracuse, New York, had to give up bicycling because the disorder affected her balance. But she still works, drives and tries to live a normal life.
  • OUYA CEO Julie Uhrman leaves the company she co-founded (2015-07-27 10:30:00)
  • Here's a taste of Steve Jobs' dark side in the first trailer for Alex Gibney's documentary (2015-07-27 10:25:38)
    Danny Boyle and Michael Fassbender aren't the only ones with a Steve Jobs film this fall. A documentary about the Apple co-founder by Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief) is scheduled for release this September, and here's the first trailer.
  • AT&T awards $100K for tech to help people with disabilities (2015-07-27 10:16:19)
    Twenty-five years after President Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act, AT&T called on developers to use existing technology to create solutions for people with disabilities.
  • Why this beach is glowing like a beautiful night light (2015-07-27 10:13:02)
    Plankton are best known for their greatest hits: producing organic compounds, being devoured by krill, drifting aimlessly on the ocean's upper layer. You've read about those ditties so many times, you might think you've seen all plankton have to offer. They don't play catch, they don't go outside when you ask them to, and they most certainly won't retrieve the newspaper. What are they good for?
  • Android flaw lets attackers into your phone through MMS videos (2015-07-27 10:03:00)
  • Everything coming and going on Netflix for August 2015 (2015-07-27 10:00:03)
    There are 78 titles being added to Netflix next month, while 40 are going offline. Find out what to watch right here.
  • Disney CEO says ESPN will eventually be sold straight to consumers (2015-07-27 09:59:31)
    You'll eventually be able to buy ESPN without a cable subscription, though it won't be any time soon. Speaking on CNBC's Squawk Box this morning, Disney CEO Bob Iger said that ESPN will one day be sold straight to consumers, much like HBO has started to do by selling subscriptions online and through the Apple TV. The move would be a big shift for ESPN, which has made a killing for Disney thanks to its high per-subscriber cable fees.
  • Europe has a chicken-and-egg startup problem (2015-07-27 09:59:23)
    As a fan of the so-called European project, I want to see it do well and prosper, and as a keen observer of the tech industry, I know that the quickest route to economic prosperity is by developing and owning the technology that people use. Europe used to be really good at that, but it’s lost its way, and now I fear that it may never recover the leadership role it once enjoyed. Nest, the smart home appliance maker that was acquired by Google for $3.2 billion last year, was started by a pair of Apple veterans.
  • 10 new jailbreak tweaks that are so cool, they’re actually making me a little jealous (2015-07-27 09:55:25)
    Last year’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the most powerful iPhones the world has ever seen. They positively pulverized quad- and octa-core Android rivals in a number of key performance tests, and they pushed Apple’s iPhone sales to an all-time high in the holiday quarter. iOS 8 makes great use of all that power, having brought a wide range of new features to the iOS platform that make it Apple’s most capable mobile platform to date. As great as iOS 8 is — and as great as iOS 9 is shaping up to be — there are still plenty of great features that only iPhone owners who jailbreak their phones have access to. DON’T MISS: How have you lived
  • How to uninstall Flash on your computer and make the Internet a better place (2015-07-27 09:30:05)
    Ugh. Flash. The technology that just about everyone hates and that still just won’t die. While Flash is in its last throes out now that YouTube, Twitch and Mozilla’s Firefox browser have moved away from it, plenty of other websites still use it to deliver both video and games, among other things. Now a new movement called Occupy Flash has started up to get web users to give Flash one final big push over the cliff by uninstalling it on their computer or disabling it in their browsers. FLASHBACK: Steve Jobs first started trashing Flash back in 2010 To help people get rid of Flash on their devices, Occupy Flash has helpfully posted links to instructions for removing Flash from different platforms.
  • Brits can now pass their Facebook profile on after they die (2015-07-27 09:28:00)
  • Uber can't be stopped. So what happens next? (2015-07-27 09:21:43)
    Last week New York City backed down from a plan to cap the explosive growth of Uber's vehicle fleet. The mayor's office declared the deal it reached to be a win-win for both sides, and warned Uber that an eventual cap is still a possibility if it doesn’t comply. Rather than highlighting a corporation brought to heel, the ending seemed to affirm Uber's enormous ability to shape the political process.
  • Apple Watch to land at Best Buy on August 7 (2015-07-27 09:09:29)
    Outside of Apple itself, Best Buy will be the first major US retail chain to sell the watch as Apple tries to expand its availability.
  • 5 Gmail hacks you shouldn’t have to live another day without (2015-07-27 09:05:25)
    If you’re old enough to remember what email was like before Google came along and launched Gmail, you know just how impressive and capable Google’s email product really is. If you’re not old enough to remember, consider yourself lucky. Email was an overcomplicated, overpriced mess until Gmail introduced a free service with a huge amount of storage, and the rest of the market scrambled to compete. Today, Gmail packs even more features than it ever has before while still maintaining a very simple overall feel. As is the case with any software, however, a few simple tweaks and hacks can provide some great improvements that many users will wonder how they ever lived without. DON’T MISS: Want to lose weight? This
  • Windows 10 release week: what to expect and how to download (2015-07-27 09:00:02)
    After nine months of waiting, Windows 10 is almost here. Tuesday night at midnight ET, Microsoft will release the first full release of Windows 10, the biggest sea change in PC software in nearly three years. It's kind of a big deal! We've been getting previews of Windows 10 since October, and the rollout of the actual software will happen in stages, but midnight will still be zero hour for answering a lot of the questions that have swirled around Windows 10 since it was first announced.
  • Samsung's newest computer monitor can wirelessly charge your phone (2015-07-27 08:59:32)
    Finally: A wireless charging pad for your phone in a place that makes sense. When using a computer, you're not likely using a handset, so why not let your monitor recharge it?
  • LinkedIn brings back contact export feature after user backlash (2015-07-27 08:51:00)
  • Get self-destructing Gmail emails with Dmail (2015-07-27 08:45:26)
    Perhaps the most useful thing about Dmail is that it works even if not installed on a recipient's computer. Users who receive a Dmail and don't have the extension installed are shown a "View Message" button that opens the email in a new tab. Dmail's Eric Kuhn explains to TechCrunch that whenever a user sends a message with the service, it's encrypted locally on their machine with a standard 256-bit algorithm. "An encrypted copy of that email is sent to a datastore controlled by Dmail.
  • Ban autonomous weapons, urge AI experts including Hawking, Musk and Wozniak (2015-07-27 08:30:52)
    Over 1,000 experts in robotics have signed an open letter in a bid to prevent a "global AI arms race".
  • Galaxy Note 5: Latest leaked images raise more questions than answers (2015-07-27 08:30:46)
    After previous Galaxy Note 5 leaks claimed the handset will have an auto-ejecting S Pen stylus, a new series of images seems to contradict that rumor. The pictures suggest the new phablet will rely on the same type of stylus ejection as its predecessors: You’ll have to take it out manually whenever you need to use it. DON’T MISS: Intel Skylake specs leak; Expect new laptops with 41% faster graphics and insane battery life Samsung is rumored to launch the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge Plus phablets during an event in mid-August. Why so soon? Various reports have said that the company wants to have its next flagship devices in stores long before the iPhone 6s family launches.
  • LG's got a flip phone that runs Android Lollipop (2015-07-27 08:02:00)
  • iHeartRadio partners with Snapchat (2015-07-27 08:01:21)
    The free streaming and live digital radio service announced Monday its new partnership with Snapchat.
  • Where can Microsoft's Windows Phone go from here? (2015-07-27 08:00:06)
    With its biggest hardware gamble a failure and Windows 10 about to arrive, the software maker is pressed to prove what it can achieve in the phone business.
  • Going to work for a startup? Let's talk equity (2015-07-27 08:00:03)
    Equity is one of the most important aspects of working for a startup, but it's often confusing. Here's what you need to know about equity before joining a startup.
  • Musk, Hawking, and Chomsky warn of impending robot wars fueled by AI (2015-07-27 07:50:58)
    Leading artificial intelligence researchers have warned that an "AI arms race" could be disastrous for humanity, and are urging the UN to consider a ban on "offensive autonomous weapons." An open letter published by the Future of Life Institute (FLI) and signed by high-profile figures including Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Noam Chomsky, warns that weapons that automatically "select and engage targets without human intervention" could become the "Kalashnikovs of tomorrow," fueling war, terrorism, and global instability. "Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has reached a point where the deployment of such systems is — practically if not legally — feasible within years, not decades," states the letter, citing armed quadcopters (a technology that has already been deployed in a very crude fashion) as an example.
  • Best Buy joins the Apple Watch party, will begin selling the device next week (2015-07-27 07:45:36)
    Despite reports that Apple Watch sales have been lukewarm, Apple CEO Tim Cook emphatically dismissed such claims during the company’s earnings conference call last week. Not only have Apple Watch sales exceeded Apple’s internal projections, but early sales of the device have already surpassed early iPhone and iPod sales. “And we were able to do that with having only 680 points of sale,” Cook further explained. Well, Apple Watch availability is about to change in a major way. DON’T MISS: Sorry, haters – Tim Cook confirms Apple Watch sales are much better than you think Best Buy on Sunday announced that it will soon begin carrying the Apple Watch at over 300 brick and mortar stores across the country, with 100 some
  • First Click: Apple Watch is the lingerie of gadgets (2015-07-27 07:30:01)
    China is finally scrapping its 15-year ban on video game consoles. According to a statement from the country's Ministry of Culture, companies like Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft — among others — will now be allowed to manufacture and sell video game consoles anywhere in the country. Tom Cruise is ready to reprise his role as hot-shot fighter pilot Maverick.
  • ​Best Buy to sell Apple Watch from August (2015-07-27 07:28:00)
    Apple Watch will make its debut at 100 Best Buy stores, with 200 more to come before the holidays.
  • ​Windows 10: Finally a decent Windows first release (2015-07-27 07:07:02)
    Vista was awful, WIndows 7 was okay, and the less said of Windows 8 the better. But Windows 10 looks to me to be the best first release of Windows in over a decade.
  • A PS4 mouse and keyboard, just in time for 'Black Ops 3' (2015-07-27 07:01:00)
  • CRM Watchlist 2015 Winners: The reviews march on to Blackbaud and Gigya (2015-07-27 07:00:04)
    Blackbaud and Gigya are two very different companies united by their victory as Watchlist winners. There are reasons they've won - impact in their markets. Blackbaud, dominant in its space; Gigya, creating a new one. Check them out.
  • Julia Hu: Lark founder. Digital health maven. Hip-hop dancer. (2015-07-27 07:00:03)
    The founder of Lark, which is an AI system for health and wellness, talked to TechRepublic about startups, failures, and how running this company has made her live a more balanced life.
  • HP Pavilion x2: 2-in-1 ready for Windows 10 (2015-07-27 06:52:29)
    Those looking for an inexpensive 2-in-1 Windows laptop that is well-equipped for running Windows 10 should take a look at this model from HP.
  • 'Consumers got spoiled by Google': The UX revolution underway at SAP (2015-07-27 06:52:04)
    Once, applications at the office, like workers at the office, were supposed to be 'professional'. Not anymore, says SAP's Sam Yen.
  • Hardware prices could come down after WTO tariff repeal on chips, switches and touchscreens (2015-07-27 06:38:32)
    A new trade deal will see 54 nations scrap tariffs on 201 tech products thanks to an update of a decades old agreement.
  • The lessons of the cloud: What have we learned so far? (2015-07-27 06:30:05)
    As the cloud moves into the mainstream of IT strategy, tech execs discuss where the cloud has brought benefits and where issues remain.
  • Gambling firm GVC sweetens bid for rival Bwin.party (2015-07-27 06:27:18)
    Online gambling firm GVC Holdings Plc returned on Monday with a new 1-billion-pound ($1.55 billion) bid for rival Bwin.party Digital Entertainment, looking to gatecrash a recently accepted offer from 888. Bwin, which went on the block last year, accepted a cash and stock deal worth almost 900 million pounds from online casino and poker firm 888 this month, shunning an earlier 908-million-pound offer from GVC and Canada's Amaya Inc due to execution risk concerns. The tussle for Bwin is the latest in a flurry of M&A activity in the industry, a trend likely to continue as firms expand to help offset increasing taxes and tighter regulation in Britain.
  • Looking for the Apple Watch? Find it at Best Buy (2015-07-27 06:25:11)
    Best Buy is the first retailer other than Apple stores or high-end boutiques to carry the Apple Watch, with sales starting August 7. More than 100 Best Buy stores in the US will carry the device starting next month, making it the first major retailer to sell the buzzed-about Apple Watch, according to the Wall Street Journal. Best Buy will offer the Apple Watch Sport and the Apple Watch including a variety of accessories, although it will not carry the luxury version -- the Apple Watch Edition -- which starts at $10,000.
  • Beijing police shut down massive iPhone counterfeiting operation (2015-07-27 05:45:51)
    By Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - Police in Beijing have busted a factory that produced more than 41,000 fake iPhones worth as much as 120 million yuan ($19 million), including some that reached the United States, and have arrested nine suspects in the counterfeiting operation. Apple is one of the most popular brands in China, where authorities have stepped up efforts in recent years to dispel the country's reputation for turning out counterfeit goods. The details were revealed in a social media posting on Sunday by the public security bureau in Beijing.
  • Want to tweet a joke? Check the copyrights (2015-07-27 05:42:26)
    Twitter could be cracking down on the age-old practice of passing jokes around, which is to some one of the fundamental uses that made it so popular to begin with.
  • Intel 'Skylake' spec leak: Up to 41 percent graphics boost (2015-07-27 05:38:56)
    Skylake, the follow-on to Broadwell, looks like it will be the most important processor update that Intel has released in a decade.
  • ​First OnePlus 2 invites go out ahead of launch (2015-07-27 05:33:23)
    OnePlus will reveal all about its forthcoming OnePlus 2 later today, but would-be buyers will once again need an invite.
  • Argos now lets you trade-in old phones and tablets (2015-07-27 05:18:00)
  • Best Buy will sell the Apple Watch from August 7th (2015-07-27 05:01:00)
  • Best Buy will sell the Apple Watch on August 7th (2015-07-27 05:01:00)
  • Facebook to scale up free mobile Internet service to boost usage (2015-07-27 04:45:33)
    By Aman Shah MUMBAI (Reuters) - Facebook Inc plans to scale up its service to offer free basic Internet on mobile phones, an executive said, after introducing the application in 17 developing countries over the past year. In a blog post released to mark the first year of the initiative, Facebook said it will open a portal allowing any mobile operator to offer the service under its Internet.org platform. Facebook currently partners with specific operators to launch the service in different countries.
  • China lifting ban on sales of video game consoles (2015-07-27 04:24:13)
    BEIJING (AP) — China is lifting its ban on sales of video game consoles to promote the industry and a new manufacturing zone in Shanghai.
  • Samsung’s new monitor doubles as a wireless charger, because it should (2015-07-27 04:13:34)
    With this in mind, Samsung's new SE370 monitor with built-in wireless charging for mobile devices makes complete sense to me. If you do have a phone that supports the Qi wireless charging standard (such as Samsung's own Galaxy S6, or the LG G3), then the SE370 monitor might be worth a look. The SE370 also supports AMD FreeSync, which Samsung says makes for a smoother refresh rate when gaming (although only if you're using an AMD graphics card).
  • Trying to find differentiation in Hadoop soup (2015-07-27 04:00:00)
    Every company has access to the same list of Apache Hadoop-related projects, but how does one differentiate itself from all the others? Innovation, additional functionality, or marketing?
  • Sky will reportedly launch its 'SkyQ' 4K box within weeks (2015-07-27 03:59:00)
  • Sydney gets world's first e-ink traffic signs (2015-07-27 03:52:00)
  • Canon cuts outlook as weak camera sales hit second-quarter profit (2015-07-27 03:21:08)
    Japan's Canon Inc cut its earnings outlook for the full year and reported a 16 percent fall in quarterly profit as consumers, increasingly in the habit of taking photos with their smartphones, bought fewer compact digital cameras. The world's largest camera maker said on Monday its second-quarter net profit fell to 68 billion yen ($552 million) compared with 81 billion yen a year earlier. Canon has been trying to offset weak growth in cameras with investments in new businesses.
  • Piracy and data-retention bedfellows produce best arguments against new laws (2015-07-27 03:18:44)
    In one week, the Australian government argued that its own piracy site-blocking legislation is inadequate, while Labor said it would re-examine data-retention laws it helped pass only four months ago.
  • Optus, TPG add voices to criticism of 'dangerous' government fixed-line pricing submission (2015-07-27 02:57:24)
    Two more Australian telcos have protested the government's involvement in an independent pricing review, stating a price slash would not impact customer migration to the NBN and Telstra's costs have been misconstrued.
  • Samsung's latest monitors wirelessly charge your phone (2015-07-27 02:02:00)
  • Microsoft releases tool to hide or block unwanted Windows 10 updates (2015-07-27 01:42:04)
    Windows 10 testers who've complained about mandatory updates in Microsoft's new operating system might have a solution at hand. The tool, available as an optional download, lets you hide or block any update for Windows or a hardware driver.
  • Government digital transformation to deliver AU$20.5b in cost savings: Report (2015-07-27 00:59:20)
    A Deloitte report has acknowledged the work of the federal government's Digital Transformation Office will provide the government and citizens with huge cost savings over the next 10 years.
  • Tech groups welcome Labor's call for data-retention review (2015-07-27 00:39:58)
    Australian technology industry groups have applauded Labor's proposal to seek a review of the data-retention legislation.
  • Apple Watch to be sold at Best Buy stores from August (2015-07-27 00:29:57)
    (Reuters) - The Apple Watch will be available at stores of Best Buy Co Inc, the largest U.S. consumer electronics chain, starting Aug. 7. The Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport models will be sold at more than 300 Best Buy stores in time for the holiday shopping season, a spokeswoman for Apple Inc said. "Customers love Apple Watch, and we are thrilled to begin offering it at Best Buy," she said in an email.
  • IBM launches Remix community to spur IoT app development (2015-07-27 00:01:04)
    Remix comes stocked with a bevy of tutorials and step-by-step guidelines that cater to a range of developer skill sets.
  • Welcome (back) to the After Math (2015-07-26 23:58:00)
  • iiNet shareholders approve TPG's AU$1.5B takeover bid (2015-07-26 23:34:00)
    The shareholders of iiNet have approved a takeover bid made by TPG in March, with 95 percent voting in favour.
  • Scientists make a transistor from a single molecule (2015-07-26 23:09:00)
  • The Apple Watch is coming to Best Buy in August (2015-07-26 22:28:52)
    Apple will start making the Apple Watch more easily available outside of its own stores in the US this August, as Best Buy becomes the first major retail partner to carry the device. Best Buy will stock the aluminum Apple Watch Sport model as well as the more expensive stainless steel Apple Watch, but unsurprisingly the $10,000-plus gold Apple Watch Edition won't be on the shelves. Apple is keeping Watch sales figures close to its chest, but the expansion of retail availability is an important step to spurring further adoption.
  • Police shut down show by Chief Keef's hologram (2015-07-26 22:14:26)
    Holographic "performances" by the likes of 2Pac and Michael Jackson have already broken laws of taste and decency, but a new show by a living artist appears to have fallen foul of the actual law. Chief Keef, a rapper with warrants out for his arrest related to child support disputes, attempted to beam a live hologram performance from California to Craze Fest in Hammond, Indiana on Saturday night, but police shut it down after around a minute, The New York Times reports. Chief Keef's Craze Fest appearance was arranged after a Chicago hologram performance was called off following condemnation from Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office, calling the rapper an "unacceptable role model" who could present a "significant public safety risk" by appearing in virtual form.
  • Watch this fighter jet's insane vertical takeoff (2015-07-26 22:01:14)
    Technically Incorrect: It seems like a normal takeoff for this MiG-29. Until it isn't.
  • The Big Picture: U2's tour art takes a page from particle physics (2015-07-26 21:08:00)
  • Australia to chase Amazon and other overseas retailers to collect GST: Hockey (2015-07-26 20:28:03)
    Rather than inspecting packages when they enter the country, the Australian government will get online retailers to apply and collect GST, Treasurer Joe Hockey has said.
  • Trailer for 'Electra Woman and Dyna Girl' reboot debuts (2015-07-26 20:14:25)
    YouTube stars Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart fight crime with a sense of humor in this webseries reboot of the '70s superhero series of the same name.
  • ISP Woosh sells customers to rival Slingshot (2015-07-26 19:21:00)
    New Zealand-based ISP Woosh is selling 9,000 customer contracts to M2-owned Slingshot.
  • Police think even a holographic Chief Keef concert is too risky (2015-07-26 19:07:00)
  • Nintendo pulls the plug on the Wii U's TVii service (2015-07-26 18:39:44)
    When Nintendo released its Wii U console in 2012, it included a little feature that promised to "transform how people find, watch and engage with TV shows, movies and sports." It was called TVii, and it even got its own dedicated button on the Wii U Gamepad. Now, less than three years later, Nintendo is pulling the plug. The product was an unusual one for Nintendo, which, unlike Sony, has never really tried to use its consoles gain a foothold in the home theater market.
  • ​When does storage give way to the cloud, software? (2015-07-26 18:00:04)
    It's just a matter of time before traditional data center storage systems are moved to the cloud. The rush to the cloud isn't underway yet, but signs are emerging.
  • Hands-on with the HTC Active Earphones: Weatherproof, attractive, lightweight, and great sounding (2015-07-26 17:56:00)
    I prefer to use earphones to listen to music and podcasts when I commute, work, and exercise so was happy to experience great performance with the HTC Active Earphones.
  • These wireless headphones blend comfort, convenience, and good looks (2015-07-26 17:52:53)
    It's no secret that I love wireless headphones. This week, Plantronics (you may know them best for the oft-mocked Bluetooth headsets every business bro had jammed in their ear five or ten years ago) released the BackBeat Sense, a riff on the wireless headphone that adds some useful smarts to an attractive and comfortable design. The $179.99 BackBeat Sense is on the more expensive end of on-ear headphones, but they have some really nice featured such as well-padded memory foam ear cups, actual physical buttons to control playback and volume (as opposed to less reliable touch-based controls), an audio pass through option to hear the world around you, and the ability to be connected to two different devices at the same time and switch between them.
  • Instagram tries a faster, sleeker Android photo editor (2015-07-26 17:36:00)
  • Iran's ayatollah tweets graphic Obama pic (2015-07-26 16:44:19)
    Technically Incorrect: A nuclear agreement may have been reached between Iran and the US. This didn't stop Iran's top leader from tweeting an image of the president with a gun to his head.
  • Georgia sues man for posting annotated state laws online (2015-07-26 16:04:00)
  • 'X-Files' revival reunites The Lone Gunmen (2015-07-26 15:57:12)
    White-hat hackers, countercultural conspiracy nuts, government watchdogs. Whatever you want to call them, The Lone Gunmen are returning to the new "X-Files" series. We can't wait to hear what new theories they've come up with!
  • U.S. TV networks court YouTube crowd in quest for digital viewers (2015-07-26 15:09:32)
    By Lisa Richwine ANAHEIM, California (Reuters) - For the first time, cable TV network Nickelodeon staged a casting call at VidCon, a convention that draws stars of YouTube and social media like Vine, Instagram and Snapchat and their passionate followers. The Viacom-owned channel's talent search is one way traditional TV networks are recruiting Internet personalities to build audiences. YouTube stars include comedians, beauty gurus, product reviewers, gamers, musicians and fitness buffs who post videos of themselves, often looking directly into the camera.
  • Your butt-dials aren't private, appeals court rules (2015-07-26 14:57:19)
    Technically Incorrect: A federal court says that if you butt-dial someone and the person records it, the information can be used against you.
  • Microsoft aims to reboot connections with Windows 10 (2015-07-26 14:56:44)
    Microsoft is aiming to build lasting relationships with Windows 10, the operating system to be launched on Wednesday and seen as critical to reviving the fortunes of the once-dominant tech giant. For the first time, Microsoft is making a major new version of Windows available free as an upgrade to anyone using either of the prior two generations of the system. The goal is to swiftly have Windows 10 powering a billion devices, creating a gigantic audience to induce developers to crank out must-have apps for the platform.
  • Survival skills: Business models for startups and large companies (2015-07-26 14:39:00)
    A world's expert explains the essential elements you need to develop a profitable and successful business. Required reading for every executive.
  • Next-gen Moto G box shots spoil almost everything (2015-07-26 14:32:00)
  • Tom Cruise says making Top Gun 2 'would be fun' (2015-07-26 13:20:37)
    Tom Cruise is ready to reprise his role as hot-shot fighter pilot Maverick. At the London premiere of his latest action flick, Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, the 53-year-old actor told Reuters that "It would be fun. Cruise won't just make any Top Gun sequel, though.
  • Pakistan to shut off BlackBerry email over surveillance jitters (2015-07-26 13:01:00)
  • Nike and Apple are giving FuelBand owners $25 after settling class action suit (2015-07-26 12:03:05)
    Do you own a Nike+ FuelBand? If so, you can claim a little surprise "gift" courtesy of Nike and Apple. The two companies have settled a class action lawsuit and have agreed to pay owners $25 in the form of a Nike gift card.
  • Nike is giving FuelBand owners $25 after settling class action suit (2015-07-26 12:03:05)
    Do you own a Nike+ FuelBand? If so, you can claim a little surprise "gift" courtesy of Nike and Apple. The two companies have settled a class action lawsuit and have agreed to pay owners $25 in the form of a Nike gift card.
  • Winklevoss twins get closer to launching their bitcoin exchange (2015-07-26 11:32:00)
  • Intel Skylake specs leak; Expect new laptops with 41% faster graphics and insane battery life (2015-07-26 11:00:10)
    After a number of delays, it finally appears that Intel’s long-anticipated Skylake processors will be ready for mainstream production later this fall. As a quick refresher, much of the hype surrounding Skylake is due to the fact that Intel’s next-gen processors promise to be not just more powerful than Broadwell, but significantly more power efficient as well. DON’T MISS: iPhone 6s: Leak gives us our first look at the new iPhone’s face With that in mind, Fanless Tech earlier this week leaked images from an Intel slide deck that lay out in precise detail the type of performance enhancements we can expect to see once company’s like Apple start incorporating them into their machines. As you can see in the slide below, users can expect significant performance improvements,
  • Things I learned driving a supercar for the first time (2015-07-26 10:00:15)
    This is about what it’s like to drive a supercar for the very first time, and to do it in the unforgiving streets and avenues of New York. It’s not as much of an issue in the ‘burbs, but this is Manhattan we’re talking about: I’m based here, my office is here, and my pickup spot was Manhattan’s Classic Car Club. Garage parking in Manhattan is almost universally valeted, which, on the one hand, provides some measure of security — but also evokes the valet joyride scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
  • My Rory McIlroy PGA Tour phenom quit the virtual tour out of frustration (2015-07-26 10:00:02)
    Rory McIlroy PGA Tour came out last week for PS4 and Xbox One, and I’m not ashamed to say that I was more hyped for the game than any other release this year — more than Bloodborne, more than The Witcher 3, more than Batman: Arkham Knight, everything.
  • Inhabitat's Week in Green: 3D-printed villas and Earth-like planets (2015-07-26 10:00:00)
  • We're hosting a Q&A with the US Labor Secretary about the 'gig economy' (2015-07-26 09:04:00)
  • Facebook partnership a boon for video technology firm Bidalgo (2015-07-26 08:52:24)
    By Tova Cohen TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Facebook marketing partner Bidalgo targets a tripling in sales in 2015 as its new technology to automate the process of making personalized online video advertising benefits from Facebook's growing share of the video market. Facebook is becoming a leader in the video market as users prefer to watch video ads over static images, said Peleg Israeli, general manager of Bidalgo's Israeli operations.
  • The Verge Review of Animals: the slow loris (2015-07-26 08:00:02)
    The slow loris’s large, glossy eyes make it look a little like the model on which all Disney princesses are based. The slow loris is the only known venomous primate. When a slow loris feels threatened, it raises its arms above its head and gives those glands a lick.
  • Lawsuit reveals extent of Ethiopian hacking amid Obama visit (2015-07-26 07:43:41)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama faces pressure to discuss human rights in his first official visit to Ethiopia this weekend, a unique lawsuit back home is challenging whether the African country can spy on an American by turning his computer into a giant recording device.
  • Pope signs himself up for World Youth Day using tablet (2015-07-26 06:52:11)
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis opened the registration period for next year's World Youth Day in Poland, using a tablet computer to sign himself up from a window overlooking St. Peter's Square during the traditional Sunday blessing.
  • 'Submerged' sidesteps combat for exploration on PS4 and Xbox One (2015-07-26 06:06:00)
  • Tiny surgical robot can bend and operate on hard-to-reach areas (2015-07-26 02:02:00)
  • Frontback shutdown shows that selfies don't equal success (2015-07-25 23:07:00)
  • Nintendo wants to build a sleep monitor with a projector (2015-07-25 21:34:00)
  • Man tries selfie with rattlesnake, gets snakebit for $150,000 (2015-07-25 20:04:29)
    Technically Incorrect: A man gets a $150,000 doctor's bill after a rattler decides a selfie just isn't his thing.
  • Twitter is erasing stolen jokes (2015-07-25 20:03:00)
  • Cells with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads?!? (2015-07-25 19:46:35)
    Researchers from the University of St. Andrews figure out a way to attach laser lights to cells to make them easier to keep track of. Because they don't make name tags that tiny.
  • Fan-made 'GTA V' interactive map app puts Rockstar's to shame (2015-07-25 18:27:00)
  • China officially ends ban on video game consoles (2015-07-25 17:17:49)
    China is finally scrapping its 15-year ban on video game consoles. According to a statement from the country's Ministry of Culture, companies like Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft — among others — will now be allowed to manufacture and sell video game consoles anywhere in the country. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news earlier today. Game consoles were first banned in 2000 due to fears that the devices — and the 3D worlds produced by them — had a negative effect on the mental and physical development of children.
  • Amazon wants to build drive-up grocery stores (2015-07-25 17:02:00)
  • Square files for IPO, say reports, in new wrinkle for Dorsey, Twitter (2015-07-25 16:28:53)
    The mobile-payments firm confidentially files SEC papers to offer stock to the public, say several reports, adding to talk about CEO Jack Dorsey and his simultaneous role as interim chief at Twitter.
  • The Dota 2 International isn't until next week, but there are already 4,875 people tuned in to the stream (2015-07-25 16:22:45)
    The fifth edition of The International Dota 2 Championships is set to kick off next week, filling the internet with wall-to-wall multiplayer battle action. A lightly animated tournament logo, accompanied by looping ambient music, is all that's on offer right now, with a comments stream filled with questions about when The International begins (some of them serious, most of them ironic).
  • Amazon reportedly plans to open physical grocery stores in Silicon Valley (2015-07-25 15:53:18)
    Amazon might soon have a brick-and-mortar presence in your community. The online retailer is planning to test a new service that lets you pick up fresh groceries and other items from a physical location, reports the Silicon Valley Business Journal. According to the paper's sources, Amazon (through a subsidiary) has signed paperwork for a retail location in Sunnyvale, CA and plans have already been approved for it to build out an 11,600-square-foot warehouse with eight car stalls for pickups.
  • China will lift its nationwide game console ban (2015-07-25 15:28:00)
  • BT's Ultra HD box now available to order online (2015-07-25 13:57:00)
  • Pakistan to shut down BlackBerry services on "security" grounds (2015-07-25 12:47:00)
    A leaked memo suggests BlackBerry's encrypted messaging will be shut down.
  • Daimler to test self-driving trucks in Germany this year: paper (2015-07-25 12:39:32)
    German carmaker Daimler is planning to test self-driving trucks as early as this year, executive board member Wolfgang Bernhard told a German newspaper. "We are positive that we will get approval for tests on German motorways within the next weeks," Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung quoted him as saying. First tests of semi-autonomous trucks will take place in Daimler's home state Baden-Wuerttemberg while the start of production is 2-3 years away, Bernhard, who is in charge of Daimler's trucks business, told the paper.
  • The invisible network that keeps the world running (2015-07-25 12:30:01)
    Stand on the bridge of a container ship docked in a mega-port in Korea, however, and it's clear that's just not true. It feels like we're being given a rare look into a usually hidden space, a peek at the intricate but city-scaled machinery of global capitalism.
  • Apple and Nike work out settlement terms for FuelBand lawsuit (2015-07-25 12:29:00)
  • Top Windows Phone news of the week: Lenovo no WP, Cortana Droid, new premium phones (2015-07-25 12:00:05)
    This week in Windows Phone world we heard Lenovo back off Windows Phone, that Cortana for Android may hurt WP, and more information about two future premium handsets was uncovered.
  • A parent's dilemma: Replacing the family iPad on the cheap (2015-07-25 11:17:20)
    CNET's Marguerite Reardon helps a busy working mother figure out how not to break the bank when a work-issued iPad has to go back.
  • The Apple Watch's standing tracker is reliably unreliable (2015-07-25 11:00:01)
    The other night, my Apple Watch buzzed right as I sat down for dinner. When I got the Apple Watch, I was excited to measure how much (read: how little) I was moving each day, but its activity tracking has quickly turned into something entirely different for me. The Apple Watch is supposed to track three things each day: how long you've exercised, how many calories you've burned, and how often you stood up.
  • Earth's orbiting observatories and their literally awesome images (2015-07-25 11:00:00)
  • YouTube stars find acceptance online, in person at VidCon (2015-07-25 10:51:04)
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ingrid Nilsen has been brought to tears.
  • Twitter is deleting stolen jokes on copyright grounds (2015-07-25 10:35:50)
    This has been going on since the beginning of Twitter. It now appears Twitter is using its legal authority to crack down on these tweet-stealers. A number of tweets have been deleted on copyright grounds for apparently stealing a bad joke.
  • iPhone tips: How to prevent shutdowns during hot summer beach days (2015-07-25 10:30:31)
    The summer is in full swing in the northern hemisphere, and this year is the hottest one on record so far. If you’re looking for a quick escape at the beach, or anywhere else you think you can escape the heat, make sure you prepare your iPhone 6 (or any other model) for the trip. DON’T MISS: iPhone 6s: Leak gives us our first look at the new iPhone’s face The device, as Apple reveals in a support document, can operate safely when the temperature outside is between 0º and 35º C (32º to 95º F). Whenever it gets hotter than that, the iPhone will automatically shut down so it can cool itself down, as seen in the following screenshot.
  • As Democrats fret over 'sharing economy,' GOP moves in (2015-07-25 10:04:17)
    DENVER (AP) — The debate over ride-hailing firm Uber is laying bare divides in the Democratic Party and on the left about how to handle the new "sharing" economy. Republicans are hungry to exploit that ambivalence and make inroads into a wealthy sector of the tech industry.
  • Top iOS news of the week: Happy watch owners, dominating smartwatch space, iOS 9 beta 2 (2015-07-25 10:00:03)
    This week in the world of iOS we saw the release of iOS 9 public beta 2, heard that the Apple Watch owns the smartphone space, and that watch owners love them.
  • I'm a classic man, and you can be too: a guide to Jidenna's sneaky, irresistible summer jam (2015-07-25 10:00:02)
    If you’re an avid reader of The Verge’s entertainment coverage, you might remember Emily and I talking about this year’s Songs of the Summer candidates a few weeks ago. Perhaps we should’ve known better: a true Song of the Summer isn’t something you pick up scouring the charts or assessing a song’s merit.
  • Recommended Reading: The Jeep hack that led to a massive recall (2015-07-25 09:30:00)
  • Let’s take a moment to appreciate how great LTE is (2015-07-25 09:00:43)
    Like a lot of you, I regularly find ample things to complain about with regards to my wireless carrier — yes, Verizon, your coverage is fantastic but I absolutely despise your data caps. That said, there are times when you do have to step back and marvel at the technological progress that the wireless industry has made in developing powerful, durable LTE data networks that can stand up under a lot of strain. DON’T MISS: See Pluto up close in the highest quality NASA pics yet I got a demonstration of this first hand recently when I spent an afternoon with the team at Global Wireless Solutions testing out all four wireless carriers’ performances during a Red Sox game at Fenway Park
  • How to be human: advice for the future (2015-07-25 09:00:02)
    Welcome to the second of The Verge's two new advice columns (the first, Ask Stoya, premiered last weekend). Leah Reich was one of the first internet advice columnists. The first time someone asked me for dating advice, I was 15 and had never had a boyfriend.
  • ICYMI: Power-ballad singing tech, foldable bridge and more (2015-07-25 09:00:00)
  • Gogoro's first Smartscooters are now being delivered (2015-07-25 08:49:53)
    On a wall inside the Gogoro Experience Center in Taipei, there's a big, neon-green sign proclaiming that the future is now. Gogoro started taking orders for the Smartscooter in Taiwan a month ago, pricing it at a reasonable 128,000 Taiwanese dollars (roughly $4,100) and including a year's worth of theft insurance and two years of free maintenance and unlimited battery swaps. This is an introductory offer, says the company, designed to attract its first customers through the door, and over the long term users will have to pay a subscription fee to retain access to Gogoro's battery-swapping network.
  • The world's top carmakers, and getting to know Google Fi -- Our favorite videos of the week (2015-07-25 08:00:05)
    A roundup of our favorite CNET videos covering news, gadgets and more.
  • Top Android news of the week: Drive plugin, S2 Tab, free patents (2015-07-25 08:00:03)
    This week in Android we saw Google giving free patents away, Samsung's latest tablet announced, and Google Drive comes to Microsoft Office.
  • Watch the trailer for 'Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine' (2015-07-25 07:57:00)
  • This week's best images of Pluto and its moons (2015-07-25 07:30:02)
    NASA released another round of amazing Pluto images this week taken by the New Horizons spacecraft. We now have closeups of Pluto's smaller moons Nix and Hydra, as well as the best high-resolution images of Pluto we're going to get from this mission. We also know more about the dwarf planet's icy heart, as well as a second mountain range on the edge of one of its dark equatorial regions.
  • Summer is watching people beat games ridiculously fast for charity (2015-07-25 02:55:00)
  • Deep-sea mining looms on horizon as UN body issues contracts (2015-07-25 00:07:40)
    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — The deep oceans span more than half the globe and their frigid depths have long been known to contain vast, untapped deposits of prized minerals. These treasures of the abyss, however, have always been out of reach to miners.
  • Google Chromecast celebrates its second birthday with freebies (2015-07-24 23:21:00)
  • New 'X-Files' trailer gets ready for another tease (2015-07-24 23:14:55)
    In the latest trailer for the upcoming new "X-Files" series, Mulder asks, "Are you ready for this, Scully?"
  • Pandora CEO: Apple Music has had ‘no impact’ on our business (2015-07-24 22:30:58)
    Since launching a few weeks ago, Apple Music has been subject to both a lot of love and hate. While Apple’s nascent music service gets a lot of things right, the software, both in iOS and on the desktop version of iTunes, remains plagued by an abundance of frustrating bugs and inconsistent UI design choices. That being the case, it’s perhaps a bit too premature to start wondering whether or not Apple Music has what it takes to put a dent into Spotify and Pandora’s respective bottom lines. With respect to Pandora in particular, CEO Brian McAndrews recently said during an earnings conference call that the threat posed by Apple Music, at this point, is much ado about nothing. DON’T
  • Nintendo's awkward TVii service will shut down on August 11th (2015-07-24 21:59:00)
  • Watch the first trailer for new documentary ‘Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine’ (2015-07-24 21:15:50)
    We aren’t exactly thrilled with the first trailer for Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs, but thankfully, it isn’t the only Steve Jobs-related movie coming to theaters this year. In fact, Academy Award winner Alex Gibney’s documentary, Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, is coming to select theaters nationwide on September 4th, a full month before Sorkin’s film. DON’T MISS: iPhone 6s: Leak gives us our first look at the new iPhone’s face The last we heard from Gibney, he was comparing Apple to Scientology. Gibney might be best known for his other 2015 documentary, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. There might not be many obvious correlations between the two topics, but Gibney’s portrayal of Apple is certain to be both fascinating
  • Vizio IPO plan shows how its TVs track what you're watching (2015-07-24 21:11:00)
  • Spark review (2015-07-24 20:35:41)
    Spark makes it easy to work through your inbox faster than ever before No matter if it's one new message or hundreds, you can do it in a couple of
  • New food labels aim to help you eat less sugar (2015-07-24 20:18:39)
    Not only does the US Food and Drug Administration want nutritional labels to contain the amount of added sugars in food, the agency is proposing that labels print the percentage of recommended daily intake, too. Added sugars — ones that food manufacturers put in their products when they process them — shouldn't exceed 10 percent of calories consumed, according to the FDA. This is a suggested update to a label the FDA proposed last year, which would require manufacturers to list added sugars in addition to total sugar.
  • How global warming might be turned into fuel for your car (2015-07-24 20:00:12)
    Scientists from Canada are developing a carbon dioxide (CO2) recycling plant that could suck CO2 out of the air, mix it with hydrogen obtained from other renewable energy sources and turn it into fuel that could power cars, planes, and other vehicles. DON’T MISS: iPhone 6s: Leak gives us our first look at the new iPhone’s face The technology is currently developed by Carbon Engineering, Sciences Alert reports, which is a company partly funded by Bill Gates. The team at Carbon Engineering is doing what trees have been doing all along: extracting CO2 from the atmosphere. That said, the process it’s using is more efficient. As you can see in the video at the end of the post, the company
  • Gogoro starts shipping its Smartscooter in Taiwan (2015-07-24 19:40:00)
  • Brazil-Angola undersea link gets datacenter (2015-07-24 19:36:52)
    The supporting infrastructure will support the fiber optic cable project
  • Tech that changed how you use your iPhone may soon help control everything in your home (2015-07-24 19:35:14)
    Your fingerprint can already do a bunch of things on iPhones that have Touch ID sensors, including unlocking the devices, purchasing content from the App Store, logging into apps and sites, and using Apple Pay. But Apple has figured out another place where your fingerprint might be used: The connected home of the future. DON’T MISS: How have you lived this long without knowing these 10 hidden iPhone tricks? Three new Apple patent applications reveal that Apple is looking into ways to use your fingerprints at home to customize content preferences, control various connected gadgets, and secure access to personal data. The patents, discovered by Apple Insider, mention Apple TV remote controls that would have built-in Touch ID sensors. With a simple touch, users would
  • Vizio just filed to become a public company (2015-07-24 19:32:01)
    Vizio, a California-based electronics manufacturer known for its inexpensive televisions, has filed to go public. The Wall Street Journal reports that Vizio plans to raise up to $172.5 million in its initial public offering, though that number sometimes changes significantly as the date of the IPO draws closer. Vizio did not say which exchange it will list itself on, though it plans to use the symbol VZIO. Founded in 2002, Vizio quickly began peeling away market share from more established competitors by offering good-quality televisions at lower prices than its peers.
  • Kids have hilarious reactions when using the original iPod (2015-07-24 19:10:57)
    It’s somewhat incredible that Apple is still churning out new iPod models in 2015. The iPod, after all, is nearly 14 years old. Originally released back in October of 2001, the iPod famously helped Apple reclaim its position as a tech industry leader while also padding the company’s pockets with more cash than they had ever seen before. While those of us who witnessed the digital music revolution first-hand have a special affinity for Apple’s iconic music player, kids these days understandably look at the device with bewilderment. DON’T MISS: iPhone 6s: Leak gives us our first look at the new iPhone’s face The video below showcases, quite hilariously, how grade school kids react when the original iPod is put in front
  • Nintendo redesigned Miiverse because you were using it wrong (2015-07-24 18:56:00)
  • Fiat Chrysler U.S. to recall vehicles to prevent hacking (2015-07-24 18:28:19)
    By Bernie Woodall and Joseph Menn DETROIT/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler will recall 1.4 million vehicles in the United States to install software to prevent hackers from gaining remote control of the engine, steering and other systems in what federal officials said was the first such action of its kind. The announcement on Friday by FCA US LLC, formerly Chrysler Group LLC, was made days after reports that cybersecurity researchers used a wireless connection to turn off a Jeep Cherokee's engine as it drove, increasing concerns about the safety of Internet-enabled vehicles. The researchers used Fiat Chrysler's telematics system to break into a volunteer's Cherokee being driven on the highway and issue commands to the engine, steering and brakes.
  • Confirmed: $1.52B blockbuster ‘Jurassic World’ is getting a sequel (2015-07-24 18:20:06)
    Jurassic World was a smash hit at the box office and has surpassed $1.52 billion in ticket sales, enough to make it the third highest grossing film of all time as it zipped past The Avengers. Unsurprisingly, Universal decided a sequel is in order for the dinosaur flick, and it’s already scheduled for a summer release three years from now. On June 22nd, 2018, you’ll see Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard star in a new Jurassic movie, though its final title hasn’t been announced yet. DON’T MISS: ’Suicide Squad’ pictures: How the cast looks compared to the comic book villains According to BGR sister site Variety, Colin Trevorrow, who directed Jurassic World, will also return for the sequel. He will co-write the new movie
  • New Horizons Catches Dark Side of Pluto (2015-07-24 18:00:03)
    New Horizons continues to yield a bounty of discoveries, with NASA today showing stunning new photos, including haze and flowing ice on Pluto. Taken seven hours after New Horizons made its closest pass by Pluto, an image released today shows the dwarf planet shrouded in darkness and surrounded by a band of light. Most curious to scientists were the layers of haze which appeared higher than expected from Pluto's surface.
  • U.S. consumer electronics firm Vizio files for IPO (2015-07-24 17:58:44)
    (Reuters) - Consumer electronics company Vizio Inc filed with U.S. regulators on Friday to raise up to $172.5 million in an initial public offering of Class A common stock. BofA Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank Securities and Citigroup are among the underwriters of the IPO, Vizio told the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission in a preliminary prospectus. (http://1.usa.gov/1emHo88) The Irvine, California-based company makes affordable flat screen televisions and audio/video equipment such as high-definition surround sound systems, LCD monitors and HDTV accessories. ...
  • Multicolored glowing gadget spits out personalized nutritional supplements (2015-07-24 17:50:49)
    FitNatic's Indiegogo campaign says the Nourish, a tabletop nutrition device, can customize the mixes you need based on your Fitbit, Apple Watch or other health data source. And its pods glow.
  • Free mobile game 'Fallout Shelter' hits Android in August (2015-07-24 17:48:00)
  • Play these now: Two free iPhone games you don’t want to miss this week (2015-07-24 17:30:34)
    Every weekday we share an updated collection of the best free iPhone and iPad apps, but there are always plenty of noteworthy apps that don’t make the list. This week, two especially interesting games launched on the App Store, and they’re both completely free to download. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, read on. DON’T MISS: 100 iPhone apps and games are on sale right now – here’s how to see them all On the surface, Cally’s Caves 3 doesn’t look like much. The 16-bit graphics are endearing, but in 2015, many smartphone gamers expect visuals to rival last-gen consoles. Admittedly, I had my doubts when I stumbled upon the game earlier this week, but it has completely consumed my
  • Ted Cruz gets 'Shatnered' for saying Capt. Kirk was Republican (2015-07-24 17:23:59)
    The Republican presidential hopeful believes the Capt. Kirk's "working class" status makes him lean to the right. Then, along came William Shatner.
  • Shifting Priorities of Future Innovation: The Crossover of Consumer Products into Wearable Technology for Social Good (2015-07-24 17:07:47)
    WRITTEN BY:Billie Whitehouse. Billie is the Co-founder of Wearable ExperimentsSara Panton. Sara is Director of Brand at KovertWearable devices were originally designed as singular purpose complex devices that appealed to the athletically inclined and members of the technology community who took pride in quantifying biometrics. These devices...
  • Amazon.com CEO Bezos up $8 billion, down $4 billion on stock swing (2015-07-24 17:05:38)
    Amazon.com founder and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos got a lot richer while he slept on Thursday night, after the company reported its quarterly earnings and its shares rose 20.1 percent. The stock jump added $8 billion to Bezos' net worth as the market opened on Friday, but by the time the market closed, he had given back roughly half of that gain. It is all in a day's work - or a night's sleep - for Bezos, who owned 83.92 million shares, or roughly 18 percent of Amazon's outstanding stock of May 14.
  • Verizon's upcoming video service has a truly terrible name (2015-07-24 16:57:50)
    Verizon seems to be nearing the launch of its long-in-the-works internet video service, and now Variety has given us the name: it'll be called Go90. Over the last several months, Verizon has quietly rounded up some important partners like Viacom, ESPN, CBS Sports, the NFL, and DreamWorks. Variety reports that a website for the service was accidentally made public this week, revealing the name and also showcasing TV shows from AMC and Fox, two content providers that Verizon hasn't yet announced.
  • Chrysler recalls 1.4M cars to fix hacking problem (2015-07-24 16:56:52)
    A software update is available to stop hackers from taking control of cars wirelessly. Also, YouTube has plans for virtual-reality videos.
  • The future of big data federation may have just landed (2015-07-24 16:56:01)
    Old-school database players and new-school visualization players have tried to crack the data federation code, but a new Zoomdata approach may offer a better way.
  • Samsung Pay doesn't work on rooted phones (2015-07-24 16:52:00)
  • I am not Drake's ghostwriter, says alleged Drake ghostwriter (2015-07-24 16:50:02)
    It's been an insane week in social media! Taylor Swift misread Nicki Minaj and tested the limits of Girl Squad Feminism in the process. Katy Perry snuck her paw in with a tweet people had a lot of trouble parsing. Just after that, Minaj beau Meek Mill accused Drake of using a ghostwriter and forced our Micah Singleton into a spiralling existential crisis.
  • A peek inside Pluto's icy heart (2015-07-24 16:48:49)
    NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has found evidence of ice flowing across Pluto's Sputnik Planum region — the large white heart that's roughly the size of Texas. NASA researchers say they've only seen this kind of surface activity before on Earth and Mars. Previous images of Pluto's surface showed icy, frozen plains inside Sputnik Planum; the newest ones also show the ice is moving similarly to how glaciers flow on Earth.
  • AT&T, DirecTV complete merger to form biggest pay-TV company (2015-07-24 16:35:41)
    By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier AT&T Inc and the biggest satellite-TV provider DirecTV became the country's largest pay-TV company on Friday, completing their $48.5 billion merger after receiving final regulatory approval. The newly expanded AT&T leapfrogs the biggest U.S. cable company Comcast Corp. The company said it will serve more than 26 million U.S. customers and more than 19 million in Latin America, making it the world's biggest pay-TV company. After more than a year of review, the Federal Communications Commission finalized its vote to approve the deal with conditions, imposed for four years and enforced by an internal and an external compliance officers.
  • PotBotics: better cannabis recommendations through science (2015-07-24 16:30:00)
  • Watch the military’s new trillion-dollar fighter jet test its cannons for the first time (2015-07-24 16:24:54)
    The F-35 fighter is one expensive military project, but the stealth plane should become a primary weapon for the U.S. and its allies soon. Sure, some recent reports suggested the sophisticated fighter might not be able to beat the plane it’s replacing in a fight. But hey, it’s still fun to watch an official video that shows us one of the F-35’s weapons being tested for the first time. DON’T MISS: iPhone 6s: Leak gives us our first look at the new iPhone’s face On June 9th, the F-35A shot its first salvos from the 25mm GAU-22/A gatling gun that’s cleverly hidden in the wing. The gun fires 55-rounds per second either at a target in the air or on the ground.
  • Drug testing coming to e-sports after doping admission (2015-07-24 16:23:38)
    The world's largest e-sports organization said Friday it will crack down on the use of drugs intended to give players an edge in video game tournaments. The move by Germany-based Electronic Sports League came after a professional player went on the record in an online interview saying he and a group of former teammates "were all on Adderall" during a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive game match.
  • Apple Pay rival set to hit stores next month (2015-07-24 16:22:07)
    CurrentC, which is backed by a group of major retailers, faces a crowded field of mobile-payment competitors.
  • Winklevoss twins file paperwork to operate Gemini bitcoin exchange (2015-07-24 16:20:51)
    By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss earlier this week filed paperwork to operate a bitcoin exchange called Gemini for both individual and institutional investors in New York state, a spokeswoman said on Friday. The twins, best known for accusing Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg of stealing their idea, want to make the digital currency mainstream in the United States. The Winklevoss brothers filed an application on July 21 with the New York State Department of Financial Services to operate as a trust company.
  • The 404 Show 1,623: Car hacking, eSports doping, scathing Pixels reviews, Ghostbusters (podcast) (2015-07-24 16:20:37)
    A carefully choreographed car-hacking proof of concept has the planet freaking out, Pixels reviews are coming out and they aren't very nice, eSports players are about to get drug tested and we find new love for the Ghostbusters reboot.
  • Computer slips into diva mode to sing sappy '90s ballads (2015-07-24 16:19:00)
  • Cat Shake gives you an endless stream of OMG KITTIES (2015-07-24 15:57:00)
  • AT&T creates mobile and video giant after sealing DirecTV deal (2015-07-24 15:55:56)
    Shortly after winning FCC approval, AT&T closes its deal to buy the satellite TV provider. DirecTV's video relationships could become key as more content is delivered on mobile devices.
  • Fund this: NanoHold suctions your smartphone to nearly any surface (2015-07-24 15:49:11)
    Whether for cooking in the kitchen or snapping selfies hands-free, this little sticky pad looks like a winner.
  • Fingerprint sensors could be coming to the Apple TV (2015-07-24 15:40:02)
    Apple files for a patent that uses fingerprint sensors on remotes. We still don't know how many Apple Watches have been sold, and the worst Apple Back-To-School promo EVER.