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  • Canada's BCE to take unit Bell Aliant private (2014-07-23 07:50:00)
    (Reuters) - BCE Inc , Canada's largest telecommunications company, said it would take Bell Aliant Inc private by buying the stake it does not already own in the company for about C$3.95 billion ($3.68 billion). BCE controls 44 percent of Bell Aliant, which offers telecom services in eastern Canada, and values the remaining stake at C$31 per share – a premium of about 10 percent to the stock's close on Tuesday. "Privatizing Bell Aliant enhances our broadband investment strategy and capital markets objectives," said BCE Chief Executive George Cope. Bell Aliant shareholders can elect to receive either C$31 in cash, or 0.6371 of one BCE share, or C$7.75 in cash and 0.4778 of one BCE share for every share they own, the companies said.
  • Oculus Rift tuns 'X-Men' into a VR head trip (2014-07-23 07:29:00)
  • Motorola now wants you to buy temporary digital tattoos to unlock your Moto X (2014-07-23 07:15:34)
    Remember the Motorola Skip? A tiny wearable smartphone accessory that can help you quickly unlock the Moto X and other 2013 Moto Droid handsets? Well, Motorola has devised a similar version of the Skip, but this time around it goes on your skin rather than on a piece of clothing. The company has partnered with VivaLnk, and started selling a temporary Digital Tattoo that can be worn on the user’s skin to quickly unlock the Moto X. The idea is not that surprising, considering what Motorola has been talking about in its Google-related past, when it comes to unlocking smart devices. While Digital Tattoos can be quite convenient, doing away with having to constantly enter a PIN code to unlock
  • Sense is a glowing sphere that watches over you while you sleep (2014-07-23 07:00:04)
    At age 19, Londoner James Proud decided to skip out on college and move to the States. As one of several "Thiel Fellows," Proud received a $100,000 grant from esteemed venture capitalist Peter Thiel to skip college, move to San Francisco, and start working in tech.
  • Smoke signals replace wires in interactive art installation (2014-07-23 06:41:50)
    Binairy Talk is a charming interactive installation that blends smoke signals with computer language. Created by a pair of German design students, the project takes text input and transforms it into binary code as part of an attempt to illustrate how data surrounds us constantly. The results are then represented by puffs of water vapor which are subsequently blasted across the room by what looks like a modified loudspeaker. After crossing through a laser sensor, the signals are processed and translated into comprehensible writing once more. ...
  • TalkTalk attracts 185,000 new customers to its family TV offer (2014-07-23 06:13:04)
    By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - British broadband provider TalkTalk added 185,000 subscribers to its TV service in its first quarter, taking its base to more than 1.1 million and helping revenue rise 3.1 percent to 434 million pounds ($741 million). The company, which serves the value segment of the market, is selling more services such as TV and mobile to the 4.1 million broadband customers on its network to boost revenue. Chief Executive Dido Harding said the strategy had delivered a sixth consecutive quarter of revenue growth and, although net broadband adds rose by a relatively modest 10,000, it was the seventh consecutive quarter of growth on that measure as well. Its bigger rivals BT and BSkyB, both of which are using premium sports programing to boost broadband subscribers, are expected to report net additions of 100,000 and 90,000 respectively when they post numbers over the next eight days, analysts at Jefferies said.
  • William Shatner reviews Facebook's new VIP-only Mentions app (2014-07-23 06:06:00)
  • Microsoft's Lumia 530 takes on Android at the low end (2014-07-23 04:45:25)
    Microsoft has a new smartphone competitor for the low end: the Lumia 530. Designed as a successor to the popular Lumia 520, Microsoft’s Lumia 530 includes similar specifications and a low price point of just 85 euros ($114) before taxes and subsidies. While the Lumia 525, a revision of the 520, included 1GB of RAM, Microsoft has opted for 512MB of RAM in the Lumia 530 and just 4GB of storage and a quad-core processor.  The Lumia 530 also includes on-screen buttons, joining the Lumia 630 as the second Windows Phone to include this new functionality. Beyond the specifications, this device could be significant for Windows Phone.
  • Microsoft's first post-Nokia phone is the budget Lumia 530 (2014-07-23 04:42:00)
  • YouTube star sued for copyright to the tune of $150,000 per song (2014-07-23 04:16:00)
  • Hang a digital art store on your wall with Framed 2.0 (2014-07-23 04:08:44)
    Over three years ago, Japanese artist and designer Yugo Nakamura presented a concept that would bring digital art to our walls. Just two weeks ago, American startup Electric Objects launched its EO1 picture frame, which is very similar to Framed, onto Kickstarter. Now, the designer and his business associate William Lai are launching their own consumer-focused frame through their company FRM with its own Kickstarter campaign. While Electric Objects' effort sticks closely to the 2011 Framed concept unveiled by Nakamura, the new Framed adds a few extras that weren't in its original launch three years ago.
  • Ultra high definition TVs boost LG Display profit (2014-07-23 03:51:29)
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — LG Display Co. said profit for the April-June quarter more than doubled as a stronger won reduced the value of its foreign debt and the World Cup boosted demand for ultra-high-definition TVs.
  • The UK is about to unleash a 'fart machine' on France (2014-07-23 03:39:37)
    A British inventor is preparing to let rip the loudest fart that France has ever heard. In order to accomplish this mission, Colin Furze put together a valveless pulse jet, a propulsion device sometimes used by hobbyists to power model aircraft and other remote-controlled vehicles. Furze intends to have his absurd contraption prepared by July 24th, which is when he plans to unleash auditory hell from the cliffs of Dover, England.
  • Sony invests in image sensor production amid 'selfie' boom (2014-07-23 03:34:58)
    Sony Corp said on Thursday it would invest 35 billion yen ($345 million) to increase production of image sensors for smartphones and tablets, as the company courts handset makers to get more orders for front-facing camera sensors, used to take selfies. The Japanese firm said it will increase production of stacked CMOS sensors at two factories on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, while completing work on a factory in northwestern Japan it bought from Renesas Electronics Corp for a total investment of 35 billion yen. Sony, which currently supplies image sensors for the main camera in Apple Inc's iPhone said the investment will allow it to raise production by 13 percent to 68,000 wafers a month by August 2015, a step closer to its mid-term goal of 75,000. Imaging sensors are an area of strength for Sony, which leads the market ahead of Omnivision Technologies Inc, whose sensors are mostly used in front-facing smartphone modules that typically have lower specifications than the main rear camera.
  • eBay still sees Russia as top priority in emerging markets (2014-07-23 03:27:56)
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Online retailer eBay Inc still sees Russia as a top priority in emerging markets, Vice President Wendy Jones told a news conference on Wednesday. "We said three years ago that the Russian marketplace is eBay's top priority in emerging markets. It was true then and it is true now," Jones told a news conference dedicated to the signing of a memorandum with Russian Post. (Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; writing by Katya Golubkova)
  • Relive your NES glory days with a gamepad that feels like the real thing (2014-07-23 02:47:00)
  • HBO's 'Westworld' TV pilot will star Anthony Hopkins and lethal androids (2014-07-23 02:46:37)
    HBO has greenlit a pilot for a TV show based on 1973 sci-fi movie Westworld, about lifelike robots breaking their programming to murder guests in a luxury theme park. Deadline reports the production will keep the setting of the original movie, and will star Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood in "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin." Westworld was set in a Delos, a theme park made up of three distinct zones — Medieval World, Roman World, and the eponymous West World — and populated with humanoid androids. The pilot will keep the film's theme park setting Fittingly, given the subject material, the TV pilot is being developed by J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot production company.
  • StubHub was victim of cyber fraud ring; arrests to be announced (2014-07-23 01:48:57)
    By Deepa Seetharaman and Jim Finkle SEATTLE/BOSTON (Reuters) - eBay Inc's StubHub online ticket resale service said it was the victim of a massive international cyber fraud ring, the details of which authorities plan to disclose on Wednesday as they announce arrests in the case. StubHub's head of global communications, Glenn Lehrman, told Reuters late on Tuesday that his firm has been working with law enforcement around the world for the last year on the case. Lehrman said he could not say how much money was involved or how many people were being charged ahead of announcements planned by authorities in several countries on Wednesday. Fraudulent charges were posted after hackers obtained user credentials by hacking into other sites, then used them to log in StubHub, he said.
  • Technology and recession are cutting into blue collar jobs (2014-07-23 01:04:00)
  • Google Maps now gives you detailed ads for local stores (2014-07-22 23:48:00)
  • iOS 8 beta 4 comes with special roaming setting for Europe (2014-07-22 23:30:26)
    Among the new features added to iOS 8 beta 4, Apple’s latest iOS 8 pre-release version that was released to developers on Monday, there’s nifty a new setting ready to handle roaming in the European Union, Cult of Mac reports. FROM EARLIER: iOS 8 beta 4 is now available for download By going to Cellular settings, users can easily discover a new “EU Internet” toggle that lets them turn it on and off, depending on where they plan to travel. The option is found right under the “Data Roaming” setting (pictured above), and is supposed to address the new roaming rules for the region. “Turn off data roaming when traveling to avoid charges when web browsing and using email, MMS, and other
  • AP source: Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts (2014-07-22 23:11:00)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Cyber thieves got into more than 1,000 StubHub customers' accounts and fraudulently bought tickets for events through the online ticket reseller, a law enforcement official and the company said Tuesday.
  • Google's new, image-rich Play Store for Android is rolling out now (2014-07-22 22:35:00)
  • This free mod makes Watch Dogs look more gorgeous than ever before (2014-07-22 22:25:31)
    Watch Dogs is one of the best games of the year and a decent showcase title for the new generation consoles, but it still doesn’t stand up to the seemingly professionally doctored demo from E3 2012. What we saw two years ago was a game that looked more stunning than just about anything else on the market — the reality wasn’t quite as impressive. Now, just two months after the game’s release, PC modder Federico Rojas (aka TheWorst) has released the final version of his graphics mod for Watch Dogs on the PC, bringing the retail release up to speed with the pipe dream from the original demo. “This is going to be the last version,” Rojas wrote in the 1.0 release
  • Some WSJ computer systems taken offline after cyber attack: Dow Jones (2014-07-22 21:59:11)
    (Reuters) - Computer systems containing the Wall Street Journal's news graphics were hacked by outside parties, according to the paper's publisher Dow Jones & Co. The systems have been taken offline to prevent the spread of attacks, but Journal officials have not found any damage to the graphics, the newspaper said citing people at the Wall Street Journal familiar with the matter. A hacker who goes by the Twitter handle of w0rm allegedly posted tweets and screenshots claiming to have hacked the Journal's website and offered to sell user information and credentials needed to control the server. Representatives for Dow Jones were not immediately available for comment.
  • Microsoft will merge separate versions of Windows into one unified operating system (2014-07-22 21:38:58)
    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has confirmed that the his company will amalgamate all major versions of Windows into one operating system. Speaking on the company's quarterly earnings call today, Nadella told analysts Microsoft will "streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system." Describing the implications of the change, Nadella said "this means one operating system that covers all screen sizes." Previously, under the management of Steve Ballmer, Microsoft had multiple teams producing different versions of Windows working separately from each other. "Now," Nadella said, "we have one team with a common architecture." The Microsoft boss noted the benefit for users and developers — while Microsoft will still sell different editions of Windows, the new unified platform will allow the creation of universal Windows apps that work across all devices running the OS.
  • Netflix will attack six European markets this September (2014-07-22 21:30:54)
    It’s no secret that Netflix to expand in additional European markets this year, but the company has never offered an exact rollout plan for the new countries it wants to conquer. Fortunately, in a new letter to shareholders spotted by Android Police, Netflix confirmed that its European presence will see a significant increase in September, when the movie streaming service will reach six new markets. “Outside the U.S., we generated continued growth in all of our markets. We ended Q2 with 13.8 million international members, growing 78% y/y,” the company wrote in the letter. “In September, we’ll be launching Netflix in Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, and Luxembourg. This launch into markets with over 60 million broadband households will significantly
  • With sales sputtering, Apple's iPad looks to IBM alliance (2014-07-22 21:23:27)
    By Christina Farr SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc's iPad is losing steam just four years after its release, but an alliance with International Business Machines Corp could rejuvenate a flagging product by entering into a largely untapped corporate market. Apple shipped 13.2 million iPads in the June quarter, 8 percent fewer than a year earlier and lagging Wall Street's forecast for 14 million or more. Apple helped create the tablet market in 2010 with its first iPad. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook described iPad sales as "very bifurcated" - they continue to grow at 50 percent or above in emerging markets such as the Middle East and China, but in developed countries like the United States, the "market is weaker."     Research firm IDC lowered its forecast for 2014 worldwide tablet demand growth to 12.1 percent - a fraction of the 51.8 percent expansion of 2013.
  • Amazon Fire Phone review (2014-07-22 21:00:36)
    David Pierce reviews Amazon's Firephone. To find out more, visit the full review at the link above.
  • Amazon Fire phone review: a unique device, but you're better off waiting for the sequel (2014-07-22 21:00:00)
  • Edward Snowden's preferred OS has a major security flaw (2014-07-22 20:37:00)
  • Watch the trailer for 'When Marnie Was There,' the latest film from the legendary Studio Ghibli (2014-07-22 20:19:02)
    Revered animator Hayao Miyazaki may have bowed out of animation with the stunning, controversial The Wind Rises, but his Studio Ghibli still has talent to spare. Hiromasa Yonebayashi is one such example; Like Arrietty, When Marnie Was There is an adaptation of a British children's novel, this time by Joan G. Robinson; Studio Ghibli hasn't announced plans for the rest of the world, but if The Wind Rises is any indication, you'll probably have to wait until 2015;
  • Engadget Daily: NVIDIA's Shield Tablet, Atari's 'Pridefest' and more! (2014-07-22 20:10:00)
  • Employee lawsuit targeting Apple for unpaid wages gets class action status (2014-07-22 20:00:28)
    A three-year-old lawsuit targeting Apple by former employees at its retail and corporate locations has been certified by the California Superior Court, and given class-action status. Filed in 2011 by Brandon Felczer — who spent about a year working for Apple — (along with three others), the complaint accuses the company of violating California labor codes by not providing time for employees to eat, rest, see itemized wage statements, or get paid in a reasonable amount of time after employment ended. The complaint is effectively asking for backpay on these periods, citing California Labor Codes, as well as asking for them to be applied to other former workers who were in similar situations going all the way back to December 16th, 2007. Per Recode, the lawsuit could be open to around 20,000 Apple employees in California if and when it makes it to a jury trial.
  • ASUS has the world's fastest WiFi router... for now (2014-07-22 19:53:00)
  • Microsoft CEO sees 'bold' plan as 4Q tops Street (2014-07-22 19:42:39)
    REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella painted an upbeat vision of the future Tuesday, saying that the next version of Windows will be unified across screens of all sizes and that two money-losing units — Nokia phones and Bing search — would become profitable in 2016.
  • Google made failed bid for Spotify (2014-07-22 19:36:44)
    Internet titan Google tried last year to buy streaming music service Spotify but backed off for reasons including a whopping price tag, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. In a letter filed late last year with regulators at the US Securities and Exchange Commission, California-based Google said that it planned on spending $20 billion to $30 billion acquiring companies or technology abroad. Google also revealed that it had recently looked into buying a foreign company, which it did not name, for from $4 billion to $5 billion but that the deal did not work out. Google has its own music service at its Play online shop and set out to bolster its offering with the recent purchase of startup Songza.
  • Microsoft sees end to Nokia losses, shares rise after hours (2014-07-22 19:34:06)
    By Bill Rigby SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said it aims to get its loss-making Nokia phone unit to break even within two years, helping its stock rise in after-hours trade. Microsoft's chief financial officer said in a call with analysts that the company plans to take $1 billion in costs out of the Nokia operation and stop its losses by fiscal 2016 - which ends in June 2016 - following massive job cuts announced last week. "The expense guidance around Nokia was much better than feared," said Daniel Ives, an analyst at FBR Capital Markets. "While there is still some heavy lifting ahead, it appears brighter days are on the horizon for Microsoft after a decade of pain and frustration." Microsoft shares hit new 14-year highs over the past week, and were up 1.1 percent at $45.33 after hours.
  • U.K. has a new punishment-free plan to turn download pirates into buyers (2014-07-22 19:30:35)
    The British government has apparently decriminalized online piracy, VG247 reports, and pirates who download illegal copies of movies, music and games will no longer be punished, as the U.K. has figured out its actions against pirates were not working anyway. The government will still send out warning letters to Internet users who download illegal content, but after the fourth warning, no further action will be taken. Instead of punishing people who constantly download illegal stuff, the government, joint by UK’s biggest Internet providers – including BT, TalkTalk, Virgin and Sky – will try to convince people to download legal content by informing them about the sources where legal content can be purchased. The initiative, called the Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme (VCAP), is
  • Artist uses over-sized pixels to keep an eye on London's pedestrians (2014-07-22 19:09:00)
  • Broadcom cuts 2,500 jobs in wind-down of baseband unit (2014-07-22 18:45:11)
    By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Broadcom Corp said on Tuesday it is winding down its money-losing cellular baseband chip business and cutting one-fifth of its total workforce, instead of selling the unit. Chief Executive Scott McGregor told analysts on a conference call that after Broadcom said in early June it would exit baseband and then tested the market for a possible sale, the company decided to shut it down. Broadcom said it has cut 250 sales and administrative jobs and expects to reduce worldwide headcount by another 2,250 employees. Earlier on Tuesday, Broadcom reported stronger-than-expected adjusted second-quarter earnings and gave a third-quarter gross margin forecast that pushed the chipmaker's stock higher.
  • The world's most secure OS may have a serious problem (2014-07-22 18:39:08)
    The Tails operating system is one of the most trusted platforms in cryptography, favored by Edward Snowden and booted up more than 11,000 times per day in May. But according to the security firm Exodus Intelligence, the program may not be as secure as many thought. The company says they've discovered an undisclosed vulnerability that will let attackers deanonymize Tails computers and even execute code remotely, potentially exposing users to malware attacks. Exodus is currently working with Tails to patch the bug, and expects to hand over a full report on the exploit next week. "We're hesitant to release any technical details because we don't want anyone to be able to reproduce [the exploit]," Exodus co-founder Aaron Portnoy told The Verge.
  • The EFF has a new tool that will stop websites from spying on you (2014-07-22 18:35:41)
    Things have gotten to the point where many Internet users are starting to assume that almost every website on the Net is spying on them or tracking them in some way. And the sad reality is in most cases, they’re correct — nearly all websites people might visit contain some code that is intended to monitor, track or even “spy” on users. So for the privacy conscious among us, is there anything we can do to stop the madness? The answer, of course, is yes. There are several tools out there that look to curtail or even completely prevent website spying and tracking, and one of them comes from what is perhaps the most familiar name in digital rights: The Electronic
  • You can now unlock your Motorola phone with a 'digital tattoo' (2014-07-22 18:34:00)
  • Japan's prime minister wants to host the first 'robot Olympics' in 2020 (2014-07-22 18:21:22)
    Now Japan's prime minister wants to take that idea to the largest stage possible. Speaking to reporters last weekend at a robot factory north of Tokyo, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was reported by Jiji Press (via the Telegraph) as saying: "In 2020 I would like to gather all of the world's robots and aim to hold an Olympics where they compete in technical skill." Tokyo is already hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics, but presumably the robot competition would be a separate event.
  • Apple post biggest earnings gain in nearly 2 years (2014-07-22 18:16:35)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's growth prospects are looking brighter as anticipation builds for the upcoming release of the next iPhone, a model that is expected to cater to consumers yearning for a bigger screen.
  • Apple revenue lags Street's view despite strong China growth (2014-07-22 18:05:08)
    By Christina Farr and Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc posted a smaller-than-expected 6 percent rise in quarterly revenue on Tuesday, but revenue surged 28 percent in greater China despite stiff competition in its third-largest market. It sold 35.2 million iPhones in the June quarter, a rise of about 13 percent that was in line with analysts' projections, helped by a strong performance in an Asian market considered crucial to Apple's longer-term growth prospects. Chief Executive Tim Cook told analysts on a conference call that Apple's Chinese performance was "honestly surprising." Unit iPhone sales iPhones jumped about 48 percent and Mac computer sales rose 39 percent in the June quarter, Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri said in an interview. This month, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd estimated April-June operating profit far below most analysts' forecasts, as its Galaxy S5 sold more slowly than expected in the face of severe competition.    "We have a really good runway in front of us with China Mobile," Maestri said, referring to Apple's main carrier partner in the world's No. 2 economy.
  • Zepp takes a swing at baseball with its tiny data analyzer (2014-07-22 17:55:00)
  • Electronic Arts profit surpasses Wall Street expectations (2014-07-22 17:54:47)
    By Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc reported better-than-expected revenue and profit for the first quarter, driven by robust sales of titles such as "Titanfall," digital revenue and cost control. "On the digital side, (we saw) great continued growth on mobile and PC full game downloads and our subscriptions business with all of those up dramatically," CFO Blake Jorgensen said in an interview. Games such as "Ultimate Fighting Championship," soccer title "FIFA" and shooter game "Titanfall" were strong revenue drivers, Jorgensen said. Electronic Arts shares were relatively unchanged after closing at $38.42 on the Nasdaq on Tuesday.
  • This is how Comcast explains its awful customer care (2014-07-22 17:50:30)
    A call to Comcast’s customer service last week went viral, as a customer who also happens to be a well-known tech blogger recorded the call with a Comcast employee, who tried to do everything humanly possible to prevent a service cancellation. Comcast is apparently very sorry about the incident, and the company published a memo in The Consumerist, where the company’s COO Dave Watson tried to explain the company’s side of the story. In short, Comcast is annoyed at how it all went – and it’s probably even more annoyed the call was recorded in the first place – but that doesn’t mean it’ll stop trying to prevent service cancellations in the future. It’ll just do it in a different, more respectful
  • Apple's iPhone sales rose 48 percent in China in June quarter: CFO (2014-07-22 17:45:54)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple's iPhone unit sales in greater China jumped about 48 percent and Mac computer sales rose 39 percent in the June quarter, Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri told Reuters on Tuesday. Lower-cost phones sold there by up-and-coming rivals, such as Xiaomi, appeared to be taking market share mainly from other companies that rely on Google's Android mobile software, Maestri added. "We have a really good runway in front of us with China Mobile," Maestri said in an interview, referring to Apple's main carrier partner in the world's No. 2 economy. ...
  • LinkedIn to buy ad tech company Bizo for $175M (2014-07-22 17:44:46)
    NEW YORK (AP) — LinkedIn Corp. is spending $175 million to buy Bizo, a provider of advertising technology and measurement services aimed at professionals.
  • Microsoft 4Q earnings hurt by Nokia acquisition (2014-07-22 17:40:06)
    REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft Corp. reported fourth-quarter earnings that took a hit from the Nokia devices business that it bought in April, but the company said growth in Internet-based computing services to businesses boosted results.
  • Microsoft profit hurt by Nokia, but revenues jump (2014-07-22 17:29:47)
    Microsoft said Tuesday profits took a hit from its newly acquired Nokia phone division but that revenues got a strong lift from cloud services. The US tech giant's new chief executive Satya Nadella said the results suggested that Microsoft's shift to services amid declining personal computer sales was starting to pay off. The earnings came just days after Microsoft announced its biggest job cuts ever with Nadella calling for a new focus at the US tech giant while integrating the Nokia phone division acquired this year. The company said it would slash 18,000 jobs from its global workforce over the next year, the majority from the Nokia handset unit.
  • Facebook's Zuckerberg to testify at N.Y. forgery trial: prosecutors (2014-07-22 17:26:07)
    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - The government will call Mark Zuckerberg to testify against an upstate New York man accused of trying to cheat the billionaire founder of Facebook Inc out of half his stake in the social media company, a federal prosecutor said on Tuesday. Zuckerberg is expected to be a key witness against Paul Ceglia, who is charged with forging a 2003 contract with Zuckerberg that purportedly entitled him to half of Facebook. “It's a witness that the government 100 percent knows it will be calling at trial,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Frey said at a court hearing before U.S. District Judge Andrew Carter in New York federal court. The charges stem in part from a 2010 civil lawsuit Ceglia filed against Zuckerberg and Facebook in Buffalo, New York, claiming the two men signed a contract when Zuckerberg was a freshman at Harvard University that gave Ceglia half of a planned social networking website.
  • Government turns to robots for security interviews (2014-07-22 17:26:00)
  • This is one of the biggest iPhone 6 leaks we’ve seen so far (2014-07-22 17:19:56)
    We’re more certain than ever that the iPhone 6 is less than two months from release, which means the leaks will likely continue unabated until Apple finally takes the stage this fall. On Tuesday, dropped one of the most substantial leaks we’ve seen so far, including images of the Lightning flex cable, headphone parts and the endlessly leaked rear shell for the iPhone 6 body. FROM EARLIER: iPhone 6 shell with embedded Apple logo seemingly seen for first time As MacRumors points out, the flex cable appears to include a headphone jack next to the microphone and the Lightning port, similar to the arrangement on the iPhone 5s, but with two visible screw holes. Those holes do line up with the
  • Hacking experts build device to protect cars from cyber attacks (2014-07-22 17:18:58)
    By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - Two security experts who a year ago exposed methods for hacking the Toyota Prius and Ford Escape say they have developed technology that would keep automobiles safe from cyber attacks. At last summer's Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas, the two researchers, Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller, described ways to launch dangerous attacks, including manipulating the brakes of the moving Prius and the Ford Escape. Valasek told Reuters on Tuesday that he and Miller will show off a prototype vehicle "intrusion prevention device" at next month's Black Hat hacking conference in Las Vegas.
  • Apple's fiscal 3Q earnings top analyst forecasts (2014-07-22 17:00:31)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's growth prospects are looking brighter as anticipation builds for the upcoming release of the next iPhone, a model that is expected to cater to consumers yearning for a bigger screen.
  • Broadcom posts mixed quarterly report, stock gains (2014-07-22 16:58:22)
    By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Broadcom posted better-than-expected adjusted second-quarter earnings on Tuesday that pushed the chipmaker's stock higher as it plans to exit the fiercely competitive cellular baseband business. Broadcom, a leader in connectivity chips with features like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, reported second-quarter revenue of $2.04 billion, down 2.3 percent from the year-ago period. It said revenue in the third quarter would be between $2.10 billion and $2.25 billion. The midpoint of its forecast is $2.175 billion. ...
  • Two of the biggest games of the year just received worrying delays (2014-07-22 16:52:07)
    Anyone who bought Battlefield 4 when it released last year could tell you just how broken it was out of the box. EA simply didn’t put enough time into what should have been a massive blockbuster, and it cost them dearly. Now, just months from the first real holiday season of the new generation, EA announced in its quarterly financial report that Battlefield: Hardline isn’t going to make its October release date. In fact, it’s not even going to go on sale this year. “Today we are announcing that Battlefield Hardline will launch in early 2015,” writes EA’s Dan Mitre on the Battlefield Blog. “Obviously, this is big news, so I’d like to address why we’re making this change.” After launching
  • China and Macs power Apple's growth as iPad demand wanes (2014-07-22 16:52:00)
  • Microsoft 4Q earnings come up short on Nokia loss (2014-07-22 16:47:09)
    REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft is reporting fourth-quarter earnings that came in below analyst expectations, as it took a hit from the Nokia devices business that it bought in April.
  • This may be the greatest invention in the history of water balloons (2014-07-22 16:42:52)
    If you've ever had the pleasure of participating in a water balloon fight, you will concur that the most frustrating part of battle is reloading. You think you've got an uninflated balloon securely attached to the end of a garden hose, and then as soon as you turn on the water, *snap*, the balloon comes flying off. Now some ambitious inventor has come up with a solution to all those problems: a device that lets you easily fill up 37 water balloons at once, and 100 in less than a minute. If it works as promised, the aptly named "Bunch O' Balloons" currently seeking $10,000 in backing on Kickstarter, could be the greatest thing to happen to water balloons since the slingshot.
  • Apple posts $7.7 billion in profit, but all eyes look to new products in the fall (2014-07-22 16:34:03)
    In what can only be described as the typical lull for Apple ahead of new fall product launches, the company's reported earnings that beat its own expectations, but fell just shy of Wall Street's. Helping once again though was the 10-month-old iPhone, which accounted for more than half of Apple's sales. Apple just reported earnings of $1.28 per share, on revenue of $37.4 billion. The results come on the short side of what Wall Street was expecting in terms of revenue, but are right in the middle of Apple's own forecast, which was between $36 and $38 billion. By comparison, Apple pulled in earnings of $7.47 per share, on $35.3 billion during the same quarter last year, or $1.07 per share when adjusting for the split.
  • Apple posts monster Q3 profit on $37.43 in revenue, beats estimates (2014-07-22 16:31:32)
    Apple’s stock has been soaring lately, up more than 24% over the past three months. Shares took off in late April when Apple announced a 7-for-1 split that would take place in early June, and the stock has kept climbing gradually ever since, inching closer to an all-time high that now sits just north of $100 after adjusting for the split. And if Apple managed the blowout quarter some industry watchers are expecting it to report on Tuesday afternoon, $100 might not be far behind. Following a surprise beat in the fiscal second quarter of 2014, when Apple posted a net profit of $10.2 billion on $45.6 billion in quarterly sales, Apple is seen having kept up the pace in the June
  • China seals off 30,000 people after bubonic plague death (2014-07-22 16:31:28)
    Parts of Yumen, a city in northwestern China, have been sealed off after a local died of bubonic plague last week, reports Reuters. The 38-year-old man is said to have contracted the bacterial disease, also known as "the black death," after coming into contact with a type of rodent called a marmot. Moreover, 151 residents are under quarantine after coming into direct contact with the man who contracted the disease. City officials say that they have enough rice, flour, and oil to supply all 30,000 residents for up to a month, but reports haven’t yet mentioned how long this situation might last.
  • The cloud is Microsoft's biggest money maker as it reconsiders hardware and content (2014-07-22 16:22:00)
  • Microsoft revenue rises, profit falls as Nokia absorbed (2014-07-22 16:17:35)
    SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said on Tuesday its fiscal fourth-quarter revenue rose, but its profit fell, partly due to the effect of incorporating the handset business of Nokia, which it acquired in April. The world's largest software company reported quarterly profit of $4.61 billion, or 55 cents per share, compared with $4.96 billion, or 59 cents per share, in the year-ago quarter. Revenue rose 17 percent to $23.38 billion. (Reporting by Bill Rigby; Editing by Bernard Orr)
  • Electronic Arts revenue and profit rises in first quarter (2014-07-22 16:17:02)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc reported higher revenue and profit for the first quarter, driven by robust sales of its "Titanfall" game, digital sales and cost control. For the three months ended June 30, the company posted non-GAAP revenue of $775 million, compared with $495 million a year ago. Non-GAAP net income rose to $61 million, or 19 cents per share, from a loss of $121 million, or 40 cents per share, a year ago. (Reporting by Malathi Nayak. Editing by Andre Grenon)
  • Microsoft's Q4 2014 earnings show improved revenue, decreasing profits (2014-07-22 16:12:18)
    Microsoft has published its Q4 2014 earnings report, and the company has made $4.6 billion in net income on $23.38 billion in revenue. Stronger-than-expected PC demand helped Intel’s latest quarterly earnings, and it has also impacted Microsoft’s. OEM revenue for Windows increased by 3 percent this quarter, further hinting that the decline of traditional PC sales might be starting to slow down. As Microsoft battles to focus its efforts on mobile and the cloud, it is still attempting to push the Windows Phone platform. Microsoft has now acquired Nokia’s phone business, and it plans to focus solely on Windows Phone for the low- and high-end over the next 18 months.
  • The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store (2014-07-22 16:11:25)
    iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending July 21, 2014:
  • Oops! EPA goes off topic, tweets about Kardashian (2014-07-22 16:10:16)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's fight to clean up water pollution got a splash of pop culture Tuesday, thanks to an Internet flub involving reality TV star Kim Kardashian.
  • Microsoft misses Q4 estimates with earnings of $0.55 per share on $23.38 billion in sales (2014-07-22 16:04:16)
    Microsoft posted strong fiscal third-quarter earnings back in April, which helped carry the positive sentiment we’ve seen since Satya Nadella took over as CEO. Shares are now up about 12% over the past 12 months, having been given an extra boost when news leaked that Microsoft plans to eliminate 18,000 jobs, 12,500 of which will come from the Nokia devices and services business that Microsoft acquired recently. Heading into Tuesday’s report, Wall Street was expecting Microsoft to post fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $0.60 per share on revenue totalling $22.99 billion. The numbers are now in, and Microsoft missed estimates with a quarterly profit of $0.55 per share on $23.38 billion in sales. Operating income in the quarter was $6.48 billion. For the same quarter last year, Microsoft
  • Yo and the app hype machine (2014-07-22 16:00:00)
  • Target debuts an image-recognition shopping app (2014-07-22 15:45:53)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Target is introducing an app that lets users purchase items after scanning magazine ads with their smartphones. It's the latest offering from retailers looking to boost sales with the use of improving image-recognition technology.
  • Apple gets smartwatch patent (2014-07-22 15:43:53)
    A US patent made public on Tuesday bolstered rumors that Apple has designs on a smartwatch. "The invention pertains to an electronic wristwatch," said a summary in Apple patent paperwork on record with the US Patent and Trade Office. The patent describes an wrist band, possible with a touch screen, configured to connect wirelessly to a mobile device such as a smartphone. Disclosure of the patent added fuel to talk that California-based Apple intends to weigh into the blossoming wearable computing market with a smart watch.
  • Meet Humin, the Google Now-like assistant you desperately need (2014-07-22 15:40:01)
    Humin is a new iPhone application that can aggregate certain data from all sorts of sources to make your life easier, The Wall Street Journal reports. Specifically, Humin is able to pull contacts from various interactions, keep them in order on all devices and offer context-aware features. Humin founder Ankur Jain described the service as a “social OS,” with the app’s main purpose being making contacts management a much easier day-to-day chore. Humin hunts for contacts in email, social networks and calendars, building a master contact lists of “everyone who is willing to feed it their information.” The app also replaces the iPhone’s Phone app on a smartphone, offering users better assistance in managing their contacts depending on situation, and providing
  • eBay brings its RedLaser barcode-scanner app to Google Glass (2014-07-22 15:33:00)
  • Samsung's $120K, 105-inch TV: Better Than a Porsche? (2014-07-22 15:22:44)
    Samsung's 105-inch, curved LED LCD TV, with a resolution of 5120 x 2160, is the ultimate edition to your house. The TV vs. Porsche scenario is more likely the purchase decision for prospective buyers of Samsung's flagship TV, model number UN105S9W. With about 11 million pixels, the Samsung offers more resolution than almost any TV on Earth.
  • Protect yourself from identity theft (2014-07-22 15:20:25)
    NEW YORK (AP) — It's an almost weekly occurrence: On Tuesday, Goodwill said its computer systems may have been hacked, leading to the possible theft of customers' credit and debit card information. The nonprofit agency, which operates 2,900 stores in the U.S., said it is working with federal investigators to look into a possible breach.
  • Are we witnessing Windows Phone’s last stand? (2014-07-22 15:15:59)
    Much has been written about Microsoft’s unsettling plan to cut loose some 18,000 of its employees by the end of 2014. You could argue that it’s a necessary evil, or you could argue that it’s a short-sighted misstep. From what I’ve read, this is about Microsoft repositioning itself for the current reality it finds itself a part of. In many ways, Ballmer never took the steps to shape the company into a viable behemoth. Just as he laughed off the iPhone in 2007, he never really figured out that the company was slipping in a lot of ways — not the least of which was mindshare. Out of the 18,000 announced cuts, a staggering 12,500 will come from Nokia’s devices
  • New plugin-free web games run (almost) as well as their desktop counterparts (2014-07-22 14:59:00)
  • Why is California putting kill switches in our smartphones? (2014-07-22 14:51:08)
    Federal and state legislators are pushing hard for so-called smartphone kill-switch laws that'll let consumers remotely wipe their devices when they're lost or stolen. It's something the smartphone industry is already implementing on their own. What impact will these laws have? Josh Lowensohn explains.
  • Why Apple’s iPhone 6 should launch on September 12th (2014-07-22 14:50:33)
    While some reports say the next-gen iPhones will be launched on September 19th – not to mention that some retailers already offer pre-order options of the iPhone 6, despite the fact that it doesn’t yet exist – Business Insider has a different take on when the iPhone 6 should be released. FROM EARLIER: New report claims to reveal release date for iPhone 6 and ‘iPhone Air’ The publication says that since Tim Cook took over the CEO position from Steve Jobs, Apple always launched an iPhone two days after the operating system version made alongside that model was released for earlier devices. And the latest iOS version was released to users exactly 100 days after being unveiled at that year’s WWDC edition. That’s
  • Putin signs law seen as crimping social media (2014-07-22 14:48:43)
    President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday signed a law requiring Internet companies to store all personal data of Russian users at data centres in Russia, a move which could chill criticism on foreign social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. These companies, which do not have offices in Russia, have become a vital resource for opposition groups and refuse to hand over user data to governments. The use of Russian data centres would make them and other Internet companies subject to Russian laws on government access to information. The Kremlin said the law was aimed at "improving the management of personal data of Russian citizens on computer networks" and that companies which do not comply with the legislation would be blocked.
  • FAA temporarily halts all US flights to Israel (2014-07-22 14:37:32)
    The US Federal Aviation Administration issued a rare 24-hour ban on all flights from America to Israel's only public international airport on Tuesday afternoon, following reports that a rocket fired by Palestinian militants landed near the airport. Only three US airliners have service to Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv — Delta, United, and US Airways — meaning that all American flights to the country are effectively grounded for at least a day during the height of tourism season, as The New York Times points out. Several European airlines, including Air France and Lufthansa out of Germany, also said they were temporarily halting flights to Ben Gurion following the FAA ban, as the Times of Israel reported.
  • Apple TV now auto-plays the next episode of whatever you're watching on Netflix (2014-07-22 14:28:00)
  • Samsung's curved, 105-inch 4K TV is $120,000 (2014-07-22 14:25:54)
    Samsung's curved, 105-inch 4K TV was always going to be expensive. Today we got an answer: Samsung has priced the set at $119,999.99, a cost that immediately puts it out of reach for all but the most wealthy home theater enthusiasts. As evidence of that, Samsung won't be producing this TV in bulk. If you're already burning so much cash, it probably makes sense to just go for broke and sign up for the "Samsung Elite Service." This white glove treatment gets customers an in-mansion visit from Samsung's field engineers.
  • Crazy rumors say thinner iPad mini ‘Air’ is coming soon, 12.9-inch iPad Pro set for 2015 (2014-07-22 14:25:00)
    The iPhone 6 may be the hottest device coming from Apple this year, but that doesn’t mean the company has stopped working on some other interesting products. A new report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News says Apple will soon launch an even slimmer iPad mini model, and that it’s still working on a bigger iPad Pro version. FROM EARLIER: iPhone 6 and next-gen Retina iPad mini rendered by design master The third-generation iPad mini – awkwardly referred to as the “iPad mini Air” – will supposedly be 30% thinner than its predecessor. MacRumors points out that, with the Retina iPad mini, Apple increased the profile of the tablet from 7.2mm (in first-gen 7.9-inch tablet) to 7.5mm. Assuming the new report from
  • Get 'Deus Ex' series and other Square Enix classics in the latest Humble Bundle (2014-07-22 14:14:46)
    Pay more than the average, and you get 2012 game Hitman Absolution, mobile game Deus Ex: The Fall, Battlestations: Midway, and other titles. For $15 or more, the bundle includes the director's cut of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, the original Deus Ex, cooperative platformer Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days, and Just Cause 2.
  • PayPal signs "ten of thousands" customers in Nigerian launch (2014-07-22 14:14:21)
    By Chijioke Ohuocha LAGOS (Reuters) - PayPal has signed up "tens of thousand" of Nigerians in its first week of operating in Africa's biggest economy, with consumers already purchasing items from Britain, China and the United States via its online platform, a company official said. E-commerce remains in its infancy in most of Africa but is growing exponentially with the advent of online retailers such as Jumia, partly owned by South African phone operator MTN, and a growing middle class with money to spend. Citizens of Africa's most populous nation could not buy goods directly from foreign merchants before the launch by PayPal, the payments unit of online auctioneer eBay Inc. "We have seen great uptake by Nigerians ... in terms of coverage," Malvina Goldfeld, PayPal's head of business development for sub-Saharan Africa, said in Lagos on Tuesday. PayPal entered Nigeria and 10 other nations last month, providing online payment alternatives for consumers via mobile phones or PCs in markets often blighted by financial fraud.
  • EU antitrust regulators likely to step up Google probes: WSJ (2014-07-22 14:11:35)
    European Union antitrust regulators are preparing to step up investigations of Google Inc's practices on several fronts and are likely to revise certain terms of a settlement involving its search engine that was proposed earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. Google has been the target of a European Commission investigation since November 2010, when more than a dozen complainants, including Microsoft Corp, accused the company of promoting its own services at their expense. In February, Google agreed to make concessions on how it displays competitors' links, striking a deal that ended a three-year antitrust probe and avoided a hefty fine. Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said at the time he would accept Google's concessions without consulting complainants, prompting a furious response.
  • Scientists call for the decriminalization of sex work (2014-07-22 14:03:46)
    A prestigious group of HIV researchers made a loud and scientifically supported plea for the decriminalization of sex work at the 20th Annual International AIDS Conference yesterday, during a presentation of a series of seven studies published in The Lancet. The series centers around the importance of filling the gaps in sex work-focused HIV research, and providing sex workers with tools to prevent HIV infection. "These additional layers of stigma and criminalization that make it such that governments don’t want to engage, and that’s a loss to all of us," says Stefan Baral, a physician epidemiologist at John Hopkins University. The researcher was among those who presented their work last night, and called for increased support for sex workers. This is problematic because "we end up in a dynamic where we know very little about male sex workers." His study shows that part of the problem surrounding past interventions is that researchers have often tried to target male sex workers by targeting the larger population of men who have sex with men.
  • Kenu Airframe+: One of our favorite smartphone accessories just got even better (2014-07-22 14:00:46)
    Kenu’s Airframe is my favorite in-car phone mount, but for those of you with phablets or bulky cases, it’s a bit small. The company is seemingly well aware of that, and is making strides to address a broader market with the introduction of the Airframe+. Weighing under an ounce and supporting phones with screen sizes as large as 6-inches diagonally, the sized-up holster addresses one of the few gripes I had with the original. I’ve been using the Airframe+ for the past couple of weeks, and I can safely say that it’s a marked improvement over the already-impressive Airframe. Aside from easily handling phablets as massive as the Galaxy Mega, Kenu also made each side clip much deeper. The benefit here
  • Wacom's sketching app finally arrives on Android, Kindle Fire and Windows 8 (2014-07-22 13:54:00)
  • Google must face class action over kids' in-apps purchases (2014-07-22 13:52:12)
    By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Google Inc must face a class action lawsuit filed by a U.S. woman whose son had bought online videogame items without her consent, a federal judge ruled late on Monday as he turned down the company's request to dismiss the action. The case, which accuses Google of breaking various laws regarding fair dealing with consumers, can go forward, Judge Ronald Whyte ruled late on Monday in the U.S. district court in San Jose. He denied Google's motion to dismiss portions of the case that alleged its advertisements were "unfair, deceptive or misleading. ...
  • Did HTC just leak its unannounced smartwatch in a new video? (2014-07-22 13:44:34)
    Wearable tech hasn’t quite taken off like many analysts expected it to, but Android Wear could be the beginning of something big. Samsung and LG have already thrown their hats in the ring with the Gear Live and the G Watch, and Motorola hopes to blow everyone away with the gorgeous Moto 360 later this summer, but many of the biggest names in mobile electronics haven’t revealed their plans yet. HTC is one of those vendors, but we may have gotten our first glimpse of the company’s Android Wear entry in an HTC Design video published earlier this month. At 35 seconds in, we see an HTC employee sitting at his computer with two mysterious items sitting on his desk: an empty
  • Yet another sign that the iPhone 6 launch is going to be huge (2014-07-22 13:25:30)
    Apple is expected to launch two new iPhone models in 2014, a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and an even larger 5.5-inch “iPhone Air” phablet. Nothing is official yet, of course, but the months-long flow of rumors, leaks and solid reports has left consumers clamoring for new iPhone models with bigger screens and a sleek new design. Everything we’ve seen so far, from analyst estimates to reports of massive order volume with Apple’s manufacturing partners, has suggested that this year’s iPhone launches will be the biggest to date — and now we have yet another indication that iPhone 6 sales are going to be through the roof. FROM EARLIER: iPhone 6 release date may have just been revealed Watching smartphone trade-in patterns is
  • LG's rollable TVs are (predictably) very flexible (2014-07-22 13:23:00)
  • Is the iWatch Really the iTime? New Patent Details (2014-07-22 13:07:44)
    The long-rumored iWatch may not be called the iWatch after all. The US Patent and Trademark Office just granted Apple a patent for a smartwatch today (July 22), revealing some interesting features. Via Bluetooth, this smartwatch can connect to a mobile device and allow the user to control basic smartphone functions, such as viewing notifications and answering or declining phone calls.
  • Google must face U.S. privacy lawsuit over commingled user data (2014-07-22 13:07:05)
    A federal judge rejected Google Inc's bid to dismiss a privacy lawsuit claiming it commingled user data across different products and disclosed that data to advertisers without permission. Saying his decision was a close call, U.S. District Judge Paul Grewal in San Jose, California, ruled on Monday night that Google must face breach of contract and fraud claims by users of Android-powered devices who had downloaded at least one Android application through Google Play. Other parts of the lawsuit were dismissed, including claims brought on behalf of account users who switched to non-Android devices from Android devices after Google had changed its privacy policy in 2012 to allow the commingling. "Like Rocky rising from Apollo's uppercut in the 14th round, plaintiffs' complaint has sustained much damage but just manages to stand," Grewal wrote in a 28-page decision, referring to the film series starring Sylvester Stallone as the boxer Rocky Balboa.
  • United Tech elevator, jet-engine orders slow, shares drop (2014-07-22 13:04:11)
    United Technologies Corp posted tepid quarterly orders for its Otis elevators and Pratt & Whitney jet engines businesses, and shares of the diversified U.S. manufacturer fell nearly 2 percent on Tuesday. The company also cut its cash flow forecast for the year, while analysts said higher-than-expected second-quarter profit was muddied by uncertainty over one-time gains and losses. Shares of United Tech, a Dow index member whose products serve the aerospace and commercial building sectors, were off 1.9 percent in mid-day trading, while those of most rival manufacturers traded higher. United Tech Chief Financial Officer Greg Hayes noted that a year ago, orders at Otis had risen 39 percent in China, making for a difficult comparison this quarter.
  • The creepiest Internet tracking tool yet is ‘virtually impossible’ to block (2014-07-22 13:00:17)
    Internet users who are actively trying to make sure their online activity isn’t tracked by websites or government agencies should know there’s an even creepier tracking tool out there used by a variety of websites, “from to YouPorn,” as ProPublica puts it, that’s almost impossible to block. Called “canvas fingerprinting,” the tool built by AddThis instructs web browsers to create a hidden, unique image that can be used to track the user’s movements from site to site – much like a fingerprint – in order to deliver better targeted ads. The technology began testing earlier this year as a way to replace website cookies. Canvas fingerprinting has been first observed by researchers at Princeton University and KU Leuven University
  • A newer kind of web tracking is almost impossible to stop (2014-07-22 12:56:00)
  • iPhone 6 preorders already available from 30+ sellers (2014-07-22 12:31:48)
    Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6 probably won’t launch for about another two months, and all we have to go on right now in terms of what to expect is a series of leaks and unconfirmed reports. That won’t stop more than 30 companies from taking preorders for Apple’s upcoming new iPhone 6, however. FROM EARLIER: iPhone 6 and next-gen Retina iPad mini rendered by design master The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday reported that more than two dozen sellers have taken to Alibaba’s Taobao marketplace in an effort to capitalize on the incredible amount of hype surrounding Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6. The phone is expected to be the first iPhone to feature a significantly larger display; Apple’s iPhone 5 increased the screen size
  • Apple 'iTime' patent details a modular smartwatch with sensors in the band (2014-07-22 12:27:00)
  • Comcast admits its policies are responsible for customer harassment (2014-07-22 12:24:55)
    Comcast plans to reexamine the way it tries to keep subscribers from leaving its service, after a nightmarish call with one customer went viral last week and led to an outpouring of criticism. The recorded call included eight minutes of what Comcast calls a "Retention" agent attempting to argue a customer down from leaving, and Comcast now admits that much of this aggressive behavior was its own fault. "The agent on this call did a lot of what we trained him and paid him … to do," Dave Watson, Comcast's chief operating officer, writes in an internal letter that was published Monday morning, leaked to Consumerist, and verified by Ars Technica. As The Verge's Adrianne Jeffries reported last week, the agent's startling obstinacy was right in line with the ways in which Comcast motivates these employees — namely, having their pay rely on how many customers they lose and how many they keep from leaving.
  • Unannounced HTC smartwatch briefly appears in official video (2014-07-22 12:21:07)
    HTC may have let slip a tease of its upcoming Android Wear smartwatch. It turns out that a new video focused on HTC's lauded design department also offers an extremely brief peek at something else: an unnannounced wearable. An artist's reproduction of HTC's upcoming watch (with a steel band) was recently published by @evleaks. HTC has said it will have a wearable ready in time for the holiday season, so you'll likely be seeing the eagerly anticipated Moto 360 arrive on shelves first.
  • iPhone 6 in 4.7 or 5.5 Inches: Which Will You Buy? (2014-07-22 12:17:51)
    Based on various reports, it seems all but a lock that the iPhone 6 will come in two varieties. One model will apparently sport a 4.7-inch display, up from a puny 4 inches on the iPhone 5s. There's certainly a lot of pent-up demand for the iPhone 6.
  • This $30 spray will make you iPhone or Android phone waterproof (2014-07-22 12:04:48)
    Sony isn’t exactly enjoying smooth sailing in the global smartphone market right now, but it did start an awesome trend. Following the Japanese electronics giant’s lead, a number of smartphone vendors are now focused on making their flagship phones water-resistant. Samsung’s Galaxy S5, the company’s latest hero phone, is a perfect example, and the handset’s water-resistant treatment will end up saving consumers tons of money and plenty of aggravation by helping the phone survive spills and quick dunks. But what about those of us with handsets like the iPhone or various Android models that don’t feature any waterproofing? As it turns out, there may be a cheap product that can help. A company called Impervious offers a like-named solution that, according to the
  • Nintendo turns Luigi's death stare into a 'Mario Kart' commercial (2014-07-22 12:00:39)
    Mario Kart 8's twisted tracks and gravity-defying racing make it the best game in the series to date, but it might end up being remembered for something different: Luigi's death stare. The viral sensation has become such a big deal that Nintendo has even started incorporating it into its own marketing. A new Japanese ad for the Wii U racer features a series of slow motion glimpses at racers like Donkey Kong and Rosalina, but the highlight is easily Luigi's icy glare. If only he was driving a Mercedes.
  • Samsung's curved, 105-inch 4K TV can be yours for just $129,000 (2014-07-22 12:00:00)
  • Samsung's curved, 105-inch 4K TV can be yours for just $120,000 (2014-07-22 12:00:00)
  • O2 Travel add-on offers unlimited data in Europe for £2 per day (2014-07-22 11:50:00)
  • Web-connected cabins offer flight path for aerospace investors (2014-07-22 11:46:27)
    By Lionel Laurent LONDON (Reuters) - The web-connected aircraft cabins of the future, powered by technology on show at last week's Farnborough Airshow, are offering a path to investor returns through suppliers like Cobham Plc and Thales SA. The market for inflight wireless internet, entertainment and communications services, driven by a flying public who increasingly want to chat, tweet, stream movies and check Facebook uninterrupted, is set to grow to $2.1 billion by 2023 from $440 million in 2013, consultancy Euroconsult says. Florida-based LiveTV has more than 500 employees and expects 2014 revenue of over $150 million.
  • Amazon has a new service for managing payments, named Amazon Wallet (2014-07-22 11:36:00)
  • Is the ‘iTime’ Apple’s second smartwatch? (2014-07-22 11:35:28)
    As the age of the smartwatch begins, everyone is keeping a close eye on Apple. Considering the outrageous success of the iPhone, analysts and consumers alike believe that Apple might be able to turn the wearable industry on its head with a device that’s both functional and fashionable, but there’s still a lot we don’t know. The situation has become even more complicated this week as Patently Apple reports that Apple recently won a patent for something called the iTime, a wearable device with an entirely different feature set than the rumored iWatch. Unlike the iWatch, the iTime appears to be a much more basic device. Based on the photos appearing in the patent, the iTime will consist of a thin band (separated into two
  • First look: 'Heos by Denon' wireless speakers take Sonos head on (2014-07-22 11:30:00)
  • Obama commemorates moon landing's 45th anniversary (2014-07-22 11:25:15)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — This week's 45th anniversary of man's first landing on the moon is being celebrated at the White House.
  • Amazon launches Wallet app to digitally store your gift and loyalty cards (2014-07-22 11:20:00)
    Amazon likely has one or more of your credit cards already on file, so it only makes sense that one day the retail giant will make an app that lets you use digital versions of those cards wherever you'd like. Today isn't that day, but Amazon is launching a wallet app, albeit a very basic one. As spotted by TechCrunch, Amazon Wallet has quietly launched in beta in the Amazon Appstore and the Google Play Store. For now, it allows users to store and use their loyalty cards and gift cards, and to check what the balance is on gift cards from many large retail stores and restaurant chains.
  • This is what London's Heathrow airport would look like as a futuristic city (2014-07-22 11:13:43)
    London's Heathrow Airport is one of the world's busiest airports, serving 72.3 million travelers in 2013 alone, and demand for more flights is only growing. At least if London Mayor Boris Johnson gets his way. In order to keep up with skyrocketing demand projected for Heathrow into 2050s, Johnson years ago began advocating that Heathrow be closed and a new airport be built 40 miles east on a rural island in the Thames Estuary. Still, the London Mayor's Office has gone ahead and commissioned three outlandishly ambitious proposals from leading architectural firms for what to do with the area now occupied by Heathrow if it does end up moving.
  • KeyPoint wants you to try its multilingual smart keyboard for iOS 8 (2014-07-22 11:00:00)
  • Goodwill, feds investigate possible data breach (2014-07-22 10:58:28)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Nonprofit organization Goodwill Industries Inc. is working with federal officials to investigate a possible security breach.
  • 5 awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps that are free for a limited time (2014-07-22 10:44:11)
    Did you miss out on any of the awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps we’ve shared with you over the past few days that have gone on sale for free for a limited time? Don’t worry… we’ve got five more for you today. Supporting developers by paying for good apps is very important, but it’s difficult to resist a good sale every now and then. So get your iPhones and iPads ready, and be sure to download anything that looks appealing as soon as possible because these sales could end soon. 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
  • Google is adding free WiFi to Uber cars in Philadelphia, but only for the summer (2014-07-22 10:34:00)
  • Wikia Maps lets you annotate the Millennium Falcon (2014-07-22 10:33:36)
    Wiki-hosting service Wikia is launching a brand new feature that lets users collaboratively annotate maps of just about anything — and that includes nerdy fictional locations like Game of Thrones' Westeros or even the inside of the Millennium Falcon. Though it's still in beta, the new section of the site already includes a number of user-created maps that give you a good idea of what's possible. A detailed cut-away image of the Millennium Falcon, for example, has such nitty gritty details that you can read about the ship's freight loading room or check where all of the exits are. The maps are also embeddable so that they can be shared relatively easily — after a recent open beta the feature is now live to everyone.
  • The unbelievable life and death of Michael C. Ruppert (2014-07-22 10:30:03)
    By the second Sunday of April this year, Michael C. Ruppert was broke. The 63-year-old cop-turned-writer and firebrand gained fame by starring in Collapse, a 2009 documentary in which he predicts society’s destruction. Publicity from the film was great — he went on a countrywide promotional tour — but compensation had fizzled out. By April, he was receiving just a couple hundred dollars per month in royalties to supplement his meager Social Security checks.
  • Apple’s iPhone 6 launch will be even bigger than anyone imagined (2014-07-22 10:15:09)
    Apple has told suppliers to make between 70 million and 80 million combined 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 units by December 30, The Wall Street Journal has learned from sources familiar with the matter, in anticipation of what will be its biggest iPhone launch ever. Foxconn and Pegatron will start production of the smaller iPhone next month – something recent rumors also claimed – and Foxconn will be the exclusive maker of the 5.5-inch model, which will head to mass-production in September. Both companies are on a “hiring binge,” the Journal says, with Foxconn “hiring workers by the hundreds a day to staff production lines” at their factories in China. FROM EARLIER: New report claims to reveal release date for
  • The Bible's a mess, but a designer is fixing it (2014-07-22 10:06:27)
    Adam Greene, a book designer based in Santa Cruz, California, thinks he can change that with a Kickstarter for a new version of the Bible titled Bibliotheca. Bibliotheca is the realization of Greene’s long-held desire to help others discover the Bible. Bibliotheca consists of four volumes, three for the Old Testament and one for the New. "Growing up with the Bible, there were so many interpretive lenses held up to it for me," Greene tells The Verge.
  • Listen to the first 'Ninja Turtles' single from Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and Ty Dolla $ign (2014-07-22 10:05:52)
    As if the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie wasn't already going to be crazy enough, the film unveiled the first single off of its soundtrack last night — and it easily brings this movie onto a completely new level of insane. Called "Shell Shocked," the song is a thumping rap track featuring Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, Ty Dolla $ign, laying down lyrics that casually relate to the movie like, "All my brothers trying to get some cheddar / We all want to cut like Shredder. ...
  • Atari's betting its future on gays and gamblers (2014-07-22 10:00:00)
  • How to install iOS 8 beta 4 right now without a developer account (2014-07-22 09:50:15)
    Apple pushed out its fourth beta version of iOS 8 on Monday, and the update came right on time. iOS 8 beta 4 is a huge improvement over earlier betas in a number of ways, offering several new features such as a redesigned Control Center, as well as plenty of bug fixes that make it easier for iOS developers to test their apps ahead of iOS 8′s public release this fall. Of course, the fixes are also greatly appreciated by non-developers who pay $99 for the opportunity to get their hands on Apple’s unreleased iOS software before any of their friends. As it turns out, iPhone and iPad owners don’t even need to pay for a developer account to install iOS
  • The next Dance Central launches September 2nd on Xbox One (2014-07-22 09:33:00)
  • Netflix's Europe expansion seen eating into profits (2014-07-22 09:27:24)
    (Reuters) - Netflix Inc's planned expansion in Europe would set the video streaming company up for growth, but would increase content and marketing expenses in the near term, analysts said. At least 14 brokerages raised their target price on the company's stock by as much as $75 to a high of $550 on Tuesday, a day after the company said profit more than doubled in the quarter ended June 30. Netflix said it planned to expand into Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg in September, taking its international addressable market to more than 180 million broadband households — double the current U.S. market. Netflix, which now has over 50 million subscribers, is already present in European countries such as the UK, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland.
  • Samsung is already making fun of the iPhone 6 even though it doesn’t exist yet (2014-07-22 09:25:57)
    Samsung has a new Galaxy S5 ad out that makes fun of the iPhone. But instead of mocking the existing iPhone 5s, which outsold the Galaxy S5 in the latter’s first full month of sales despite being eight months old at the time, the company chose to have its fun at the expense of a product that doesn’t yet exist: The upcoming iPhone 6. FROM EARLIER: Check out this big iPhone 6 rumor round-up video Called “Screen Envy,” the new TV commercial reminds iPhone owners that the big smartphone screen they have been waiting for is already here, and has been here for a couple of years. Samsung is obviously well aware of the rumors saying Apple’s new iPhones will, for the
  • United Tech posts 8 percent profit rise, gives rosier outlook (2014-07-22 09:13:23)
    United Technologies Corp posted an 8 percent increase in quarterly profit, topping estimates, as sales of its elevators and aircraft parts helped offset a sluggish performance in its Pratt & Whitney engine business. The maker of Sikorsky helicopters and Otis elevators said second-quarter net income rose to $1.68 billion, or $1.84 per share, from $1.56 billion, or $1.71 per share, a year earlier. Analysts on average were looking for $1.71 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Revenue rose 7 percent to $17.19 billion. United Tech posted organic revenue growth of 3 percent, which excludes sales from a helicopter agreement with Canada and net divestitures.
  • How Apple and Google plan to reinvent healthcare (2014-07-22 09:11:45)
    Mike Dittenber had always wanted to go skydiving. “It would be a transformation, with a lot of big winners, and losers as well.”
  • Windows 9 Leak Shows Start Menu's Triumphant Return (2014-07-22 09:07:32)
    Based on what looks to be an early build of Windows 9, a new set of leaked images show both the revamped Start menu as well as some old-school window functionality for new-school users. Originally posted by Myce, the screens show off a build of Windows Threshold, Microsoft's Windows 8 follow-up that's designed to win over those sticking with Windows 7. The first image shows off the new Start menu we've seen before, fusing a Windows 7-style app list with colorful Live Tiles like Mail, Calendar and Weather, which originally debuted on the touch-friendly Windows 8 Start screen.
  • Nvidia's Shield Tablet wants to be the ultimate gaming device (2014-07-22 09:01:06)
    Nvidia wasn't able to get its graphics chips into either the Xbox One or the PlayStation 4, so it's doing the next best thing by trying to obviate home consoles altogether. Today the company introduces its new $299 Shield Tablet: an 8-inch Android device designed to sate all your gaming needs at once. It's powered by the souped-up Tegra K1 processor that Nvidia debuted to much fanfare in January, and already has a number of major game titles optimized to make use of its extra power. It's also compatible with a new Shield wireless controller and the same game-streaming capability as its predecessor Shield — allowing you to remotely play a game running on your PC at home.
  • NVIDIA's new Shield is a tablet built for gaming (2014-07-22 09:00:00)
  • Verizon 2Q profit rises 93 percent (2014-07-22 08:54:53)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon reported Tuesday that its second-quarter earnings nearly doubled after it secured full ownership of Verizon Wireless.
  • Give your OnePlus One a bamboo back for $49 (2014-07-22 08:38:00)
  • China's Xiaomi hopes Mi 4 smartphone can take on Apple (2014-07-22 08:36:19)
    Xiaomi launched its flagship Mi 4 smartphone at a glitzy event in Beijing, where the Chinese budget handset maker's chief executive sought to challenge larger U.S. rival Apple Inc. The Mi 4 comes as budget handset makers in China are competing more aggressively on price and generous features, with even high-end manufacturers feeling the pressure. Dressed in a black T-shirt and blue jeans, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun took aim repeatedly at iPhone maker Apple during the presentation on Tuesday, comparing the design and manufacturing process of his new 4G handset to the U.S. firm's more expensive offerings. "Even our white color is whiter!" Apple, which was due to announce second-quarter earnings later on Tuesday, was not immediately available to comment. The forthright Jun spent nearly an hour on stage describing the Mi 4 phone's construction - particularly its beveled metal rim whose similarity with Apple's phones drew murmurs of "iPhone" from the journalists at the event.
  • Is this simple spot the best MacBook commercial Apple has ever made? (2014-07-22 08:25:11)
    There’s no doubt about it, the MacBook Air is one of Apple’s most iconic products, a very successful addition to the company’s laptop line. To further remind users how popular its ultra-slim laptop is, Apple on Monday released a terrific new ad that focuses entirely on the Air. Called “Stickers,” the 30-second clip only shows the lid of the laptop alongside a vast collection of stickers applied on it, such as the one in the image above, that are supposed to show the love of Air owners for their chosen computing machine. The ad is short and simple, but it’s also very fun and it focuses on people’s love of the Air rather than on computing — after all, people already know about
  • Comcast's customer losses are slowing, which is no surprise since it's so hard to leave (2014-07-22 08:10:00)
  • Comcast, Lionsgate add more app content for film buyers (2014-07-22 08:06:30)
    (Reuters) - Lions Gate Entertainment Corp will provide extra content through apps for dystopian thriller "Divergent" and other films to Comcast Corp customers who purchase digital versions of the film through Xfinity On Demand, the companies announced on Tuesday. The "Divergent" app will be available starting Tuesday on mobile devices and later on TV through Comcast's X1 set-top box. Lions Gate also plans to release bonus app content for future films with digital purchases through Xfinity, the companies said.
  • iPhone 6 Initial Orders to Hit Whopping 70-80 Million (2014-07-22 08:00:39)
    While Samsung struggles to move its smartphone inventory, Apple is gearing up for what looks like its biggest launch ever. According to a new report, the company is ordering between 70 and 80 million iPhone 6 units before the end of the year. This new report from The Wall Street Journal appears to confirm that Apple will be selling two versions of the iPhone 6: one with a 4.7-inch display and one with a larger 5.5-inch screen.
  • 'One more thing': ex-Google exec says his Chinese employer is no Apple ripoff (2014-07-22 07:55:12)
    A man wearing a black top and denim jeans stands on stage promising to unveil "one more thing." As much as that might sound like the familiar finale to an Apple keynote, it's actually Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun building up to the announcement of his company's new Mi Band at an event in Beijing today. In the immediate wake of the Mi 4 launch event, Xiaomi's global vice president Hugo Barra spoke with The Verge and was keen to correct a few misconceptions around his company. He sees Mi as "an incredibly innovative company" that never stops trying to improve and refine its designs, and the allegations of it copying Apple are "sweeping sensationalist statements because they have nothing better to talk about." There are many overlaps in design between Apple's products and Mi's: the new Mi 4 has chamfered edges much like the iPhone, and the Mi Pad matches the screen size and resolution of the Retina iPad mini while using the same plastic as in the iPhone 5C.
  • Verizon reports solid Q2 results as tablets offset slowing smartphone sales (2014-07-22 07:50:14)
    Verizon on Tuesday posted second-quarter results that topped Wall Street’s expectations as huge tablet sales offset the continued decline of cell phone contract additions. Verizon posted earnings of $1.01 per share, or $4.34 billion in profit, which is down significantly from the $5.2 billion profit it recorded in the year-ago quarter. Revenue climbed nearly 6% to $31.48 billion, however. The nation’s top carrier only added 304,000 net new cell phone subscribers in the quarter, but 1.15 million new tablet additions certainly helped to bolster the company’s results. Verizon’s full press release follows below. Verizon Delivers Sixth Consecutive Quarter of Double-Digit Operating Income and Earnings Growth 2Q 2014 HIGHLIGHTS Consolidated • $1.01 in earnings per share (EPS), compared with 78 cents per share
  • Verizon enjoys a rush of new tablet users as smartphone plans stagnate (2014-07-22 07:48:00)
  • Comcast 2Q earnings top views on Internet hookups (2014-07-22 07:28:47)
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Comcast Corp.'s second-quarter net income rose 15 percent to nearly $2 billion as it added high-speed Internet customers at a faster pace than a year ago and video subscriber losses moderated.
  • China's most promising smartphone maker reveals first LTE phone, $13 fitness band (2014-07-22 07:21:31)
    Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi announced two new devices today: the Mi 4 smartphone and the Mi Band, which is also the company's first wearable. This is also the first LTE phone for Xiaomi, though it is currently only compatible with China's LTE networks.
  • Apple denies having included a backdoor in iOS or other products (2014-07-22 07:15:56)
    An extensive research paper from a security specialist revealed earlier this week that governments and other third-parties with malicious intentions would be able to use certain tools in iOS to extract information from iPhones and other iOS devices, without the user’s consent or knowledge. Apple has already issued a response on the matter, denying the existence of backdoors in its products, and further emphasizing the security and privacy features of iOS. “We have designed iOS so that its diagnostic functions do not compromise user privacy and security, but still provides needed information to enterprise IT departments, developers and Apple for troubleshooting technical issues,” Apple wrote in an email statement that was published on Twitter by Financial Times journalist Tim Bradshaw.
  • China says to crack down on pornography in mobile apps (2014-07-22 06:38:14)
    China will crack down on smartphone apps featuring pornography and obscene content, the government said on Tuesday, the latest move in an official campaign to 'clean the Internet'. The ruling Communist Party has since last year intensified a campaign against what it calls 'rumors' and 'pornography' online due to their harmful effect on the country. The anti-porn campaign targeting mobile apps will encourage companies to remove the offensive material themselves, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on its website. China will also "enhance abilities to discover pornographic and obscene apps" and "improve the process of punishment", MIIT said.
  • Researchers fully 'delete' HIV from human cells for the first time (2014-07-22 06:28:00)
  • China reportedly uses fake Twitter accounts to spread Tibet propaganda (2014-07-22 06:02:14)
    Nearly 100 fake Twitter accounts are being used to spread propaganda about the troubled Chinese regions of Tibet and Xinjiang, according to an investigation from Free Tibet, a London-based advocacy group. As the New York Times reports, many of the purportedly fake accounts are used to portray the regions in a rosy light, despite decades of unrest under communist rule, and some include attacks on the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader. Many of the accounts have since been suspended by Twitter, but Free Tibet warns that there may be hundreds more. An example of a fake Twitter account uncovered by Free Tibet.
  • Fund managers unconvinced by Apple rebound (2014-07-22 05:45:59)
    By David Randall and Edwin Chan NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple, once a can't-miss stock, is finding it tough to persuade portfolio managers to come back into the fold. Yet the company remains one of the most significantly underweighted stocks among large cap fund managers, according to a Goldman Sachs report. Part of the reason for a lack of portfolio manager enthusiasm is that Apple Inc no longer seems to be the hot growth company of old, fund managers say. Apple reports results for its fiscal third quarter on Tuesday, July 22.
  • Totes amazeballs added to the dictionary, because YOLO (2014-07-22 05:35:00)
  • Samsung mocks the iPhone 6 before it's even announced (2014-07-22 05:26:21)
    No one knows for sure if Apple really is announcing a bigger iPhone, but that hasn't stopped Samsung from taking yet another jab at its rival. The company's derisive new commercial shows a man excitedly commenting on rumors about the upcoming iPhone 6's screen size. His enthusiasm is crushed when his friend, who is glued to a Galaxy S5, asks, "This hasn't happened yet?" The 30-second video then continues with the narrator slyly alluding to the fact that bigger smartphones are available right now — if iPhone proponents are willing to defect, that is. ...
  • Xiaomi's $13 fitness band can also unlock your phone (2014-07-22 04:40:00)
  • Xiaomi's latest phone gets a steel frame, IR blaster and top specs for just $320 (2014-07-22 04:19:00)
  • China's Xiaomi announces latest flagship Mi 4 smartphone (2014-07-22 03:30:33)
    China's Xiaomi unveiled on Tuesday its new flagship Mi 4 smartphone, aimed squarely at the premium handset market dominated by Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. The Mi 4 has a 5 inch, 1080p screen and a Qualcomm Inc Snapdragon 801 2.5 Ghz processor, said Chief Executive Lei Jun at a launch event in Beijing. Founded in 2010 by Lei, Xiaomi seeks to cut costs by eschewing brick-and-mortar stores in favor of web-based distribution and word-of-mouth marketing. Xiaomi became the world's sixth-largest smartphone vendor in the first quarter of 2014, according to data firm Canalys, after repeatedly doubling its sales.
  • Aereo reveals appallingly low subscriber numbers (2014-07-22 03:23:15)
    Last month, the Supreme Court ruled that TV streaming service Aereo was in violation of the Copyright Act, leaving the company dead in the water. With established brands like Netflix and Hulu already providing millions of users with premium content, it's small wonder that Aereo had difficulties breaking into the market. The documents containing the bleak numbers were submitted as part of Aereo's attempts at metamorphosing into a cable provider. Unfortunately for the company, the Copyright Office stated that "internet retransmissions of broadcast television fall outside the scope of the Section 111 license" for cable companies. Aereo's application has not been rejected outright, however, and may be "accepted provisionally" according to a letter obtained by CNBC, which was later published in full by the National Association of Broadcasters.
  • Google now lets you comment on Photo Spheres (2014-07-22 02:22:00)
  • Twitch for Android now puts the biggest game streams front and center (2014-07-22 00:32:00)
  • Study finds Verizon is the best in the business at banking on your data plans (2014-07-21 23:00:41)
    Over the past few years, the two top wireless carriers in the United States have been working tirelessly to push subscribers away from unlimited data plans and onto capped plans that provide a certain amount of data each month, after which overages are charged. The reasons for the shift are fairly obvious — as more data hungry mobile services proliferate, carriers make more money. Which carrier has been the best so far when it comes to monetizing data and shifting subscribers over to tiered data plans? According to a new study by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, Verizon is the leader by a fairly substantial margin. CIRP conducted a survey of 500 U.S. wireless subscribers in early July and determined that as of
  • Anti-surveillance advocates want you to run an open, secure WiFi router (2014-07-21 22:22:00)
  • The Nexus 9 isn’t the only tablet HTC is working on (2014-07-21 22:05:11)
    HTC is widely expected to make Google’s next Nexus tablet – an 8.9-inch premium device that was already spotted in internal Google code, and which is referred to Nexus 8 or Nexus 9 in various reports – but the company may launch two other tablets of its own, @evleaks has learned. “Besides the T1 Volantis/Flounder/Nexus 9, HTC is developing two other tablets: the T7 and T12,” the leaker wrote, without revealing any details about the T7 and T12. HTC has not launched a new Android tablet in years – the company had two such devices in stores in 2011, including the Flyer (pictured above) and Jetstream that few Android users may remember – but it’s apparently planning a big comeback.
  • Apple asks suppliers to produce up to 80 million large-screen iPhones: WSJ (2014-07-21 21:56:06)
    (Reuters) - Apple Inc has asked suppliers to manufacture between 70 million and 80 million of its two forthcoming large-screen iPhones by the end of the year, its largest initial production run of iPhones, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Its forecast for the iPhones with 4.7-inch (11.9-cm) and 5.5-inch (14-cm) displays is much larger than the initial order last year of between 50 million and 60 million for iPhone 5S and 5C models, the people told the Journal. Foxconn and Pegatron Corp plan to start mass producing the 4.7-inch iPhone model next month, and Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, whose parent is Foxconn, will begin making the 5.5-inch version exclusively in September, the people said.
  • Wii U update lets you shop without the gamepad, enables system transfer (2014-07-21 21:48:00)
  • Chrome OS adds pinch-to-zoom for regular users, Pixel owners rejoice (2014-07-21 21:20:00)
  • Mexico telecoms overhaul starts to drag on America Movil (2014-07-21 21:12:13)
    By Christine Murray MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Carlos Slim's America Movil, Latin America's biggest telecoms company, said on Monday that new regulation in its core Mexico market was beginning to weigh on its performance. In Mexico, where the company makes almost two-thirds of its core profit, tough new regulations that force it to share infrastructure, stop national roaming charges and slash what it charges competitors to use its network, began to take effect. Mobile voice revenues in Mexico were down 8.7 percent year- on-year due to the new rules, the company said, though data revenue growth on mobile and fixed-line slightly outweighed the fall in fixed-line and voice revenue. Earlier this month, as the new regulations were being finalized, America Movil surprised the market by saying it aimed to avoid the new rules by selling a chunk of Mexico assets to a new, probably foreign, competitor.
  • This is what AT&T, Verizon and Comcast told the FCC about net neutrality (2014-07-21 21:00:03)
    After a last minute extension last week, the FCC has finally stopped taking comments regarding the controversial net neutrality proposal. We don’t know what effect over 1 million comments will have on the decision, but we do know what the public is saying: fast lanes are not acceptable and corporations shouldn’t control access to the Internet. But those corporations are fighting back. With “comments” stretching over 100 pages long in some cases, several major companies, including AT&T, Verizon and Comcast, all had their say on the FCC website. Kate Cox at Consumerist collected some of the key quotes from their novel-length comments regarding net neutrality and Title II regulation which you can read below. AT&T “Calls to use this proceeding to impose
  • Amazon's new games show what only the Fire Phone can do (2014-07-21 20:57:00)
  • Apple has ordered 70-80 million new iPhones ahead of launch: WSJ (2014-07-21 20:55:52)
    Apple's reportedly put in its biggest order yet for new iPhones, says The Wall Street Journal. While numerous reports have said production of Apple's next iPhone models is set for August, The Journal now says it's going to the largest ever, with somewhere between 70 to 80 million units. That number will be split up between two models, the report claims — a 4.7-inch model, as well as a 5.5-inch model, both of which would come in well above the iPhone 5 and 5S' 4-inch display. To put the figures in perspective, The Journal notes that Apple ordered somewhere in the ballpark of 50 to 60 million units for last year's iPhone 5S and 5C. Apple's next iPhone, which is expected to be called the iPhone 6, is rumored to include a number of new hardware features. The Journal's report comes on the eve of when Apple announces its third-quarter earnings, where the iPhone continues to play a key role, historically bringing in more than half of the company's revenues.
  • Apple has ordered over 70 million new iPhones ahead of launch: WSJ (2014-07-21 20:55:52)
    Apple's reportedly put in its biggest order yet for new iPhones, says The Wall Street Journal. While numerous reports have said production of Apple's next iPhone models is set for August, The Journal now says it's going to the largest ever, with somewhere between 70 to 80 million units. That number will be split up between two models, the report claims — a 4.7-inch model, as well as a 5.5-inch model, both of which would come in well above the iPhone 5 and 5S' 4-inch display. To put the figures in perspective, The Journal notes that Apple ordered somewhere in the ballpark of 50 to 60 million units for last year's iPhone 5S and 5C. Apple's next iPhone, which is expected to be called the iPhone 6, is rumored to include a number of new hardware features. The Journal's report comes on the eve of when Apple announces its third-quarter earnings, where the iPhone continues to play a key role, historically bringing in more than half of the company's revenues.
  • Italy tells Google it has 18 months to change how it handles your data (2014-07-21 20:11:00)
  • Accused Android app pirates face criminal charges (2014-07-21 20:06:43)
    US prosecutors on Monday unsealed indictments against six people suspected of collectively pirating millions of applications tailored for Android-powered mobile devices. Criminal charges were leveled at leading members of "piracy groups" SnappzMarket, Appbucket, and Applanet, according to the US Department of Justice. "Copyright infringement discourages smart people from doing innovative things," US attorney Sally Quillian Yates of the Northern District of Georgia said in a release. "This problem is especially acute when it comes to rapidly developing technologies, like apps for smart phones, and these defendants are now being held accountable for the intellectual property they stole."
  • Verizon’s new loyalty program will reward subscribers with big discounts (2014-07-21 20:05:51)
    Verizon announced on Monday that it would be initiating a loyalty program dubbed Smart Rewards later this month. With Smart Rewards, Verizon subscribers will be able to earn points by completing various actions, such as logging into their online account, paying their bills, using the Verizon Trade-In program and choosing paperless billing. All customers who sign up for Smart Rewards will be gifted 10,000 points to start with. Customers can use these points to receive “discounts and savings of up to 40 percent on brand-name merchandise from more than 200 well-known brands, offers on local shopping and dining redeemable directly from a customer’s wireless device, and travel including discounts at more than 26,000 hotels.” Shipping is free on any rewards customers
  • Netflix profit doubles on U.S., foreign subscriber growth (2014-07-21 19:57:03)
    Netflix Inc said on Monday its quarterly profit more than doubled, boosted by strong growth in U.S. and international subscribers as a price increase for its most popular U.S. video streaming plan did not deter new users. Netflix added 570,000 U.S. customers in the second fiscal quarter ended June 30, passing 50 million worldwide subscribers for the first time. The company suffered a consumer exodus and stock plunge after it announced an unpopular price increase in July 2011. Netflix executives also said they were contemplating an eventual move into China, the world's most populous country.
  • Engadget Daily: Facebook Save, Apollo 11's voyage to the moon and more! (2014-07-21 19:52:00)
  • Mexico's America Movil says second-quarter profit up 32.7 percent (2014-07-21 19:21:21)
    America Movil said on Monday that its profit in the second quarter rose 32.7 percent from a year earlier on lower financial and exchange-rate costs but missed analysts' expectations. The telecommunications company, controlled by the world's richest man Carlos Slim, said that profit rose to 18.83 billion pesos ($1.45 billion) from 14.19 billion pesos in the April-June period last year. America Movil had been expected to report a net profit of 20.74 billion pesos ($1.6 billion), according to a Reuters poll of five analysts. The company had a net exchange-rate gain of 3.08 billion pesos in the quarter, helped by a stronger peso.
  • What's on your HDTV: 'Transcendence,' 'Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark' and 'Soundclash' (2014-07-21 19:12:00)
  • Potato Salad backers, here’s the project you really should be funding (2014-07-21 19:00:21)
    Potato Salad took Kickstarter by storm a few days ago when the project to create a salad went viral, convincing many people to donate a lot more money for this particular Kickstarter listing than it actually needed. However, there are more interesting and useful projects out there, such as the stick that’s currently looking to raise $100,000 by August 29 on Indiegogo. What the can do is to quickly test a beverage for traces of drugs that are sometimes used to coerce some people into doing things they otherwise wouldn’t – in other words, is a date rape drug test capable of quickly recognizing many types of drugs. Also known as the personal drink id, the is a device that
  • YouTube star sued for copyright infringement over music in her videos (2014-07-21 18:57:32)
    YouTube sensation Michelle Phan, whose beauty and style videos have earned her 6.7 million subscribers, is being sued for copyright infringement over the music in some of those clips. Ultra Records — which has been home to popular EDM acts like Kaskade, Deadmau5, and Calvin Harris — says Phan has regularly used (and profited from) music performed by its DJs without permission. Ultra hit Phan with a lawsuit last week, claiming that the YouTube star has repeatedly been told she doesn't possess the necessary rights to use tracks like Kaskade's "4 AM" in her videos, but apparently those warnings have fallen on deaf ears.
  • 12-year-old scientist helps prove invasive lionfish can survive in nearly fresh water (2014-07-21 18:41:02)
    Up until recently, it was thought that lionfish could only survive in water with high levels of salt. It took a sixth-grade student's science project to prove otherwise, as the Sun Sentinel reported. Back in 2012, then 12-year-old Floridian student Lauren Arrington, the daughter of two biologists, decided that for her school science fair project, she would find out the lowest level of salinity that lionfish could thrive in. Her straightforward experiment entailed catching lionfish from the local lagoon, putting them in separate aquariums, then gradually lowering the levels of salinity in some of the tanks.
  • Companies have a tricky new way to track your movement across the web (2014-07-21 18:20:42)
    Researchers at Princeton have uncovered a new web-tracking method that's nearly impossible to block. It's called "canvas fingerprinting," and can potentially follow users between sites even if they've disabled more conventional methods like cookies and aren't logged into Facebook. Instead, the tactic works by asking the browser to draw a hidden image, and using that image to track the unique properties of the browser. Researchers found the tactic being used on five percent of the top 1000 sites on the website, including Whitehouse. ...
  • The Big Picture: Not-quite San Francisco's 'Davis Street' (2014-07-21 18:18:00)
  • Fund managers unconvinced by Apple rebound as firm readies results (2014-07-21 18:13:33)
    By David Randall and Edwin Chan NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple, once a can't-miss stock, is finding it tough to persuade portfolio managers to come back into the fold. Yet the company remains one of the most significantly underweighted stocks among large cap fund managers, according to a Goldman Sachs report. Part of the reason for a lack of portfolio manager enthusiasm is that Apple Inc no longer seems to be the hot growth company of old, fund managers say. Apple reports results for its fiscal third quarter on Tuesday, July 22.
  • Verizon calls out Netflix partner for ‘selective amnesia’ on streaming issues (2014-07-21 18:05:18)
    The heated back and forth between Netflix and Verizon has gone on for long enough that other companies are beginning to throw their hats into the ring. Level 3, a Netflix network operator, came forward with evidence last week which seemed to indicate that Verizon had the capacity to cheaply and quickly upgrade its network to improve streaming quality for customers, but was consciously deciding not to do so. Verizon, unwilling let these accusations go unaccounted for, has responded with a snippy blog post of its own. In the post, Verizon Regulatory Affairs VP David Young attempts to make the same argument that Level 3 made last week — the Netflix partner has accidentally revealed that it is in fact responsible for
  • U.S. panel rules Seagate, Avago's LSI do not violate Realtek patent (2014-07-21 17:49:55)
    By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Avago Technologies Ltd's LSI and Seagate Technology do not violate patented technology owned by Realtek Semiconductor Corp, the U.S. International Trade Commission said on Monday. Taiwan-based Realtek accused the companies of violating a patent to make an integrated circuit with high frequency and low noise. The commission found that Seagate and LSI, which was purchased by Avago this year, used the same technology as in the patent. The ITC can rule that a patent has been violated if the accused company infringes the patent and if the patent owner uses the patent in the United States.
  • Redesigned 3DS Circle Pad puts an analog stick under your index finger (2014-07-21 17:39:00)
  • Yahoo to buy analytics startup Flurry to bolster mobile ad business (2014-07-21 17:22:02)
    Yahoo Inc will buy mobile analytics startup Flurry to beef up a fast-growing mobile advertising business that still lags Google Inc's and Facebook Inc's in scale. Six-year-old Flurry uses analytics to help target ads at consumers by monitoring activity on more than half a million apps on some 1.4 billion mobile devices around the world, Yahoo said in a statement on Monday. The startup provides information to help marketers and brands more easily reach their desired audiences, Yahoo said. Yahoo did not cite a price tag, but a source familiar with the matter said the Internet company is paying several hundred million dollars.
  • Yahoo buying app and analytics company Flurry (2014-07-21 17:21:18)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Yahoo says it will buy Flurry Inc., which helps other companies make apps and design mobile ad campaigns.
  • Check out this big iPhone 6 rumor round-up video (2014-07-21 17:20:11)
    Following up on the huge iPhone 6 rumors infographic released last week, complete with scores looking to measure these rumors’ probabilities of becoming reality, Nowhereelse has published a video that shows off the results. FROM EARLIER: This huge iPhone 6 rumor infographic will tell you what to expect in September With the help of tech writers from various online publications, including BGR’s own Brad Reed, Nowhereelse has looked at the various iPhone 6 reports that surfaced this year, trying to score their probability. From overall design to screen size, front panel material and internal components, the video infographic goes through the various iPhone 6-related aspects that were detailed in the past months in plenty of rumors and leaks. Some iPhone 6 features seem
  • Netflix tops 50M subscribers as 2Q earnings soar (2014-07-21 17:13:54)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix's second-quarter earnings more than doubled as new episodes from one of its hit series helped the Internet video service surpass 50 million worldwide subscribers for the first time.
  • Before 'Half-Life,' Valve was making an ambitious MMO (2014-07-21 17:11:00)
    At the same time the studio was building its influential first-person epic, it was also working on a story-driven, third-person massively multiplayer game called Prospero.
  • Netflix profit more than doubles, shares rise (2014-07-21 17:10:57)
    Netflix Inc's quarterly profit more than doubled, boosted by a $1 monthly increase in its most popular video streaming plan for new customers in the United States. Netflix shares were up nearly 1 percent at $456.21 in after hours trading, after the company also said it expected average revenue per user to rise slowly as it wins over more subscribers at the new prices. Netflix said it added 570,000 U.S. customers in the second quarter ended June 30. Netflix has invested in original series such as "House of Cards" and the Emmy-nominated "Orange is the New Black", whose second season released last quarter, to square off competition from online video players Inc and Hulu.
  • Media venture creates press litigation fund (2014-07-21 17:10:24)
    The media venture created by entrepreneur Pierre Omidyar said Monday it was establishing a fund to help defend journalists in cases involving freedom of the press. First Look Media said its first grant would be in support of the appeal in Britain of David Miranda, the partner of investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald. Miranda, a Brazilian citizen, was held for nine hours at London's Heathrow Airport on August 18 while police questioned him about the material leaked by former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden. First Look general counsel Lynn Oberlander said the new fund would "provide legal support to journalists and others engaged in contests where freedom of the press is at stake in the US and abroad."
  • Tesla preps for Model X production with assembly line revamp (2014-07-21 17:06:00)
  • Here’s why PS4 and PS3 fans should be very excited right now (2014-07-21 16:49:30)
    Summer can be a rough time of year for gamers. The slow release schedule coupled with the beginning of a new console generation has made this summer especially difficult, but things are finally going to start picking back up in August, as evidenced by a rather strong lineup of games for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PS Vita. PlayStationLifeStyle has put together a list of every game confirmed to be releasing next month, with dates and platforms included. Although the biggest games of the year won’t hit until the fall, there should be plenty to tide PlayStation fans over until Far Cry 4, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor run us dry in October. The most notable retail
  • These video game players just won $5 million (2014-07-21 16:39:00)
    Following an epic best-of-five clash between two of China's biggest teams, Valve today crowned a new champion of Dota 2, its free-to-play multiplayer game that has morphed into a sporting spectacle capable of filling NBA-sized arenas. Team Newbee triumphed over their compatriots Vici Gaming in four games and earn a grand prize of $5,028,308, to be split between the five players and their support team of coaches and managers. The winners of the Aegis of Champions, Team Newbee, were set up in a hurry back in February, aiming to be ready specifically for this tournament while compiling a group of talented players from other big Chinese teams. The team's inception was hailed as the founding of China's Dream Team, and while it took a couple of roster changes to settle on the final squad, the ultimate goal of conquering The International has been achieved.
  • Facebook officially owns Oculus now (2014-07-21 16:35:00)
  • Adorable Bomb-Sniffing Dogs May Be Replaced with Less Adorable Bomb-Sniffing Lasers (2014-07-21 16:33:53)
    Researchers at UC Berkeley may be putting bomb-sniffing dogs out of a job. Mechanical engineering professor Xiang Zhang was the head of the team which was able to create these lasers. The research team tested their laser sensors with a variety of different explosives, and were able to detect even airborne chemicals with very low concentrations. These scientists believe their new laser technology is more effective than existing explosive detection methods, including bomb-sniffing dogs.
  • Scientists build a real Panopticon that captures your every move in 3D (2014-07-21 16:28:03)
    Motion capture technology has come a long way in the past few decades. Just take a look at Gollum actor Andy Serkis's incredibly expressive performance as a computer-generated simian in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Scientists at Carnegie Melon University in Pittsburgh have done it with a system reminiscent of the 360-degree cameras used to film the "bullet time" sequences in The Matrix. The new technique utilizes enormous spherical dome called the Panoptic Studio, which is outfitted with 480 video cameras pointing inward.
  • Netflix doubles its profits as it reaches 50 million members (2014-07-21 16:21:42)
    Netflix reported its second quarter earnings today, and the big number was 50 million members. Not all of these are paid subscribers: there are roughly 2 million customers that are enjoying free trial accounts, but it's still an important milestone as Netflix expands around the globe and does battle with big cable and telecommunications companies in the US. The company reported 1.34 billion in revenue and earnings per share of $1.15, both numbers right on line with Wall Street's expectations. Netflix now has 36.24 million US subscribers and 13.8 million international subscribers.
  • Qblinks Acts As Notifier and Remote for Your iPhone (2014-07-21 16:16:34)
    You do not need a smartwatch to remotely control your smartphone -- at least, you wont once Qblinks is available.A Santa Ana, California-based startup designed Qblinks, a small multi-function device that can alert you to notifications, activate Siri, control music on your phone and snap photos on your phone. Qblinks uses an IFTTT-esque system that the company describe as an "event-action combination." Users can edit the functions of their various buttons via a smartphone app or Qblinks' website. Qblinks offers a smartphone stand to any backer who shares info about the project on social media.
  • Leaked ‘Windows 9’ screenshots offer a closer look at the new Start Menu (2014-07-21 16:14:12)
    Microsoft provided an early look at its new Start Menu for a future version of Windows earlier this year, but freshly leaked screenshots are offering an even closer look at the company’s progress towards its major desktop revamp. Two screenshots have emerged on myce that show the new Start Menu in a recent build of codename "Threshold." Microsoft is currently working on a number of products as part of its Threshold efforts, including a version of Windows that will likely be named Windows 9 when it ships next year. Microsoft is currently labelling this development version of Windows as "Windows 8.1 Pro," but this is placeholder branding until the latter stages of testing and the final name is ready and confirmed. The new Start Menu hasn’t changed much since Microsoft demonstrated it at Build in April, but the screenshots show a variety of "Metro-style" apps that are pinned to the menu, alongside traditional applications. The Verge understands the screenshots are genuine, and that in some current development versions of "Windows 9" the Start Menu expands to maximize the screen and act like the Start Screen found in Windows 8.
  • BlackBerry says its square phone is already stealing back iOS and Android users (2014-07-21 16:12:32)
    A lot of people who now use iPhones and Android phones once used BlackBerry devices many years ago, and now BlackBerry says that its new square BlackBerry Passport is bringing some of them back into the fold. In a new post highlighting consumer response to its newest smartphone, BlackBerry picks up on several comments left on different websites of people who say that they can’t wait to dump their current smartphones for the BlackBerry Passport. “I  like it,” wrote one man named Hassam Mirzai. “The phone is small enough to carry in my pocket and large enough to read text comfortably. I currently have a Samsung Note II. When I bought my Note II, it looked weird too. After 2 or
  • Netflix crosses 50 million subscribers worldwide and takes aim at Comcast / TWC (2014-07-21 16:12:00)
  • See what it's like to go off-road inside the Marines' self-driving vehicle (2014-07-21 16:10:57)
    The US military has been working on self-driving vehicles of its own for several years now, and earlier this month a video was published showing just what it's like to take a ride in one. The footage was taken from a GoPro placed right above the driver's seat in one of the Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate (GUSS) vehicles being tested by the Marines. The ultimate goal is for the military to be able to use GUSS vehicles to lighten the load of soldiers by carrying equipment for them — potentially for multiple days at a time — and to keep soldiers further from harm's way in the process. This new video comes from a Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory test of the vehicles in Oahu, Hawaii.
  • Facebook lets users squirrel items away (2014-07-21 15:43:54)
    Facebook on Monday began letting people squirrel away online tidbits such as links to chew on more thoroughly later. "Now you can save items that you find on Facebook to check out later when you have more time," software engineer Daniel Giambalvo said in a blog post on the leading social network. The feature is being added as Facebook users increasingly connect with the social network from mobile devices while on the go, with only snippets of time to explore Internet offerings. Letting people save items for later scrutiny encourages people to return and spend more time on Facebook, increasing opportunities for the social network to cash in on money-making tools such as advertising.
  • Browse 'The New Yorker' archives free of charge for the rest of the summer (2014-07-21 15:43:00)
  • Aereo Debacle Shows Congress Clueless About Net Video (2014-07-21 15:18:40)
    It's a Kafkaesque situation for Aereo, a company that until recently offered a subscription service that captured over-the-air TV signals and piped them to people's homes over the Internet. On June 25, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of TV broadcasters that had sued Aereo for acting like a cable company without paying the licensing fees that cable companies are required to pay. In a way, both the Supreme Court and the Copyright Office are right, and the fault for the confusion lies with Congress, which has ignored the phenomenon of Internet video for decades.
  • Review: The Wolf Among Us – Season 1 (2014-07-21 15:10:21)
    When Telltale Games was presented with the monumental task of following up The Walking Dead, the writers took it in stride. Rather than breaking too far from the formula, Telltale innovated just enough with The Wolf Among Us to bring us something that feels both familiar and entirely fresh. Having finished the first season, I can say with some confidence that I won’t be missing any future installments. Set in the Fables universe, The Wolf Among Us is another brilliant adaptation of an established property from Telltale. This 5 episode arc serves as a prequel of sorts to the actual comics, something Fables creator Bill Willingham explained on Twitter shortly after the fifth episode had been released. The good news is
  • Dutch Twitter avatars go black demanding MH17 bodies' return (2014-07-21 15:09:14)
    Dutch social media users are turning their profile photos black and tweeting the hashtag #BringThemHome as anger mounts that bodies from flight MH17 have not yet been repatriated from Ukraine. Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans was one of the first to make his Facebook cover photo black in a sign of mourning. Since then Twitter and Instagram users in the Netherlands and around the world have posted black screens or ribbons, demanding the 298 dead, 193 of them Dutch, be repatriated from war-torn Ukraine. A Dutch-language website and petition has been set up calling for the bodies' swift repatriation and for the International Criminal Court, based in The Hague, to prosecute those responsible for the disaster, believed to have been caused by a rebel missile.
  • 'Simpsons World' puts the full series online, but you'll need cable to watch everything (2014-07-21 15:09:00)
  • Hacking talks axed over the years (2014-07-21 15:08:19)
    (Reuters) - A highly anticipated talk on how to identify users of the Tor service, widely used to access the Internet anonymously, has been withdrawn from next month's annual Black Hat security conference. Hacking experts disclose vulnerabilities at conferences to alert the public about security flaws, both to pressure developers to fix them and to warn users about products that may not be completely safe. Here are some examples of other hacking talks that have been pulled from conferences over the past decade: 2013 - Three European computer scientists canceled a talk on hacking the locks of luxury cars at a prestigious U.S. academic conference known as USENIX, after Volkswagen AG obtained a restraining order from a British court. 2007 - Security firm IOActive Inc pulled a talk at Black Hat DC on bugs in radio-frequency identification, or RFID, technology, saying it was pressured to do so by RFID technology firm HID Global Corp. 2005 - Cisco Systems Inc persuaded security firm Internet Security Systems to pull a discussion on hacking routers by researcher Michael Lynn at the Black Hat hacking conference in Las Vegas.
  • Talk on cracking Internet anonymity service Tor canceled (2014-07-21 15:06:01)
    By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A highly anticipated talk on how to identify users of the Internet privacy service Tor was withdrawn from the upcoming Black Hat security conference, a spokeswoman for the event said on Monday. The talk was canceled at the request of attorneys for Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where the speakers work as researchers, the spokeswoman, Meredith Corley, told Reuters. The Black Hat conference, one of the longest running and best-attended security trade shows in the world, is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas Aug. 6-7. Corley said a Carnegie Mellon attorney informed Black Hat that one of the speakers could not give the Tor talk because the materials he would discuss have not been approved for public release by the university or the Software Engineering Institute (SEI).
  • The parental nurturing that you receive as a kid shows up in your blood (2014-07-21 15:00:02)
    Children who grow up poor and underprivileged experience a variety of health problems at higher rates than the general population. It suggests that giving families as little as 14 hours of training aimed at improving parental nurturing can significantly reduce a child’s long-term inflammation levels — a known risk factor for a variety of health problems, including diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke. Then, the researchers provided 173 of the mother-child pairs with 14 hours — or 7 weeks — of parental training when their children turned 11. Eight years later, the scientists took samples of the teenagers' blood to determine their levels of inflammation.
  • This Screen Made of Sapphire-Glass Blend Might Be on the Next iPhone (2014-07-21 14:57:32)
    Apple's new iPhone 6 may have an interesting and unusual new screen made of a sapphire-glass blend. A leak of the new screen comes via YouTube user Marques Brownlee, who tested the screen and compared it to the existing iPhone 5S. While it is just a leak, it is in line with Apple's patents. Right now, Apple uses sapphire crystal for its camera lenses, as well as for the cover of the iPhone 5S Touch ID sensor.
  • Quit Twitter before you're hard, quit Instagram before you're soft (2014-07-21 14:45:55)
    It took New York a decade to turn me. There's a saying that you should leave New York before it makes you too hard and leave Northern California before it makes you too soft. I believe the notion originates from Mary Schmich's "Wear Sunscreen," a commencement speech that became the unlikely spoken-word jam of the summer of 1999.
  • Apple completely changed Control Center in iOS 8 beta 4 – here’s what it looks like (2014-07-21 14:41:26)
    Apple on Monday released iOS 8 beta 4, just as our sources said would be the case. The new build is Apple’s fourth developer preview release of its new iOS 8 software, which will be let loose to the general public sometime in the coming months, likely just before the next-generation iPhone 6 launches. In the meantime, developers can use Apple’s iOS 8 betas to update their apps and build new ones that take advantage of all the new APIs Apple has provided. For the rest of us, iOS 8 gives us a look at all the great new things to come. Unfortunately, not all of those things are actually great. FROM EARLIER: A week with iOS 8 Apple’s new iOS 8 beta
  • Framed Turns Digital Images Into Wall Art (2014-07-21 14:39:49)
    The internet is full of digital art that would look great on your wall. FRM has created FRAMED, a digital canvas for digital artists, which comes in 24- or 40-inch models and works with an iOS or Android app. The HD screens with IPS technology support 16.7 million colors, and according to the company, 180 degree viewing angles.
  • Your iPhone May Be Rigged to Spy on You (2014-07-21 14:39:43)
    NEW YORK — iOS forensic examiner Jonathan Zdziarski may know more about iPhones than any other non-Apple employee. The features could be there to let Apple — or even the National Security Agency or the FBI — get access to most of your iOS device's data without you knowing it. In a presentation Friday (July 18) at the HOPE X hacker conference here, Zdziarksi detailed his discoveries about the data-collection tools hidden on iOS devices.
  • Hip-hop producer J Dilla's beat-making gear headed to Smithsonian (2014-07-21 14:38:00)
  • Verizon FiOS customers just got a massive upgrade for free (2014-07-21 14:16:08)
    You know that 15Mbps, 30Mbps or 50Mbps Internet service you pay your cable TV provider way too much for each month? That lightning fast figure likely only refers to your peak download speeds, and your upload speeds are probably much slower. For example, the 30Mbps Internet service I pay Time Warner Cable more than $60 for each month only provides upload speeds of up to 5Mbps. This is likely fine for some users, but many people need faster upload speeds to avoid getting bogged down. Now, thanks to a huge free upgrade Verizon is currently rolling out, FiOS customers are about to get a pleasant surprise. Verizon announced on Monday that it is giving FiOS customers a free upload speed boost. The company
  • You can read 'The New Yorker' for free right now (2014-07-21 14:06:02)
    Many of The New Yorker's smartest reports and profiles get hidden behind a paywall when they head online, but for the rest of the summer those articles will all be open to everyone. Rather than allowing unlimited reading of some free stories and fully barring access to paywalled stories, as it did until today, the new paywall will simply allow visitors to read a limited number of any of its stories, after which they'll have to subscribe if they want to keep reading.
  • China now has more internet users on mobile devices than PCs (2014-07-21 14:06:00)
  • FXX will marathon the entire 'Simpsons' series next month before releasing it online (2014-07-21 14:02:34)
    FXX is preparing to air the longest marathon in TV history. After acquiring every last episode of The Simpsons last fall for a cool $750 million, the young network is preparing to air all 25 seasons (and the movie) of one of the greatest television shows of all time from August 21st to September 1st. In addition, Variety reports that FXX will launch the "Simpsons World" digital hub in October, which will allow cable subscribers to watch every episode on demand on their desktops at, mobile devices via the FXNow app, and on compatible smart TVs and set-top boxes.
  • BBC Sport apps for iOS and Android get Chromecast support (2014-07-21 14:02:00)
  • Italy gives Google 18 months to change data use practices (2014-07-21 14:00:46)
    By Danilo Masoni MILAN (Reuters) - Italy's data protection regulator has given Google 18 months to change the way it treats and stores user data, bringing to an end an investigation that is part of a European drive to reform the internet giant's privacy practices. Regulators in several European nations including Italy began a joint inquiry last year after Google consolidated its 60 privacy policies into one, combining data collected on individual users across its services, including YouTube, Gmail and social network Google+. In a statement on Monday, the Italian watchdog said Google's disclosure to users on how their data was being treated remained inadequate, despite the company having taken steps to abide by local law. The watchdog gave the group 18 months to comply fully and indicated a series of measures Google must put into practice.
  • Don’t expect any updates to fix Android L troubles (2014-07-21 13:49:49)
    If you happen to run Android L, or a port based on it, on your device and you’re wondering whether Google will release an update to fix any of the potential issues discovered with the Developer Preview ROM, you should know there’s a slim chance that will happen. German publication picked up a Google+ discussion in which Googler Rich Hyndman, who shared more details about Android L in a video published recently on YouTube, revealed that updates aren’t exactly in the picture for Android L. “They’ll be some extras coming, like the 64-bit emulator. But I don’t believe new device images are coming,” Hyndman answered to a question related to Android L Developer Preview updates availability. “[T]he preview release
  • Verizon Fios Upload Speeds to Match Downloads (2014-07-21 13:34:43)
    While it may not help speed up your Netflix streaming, Verizon is boosting uploads on its Fios Network to match download speeds.  Verizon is taking advantage of its all-fiber-optic network to offer symmetrical download and upload speeds for its Internet subscribers. To get a sense of where Fios stands today, we tested a current Verizon Fios 50/25 Mbps subscription with
  • Facebook's new Save feature lets you read top ten lists later (2014-07-21 13:33:00)
  • Ex-Autonomy CFO seeks to block HP settlement over bad merger (2014-07-21 13:30:32)
    A former top executive at Autonomy Corp is seeking to block Hewlett-Packard Co's settlement of three shareholder lawsuits over its troubled purchase of the British software company, saying HP officials are wrongly absolved of a $8.8 billion writedown. In a court filing on Monday, a former Autonomy chief financial officer, Sushovan Hussain, said the "collusive and unfair" settlement, if approved by a federal judge, would let HP "forever bury from disclosure the real reason for its 2012 write-down of Autonomy: HP's own destruction of Autonomy's success after the acquisition." The June 30 accord called for HP shareholders to end efforts to force current and former officials, including Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman, to pay damages to the Palo Alto, California-based company over its disastrous $11.1 billion Autonomy purchase. Instead, the shareholders agreed to help HP pursue claims against former Autonomy officials like Hussain and former CEO Michael Lynch, who have denied wrongdoing.
  • 10 hidden Mac features you didn’t know existed until now (2014-07-21 13:22:36)
    Our computers are packed to the brim with features we never use, but some of them might be more useful than you think. Business Insider has put together a list of ten Mac features that aren’t explicitly detailed anywhere on the desktop, but could save you some time and hassle depending on how you’re using your computer. If you’re tired of editing images you’ve captured from your desktop screen, you need to look into taking trimmed screenshots instead. If you only want to capture a specific region of the screen, simply hold down Command + Shift + 4 and you’ll be able to drag a box over the exact space you want to capture. Is the dock getting in your way? Command + Option +
  • J Dilla's beat-making gear will be shown at the Smithsonian (2014-07-21 13:09:17)
    The Smithsonian is still in the midst of building the National Museum of African American History and Culture, but it just got a very high-profile boost, securing two central pieces of gear from the late and beloved producer J Dilla. According to a Smithsoanian announcement, the new museum's collection will include both Dilla's Moog synthesizer and the Akai MPC 3000 sampler that became crucial to Dilla's offbeat production style. The instruments will be part of the "Musical Crossroads" exhibit, alongside similar items from Louis Armstrong, Chuck Berry, and George Clinton. The MPC was one of only 2000 models made that year, while the Moog was one of the last devices custom-built by Dr. Robert Moog for a specific musician.
  • Talk on cracking Internet anonymity service Tor withdrawn from conference (2014-07-21 13:09:08)
    By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A heavily anticipated talk on how to identify users of the Tor Internet privacy service has been withdrawn from the upcoming Black Hat security conference. A Black Hat spokeswoman told Reuters that the talk had been canceled at the request of lawyers for Carnegie-Mellon University, where the speakers work as researchers. A CMU spokesman had no immediate comment. (Reporting by Joseph Menn; Editing by Chris Reese)
  • Listen to Weezer's rocking, catchy new single 'Back To The Shack' (2014-07-21 13:06:35)
    "Sorry guys, I didn't realize, that I needed you so much." With that line, Rivers Cuomo and Weezer begin "Back to The Shack," the band's first single from its first album in four years. Everything Will Be Alright In The End comes out September 30th, but the band picked a fairly quiet Monday to drop its first single, which it launched only on YouTube. It's not on iTunes until Tuesday at midnight, and on Wednesday Weezer will play it on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. Weezer's been using YouTube to tease the production of its new album, which sees the band reuniting with Ric Ocasek, the producer behind a lot of the band's best music — including 1994's The Blue Album, to which "Back to The Shack" makes explicit reference.
  • Facebook now lets you save links, places, music, and more for later (2014-07-21 13:00:01)
    Keeping up with Facebook's news feed can often feel like a losing battle, especially when you've got friends that bombard the stream with links several times a day. No one has time to read all that on the spot, and thankfully Facebook is completely aware of those time constraints. Since most people can't spend the entire day on Facebook, today the company is introducing a new "Save" feature that makes getting back to links and other shared content much easier. Facebook will compile all of these saved items together in a new section that's being added to the "More" tab on mobile.
  • iOS 8 beta 4 is now available for download (2014-07-21 12:57:05)
    Apple has been releasing new updates steadily since the first developer build of iOS 8 was let loose on June 2nd, and iOS 8 beta 4 couldn’t come soon enough considering how buggy beta 3 has been. Now, the latest and greatest iOS 8 build for developers — and anyone else who pays Apple $99 each year for a developer account — is available for download, just as our inside sources said it would be. FROM EARLIER: Cutting through the hype: The 5 best new features in iOS 8 iOS 8 beta 4 is available immediately for developers with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices that are compatible with the new iOS 8 software. As always, it can be installed as an over the air (OTA) update
  • Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo': inside the mind of the eternally playful director (2014-07-21 12:53:36)
    The 51-year-old French director of such fantastical, visually mesmerizing movies as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep and Be Kind Rewind is thin, cool, and reserved, though his boyish blue eyes contain a mischievous glimmer. Based on a seminal 1947 French novel L'Écume des jours ("Froth on the Daydream," adapted as "Foam on the Daze" in the US), the film is a dreamy romantic comedy that follows a wealthy French dilettante, Colin (Romain Duris), as he woos a woman, Chloe (Audrey Tautou), who falls ill with a peculiar sickness: a flower growing inside her chest. I sat down with Gondry in New York to ask ask him about the film, his upcoming projects, and his relationship with technology old and new. I watched Mood Indigo through a Vimeo link that your representatives sent me.
  • Michel Gondry talks technology, his latest film 'Mood Indigo,' and why he can't use an iPhone (2014-07-21 12:53:36)
    The 51-year-old French director of such fantastical, visually mesmerizing movies as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep and Be Kind Rewind is thin, cool, and reserved, though his boyish blue eyes contain a mischievous glimmer. Based on a seminal 1947 French novel L'Écume des jours (Froth on the Daydream, adapted as Foam on the Daze in the US), the film is a dreamy romantic comedy that follows a wealthy French dilettante, Colin (Romain Duris), as he woos a woman, Chloe (Audrey Tautou), who falls ill with a peculiar sickness: a flower growing inside her chest. I sat down with Gondry in New York to ask ask him about the film, his upcoming projects, and his relationship with technology old and new. I watched Mood Indigo through a Vimeo link that your representatives sent me.
  • Security researcher: iOS security has been intentionally compromised by Apple (2014-07-21 12:33:07)
    Apple’s placing a lot of emphasis on iOS security (especially when compared with that “toxic hellstew” Android) and on privacy (again, compared to its rival) but it turns out that iOS might not be as secure or private as Apple has led customers to believe. Security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski has a new paper out called “Identifying Backdoors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS Devices,” in which he reveals Apple’s complex tools inside iOS that would allow Apple to share certain user data at the request of law enforcement without the user knowledge. More importantly, with or without Apple’s help, spying agencies such as NSA and other third parties that are very familiar with how iOS operates can apparently use these vulnerabilities to grab plenty
  • Best New Apps: Overcast for iPhone (2014-07-21 12:30:06)
    If you have an iPhone, you should download Overcast, the new podcast app from Instapaper creator and Tumblr co-founder Marco Arment. Podcast clients are a crowded category, of course, and it's harder than ever to stand out now that Apple offers its own free solution.
  • Watch a dome full of cameras capture 3D motion in extreme detail (2014-07-21 12:21:00)
  • New iPhone 6 parts leak further supports huge upcoming redesign (2014-07-21 12:10:53)
    With several independent reports claiming that mass production of Apple’s new iPhone 6 gets underway this month, leaks are kicking into high gear. Yes, believe it or not, the consistent flow of iPhone rumors and leaks we have seen over the past few months was not “high gear.” We saw a few interesting iPhone 6 leaks slip out over the past few days, and one of them was a leak of what is claimed to be a completely revamped iPhone 6 part that, if authentic, further supports the notion that we’re in for a big redesign in Apple’s iPhone lineup this fall. FROM EARLIER: This is the best iPhone 6 news we’ve heard so far A user on Chinese-language gadget forum Mac X has
  • Beauty apps show 'before and after,' glamorize selfies (2014-07-21 11:56:45)
    Consumers can experiment with different looks in the apps that act like augmented reality mirrors. With the Beauty Mirror app, which uses filters, people can see how they would look with fewer wrinkles, bigger lips or lifted eyebrows in a real-time photograph or video. “Our idea was to apply a subtle, realistic change to a person’s reflection so that when someone put it on Facebook no one would know it was an altered video,” said Parham Aarabi, the CEO of Toronto-based ModiFace, which created the app. The ability to change 2-D photos before uploading them to Facebook has been really popular, but now people can take video and touch it up using the app too,” he said.
  • Rand Paul courts Silicon Valley with techno-libertarianism (2014-07-21 11:54:01)
    Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is a well-known libertarian, like his father before him. Yet, as his political profile has risen in recent years, he has articulated more centrist Republican views, which many political pundits view as an attempt to make himself into a more viable presidential candidate for 2016. That's why it's particularly interesting to hear the speech Paul gave on Saturday to a crowd of "young, conservative techies," in San Francisco, as The New York Times puts it. ...
  • Libratone's wool-wrapped speakers gain Spotify Connect streaming abilities (2014-07-21 11:53:00)
  • Netflix wants to help you hide your embarrassing viewing habits from your family (2014-07-21 11:49:29)
    Netflix appears to be interested in offering a new privacy-enhancing feature to its subscribers, GigaOm reports, which would be a private viewing mode that will help users hide their history from their Netflix timeline, so that other users who have access to the same account can’t see it. “At Netflix we continuously test new things,” Netflix director of corporate communications and technology Cliff Edwards said. “In this case, we are testing a feature in which a user watching a movie or TV show can choose to view in ‘Privacy Mode.’ Choosing that option means the program will not appear in your viewing activity log, nor will it be used to determine recommendations about what you should watch in the future.” The
  • Weird Al parodies corporate buzzwords in final 'Mandatory Fun' music video (2014-07-21 11:48:14)
    Weird Al's final song in his eight days of music videos is sort of like your company's CEO on Auto-Tune: a bizarrely compelling string of often-meaningless buzzwords that sound great together. Called "Mission Statement?," the song parodies the style of Crosby, Stills & Nash with a near-constant self-harmony of Al's vocals over a bit of jangling and quiet guitar. You can watch the video over at The Wall Street Journal. The track's music video is truly what the song might call a value-added experience — itself a parody of the white-board animations that you see on YouTube videos by RSA.
  • Verizon says Level 3 is looking to get a 'free ride' for its massive Netflix traffic (2014-07-21 11:35:53)
    There's a new volley in the war of words over the internet congestion that is hurting the performance of Netflix streaming video: Verizon published a blog post this morning pointing out that, back in 2008, Level 3 got into a dispute with fellow internet provider Cogent over an imbalance in the way they shared traffic. Verizon argues that this is exactly the same dispute now playing out between itself and Level 3, except this time Level 3 is the one sending too much traffic and trying to avoid paying to correct the imbalance. When a customer requests a video from Netflix, that data moves between several companies before it arrives in their home. It begins on Netflix servers before being carried by transit companies like Level 3, which deliver it to Verizon's network, which carry it into the customer's home.
  • iPhone 6 shell with embedded Apple logo seemingly seen for first time (2014-07-21 11:28:35)
    We have good news and bad news, Apple fans. The good news is that the increasing volume of iPhone 6 parts leaks is almost certainly evidence that the new handset is entering mass production. The bad news is that if the latest leak is authentic, rumors that the back of the iPhone 6 might not be as ugly as it appears on the many dummy mockups we’ve seen might not pan out. FROM EARLIER: iPhone 6 and next-gen Retina iPad mini rendered by design master As rumor has it, the schematics for Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6 and “iPhone Air” phablet leaked from Foxconn several months ago. Using those schematics, people have been creating iPhone mockups that supposedly feature the same size
  • Ex-Autonomy CFO opposes HP shareholder settlement (2014-07-21 11:26:46)
    (Reuters) - A former chief financial officer of Autonomy Corp is opposing a settlement between Hewlett-Packard Co executives and directors and the company's shareholders over HP's troubled $11.1 billion acquisition of the British software company. In a Monday court filing, former CFO Sushovan Hussain called the settlement "collusive and unfair" because it would shield HP officials from scrutiny and any blame over the Autonomy purchase, which resulted in an $8.8 billion writedown. ...
  • TrinityVR is making a motion-control gun for virtual reality gaming (2014-07-21 11:16:41)
    TrinityVR has launched a Kickstarter for a controller they're calling the Trinity Magnum, a motion-tracking gun designed for first-person shooter play in virtual reality. The gun is designed to sell for under $100, and allow a new level of immersion in a VR setting. Physical movements would track directly onto the virtual version of the gun, allowing a player to aim at a variety of targets without changing the player view.
  • This CG cityscape almost looks like a photo (2014-07-21 11:14:49)
    Sometimes computer-generated scenes can look so real that it's hard to believe a computer played any role in creating them. Gilvan Isbiro regularly manages to reach that level of photorealism with his work, and Davis Street ranks as one of his best. With a quick glance, most people might assume the above image is just your average tourist photo of San Francisco.
  • Verizon launches rewards program with tracking (2014-07-21 11:12:40)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon Wireless is launching a nationwide loyalty program this week for its 100-million-plus subscribers. There's a twist, though: To earn points for every dollar spent, subscribers must consent to have their movements tracked so the company can help target ads that match their interests.
  • What you need to know about the Apollo 11 moon landing (2014-07-21 11:07:00)
  • 3 awesome paid iPhone apps you can download for free right now (2014-07-21 11:05:10)
    We shared tons of awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps with you last week that were all on sale for a limited time, but that doesn’t mean we’re stopping there. Today marks the start of a new week, and it also marks the start of some great new sales on various paid iOS apps. As always, download anything that looks appealing as quickly as possible because these sales could end at any time, be it an hour from now or a day from now. 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
  • Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing in first trailer for 'The Imitation Game' (2014-07-21 11:02:13)
    Alan Turing's work as a British codebreaker is often said to have shortened the course of World War II, and that work is now becoming the subject of the film The Imitation Game. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing, the movie focuses on the computer science pioneer's work on cracking the German Enigma Code, while also touching on Turing's struggle with being a gay man in England at a time when homosexual acts were illegal.
  • Next big Windows 8.1 update reportedly coming soon (2014-07-21 10:42:56)
    Microsoft may be getting ready to release its second scheduled Windows 8.1 update of the year. Known as Windows 8.1 Update 2, the upcoming release is apparently smaller than Update 1, which was released earlier this year, and will arrive on “Patch Tuesday,” which is apparently scheduled for August 12 according to a leaked image posted on Russian website It’s not clear what new features will be included in Windows 8.1 Update 2, or whether the update will only bring improvements and bug fixes. Neowin says the update will be smaller than the previous one, and may bring only “enhancements to stability rather than front end features.” Similarly, it’s not known whether the Start menu will return this year via Update
  • Tiny device aims to tell you if your drink has been spiked (2014-07-21 10:36:00)
  • iPhone 6: More Evidence Points to Sept. 19 Release (2014-07-21 10:33:40)
    Everything from the iPhone 6's front panel to its feature set have leaked in some way over the past few months, and it seems all that's left to speculate on is its release date. The flier, posted on Chinese social network Weibo and published by GSM Insider, shows both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch variations of the iPhone 6, along with regional pricing info for each. Both purported iPhones shown in the flier are black with rounded edges, each sporting a glossy, black Apple logo on the back panel and a camera lens on the top left.
  • Google is testing an awesome new Google Maps feature we can’t wait to get our hands on (2014-07-21 10:21:14)
    Google Maps is an amazing tool that has quite literally changed our lives. Even the shortest trips to unknown locations used to be a production that involved searches and routing on Mapquest (or, heaven forbid, on an actual paper map) and then carrying printouts of one’s path to consult while driving. Now, we type a quick search in Google Maps on our phones and go. Of course, Google is hardly one to rest on its laurels despite having released a product that has had such an impact. The company is constantly adding nifty new features to Maps, and now it’s working on one we cannot wait to get our hands on. FROM EARLIER: Awesome new Google Maps trick makes travel planning
  • Seoul plans to ban Uber and launch its own taxi app (2014-07-21 10:18:29)
    Uber's days in South Korea may be numbered. The city of Seoul has announced plans to ban the taxi-hailing app, citing concerns that the company threatens the livelihood of the city's taxi drivers. As a replacement, the city government plans to roll out its own GPS-based app by the end of the year, offering Seoul's citizens a similar experience without the predatory reputation that has dogged Uber in the past. "Comments like these show Seoul is in danger of remaining trapped in the past," the company said in a statement.
  • iPhone 6 and next-gen Retina iPad mini rendered by design master (2014-07-21 10:10:01)
    We have seen dozens of dummy mockups of Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6 over the past few months, and the odds are very good that we can expect Apple’s actual iPhone 6 to resemble them when it launches sometime this fall. But according to a recent report from Nikkei, which has a very good track record when it comes to Apple’s unreleased devices, these iPhone 6 mockups feature a massive design flaw compared to Apple’s real next-generation smartphone that will completely change the look of the device. Thankfully, we can now see what Apple’s iPhone 6 might look like without that big flaw, courtesy of one of the best in the business. FROM EARLIER: These gorgeous images could show us what Apple’s
  • Pranksters can hijack your Chromecast to show whatever they want (2014-07-21 10:09:00)
  • Payments startup Stripe launches in Australia, tests in three other countries (2014-07-21 10:04:23)
    Stripe launched in Australia and began testing in three Scandinavian countries on Monday, as the three-year-old payments startup backed by a trio of PayPal co-founders slowly enlarges its global footprint. Its latest international expansion came after it struck a rare deal with Chinese payments service Alipay, an affiliate of Alibaba Group Holding Inc, to allow Chinese buyers to pay for purchases on the U.S. service. "Stripe’s mission is to grow Internet commerce by providing everything an online business needs to accept payments," John Collison, co-founder and president of Stripe, said in a blogpost on Monday. Stripe now operates in several countries including Canada, Britain and Ireland, and is beta-testing in European countries such as Finland and Switzerland.
  • iPhone 6 Rumors - Specs, Sizes, Camera, Display (2014-07-21 09:48:10)
    Apple's iPhone 5s and 5c launch marked some noteworthy firsts for the company. It was the first time Apple offered two new handsets at the same time, and it's also the only time we've seen so many color choices, including gold. More important, the iPhone 5s became the world's first smartphone capable of 64-bit computing.
  • Galaxy Note 4 will finally bring you the build quality you want from Samsung (2014-07-21 09:45:50)
    Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 4 flagship smartphone will finally have a higher build quality than any of its predecessors – or at least one version of the new phablet supposedly will. Korean publication ET News has learned from sources familiar with the matter that the Galaxy Note 4 will be made of metal, sport a flexible display and pack a 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization (OIS). FROM EARLIER: Galaxy Note 4′s monster specs have already leaked Samsung is reportedly experimenting with various material choices, including stainless steel, aluminum, magnesium and plastic for the phone’s case, although only the premium Galaxy Note 4 is likely to get a metal case. In other words, plastic will still be part of the Galaxy Note
  • Why governments are scrambling to pass smartphone killswitch laws (2014-07-21 09:37:59)
    In less than a decade, smartphones have become an incredibly important part of peoples' lives. Those services are becoming more sophisticated too.
  • Seoul plans to ban Uber and introduce its own GPS-based app for taxis (2014-07-21 09:36:00)
  • Engadget UK Giveaway: win a GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition courtesy of Tagstr (2014-07-21 09:30:00)
  • Is the iPhone 6′s display really unbreakable? These videos hold the answer (2014-07-21 09:20:10)
    Two new extreme torture tests of the iPhone 6’s alleged front panel made of sapphire glass were recorded on video by Marques Brownlee, and the display survived one of them – just like it did in previous tests – although it was not left unharmed. And in the second video, the supposed iPhone 6 screen failed miserably. FROM EARLIER: Watch someone break the iPhone 6′s unbreakable sapphire screen In the first test, Brownlee used two types of sandpaper on the leaked iPhone 6 component, with both capable of harming the sapphire display. Garnet sandpaper left the iPhone 6’s pure sapphire glass that covers the home button unscathed but not the Gorilla Glass panel, and slightly damaged the iPhone 6 front panel.
  • CBS Outdoor buys Van Wagner billboard unit for $690 million (2014-07-21 09:19:31)
    CBS Outdoor Americas Inc said Monday it would buy the billboard business from Van Wagner Communications, a privately held company with outdoor advertising in New York's Times Square and on buses on the Las Vegas strip, for $690 million in cash. The deal includes about 1,100 large-format billboards in 11 U.S. markets, which had total revenue of $206 million in 2013, CBS Outdoor said on Monday. "It gives a tremendous boost to our assets," CBS Outdoor Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Male said in an interview, adding that the billboards are in "really iconic locations that we think will be significantly additive to our portfolio in the U.S." Male said there would be "great upside" in converting some of Van Wagner billboards to digital billboard technology. About 1.5 percent of CBS' billboard are digital, about the same percentage as Van Wagner's, and make up about 10 percent of CBS' billboard revenue.
  • Hasbro launches 3D-printing campaign for 'My Little Pony' fan art (2014-07-21 09:14:12)
    Hasbro has a new idea about how to make money off fan art: 3D-print it. The company has launched a new site called SuperFanArt where My Little Pony fans can buy figurines designed by non-professional artists, created on-demand by Shapeways. According to The New York Times, Hasbro will approve all the designs beforehand to weed out anything that's "obscene, violent or hateful," but the site still represents a new kind of legitimacy for fan art, and a way for fans to legitimately purchase figures that might be too offbeat for mass production. Once approved, artists will publish their own designs and set their own prices, sharing any profits with Hasbro.
  • Sainsbury's becomes first supermarket to power a store with food waste alone (2014-07-21 09:04:00)
  • The Trinity Magnum VR controller is like a PlayStation Move for your PC (2014-07-21 09:00:00)
  • Israel's Mobileye starts road show for $500 million NYSE IPO (2014-07-21 08:57:41)
    Mobileye N.V., which makes software and cameras that help cars avoid accidents, said on Monday it has launched a road show for its U.S. initial public offering of around $500 million. The Israeli based company will sell 27.75 million shares - 8.325 million by Mobileye itself and another 19.425 million by the selling shareholders. Mobileye said it expects the IPO on the New York Stock Exchange to price at $17 to $19 a share and list under the symbol MBLY. Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley are lead underwriters.
  • Leaked photo may have just revealed Motorola’s next big smartphone (2014-07-21 08:55:16)
    Motorola is really starting to turn things around now, and its reversal of smartphone fortunes has had absolutely nothing to do with sexy high-end flagship smartphones. Instead, Motorola is attacking the low end with dirt-cheap smartphones that are sleek, stylish and surprisingly capable. It already has several great entry-level and mid-range models available in key regions around the world, and now Motorola’s next big smartphone launch may have just been spoiled by a newly leaked photo. As hinted at by the subtle watermark, Android fan blog Mallando no Android on Monday published a photo of what it claims to be Motorola’s upcoming second-generation Moto G smartphone. The device, which is currently being referred to as the Moto G2, reportedly features the model
  • Hackathon Aims to Spread Global Information to North Korea (2014-07-21 08:48:48)
    A "hackathon" held by the Human Rights Foundation will aim to bring more information inside the very high, guarded walls of North Korea. The foundation aims to aid closed societies and in the past has succeeded dropping USB drives loaded with Wikipedia into North Korea. The foundation explains the process for the hackathon this way: “Participants will become familiar with the various ways that information and truth are smuggled into North Korea today, and gain an understanding of the technology landscape inside the country. Then, guided by our North Korean guests, attendees will break into teams to come up with new ways to help end the Kim dictatorship’s monopoly of information on the 25 million people living under its rule."
  • Inside the life of a pro gamer (2014-07-21 08:46:27)
    Games are usually a leisure activity and an entertainment, but now they’re also generating enough income to sustain entire leagues and multimillion-dollar professional competitions.
  • Framed gesture-controlled digital canvas debuts on Kickstarter, starting at $399 (2014-07-21 08:45:00)
  • J.J. Abrams shows off an X-Wing fighter in new 'Star Wars: Episode VII' set video (2014-07-21 08:12:08)
    In the final video straight from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, director J.J. Abrams gives fans one more thing to look forward to in the new film: a bonafide X-Wing starfighter. The iconic fighter, partially responsible for the destruction of two Death Stars, looks beat-up but formidable, and Abrams seemed only a little pleased to show it off.
  • What one savvy Verizon customer did to get decent Netflix streaming (2014-07-21 08:10:10)
    The Net Neutrality-related Netflix vs Verizon fight over service quality continues with a new episode, as one FiOS customer managed to prove that Verizon may indeed be toying with Netflix streaming speeds, Ars Technica reports. CEO Colin Nederkoorn tested his Netflix service writing on his blog that he found Netflix streaming at “375kbps (or 0.375mbps – 0.5% of the speed I pay for) at the fastest” on his Verizon connection. “I was shocked,” he said. “Then I decided to try connecting to a VPN service to compare.” “My hypothesis here was that by connecting to a VPN, my traffic might end up getting routed through uncongested tubes,” Nederkoorn wrote. “Basically, if Verizon is not upgrading the tubes that go
  • Verizon FiOS gets a speed boost: now uploads go as fast as downloads (2014-07-21 08:08:00)
  • BlackBerry names ex-Sybase executive as chief operating officer (2014-07-21 08:00:19)
    TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Limited named Marty Beard as its chief operating officer on Monday, filling a position that had been vacant since November following a management reshuffle. Beard was most recently chief executive officer of LiveOps Inc, a provider of cloud applications for customer service. Prior to that he was an executive of Sybase, an enterprise software maker that was formerly run by current BlackBerry CEO John Chen. BlackBerry said Beard in his new role would be responsible for marketing, application development, quality and customer care, among other things. ...
  • SK Hynix says Toshiba seeks $1.1 billion in NAND leak suit (2014-07-21 07:36:35)
    South Korea's SK Hynix Inc on Monday said Japanese rival Toshiba Corp is seeking 109.15 billion yen ($1.08 billion) in damages in a lawsuit filed over the suspected leak of NAND flash memory chip technology. SK Hynix disclosed the amount in a regulatory filing after receiving official notice of the lawsuit, which was filed in Japan in March. Toshiba is also seeking to have SK Hynix destroy all information about the technology in question and cease production and sales of NAND memory products using that technology, according to the regulatory filing. SK Hynix said it would seek to have the lawsuit dismissed.
  • Giant ants are infesting the Saatchi Gallery (2014-07-21 07:33:35)
    The Saatchi Gallery in London is swarming with giant ants. Entitled Casa Tomada (Taken House), the skin-crawling exhibit is meant to depict the plight of immigrant workers across the world. The Saatchi Gallery is not the first place that the artist's colony has taken up residence. Gómezbarros' installation is part of the Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, which will run until November 2nd.
  • Toyota's next minivan will let you shout at your kids without turning around (2014-07-21 07:31:00)
  • Production halted at Samsung China supplier amid child labor probe (2014-07-21 07:25:21)
    By James Pomfret CHASHAN China (Reuters) - Production has been indefinitely halted at a Chinese supplier to Samsung Electronics Co Ltd after the factory was suspected of using child workers. Samsung, the world's biggest smartphone maker, said last week it had stopped doing business with the Dongguan Shinyang Electronics factory, a wholly owned subsidiary of South Korea's Shinyang Engineering Co Ltd , after an audit led to evidence of what Samsung called suspected child labor. The Dongguan Shinyang factory is a squat building in an industrial estate in Chashan, one of hundreds of towns spread across southern China's Pearl River Delta, dubbed the factory of the world. In Seoul, a senior official at parent firm Shinyang Engineering said its China factory had been idle since July 14.
  • Kuwait court upholds 10-year jail term for Twitter user (2014-07-21 07:21:36)
    Kuwait's top court on Monday upheld a 10-year jail sentence for a Shiite Twitter user for insulting the Prophet Mohammed and his wife and companions. Hamad al-Naqi, 24, was also charged with insulting Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and spreading false news that undermined Kuwait's image abroad, the verdict said. Naqi, a member of Kuwait's Shiite minority, denied the accusations, saying his Twitter account was hacked. Human Rights Watch strongly criticised the sentence and urged authorities to immediately release him after the appeals court confirmed the sentence in October last year.
  • Nokia's network margins seen falling in second-quarter: Reuters poll (2014-07-21 07:21:34)
    HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia is expected to report profit margin at its core networks business fell to 7.7 percent in the second quarter from 9.3 percent in the first quarter as a result of weaker software sales, a Reuters poll of analysts showed. On Friday, Nokia's bigger rival Ericsson posted stronger-than-expected results on the back of strong sales in North America. Nokia in April closed the deal to sell its former flagship phone business to Microsoft, and named Rajeev Suri, previously the head of the networks arm, as the new group chief executive. ...
  • New MacBook Airs are coming, but the 12-inch Retina model might be delayed (2014-07-21 07:15:34)
    Apple is apparently going to launch new 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air versions in the coming months, 9to5Mac says, citing reports from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News. Furthermore, the 12-inch Retina MacBook Air – a rumored new addition to the Air family – might hit stores as late as early 2015. Quanta Computer is reportedly making Apple’s upcoming MacBook Air models, with Apple’s orders expected to boost the company’s laptop shipment numbers by 15% this year. The new OS X notebooks will have new chassis, new screens and new chipsets, and should be shipped in late-August. Specific hardware details for the new 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air laptops have not been revealed. The Retina MacBook Air may ship at the end
  • Nothing says you're an Arsenal fan like buying a Huawei P7 (2014-07-21 06:55:00)
  • China Internet population reaches 632 mn (2014-07-21 06:41:28)
    China is now home to 632 million Internet users, a government agency said Monday, although use of social networks has dropped amid a crackdown. The Asian giant's Internet population -- defined as those who have gone online at least once in the past six months -- has increased by 14 million since January, according to the China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC). Mobile phone users represent a large share of the online population, the centre said, with 527 million people in China accessing the Internet using mobile devices in the six months to June. According to CNNIC, 257 million people used social networking sites during the period, down from 278 million in its last set of figures in December -- a 7.4 percent drop.
  • UK government weighs Tesla's Model S for its £5 million electric vehicle fleet (2014-07-21 06:39:00)
  • Hasbro's new site lets you sell 3D-printed fan art (2014-07-21 06:00:00)
  • Mobile demand helps lift Taiwan exports 10.6% in June (2014-07-21 05:59:10)
    Taiwan's export orders in June rose 10.6 percent year-on-year to a 17-month high, largely boosted by continuing strong demand for electronic products, the government said Monday. Export orders totalled $38.82 billion in June after the highest on-year increase since 17.9 percent growth posted in January 2013, and were also up 2.1 percent from the previous month, the ministry of economic affairs said in a statement. Export orders -- those filed to manufacturers one or two months ahead of delivery -- are a key indicator for the island's export-reliant economy. Export orders from mainland China and Hong Kong, Taiwan's leading overseas market, rose 14.5 percent on-year to $10.21 billion, of which orders for electronic items saw the largest increase of 31.5 percent, the ministry said.
  • Spectacular food packaging decays with its contents (2014-07-21 05:23:35)
    Swedish design studio Tomorrow Machine believes that the relationship between food and packaging should be symbiotic, with containers surviving only as long as their contents. In a vividly colored series entitled "This Too Shall Pass," the company showcases three items, each of which looks more like an ornament than a household product.
  • Apple lines up Pharrell, Maroon 5, Blondie and more for 2014 iTunes Festival (2014-07-21 04:13:00)
  • MIT's new robot glove can give you extra fingers (2014-07-21 03:14:00)
  • French online forums overflow with hate over Israel offensive (2014-07-21 01:50:14)
    The deadly Israeli offensive in Gaza has let loose an unprecedented wave of hate on media websites and social networks in France that moderators say they are struggling to contain. The bombardment by land, sea and air that has killed at least 425 Palestinians has enflamed tensions far afield from the Middle East, especially in France with its large Muslim and Jewish communities. "As soon as you talk about Israel, it crystallises all passions, with up to 20,000 or 30,000 comments sometimes after an article, of which we will only let five to 10 percent through," said David Corchia, head of Concileo, a firm of moderators that counts the dailies Le Figaro and Liberation as clients. Helped by software that automatically reports suspect keywords, online moderators can filter comments in accordance with special legal requirements in France as well as client requests.
  • Verizon boosts FiOS uploads to match downloads (2014-07-21 01:08:24)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon is boosting the upload speeds of nearly all its FiOS connections to match the download speeds, vastly shortening the time it takes for subscribers to send videos and back up their files online.
  • You can now listen to headphones through your hoodie (2014-07-21 01:05:00)
  • Huawei's H1 revenue up 19 percent year-on-year at $22 billion (2014-07-20 22:45:58)
    Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's No. 2 telecom equipment maker, said on Monday it will achieve sustainable growth in 2014 after posting a 19 percent jump in first-half revenue to 135.8 billion yuan ($21.88 billion). "Driven by increasing investments in LTE networks worldwide, Huawei has further solidified its leadership position in mobile broadband," Huawei's CFO Cathy Meng said in the statement. "Rapid growth in software and services helped maintain steady growth in our carrier network business." Meng said Huawei achieved "sustainable growth" in its consumer business, which includes smartphone manufacturing, thanks to better brand awareness.
  • Taiwan's UMC to raise prices by up to 15 percent: report (2014-07-20 22:28:55)
    Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp (UMC), the world's third-largest contract microchip manufacturer, will raise the prices it charges some clients by 5 to 15 percent amid heated demand, the Commercial Times reported. The move comes amid strained capacity at chip players across the industry, according to the report, with larger domestic rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) unable to step in to meet the additional demand. A separate report in Taiwan's Economic Daily News said that UMC and TSMC's clients are offering to pay between 3 and 5 percent more for the chips, also due to strained capacity and fierce industry demand. Representatives for UMC and TSMC would not comment on the reports.
  • Whirlpool's new machine freshens your clothes in 10 minutes flat (2014-07-20 21:09:00)
  • Revisiting the Apollo 11 Moon landing 45 years later (2014-07-20 18:56:00)
  • Search engine exposes hackers' passwords to solicit donations (2014-07-20 17:42:02)
    A new search engine called Indexeus offers an easy way for ne'er-do-wells to look up login credentials from over a hundred hacks, including recent high-profile dumps of Adobe and Yahoo credentials. In other words, the search engine is marketing itself to the same people that it is exposing. The men behind Indexeus planned to offer protection services — pay the site a "donation" of $1 per record, and you can have your sensitive info removed (or "blacklisted") from the search engine.
  • Gionee's next smartphone promises to be the thinnest ever (2014-07-20 16:59:00)
  • Facebook to Unveil a 'Buy' Button in Your Newsfeed (2014-07-20 16:42:00)
    Facebook is letting you take "liking" something to a whole new level with the introduction of a "Buy" button within users' posts and news feeds later this week. #TDSBreakingNews Facebook getting 'buy' button on ads. The move is being viewed as a direct challenge to Amazon.  From the Business Line: In an image of what this feature looks like, a ‘Buy’ button sits in the bottom right corner of the ads that users normally see as they scroll through their Facebook news feeds. This feature is currently in its test phase, so it is being used only for a few small and mid-size businesses in the US.
  • Artist Cory Arcangel tracks the confessions of aspiring novelists on Twitter (2014-07-20 16:06:02)
    For some, Twitter is both a distraction and a medium for a peculiar type of written soliloquy. It's the confluence of those two streams that makes artist Cory Arcangel's new book, Working on my Novel, particularly poignant. Arcangel is well known for using appropriation in his work, and the book doesn't break from that tradition.
  • Artist Cory Arcangel tracks the Twitter confessions of aspiring novelists (2014-07-20 16:06:02)
    For some, Twitter is both a distraction and a medium for a peculiar type of written soliloquy. It's the confluence of those two streams that makes artist Cory Arcangel's new book, Working on my Novel, particularly poignant. Arcangel is well known for using appropriation in his work, and the book doesn't break from that tradition.
  • UK's Nationwide Building Society customers hit by online banking outage (2014-07-20 16:03:11)
    UK lender Nationwide Building Society's customers were unable to access online banking and a mobile banking app on Sunday after a scheduled overnight maintenance overran. Nationwide spokeswoman Michelle Slade said that the online bank and mobile banking app were now back up and running. "Unfortunately our overnight planned maintenance has overrun and is affecting customers accessing our online bank and mobile banking app," the customer-owned lender's spokeswoman said. The customers of Britain's third-biggest provider of mortgage and savings products complained of the online banking glitch on social networking site Twitter.
  • Weekends with Engadget: Tokyo's vending machines, new buyer's guides and more! (2014-07-20 15:00:00)
  • Qplay streaming box by TiVo co-founders discontinued just months after launch (2014-07-20 14:34:02)
    Qplay, an internet video streaming device and service, will be shuttered this Friday, July 25th, just five months after the product first went on sale. The startup had a rough road ahead of it when it launched against stiff competition from devices like the Roku and Apple TV, as well as the very similar Google Chromecast. "This is the end for Qplay." The service, created by TiVo co-founders Michael Ramsay and Jim Barton, sought to simplify internet video.
  • The most advanced police sketch ever might solve cold cases (2014-07-20 13:00:02)
    A few minutes before 9 PM on December 20 1983, 22-year-old Erin Gilmour finished her tasks for the evening at the boutique where she was working in the Toronto shopping district of Yorkville and then closed up shop. By the time he called Toronto police, she was already dead.
  • Search engine turns the tables on hackers by exposing their info (2014-07-20 12:56:00)
  • Weird Al adopts Southern rock style for 'Lame Claim to Fame' music video (2014-07-20 11:58:55)
    "Weird Al" Yankovic is putting on his trucker hat and grabbing a cowbell for his latest music video, "Lame Claim to Fame." The stop-motion animated video is the sixth in his series of eight music videos for his new album Mandatory Fun, and it's arguably one of the most creative so far. Notably, the video features DJ Dr. Demento, who helped bring Weird Al to the national stage with his radio show. True to its name, Weird Al lists off some truly dubious celebrity connections, such as posting "first" on a Russell Crowe YouTube video.
  • Over 1.5 million added to US terrorist watch list in past five years (2014-07-20 10:49:15)
    More and more fliers are finding that they've been placed on the US government's terrorist watch list. Data revealed during a civil lawsuit shows that over 1.5 million have been added to the list over the past five years, reports the Associated Press. The terrorist watch list was first created back in 2003, and, according to the FBI, it allows officials at screening locations to "positively identify known or suspected terrorists trying to obtain visas, enter the country, board aircraft, or engage in other activity." The government calls the list "one of the most effective counterterrorism tools" it has at its disposal.
  • Inhabitat's Week in Green: stadiums with modular housing, Tesla Model 3 and a tower of mushrooms (2014-07-20 10:00:00)
  • ZTE continues the trend toward minimizing Android customization (2014-07-20 07:01:00)
  • Control high-speed photography from your phone with this camera trigger (2014-07-20 03:55:00)
  • Pilot defends Malaysia Airlines in New York Times op-ed (2014-07-20 03:17:02)
    The terrible, shocking demise of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 this week has left many confused and angered over how such an incident could happen. Some have placed the blame on the air carrier, which is still recovering from the mysterious disappearance of flight 370 just months ago. Licensed aircraft pilot and Atlantic national correspondent James Fallows has written an op-ed in The New York Times demystifying the realities of commercial aviation and defending the struggling airline. Ultimately, it seems some things just can't be planned for.
  • Recon's 'Google Glass' for sports gets a finalized design ahead of September launch (2014-07-19 23:57:00)
  • An inside look at what made Roger Ebert's 'At the Movies' so successful (2014-07-19 23:41:02)
    With the variations of At the Movies over the decades, Roger Ebert and his partner Gene Siskel indelibly transformed the way critics discussed film with the public. In 2011, Current AV Club staff writer Ignatiy Vishnevetsky joined critic Christy Lemire to co-host the show's final iteration. The show shuttered later that same year. Now, Vishnevestsky has published a wonderfully insightful and candid think piece on what made Ebert and Siskel's At the Movies work so well with audiences — and what made its last iteration doomed to fail. Read the full article here.
  • Starbucks wants you to use its app for payments in other stores (2014-07-19 22:02:00)
  • The Verge Playlist: Country-fried funk (2014-07-19 20:00:02)
    When most folks think of country music, they hear the twangy guitar, too earnest vocals, and simple driving beat that have come to typify the genre on mainstream radio. But there is another side to country music, a weird underbelly that mixes in funk, soul, rock and roll. This playlist is a collection of my favorite tunes from a genre a good friend once called "country fried." Geographically it takes us from Texas to Los Angeles to the Smokie Mountains of Tennessee. ...
  • Feedback Loop: Crowdfunding perils, dying passwords, cameras and more! (2014-07-19 20:00:00)
  • Snowden seeks to develop anti-surveillance technologies (2014-07-19 18:23:31)
    By Jim Finkle NEW YORK (Reuters) - Edward Snowden, a former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of major U.S. surveillance programs, called on supporters at a hacking conference to spur development of easy-to-use technologies to subvert government surveillance programs around the globe.  Snowden, who addressed conference attendees on Saturday via video link from Moscow, said he intends to devote much of his time to promoting such technologies, including ones that allow people to communicate anonymously and encrypt their messages. He escaped the United States after leaking documents that detailed massive U.S. surveillance programs at home and abroad - revelations that outraged some Americans and sparked protests from countries around the globe. At the HOPE hacking conference, several talks detailed approaches for thwarting government surveillance, including a system known as SecureDrop that is designed to allow people to anonymously leak documents to journalists. The conference featured about 100 presentations on topics ranging from surveillance to hacking elevators and home routers.
  • The 'original' Rickroll video has disappeared from YouTube (2014-07-19 18:21:03)
    Rick Astley's velvety vocals have been banished from YouTube. The "original" copy of Astley's cheesy 1987 pop hit "Never Gonna Give You Up" — perhaps better known as the Rickroll video — has been pulled down from YouTube. It's unclear why the video was removed from the service some seven years and 70 million views after it was first uploaded. If you've never heard of this video, you must be new in these parts.
  • The curated video service from TiVo's founders, Qplay, is shutting down (2014-07-19 18:06:00)
  • Drinking a Blue Screen of Death in the back streets of Tokyo (2014-07-19 16:15:04)
    When it comes to finding a place to drink, Tokyo caters to every esoteric taste imaginable. It’s a city where you can get a cocktail surrounded by video game characters, canned food, or penguins. Owned and run by Aki Nakao, it’s a bar that hosts live coding events and offers a series of tech-themed cocktails. There’s the Blue Screen, named after the famous fatal error that strikes fear into the heart of Windows users;
  • Google reportedly confronted Samsung over its approach to smartwatches (2014-07-19 16:09:00)
  • German artist protests NSA with 'light graffiti' on US Embassy in Berlin (2014-07-19 14:54:02)
    One artist is using a modified form of "graffiti" to protest the NSA. Early this morning in Berlin, self-proclaimed "guerrilla marketing expert" Oliver Bienkowski used a powerful projector mounted in a cargo van to light up the side of the US Embassy. The projection emblazoned the Embassy with silly illustration of President Obama and a warning for all to see: "NSA in da House." The US Embassy in Berlin is in a heavily-policed area near the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate, and officers peacefully shut down the projection within minutes, according to a video posted online of the exchange.
  • Experts: Social media can feed Munchausen by proxy (2014-07-19 14:31:02)
    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Experts say the case of a mother accused of poisoning her 5-year-old son to death with salt appears be an example of how social media feeds into Munchausen by proxy, a disorder in which caretakers purposely harm children and then bask in the attention and sympathy.
  • Amazon's New Netflix-Style Service May Remind You of a Library (2014-07-19 14:28:00)
    Amazon launched a monthly subscription service that will allow e-readers to e-read unlimited e-books on their Kindles. Introducing Kindle Unlimited! Unlimited Reading. Here's how it'll work: For a monthly fee of $9.99, Kindle users can browse the Amazon bookstore and wherever they see the logo for Kindle Unlimited, they'll be able to download the title for free. Considering it takes me 2 months to read a book, that's a pass for me. — Jeff Fino (@jefino) July 19, 2014
  • McMoon's and the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (2014-07-19 14:00:00)
  • A hoodie that lets you hear everything, even with the hood up (2014-07-19 13:00:02)
    Wearing a hoodie and listening to music with large headphones are two things that do not always go together, but one company believes it's solved that problem. "For engineers that work with bands on tour, who generally want to be as inconspicuous as possible when adjusting things on a live stage, wearing black is key, hence all the blacked-out trim and fabric selections," explains Steven Wheeler, a designer at Betabrand, who also came up with the company's NASA-inspired down jacket.
  • Get a new look on the cheap with these customizable phones (2014-07-19 12:30:00)
  • Weird Al transforms hashtag into song with 'First World Problems' music video (2014-07-19 12:25:23)
    Weird Al's eight days of music videos for his album Mandatory Fun sure seems perfectly designed to take the internet by storm. In today's ridiculous video, "First World Problems," the one-of-a-kind artist has transformed a list of Twitter rants into a song that pokes fun at bands like the Pixies. While Weird Al's self-proclaimed "douchey" alter-ego in the video has some perennial problems, like missing breakfast because he overslept, many of his complaints are right up to date for 2014. ...
  • In Brazil, descendants of slaves fight to keep the land of their ancestors (2014-07-19 11:18:00)
    Events like the World Cup and Olympics have a way of shining a light on host countries that reveals both good — and bad — that's often overlooked. One of those stories comes from The Huffington Post, which recently reported on the fight over a government program that provides descendants of slaves legal ownership of their ancestors' lands. It's an issue that's deeply tied to long-seated racial tensions in a country that didn't outlaw slavery until 1889. The feature follows one family's battle in a wealthy Rio suburb — be sure to read the entire story here.
  • Recommended Reading: Gauging the smartwatch craze and skin listening (2014-07-19 11:00:00)
  • The Weekender: mapping mythical social networks and going to the moon (2014-07-19 10:30:02)
    Welcome back to The Weekender. Every Saturday morning, The Verge will give you something to do. This is where you'll get the best of what we’ve written this week, but also a reason to get up and actually do something with your life — even if that something is dreaming of the far off places you might go.
  • Future pacemakers might be completely biological (2014-07-19 08:37:00)
  • NASA says lunar caves could provide living spaces for future astronauts (2014-07-19 04:17:00)
  • Switzerland tops innovation rankings for fourth year (2014-07-19 02:55:24)
    Switzerland has claimed the top spot on the Global Innovation Index for the fourth-straight year while Sub-Saharan Africa "posted significant regional improvement". The annual rankings, which this year focused on the role people play in the innovation process, found that Switzerland and other top-ranked countries Britain, Sweden and Finland, had strong all-round support systems that led to "high levels of creativity". BRICS nations such China, Brazil and India were catching up with the developed countries, the researchers from Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization said in a statement. "China significantly outperforms the average score of high-income economies across the combined quality indicators," they added in a report released on the sidelines of a G20 trade ministers' meeting in Sydney.
  • Amazon UK rep says an Android version of its video app is 'imminent' (2014-07-18 23:47:00)
  • Restaurant finds its service is slower because you’re spending too much time staring at your phone (2014-07-18 21:45:47)
    If you find that service at your favorite restaurant isn’t as speedy as it once was, don’t blame your waiter — instead, blame all the people who spend tons of time messing around on their smartphones when they go out to eat instead of looking at a menu and ordering their food. The San Francisco Globe spotted a Craigslist post from local restaurant owners this week who described how they were trying to figure out why they were getting so many more complaints about service speed on their Yelp pages. To get a better idea, they decided to watch footage from a typical day at their restaurant and compare it to archive footage they had of a typical day at their
  • Engadget Daily: Top cellphones, Kindle Unlimited and more! (2014-07-18 20:33:00)
  • EU likes Google’s in-app purchase policy changes, wants more from Apple (2014-07-18 20:30:16)
    The European Commission’s request for Apple and Google to take additional steps that further protect smartphone and tablet users from unexpected in-app purchases coming from their children. Now, Google said that starting in late September, free games in the Play Store that come with in-app purchases won’t be labeled as free anymore, Engadget reports.Google also said it will take additional measures to prevent children from buying in-game items, and will implement measures to monitor any breaches of EU law. The EU told Apple and Google that it wants stores to stop misleading consumers about free games, stop “directly exhorting” kids with in-app content, inform customers about payment arrangements and force game-makers to offer users contact information. While the EU said Google addressed its concerns related
  • Russia spotted editing Wikipedia page about downed Malaysia Air jet (2014-07-18 19:54:05)
    A Twitter bot that keeps watch on Wikipedia pages edited by those inside the Russian government spotted major changes to an entry about yesterday's crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which killed all 298 people on board. The Telegraph reports that a Russian language page about Boeing 777 accidents that mentioned flight MH17 initially included language pointing to "terrorists" before being changed to "Ukrainian soldiers." Before the edit, the entry read: Launched just this past weekend, it sends out a tweet when it detects Wikipedia edits made by people using Russian government IP addresses. In this case, the edit has been linked back to someone in Kiev at VGTRK, Russia's state-run TV and radio network. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, when it crashed into a sparsely-populated area of Ukraine.
  • Russia spotted editing Wikipedia page about downed Malaysia Airlines jet (2014-07-18 19:54:05)
    A Twitter bot that keeps watch on Wikipedia pages edited by those inside the Russian government spotted major changes to an entry about yesterday's crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which killed all 298 people on board. The Telegraph reports that a Russian language page about Boeing 777 accidents that mentioned flight MH17 initially included language pointing to "terrorists" before being changed to "Ukrainian soldiers." Before the edit, the entry read: Launched just this past weekend, it sends out a tweet when it detects Wikipedia edits made by people using Russian government IP addresses. In this case, the edit has been linked back to someone in Kiev at VGTRK, Russia's state-run TV and radio network. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, when it crashed into a sparsely-populated area of Ukraine.
  • Twitter will finally let you see -- and delete -- all of your direct messages (2014-07-18 19:32:00)
  • Amazon starts Netflix-style book service amid publisher spat (2014-07-18 19:16:39)
    By Deepa Seetharaman NEW YORK (Reuters) - Inc launched a $9.99-per-month subscription service on Friday that lets customers read as much as they choose from its library of more than 600,000 digital books. Subscribers to the Kindle Unlimited service can read e-books, including "The Hunger Games" and "Life of Pi," on Amazon's Kindle e-reader or any device with a Kindle app. The launch of Kindle Unlimited comes as Amazon remains mired in a months-long contract dispute with the No. 4 U.S. publisher Hachette Book Group, owned by France's Lagardere, over how to price e-books. Amazon is also in talks about digital book pricing with Simon & Schuster, owned by CBS Corp. Amazon's move to offer the Kindle Unlimited service reflects consumers' growing preference toward subscription-based models for consuming digital media, such as Netflix Inc for movies and television shows and Spotify for music.
  • Amazon officially unveils eBook subsciption service Kindle Unlimited (2014-07-18 19:15:08)
    Amazon officially announced its eBook and audiobook subscription service Kindle Unlimited on Friday after an accidental leak revealed the details of the service less than 24 hours earlier. Subscribers will have access to over 600,000 eBooks and thousands of Audible audiobooks on Kindles as well as iOS, Android and other devices for $9.99 a month. Eligible books will feature the Kindle Unlimited logo and a “Read for Free” button. On top of the thousands of free audiobooks available to subscribers, anyone who signs up for Kindle Unlimited will be given a complimentary three-month membership to Amazon’s Audible service as well, which offers over 150,000 audiobooks to members. “With Kindle Unlimited, you won’t have to think twice before you try a new author or genre—you
  • New York wants Bitcoin exchanges to be heavily regulated (2014-07-18 18:23:00)
  • Hubble Space Telescope Snaps Stunning Photo of Star Cluster in Neighboring Galaxy (2014-07-18 18:10:12)
    NGC 121 Is a Globular Cluster in the Small Magellanic Cloud
  • Netflix is testing a 'privacy mode' for watching guilty pleasures (2014-07-18 18:06:33)
    The feature colloquially referred to as "porn mode" on web browsers is headed to Netflix soon. The company just began testing a new feature on its streaming service called "privacy mode," that won't keep track of what you've watched or use it to come up with new recommendations.
  • It looks like Microsoft was smart to scrap the Surface mini (2014-07-18 18:00:38)
    And now we see another good reason for Microsoft to not release the Surface mini tablet. ITWorld reports that Lenovo has already stopped selling its two smaller Windows-based tablets in the United States because there simply isn’t any demand for them. The decision comes to yank the smaller Windows tablets even though both of them — the ThinkPad 8 and the Miix 2 — haven’t even been out for a year. That said, there is a bright side here: Lenovo says that it is seeing some strong demand for its larger Windows-based tablets such as the ThinkPad 10 in the United States while also noting that demand for the ThinkPad 8 is strong in markets such as Brazil, China, and Japan.
  • Nathan Drake says no (2014-07-18 17:52:24)
    Uncharted hero Nathan Drake has had some adventures. Enough to fill three PS3 console games and another on Vita. In between all the gun battles, daring leaps, and breathtaking action sequences, it turns out there have also been plenty of nos. Drake tends to say it often, so naturally someone on the internet decided to put every utterance of "no" together. One fan compiled a supercut of Drake, voiced by Nolan North (No No for short), expressing the negative to everyone and everything around him — over and over again. Grenades seem to be a trigger for Nate. ...
  • Modern furniture makers collide as Herman Miller buys Design Within Reach (2014-07-18 17:45:46)
    Office furniture giant Herman Miller is acquiring the modern design retailer Design Within Reach. The pairing puts together two of the bigger names in modern-styled furniture: Herman Miller, which dates back to 1905, and Design Within Reach, which was founded just a decade and a half ago, in 1998. While Herman Miller is known in particular for its office chairs, Design Within Reach's fame doesn't come from any one category in particular. Herman Miller will pay an estimated $154 million in cash for an 84 percent ownership in Design Within Reach, with the deal scheduled to close on July 28th.
  • Nokia's MixRadio to be spun off as its own music service (2014-07-18 17:37:00)
  • Single-message app 'Yo' is what's up with investors (2014-07-18 17:23:38)
    A messaging app that allows users to send the word "Yo" to friends has discovered newfound fame and fortune. San Francisco-based startup Yo, which got its start in Tel Aviv and moved to California after becoming a hit in Israel, boasted new backers on Friday as reports estimated its value as high as $10 million. Yo raised $1.5 million in an initial round of funding that included backing from Betaworks and Mashable founder Pete Cashmore, according to co-founder and chief executive Or Arbel. The Yo app has been woven into communications at Betaworks, according to founder and chief executive John Borthwick.
  • Did Microsoft just cancel Windows Phone’s potential killer feature? (2014-07-18 17:15:19)
    Earlier this year, we heard that Microsoft was working on something called 3D Touch, a new system that would integrate the Xbox One’s Kinect technology into Windows Phone. WPCentral’s sources now say, however, that plans to release a device with 3D Touch have been put on the shelf for the time being because Microsoft execs and engineers couldn’t escape the nagging sensation that it was nothing more than a gimmick. “These touchless gestures are evidently not ready for developers or consumers, and Microsoft is holding back until they feel the innovation is more than just a novelty,” writes WPCentral. “Combined with the recent Kinect setbacks with the Xbox One, it is clear that the public – or perhaps the technology
  • Netflix is testing a private mode that keeps your watching habits under wraps (2014-07-18 17:04:00)
  • Samsung employees reportedly handed back $2.9 million to apologize for poor performance (2014-07-18 16:41:40)
    Samsung's profits are dipping from their exceptional heights on the back of several extremely popular smartphones, and many of the company's employees are feeling the pressure. According to Reuters, close to 200 managers from Samsung's mobile division have returned a quarter of a recent bonus that they received in an effort to show that they accept responsibility for the company's waning performance and would work harder moving forward. For its first quarter of 2014, Samsung reported a profit of 8.49 trillion won ($8.23 billion). Though it's a substantial figure, it's a dip from the 8.78 trillion won that it saw a year earlier, and that dip is expected to repeat itself for Samsung's quarter two. Last year, Q2 saw Samsung take in 9.53 trillion won (around $8.5 billion), and even that fell short of Wall Street's expectations for the formidable smartphone maker;
  • Get up to $125 off the Moto X right now (2014-07-18 16:40:15)
    Motorola’s Moto X is definitely showing its age at this point, but for people on a budget looking for a capable mid-range smartphone with no service contract, the X is still a terrific option. And for the next five days, it’s an even better option than it normally is. Ahead of the rumored launch of a next-generation model, Motorola has made a coupon available for a limited time that will let customers purchase a brand new off-contract Moto X at a deep discount. How deep? The coupon knocks $100 off the price of the 16GB model, making it $299.99, and it will chop $125 off of the 32GB and 64GB Moto X handsets, giving them final prices of $324.99 and $374.99, respectively. To
  • Allegiant computer outage resolved; 26 flights affected (2014-07-18 16:38:21)
    (Reuters) - Allegiant Travel Co, the parent of Allegiant Air, said on Friday that a computer outage that affected 26 flights and 4,000 passengers has been resolved, and its systems are back to normal. Shares of Allegiant closed up 2 percent at $120.80 on Nasdaq.
  • Microsoft will make Xbox One more social, add mobile purchases in August update (2014-07-18 16:34:03)
    Sony may be selling more consoles than Microsoft right now, but the Xbox One's software seems to be gaining new features at a faster rate than its rival PlayStation 4. Major Nelson today detailed what players can expect as part of the August Xbox One update, and some decent additions are on the way. Microsoft ultimately plans to add a "friends" section to the Xbox One home screen, but that's coming later. Buy an Xbox game on your phone and it'll be ready when you get home
  • The top 15 smartphones you can buy right now (2014-07-18 16:30:00)
  • U.S. judge OKs warrant for Google user's emails, stoking debate (2014-07-18 16:11:20)
    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge in New York has granted prosecutors access to a Gmail user's emails as part of a criminal probe, in a decision that could fan the debate over how aggressively the government may pursue data if doing so may invade people's privacy. U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein said on Friday he had authorized a warrant to be served on Google Inc for the emails of an unnamed individual who is the target of a money laundering investigation. Gorenstein said his decision ran counter to several other federal judges' rulings in similar cases, including in Washington, D.C., and Kansas, that sweeping warrants may give the government improper access to too many emails, not just relevant ones. Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
  • Cool Samsung video shows how the Galaxy S5 can take you places the iPhone can’t go (2014-07-18 16:05:28)
    Samsung seems to think its new ads that either mock the iPhone’s poor battery life or that tout its own phones’ strong batteries are winners. The company on Friday put out a new video chronicling two men who took the Galaxy S5 with them on a road trip across the United States and didn’t have to recharge it once. “We put the Galaxy S 5 with Ultra Power Saving Mode to the ultimate challenge — a coast to coast road trip without recharging,” Samsung explains. “The results: 3504 miles driven, 7 days on the road, 150 hours traveled, 86 texts sent, 119 photos taken, 4+ minutes of video, 16+ minutes of talk time, 13 states visited.” While Samsung obviously optimized the device’s
  • Watch this weekend's Pitchfork Music Festival from the comforts of home (2014-07-18 16:00:00)
  • Review: Amazon unlimited e-book service is limited (2014-07-18 15:51:22)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon's new "unlimited" e-book service lets you read 600,000 books. That sounds like more than you'll ever read, but I found myself struggling to find the books I wanted.
  • Google Prepping Chrome OS Overhaul (2014-07-18 15:39:00)
    Google could soon change everything we know about Chrome OS. While the current version of the search giant's Chromebook operating system takes on a familiar, Windows-inspired design, a new screenshot from the Chrome OS design team suggests that Google is looking to make Chrome OS a unique fusion of desktop and mobile UI experiences. The screenshot posted by Google's Franois Beaufort is from project Athena, a new experiment from the Chromium OS team that aims to switch up the user experience of Chrome OS.
  • Google experimenting with major redesign of Chrome OS (2014-07-18 15:33:00)
  • How one man bypassed internet congestion and fixed his Netflix streaming (2014-07-18 15:31:41)
    Colin Nederkoorn, a startup CEO living in New York City, was unhappy with his Netflix service. He pays Verizon for FiOS service that promises 75Mbps down. What he found was that when he was streaming Netflix he was getting speeds of just 375kbps, or 0.5 percent of what he was paying Verizon for. To try to fix the problem, Nederkoorn began using a virtual private network, or VPN, which could essentially act as a virtual ISP that would route the traffic he requested from Netflix through a different set of connections than the ones being used when he went through Verizon.
  • This expensive little gadget wants to fix a problem you might never encounter (2014-07-18 15:30:42)
    A new smartphone accessory called goTenna wants to fix a problem some users may experience from time to time, but probably not that often since carriers are focused on expanding into rural areas: lack of cellular coverage. goTenna is a tiny expensive antenna that can be used to send messages and location data between smartphones via radio waves when a regular cell connection is not available. But the problem with goTenna is that it’ll only work with other goTenna device owners. That’s likely why goTennas sell in pairs, so the users can give one of the portable antennas to friends and family. A different solution does exist for enabling instant messaging feature for smartphones that are out of cellular coverage, and
  • The main event of Valve's $10 million 'Dota 2' tournament begins now! (2014-07-18 15:28:16)
    The rapid rise of e-sports continues this weekend with the biggest and most lucrative tournament held to date. The fourth Dota 2 International takes place in Seattle's 17,000-seat Key Arena, where the world's best teams are competing for a share of a spectacular $10.5 million prize pool, highlighted by a first place award of over $4.8 million. This year the games will even be broadcast on ESPN. But do you know enough about BKBs and Roshan to follow along? Tune in to find out.
  • How Kindle Unlimited compares with Scribd, Oyster (2014-07-18 15:25:27)
    Amazon is the latest — and largest — company to offer unlimited e-books for a monthly fee. Here's how Kindle Unlimited, which Amazon announced Friday, compares with rivals Scribd and Oyster.
  • Surprise: TWC wants to build a 1Gbps fiber network after Los Angeles threatens to build its own (2014-07-18 15:05:18)
    Gee, it’s amazing how quickly Time Warner Cable will change its mind about the usefulness of 1Gbps fiber networks as soon as a major city like Los Angeles says it wants to built its own fiber network that could potentially kick incumbent cable providers to the curb. Time Warner Cable on Friday issued a response to Los Angeles’s request for input on the best way to develop a community-wide fiber network that’s capable of blowing anything TWC currently offers out of the water. Unsurprisingly, TWC said that it would just love to help Tinsel Town build its own fiber network. “We believe the introduction of consumer gigabit speeds in our near future will facilitate even greater innovations among students, entrepreneurs and many industries powering the Los
  • Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 Edition review: big screen, even bigger price (2014-07-18 15:00:00)
  • These crazy ‘Rocketskates’ have already passed $230K on Kickstarter (2014-07-18 14:42:09)
    Remember that good-looking, electric Marbel skateboard, that managed to raise over $365,000 on Kickstarter, or more than four times its goal? In case you wished someone would come up with a similar project for roller skates, you should check out the Acton R “Rocketskates,” which have already raised more than $230,000 on the same crowd-funding site, well over the $50,000 goal, with 35 days to go until the campaign is finished. The Acton R Rocketskates are “remote-free, strap-in, smart electric skates,” that are supposed to offer a completely new roller-skating experience to skaters. “Each skate has two hub motors controlled by an on-board microprocessor, and are powered by a lithium-ion battery pack,” the company says. “The skates communicate with each other so they maintain
  • Xbox One's next update makes it easier to keep up with friends, and play Blu-ray 3D (2014-07-18 14:34:00)
  • PuffPuffChat is Chatroulette for stoned people (2014-07-18 14:32:00)
    Chatroulette became a phenomenon shortly after it debuted, but for many, the novelty of chatting with a randomly chosen stranger quickly wore off. The site is called PuffPuffChat, and it asks users to rank themselves on a 10-point scale of how high they are before putting them in either a text or video chat with someone at a similar level. According to The Daily Dot, the site launched back in May, and it's already hosted tens of thousands of chats. In an interview with Adweek, site founder Eric (who goes by the name "cherry_garcia" on Reddit) says that most of the chats have been text chats, which certainly differentiates it from the video-focused Chatroulette.
  • Who shot down Malaysia Airlines MH17? (2014-07-18 14:24:18)
    The commercial jet Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed over the southeastern border of Ukraine yesterday, killing all 298 people aboard. The US government confirmed the tragic news late in the afternoon, hours after the plane crashed, saying a surface-to-air missile brought it down. Members of the Ukrainian government accused pro-Russian separatist rebels in the region. The Russian government blamed the Ukrainian government for allowing flights in the area.
  • The Wii U’s upcoming release calendar should fill Nintendo fans with dread (2014-07-18 14:07:38)
    The release of the critically acclaimed Mario Kart 8 gave the Wii U a nice sales boost but Nintendo can’t rely on just one game to make the Wii U relevant. This is why when we look at the calendar of upcoming Wii U releases, we get a sinking sense of dread, especially because we still don’t have a confirmed release date for the new Super Smash Bros. game yet. So what does Nintendo have coming up to entice gamers to pick up the Wii U? Next week the game Wooden Sen’SeY will release and then it’s more than two months before Hyrule Warriors comes out on September 26th. Skylanders Trap Team follows quickly afterward on October 5th, followed by Bayonetta 2
  • Vent: A semi-anonymous app that feels your pain (2014-07-18 14:00:00)
  • Terrifying GoPro video shows two tornadoes wreaking havoc at the same time (2014-07-18 13:35:35)
    We’ve seen our share of scary GoPro videos over the past several months but this latest one takes us about as close as we ever want to be to two tornadoes that simultaneously tore through large areas of Nebraska last month. The video was filmed by storm chasers Dick McGowan and Shay Phillips, who shot footage of the twin tornadoes on June 16th this year in Pilger, Nebraska using their GoPro camera while safely behind the wheel of a car. What makes the video remarkable is to see just how much debris these terrifying cyclones are spitting out, which makes it even more amazing at the very end of the video when they slowly seem to merge into one another. The video
  • You can buy your next Dell laptop with Bitcoin (2014-07-18 13:33:00)
  • With 1 million comments, U.S. net neutrality debate nears first marker (2014-07-18 13:23:24)
    By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. companies, consumer advocates and citizens submitted more than 1 million comments to the Federal Communications Commission, drawing contentious divisions on the issue of net neutrality as the first deadline to comment approached Friday. The FCC will continue collecting comments, made in response to these first submissions, until Sept. 10 as it weighs how best to regulate the way Internet service providers (ISPs) manage web traffic crossing their networks. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed new rules in April after a federal court struck down the FCC's previous version of such rules in January. The FCC's draft rules propose banning ISPs from blocking users' access to websites or applications but allowing some "commercially reasonable" deals between content providers and ISPs to prioritize delivery of some web traffic.
  • Tiny Magnet Brings Wireless Charging to the iPhone (2014-07-18 13:21:21)
    Many Android smartphones come with wireless charging ability. HEVO designed a Lightning-compatible microadaptor, which magnetically connects to the iPhone 5s charging port just like the MagSafe connector on a MacBook. Among those devices are the Cabin portable battery case, the Cabin charging dock and the Magadaptor that plugs into the Lightning charging cord also from HEVO.
  • This Wand Lets You Text Without a Signal (2014-07-18 13:07:43)
    When paired with the free iOS or Android app, you can send messages and your GPS location (on an offline-ready map) to a specific individual who also has a goTenna. MORE: 12 Surprising Things Your Android Phone Can Do
  • Nike has a vending machine that lets you trade Fuel for gear (2014-07-18 13:05:00)
  • BlackBerry’s firewall is about to come under siege (2014-07-18 13:04:49)
    Batten down the hatches, BlackBerry — Hurricane Xiaomi is barreling toward you. The Wall Street Journal reports that even though red-hot Chinese vendor Xiaomi has had trouble getting its phones approved for sale in Indonesia, the company does expect to get the green light very soon. Hugo Barra, Xiaomi’s vice president for global operations, tells the Journal that if all goes as planned, Xiaomi will start selling its smartphones in Indonesia by the end of August. Why is this such a big deal for BlackBerry? Largely because Indonesia has been BlackBerry’s firewall when it comes to handset sales. It launched its low-cost BlackBerry Z3 handset there and by all accounts it’s apparently been a hit so far. However, BlackBerry has never
  • Correction: Apple-Board story (2014-07-18 13:03:35)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story July 17 about the retirement of longtime Apple Inc. director Bill Campbell, The Associated Press reported erroneously that late Apple CEO Steve Jobs had battled prostate cancer. Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
  • How to inhale your alcohol (2014-07-18 12:43:06)
    “Drinking is so 2013,” says Vapshot, creator of a pair of alcohol vaporizers aimed at the discerning partygoer for whom dumping alcohol down one’s gullet is no longer appealing. Instead of doing shots the traditional way, the Vapshot and all new Vapshot mini turn your favorite liquid alcohol into a vapor that can then be injected into a serving bottle and sucked out with a straw. Yes, it sounds ridiculous, but get used to it — vapor is the latest trend and someday soon we might find ourselves inhaling our meals at the local restaurant. “What if there was a brand new way to enjoy your favorite alcoholic beverages that’ll get the party started faster and won’t slow you down? Something new, trendy and
  • Auditor of collapsed Spanish company Gowex freed on bail (2014-07-18 12:38:44)
    The auditor of collapsed wireless networks provider Gowex was freed on bail on Friday after appearing in Spain's High Court as part of an investigation into an alleged accounting fraud at the company. The judge said there were signs of illegal practice in the work carried out by Antonio Diaz Villanueva for Gowex and that he had not declared his earnings from Gowex to tax authorities. Villanueva, from small firm M&A Auditores, said he had carried out the work legally, court documents showed. Gowex, listed on Spain's alternative stock exchange, filed for bankruptcy on Monday two weeks after former chief executive Jenaro Garcia Martin admitted he misrepresented its accounts for at least the past four years.
  • Google's not bringing its super-fast fiber internet to the UK anytime soon (2014-07-18 12:31:00)
  • 'Off Grid' makes data your most powerful weapon (2014-07-18 12:30:03)
    In 2011, Rich Metson was a metal worker who was just starting to dabble in the world of coding and open source software. Perhaps surprisingly, the designers actually view the overall message as a somewhat secondary consideration.
  • This huge iPhone 6 rumor infographic will tell you what to expect in September (2014-07-18 12:20:11)
    With all sorts of iPhone 6 rumors floating around, sometimes offering contradicting views on what Apple’s 2014 iPhone models will have to offer, French publication Nowhereelse has published an extensive iPhone 6 rumors infographic that looks at the various reports covering iPhone 6 hardware and/or design details and sought outside help in ranking their probability of becoming a reality. FROM EARLIER: It looks like some iPhone 6 buyers might not get sapphire displays Tech writers from various websites including iDownloadblog (Sebastien Page and Christian Zibreg), AppleInsider (Mickey Campbell) and BGR (Brad Reed) helped Nowherelse’s Steve Hemmerstoffer score the likelihood that certain rumors will end up being accurate. Designers Solene “Sosoa” Renaudin and Yoann “Dune” Madec then put all the information on one handy infographic. That
  • Cold War redux: Russia may reopen a Soviet-era spy base in Cuba (2014-07-18 12:16:26)
    Russia has agreed to reopen a spy base in Cuba that provided critical intelligence on the US during the Cold War, according to reports published this week. On Wednesday, Russian business newspaper Kommersant reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Cuban counterpart, Raúl Castro, have agreed to reopen the Lourdes surveillance post, located about 150 miles from Florida. Putin denied the report, telling Russian journalists that the country "can meet its defense needs without this component," though Reuters later corroborated Kommersant, citing a Russian security source. The Lourdes base was closed in 2001, ostensibly as a cost-cutting measure.
  • Short-seller target NQ Mobile dismisses independent auditor (2014-07-18 12:13:39)
    NQ Mobile Inc, a Chinese mobile security software maker facing allegations of fraud from short-seller Muddy Waters Research Group, said it dismissed PricewaterhouseCoopers Zhong Tian LLP as its independent auditor. NQ Mobile shares fell as much as 21 percent in early trading before reversing course to trade up almost 15 percent by midday. PricewaterhouseCoopers Zhong Tian told NQ in June that it needed to expand the scope of the company's 2013 audit, days after NQ said an independent committee had found no evidence of fraud.
  • NASA thinks the Moon's underground caves could house astronauts (2014-07-18 12:04:28)
    The Moon’s more than 200 holes, or "lunar pits," were discovered by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, reports Motherboard. "A habitat placed in a pit — ideally several dozen meters back under an overhang — would provide a very safe location for astronauts: no radiation, no micrometeorites, possibly very little dust, and no wild day-night temperature swings," said Robert Wagner, one of the Arizona State University researchers who helped discover the holes, in a statement. Now that NASA has identified these caves, researchers are hoping to explore them.
  • NASA thinks the moon's underground caves could house astronauts (2014-07-18 12:04:28)
    The moon's surface isn’t just full of craters — it’s also full of holes. The moon’s more than 200 holes, or "lunar pits," were discovered by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, reports Motherboard. These pits range in size from about 5 meters in diameter to more than 900 meters, and were likely formed when part of the moon’s surface collapsed over a cave. "A habitat placed in a pit — ideally several dozen meters back under an overhang — would provide a very safe location for astronauts: no radiation, no micrometeorites, possibly very little dust, and no wild day-night temperature swings," said Robert Wagner, one of the Arizona State University researchers who helped discover the holes, in a statement.
  • Surviving on Tokyo's vending machines (2014-07-18 12:00:00)
  • Video: Watch what happens when Conan O’Brien joins Tinder (2014-07-18 11:57:37)
    There are thousands, if not tens of thousands of women across the country who would undoubtedly love to date Conan O’Brien. There are significantly fewer women interested in dating “Chip Whitley,” however. That’s the name Conan chose on Thursday when he and actor Dave Franco decided to join Tinder in an effort to find love. Franco chose a much less conspicuous pseudonym: “Jangus Roundstone.” After taking some fantastic profile photos and listing their hobbies — Whitely enjoys chai lattes and showering, while Roundstone noted that he looks like “the poor man’s Dave Franco” — the pair began looking for love. Actually, they began looking for someone to spend about 20 minutes with. Needless to say, Conan ends up finding a terrific match. No spoilers
  • Google Maps rolls out updates for cyclists on the move (2014-07-18 11:54:13)
    Google Maps for mobile has rolled out changes to make life easier for cyclists.
  • Exclusive: Vatican dispute sheds light on HP case in troubled Autonomy deal (2014-07-18 11:48:23)
    The Vatican has become enmeshed in a struggle between Hewlett-Packard Co and Michael Lynch, the former CEO of the UK software company Autonomy Corp bought by HP in 2011 in a deal that led to a big loss for the U.S. technology giant. An argument over the proposed use of Autonomy’s software to help digitize the Vatican’s library potentially lends support to HP’s accusation that Autonomy booked sales even when the intended end user had not decided to buy the software. In the end, the Vatican says it did not purchase the software for the library project from Autonomy or from a reseller of Autonomy’s products, MicroTechnologies LLC. Nevertheless, Autonomy booked $11.55 million in revenue based on the sale to MicroTech of software that was earmarked for the proposed Vatican deal, according to sources familiar with HP’s investigation.
  • Three customers will soon get free WiFi on the Tube (2014-07-18 11:45:00)
  • Playdate: We're livestreaming the 'Destiny' beta for PlayStation 4! (2014-07-18 11:30:00)
  • Playdate: We're livestreaming the 'Destiny' beta for PlayStation 4! (update: It's over!) (2014-07-18 11:30:00)
  • Believe it or not, there are 5 companies with worse customer service than Comcast (2014-07-18 11:15:25)
    Comcast may be one of the two most hated companies in America, and it may have terrible customer service according to most accounts, but it turns out that when it comes to customer service in the United States, Comcast is only the sixth-worst company when it comes to providing support to subscribers. The news could be a tiny boost for Comcast — earlier this week, the company had a customer care-related incident that went viral when one of its employees was recorded while he relentlessly tried to prevent a customer, who ended up being a well-known tech blogger, from canceling his service. Online website Ranker has a “companies with the worst customer service” survey on its website, which got more than 14,000 votes from over 2,800 voters. Surprisingly, Comcast
  • 'Sex Tape' review (2014-07-18 11:03:36)
    The last decade or so has been good for the raunchy sex comedy, dominated both in scope and style largely by Judd Apatow and his many collaborators. Indeed, it worked in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and kept right on working in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and even Girls, as he, along with talents like Nicholas Stoller and Lena Dunham, mined that formula so as to have seemingly perfected it. Directed by Jake Kasdan (whose credits go all the way back to Freaks and Geeks), the film asks us, “What if, after making a sex tape to kickstart your cooled-off marriage, the tape wound up online? Kasdan, who last worked with stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel in 2011’s Bad Teacher, told The Verge he set out to create a comedy whose central problem seemed relatable and carried the promise of a big comic payoff.
  • Sure, why not: Pay $2 to fart and plank in a PlayStation 4 game (2014-07-18 11:03:00)
  • Google will stop calling games 'free' when they offer in-app purchases (2014-07-18 10:58:26)
    Google has agreed to add protections around games' in-app purchases to ensure that children won't rack up unwanted charges on their parents' credit cards. The changes come at the request of the European Commission, which has been investigating the ongoing issue of unwanted in-app purchases and is today laying out a series of guidelines that it would like developers and app stores to comply with. Google has said that by the end of September, it will cease to advertise games as "free" when they include in-app purchases and that it will also require payment verification before each purchase. Apple has also agreed to make changes at the behest of the commission, but it hasn't agreed to any specific actions or any time line.
  • iOS 8′s four most surprisingly useful features (2014-07-18 10:54:28)
    We still have about two months to go before Apple’s new iOS 8 software is released to the public, but developers — and anyone else with a $99 developer account — have already spent more than a month with the new operating system. Visually, iOS 8 isn’t anything like the dramatic update we saw went Apple updated its mobile software from iOS 6 to iOS 7. Behind the scenes, however, iOS 8 is probably Apple’s most massive update in years. Of course, not all the action takes place behind the scenes; there are plenty of awesome new user-facing features in iOS 8 that iPhone and iPad users will love, come September. We covered many of them in our iOS 8 preview back in June,
  • Was Verizon lying to us about Netflix congestion issues? (2014-07-18 10:33:11)
    For months, Netflix has been adamant that Verizon is the root cause of streaming slowdowns on its service, but Verizon countered last week with an accusation of its own: Netflix itself is responsible for the nosedive in streaming quality. Verizon Regulatory Affairs VP David Young shared the evidence on the Verizon Policy Blog, concluding that Netflix could solve the issue by making a few simple adjustments, but Netflix network operator Level 3 has now joined in the fight to try to catch Verizon in a lie. According to a recent update on the Level 3 blog, David Young might have accidentally admitted that the congestion is indeed caused by Verizon: “His explanation for Netflix’s on-screen congestion messages contains a nice little diagram. The diagram shows a lovely uncongested
  • PC giant Lenovo halts US sales of small Windows tablets (2014-07-18 10:31:00)
  • China's Alibaba reports media blackmail attempt to police (2014-07-18 10:20:21)
    Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, the Chinese e-commerce titan gearing up for a mammoth U.S. initial public offering, has reported a blackmail attempt by a media organization to police, the company said on its official microblog on Friday. Alibaba said on its Weibo microblog that the media organization sought $300,000 to suppress a negative report about the company. Alibaba said the matter had been reported to police in Hangzhou, where the firm is based. Alibaba's listing on the New York Stock Exchange could be one of the biggest initial public offerings ever.
  • Dear Comcast employees: we'd like to talk to you (2014-07-18 10:19:11)
    You’ve probably heard of Comcast. You know, Comcast? The largest cable provider in the country. The monolith that’s been called the Worst Company in America. The company that inspired Mona Shaw, 75, to invade a local office and smash a customer service representative’s computer with a hammer. The place where this guy works.
  • 6 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free for a limited time (2014-07-18 10:12:52)
    What a week it has been for iPhone and iPad apps. We’ve shared more than $60 worth of paid iPhone apps this week that all went on sale for free for a limited time, and now we’re finishing out the week on a high note. BGR has dug through all of the various apps that have gone on sale over the past few hours and hand-picked the six best iPhone and iPad apps. Want them for free? You’d better move fast because as always, these sales could end at any time. 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
  • Oculus Building Motion Controllers for Better Immersion (Report) (2014-07-18 10:07:22)
    The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset allows you to become visually immersed in digital worlds, but Oculus VR doesn't seem content to let you simply look around anymore. The company is reportedly developing its own motion control peripherals, which, combined with the Oculus Rift, could make gaming a more enveloping experience than ever. According to a report from Cnet, moving toward motion control is the next logical step for Oculus VR, the company set to be acquired by Facebook for $2 billion.
  • New trailers: 'Ouija,' 'Annabelle,' 'The One I Love,' and 'Kite' (2014-07-18 10:00:04)
    There are a lot of interesting movies headed to theaters this weekend, from the insane violence of The Purge: Anarchy to the surreal whimsy of Mood Indigo, with things like the ridiculous comedy Sex Tape falling somewhere in between. They're all wonderful summer movies, but this week we really started to get a look at what we'll be seeing this fall — and things get as spooky as you'd expect. Below, we've got four new trailers and another four of our favorite from earlier in the week. Ouija
  • ASUS Transformer Pad TF103C review: a speedy budget tablet with a few sacrifices (2014-07-18 10:00:00)
  • Google Maps for Android just got some awesome new features (2014-07-18 09:51:59)
    Google Maps for Android is getting a new update, Android Police reports, which will bring users some interesting features for their favorite maps applications. Google Maps v8.2 for Android will support conversational voice actions in navigation mode – users will be able to ask things like “how long until destination,” “what’s my next turn” or tell Google to “show traffic,” – although they’ll have to make sure they hit the proper phrasing precisely, in order to actually be able to trigger an appropriate response from Google Maps. Another nifty feature concerns cycling enthusiasts. Bicycles owners will now be able to avoid steep climbs, or choose steeper climbs if that’s what they fancy, as Google Maps will now show elevation details in bicycle
  • Amazon unveils e-book subscription service with unlimited access (2014-07-18 09:48:41)
    (Reuters) - Inc on Friday unveiled a subscription service that allows customers to read as much as they choose from its library of more than 600,000 e-books. Subscribers to the Kindle Unlimited service, which costs $9.99 per month, can read the e-books on Amazon's Kindle reader or on any device that supports the Kindle app. Customers can choose from books including "The Hunger Games," "Life of Pi," and "Diary of a Wimpy Kid." Subscribers also have access to thousands of audio books. Amazon's service competes with others in the market including Oyster, which charges $9.95 per month for unlimited access to more than 500,000 titles.
  • Today's your last chance to tell the FCC how you feel about net neutrality (2014-07-18 09:41:48)
    It's crunch time in the battle to preserve net neutrality. The FCC will stop accepting comments on its Open Internet proposal at midnight EST tonight, so if you haven't gotten a word in with the commission yet, this is your moment. Only Janet Jackson can say she's managed to bring in more than that. By now you're likely aware of everything that's at stake as the FCC and Chairman Tom Wheeler mull over proposals that could radically reshape internet access in the United States.
  • Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert duel to see who's the bigger 'Star Wars' fan (2014-07-18 09:41:29)
    Disney and Lucasfilm have been using the out-of-this-galaxy popularity of Star Wars to raise money for charity, and with just a week left in their very first campaign, they've enlisted Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to help promote the cause. Fortunately, Stewart and Colbert are apparently huge Star Wars fans — huge enough of fans to duel over the title of who the series' biggest fan truly is. The two have put together a short, hilarious video for the campaign, and it's not to be missed for fans of the two comedians. "Why are you using Darth Vader's lightsaber?"
  • Google admits Chrome is killing laptop batteries and promises a fix (2014-07-18 09:30:08)
    A recent report shed light on a major bug in Google’s Chrome web browser that causes the batteries in Windows laptops to drain much faster than normal. In fact, the issue could cause laptop batteries to die 25% quicker. The bug causes laptops’ processors to wake up and look for tasks 1,000 times each second instead of 64 times per second, as they should, and users have been advised to avoid using Chrome on Windows machines if they value battery life. But help is on the way: A new report states that Google has acknowledged the issue and is currently working to fix it. A report on Thursday from PCWorld stated that Google is not only aware of the issue,
  • Vertu, maker of the $22,000 smartphone, is considering luxury wearables (2014-07-18 09:30:00)
  • Amazon rolls out 'Netflix-for-books' style service (2014-07-18 09:12:36)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is rolling out a new subscription service that will allow unlimited access to thousands of electronic books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month in the online giant's latest effort to expand its services to attract more users.
  • Google seen best placed for growth as it transitions to mobile (2014-07-18 09:12:19)
    (Reuters) - Google Inc is the best placed of any company to benefit from the shift to mobile, increased local advertising and wearables, analysts said after the search giant posted its 18th straight quarter of 20 percent-plus revenue growth. Google shares were set to open about 4 percent higher at just over $600. Brokerage Jefferies maintained its "buy" rating and $700 price target on the stock. Of the 46 analysts covering Google, 36 have a "buy" or a higher rating on the stock and 10 have a "hold".
  • Pot shops are open and people are getting high for the first time (2014-07-18 09:10:27)
    With legal marijuana sales beginning in Washington this week, millions of curious people can now try out the drug with no legal ramifications. The typical pot smoker image is about to change.
  • Why Washington state's legal bud is still stuck in the weeds (2014-07-18 09:09:41)
    Sales of recreational marijuana finally began this month in the state of Washington, but things are off to a slow start. Only 25 retail licenses have been issued so far, and supply is already running low. Washington and Colorado became the first states in the US to legalize recreational marijuana under voter referendums held in November 2012, but they charted very different courses over the following months. Whereas Colorado's retail market opened relatively smoothly at the beginning of this year, netting millions in sales and creating thousands of jobs, regulators in Washington have been more cautious, issuing licenses at a trickle, and keeping supply limited.
  • Here comes the iPhone 6 (2014-07-18 09:05:43)
    Many smartphone buyers are waiting for Apple’s iPhone 6 models to come out, the company’s first devices that will finally offer bigger displays. Well, the wait is almost over. Rumored to launch in September, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models will soon enter mass production, Reuters reports. FROM EARLIER: New report claims to reveal release date for iPhone 6 and ‘iPhone Air’ According to Taiwan’s Economic Daily News, cited by Reuters, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will enter mass production starting next week, while the 5.5-inch model will go to mass production almost a month later, during the second week of August. The publication is also citing a report issued on Thursday by a China state-run news service, which said
  • NQ Mobile dismisses independent auditor, shares plunge (2014-07-18 09:05:25)
    (Reuters) - NQ Mobile Inc, a Chinese mobile security software maker facing allegations of fraud from short-seller Muddy Waters Research Group, said it dismissed PricewaterhouseCoopers Zhong Tian LLP as its independent auditor. NQ shares fell as much as 28 percent before the bell. PricewaterhouseCoopers Zhong Tian told the company in June it needed to expand the scope of NQ's 2013 audit, days after the company said an independent committee had found no evidence of fraud.
  • Google won't call games with in-app purchases free anymore (updated) (2014-07-18 09:01:00)
  • MIT upgrades the human hand with two robotic fingers (2014-07-18 09:00:19)
    Faye Wu, a mechanical engineering graduate student at MIT, said in a video about the project that the fingers take "the input from a sensor glove... that can measure the position of the human fingers." Then, an algorithm controls the output of the robotic add-ons using the position of the human fingers, as determined by the sensors. MIT's "7 finger robot" seems promising, but right now, the robotic hand more closely resembles a well designed science project than a product you would actually want to use regularly.
  • Sky's new Service app lets you manage your account on the move (2014-07-18 08:54:00)
  • Hackers make Xbox One's Kinect work on a PC (2014-07-18 08:34:00)
  • Weak phone sales prompt Samsung’s handset bosses to give back some of their bonuses (2014-07-18 08:30:22)
    Samsung recently pre-announced second-quarter earnings that badly missed analysts’ consensus. More importantly, of course, Samsung’s profit plummeted to its lowest point in two years. The tech giant’s poor performance was attributed to weakening smartphone sales that have slowed as competition increased at the low end, and we also learned recently that Samsung’s new flagship Galaxy S5 couldn’t even top sales of Apple’s iPhone 5s during its first full month of sales. According to a new report, Samsung’s weakening phone sales have prompted hundreds of managers in the company’s devices division to give back part of their first-half bonuses. Reuters on Friday cited a single unnamed source in reporting that nearly 200 managers working in Samsung’s handset division have voluntarily returned portions
  • Amazon's all-you-can-read Kindle Unlimited is now official at $9.99 per month (2014-07-18 07:58:34)
    The service that a few Amazon users spotted making a premature appearance a couple of days ago is today official: Amazon's Kindle Unlimited is a $9.99 subscription that provides access to over 600,000 ebooks and "thousands" of Audible audiobooks. While Amazon touts the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings series among the titles carrying its new "Read for Free" button for Kindle Unlimited subscribers, this service falls short of giving access to its complete library of content. Amazon sweetens the deal by throwing in a complimentary three-month Audible membership, which expands the audiobook selection to the full range. So Kindle Unlimited has some definite limits on what you can consume if not how much.
  • Axed Nokia X phones suffered from lack of identity (2014-07-18 07:56:14)
    NEW YORK (AP) — The Nokia X phones that Microsoft discontinued this week blend two rival operating systems, but leave out the best of each.
  • NQ Mobile dismisses PwC as independent auditor (2014-07-18 07:53:21)
    (Reuters) - NQ Mobile Inc, a Chinese mobile security software maker facing allegations of fraud from short-seller Muddy Waters Research Group, said it dismissed PricewaterhouseCoopers Zhong Tian LLP as its independent auditor. NQ shares fell 11 percent before the bell. PricewaterhouseCoopers Zhong Tian said in June that it needed to expand the scope of NQ's 2013 audit. NQ, which hired Marcum Bernstein Pinchuk LLP as its new auditor, did not give a reason on Friday for the dismissal of PricewaterhouseCoopers Zhong Tian. ...
  • Amazon launches Kindle Unlimited service (2014-07-18 07:51:14)
    SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon is rolling out a new subscription service for Kindle devices that will allow users unlimited access to thousands of books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month.
  • Amazon’s first Fire Phone TV ad is all about the Prime, not the device (2014-07-18 07:40:59)
    Smartphone makers choose to advertise their devices in different ways. Some focus on a phone’s main features, others take hits at competitors, and some choose a different path. Amazon is such an example, with the company’s first Fire Phone ad being more about one of Amazon’s core products rather than the device itself. The short 30-second Fire Phone ad tells the story of two kids using Amazon’s phone for just one purpose, and that’s accessing Prime content. Instead of highlighting some of the interesting features of the handset, Amazon has chosen to further plug the Prime benefits that come with a Fire Phone purchase – customers who buy the device will get a free year of Amazon Prime, a $99
  • Amazon's Kindle Unlimited offers all-you-can-eat e-books for $10 a month (2014-07-18 07:40:00)
  • Virgin Media's TV Anywhere streaming app comes to Kindle Fire tablets (2014-07-18 07:28:00)
  • Apple should do more to tackle in-app purchases problem: EU (2014-07-18 07:20:50)
    By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Apple has provided no concrete and immediate solutions to tackle the problem of adults and children racking up credit card bills by making "in-app" purchases on tablets and mobile phones, the European Commission said on Friday. Apple said it would address the concerns brought up by the Commission, although it gave no time frame for when it might make the changes, the EU executive said.
  • Google to fix Chrome for Windows bug that drains laptop batteries (2014-07-18 07:08:32)
    Google is promising to fix a bug in Chrome for Windows that has been draining laptop batteries for years. The problem was first reported in 2010, but a recent investigation by Forbes has bumped the issue to the top of Google’s Chrome bug report list. Chrome’s battery drain problem affects Windows users as Google sets a parameter for processor-intensive tasks much lower than Microsoft recommends. The result means laptop processors are waking up far more often than they should when Chrome is open on Windows and a webpage is idle.
  • Ericsson's networks unit recovers, shares rally (2014-07-18 06:51:50)
    By Sven Nordenstam and Olof Swahnberg STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A recovery in Ericsson's network equipment business pointed to strong results for the rest of the year, propelling its shares toward their biggest daily gain in more than three years. In China, Ericsson is selling equipment for a massive rollout of fourth-generation mobile networks. Ericsson expects recent contract wins to boost revenue during the second half of the year. "To us, industry fundamentals will strengthen as mobile broadband networks mature, allowing Ericsson and its peers to present higher profitability," ABG Sundal Collier said in a research note, repeating a "buy" rating on Ericsson shares.
  • Google and Samsung again at odds, this time over products you don’t really want (2014-07-18 06:40:02)
    Many reports have detailed an unfriendly relationship between Google and Samsung in the past, even though the two companies denied such reports every chance they got. In a surprising move in early 2014, the two parties signed a deal which should have further cemented their business partnership. In a recent extended profile piece on Sundar Pichai, one of Google’s current top execs, Bloomberg Bussinessweek detailed the tensions that existed between the two giants, over various aspects of their joint business efforts, with Pichai playing a key role in “fixing” the problem. However, The Information revealed on Thursday that Google and Samsung are still far from being as happy together as they claim to be. Google and Samsung are now at odds
  • Google finally agrees to fix Chrome bug that drains Windows laptop batteries (2014-07-18 06:36:00)
  • Smartphone suit against Google plays into rivals' hands (2014-07-18 06:04:06)
    By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. consumer lawsuit accusing Google of monopolizing prime real estate on Android smartphones will help mobile rivals like Microsoft make their antitrust case with European regulators should damaging secrets emerge in court. The suit, filed in California federal court in May by two smartphone consumers, said Google requires handset manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to restrict competing apps like Microsoft's Bing search on Android phones, partly by making Google's own apps the default. Google argued last week the proposed class action should be dismissed because consumers still are free to use the other apps. If a judge lets the lawsuit proceed, plaintiffs' attorneys would be allowed to delve into internal Google emails and contracts with smartphone companies, and could interview Google executives under oath, said Steve Berman, who represents the consumers.
  • You'll soon be able to order Starbucks Frappuccinos through its app (2014-07-18 05:25:21)
    Starbucks knows its customers are young, hip, and conjoined at the palm with their smartphones. Later this year, customers at one "undisclosed geographic test market" will be able to start making pickup orders, and testing is already underway at Starbucks' Seattle headquarters. The coffee company is presently analyzing the rate at which its caffeinated products change temperatures, in order to ensure that drinks are in optimal condition when patrons come to collect them. Chief Digital Officer Adam Brotman stresses that this is not an experiment, and that the US cafe chain intends to eventually introduce the technology nationwide.
  • This bacteria eats nothing but electricity to survive (2014-07-18 05:23:00)
  • Americans don't want small Windows tablets, says largest PC maker (2014-07-18 04:24:40)
    Lenovo will no longer sell small Windows tablets in the US due to a lack of interest from consumers. The top PC maker currently manufactures two 8-inch Windows 8 tablets: the ThinkPad 8 and Miix 2, which have both been available for a number of months. "In North America, we’re seeing stronger interest in the larger screen sizes for Windows tablets and are pleased with initial customer demand for the ThinkPad 10," says Lenovo spokesman Raymond Gorman in a statement to PC World. While the ThinkPad 8 has been popular in Brazil, China, and Japan, the lack of demand in the US means it’s no longer on sale.
  • Google Maps for mobile now helps bikers avoid steep hills (2014-07-18 04:12:00)
  • MIT students are creating ice cream art with science (2014-07-18 04:06:46)
    Three young MIT students might help revolutionize the way ice cream is served. Using a Cuisinart soft-serve ice cream machine and a Solidoodle, the trio came up with a way to produce edible star shapes. The process involves having a modified 3D printer control the placement of the ice cream, which is blasted with liquid nitrogen to ensure it retains its desired shape. Co-creator Kristine Bunker told that the group believes it is just as vital to interest the younger generation in technology as it is to concoct new innovations.
  • Samsung handset division managers return part of bonuses: source (2014-07-18 03:55:35)
    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Nearly 200 managers at Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's mobile division have voluntarily returned a quarter of their first-half bonuses, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said, with the firm poised to post its worst quarterly profit in two years. Samsung Electronics earlier this month announced operating profit guidance for April-June that was far below most analysts' forecasts.
  • Ericsson second-quarter sales, operating profit beat forecast (2014-07-18 02:56:01)
    Mobile telecom gear maker Ericsson posted second-quarter sales and operating income above expectations on Friday as sales picked up at its key networks unit thanks to growth in the Middle East, China, the United States and India. In China, Ericsson is selling gear for a massive rollout of fourth generation mobile gear, and is also getting a boost from capacity upgrades in developed markets where telecom operators compete for clients by offering top-notch networks to cope with a surge in mobile data traffic. "After a slow start of the year, we are executing on previously awarded 4G/LTE contracts in Mainland China and Taiwan," Ericsson Chief Executive Hans Vestberg said in a statement, repeating that key contracts won by the group would boost revenue during the second half of the year. Sales at Ericsson, the world number one mobile network equipment maker, were 54.8 billion crowns against a forecast of 52.5 billion, and inched down by 1 percent from the year-ago quarter on a comparable basis.
  • ESPN will broadcast a $10 million gaming tournament this weekend (2014-07-18 02:52:00)
  • Australia drops carbon tax in favor of paying industries to use clean energy (2014-07-18 01:17:00)
  • Facebook's Buy button lets you purchase products directly from Page posts and ads (2014-07-18 00:43:00)
  • Read through 195,000 pages of Charles Darwin's personal book collection (2014-07-18 00:25:45)
    Charles Darwin wrote On the Origin of Species, the defining document for our understanding of evolution, after a trip to the Galápagos Islands. Now, thanks to funding from the government of Singapore and Charles Darwin University in Australia, those books can be read online. More than 195,000 pages of Darwin's collection can be searched through
  • Uber unleashes on-demand ice cream service to 144 cities worldwide for a day (2014-07-17 23:51:00)
  • Google's executive shuffle highlights its growing ambitions (2014-07-17 23:37:46)
    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc's reshuffle of its senior ranks underscores the Internet company’s evolving business ambitions, analysts say. Three years after co-founder Larry Page took the reins back as chief executive officer, his team of lieutenants is clearly undergoing a refresh. On Thursday, Google announced the surprise departure of its veteran business chief Nikesh Arora, who will become Vice Chairman of SoftBank Corp. Arora represents the latest in a string of personnel changes within Google’s top ranks over the past 16 months, affecting major divisions from Youtube to its popular Android mobile software. They included the departed Vic Gundotra, who oversaw the Google+ social network;
  • Netflix will be Canada's only subscription TV service with first-run Disney movies (2014-07-17 22:59:00)
  • Deleted posts suggest Ukraine rebels downed Malaysian jet in error (2014-07-17 22:35:19)
    Social media posts by pro-Russian insurgents -- most of them hastily removed -- suggest the rebels thought they had shot down a Ukrainian army plane before realising in horror that it was in fact a packed Malaysian airliner. The Twitter and blog messages were immediately publicised by top Kiev officials in their furious information war with the Kremlin for global opinion and the hearts and minds of ethnic Russians caught in the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War. Confirmation of separatist fighters killing 298 passengers and crew on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur would further complicate Russian President Vladimir Putin's efforts to paint their uprising as a fight for self-determination. Russia's state media avoided any mention of the controversial posts and instead reported militia leaders' later charges that the Ukrainian air force had shot down the Boeing 777 liner instead.
  • Amazon puts Prime in the spotlight in first Fire Phone ad (2014-07-17 22:22:00)
  • Despite making killer phones, HTC has been an ungodly mess for the past two years (2014-07-17 22:00:38)
    Is there any company that so regularly releases great products while also regularly being in the midst of turmoil as HTC? Engadget’s Brad Molen has written a comprehensive timeline of major executive departures at HTC over the past two years and they show how HTC has faced constant turnover at key positions without showing any signs of stabilizing anytime soon. The most recent departures are former chief marketing officer Benjamin Ho and president of engineering and operations Fred Liu. Ho’s departure was entirely predictable since he was the brains behind HTC’s decision to spend $1 billion on an unbelievably terrible ad campaign centered around Robert Downey, Jr. In fact, if HTC hadn’t canned Ho after he blew $1 billion of the company’s
  • Engadget Daily: Microsoft layoffs, Tesla sales and more! (2014-07-17 21:37:00)
  • Messaging app firm Line Corp filed for U.S. IPO: report (2014-07-17 21:30:21)
    Line Corp, a Japan-based social messaging service firm, has filed for an initial public offering in the United States, Bloomberg news reported on Friday, citing unidentified sources. Line's parent company, South Korea's Naver Corp, said on Wednesday that Line had filed for an initial public offering in Tokyo.
  • Next-generation iPhone to enter mass production this month: media (2014-07-17 21:10:38)
    Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, the world's largest contract manufacturer of electronic goods, will begin mass production of Apple Inc's next-generation iPhone this month, local media reported Friday. Mass production of a 4.7-inch successor to the wildly popular iPhone 5 series of smartphones will begin during the third week of July, Taiwan's Economic Daily News said, without citing sources. A separate report issued Thursday by a China state-run news service said Hon Hai is planning to hire 100,000 workers at its mainland facilities to meet future demand for the gadget, citing comments made by the chief of the Henan Provincial Commerce Department.
  • Twitter to unveil new metrics to show wider reach: WSJ (2014-07-17 21:07:09)
    (Reuters) - Twitter Inc, which has been struggling to revive flagging user growth, is expected to introduce new metrics to show that its microblogging service has a wider audience who may not necessarily be logged in to their accounts, the Wall Street Journal reported. The company, which went public in November, is expected to launch four new metrics when it reports second-quarter earnings on July 29, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Twitter currently measure its reach using traditional metrics such as monthly active users, monthly unique visitors and timeline views. Twitter has reported lackluster user and usage growth for the last couple of quarters and its stock price has nearly halved in the last six months.
  • FedEx charged with transporting drugs for illegal online pharmacies (2014-07-17 21:03:00)
  • Apple once again finds that dumping Samsung is harder than it looks (2014-07-17 20:45:19)
    In an effort to further distance itself from rival Samsung, Apple signed an agreement with TSMC regarding the ongoing production of microprocessors for its smartphones and other devices last summer. On Thursday, Reuters published a new report which suggests that Apple might be rethinking this arrangement, as Samsung is expected to supply a larger proportion of the 14 nanometer smartphone chips than TSMC in the second half of 2015. In a note issued on Wednesday, KGI Securities analyst Michael Liu warned clients that Apple would be reinstating Samsung as the primary supplier of smartphone chips next year, although he did not reveal his sources. Commercial Times and Economic Daily News followed up on Thursday, reporting that Qualcomm has begun working with Samsung to produce the chips and orders
  • Google loves Epic Rap Battles and the ad money it brings in (2014-07-17 20:43:00)
  • Fujitsu to form JV with Taiwan's UMC to own, run Mie chip plant: sources (2014-07-17 20:42:59)
    Fujitsu Ltd plans to form a joint venture with Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp to own and operate Fujitsu's main Mie semiconductor plant in central Japan, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday. Fujitsu is initially expected to hold 70 percent of the venture with UMC holding 30 percent, although Fujitsu will steadily reduce its stake thereafter, the sources said. Several Japanese electronics companies have been hiving off semiconductor plants as they shed unprofitable operations and focus on core businesses with better prospects for growth and profits. Fujitsu had been in negotiations with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd on a possible deal for the Mie plant, although its CEO said last year that Fujitsu had also opened discussions with a number of other companies.
  • Google confirms Android Wear will support custom watch faces (2014-07-17 19:43:00)
  • Facebook testing on-screen button for buying (2014-07-17 19:42:30)
    Facebook said Thursday it was testing a feature that lets users of the leading social network make purchases by simply pressing an on-screen "Buy" button. "People on desktop or mobile can click the 'Buy' call-to-action button on ads and page posts to purchase a product directly from a business, without leaving Facebook," the California-based Internet titan said in an online post. The intent was to gauge the potential to drive retail sales through the Facebook news feed or on pages at the online social network, the post indicated. Credit or debit card information will be safeguarded by Facebook, which will provide the option of storing personal financial information to make future purchases speedier, according to the social network.
  • Longtime Apple director steps down from board (2014-07-17 19:34:19)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One of the most trusted advisers to late Apple CEO Steve Jobs is retiring from the iPhone maker's board of directors.
  • IBM software sales weaker than expected in second quarter (2014-07-17 19:32:46)
    By Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp's software business grew less than expected in the second quarter, sparking a selloff in the company's stock on Thursday, even as its revenue beat forecasts. The company's software business revenue grew 1 percent in the quarter to $6.5 billion, slower than forecasts of 3 percent, as it signed fewer contracts than expected. "We expect acceleration of software revenue to mid-single digits in second half of 2014," IBM Chief Financial Officer Martin Schroeter said on a conference call after the results were released. "This just isn't a growth story anymore, it hasn't been for a little while," said Scott Kessler an analyst at S&P Capital.
  • New leak reveals what could be the world’s greatest gaming tablet (2014-07-17 19:30:59)
    NVIDIA already makes killer smartphone and tablet chips and now it looks like it’s going to soon release a killer tablet of its own as well. @evleaks has just posted a new leaked picture of a device called the NVIDIA Shield Tablet, 2014 that looks like a very slick device that will put a lot of emphasis on mobile gaming. As you can see in the picture below, the device’s display is showing off classic games such as Portal and Half-Life 2, and its store has options to buy both Android games and traditional PC games. In other words, this tablet looks like it’s going to blow away every other tablet out of the water when it comes to CPU
  • Xbox One sales doubled in June, but PS4 takes the top spot (2014-07-17 19:08:01)
    The PlayStation 4 remained the best-selling console in the United States last month, according to NPD figures cited by Sony, despite Microsoft's attempts to drive sales of its Xbox One console by introducing a cheaper model. Microsoft was able to double its sales of its Xbox One console in June with the release of a $399 model that didn't include motion-sensing camera Kinect, but it apparently still wasn't enough to knock Sony off the top spot. This marks the sixth consecutive month Sony has outsold its console rivals, cementing the PS4 as the cumulative leader in next-generation console sales. The company also said that it was the preferred platform for a number of the biggest next-generation games, with more Americans playing multiplatform titles UFC, FIFA 14, and the recently released Watch Dogs on PS4 than Xbox One.
  • PlayStation 4 still best-selling console, six months running (2014-07-17 19:02:00)
    It looks like Sony still has bragging rights that the PlayStation 4 is the top-selling console. Not to be outdone by the latest NPD report, the PlayStation Twitter account announced that the Sony's new console is still outselling the Xbox One, for the sixth month in a row. Yesterday, Microsoft said that following the Xbox One's $100 price drop it'd seen a "strong spike in interest" and sales of the console jumped by "more than double" the previous month.
  • Microsoft Needs to Stop Sending Memos Because They're Not Very Good At It (2014-07-17 18:16:41)
    In an email to employees Thursday, Stephen Elop, executive vice president of Microsoft's Devices Group, outlined the company's strategy following the mass firing announced this morning. It seems no one at Microsoft can write an email of reasonable length, as Elop's memo is 1,112 words. Elop was previously the head at Nokia, before Microsoft bought the company and gave him the role of Microsoft EVP. He takes several paragraphs to discuss Microsoft's strategy — you know, the one almost half of his employees won't get to be a part of.
  • Fall of Xbox Studios Shows Online TV's Uncertain Future (2014-07-17 18:16:04)
    Microsoft has officially announced that Xbox Entertainment Studios will be shuttering its windows for good over the next few months. It’s not an entirely surprising move coming hot on the heels of Microsoft’s announced restructuring, which would eliminate 18,000 jobs. Gaming is the heart and soul and golden calf of Microsoft's operation.
  • Now you have another way to get the Android L keyboard before it officially releases (2014-07-17 18:15:15)
    Not everyone with an Android device has been fortunate enough to gain access to the Android L Developer Preview, but some the elements of the update have been making their way back to older versions of Android. One of the most notable apps to make it on to the Google Play store was the Android L keyboard by developer Shen Ye, but it was unceremoniously pulled from the store shortly after its release. It’s been less than two weeks, but Ye has already revived the app on the Amazon Appstore where it should be safe from the prying eyes of Google. If you didn’t grab the keyboard while it was still up on Google Play, you should know that it’s the
  • Xbox Live and PlayStation Network are both having issues, but Nintendo Network is fine (2014-07-17 18:15:00)
    Excited to play the Destiny on PlayStation Network? You're not the only one, and demand as the game's beta opened its doors today seems to have the service stumbling. A message on the PlayStation Knowledge Center says PSN access is "Intermittently available" so if it's working, great but don't be surprised if you notice some odd behavior.
  • Xbox Live and PlayStation Network are both having issues (update: fixed!) (2014-07-17 18:15:00)
  • Microsoft CEO pivots sharply with 18,000 job cut (2014-07-17 17:58:32)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its 39-year history Thursday, outlining plans to cut 18,000 jobs in a move that marked the CEO's sharpest pivot yet away from his predecessor's drive for the company to make its own devices.
  • Amazon's first Fire Phone ad is all about Amazon Prime (2014-07-17 17:56:47)
    After announcing it a month ago, Amazon is finally about to release its first smartphone, the Fire Phone. The ad focuses specifically on the phone's access to Amazon Prime and its library of movies, TV shows, books, games, and apps. As with most Amazon devices, integration with Prime is a key selling point here — and as this ad makes a point of, the phone actually comes with a single year free.
  • Chipmaker AMD posts second-quarter loss, stock dives (2014-07-17 17:39:51)
    By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Advanced Micro Devices Inc posted a net loss for the second quarter and gave a revenue forecast for the current quarter that missed expectations, sending its shares sharply lower. A strong quarterly report this week from Intel Corp underscored expectations on Wall Street that the worst is over for a personal computer industry hammered by the mobile revolution.
  • Google explains why it’s taking its sweet time bringing Google Fiber to your city (2014-07-17 17:37:43)
    I scream, you scream, we all scream for Google to announce that it’s bringing Google Fiber to more markets. However, it seems that Google seems content to take its time for now and keep its Fiber deployments confined to the three markets it’s announced so far: Kansas City, Missouri, Austin, Texas and Provo Utah. On Google’s earnings conference call Thursday, Google executives were asked why they haven’t announced more Google Fiber expansions to more markets. In response, Google CFO Patrick Pichette said that the company wants to work on generating more demand for the service nationwide before rolling it out more aggressively. Google seems determined not to overbuild Fiber beyond where it makes sense and it wants to make sure that communities
  • Google's 2Q revenue gains eclipse earnings miss (2014-07-17 17:22:04)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's second-quarter earnings rose 6 percent as World Cup fever drove more traffic to the Internet company's search engine and YouTube video site while Android devices spurred more sales of movies, music, books and applications through its mobile store.
  • Facebook testing Buy button that lets you shop without leaving Facebook (2014-07-17 17:22:01)
    Facebook is testing a new Buy button with a select group of retailers that lets you instantly buy products — without ever having to leave Facebook. When you click Buy, the entire transaction, including entering credit card and shipping information, takes place within the social networking site. Facebook told TechCrunch that while it's not taking a cut of sales for purchases made with the Buy button, it won't count out doing so in the future. Facebook's new Buy button is only being tested with "small and medium-sized business in the US," the company says.
  • Apple appoints BlackRock founding partner to board (2014-07-17 17:20:56)
    (Reuters) - Apple Inc said Susan Wagner, founding partner of BlackRock Inc, had been appointed to its board. The maker of iPhone said Bill Campbell, the board's longest-serving member, would retire after 17 years of service. Campbell is chairman of Intuit Inc, the developer of tax-preparation software TurboTax. Besides BlackRock, Wagner also serves on the boards of DSP BlackRock (India), as well as Swiss Re, Wellesley College and Hackley School. (Reporting By Lehar Maan in Bangalore; Editing by Savio D'Souza)
  • IRL: A 24-inch AOC monitor that doubles as a gigantic Android tablet (2014-07-17 17:13:00)
    What can you do with 24 inches of Jelly Bean that you can't do with 10? Manufacturers like Acer, Asus and ViewSonic have been building oversized Android-powered devices for a couple years now; I was determined to find out why, so I spent a few weeks with AOC's own all-in-one. The hybrid external monitor will run you $370 on Amazon -- more than twice what you'll pay for a comparable 1080p screen -- but this pricier model adds stock Android 4.2.2 with a touchscreen interface.
  • New York proposes 'BitLicense' rules for companies that buy and sell virtual currency (2014-07-17 17:12:07)
    The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) has released a copy of proposed "codes, rules, and regulations" for companies that buy and sell bitcoin and other virtual currencies roughly a year after the agency announced an inquiry into regulating bitcoin. The proposed rules apply to businesses that buy, sell, transfer, store, or maintain custody or control of customers' bitcoins, as well as companies that convert fiat currency to virtual currency on behalf of merchants. They will also apply to companies that convert virtual currencies into other types of virtual currencies, as well as issue virtual currency. They do not apply to bitcoin miners, the programmers who maintain the bitcoin network in exchange for virtual currency.
  • Google profit jumps as revenue climbs (2014-07-17 17:07:53)
    Google reported a small increase in profits Thursday below market expectations, but a strong rise in revenues lifted its stock price. "Google had a great quarter with revenue up 22 percent year on year, at $16.0 billion," chief executive officer Patrick Pichette said in an earnings release. Google shares rose 1.5 percent to $582.35 in after-market trading that followed release of the earnings figures. The company also said that one of its key executives, chief business officer Nikesh Arora, would be leaving Google after nearly 10 years to take a job at Japan's SoftBank.
  • CEO Whitman takes chairman post at Hewlett-Packard (2014-07-17 17:06:12)
    PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman is assuming the title of chairman after the departure of interim chairman, Ralph Whitworth, who resigned to deal with health issues.
  • Facebook tests 'Buy' button (2014-07-17 17:02:43)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is testing a "Buy" button in its latest effort to help businesses boost their sales through the world's biggest online social network.
  • There's a 'Simpsons' live show coming, with cast members and an orchestra (2014-07-17 17:01:47)
    The Simpsons has become a cultural monolith since it first aired 25 seasons ago (and counting). The live show will be hosted by Hank Azaria, the voice of several Springfield inhabitants, with appearances from Nancy Cartwright (Bart) and Yeardley Smith (Lisa). Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons, will also perform, giving the audience anecdotes about working on the series as guests like Weird Al drift on and off stage.
  • Hackers target Nest as a warning to Google about data-sharing (2014-07-17 17:00:19)
    If you ask Nest about sharing data with its new owner, the company will say that advertising isn’t part of its business model and that it plans to protect the privacy of its customers from Google. Nest will have to share some data with Google and others in order to enable automatic home-related features, but it is not supposed to lead to Google targeting users with even more ads than it currently does. To make sure Google won’t someday spam Nest owners with ads, a group of hackers plans to take preemptive action against Google and Nest, Forbes reports. Researchers from the University of Central Florida have found a vulnerability they can exploit in order to stop Nest thermostats from sending data to
  • Hackers target Nest in as a warning to Google about data-sharing (2014-07-17 17:00:19)
    If you ask Nest about sharing data with its new owner, the company will say that advertising isn’t part of its business model and that it plans to protect the privacy of its customers from Google. Nest will have to share some data with Google and others in order to enable automatic home-related features, but it is not supposed to lead to Google targeting users with even more ads than it currently does. To make sure Google won’t someday spam Nest owners with ads, a group of hackers plans to take preemptive action against Google and Nest, Forbes reports. Researchers from the University of Central Florida have found a vulnerability they can exploit in order to stop Nest thermostats from sending data to
  • Google's business chief departs for SoftBank in latest leadership change (2014-07-17 16:59:29)
    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc's chief business officer, one of Chief Executive Officer Larry Page's key lieutenants and the company's main liaison to Wall Street, is leaving the Internet search company, the latest high-ranking executive to depart. Nikesh Arora, who joined Google nearly a decade ago, will move to Japan's SoftBank Corp as vice chairman, according to a post by Page on the Google+ social network. Omid Kordestani, who has led sales teams at Google for years, will take over in the interim, marking the latest change to Google's senior leadership in past months. Android operating software boss Andy Rubin stepped aside last year, and Salar Kamangar, head of the YouTube video website, was succeeded in February by longtime Google ad executive Susan Wojcicki.
  • Apple's longest-serving board member steps down (2014-07-17 16:59:29)
    Apple will report its quarterly earnings on July 22nd, but the company just announced a bit of a board shake-up ahead of that — Bill Campbell, the company's longest-tenured board member, is retiring after 17 years of service. He'll be replaced by Sue L. Wagner, a co-founder and director at investment management firm BlackRock. "Sue is a pioneer in the financial industry and we are excited to welcome her to Apple's board of directors," said CEO Tim Cook in a press release. "We believe her strong experience, especially in M&A [mergers and acquisitions] and building a global business across both developed and emerging markets, will be extremely valuable as Apple continues to grow around the world." With Wagner's appointment, two of the eight members of Apple's board are women. Campbell will be retiring after working with Apple since 1983, when he joined the company as VP of marketing.
  • Google's 2Q earnings rise 6 percent (2014-07-17 16:42:37)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's second-quarter earnings rose 6 percent as World Cup fever drove more traffic to the Internet company's search engine and YouTube video site while Android devices spurred more sales of movies, music, books and applications through its mobile store.
  • Microsoft to shutter Xbox television show studio (2014-07-17 16:41:09)
    Microsoft on Thursday confirmed that its studio devoted to original television programs for Xbox consoles will be shuttered as part a massive overhaul of the workforce. Projects started by Xbox Entertainment Studios will be completed, but the unit launched as part of a push to expand the consoles beyond gaming will be shuttered in coming months, the US technology titan told AFP. During a major E3 video game industry gathering in Los Angeles in June Microsoft brought the focus back to games in a shift from stressing how Xbox is evolving into a multipurpose entertainment center for films, television, music, and more. Closing Xbox Entertainment Studios is part of an unprecedented workforce reduction announced by Microsoft chief Satya Nadella, according to a copy of a memo sent by Xbox head Phil Spencer to his team.
  • IBM beats revenue estimates, EPS (2014-07-17 16:38:13)
    By Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp reported higher than expected quarterly revenue and earnings per share, as it continued its shift to higher-end businesses such as big data, cloud computing, and security and mobile services. Total revenue fell 2 percent to $24.4 billion in the second quarter, above analysts' average estimate of $24.1 billion. The world's largest technology services company's net profit rose to $4.1 billion, or $4.12 per share, from $3.2 billion, or $2.91 per share, a year earlier. On an adjusted basis, the company earned $4. ...
  • HP appoints CEO Whitman chairman, expands board (2014-07-17 16:35:50)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co appointed Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman its chairman on Thursday and enlisted Alcoa CEO Klaus Kleinfeld as an independent director, adding a 12th member to its board. Whitman, who has led the world's largest computer maker since 2011, replaces activist investor Ralph Whitworth, who stepped down as interim chairman this week for health reasons. (Reporting by San Francisco newsroom)
  • Nadella is axing Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studios as well (2014-07-17 16:32:56)
    Following the enormous round of layoffs announced this morning, Microsoft has now confirmed that Xbox Entertainment Studios will be getting the axe as well. Re/code was the first to report that despite the fact the entertainment division of the Xbox team didn’t receive a mention in Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s letter on Thursday morning, Microsoft will be shutting the door on future Xbox original programming initiatives. Xbox Entertainment Studios was created in 2012 after Microsoft hired a veteran of the TV industry, former CBS entertainment president Nancy Tellem, to lead the charge. Microsoft announced the first batch of Xbox Originals coming from the division back in April. Several of the shows already in production, including Halo Nightfall and the documentary series “Signal to Noise,” will be completed,
  • With big ambitions, 120 Sports aims to be the internet's ESPN (2014-07-17 16:30:00)
    Despite being crowded by major networks such as Fox Sports, NBC Sports and, of course, ESPN, surely this space could still make room for one more. At least that's what the new, young brand 120 Sports is hoping for. As opposed to the rest of them, however, 120 Sports isn't trying to make broadcast TV its bread and butter; instead, it is seeking all-digital avenues to distribute video content, with a website and mobile applications that offer 24/7 sports coverage, live and on-demand.
  • 'Star Wars: Episode VII' casts '24' actress Christina Chong (2014-07-17 16:27:36)
    Star Wars has added another little-known name to its cast for Episode VII. Actress Christina Chong, who most recently appeared in 24: Live Another Day and will soon appear in Halo: Nightfall, is widely reported to have a part in the upcoming film. The Wrap reports that her part is a small one, however, and that her name has actually been under wraps for so long that she's already completed filming. Latino Review first reported Chong's casting. The initial presentation of the Episode VII cast was criticized for its lack of female faces, so even if Chong's role is a small one, the addition should help to some extent. Star Wars has also added 12 Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong'o and Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie in the time since its original cast was unveiled.
  • Did Verizon accidentally admit it's slowing down Netflix traffic? Level 3 thinks so (2014-07-17 16:27:31)
    There has been a back-and-forth battle in recent weeks about what is causing the internet congestion that is degrading service to Netflix consumers. Last week Verizon published a blog post that offered the first real specifics in the debate, saying that it had studied the situation closely based on a customer in Los Angeles and found that there was plenty of capacity available at different points where Netflix could deliver traffic to its network. The congestion, Verizon said, was being caused by Netflix, which had made the decision to send all its data over a limited set of very crowded routes. Today, Level 3 — which helps carry that Netflix traffic to Verizon's network in LA — fired back in a blog post of its own.
  • New York proposes regulations for bitcoin (2014-07-17 16:26:04)
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State regulators trying to curb money laundering and safeguard investors on Thursday proposed a special set of rules for firms involved in trading and storing virtual currencies.
  • Google's Q2 2014 earnings deliver $15.96 billion in revenue (2014-07-17 16:21:37)
    Google has just released results for its second quarter of 2014 today. Google's chief business officer, Nikesh Arora, will also be leaving the company to go work for SoftBank. He'll be replaced by Omid Kordestani, who CEO Larry Page describes as "one of my closest advisors." Most analysts weren't expecting big news from Google today, and the collective shrug at the company's trend over the past couple of quarters culminated in disappointment over last quarter.
  • Google whiffs again in Q2 2014 earnings but beats on revenue expectations (2014-07-17 16:13:40)
    Google on Thursday reported earnings of $6.08 per share on revenues of $12.67 billion, which missed the consensus estimate of earnings of $6.24 per share while beating the consensus estimate of revenues of $12.32 billion. The past quarter was a very busy one for the search giant, which unveiled its new Android L platform that features a completely new user interface design, as well as Android Wear, its first attempt at making a platform for wearable computers. Aside from the big EPS and revenue figures, Google also saw its cost-per-click — a key metric used to determine how much money Google can charge for advertisements — decline by 6% year-over-year from Q2 2013. This is actually an improvement from the last quarter when Google
  • Google and Samsung are reportedly fighting again, and this time it's over smartwatches (2014-07-17 16:06:09)
    Google and Samsung are reportedly at odds once again. According to The Information, Google CEO Larry Page is unhappy that Samsung is pushing Tizen as its chosen smartwatch platform. The report describes a "tense private meeting" between Google's leader and Samsung Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee earlier this month, during which Page voiced displeasure about the fact that Samsung invests far more in Tizen-based watches like the Gear 2 and Gear Fit than it does Android Wear. Samsung has said Tizen will play no small role in its future plans, though the company failed to produce a smartphone running the open source software on time. Larry Page thinks Samsung is investing too much in Tizen and not enough in Android Wear
  • Where to buy Nokia's Lumia 930 (2014-07-17 16:05:00)
    Nokia's latest flagship Windows Phone, and its last as a company unbeholden to Microsoft, launched in the UK today. The Lumia 930, also known as the Lumia Icon over in the states, marries high-end specs with the newest version of Microsoft's mobile OS, Windows Phone 8.1. Unfortunately, one of the major new features of the update -- the addition of virtual assistant Cortana -- isn't available in the UK yet (officially, anyway).
  • Tony Stark will launch an app in upcoming 'Iron Man' comic series (2014-07-17 16:03:43)
    This November, a new series will have the genius behind Iron Man moving to San Francisco so that he can launch a mobile app — he'll even don a new suit of armor that wouldn't look entirely out of place at a futuristic Apple store. According to Mashable, Stark's app will have something to do with the Extremis treatment from Iron Man 3, and seemingly, it'll be much more than a simple app, promising users "beauty, perfection ... and possibly immortality." Presumably, Stark won't be in need of funding. Just like Marvel's new Thor and Captain America, he won't exist in some spinoff or alternate universe.
  • ESPN will broadcast Valve's 'Dota 2' e-sports tournament this weekend (2014-07-17 15:45:56)
    Valve is partnering with ESPN to air the championship rounds of this year's Dota 2 e-sports tournament. Dubbed The International, the tournament kicked off on July 8th and features a record-breaking prize pool of more than $10 million — most of which came from the game's dedicated fanbase. The final rounds of the tournament start tomorrow, and will be featured on the sports network's digital channel, ESPN3, in addition to Valve's own streams. The collaboration with ESPN should help the tournament continue to reach a broader audience.
  • Why the Xbox One looks like a terrific long-term investment (2014-07-17 15:45:44)
    For many of us, nine years was far too long to wait for a new generation of consoles. Although the PlayStation 3 and especially the Xbox 360 were as much platforms for continued growth as they were gaming consoles, many would argue that the industry was going limp by 2013. There were plenty of standout releases, but if anything was going to reinvigorate developers, it would be new hardware. We’re only a few months into the latest generation, but that hasn’t stopped curious gamers from wondering how long this one will last. Speaking with TechRadar at a recent Xbox event, Xbox UK marketing chief Harvey Eagle said that despite Sony’s early lead, the race has only just begun. “Look I mean the Xbox 360 generation is
  • NVIDIA's Shield tablet leaks with Tegra Note styling (2014-07-17 15:44:00)
    We've been hearing rumblings about NVIDIA's slate-style Shield successor, and now we have a face to go with the info. Thanks to noted leaker @evleaks, we're given a glimpse of the gaming tablet's front side. From the looks of it, speakers line the top and bottom (or left and right in landscape) of the display with what appears to be a front-facing camera as well.
  • World Health Organization quietly endorses drug decriminalization (2014-07-17 15:34:50)
    The United Nations approves of the criminalization of narcotics. The Economist has flagged a report on prevention and treatment for HIV in groups most likely to contract the disease. In the report, the WHO quietly recommends decriminalizing drugs — specifically, injectable drugs that spread HIV.
  • Facebook tests new 'buy' button for online purchases in U.S. (2014-07-17 15:27:24)
    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is testing a new "buy" button on its website that will let consumers purchase products that are advertised on its social network. The new service, which Facebook described on Thursday as a test with a "few small and medium-sized businesses" in the United States, represents the Internet social networking company's latest effort to play a bigger role in the e-commerce business. Facebook said its new Buy button will be available on the mobile and desktop PC version of its website and will allow consumers to purchase goods directly from participating businesses. "None of the credit or debit card information people share with Facebook when completing a transaction will be shared with other advertisers, and people can select whether or not they’d like to save payment information for future purchases," the company said in a blog post on Thursday.
  • Microsoft ends flirtation with Hollywood and original shows: source (2014-07-17 15:19:07)
    By Ronald Grover and Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp intends to wind down Xbox Entertainment Studios, a source familiar with its plans said, becoming the first major tech company to give up on making original shows in a battle for the living room couch. The studio, set up in 2012 under then-Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer, said in April it had committed to several projects including "Humans," a drama co-produced with UK broadcaster Channel 4, and "Halo," a digital feature based on the best-selling Xbox game. Hollywood director and producer Ridley Scott is making "Halo" and it will survive the cutback, according to the source familiar with Microsoft's plans who was not authorized to speak on the record. Microsoft was among several tech companies that raced to add original TV-like content after the release in February 2013 of Netflix Inc's "House of Cards," a political thriller that built buzz for streaming video and earned the first Emmy nominations for a show delivered exclusively online.
  • Snapchat trademarks raise possibility of mobile payments coming to the app (2014-07-17 15:12:15)
    Snapchat has turned down billions of dollars from suitors like Google and Facebook, so how does the company plan to profit from its hugely successful messaging app? The traditional and obvious way would be through ads, but it seems Snapchat is also exploring other options like mobile payments.
  • Microsoft is paying dearly for Ballmer’s final huge mistake (2014-07-17 15:10:39)
    One big takeaway from Thursday’s terrible news that Microsoft is laying off 18,000 employees is that the company now sees former CEO Steve Ballmer’s decision to buy Nokia as a Gob Bluth-style huge mistake. 12,500 of the affected employees came from the Nokia devices and services division, which amounts to around half of the roughly 25,000 employees that Microsoft absorbed when it officially acquired Nokia earlier this year. Barron’s flags some research notes that similarly say that Microsoft CEO Nadella’s decision to lay off so many Nokia employees is really his way of cleaning up Ballmer’s “mess.” “We believe [the 18,000 layoffs were] about double what the Street was expecting, and while the cuts will be painful for employees, they were necessary,
  • Microsoft's Atari doc remains on track despite studio closure (2014-07-17 15:09:00)
    The news that Microsoft is shuttering Xbox Entertainment Studios won't have an effect on its Signal to Noise series, the first episode of which focuses on the rise and fall of former gaming giant Atari. Fuel Entertainment's (the production ...
  • Alibaba now eyes September for U.S. mega-IPO: source (2014-07-17 14:56:18)
    By Deepa Seetharaman and Nadia Damouni NEW YORK (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Inc has pushed its highly anticipated IPO until after the September Labor Day holiday, a source with knowledge of the matter said, as the Chinese online retail company works through the complex process of launching what could the largest-ever U.S. tech debut. Alibaba, which had targeted an August float, now plans to begin its investor roadshow and price its shares in September, the source said on condition of anonymity because the IPO process was private. Though the IPO remains on track, the Chinese company wanted to avoid the weeks before Labor Day, when many on Wall Street take off on their summer vacations, the source added. Alibaba has already begun reaching out to the investment community.
  • Secret's origin story is no longer a secret (2014-07-17 14:47:49)
    According to a new story in FastCompany, Secret began as a Snapchat competitor called Whispr. Then, founders Chrys Bader and David Byttow realized that ephemerality didn't make sense for an app about confessions. What about when you want to read confessions again? "The idea was sort of a Twitter for secrets, but with a clever twist," writes FastCompany's Austin Carr.
  • Snowden reports NSA employees intercept, share private nude photos (2014-07-17 14:44:00)
    Edward Snowden is currently holed up in Russia, but the Guardian recently paid him a visit, and today published an interview today in which the former government contractor discussed numerous privacy violations, including the "routine enough" practice of ...
  • The most gorgeous iPhone speaker in the world isn’t even a speaker (2014-07-17 14:41:49)
    What happens when a great idea and a gorgeous modern design meet traditional materials and phenomenal craftsmanship? Eight happens. Handmade speaker designer Stark recently unveiled Eight, the company’s latest creation that is like no iPhone accessory you’ve ever seen before. Hand crafted from beautiful walnut or birdseye maple wood, the Eight is an acoustic amplifier that needs no power to amplify music or any other sounds played by an iPhone. It’s not a speaker, but rather an amplifier that projects sound from two large hollow chambers. “Eight is not only beautiful to look at. A lot of thought has gone into the design,” the company said in a press release. “The original shape acoustically amplifies the sound of your iPhone resulting in a
  • Yet another innovative Galaxy Note 4 feature has been detailed (2014-07-17 14:21:35)
    Samsung’s upcoming phablet, which will be launched in early September – and which, for the first time ever, will have to face an Apple phablet – is said to pack an exclusive sensor that should further differentiate it from other competing devices. According to SamMobile, the Galaxy Note 4 will have an ultraviolet (UV) sensor that will help users stay out of the damaging rays of the sun. Following the heart rate sensor found in the Galaxy S5 and other wearable devices, Samsung appears to be more and more interested in adding such health-oriented features to future devices. The UV sensor will be able to measure UV radiation and offer index levels to Galaxy Note 4 users inside the S
  • Microsoft closing Xbox Entertainment Studios (2014-07-17 14:10:00)
    As part of its massive round of layoffs, Microsoft is closing Xbox Entertainment Studios (XES), the wing dedicated to producing original video content for the Xbox platform. All is not lost however, as Halo: Nightfall, the ...
  • Oculus is reportedly building its own VR motion controllers (2014-07-17 14:08:21)
    In addition to the controllers, Oculus is also experimenting with a camera that can track gestures made by your hands and fingers, a feature that could make it into the final version of the headset. We still don't know just when that commercial version of Oculus' headset will be available, but the company started shipping out the final version of its development kit this month.
  • Giveaway: 5 codes for the Destiny beta – Act fast, they won’t last long! (2014-07-17 14:02:52)
    As of 1pm ET on July 17th, the public beta for Destiny is officially live on the PS3 and PS4. In order to get in, you need to preorder Destiny from a participating retailer, but we managed to get our hands on a few extra codes for those of you with quick fingers. Each code will need to be entered on, where you will be able to decide which platform you want to play on. You should then receive three codes for your chosen console, which you can with as you please. Keep in mind that although the beta is live on PlayStation consoles, Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners will have to wait until July 23rd to join in
  • Formula E racers unite to accelerate EV innovation (2014-07-17 14:00:00)
    A new, high-profile and all-electric motorsport will debut on the city streets of Beijing this September, and it's called Formula E. While it's a form of entertainment like any racing series, the championship has a far greater aspiration ...
  • Microsoft cutting 18,000 jobs, signals new path (2014-07-17 13:50:14)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its history Thursday, saying it will cut 18,000 jobs as it streamlines its Nokia mobile device business to focus on using the Windows Phone operating system.
  • Microsoft abandons plans to take on Netflix with original Xbox TV shows (2014-07-17 13:41:09)
    Microsoft’s Xbox Originals, a series of original television projects, only debuted in June, but they’re already the casualty of CEO Satya Nadella’s new restructuring. Recode reports that Microsoft will shut down its Xbox Entertainment Studios, cutting positions as part of the 18,000 job eliminations planned over the next 12 months. Microsoft had big plans for its Xbox Entertainment Studios, including a much-anticipated Halo series that Steven Spielberg is executive producing. In an internal memo to Xbox employees, Xbox chief Phil Spencer notes that the Halo series will continue, alongside Signal to Noise, but Microsoft will not produce future projects.
  • Genie Smart Lock Favors Door Handles (2014-07-17 13:36:59)
    The Genie Smart Lock is a Bluetooth lock system that connects to a handle rather than a bolt lock, and at present, it's the only one to do so. If you're familiar with Bluetooth smart locks, you can probably take a pretty good guess at what the Genie does. Users can control the lock via either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, and lock or unlock a door at will.
  • The US government thinks Aereo is and isn't a cable company (2014-07-17 13:30:00)
    By now you're likely aware that the US Supreme Court decided Aereo's service was a violation of copyright law, labeling it a cable system. The outfit then sought to carry on the same statutory license cable companies pay broadcasters royalties to stream content from local stations in District Court. That maneuver has ground to a halt though as the US Copyright Office clamped down on the attempt, concluding that "internet transmissions fall outside the scope" of the license.
  • Brilliant wireless earbuds can be custom-designed to fit exactly in your ears (2014-07-17 13:17:45)
    Do you still use classic headphones instead of earbuds just because most earbuds tend to fall out of your ears when you’re on the move? If so then you may want to check out a new Kickstarter project called OwnPhones that will let you 3D print earbuds that will fit exactly into your ears’ shape and size. The earbuds aren’t just custom-made to fit into your ears either because you also have the option of choosing from thousands of different designs for them to fit your fashion tastes. In the video shown below, you can see how different people have designed earbuds of all different kinds of shapes, although some of them admittedly look quite ridiculous — we really can’t imagine
  • In and out: a look at HTC's two-year executive exodus (2014-07-17 13:00:00)
    If you get offered a high-level position with HTC, run. At least, that's the reputation the Taiwan-based manufacturer has unfortunately built over the last two years. Since 2012, no fewer than 22 members of its senior management have left the company.
  • Japan's new Cruise Train is a luxury hotel on rails (2014-07-17 12:57:37)
    Japan is already a global leader in train technology, so it would only follow that they'd be lapping the rest of the world in train design, too. Already, the country has produced gorgeous fleets of luxury trains with chic, retro stylings. Now, Japan's JR East railway company has commissioned a new luxury train, the Cruise Train, which will be a way for Japanese one-percenters to check out the country in style.
  • Amazon isn’t always the cheapest option – here’s how to find the best prices (2014-07-17 12:55:13)
    Amazon completely changed shopping as we know it. The company has single-handedly put countless brick and mortar rivals out of business by undercutting their prices and by offering almost anything consumers might need under one virtual roof. Add fast shipping and a smooth shopping experience into the mix, and you’ve got a recipe for success. But even though low prices played a huge role in making Amazon the retail giant it is now, the company doesn’t always offer the lowest prices around — and now there’s a simple tool that tells you when that’s the case. CNNMoney brings our attention to a new website called PriceJump, which is run by and was launched earlier this week. The site couldn’t be simpler:
  • From Alzheimer's to ADHD: what doctors can diagnose from your voice alone (2014-07-17 12:49:43)
    If Guillermo Cecchi wants to figure out if you've taken MDMA or meth, all he needs is a computer and a recording of your voice. Cecchi is a computer scientist at IBM, and part of a growing community of scientists who think our voices can reveal far more than our sex, age, or cultural origins.
  • It looks like some iPhone 6 buyers might not get sapphire displays (2014-07-17 12:30:40)
    Apple is expected to use sapphire glass in its iPhone 6 front panels that cover the handset’s screen, although reports thus far have different takes on the scope of the company’s sapphire display use. Some say Apple will have enough sapphire displays for all iPhone 6 models this year, while others say the special glass will be used only on the 5.5-inch model, as the company will struggle to mass-produce enough units. Now, a new note to investors from JPMorgan Securities, obtained by Taipei Times, says that Apple will not have enough sapphire displays ready for the iPhone 6 launch. FROM EARLIER: Watch someone break the iPhone 6′s unbreakable sapphire screen JPMorgan believes that the company will have up to 10 million
  • How big are Microsoft's layoffs? (2014-07-17 12:27:52)
    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced today that the company will be laying off 18,000 employees over the next year, the largest round of cutbacks in Microsoft's history. For anyone who loses their job, that's painful news — but in the context of big layoffs at some of Redmond's peers, Nadella's move is also quite severe. We stacked up the job cuts that have taken place at Microsoft, which were principally targeting the company's Mobile division and the employees it took on when it acquired Nokia. We compared that to the cuts made by Google across Motorola Mobility and layoffs at HP, Intel, and BlackBerry since 2011.
  • Nokia’s handset business is nearly dead – but Microsoft would be crazy to give it up (2014-07-17 12:09:28)
    The new Microsoft layoff wave will axe thousands of employees from Nokia’s old handset unit and will close down the once crucially important Oulu R&D center that used to be the source of global phone innovation, from internal antennas to 3G tech. Many now view the handset industry as an unprofitable sunset business that has little relevance outside Apple and Samsung. What does it matter if Nokia is now a pure infrastructure company or if BlackBerry stops manufacturing handsets? In reality, there are strong reasons to hold onto a loss-making, shrinking, marginal consumer electronics business. That’s because even a sinking platform can be a launchpad for lucrative new businesses while creating a consumer electronics business out of nothing is fiendishly difficult.
  • The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store (2014-07-17 12:09:06)
    App Store Official Charts for the week ending July 14, 2014:
  • Text your friends even when you don't have service (2014-07-17 12:00:00)
    Ever needed to send a message to a friend from the boonies? A company called goTenna has just launched a device that connects to your phone via Bluetooth and turns it into a low-frequency radio with a range of several miles (up to 50 miles). Using an iOS or Android app, that'll let you text or share GPS locations (no voice calls) over an unlimited, free ad hoc network with other goTenna users.
  • Edward Snowden says NSA workers often pass your nude photos around the office (2014-07-17 11:56:26)
    Yes, the government has probably seen any sexts or nude photos you've sent along to a significant other. If you believe the word of Edward Snowden, NSA employees regularly pass around intimate nude shots that are intercepted, along with endless amounts of other data, as part of the US government’s vast surveillance efforts. Snowden made the claims during a marathon, seven-hour interview with The Guardian when asked about specific instances of power abuse he’d observed during his time as an NSA contractor. "These are seen as sort of the fringe benefits of surveillance positions."
  • This is easily the greatest iPhone accessory we’ve ever seen (2014-07-17 11:48:31)
    It’s not always easy to find innovative, high-quality iPhone accessories amid all the garbage out there. We discussed the problem recently while reviewing the only iPad stylus you should care about, and it will remain an issue for the foreseeable future. There are some great accessories out there though, and a new one that will be released later this year could very well be the greatest iPhone accessory we’ve ever seen. A startup called Hevo Labs recently launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign in an effort to make their idea, dubbed “Cabin,” a reality. What is Cabin? In a nutshell, it’s a MagSafe system for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. For those who have never owned a MacBook laptop, Apple uses
  • Malaysian passenger plane reportedly shot down over Ukraine (2014-07-17 11:40:43)
    Russian newswire service Interfax is reporting that a Malaysian passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down with a Buk ground-to-air missile over Ukraine near the Russian border. The Associated Press cites an advisor to Ukraine's Interior Minister as the source. The advisor, Anton Gerashchenko, posted more accusations on Facebook, saying that the strike was carried out by Ukrainian rebels. He also posted a minute-long video of what supposedly is the smoking wreckage of the plane. The flight, Malaysia Airlines 17, was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. ...
  • Facebook's got a new app and you (probably) can't have it (2014-07-17 11:31:00)
    Though Facebook's origins were in exclusivity, serving only college students for some time, the service has since expanded out to billions of people around the world. Today, Facebook's launching a new approach to exclusivity, and it sounds sadly familiar to reality: "Facebook Mentions" is a new iOS app that only "public figures" can use. What's a "public figure?"
  • 12 nifty Google tricks you should know about (2014-07-17 11:25:15)
    Google is the preferred search engine for millions of people, with the giant company having many other web-related products available for users, all built around, or in relationship with search and ads. While most users know how to perform a search, use Gmail or navigate with Maps, they may not be aware of some of the nifty hidden tricks Google has included in its online services. Business Insider has listed some of the useful Google services-related features that you can check out right away. For example, typing “Atari Breakout” in Google Image search will let you play a quick game in your browser, where you’ll have to destroy blocks made of actual images. A different game is also available in Google Maps, called SmartyPins,
  • Weird Al parodies Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' with music video of a strange handyman (2014-07-17 11:21:12)
    Weird Al is taking on Iggy Azalea's sassy single "Fancy" for the fourth in his planned eight days of music video releases to promote his new album, Mandatory Fun. As he did with his parody of Lorde's "Royals" yesterday, Al twists "Fancy" into a strange sort of advertisement — this time for handyman services in a song appropriately titled "Handy." It's hard to keep up with Azalea's energy, but as you'd expect, Al does an impressive job of translating it into the voice of his overly enthusiastic handyman.
  • Facebook has released Mentions, an iOS app only for companies and celebrities (2014-07-17 11:20:29)
    Facebook has released a new app, but it's only for celebrities and brands. The company just announced an iOS app called Facebook Mentions, which can be accessed only  by people with verified accounts. With Mentions, users can see a somewhat Twitter-like stream of posts that reference them, and they can find trending topics that they might want to engage in for (presumably) brand-building purposes. Most features are reasonably standard Facebook fare, albeit supposedly streamlined for people with extremely active feeds, but Mentions also adds the option of holding a live Q&A session with fans.
  • Facebook has released Mentions, an iOS app only for celebrities (2014-07-17 11:20:29)
    Facebook has released a new app, but it's only for celebrities. The company just announced an iOS app called Facebook Mentions, which can be accessed only by people with verified accounts. With Mentions, users can see a somewhat Twitter-like stream of posts that reference them, and they can find trending topics that they might want to engage in for (presumably) brand-building purposes. Most features are reasonably standard Facebook fare, albeit supposedly streamlined for people with extremely active feeds, but Mentions also adds the option of holding a live Q&A session with fans.
  • Virgin Media customers to get Sky Sports and Movies access on their mobiles in August (2014-07-17 11:14:00)
    As part of its expanded alliance with Sky, Virgin Media said its customers would be getting easier access to movies and sport on the go through Sky's mobile apps. Today, the cable company's shed some more light on how ...
  • Austrian computing pioneer Heinz Zemanek dead at 94 (2014-07-17 11:01:17)
    Heinz Zemanek, who briefly put Austria in the vanguard of European computing in the 1950s with his "May Breeze" computer, has died in Vienna at the age of 94, his old university said. Zemanek designed and built the "May Breeze", the first computer on mainland Europe to run purely on transistors instead of vacuum tubes, with the help of a group of students he enlisted at the Vienna University of Technology (TUV).
  • Details on Apple’s dramatically improved iPhone 6 camera leak (2014-07-17 11:00:46)
    The iPhone 6 will reportedly feature a new Sony Exmor camera sensor, G for Games reports after picking up a post on a Chinese forum from a source that has “a great track record when it comes to Sony-related rumors.” According to the poster, the iPhone 6 camera will have an Exmor IMX220 sensor with 13-megapixel resolution, 1/2.3” and 1080p video recording support (3,840 x 1,080 resolution sampling). FROM EARLIER: New report claims to reveal release date for iPhone 6 and ‘iPhone Air’ The same person said the new Exmor sensor will also be used by Sony in the upcoming Xperia Z3 flagship handset, although Sony’s Android smartphone is said to have a 20-megapixel main camera. Since the iPhone 4S, Apple has continually improved
  • Why Tesla Motors can't sell cars in most of the United States (2014-07-17 11:00:00)
    Tesla Motors makes beautiful, quality electric automobiles. Don't just take it from us; Consumer Reports rated the Tesla Model S the "best overall" car in its 2014 Top Picks report (which includes all non-electric cars as well). Yet, despite Tesla CEO Elon Musk's ongoing effort to expand his EV empire, state after state in the United States is pushing back.
  • Microsoft to cut 18,000 jobs this year as it chops Nokia (2014-07-17 10:48:22)
    By Bill Rigby SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp will slash up to 18,000 jobs, or 14 percent of its workforce, this year as it almost halves the size of its newly acquired Nokia phone business and tries to transform into a cloud-computing and mobile-friendly software company. The larger-than-expected cuts, announced on Thursday, are the deepest in the company's 39-year history and come five months into the tenure of Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella. "We plan to have fewer layers of management, both top down and sideways, to accelerate the flow of information and decision making." Beyond the Nokia reductions, Nadella gave few clues about where the ax will fall or what areas will receive more funding, saying he will flesh out his plans after Microsoft's quarterly earnings report on July 22. The size of the cuts were welcomed by Wall Street, which viewed Microsoft as bloated under previous CEO Steve Ballmer, topping 127,000 in headcount after absorbing Nokia earlier this year.
  • Russian malware infiltrated the Nasdaq stock exchange, says Businessweek (2014-07-17 10:45:08)
    A Bloomberg Businessweek report has revealed that the CIA, NSA, and other agencies spent months investigating a major malware attack on Nasdaq, revealing the stock exchange's vulnerability. In 2010, the FBI picked up hints that an intruder had compromised Nasdaq's central servers. After looking closer, experts realized that the malware wasn't meant for surveillance — it was potentially capable of disrupting trading or even, in the NSA's opinion, "wiping out the entire exchange." While Nasdaq had apparently detected some kind of problem, it had not reported it, and government investigators found a mess of earlier, apparently undetected intrusions.
  • Russian malware infiltrated the Nasdaq servers, says Businessweek (2014-07-17 10:45:08)
    A Bloomberg Businessweek report has revealed that the CIA, NSA, and other agencies spent months investigating a major malware attack on Nasdaq, revealing the stock exchange service's vulnerability. In 2010, the FBI picked up hints that an intruder had compromised Nasdaq's central servers. After looking closer, experts realized that the malware wasn't meant for surveillance — it was potentially capable of disrupting trading or even, in the NSA's initial opinion, "wiping out the entire exchange." While Nasdaq had apparently detected some kind of problem, it had not reported it, and government investigators found a mess of earlier, apparently undetected intrusions.
  • Soylent: living on the meal replacement of the future (2014-07-17 10:42:05)
  • Soylent Survivor: one month living on lab-made liquid nourishment (2014-07-17 10:42:03)
    Relax,” the Soylent spokesperson reassured me as I prepared for one of the stranger challenges of my life: replacing my conventional food intake with a thick nutritional sludge for an entire month. The smoothie-like substance, which began life as a crowdfunding sensation last year before attracting heavyweight investors like Andreessen Horowitz, is basically powdered science — human nutrition reduced to its most basic essentials. The name “Soylent” is a reference to the 1973 film Soylent Green, in which it’s revealed that a futuristic new food designed to feed an overcrowded Earth is made of people.
  • Soylent survivor: one month living on lab-made liquid nourishment (2014-07-17 10:42:03)
    Relax,” the Soylent spokesperson reassured me as I prepared for one of the stranger challenges of my life: replacing my conventional food intake with a thick nutritional sludge for an entire month. The smoothie-like substance, which began life as a crowdfunding sensation last year before attracting heavyweight investors like Andreessen Horowitz, is basically powdered science — human nutrition reduced to its most basic essentials. The name “Soylent” is a reference to the 1973 film Soylent Green, in which it’s revealed that a futuristic new food designed to feed an overcrowded Earth is made of people.
  • LG presents scaled-down version of its G3 (2014-07-17 10:41:19)
    Just as the G3 begins arriving in the hands of US customers, LG has already introduced a slightly smaller, more affordable version of its latest flagship smartphone. Under the hood, the device has a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB of RAM.
  • Microsoft is killing off Nokia’s feature phones in favor of Windows Phone (2014-07-17 10:40:58)
    Nokia might have been famous for its feature phones, but Microsoft is planning to wind that business down over the course of the next 18 months. In an internal memo sent to Microsoft employees, Jo Harlow, who heads up the phone business under Microsoft devices, reveals the focus is very much on Windows Phone. Development and investment for Asha, Series 40, and Nokia X handsets will shift to what is described as "maintenance mode," and services to support existing devices will be shut down over the next 18 months. Microsoft will instead try to tempt its installed base of feature and Symbian users over to Windows Phone.
  • Futurama's intro rendered in 3D is gorgeous (2014-07-17 10:34:00)
    Stop wondering what Futurama's intro would look like if it were rendered in 3D and prettied up ten quadrillion percent: it's here. Well, part of it is anyway, care of Russian animator Alexey Zakharov. He took the spaceship intro to Futurama, references to "Mom's Old-Fashioned Robot Oil" and all, and applied a suite of computer animation tools (3ds Max, Nuke, Photoshop, After Effects).
  • Why Weak Passwords Aren't Always a Bad Idea (2014-07-17 10:31:34)
    It turns out having your dog’s name as your password isn’t such a bad idea after all. New research from Microsoft says Internet users are better off recycling weak, memorable passwords for accounts of low importance. Complex passwords, comprised of letters, numbers and symbols, should...
  • New York proposes regulations for virtual currency (2014-07-17 10:28:49)
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York regulators have proposed establishing a framework for commerce in virtual currency that would apply to firms involved in receiving, transmitting and storing it, as well as retail conversions.
  • 4 awesome paid iPhone apps you can download for free right now (2014-07-17 10:27:58)
    This week has been a fantastic one for paid iPhone and iPad apps that have gone on sale for free. In fact, we’ve shared more than $50 worth of iOS apps so far that could have all been downloaded without paying a dime (and some are still free if you move quickly). Today, we’re back with another four apps to add to the list, and they’re all terrific offerings you won’t want to miss out on. 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
  • Apple Files Patent for Technology That Can Track Every Move You Make (2014-07-17 10:21:22)
    An apple a day keeps the doctor away – and if Apple's latest invention gets rolled out, iPhones will track that kind of behavior.
  • Hidden From Google looks to preserve links censored over 'right to be forgotten' (2014-07-17 10:13:27)
    A new website is attempting to build a list of search results that have been hidden as a direct result of the EU's controversial "right to be forgotten" law. "It is up to the reader to decide whether our liberties are being upheld or violated by the recent rulings by the EU." Alongside the relevant search term, you'll find the specific link that was removed from Google's search results.  The site's log is based entirely on news stories that have mentioned censored search terms; As a result, this won't ever be a live, up-to-date list of vanishing search results. There are only nine items so far — several of them are listed as "unknown" — and Google has already been bombarded with over 70,000 takedown requests since May. Microsoft has also now bowed to the ruling.
  • Japan approves joint missile study, export to US (2014-07-17 10:11:44)
    TOKYO (AP) — Japan has approved the export of a locally-made component for a missile defense system to the U.S. and is launching joint research with Britain on air-to-air missile technology for fighter jets.
  • This is the best iPhone 6 news we’ve heard so far (2014-07-17 10:06:49)
    A report last week revealed iPhone 6 battery details, suggesting that Apple’s 2014 iPhone models may offer similar or even better battery performance as last year’s iPhones, as they will have slightly bigger batteries. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 was expected to have a battery capacity of 1,800 mAh to 1,900 mAh, while the phablet version of the handset was said to have a 2,500 mAh battery. Now, French publication Nowhereelse has obtained an image of the purported 4.7-inch iPhone 6’s battery, which may confirm that the battery has a capacity in line with previous reports. FROM EARLIER: Ultra-thin iPhone 6 design posing technical difficulties to component makers The image shows a battery assembled in China by Huizhou Desay Battery, which has 1,810 mAh capacity. What’s
  • A Robot Swarm descends on NYC's Museum of Math (2014-07-17 10:00:00)
    Roboticist-in-residence James McLurkin offered an advanced preview of his Robot Swarm at NYC's Museum of Mathematics this week. The presentation detailed the background and programming concepts of these sensor- and speaker-laden bots -- which have a habit of spitting ...
  • Bing Now Allows Europeans To Be Forgotten, Too (2014-07-17 09:59:42)
    Europeans have already been asking Google to "forget" them, since a ruling by a European Union court allowed for European citizens to have the "right to be forgotten" in search results. The requirements for people requesting to be forgotten are that the information must be "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant." If the search result meets one of those three criteria, it will no longer show up in Google or Bing results in Europe. The link, however, will still exist and the search result will still appear in other parts of the world. While this is meant to protect people's privacy, some have already taken advantage of this with Google, getting them hide items such as this BBC story and several Guardian pieces, that reflected poorly on their subjects. Politicians with poor track records and businesses seeking to hide bad reviews have also gotten on board.
  • Man faces felony for using a drone to film outside a hospital window (2014-07-17 09:53:13)
    In the domestic drone debate, critics have argued that personal drones will usher in an era of rampant DIY surveillance, with cameras in the sky everywhere you turn. Proponents of that view have more ammunition this week, as an upstate New York man was arrested and faces felony charges for allegedly using a drone to film outside a medical exam room. David Beesmer, 49, flew a drone within 15 feet of a hospital window where patients were being examined, according to a police report. There, Beesmer's drone — a DJI Phantom 2, according to his Facebook page — was reportedly seen by patients and staff at the hospital. He said the drone was unable to see through the tinted hospital windows.
  • iPhone 6 Battery Size Suggests Slimmest iPhone Ever (2014-07-17 09:49:21)
    Apple's much-anticipated iPhone 6 is expected to be the hardware giant's biggest iPhone yet, but based on new reports, it could also be the slimmest. According to new rumblings from Taiwan, the iPhone 6 could sport a shaved-down battery that would allow the flagship handset to become thinner than any previous model. The report comes from Taiwan's Digitimes, which notes that the next iPhone's battery has a purported thickness of 2 millimeters, which is slimmer than the 3-millimeter battery found on all variations of the iPhone 5.
  • Here’s what Elop told the 12,500 Nokia employees who just got axed (2014-07-17 09:45:45)
    It’s safe to say that Stephen Elop really isn’t very popular in Finland, especially after Microsoft announced on Thursday that it was laying 12,500 people who currently work for its Nokia devices and services division. Since Elop is both the former CEO of Nokia and the current boss of Microsoft’s devices and services division, we were very curious to get his take on this week’s massive layoffs that hit his division harder than any other. In a letter sent to his employees on Thursday, Elop explained how these “difficult” job cuts are necessary to realign Nokia’s Lumia devices with Microsoft’s vision for mobile phones. “We recognize these planned changes are broad and have very difficult implications for many of our team
  • Why Amazon's 'Netflix for books' might be doomed before it starts (2014-07-17 09:41:55)
    "The everything store" was never the extent of Amazon's ambition. Oddly, books have been the holdout, as Amazon's fights with publishers have largely kept it from experimenting with new forms of packaging and distribution. It's the "Netflix for books" idea that a number of companies have tried, all to middling success: pay one price, read as many books as you like. Amazon's leaked documentation promises more than 600,000 books and "thousands" of audiobooks to Kindle Unlimited subscribers, and there's no question Amazon's potential selection far outweighs its competitors'.
  • Read the books that inspired Darwin's theory of evolution (2014-07-17 09:36:00)
    Darwin's Galapagos expedition is one of the most famous scientific voyage in history and now you can see how he fed his mind aboard the Beagle. Darwin Online, which houses the world's largest Darwin collection, has now published ( ...
  • Microsoft claims Xbox One sales doubled in first month without Kinect (2014-07-17 09:35:33)
    Back in May Microsoft announced plans for a cheaper Xbox One that didn't include a Kinect — and, at least according the company, the strategy is working. Microsoft claims that June sales of the console have more than doubled in the US compared to May, boosted primarily by the new $399, Kinect-free version of the Xbox One. Notably, Microsoft makes no claims that the sales spike has put the Xbox One ahead of the PlayStation 4. The new, cheaper Xbox One has been on sale since June 9th.
  • Microsoft to cut 18,000 jobs this year as it trims Nokia (2014-07-17 09:33:43)
    By Bill Rigby SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said on Thursday it will slash up to 18,000 jobs, or 14 percent of its workforce, this year as it trims its newly acquired Nokia phone business and tries to transform into a cloud-computing and mobile-friendly software company. The larger-than-expected cuts are the deepest in the company's 39-year history and come five months into the tenure of Chief Executive Satya Nadella, who outlined plans for a "leaner" business in a public memo to employees last week. "We plan to have fewer layers of management, both top down and sideways, to accelerate the flow of information and decision making." The size of the cuts were welcomed by Wall Street, which viewed Microsoft as bloated under previous CEO Steve Ballmer, topping 127,000 in headcount after absorbing Nokia earlier this year. He is cleaning up part of the mess that Ballmer left." Microsoft shares jumped 3 percent to $45.40 in early trading, reaching their highest since the technology stock boom of 2000.
  • UAE announces 'first Arab spaceship to Mars' in 2021 (2014-07-17 09:20:15)
    The United Arab Emirates is establishing an official space agency with the goal of sending an uncrewed spaceship to Mars by 2021. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE vice president and ruler of Dubai, said in a statement that the space agency would be responsible for organizing the mission, developing the UAE's aerospace sector, and "maximizing the contribution of space industries to the national economy."  Al Maktoum says the UAE has already invested 20 billion dirham ($5.4 billion) in space technologies, primarily satellites.
  • OnStar's in-car 4G LTE: fast on the highway, but still needs a tune-up (2014-07-17 09:00:00)
    From a public relations perspective, it was a good plan: round up a handful of journalists, cram them in 4G LTE connected cars, and showcase OnStar's new network by using it to host teleconference interviews from the beach. ...
  • Ditching Kinect may have saved the Xbox One from falling permanently behind the PS4 (2014-07-17 08:45:52)
    So far it seems like Microsoft’s decision to unbundle Kinect from the Xbox One has been a good one. Microsoft said this week that monthly sales of the Xbox One in the United States more than doubled ever since it decided to start offering the console by itself without the Kinect sensor for $400, or $100 less than what the console cost with Kinect. “Over the past month, we’ve seen a strong spike in interest in our Xbox One console options, including the new $399 offering, and the amazing lineup of games announced during E3,” Microsoft writes. “Since the new Xbox One offering launched on June 9th, we’ve seen sales of Xbox One more than double in the US, compared to
  • Microsoft kills off its Nokia Android phones (2014-07-17 08:40:22)
    Microsoft is planning to scrap its Nokia X Android efforts and replace them with Windows Phone in the future. The news comes as part of today's announcement that Microsoft is cutting 18,000 jobs in the next year. In an email to former Nokia staff, Microsoft devices chief Stephen Elop details the company's renewed focus on Windows Phone. "In addition to the portfolio already planned, we plan to deliver additional lower-cost Lumia devices by shifting select future Nokia X designs and products to Windows Phone devices," says Elop. "We expect to make this shift immediately while continuing to sell and support existing Nokia X products."
  • Make glitch art with your sound editing software (2014-07-17 08:37:30)
    Audacity might be a free sound editing program, but it can also be used to create glitchy, psychedelic image manipulations. University student Jamie Boulton has documented the bizarre effects that can be achieved, while simultaneously providing instructions on how to generate similar results at home. It's fascinating to see what happens to an image after its non-existent bass has been boosted or when it is subjected to a pitch change. Boulton even shares a method for creating eye-melting GIFs, which resemble a hallucinogenic nightmare. ...
  • Microsoft will abandon Nokia's Android smartphone project (2014-07-17 08:35:00)
    It's a day of upheaval over at Microsoft as the company has announced that it'll cut 18,000 jobs in the near future. At the same time, however, Satya Nadella has cast doubt on the long-term future of Nokia's X series of Android-powered smartphones. In an email, the Microsoft CEO says that the company will refashion "select" Nokia X designs as Lumia smartphones that run Windows Phone.
  • Microsoft cuts 18,000 jobs as part of its largest layoff ever (2014-07-17 08:16:00)
    Microsoft today announced that it's cutting 18,000 jobs, the biggest round of layoffs in its history, as part of ongoing restructuring efforts. In a release, the company says that Nokia's Devices and Services business, which it acquired for ...
  • Microsoft announces massive round of layoffs, including 12,500 Nokia employees (2014-07-17 08:14:29)
    As expected, Microsoft on Thursday announced a huge round of layoffs that will see roughly 18,000 employees lose their jobs. Of these layoffs, 12,500 will come from Microsoft’s Nokia devices division, representing yet another major blow to the one-time mobile phone giant. In his announcement of the layoffs, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that they were necessary as part of “starting to evolve our organization and culture.” “The first step to building the right organization for our ambitions is to realign our workforce,” Nadella explained. “My promise to you is that we will go through this process in the most thoughtful and transparent way possible. We will offer severance to all employees impacted by these changes, as well as job
  • China's takes aim at Alibaba with Paipai relaunch (2014-07-17 08:14:22)
    Chinese e-tailer on Thursday relaunched its Paipai online marketplace, opening a new front in its escalating battle against the country's e-commerce market leader Alibaba Group Holding. Paipai's relaunch marks the first time that, the No.2 player by market share, has directly taken on Alibaba's core e-commerce offering, Taobao. Paipai and Taobao both provide an online marketplaces for consumers and small businesses to sell goods to one another. Alibaba, which is preparing for a potentially record-breaking initial public offering (IPO) in New York this summer, said in its investor prospectus that gross merchandise volume on Taobao reached $48 billion during the March quarter.
  • Microsoft announces biggest-ever job cuts: 18,000 in the next year (2014-07-17 08:08:31)
    Microsoft is announcing its biggest ever job cuts today, affecting 18,000 employees. In a memo, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says the company will cut 18,000 positions in the next year, with former Nokia employees expected to account for around 12,500 jobs. "We are moving now to start reducing the first 13,000 positions, and the vast majority of employees whose jobs will be eliminated will be notified over the next six months," says Nadella. Microsoft currently had 127,104 employees as of June 5th, so the cuts mean a reduction of around 14 percent of the company's workforce. While the number is significant, it's not surprising Microsoft is focusing its cuts on Nokia staff. Regardless, the 18,000 job cuts are the biggest reductions ever for Microsoft, topping the 5,800 headcount reduction from 2009.
  • DARPA's ocean-faring drone will hunt enemy submarines (2014-07-17 07:52:00)
    Remember DARPA's aquatic drone that would roam the oceans, hunting down stealthy enemy submarines? Defense contractor Leidos has announced that construction has begun on the first of the fleet, with test cruises expected to begin at some point in 2015. Thanks to both a lack of crew facilities and a modular design, the ACTUV is expected to only take around 15 months to build.
  • Second J.R.R. Tolkien biopic explores his friendship with the creator of 'Narnia' (2014-07-17 07:51:08)
    Film company Attractive Films is hoping to have its J.R.R. Tolkien biopic in theaters before Chernin Entertainment can do the same. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the $18 million feature will pivot around the author's relationship with C.S. Lewis, who was integral to Tolkien's eventual conversion to Christianity. Its theological undercurrents make Tolkien and Lewis a stark contrast to Chernin Entertainment's Tolkien, which looks at a vastly different period in the author's life.
  • Ultra-thin iPhone 6 design posing technical difficulties to component makers (2014-07-17 07:40:07)
    Apple suppliers that will provide various iPhone 6 parts are apparently “facing technological difficulties maintaining or hiking yield rates” for various components, Digitimes reports, including panels, chassis and battery packs. Supply chain sources talking to the publication said that iPhone 6-related orders will contribute to revenues, but will not help increase gross margins because of the challenges they had or have to face. FROM EARLIER: New report claims to reveal release date for iPhone 6 and ‘iPhone Air’ Apple is expected to sell up to 70 million new iPhones by the end of the year, according to the same sources. Digitimes further says that suppliers will make 2mm thick batteries for the iPhone 6, significantly thinner than the 3mm batteries
  • You can buy a PlayStation 4 for £300 right now (2014-07-17 07:32:00)
    New consoles are never easy on the wallet, so anything to take some of the sting out of that purchase is always appreciated. Case in point: well-known retailer ShopTo has just dropped the price of a brand-new PlayStation 4 to a penny under £300, which is quite simply the lowest price we've come across yet. That's basically a £50 saving compared with almost every other retailer (barring one that's selling the console for £325 via
  • Imgur is making it even easier to find funny cat GIFs (2014-07-17 07:13:19)
    Image sharing service Imgur is introducing a redesigned front page, advanced search functions and new discovery tools, highlighted by the addition of user-suggested tags. This will allow users to curate personalized galleries or filter out unwanted images. Tags can also be voted on, ensuring only the most relevant material will receive attention.
  • LVMH and eBay settle litigation over fake goods (2014-07-17 06:53:59)
    LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton and eBay Inc have settled a long-running court battle over the sale of counterfeit luxury goods on the U.S. company's online auction website. The companies are implementing cooperative measures aimed at protecting intellectual property rights and fighting the online sale of counterfeit goods. A host of perfume and cosmetic brands under the LVMH umbrella, including Christian Dior, Givenchy and Geurlain, sued the world's leading online auctioneer in 2008, accusing the site of allowing trade in counterfeit goods. LVMH also claimed that the sale of real perfumes through non-approved distribution channels such as eBay hurt its business.
  • ‘I saw a Moto 360 this morning’ and I liked it (2014-07-17 06:50:10)
    The Moto 360 smartwatch is not available to buyers yet, unlike other Android Wear devices from LG and Samsung, but that doesn’t mean some people don’t get to use them in the wild already. Such is the case with a Motorola employee in Chicago, who was spotted by a savvy tech enthusiast on two consecutive train rides. “That was me when I saw that it was a Moto 360! I was fangirling as quietly as possible, but he knew instantly,” user Novi_Homines wrote on The Verge forums. “Yes, it’s every bit as gorgeous as it is in the pictures. Forget about it being a good-looking smartwatch, its one of the best looking ‘watches’ period. He had black on black, and
  • Take a 3D tour of London with Google's latest Maps update (2014-07-17 06:49:00)
    If you've ever wanted to explore London but haven't been able to fund the trip, Google wants to lend a hand. As part of its latest update, the search giant has unveiled a new 3D model of the city ...
  • Apple and Samsung dominate list of Top 10 best-selling smartphones (2014-07-17 06:08:53)
    As of May 2014, eight of the world's ten best-selling smartphones are made by either Apple or Samsung, according to Counterpoint. The iPhone 5s claimed first place ahead of the Samsung S5 and S4.
  • Google letting curious explorers take Glass for a free spin (2014-07-17 06:02:00)
    Glass has run the opinion gamut from "great" to "hate" to "surprisingly useful," but Google thinks you should forget all that. We just received an invitation (after the break) to several Google Glass "Basecamp" offices with the following teaser: "There's a lot of talk about Glass, but have you tried it for yourself yet?" If you're near San Francisco, LA or New York, you'll need to schedule an invitation for a fitting, service or a demo.
  • SAP sees edge in cloud security, raises sales forecast (2014-07-17 05:32:58)
    By Harro Ten Wolde FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German business software maker SAP raised its sales forecast for web-based software on Thursday, saying competitors were unable to match the security of its cloud computing systems. Cloud computing allows businesses to cut costs by ditching bulky servers for network-based systems using remote data centres run by technology companies. Chief Executive Bill McDermott said he expected to snatch business from pure cloud service providers such as and Workday Inc. SAP shares were up 3.2 percent at 0800 GMT (4.00 a.m. EDT), at the top of a European technology share index, which was up 0.7 percent. "Cloud growth is encouraging," said Harald Schnitzer, analyst at DZ Bank.
  • See what 'Futurama' would look like in glorious 3D (2014-07-17 05:25:02)
    None of us will live to see the year 3000, but Alexy Zakharov's 30-second video provides a glimpse of what we'll be missing. Using a full suite of computer graphics software, the artist has created a gorgeously detailed rendition of Futurama's New New York, which looks far more impressive in 3D than it does in its two-dimensional form. The details are amazing. We're especially impressed with the holographic MomCorp ad and the Planet Express delivery spaceship's battered hull. Be sure to check out Zakharov's Behance page for more Futurama related media.
  • UK police start using face recognition software to catch criminals (2014-07-17 05:00:02)
    British police officers have this week started using facial recognition software designed to automatically identify criminals from digital images. Police in Leicestershire become the first in the UK to test NEC's NeoFace software, which the force says is capable of comparing any digital image of a suspect with photos held on its database, by comparing "dozens of measurements" against key facial features. The method will soon be copied across the Atlantic ocean — the FBI is set to deploy its own facial recognition system, called Next Generation Identification, across all 50 US states by the end of this year. This isn't the first time the Leicestershire police force has pioneered the use of technology in catching criminals.
  • Amazon now offers two-day Prime shipping within Europe (2014-07-17 04:13:00)
    Amazon believes its European distribution network is pretty damn solid, so to prove that, it's added a new delivery tier for Prime members within Europe. From today, subscribers can enjoy free two-day deliveries on over a million products ...
  • Google is recruiting Glass converts with free demos (2014-07-17 04:10:02)
    CNET reports that Google sent out emails on Wednesday inviting the public to "sit down with a Glass Guide" and partake in a first-hand experience of the company's futuristic Google Glass headset. Those interested will need to schedule appointments at one of the "Basecamps" — service centers for Google Glass — located in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. Google Glass is currently available in the United Kingdom and the US, although it should be noted that the product is still in open beta. The $1,500 wearable device is still being tweaked on multiple fronts, with a modified version featuring double the original amount of RAM announced late last month. Google is also working on making Glass more visually appealing, going as far as partnering with fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg to produce more stylish alternatives.
  • Microsoft lets the EU exercise its 'right to be forgotten' on Bing (2014-07-17 03:50:00)
    Microsoft is clearly taking a cautious stance on the European Union's "right to be forgotten;" several weeks after Google started accepting requests to scrub yourself out of search results, you can finally ask for the same treatment on Bing. The company has posted a form that walks EU residents through the request process, giving them a relatively easy way to block offending pages from showing up in queries.
  • Bing follows Google in allowing Europeans to be forgotten online (2014-07-17 03:46:03)
    Microsoft has begun accepting requests to remove results on Bing for searches on some individuals in Europe. The move follows similar changes by Google, after a landmark ruling by the European Union Court of Justice determined that it's Google and Microsoft’s responsibility to remove outdated or "irrelevant" search results hosted by third parties. Microsoft’s request form includes questions about requestors roles in society, and requires ID to verify individuals. While Microsoft has remained quiet on the EU ruling, Google has publicly stated its problems with the judgement, saying that it contradicts the information on freedom of expression in the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and that the language used by the court means the removal of results comes after "very vague and subjective tests" as to whether the information is of public interest.
  • Should online accounts die when you die? (2014-07-17 03:29:38)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Should your emails, web albums and other online accounts die when you do? Or should you be able to pass them down to a family member much as you would a house or a box of letters?
  • Pratt & Whitney hires IBM to gather and analyze engine data (2014-07-17 03:28:23)
    By Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Engine maker Pratt & Whitney will partner with International Business Machines Corp to compile and analyze data from about 4,000 commercial aircraft engines in order to be able to predict trouble before problems arise, the company announced on Thursday. The announcement comes as more aircraft engine suppliers tune in to data analytics to increase safety and reduce costs. Pratt & Whitney, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp, said in a statement it has hired IBM to analyze the half terabyte of data that engines generate on every flight to detect and predict engine trouble. "Rather than reacting to some sort of an engine event, we are leveraging data from various sources for maintenance, for planning engine diagnostic systems and building predictive models," Jerry Kurtz, vice president of strategy and analytics at IBM, said.
  • MIT researchers want to power your cellphone with dew (2014-07-17 03:16:00)
    Water is pretty wild when you think about it: all of its three states of matter are consumable by humans, and one in particular can even give off electrical power. A team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has ...
  • After hybrid success, Toyota gambles on fuel cell (2014-07-17 02:30:09)
    TOKYO (AP) — Rocket science long dismissed as too impractical and expensive for everyday cars is getting a push into the mainstream by Toyota, the world's top-selling automaker.
  • Beat by LG: new mid-range smartphone drops the G3's size and specs (2014-07-17 02:28:37)
    LG has announced the G3 Beat, its mid-tier alternative to the power-packed LG G3. "Smartphone manufacturers cannot ignore this growing segment of consumers who want the best balance of looks, features, performance and, of course, price," says LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company CEO Dr. Jong-seok Park in a statement. The new smartphone features a 5-inch HD IPS display, with an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 74.1 percent but a significantly lower resolution of 1,280 x 720. ...
  • Inventors struggle to protect patents in Africa (2014-07-17 02:24:16)
    By Helen Nyambura-Mwaura JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - When Malagasy entrepreneur Andry Ravololonjatovo came up with the idea of a hi-tech translation service named after a local bird, the Drongo, he hesitated about registering the patent. In many countries in Africa, protection of intellectual property (IP) is still patchy or undeveloped, and many innovators are put off by the onerous and expensive affair of registering their products. In addition, protection is only guaranteed for 10 years," Drongo's founder Ravololonjatovo told Reuters. Named after a black-feathered bird found in Madagascar that mimics the calls of other birds, Drongo is developing mobile applications for text translations in international languages like English and French.
  • LG's G3 Beat has laser autofocus and smaller screen, but it's still pretty big (2014-07-17 02:01:00)
    Now that LG's marched out its latest flagship smartphone, its time to repeat the process for smaller hands. That's where the G3 Beat comes in, folding in laser-guided camera autofocus, that self-learning keyboard, LTE and a removable 2,540mAh battery. What it doesn't get, however, is that ridiculously sharp quad-HD display found on the G3.
  • LG's G3 Beat has laser autofocus and a smaller screen, but it's still pretty big (2014-07-17 02:01:00)
    Now that LG's marched out its latest flagship smartphone, its time to repeat the process for smaller hands. That's where the G3 Beat comes in, folding in laser-guided camera autofocus, that self-learning keyboard, LTE and a removable 2,540mAh battery. What it doesn't get, however, is that ridiculously sharp quad-HD display found on the G3.
  • SAP ups 2014 cloud view as second-quarter profit lags expectations (2014-07-17 02:00:33)
    By Harro Ten Wolde FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German business software maker SAP raised its 2014 outlook for its web-based software services as its customers switch to these so-called cloud-based products, while reporting a smaller-than-expected second-quarter operating profit. The company now expects revenue from cloud subscriptions and support revenue to come in at between 1 billion euros ($1.35 billion) and 1.05 billion at constant currencies this year, up from a previous outlook for 950 million to 1 billion euros. Cloud computing allows businesses to reduce their costs by ditching bulky servers for network-based software in their own offices and using remote data centers run by technology companies instead.
  • Taiwan's TSMC shares fall on Apple, Qualcomm order loss reports (2014-07-17 01:40:00)
    By Michael Gold TAIPEI (Reuters) - Shares of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) fell as much as 6 percent on Thursday after an analyst and Taiwanese media reported the likely loss of orders for next-generation chips from Apple Inc and Qualcomm Inc. The world's largest contract chip manufacturer on Wednesday reported its highest quarterly profit since the end of 2006, and said it expected revenue to grow at least a record 20 percent this year. Behind the bullish outlook was likely increased demand from Apple which recently chose TSMC over Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to make the majority of chips for the successor to its iPhone 5 series of smartphones, industry insiders said.
  • Scuba divers get their own underwater comms network (2014-07-17 00:20:00)
    Most teenagers would probably tell you that they'd die if you took away nonverbal communication, but one subset of our population actually could: scuba divers. They can't exactly send texts via smartphone to one another because saltwater, and water in general, makes it hard to transmit information between dive buddies using traditional methods like electromagnetic waves and even sound waves. And as The Verge points out, hand signals only work if the other person is paying attention to you.
  • Microsoft expected to announce thousands of job cuts on Thursday (2014-07-17 00:08:17)
    Microsoft Corp is set to cut more than 6,000 jobs in an announcement expected early Thursday, according to sources familiar with the matter, as it trims its newly acquired Nokia phone business and reshapes itself as a cloud-computing and mobile-friendly software company. What could be the deepest job cuts in the company's 39-year history come five months into the tenure of Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella, who outlined plans for a "leaner" business in a public memo to employees last week. Many of the cuts are expected to come from the Nokia unit, which Microsoft acquired in April for $7.2 billion, pushing up Microsoft's headcount by a quarter to 127,000. Microsoft said when it struck the deal to buy the Finnish phone maker that it would cut $600 million per year in costs within 18 months of closing the acquisition.
  • Marvel is replacing Steve Rogers with the first black Captain America (2014-07-16 23:46:53)
    Marvel is making big changes this year. In a special announcement made on the Colbert Report this evening, the comics giant will this fall have Steve Rogers pass his star-spangled shield on to Sam Wilson, making Wilson (otherwise known as the Falcon) the first black Captain America. This shift comes only a day after Marvel revealed plans to change yet another founding Avenger, Thor, into a woman this fall, and follows with Marvel's overall push for more diversity in its biggest titles. Cap's shield has been on display on the show since early 2007, ever since Marvel "bequeathed" the shield to the host after Steve Rogers' assumed death in the aftermath of the Civil War event series.
  • Marvel is replacing Steve Rogers with the new, black Captain America (2014-07-16 23:46:53)
    Marvel is making big changes this year. In a special announcement made on the Colbert Report this evening, the comics giant will this fall have Steve Rogers pass his star-spangled shield on to Sam Wilson, making Wilson (otherwise known as the Falcon) the first black man to take on the official role of Captain America. This shift comes only a day after Marvel revealed plans to give the role of yet another founding Avenger, Thor, to a woman this fall, and follows with Marvel's overall push for more diversity in its biggest titles. Cap's shield has been on display on the show since early 2007, ever since Marvel "bequeathed" the shield to the host after Steve Rogers' assumed death in the aftermath of the Civil War event series.
  • Nyko is ready to give your PS4 controller the battery life it deserves (2014-07-16 23:36:00)
    Although the PlayStation 4 is a fine gaming console, it has a definite Achilles' heel -- the very, very short battery life of the bundled DualShock 4 controller. It's a good thing, then, that Nyko has at last shipped the PowerPak add-on that it promised back in January. Shelling out $20 gives you a 1,000mAh lithium-ion battery that roughly doubles the longevity of Sony's official gamepad.
  • Taiwan's TSMC likely to lose Apple, Qualcomm orders to Samsung: reports (2014-07-16 23:15:35)
    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) is likely to lose orders for its next-generation chips from Apple Inc and Qualcomm Inc to rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, according to an analyst and Taiwanese media. TSMC will be supplanted by Samsung in the production of 14-nanometre smartphone chips for Apple and Qualcomm beginning in the second half of 2015, KGI Securities analyst Michael Liu said in a note to clients issued late on Wednesday after a TSMC investor conference.
  • Netflix would rather the FCC do nothing than authorize ‘fast lanes’ (2014-07-16 22:30:20)
    It’s safe to say that Netflix is still really not a fan of the Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to possibly allow for Internet “fast lanes” where ISPs can charge content companies more to get their traffic delivered more quickly than on the “standard” Internet. The Verge has spotted Netflix’s official filing with the FCC discussing its proposed new net neutrality rules and the company basically says that it would be better if the FCC just did nothing instead of making things worse with its current proposal. “No rules would be better than rules legalizing discrimination on the Internet,” writes Netflix. “The Internet is at a crossroads. Down one road — a road defined by the commission’s failure to put in place
  • New fighter pilot helmet delivers night vision without goggles (2014-07-16 22:05:00)
    Fighter pilots have access to helmets with amazing abilities. However, they still have to strap on night heavy vision goggles to fly in the dark -- an all too literal pain in the neck. Much to aircrews' relief, BAE Systems wants to make that clunky headgear a distant memory.
  • Engadget Daily: Tesla's Model 3, new buyer's guides and more! (2014-07-16 21:18:00)
    Elon Musk reveals Tesla's latest electric vehicle, we show off our new buyer's guides, discover we still have a lot to learn about stem cells and take a trip to Taiwan with T-Mobile's new global roaming plan. Read on for Engadget's news highlights from the last 24 hours.
  • Upcoming LG G3 S (mini) uncovered (2014-07-16 21:15:26)
    Android smartphone buyers who fell in love with LG’s newly launched G3 but would like something smaller yet similar, should know that an LG G3 S is in the making – or a G3 mini. Phone Arena reports that the LG G3 S user manual has been found online, providing more details about the unreleased phone, including pictures, but also specs and features. The G3 S will not be a flagship device like its bigger brother. The handset will sport a 5-inch display with 1280 x 720 resolution, 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, microSD support, 8-megapixel camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 2,540 mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat on board with LG’s software additions
  • 'Game of War' mobile game developer looking at $3 billion valuation: WSJ (2014-07-16 20:43:28)
    (Reuters) - Machine Zone Inc, the developer of popular mobile game "Game of War: Fire Age," is in talks with JPMorgan Chase & Co to raise funding that could value the company at more than $3 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The expected valuation would make the Palo Alto, California-based company one of the biggest startups in the world in terms of market cap, the report said. Machine Zone is expected to raise about $250 million in a private placement, Bloomberg News reported, citing a person with knowledge of the company. The company, launched in 2008 as a dating app developer, renamed itself as Machine Zone in 2012 and shifted its strategy to focus on mobile games, according to the Journal.
  • Samsung's Level 'premium' portable audio line makes its US debut (2014-07-16 20:28:00)
    We were privy to Samsung's premium portable audio plans a few days before the rumblings of an Apple/Beats affair surfaced. The Level series of portable audio gadgets goes on sale tomorrow (July 17th) with appropriately-named options for over-ear, on-ear, in-ear and Bluetooth speaker listening -- covering the same bases as Dr. Dre's outfit.
  • One chart shows the wild fluctuation in game console prices over the years (2014-07-16 20:00:08)
    When we try to justify the price we pay for a game console, we rarely think back past the last generation. At just $400, the PlayStation 4 is a steal compared to its $600 predecessor, yet Microsoft has received plenty of flak for launching the Xbox One at $500. What’s interesting is that when we step back just a few generations further, prices suddenly plummet to $300 or less. Several months ago, a Reddit user put together a chart which shows how much every home console would cost after the price has been adjusted for inflation. Surprisingly, even with nearly 40 years between today and the release of the Atari 2600, the PS4 and Xbox One are still two of the more
  • Here's what it looks like to ride in the Tour de France (2014-07-16 19:51:00)
    The world of sports is actively finding ways to adopt new camera technologies. Namely, to help determine if a ball has crossed the goal line or, why not, to broadcast a player's point of view from a pair of glasses. In the case of the Tour de France, cycling's most celebrated competition, its governing body finally took the plunge and began allowing riders to mount a camera on their bikes.
  • PayPal fuels higher eBay revenue even as cyber attack, rivals weigh (2014-07-16 19:13:39)
    By Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - EBay Inc posted a 13 percent rise in quarterly revenue on Wednesday, as better-than-expected results from its fast-growing PayPal division helped the online retailer overcome increasing competition from Inc and a well-publicized cyber attack. Ebay's stock has fallen more than 8 percent since April, hurt by the cyber attack disclosed in May that compromised data for some 145 million customers, the departure of highly regarded PayPal chief David Marcus, and intensifying competition from both online and offline rivals. EBay was also hurt by a change in Google Inc's algorithm, which pushed eBay results lower in search rankings, slowing traffic.
  • Google's Wallet apps now handle your gift cards (2014-07-16 19:04:00)
    Gift cards are supposed to be pleasant surprises, but they can frequently be headaches; assuming you remember to bring them in the first place, you have to keep tabs on any leftover credit. They should be easier to manage after today, though. Google has just rolled gift card support into the Wallet apps for both Android and iOS.
  • Supply constraints hits SanDisk's forecast, shares fall (2014-07-16 19:03:53)
    SanDisk Corp gave a current-quarter revenue forecast that was below Wall Street's estimate, warning that it would be unable to the meet the booming demand for solid-state drives and memory chips, and its shares fell 9 percent in extended trading. The company is increasingly using its memory chips in the SSDs that it sells directly, but Bruner said gross margins on these embedded products were "somewhat below" the corporate average, which would dent gross margins going forward.
  • Bing offers to 'forget' links in Europe searches (2014-07-16 18:55:56)
    Microsoft on Wednesday followed in Google's footsteps by letting people in Europe ask to have links related to them 'forgotten' on its search engine Bing, under the auspices of a court ruling. "As a result, making a request does not guarantee that a particular search result will be blocked." Google said it has received more than 70,000 requests since it put a form online on May 30 as a result of the ruling by the European Court of Justice. European news organizations have opened fire on Google for removing links to stories from search results in the name of adhering to the court order.
  • Google's Street View cars help locate gas leaks in US cities (2014-07-16 18:52:02)
    Google's Street View cars have a checkered history; Three Street View cars equipped with specialized sensors capable of detecting methane were dispatched in Staten Island, Boston, and Indianapolis. Google's cars measured one gas leak for every mile they traversed in the city of Boston, though other test spots like Indianapolis fared significantly better. Methane leaks contribute to climate warming and can even cause explosions under the right circumstances.
  • Now they tell us: Microsoft says strong passwords are overrated (2014-07-16 18:45:12)
    You know all the time and trouble you put into making and memorizing unique strong passwords for every website you visit? Well, Microsoft says a lot of that was likely misspent energy. The Guardian informs us that new research from Microsoft (PDF) shows that we probably shouldn’t use strong passwords for all our websites and that having weak passwords will suffice in many circumstances. Microsoft does say that unique strong passwords have their uses, of course, it’s just that they should be saved for websites that really do contain sensitive information such as online banking. Microsoft also points out the risks of using password managers like 1Passwsord and LastPass — namely, if a hacker somehow figures out how to hack
  • 3D-printed armor turns Barbie into a medieval badass (2014-07-16 18:40:35)
    When Barbie appeared in Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue earlier this year, it ignited newfound controversy over Mattel's 50-year-plus tradition of using the doll to prop up absurd body image standards. Lost in the debate was the indisputable fact that her typical outfits are entirely inappropriate for storming a castle — but thanks to 3D designer Jim Rodda, that's been resolved. Rodda has created the "Faire Play Battle Set," comprising three full sets of 3D-printed battle armor for the iconic figurine. The battle armor set is the culmination of a Kickstarter project that raised $6,000 in April.
  • Bitcoin 'mining pool' promises to stay small (2014-07-16 18:38:36)
    NEW YORK (AP) — The largest group of bitcoin miners, which maintains and processes transactions in the digital currency, is promising to avoid majority control of the currency as a temporary measure to maintain the payment system's credibility.
  • Australian bill would jail those who report on leaked spying operations (2014-07-16 18:22:00)
    Journalists in the US and UK may be relatively safe from the government's wrath when they report on surveillance leaks from the likes of Edward Snowden, but the Australian press may have to tread carefully before too long. Attorney ...
  • Attorney: Woman had no reason to kill Google exec (2014-07-16 18:06:34)
    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A woman accused by police of being a high-priced prostitute and abandoning a Google executive after shooting him up with a fatal dose of heroin would never have wanted him to die because he was paying her well, a defense attorney said Wednesday.
  • UN human rights commissioner says Snowden shouldn't be prosecuted (2014-07-16 18:06:12)
    The United Nation's human rights commissioner, Navi Pillay, has come out in favor of Edward Snowden: Pillay argues that the former NSA contractor did a public service by pulling back the curtain on surveillance, and says he shouldn't be prosecuted by the United States. "I see some of it here in the case of Snowden, because his revelations go to the core of what we are saying about the need for transparency, the need for consultation," Pillay said at a news conference, according to the Guardian. She declined to say if she thought President Barack Obama should pardon Snowden.
  • Majority of eBay users have reset their passwords since cyberattack: CEO (2014-07-16 18:04:51)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - eBay Inc Chief Executive Officer John Donahoe said on Wednesday that buyers representing roughly 85 percent of "effective volumes" on its platform have reset their passwords since a massive security breach earlier this year that exposed users' data. EBay asked its users to change their log-ins when the cyberattack was disclosed in May, as a security precaution. Donahoe added that buying activity had decelerated sharply in June and some buyers that had reset passwords had still not reverted to normal activity levels. (Reporting by Edwin Chan; Editing by Chris Reese)
  • Fox bid for Time Warner sparks content merger race (2014-07-16 17:57:06)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even though Rupert Murdoch's $76 billion bid for rival media giant Time Warner Inc. has been rejected, that doesn't mean how you watch TV shows and movies will stop changing any time soon.
  • Jailed ex-strongman Noriega says damaged by video game portrayal (2014-07-16 17:50:15)
    Former dictator Manuel Noriega may be serving time in a Panamanian prison for the killing of political opponents, but that doesn't mean he likes being portrayed in a video game as a murderer. Noriega, 80, has filed a lawsuit against video game publisher Activision Blizzard Inc, saying the company is using his image in its wildly popular "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" game without his permission, in an effort to “increase the popularity and revenue” from the title. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. In the complaint, Noriega said he had been damaged by Activision’s portrayal of him as “the culprit of numerous fictional heinous crimes,” including kidnapping and murder, adding that Activision was using his likeness to heighten the game’s realism and increase sales.
  • Dad's heartbreaking Internet plea spurs strangers (2014-07-16 17:45:38)
    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Just days after his infant daughter's death, Nathen Steffel asked strangers on the Internet for only one thing: He and his wife wanted a photo of their daughter without the breathing tubes and tape that masked her little face.
  • Chocolate? Pfft, MIT students are 3D printing with ice cream (2014-07-16 17:44:00)
    Sorry, that's not a 3D-printed ice cream cone, Mr. President.
  • Frankenstein, Dracula, and more could return in classic monster movie reboots from Universal (2014-07-16 17:36:44)
    Superhero movies have been all the rage in Hollywood, but Universal Pictures has more or less been left out of their success. It now has an idea for what might come next, though: monsters. According to Deadline, Universal plans to bring back its classic monsters — which include Frankenstein, Dracula, and The Mummy — in a big way. It's brought on two blockbuster writers to begin creating a connected universe for Universal's monsters, which will begin to show up in a series of rebooted films. Writers behind 'Fast & Furious' and 'Transformers' will oversee the new films
  • Congresswoman bravely stands up for ISPs’ rights to deliver inferior service with no competition (2014-07-16 17:30:50)
    Chattanooga, Tennessee’s municipal broadband network offers affordable broadband service that just happens to deliver the same 1Gbps peak speeds as Google Fiber. Given this apparent success story, you would think that state government officials would be happy to see other municipalities experiment with building their own fiber networks or to at least let Chattanooga expand its fiber service to more areas. But you’d be wrong. After intense lobbying from incumbent ISPs, Tennessee’s state legislature slapped major restrictions on cities’ and towns’ ability to build out their own fiber networks, which means that Chattanooga will not be allowed to expand its network out to more areas as the city had previously planned. This pandemic of anti-municipal fiber legislation has gotten so bad
  • DirecTV's new Sunday Ticket streaming service isn't 'football for all' but it's close (2014-07-16 17:30:00)
    For the upcoming NFL season, DirecTV is introducing NFL Sunday Ticket TV, a streaming service that will let certain fans — even those without a satellite cable package — watch every out-of-market game each week. Sunday Ticket TV isn't quite the streaming football service fans have been dreaming of. To have everything, you'll need to subscribe to a $329.99 "Max" package that also adds perks like the Red Zone channel and DirecTV's new Fantasy Zone, which provides live highlights of plays involving anyone on your fantasy football roster. There's another big thing you should keep in mind: NFL Sunday Ticket TV isn't available to everyone.
  • DirecTV's new Sunday Ticket streaming service isn't 'football for all,' but it's close (2014-07-16 17:30:00)
    For the upcoming NFL season, DirecTV is introducing NFL Sunday Ticket TV, a streaming service that will let certain fans — even those without a satellite cable package — watch every out-of-market game each week. Sunday Ticket TV isn't quite the streaming football service fans have been dreaming of. To have everything, you'll need to subscribe to a $329.99 "Max" package that also adds perks like the Red Zone channel and DirecTV's new Fantasy Zone, which provides live highlights of plays involving anyone on your fantasy football roster. There's another big thing you should keep in mind: NFL Sunday Ticket TV isn't available to everyone.
  • SanDisk's quarterly profit beats estimates (2014-07-16 17:22:31)
    (Reuters) - SanDisk reported a better-than-expected rise in second-quarter profit, as its growing focus on high-end solid-state drives helped offset volatile prices for memory chips. SanDisk has beaten analysts' estimates handily for at least the past eight quarters, but the 1.5 percent margin by which the company's profit topped estimates the quarter ended June 29 was much lower than the previous eight. Last couple of quarters the company had some blowout numbers so expectations had gone up," said Betsy Van Hees, an analyst at Wedbush Securities." "We haven't got the guidance yet, which is going to come out in the conference call, ... and the stock is likely to reverse after those numbers," she said. SanDisk is increasingly using its chips in solid-state drives, or SSDs, which it sells directly – a strategy that offers higher margins than its traditional business of selling memory chips for smartphones and cameras.
  • Strong PayPal growth boosts eBay's 2Q profit (2014-07-16 17:19:37)
    EBay said Wednesday that its second-quarter net income rose 6 percent, as strong growth from its PayPal payments business offset lower-than-expected revenue that was hampered by a global password reset after a cyberattack.
  • Visa's latest stab at online payments is all about checking out faster (2014-07-16 17:13:00)
    Remember, Visa's big attempt at conquering the online payment space? You'll be forgiven if you don't -- it quickly fizzled out, in part because it was a digital wallet that sometimes made shopping more complicated. The company may have learned its lesson, though.
  • PayPal helps eBay revenue jump 13 percent despite worsening competition (2014-07-16 17:12:52)
    EBay Inc posted a 13 percent rise in quarterly revenue, as better-than-expected results from its fast-growing PayPal division helped to overcome increasing competition from Inc and a well-publicized cyber-attack that exposed customers' data. Ebay's stock has fallen more than 8 percent since April, hurt by a cyber-attack disclosed in May that compromised data for some 145 million customers; Some analysts said a change in Google Inc's algorithm in the quarter may also have pushed eBay results lower in search rankings, leading to slower traffic. Several investment brokerages downgraded their forecasts for eBay ahead of Wednesday's results.
  • Microsoft starts taking EU 'right to be forgotten' requests (2014-07-16 17:06:58)
    Microsoft Corp on Wednesday started taking requests from individuals in Europe who want to be removed from its Bing search engine results following a court judgment in May guaranteeing the "right to be forgotten." Microsoft, whose Bing search engine has 2.5 percent of the European search market, follows market leader Google Inc which complied with the ruling in May, and started removing some search results last month. The Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the European Union in May ordered Google to remove a link to a 15-year-old newspaper article about a Spanish man's bankruptcy, effectively upholding people's "right to be forgotten" on the Internet. It only applies to EU countries, meaning links that have been removed in Europe will still appear in search results elsewhere, including the United States. Microsoft's form, available on its Bing website (, is a four-part questionnaire.
  • UP24 lifestyle bracelets take aim at waistlines (2014-07-16 17:03:26)
    In the booming world of smart watches, pendants and bracelets that let people track sleep and steps, wearable computing pioneer Jawbone is out to win hearts through stomachs. "This goes after weight management," Jawbone wellness and platform group manager Andrew Rosenthal told AFP. “UP and UP24 have inspired millions of people to get engaged in their own health -– we've shown that living better really is a universally popular proposition,” said Jawbone strategy vice president Travis Bogard.
  • U.S. gold dealer launches first digital currency backed by bullion (2014-07-16 16:58:33)
    By Frank Tang NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. precious metals dealer Anthem Vault Inc said on Wednesday it has launched the first digital currency backed by physical gold, with an aim to increase the use of bullion as an accepted form of electronic money. "It should make gold more acceptable as a form of currency by combining its appeal as a store of value and a much more efficient medium of exchange," said Anthem Blanchard, chief executive of Anthem Vault, who previously worked at online precious metals market GoldMoney. Blanchard said Wednesday's launch was a promotional offering, and the company has plans to offer a full suite of virtual currencies backed by a larger amount of gold as well as other precious metals at the end of September. The launch comes at a critical time for online currency markets after the failure of Mt. Gox, once the world's biggest bitcoin exchange, and increased regulatory scrutiny shook investor confidence in digital currency.
  • Watch the first trailer for '12 Monkeys' on Syfy (2014-07-16 16:52:04)
    Syfy is reimagining Terry Gilliam's sci-fi classic 12 Monkeys as television show, and it's just released the first trailer for it. The series appears to retain the film's twisting time-travel arcs that find its characters journeying back to the past to prevent the planet from reaching a devastated future. This trailer doesn't make the show appear quite as promising as you might hope, but things are still early: the series isn't going to premiere until January 2015. ...
  • FBI: Google’s self-driving cars may become ‘game-changing lethal weapons’ (2014-07-16 16:45:33)
    Self-driving cars, such as Google’s experimental vehicles, will be available to buyers in coming years, but the FBI is not particularly thrilled about their arrival, The Guardian has learned from a restricted report obtained under a public records requests. The FBI says that criminals may use this “game-changing” technology to perform various other activities while the car drives itself, in order to escape police and/or harm others. The FBI said that autonomous cars “will have a high impact on transforming what both law enforcement and its adversaries can operationally do with a car.” The agency envisions smart criminals who would be able to customize the software found onboard of such smart cars to evade chasers by bypassing rules of the road. Having
  • 'NFL Sunday Ticket without satellite' sounds too good to be true, and for many it is (2014-07-16 16:40:00)
    Today AppleInsider uncovered a promotion page for DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket package that proudly promises what many cord-cutting football fans have been waiting to hear: "Stream NFL Sunday Ticket live online. No satellite required!" Sounds simple, sign up for the exorbitantly-priced package, sit back and wait for all the out-of-market football games you can handle, right?
  • Federal court rules California's death penalty unconstitutional (2014-07-16 16:29:21)
    A federal judge in Orange County, California today struck down the state's death penalty, arguing that the system is so fractured, it violates the state's constitution. Filed today by US District Judge Cormac J. Carney in the Central District of California, today's opinion — posted here by KWMU — explains that more than 900 people have been sentenced to death in California since 1978, but only 13 have been executed. The ruling ruled not based on the idea that the death penalty itself is unconstitutional, but rather that the delays and uncertainty constitute cruel and unusual punishment. For the hundreds of prisoners on death row, the opinion reads, "the dysfunctional administration of California's death penalty system has resulted, and will continue to result, in an inordinate and unpredictable period of delay preceding their actual execution." These "systemic" delays have made executions "so unlikely that the death sentence" serves "no retributive or deterrent purpose...."
  • Company gets new name after protests by Hawaiians (2014-07-16 16:27:03)
    HONOLULU (AP) — A company aiming to provide easier access to sexually transmitted disease test results and other medical records announced a new name on Wednesday after facing protests by Native Hawaiians for using the word hula.
  • Chicago is installing a superconducting cable that can stop power outages in a disaster (2014-07-16 16:20:13)
    Chicago's new program wants to prepare for when it does. Commonwealth Edison will soon begin work on a new system that would keep the city's business center, the Loop, protected during a catastrophe, the Chicago Tribune reports. Commonwealth Edison will soon begin laying superconducting cable underground Knocking out a single susbstation — the middlemen between power plants and customers — can disrupt the flow of electricity for a huge area.
  • Paul McCartney banks on apps, not albums (2014-07-16 16:14:00)
    Paul McCartney went through a rift with streaming services, but the former Beatle has been always been keen to keep his albums available on iTunes. Now, Sir Paul is following a growing trend for releases and reissues: apps. Five of McCartney's classic albums (Band on the Run, McCartney, McCartney II, RAM and Wings over America) are now available as iPad apps, complete with bonus material.
  • Apple may refund $400M in digital book settlement (2014-07-16 16:10:57)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple will refund up to $400 million to consumers ensnared in a plot to raise the prices of digital books unless the company gets a court to overturn a decision affirming its pivotal role in the collusion.
  • Google finally gives Google+ users the one feature they have been asking for (2014-07-16 16:08:43)
    Google’s social network is now much more troll-friendly than it was when it launched three years ago, as the company is finally ready to offer users the one feature they have been asking for: choosing whatever username they desire for Google+. The company announced in a post on Google+ that, henceforward, it will let users select their desired username, which doesn’t have to be their real name, as it was the case before. “When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what name you could use on your profile,” Google wrote. “This helped create a community made up of real people, but it also excluded a number of people who wanted to be part of
  • UAE Wants To Go To Mars, Because When They Spend Money, They Spend Big (2014-07-16 15:53:57)
    The United Arab Emirates is home to some ridiculous and very expensive things, thanks to their massive energy wealth. Dubai boasts the world's tallest tower, ATMs that spit out gold, indoor skiing in a high-class mall, and, of course, a "6D" movie theater. You can also play polo on a camel at Dubai Polo Club, but apparently, all that just isn't enough for that emirate's ruler, because Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has decided to launch a spaceship to Mars.  The UAE is working to establish a space program, and the first Arab spaceship aims to go to Mars in 2021. Al Maktoum, who is also the vice president of the UAE, said "Our region is a region of civilization.
  • Star Wars Fan Gives Minecraft 'A New Hope' (2014-07-16 15:51:28)
    Fans of world-building game "Minecraft" have used the software to create countless "Star Wars" projects and mods, but this one stands out like a Tauntaun in summertime. A devoted crafter, whom goes by the alias Paradise Decay, is recreating every single minute of George Lucas' 1977 classic "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" within Minecraft's blocky game world. While this pixelated take on "A New Hope" isn't quite complete, Paradise Decay has released a full re-creation of the film's original trailer.
  • Yes, there is yet another 'Dungeons & Dragons' movie rights lawsuit (2014-07-16 15:51:10)
    Yesterday we wrote about two sets of independent, Kickstarter-funded filmmakers who are embroiled in a lawsuit over their competing Dungeons & Dragons documentaries. Today brings news of a similar fight happening at a higher level: a trial date has been set in the battle between Hasbro and Sweatpea Entertainment over the rights to a live action D&D movie. "Sweetpea alleges that it has the license to make a Dungeons & Dragons movie, while Hasbro contends that that license has expired," reports The Escapist. Wizards of the Coast, which bought TSR, the company that invented Dungeons & Dragons, just introduced a new edition of D&D in the hopes of revitalizing the franchise.
  • Senate passes a bill that legalizes cellphone unlocking (2014-07-16 15:46:00)
    The US is now that much closer to a law that makes it legal to unlock your phone. A few months after the House of Representatives passed a bill that would authorize unlocking, the Senate has passed its own measure accomplishing mostly the same thing. The biggest difference is their attitude toward bulk unlocking; unlike the House, the Senate has no major objections to resellers unlocking devices en masse.
  • Comcast employees explain why their customer service is so terrible (2014-07-16 15:34:32)
    How is it possible that Comcast’s customer service is so relentlessly terrible? Hint: It’s not because it’s hired a disproportionate number of people who are psychotic. If you look at reviews of Comcast on Glassdoor, we can see that even current and former employees of the company think it does an absolutely terrible job of delivering quality customer service. What their reviews basically boil down to is that Comcast doesn’t offer enough resources or training to its staff to prepare them to deliver quality service and it puts too much emphasis on trying to upsell customers on more expensive service bundles at all costs rather than addressing needs and concerns. Here are some of the highlights: “Comcast is too big for
  • Internet glimpses Kindle book subscription service (2014-07-16 15:32:09)
    Amazon could be trying the Netflix model for e-books soon. A Web page introducing a subscription service promising unlimited access to a vast library of Kindle digital books appeared and then quickly vanished on Wednesday. A snapshot of the page stored in a Google cache captured online retail titan and Kindle-maker Amazon touting unfettered access to more than 600,000 titles along with thousands audiobooks for a monthly fee of $10. Works pictured on the page included Water for Elephants, Life of Pi, and Flash Boys along with complete collections of Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and Lord of the Rings books.
  • Experimental stem cell treatment causes woman to grow parts of a nose on her spine (2014-07-16 15:18:00)
    Stem cells are seen as one of modern medicine's most promising magic bullets, but that doesn't mean that we understand them. A paralyzed woman from the US has learned this the hard way, after an experimental treatment caused her to grow a nose-like tumor on her back. The unnamed person took part in a trial whereby stem cells from her nose were applied to her spine in the hope that it could repair the nerve damage that led to her paralysis.
  • New gadget could revolutionize keyboards… by ditching them entirely (2014-07-16 15:15:57)
    Imagine a tablet that is just as conducive to productivity as a notebook computer, but has absolutely no additional bulk. Imagine the same solution could allow you to type just as quickly on an iPad or a smartphone as you do on a desktop computer, but without the need to add any big keyboard accessories to your bag. This is the future that a new startup in Austin, Texas has envisioned, and the company is now working to make this future a reality. Dubbed AirType, the company is currently developing what it calls a “keyboardless keyboard.” The solution is currently in the early prototype phase, and it involves placing two bracelet-like devices around your hands and then typing on a table as
  • Hodor is going on a 'Game of Thrones'-themed DJ tour (2014-07-16 15:15:04)
    You might not expect Hodor — or most characters from Game of Thrones, for that matter — to be down to party, but it turns out that he wants to bring you over to Westeros for an intense night. The actor who plays Hodor, Kristian Nairn, has worked regularly as a DJ for over a decade, and he's about to go out across Australia on a Game of Thrones-themed tour that's being called Rave of Thrones. The six night tour will roll through Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Darwin, and Adelaide.
  • Amazon Unlimited E-Book Test Challenges Oyster (2014-07-16 15:08:09)
    Amazon may be testing a new unlimited subscription program for Kindle e-books for $9.99 per month. This would be a direct challenge to competitors Oyster and Scribd, which offer similar programs at $9.95 and $8.99 per month, respectively. As first reported by Gigaom, the pages on Amazon are no longer accessible, so not just anyone can sign up--yet.
  • Visa launches new service to pay online (2014-07-16 14:52:50)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Payment processor Visa is launching a new service called Visa Checkout that eliminates a few steps in online payment.
  • Deezer gets rid of paid music streaming plans on the desktop (2014-07-16 14:51:00)
    Sure, PCs aren't going anywhere anytime soon. But there's no denying people nowadays also prefer to listen to music on a smartphone, tablet and even a gaming console, not just their laptop or desktop. So, taking a cue from rival Spotify, streaming service Deezer is now prepared to stop charging users for its web-only, ad-free listening experience.
  • How Microsoft plans to give Cortana more brain power than anything Siri can muster (2014-07-16 14:49:47)
    Microsoft’s Cortana assistant has earned a good deal of praise in the early going and the company this week unveiled plans to make it even better. Microsoft says that starting this fall, Cortana will have access to a huge trove of academic information through a new Bing feature that will have “academic data tightly integrated and prominently featured on its search pages.” Microsoft says that this new feature will be part of its Microsoft Academic Search initiative that aims to make scholarly research an integral part of Bing search results and not its own separate category as we see now in Google Scholar. “Microsoft Academic Search is evolving from a research project to a production effort that will leverage the
  • Jibo could be the robot assistant you fall in love with (2014-07-16 14:43:39)
    Jibo could finally change that. A promotional video shows it modifying takeout orders The robot, which can be pre-ordered starting today, is ambitious. A promotional video shows it conversing with humans, scanning them with facial recognition, and even making (and then modifying) takeout orders by voice.
  • Watch Apple lay into IBM over the years (2014-07-16 14:43:35)
    Apple and IBM announced a sweeping deal to promote iOS in the enterprise this week, but the relationship hasn't always been so cozy. Watch as Cupertino gives IBM a hard time over and over (and over) again.
  • Google's Street View takes on America's gas leaks (2014-07-16 14:41:24)
    By Edward McAllister NEW YORK (Reuters) - Google Inc's Street View cars have captured the world's roads, highways and back alleys for years. Now they are being used for something entirely different: detecting the thousands of natural gas leaks blighting major U.S. cities. Google cars fit with air monitors have taken millions of readings along the streets of Boston, New York and Indianapolis over the past two years as part of a program run by the non-profit Environmental Defense Fund to help reduce methane emissions. In central Boston, leaks were discovered every few blocks.
  • Meet Jibo, the incredible (and cute) personal robot assistant (2014-07-16 14:30:25)
    Jibo is a very cute, and apparently very intelligent, family friendly robot that will ship to your door at some point in late 2015 to become your home-based personal assistant, assuming you’re ready to pre-order one from Indiegogo right now. The project, led by MIT Robotics pioneer Cynthia Breazeal, is quite interesting, offering users a device that’s able to understand their requests and help out with daily activities and chores. The robot looks, in a way, like the tiny lamp that Pixar made famous, and reminds us of Eve, Wall-E’s soul mate, although it’s not quite that advanced… yet. Jibo is basically a social robot, ready to perform various activities depending on what the person interacting with it needs. It can also schedule
  • Apple agrees to $450 million dollar settlement in e-book antitrust case (2014-07-16 14:27:00)
    Apple has resisted settling with the government over charges that it conspired with publishers to fix e-book prices. While its alleged co-conspirators have already opted to pay up and move on, Cupertino has been steadfast in maintaining its innocence. Though, it seems the tech giant has grown weary of the constant court battles and is ready to settle.
  • Amazon ponders Netflix-like service for ebooks: report (2014-07-16 14:22:28) Inc is considering a new e-book subscription service called "Kindle Unlimited," that aims to replicate popular video-streaming models for the digital books market, according to several online reports and a test page that briefly appeared on the Internet retailer's website. The page, spotted by tech blog Gigaom but since taken down, touted a service that for $9.99 a month, would grant unlimited access to more than 600,000 titles including popular books "Life of Pi," and "Water for Elephants," as well as blockbuster franchises like the "Hunger Games," and "Lord of the Rings." A brief promotional message described the service as available "on any device." Other details remained unclear, however, and Amazon did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Unlike video streaming, which is dominated by services such as Netflix Inc and Amazon's own Instant Video, few on-demand, buffet-type options exist for digital readers beyond smaller players such as Sribd.
  • NASA's iconic moon boots are now a sick pair of sneakers you can buy (2014-07-16 14:15:32)
    July 20th marks the 45th anniversary of the 1969 moon landing. To commemorate the occasion, GE partnered with Los Angeles-based boutique shoe company Android Homme and JackThreads to release high-top sneakers inspired by the space boots worn by the likes of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin as they set foot on the moon that day. 100 pairs of the shoes will be available for sale online on Sunday at 4:18PM ET — the same time as the moon landing.
  • Rejected Fox bid for Time Warner shows growth mood (2014-07-16 14:15:31)
    NEW YORK (AP) — In a move that aims to counter consolidation among TV distributors, Rupert Murdoch's Fox has made an unsolicited takeover offer for rival media giant Time Warner for about $76 billion in cash and stock.
  • Amazon is testing out a ‘Spotify for Books’ service (2014-07-16 14:14:44)
    Amazon is about to change the way we acquire books once again. According to Gigaom, members of the Kindle Boards discovered a page on Tuesday which appears to reveal an upcoming eBook subscription service called “Kindle Unlimited” which would allow subscribers to access over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks “on any device” for $9.99 a month. Although the test pages have since been removed, you can still find them on Google Cache. At the time of writing, a page titled “KU Test” is still available on the Amazon website, listing 638,424 titles which are presumably going to be part of the service if and when it launches. As Gigaom points out, many of these titles are also available through Amazon’s lending
  • Attorney: Prostitute had no reason to kill exec (2014-07-16 14:09:30)
    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A high-priced prostitute accused of abandoning a Google executive on his yacht after shooting him up with a fatal dose of heroin never meant for the man to die, a defense attorney said Wednesday.
  • Apple-IBM deal dents BlackBerry's prospects, slams stock (2014-07-16 14:05:46)
    By Euan Rocha TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd's shares took a beating on Wednesday after IBM Corp outlined plans to partner with Apple Inc to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with applications for business users. The Apple-IBM tie up, beginning this fall, is set to target the customer base that BlackBerry needs to woo as part of a turnaround under new Chief Executive Officer John Chen. "It is not a crushing blow at this early stage, but ‎it is a negative for BlackBerry," said IDC analyst John Jackson. "There can be little question that it is unwelcome, if not entirely unexpected news." BlackBerry's stock has been on a tear this year.
  • Scientists are one step closer to replacing mechanical pacemakers with biological ones (2014-07-16 14:00:05)
    This procedure, described today in the Science Translational Medicine, restored normal heart rates for two weeks in pigs that usually rely on mechanical pacemakers. "We have been able for the first time to create a biological pacemaker using minimally invasive methods and to show that the new pacemaker suffices to support the demands of daily life," Eduardo Marbán, a cardiologist at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and lead author of the study, told the press yesterday. The approach is practical, added Eugenio Cingolani, a cardiogeneticist also at Cedars-Sinai and a co-author of the study, because "no open-heart surgery is required to inject this gene." "We were able to get the biological pacemaker to turn on within 48 hours," Marbán said.
  • This is what 'Star Wars' looks like in 'Minecraft' (2014-07-16 13:57:15)
    Minecraft might be a game, but fans have used it to build stunning recreations of some of the most iconic fictional locales around — and soon that will include a galaxy far, far away. A small team has spent more than three years recreating the original Star Wars movie in the game, and they just released an impressive new trailer that shows what George Lucas' world looks like rendered in all of its voxel glory. The full remake isn't ready just yet, but you'll be able to download it for free when it is. ...
  • Apple may pay $400M in digital book settlement (2014-07-16 13:55:54)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple will pay up to $400 million to compensate consumers ensnared in a plot to raise the prices of digital books unless the company overturns a court decision attesting to its pivotal role in the collusion.
  • UAE plans first Arab spaceship to Mars in 7 years (2014-07-16 13:48:09)
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Having scaled the heights of Earth with the world's tallest tower, the United Arab Emirates is now aiming for the stars, or just a little bit closer, with an ambitions trip to Mars. The energy-rich country on the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula announced plans Wednesday to send the first unmanned Arab spaceship to Mars in 2021.
  • Ron Howard is directing a concert documentary on The Beatles (2014-07-16 13:41:54)
    The Beatles will be back on the big screen next year in a new documentary from Ron Howard, the director behind movies such as A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code. According to Variety, Howard's documentary will focus on The Beatles' on-tour performances, from their 1960s beginnings in Liverpool to their final show in San Francisco during 1966. "Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated," Howard says. Howard plans to have the documentary in theaters next year.
  • Apple Might Have to Pay Out $450 Million Over E-Book Claims (2014-07-16 13:41:26)
    Apple, which was accused of conspiring with five publishing houses to fix prices for electronic books, has agreed to pay $450 million to settle claims made by consumers and states.  The settlement provides $400 million to consumers. The appeal is pending with a New York federal court in regards to a ruling last year when Apple was found liable for violating antitrust laws by colluding with book publishers to stifle competition.  If the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York reverses the liability finding from last year, the settlement would be reduced.
  • Swedish court upholds detention order on Assange (2014-07-16 13:36:50)
    STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Swedish court on Wednesday upheld its detention order on Julian Assange, reaffirming the legal basis for an international warrant for the WikiLeaks founder which has kept him hiding in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London for two years.
  • FBI sees self-driving cars as 'lethal weapons' for criminal 'multitasking' (2014-07-16 13:36:00)
    Google stirred up quite the buzz a few weeks back with its latest self-driving car design, but the FBI isn't convinced the tech advancements are in the public's best interest. In a report procured by The Guardian, the bureau warns that the autonomous vehicles even more of a "lethal weapon" than they are today, thanks to the capacity for felonious "multitasking." The argument is that criminals can deter their pursuers without the need to watch the highway.
  • F-35's no-show at Farnborough disappoints (2014-07-16 13:34:50)
    LONDON (AP) — The failure of the Joint Strike Fighter to travel to England this week for a premier air show heaped further embarrassment on its developers as they try to convince skeptics that the $400 billion program was a price worth paying.
  • Check out these wild Boeing 787-9 maneuvers you’ll hopefully never have to experience (2014-07-16 13:33:40)
    Boeing has a new gigantic Dreamliner ready to fly you to a hot destination, Engadget reports, and the company decided to demo the longer 787-9 variant at the Farnborough Airshow in London. To highlight the new aircraft’s powers, 787-9 pilots performed various extreme maneuvers, like steep takeoffs and high-bank turns off the ground – or the kind of airplane action you’ll hopefully never have to experience yourself – with Boeing recording the whole experience on video. The demo flight was performed with a very light load on board, with pilots showing off airplane capabilities that aren’t likely to be actually used during regular flights. The 787-9 is expected to start commercial service this fall, with Air New Zealand being one of
  • How to get HBO GO without paying full price for a cable subscription (2014-07-16 13:32:15)
    One of the only things keeping cable subscribers tied to their providers is the never-ending stream of quality content being pumped out by HBO. Whether it’s Game of Thrones, True Detective or The Leftovers, many of us can’t help but gather around the television on Sunday night for hours on end, but it doesn’t alleviate the pain of that $100+ subscription. That’s why it might be time to take advantage of one of the little known secrets of the cable industry. Geoffrey Fowler wrote a piece for The Wall Street Journal this Wednesday exposing “the secret code” to keep HBO without paying for the additional 500 channels you never watch. Unfortunately, providers won’t sell access to HBO a la carte, no
  • Here’s why your Comcast rep is yelling at you (2014-07-16 13:32:05)
    In 2006, a man named Vincent Ferrari called AOL and tried to cancel his internet service. It took him 21 minutes as an increasingly desperate customer service rep named John tried to talk him out of it. Last week, AOL vice president of product Ryan Block had a similar experience with a Comcast rep. As The Awl’s John Herrman points out, "The customer service rep is trapped in an impossible position, in which any cancellation, even one he can't control, will reflect poorly on his performance."
  • Big investors see cybersecurity as opportunity (2014-07-16 13:30:49)
    Cyberattacks on U.S. businesses could be an opportunity for investors as companies spend money to upgrade their infrastructures, big-name money managers said on Wednesday at a conference geared to sharing potential blockbuster ideas. "Every business in the United States will have to spend more money to defend themselves," said Lee Ainslie, head of Maverick Capital. He feels that companies providing cybersecurity could grow. Jim Breyer, the chief executive of Breyer Capital, also listed cybersecurity and messaging as among his most interesting focuses at the conference, as well.
  • The best set-top box you can buy — This Is My Next (2014-07-16 13:26:29)
    Stop watching crappy cable reruns. For less than $100 you can buy a set-top box that will give you access to a wide world of great content, from Netflix and Hulu to HBO Go, YouTube, and much more. The best boxes are fast and easy to use, have great added features, and put all the world's movies, shows, and songs right at your fingertips. But space next to your TV is scarce, so make sure you make the right call.
  • Airbnb wants you to feel like part of the neighborhood, no matter where you are (2014-07-16 13:24:43)
    Airbnb has been completely redesigned from the ground up. Airbnb's new logo, called "The Bélo," is a combination of a person's face, a place pin, and a heart.
  • Scientists restore normal blood sugar levels in diabetic mice (2014-07-16 13:21:35)
    Scientists have discovered a novel protein-based treatment that restores normal blood-sugar levels in diabetic mice for a period of seven days. The study, published in Nature today, reveals a possible new therapeutic pathway for people who suffer from type 2 diabetes. "We had no idea that this molecule would have this effect," says Michael Downes, a diabetes researcher at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California and a co-author of the study. "But it appears that the molecule restores insulin sensitivity in diabetic mice."
  • A look at Time Warner and Twenty-First Century Fox (2014-07-16 13:17:24)
    Combining Time Warner and Fox would result in one media and entertainment juggernaut, bringing together several TV networks, production companies and media properties. Time Warner Inc. said Wednesday that ...
  • The coolest new maps feature we’ve seen in a long time isn’t from Google or Apple (2014-07-16 13:14:23)
    The purpose of maps applications such as Google Maps or Apple Maps is to help users quickly find a point of interest and provide quick information, directions and navigating help to reach it. However, while maps apps always try to offer the quickest route to a destination, they don’t focus on also providing the most enjoyable experience possible, Wired reports. Researchers working in a Yahoo lab in Barcelona, including Daniele Quercia and Luca Maria Aiello from Yahoo!, and Rossano Schifanella from University of Torino, in Italy, have come up with a new maps concept that fixes this problem, allowing users to choose the most scenic route available. “When providing directions to a place, web and mobile mapping services are all able to suggest the
  • Apple to pay consumers up to $400 mn in e-books case (2014-07-16 13:12:17)
    Apple will pay up to $400 million to compensate consumers for illegal price-fixing conspiracy for electronic books, officials said Wednesday. The settlement would reimburse consumers in 33 states whose authorities sought damages for Apple's price-fixing, according to a statement from New York's attorney general. If Apple's federal conviction is overturned, no money will be paid. Apple will also make payments to the 33 states of $20 million to cover costs, fees, and civil penalties if its conviction is upheld.
  • Exploring Asia with T-Mobile's free global roaming (2014-07-16 13:00:00)
    On a mild fall day last October, I attended a free Shakira concert in New York City, along with thousands of screaming fans and T-Mobile customers. The occasion? T-Mobile's Un-carrier 3.0 event, where CEO John Legere announced a shockingly generous benefit for Simple Choice customers.
  • Check out this Nexus 8 concept with Google’s gorgeous Material Design (2014-07-16 12:53:46)
    Google has yet to unveil new Nexus hardware this year, but at least the company confirmed at I/O 2014 that it doesn’t plan to cancel its Nexus line of devices, as some reports suggested. Before the conference, Google code sightings revealed an unreleased HTC Volantis tablet. Furthermore, an image published by Google during the developers event may have possibly shown the HTC Nexus tablet that was detailed in previous reports. YouTube channel My Gadgetic has put together a quick concept video for an HTC Nexus 8 tablet running Android L. The device seems to be inspired by the tablet Google used in its Material Design images posted at the developers conference, featuring a slim design with square corners and stereo speakers
  • What happens to your online accounts when you die? (2014-07-16 12:48:13)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — When you die, should your loved ones have access to your Facebook, Gmail and other online accounts?
  • Apple to pay $450 million in ebooks antitrust suit with US states (2014-07-16 12:42:45)
    Apple will pay $450 million as part of the US state lawsuit against it claiming the company conspired to raise the price of ebooks to consumers. Pending an appeal effort from Apple, $400 million of that could be going back to consumers, which would add to an earlier $166 million book publishers agreed to pay out as part of an earlier settlement. "This settlement proves that even the biggest, most powerful companies in the world must play by the same rules as everyone else," New York Attorney General Schneiderman said in a statement. "In a major victory, our settlement has the potential to result in Apple paying hundreds of millions of dollars to consumers to compensate them for paying unlawfully inflated E-book prices.
  • Senate passes phone unlocking bill (2014-07-16 12:40:59)
    The Senate has passed a bill legalizing phone unlocking, following a favorable House vote on a companion bill this spring. The Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, brought by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), reinstates a rule allowing consumers to "unlock" their cellphones for use on a different network, whether on their own or using a professional unlocking service. The passage comes over a year after President Barack Obama came out in support of the policy, and about six months after phone companies agreed to adopt clear unlocking practices in the absence of a law. Though carriers can choose to remove this restriction after the buyer's contract is up, consumers who want to unlock their own phones operate on shaky legal ground.
  • Samsung moves into Beats territory with US launch of $350 headphones (2014-07-16 12:35:39)
    Apple and Samsung are already bitter enemies in the smartphone world, and headphones may be their next battleground. Samsung has just launched its "Level" family of high-end audio products in the United States. The lineup, first introduced in April, is led by Level Over, a $349.99 pair of over-ear Bluetooth headphones with active noise cancellation, NFC pairing, and what Samsung claims is "powerful, clear, sharp sound." They can also be plugged in thanks to a detachable audio cable (with microphone and remote controls for your smartphone). Samsung targets big audio spenders
  • Former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega is suing Activision for putting him in Call of Duty (2014-07-16 12:34:00)
    The studios behind the Call of Duty series may have garnered some extra sales by putting real people into their over-the-top shooters, but it looks like that strategy could land them in court. Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega has ...
  • Apple agrees to pay $450 million to settle price-fixing suit (2014-07-16 12:32:58)
    Apple on Wednesday agreed to a $450 million settlement to settle claims that the tech giant conspired with five book publishers in an effort to fix eBook prices. Reuters reports that the settlement would provide $400 million to consumers, but is conditioned on the outcome of an ongoing trial in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. “A ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York reversing the liability finding could under the settlement either reduce the amount Apple pays to $70 million, with $50 million for consumers, or eliminate payments altogether,” Reuters’ Nate Raymond, Alison Frankel and Jonathan Stempel reported.
  • Here’s the best way to make Gmail as awesome as you remember it (2014-07-16 12:21:37)
    When Gmail was first launched, it was the best thing to happen to email in just about forever. Over the years, though, Google started tinkering with it to the point where it became less and less like the clean, distraction-free interface that we all fell in love with a decade ago. Thankfully for us, the team at Old Compose have just completely rebuilt their Chrome and Firefox extensions to give you the best way yet to make Gmail just as awesome as you remember it by bringing back the big compose window that Google unceremoniously dumped last year. While there are several other extensions that bring back the big compose window, the team at Old Compose have been working tirelessly over
  • Apple agrees to conditional $450 million e-books antitrust accord (2014-07-16 12:09:44)
    (Reuters) - Apple Inc has agreed to pay $450 million to resolve U.S. state and consumer claims the iPad manufacturer conspired with five major publishers to fix e-book prices, according to court records filed Wednesday. A ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York reversing the liability finding could under the settlement either reduce the amount Apple pays to $70 million, with $50 million for consumers, or eliminate payments altogether.
  • Amazon testing Netflix-style subscription service for e-books (2014-07-16 12:06:00)
    Ever heard of Kindle Unlimited? Us either, at least not until now. Originally spotted by kboards, a forum site that welcomes Kindle chatter, this previously unknown service appears to be an upcoming all-you-can-read subscription service from Amazon.
  • Guy who said BlackBerry would fold in 2013 says BlackBerry will fold in 2015 (2014-07-16 12:00:25)
    Back in 2012, 24/7 Wall St.’s Douglass McIntyre wrote that in the following year, BlackBerry would fold. The prediction that BlackBerry was on its way out wasn’t terribly bold — BGR had already been reporting on the various signs that trouble was brewing in Waterloo for several years — but the time frame seemed a bit overzealous. As expected, that prediction didn’t end up panning out. Now, BlackBerry is considered by several industry watchers to be back on the right path. Even after a rough morning session following news of Apple’s IBM tie up, BlackBerry shares are up about 40% so far in 2014. But despite the positive sentiment and upward trend, McIntyre is back again with a new prediction: BlackBerry will
  • California will fine you $500 per day for using too much water (2014-07-16 11:58:53)
    California is in a serious drought, one that's cost thousands of farming jobs and billions of dollars to fight, and will likely continue through 2015, even if El Niño brings some relief. In a move to curb unnecessary use, the state approved major regulations Tuesday that will let law enforcement and government water agencies hand out $500-a-day fines for offenses that waste water, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Water agencies can now be fined $10,000 a day Residents can now be cited for using drinkable water to wash a sidewalk or driveway, for excessively watering lawns, and for washing a car without a shutoff nozzle.
  • Weird Al rants about the Illuminati in parody of Lorde's 'Royals' (2014-07-16 11:49:48)
    Weird Al is getting a bit weirder for day three in the eight days of music video releases to promote his new album, Mandatory Fun. This third parody is of Lorde's breakout single "Royals," which Al twists into a strange infomercial for aluminum foil. The song, called "Foil," translates surprisingly well, but it's partway through that things start to get really odd. "Oh by the way I've cracked the code," Al sings. "I figured out these shadow organizations / and the Illuminati know / that they're finally primed for world domination. ...
  • New site exposes the web pages people hide from Google (2014-07-16 11:41:47)
    Following a ruling recently made by the European Court of Justice, Google was forced to create a system whereby European citizens can instruct Google to remove specific web pages from its search index. This means that when people search certain terms that would have previously returned a particular web page among the results, that page is no longer served by Google. The new “right to be forgotten” rule has been somewhat controversial, with many people calling it censorship. Now, one developer has taken matters into his own hands and created a website with the sole purpose of exposing search terms and web pages that have been hidden from Google. Appropriately dubbed “Hidden from Google,” the website’s sole purpose is to list
  • Superman Is Internet's Most Dangerous Superhero (2014-07-16 11:39:50)
    Superheroes are supposed to stand up for truth and justice, but sometimes, villains manipulate these good-natured souls into doing their dirty work. Such is the case in real life, as well: malefactors who want to infect computers use Superman's good name (as well as  others) to scam people into visiting compromised sites and downloading dangerous software. The information comes from Santa Clara, California-based security company McAfee, which released its "Most Toxic Superhero 2014" list on Jul. 15.
  • BlackBerry announces virtual assistant to take on Siri and Cortana (2014-07-16 11:38:00)
    Apple has Siri, Microsoft has Cortana, Google's got Now voice search and BlackBerry... doesn't have a virtual assistant of any kind. This morning, however, the Canadian smartphone maker confirmed that it has one in the works and will be showing up on the company's next major release. Known aptly as BlackBerry Assistant, the new program is a part of OS 10.3 and will be available on the upcoming Passport phone.
  • Here’s everything The Last of Us Remastered is bringing to the PS4 (2014-07-16 11:22:57)
    A remastered version of one of the most esteemed games of the last generation, The Last of Us, is coming to the PS4 in two weeks. I haven’t done any extensive research on the matter, but I think this might be the shortest turnaround on a upscaled, triple-A rerelease in the history of console gaming, which immediately had me concerned as to the quality of the final product. After seeing the game in action on Tuesday, I’m happy to report that Naughty Dog is giving fans of the game and newcomers alike a whole lot to look forward to. The visuals stood out more than anything else. I was shown a side-by-side comparison of both the original PS3 game and
  • Intel shares hit decade high on strong revenue forecast (2014-07-16 11:21:46)
    (Reuters) - Intel Corp's shares rose as much as 7 percent to a decade-high, after the world's largest chipmaker forecast quarterly revenue above analysts' estimates on demand from companies looking to replace old PCs. The broker actions came after Intel forecast on Tuesday third-quarter revenue above the average analyst estimate. Chief Financial Officer Stacy Smith told Reuters that PC sales had stabilized, easing fears about the four-year decline in computer sales as consumers turn increasingly to tablets and smartphones. Intel also raised its share buyback program by $20 billion.
  • Bill ensures emails, photos won't die with you (2014-07-16 11:17:59)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — When you die, should your loved ones have access to your Facebook, Yahoo and other online accounts?
  • The scuba diver social network that could save your life (2014-07-16 11:09:07)
    For divers swimming hundreds of feet beneath the ocean's surface, communication is a notorious challenge. Electromagnetic waves, used in surface communication networks almost exclusively, fade out over long ranges in salt water, meaning that sound waves need to be used for data transmission instead. The company has developed a new approach to underwater communication: allowing divers to create ultrasonic, subaquatic networks that passively share information like their location and air supply status. "It allows you to be more alert about what's happening around you," explains Anders Brodin, the company's founder and managing director, in an interview with The Verge.
  • Ouch: Eight-month-old iPhone 5s outsold the Galaxy S5 in its first full month of sales (2014-07-16 11:03:53)
    As Samsung’s recent second-quarter earnings pre-announcement made clear, the company’s smartphone business is facing some trouble right now. At the low end, Samsung is getting squeezed by several aggressive budget vendors selling dirt cheap phones in emerging markets. At the top, Samsung is still facing intense competition from Apple and its insanely popular iPhone lineup. In fact, demand for Apple’s flagship iPhone 5s is still so huge that sales of Samsung’s latest hero phone, the Galaxy S5, couldn’t even top iPhone 5s sales in the Galaxy phone’s first full month on store shelves. Market research firm Counterpoint surveyed 35 markets accounting for 90% of global iPhone 5s and Galaxy S5 sales, and its findings are somewhat staggering. According to the
  • The Engadget Buyer's Guide is back and better than ever! (2014-07-16 11:00:00)
    If you've been reading Engadget regularly, you know we've been offering buying advice for quite some time now. And if we do say so ourselves, we're pretty good at it. Still, it was high time we shook things up a bit.
  • Murdoch's Fox bid for Time Warner is rejected (2014-07-16 10:59:21)
    Time Warner has rejected a takeover bid worth about $76 billion from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox and said it has no interest in further discussions about a combination of two of the world's largest media and entertainment companies.
  • Engadget giveaway: win a G3 smartphone courtesy of LG! (2014-07-16 10:59:00)
    As the classic refrain goes, three is a magic number -- and that certainly sums up LG's latest smartphone, the G3. It's fronted by an extra-sharp, 5.5-inch quad HD (2,560 x 1,440) display and wrapped in a smooth metal exterior. The G3's rear button controls offer a distinct twist on the smartphone interface, and you'll find both a very quick, laser-focused 13-megapixel camera as well as enough battery power to get you through the day.
  • BlackBerry's next major smartphone will have a Siri-like virtual assistant (2014-07-16 10:59:00)
    Apple's iOS has Siri, Google's Android has Google Now, Microsoft's Windows Phone has Cortana, and soon, BlackBerry will have BlackBerry Assistant. The Canadian smartphone maker today revealed details about the new voice-controlled virtual assistant that will be available on the forth-coming Passport smartphone, expected to arrive this fall. BlackBerry Assistant, which is apparently a part of the BlackBerry 10.3 operating system also coming with the Passport, offers many of the same functions found in the other platforms' virtual assistants.
  • Amazon is working on Kindle Unlimited, the ultimate subscription service for readers (2014-07-16 10:58:00)
    Amazon is planning to launch the ultimate subscription package for book lovers. As first reported by GigaOm, the company is apparently preparing a new offering called Kindle Unlimited, which will provide "unlimited access to over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks" for $9.99 each month. Amazon has yet to unveil Kindle Unlimited in any official capacity, but users spotted promotional banners for the unannounced service on the retailer's website. It seems you'll be able to access Kindle Unlimited content from "any" device that already supports Amazon's Kindle ecosystem. Currently that includes iOS, Android, OS X, Windows, Windows Phone, and obviously Kindle Fire hardware.
  • Netflix says 'no rules' would be better than FCC's net neutrality proposal (2014-07-16 10:54:19)
    Netflix filed a comment with the FCC yesterday strongly condemning the commission's new net neutrality proposal, which would allow internet service providers to offer so-called "fast lanes" to companies that can afford them. "No rules would be better than rules legalizing discrimination on the internet," Netflix writes in a lengthy reply to the FCC. Netflix argues that the new rules will turn the goal of an open internet "on its head," making the internet look more like the convoluted and stagnating cable TV landscape than the innovative and quickly developing platform that we've come to see the internet as. Allowing internet fast lanes, Netflix argues, would let service providers choose which websites, companies, and apps succeed online, rather than allowing consumers to choose as they do now.
  • Apple’s enterprise deal with IBM: The dawn of a new era at Apple? (2014-07-16 10:44:22)
    At the conclusion of this year’s WWDC, I remarked that the Apple of 2014 was starkly different from the Apple which had showed itself at events in prior years. For the first time, Apple had let its guard down with iOS, inviting developers to build third-party keyboards, invade the Notification Center drop-down screen, and talk openly about the changes in iOS 8. Refreshing doesn’t even begin to describe it. But, as they say, actions speak a lot louder than words on a Keynote slide. This week’s blockbuster deal between one of the most influential outfits in consumer electronics (Apple) and an absolute behemoth in the enterprise space (IBM) speaks volumes about the former’s willingness to look beyond Cupertino for solutions.
  • Generating power from heat will soon be dirt cheap (2014-07-16 10:44:00)
    Thermoelectrics -- which use wasted heat to generate electricity -- could get a lot more interesting thanks to a company called Alphabet Energy. It's set to commercialize tetrahedrite, a metal that more than doubles the efficiency of current tech for as little as a fiftieth the cost. Thermoelectric materials work because they can do a rare trick: transfer heat poorly while conducting electricity well.
  • Largest four-winged dinosaur discovered in China (2014-07-16 10:42:58)
    At some point in the age of the dinosaurs, evolution diverged, and we were left with the infamous velociraptor and the not-so-intimidating microraptor, a close descendent of modern birds. The latest addition to that group is Changyuraptor yangi (C. yangi for short), a newly discovered four-winged animal that weighed about nine pounds and measured 51 inches from snout to tail.
  • CDC left anthrax samples unlocked and used expired disinfectant, report says (2014-07-16 10:36:48)
    A USDA investigation has revealed more mistakes behind a June incident that saw over 75 Center for Disease Control staff exposed to live anthrax. A summary of the results, published today ahead of a House Energy and Commerce Committee meeting, elaborates on a similar report by the CDC, which found that one of its facilities failed to sterilize samples before sending them to a lower-security lab. In today's meeting, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will attempt to determine whether this and other security breaches were an established pattern at the CDC, and whether Congress or the USDA should take further action to make sure they don't happen again.
  • US Navy nurse refuses to force-feed Guantanamo prisoners (2014-07-16 10:26:02)
    A US Navy medical officer has refused to participate in forced feedings at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. Abu Wa'el Dhiab, who has been held at Guantanamo since 2002, recently revealed the act of rebellion while speaking to his attorney. Like many of his fellow detainees, Dhiab is currently part of a long-running hunger strike meant to draw attention to the indefinite detentions that are commonplace at the prison. They're also angry about President Obama's failure to close Guantanamo; "Once he saw with his own eyes that what he was told was contrary to what was actually taking place here, he decided he could not do it anymore." The Pentagon has confirmed the nurse's refusal to feed Guantanamo inmates against their will, though Washington isn't publicly identifying him.
  • 5 awesome paid iPhone apps you can get free for a limited time (2014-07-16 10:23:41)
    Tuesday brought news of six paid iPhone and iPad apps worth a total of $24 that were available for free for a limited time (in fact, some of them can still be downloaded for free if you move quickly). Now, we’re back with another five paid iOS apps for Wednesday that are free right now, and they’re worth a combined $26. 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 that they are free at
  • Carphone Warehouse could launch its own mobile network with Three's help (2014-07-16 10:20:00)
    Carphone Warehouse, like Phones 4u, is a retailer and reseller in one -- it's just as interested in flogging phones and tablets as it is setting you up with a mobile contract from any of the major UK carriers ...
  • IBM is Apple's simplest solution to selling more iPads (2014-07-16 10:14:09)
    Apple and IBM are now partners. Playing to their strengths, one will provide iPhones, iPads, and excellent customer support, while the other will help craft "made-for-business" apps and add device management, security, and analytics for enterprise clients. It’s an overt assault on BlackBerry’s last bastion of strength, the phone in every suit pocket, and should strike fear into the hearts of other mobile contenders like Samsung, Google, and Microsoft. Enterprise is notoriously complicated, whereas this move rectifies one of Apple's most enduring weaknesses in a straightforward way.
  • Google Street View cars have mapped methane gas leaks in big US cities (2014-07-16 10:13:00)
    Google's Street View cars aren't just useful for scouting out a locale in advance -- they might be saving the planet, too. The vehicles have just helped the Environmental Defense Fund publish methane gas leak maps for Boston, Indianapolis and New York City's Staten Island. The Google cars roamed around cities using sensors that could detect both the location and scale of one of the dangerous leaks, driving by at least twice to make sure the results weren't a fluke.
  • One of the most important iPhone 6 parts just leaked for the first time (2014-07-16 10:02:01)
    Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6 is going to be quite different from the company’s current iPhone models. For one thing, it will finally feature a larger display. For another, it will sport a huge redesign that is thinner than any iPhone before it, and the edges will be smooth and round instead of flat, like the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5. Some things won’t change on the iPhone 6, of course, and one of its most important parts that was called up from Apple’s previous flagship iPhone model has seemingly just leaked for the first time. FROM EARLIER: These gorgeous images could show us what Apple’s iPhone 6 actually looks like Japanese gadget blog on Wednesday published the first ever images of what
  • Old Rivals Apple and IBM Are Teaming Up (2014-07-16 09:54:55)
    Two former enemies are now working together: Apple and International Business Machines Corp, known more commonly as IBM, have joined forces to create business apps and sell iPhones, as well as iPads, to corporate customers.  For IBM, it will allow an expansion of its business software through popular mobile devices, which could help their overall revenue. Apple famously went after IBM with their iconic "1984" commercial, which remains one of the most famous commercials to this day: IBM is out of the personal computer business all together, as they sold to Lenovo Group in 2005.
  • Apple-IBM alliance dents BlackBerry's stock price (2014-07-16 09:42:54)
    BlackBerry Ltd's shares took a hit on Wednesday after International Business Machines Corp said it planned to partner with Apple Inc to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with applications geared to business users. The Apple-IBM tie up, beginning this fall, is set to target the customer base that BlackBerry is attempting to woo as part of a turnaround under new Chief Executive Officer John Chen. "It is not a crushing blow at this early stage, but ‎it is a negative for BlackBerry," said IDC analyst John Jackson. "There can be little question that it is unwelcome, if not entirely unexpected news." BlackBerry's stock has been on a tear this year.
  • Apple scheduled to release iOS 8 beta 4 Monday July 21st (2014-07-16 09:41:00)
    One of our Apple sources has let us know that the company is currently planning on making iOS 8 beta 4 available to developers and testing partners on Monday, July 21st. This would be a two-week gap between iOS 8 beta 3 and beta 4, differing from the three-week gap from beta 2 to beta 3. We have also been able to get a glimpse at the iOS 8 beta release calendar and we will continue to share iOS 8 beta release dates with you as we get closer to them. While Apple’s iOS betas are only meant for developers to use on test devices, many people run the software on their personal iPhones and iPads, and with each new
  • NASA's new telescopes could spot alien life within 20 years (2014-07-16 09:41:00)
    Convinced that there's got to be life on other planets? You're not alone in the universe -- in fact, many NASA scientists agree with you. And a panel convened recently by the space agency (see the video below) believes that could happen soon, too -- perhaps "in twenty years" -- thanks to incoming telescope technology.
  • 'The Nightmare Cooperative' is a brutal intro to gaming's toughest genre (2014-07-16 09:36:02)
    The term "roguelike" descends from the 1980 dungeon crawler Rogue and its predecessors like Nethack, and the genre is generally built around three core ideas: turn-based movement, procedurally generated worlds, and permanent death that forces you to start over from the beginning. If you need a game that can ease you into the genre, though, The Nightmare Cooperative is a great place to start. Built by Lucky Frame — the Scottish studio behind titles like Wave Trip and Gentlemen — The Nightmare Cooperative has you venturing deeper and deeper into a monster-filled dungeon in search of gold to bring back to your struggling village.
  • The FBI is worried driverless cars will be used as bombs (2014-07-16 09:29:56)
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation doesn't think so. Criminals could use driverless cars to evade law enforcement, shoot cops from the back of the vehicle, and "conduct tasks that require use of both hands or taking one’s eyes off the road which would be impossible today," according to an internal report obtained by The Guardian. Another fear is that criminals will pack a driverless car with explosives and program it to drive itself into a target. The report was written for the Strategic Issues Group within the FBI’s Directorate of Intelligence.
  • BlackBerry at long last unveils its answer to Siri and Cortana (2014-07-16 09:20:10)
    BlackBerry is a bit late to the party when it comes to unveiling its own voice-enabled personal assistant. Even so, the company nonetheless took the wraps off its new BlackBerry Assistant feature on Wednesday that will give BlackBerry 10 users the same voice-enabled functionality that iOS users have long enjoyed with Siri and that Android users have long enjoyed with Google Now. All the same, this is a welcome development for BlackBerry users, particularly since having a voice-enabled personal assistant really seems to be in BlackBerry’s wheelhouse when it comes to developing productivity software. The feature will run on devices that run on BlackBerry 10.3 and will help you “manage simple tasks” on your device such as searching through your email and
  • Get £80 off Amazon's 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX for today only (2014-07-16 09:12:00)
    If you've been thinking about picking up an Amazon tablet, the internet retailer could well force your hand with its latest deal. For today only, the company will sell you the 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX at an £80 discount, meaning you'll be able to grab the 32GB model for just £149 or the 64GB model for £179. Surprisingly, the low-cost 16GB model isn't included, nor is the 8.9-inch version of the tablet.
  • Samsung is about to buy the future (2014-07-16 09:05:11)
    Samsung is known to dabble in any and every area it possibly can in an effort to find the next big thing. But the company’s actual “next big thing” may have been born outside of Samsung’s walls. According to a report from Techcrunch, Samsung is currently in talks to acquire smart home startup SmartThings for somewhere in the neighborhood of $200 million. That may sound like a lot for a company that began on Kickstarter not long ago, but it’s a bargain for the company SmartThings has become. “Smart home” and “Internet of Things” technologies are not new, but they’re still in their infancy and SmartThings has created a solution that makes these technologies incredibly accessible. The company provides a hub as
  • Jawbone adds food-tracking to its wristbands (2014-07-16 09:02:48)
    By Christina Farr SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Jawbone, maker of wireless headsets and wristbands, is pushing a new food-tracking service it hopes will catch on with health-conscious weight-watchers. Jawbone Up users can now log food, water and assess the healthiness of foods, spokesman Andrew Rosenthal said. Those with a specific health and fitness goal in mind can use the app to track their progress.
  • Jawbone's new Up app makes healthy eating a whole lot easier (2014-07-16 09:00:08)
    Jawbone's Up bracelet has become perhaps the industry's most versatile fitness tracker, thanks to powerful sleep and activity monitoring. For its next act, Jawbone is turning its focus to weight loss — more specifically, to food. So Jawbone is releasing an update to its app, Up 3.2, which aims to make it easy to track what you eat — and to eat a little better as well. First, there's a revamp in food logging itself, previously a tediously manual search-driven process that Jawbone's Travis Bogard tells me led too many Up users to simply give up trying at all.
  • Jawbone takes on Weight Watchers with its latest app update (2014-07-16 09:00:00)
    There are things fitness trackers are generally pretty good at. You know, like counting your steps, measuring how many calories you burned. And then there are things fitness trackers are generally bad at.
  • Imprisoned former dictator Manuel Noriega sues Activision over 'Call of Duty' character (2014-07-16 08:55:31)
    Former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega, 80, filed a lawsuit in California yesterday against video game publisher Activision Blizzard Inc., alleging that Call of Duty: Black Ops II portrays him as "a kidnapper, murderer and enemy of the state." In the game, a character that looks like the real Manuel Noriega and is also named Manuel Noriega assists the CIA but then betrays them. Noriega is seeking damages and lost profits, as he claims the use of his character enhanced the game and boosted sales. Lindsay Lohan is suing Rockstar Games over a character in Grand Theft Auto V, Gwen Stefani sued Activision over a character in Band Hero, and Electronic Arts had to pay $40 million to US college and football players whose likenesses were used in games.
  • Fox tried to buy Time Warner -- and HBO -- for $80 billion (2014-07-16 08:46:00)
    Could Fox News and CNN have the same owner? No, but close. 21 Century Fox has confirmed reports (first published by the New York Times) that it made an $80 billion bid for fellow media conglomerate Time Warner -- and was turned down, for now. Curiously, this comes just as Comcast is trying to swallow Time Warner Cable, but those two similarly-named companies are no longer directly connected.
  • Microsoft reportedly has a worthy iWatch rival in the works (2014-07-16 08:30:37)
    Apple is widely expected to redefine the smartwatch business with its iWatch, a companion device said to include various sensors capable of measuring many health parameters and record fitness data. But Apple is not the only one working on exciting new wearable gadgets. The International Business Times has learned from a Microsoft source that the unnamed smartwatch the Windows maker is working on will also offer some advanced sensors, and it will come with cross-platform support. The device is expected to be a “sensor-laden” smartwatch, and pack a blood-glucose monitor and UV sensor. Various unconfirmed reports have also claimed that the iWatch will offer blood-glucose reading support as well as an UV sensor. Other features for the Microsoft smartwatch have not
  • UK police begin trialling the world's fastest face recognition tech (2014-07-16 08:13:00)
    With more than six million CCTV cameras in operation, Britain is the most watched country in the world. London's police officers are trialling body-worn cameras to help bring about "speedier justice," but only now are other forces beginning to find efficient ways to process that surveillance. Leicestershire Police today confirmed it has become the first force in the UK to test NEC's NeoFace face recognition software, which it hopes will "transform the way criminals are tracked down."
  • Help this programmer bring Prodigy back to life (2014-07-16 08:08:31)
    Jim Carpenter is a computational necromancer. Over at The Atlantic, Ben Edwards writes about how the 38-year-old programmer resurrected a piece of the now-defunct Prodigy using a programming language called Python and a cache file laden with data. The article also explores the history of the '90s online service and the "Rube Goldbergian" complexity of its architecture. More importantly, it looks at Carpenter's attempts at bringing Prodigy back in its entirety, a task he is seeking assistance on.
  • UN: Nations hide rise in private digital snooping (2014-07-16 07:52:28)
    GENEVA (AP) — Governments on every continent are hiding an increasing reliance on private companies to snoop on citizens' digital lives, the U.N. human rights office said Wednesday.
  • Obama announces plan to protect power supplies from climate change-related disasters (2014-07-16 07:51:02)
    The White House today will announce a package of federal projects to protect coastal areas and rural power supplies from climate change-related disasters. The plans are based on recommendations made by a 26-person climate change task force that President Barack Obama established in November under an executive order. Under one initiative, the Department of Agriculture will dedicate $236.3 million to strengthening electricity delivery systems in rural areas across eight states, following warnings that severe weather and drought will put extra strain on power companies. An additional $13.1 million will go toward gathering three dimensional mapping data, which will help states craft emergency responses to floods and erosion, while $10 million will be used to help Native American tribes adapt to climate change.
  • Time Warner rejects $80 billion takeover by a 'determined' Rupert Murdoch (2014-07-16 07:44:42)
    Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox has reportedly made an $80 billion bid for Time Warner. Fox News and CNN are direct competitors, and a sale could potentially avoid antitrust concerns. Fox would control the output of the Warner Bros. production and distribution business for TV shows and movies, the Turner TV portfolio (which includes NBA and MLB broadcast rights), and HBO. Given the public exposure of the takeover bids, Time Warner could now face pressure from shareholders to take any future offers very seriously.
  • Second half of Samsung’s Galaxy 11 ad is just as bad as the first (2014-07-16 07:40:27)
    Samsung has finally released the second half of the last #Galaxy11 soccer-focused ad campaign, more than a month after showing the first half between a fine selection of soccer stars – most of whom you may have already seen playing at the recently ended World Cup in Brazil – and a race of aliens who happen to love soccer so much that they’re ready to fight battles with other races (us, specifically) on the soccer playing field. However, the ad showing the second half of the game is just as terrible as the first one. It’s not clear why Samsung waited so long to release the ad – maybe it wanted the World Cup to be over – but the new
  • Exclusive - Red flags: Alibaba's Ma and Ma's private equity firm (2014-07-16 07:32:23)
    By Stephen Aldred and Matthew Miller HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - When a fast-growing private equity firm co-founded by Jack Ma sought funding from institutional investors for the first time in early 2013, almost all had one major concern, its chairman said: was the firm independent from Ma, the influential executive chairman of Alibaba Group Holding, China's e-commerce giant. The investors were worried that Yunfeng Capital might not put their interests first, said David Yu, a long-time friend and business associate of Ma, speaking to Reuters in a rare interview at his Hong Kong office on July 3. Yu said the independence of Yunfeng from Ma was "the number one concern institutional investors had".
  • Honda's upgraded ASIMO robot is faster and smarter but still won't scare Sarah Connor (2014-07-16 07:22:00)
    Honda's been working on its ASIMO robot for the better part of two decades, but only now is it finally beginning to look like a useful project. The latest version of the droid, similar to the one we saw ...
  • Hailo's Uber-like private car service launches in London (2014-07-16 07:16:00)
    Hailo's long been a friend to London's black cabbies, giving drivers another way to find punters through its mobile app. With competition from upstart Uber already rubbing black cab drivers up the wrong way, they went as far as ...
  • New York luster may lure Japan messaging app Line's IPO away from Tokyo (2014-07-16 07:11:11)
    By Emi Emoto and Sophie Knight TOKYO/SEOUL (Reuters) - Tokyo may struggle to get a piece of a listing that could value Japan's social messaging service Line Corp at up to $20 billion, with bankers saying New York is a more likely venue as a base for global expansion to build on explosive growth at home. Line's parent company, Naver Corp of South Korea, said on Wednesday that Line had kicked off its listing process with a first application for an initial public offering in Tokyo. Line is keen to capture a global audience amid a land grab among messaging apps, with WhatsApp bought by Facebook Inc in February for $19 billion and Viber snapped up by Japanese online retailer Rakuten Inc. "It makes sense to list only in New York. They are a global company and get 85 percent of their business outside of Japan," said one source at a foreign bank in Tokyo familiar with the company's strategy.
  • Ultra affordable Android One smartphones take India by storm this October (2014-07-16 06:50:27)
    In addition to Android L and Material Design, Google at I/O 2014 unveiled Android One, an Android reference platform meant to bring affordable smartphones to certain markets, and help Google bring more people online. Indian publication The Economic Times has learned the company plans to launch Android One smartphones this October in the country, with devices supposed to sell for $100 a pop. Google and local partners will spend more than 100 crore rupees on Android One advertising and marketing – or over 1 billion rupees, which amounts to over $16.5 million – with Google’s Sundar Pichai supposed to visit India in October, to launch the first Android One handsets. Five companies will be making Android One smartphones including Micromax, Karbonn,
  • Samsung will fight for talent from this trendy NYC base (2014-07-16 06:43:18)
    New York's Meatpacking District will soon be the home to a major new Samsung's office in the city. Morris Adjmi's new office block at 837 Washington St. was reportedly the subject of a bidding war between Facebook, Google, Samsung, and Ferrari, but the Korean technology giant won out. The striking building, which plonks a twisted frame atop a historic two-story industrial block, will act as a statement of intent for Samsung. The building will host various marketing teams and also act as a hub to attract and serve local enterprises and institutions to Samsung products.
  • The Big Picture: Boeing 787-9 performs extreme maneuvers at Farnborough (2014-07-16 06:23:00)
    Boeing's original Dreamliner may be old news by now, but a longer variant -- the 787-9 -- is about to enter passenger service with Air New Zealand. That extended aircraft is also on display for would-be airline customers this week at the Farnborough Airshow, just south of London. With a very light load on board, Boeing's able to show off its latest plane with some extreme maneuvers, including steep takeoffs and high-bank turns just feet off the ground.
  • Rob Schneider won't make fans Kickstart his mockumentary (2014-07-16 05:39:03)
    Deuce Bigalow's Rob Schneider is making an eight-episode television show described as "an exaggerated version of his real life" even though it hasn't been pitched to network executives yet. Schneider also rejected the idea of Kickstarter which celebrities like Zach Braff have used to fund personal projects. Co-created by Schneider and his wife, Real Rob is being filmed mockumentary-style with a single camera, and will see the actor and his partner playing themselves. Most of the hour-long episodes are being shot either around Los Angeles or at Full Sail University, Florida.
  • Google now tells you how much your Bitcoin is worth (2014-07-16 05:12:00)
    Let's assume that you've just spent more than $200,000 on some of Russ Ulbricht's Bitcoin fortune -- but what do you do with it now? If it were us, we'd sit on our couch, constantly referencing Coindesk to find out how much our stash had gained (or lost) across the day. If, however, you'd prefer to source your information via search engine, then Google's now offering live currency conversions for the cryptocurrency.
  • Samsung battles on two fronts as Apple readies iPhone 6 (2014-07-16 05:07:56)
    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is losing smartphone ground not only to cheaper Chinese rivals but also at the high end to Apple Inc , a survey showed, in an ominous sign for the South Korean giant as Apple readies to launch its next-generation iPhone 6. Samsung last week gave second-quarter earnings guidance that was far weaker than expectations and is on track for its worst quarterly profit in two years, a performance the company attributed in part to price competition and higher inventory levels in China. Research firm Counterpoint's survey of 35 markets accounting for nearly 90 percent of global sales found that sales for the eight-month-old iPhone 5s stood at 7 million in May, compared with about 5 million for Samsung's flagship Galaxy S5, which was in just its second full month of sales after a late March release. Counterpoint said that the Galaxy S5 appeared to be doing worse than the Galaxy S4 had done in its early launch against the iPhone 5, with each selling about 7 million units a month.
  • New social network gives a penny for your thoughts (2014-07-16 04:28:18)
    A new social network says its goal is sharing among its users -- including some of the profits. Bubblews, which is launching a new platform Wednesday, aims to bring together people by giving a small slice of ad revenues to users for each time they post or share. Founders Arvind Dixit and Jason Zuccari say will deliver advertising related to the content posted on the site -- but contend that they are up front about this business model. "We're a business so we will have to monetize this, but we are willing to compensate you for your social interactions," Dixit told AFP.
  • Samsung may turn to Under Armour to rival Apple's relationship with Nike (2014-07-16 04:25:00)
    In a bid to expand wearable sales, Samsung is reportedly entertaining the idea of teaming up with US sports apparel maker Under Armour. According to Yonhap News, Lee Jae Yong, the son of chairman Lee Kun Hee and heir apparent of Samsung Electronics, met with Under Armour CEO Kelvin Plank earlier this month, reportedly to discuss ways to counter the burgeoning collaboration between Apple and Nike.
  • The best iPad stylus is now for sale in Europe (2014-07-16 04:00:02)
    Paper's creator FiftyThree is bringing its Bluetooth stylus for iPads to Europe. As of today, customers can order Pencil from Amazon in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. The product is available in two models: the £49.99 (about $85) aluminum-bodied Graphite and the £64.99 (about $111) Walnut, which uses the eponymous hardwood.
  • FiftyThree's Pencil iPad stylus arrives in the UK (2014-07-16 04:00:00)
    Are you a Briton who's been itching to try out Pencil, FiftyThree's Bluetooth-connected iPad stylus? Until now, the only way to get hold of the device would be to order it from the US and bracing yourself for the inevitable barrage of paperwork and annoyance from customs. Thankfully, the company has decided to end our suffering, and is commencing sales of the device to the UK, Germany and France from today.
  • Minuum's Android Wear keyboard makes smartwatch typing a fidgety reality (2014-07-16 03:06:00)
    If you thought talking to your smartwatch was awkward, how about a tiny keyboard? Minuum's single-line keyboard app (which even made it to Google Glass) is coming to Android Wear -- and the beta sign-up sheet's right here.
  • You can now inhale shots like air for just $700 (2014-07-16 02:22:00)
    Drinking is great, but there are so many drawbacks -- the calories, the glass that's cramping your dancing style, the half-hour wait for the buzz. Fortunately, Vapshot can solve all those issues (apart from the alcoholism) with its Vapshot mini machine by letting you inhale your liquor at home instead of drinking it (see the video below). You can grab one in white for $700 or stainless steel for $899, and extra bottles are $9 each.
  • Almost 40 Windows Phone games get updates to work with newer devices (2014-07-16 01:55:00)
    Microsoft made a big fuss over Windows Phone's gaming abilities right from the start, but it's hard to appreciate that if you're a newcomer; many classic titles never made the leap to Windows Phone 8, or were never tuned ...
  • 'Take your clothes off, be like me!' says wise-cracking robot (2014-07-16 01:51:31)
    Tokyo (AFP) - A wise-cracking humanoid robot called Pepper, whose makers claim can read people's emotions, was unveiled in Tokyo last month.
  • Microsoft plans to cut 1,000 jobs in Finland: newspaper (2014-07-16 01:12:22)
    Microsoft Corp is planning to cut 1,000 jobs in Finland from its mobile phone unit, a Finnish daily said on Wednesday, quoting anonymous sources. Some 25,000 Nokia workers moved this spring to Microsoft with the cellphone unit acquisition, 4,700 of them in Finland. Globally, Microsoft now has 127,000 employees, far more than rivals Apple and Google. Wall Street is expecting Chief Executive Satya Nadella to make some cuts, which would represent Microsoft's first major layoffs since 2009.
  • The Wii U tears itself apart so you don't have to (2014-07-16 01:10:00)
    YouTuber Vsauce3 is at it again, and this time he's tearing down Nintendo's latest console via the always neat-looking stop-motion animation. The Wii U's hardware specs are pretty well known by this point, but what this video does is gives some context to the silicon. The console's 2GB of RAM is much less impressive compared to both the PlayStation 4's and the Xbox One's 8GB, but that's 23 times the amount of memory that was packed into the original Wii.
  • Gowex conquerer Gotham City shrouded in mystery (2014-07-16 00:23:00)
    "They often get a bad reputation as people who spread negative news," said James Angel, professor of finance at Georgetown University. Angel and other market watchers regard Gotham City's rhetoric on the heroism of short selling as fanciful.
  • TechCrunch: Samsung eyeing home automation startup SmartThings (2014-07-16 00:18:00)
    We know that Samsung isn't one to let any potential market segment pass it by, and according to TechCrunch, it's considering an acquisition that would put it in play in the suddenly expanding home automation business. The target? SmartThings, which would follow a recent theme of former Kickstarter projects being acquired by behemoths, and pump up Samsung's Smart Home efforts to match Google/Nest and Apple/Homekit.
  • Naver says Line messenger app mulls IPO (2014-07-15 23:56:36)
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Naver Corp. says its subsidiary Line Corp. that operates a popular mobile messaging app is considering listing its shares in Tokyo or New York.
  • Japanese androids take us closer to 'Blade Runner' future (2014-07-15 23:52:45)
    A future in which it is difficult to tell man and machine apart could soon become reality, scientists say, after recent robotic breakthroughs in Japan. "Already computers have surpassed human ability," leading Japanese roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro told AFP. The head is very fragile -- it goes as carry-on baggage." Robots already perform a wide variety of tasks in Japan: they cook noodles, help patients undergo physiotherapy and have been used in the clean-up after the 2011 nuclear meltdown at Fukushima.
  • Naver says Line messenger app files for Tokyo IPO (2014-07-15 23:34:11)
    South Korea's Naver Corp said on Wednesday its Japan-based messaging application subsidiary Line Corp has applied for an IPO in Tokyo - an offering that could value the company at more than $10 billion. Naver, in a regulatory filing, stressed that its plans were preliminary. It said it is considering a dual listing in Japan and the United States. "It has not been decided whether LINE will eventually go public, which exchange it will be listed on and when it will be listed," Naver said in its filing.
  • DARPA picks the first companies that will work on its unmanned spaceplane (2014-07-15 23:27:00)
    Slowly but surely, DARPA's XS-1 Experimental Spaceplane is becoming more than a bundle of nice ideas. The agency has just chosen the companies that will square off in the first phase of the unmanned craft's design program, most of which are recognizable names in the space business. Boeing is partnering with Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin on one version of the ship; Masten Space Systems is teaming up with XCOR on another, and Northrop Grumman is cooperating with Virgin Galactic.
  • You might soon be able to test out hot new Xbox One and PS4 games before they release (2014-07-15 22:30:55)
    When Minecraft first went on sale, it wasn’t finished yet. In fact, it’s still not finished, but when the first Minecraft alpha release hit the Internet, a light went off. Five years later, early access games have become an indelible part of the PC gaming ecosystem, perhaps most notably with DayZ and Rust, and now console makers are looking for a way to bring unfinished games to the living room as well. Speaking with Gamasutra, PlayStation VP of Publisher and Developer Relations Adam Boyes says that putting a game out on the PS4 before it’s ready for a full release is “one of the massive conversations we have internally” —  at what point is a game ready to see the light
  • Engadget Daily: Ascend P7 review, FCC extends net neutrality comment deadline and more! (2014-07-15 22:10:00)
    Today, we review the Huawei Ascend P7, take a look at an external E Ink display for your phone, dive into the world of wearable apps designed to ease the burden of flying and learn how Gamestop made millions by selling digital add-ons. Read on for Engadget's news highlights from the last 24 hours.
  • Yahoo's long goodbye with Alibaba takes heat off Mayer (2014-07-15 21:54:45)
    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc cannot seem to part ways with Alibaba. Yahoo said on Tuesday that it would keep a bigger-than-expected chunk of its stake in Alibaba when the Chinese e-commerce company goes public later this year. "It remains a very large fig leaf," Pivotal Research Group analyst Brian Wieser said of Yahoo's Alibaba stake, which he said "obscures" Yahoo's weak results.
  • These are the absurd names British intelligence spies have to remember to spy on you (2014-07-15 21:45:21)
    In case you didn’t know it by now, spy agencies are really good – and hopefully effective – at spying on people, including both actual valid targets as well as unsuspecting citizens who aren’t plotting anything bigger than a trip to an exotic country. To further demonstrate the power of one such agency – NSA’s close buddy, the British GCHQ, in this case – The Intercept has published a new Snowden leak, which reveals such ambitious mass spying plans, as well as their silly names. “The secretive British spy agency GCHQ has developed covert tools to seed the internet with false information, including the ability to manipulate the results of online polls, artificially inflate pageview counts on web sites, “amplif[y]” sanctioned messages on YouTube, and
  • Sling Media unveils 2 devices for out-of-home TV (2014-07-15 21:37:59)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Sling Media, the maker of devices that let people watch their cable channels while traveling, is trying to become more relevant in the living room.
  • The Big Picture: The Philippine government's big EV initiative (2014-07-15 21:37:00)
    Manny Tangco (far right) owns Manila's Malabon Zoo. Above he poses with "Pacquiao" the orangutan, an albino python and former beauty queen Gionna Cabrera in a PR stunt last weekend promoting e-trikes in The Philippines. The country's government is funding an initiative to encourage adoption of electric tricycles over the (estimated 3.5 million) conventional petrol ones.
  • Obama seeks to ease Germany's concerns on spying (2014-07-15 21:35:57)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sought to allay German concerns Tuesday over allegations of espionage, pledging to work to improve cooperation during his first conversation with Germany's leader since two Germans were revealed to have spied on their country for the United States.
  • Sling launches its smallest and cheapest Slingbox yet (2014-07-15 21:00:06)
    Sling, the company that makes your cable or satellite service available anywhere you have an internet connection, is today announcing the Slingbox M1, its smallest and cheapest set top box to date. The $149.99 M1, available on July 20th, is notably smaller than the $179.99 Slingbox 350 it is replacing, yet it doesn't give up any functionality to its larger predecessor. The basic premise of the Slingbox M1 remains unchanged, however. It plugs into your cable or satellite box through component or composite cables (no HDMI, due to copyright restrictions) and then makes your TV service and recorded programs accessible through Sling's mobile and desktop apps.
  • Sling unveils two new Slingboxes as battle with pay TV companies continues (2014-07-15 21:00:02)
    Sling Media on Tuesday unveiled two brand new Slingbox products alongside news that its SlingPlayer software will soon receive a major update. Sling Media is a pioneer in TV “place shifting,” having developed hardware and software solutions for years that allow users to stream live TV content from their homes to any computer, tablet or smartphone in the world. The company is currently facing a huge battle now that pay TV companies have begun to embrace streaming content in their own mobile apps, which now often stream TV shows and videos live or on demand. But that won’t stop Sling from launching two new products this summer. The biggest announcement out of Sling on Tuesday is the new Slingbox M1, a powerful product
  • Sling's 'M1' streaming box brings built-in WiFi at a lower price (2014-07-15 21:00:00)
    It's been nearly two years since Sling unveiled new placeshifting boxes, so it's high time the company brought its products into the year 2014. The firm just announced two refreshes, including the entry-level M1, which has a smaller ...
  • New 'Gotham' trailer shows the good and evil in Batman's home town (2014-07-15 20:48:45)
    There's only two months to go before Fox's Gotham brings Batman's home town to the small screen. The city may be the birthplace of the caped crusader, but Batman won't star in the show — instead, it follows the man who would become Commissioner Gordon as a young detective, working to deal with the rampant crime and corruption in the city. A new Gotham teaser trailer hints at the kind of trouble Gordon will face in his quest, showing the detective strolling toward a murder scene, flanked on left and right by villains and criminals including Catwoman and the Riddler.
  • Tesla announces new, smaller electric vehicle named Model 3 (2014-07-15 20:30:30)
    Tesla Motors today outed its newest vehicle plans, a smaller car called the Model 3, that Auto Express reports is designed squarely to take on BMW's 3 series.  According to the report — which Tesla confirmed today — the vehicle will be 20 percent smaller than the Model S, and go more than 200 miles on a charge. The Model 3 will be properly unveiled in 2016, with sales beginning the following year, Auto Express says. It's a "crossover" that falls somewhere between a sedan and a sport utility vehicle, and fits up to seven passengers. In an interview with Auto Express, Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk said the name for the Model 3 stemmed back to a legal entanglement with Ford, which threatened to sue Tesla over a trademark for "Model E."
  • 'Coolest' Cooler Is Cool (2014-07-15 20:20:00)
    Our modern world is in the process of making everything high tech. Even something as simple as coolers. A Kickstarter campaign that aimed to raise $50,000 for the production of the "Coolest Cooler" has exceeded all expectations, bringing in $4,819,434 with 45 days still left to go.
  • Tesla's $35,000 car will be called the Model 3 (2014-07-15 20:20:00)
    Tesla hasn't quite delivered its new Model X SUV yet, but at least we have a name for its first electric vehicle pointed at the mainstream. In an interview with AutoExpress, CEO Elon Musk revealed it will be called the Model 3 (with three bars to represent it), after Ford put the kibosh on calling it the Model E. Musk has repeatedly targeted 2017 as the release window for a smaller $35,000 vehicle.
  • Yahoo to keep more of Alibaba, share half of IPO proceeds (2014-07-15 20:17:47)
    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc pledged to pay its shareholders at least half the proceeds from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's mega-IPO this fall, and plans to keep a larger stake in the Chinese e-commerce company than expected. Yahoo's roughly 24 percent stake in the world's largest Internet retailer is viewed on Wall Street as its most prized asset. On Tuesday, it said Alibaba had agreed to let Yahoo sell at most 140 million shares in the IPO, down from a previous cap of 208 million. Yahoo also forecast third-quarter net revenue, excluding fees paid to partner websites, of $1.02 billion to $1.06 billion, less than the $1.1 billion Wall Street analysts had expected on average.
  • Shocker: Extensive new study says movie piracy isn’t that harmful to Hollywood (2014-07-15 20:15:30)
    A new study looking at the relationship between movie piracy and Hollywood revenues has found that the mass illegal downloads movie studios complain about while spending vast resources to put a stop to, are not that relevant. TorrentFreak reveals that economist Koleman Strumpf has conducted a tremendous amount of research before releasing his determination – that movie piracy is not harmful to Hollywood. He looked at data from 150 blockbuster movies that were released over a period of seven years and, and drew data from a popular BitTorrent tracker as well as revenue projections from the Hollywood Stock Exchange. “There is no evidence in my empirical results of file-sharing having a significant impact on theatrical revenue,” Strumpf told the publication. “My best guess estimate is
  • Bing and Cortana will make it easier to research your school papers (2014-07-15 20:10:00)
    Microsoft might just give you a little help finishing your next term paper. The company is integrating academic data into Bing and services that use it, like Cortana in Windows Phone 8.1. When the upgrade hits in the fall, you should have an easier time tracking down articles on given subjects, finding an author's other works or following news from a conference.
  • Obama, Germany's Merkel speak amid spying flap (2014-07-15 19:56:06)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has spoken with German Chancellor Angela Merkel about cooperation between the United States and Germany.
  • One man and his robot are responsible for 8.5 percent of Wikipedia (2014-07-15 19:50:42)
    On a good day, Sverker Johansson adds more than 10,000 articles to Wikipedia. Johansson is by far the most prolific contributor to the online encyclopedia, having submitted 2.7 million articles, or 8.5 percent of Wikipedia's collection, over the last seven years. The 53-year-old Swede, profiled in The Wall Street Journal this week, works as an administrator, and has degrees in linguistics, civil engineering, economics and particle physics. ...
  • Intel says worst is over for battered PC industry (2014-07-15 19:30:53)
    By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Intel Corp believes the worst is over for a personal computer industry hammered by the mobile revolution. Investors have pushed shares of PC mainstays Microsoft Corp and Intel to decade-highs, partly on bets that the global slump in PC demand that began with Apple Inc's launch of the iPad four years ago is hitting bottom. "PCs have stabilized," Chief Financial Officer Stacy Smith told Reuters after Intel's report. Intel now expects the market's recovery to help it grow its full-year revenue about 5 percent, slightly higher than prior expectations.
  • Sprint and T-Mobile won’t let themselves get left behind by Verizon and AT&T again (2014-07-15 19:30:01)
    Sprint and T-Mobile know they can’t just stand idly by like they did in the 2008 when both Verizon and AT&T cleaned house in the hugely important 700MHz spectrum auction that gave America’s top two wireless carriers a big advantage in building high-speed LTE networks. Now The Wall Street Journal reports that Sprint and T-Mobile are joining forces to together raise $10 billion to spend on spectrum holdings in the the upcoming 600MHz auction. This will be a hugely important auction for both T-Mobile and Sprint, which have been at a persistent disadvantage compared with Verizon and AT&T because they’ve lacked access to contiguous chunks of low-frequency spectrum that you need to build a top-notch nationwide mobile data network. Winning big in
  • Amazon in talks with Simon & Schuster: Moonves (2014-07-15 19:24:27) Inc is in talks with Simon & Schuster Inc, the chief executive of the book publisher's parent company said on Tuesday, representing a second front in Amazon's feud with the publishing industry over digital book pricing.  The talks come as the largest online book retailer remains locked in a months-long impasse with Hachette, owned by France's Lagardere, over the price of e-books sold on Amazon's digital shelves. "We are negotiating with Amazon as we speak so I don’t want to get into too much detail about it," Les Moonves, president and chief executive officer of CBS Corp, which owns Simon and Schuster, said during Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colorado.
  • Google+ abandons need to use real names (2014-07-15 19:04:18)
    Google+ apologized Tuesday and stopped requiring people to use their real names while mingling in the online social network, as it looks to gain ground on market leader Facebook. "When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what name you could use on your profile," the California Internet titan said in a post at the social network. Google said that it has been slowly loosening the requirement with changes such as letting people use YouTube account names, but conceded that the names policy got a bit muddled. "Today, we are taking the last step: there are no more restrictions on what name you can use," Google said.
  • I can haz self-control? Feline facial recognition will make your cats less fat (2014-07-15 19:00:07)
    No matter how hard you try to stop them, some cats will always find a way to devour the food contained in pet dishes that neighbor their own.
  • High-tech cat feeder uses facial recognition to save all nine lives (2014-07-15 19:00:00)
    Our four-legged friends have a habit of not eating when something ails them. However, if you're at work all day, you may not pick up on the lack of appetite until it's too late. Well, there's a smart cat feeder with built-in facial recognition that's looking to lend a hand.
  • Verizon's prepaid plans now let you use LTE smartphones (2014-07-15 18:59:00)
    Verizon got a little more serious about tackling prepaid cellphone service when it unveiled new Allset plans a few months ago, but it was hobbled by the lack of LTE. Why not just go to rival carriers who've had fast data for considerably longer? That won't be a problem after today.
  • The iPhone 6′s reported sapphire display already has Corning nervous (2014-07-15 18:45:26)
    For a long time, Corning’s proprietary Gorilla Glass has been the go-to material that manufacturers use for smartphone displays thanks to its remarkable durability and toughness. However, with Apple reportedly using a sapphire display for its upcoming iPhone 6, Corning is at risk for potentially losing some significant business, particularly if Samsung again decides to be a “fast follower” and switch to sapphire for its future flagship smartphones. With this in mind, we found it interesting that Corning has launched a preemptive strike against the iPhone 6′s reported sapphire display, even though we don’t know for absolute certain yet whether it will have such a display or not. In a new video posted on its website, Corning does a pressure test
  • Former Symantec CEO joins Bain Capital Ventures (2014-07-15 18:38:27)
    (Reuters) - Enrique Salem, the former chief executive of Symantec Corp, is joining Bain Capital Ventures, the venture capital arm of the private equity firm Bain Capital. Salem will focus on investing in software companies, the firm said in a statement. "This is an exciting time in the software industry given the massive disruption taking place across the data center and networking segments," he said. Salem left Symantec, the firm that makes Norton antivirus software, in 2012 and currently sits on the board of cyber security firm FireEye.
  • Apple, IBM team up in mobile devices, applications (2014-07-15 18:13:02)
    CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple is teaming up with former nemesis IBM in an attempt to sell more iPhones and iPads to corporate customers and government agencies.
  • Google search now tells you when websites won't work on your phone (2014-07-15 18:11:00)
    Many websites are built for mobile devices these days, but you'll still run into the occasional page that refuses to run. Wouldn't it be nice if you got a heads-up before you wasted a click? As of today, you will: Google search now warns you when a site isn't likely to work on your hardware of choice due to incompatible content, such as Flash.
  • Stephen Colbert rips into the silliest smart device you’ve ever seen (2014-07-15 18:09:24)
    As a matter of course, we try to cover some of the most interesting crowdfunded and independently developed projects, whether they’re pitched to us or we stumble across them while scouring the Internet. We’ve seen a full desktop computer that can fit in your pocket, the swiss army knife of coolers and some guy who just wanted to make potato salad, but none compare to the most inessential smart device ever made: Vessyl. As Vessyl inventor Justin Lee explains, the digital cup can automatically detect what you put inside it along with nutritional information about its contents and how much of it you are consuming. On Monday night’s Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert noted that “that level of information was previously
  • Apple, IBM team up on mobile devices for business (2014-07-15 17:49:01)
    Apple and IBM unveiled a "landmark" partnership Tuesday to win over business customers by offering iPhones and iPads that are specially tailored to the enterprise users. The tie-up, which aims to boost Apple's share of the market for mobile devices for businesses, will offer custom-made apps which bring the power of IBM's supercomputing analytics to a mobile workforce, a joint statement said. "The landmark partnership aims to redefine the way work will get done, address key industry mobility challenges and spark true mobile-led business change," the statement said. "Apple and IBM's shared vision for this partnership is to put in the hands of business professionals everywhere the unique capabilities of iPads and iPhones with a company's knowledge, data, analytics and workflows."
  • Google Plus finally lets you use any name you like (2014-07-15 17:36:00)
    When Google+ first debuted, it insisted that you use your real name on your profile in an effort to "create a community made of up real people" and reduce the trollish behavior often associated with the anonymous internet. ...
  • Google Plus finally lets you use any name you like (update: well, almost) (2014-07-15 17:36:00)
    When Google+ first debuted, it insisted that you use your real name on your profile in an effort to "create a community made of up real people" and reduce the trollish behavior often associated with the anonymous internet. ...
  • Jason Segel left Twitter because of burrito fanboys (2014-07-15 17:34:57)
    It's rare for a public figure to shun Twitter, but Jason Segel, the actor known for How I Met Your Mother and currently starring in the upcoming movie Sex Tape, has revealed why he quit. In an interview with Variety, Segel explains that he left Twitter after an ill-fated decision in late-night snacking when he accidentally incited an internet riot. According to Segel: "At one point, at 3AM, I was deciding between eating a sandwich and a burrito, and I ate a sandwich," said Segel. While it hasn't been used since 2012, Segel's Twitter feed is still up, complete with the burritos-versus-sandwiches debate.  It appears that the tweet more accurately reads: "Burritos are all very similar.
  • Google’s smart contact lenses will soon become a reality (2014-07-15 17:34:07)
    Remember Google’s interesting diabetes-detecting smart contact lens project the company unveiled in early 2014? The smart lens technology that would offer users a simpler, non-invasive way of measuring blood sugar while also improving eyesight is certainly interesting to Novartis, with the company on Tuesday announcing a partnership between its eye care division Alcon and Google’s X division to manufacture the lenses. Alcon will license the technology developed by Google and combine it with its “deep pharmaceutical and medical device expertise” in order to create such contact lenses that will be available someday in stores. “Alcon and Google have a deep and common passion for innovation,” Division Head of Alcon Jeff George said. “By combining Alcon’s leadership in eye care and expertise in
  • Google+ will stop forcing you to use your real name (2014-07-15 17:32:35)
    After years of receiving complaints that its policies put users at risk, Google said today that it has eliminated the requirement that people use their real names on Google+. The real-name policy, which debuted with the launch of Google+ three years ago, was designed to create a network that looked like Facebook. "But it also excluded a number of people who wanted to be part of it without using their real names," the company said today in an unsigned post on Google+. "For this we apologize, and we hope that today's change is a step toward making Google+ the welcoming and inclusive place that we want it to be." The future of Google+ has been uncertain since Vic Gundotra abruptly stepped down and Sergey Brin openly lamented getting involved with it in the first place.
  • Apple, IBM team up on devices for business (2014-07-15 17:31:50)
    Apple and IBM unveiled a "landmark" partnership Tuesday to win over business customers by offering iPhones and iPads that are specially tailored to the enterprise users. The partnership will offer apps for the Apple devices which bring the power of IBM's supercomputing analytics to a mobile workforce, according to a joint statement. The move aims to boost Apple's share of the market for mobile devices for enterprises, by offering specially tailored apps, security and other services that are part of IBM's core business. "The landmark partnership aims to redefine the way work will get done, address key industry mobility challenges and spark true mobile-led business change," the statement said.
  • Blackberry U.S. shares fall after the bell (2014-07-15 17:29:35)
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - BlackBerry's U.S.-listed shares were down 4 percent at $10.85 after the closing bell and the stock was set to open at its lowest in a week. Earlier, International Business Machines Corp said it will partner exclusively with Apple Inc to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with applications geared at enterprise clients. IBM shares were up 1.9 pct while Apple shares were up 1.3 percent after the bell. (Reporting by Caroline Valetkevitch; Editing by Diane Craft)
  • Yahoo amends deal with Alibaba, misses Wall St. revenue target (2014-07-15 17:27:49)
    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc will pay investors at least half the proceeds from its Alibaba share sale when the Chinese Internet retailer goes public, and retain a larger stake than expected, helping to offset the U.S. company's disappointing results on Tuesday. Shares of Yahoo were roughly flat at $35.57 in after-hours trading. "What you see is the fundamentals at core Yahoo continue to deteriorate, but there's at least some good news on the Alibaba front," said Macquarie Research analyst Ben Schachter. Yahoo owns about 24 percent of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, which is expected to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange later this year in what could be the largest ever U.S. technology initial public offering.
  • Apple and IBM team up to put more iOS devices in the workplace (2014-07-15 17:21:00)
    If you had any lingering notions that Apple and IBM were still bitter arch-rivals, they just got swept away. The two companies have just launched a partnership that could give iPads and iPhones a much larger presence in the workaday world. IBM has agreed to develop over 100 enterprise-grade apps solely for iOS, along with iOS-focused cloud services; it will also sell Apple's mobile gear as part of its larger solutions, and it's even handling on-site support.
  • Google appoints Ford ex-CEO Mulally to board (2014-07-15 17:17:37)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Google has appointed Alan Mulally, the former CEO of Ford Motor Co., to its board.
  • Ex-Ford chief Mulally joins Google's board (2014-07-15 17:15:10)
    Google Inc has appointed former Ford Motor Co CEO Alan Mulally to its board of directors, drafting a seasoned Detroit executive into its ranks as it develops a self-driving car and tries to get its software into more automobiles. Mulally, once deemed a strong contender for the top job at Microsoft Corp, joins venture capitalist John Doerr, former Intel Chief Executive Officer Paul Otellini and VMWare co-founder Diane Greene on the board of the Internet advertising leader. Mulally on July 1 handed Ford's helm to Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields, six months earlier than expected. His auto industry expertise may come in handy as Google engages Detroit, hoping that its Android software will become the standard platform for everything from messaging to media in cars.
  • Intel's quarterly report buoys hope for PC stabilization (2014-07-15 17:12:01)
    By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Intel Corp forecast third-quarter revenue above Wall Street's expectations and said it would return more cash to shareholders, signaling that a shrinking personal computer industry may be stabilizing. Intel said it increased its share buyback program by $20 billion and plans to repurchase about $4 billion of stock in the current quarter. Returning more profits to shareholders suggests Intel has become more confident about the outlook for the PC industry, said Bernstein analyst Stacy Rasgon. "God help them if they’re wrong." Investors have pushed shares in PC mainstays Microsoft and Intel to decade-highs, partly on bets that the global slump in PC demand that began with Apple's launch of the iPad in 2010 may have hit bottom.
  • iWatch May Come in Three Models, Two Sizes (2014-07-15 17:04:54)
    Everyone in tech is excited to see what Apple has up its sleeve for the rest of the year, especially for its rumored iWatch. The latest reports out of Taiwan indicate Apple's wristband may come in three models -- a 1.6-inch, a 1.8-inch and a 1.8-inch with sapphire display. There have been many reports about the size of Apple's rumored iWatch, ranging from around 1.6 to 1.8 inches, or even as big as 2.5 inches.
  • Apple iPad Pro Coming Later This Year (Report) (2014-07-15 17:04:48)
    With all of the recent Apple rumors focusing on the iWatch and iPhone 6, it's easy to forget that the company is also said to be working on a 12.9-inch iPad Pro. According to the Taiwanese site Economic News Daily, a Taiwan-based supplier of Apple parts has received orders for components for the iPad Pro. What's more, the tablet could be ready to ship alongside a new iPad mini and iPad Air models.
  • HP interim chair Whitworth steps down, health reasons cited (2014-07-15 17:01:04)
    By Supantha Mukherjee, Nadia Damouni and Svea Herbst-Bayliss (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co interim Chairman and activist investor Ralph Whitworth will step down on Wednesday to focus on his health, the latest top-level departure from the computer maker as it struggles to return to consistent growth. Whitworth has stood in as chairman of the world's largest computer maker since Ray Lane relinquished that post in April 2013. He will also take a leave of absence from his hedge fund Relational Investors, with fellow co-founder David Batchelder and other senior managers taking the reins for now. The Wall Street Journal reported Whitworth had undergone throat cancer treatment this year.
  • Android user may switch to Windows Phone for the weirdest reason we can think of (2014-07-15 16:56:14)
    If there’s one species of tech fans that we find awesomely fascinating, it’s the Gadget Contrarians — that is, the people who love using services, devices and platforms that have been overlooked or dismissed by the mass market for whatever reason. One particularly striking example of this is GigaOM writer Kevin Tofel, who says that he’s finally decided that he can make the switch from Android to Windows Phone… because it finally has a good Google+ client. “I’m a heavy Google+ user seven days a week and the G+ experience on Windows Phone is dismal,” Tofel writes. “At least it was until this weekend when I got a Twitter recommendation to try gPlus, a native Google+ app for Windows Phone.” Tofel’s love of little-used technology
  • House votes to extend moratorium on Internet taxes (2014-07-15 16:55:28)
    The House voted Tuesday to make permanent a moratorium that prevents state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet.
  • IBM to offer iPads and iPhones for business users (2014-07-15 16:54:38)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp will partner exclusively with Apple Inc to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with applications geared at enterprise clients, the company announced on Tuesday, just two days before releasing its second quarter earnings. The apps will target industry specific issues in retail, healthcare, banking, travel, transportation and telecommunications and will be available this fall, IBM said on Tuesday. (Reporting By Marina Lopes; Editing by Diane Craft)
  • How to watch football (soccer) now that the World Cup is over (2014-07-15 16:45:00)
    Many are referring to the 2014 World Cup as the best of the modern era -- think: since Korea/Japan in 2002. Was it due to the fact it set an incredible amount of viewing records? Or, perhaps, it has to do with how much social networks made the entire experience that much more enjoyable.
  • Apple and IBM partner to make iOS king of the office (2014-07-15 16:44:33)
    Apple and IBM have just announced what the companies describe as a "landmark partnership" designed to "redefine the way work will get done, address key industry mobility challenges and spark true mobile-led business change." Put more simply, they're aiming to combine their respective strengths and aggressively tackle the enterprise market. IBM says it will contribute its big data and analytics expertise, with Apple offering the "elegant user experience of iPhone and iPad." The move could transform Apple, which ordinarily focuses squarely on consumers, into a true business powerhouse. Apple and IBM want to conquer the enterprise IBM will sell iOS devices to corporate clients that come preloaded with enterprise software designed in collaboration with Apple;
  • Apple just made a huge move that will bring iOS to more enterprise customers than ever before (2014-07-15 16:39:43)
    Apple and IBM used to be the bitterest of arch-rivals in the personal computer market in the ’80s but now they’re teaming up to help bring iOS to more enterprise customers than ever before. Re/code reports that Apple and IBM have agreed to an exclusive new partnership that will “help companies deploy wireless devices and business-specific applications to run on them” using iOS as the primary platform. Why did Apple decide to take the plunge and team up with the company that cofounder Steve Jobs used to trash publicly on a regular basis? Apple CEO Tim Cook explained that the two companies really have strengths that compliment one another well and that the two companies are no longer competitors in
  • The saddest game of the year proves $2 apps can still be blockbusters (2014-07-15 16:19:57)
    Yes, all but two of the top 80 highest grossing iPhone apps in America are now free downloads. The freemium beast has eaten the entire app industry. But there are still a couple of rare exceptions out there — paid downloads that generate millions of dollars of revenue. The most well-known is Minecraft, the Swedish blockbuster game that enablers players to create rich, if pixelated, environments. Minecraft remains a top 20 grosser on both the U.S. iPhone and iPad app charts despite its shockingly high download price of $7. Fascinatingly, another paid title with blocky landscapes that has been able to break into mainstream success in 2014 is Monument Valley — a minimalistic, elegiac game about a princess traversing a bleak landscape
  • Ford's former CEO is now on Google's board of directors (2014-07-15 16:18:36)
    Former Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally, who was reportedly vetted as a potential successor to Steve Ballmer at Microsoft, has joined Google's board of directors. Google announced the addition today, but Mulally's appointment was actually effective as of July 9th. "Alan brings a wealth of proven business and technology leadership experience," said Larry Page, Google's CEO, in a statement. "I am so pleased that Alan is now joining Google’s board!"
  • This clock rotates to tell you the time anywhere in the world (2014-07-15 16:15:49)
    Its latest is a simple cylindrical desk clock with a difference. Major world city names adorn the side of the appropriately named World Clock, and it can be rotated to display the time anywhere in the world. 11+ doesn't have much of a retail presence in the US yet, but you can pick up a World Clock in gray, blue, or burnt orange from Leibal for $49.00.
  • Google Hires Crack Team to Police the Internet (2014-07-15 16:15:24)
    Google announced today it is building an all-star team of security researchers who will act like anti-hacking superheroes to protect the Internet. Their mission: To make the Internet a safer place by searching for online bugs and hackers. The “Project Zero” team will be tasked...
  • Google adds former Ford CEO Alan Mulally to its Board of Directors (2014-07-15 16:13:00)
    Just a few months ago Alan Mulally was being mentioned as the possible next CEO of Microsoft, but after leaving his position as CEO of Ford he's now aligned with a different tech company: Google. Google announced today that ...
  • Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks (2014-07-15 16:11:34)
    The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, June 30 to Sunday, July 6 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.