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  • Twitter product chief sidelined as user engagement slides (2014-10-30 19:13:31)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc has sidelined the product chief it recently poached from rival Google Inc, in the latest executive reshuffle at the online messaging service, according to a source familiar with the situation. Former consumer product chief Daniel Graf will now oversee strategic initiatives such as geo-location mobile features, the person said on condition of anonymity because the move was not public. Kevin Weil, who was head of revenue-generating products, will now take charge of all products at the company, the person said. ...
  • Hiring business drives LinkedIn's revenue beat (2014-10-30 19:10:10)
    By Arathy S Nair and Lehar Maan (Reuters) - Corporate networking site LinkedIn Corp reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue as more businesses used its services to hire staff. The company's hiring business has been thriving as employers find its services more helpful in assessing a candidate's suitability for a role. Strong growth in the hiring business and rapid expansion in international markets such as China are considered by analysts to be the main growth drivers for the company in the next few quarters. ...
  • Graffiti found in 3 more national parks in West (2014-10-30 19:08:14)
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The National Park Service says it has found more graffiti in some of the West's most scenic locations in a case that sparked an uproar on social media last week.
  • GoPro sees strong holiday quarter sales; shares jump (2014-10-30 18:56:59)
    By Soham Chatterjee (Reuters) - GoPro Inc forecast better-than-expected holiday quarter sales, underscoring the increasing popularity of its wearable cameras among surfers, skydivers and other action junkies. GoPro's shares, which went public in June, shot up 14 percent in extended trading on Thursday after the company also reported strong third-quarter results. Videos taken using GoPro cameras, which can be mounted on helmets, boards, bikes and dog harnesses, have made a big splash on the Internet. ...
  • Why Twitter's new head of product could be the one to fix it (2014-10-30 18:55:02)
    In the last 10 months, Twitter has lost: its chief operating officer, its chief financial officer, its head of product, its head of news, and (just this week) its head of engineering. Then today came another twist: the company promoted Kevin Weil, its head of revenue products, to oversee the entire product organization. Goosing user growth is part of what the head of consumer product is supposed to do: Twitter remains difficult for newcomers to grok, and the company has experimented endlessly with tweaks to the service designed to make it more engaging.
  • Expedia's third-quarter profit soars 50 percent (2014-10-30 18:51:44)
    By Jeffrey Dastin (Reuters) - Expedia Inc reported robust third-quarter earnings on Thursday and topped analyst estimates, as strong hotel bookings boosted the company's profit by more than 50 percent from the year-earlier quarter. The world's largest online travel company by bookings posted net income of $257.1 million and earned $1.94 per diluted share, well ahead of Wall Street's average estimate of $1.74, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. ...
  • Invention lets newborns in incubators feel mom's heartbeat (2014-10-30 18:33:45)
    Intel "Make it Wearable" finalist Team Babybe created a wearable that lets preemies or other babies in incubators feel their parents' heartbeat while separated.>
  • Mark Zuckerberg will answer your questions for one hour next week (2014-10-30 18:14:47)
    Mark Zuckerberg's not afraid of you, internet. The Facebook CEO has announced that he'll participate in a public Q&A session next Thursday afternoon, answering questions submitted and voted on by the social network's own users. Facebook holds its own internal Q&A each Friday, according to Zuckerberg, a forum that gives employees a frequent opportunity to ask the CEO anything they'd like.
  • Comcast, AT&T seek to reassure on no plans for Internet 'fast lanes' (2014-10-30 18:07:48)
    By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Comcast Corp and AT&T Inc have no plans to create Internet "fast lanes" that may hurt consumers' freedom to roam the Web, the leading U.S. broadband providers told the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman in recent letters. Senator Patrick Leahy last week wrote to top Internet service providers (ISPs), urging them to pledge that they would not enter any so-called paid prioritization deals, in which content companies would pay ISPs to ensure smooth and fast delivery of their traffic. ...
  • Apple's Cook signals front line of new gay rights battle (2014-10-30 18:06:35)
    By Dan Levine and Fiona Ortiz (Reuters) - In his essay coming out as gay, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook criticized an Arizona proposal that would have given private business owners the ability to deny services to gay people on religious grounds. Cook on Thursday became the most prominent American corporate leader to come out, saying he was trading his closely guarded privacy for the chance to help move civil rights forward. ...
  • Microsoft Band hands-on (2014-10-30 17:59:23)
    The Microsoft Band is the first hardware in Microsoft's plan to track and analyze your fitness data. We decided to try it out.
  • U.S. warns China against dragging out technology trade deal (2014-10-30 17:18:53)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China must move ahead with a global deal to eliminate duties on billions of dollars of technology products or risk upsetting other trade talks, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said on Thursday. The United States and Europe have blamed China, the world's biggest exporter of IT products, for derailing talks on a pact on technology trade by asking for too many exemptions. China is due to chair an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit on Nov. ...
  • Using Google Alerts for Brand Monitoring and Competitive Intelligence (2014-10-30 17:17:51)
    In today's modern spy vs. spy world there is no better 1.0 tool than Google Alerts - the Swiss Army Knife for content sourcing, spying on competitors and monitoring your own brand. You should to do more. But, this is a good place to start and you're putting in a crude digital infrastructure that can be built on downstream. Setting up an alert...
  • Expedia profit soars 50 percent (2014-10-30 17:13:39)
    (Reuters) - Expedia Inc reported robust earnings on Thursday, topping analyst estimates, as quarterly profit rose by more than 50 percent from the year-earlier quarter. The online travel bookings company posted net income of $257.1 million and earned $1.94 per diluted share, well ahead of Wall Street's average estimate of $1.74, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Expedia Inc's shares were up 3.3 percent at $83.40 in after-hours trading in New York. (Reporting By Jeffrey Dastin; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)
  • Apple CEO publicly acknowledges that he's gay (2014-10-30 17:12:55)
    Apple CEO Tim Cook's declaration that he's "proud to be gay," makes him the highest-profile business executive in the nation to publicly acknowledge his sexual orientation. In a country where ...
  • Samsung, LG turn to quantum dots as OLED still too pricey (2014-10-30 17:10:46)
    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - The world's biggest TV makers, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and LG Electronics Inc, are turning to quantum dot technology for their next-generation TVs as it could still be years before OLED is affordable for the mass market. The nascent technology involves incorporating a film of tiny light-emitting crystals into regular liquid crystal displays (LCD). The manufacturing process is relatively straightforward and offers improved picture quality at much cheaper cost than using organic light-emitting diodes (OLED). ...
  • Network hardware failure affected NYSE data feeds: NYSE (2014-10-30 17:09:29)
    (Reuters) - A network hardware failure affected data feeds for three exchanges operated by the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, the exchange said. According to NYSE, feeds that disseminate trading and quotation data were interrupted as a result of the hardware failure at 1:07 pm ET, in an outage that lasted nearly a half-hour. At 1:34 p.m., the exchange's Securities Industry Automation Corporation subsidiary decided to shift to the NYSE's backup system located in Chicago, allowing the feed to be restored, the NYSE said. ...
  • MSI is putting a legitimate mechanical keyboard in a laptop (2014-10-30 17:03:05)
    Gaming laptops are prone to wild designs, and the newest one from MSI — called the GT80 Titan — is no exception. The massive 18-inch laptop was announced today and its most notable feature is a mechanical QWERTY keyboard made by Cherry, a company that has been making mechanical keyboards for almost 50 years. Instead of the typical chiclet keys found on most current laptops, the GT80 Titan will feature Cherry's MX Red keys, which are actually well-suited for gaming thanks to the way they're built (light with quick actuation).
  • GoPro profit beats estimates on robust demand for cameras (2014-10-30 16:46:51)
    By Soham Chatterjee (Reuters) - GoPro Inc reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue, driven by strong demand for its wearable cameras, which are used by surfers, skydivers and other action junkies. The company's shares rose 6.7 percent in after-hours trading. Videos taken using GoPro cameras, which can be mounted on gear such as helmets, boards, bikes and dog harnesses, have made a big splash on the Internet. The California-based company also launched its latest flagship Hero4 camera and a cheap entry-level Hero camera in September. These cameras went on sale from Oct. ...
  • US market lifts global tablet sales (2014-10-30 16:26:58)
    Washington (AFP) - Strong sales in the United States helped boost the global market for tablet computers in the third quarter, tracker IDC said Thursday.
  • Don't call Timex's Ironman One GPS+ a 'smartwatch' (hands-on) (2014-10-30 16:26:00)
  • LinkedIn revenue jumps 45 percent as companies hire more (2014-10-30 16:25:55)
    (Reuters) - Corporate networking site LinkedIn Corp reported a 45 percent rise in quarterly revenue as more businesses used its services to hire staff. The company's net loss attributable to stockholders widened to $4.3 million, or 3 cents per share, in the quarter ended Sept. 30, from $3.4 million, or 3 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose to $568.3 million from $393.0 million. (Reporting By Arathy S Nair and Supantha Mukherjee in Bangalore; Editing by Maju Samuel)
  • Starz hints that it'll let you subscribe without cable, just like HBO (2014-10-30 16:23:29)
    Now that HBO plans to start offering online subscriptions, it seems like everyone else is eager to join in. On a call with investors today, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht strongly hinted that the network was working toward an online offering, though he didn't go as far as actually announcing the service. "While you will hear more from us on this over time, I can tell you now that we have the content right [and] the technology platform and infrastructure in place to ensure that the Starz businesses are positioned to capitalize on these new opportunities, both here in the US and abroad," Albrecht says.
  • Green Car of the Year finalists head to Los Angeles (2014-10-30 16:15:50)
    Green Car Journal announced its finalists for the Green Car of the Year award it gives out every year at the Los Angeles auto show.>
  • How Technology Changes Theology (2014-10-30 16:07:56)
    I go to Target a lot. I get diapers, or groceries, or clothes. But every so often, I have to buy something that's not on my usual list, and since Target is a huge store, I sometimes need to find an employee show me where, say, the humidifiers are.There's only one problem -- I often can't find an employee, either.Why is that? It's because...
  • 'Wasting time on the Internet' is a real Ivy League college class (2014-10-30 16:03:48)
    Finally, all those hours spent noodling around on social media can be harnessed into real college credit at a prestigious institution.>
  • Google tries injecting new life into browser bookmarks (2014-10-30 16:01:49)
    An extension for Google's Chrome browser called Bookmark Manager embodies the company's effort to make organizing bookmarks better than riffling through a dusty filing cabinet.>
  • The 404 Show 1,573: Microsoft Band hands on, Nintendo sleep tracker (podcast) (2014-10-30 15:57:55)
    Scott Stein is in the studio with a brand new Microsoft Band. We'll play around with it and see if it fills any of the voids that plague current wearables. We'll also give impressions of the Nexus 6, 9 and Player and discuss Nintendo's "quality of life" campaign that involves its own sleep tracker.>
  • This is what the Westeros should really look like on HBO’s Game of Thrones (2014-10-30 15:55:42)
    As much as George R.R. Martin appreciates what HBO has done for his stories, he still thinks its portrayal of the scenery in the Game of Thrones series is wrong, or at the very least not what he personally envisioned. That’s why he spoke at 92Y in Manhattan on Sunday about his new book The World of Ice & Fire that chronicles the history of Westeros and what everything should look like. RELATED: Game of Thrones’ most iconic prop should be even more massive than what you see on HBO “I wanted accurate versions of these castles. We’ve had a number of different artists draw them on covers and on the fantasy like cards and games, and some of them have been beautiful images but
  • I typed my entire BlackBerry Passport review on the phone's tiny keyboard (2014-10-30 15:45:00)
  • Stratasys sees robust 3D-printing market as HP reveals plans (2014-10-30 15:38:29)
    By Lewis Krauskopf NEW YORK (Reuters) - A day after Hewlett-Packard Co revealed plans for ground-breaking 3D printing technology, 3D-printing manufacturer Stratasys Ltd said it is expecting more competition and pointed to its strong position in a market expected to explode by the end of the decade. Hewlett-Packard on Wednesday said it had developed 3D-printing technology that can print 10 times faster at considerably less expense than current products, and that it plans to launch the technology broadly in 2016. ...
  • Seth Rogen may play Steve Wozniak alongside Christian Bale as Steve Jobs (2014-10-30 15:22:23)
    Not only has the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic likely found an actor to play Jobs, it may have found an actor to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak too: according to The Wrap, Seth Rogen is being considered for the role. Variety reports more definitely that he's actually set to play it. Rogen would be acting alongside Christian Bale, who is reported to have taken the part of Jobs. Danny Boyle, who made Trainspotting and 28 Days Later, is directing based on a script by Aaron Sorkin. ...
  • Pee-wee Herman redubs 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer (2014-10-30 15:21:11)
    Paul Reubens lends his signature Pee-wee Herman voice to make the new Avengers trailer even better. Plus, a new Pee-wee Herman movie is on the way, with Judd Apatow attached.>
  • The Vergecast, live today at 4:30PM ET! (2014-10-30 15:20:16)
    Hello humans! Today is Thursday, which is the day we Vergecast, so guess what — we're Vergecasting! Today on the show we have our fearless leader Nilay Patel, joined by the inimitable Chris Plante, and me, Sam Sheffer. It's my Vergecast debut, so be nice.
  • Tell us how you really feel about the iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note 4 (2014-10-30 15:15:00)
  • The untethered iOS 8 jailbreak you’ve been waiting for is finally here (2014-10-30 15:14:14)
    Last week we told you about a promising iOS 8 and iOS 8.1 jailbreak release that wasn’t quite ready for primetime because it didn’t yet have support for the Cydia app store, which is usually the main attraction for people who jailbreak their phones and want to install unauthorized iOS apps. 9to5Mac brings us word, however, that the team from Pangu have now brought Cydia onboard, which means that their jailbreak should now be good to download and install onto your device. FROM LAST WEEK: An iOS 8.1 jailbreak is out – but you can’t download it yet “The jailbreak tool is available for Windows as a free download and takes just minutes to install,” explains 9to5Mac. “Cydia can then be
  • Spain annoys Google by approving online news fees (2014-10-30 15:08:46)
    Madrid (AFP) - Spanish lawmakers annoyed Google on Thursday by passing a law that allows media organisations to charge the Internet giant for the right to reproduce their news content.
  • Wearing the Microsoft Band, the next big thing in fitness tracking (2014-10-30 15:02:02)
    I've been wearing it for two hours, and I'm still acutely aware that it's there. This is the first and most unavoidable thing you should know about the Microsoft Band: it's big, and it's heavy. It's not an object with a strap, like a smartwatch or a Fitbit; there's technology in every part of this rigid rubber band. It's not terribly uncomfortable, per se, it's just there. I don't think I'll ever stop noticing it.
  • See every Apple product ever made on one poster (2014-10-30 14:57:56)
    It's maybe not as iconic as a blacklight Led Zeppelin poster, or this cat parading as an actual sandwich, but Pop Chart Lab has a freshly updated version of its history of Apple products poster. It goes all the way back to 1976, when the company was making the Apple I, and includes everything since then for a grand total of 534 products on a single page. New in this version are recently released products like the iMac with Retina display and iPad Air 2, as well as upcoming products like the Apple Watch. You can also gawk at it for free on Pop Chart Lab's site.
  • This is the groundbreaking display that might be on your next smartphone (2014-10-30 14:53:05)
    LG Display on Thursday took the wraps off its next-generation smartphone display, which will have the “world’s narrowest” bezel, measuring just 0.7mm (image above). It’s not clear at this point what kind of smartphones will make use of it in the future, or whether a variation of it will be found on the G3 successor next year. LG also supplies displays to other smartphone vendors, of course, so it could make its way to other phones as well. FROM EARLIER: LG G3 review: Android has a new king For now, this almost bezel-free display comes only in a Full HD 5.3-inch version — comparatively, the G3 has even hibetterher resolution (2K) and measures 5.5 inches diagonally. The new display has been
  • Vudu lends its on-demand streaming library to TiVo devices (2014-10-30 14:47:00)
  • TalkTalk to join the exclusive 'quad-play' club... sort of (2014-10-30 14:43:00)
  • Japan's SoftBank sets sights on America Movil assets: WSJ (2014-10-30 14:38:55)
    (Reuters) - Japanese telecom and media group SoftBank Corp has set its sights on the wireless assets put up for sale by America Movil, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. SoftBank recently asked Sprint Corp Chief Executive Marcelo Claure to gather information on the assets that America Movil is planning to sell, sources told the paper. Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim's America Movil said in July it would spin off its telecoms towers and sell assets to reach a market share below the 50 percent threshold amid a regulatory crackdown in its home market, ...
  • Thank you, Tim Cook (2014-10-30 14:28:04)
    In a way, what Tim Cook said today felt inevitable. At least since 2008, when Owen Thomas asked the question in Gawker, a steady accretion of reporting has suggested Apple’s chief executive is gay. By 2011, Cook’s sexual orientation was a matter of regular discussion in the media, with gay magazine Out putting him on the top of its gay power rankings.
  • James Cameron thinks current VR technology is 'a yawn' (2014-10-30 14:19:00)
  • South Park does drones, #TheFappening, and Ferguson all in one episode (2014-10-30 14:16:34)
    What happens if a drone enthusiast leaves his quadcopter unattended and his son's friends use it to spy on the neighbors? Many big, sweeping issues have been addressed as the popularity of personal drones has skyrocketed in the last year, but more specific ones like this have so far gone largely unexplored. Cartman excitedly convinces him ("We could spy on everyone!") that they should use it to poke around the private lives of their neighbors — because, according to him, "that's all drones are for." Eventually the kids post a video to the internet of their friends' mom undressing, which serves as a jumping off point for the writers to use the episode to comment on the latest massive celebrity nude photo hack. "We could spy on everyone!"
  • Hands on with the new Super Smash Bros. for Wii U’s 8-player mode (2014-10-30 14:15:06)
    Earlier this week, Nintendo invited me to its New York office to go hands-on with the final build of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. I’d had the opportunity to play the console version of the new Smash Bros. twice before, but this was the first time I was able to see all of the new modes and features, including 8-Player Smash, Smash Tour and the Amiibo NFC figures. FROM EARLIER: 10 awesome new things you need to know about Super Smash Bros. for Wii U We started with the most exciting addition to the Wii U title: 8-Player Smash. For the first time in series history, more than four players can join at one time. After just one round, I
  • Google will have to pay publishers for aggregating news in Spain (2014-10-30 13:56:44)
    The fight between Google and news publishers is a story that's been playing out for years. Publishers have argued that aggregation services — like Google News — are infringing on copyrighted material, while Google has said using pieces of news stories and linking to them is within the bounds of fair use. In Spain, there's a new twist: the Spanish parliament has approved intellectual property laws that will allow publishers to charge aggregators for displaying news stories in search.
  • Netflix is coming to BT TV YouView boxes (2014-10-30 13:55:00)
  • Crash test dummies are getting fatter to better represent humanity (2014-10-30 13:49:00)
  • Let Ichabod Crane of 'Sleepy Hollow' guide you home (2014-10-30 13:45:32)
    Don't let the Headless Horseman lead you astray! The Waze app offers the voice of "Sleepy Hollow" actor Tom Mison, as Ichabod Crane, for a special navigation promotion through Halloween.>
  • A piece of Amelia Earhart's plane has been found, researchers claim (2014-10-30 13:37:07)
    Researchers think they’ve finally found a piece of Amelia Earhart’s lost plane. An aluminum sheet, found in 1991 on Nikumaroro Island, might be the patch that once covered a window on Earhart’s plane, reports Discovery News. The finding, the researchers say, supports the idea that Earhart died from starvation on the island, 77 years ago.
  • Pirate Bay co-founder guilty in Danish hacking case (2014-10-30 13:36:56)
    Stockholm (AFP) - The Swedish co-founder of file-sharing website The Pirate Bay was found guilty on Thursday in the largest hacking case in Denmark's history.
  • Microsoft unveils fitness gadget, health tracking (2014-10-30 13:33:01)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is releasing a $199 fitness band that also checks your email and even pays for coffee as the software company seeks to challenge Apple and others in the still-infant market for wearable devices.
  • Apple threatened to remove the best iOS 8 widgets in the App Store… and then changed its mind (2014-10-30 13:32:05)
    Good news: It looks like you’ll still be able to whip out your iOS 8-powered iPhone or iPad, head to Notification Center, and perform some quick calculations on a calculator widget that you previously placed in the Today section. TechCrunch now reports that Apple has decided against an earlier decision to reject calculator apps from building iOS 8 widgets, which should come as a relief to apps like PCalc that first started complaining about Apple’s widget policies earlier this week. FROM EARLIER: The 10 best iPhone apps with iOS 8 Notification Center widgets “The PCalc app and widget will remain in the App Store, and all calculator-type widgets will be allowed as well, an Apple spokesperson has confirmed to us,” TechCrunch
  • Louisiana's irrational hostility towards doctors will make Ebola worse, not better (2014-10-30 13:26:01)
    Today, Louisiana state health officials told anyone who has traveled to an Ebola-affected country within the last 21 days — or treated Ebola patients elsewhere — not to come to the annual meeting of the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
  • Microsoft Band works with Android, iPhone too (2014-10-30 13:23:33)
    Windows Phone fitness tracker packs a range of features including a color touchscreen, heart rate tracker and GPS.>
  • MSI's latest gaming laptop packs a mechanical keyboard (2014-10-30 13:21:00)
  • Tectron USB storage chargers recalled over fire risk (2014-10-30 13:12:29)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tectron International of Vernon, California, is recalling about 55,000 USB charging cables after two reports of them melting, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Thursday. The three-in-one cables are used to charge Apple Inc iPhones and iPads and Google Inc Android phones, the commission said in a statement. Tectron has received two reports of the charger overheating and melting. There have been no reports of injuries or damage. The chargers were sold at distributors for school fund-raisers from July to August for about $3.50, the statement said. ...
  • These pictures show one way Apple could have made the iPhone 6 even better (2014-10-30 13:11:34)
    It’s safe to say that the iPhone 6 is the biggest smartphone hit of 2014, which is entirely to be expected given the wide acclaim it’s received and the enthusiasm that iPhone users have for the product. However, there are always things to improve with every device and these pictures posted by Gizmodo show that Apple could actually learn a thing or two when it comes to maximizing display size while minimizing extra space used for side bezels, cameras and microphones. RELATED: This infographic shows why bezel-free smartphones aren’t as crazy as you think As we’ve seen in a previous comparison between the LG G3 and the iPhone 6 Plus, LG actually does a better job than Apple does of
  • A gold Moto 360 is coming soon, according to Amazon (2014-10-30 13:07:00)
    Motorola hasn't announced the champagne gold Moto 360 seen above yet, but Amazon accidentally revealed it to the world early this morning. Hopefully it won't be long before both options are available for purchase;
  • EU holds largest-ever cyber-security exercise (2014-10-30 13:06:43)
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The European Union on Thursday carried out its biggest exercise to prevent cyber-attacks on Europe's public utilities and communications networks.
  • Gold Moto 360 makes a brief appearance at Amazon (2014-10-30 12:54:00)
  • Video: McConaughey obliterates Moon landing truthers in the first clip from ‘Interstellar’ (2014-10-30 12:50:22)
    Unless you’re a critic, you haven’t seen Interstellar. It’s shrouded in secrecy and all you really know about it is from what you’ve seen in various ads. This first clip from the film has been released though, and it shows that the reality the movie takes place in is quite different from ours. So different, in fact, that the American government is releasing textbooks that say the Moon landing was fake. RELATED: The third ‘Interstellar’ trailer will make you wish it was November already You’ll witness Matthew McConaughey’s face get overwhelmed with bewilderment listening to his daughter’s teacher speak about the fake Moon landing conspiracy as if it was the truth. The clip not only satirically showcases the textbook problems we face today, but hints at the larger problems going
  • Gogoro preps for CES as it wraps up $100M funding round (2014-10-30 12:49:01)
    The company says that it will unveil its first products at CES in January that will "transform energy distribution and management in the world's cities.">
  • Texas Hackers to Fight Ebola, Fire and Water Contamination With African SMS (2014-10-30 12:48:43)
    Photograph by Ishmael MarleyThrough the mentorship of Muhammad Yunus and Enzo Cursio from the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, Michael Henderson, Scott Akers and Moyo Oyelola started Doing Development, a nonprofit that uses technology to combat Africa's issues of infrastructure and health. From November 7th to 9th in Austin and at 100...
  • Only top legislators informed of White House computer attack (2014-10-30 12:48:42)
    By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An attack by hackers on a White House computer network earlier this month was considered so sensitive that only a small group of senior congressional leaders were initially notified about it, U.S. officials said on Thursday. The officials said the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate and the House of Representatives and the heads of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees, collectively known as the "Gang of Eight," were told last week of the cyber attack, which had occurred several days earlier. ...
  • Terror on Twitter! Horror author R.L. Stine tweets a Halloween story (2014-10-30 12:47:37)
    R.L. Stine, the "Stephen King of children's literature," composes an impromptu horror story online to the delight of his fans. And it was all about a sandwich.>
  • Nottingham's National Videogame Arcade could be the best museum ever (2014-10-30 12:44:00)
  • Sony Mobile appoints new chief as troubles persist (2014-10-30 12:41:28)
    Next month, Hiroki Totoki will take over the division that has yet to make a major mark in smartphones. Sony announces earnings Friday, when it's expected to further slash smartphone shipments.>
  • Watch this maniac put your pumpkin-carving skills to shame (2014-10-30 12:37:47)
    Marc Evan of Maniac Pumpkin Carvers gives us a look at what it takes to carve an elaborate, beautiful pumpkin in this video captured entirely using a GoPro.>
  • Peter Singer: 'We Need To Be More Cautious With Our Caution' (2014-10-30 12:37:19)
    Peter Singer is the world’s most prominent and controversial moral philosopher. He talked with Lars Mensel and Max Tholl about techno-skepticism, trash TV, and why our becoming less human might ultimately save humanity.The European: Mr. Singer, do we have a healthy relationship with technology?Singer: A question that broad really doesn’t...
  • Grocery chain Meijer breaks with other CurrentC retailers to accept Apple Pay (2014-10-30 12:33:05)
    At least one member of the Merchant Customer Exchange — a coalition of retailers that are blocking Apple Pay and other mobile payment systems in order to promote their own option — seems to have broken from the group. Michigan Live reports that regional grocery chain Meijer has decided to keep accepting mobile payments besides MCX's app "CurrentC," letting customers tap their NFC-enabled phones to pay for things like groceries and gas. "We don't plan to remove or disable these systems," said spokesperson Frank Guglielmi.
  • How to fix the worst bugs in iOS 8.1 (2014-10-30 12:31:31)
    Apple’s latest version of iOS is a huge improvement over other recent builds. It’s a particularly substantial improvement over iOS 8.0.1, which bricked about 30,000 iPhones in late September. As solid as iOS 8.1 is, however, the software still has some bugs that can be a big headache for iPhone and iPad users around the world. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there are already things you can do to address all of iOS 8.1’s most troublesome bugs. FROM EARLIER: Hidden iOS 8 trick stops people from digging through your library when you show them a photo Gizmodo has put together a nice list of the most annoying bugs plaguing people with iPhones, iPads and iPod touch handhelds
  • Apple's Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay' (2014-10-30 12:27:54)
    Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook on Thursday became the most prominent American corporate leader to come out as being gay, saying he was trading off his closely guarded privacy for the chance to help move forward civil rights. The Alabama native, who has spoken out against discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, declared his sexual orientation in a magazine editorial, confirming a fact widely known in the close-knit Silicon Valley tech community but rarely discussed. Cook's announcement comes as gay marriage is becoming widespread, but the nation is still divided over gay rights.
  • Spain OKs 'Google Tax' demanded by news publishers (2014-10-30 12:27:17)
    MADRID (AP) — Spain's parliament has approved new intellectual property laws that allow news publishers to charge aggregators each time they display news content in search results.
  • Gamergate is dead (2014-10-30 12:25:21)
    As an activist movement with the ability to inspire positive change, Gamergate is dead. Its constituents and its hashtag will remain — and I suspect will be, for sometime, as fierce, aggressive, and vocal — but these remainders represent a hate group and its banner, associated with bigotry and cruelty.
  • Apple chief Tim Cook puts focus on gay rights (2014-10-30 12:23:37)
    Apple's Tim Cook on Thursday became the most prominent chief executive to acknowledge his homosexuality, putting fresh focus on gay representation in the boardroom. Cook's announcement, in an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, is a watershed since he is the first CEO of a major US corporation to make such a declaration. "I think the result is that it will make gay culture more mainstream," said Roger Kay of Endpoint Technologies Associates, a consultant and analyst who follows the tech sector.
  • You can download $115 worth of awesome paid Android apps for free right now (2014-10-30 12:10:35)
    Android fans looking to score some free apps should check out Amazon’s Appstore today, because it’s currently offering users free access to some 40 apps and games that are worth a combined $115. This huge sale ends Saturday though, so you’d better hurry if you want to download them all. FROM EARLIER: 9 awesome paid iPhone apps that are all free downloads right now (save $26!) The offer is valid in multiple markets, with Android Police already confirming it’s up in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. France and Australia. The Android games part of the promotion (available at the source link) includes titles like Plants vs. Zombies, Fruit Ninja and World of Goo, but also Plex, Boxer Pro, and other premium apps — a
  • PS4 firmware update hit with widespread bug (2014-10-30 11:59:38)
    PlayStation 4 users who have updated to firmware version 2.00 report that putting the system into "Rest Mode" prevents the console from reawakening.>
  • 8 great GIFs show the best of what’s new in Android 5.0 Lollipop (2014-10-30 11:45:31)
    We’re just days away from seeing the first Android 5.0 devices start to ship. Google’s premium Nexus 9 tablet is set to launch this coming Monday, November 3rd, and Google’s first phablet will follow soon after, though an exact release date for the Nexus 6 is still unknown. What we do know, however, is that the new Lollipop software that powers both new Nexus devices features a stunning user interface overhaul and some great new features that Android users will love. And what better way is there to show off those great new features than with a bunch of animated GIFs? FROM EARLIER: Lollipop has an amazing hidden feature you’ll want to immediately use We have gone over all of the best
  • Samsung Gear S slated for US launch on Nov. 7 (2014-10-30 11:45:22)
    The 3G-enabled smartwatch will be available from a wide range of carriers and let you place and receive calls while on-the-go.>
  • Program your own video games with these mobile apps (2014-10-30 11:45:00)
    Gone are the days when playing video games were viewed as a juvenile distraction. There are tangible learning benefits to games. Further, those with the skills to build games can are highly coveted and can earn significant income with minimal experience. These five apps can tutor middle and high school students about everything from coding to design to implementation that goes into creating games.
  • The company that designs Ferraris just built an $11,000 bicycle (2014-10-30 11:37:13)
    Pininfarina is best known as Ferrari's frequent collaborator, but the Italian design firm sketches a lot of other things, too — take the Pininfarina Fuoriserie, for instance, a bicycle that's just a little fancier than your average fixie. Much of the steel frame is concealed with a walnut wood coating, for instance; the handlebars and seat are covered with a woven leather pattern. It's beautiful, particularly with the combination of wood and bare metal on the frame that gives the Fuoriserie a bit of a retro-future feel.
  • How well does George R.R. Martin know 'Game of Thrones' characters? (2014-10-30 11:34:33)
    The author gets quizzed on lines uttered by his own creations on "Late Night with Seth Meyers." Let the giggling commence.>
  • New report may reveal on-contract pricing for Google’s Nexus 6 (2014-10-30 11:20:22)
    The recently unveiled Nexus 6 happens to be Google’s biggest and most expensive Nexus smartphone yet, but Google told CNET that it believes more people will buy the device regardless of its comparatively hefty price tag, and support from carriers will help. Unlike before, five U.S. mobile operators will have the smartphone in stores this year, including the four major players, and that’s also a first for a Nexus smartphone. FROM EARLIER: This might be why you can’t find a Nexus 6 in the Google Play Store right now Apparently, Google wants to make the Nexus 6 available to more people, especially to those smartphone buyers who are likely to buy a new device with a new two-year contract. For them, the $199
  • The Coen brothers' next movie is a Hollywood comedy coming in 2016 (2014-10-30 11:15:53)
    There's a more or less familiar pattern with releases from writer-directors Joel and Ethan Coen: we get a critically acclaimed drama, and then the screwball comedy — often critically acclaimed, too. (See: Fargo and The Big Lebowski; No Country For Old Men and Burn After Reading.) Looks like we're now getting the followup to last year's mostly melancholy Inside Llewyn Davis: Universal says the Coens' Hail, Caesar! is coming February 5th, 2016.
  • Google Play Books is now a lot better for reading nonfiction titles like textbooks (2014-10-30 11:00:02)
    By now, you're likely quite familiar with the concept of reading an ebook, whether on a tablet or dedicated e-reader: you load it up with as many books as you can, tap or flip your way through the pages, and maybe highlight a few favorite passages or look up some word definitions along the way. Google believes that's a fine formula for reading a novel, but sorely lacking when reading nonfiction books — think cookbooks, textbooks, or any other book that you don't typically read straight through from cover to cover. ...
  • Any.Do updates its to-do app with new sharing features (2014-10-30 10:56:18)
    There's a revamped version of minimalist to-do app Any.Do out today, and using it might cost you. Today, the company announced Any.Do 2.0, a version of the cross-platform service focused on turning your lists into collaborative projects. It's meant to unify your work and personal lists, while making it easier for other people to see and modify them — the creators want you to be using it to organize your entire life (or, as CEO Omer Perchik puts it, your "portfolio of experiences and aspirations"), not just check off items. ...
  • 7 awesome paid iPhone apps you can get free for a limited time (save $23!) (2014-10-30 10:55:12)
    It’s been a great week so far for paid iPhone and iPad apps that were made available for free for a limited time, and a few good ones from Wednesday’s post are still free if you hurry. Thursday is another day, however, and today we have another batch of seven apps to share. Want to download $23 worth of nifty iOS apps without paying a dime? Scroll through the list below and hurry before these limited-time sales end. DON’T MISS: Hidden iOS 8 trick stops people from digging through your library when you show them a photo These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no
  • 'Game of Thrones' stars sign for seventh season (2014-10-30 10:49:49)
    It looks like HBO wants a seventh season of Game of Thrones. The series has already been ordered through its sixth season, and now The Hollywood Reporter says that HBO has reworked its stars' contracts to make sure that they'll all be onboard should it order a seventh. And at this point, it seems highly unlikely that it wouldn't — the show has been an enormous hit, and a seventh season would make the series run at least as long as the books are supposed to.
  • The kindest cut: my journey into the nether regions of male birth control (2014-10-30 10:41:32)
    The doctor gives my scrotum a firm tug, stretching the skin flat. “This is where I would punch the hole,” he explains. I wince, and he says, “I can assure you, it doesn’t hurt at all.” From there, he explains, it’s a simple process to extract and sever my vas deferens, the tiny tubes that carry my seed. Just to be safe, he’ll cauterize the cut ends before tying them back together, burning my baby-making apparatus into oblivion.
  • Here are the first unboxing videos of the amazing Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 (2014-10-30 10:30:53)
    The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 are Google’s latest Nexus-branded smartphone and tablet, and while both devices are available for preorder from Google Play — the Nexus 6 is already sold out though — Android fans are yet to get their next Nexus toys. While you wait for your Nexus 6 and/or Nexus 9 to be delivered to your door, you can already check out the first unboxing videos, with Phone Arena having already posted such videos on YouTube. FROM EARLIER: You can preorder Google’s incredible Nexus 6 right now As you can easily see, Google opted for a minimal retail box design for both the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9 — somewhat similar to what Apple has
  • A 'haunted' ad comes alive to scare the heck out of Swedes (2014-10-30 10:25:19)
    An amusement park in Stockholm uses a terrifying technique to frighten people on the street into paying attention to their latest attraction.>
  • Nintendo sleep sensor to take aim at 'quality of life' (2014-10-30 10:22:28)
    The company unveils a new service that would monitor a person's sleep patterns and provide feedback on improving restfulness.>
  • Metallica will play for a week on Craig Ferguson's 'Late Late Show' (2014-10-30 10:18:30)
    Craig Ferguson, host of the Late Late Show, announced he was leaving his gig for new horizons earlier this year. He'll be getting a slightly unexpected — but amazing — musical send-off: Metallica says they'll play a song on the show every night for a week to commemorate Ferguson's time as host, Rolling Stone reports.
  • Samsung's Gear S smartwatch coming to the US on November 7th (2014-10-30 10:16:21)
    Samsung's Gear S smartwatch will launch in the United States on November 7th, the company announced today. All four major US carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile) will carry the device, and you'll also be able to purchase it from Samsung's store-in-a-store shops at Best Buy locations across the US. The Gear S will be available in black or white, but Samsung's not revealing any pricing details; it's leaving that task to the carriers. Just don't expect the Gear S, with its built-in cellular radio and curved OLED screen, to come cheap.
  • Life would be better if our cars had Formula 1 steering wheels (2014-10-30 10:10:59)
    Whether you're talking on-track performance or off-track health benefits, Formula 1 has been at the forefront of technology for decades. One obvious example is the evolution of the cars' steering wheels, which have sprouted enough knobs, buttons, lights, and displays that they look more like something out of a spacecraft than an earthbound machine. McLaren Mercedes — the second-oldest active F1 team behind Ferrari — just posted a look back through some of the most radical wheel designs that their team's drivers have used over the years with some insight into when, why, and how they changed.
  • Here’s the $100 smartphone Microsoft says is better than the iPhone (2014-10-30 10:05:31)
    When in doubt, attack the iPhone. This is a strategy that has been employed countless times over the past seven years, ever since Apple’s iPhone first came along and turned the smartphone industry on its head in 2007. One company actually managed to turn iPhone-bashing into a successful business, but it costs Samsung double-digit billions in marketing money each year to make its anti-Apple campaign work. Of course, most companies don’t have that kind of money to spend on marketing and advertising, so they haven’t fared quite as well. Microsoft is no stranger to targeting Apple in marketing, of course, and its latest effort is one of its most curious to date. DON’T MISS: Hidden iOS 8 trick stops people from digging
  • Dyson unleashes new Fluffy DC74 cordless vacuum in Asia (2014-10-30 10:05:27)
    The new roller suction head uses microfibre and carbon strips to suck up anything from fine dust to large pieces of kibble.>
  • A banking giant and payment startup unite to modernize money transfer (2014-10-30 10:00:46)
    As the mainstream adoption and subsequent uproar around Apple Pay has shown, people are beginning to expect that the financial industry catch up with the supercomputer in their pocket. Credit cards and cash are still on the front lines, but the bigger changes will come when startups bring their innovations inside the banking industry itself. ...
  • Watch the trailer for 'Ex Machina,' a sci-fi thriller from the writer of '28 Days Later' (2014-10-30 09:52:29)
    If you're a sci-fi fan, you're probably familiar with some of Alex Garland's incredible work: he wrote the tense thriller Sunshine and the revered zombie film 28 Days Later. Now Garland is directing his first film, and the result is Ex Machina: a thriller about two men testing the intelligence of an AI inside a robotic woman's body. The men, played by Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson, both work for an "internet-search giant" — so it's easy to imagine what the film may be trying to parallel there — but the crux of the story appears to be around some strange emergence of sexuality and deception. ...
  • This might be why you can’t find a Nexus 6 in the Google Play Store right now (2014-10-30 09:40:50)
    Google opened Nexus 6 preorders on Wednesday in the U.S., but the company soon sold out the available 32GB versions of the first Nexus phablet, and the 64GB version was still listed as “coming soon.” This isn’t the first time Google’s new Nexus handsets sold out soon after being made available in the Google Play Store, but Google might have a special reason for only taking a limited number of preorders in its online store, at least according to MobileSyrup. FROM EARLIER: You can preorder Google’s incredible Nexus 6 right now The publication says the Nexus 6 is “huge” for Google’s future in the smartphone company, and the phone is intended to be sold mainly through carriers, rather than on Google Play. “This is the
  • Michael Bay could be in talks to direct a movie about Benghazi (2014-10-30 09:37:19)
    Michael Bay may be officially handing off his crowd-pleasing but critically panned Transformers for weightier fare: a film about the 2012 attack on US diplomatic and CIA compounds in Benghazi, Libya. The Hollywood Reporter and Variety report that Bay is in talks to direct a film adaptation of 13 Hours, a recently released account of the Benghazi incident that ended with the deaths of a US ambassador, a State Department official, and two CIA operatives.
  • The MPAA and theater owners have officially banned Google Glass (2014-10-30 09:21:28)
    If there was any doubt on how theaters felt about patrons using Google Glass, the Motion Picture Association of America and National Association of Theatre Owners have quashed it: an update to their joint anti-theft policy has just been "made to fully integrate wearable tech into the rules." If it can record, the new guidelines say, shut it off and put it away. The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) have a long history of welcoming technological advances and recognize the strong consumer interest in smart phones and wearable "intelligent" devices. As has been our long-standing policy, all phones must be silenced and other recording devices, including wearable devices, must be turned off and put away at show time.
  • Instagram launches video ads today (2014-10-30 09:18:45)
    Your Instagram feed is going to start having a new type of ad in it: videos. Starting today, Instagram is allowing advertisers to start running 15-second video ads that'll appear in your feed the same way that sponsored image posts have for almost a year now, according to Adweek. Instagram has reportedly been testing the videos for several months, so it's possible that you've already seen one, but video ads are widely launching today, beginning with spots from Disney, Banana Republic, Activision, Lancome, and the CW network.
  • Anonymous Apple employees reveal what it’s like to work for Tim Cook (2014-10-30 09:15:28)
    Despite the fact that all of its products now leak long before they are formally announced, Apple remains one of the most secretive technology companies in the world. Of course, it makes sense that the most valuable company in the United States would want to protect its secret sauce, so one can’t exactly blame Apple for closing itself off to the public, for the most part. Then again, when a company is as secretive as Apple, it makes the private bits and pieces that do manage to trickle out far more tantalizing — and some juicy bits and pieces were shared recently when several anonymous Apple employees shared some details surrounding what it’s like to work for Apple CEO Tim Cook.
  • Microsoft Band, a Windows Phone fitness tracker, works with Android, iPhone too (2014-10-30 09:08:42)
    The fitness tracker packs in a range of features including a colour touchscreen, heart rate tracker and GPS.>
  • Alibaba plays trademark card to protect lead as China's $8 billion e-commerce spree nears (2014-10-30 09:08:36)
    BEIJING (Reuters) - A trademark spat between Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and rival flared into public view after JD published an Alibaba letter urging publishers to be careful about advertising in promotions for China's annual "Singles' Day" spree, the world's largest online shopping day. In the letter, dated Oct. 16 and published on Thursday on a JD social media account, Alibaba's marketplace warned Chinese publishers against running ads with the "Double Eleven" motif that are not official Alibaba promotions. ...
  • Lenovo closes deal to buy Motorola from Google (2014-10-30 09:07:03)
    Lenovo announced Thursday it has completed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google, a move strengthening the Chinese giant's position in the smartphone market. The $2.9 billion deal, announced in January, ends Google's brief ownership of the onetime mobile phone star. By adding Motorola, Lenovo positions itself among the top global smartphone makers behind Samsung and Apple. Lenovo will operate Motorola as a wholly-owned subsidiary, keeping the Chicago-based headquarters and adding some 3,500 employees, including 2,800 in the United States.
  • In glow of Apple, NXP pitches tap-to-pay technology to car makers (2014-10-30 09:04:21)
    By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - NXP Semiconductors is taking advantage of the recent excitement around Apple Inc's new mobile payment system with the tap-to-pay technology built into the newest iPhones by pitching it to car makers. Apple's inclusion of near-field-communications, or NFC, in its latest smartphones and its Apple Pay system unveiled last month has given a long-awaited seal of approval to the technology. ...
  • Get a refurbished Galaxy Gear smartwatch for $76.45 (2014-10-30 08:55:58)
    If you own a compatible Galaxy smartphone, this should prove a welcome addition to your wrist. Plus: tons of free apps from Amazon.>
  • Video: This is why Tim Cook finally decided to come out as gay (2014-10-30 08:50:03)
    Apple CEO Tim Cook dropped an unexpected surprise on Thursday morning when he decided to finally come out as gay. Even though Cook’s sexuality has long been a topic of speculation, the Apple boss put all doubts to rest in a heartfelt essay in Bloomberg Businessweek where he talked about his experiences as a gay man and how they’ve shaped what he sees as his role as CEO of Apple. Bloomberg TV has just posted an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek editor Josh Tyrangiel, who worked with Cook on crafting his essay for the publication. In the interview, Tyrangiel reveals that coming out publicly was something Cook has been thinking about for a long time, although he’s been reluctant to pull the
  • At This University, Students Can Get Credit For ‘Wasting Time On The Internet' (2014-10-30 08:33:59)
    Lucky creative writing students in a University of Pennsylvania seminar will be able to earn academic credit for wasting time on the Internet next spring. The class, appropriately titled “Wasting Time on the Internet,” will require its students to spend the three-hour weekly sessions dividing their attention between the world of the...
  • What is the future of food? (2014-10-30 08:30:52)
    How do you make more food with less farmable land? It's a tricky problem with no one obvious solution. Eating bugs to growing meat in a lab -- the possibilities are equal parts fascinating and daunting.
  • The Big Future: What is the future of food? (2014-10-30 08:30:02)
    What will we eat in the year 2100? In this week's Big Future, Arielle Duhaime-Ross takes a look at what we might eat in the future, and how we'll produce it. It's a tricky question, as new techniques and a changing climate combine to radically transform conventional agriculture. The result might look less like Soylent and more like a cricket farm.
  • Apple's Tim Cook: 'So let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay' (2014-10-30 08:29:57)
    The CEO publicly discusses his sexual orientation for the first time in a bid to help anyone "struggling to come to terms with who he or she is".>
  • It's official: Motorola Mobility now belongs to Lenovo (2014-10-30 08:29:34)
    The transfer of Motorola from Google marks the end of a short chapter for the storied handset vendor -- and brings Lenovo badly needed credibility in the smartphone business.>
  • Apple's Tim Cook says 'proud to be gay' (2014-10-30 08:29:19)
    By Anya George Tharakan (Reuters) - Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook publicly came out as gay in an article he wrote in Bloomberg Businessweek, saying he wanted to support others who find it difficult to reveal their sexual orientation. "So let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me," Cook said in the article. "I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others," he said. Cook is at least the third CEO of a publicly listed U.S. company to come out of the closet. ...
  • Samsung’s nightmare scenario is unfolding right before our eyes (2014-10-30 08:15:26)
    Halloween has come a day early for Samsung as it released a truly scary earnings report that saw its operating profit tumble by 60% and its revenue fall by 20%. These top-line numbers don’t tell the full story of what’s really happening with Samsung, however — in reality, the company’s nightmare scenario is coming true at a truly stunning speed. RELATED: Samsung’s biggest fear illustrated in just one graph What is Samsung’s “nightmare scenario,” you ask? That it will become just another low-margin Android vendor. For years, Samsung has literally been the only Android smartphone vendor to consistently turn a profit. Indeed, Samsung and Apple for a long time have accounted for all of the smartphone industry’s profits as smaller
  • Time Warner Cable loses more video customers in latest quarter (2014-10-30 08:00:05)
    Time Warner Cable lost a net 184,000 household video customers in the three months ended Sept. 30, far more than the 136,000 that market research firm StreetAccount had estimated. The company, which is being acquired by market leader Comcast Corp for $45.3 billion, lost a net 152,000 customers in the April-June quarter. Comcast reported higher quarterly revenue and income last week as more people signed up for high-speed internet and fewer customers dropped their cable subscriptions. As of Sept. 30, Time Warner Cable had 10.8 million household video subscribers, down from 11.4 million a year earlier.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out as gay in Bloomberg Businessweek column (2014-10-30 07:40:01)
    Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday made a surprising announcement in an opinion piece on Bloomberg Businessweek, which is very much in line with his many public notes in the recent past about diversity at the workplace. “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” Cook said  in the essay. FROM EARLIER: Tim Cook offers a heartfelt tribute to Steve Jobs on the 3rd anniversary of his passing The executive admitted that he never hid his sexual orientation while working at Apple, even though he had not publicly declared it until now. “For
  • Mysterious smart energy company raises $150 million, led by ex-HTC executive (2014-10-30 07:30:01)
    Taiwanese firm Gogoro came out of stealth mode this morning — sort of — announcing in very broad, vague terms that it's looking to "utilize the power of mobile connectivity and data analytics to transform energy distribution and management in the world's cities." It's hard to say what that really means, beyond that the company has an energy focus — but it's interesting to note that they're promising products at next year's CES in January. Gogoro's provenance is interesting: it had already raised $50 million in a 2011 Series A round from Taiwanese billionaire Samuel Yin and Cher Wang, who co-founded HTC and chipmaker VIA. Perhaps it's no surprise that Gogoro employs a number of ex-HTC staff, including former Chief Innovation Officer Horace Luke, who serves as Gogoro's CEO.
  • Is HP's latest the PC of the future? (2014-10-30 07:29:29)
    HP wants to blur the lines between digital and physical creativity and believes the answer is the Sprout, a truly novel new computer that lets people get hands on with designs, literally.
  • Samsung’s Q3 profit nosedives, stock soars (2014-10-30 07:25:49)
    Investors sent Samsung shares soaring more than 4.5% on Thursday as the company reported dismal third-quarter earnings… that were thankfully less dismal than analysts were expecting. In a world where the high end of the smartphone market is being squeezed by more capable mid-range and low-end phones, Samsung’s response has been to flood the market with cheaper low-margin phones. How did that work out? In the third quarter, Samsung’s operating profit plunged 60% on year to $3.9 billion and its revenue slid 20% to about $44.6 billion. DON’T MISS: Hands on with the most surprising phone of the year, Motorola’s Droid Turbo One tweet from mobile analyst Horace Dediu says it all: Q3 (latest) Samsung’s Android device operating profit $18/unit. Estimated
  • Tim Cook: I'm proud to be gay (2014-10-30 07:23:59)
    In an editorial at Bloomberg Businessweek today, Apple CEO Tim Cook reveals he's proud to be gay. "So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me." Cook explains that "plenty" of Apple employees know he’s gay and "it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me." Cook admits the choice to come out wasn’t easy as privacy is important to him, but the trade-off to inspire equality is clearly something the Apple CEO has considered.
  • LG obliterates the bezel with new smartphone LCD display (2014-10-30 07:19:16)
    Everyone who has seen Sharp's Aquos Crystal smartphone has been impressed by it. LG Display has achieved the new breakthrough by using a new Neo Edge process wherein the screen's circuit board, touch panel, and backlight are all sealed into one integrated unit. Mass production of the 5.3-inch display is starting next month and the first customers to get ahold of it will be in China, "where demand for large screen smartphones is strong," according to LG.
  • Google's Android VP on why a pricier Nexus 6 may lead to higher sales (2014-10-30 07:00:03)
    Google tells CNET about its choice to go with a more traditional distribution approach as it pushes its flagship smartphone to mainstream consumers.>
  • Motorola is now part of Lenovo (2014-10-30 07:00:01)
    Motorola Mobility officially becomes part of Lenovo today. Lenovo’s acquisition was announced back in February for $2.91 billion, and today marks the finalization of the deal. Motorola is now "a Lenovo company," but the brand will remain as a subsidiary of Lenovo, headquartered in Chicago. "The iconic Motorola brand will continue, as will the Moto and DROID franchises that have propelled our growth over the past year," explains Rick Osterloh, Motorola president. ...
  • Samsung will 'fundamentally reform' its smartphones after dire earnings report (2014-10-30 06:57:50)
    Samsung's earnings this past quarter have been exactly as downbeat as the company predicted: operating profit is down 60 percent and income from sales is now 20 percent smaller than a year ago. In other words, Samsung's spending more money to generate smaller revenues. This has all been down to Samsung's most lucrative and important mobile devices business, which has been struggling to adapt to a new competitive environment. ...
  • Microsoft smartwatch is official… but it’s more of an affordable fitness band (2014-10-30 06:50:19)
    Just as previously rumored, Microsoft is also interested in the wearable space, and the company just launched a smart device for your wrist that’s supposed to offer health-related features at an affordable price. The Microsoft Band is not a smartwatch, but rather a fitness… well, band, that’s supposed to let users track workout data. FROM EARLIER: Microsoft just stuck a dagger into Google Drive and Dropbox The Microsoft Band is powered by Microsoft’s Health app, which lets users track heart rate, steps, calorie burn and sleep quality. Furthermore, the band offers notifications, such as incoming calls, texts, emails, calendar alerts, social updates and others, “right on your wrist,” just like other similar devices. The device comes with “cutting-edge” technology, Microsoft
  • Microsoft Band is a Windows Phone fitness tracker that works with Android and iPhone too (2014-10-30 06:50:01)
    The Microsoft Band packs in a range of features including a colour touchscreen, heart rate tracker and GPS.>
  • Time Warner Cable reports fall in video subscribers (2014-10-30 06:24:35)
    (Reuters) - Time Warner Cable Inc , the second-largest U.S. cable TV operator, lost more residential video customers in the third quarter than in the preceding quarter. Net income attributable to common shareholders also fell to $499 million, or $1.76 per share, in the quarter ended Sept. 30, from $532 million, or $1.84 per share, in the same quarter last year. Revenue rose to $5.71 billion from $5.52 billion. Time Warner Cable lost 184,000 residential video customers in the quarter, more than the 136,000 that market research firm StreetAccount had estimated. ...
  • Lenovo closes $2.91 billion acquisition of Motorola unit from Google (2014-10-30 06:21:40)
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Lenovo Group Ltd said Thursday it has closed its $2.91 bln acquisition of the Motorola handset unit from Google Inc , paving the way for a fresh assault on the U.S. smartphone market. The purchase comes as Lenovo, the world's leading PC maker, ramps up its effort to diversify its business and establish itself as a smartphone maker with global appeal. Google acquired the iconic smartphone brand and its prized patent portfolio in 2012 for $12.5 billion but struggled to reverse Motorola's years-long decline. ...
  • US theaters advised to ban 'smart' watches and glasses (2014-10-30 05:04:24)
    A pair of influential US film industry organizations on Wednesday put out word that movie theaters should ban smart watches or eyewear that could be used to record movies.
  • China's Xiaomi becomes world's third biggest smartphone maker without leaving Asia (2014-10-30 04:55:53)
    Over the past three months, more than 327 million new smartphones were shipped out from factories around the world, and young Chinese company Xiaomi has been responsible for more than 5 percent of them. Xiaomi's rise has been remarkable both for how quick it has been and for the fact that the company still operates primarily in its home market of China. It has recently broadened its reach to adjacent countries in Southeast Asia like India and Singapore, but its growth remains testament to the incredible explosion in smartphone demand that China is experiencing.
  • Watch a working Project Ara prototype demonstrated ahead of Spiral 2 reveal (2014-10-30 04:19:24)
    The engineers behind Project Ara are trying to make the last smartphone you'll ever need. It's an ambitious scheme, but engineers working at NK Labs in Boston have already produced a working prototype, which they showed off to modular smartphone evangelist Dave Hakkens during a recent visit. At the moment only half of the prototype's space is open to developers, but NK Labs says it has already improved on the Spiral 1: the Spiral 2 will use special Toshiba chips that will open up much of the phone's modular space for developer functions.
  • 37 awesome things we saw at Tokyo Designers Week (2014-10-30 04:07:22)
    Tokyo Designers Week is one of the Japanese capital's biggest calendar events in art, culture, architecture, and design, and it gets bigger every year.
  • Sony changes head of troubled mobile division (2014-10-30 04:00:01)
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp said on Thursday it would appoint senior vice president Hiroki Totoki as the new president of Sony Mobile Communications on Nov. 16, replacing Kunimasa Suzuki at the top of its troubled smartphone business. Totoki is currently serving as corporate planning director after Sony Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai pulled him back from a subsidiary to headquarters as one of his closest confidantes along with Kenichiro Yoshida, chief financial officer. ...
  • Stephen Colbert takes on Gamergate with Anita Sarkeesian (2014-10-30 02:36:49)
    Anita Sarkeesian, the creator of feminist video game critique Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, appeared tonight on The Colbert Report to discuss the Gamergate movement. Ostensibly a "consumer revolt" focused on ethics in video game journalism, Gamergate has been criticized for focusing much of its attention on harassing and threatening prominent women in the gaming industry, with Sarkeesian herself the focus of much of the vitriol.
  • China's Baidu says mobile investment a priority as third quarter revenue falls short (2014-10-30 02:14:33)
    By Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - China's dominant search engine Baidu Inc said it would continue to invest significantly to adapt its business to the mobile era, a transition that has tripped up other Internet peers born in the desktop PC era like Google Inc . Sometimes known as the "Google of China," Baidu reported lower-than-expected 52 percent increase in third quarter revenue, and said it expected revenue growth in the fourth quarter to slow down marginally. The results pushed shares of the U.S.-listed company down 1.6 percent to $221. ...
  • Xiaomi moves into third place in global smartphone war (2014-10-30 01:58:41)
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Xiaomi Inc has become the world's third-largest smartphone vendor just three years after first hitting the market, trailing only Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc, according to a new industry study. Strategy Analytics said Xiaomi accounted for 6 percent of all 320 million smartphones shipped during July-September. Samsung made up 25 percent, down from 35 percent a year earlier due to rising competition from several directions. Apple's share also fell slightly to 12 percent. ...
  • Microsoft launches wearable fitness device for $199 (2014-10-30 01:44:05)
    (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp launched a device called "Microsoft Band" that will allow users to monitor their fitness and exercise regime, marking the world's largest software company's debut into the wearable technology market. The wrist-worn device has sensors that monitor pulse rate, measure calorie burn and track sleep quality, Microsoft said in a blog post. ( Microsoft said the device will be available in the United States in limited quantities from Thursday for $199. Apple Inc unveiled a smart watch on Sept. ...
  • Billionaires' $10m gift to Yale stirs debate in China (2014-10-30 01:14:12)
    A Chinese billionaire couple's $10 million gift to Yale University sparked controversy among the country's Internet users Thursday, with some arguing that the money would be better spent on schools in China. The endowment marks the latest gift to a prestigious US university by Pan Shiyi and Zhang Xin, the husband-and-wife duo behind real estate giant SOHO China. In July, the couple gave Harvard University $15 million in the first stage of a $100 million programme that Pan and Zhang say will fund disadvantaged Chinese students at top institutions across the globe. "The SOHO China Scholarships aim to provide the best possible educational opportunities to the most outstanding students from Mainland China, enabling them to maximise their potential in their contribution to mankind," he added.
  • Baidu profit up 27 percent as mobile grows (2014-10-30 00:53:29)
    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese search engine Baidu Inc. said Thursday its quarterly profit rose 27 percent as user traffic for its mobile operation surpassed passed its desktop computer-based search business.
  • Samsung seeks smartphone revamp to arrest profit slide (2014-10-30 00:27:58)
    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday said it would revamp its smartphone line-up to take on competitors in the rapidly growing mid-to-low range segment, after third-quarter earnings set it on course for its worst year since 2011. The global smartphone leader's market share declined in annual terms for the third straight quarter in July-September, lagging Apple Inc in the premium market and overtaken by rivals like Lenovo Group Ltd and Xiaomi Inc at the bottom end, research firm Strategy Analytics said. ...
  • Ridesharing company Uber gains ground in Las Vegas courtroom (2014-10-30 00:13:37)
    LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - The ridesharing company Uber gained ground in Las Vegas Wednesday when a District Court judge ruled against a restraining order that would have temporarily prohibited it from operating in Clark County, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Taxi drivers around the world have urged lawmakers to regulate or ban such services, which allow users to use apps on their smartphones to hire a private driver, rather than calling a taxi company. ...
  • Smart cocktail shaker teaches you to mix the perfect drink (2014-10-30 00:02:49)
    The B4RM4N is a smart cocktail shaker and app combo that incorporates sensors so that you mix a perfect cocktail, every time.>
  • Flipboard debuts a big redesign and The Daily Edition, a morning news section (2014-10-30 00:00:02)
    Some apps offer expert-level curation, like Yahoo News Digest, which bundles ten stories into a simple package that comes every morning and evening. Then, there's Flipboard, the comparatively ancient older brother that does a great job aggregating news your friends post across all of your social networks. The app has over 100 million users, but seems to have lost some of its buzz as people increasingly turn to Facebook for aggregated news.
  • Nintendo's first 'non-wearable' is a sleep-tracking device (2014-10-29 23:41:47)
    Although Nintendo reported encouraging Q2 earnings yesterday, the company has been clear about its need to expand into new areas of business. At an investor briefing today, CEO and president Satoru Iwata announced that Nintendo is working on a sleep-tracking device that uses radio waves to monitor users' nighttime activity. The news represents the first solid details we've heard about Nintendo's "Quality of Life (QOL) platform, which Iwata first mentioned back in January with talk of mysterious "non-wearable" technology.
  • Nintendo to develop 'quality of life' device to track sleep, fatigue: CEO (2014-10-29 23:31:23)
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co Ltd will develop a device to measure a user's fatigue and map their sleep, Chief Executive Satoru Iwata said on Thursday, the first offering from the company's newly created healthcare division. The device will be developed with U.S. firm ResMed Inc, which currently makes products to treat sleep disorders, and will be available in the financial year ending March 2016. "By using our know-how in gaming... to analyse sleep and fatigue, we can create something fun," Iwata said. ...
  • Global smartphone market healthier than previously thought (2014-10-29 23:08:22)
    Increased focus on emerging markets drive a 25 percent year-over-year increase in global shipments in the third quarter, according to IDC.>
  • Samsung vows changes after mobile profit plunges (2014-10-29 22:50:47)
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. admitted erring in its smartphone strategy and vowed to overhaul its handset lineup after profit from those devices tumbled last quarter to the lowest in more than three years.
  • Microsoft outs Band fitness wearable in Apple App store screenshots (2014-10-29 22:46:51)
    Device's sensors will track heart rate, steps taken, calories burned and sleep, according to a Microsoft privacy statement.>
  • Microsoft's health revolution is here, starting with a $199 fitness tracker (2014-10-29 22:15:13)
    Microsoft's fitness tracking ambitions are not small.
  • Futuristic necklace turns light into jewellery (2014-10-29 22:14:15)
    A new kind of jewellery uses a pico projector to create an interactive play of light across the wearer's neck.>
  • Nintendo to develop device to track sleep, fatigue: CEO (2014-10-29 22:11:03)
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co Ltd will develop a device to measure a user's level of fatigue and track sleep from one's bedside, Chief Executive Satoru Iwata told media at a briefing on Thursday. The device, to be developed with U.S. firm Resmed, which currently makes products to treat sleep disorders, will be the first product in Nintendo's new healthcare division and the first part of its "Quality of Life" project announced earlier this year. ...
  • Spartan Apus Launcher conquers 30 million users internationally (2014-10-29 22:06:19)
    Chinese company Apus has released its pared-down Android launcher to massive international success. But it's doing it without focusing on the Chinese market. We sat down with founder Li Tao to find out why.>
  • Samsung Elec sees higher handset average sale price in fourth quarter (2014-10-29 21:30:21)
    SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday that it expects average selling prices for handsets to increase in the fourth quarter due to a rise in high-end smartphone sales. Robert Yi, Samsung's head of investor relations, did not specify how much prices would rise, with the average selling price for handsets and tablets combined in the third quarter about $190. Yi also told analysts during a conference call that shipments of handsets and tablets in the October-December period would be similar to the third quarter. (Reporting by Se Young Lee; Editing by Stephen Coates)
  • Star Apps: Daniel Ash (2014-10-29 21:13:04)
    Today Love and Rockets' former front man is more comfortable behind the decks.
  • 'Microsoft Band' wearable leaked by Apple and Google's app stores (2014-10-29 20:52:00)
  • The Longest Journey arrives remastered for iOS (2014-10-29 20:50:30)
    The hit point-and-click classic has been soft-launched in Australia and New Zealand, and is coming soon to the rest of the world.>
  • 'Microsoft Band' wearable spotted ahead of rumored announcement (2014-10-29 20:46:05)
    Microsoft is expected to unveil its fitness band very soon and the company appears to have leaked its new wearable a little early. A Microsoft Band Sync app has appeared in the Mac App Store today, indicating that the company's new wearable will simply be named Microsoft Band when it debuts. The application reveals what the Microsoft Band looks like and it's pretty similar to Samsung's Gear Fit with what looks like a horizontal display. There's little other information including in the Microsoft Band Sync app listing, but the app does indicate that the band will sync its data to the cloud.
  • 'Microsoft Band' wearable revealed in app store leaks (2014-10-29 20:46:05)
    Microsoft is expected to unveil its fitness band very soon and the company appears to have leaked its new wearable a little early. A Microsoft Band Sync app has appeared in the Mac App Store today, indicating that the company's new wearable will simply be named Microsoft Band when it debuts. The application reveals what the Microsoft Band looks like and it's pretty similar to Samsung's Gear Fit with a horizontal display. There's little other information included in the Microsoft Band Sync app listing, but the app does indicate that the band will sync its data to the cloud.
  • Rocket explosion setback for commercial space (2014-10-29 20:39:34)
    CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) — Crews searched for scorched wreckage along the Virginia coast Wednesday in hopes of figuring out why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded in a blow to NASA's strategy of using private companies to fly supplies and, eventually, astronauts to the International Space Station.
  • Destiny’s first expansion brings a ton of new content to the popular shooter on December 9th (2014-10-29 20:30:44)
    On Wednesday, Activision and Bungie finally announced an official release date for Destiny’s first major expansion, The Dark Below. The paid DLC will be available on December 9th, bringing new weapons, gear, missions, multiplayer maps and a higher level cap to the immensely popular first-person shooter. DON’T MISS: Destiny review: Lonely planets “Destiny was created as a living universe, which has allowed us to improve the experience post launch in real-time,” says Harold Ryan, President of Bungie. “It also gives us insight into the things players are looking for in new content. We’ve seen from feedback that people want new activities, gear and weapons, and of course the immensely popular Raid. The community helps shape our development decisions and that’s
  • Smartphone woes drag Samsung Electronics third-quarter profit to more than three-year low (2014-10-29 20:30:20)
    SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd saw its July-September quarterly profit fall to the lowest level in more than three years, as a decline in earnings from its smartphone business set the South Korean giant on track for its worst year since 2011. The global smartphone leader has lost market share in annual terms for the past two quarters, lagging behind Apple Inc in the premium market and overtaken by rivals like Lenovo Group Ltd and Xiaomi Inc at the bottom end. Samsung on Thursday said its third-quarter operating profit fell by an annual 60.1 percent to 4.1 trillion won ($3. ...
  • Wal-Mart and allies in face-off with Apple Pay over mobile payments (2014-10-29 20:24:37)
    By Nathan Layne and Nandita Bose CHICAGO (Reuters) - Suddenly it's Apple versus Wal-Mart in the fight for shoppers' digital wallets. With the development of a new mobile payment system, a group of retailers led by Wal-Mart Stores is aiming to upend the $4.5 trillion credit card market and control the precious transaction data generated at the checkout line. The difficulty of the task became clear this week when drugstore chains CVS Health Corp and Rite Aid , in a move apparently aimed at shoring up the retailers' pay system, stopped accepting payments on Apple Inc's iPhones. ...
  • Engadget Daily: Hands-on with the Nexus 6, HP Sprout and more! (2014-10-29 20:11:00)
  • Samsung Electronics third-quarter operating profit down 60.1 percent on year (2014-10-29 19:53:58)
    SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said third-quarter profit fell 60.1 percent from a year earlier to the lowest in more than three years, as earnings for the mobile division continued to shrink. The world's top smartphone maker on Thursday reported a July-September operating profit of 4.1 trillion won ($3.90 billion), in line with its estimates issued earlier in October. Profit for the mobile division, which drove Samsung's earnings growth in 2012 and 2013, shrank to 1.75 trillion won from 6.70 trillion won a year earlier. This was the weakest since the second quarter of 2011. ...
  • Apple’s Retina 5K iMac seems pricey at $2,499 – here’s why it’s really a killer deal (2014-10-29 19:45:17)
    Obviously not everyone can afford to spend $2,500 on a large monitor with a resolution of 4K or higher. But if you do feel like throwing that kind of cash around at a beautiful display, Apple’s new iMac with a Retina 5K display really is a killer deal. We mention this because 9to5Mac on Wednesday flagged an impressive looking LG 4K monitor that measures in at 31 inches and costs the exact same price as the Retina 5K iMac… but it’s also just a monitor and not an all-in-one desktop computer. RELATED: Meet the Retina iMac, Apple’s best desktop yet Granted, the new LG monitor is slightly bigger at 31 inches versus the 27 inches offered by the Retina 5K iMac.
  • Tomorrow Daily 077: The Antares rocket explosion, ferrofluid art, and hydrogel robot muscles (2014-10-29 19:42:11)
    On today's show, we talk about the Antares rocket disaster, how scientists might use hydrogel to create artificial facial muscles in robots, and a ferrofluid art exhibit desperate for your attention.>
  • Yik Yak review (2014-10-29 19:37:00)
    Allow anyone to connect and share information with others without having to know them
  • YouTube's silky smooth 60FPS video is now ready for viewing (2014-10-29 19:36:00)
  • Exclusive: Lighting and sensor provider Excelitas up for sale - sources (2014-10-29 19:23:20)
    By Greg Roumeliotis and Mike Stone (Reuters) - Excelitas Technologies Corp, a provider of lighting and sensor components to the health and defense sectors, is exploring a sale it hopes will value it at at least $2 billion, including debt, according to people familiar with the matter. Excelitas' owner, private equity firm Veritas Capital Fund Management LLC, is preparing to launch an auction for the company with the help of investment banks Goldman Sachs Group Inc and Rothschild, the people said on Wednesday. ...
  • You have only two days left to watch these 36 great movies and shows on Netflix (2014-10-29 19:00:18)
    When Netflix giveth, Netflix taketh away: 30 of movies and 6 television shows are being removed from Netflix starting November 1st. RELATED: Your guide to new titles on Netflix this week: October 26th – November 1st Netflix is removing Joss Whedon’s (Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Avengers) brilliant space-western and directorial debut Serenity (2005), based on the too-soon cancelled Fox series Firefly. Other removed movies include The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (1966), Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969), Apocalypse Now (1979), and Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie (1980). As for TV, Netflix is removing all Barney, Bob The Builder, Thomas & Friends, and all four seasons of The Magic School Bus in November. Here’s the full list of movie titles expiring on Netflix beginning
  • An average Tinder user spends 90 minutes swiping each day (2014-10-29 18:58:00)
  • Talko review (2014-10-29 18:56:00)
    Communicate with your friends and share photos
  • WhatsApp founders own nearly $9B in Facebook stock (2014-10-29 18:50:59)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton received 116 million shares of Facebook stock currently worth nearly $9 billion when they sold their mobile messaging service to the social networking leader earlier this month.
  • PopKey Animated GIF Keyboard review (2014-10-29 18:31:00)
    Send animated GIFs to your friends by SMS or e-mail
  • Review: CBS streaming not worth cutting cord, yet (2014-10-29 18:30:00)
    NEW YORK (AP) — I dropped my cable TV service more than a year ago and have been relying on Netflix, Hulu and other services to fill my television needs. But I get my shows at least a day late. With CBS' new All Access streaming service, I can watch shows right when they air.
  • Banksy's New York graffiti tour is getting its own HBO documentary this Friday (2014-10-29 18:18:31)
    It was just over a year ago that infamous UK street artist Banksy began a self-described "residency" in New York City, creating a series of whimsical and increasingly bizarre public artworks throughout the five boroughs. Now that epic stunt, which went on for a month, is getting its own HBO documentary. Banksy Does New York will premiere on HBO on November 17th, but will be available on HBO Go early, beginning this Friday, October 31st (Halloween). ...
  • Apple actually lost U.S. market share in Q3 despite iPhone 6 launch (2014-10-29 18:15:24)
    A new report from Kantar WorldPanel ComTech reveals that huge iPhone 6 demand helped Apple last quarter, with the company seeing market share increases in various European markets. However, Apple’s market share actually dropped in Apple’s home country during the period, hitting 32.6% in the September quarter, a 3.3% drop compared to last year. FROM EARLIER: You might not be able to find an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus in stores this Christmas “Despite Apple’s share declining 3 percentage points in the three months ending in September, compared with the same period last year, it is clear that demand for the iPhone 6 has been very healthy,” Kantar wrote. Apple sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 units during the
  • One Handed Keyboard review (2014-10-29 18:03:00)
    Type one handed on the even the biggest iPhone
  • Project Ara team shows a working modular phone (2014-10-29 17:49:00)
  • CurrentC tries and fails to explain why merchants are blocking Apple Pay (2014-10-29 17:48:34)
    CurrentC is those stores' own mobile payments app, and it was created specifically for them and many other retailers by the company MCX, which was formed just for that purpose. MCX is now under some criticism because its partners are blocking Apple's new payments system, even though they have the technology to support it. "This is not a technology decision."
  • Apple Pay rival CurrentC hit by hackers (2014-10-29 17:46:35)
    Doubts linger on the security of the controversial CurrentC payment app. Meanwhile, HP's Sprout targets creative minds and the Bitmoji app turns you into emoji.>
  • YouTube now supports 60fps playback, and video games look amazing (2014-10-29 17:46:26)
    You've never watched YouTube quite like this: today the company began rolling out support for higher video frame rates like 60fps. We've seen movie trailers and other special clips appear with higher fps counts before, but now it works for regular user uploads, too. To see the smoother motion, you'll need to be watching in either 720p or 1080p HD. Both Chrome and Safari 8 worked fine in our tests, but we're seeing mixed results with mobile browsers. Once you hit play, the difference is immediate and hugely noticeable — especially when you're watching video game footage.
  • Kill Shot review (2014-10-29 17:44:01)
    Stare down your rifle scope, zoom in, take a breath
  • Twitch wants you to watch developers build their games (2014-10-29 17:43:26)
    You can play games on Twitch. You can watch people play games on Twitch. You can watch fish play games on Twitch. You can watch people write news reports on Twitch. And now, there's a section where you can watch people make games on Twitch. A new "Game Development" category features people who are building or modding games, whether that's doing coding or drawing concept art. The options for picking what to stream on Twitch are already pretty open, but a dedicated way to find developers raises the visibility of anyone who wants to do it. ...
  • Driven by GTA Online's success, Take-Two sees future in Internet games (2014-10-29 17:36:02)
    Ahead of the re-release of Grand Theft Auto V for newer consoles, the game maker's fiscal second-quarter earnings shed light on its growing online business.>
  • A massive success: 10 years of World of Warcraft (2014-10-29 17:30:04)
    Can a game really have something for everybody? As the latest expansion prepares for launch, we speak to Ion Hazzikostas about the history and future of the game that has ruled the MMO roost for an entire decade.>
  • Check out this trailer for Netflix’s most expensive and ambitious show yet (2014-10-29 17:30:04)
    On Tuesday, Netflix released the trailer for its ambitious and very expensive new original series Marco Polo. With a massive budget, Netflix is hoping this series — based on the famous 13th century explorer — will have subscribers follow along on his journey. MORE NETFLIX: Netflix has announced 3 new shows that cord cutters will love – here are the details According to The New York Times, it cost an estimated $90 million dollars to produce the 10-episode series, which would make the average episode cost a staggering $9 million dollars. Netflix wants to take advantage of the popularity of HBO’s Game of Thrones by mixing healthy amounts of sex and violence alongside Marco Polo’s historic travels. Just judging from the trailer, the look and
  • Google News & Weather review (2014-10-29 17:22:00)
    Personalize and view headline of stories and local news & weather
  • Steve Ballmer still invested in Microsoft, more invested in the Clippers (2014-10-29 17:13:00)
  • China's Baidu posts third quarter revenue below analysts' targets (2014-10-29 17:06:44)
    (Reuters) - Baidu Inc posted a less-than-expected 52 percent surge in third-quarter revenue, even as mobile traffic for China's dominant Internet search engine continued to grow. On Wednesday, the company referred to as "China's Google" forecast a 45.4 to 49.6 percent rise in revenue this quarter, generally in line with Wall Street projections but a marginal deceleration in its pace of expansion. Baidu showed it has been spending more on marketing and content, and on acquiring users. Traffic acquisition costs grew to 12.9 percent of overall revenue, or 1.742 billion yuan in the third quarter. ...
  • Yup, robots are coming to take our retail jobs, too (2014-10-29 17:01:00)
  • Wall Street watchdog to bolster reviews of brokerage cyber security (2014-10-29 16:57:59)
    By Suzanne Barlyn (Reuters) - Wall Street's industry funded watchdog plans to intensify its scrutiny of cyber security practices at brokerage firms in 2015 and is hiring technology savvy examiners to help boost its efforts, an official said on Wednesday. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is in the midst of developing its so-called "examination priorities" for 2015, said Susan Axelrod, the organization's executive vice president of regulatory operations at a conference. The regulator plans to publish its examination priorities in January. ...
  • Apple Pay rival defends service (2014-10-29 16:56:31)
    NEW YORK (AP) — A mobile payment service backed by Wal-Mart, Best Buy and other leading retailers is defending its practice of prohibiting its members from accepting alternatives such as Apple Pay.
  • Take-Two raises 2015 forecast, revenue surpasses estimates (2014-10-29 16:56:20)
    By Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Video game publisher Take-Two Interactive Software raised its 2015 forecast on Wednesday as titles such as "Grand Theft Auto" and "NBA 2K14" helped fuel sales and drove stronger-than-expected results in its fiscal second quarter. Shares of Take-Two rose 6.5 percent in after-hours trading. They closed at $22.80 on the Nasdaq on Wednesday. Take-Two is gratified by the initial response to its holiday season lineup, Chief Executive Strauss Zelnick said in an interview. ...
  • FIFA 15 Ultimate Team review (2014-10-29 16:55:47)
    Build a dream squad of footballers and put them to the test
  • What is Orbital Sciences? (2014-10-29 16:53:40)
    NEW YORK (AP) — NASA pays it billions. Its rockets sport mythical names like Minotaur and Pegasus. And its $2 billion deal to resupply the International Space Station had gone well — until this week.
  • China's Baidu posts third-quarter revenue below analysts' target (2014-10-29 16:43:27)
    (Reuters) - Baidu Inc posted a less-than-expected 52 percent surge in third-quarter revenue, even as mobile traffic for China's dominant Internet search engine continued to grow. The company often referred to as China's Google reported sales of 13.52 billion yuan or $2.203 billion in the third quarter, lagging the 13.56 billion yuan that analysts had expected on average. (Reporting by San Francisco newsroom; Editing by Chris Reese)
  • Take-Two's Grand Theft Auto Online becoming bigger part of business (2014-10-29 16:34:11)
    Ahead of the re-release of Grand Theft Auto 5 for newer consoles next month, Take-Two's fiscal second quarter earnings shed light on its growing online business.>
  • The 404 Show 1,572: Marvel phase 3, cancellation bear (podcast) (2014-10-29 16:30:58)
    Today Jeff and Iyaz discuss Marvel's phase 3 movie ambitions, the legalities of Spider-man, cancellation bear and the Google VP that now holds the skydiving world record.>
  • Fly a drone near a stadium and the FAA could send you to jail (2014-10-29 16:30:02)
    Well before drones were a hobby, in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, the FAA created a rule designating stadiums as "national defense airspace." Between an hour before and an hour after an event, the agency said, aircraft were not allowed less than 3,000 feet above and within three miles of games. If anyone was wondering what "aircraft" entailed, the FAA has clarified: yes, that means drones. Stadiums are "national defense airspace"
  • Poynt's smart store terminal lets you pay any way you like (2014-10-29 16:29:00)
  • MCX says its Apple Pay rival is being bashed because it’s ‘challenging the status quo’ (2014-10-29 16:26:39)
    You may think that Merchant Customer Exchange members are being heavy handed in blocking Apple Pay and Google Wallet from their stores because they want to promote MCX’s own CurrentC mobile payment platform. But according to MCX, that’s not the case — instead, these merchants are trying to shake up the mobile payments industry. FROM EARLIER: This might be the reason MCX retailers won’t let you use Apple Pay, even if they want to In a conference call with the media on Wednesday, MCX CEO Dekkers Davison said that the reason CurrentC has come under fire from media critics and from rival mobile payment services is because it’s making a bold move to challenge established players such as Apple and Google in
  • Why Netflix sends 'Orange is the New Black' to the Library of Congress on videotape (2014-10-29 16:17:59)
    After companies shut down and collectors lose interest, the Library of Congress is supposed to keep our cultural history intact. But digital media has turned our understanding of preservation on its head. It’s no longer enough to just get "a copy" of something: an ebook can be set to self-destruct, an MMO can be nothing without the people who play it, and a streaming video can have a million digital copies and no physical ones. ...
  • Google's Page, Virgin's Branson backed satellite on failed launch (2014-10-29 16:12:59)
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Google Inc Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder Larry Page and Chairman Eric Schmidt are among a roster of billionaires who backed a small satellite built by privately held Planetary Resources Inc that was aboard an unmanned rocket that blew up during a launch on Tuesday. Planetary Resources, which intends to mine asteroids for fuel, water and minerals, said it also counts Virgin Group Founder Richard Branson, Ross Perot Jr, former Microsoft Corp executive Charles Simonyi and John Whitehead, the former chief executive of Goldman Sachs Group Inc, among its investors. ...
  • Twitter keeps you up to date on the 2014 midterm elections (2014-10-29 16:01:00)
  • Video: Mike Tyson hilariously boxes himself in the 1987 classic ‘Punch-Out’ for NES (2014-10-29 15:51:28)
    On Tuesday night, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon invited former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson on to the show. The highlight of the night, however, came after the interview when Fallon decided he’d like to see what would happen if the retired boxer faced off against the digital Mike Tyson in the classic NES game Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! MORE TONIGHT SHOW GAMING: The funniest thing you’ll see all day: Pierce Brosnan plays GoldenEye on the N64 with Jimmy Fallon “I would be killed, man,” Tyson says. “He beats everybody. I met one little kid, around 10 years old, who said he beat me.” Watching this video will bring back the frustrations kids in the ’80s and 9’0s felt trying over and
  • Google Play Movies & TV for Android improves second screen tools (2014-10-29 15:33:00)
  • Sole ND abortion clinic halts medication abortions (2014-10-29 15:19:27)
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's sole abortion provider stopped providing medication abortions Wednesday in the wake of a state Supreme Court ruling that blocked the use of pregnancy-terminating drugs, though surgical abortions were still being provided, the clinic's director said.
  • Hands on with Sprout, HP's keyboard-and-mouse killer (2014-10-29 15:17:23)
    Projection keyboards aren't anything new, but it's a technology that's had plenty pratfalls over the years. HP's trying to change that with a new desktop computer it announced today called Sprout. It has a 23-inch,1080p screen that is topped with a canopy of cameras and a projector that turns a companion touch mat into an interactive display. Because of that technology, HP believes Sprout will bring about the end of keyboard-and-mouse interaction.
  • Dear Tech: Let's Reevaluate Our Relationship (2014-10-29 15:17:08)
    Apple just released OS X Yosemite, a "powerful" operating system that, according the hype, would give me even faster access to more information. As eager as a child on Christmas morning, I downloaded it.Unfortunately, what happened is that Yosemite brought my computer to a standstill. Even the simplest task, like typing an email, took an...
  • Russians deliver space station cargo after US flop (2014-10-29 15:13:01)
    ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) — The company behind the dramatic launch explosion of a space station supply mission promises to find the cause of the failure and is warning residents to avoid any potentially hazardous wreckage.
  • Video: You can get Apple’s gorgeous Apple Watch interface on your iPhone right now (2014-10-29 15:09:56)
    Last week, we showed you a few images of what Apple’s new Apple Watch interface might look like on an iPhone. Usability would certainly take a hit in some important areas, but Apple’s zooming UI does a good job of using available display real estate to its fullest extent. And of course, the zooming effect is also pretty cool. Well, it didn’t take long for developers to get cracking on making the zooming Apple Watch interface a reality for iPhone users, and it’s already available as a free download — with two big caveats. DON’T MISS: Hands on with the most surprising phone of the year, Motorola’s Droid Turbo The Apple Watch will be Apple’s first modern iOS device with a tiny
  • New payments terminal aims to be Switzerland of in-store payments (2014-10-29 14:58:32)
    Coming soon to a merchant near you: Poynt will let you decide how to pay for in-store purchases.>
  • Amazon Fire TV Stick ship date pushed back to January (2014-10-29 14:43:32)
    Amazon's new HDMI streaming stick aims to take on competing devices like the Google Chromecast and Roku Streaming Stick.>
  • Microsoft cuts 3,000 jobs, rounding out July plan (2014-10-29 14:41:03)
    SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said on Wednesday it cut about 3,000 jobs, effectively completing its plan to reduce its workforce by 18,000, or 14 percent of total staff, announced in July. The majority of the 18,000 job cuts were in the phone handset business Microsoft acquired from Nokia earlier this year. “We’ve taken another step that will complete almost all the 18,000 reductions announced in July," said a Microsoft spokesman. "The reductions happening today are spread across many different business units and many different countries. ...
  • Sound Off! Has NFC finally hit the mainstream? (2014-10-29 14:36:00)
  • SodaStream will move its West Bank factory after controversy (2014-10-29 14:31:32)
    In 2012, the Israeli company SodaStream — producer of a machine that makese seltzer water and soda at home — became an unlikely flashpoint of Israeli-Palestinian relations. The company drew criticism for having a factory in an Israeli settlement of the West Bank, an area occupied by Israel but claimed by Palestinians. SodaStream became the target of a boycott organized by activists, which also swept up the company's spokeswoman, Scarlett Johansson.
  • How Mobile Users in Tanzania Just Scored Free Internet (2014-10-29 14:31:00)
    Mark Zuckerberg Gives the Gift of the Internet
  • Scary new malware uses a Gmail trick to steal your data (2014-10-29 14:28:50)
    A new piece of malware that can spy on a user’s computer has been discovered, Wired reports, with researchers also having found a clever way for the program to communicate with its creators: Google’s popular Gmail email service. FROM EARLIER: You can force your way into Google’s Inbox even without an invite Security startup Shape Security says it found a new strain of malware that’s able to read instructions from Gmail drafts and respond to the hacker’s commands without the user actually noticing anything happening on the computer. “What we’re seeing here is command and control that’s using a fully allowed service, and that makes it superstealthy and very hard to identify,” Shape security researcher Wade Williamson said. “It’s stealthily passing
  • Experts cautious over Google nanoparticle project (2014-10-29 14:18:38)
    A Google project to develop nanoparticles that can detect cancer cells inside the body is a useful contribution but faces important hurdles, experts said on Wednesday. The technology could yield "another tool in our arsenal (but) in my opinion, it won't be a game-changer in terms of diagnostics," said Agnes Buzyn, president of France's National Cancer Institute (InCA). Google X Lab, a special projects unit, on Tuesday said the idea is to use tailored nanoparticles -- particles measured in billionths of a metre -- that would stick to cancerous cells or cancerous piece of DNA. Other labs are already hard at work at exploring the potential nanoparticles, experts noted.
  • A 'smart' deodorant applicator: Armpits, meet the future (2014-10-29 14:18:25)
    Two actual rocket scientists have designed the next-generation deodorant application system, and it's not as ridiculous as it sounds.>
  • We’re giving away a free Xbox One Sunset Overdrive Bundle! (2014-10-29 14:14:30)
    It’s been just over a month since our last big giveaway, so we figured it was about time for a new one. This time around, Microsoft and Xbox have been gracious enough to give away a brand new Xbox One Special Edition Sunset Overdrive Bundle on our site. The bundle features the white Xbox One console and wireless controller, a standard headset and a digital copy of Sunset Overdrive with its Day One Edition in-game bonus items. The official rules for the competition are as follows: The giveaway competition will run from now until Thursday, October 30th at midnight EDT. Participants in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. are eligible to enter. In order to enter, follow the instructions in the embedded Rafflecopter widget below. For the
  • We're liveblogging former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's appearance at WSJD Live today at 3PM ET (2014-10-29 14:08:31)
    Steve Ballmer left Microsoft in February after spending 14 years as its CEO, and he's since become owner of the LA Clippers, which sounds like a pretty great career shift to us. Ballmer goes on at 3PM ET / 12PM PT, and he's supposed to be discussing "reflections and predictions" on his career in tech.
  • Twitter's data deal with IBM helps companies know what you like (2014-10-29 14:03:00)
  • Tiny human stomachs created from stem cells (2014-10-29 14:00:02)
    Three-dimensional "mini-stomachs" have been created from human stem cells. The tiny organs measure about 3 millimeters in diameter and can be used as models for the infections that are often precursors to peptic ulcers and stomach cancer.
  • New app blocks your work email when you go home (2014-10-29 13:59:04)
    Enforced Vacation has humanity at its core. Its makers claim their app will "give people back their personal time.">
  • This Android smartphone is too thin for a headphone jack (2014-10-29 13:58:31)
    Chinese phone makers have been engaged in a long-running battle to see who can produce the thinnest possible smartphone, and today Oppo has scooped the title with the scarcely believable 4.85mm-thick R5. There is a caveat to that measurement since the camera sticks out from the ultra-slim body of the phone, but this is still the first handset of its kind to fit in under half a centimeter. Oppo has done its best not to compromise a spec sheet that includes a 5. ...
  • Barry Diller's IAC makes handsome profit from online matchmaking (2014-10-29 13:55:02)
    By Sai Sachin R (Reuters) - Money can't buy you love, but Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp knows the search for it can be rather lucrative. Higher revenue from dating websites such as and helped the company triple its profit and beat Street estimates in the third quarter. Shares of IAC, which also owns the popular mobile dating app Tinder, rose as much as 5 percent on Wednesday. Revenue from IAC's dating services business rose 5 percent due to higher revenue from North America and more paid subscribers. Paid subscribers across its dating websites grew 9 percent to 3. ...
  • BlackBerry: We're still in the phone business (2014-10-29 13:52:42)
    CEO John Chen says the company is committed to earning back your business with its next phone -- the BlackBerry Classic.>
  • Stop dreaming about Apple making cheap iPhones and Macs (2014-10-29 13:50:00)
    Even though Apple has reduced the prices of its Macs over the years, the company isn’t willing to create cheap iPhones and Macs just for the sake of gaining more customers. At least that’s Apple’s Greg Joswiak said during an interview with Re/code at the Code/Mobile conference. FROM EARLIER: Apple taken to court over 2011 MacBook Pro flaw affecting thousands of buyers “Backstage, we were talking about some of the mistakes Apple made in the ’90s, and some of it was trying to do things like making cheap products that were chasing market share instead of chasing a better experience,” the exec said, suggesting that Apple basically doesn’t care that Android is the king of the smartphone market share, and that Apple won’t
  • Meet the slimmest, sexiest smartphone you’ll never own (2014-10-29 13:31:37)
    When it comes to smartphones, thin is in. Apple’s iPhone 6 wowed consumers when it was unveiled last month and it measured just 6.9mm thick. The phone feels incredible in the hand thanks to its slender profile, but a new smartphone just announced on Wednesday makes Apple’s latest iPhone look positively plump. DON’T MISS: Preview: Hands on with the most surprising phone of the year, Motorola’s Droid Turbo China-based smartphone maker Oppo isn’t a well-known brand in the United States or in many other major smartphone markets. The company has been building impressive handset for many years, however, and on Wednesday it showed off its latest and greatest devices to tech bloggers and journalists. Among the new phones it debuted was the Oppo
  • Assassin's Creed Unity looks incredible on PC, but you'll need a high-end machine to run it (2014-10-29 13:31:13)
    A video released today on UK Assassin's Creed YouTube page details the handful of graphical features in Assassin's Creed Unity designed for NVIDIA GTX graphics cards. Assassin's Creed Unity already looks beautiful on console hardware, but these extra touches, like horizon bases ambient occlusion and temporal anti-aliasing, make a huge difference for graphic snobs like myself.
  • You can now pre-order Google's Nexus 6 (2014-10-29 13:23:56)
    Google has opened up pre-orders for its Nexus 6 today, The flagship Android 5.0 Lollipop phone starts at $649 for a 32GB model, and you can also bump up to 64GB of storage for $699. It's unclear how much inventory Google had to start with: both sizes sold out almost instantly — though additional stock may return throughout the day. All four major US carriers will be carrying the Nexus 6, but on-contract pricing isn't official just yet. Nexus 6 comes in two colors: a "midnight blue" version with a black rear shell and blue metal frame, or "cloud white" with a white back and silver frame.
  • Watch the final trailer for 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' (2014-10-29 13:19:12)
    With just under a month to go before the film is in theaters, the final trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is being released to hold fans over. Mockingjay has done a remarkably good job with its teasers and trailers, generally touching more on the somber mood of the film than on wild plot points. That's true here too: while we definitely see more of Mockingjay than in other trailers, this one is basically just a barrage of contextless explosions, which are totally great if you're into that sort of thing. The film is in theaters November 21st.
  • Watch Mike Tyson try to punch out video game Mike Tyson (2014-10-29 13:15:34)
    Jimmy Fallon convinces Mike Tyson to pick up an NES controller and try to knock out Mike Tyson in the legendary video game "Mike Tyson's Punch Out!!">
  • Why the Verizon-exclusive Droid Turbo is actually good for you (2014-10-29 13:10:25)
    The Droid franchise stands out as a carrier exclusive that works, thanks to the work put in on both sides.>
  • Big security flaw lets hackers remotely wipe Samsung phones (2014-10-29 13:10:17)
    Samsung Android phones have been discovered to have a security flaw that allows hackers to remotely control a phone over the Internet, and perform several tasks including locking and unlocking the device, finding its location on a map, displaying a customized message on the screen, and even wiping it without the owner being able to do anything about it. Furthermore, the security flaw could be used in more advanced hacks such as ransom attacks, The Register reports. FROM EARLIER: Android is open, but not for hackers: 3 key ways Lollipop will keep your data safer Researcher Mohamed Baset discovered a zero-day flaw in Samsung’s Find My Mobile feature, which should let users find their lost or stolen devices. However, it looks
  • Retail group MCX says it's not telling merchants to block Apple Pay (2014-10-29 12:55:38)
    The group of retailers preparing to launch a rival mobile-payments system finally speaks out after coming under fire for merchant actions.>
  • Huge leak: This is the trailer for Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ coming in 2018 and 2019 (2014-10-29 12:51:23)
    The huge event held by Marvel on Tuesday gave us the release dates of 11 new movies coming out between now and the end of 2019. Then, on Tuesday night, Marvel gave fans even more of Avengers: Age of Ultron with a clip from the film that followed ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. But no one expected what Marvel was about to unleash on fans next, after having given them so much good news about future releases. FROM EARLIER: This is the incredible ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ trailer you’ve been waiting for Marvel gave fans a teaser of Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet that will be featured in Avengers: Infinity War parts I and II when they hit theaters in May 2018 and May 2019, respectively. Check out the brief teaser for Thanos with the
  • IBM, Twitter to partner on business data analytics (2014-10-29 12:51:22)
    By Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp announced on Wednesday a partnership with Twitter to use data collected from tweets published around the world to help shape business decisions. Through the offering IBM will help businesses predict trends in the marketplace and consumer sentiment about products and brands. IBM plans to offer Twitter data as part of its analytics services delivered through cloud computing, including cognitive computing. ...
  • What's 'Star Wars' about in a word? George Lucas explains (2014-10-29 12:46:50)
    In an interview with Charlie Rose, George Lucas opens up about the real meaning behind "Star Wars," and how mythology, religion, and storytelling helped shape his vision of the films.>
  • Here are cats dressed as Marvel superheroes because National Cat Day is a real thing (2014-10-29 12:41:58)
    To celebrate National Cat Day, a thing I did not know existed until I began this post, Marvel published a few illustrations of cats dressed as its popular superheroes. The images are available on the company's Facebook page. The Thor illustration, shown above, and the Spider-Man art, post below, stand out because they most capture that je ne sais quois of a cat's inner catness.
  • U.S. judge says Google settlement over pharma ads is fair (2014-10-29 12:37:20)
    Under the terms of the deal, Google also said it would make content about prescription drug abuse more visible and work with legitimate pharmacies to counter marketing by rogue sellers. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton said the programs Google would create are "satisfactory." Hamilton did not formally rule from the bench, but said she was prepared to preliminarily approve the settlement. Shareholders sued Google and its board in 2011 after the company reached a settlement with the government over the issue. Google will allocate and spend at least $50 million a year to the internal effort for at least five years under the settlement.
  • This might be the reason MCX retailers won’t let you use Apple Pay, even if they want to (2014-10-29 12:30:31)
    Apple’s Apple Pay is a successful new product for the company, with the payment solution having needed just a week to become more popular than all other mobile payment platforms combined, at least in the U.S. That said, not all retailers are eager to let customers pay with an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus in their stores, with the MCX group — which includes Walmart, Best Buy, Sears, Target, Gap, CVS, Rite Aid, and many others — not supporting Apple Pay at this time. The New York Times has apparently learned the one thing that’s keeping many of these stores from supporting Apple Pay right now, though MCX is somewhat disputing it. FROM EARLIER: Walmart offers a boneheaded explanation for why
  • Verizon reasserts no plans for Internet 'fast lanes' (2014-10-29 12:25:46)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc on Wednesday reasserted that it was not planning to strike any Internet "fast lane" deals that would help some websites load faster than others, in a letter to a top U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee lawmaker. The committee's chairman, Sen. Patrick Leahy, last week wrote to top U.S. Internet service providers (ISPs) urging them to formally commit to no so-called "paid prioritization" deals in which content companies could pay ISPs to ensure smooth and fast delivery of their traffic. ...
  • Marvel's plan to make you watch their superheroes all year, every year (2014-10-29 12:24:23)
    For the next five years, you will always have something Marvel to watch.
  • BlackBerry CEO pens open letter ahead of Classic launch (2014-10-29 12:23:35)
    TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd Chief Executive John Chen penned an open letter to current and former BlackBerry users on Wednesday in a push to create some buzz for the company's new BlackBerry Classic device, which is set to debut later this year. The Classic, which bears striking similarities to the company's once wildly popular Bold smartphone, will come with a complete top row of navigation keys and a trackpad. Those are features that many BlackBerry fans missed when the company rolled out its revamped BlackBerry 10 line of devices last year. ...
  • Which 'Game of Thrones' house drinks the most? Find out here (2014-10-29 12:21:09)
    Stark, Lannister, Baratheon, Targaryen -- which house in "Game of Thrones" consumes the most alcohol? This fan-made video montage has answers. Drink, your king commands it!>
  • Watch the Avengers try to pick up Thor's hammer (2014-10-29 12:16:44)
    In the full trailer for the upcoming "Avengers: Age of Ultron," the gang doesn't understand why they can't lift the fabled Mjolnir.>
  • Comcast settles overcharging lawsuit, will pay $50 million in cash and services (2014-10-29 12:12:23)
    Comcast has settled a long-running lawsuit that accused the cable provider of overcharging customers in Philadelphia and nearby counties. Reuters reports that the legal battle, which has stretched for more than a decade, will result in Comcast paying out $50 million in cash and services to current and former subscribers living in areas mentioned as part of the suit. Comcast will pay out $16.67 million in cash, but no one's in for a huge payday. The lawsuit slammed Comcast for buying up its local rivals to built a monopoly and eliminate any real competition in the Philadelphia market;
  • Email addresses stolen from CurrentC in security breach (2014-10-29 12:11:26)
    CurrentC is already under fire for working with its retail partners to shut out Apple Pay, and it's now facing another mess: some email addresses of people using the app or who have signed up to learn more from the app have been taken from its systems. CurrentC is notifying potentially affected people over email, informing them that "unauthorized third parties obtained the email addresses of some of you" over the past 36 hours. It hasn't said exactly how many emails are affected, but it says that "no other information" was taken.
  • iPhone and Android fans are raiding reviews of the CurrentC payments app (2014-10-29 11:59:13)
    Rather than accept fees that banks charge for making the transactions, Walmart, Best Buy, and others disabled NFC in their stores, preventing customers from using Apple's system (along with other forms of payment). The retailers' solution is a payment system called "CurrentC," and it's an idea that some NFC users aren't so excited about. The one-star ratings are about what you'd expect: mostly pleas for it to die, paving the way toward Apple Pay.
  • Why Ello? Why Now? (2014-10-29 11:56:28)
    Have you heard of Ello yet? It's a new social media network that has been getting a lot of buzz lately because it's positioning itself as "the anti-Facebook social platform." What does that mean? As Facebook finds new ways to learn more about its users so that it can sell those insights to advertisers, Ello is betting that a large and growing...
  • Walmart’s ‘secure’ Apple Pay rival gets hacked, email addresses swiped (2014-10-29 11:50:43)
    Oops! It didn’t take long after Walmart touted the CurrentC mobile payment platform as a “secure” alternative to Apple Pay for the platform to get hacked. Business Insider has obtained a copy of a message that’s being sent out to people using the CurrentC early trial program that informs them that a third party hacked into the system and swiped some of their email addresses. RELATED: Walmart offers a boneheaded explanation for why it doesn’t accept Apple Pay “Within the last 36 hours, we learned that unauthorized third parties obtained the email addresses of some of you,” CurrentC writes. “Based on investigations conducted by MCX security personnel, only these email addresses were involved and no other information.” MCX says that
  • Women in Tech: We Are More Than Just Beauty Companies (2014-10-29 11:43:45)
    The debate about women in tech and diversity is everywhere. Anyone who is an avid tech and startup reader can't go a day without reading at least one article on the issue. While it is great that these issues are being brought to light, there is a lingering perception that women's strengths as entrepreneurs lie in very specific fields -- fields...
  • HP dives into 3D printing with Multi Jet Fusion (2014-10-29 11:43:39)
    The tech giant makes its long-awaited jump into 3D printing -- but its machine won't be widely available until 2016.>
  • iPad Air 2 models cost Apple $275 to $358, teardowns reveal (2014-10-29 11:40:13)
    A 16GB, Wi-Fi-only model costs $275 to make, compared with its $499 retail price, according to IHS. The 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular option costs $358, versus its $929 price tag.>
  • Awesome news, Android fans: This Lollipop trick can instantly improve your phone’s camera (2014-10-29 11:30:20)
    As if Android fans didn’t already have enough reasons to eagerly anticipate Android 5.0 Lollipop coming to their phones, here’s another: It looks like the newest software will give your phone’s camera some significant improvements. Forbes contributor Paul Monckton notices that Lollipop adds built-in support for raw image files right at the OS level, which is something he says should help you produce higher quality images with your phone’s camera. RELATED: Want to get the most out of Android 5.0 Lollipop? Here’s the one video you need to watch “Raw image files are essentially a dump of all of the image data captured by the camera’s sensor, most of which is lost when converting into the, much smaller, JPEG files
  • Google will discuss 'major changes and advances' for its modular smartphone in January (2014-10-29 11:18:01)
    Google plans to update developers on the state of its Project Ara modular smartphones at a series of conferences held early next year, where it'll discuss "major changes and advances" to the tools it provides for making swappable components for the phone. "We have been hard at work maturing and improving the Ara platform," Google's Advanced Technology and Projects group, which is developing Ara, writes in a blog post this morning. The ATAP group also plans to demo the latest Ara prototype at the conferences.
  • Of course Daniel Radcliffe can rap — he's a wizard! (2014-10-29 11:15:14)
    Daniel Radcliffe is a fine rapper. Who would have thought?
  • Has Apple found the perfect weapon to fight both Walmart and Amazon? (2014-10-29 11:09:56)
    Apple is edging closer to declaring an all-out war against mega retailers like Walmart, Best Buy and CVS with its payment system. The big shopping chains do not want Apple butting into their customer relationship and have already rejected the use of Apple Pay. Yet despite the stringent opposition from the leading bricks and mortar players, Apple Pay is already more popular than all other NFC solutions combined after only one week of availability. What makes many rival payment solutions so clunky is that you typically have to open an application to access them — this can be a hassle if you are carrying merchandise and possibly carrying on conversations with friends and family members. Mega-chains are unlikely to cave
  • HP tries something new with 3D scanning computer (2014-10-29 11:05:48)
    PALO ALTO Calif. (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co has taken a modest step toward re-imagining the venerable personal computer, merging a 3D scanner and projector with an all-in-one PC to create a $1,899 ensemble it hopes can rekindle industry interest. The new desktop computer, called Sprout, goes on sale online Wednesday. In a departure for the company, HP also announced it will begin to share the 3D printing technology it has been developing for years. ...
  • HP dives into 3D printing with the new Multi Jet Fusion (2014-10-29 10:53:30)
    The tech giant makes its long awaited jump into the 3D printing space -- but it won't be widely available until 2016.>
  • Amazon opens 3 logistics centers in Poland (2014-10-29 10:53:25)
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Ahead of Christmas, popular U.S. online retailer Amazon has opened three logistics centers in western Poland, completing a network that covers the European market.
  • Comcast settles lawsuit over overcharging cable TV subscribers (2014-10-29 10:50:28)
    Comcast Corp has reached a $50 million settlement in a decade-old lawsuit accusing it of overcharging cable television subscribers, 1-1/2 years after the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a larger version of the class-action case. The preliminary settlement, which requires court approval, calls for Comcast to pay $16.67 million in cash to current and former subscribers in Philadelphia and four nearby countries. Comcast will also offer current subscribers as much as $33.33 million in services via a $15 bill credit or free Internet upgrades or movies worth up to $43.90.
  • Hidden iOS 8 trick stops people from digging through your library when you show them a photo (2014-10-29 10:48:50)
    It’s happened to all of us. There’s a photo on your iPhone or iPad that you want to show to a friend or relative. Maybe it’s a picture of your new baby or a photo you snapped while on vacation. The person spends a few seconds looking at the image while oooing and ahhing, and then quickly proceeds to begin swiping through the rest of your photo library. Having to leap forward and snatch an iPhone out of your grandmother’s hands before she gets to your naked selfies is never fun, but there’s a great hidden trick in iOS 8 to make sure it never happens again. FROM EARLIER: This hidden iOS 8 trick will add a great dimming effect to your iPhone’s
  • Pandora, Spotify top ranking of music apps -- so where's Beats? (2014-10-29 10:45:03)
    What are the first apps that pop into your head when you think music? If Apple's Beats Music is among them, you may be scanning farther down new App Annie standings than you might expect.>
  • Five Ways Tech Companies Can Be More Family Friendly (2014-10-29 10:34:02)
    It's no secret -- women aren't entering and advancing in the tech industry at nearly the same rates as men. While there are many factors that contribute to tech's gender disparity, we know that employees with family responsibilities face a unique and significant set of barriers. We also know that the burden of balancing work and family...
  • 9 awesome paid iPhone apps that are all free downloads right now (save $26!) (2014-10-29 10:29:00)
    When it rains, it pours… and today it’s definitely pouring. After sharing eight great paid iPhone and iPad apps on Tuesday that were all available as free downloads for a limited time (some are still free!), we’re back on Wednesday with a fresh new batch of apps. Today’s list includes nine nifty apps that would regularly cost you a total of $26 to download, but for a limited time they’re all completely free. DON’T MISS: Hands on with the most surprising phone of the year, Motorola’s Droid Turbo 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.
  • With Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition, you get to tinker (2014-10-29 10:18:34)
    Priced at $700, the device is geared toward people who want an unlocked version of the phone that they can customize without any of the extra stuff thrown in by the carrier.>
  • HP's new Sprout PC ditches mouse and keyboard for a touch mat future (2014-10-29 10:12:54)
    Microsoft has been experimenting with projectors for years, but HP is bringing a PC to life today complete with a built-in projector and multi-touch capacitive touch mat. Sprout is HP’s latest PC design, and it ditches the mouse and keyboard in favor of a system that is built purely for touch interactions. There’s a traditional 23-inch touchscreen display, but at the base of Sprout is an interactive touch mat that you use to control projected objects and applications.
  • Horrifying explosion of NASA’s unmanned Antares rocket captured on video (2014-10-29 10:10:57)
    NASA on Tuesday night launched the unmanned Antares rocket, which was supposed to deliver 5,000 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station, but something went horribly wrong immediately after take-off and the rocket exploded. Instagram user michaelwaller77 was filming the launch and he captured the entire explosion in a video, which was then posted online by The Wall Street Journal. FROM EARLIER: The iPhone 6 might be low-res, but Apple’s highest-resolution device ever is coming soon Antares was supposed to deliver food, equipment and books on flight procedure (1,500 pounds in total), with one-third of the cargo composed of materials for science experiments. While the accident is unfortunate, NASA said that it has five more launches to go as part of its
  • From Google Wallet creator, a payment terminal for the 21st century (2014-10-29 10:04:54)
    Osama Bedier, the man who created the Google Wallet and ran engineering at PayPal, tackles the oft-overlooked devices that makes in-store payments possible.>
  • Lollipop has an amazing hidden feature you’ll want to immediately use (2014-10-29 09:51:03)
    Google will soon release Android 5.0 Lollipop for several Nexus and Google Play Edition devices, with certain Android device makers including Motorola, HTC, LG and Samsung also working on updating some of their handsets by the end of the year. The company so far thoroughly demoed and explained the main features of the new mobile OS, but there’s one hidden trick you’ll be more than happy to start using as soon as you get your Lollipop update. FROM EARLIER: Want to get the most out of Android 5.0 Lollipop? Here’s the one video you need to watch In an extensive interview with three Google executives, Ars Technica has learned that Android 5.0 contains a handy “Play Auto Installs” feature that handles carrier bloatware
  • Soon, you'll be able to own a piece of Ferrari (2014-10-29 09:39:51)
    And you don't need several hundred thousand dollars to do it.
  • Leak may reveal release details for next-gen Office for Mac and Android (2014-10-29 09:30:19)
    Microsoft is working on various new Office products that should be released in the coming months and in 2015, according to ZDNet’s sources. The publication has learned that Microsoft is not only developing new Office versions for Windows, but also new releases of its popular productivity suite for Mac computers and Android tablets. FROM EARLIER: Microsoft Office is coming to Android tablets before Windows 8 tablets Office for Android tablets is supposed to launch as early as November of this year, according to the publication. Furthermore, Microsoft is supposed to “disclose timing and possibly a public preview of its next Office for Mac release very soon.” Office for Mac is rumored to launch in early 2015 according to the publication. Screenshots allegedly showing
  • The guy behind Google Wallet is back to change payments all over again (2014-10-29 09:14:19)
    In November of 2012, Google Wallet chief Osama Bedier admitted defeat. "Nobody today is delivering any solution that will get scale, including me," he said onstage at the Open Mobile Summit. Soon, facing insurmountable odds from iron-fisted cell carriers and credit card companies, version one of Google Wallet (which emphasized wireless NFC payments) flopped and Bedier left Google.
  • iOS 8 adoption rate inches up to 52 percent (2014-10-29 09:11:27)
    The new figure shows steady but slow growth from the 46 percent reported by Apple more than a month ago.>
  • Watch Mike Tyson fight himself in the 1987 'Punch-Out' for NES (2014-10-29 09:05:32)
    In a match for the ages, Mike Tyson faced off against his famous digital self in Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! last night, pitting the retired, 48-year-old boxer against a roughly constructed 21-year-old version of himself in front of the Tonight Show audience. Tyson appeared a bit hesitant to begin the fight, and we can't blame him: his digital self serves as the final fight in Punch-Out, which really shouldn't be taken lightly. "I would be killed, man," Tyson says after Jimmy Fallon issues him the challenge. "He beats everybody. I met one little kid, around 10 years old, who said he beat me. ...
  • This is the incredible ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ trailer you’ve been waiting for (2014-10-29 09:05:15)
    Marvel hosted on event on Tuesday, during which it shared release dates for 11 new movies coming out between now and the end of 2019. It’s true that we have a painfully long wait until Avengers: Infinity War parts I and II hit theaters in May 2018 and May 2019, respectively, but there’s still plenty to be excited about between then and now. And the next big release in Marvel’s superhero movie lineup is shaping up to be a jaw-dropper. FROM EARLIER: Marvel holds a huge event and drops release dates for 11 new movies Avengers: Age of Ultron is one of the most hotly anticipated movies of 2015, and it will almost certainly be among the top grossing films of the
  • Facebook spending gets thumbs up from analysts - if not investors (2014-10-29 08:59:53)
    By Tenzin Pema and Supantha Mukherjee (Reuters) - Another day, another quarterly report from a technology company that disappointed investors. Facebook Inc's shares were set to open about 6 percent lower on Wednesday, a day after the company revealed aggressive spending plans for 2015. But analysts were taking a more upbeat view, saying the heavy spending will drive long-term growth and reinforce the social networking giant's market dominance. ...
  • Higher dating services revenue boosts Barry Diller's IAC (2014-10-29 08:45:50)
    (Reuters) - Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit, helped by higher revenue from its dating websites and mobile apps, and its Vimeo video service. Shares of the company, which owns dating websites such as and and popular mobile app Tinder, rose about 4 percent in premarket trading. The company said revenue from its dating services rose 5 percent in the third quarter ended Sept. 30. Paid subscribers across its dating websites grew 9 percent to 3.6 million. ...
  • For Gorilla Glass testers, life is a daily grind (and scratch and drop...) (2014-10-29 08:20:58)
    At Corning's Gorilla Glass testing labs, the glassmaker that fronts Apple's iPhone tried to show that rival sapphire crystal isn't all it's cracked up to be.>
  • Dow Jones asks court to deny GT Advanced, Apple's secrecy motion (2014-10-29 08:18:54)
    (Reuters) - Dow Jones & Co Inc, publisher of the Wall Street Journal, has asked a court to deny a request by Apple Inc and GT Advanced Technology Inc to keep under seal some documents relating to GT Advanced's bankruptcy. Dow Jones, owned by News Corp, said keeping the documents under seal is an offense to constitutional principles of public access, according to the publisher's court filing on Tuesday. ...
  • Simple paper 'litmus' test detects disease, infection (2014-10-29 08:07:39)
    Researchers at the Harvard Wyss Institute have developed a simple, printed paper test that could be used for pathogen detection, including cases of ebola.>
  • Redditmade is Reddit's new crowdfunding site (2014-10-29 08:07:26)
    The self-proclaimed "front page of the internet" is expanding into crowdfunding and community-driven creation with Redditmade. According to its announcement post, the new site was created in part to provide a way for subreddits to develop official merchandise, although anyone with a Reddit account can begin a campaign of their own.
  • Leaked Office for Mac 2015 screenshots look just like the Windows version (2014-10-29 08:03:47)
    Microsoft’s next version of Outlook for Mac appeared earlier this week in leaked screenshots, and now we’re starting to see even more applications that are part of Office for Mac 2015. Chinese site CnBeta has published a number of slides from an internal Microsoft presentation detailing the next release of Office for Mac. In a "history of Office for Mac" slide it’s clear Microsoft is targeting its next Office for Mac release in 2015, despite rumors the company would release it this year. ...
  • Get a BACtrack Vio keychain breathalyzer for $39.99 (2014-10-29 07:46:27)
    Normally $49.99, this compact lifesaver pairs with your smartphone to help you determine when you're past the legal limit.>
  • Wine is coming! Watch 'Game of Thrones' drinking supercut (2014-10-29 07:45:54)
    Stark, Lannister, Baratheon, Targaryen -- which house in "Game of Thrones" consumes the most alcohol? Find out in this fan-made video montage. Drink, your king commands it!>
  • Mysterious cyber attack breaches White House computer network (2014-10-29 07:45:31)
    Following the many data breaches that have hit U.S. retailers, financial institutions and even the government, the White House has also confirmed that an unclassified computer network used by President’s Obama’s senior staff had been breached by hackers, The New York Times reports. However, it’s not clear why hackers attacked the White House, or at least such details have not been divulged yet. FROM EARLIER: There’s a chance your Windows computer is being hacked right now The administration said the attack “did not appear to be aimed at destruction of either data or hardware, or to take over other systems at the White House.” Apparently, hackers were simply probing and mapping the unclassified White House systems. Recently, a similar report
  • Nestle Japan hiring 1,000 robots to sell espresso machines (2014-10-29 07:22:46)
    Food giant Nestle said Wednesday that its Japan unit would hire 1,000 robots as sales clerks at stores across the country. The first batch of the robots -- a chatty humanoid called Pepper -- will report to work by the end of this year at outlets that sell coffee capsules and home espresso machines. "From December, they will start selling coffee machines for us at big retail stores," said Nestle Japan spokeswoman Miki Kano. Pepper -- which has already been at work, chatting with customers at wireless giant SoftBank's outlets -- has proved an effective marketing tool for the Japanese mobile carrier, delighting managers who put it to work collecting customer opinions.
  • Awash with streaming video? Survey says you're not alone (2014-10-29 07:17:12)
    If it seems like almost everybody is streaming TV and movies, a new survey indicates the reason may be simply that many more people are -- and nearly all young people.>
  • Why the Droid franchise still works as a carrier exclusive (2014-10-29 07:00:03)
    Exclusivity agreements over phones may be annoying, but Verizon has continued to chug along with its Droid franchise.>
  • This is Google’s boldest search plan yet (2014-10-29 06:50:34)
    Google is not done improving Search just yet — with the company interested in answering more and more complex queries in the future — but it won’t just stick to providing users a tool to finding stuff online. Google X’s Dr. Andrew Conrad told The Wall Street Journal at the WSJ.D conference that the company is working on a special new medical project which might allow Google to search the human body for answers to various medical conditions including cancer in the future. FROM EARLIER: The real questions Google Search wants to answer, but can’t yet The company is currently developing special nanoparticles that could be sent to a patient’s blood stream, and navigate it to look at the various
  • Thailand's Jasmine Broadband to begin pre-marketing for $1 billion IPO early November: IFR (2014-10-29 06:47:36)
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Thailand's Jasmine Broadband Internet Growth Infrastructure Fund plans to start premarketing for its initial public offering of up to $1 billion in early November, IFR reported. The fund is targeting a yield of 7 percent to 8 percent and could have market capitalization of 55 billion to 70 billion baht ($1.7 billion to $2.2 billion), according to IFR. The IPO was delayed in 2013 due to legal complications as well as political uncertainty in Thailand. Bualuang Securities and Morgan Stanley  are underwriters for the IPO. (Reporting by S. ...
  • Nintendo beats forecasts on Mario Wii U lift, on track for full-year profit (2014-10-29 06:38:16)
    By Reiji Murai OSAKA Japan (Reuters) - Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co vaulted to an unexpected quarterly operating profit as new game "Mario Kart 8" stoked sales of its Wii U console, bolstering hopes it was on track for its first annual profit in four years. A weaker yen also boosted the value of its overseas earnings, and the company on Wednesday reported an operating profit of 9.3 billion yen ($86 million) in its fiscal second quarter, compared with an 18 billion yen operating loss a year earlier. Analysts on average had expected a 3. ...
  • Nintendo makes surprise profit, pins holiday hopes on Smash Bros (2014-10-29 06:28:36)
    The Japanese game-maker says that weaker local currency helped it post the unexpected profit, but hopes new games and products will make for a successful Christmas period.>
  • LG Elec plans quantum dot TVs alongside OLED sets (2014-10-29 06:23:07)
    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - LG Electronics Inc , maker of expensive OLED display televisions, said it will supplement its line-up of next-generation TVs with sets using cheaper quantum dot display technology under a dual-track strategy. The world's No.2 television maker after domestic rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd , South Korea-based LG has been pushing OLED TVs as the next generation technology in concert with affiliate LG Display Co Ltd . "We are pursuing a dual-track strategy with quantum dot and OLED," LG Electronics Chief Financial Officer Jung Do-hyun told analysts on Wednesday. ...
  • Windows 10 touch features available to test in next few months (2014-10-29 06:11:35)
    Microsoft first unveiled its new Windows 10 touch features, dubbed Continuum, at its Windows event late last month, and it appears the company is edging closer to making them available for testing. Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore, head of PCs, tablets, and phones, demonstrated the Continuum feature last month, describing it as a way to switch between touch and non-touch interfaces and environments. The new feature was built specifically for devices like the Surface Pro 3 or Lenovo’s Yoga tablets, which allow owners to switch between touch and non-touch interfaces and modes. ...
  • SoftBank's humanoid robot lands job as Nescafe salesman (2014-10-29 05:29:41)
    By Chang-Ran Kim TOKYO (Reuters) - Nestle SA will enlist a thousand humanoid robots to help sell its coffee makers at electronics stores across Japan, becoming the first corporate customer for the chatty, bug-eyed androids unveiled in June by tech conglomerate SoftBank Corp. Nestle has maintained healthy growth in Japan while many of its big markets are slowing, crediting a tradition of trying out off-beat marketing tactics in what is a small but profitable territory for the world's biggest food group. ...
  • The best 'Mario Kart' ever steers Nintendo to profit (2014-10-29 05:12:42)
    This summer wasn't a happy time for Nintendo, in spite of the hugely popular and universally welcomed arrival of Mario Kart 8. In late July, the Japanese games company reported growing losses and decreasing revenues, which weren't stemmed by Mario Kart's boost to both software and hardware sales. 610,000 Wii U consoles were sold in the past three months, adding to the 510,000 of the previous quarter and taking Nintendo's six-month total past the million mark.
  • A crazy J-pop music video is the best Oculus Rift demo yet (2014-10-29 04:56:51)
    Kumi Koda, a singer I haven't thought about since she caused controversy some years ago by urging women to have kids by the age of 35 lest their amniotic fluid rot away, has a music video for her new song, "Dance in the Rain," that's filmed in 360 degrees and viewable in VR. The problem with talking about cool things on the Oculus Rift is that you can only tell, not show. The Oculus Rift version is a little like this, but everything is floating through the air and flying in front of you.
  • Software AG CFO says fourth-quarter order pipeline stronger (2014-10-29 04:31:21)
    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German business software maker Software AG expects the positive trend in its business to continue, its finance chief said on Wednesday. "Q4 is always the strongest quarter for IT companies. But we see that our pipeline is stronger than last year," Software AG's Chief Financial Officer Arnd Zinnhardt told Reuters. "We expect a slight positive development in the fourth quarter. Our predictions now indicate that we will have 110-120 million euros ($140.1-152.9 million US dollar) in license orders. ...
  • Nintendo CEO says recovered enough from surgery to resume work (2014-10-29 04:19:28)
    OSAKA Japan (Reuters) - Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co's Chief Executive Satoru Iwata said on Wednesday he had recovered well enough from surgery in June to remove a tumor in his bile duct to enable him to resume his regular work duties. The veteran executive's comments came as he presented Nintendo quarterly earnings in his first appearance before reporters since having surgery. He said he had lost weight, but felt healthier. ...
  • Nintendo second-quarter beats forecasts on Mario Wii lift, on track for full-year profit (2014-10-29 04:02:08)
    OSAKA Japan (Reuters) - Long-struggling Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co eked out an unexpected quarterly operating profit as new game "Mario Kart 8" stoked sales of its Wii U console, bolstering hopes it was on track for its first annual profit in four years. Nintendo said on Wednesday it made an operating profit of around 215 million yen ($2 million) in its fiscal second quarter, compared with an 18 billion yen operating loss a year earlier. Analysts on average had expected a 3.7 billion yen loss for July-September, according to Thomson Reuters Starmine. ...
  • LG Electronics to develop quantum dot and OLED technology for TV business (2014-10-29 03:55:45)
    SEOUL (Reuters) - LG Electronics Inc will look to develop both quantum dot and OLED display technologies for its television business, its chief financial officer said on Wednesday. Jung Do-hyun told a meeting with analysts that OLED was a superior technology in the long run, although quantum dot technology does provide tangible benefits. LG plans to employ both types of displays for new products, he added. (Reporting by Se Young Lee; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)
  • Facebook shares dive as social network eyes future (2014-10-29 03:26:49)
    Facebook's quarterly profit nearly doubled but its stock was pounded after it outlined a plan to invest heavily in the future instead of revelling in short-term riches. Facebook shares, which had been near record levels in recent days, dropped more than eight percent to $74.15 in after-market trades. Looking a decade out, Facebook founder and chief Mark Zuckerberg envisioned hitting milestones regarding machine intelligence and extending Internet access to billions more people on the planet. "We are going to continue preparing for the future by investing aggressively, connecting everyone, understanding the world, and building the next-generation in computing platforms," Zuckerberg said.
  • Creator of 'Operation' game can't pay for his own operation (2014-10-29 03:23:37)
    The man who created classic children's game Operation is crowdfunding his own surgical operation. The 77-year-old is currently wrestling medical expenses, and is need of $25,000 to pay for oral surgery. Thanks to the nature of the business arrangement he struck in his twenties, creator John Spinello was never paid more than the $500 for his work, and cannot claim royalties from the sales of his invention. The game was a household sensation for millions, spawning numerous spin-offs since it was first introduced in 1965.
  • LG Electronics profit surges on smartphone sales (2014-10-29 02:30:31)
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's LG Electronics Inc. said Wednesday its third-quarter profit jumped 87 percent over a year earlier as smartphone sales set a record high.
  • Simple paper "litmus" test detects disease and infection (2014-10-29 02:09:55)
    Researchers at the Harvard Wyss Institute have developed a simple, printed paper test that could be used for pathogen detection, including cases of ebola.>
  • Marvel's new 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer has Iron Man trying to lift Thor's hammer (2014-10-29 01:40:36)
    You know you've always wanted to watch the Avengers lounge in formal wear, while periodically attempting to loft the mighty Mjolnir. The latest clip for Avengers: Age of Ultron shows the superhero team enjoying a rare moment of leisure, material from the original trailer, and what could possibly be the demise of a certain key character. Today has been a veritable deluge of news about Marvel's big screen activities, including the full line-up of movies over the next few years and Benedict Cumberbatch's upcoming performance as the sorcerous Doctor Strange.
  • LG Electronics third-quarter profit more than doubles from year ago on mobile (2014-10-29 01:28:16)
    SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's LG Electronics Inc on Wednesday said its July-September operating profit more than doubled from a year earlier as earnings from its mobile business surged to a five-year high. The world's No. 2 television maker after domestic rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said profits for its TV business grew 5.2 percent from a year earlier, while smartphone shipments rose to a fresh record. "LG's earnings reflected strong performance from its mobile business," the company said in a statement. LG reported an operating profit of 461 billion won ($440. ...
  • Japan's Rakuten Inc launches cheap smartphone service (2014-10-29 01:20:50)
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten Inc said it will offer a cut-rate smartphone service for about a third of the monthly fees charged by the country's three dominant operators, adding to increasing price competition in the sector. Japan's smartphone services for light users are particularly expensive compared with other developed markets, prompting Rakuten and other firms such as retail giant Aeon and Internet Initiative Japan to offer new services by pairing with or becoming mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). ...
  • This ferrofluid artwork follows you until you look at it (2014-10-29 01:02:50)
    Eye Catcher is an animated work of art that will follow passersby, trying to catch their attention and interaction.>
  • Adobe: We don't stand with Gamergate (2014-10-29 00:24:08)
    After requesting Gawker remove the Adobe logo from its site due to Gamergate pressure, the company has clarified its position.>
  • South Korea spy agency says North hacking smartphones (2014-10-28 22:52:18)
    North Korea attempted to hack tens of thousands of South Korean smartphones this year, using malware disguised in mobile gaming apps, the South's spy agency said in a report submitted to parliament this week. The National Intelligence Service said more than 20,000 smartphones may have been infected by the apps that were posted on South Korean websites between May and September, an aide to lawmaker Lee Cheol-Woo of the ruling Saenuri Party told AFP on Wednesday. The agency's report also said more than 75,000 hacking attempts were made against government agencies and their affiliates between 2010 and September this year -- with many of them believed to have originated in North Korea.
  • Stunning timelapse captures the terrific beauty of extreme storms (2014-10-28 22:41:48)
    An absolutely breathtaking timelapse comprises several months worth of stormchasing severe weather across the Great Plains of America.>
  • UK charity launches app to scan for suicidal tweets (2014-10-28 22:39:40)
    The free app from Samaritans scans for tweets involving phrases such as "tired of being alone", "hate myself", "depressed", "help me" and "need someone to talk to". If the message poster's Twitter followers have the application, they will receive an email which links to the tweet that has been picked up, and offers guidance on how to provide support. Designed by digital agency Jam, the Samaritans Radar app is aimed at Twitter users aged 18-35, who are the most active on social media. "We know that people struggling to cope often go online looking for support," said Joe Ferns, Samaritans' executive director of policy, research and development.
  • New wave of online delivery gains momentum (2014-10-28 22:05:59)
    App in hand, Jack Plater-Zyberk has delivered caviar, condoms, chicken nuggets, cases of beer and even a little black dress. Plater-Zyberk, who maneuvers his 1992 BMW through Washington streets, is one of an estimated 5,000 independent contractors in the US for Postmates, an online service and smartphone app which delivers anything from lunchtime tacos to late-night diapers. "For me, it's like being a superhero," said Plater-Zyberk, who uses Postmates to supplement his income as a fill-in attorney. With Postmates and other start-ups offering quick delivery of meals, groceries and other items, the online world is delivering again, more than a decade after the spectacular collapse of the major players in the space.
  • GoPro ad shows a lion's lethal hunt from the big cat's perspective (2014-10-28 21:54:15)
    GoPro's marketing department has the easiest job in the world — all it needs to do is strap one of its rugged cameras to someone or something doing something exciting and it has an instant ad. In the case of this new video, the GoPro has been attached to an African lioness, and we can watch in first-person as she finds, stalks, and kills a waterbuck. The lioness is tracked by Kevin Richardson, a conservationist who's somehow confident enough to approach the lioness as a friend while she's choking the life out of her kill, capturing the footage on his own GoPro in the process.
  • Russian government gathers intelligence with malware: report (2014-10-28 21:44:51)
    The Russian government uses malware to extract sensitive information from companies and governments, not for financial gain but for intelligence gathering, according a new report by FireEye.>
  • The single funniest thing about Taco Bell’s new smartphone app (2014-10-28 21:30:17)
    Taco Bell has unchained a new monstrosity upon the American public: A mobile app available for iOS and Android that will let you preorder and pay for your food ahead of time, thus saving you a lot of time you’d normally waste standing in line. As you’d expect, the marketing campaign behind this new app is unintentionally hilarious and will make anyone who’s even eaten at Taco Bell keel over either from laughter or clogged arteries. RELATED: Ingenious new app is a dream come true for lazy stoners everywhere You see, when you place an order on the app, the people working at your local Taco Bell don’t start working on it right away. Instead, they wait until the app
  • Marvel gives fans first look at 'Black Panther,' plus official movie dates (2014-10-28 21:25:07)
    Marvel Studios announced today release dates for sequels to its Captain America, Thor, Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy movies, plus first details on upcoming films for Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange and the Inhumans.>
  • Former Google executive gets into payment terminals (2014-10-28 21:20:38)
    LAGUNA BEACH Calif. (Reuters) - The former head of Google Inc’s mobile wallet is drawing on the lessons of that failed initiative in his latest payments startup, Poynt. The startup founded by Osama Bedier, also a former PayPal executive, is launching on Wednesday a point-of-sale device that competes with the required payment terminals now used by restaurants, retailers and other small businesses throughout the United States. The launch comes a year before U.S. merchants will have to meet a deadline to adopt “EMV” chip technology that would make credit cards more secure. ...
  • Ambulance drone delivers help to heart attack victims (2014-10-28 20:51:44)
    An ambulance drone carrying a defibrillator for rapid response to heart attacks has just been unveiled in the Netherlands.>
  • Tomorrow Daily 076: Marvel's Phase 3 plans, holographic keyboard, and more (2014-10-28 20:45:57)
    On today's show, we geek out over Marvel's official plans for the third act of its cinematic universe, and check out new tech that includes a holographic keyboard with haptic feedback and a 3D printer that's been converted into a tattoo machine.>
  • 5 frightening indie games (2014-10-28 20:42:21)
    Spend Halloween in a funhouse of horror with our favorite spine-chilling indie games.
  • Engadget Daily: Verizon's Droid Turbo, YouTube's music subscription service and more! (2014-10-28 20:32:00)
  • FCC mulls regulating Internet video like cable, satellite TV (2014-10-28 20:31:13)
    Proposed rule change would guarantee that so-called "over-the-top" Net services have access to the same sort of premium programming the other systems enjoy.>
  • Whisper CEO says he will fire the employee who promised to track a user for life (2014-10-28 20:27:26)
    Whisper CEO Michael Heyward says that the unknown employee who promised to track a user for life will be fired, assuming reports about what the employee said are true. Heyward, who was speaking at the WSJD Live event today in Southern California, addressed a report in The Guardian this month that said Whisper monitors some users' locations even after they opt out of tracking. Heyward called the report deeply misleading, and said Whisper is simply incapable of tracking users in the manner suggested by the newspaper.
  • Former SEC chairman bullish on bitcoin, lends advice to companies (2014-10-28 20:20:09)
    Arthur Levitt becomes one of Bitcoin's highest profile supporters after signing on to advise payment processing company BitPay and bitcoin exchange Vaurum.>
  • Unmanned rocket bound for International Space Station explodes (2014-10-28 20:09:02)
    An Orbital Sciences Corp. rocket laden with supplies for the ISS suffers a fiery first-stage engine failure before falling and exploding at a NASA flight facility.>
  • James Franco’s strange Droid Turbo ad makes even HTC’s Robert Downey Jr. spots look good (2014-10-28 20:00:57)
    Motorola’s next flagship handset for Verizon has appeared in many leaks before becoming official, including a TV commercial that’s starring none other than famed actor James Franco, who delivers a rather strange Droid Turbo promo message. FROM EARLIER: Motorola and Verizon unleash the Droid Turbo, a big new phone with specs to die for Instead of highlighting any of the phone’s main specs and features, such as rumored impressive hardware or battery life, the short video clip shows James Franco riding a bike, as recorded by his friends. The Droid Turbo makes a brief appearance towards the end of the clip, although you can barely see it, and you’ll probably not even know it’s the Turbo if it weren’t for
  • Verizon is scared of the truth (2014-10-28 19:54:58)
    In the last decade the written word has been devoted largely to declaring the death of the written word. The harbingers of journalism's doom refer to dramatic charts, like this one from The Pew Research Center, that show a precipitous decline in newspaper advertising revenue. Fortunately, though, the internet is here to fill the content void, and we have technology barons to thank for becoming our new media benefactors. Amazon's Jeff Bezos, who once peddled quesadillas for Taco Bell, bought The Washington Post last year at a bargain. ...
  • People trust NSA more than Google, survey says (2014-10-28 19:49:36)
    In a result consistent with previous polling, a new poll has respondents claiming they're more concerned about Google seeing all their private data than the government.>
  • When It Goes Down, Facebook Loses $24,420 Per Minute (2014-10-28 19:39:44)
    At 6:52 p.m. Eastern, Facebook went down. (It began working again at 7:27 p.m.) This is the third such outage in the last several months, and it happens to coincide with the company’s announcement of impressive summer earnings.
  • Verizon's changes to mobile web traffic limit your privacy (2014-10-28 19:32:00)
  • Shots fired: Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra says iPhone 6 looks so good because it swiped features from HTC (2014-10-28 19:15:35)
    Tired of having to defend his company against claims that its products (including hardware, software and even online presentation) are shameless copies of their respective Apple versions, Xiaomi vice president Hugo Barra on Tuesday said at The Wall Street Journal’s WSJD conference that some of Apple’s most recent products also take cues from rivals, Gigaom reports. FROM EARLIER: Video: Meet the one shameless iPad mini knockoff worth checking out “The iPhone 6 carries design-language that is very HTC-like,” Barra said. Furthermore, iOS’s quick settings are inspired by similar features in Android, he added. While the who-copied-whom fights in the mobile business will probably never end, and both sides have legitimate claims, the fact remains that some of Xiaomi’s products are too similar
  • Wireless carriers are rolling out a horrible new way to track you (2014-10-28 18:57:42)
    Last week, privacy advocates turned up some unsettling news: for two years, Verizon's Precision Insights division has been seeding web requests with unique identifiers. If you visited a website from a Verizon phone, there's a good chance the carrier injected a special tag into the data sent from you phone, telling the website exactly who you were and where you were coming from, all without alerting customers or informing the public at large. Today, Forbes' Kashmir Hill reports that AT&T is testing a similar program, although it may be possible to opt out.
  • Star Apps: Yelle (2014-10-28 18:54:57)
    The French electropop artist chats about her new album, "Complètement Fou," and the apps she's completely crazy about.
  • Unmanned U.S. Rocket Explodes During Lift-Off (2014-10-28 18:54:55)
    Just seconds after liftoff today, at 6:22 p.m. Eastern, an unmanned Orbital Sciences Antares rocket contracted by NASA failed and exploded just feet above the launch pad. The incident happened at the Wallops Island Flight Facility on the eastern shore of Virginia.
  • Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket explodes 6 seconds after liftoff (2014-10-28 18:49:16)
    About six seconds after liftoff at 6:22 p.m. Eastern, the Antares rocket exploded in mid-air. The rocket is designed by Orbital Sciences Corporation, under a contract with NASA. It's a two-stage launch vehicle that can shepherd up to 6,120kg or about 13,500 pounds, to the International Space Station.
  • FBI says it faked AP story to catch bomb suspect (2014-10-28 18:41:16)
    SEATTLE (AP) — The FBI is confirming it faked an Associated Press story to catch a bomb threat suspect in 2007.
  • Marvel gives fans first look at 'Black Panther' & official movie dates (2014-10-28 18:34:48)
    Marvel Studios announced today release dates for sequels to its Captain America, Thor, Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy movies, plus first details on upcoming films for Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange and the Inhumans.>
  • Facebook investors spooked by spending warning (2014-10-28 18:34:37)
    The social network's continuing growth of profits and users was overshadowed by statements that it expects expenses from acquisitions, headcount and other items to grow significantly in the next year.>
  • Video: This app lets you journey through the Large Hadron Collider with Leap Motion and Oculus Rift (2014-10-28 18:30:34)
    Many things have been said about the Large Hadron Collider that are untrue. The chances of it opening a black hole and swallowing the solar system are close to zero, no matter how many times it occurs in a movie or television show. That said, the Collider still isn’t something you can just go walk around in while on vacation, and since you will likely never actually get to see the Large Hadron Collider up close, wouldn’t you like to experience what it’s like to be a particle flying inside it? Combining the new Collider app with Leap Motion and the Oculus Rift, you now can. RELATED: Mario Kart on Oculus Rift shows us how amazing virtual reality can be Collider is an app that puts you in place of
  • Playdate: We're livestreaming 'Sunset Overdrive' on Xbox One! (2014-10-28 18:30:00)
  • Americans are more afraid of being hacked than of all other crimes, including murder (2014-10-28 18:27:35)
    Just in time for Halloween, famed polling agency Gallup has released the latest results of its long-running annual survey of American fears about crime. For the first time, hacking tops the list of the things respondents were most concerned about, far surpassing every other type of meatspace crime. Specifically, 69 percent of those surveyed said they were "frequently or occasionally" worried about "having the credit card card information have used at stores stolen by hackers. ...
  • Canada's RBC withdrew from Alibaba IPO after employee's inadvertent comment (2014-10-28 18:26:18)
    TORONTO (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Canada said on Tuesday it pulled out of and forfeited fees in the Alibaba initial public offering, after an employee commented on the deal during the quiet period before the world's largest IPO. "An employee unrelated to the Alibaba IPO process inadvertently made a comment about the transaction on an industry webinar during the period leading up to the offering," the bank said in an emailed statement on Tuesday. ...
  • Facebook warns of increased spending, shares fall (2014-10-28 18:21:45)
    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc warned on Tuesday of a dramatic increase in spending in 2015 and projected a slowdown in revenue growth this quarter, slicing a tenth off its market value. Chief Financial Officer Dave Wehner told analysts on a conference call that the social network is preparing for a 55 percent to 75 percent spike in expenses next year, when the world's largest social network intends to invest in Whatsapp, Oculus and other products that have yet to show a profit. Wehner forecast revenue growth of 40 percent to 47 percent in the final quarter of 2014. ...
  • U.S. sues AT&T over alleged 'data throttling' on phone plans (2014-10-28 18:18:48)
    By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government sued AT&T Inc on Tuesday, alleging the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier sold consumers unlimited data plans but would reduce their Internet speeds once they exceeded a certain amount of data. The Federal Trade Commission said this throttling of Internet feeds was deceptive and that in some cases data speeds were slowed by nearly 90 percent. FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said that AT&T wanted to retain longtime customers and so allowed them to buy unlimited data plans, in some cases after new customers were no longer offered unlimited plans. ...
  • Facebook's advertising revenue soars in 3Q (2014-10-28 18:08:43)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook grew its advertising revenue by 64 percent in the third quarter, helped by a boost in mobile ads that are becoming an increasingly large chunk of the social networking giant's overall advertising business.
  • The real Apple TV might finally happen if the FCC gets what it wants (2014-10-28 18:04:57)
    There have been rumors of an actual Apple television ever since Steve Jobs told his biographer that he'd "cracked" the interface problem, but it's never been anywhere close to reality — you can't make a successful TV without actual TV programming, and that getting that programming has usually meant you have to plug in a cable or satellite box. It doesn't matter who builds your TV if you're forced to use Comcast's cable box; you'll never see Apple's interface anyway. ...
  • Pentagon urges industry to innovate, take risks to meet threats (2014-10-28 18:03:53)
    By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department is expanding its dialogue with weapons makers about emerging threats and potential technology solutions, a top U.S. official said on Tuesday, urging companies to invest in areas such as "big data" and quantum sciences. "Technological superiority is not assured," Katrina McFarland, assistant secretary of defense for acquisition, told executives at a conference hosted by the TechAmerica Foundation. "The firms that make strategic investments now will succeed. ...
  • 'Cowboy Bebop' is hitting Blu-ray and buying it is a must (2014-10-28 17:53:45)
    One of the single greatest animes ever made according to just about everyone in existence, Cowboy Bebop, will see release on high-def Blu-ray on December 16th. That means any lover of jazz, science fiction, westerns, and robots needs this in their home as soon as humanly possible. Etiquette dictates that I inform you that Bebop takes place in a not-so-distant future where a technological mishap left Earth nigh-uninhabitable and the rest of human society just short of lawless. But you know that. You know the critically-acclaimed, genre-spanning soundtrack. You know the story and its characters. ...
  • The world’s fastest keyboard is now even cheaper on iPhone and Android (2014-10-28 17:50:30)
    Fleksy, the world’s fastest keyboard, announced new features on Tuesday for its iOS and Android keyboard apps, but also a discount for its keyboard app that’ll be available to users for an even cheaper price for a few days. FROM EARLIER: iOS 8: How to install and use your favorite keyboard app The Fleksy app will cost just $0.99 through Friday (or 50% off the original price), both in the App Store and in the Google Play Store. The company is celebrating raising $2 million from various investors interested in the popular keyboard app. “Fleksy will use this latest round of financing to continue aggressively improving product offerings on both platforms, building upon already impressive growth,” the company wrote in its
  • Pay for YouTube? Site considers ad-free subscriptions (2014-10-28 17:47:39)
    YouTube looks into new ways to make money, Motorola packs a mega battery into the Droid Turbo, and Taco Bell's new app lets you skip the line.>
  • Wear Hello Kitty on your ears with these special edition Beats headphones (2014-10-28 17:36:54)
    Beats headphones have always been just as much — if not more — about making a fashion statement as they've been about sounding good. Now, a new collaboration with Japanese company Sanrio is about to tip the scales even further. To honor the 40th anniversary of the Hello Kitty franchise, the audio industry giant will be releasing new versions of its staple Solo2 headphones and urBeats earbuds next month adorned with images of iconic bow-wearing cat.
  • Marvel holds a huge event and drops release dates for 11 new movies (2014-10-28 17:30:36)
    On Tuesday, Marvel announced its upcoming slate of films and it looks like the comics powerhouse is aiming to dominate the box office through summer 2019. The recent trailer leak of Avengers: Age of Ultron had us all watering at the mouth for more, and with Marvel’s big event today, it will only increase our hype for new footage and information. The upcoming slate of new films is Marvel’s Phase 3 plan. It confirms that the third Captain America film will deal with the Civil War comic series that will include Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man. The event also confirmed that Avengers 3 will be split in two and called “Avengers: Infinity War.” Here is the slate of new releases that Marvel announced today with the end of
  • Thousands in Hungary march against Internet tax (2014-10-28 17:24:11)
    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters marched Tuesday against a plan by the Hungarian government to tax Internet use from 2015.
  • In China, high demand for robots but too many robot manufacturers (2014-10-28 17:20:05)
    By Pete Sweeney SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China wants domestic companies to buy more locally made robots to lift productivity, but industry insiders have warned its policies are over-stimulating the market and that robot manufacturers were "coming up like mushrooms." Government officials, worried that productivity growth may have turned negative since 2009, see the promotion of automation as a policy that will increase efficiency. Chinese manufacturers, struggling with increasing costs of labor, also favor more use of robots where possible. ...
  • U.S. regulators to vote on treating Internet TV like cable (2014-10-28 17:18:18)
    By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission in coming weeks will vote on whether Internet TV should have the same access to television programming as cable and satellite TV providers, which could shake up competition in the video industry. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on Tuesday said he has asked his fellow commissioners to vote on a proposal that would help Internet TV services, such as ones being developed by Dish Network Corp, Sony Corp and Verizon Communications Inc, to compete with traditional pay-TV for digital rights to major network programming. ...
  • Electronic Arts raises 2015 forecast, profit beats estimates (2014-10-28 17:17:31)
    By Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Videogame publisher Electronic Arts Inc raised its 2015 forecast and reported stronger-than-expected second-quarter results on Tuesday, on cost controls and strong digital sales from titles including "FIFA" and "Madden." The Redwood City, California-based company said it expects $4.18 billion in non-GAAP revenue and non-GAAP net income of $2.05 per share in fiscal 2015. It had previously forecast $4.1 billion in revenue and $1.85 per share in profit. ...
  • Judge tosses ex-dictator's suit against Activision (2014-10-28 17:16:27)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disgraced Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega's lawsuit over his inclusion in a 2012 "Call of Duty" video game has been dismissed by a judge who determined the game's use of his likeness is protected by the First Amendment.
  • Huge FCC rule change could make internet TV a reality (2014-10-28 17:15:53)
    Internet TV providers are just starting to emerge, but they might soon get the jumpstart they need in order to turn into real competitors for traditional cable TV. The US Federal Communications Commission is beginning to consider a rule change that would put internet TV providers on the same playing field as cable companies when it comes to select regulations. Critically, it would mean that broadcasters wouldn't be able to refuse to let an internet TV provider carry their content.
  • Facebook third-quarter revenue rises 59 percent, shares down slightly (2014-10-28 17:09:48)
    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's mobile ads powered the social network past Wall Street revenue targets in the third quarter, even as the company revealed deep losses in its recently acquired WhatsApp business. Shares of Facebook, which are roughly up 47 percent this year, were down less than one percent at $80.20 in extended trading on Tuesday. Facebook said revenue in the three months ended Sept. 30 totaled $3.2 billion, up 59 percent from $2.02 billion in the year-ago period. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S were looking for revenue of $3. ...
  • Western Digital beats estimates on higher data storage demand (2014-10-28 17:06:45)
    (Reuters) - Hard-disk drive maker Western Digital Corp reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue as businesses spent more upgrading computers or buying storage for servers and data centers. Western Digital earned $2.10 per share, adjusting for items, in the first quarter ended Oct. 3. This was above the average analyst estimate of $2.03 per share. Revenue rose 3.7 percent to $3.94 billion. Analysts had forecast $3.89 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. ...
  • These videos break down the Droid Turbo’s coolest features one by one (2014-10-28 17:05:48)
    This week, Verizon Wireless unveiled the Droid Turbo, a carrier exclusive from Motorola with an impressive spec sheet to rival the best Android smartphones on the market. We had a chance to get our hands on this surprising addition to Motorola’s holiday slate on Tuesday, but if that wasn’t enough for you, Verizon has uploaded a series of videos highlighting some of the features of the Droid Turbo as well. FROM EARLIER: Motorola and Verizon unleash the Droid Turbo, a big new phone with specs to die for It will still be at least a few days before we have a chance to post our full review of the phone, but if you want to see the Droid Turbo in
  • Judge dismisses former Panama dictator's lawsuit over 'Call of Duty' character (2014-10-28 16:55:39)
    Former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega is currently serving a 60-year-prison sentence in his home country for murder, embezzlement, and corruption, but that didn't stop him from trying to sue Activision, the US video game giant behind the Call of Duty franchise, for the comparatively benign affront of including a character named after him in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. ...
  • Facebook keeps adding mobile users, with profits in tow (2014-10-28 16:54:15)
    Advertising for mobile devices has become an outsized portion of the company's overall revenue.>
  • Facebook's prized acquisition WhatsApp lost $140 million last year (2014-10-28 16:49:48)
    Facebook's third quarter 2014 earnings are out, and with them, we're getting our first look ever at the financials of messaging giant WhatsApp. Facebook spent $22 billion in cash and stock acquiring the company, but it turns out that WhatsApp has yet to generate much revenue at all. In 2014, WhatsApp lost $140 million, and generated just $10 million in revenue.
  • Mobile is pushing Facebook to even greater heights (2014-10-28 16:45:00)
  • You can force your way into Google’s Inbox even without an invite (2014-10-28 16:40:00)
    Google last week unveiled a new email product that’s similar to Mailbox and packed it with task-oriented features and even Google Now-like smarts. However, Google’s Inbox by Gmail is invite-only at this time, much like Gmail was when it first came out. In case you’re tired of waiting for an invite and desperately need to start using Inbox, there’s a way to force Inbox access on your mobile device, as discovered by WonderHowTo. FROM EARLIER: This free app is a fantastic alternative to Google’s game-changing email app ‘Inbox’ In order for it to work, you still need access to a friend who has an Inbox account. Sure, in such a case said friend could send you an Inbox invite to make things even easier,
  • U.S. sues AT&T over data throttling on some phone plans (2014-10-28 16:39:42)
    By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government filed a lawsuit against AT&T Inc on Tuesday, alleging the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier sold consumers unlimited data plans but would reduce their Internet speeds once they exceeded a certain amount of data. The Federal Trade Commission said this throttling of Internet feeds was deceptive and that in some cases data speeds were slowed by nearly 90 percent. ...
  • Electronic Arts revenue and profit rises in second quarter (2014-10-28 16:37:54)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc reported better-than-expected revenue and profit for its fiscal second quarter on Tuesday, driven by strong digital sales from titles such as "FIFA" and by cost controls. For the three months ended Sept. 30, the company posted non-GAAP revenue of $1.22 billion, compared with $1.04 billion a year ago. Wall Street analysts had estimated revenue at $1.16 billion, according to Thomson-Reuters I/B/E/S. Non-GAAP net income rose to $232 million, or 73 cents per share, from $105 million, or 33 cents per share, a year ago. ...
  • Xiaomi, again, says Apple's criticism of copying designs is overblown (2014-10-28 16:37:29)
    Jony Ive, Apple's head of design, has harsh words for Xiaomi, whose smartphones look similar to the iPhone. Xiaomi's Hugo Barra says he should get over it.>
  • Electronic Arts upbeat about the holiday shopping season (2014-10-28 16:34:24)
    Ahead of a holiday season with high-profile releases, game maker and publisher Electronic Arts is signaling a healthier turn for the console games industry.>
  • T-Mobile forecasts slower subscriber growth in fourth quarter (2014-10-28 16:33:45)
    By Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - T-Mobile US Inc warned on Tuesday that its torrid growth rate in subscribers fueled by aggressive promotions would slow in the fourth quarter along with billings per customer. The cellular provider expects to add 700,000 to 1.1 million contract subscribers in the quarter ending Dec. 31, compared with 1.4 million in the third quarter, the company told investors in a call. T-Mobile, which is controlled by Germany's Deutsche Telekcom, also said it expects a 2.5 percent dip in average revenue per user (ARPU). T-Mobile, the fourth-largest U.S. ...
  • San Francisco mayor signs law making Airbnb legal (2014-10-28 16:33:18)
    Tech-friendly Mayor Ed Lee approves bill that amends local zoning laws and legalizes short-term rentals. But, not everyone is happy.>
  • Here’s an awesome new Google trick you’ll want to try on Halloween (2014-10-28 16:27:08)
    Halloween is coming up and you might not feel up to slathering your face with makeup, fake blood, and whatever else comes with Halloween costumes these days. Now you don’t have to because Google has a new trick that will take your photos and “Halloweenify” them. RELATED: Here are the 10 best horror movies you can stream on Netflix this Halloween The bad news here is that you’ll need a Google+ account with photos uploaded onto it. That said, if you actually do feel like logging into Google+, you’ll see that Google has added some terrific new Halloween-related filters that can make your pictures more festive. For the fun ones, you can choose from adding virtual face paint that will turn you
  • After controversial tweet, Adobe says it's 'never been aligned with Gamergate' (2014-10-28 16:22:52)
    Adobe, one of a handful of companies to respond to a sustained boycott campaign by "consumer revolt" Gamergate, has explicitly distanced itself from the movement, acknowledging that its attempt at a straightforward anti-bullying message had "backfired." In a blog post, the company said that it had acted hastily in stepping into an incredibly contentious two-month fight that's spread from the gaming community to the mainstream press, by asking Gawker to remove its logo from the site in response to Gamergate protests. ...
  • Google seeks way to search bodies for disease (2014-10-28 16:15:32)
    Google is exploring a way to search inside people's bodies for early signs of deadly illnesses such as cancer or heart disease. A Life Sciences team at the special projects Google X Lab are experimenting with having "nanoparticles" hunt for signs of medical trouble in bloodstreams and then essentially report findings to sensors people could wear. "This is still early-stage research, but we've done a number of promising experiments, so we're going to keep going," Google said in a description of the project made public Tuesday. Imagined applications include a test for enzymes given off by arterial plaques that are about to rupture and cause a heart attack or stroke, or a way to watch for cancer cells after surgery or chemo treatments.
  • Embercase iPhone case doubles as hand warmer (2014-10-28 16:15:15)
    An unusual marriage of phone protection and hand-warming technology results in the crowdfunded Embercase.>
  • Synthesizer transforms weather into live streamed ambient tunes (2014-10-28 16:13:00)
  • Apple exec apologizes for breaking your iPhone with iOS 8.0.1 (2014-10-28 16:11:55)
    Were you one of the unlucky early adopters who got your iPhone bricked when you installed iOS 8.0.1? If so then you should know Apple vice president of iPhone marketing Greg Joswiak is very sorry about it. RELATED: After a bad rollout for iOS 8.0.1, Apple has released iOS 8.0.2 Speaking at Re/code’s big conference this week, Joswiak officially apologized for the problems that iOS 8.0.1 caused and explained that “it wasn’t the software itself it was the way it was distributed” that essentially rendered iPhone users unable to make phone calls with their devices or use Touch ID. The release of iOS 8.0.1 was initially a major debacle for Apple although the company quickly pulled the update and released iOS 8.0.2
  • U.S. officials urge more govt-business cooperation on cybersecurity (2014-10-28 16:08:56)
    By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials on Tuesday urged corporate America to work with the government to fend off cyber threats and said intelligence and law enforcement authorities are working to get useful information to companies about potential attacks. The FBI has presented more than three dozen classified, sector-specific threat briefings to companies in the past year, John Carlin, head of the Justice Department's National Security Division, said at a conference hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. ...
  • Marvel reveals 'Doctor Strange' date, but stays mum on casting (2014-10-28 16:00:44)
    Marvel Studios announces a release date and a director for "Doctor Strange." But still no word on whether Benedict Cumberbatch, rumored to star, has been cast.>
  • This is the bike to ride when zombies attack (2014-10-28 15:57:33)
    Prepare for the zombie apocalypse and get your pedal-powered exercise at the same time with a bike built to take on the undead hordes.>
  • It only took Apple Pay a week to become more popular than all other NFC payment platforms combined (2014-10-28 15:51:08)
    In addition to talking about the Apple Watch, Apple CEO Tim Cook also addressed a different new Apple product during his interview with The Wall Street Journal on Monday at the WSJD conference in Laguna Beach, California — Apple Pay. The exec said that the contactless payments service, currently available only in the U.S. and only on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, is already more popular than everything else available from competitors, even though Apple Pay has only been active for a week. FROM EARLIER: Why you can’t Apple Pay at Walmart, Best Buy, CVS and Rite Aid “Visa and MasterCard. We talked to these guys today, and they told us that if you sum up everyone else that’s
  • Retail skirmish blocks Apple Pay at checkout line (2014-10-28 15:43:37)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Plan on paying in stores with your shiny new iPhone 6? Not so fast.
  • FTC sues AT&T for limiting speeds on unlimited-data customers (2014-10-28 15:43:16)
    AT&T says the Federal Trade Commission's allegations are "baseless" and insists that it's been transparent about its network management policies.>
  • Google is tackling cancer diagnosis next, with magnetic nanoparticles (2014-10-28 15:41:00)
  • Apple marketing exec predicts Apple Watch is going to be 'huge' (2014-10-28 15:41:00)
    Greg Joswiak, vice president of iPhone, iPod and iOS product marketing, also says the iOS 8.0.1 bug, which caused phones to lose connectivity, was because of how the operating system was delivered, not because of the software itself.>
  • Here’s why giving the iPhone 7 a sapphire display could be pointless (2014-10-28 15:35:37)
    Apple probably isn’t making an iPhone with a sapphire display anytime soon, especially given the surprising bankruptcy of its former sapphire manufacturing partner, GT Advanced Technologies. But even if Apple had the capability to mass produce a sapphire display iPhone, would it be wise to do so? DisplayMate president Ray Soneira argues that it would not be simply because sapphire displays give off too much glare to really deliver the kind of experience Apple is looking for. RELATED: Apple is ‘surprised’ that it may have bankrupted its own sapphire supplier Essentially, Soneira notes that sapphire has very high reflectance compared with Corning’s Gorilla Glass and he says that applying the same anti-reflection coating that it applied to the iPad Air 2’s
  • Motorola president: Apple's high-end focus leaves 'huge vacuum' for us (2014-10-28 15:29:59)
    Rick Osterloh, president and chief operating officer, compares Motorola Mobility's recent attempt at a turnaround to Apple's own situation in the late '90s.>
  • Google Fit Takes on HealthKit With Detailed Fitness Tracking (2014-10-28 15:27:18)
    Less than two months after the launch of Apple's Health app, Google has emerged with its own answer: Google Fit. Available now, this free fitness app uses your Android phone and a variety of compatible wearables to provide a detailed view of your everyday exercise activity.  Whereas Apple's Health aims to measure every imaginable health parameter from blood pressure to sleep, Google Fit is all about, well, getting fit.
  • New 'Call of Duty' video game due out next week (2014-10-28 15:13:46)
    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest installment in the blockbuster "Call of Duty" video game franchise goes on sale next week, and retailers including Best Buy and Wal-Mart will sell a special edition of the game beginning one day early.
  • Secrets of Silicon Valley (That Only Women Know) (2014-10-28 15:09:37)
    By Genevieve Field, GlamourThe pay! The perks! The jaw-dropping sexism! Technology is an amazing--and amazingly challenging--field for women, but when Genevieve Field went behind the scenes to talk to women, she got the ultimate crash course in career confidence.At some point today, did you get decorating ideas on Houzz? Tweet breaking news?...
  • Driver reveals what it’s really like to work for Uber, says it’s worse than you think (2014-10-28 15:03:01)
    Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft have been gradually replacing taxis all over the country, but at what cost? We’ve seen the feuds between the two leaders in the emerging industry, we’ve seen taxi services attempt to stamp the services out before they could get a foothold in a new city, but how do the actual drivers feel about the latest transportation revolution? One anonymous Uber driver shared his story with LA Weekly and shed light on some of the cutthroat tactics that the company employs to convert drivers and convince them to spend as much time as possible on the road. After looking into both Uber and Lyft as an additional means of income, the author decided to don the pink mustache. Based on
  • Third 'Avengers' is being split into two films (2014-10-28 14:57:52)
    Everyone expected a third Avengers film a few years from now, but Marvel has a surprise for you: you'll be getting two of them. The third Avengers film is called Avengers: Infinity War, and it's being broken into two parts: its first part is being released on May 4th, 2018, and its second part is being released on May 3rd, 2019.
  • 'Avengers 3,' 'Doctor Strange,' 'Captain Marvel' and more Marvel movies get release dates (2014-10-28 14:43:31)
    The slate of upcoming Marvel films was announced at today's Marvel media event. There are a number of interesting tidbits within the schedule. For one, the subtitle for Captain America further confirms the film's connection to the Civil War comic series. Also of note, the separation of Avengers: Infinity War into two parts, because clearly there's more money to be made from the release model popularized by young adult film adaptations.
  • 'Captain Marvel' will be Marvel's first female superhero movie (2014-10-28 14:32:12)
    Marvel is finally giving one of its female superheroes a movie of her own. Captain Marvel will be the first of Marvel's female heroes to star in her own film, which is being announced today with a release date scheduled for July 6th, 2018. The specific Captain Marvel that will be featured in the film is Carol Danvers, the first woman to take on the role in Marvel's comics.
  • Marvel releasing 'Black Panther' for November 3rd, 2017 (2014-10-28 14:30:46)
    At an event in Los Angeles, Marvel just announced that Black Panther will hit the big screen on November 3rd, 2017. Plot details are currently thin, but the news is big. Black Panther is one of Marvel most important black superheroes. He'll be played by Chadwick Boseman, who's perhaps best known for his recent role as James Brown in Get On Up.
  • FTC sues AT&T for limiting speeds on unlimited data customers (2014-10-28 14:26:35)
    AT&T says "the allegations are baseless" and has insisted that it has been transparent about its network management policies.>
  • Third 'Captain America' film gets a name: 'Serpent Society' (2014-10-28 14:22:03)
    Marvel is today unveiling the subtitle for its third Captain America movie: Serpent Society. It's a mysterious subtitle, especially given that many had expected the new movie to be named after the Civil War plot line that Marvel is introducing in this movie, which is supposed to kick off the conflict that'll propel its next round of superhero films.
  • Third 'Captain America' film gets a name: 'Civil War' (2014-10-28 14:22:03)
    Marvel is today unveiling the subtitle for its third Captain America movie: Civil War. The subtitle speaks directly to the Civil War plot line that Marvel is introducing in this movie, which is supposed to kick off the conflict that'll propel its next round of superhero films. Civil War film will pit Captain America against Iron Man, though Kevin Feige stated at the event that the movie's plot will differ from the original comic series.
  • 7 awesome paid iPhone apps that are now free for a short time (save $37!) (2014-10-28 14:21:57)
    We started the week of strong on Monday with eight solid paid iPhone and iPad apps that were on sale for free for a limited time — and a couple of them are still free downloads if you hurry. Now, on Tuesday, we’re back with another seven iOS apps that would normally cost a combined $37 to download, but each and every one is free for a limited time. DON’T MISS: Hands on with the most surprising phone of the year, Motorola’s Droid Turbo 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
  • The US Postal Service has been quietly surveilling more mail than anyone thought (2014-10-28 14:15:02)
    Snail mail is growing steadily less popular thanks to the internet, but people in the US still send lots of it every year — over 158 billion pieces of mail were handled by the US Postal Service in 2013 alone. As it turns out, the USPS has also been quietly spying on way more of the mail passing through its doors than previously acknowledged. ...
  • HTML5 is done, but two groups still wrestle over Web's future (2014-10-28 14:13:13)
    The World Wide Web Consortium finishes an update to this seminal Internet technology, but with two organizations in charge of the same Web standard, charting the Web's future is a mess.>
  • GT Advanced sought to avoid costly battle with Apple: filing (2014-10-28 14:12:50)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - GT Advanced Technology Inc , which struck an agreement with erstwhile partner Apple Inc last week that allowed it to proceed with its bankruptcy, said the iPhone maker had threatened to seek damages of more than $1 billion against the company. Former stock market darling GT Advanced, once set to become the main supplier of scratch-resistant sapphire to Apple, surprised markets when it filed for Chapter 11 earlier this month. It failed to meet performance targets set out in its supply agreement with Apple, setting the stage for its failure, according to court filings. ...
  • The case for cases: why it doesn't matter what your phone looks like (2014-10-28 14:12:14)
    Phones are more beautiful than ever. Close your eyes and pick one: the sleek, rounded, comfortable iPhone 6; the stark, metallic Galaxy Note 4; the rugged, cohesive Xperia Z3; the curved, customizable Moto X. Walk into a carrier store or browse Amazon and you'll see nothing but remarkable feats of industrial design and engineering.
  • Google wants to flood your body with tiny magnets to search for disease (2014-10-28 14:08:43)
    Google's ambition to cure death is beginning to take shape in a new product from its Google X division. Andrew Conrad, the head of the company's life sciences division, today announced the details of an effort that would use nanotechnology to identify signs of disease. The project would employ tiny magnetic nanoparticles, said to be one-thousandth the width of a red blood cell, to bind themselves to various molecules and identify them as trouble spots.
  • The 404 Show Giveaway: Sunset Overdrive Xbox One Bundle (2014-10-28 14:08:37)
    Microsoft and CNET's The 404 Show are teaming up to give one lucky winner the Sunset Overdrive Xbox One bundle! Enter for your chance to win* now!>
  • Awesome video shows what your iPhone would look like running Apple Watch’s OS (2014-10-28 14:02:53)
    If Apple won’t even consider merging iOS with OS X, we really can’t see the company merging iOS with the Apple Watch’s OS. YouTube user and iOS developer Lucas Menge has taken a crack at trying to bring Apple Watch to the iPhone anyway and has posted a new video showing a concept design of what your iPhone would look like if its main user interface were designed like the Apple Watch’s. RELATED: What if iOS 9 came with a major interface overhaul inspired by the Apple Watch? Starting at around the 45-second mark, Menge switches on the Apple Watch simulator on his iPhone and the device starts to display clusters of smaller app icons similar to what you’ll see on the
  • Use your phone's camera to solve equations with PhotoMath (2014-10-28 14:01:20)
    With PhotoMath, you can use your phone to scan an equation and immediately receive the answer.>
  • Taylor Swift's new '1989' album is just $0.99 with Microsoft's Music Deals app (2014-10-28 14:00:35)
    Microsoft’s new Music Deals app only launched last week, but it’s already making waves thanks to a massive deal on Taylor Swift’s new 1989 album today. For just $0.99 you can own Taylor Swift’s latest album that only debuted yesterday. Microsoft isn’t making noise about the promotion just yet though, quietly promoting the $0.99 deal on its Windows Twitter account this afternoon.
  • Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks (2014-10-28 13:45:23)
    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, Oct. 20 to Sunday, Oct. 26 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.
  • Huawei reboots its image with new Honor brand (2014-10-28 13:39:39)
    We asked an industry watcher why the Chinese manufacturer is playing the name game.>
  • Game of Thrones’ most iconic prop should be even more massive than what you see on HBO (2014-10-28 13:39:23)
    One of the most iconic parts of HBO’s Game of Thrones — besides nudity and brutality — is the Iron Throne that the king sits upon when ruling Westeros. Although it looks impressive on your television set, George R.R. Martin says it’s all wrong. During a panel Sunday evening at the 92Y in New York City to promote his new book, “The World of Ice & Fire,” Martin explained that no one seems to ever get the throne right. “There were comic book versions, and there were versions in the card game and the board game, and there were versions on the cover , and there were versions that were done for conventions,” Martin explained. “The very first … there
  • Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks (2014-10-28 13:39:17)
    The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Oct. 20 to Sunday Oct. 26 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.
  • iPhone-tweeter James Franco plugs Droid Turbo (2014-10-28 13:39:11)
    A very peculiar, very James Franco ad for Motorola's new phone, featuring the man himself, appears online. Has Franco switched?>
  • Now in aisle 3 at Lowe's: robots (2014-10-28 13:37:17)
    NEW YORK (AP) — The robots are coming.
  • U.S. sues AT&T over data throttling on certain smartphone plans (2014-10-28 13:36:29)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government filed a lawsuit against AT&T Inc on Tuesday, alleging that the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier sold consumers unlimited data plans but then would slow their Internet down once they used a certain amount of data. The Federal Trade Commission, which filed the lawsuit, said that this "throttling" of Internet feeds was deceptive, and said that in some cases the data speeds were slowed by nearly 90 percent. AT&T did not immediately respond for a request for comment. (Reporting by Diane Bartz, editing by Ros Krasny)
  • Office 16 release targeted for second half of 2015 (2014-10-28 13:29:08)
    Microsoft is aiming for the second half of next year to release both its next-generation Office client and server applications.>
  • Former Android VP calls iPhone 6 'the most beautiful smartphone ever built' (2014-10-28 13:28:35)
    Hugo Barra was once the public face of Google's Android division, but today he sounds more impressed by Apple. Speaking at WSJD Live today, Barra — who is now vice president for international for Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi — was effusive in his praise for Apple's latest devices. The iPhone 6, he said, is "the most beautiful smartphone ever built." Barra's comments came in response to a question about the persistent criticism that 4-year-old Xiaomi's rise has been fueled by blatant copying of designs from Apple and others, an issue that Jony Ive raised again at an event earlier this month. ...
  • Zombie-proof bike built with chainsaw, other essentials (2014-10-28 13:27:14)
    Prepare for the zombie apocalypse and get your pedal-powered exercise at the same time with a bike built to take on the undead hordes.>
  • Is Twitter's audience really bigger than Facebook's? Depends how you measure (2014-10-28 13:27:13)
    Twitter announced its third quarter earnings yesterday and investors didn't like what they saw, driving the stock down around 10 percent. The company's lack of profits and slowing user growth has marred its relatively strong financial performance over its first year as a public company. On the call that followed, CEO Dick Costolo said the company's goal was to have the largest audience in the world. He laid out his vision for measuring the true size of Twitter, trying to give Wall Street a narrative they could rally behind — and it was a doozy.
  • AT&T hit with a major lawsuit for throttling its ‘unlimited’ data users (2014-10-28 13:25:51)
    The Federal Trade Commission just brought down the hammer on AT&T for allegedly misleading “millions” of smartphone users with promises of unlimited data plans. In a complaint filed in a federal court on Tuesday, the FTC alleged that AT&T has been misleading its own subscribers “by charging them for ‘unlimited’ data plans while reducing their data speeds, in some cases by nearly 90 percent.” RELATED: Wireless data caps are a massive crock, and the carriers know it Specifically, the FTC is alleging that AT&T didn’t do enough in its marketing to inform customers that their “unlimited” plans would get throttled down to lower speeds if they exceeded a certain limit. The carrier should have done more to let consumers know
  • IBM adds $5 billion to share buyback program (2014-10-28 13:25:45)
    (Reuters) - IBM Corp said its board had approved a $5 billion share buyback in addition to the $1.4 billion remaining from its existing program. The company has been criticized for pursuing buybacks at the expense of investment in new technology. IBM spent $13.5 billion to repurchase stock in the first nine months of the year, more than double its net income. (Reporting by Anya George Tharakan in Bangalore; Editing by Tresa Sherin Morera)
  • Want to get the most out of Android 5.0 Lollipop? Here’s the one video you need to watch (2014-10-28 13:13:34)
    While Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop is finally official, that doesn’t mean it’s available for Nexus devices yet. The company has recently released an updated preview version of Lollipop for the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7, with the final version set to hit all Nexus devices at some point in the following month. Meanwhile, Android fans looking forward to seeing Lollipop on their devices, but who aren’t familiar with the major and minor changes Android 5.0 brings, should check Marques Brownlee’s features review video. FROM EARLIER: 8 awesome Android 5.0 Lollipop features missing from iOS 8 Brownlee is looking both at the obvious visual changes — Lollipop comes with a brand-new design language called Material Design that Google wants to see
  • Former Google executive's app aims to tackle chronic illness (2014-10-28 13:12:24)
    By Christina Farr SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Having difficulty managing chronic disease? Now there's an app for that. Vida, a new startup founded by Google Inc's former commerce chief, aims to help patients get healthy, reduce stress levels and lose weight through online "health coaches." Many mobile health apps focus on fitness. Vida, started by Stephanie Tilenius, a former Google and eBay executive, claims to help tackle chronic diseases, which account for more than three-quarters of U.S. health-care spending, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ...
  • The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store (2014-10-28 13:11:06)
    iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending October 27, 2014:
  • New 'Call of Duty' out early at Walmart, others (2014-10-28 13:09:55)
    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest installment in the blockbuster "Call of Duty" video game franchise goes on sale next week and those that need to be first in line will have to head to Wal-Mart if they didn't pre-order the game.
  • FTC sues AT&T over 'deceptive' throttling of unlimited data customers (2014-10-28 13:09:14)
    The Federal Trade Commission is suing AT&T because the carrier throttles speeds of its unlimited data customers, a policy that the FTC describes as "deceptive" and "unfair." In a press release, the FTC said AT&T has "misled millions of its smartphone customers" by slowing down their data speeds after they've used up a certain amount of data in a single month. AT&T has failed to make its throttling policies clear enough, according to the complaint.
  • Nearly half of Calif. affected by hacks in 2013 (2014-10-28 13:07:03)
    LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The number of Californians whose personal data was hacked last year jumped sixfold to 18.5 million accounts and as many as one-third of those people will become victims of fraud, says California Attorney General Kamala Harris, in a new report on data breaches in the nation's biggest state.
  • The best new features of Android Lollipop (2014-10-28 13:03:26)
    Android 5.0 is the biggest release of Google's mobile platform since 2011. Here are some of the best new features.
  • 12 of the best new features in Android Lollipop (2014-10-28 13:02:33)
    Google’s approach for rolling out the latest version of Android, Lollipop, is a little different. There are the usual things we see every year — a new Nexus phone and a new Nexus tablet — but instead of a big event, the company is posting details in blog posts and on the main Android site. Luckily, we got a chance to sit down with some Google execs last week to get a walkthrough of the coolest features.
  • Google Fit for Android is ready to compile all of your fitness stats (2014-10-28 12:58:00)
  • William Gibson interview: time travel, virtual reality, and his new book (2014-10-28 12:57:34)
    Science fiction author William Gibson’s work, from cyberpunk classic Neuromancer to his more recent, less overtly futuristic novels, is usually more concerned with smart cultural analysis than plotting the mechanics of new technology. Gibson has given us a lens to see everything from high fashion to virtual reality, coining the term “cyberspace” to refer to what would soon become a ubiquitous computer network in the real world (“And they won’t let me forget it,” he quipped after being introduced with that factoid in the TV show Wild Palms.)
  • InterDigital shares rise on U.S. patent fight win over ZTE (2014-10-28 12:50:59)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Shares of InterDigital Inc rose on Tuesday after a federal jury in Delaware found that ZTE Corp infringed three of its mobile phone patents, according to the company and a court filing. InterDigital shares were up 3.6 percent at $44.47 in midday trading, having earlier rose as much as 9 percent. InterDigital had also accused of Nokia of infringement but a jury will hear arguments on that case next year, said InterDigital spokesman Patrick Van de Wille. Microsoft bought Nokia's handset business this year. ...
  • Electric-car drivers trading gas for solar power (2014-10-28 12:50:50)
    DETROIT (AP) — Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now, a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight.
  • With this one accessory, the iPhone 6 Plus could replace your iPad (2014-10-28 12:48:52)
    Before everyone finally got their hands on the iPhone 6 Plus, it wasn’t uncommon to hear concerns about its size. iPhone users that hadn’t been acquainted with a phablet pictured something along the lines of a phone just marginally smaller than the iPad mini, which, of course, was more than a slight exaggeration. FROM EARLIER: The iPhone 6 Plus has hidden benefits even Apple might not know about Nevertheless, the 6 Plus is a sizable device, which is why Julio Ojeda-Zapata of TidBITS wanted to see if it could replace his tablet altogether by picking up a Bluetooth keyboard to use in conjunction with Apple’s oversized phone. After testing a wide variety of keyboards, Ojeda-Zapata found that some were almost as well-suited for the iPhone
  • Google challenges Apple's HealthKit with release of Google Fit for Android (2014-10-28 12:42:09)
    Google's answer to Apple's HealthKit has arrived. Today the company launched its Google Fit app for Android. Much like Apple's solution, Fit offers a central place to monitor your health goals and workout stats. When used as a standalone health tracker, the app will monitor your walking, running and cycling, Google says. Goals based on duration or total steps can be established, with Fit keeping you aware of your progress throughout each day. But third-party fitness trackers and apps can also tap into Google's platform and input your health data. ...
  • Microsoft will borrow Mac-like trackpad gestures for Windows 10 (2014-10-28 12:39:00)
  • Winter is coming, and so is a 'Game of Thrones' video game (2014-10-28 12:29:34)
    Telltale Games, the developer behind a widely popular series of "Walking Dead" games, announces that the first episode in an upcoming "Game of Thrones" series will be ready before the holidays.>
  • ​Google on Android Lollipop security: Set it and forget it (2014-10-28 12:27:51)
    Google's lead security engineer on Android thinks you shouldn't have to be a tech whiz to keep your phone secure.>
  • Preview: Hands on with the most surprising phone of the year, Motorola’s Droid Turbo (2014-10-28 12:25:31)
    Motorola’s new Droid Turbo came from out of nowhere when it first leaked last month, and now the handset is official. We have repeatedly referred to it as the surprise of the fall season and now that it’s here, everything we knew from leaks and rumors that began trickling out just a short while ago has been confirmed: Motorola and Verizon Wireless’ new Droid smartphone is an absolute beast. Following the device’s unveiling during a Verizon press conference on Tuesday, I spent some time with the new Droid Turbo to see how it stacks up against the competition. Beginning with the first-generation Moto X and Moto G smartphones last year, Motorola executed a major strategic shift. Instead of focusing on
  • Why Google is learning about goats (2014-10-28 12:24:56)
    A few weeks ago, I discovered that Google knows the lifespan of a goat. Search for "how long does a goat live" and you'll see it displayed in a special card above the search results. 15 to 18 years! It's not an important fact, and I can't imagine people ask it very often — but there it is. I couldn't tell you where they got the answer (it's surprisingly hard to nail down, as I'll get into later) but I'm pretty sure it's right. It's the kind of accidental discovery that Google loves to serve up. I went looking for a fact, and there it was. ...
  • Happy happy joy joy: Hulu scores cult 'toon classics (2014-10-28 12:24:52)
    The next-day-TV site refreshes its content deal with Viacom, which will keep "Daily Show" and "Colbert Report" streaming and add cult faves like "Ren & Stimpy" and "Invader Zim.">
  • Google's YouTube explores paid, ad-free video service (2014-10-28 12:24:27)
    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - YouTube, the popular online video service owned by Google Inc, is planning to offer a paid, ad-free version, the head of the site said. The move would represent a significant change for the world’s No. 1 online video website, whose free videos, often accompanied by short commercials, attract more than 1 billion users a month. “There are going to be cases where people are going to say ‘I don’t want to see the ads or I want to have a different kind of experience’,” Susan Wojcicki, a Google senior vice president who heads the YouTube business, said at the Code/Mobile technology conference in Half Moon Bay, California late on Monday. Wojcicki, who became the head of YouTube in February after several years overseeing Google’s multibillion-dollar advertising business, said a paid video service was “near-term” but provided few details, including how much a subscription would cost.
  • Burrito fans rejoice! Now you can order Taco Bell from your phone (2014-10-28 12:20:36)
    Skip the line the next time you want a taco and use the new Taco Bell app to buy your food instead.>
  • Motorola Droid Turbo Hands-on: 48 Hours of Power (2014-10-28 12:18:04)
    The Motorola Droid Turbo, coming exclusively to Verizon Wireless Oct 30, promises up to 48 hours of battery life from its massive 3,900 mAh battery. While the Moto X is all about design customization and fun colors and materials, the Droid Turbo emphasizes toughness. You'll be able to take your pick from a Metalized Glass Fiber shell (in black or red) or one made from Ballistic Nylon (in black), both reinforced with Kevlar.
  • SnapDonate makes giving to charity as simple as taking a photo on your phone (2014-10-28 12:15:00)
  • Motorola Droid Turbo hands-on (2014-10-28 12:07:09)
    Motorola's partnership with Verizon continues with the Droid Turbo, a unique smartphone exclusive to Verizon Wireless.
  • Verizon's Droid Turbo is a much-improved Moto X (hands-on) (2014-10-28 12:07:00)
  • Android is open, but not for hackers: 3 key ways Lollipop will keep your data safer (2014-10-28 12:00:03)
    Google’s mobile platform is open source, of course, but the newest version of Android places a significant amount of focus on closing the OS when it comes to blocking hackers and thwarting data thieves. New security features in Android 5.0 might not be buzzing as much as the look of Google’s gorgeous new Material Design, but all the hacks and private photo leaks we keep seeing are constant reminders of just how important security is on mobile devices. Now, in a new blog post on the Android Blog, Google has detailed three key ways the company has enhanced security with Lollipop. DON’T MISS: 10 secret things you had no idea your Android phone could do Android’s lead security engineer Adrian Ludwig on Tuesday took to Google’s
  • Office 365 gets built-in mobile device tools (2014-10-28 11:57:43)
    Microsoft takes steps toward delivering on its cross-platform device, app and data management with new Office 365 tools.>
  • Droid Turbo supercharges Verizon's franchise with 2-day battery (2014-10-28 11:55:09)
    The smartphone, built by Motorola Mobility, will feature a battery that can last up to 48 hours and a Turbo Charger that can provide 8 hours of use on a 15-minute charge.>
  • The Droid Turbo is a souped-up Moto X for Verizon (2014-10-28 11:35:59)
    After months of speculation and a nearly endless stream of leaks, Motorola and Verizon today announced the latest smartphone in the Droid family, the Droid Turbo. The Turbo takes the place of the Droid Ultra from last year — the Droid Maxx and Droid Mini remain in the lineup at lower price points — and is a geniuinely unique device in Motorola's portfolio. It will be available starting on October 30th for $199.99 on contract for a 32GB model or $249.99 on contract for a 64GB version.
  • This is Verizon's Droid Turbo: 5.2-inch Quad HD display, up to 48 hours of battery life (2014-10-28 11:32:00)
  • Motorola and Verizon unleash the Droid Turbo, a big new phone with specs to die for (2014-10-28 11:30:21)
    Although the original Motorola Droid was a solid hit that helped put Android on the map in the U.S., the brand has since taken a backseat to other big-name Android phones such as Samsung’s Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series. Verizon and Motorola on Tuesday did their best to put the Droid back in the spotlight with the new Droid Turbo, a big new phone with some of the most powerful specs you’ll see in a device this year. Just how powerful are we talking? The device features a 5.2-inch Quad HD display with a resolution of 1,440 x 2,560 pixels, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core 2.7GHz processor, a 21-megapixel rear-facing camera that will let you shoot video in 4K, a 2-megapixel front-facing
  • The FBI created a fake malware-spreading newspaper article to trace a bomb threat (2014-10-28 11:22:33)
    In 2007, the FBI was tracking down a series of bomb threats against Timberline High School, originating from an anonymous MySpace page. To break through that anonymity, agents had to get creative — but new documents suggest that in catching the culprit, the FBI may have committed a crime of its own.
  • You can order Taco Bell from a smartphone starting today (2014-10-28 10:58:02)
    Taco Bell will today announce a new app that lets customers nationwide order food ahead of time and pick up their meal via drive-thru or by walking into the fast food chain. After several months of planning, the company has become the first big fast food player to offer mobile ordering at this scale and with two pickup options. Taco Bell is emphasizing that mobile customers will have access to every single ingredient on its menu, and the company even plans to offer some food items exclusively via the app.
  • Live coverage: Verizon unveils the powerful new Droid Turbo smartphone (2014-10-28 10:45:03)
    Just when you thought you had seen all of the great new smartphones launching ahead of the holidays this year, Verizon and Motorola had to go ahead and throw us all for a loop. In late September, a powerful and mysterious new Motorola phablet began to leak and needless to say, it caught our eye. The more we learned the more intrigued we grew, and now it looks like the Droid Turbo will end up being one of the most impressive Android smartphones of the year. Now, after weeks of leaks and rumors, the wait is finally almost over. FROM EARLIER: This is the new Droid Turbo, and it looks amazing According to previous reports, the new Droid Turbo is going to be the
  • Tidal brings pristine streaming music to nearly every device you own (2014-10-28 10:29:00)
  • Frank Gehry drops a spaceship in Paris (2014-10-28 10:21:05)
    A minibus studded with fake diamonds and Louis Vuitton branding curled around a busy traffic circle at the top of the Champs-Elysée before escaping into the Bois du Boulogne, an enormous forest on the outskirts of Paris. Everyone’s gaze turned outward as we meandered through the woods, passing playgrounds and lunch break joggers, looking for a hulking white oasis that was impossible to miss.
  • The mystery of the 32GB iPhone 6 gets solved… and there’s no reason to get excited (2014-10-28 10:20:54)
    After an iPhone 6 picture from China suggested earlier this week that Apple may have built some special 32GB iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units, which are on display in a few stores in the region, French publication Consomac has been able to find out more details about said device and has even confirmed its existence in the process. Unfortunately, there’s no good news for potential iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus buyers looking for 32GB versions. FROM EARLIER: What if Apple fixed one of the iPhone 6’s biggest disappointments? As the publication discovered, the image taken in China appears to be genuine, and Apple stores might indeed be displaying 32GB variants of the phone — or at least
  • Smartphone launches boost Gorilla glass maker Corning (2014-10-28 10:16:23)
    By Abhirup Roy (Reuters) - Corning Inc, the supplier of Gorilla glass to Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics, reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue and earnings, helped by launches of new smartphone models. Shares of the company, which also supplies LCD panels to consumer electronics companies such as Sony Corp, LG and Lenovo Group, rose 1.6 percent in early trading. Smartphones such as Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and Samsung's Galaxy Alpha were launched in the quarter ended Sept. 30. Corning said it would launch a new version of Gorilla glass on Nov. 20. ...
  • Apple reveals drop in sales of iTunes music (2014-10-28 10:08:43)
    The iTunes Store raked in more revenue overall in fiscal 2014 than in the previous year, but digital music sales have declined, according to Apple's annual report filed with the SEC.>
  • Is the world really ready for Apple Pay? Credit card killer Plastc preorders hit $5.2M in one week (2014-10-28 10:00:50)
    Apple Pay is encouraging people to leave their credit cards in their wallets and pay for goods in stores using an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus now, or an Apple Watch in the future. According to Tim Cook’s recent comments, more than 1 million cards have already been activated on Apple Pay in the first three days. On the other hand, the MCX group of retailers that includes big brands such as Walmart, Best Buy, Gap, CVS, and others, are working on a different wireless payments solution that doesn’t even need credit cards or NFC, and thus is not supporting Apple Pay. Regardless whether you like Apple Pay, or any other alternative, it’s clear that credit cards won’t go
  • One of Apple's favorite developers is launching an Android app (2014-10-28 10:00:34)
    Djay is one of Apple's favorite apps. The dj-ing software was demoed onstage at the iPad 2 launch, won Apple's coveted Apple Design Award in 2011, and has won Apple's App of the Year award in over 100 countries. Djay is so well-liked that it's even pre-installed on many of Apple's demo units in store. These are privileges and accolades afforded only to the apps that best show off the performance that ostensibly only Apple products can offer. And until recently, that might have actually been the case. But today, Djay's launching on Android.
  • Algoriddim's Djay 2 app heads to Android with Spotify integration (2014-10-28 10:00:00)
  • Deepwater Horizon spill left an oil ring the size of Rhode Island at the bottom of the sea, study says (2014-10-28 09:59:17)
    There's an oil ring the size of Rhode Island at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico and researchers say it belongs to oil company BP. According to a study published yesterday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, about 10 million gallons of coagulated oil now coats the sea floor, following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that resulted in 172 million gallons of oil being spilled into the Gulf in 2010. The rest of the oil, however, is still largely unaccounted for.
  • No More Tweets From Your Google Glass (2014-10-28 09:59:12)
    Twitter has ceased development of its Google Glass application, reports 9to5Google. The app first hit the Glass market in May 2013, but disappeared last week, as discovered by Reddit user Pete716:
  • Walmart is now selling used games in its stores (2014-10-28 09:41:44)
    Earlier this year, Walmart started offering company gift cards in exchange for customers' used games. This morning, Bloomberg Businessweek reported that it's started making money off this investment, launching a pre-owned games section in 1,700 of its US stores — or about 40 percent of its estimated 4,300 total locations (there are around 650 Sam's Club warehouse stores, but we don't know if they're part of the program. ...
  • Elliott files another lawsuit on Vodafone's Kabel takeover (2014-10-28 09:40:28)
    By Arno Schuetze FRANKFURT (Reuters) - U.S. hedge fund Elliott has filed another lawsuit in its battle with Vodafone over the price of the British group's takeover of German cable firm Kabel Deutschland. Elliott Management Corporation, which holds 13.5 percent in Kabel Deutschland, said on Tuesday it had asked a Munich court to order the company to give it a full copy of a report prepared by a special auditor. ...
  • Twitter's efforts to engage users yet to fully pay off (2014-10-28 09:36:21)
    (Reuters) - Twitter Inc's efforts to improve user engagement and growth rates are taking longer than expected to gain traction, prompting a wave of rating and price target cuts on the stock. Twitter's shares fell 14 percent to a near four-month low of$41.80 in early trading on Tuesday. Up to Monday's close, the stock had already fallen about 24 pct this year. The online messaging service, known for its maximum 140 character "tweets", said on Monday its timeline views per user, a measure of engagement, fell 7 percent in the third quarter. ...
  • Data-Driven Marketing Drives Customer Advocacy (2014-10-28 09:31:40)
    Data are the foundation of marketing in a digital world. Digital transformation of business processes provides CMOs with the ability to measure results and business outcomes, providing the credibility and proof that's needed for marketing to become a strategic business function. Data-driven processes empower marketers with the necessary...
  • Watch the trippiest virtual trip through the Large Hadron Collider (2014-10-28 09:31:00)
  • Japan's SoftBank kicks off $10 billion India online spree, buys stake in Snapdeal (2014-10-28 09:25:40)
    By Nivedita Bhattacharjee and Indulal PM MUMBAI (Reuters) - Japanese telecom and media group SoftBank Corp has set its sights on Indian e-commerce in its aggressive expansion drive, saying it will invest about $10 billion in the booming sector as it took a strategic stake in one of its rising stars. Masayoshi Son, chief executive of SoftBank, laid out a 10-year investment plan for India on Tuesday, starting with the purchase of a $627 million stake in fast-growing online marketplace Snapdeal. Son's global ambitions flared into public view last year when SoftBank bought No. 3 U.S. ...
  • BlackBerry finds a most unlikely savior (2014-10-28 09:25:24)
    BlackBerry’s attempts to get celebrities to endorse its products have clearly not worked out in the past — does anyone remember the utter debacle that was “creative director” Alicia Keys? That said, the company may have just found a new celebrity champion who is not only a bigger name than Keys right now but who also genuinely has a love and affection for its products. Yes, we’re talking about Kim Kardashian, the polarizing reality TV star who has also recently made waves in the tech industry for her insanely profitable and awesomely mindless mobile game called Kim Kardashian’s Hollywood. RELATED: Bestselling author fumes after her son blows $120 on the Kim Kardashian app in just 2 days Speaking at Re/code’s big
  • Amazon re-shingles Rooftop Media for laughs (2014-10-28 09:03:00)
    The online retail giant is seeking opportunities beyond the warehouse, and the acquisition of the online comedy service underscores its goals.>
  • PartPic makes finding replacement parts easy (2014-10-28 09:01:10)
    Alexis Ohanian tours PartPic, a tech startup that allows you to take a photo of a broken machine part and find its replacement.
  • PartPic uses photos to repair your broken shit (2014-10-28 09:01:10)
    Alexis Ohanian tours PartPic, a tech startup that allows you to take a photo of a broken machine part and find its replacement.
  • Small Empires: Hunting for spare parts and seed funding with Partpic (2014-10-28 09:00:27)
    Let's say you need to fix your vacuum cleaning robot, or even worse, the machine that makes your vacuum cleaning robot. You know which part is broken, but where do you go from there? Most of the time when the machine reaches the customer, it's already assembled and the parts aren't labeled at all. Without that crucial bit of info, it can be very difficult to explain to a sales rep exactly what you need, or find a replacement you can order on the web. Googling for "round, squiggly rubber thing with the metal edges" won't help.
  • 'Zero Point,' a VR documentary shot for the Oculus Rift, is out today (2014-10-28 09:00:02)
    The film world has been playing with virtual reality since the first Oculus Rift development kit, from concerts to feature-length films to now-ubiquitous promotional tie-ins. One of the geekier takes on this is Zero Point, a documentary for the Oculus Rift... about the Oculus Rift. More generally, it's about the promise and loosely defined peril of virtual reality, with appearances from Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey and noted VR researchers Jeremy Bailenson (founder of Stanford's Virtual Human Interaction Lab) and Mark Bolas (director of USC's Mixed Reality Lab and Luckey's former employer.) The roughly 20-minute film is directed by Danfung Dennis, known for war documentary Hell and Back Again, and optimized for virtual reality with tech from his film and video startup Condition One.
  • Tesco Hudl2 review: The UK's best value tablet (2014-10-28 09:00:00)
  • Viettel to invest $1 billion on 3G telecoms network in Tanzania: officials (2014-10-28 08:58:33)
    By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Vietnam-based telecoms operator Viettel plans to invest $1 billion in a new third-generation (3G) mobile phone network in Tanzania, the office of the east African country's president said on Tuesday. The mobile telecoms sector in east Africa's second-biggest economy has grown rapidly over the past decade, driven by demand for 3G mobile services. There are about 29 million mobile subscribers, representing market penetration of 64 percent, according to the country's telecoms regulator. ...
  • EU's Oettinger mulls levy on Google: Handelsblatt (2014-10-28 08:56:49)
    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Union's new digital commissioner Guenther Oettinger is mulling an internet copyright levy, taking aim at Google, he told German newspaper Handelsblatt. "If Google uses and processes intellectual property from the EU, the EU can protect this property and can demand a charge," Oettinger was quoted as saying by the paper. The incoming commissioner added that such legislation could be introduced as early as 2016. ...
  • Samsung Knox for Android Unsafe to Use, Researcher Says (2014-10-28 08:53:37)
    Samsung Knox, a security environment developed for Samsung Android devices, may have some serious problems. Designed to help people keep business data secure on personal phones, Samsung Knox creates a secure partition, or storage space.
  • My three favorite Windows laptop alternatives (2014-10-28 08:46:37)
    No, one of them isn't a Mac. This is the Cheapskate, after all.>
  • How the NFL tracks everything on the field but the ball (2014-10-28 08:40:54)
    Most people know radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips as the security tags adorning clothes in stores, but this year they can also be found inside the uniforms of NFL players. As the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions descended upon London this weekend, accompanying them were executives from Zebra Technologies, the company behind the RFID-based motion tracking system that the league is implementing this season. Zebra is in town to try and convince the operators of Wembley Stadium and the rest of the sports world to follow the example set by the NFL. ...
  • This is why Apple killed one of its most beloved and iconic gadgets (2014-10-28 08:35:17)
    Although it’s become fashionable to use your smartphone as your music player these days, those of us who are hardcore music fans this fall mourned the loss of the iPod Classic, the iconic digital music player that offered us up to 160GB of storage. Business Insider notes that Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday talked about why his company decided to axe the Classic and it turns out that it was a simple matter of supply and demand. IN HAPPIER TIMES: Apple iPod Classic unboxing “We couldn’t get the parts anymore, not anywhere on Earth,” Cook said. “It wasn’t a matter of me swinging the ax, saying ‘what can I kill today?’… The engineering work was massive, and the number of
  • Tesla Model S is now cheaper to lease, comes with a return policy (2014-10-28 08:33:00)
  • Apple CEO: Watch is 'profound,' Apple Pay 'fantastic,' Alibaba the right kind of partner (2014-10-28 08:27:55)
    Tim Cook says the Apple Watch is "cool," the iPhone will remain Apple's top moneymaker, Apple Pay is in a skirmish with retailers, and he'd love to team up with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.>
  • Tidal brings high quality audio streaming to everyone — for a price (2014-10-28 08:18:24)
    Last month the streaming-music service Deezer introduced Elite, a premium take on Spotify that offers lossless, 16-bit FLAC streaming — more than five times the quality of existing services, Deezer says. But there was a huge catch: for now at least, Deezer Elite only works with Sonos speakers. In order to access high-quality music, you need to already own pricey hardware. Today a Swedish company named Aspiro is releasing a similarly high-end service called Tidal, but it’s much more widely available. ...
  • Motorola UK begins selling the Moto 360, discounts the Moto X for one day only (2014-10-28 08:16:00)
  • Despite huge subscriber gains, the ‘Un-carrier’ is once again unprofitable (2014-10-28 08:10:33)
    As we’ve said before, more intense competition in the wireless world is great for consumers but not-so-great for carriers’ bottom lines. T-Mobile, which has been at the forefront of America’s newly competitive wireless market, reported adding 1.38 million postpaid subscribers and 410,000 prepaid subscribers, which easily topped the 785,000 postpaid subscribers that AT&T added over the same quarter but was slightly behind the 1.5 million postpaid subscribers that Verizon added. The company also raised its projected for total postpaid subscribers added this year from 4.3 million to 4.7 million. RELATED: The mobile price wars may finally be starting to sting AT&T That said, these subscriber gains have come at a cost: T-Mobile reported a net loss of $0.12 per share
  • LG nails the coffin down on plasma TVs (2014-10-28 08:02:00)
  • 5 Ways The Internet Will Revolutionize Work And Play By 2025 (2014-10-28 08:01:31)
    For all the ways the Internet has changed how we live and work over the last 20 years, there are still plenty of areas it hasn't touched, and plenty more where it hasn't been as revolutionary as predicted. (Futurists in the '90s said we'd all be making virtual commutes by now. Most of us are still waiting.)One limiting factor has been...
  • You can now search Bing using emoji (2014-10-28 07:48:02)
    Emoji might be primary used by teenagers or in Katy Perry videos, but Microsoft is now bringing the Japanese electronic smileys to its search engine. Bing is being updated to enable the use of emoji in search queries allowing you to search for "the best donut (using a donut emoji) in New York." Bing will take the semantic meaning of the emoji and convert it into a text string to search the web. It’s purely a gimmick, but it does serve as a quick way to find out the meaning of some of the particularly puzzling emojis. ...
  • Cook: You’ll use the Apple Watch so much, you’ll have to charge it daily (2014-10-28 07:40:50)
    Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday reminded the audience during an interview at the WSJ.D conference in Laguna Beach, California, about Apple’s excitement around the upcoming Apple Watch, confirming that it’ll probably require daily charging. FROM EARLIER: Apple wants you to wonder how you ever lived without its Apple Watch “I give Jony and his team incredible credit here, because they saw something you wear has to be personal…it can’t be geeky,” Cook said, noting that not just tech people are interested in the gadget. The Apple Watch was Cook’s “one more thing” announcement during the iPhone 6 event, but the company did not mention one crucial thing about the device during the show, and that’s battery life. Reports that
  • Ex-PlayStation US chief says Candy Crush is fun, Xbox on the right path (2014-10-28 07:39:30)
    Jack Tretton, the former head of Sony's PlayStation group in America, talks about mobile devices, women in the industry and the products he coveted from the competition in an exclusive interview with CNET News.>
  • 3D printing helps the visually impaired restore faded memories (2014-10-28 07:36:42)
    Touchable Memories might ostensibly be an advertisement campaign for a 3D printer, but it's also a poignant social experiment that delineates how technology can be used to better lives. Featuring five visually impaired people, the video series illustrates the connection between remembrance and tactile contact. It uses a 3D printer to turn photographs from the subjects' lives into three-dimensional models that can then be caressed and handled. The results are heart-warming, and a vivid reminder that we sometimes take our blessings in life for granted. ...
  • Cross the streams with 'Ghostbusters' remix (2014-10-28 07:30:34)
    In honor of the 30 year anniversary of "Ghostbusters," remix masters Eclectic Method pay tribute to Zuul, Slimer, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and the fellas themselves with an action-packed music video.>
  • Apple to distribute over $100 million worth of iPads in underprivileged schools (2014-10-28 07:05:00)
  • Beats to debut paw-some Hello Kitty headphones (2014-10-28 07:01:41)
    Celebrate Hello Kitty's 40th anniversary with special edition Hello Kitty custom headphones and earphones from Beats by Dr. Dre.>
  • Will Apple Pay users wave goodbye to the wallet? (2014-10-28 06:35:55)
    Over 1 million consumers activated credit and debit cards via the company's new mobile payments service within the first 72 hours of the service going live in the US.
  • Amazon starts selling smartphones on O2 pay-monthly contracts (2014-10-28 06:23:00)
  • New smartphone movie tickets don't require a scanner (2014-10-28 06:20:00)
  • Why Apple called time on the iPod Classic (2014-10-28 05:41:55)
    Despite there still being a demand for the iconic MP3 player, in September, Apple quietly discontinued the iPod Classic, removing it from its website and retail stores. 
  • LG Electronics exit suggests end is near for plasma TVs (2014-10-28 05:34:35)
    SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's LG Electronics Inc said it will wind down its plasma television business by end-November, as a technology long overtaken by liquid crystal display takes one step closer to its demise. LG Electronics said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday that the decision reflects a decline in demand for plasma TVs, with the business accounting for 2.4 percent of its 2013 annual revenue. The exit was widely anticipated as LCD TVs have become the mainstay in global markets. ...
  • Researchers take a hint from birds to fight airplane turbulence (2014-10-28 05:10:00)
  • Alibaba open to a deal over payment systems with Apple, not so interested in PayPal (2014-10-28 04:59:00)
    Jack Ma, co-founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, is 'very interested' in a deal between his Alipay offering and the new Apple Pay mobile payments service. He's also bothered that in Chinese movies, the hero always dies.>
  • Samsung heir apparent moves to tighten grip on group firms (2014-10-28 04:55:46)
    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Group heir apparent Jay Y. Lee is moving to acquire small stakes in two of the group's financial firms, which analysts say will help the scion solidify control of South Korea's largest conglomerate as a succession looms. Lee is seeking regulatory approval to purchase 0.1 percent each of Samsung Life Insurance Co Ltd and Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance Co Ltd , Samsung Group said in a statement. He is reinvesting after-tax proceeds of 25.2 billion won ($23.97 million) from selling Samsung Asset Management Co Ltd shares to Samsung Life earlier this year. ...
  • Microsoft borrows Mac trackpad gestures for Windows 10 (2014-10-28 04:49:14)
    Microsoft introduced new trackpad gestures in Windows 8, but the company is expanding them further with the upcoming release of Windows 10. In a keynote speech at TechEd Europe today, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore demonstrated new trackpad features that will soon be available to Windows 10 testers. "In the past touch pads on Windows have really been done very differently because OEMs do them," explained Belfiore. Microsoft introduced precision trackpads with the help of Intel in Windows 8 to improve the hardware situation, and now the focus is on gestures in software.
  • SmartThings brings its home automation app to Windows Phone (2014-10-28 04:29:00)
  • Softbank invests $840M in India tech companies (2014-10-28 04:05:04)
    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese telecommunications company Softbank Corp. said Tuesday that it's investing nearly $840 million in two technology companies in India, making a bet on what it sees as a lucrative market for growth.
  • Logitech's rugged new iPad keyboard looks like it belongs on a Surface instead (2014-10-28 04:00:01)
    If you know someone who uses a keyboard with their iPad, it's a safe bet that they use one made by Logitech. The company's releasing a new model today, called the Logitech Keys-To-Go. It's a Bluetooth keyboard compatible with any iPad, and it looks an awful lot like a simplified version of the fabricky Touch Cover that comes with the Microsoft Surface.
  • Apple CEO says watch is 'profound,' Apple Pay 'fantastic,' Alibaba the right kind of partner (2014-10-28 03:53:11)
    CEO Tim Cook said the Apple Watch is 'cool,' the iPhone will continue to be Apple's top moneymaker, that Apple Pay is in a 'skirmish' with retailers, and that he'd 'love' to team up with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.>
  • LG Electronics says to end production of plasma display TVs (2014-10-28 03:48:50)
    SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's LG Electronics Inc said on Tuesday that it will end the production of plasma display televisions by end-November in order to focus its efforts on liquid crystal display and OLED televisions. LG Electronics said in a regulatory filing the decision reflects a decline in demand for plasma televisions. The move was widely expected as LCD TVs have become the mainstay product in the global market. Samsung SDI Co Ltd, sister company of LG's TV rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, also said in July that it will shut down its plasma panel production business by Nov. ...
  • Exploit lets remote attackers lock your Samsung phone (2014-10-28 03:31:00)
  • Schwab to offer free 'robo-advise' plan in first quarter 2015 (2014-10-28 03:27:31)
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Charles Schwab Corp confirmed on Monday that it will introduce free automated investment plans picked by computer algorithms in the first quarter of 2015. The program, which will be marketed as Schwab Intelligent Portfolios to retail investors and independent investment advisers, will create portfolios of exchange-traded funds managed by Schwab and other providers. ...
  • US currency reimagined to celebrate ideas, not the dead (2014-10-28 02:21:39)
    Travis Purrington's interpretation of the US currency looks like it belongs in a cyberpunk movie. Gone is the uniformed green, and the portraits of long-dead presidents. Purrington's designs are subtle yet sleek, embossed with astronauts, crashing waves, ice-capped mountains, and distant galaxies.
  • Tim Cook talks Apple Watch, TVs and the power of the iPhone (2014-10-28 02:01:00)
  • Peeping teen in shower: I was checking if phone was waterproof (2014-10-28 01:36:22)
    A UK teen found guilty of filming a woman in a shower insisted that he was merely a fascinated cell phone tester.>
  • Apple CEO fires back as retailers block Pay (2014-10-28 01:14:13)
    By Deepa Seetharaman LAGUNA BEACH Calif. (Reuters) - Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook fired back at CVS and Rite Aid on Monday after the drugstore chains blocked the iPhone maker's mobile payments service, saying there were plenty of other retailers around the world to sign up. Apple Pay launched about a week ago and saw more than a million credit cards registered over the first 72 hours. It already totes up more transactions than all other "contact less" payment methods combined, Cook said, citing Visa and Mastercard data. ...
  • High-tech hearing aids make autotune sound even worse (2014-10-28 01:09:00)
  • Watch RNA sequencing and astronomy expressed as dance (2014-10-28 00:49:00)
    Every year, Science magazine challenges PhD students to explain the topic of their thesis in the form of dance. This year's finalists are in.>
  • YouTube CEO confirms music subscription service is coming soon (2014-10-28 00:47:00)
  • Alibaba's Ma says open to working with Apple on payments (2014-10-28 00:17:56)
    LAGUNA BEACH Calif. (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd executive chairman Jack Ma said he's open to working with Apple Inc on mobile payments, as China's richest person prepares to call on Hollywood this week in search of media partners. Alibaba affiliate Alipay is China's largest payments service, while Apple just this month debuted its own version of a mobile wallet, letting iPhone 6 users make payments at retailers with their smartphones. Ma told a Wall Street Journal Digital Live conference on Monday that he has tremendous respect for Apple CEO Tim Cook. ...
  • Tim Cook says Apple killed the iPod classic because it couldn't get the parts (2014-10-28 00:15:05)
    Apple quietly discontinued the iPod classic last month, just short of the iconic MP3 player's 13th birthday. Tonight, Apple CEO Tim Cook explained why the company decided to shelve its revolutionary device — it couldn't get the parts any more. Cook, speaking at this evening's WSJD Live event, said on stage that Apple no longer had access to the components necessary to build the 160GB iPod classic. ...
  • YouTube chief 'optimistic' site will launch music service 'soon' (2014-10-28 00:13:49)
    Susan Wojcicki dodges a question about YouTube's expected music subscription product, saying at the Recode mobile conference that her company is "working on it.">
  • Half of YouTube's views now come from phones and tablets (2014-10-28 00:02:52)
    Where are people watching videos on YouTube? A little while ago, the majority were on desktop, but now the company says that half are tuning in from mobile devices like phones and tablets. On stage at the Code Mobile conference, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said that metric's grown alongside the popularity of its app on places like Apple's App Store, where it ranked among the top apps last year.
  • Walmart starts selling used games on November 3rd (2014-10-28 00:01:00)
  • Apple caught in feud between merchants, credit cards (2014-10-28 00:00:03)
    Consumers will decide which mobile payments system will win out.>
  • Tim Cook explains why the iPod Classic had to die (2014-10-27 23:52:00)
  • Zikto takes step trackers a step further (2014-10-27 23:36:54)
    A new Korean startup is looking to launch a device that tracks every part of your step.>
  • Tim Cook says that Apple Pay is already the leader in contactless payments (2014-10-27 23:35:44)
    It's only been a week since Apple Pay made its debut, but apparently the launch has been successful thus far. Speaking at the WSJD Live event, hosted by The Wall Street Journal, Cook said that Apple is already the leader in "contactless" payments, "more than the total of all the other guys." Within 72 hours, Apple apparently activated one million cards, and we presume it's only gone up significantly since then. Customer response, has been positive, as well. "I'm getting flooded with emails from customers," Cook said. ...
  • In 72 hours, Apple Pay is already the wireless payment leader in the US (2014-10-27 23:30:00)
  • Ballmer has 1 billion more reasons to love owning the Clippers (2014-10-27 23:00:13)
    Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has really taken to owning the Los Angeles Clippers, as he has repeatedly vowed to make the team “hard core, baby!” Now The Financial Times reports that Ballmer has a lot more reasons to love owning the Clippers than we ever imagined — a billion more reasons, to be accurate. RELATED: Ballmer to toss out the Clippers’ iPads, replace them with the Surface According to The Financial Times, Ballmer “stands to gain as much as $1 billion in tax benefits as a result of his $2 billion purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, helping to explain why the Microsoft billionaire paid a record price for the club.” According to the publication’s analysis of American
  • With new graphics chips, ARM grabs at cheaper phones, tablets (2014-10-27 22:30:03)
    Emerging markets are seeing huge growth in mid- and lower-tier smartphones. ARM seeks to catch some of that trend with its new line of Mali graphics-chip designs.>
  • T-Mobile keeps outgrowing its rivals with 2.3 million new customers (2014-10-27 22:14:00)
  • 'Windows 93' is like your childhood computer on acid (2014-10-27 21:43:00)
  • T-Mobile impresses with Q3 customer growth as competition heats up (2014-10-27 21:40:33)
    The carrier managed to pull in even more customers than Wall Street anticipated -- despite high expectations -- but losses also widened.>
  • OK Go's new music video has robotic seats, drones and life-sized pixel art (2014-10-27 20:59:00)
  • Apple hops on board Obama program to wire up schools (2014-10-27 20:27:13)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc plans to dole out $100 million in grants to U.S. schools as part of the Obama administration's "ConnectED" program, targeting those that lack access to education technology and reliable broadband Internet. Obama's ConnectED initiative aims to bring stable Internet to 99 percent of U.S. students by 2017 and direct federal funds to enhance the use of technology in classrooms. Microsoft and Adobe have pledged support to the program in the form of free or discounted software. ...
  • A Wikipedia monument? It's true (we're pretty sure) (2014-10-27 20:23:27)
    Slubice, Poland, now hosts a monument honoring contributors to the free online encyclopedia. If you can't go see it for yourself, you can read all about it on Wikipedia.>
  • Kim Kardashian's on a mission to save BlackBerry (2014-10-27 20:17:23)
    The reality TV star says she still uses the years-old BlackBerry Bold -- and keeps three replacements available at all times in case her phone breaks.>
  • Tomorrow Daily 075: A coat with 50 cameras, OK Go's new music video, and more (2014-10-27 20:05:24)
    On today's show, we discuss a jacket with 50 cameras sewn into it, how the band OK Go used drone tech in their new whimsical music video, and the scientist who improved on the Nobel Prize he won three weeks ago.>
  • Alienware's new graphics amplifier and laptop make portable high-end gaming possible (2014-10-27 20:00:30)
    The dream for many PC gamers has always been to have a portable machine that can also handle the latest graphics-intensive releases, and Alienware has come up with a solution that moves that dream closer to reality with the Alienware Graphics Amplifier. Released alongside the Alienware 13 — the company's newest gaming laptop — the near-8-pound, $299 box is meant to live on your desk, ready to be plugged into any time you feel the need for that extra GPU boost that a laptop just can't provide.
  • The new Area 51 is Alienware's radical take on the gaming desktop (2014-10-27 20:00:07)
    Alienware's newest desktop PC has arrived in the form of the Area 51 — a behemoth hexagonal tower made to better serve gamers looking for top-line performance. It ships with the new Intel Haswell-E 6- and 8-core processors, and appears to be an apt successor to the company's long line of purpose-built gaming boxes.
  • Alienware puts its new gaming desktop and 13-inch laptop up for sale (2014-10-27 20:00:00)
  • Alienware's got a massive $300 dock for your new graphics card (2014-10-27 20:00:00)
  • What sorcery is this? Cumberbatch rumored as Doctor Strange (2014-10-27 19:59:36)
    Clues are piling up that the "Sherlock" actor could be adding another action role to his CV, with reports that Cumberbatch is in negotiations to play Marvel's magnificent Doctor Strange. Hail the Master!>
  • James Franco shows off the Motorola Droid Turbo in mildly unsettling viral ad (2014-10-27 19:55:18)
    Motorola hasn't officially announced the existence of its upcoming Droid Turbo smartphone yet, but the Kevlar-coated device has appeared all over the internet, with leaked images showing the Android phone's red and black variants. With the Droid official Twitter account posting teasers for the Turbo, it can only be a matter of time before the phone gets an official release — even actor James Franco has one.
  • You can finally play the best-ever Star Wars games on a modern PC (updated) (2014-10-27 19:35:00)
  • What's on your HDTV: NBA, US F1 GP, 'Annedroids', 'Sunset Overdrive' (2014-10-27 18:57:00)
  • Twitter hammered on growth fears (2014-10-27 18:39:20)
    Twitter saw its shares hammered Monday after reporting quarterly results that largely met expectations but failed to allay concerns about sluggish growth of the messaging platform. "We had another very strong financial quarter," Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo said in a release. Twitter shares fell more than 10 percent in after-market trades that followed release of the earnings figures, along with a lackluster fourth-quarter outlook. Investors had evidently hoped to hear the ranks of users were growing faster at Twitter.
  • Schwab to offer free 'robo-advice' (2014-10-27 18:24:31)
    By Jed Horowitz NEW YORK (Reuters) - Charles Schwab Corp confirmed on Monday that it will introduce free automated investment plans picked by computer algorithms in the first quarter of 2015. The program, to be marketed as Schwab Intelligent Portfolios to retail investors and independent investment advisers, will create portfolios of exchange-traded funds managed by Schwab and other providers. In foregoing management and transaction fees, Schwab intends to be "disruptive" to competitors, company officials said in a conference call. Most automated investment programs charge about 0. ...
  • Nextbit’s revolutionary new Android software will change the way we use phones and tablets (2014-10-27 18:18:17)
    Solutions like Apple’s iCloud can be frustrating at times, especially when they’re hacked. When they work, however, they make our lives so much easier. Download a song on your phone and it’s automatically downloaded to your computer. Install a new app on your iPad and it’s automatically installed on your iPhone. Add a phone number to a contact on your Nexus 5 and it instantly updates all of your devices. But the services we use now are just the tip of the iceberg. What if there was a solution that could sync every last bit and byte from one device to the next? What if you could start editing a video on one device and switch to another in a matter of seconds? What if you
  • Meet Baton, the ultimate handoff tool between Android devices (2014-10-27 18:16:06)
    Mysterious start-up Nextbit is finally out with a cloud service that "breaks down the barriers between devices." The initial deployment, however, will be limited to smartphones running on an altered version of Android called CyanogenMod.>
  • Nextbit is bringing iOS-like app continuity and 'limitless' storage to Android (2014-10-27 18:15:00)
  • A new project from Apple and Google alumni aims to fix an annoying Android problem (2014-10-27 18:14:09)
    Your phone or tablet can suddenly explode, but if you had an internet connection, there's a good chance you'll be able to get right back to what you were working on with some other device. One thing that hasn't changed though is the juggle involved in switching between an app or game on a phone and tablet. Earlier this year, Apple tried to fix this issue with something called Handoff that works behind the scenes to transfer what you're doing on an iPhone to an iPad or a Mac.
  • Chipmaker AMD hires Dell senior executive in server push (2014-10-27 17:49:45)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Advanced Micro Devices Inc said it hired a former Dell Inc senior executive to lead the chipmaker's push into microservers and other new markets. Forrest Norrod will be senior vice president and general manager of AMD’s enterprise, embedded and semi-custom business group and report to Chief Executive Lisa Su, AMD said in a news release on Monday. Norrod, 49, was general manager of Dell's server business and joins AMD as the company develops chips for new low-power servers that might challenge heavyweight Intel Corp in cutting-edge data centers. ...
  • Twitter's user base keeps growing, particularly on mobile devices (2014-10-27 17:39:15)
    The social network says 80 percent of its users are on mobile devices, following increased focus on its mobile apps.>
  • 'The Terminator' turns 30: Time to revisit the sci-fi classic (2014-10-27 17:37:41)
    Travel back in time to 1984 to get the scoop on the many uphill battles James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger and other stars faced when making the futuristic thriller.>
  • Here are the 10 best horror movies you can stream on Netflix this Halloween (2014-10-27 17:34:37)
    It’s that time of year again, folks. Halloween is upon us and we must wear costumes, eat sugary treats, and watch movies that give us nightmares. If you can’t find a movie scary enough for you on your television, leave it to us to round up the 10 best horror movies you can stream on Netflix this Halloween. MORE NETFLIX: Your guide to new titles on Netflix this week: October 26th – November 1st 1. The Cabin in the Woods (2011) — Starring Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, and Fran Kranz. Five friends arrive at a secluded cabin with clear rules for their retreat. But when protocol is broken, punishment is swift — and everyone will pay. If you think
  • American Express says Vente-Privee USA to close by year-end (2014-10-27 17:33:42)
    (Reuters) - American Express Co, the world's largest credit card issuer, said it would close its joint venture with French online start-up Vente-Privee by the end of the year. Vente-Privee sells luxury fashion, wine and music at steep discounts in "flash sales" that last three to five days. Vente-Privee began operating in the United States in 2011 in a joint venture with American Express to access an affluent client base of card holders, giving it instant credibility and brand recognition despite not being a household name outside Europe. ...
  • US updates Ebola monitoring guidelines after controversial quarantine (2014-10-27 17:32:06)
    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is issuing new guidelines for how states should deal with people at risk of contracting Ebola. The CDC now recommends that those with a high risk of exposure voluntarily isolate themselves and agree to be actively monitored for symptoms. Few people in the US will fall into the high-risk group, as the CDC defines it as people who have cared for an Ebola patient without protective equipment and people who have been stuck with a needle used by someone else exposed to the virus.
  • The hardware of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (hands-on) (2014-10-27 17:30:00)
  • Twitter users and engagement disappoint, shares dive (2014-10-27 17:24:12)
    By Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc posted a disappointing 7 percent slide in a closely watched measure of engagement even though its user base grew 23 percent in the third quarter, triggering a more than 9 percent decline in its stock on Monday. The online messaging service also projected fourth-quarter revenue that may miss Wall Street's targets. Expectations had run high for Twitter since the messaging service, which for years had fought to revive growth in users, surprised Wall Street in the second quarter by signing up 24 percent more people globally. ...
  • User growth, outlook hit Twitter stock after-hours (2014-10-27 17:18:20)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter's third-quarter revenue outpaced expectations, but investors concerned about user growth and holiday-quarter revenue clipped the company's stock price late Monday.
  • Enemies of Apple Pay push for CurrentC (2014-10-27 17:04:43)
    Retailers take sides in the battle of mobile payment technology, with some disabling NFC sensors in favor of an app that tracks customer data. Also, Amazon takes on Chromecast, and Fitbit launches new wristbands.>
  • Lacavera out as CEO of Canada's Wind Mobile, stays chairman (2014-10-27 17:03:06)
    TORONTO (Reuters) - Founder Anthony Lacavera is stepping down as chief executive officer of fledgling Canadian wireless operator Wind Mobile, the company said on Monday, just weeks after he brokered new financing that made him one of Wind's largest shareholders. He will be replaced as CEO by Chief Operating Officer Pietro Cordova. Lacavera said in an interview he will remain as chairman and plans to work on business planning and strategy as well as advocacy for Wind. ...
  • Apple CEO challenges home state on LGBT rights (2014-10-27 17:02:50)
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama was too slow to guarantee the rights of minorities during the civil rights era, and now it's too slow to ensure the rights of people based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Monday in challenging his home state to do better.
  • Twitter's doing well now, but its growth days might be numbered (2014-10-27 17:02:00)
  • Some U.S. retailers shun Apple Pay, eye rival payments system (2014-10-27 16:58:51)
    By Nandita Bose and Nathan Layne CHICAGO (Reuters) - Some large U.S. retailers are refusing to use Apple Inc's new electronic payments service as they commit to developing a rival payments system that would bolster their profits by eliminating credit card transaction fees. Wal-Mart Stores Inc is among the roughly 50 big retailers that have chosen not to accept Apple Pay, along with Rite Aid Corp and CVS HealthCorp . They say they are working instead on developing their own payment system, called Current C, through the Merchants Customer Exchange (MCX) consortium. ...
  • This star-shaped yacht is perfect if you're a billionaire supervillain (2014-10-27 16:56:42)
    We've written about quite a few luxurious and expensive watercraft over the years here at The Verge, but none as flashy as this: the STAR, a new concept for a superyacht measuring 433-feet long and nearly 200 feet high, was announced last month by the BMT Group. The idea for the yacht was first sketched out by a Russian advertising executive on a napkin and then fleshed-out by industrial designer Igor Lobanov, according to BMT. The two rising stars wanted to create something that would stand out from the sea of comparatively bland and boring superyachts around now. ...
  • Twitter user-engagement falls 7 percent, shares dive (2014-10-27 16:56:33)
    By Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc reported a disappointing 7 percent slide in a key measure of engagement by its users in the third quarter, triggering a selloff of more than 9 percent in its stock on Monday. Some investors had raised fears about declining Twitter usage as other social media and mobile messaging services become more popular. On Monday, the online messaging service also projected fourth-quarter revenue that may miss Wall Street's heightened expectations. ...
  • Experiencing Wi-Fi issues in Yosemite? Here’s how to fix them yourself (2014-10-27 16:54:11)
    Apple’s latest desktop operating system has been already installed on more Macs than its predecessor during the same period of time after launch, but that doesn’t mean all users are completely happy with their Yosemite experience. OS X Daily reports that several Mac owners have complained about certain Wi-Fi issues including dropped connections, slow speeds, or an inability to connect to Wi-Fi. The publication offers various tips on fixing these issues yourself, with the simplest being installing a fresh copy of Yosemite on your Mac, rather than jumping from Mavericks to OS X 10.10. FROM EARLIER: How to ditch Yosemite and roll back to Mavericks However, there are plenty of other tricks users can try to fix a faulty Wi-Fi
  • Twitter reports loss as revenue and use grow (2014-10-27 16:51:21)
    Twitter on Monday reported a quarterly loss as revenue more than doubled and the number of monthly users climbed. "We had another very strong financial quarter," Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo said in a release.
  • Online political ads are more secretive than TV ads, but that could change soon (2014-10-27 16:45:11)
    As more and more of our video viewing habits shift online, here's a question worth asking: should online political video ads be treated the same way as ads on TV? Because they're not right now. That's because the US Federal Election Commission (FEC), the agency in charge of regulating campaign financing in this country, decided back in 2006 to exempt people who post politically opinionated material online from having to file reports on how much they spent to create their content and from having to post detailed disclaimers saying who was paying for it. ...
  • Twitter's users base keeps growing, particularly on mobile devices (2014-10-27 16:33:26)
    The social networking company says 80 percent of its users are on mobile devices following increased focus on its mobile apps.>
  • Twitter doubles its revenue from last year, but profits remain elusive (2014-10-27 16:32:41)
    Twitter reported its third quarter earnings today, and despite robust performance, the company's stock continues to struggle. Twitter's booked $361 million in revenue over the last three months, more than double what it did for the same period in 2013. Basically that investors were hoping Twitter would do more than just clear the low bar it had set for itself this quarter.
  • Twitter doesn't have explosive growth, and investors aren't happy (2014-10-27 16:32:41)
    Twitter reported its third quarter earnings today, and despite robust performance, the company's stock continues to struggle. Twitter's booked $361 million in revenue over the last three months, more than double what it did for the same period in 2013. Basically that investors were hoping Twitter would do more than just clear the low bar it had set for itself this quarter.
  • Apple implies CVS and Walmart will get left behind if they block Apple Pay (2014-10-27 16:32:36)
    Apple is obviously not happy about retailers such as CVS and Walmart blocking the use of Apple Pay at their retail locations but the company isn’t about to come out with a blistering attack against them, especially when it’s trying to coax both companies to start accepting its mobile payment platform again. Instead, a company spokesperson has given Business Insider a statement that’s carefully crafted to tout Apple Pay’s early success and imply that any retailers that block the service are missing out. RELATED: Walmart and CVS are insane to block Apple Pay “The feedback we are getting from customers and retailers about Apple Pay is overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic,” Apple tells Business Insider. “We are working to get as
  • ZTE sticks with direct-to-US consumer strategy for Nubia line (2014-10-27 16:21:50)
    CEO of ZTE's US business tells CNET he prefers the unlocked route for the company's high-end line of smartphones because a carrier partnership means more compromises.>
  • Obama taking action to push manufacturing (2014-10-27 16:14:56)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday expanded his push for increased manufacturing in the United States by directing federal money toward new technologies, apprenticeship programs and competitions designed to assist small manufacturers.
  • Tell us how you really feel about the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 (2014-10-27 16:13:00)
  • Finding pirated movies online is about to get a lot harder (2014-10-27 16:08:46)
    Copyright content holders who want to stop Internet pirates from distributing illegal movies, TV shows, music, games, and other content on the Internet have apparently just scored a major victory, Business Insider reports, as Google has pushed out a major search update that may prevent you from discovering pirated movies and TV shows before you even have the chance to download them. FROM EARLIER: Shocker: Extensive new study says movie piracy isn’t that harmful to Hollywood Google has changed its search algorithm to further make illegal download sites, such as Pirate Bay,, Isohunt and others virtually disappear from search. According to an early analysis by SearchMetrics, some sites have seen an up to 98% decrease in visibility on Google’s search results. The “Pirate”
  • The FBI thinks it has found Glenn Greenwald's second leaker (2014-10-27 16:03:23)
    As Glenn Greenwald's The Intercept continues to publish secret government documents, some of which go beyond the initial NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden, speculation has grown concerning a second leaker smuggling classified documents to the publication. After a recent law enforcement raid, that speculation seems to be confirmed. Yahoo's Michael Isikoff reports that the FBI has identified a contractor who may be responsible for leaking documents about abuses in the government's terrorist tracking system, as detailed in this Intercept report. ...
  • Your guide to new titles on Netflix this week: October 26th – November 1st (2014-10-27 15:51:27)
    It’s that time of the week again, and BGR is bringing you a roundup of the best new content on Netflix for your streaming pleasure. A lot of your time is wasted by looking around Netflix for something you haven’t seen yet, so this update will hopefully save you some precious ticks on the clock. MORE NETFLIX: Your guide to new titles on Netflix this week: October 19th – October 25th ‘Bound By Flesh’ (2014) Available October 28th — “Starring Lea Thompson, Nancy Allen, Timothy Stack. This remarkable documentary tells the amazing story of Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twins who rose to superstardom at the beginning of the 20th century as sideshow attractions, performing alongside the likes of Bob Hope
  • We're liveblogging Kim Kardashian's appearance at the Code Mobile conference today at 6:30PM ET (2014-10-27 15:51:15)
    For reasons we can't quite fully explain, Kim Kardashian is appearing at Recode's Code Mobile event tonight in Half Moon Bay, California. Our own Josh Lowensohn will be lucky enough to be there and will be liveblogging #KimK straight to you, dear reader. We can only assume her appearance at this event is due to her world-beating, nightmare hellride of a mobile game, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. Having perfected the art of nickel-and-diming addicted players to add to her already-staggering fortune, we're hoping she has some hints for the rest of us on how to get as rich as she is. ...
  • The 404 Show 1,571: The Night Cable, Amazon Fire Stick, NFC controversy, BTTF contest (podcast) (2014-10-27 15:42:15)
    Today we're trying to understand why the Night Cable is so popular, uncover some new NFC controversy and take a look at the new Amazon Fire Stick. Also, this week we're debuting a few contests, so be sure to tune in to find out how you can win prizes!>
  • Amazon betting on newcomer talent to grow its comedy library (2014-10-27 15:39:00)
  • We're liveblogging Apple CEO Tim Cook's appearance at the WSJ.D Live event tonight at 11PM ET (2014-10-27 15:38:40)
    It's been a busy few months for Apple, and CEO Tim Cook will be wrapping it all up tonight with his appearance at The Wall Street Journal's WSJ.D Live event down in sunny Laguna Beach, California. Our own Casey Newton will be liveblogging Cook's conversation with WSJ editor in chief Gerard Baker when it kicks off at 11PM ET. Expect Cook to continue throwing mild shade at competitors and waxing poetic about Apple's new product lineup, which we're sure he'll call the company's best-ever at least once. ...
  • New leak shows what your HTC One (M8) will look like with Android 5.0 Lollipop (2014-10-27 15:35:32)
    With Android 5.0 Lollipop set to release in the near future, many Android fans are now beginning the waiting game to see exactly when their device will received the upgrade. YouMobile has obtained some leaked screenshots that will be of particular interest to Android fans who own either the HTC One (M8) or the HTC One (M7), as they show what HTC’s own Sense 7 interface will look like when you upgrade to Lollipop. RELATED: These Android phones have been confirmed to get Lollipop – is yours on the list? As you can see in the picture above, it looks as though HTC has incorporated the cleaner, flatter look of Android 5.0 into its own Sense overlay. While there aren’t
  • Xbox One price cut for holiday season in US (2014-10-27 15:31:25)
    Microsoft on Monday announced it is temporarily trimming the price of its Xbox One video game consoles in the United States in a move aimed at boosting holiday season sales. Beginning on November 2 and continuing through the end of this year, the price of Xbox One consoles will be cut $50 at US retail outlets, according to Microsoft. In what amounts to the second price reduction since the new-generation consoles were launched a year ago, Xbox One will be available starting at $349. "We're offering our best price yet," Microsoft corporate vice president Yusuf Mehdi said in a blog post.
  • Amazon has finally figured out how to make a $39 Chromecast killer (2014-10-27 15:18:36)
    Amazon’s $99 Fire TV was the company’s first streaming media player meant to compete against the Apple TV, Roku or Chromecast, but the company has finally figured out how to make an actual Chromecast-like device that might be more popular with consumers. Announced on Monday, the Fire TV Stick costs just $39, $4 more than Google’s popular streaming dongle, though Amazon Prime subscribers can preorder it for just $19 over the next two days. It’s more than clear the Fire TV Stick is meant to compete directly against the Chromecast, a product Amazon mentions a few times in its press release, but also on the product’s page. Amazon also compares it to the Roku Streaming Stick, which is Roku’s own
  • Join us tomorrow for a live Small Empires Google+ Hangout with Alexis Ohanian! (2014-10-27 15:13:05)
    You may have heard the news or seen the trailer, but in case you didn't know — Small Empires makes its season two debut tomorrow! To celebrate the premiere, come join us tomorrow at 3PM ET for a live Hangout on Air with the show's host, Alexis Ohanian, series showrunner Stephen Greenwood, director Kirk Larsen, and The Verge's own social media manager Sam Sheffer. We'll also be joined by Jewel Burks, CEO of PartPic — the subject of our first episode. We're also taking questions, so leave a comment on this post or tweet with #SmallEmpires. See you then!
  • Rainbow of curse words: LeVar Burton reads a NSFW favorite (2014-10-27 15:12:24)
    Watch "Reading Rainbow" host LeVar Burton read beloved parody children's book "Go the F**k to Sleep" to help raise money for charity.>
  • Spaceborne whisky returns to Earth (2014-10-27 15:06:00)
  • One 2014’s best Android phones is getting an unexpectedly speedy Lollipop update (2014-10-27 15:03:55)
    After Motorola confirmed that it plans to issue fast Android 5.0 Lollipop updates to some of its Android handsets and just after Samsung teased a Lollipop update for the Galaxy Note 4, one other company is apparently interested in bringing Android 5.0 to its 2014 flagship surprisingly quickly after Google releases it. FROM EARLIER: These Android phones have been confirmed to get Lollipop – is yours on the list According to German publication Computerbase, LG has confirmed that the G3 Lollipop update is arriving this quarter, with last year’s G2 supposed to get it at some point in the future. Specific details have not been revealed, but considering that Android 5.0 Lollipop is arriving as soon as November 3rd, at least for
  • Drink outside the (juice) box with The Rube Goldberg Straw (2014-10-27 14:58:48)
    Whether you wish your straw to have a bend, turn or loop, The Rube Goldberg Straw can accommodate. The set consists of 17 pieces and is dishwasher-safe.>
  • Apple details how its $100 million pledge to Obama's ConnectED will help schools (2014-10-27 14:54:35)
    Earlier this year, Apple pledged $100 million to President Obama's ConnectED program, an initiative that aims to bring reliable, high-speed broadband to 99 percent of schools across the United States. And today the company published a new website that gives the full details on where that money is headed. Apple's grants will be distributed to 114 schools located in 29 states.
  • Microsoft just stuck a dagger into Google Drive and Dropbox (2014-10-27 14:46:14)
    The cloud storage wars have finally reached their inevitable climax — Microsoft announced on Monday that all Office 365 subscribers are now eligible to receive unlimited storage on OneDrive for no additional cost. The rollout for Office 365 Home, Personal and University customers begins today and will continue over the coming months. If you want to jump to the front of the line, be sure to visit the OneDrive landing page and click ‘Get on the list.’ LAST TIME: Microsoft’s OneDrive is now one of the best cloud storage bargains OneDrive for Business customers will have to wait a little longer for their chance to take advantage of unlimited storage, but Microsoft plans to update the Office 360 roadmap soon with more specific
  • Exclusive: Amazon buys comedy service Rooftop Media to expand digital content (2014-10-27 14:44:38)
    By Liana B. Baker NEW YORK (Reuters) - Inc is buying online comedy service Rooftop Media, a small deal that underscores the Internet retailer's broader ambition of becoming a media and entertainment powerhouse. Amazon is persisting in buying content to round out its service, with designs to take on Netflix Inc and other online digital media services. Audible founder and Chief Executive Donald Katz said in a statement on Monday the company had been attracted by Rooftop's content as well as its pool of comic talent. The company's media partners include Apple Inc and Yahoo , and it also works with streaming services such as Sirius XM , Spotify and Pandora .
  • Review: Avid readers will love Kindle Voyage (2014-10-27 14:38:34)
    GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — As stand-alone e-book readers go, I have yet to find anything as comfortable and easy to use as Amazon's Kindle.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch will play Doctor Strange (2014-10-27 14:32:21)
    Sherlock Holmes is becoming Doctor Strange. Deadline now reports and The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Marvel is in final negotiations to cast the Sherlock and Star Trek Into Darkness star as their Sorcerer Supreme.
  • Office 365 subscribers are getting unlimited OneDrive storage (2014-10-27 14:32:00)
  • The creator of Soylent stopped pooping to use less water (2014-10-27 14:16:52)
    Rob Rhinehart, the masochist behind homogenous food paste Soylent, is a quotable character. Rhinehart took on the 4 Liter Challenge issued by clean water nonprofit Digdeep, which just asks people to try to keep their water usage under four liters per day.
  • We Need to Consider Stronger Laws On Cellphone Use While Driving (2014-10-27 14:16:20)
    In the privacy of your own mind, answer this question honestly: How many times have you texted while driving in the last month? Sure, maybe you weren't actually moving when you hit send, but have you tried to sneak in a text at a red light? Or, during the "stop" phase in stop-and-go traffic? Have you quickly glanced down at your lap to read an...
  • John Oliver wants the food industry to show us its peanuts (2014-10-27 13:58:40)
    Watch "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver talk about the impact sugar has on our brains, and how we'd be better off measuring added sugars with circus peanuts.>
  • Apple’s iPhone 6 NFC ambitions are so much bigger than Apple Pay (2014-10-27 13:57:59)
    When Apple announced that the iPhone 6 would feature NFC, fans and analysts began to speculate about how the company would take advantage of the new technology. Since the smartphone launched, Apple Pay has dominated the conversation, but The Information reports that Apple is currently in talks with other potential partners in order to build upon the utility of the NFC chip. According to the report, Apple’s next move could be to replace transit cards, like the ones that the New York, Los Angeles and Chicago subway and train systems use. “The Apple representatives have talked to technology providers like HID Global and Cubic, which enable secure access to buildings and transit fare systems, respectively,” people briefed on the discussions told The Information.
  • Cast your vote for the next crowd-selected Kindle books (2014-10-27 13:57:00)
  • Pope says evolution doesn't mean there's no God (2014-10-27 13:56:26)
    In an address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Pope explains that God is not some sort of wizard.>
  • Elon Musk Warns Against Developing Artificial Intelligence, Compares It to ‘Summoning the Demon’ (2014-10-27 13:56:14)
    You might say Elon Musk — the 43-year-old genius who has reimagined space travel, made cars smarter and faster, and hopes to build a high-speed rail through California — is just as afraid of technology as your average Joe.
  • IBM offers analytics platform for Ebola fight (2014-10-27 13:47:02)
    IBM announced Monday it would offer its analytics platform and other technology for use in African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak. The US computing giant said it is offering the assistance in Sierra Leone, one of the countries hardest hit by the deadly disease, and in nearby Nigeria, which has been declared Ebola-free. The initiative allowing residents to directly report Ebola-related issues and concerns via SMS or voice calls to public health officials in Sierra Leone enables better tracking of the disease, according to an IBM statement. "We saw the need to quickly develop a system to enable communities directly affected by Ebola to provide valuable insight about how to fight it," said Uyi Stewart, IBM Africa's chief research scientist.
  • Sony's big PS4 update coming tomorrow with Share Play, themes, and YouTube (2014-10-27 13:46:16)
    One year into the PS4 and Xbox One war, Sony has been lagging far behind Microsoft in bringing new software updates to its console. Chief among them is game sharing, or Share Play as Sony calls it. PlayStation Plus may be required depending on how you plan to use Share Play.
  • Rite Aid becomes latest retailer to shut off Apple Pay (2014-10-27 13:44:10)
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. drugstore chain Rite Aid Corp will ban Apple Inc's new electronic payments service in its 4,572 stores as it commits to joining a consortium of other large retailers developing a rival payments system. Retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc, Target Corp, Kohl's Corp have all refused to accept Apple Pay at their stores. Apple Pay, which was unveiled in September, is a mobile payment app that allows consumers to buy things by simply holding their iPhone6 and 6 Plus devices up to readers installed by store merchants. ...
  • Listen to the bizarrely good Aphex Twin / Taylor Swift mashup album (2014-10-27 13:41:23)
    Both Aphex Twin and Taylor Swift are back with new albums this year, and how better to celebrate that than an entire album mashing up some of the two artists' biggest hits. Cartoonist David Rees, known for his long-running series Get Your War On, has put together an eight-track album that he's calling Aphex Swift, combing songs like "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" with "Girl/Boy" and "I Knew You Were Trouble" with "4." The two artists' may not have the biggest overlap in their fan bases, but this might just be enough to bring them together.
  • Finding hidden gems in cities and countries with new apps (2014-10-27 13:40:27)
    By Natasha Baker TORONTO (Reuters) - News apps are helping users share information about sights and hidden gems in cities and countries around the globe so other people can benefit from their knowledge. Findery, a free app for iPhone and Android available worldwide, lets people view trivia and stories about favorite locations, whether it's a building, beach, or a landmark like the Eiffel Tower. "We want to help bring curiosity, adventure and exploration into daily life,” said Caterina Fake, founder and chief executive officer of Findery, based in San Francisco. ...
  • iMac Retina review (2014-10-27 13:25:37)
    The Apple iMac Retina boasts 14.7M pixels. That makes for some killer 5K images, but is it reason enough to buy the new iMac?
  • Apple iMac with Retina 5K display review (2014-10-27 13:24:25)
    Every once in a while, a gadget completely resets the curve. Once I started wearing good, expensive headphones, I suddenly couldn’t even tolerate Apple’s EarPods anymore. When I first grabbed my friend’s BlackBerry because I needed to answer an email, I knew instantly I wasn’t going back to texting with T9. I drove an Audi and never looked at my Saturn the same way again. Remember the first time you used a capacitive touchscreen, threw your 56k modem out the window and switched to broadband, or switched from standard-def TV to 1080p?
  • Alpine joins the CarPlay fray with the new iLX-007 (2014-10-27 13:22:21)
    Users interested in adding Apple CarPlay to their car's dashboard have a new choice from Alpine Electronics.>
  • Lenovo's me-too Smartband will unlock your PC (2014-10-27 13:20:00)
  • Google Glass impostor does nothing, but it's cheap (2014-10-27 13:15:10)
    You can get the look of Google Glass without dropping $1,500. You won't get any functionality either, though you may manage to make a few enemies.>
  • 'Game of Thrones' slimeball stars in new sci-fi salute to space (2014-10-27 13:12:43)
    Watch Lord Baelish teach Jedi-like powers to his apprentice in a future where humans have superpowers, thanks in part to the little robot that plans to land on a comet next month.>
  • Amazon wants your vote on which books to publish (2014-10-27 13:12:08)
    Via the new Kindle Scout program, you could help decide which titles will end be being published by the retail giant.>
  • Schwab to offer free 'robo-advice' plan in first quarter 2015 (2014-10-27 12:49:21)
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Charles Schwab Corp confirmed on Monday that it will introduce free automated investment plans picked by computer algorithms in the first quarter of 2015. The program, which will be marketed as Schwab Intelligent Portfolios to retail investors and independent investment advisers, will create portfolios of exchange-traded funds managed by Schwab and other providers. ...
  • We’ll be live from Verizon’s big Droid Turbo unveiling tomorrow at 11:00AM! (2014-10-27 12:45:02)
    Just one short month ago, Android fans probably thought they knew everything there was to know about the hottest Android-powered smartphones on store shelves this holiday season. Then, seemingly from out of nowhere, a beastly unannounced Motorola smartphone began leaking and forced smartphone enthusiasts to second-guess their plans for the holidays. On Tuesday, that beastly new smartphone becomes a reality. FROM EARLIER: Leaked photos show the incredible new Droid Turbo for the first time Verizon hasn’t confirmed that the new Droid Turbo will be the focus on tomorrow’s big press conference in New York City, but it’s an extremely safe bet to presume that will be the case. The invitations to the event state that it will focus on “the newest DROID,”
  • Tiny tethered drone gives soldiers a view of the dangers ahead (2014-10-27 12:37:00)
  • The mixed-up math of Amazon's Fire TV stick discounts (2014-10-27 12:31:57)
    Amazon has a bevy of discounts wrapped up in its launch of the Fire TV Stick, the e-tailer's answer to Google Chromecast -- but some of the deals aren't all that they appear.>
  • Microsoft targets Dropbox and Google with unlimited OneDrive storage for Office 365 subscribers (2014-10-27 12:28:24)
    Microsoft is removing its OneDrive storage limits for Office 365 subscribers. If you’re an Office 365 Home, Personal, or University subscriber then OneDrive storage will be unlimited in the coming months as Microsoft rolls out its changes to every account. OneDrive for Business customers will also get unlimited storage as part of Microsoft’s Office 365 roadmap. While Microsoft's unlimited OneDrive storage is rolling out to all Office 365 accounts in the coming months, you can opt-in to be upgraded early over at Microsoft's OneDrive preview site. ...
  • Here's what happens to your body when you die (2014-10-27 12:25:57)
    Just in time for Halloween, a new video tackles the chemistry behind dying, including whether or not our hair keeps growing after we're gone.>
  • OK Go take off with a drone and electric unicycles in latest stunning one-take video (2014-10-27 12:21:40)
    The intricately choreographed and dizzyingly ambitious one-take video for "I Won't Let You Down" doesn't let us down.>
  • Diehard fan highlights one iPhone evolution that rarely gets any attention (2014-10-27 12:20:02)
    Every year when Apple launches a new iPhone model, the new versions are immediately compared with previous iPhone generations, but also to flagships coming from Apple’s main competitors. This year was no different, as many iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 5s picture comparisons started to hit the web even before the iPhone 6 became official. But there’s one iPhone evolution that rarely gets any attention during such comparison, and one longtime iPhone fan perfectly captured it in a picture posted on Reddit. FROM EARLIER: Incredibly cool GIF shows what it’s like to unlock every single iPhone model at once Redditor checkmarshall is obviously an Apple fan and a longtime iPhone user. In fact, checkmarshall has owned almost every iPhone to date, including both
  • 'Interstellar' review (2014-10-27 12:07:39)
    From the opening scenes of sprawling cornfields accompanied by a revelrie-like brass note, it’s clear that Interstellar is working in the tradition of 2001: A Space Odyssey. It has the grand scope of Kubrick’s classic, promising to take us from humanity’s past to its distant future, and proceeds with the same stately pace that encourages you to ponder the themes it offers along the way. ...
  • Amazon just launched a crowdsourced publishing program (2014-10-27 12:07:03)
    Amazon's new publishing program, dubbed Kindle Scout, launched today on the company's site, offering readers a new hand in the publishing process. Readers that sign up for Scout will be given a chance to review unpublished submissions and nominate which ones they think should make it onto the Kindle store. If a book gets enough nominations, Amazon will publish it under Kindle Press, giving selected authors a $1,500 advance, 50 percent eBook royalty, and featured marketing on and the Kindle store.
  • Pro photographer offers 10 essential iOS 8.1 and Yosemite photo tips and tricks (2014-10-27 11:55:12)
    Now that Apple has released both major updates for its operating systems, including OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, pro photographer Austin Mann — who recently offered readers an awesome iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus camera review — has looked at both Yosemite and iOS 8 (iOS 8.1 to be exact), and come up with 10 handy Yosemite and iOS 8.1 tips and tricks for photographers. FROM EARLIER: You won’t believe these gorgeous photos were taken with an iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Obviously, to be able to enjoy these features, users will need an iOS device capable of running iOS 8 and a Mac compatible with Yosemite. Once these prerequisites are met, users can dive right into Mann’s
  • This device tracks every shot fired from a cop's gun in real-time (2014-10-27 11:52:42)
    Police shootings have come under heightened scrutiny in the United States lately in the wake of several recent fatal events, including the killing of 18-year old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer. Now a startup company is hoping to track police shootings more closely for both the sake of the officers and the wider public. The company, Yardarm, has developed a sensor that fits in the base of a police officer's Glock sidearm, which records not only every time the gun is fired, but other potentially revealing information including location, the direction the weapon was pointed when fired, and when exactly it was unholstered.
  • William Gibson's 'The Peripheral': looking back at the future (2014-10-27 11:48:56)
    Every decade, a few pieces of hot technology — augmented reality, drones — make their way into the imaginary future. Whether or not they’re common in real life, they take hold of our imagination so well that we barely question whether they belong in science fiction;
  • How to score the $3 Camera+ iPhone app for free (2014-10-27 11:45:01)
    You can download the advanced camera and photo editing app for free via just a short trip to the Apple Store app.>
  • Microsoft's next version of Outlook for Mac appears in leaked screenshots (2014-10-27 11:42:41)
    It's been a long time since Microsoft made a real productivity push on the Mac. OneNote has kept up with the times, but every other app in Microsoft's Office suite still has "2011" in its name. Thankfully, a new leak suggests that the next big version of Office for OS X could be nearing release. Chinese site CnBeta has published a number of screenshots that reveal Microsoft's latest Outlook app.
  • 24-hour gaming marathon raises $5.1 million for sick kids (2014-10-27 11:40:19)
    Extra Life's event, held over the weekend, benefits Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.>
  • BeBop's smart fabric puts sensors in everything you wear (2014-10-27 11:39:00)
  • Amazon unveils TV stick, challenging Chromecast (2014-10-27 11:34:30)
    Amazon on Monday unveiled a new media stick allowing users to stream content to television sets, challenging Google's Chromecast device released last year. The plug-in Fire TV Stick, a device the size of a pack of gum, provides access to Amazon Instant Video as well as other services including Netflix, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN and NBA Game Time. The dongle is being sold in the US market for $39, or $19 for customers who subscribe to Amazon Prime, which gives customers free shipping and access to music, videos and other online content. Amazon said the Fire TV Stick "has 50 percent more processing power and twice the memory of Chromecast," adding it also has six times the power of the Roku Streaming Stick, and as a result delivers faster video.
  • Windows 93 is your new favorite operating system (2014-10-27 11:23:58)
    What's your favorite version of Windows? Windows 8? Vista? 3.1? No. Your new favorite is obviously Windows 93, which never existed but has somehow arisen out of the deepest, darkest pit of the Internet. After the inexplicable PS1 bootup audio lets you know you've logged in, you'll find yourself in a twisted parallel version of Windows 95 that's seen our future and now hates it — and us. Some of what you'll click is fun, like the fully functional Cat Explorer. Others, like Poney Jockey, claim to open the gates of hell. Which mostly seems like an idle threat, but you never know. ...
  • Amazon may see more strikes in Germany over pay dispute (2014-10-27 11:19:05)
    German labor union Verdi calls on workers at five distribution centers to strike, saying Amazon is underpaying employees.>
  • Here’s what to do if the iOS 8.1 update hurt your iPhone 6’s battery life (2014-10-27 11:05:11)
    It seems as though each new iOS update Apple releases has a negative impact on battery life for some users. There are plenty of theories on why that might be, and they range from updated iPhones and iPads having to re-index files, to some users simply being unaware of increased usage as they explore new features. The truth is that there are numerous issues that can impact iPhone and iPad battery life following an update, and it varies on a case by case basis. Since Apple released iOS 8.1 earlier this month, BGR has received several emails from iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who say that their battery life took a noticeable hit after updating to Apple’s latest software. While there unfortunately
  • What you need to know about the world of online dating (2014-10-27 11:00:00)
  • Amazon Fire TV Stick goes up against Google's Chromecast (2014-10-27 10:53:34)
    The battle for our living rooms is set to heat up even more with the launch of Amazon's latest media streaming device, the Fire TV Stick.
  • 8 awesome paid iPhone apps you can download free for a limited time (save $28!) (2014-10-27 10:40:03)
    Mondays are hit or miss when it comes to paid iPhone and iPad apps that are made available for free for a limited time. Developers often go crazy over the weekend and put dozens or even hundreds of poorly made apps on sale, so it can be difficult to pick out the diamonds in all that rough. Luckily, we’re here to do the dirty work for you, and today we have eight great iOS apps that are typically worth a combined $28, but they’re all free downloads for a limited time if you hurry. DON’T MISS: This free app is a fantastic alternative to Google’s game-changing email app ‘Inbox’ These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available
  • OK Go's video for 'I Won't Let You Down' is a wild ride on robot scooters (2014-10-27 10:34:15)
    Eventually, it seems likely the band will run out of wild ideas, but its latest video – for "I Won't Let You Down" — is as ingenious as ever. It's shot a bit like live-action stop-motion, with amazingly tricky drone camera work, and as ever it makes me wonder how many takes this one-shot video took to get just right. Watch the video on mute, set it to "Pony," or whatever you want.
  • Scientists find a way to make fracking less horrible for the environment (2014-10-27 10:33:00)
  • Amazon takes on Chromecast with Fire TV Stick (2014-10-27 10:16:49)
    The $39 device will let users stream a wide range of content, including Netflix, Prime Instant Video, and Hulu Plus.>
  • What if Apple fixed one of the iPhone 6’s biggest disappointments? (2014-10-27 10:15:01)
    With the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple managed to convince many buyers to pay more for a new iPhone, even though the company kept the same price tiers in place from previous years. What Apple changed is storage versions for the handsets: the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus both come in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities, rather than the 16GB and 32GB and 64GB versions that we saw in previous iPhone generations. FROM EARLIER: Beloved Apple blogger shares iPhone 6’s ‘most disappointing aspect’ Even though the 64GB and 128GB models are cheaper than last year’s 32GB and 64GB models, respectively, the company was still criticized by many for its decision to stick with just 16GB of memory on
  • Apple Pay caught in the crossfire as CVS, Rite Aid block the app (2014-10-27 10:09:19)
    CVS and Rite Aid blocked use of Apple Pay and some other mobile wallet apps, as the long-raging battle between retailers and the credit card industry hit iPhone users.
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review (2014-10-27 10:06:19)
    I would very much like a flexible smartphone that I could scrunch up like paper and stuff into a pocket. I don’t quite know why I would like that, but it feels like something that the future should create.
  • Making chiptune music is as easy as gaming with this player (2014-10-27 10:01:00)
  • EU clears Dolby to buy cinema technology group Doremi (2014-10-27 09:53:02)
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Dolby Laboratories on Monday received EU clearance for its acquisition of digital cinema technology group Doremi, the European Commission said. The Commission, which acts as the competition watchdog in the 28-member bloc, said that while there was overlap between the two companies in the digital cinema servers business, the merger did not distort the market. ...
  • Don't expect Fitbit to integrate with Apple HealthKit any time soon (2014-10-27 09:52:57)
    The wearable device maker is still keeping Apple and its health data platform at arm's length, particularly after the iPhone maker cut the cord on their retail relationship.>
  • Elon Musk explains why artificial intelligence should scare us to death (2014-10-27 09:50:43)
    As the CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk can’t be accused of being an anti-technology luddite. That said, he definitely doesn’t support every major technological advance and in particular he thinks artificial intelligence is extremely dangerous and could end up putting humanity in situations that resemble sci-fi classics such as The Terminator and The Matrix. RELATED: Elon Musk says we should fear Terminator-style artificial intelligence Per Engadget, Musk told an MIT symposium last week that artificial intelligence represents “our biggest existential threat” as a species and says that toying with AI is akin to “summoning the demon.” “We need to be very careful with artificial intelligence,” explained Musk. “I’m increasingly inclined to think that there should be some regulatory oversight,
  • The iPhone 6 just beat the Galaxy Note 4 where it hurts most (2014-10-27 09:25:45)
    The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus just became available for preorder in the one market Samsung is likely to remain dominant when it comes to smartphone sales… and Apple’s latest iOS handsets have apparently managed to outperform the Galaxy Note 4 when it comes to preorders. FROM EARLIER: The Note 4 is reportedly off to a hot start with 4.5 million sold According to numbers dug up by The Wall Street Journal, Apple sold more than 100,000 units in the first day of iPhone 6 preorders, significantly above the 30,000 Galaxy Note 4 units Samsung sold during the same period of time a month ago when the latest Note phablet launched in Samsung’s home country. Carrier KT confirmed it
  • Amazon goes after Roku and Chromecast with $39 Fire TV Stick (2014-10-27 09:20:00)
  • Amazon takes on Chromecast with new $39 Fire TV Stick (2014-10-27 09:18:02)
    Amazon is finally taking on the Chromecast. This morning it's introducing the Fire TV Stick, a streaming device that exists entirely in a small dongle that plugs into a TV's HDMI port. Amazon says that the Fire TV Stick offers the "same experience" as the full Fire TV, which was introduced back in April. It can play games and is able to stream from the major services that you'd expect: Watch ESPN, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Pandora, and, of course, Prime Instant Video. The Stick goes on sale for $39 beginning November 19th and is currently available for preorder. ...
  • iPhone 6 preorders estimated to have hit 100K in Samsung's homeland (2014-10-27 09:14:02)
    The iPhone numbers in South Korea top the preorders seen for Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 over a similar period, says the New York Times.>
  • One employee explains why working at Google is even better than you think (2014-10-27 09:00:20)
    Every year, employee surveys confirm that Google is one of, if not the, best places to work in the United States. The reasons for this are manifold: Google obsessively monitors its employees to make sure they’re happy and offers a ridiculous amount of perks to make working at the company as fun as work can possibly be. But that’s not all — Business Insider flags an essay written by a Google employee on Quora that explains why working at the company is even better than what we previously thought. RELATED: How Google obsessively monitors its employees to make sure they’re the happiest in the world In his essay, Google software engineer Edgar Duenez-Guzman says that aside from the great perks, Google
  • Fitbit adds food and activity logging through Cortana (2014-10-27 09:00:02)
    Today, the fitness tracker Fitbit announced new integration with Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant. After this latest update, Windows Phone users will be able to log meals by saying, "Fitbit, I ate chili for dinner." The food processing is powered by Fitbit's database of 350,000 different foods, which has been integrated into Cortana's natural language processing abilities. Fitbit is still working to extend that power to activity logging — "Fitbit, I just ran three miles" — which the company plans to have ready by the end of the year. ...
  • Fitbit announces Surge fitness 'superwatch' and two new fitness bands (2014-10-27 09:00:02)
    More than a week after their existence was leaked, fitness tracker maker Fitbit has officially announced three new wearable devices. The Fitbit Charge is an update to Fitbit's previous Force fitness tracker, but the other two devices — the Charge HR and the Surge — include some powerful new technology that should allow users to get a picture of their health at all hours of the day. The Charge HR tracks a user's heart rate at all times, while Fitbit describes the $249 Surge as a "fitness super watch," built with GPS and eight sensors to track performance in multiple workouts and various sports. ...
  • Fitbit announces three new activity trackers, including a GPS watch (2014-10-27 09:00:00)
  • Lenovo Smartband doesn't just track fitness, it unlocks your computer (2014-10-27 08:51:01)
    Lenovo has quietly joined the pack of fitness wearables with the Smartband SW-B100, a new activity-tracking wristband.>
  • Seagate profit, revenue beat Street on PC, cloud demand (2014-10-27 08:48:35)
    (Reuters) - Hard-disk drive maker Seagate Technology Plc's quarterly profit and revenue beat the average analyst estimate as demand increased for its personal computer and cloud storage products. Seagate shares were up 1.8 percent in premarket trading. The company gets about two-thirds of its revenue from original equipment manufacturer customers, including PC makers. Research firm IDC estimated earlier this month that worldwide PC shipments had fallen 1.7 percent in the quarter ended September — less than what analysts had feared, offset by a 4.3 percent growth in the United States. ...
  • 'Internet tax' sparks huge protests in Hungary (2014-10-27 08:41:00)
  • Get a GoGroove OR3 portable Bluetooth speaker for $19.99 (2014-10-27 08:26:35)
    This orb-shaped speaker combines great sound with great battery life and a three-year warranty.>
  • How Your Technology Is Manipulating You (2014-10-27 08:22:33)
    In his new best seller, A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention, New York Times journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Matt Richtel explores the neuroscience of our obsession with our phones in the context of a deadly car wreck caused by a texting driver. Science of Us caught up with Richtel about the dark...
  • Starting next week, the Xbox One will finally be cheaper than the PS4 (2014-10-27 08:10:31)
    Just in time for the holidays, Microsoft is making its biggest push yet for the Xbox One. Starting on November 2nd, every Xbox One will receive a temporary $50 discount. That includes the current standard console, the console with Kinect, the Sunset Overdrive bundle, the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare bundle and the Assassin’s Creed bundle. Each and every Xbox One will retail for $50 cheaper. This is the latest in a string of efforts by Microsoft to get the Xbox One back on a level playing field with the PlayStation 4. Microsoft never expected to beat out Sony’s offering internationally, but the U.S. sales have been something of a disappointment. Sony crushed Microsoft last year when the consoles launched,
  • Lenovo's Smartband doesn't just track your fitness, it unlocks your computer (2014-10-27 08:07:47)
    Lenovo has quietly joined the pack of fitness wearables with the Smartband SW-B100, a new activity-tracking wristband.>
  • Elon Musk is scared of killer robots (2014-10-27 08:07:00)
  • Protective cases are the top smartphone accessory (2014-10-27 07:55:43)
    According to ABI Research the biggest single category for aftermarket smartphone accessories isn't designer headphones or wireless speaker systems but protective cases.
  • Nexus 9 not supposed to be an iPad Air 2 killer, just a template for one (2014-10-27 07:45:08)
    Google this year announced a hight-end new Nexus tablet that’s closer in size to Apple’s iPad Air flagship, but also when it comes to performance and price. However, the company doesn’t see the Nexus 9 as an iPad Air 2 killer, even though it announced it just before Apple unveiled its own 2014 iPads. Instead, it’s supposed to be just a model Google hopes other Android tablet makers will follow when they build the upcoming iPad killer, according to Engadget. FROM EARLIER: New video gives us a fantastic up-close look at the Nexus 9 “We wanted to accelerate the premium market for Android tablets,” head of Nexus 9 industrial design Alberto Villarreal told the publication. “[The Nexus 9] has a
  • Dutch media startup lands investment from NYT (2014-10-27 07:38:11)
    AMSTERDAM (AP) — A Dutch startup that sells news on a per-article basis has landed a 3 million euro investment from The New York Times and the German publishing house Axel Springer SE.
  • Microsoft to slash Xbox One by $50 until year's end (2014-10-27 07:21:08)
    The company already cut the price tag of its not-yet-a-year-old game console by $100 when it removed the Kinect camera accessory. Now, it's nipping off another $50 as the holiday-shopping season kicks in.>
  • Scientists say comets smell like hell (2014-10-27 07:15:00)
  • Why you can’t Apple Pay at Walmart, Best Buy, CVS and Rite Aid (2014-10-27 06:50:25)
    Apple rolled out its wireless payment application a week ago via a software update, but that doesn’t mean all retailers are excited to see the iPhone maker finally release its own take at mobile payments. Apple Pay, which many expect to significantly boost the popularity of contactless payments, will not be available in many major stores, including Walmart, Best Buy, CVS, Rite Aid, and others. FROM EARLIER: Apple just got another huge player to support Apple Pay Even though Apple Pay worked initially in CVS and Rite Aid stores, the two stores decided to disable Apple Pay in their stores nationwide over the weekend, The New York Times reports. That’s because the two companies are part of the Merchant Customer Exchange
  • Microsoft starts the holiday sales early with $50 off Xbox One (2014-10-27 06:43:29)
    The Kinect-less Xbox One is getting even cheaper from this Sunday as Microsoft starts up its Season of Xbox discounts for the holidays. A new $349 price ($50 less than the current $399) will kick in from the 2nd of November through to the end of the year for several console bundles, including the Special Edition Sunset Overdrive white console. This will be across most major US retailers and there'll be similar deals for the rest of the world, though Microsoft hasn't yet detailed them in full. ...
  • Xbox One price slashed to $349 for the holidays (2014-10-27 06:35:00)
  • Samsung scales down LED lighting as outlook dims (2014-10-27 06:25:16)
    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday that it will cease its light emitting diode (LED) lighting business outside of South Korea, scaling back what was identified as a key growth business just four years ago. The pullback comes on the heels of Dutch rival Philips' recent decision to spin off its century-old lighting business. Price wars have slashed profitability to levels deemed too unattractive in the long run, despite an LED boom that has upended the global incandescent lighting industry. ...
  • Microsoft to slash Xbox One price by $50 until end of year as holiday season heats up (2014-10-27 06:00:03)
    Microsoft already lowered the cost of its Xbox One game console by $100 when it removed the Kinect camera accessory. Now, it's slashing the price tag an additional $50 not a year after its initial release.>
  • FCC fines carriers $10 million for storing customer data in the open (2014-10-27 05:10:00)
  • CVS Health, Rite Aid block Apple Pay in their stores: NYT (2014-10-27 04:38:39)
    (Reuters) - Drug retailers CVS Health Corp and Rite Aid Corp have disabled Apple Inc's new electronic payments service Apple Pay from their stores over the weekend, the New York Times reported. Apple Pay, which was unveiled in September, is a mobile payment app that allows consumers to buy things by simply holding their iPhone6 and 6 Plus devices up to readers installed by store merchants. A Rite Aid spokeswoman told the New York Times that the company does not currently accept Apple Pay. The company is "still in the process of evaluating our mobile payment options. ...
  • China's Xiaomi to set up India customer data center to deflect privacy concerns (2014-10-27 04:05:16)
    MUMBAI (Reuters) - Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc said on Monday it plans to set up a data center in India next year to store local user data, as the fast-growing company seeks to deflect concerns about privacy that could hamper its efforts to expand overseas. The move by privately owned Xiaomi comes after it said last week saying it was migrating some data on non-Chinese customers away from its servers in Beijing due to performance and privacy considerations. ...
  • Samsung Electronics scales back LED lighting business (2014-10-27 03:53:21)
    SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday that it will cease its light emitting diode (LED) lighting business outside of South Korea, scaling back what was identified as a key growth business four years ago. LED, rechargeable cells for hybrid electric cars, solar cells, medical devices and biopharmaceuticals were five areas singled out by the Samsung Group in 2010 as new growth drivers for the conglomerate. At the time, the group forecast the businesses would generate 50 trillion won ($47.5 billion) in annual revenues by 2020 for its affiliates including Samsung Electronics. ...
  • German Amazon workers called to strike in pay dispute (2014-10-27 03:19:37)
    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Labor union Verdi has called on workers at online retailer Amazon to go on strike at five locations across Germany, as a row over pay and conditions continues. Verdi said in a statement it had called workers to strike at distribution centers in Bad Hersfeld, Leipzig, Graben, Werne and Rheinberg. Workers at Bad Hersfeld, Leipzig and Graben will go on strike from Monday to Wednesday, while workers at Werne will strike Monday and Tuesday. ...
  • INSIDE WASHINGTON: Profiting from failure (2014-10-27 03:12:04)
    An Army program was supposed to integrate intelligence from a network of sensors and databases — and provide a common intelligence picture from the Pentagon to the farthest reaches of Afghanistan. The ...
  • Graphene circuits double as high-tech temporary tattoos (2014-10-27 03:02:00)
  • 'Sunset Overdrive' is energy drink-fueled insanity on Xbox One (2014-10-27 03:01:01)
    What action games really need is more skateboarding.
  • Sunset Overdrive review: Amped up (2014-10-27 03:01:01)
    Sunset Overdrive is the explosive amalgamation of everything Insomniac Games has ever created. There are trace elements of each of the team’s previous games: the colorful, cartoony world of Spyro the Dragon; the diverse weaponry of Ratchet & Clank; even the world-ending infection storyline of Resistance: Fall of Man. Although Sunset Overdrive wears its influences on its sleeve, it manages to form its own identity, thanks in large part to one of the most peculiar stories in Insomniac’s canon. The story of Sunset Overdrive is simple. And ridiculous. The year is 2027. Fizzco, an all-powerful beverage corporation, has just released its latest energy drink: OverCharge Delirium XT. Thousands of people from Sunset City have shown up to the launch party, excited to get their hands on
  • Stay connected without a connection? (2014-10-27 02:19:23)
    Meet the tools that let you transfer files and send messages on your smartphone without the Internet.>
  • Samsung Electronics says scaling down LED lighting business (2014-10-27 02:11:41)
    SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday it was discontinuing its light emitting diodes lamp business in all markets except South Korea. Samsung Group had identified the LED market as a new growth business back in 2010 after Lee Kun-hee, patriarch of the owner Lee family, returned as the chairman of Samsung Electronics. Samsung Electronics is the flagship affiliate of South Korea's biggest conglomerate. (Reporting by Se Young Lee; Editing by Stephen Coates)
  • Hand 'exoglove' lets you touch a virtual world (2014-10-27 00:48:13)
    A Chinese robotics company claims to have invented an "exoglove" that provides force feedback to let you touch and feel digital objects.>
  • NFL star mocks QB's selfie -- during game (2014-10-26 21:40:13)
    JJ Watt of the Houston Texans cannot bear that Tennessee quarterback Zach Mettenberger posted a selfie to Twitter just before the game. So after a sack, the mockery.>
  • Pilot claims drone almost hit passenger aircraft (2014-10-26 20:55:17)
    A report from the UK's Airprox Board says that the co-pilot of an AT72 flying near London had a near-miss with a quadcopter at its right wing.>
  • The scent of a comet: rotten eggs and pee (2014-10-26 20:41:10)
    The Rosetta spacecraft's mass spectrometers have been sniffing out the various aromas of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.>
  • 'Doctor Who' recap: 'In the Forest of the Night' (2014-10-26 20:00:02)
    "There are very good, solid, scientific reasons for being really quite frightened just now."
  • Norwegian artist transforms 3D renders into meditative works of art (2014-10-26 18:40:02)
    The artistic process can take you to surprising places. Norwegian new media artist Espen Kluge starts his artistic journey by crafting 3D-rendered models on his computer. Those hyper-realistic models are far from complete, however. Kluge explains to The Verge that he goes through an extensive processing phase before discovering what, exactly, he wishes to draw out in the final image.
  • Why Coyote Marketing Is All the Rage for Brands in Need of a Social Strategy (2014-10-26 18:14:19)
    Every business needs to stand up and out in today's content drenched world.Social media economies of scale starts with your staff.Whether your five or five hundred strong, look around the office or review the org chart.Recruit, motivate and aggregate your talent: talk to your staff, understand the delicate dance of what's required (P&L...
  • Five-year-olds learn coding as Britain eyes digital future (2014-10-26 18:08:02)
    "Miss! We made it breathe out fire!" exclaimed 10-year-old Joe, pointing at the laptop on his desk, where he has programmed his animated dragon to belch flames into the face of the Greek hero Heracles.
  • These robots use static electricity to move boxes, fruits, and iPads (2014-10-26 17:27:01)
    Did you know that the same forces that generate static electricity can be strong enough to pick up and move boxes, crates, and other objects? A robot startup named GrabIt is making mechanical "hands" that use electrostatic attraction to gently pick up and transport objects. More importantly, they can be less flexible than grippers that use electrostatic attraction — often they need to be reconfigured to pick up particular objects.
  • 'Furious 7' gets a title and its first poster (2014-10-26 16:44:22)
    Vin Diesel and company are getting ready for round seven. Universal has released the first poster for the next installment in its Fast and Furious franchise, and in the process it has confirmed that the film will be called Furious 7. Somehow, the franchise has come up with a nearly endless supply of variations on its title: The Fast and the Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and, most recently, Fast & Furious 6. There's no trailer yet, but Universal promises to release it at an event in Los Angeles next week. ...
  • This is LeVar Burton reading 'Go the F**k to Sleep' (2014-10-26 15:35:17)
    Stop what you're doing. Turn off whatever it is you're listening to. Geordi La Forge himself is on the internet reading Adam Mansbach's Go the F**k to Sleep and it is everything you could possibly hope for.
  • Nokia Lumia 735 review: more than just a selfie phone (2014-10-26 15:00:00)
  • Car dealers outraged by Edmunds' haggling ads (2014-10-26 14:36:32), the car research site, releases amusing ads that show a supermarket checkout clerk haggling. Dealers force the site to remove the ads, saying car dealers don't haggle anymore.>
  • Elon Musk: 'We are summoning the demon' with artificial intelligence (2014-10-26 13:09:28)
    While he believes smart machines can take us to Mars and drive our cars for us, Musk remains worried that artificial intelligence holds a darker potential.>
  • Lenovo's first fitness tracker looks a lot like the Fitbit Flex (2014-10-26 12:22:17)
    Everyone wants a piece of the fitness tracker pie. Lenovo has quietly revealed its entry into the market, a Fitbit Flex-like device called the "Lenovo Smartband SW-B100." It appears that the product has accidentally hit the web — there's no official announcement from the company. Instead, a small product page has just popped up on the Chinese computer giant's website. The page is somewhat transparent about the company's goals for the device: "the Lenovo Smartband is for young people who take care of their personal health and are interested in new tech trend products."
  • I went to the World Series and bought a hot dog with my phone (2014-10-26 12:00:02)
    What is the worst part of buying something at a sporting event? At AT&T Park in San Francisco, I think it’s paying $11 for a beer. But for Apple, here (and eventually in other places) it’s using your credit card to do it. You know, that small piece of plastic that you need to lug around in your pocket, and that has a bunch of sensitive information in plain sight.
  • I went to the World Series and bought a hot dog with my iPhone (2014-10-26 12:00:02)
    What is the worst part of buying something at a sporting event? At AT&T Park in San Francisco, I think it’s paying $11 for a beer. But for Apple, here (and eventually in other places) it’s using your credit card to do it. You know, that small piece of plastic that you need to lug around in your pocket, and that has a bunch of sensitive information in plain sight.
  • Car dealers outraged by Edmonds haggling ads (2014-10-26 11:46:59), the car research site, releases amusing ads that show a supermarket checkout clerk haggling. Dealers force the site to remove the ads, saying car dealers don't haggle anymore.>
  • T-Mobile CEO John Legere takes to Twitter to explain Apple SIM's growing pains (2014-10-26 11:06:54)
    The Apple SIM — a programmable SIM card that lets you choose carriers after you purchase an iPad — was hailed by many as the beginning of the end for the SIM card. The first and second largest carriers in the US, Verizon and AT&T, aren't playing ball with the Apple SIM. Verizon has opted to exclude itself from the system entirely, while customers who select AT&T as their carrier of choice will have to buy another SIM card if they wish to switch carriers again.
  • 10 awesome new things you need to know about Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (2014-10-26 10:30:01)
    There are plenty of huge game releases still to come before the end of the year, but for Nintendo fans, one game stands out above the rest: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The Smash Bros. series has come to define Nintendo’s consoles in recent generations, stirring up as much excitement as any other popular series on the market. With less than a month until the game’s launch, there was still plenty we didn’t know, but on Thursday afternoon, Nintendo finally revealed everything we’d need to know about Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The 50-Fact Extravaganza (as Nintendo dubbed its latest Nintendo Direct) lasted longer than 30 minutes, so we’ll just cover the most important announcements. 8-player Smash: Super
  • Android and Chrome may come together, but don't expect changes yet, Google says (2014-10-26 07:00:08)
    As Google gets set to release its newest Android devices, CNET sat down with some of the division's head team members to chat about security software, screen sizes and getting users to update their gadgets.>
  • China: The latest battleground for ride-sharing (2014-10-26 07:00:03)
    Uber's fledgling service in China will face tough competition from taxi-hailing company Kuaidi, which already boasts more than 150 million riders in 350 cities.>
  • Samsung's new induction stovetop projects 'virtual flames' onto pots and pans (2014-10-26 04:31:02)
    Since the dawn of man, we've associated flames with heat. But since induction stovetops don't emit any flames, it seems like they're just waiting to roast your hand. That's why Samsung's latest induction range has "Virtual Flame Technology." A set of blue LEDs around the edge of each burner projects "flames" onto the side of your pots and pans. In addition to letting you know that the burner's on, the "flames" actually increase in size to give you an idea of the relative heat. And, of course, since it's an induction range, the burners only get hot if you actually have a metal pan on them. ...
  • Italy hopes free public WiFi will help revive its economy (2014-10-26 02:12:00)
  • Ikea hopes its new motorized standing desk will get you out of your chair (2014-10-26 00:06:02)
    Study after study reveals the same thing: it simply isn't healthy to sit for extended periods of time every day. But making the switch and buying a standing desk is a big commitment. That's where Ikea comes in: the company has brought its stylish looks, reasonable prices, and goofy Swedish names to its very own adjustable standing desk. The "Bekant" isn't terribly special, but it's the company's first line of automatically adjustable standing desks. That means you can go from sitting to standing with the press of a button. Maybe that convenience will be enough to get you out of that chair. ...
  • Nexus 9, riding a real-life hoverboard and other stories you might've missed (2014-10-25 20:30:00)
  • SpaceX capsule splashes down in Pacific (2014-10-25 19:17:00)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A SpaceX capsule loaded with space station experiments is back on Earth.
  • Come to Daddy: here's the only Aphex Twin playlist you need (2014-10-25 19:00:02)
    If you told me Richard D. James — better known as Aphex Twin — was an alien, I’d believe you. With Aphex Twin, the bass isn't "dropped," it's swung, torn, spun, fermented, and sent into space. Here's a bite from a recent interview with Richard: "My 5-year-old's made loads of totally insane music on his computer, and I'm just like, 'What the fuck is that?
  • Twitpic links, photo archive will 'stay alive' due to deal with Twitter (2014-10-25 18:57:47)
    The popular service for sharing photos on Twitter is set to close today, but its founder says the Twitpic domain and photo archive have been "given" to Twitter, so photos and links will be around awhile.>
  • Roku wants to grow its media hub empire with a public stock filing (2014-10-25 18:19:00)
  • Stephen Hawking joins Facebook, jokes about being an alien (2014-10-25 18:12:14)
    Deciding, perhaps, that Facebook will bring him closer to the masses, the famed physicist signs up and shares a post that says being curious is vital in today's world.>
  • DUI suspect accuses cop of nabbing nude photos from her iPhone (2014-10-25 17:49:21)
    A California woman claims a Highway Patrolman saw personal images on her iPhone and sent them to his own personal cell phone. Court records reportedly say the officer called the practice "a game.">
  • Twitpic photo archive, links to 'stay alive' due to deal with Twitter (2014-10-25 17:31:04)
    The popular service for sharing photos on Twitter is set to close today, but its founder says the Twitpic domain and photo archive have been "given" to Twitter, so photos and links will be around awhile.>
  • Hackers target Ukraine's election website (2014-10-25 16:41:28)
    Hackers attacked Ukraine's election commission website Saturday on the eve of parliamentary polls, officials said, but they denied Russian reports that the vote counting system itself had been put out of action. "There is a DDoS attack on the commission's site," the government information security service said on its Facebook page. Separately, a report on Russia's state news agency RIA Novosti quoted a statement on the personal website of the Ukrainian prosecutor general saying that the electronic vote counting system was out of order. Ukraine's commission spokesman, Kostyantyn Khivrenko, called the RIA Novosti report a "fake".
  • Twitpic saved by Twitter just hours before planned shut down (2014-10-25 16:25:09)
    Twitpic has reached its final chapter. The once-popular image sharing service announced today that it has reached an agreement to be acquired by Twitter, saving millions of photos that were set to go up in smoke later today. In a blog post, founder Noah Everett said "we have reached an agreement with Twitter to give them the Twitpic domain and photo archive, thus keeping the photos and links alive for the time being." He added, "Twitter shares our goal of protecting our users and this data."
  • Twitpic's last-minute deal with Twitter keeps your old photos safe (2014-10-25 16:12:00)
  • How to pick a college? Data crunchers hope to help (2014-10-25 15:30:08)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — For many high school seniors, fall means deciding where to apply for college and maybe visiting a guidance counselor. Data crunchers hope to help.
  • Wi-Fi hotspots turn New York subway musicians into a wireless orchestra (2014-10-25 14:27:03)
    Wi-Fi in New York City Subway stations makes it easy to burn through your inbox during your commute, but did you know it can also be used to make some great music? Director Chris Shimojima paired eleven musicians in different subway stations with composer and conductor Ljova using the public Wi-Fi hotspots for his latest video. Each of the musicians were set up with a music stand and an iPhone, while the conductor stationed himself in Bryant Park with nearly a dozen MacBooks to receive all the different video streams. ...
  • Drug stores drop Apple Pay and Google Wallet to push their own payment tech (2014-10-25 14:27:00)
  • Leadership Advice From A Farmer, Emergency Response MD, Harvard Professor And Top Healthcare CIO (2014-10-25 14:14:35)
    Only a renaissance man can manage a fully functioning farm, practice emergency response, teach at one of the most prestigious universities in the world, and also serve as CIO of one of the top hospital in the world. Dr. John Halamka's 20-year career as CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and its five hospitals has taken him from...
  • Retailers are disabling NFC readers to shut out Apple Pay (2014-10-25 13:09:53)
    There's a lot of hype around Apple Pay right now, but not everyone is on board with the new mobile payments system. In fact, a significant number of merchants, including heavyweights like Walmart, Kmart, 7-Eleven, and Best Buy, are in outright competition with Apple Pay. The retailers, through a joint venture formed in 2012, are building their own mobile payment app, called CurrentC. It's expected to launch next year. In the meantime, these retailers have no intention to support Apple Pay.
  • Italian lawmakers plan free Wi-Fi to bridge digital gap with Europe (2014-10-25 12:44:41)
    MILAN (Reuters) - Italian lawmakers have put forward a proposal for free Wi-Fi in thousands of public places to bridge a gap with other European countries in broadband penetration, e-government and other digital services that is dragging on the economy. Under the plan, large shops, taxis, airports, law courts and other public places would have to set up an Internet connection and offer no-password wireless access free. "We are really badly placed when it comes to Internet access," Sergio Boccadutri, a member of the ruling Democratic Party and sponsor of the proposal, said. ...
  • Air New Zealand's epic, 'Hobbit'-themed epic safety video is the most fun you'll have finding your exit row (2014-10-25 12:30:02)
    New Zealand's tourism industry has benefited greatly from Peter Jackson's films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, so it was natural for airline Air New Zealand to partner up with Jackson, branding itself as the "official airline of Middle-earth." Alongside its plans emblazoned with imagery from Jackson's films, the airline also produced a Hobbit-themed air safety video in 2012 to go along with the first Hobbit film.
  • Air New Zealand's epic, 'Hobbit'-themed safety video is the most fun you'll have finding your exit row (2014-10-25 12:30:02)
    New Zealand's tourism industry has benefited greatly from Peter Jackson's films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, so it was natural for airline Air New Zealand to partner up with Jackson, branding itself as the "official airline of Middle-earth." Alongside its plans emblazoned with imagery from Jackson's films, the airline also produced a Hobbit-themed air safety video in 2012 to go along with the first Hobbit film.
  • Until Dawn brings hokey teen horror to the PlayStation 4 (2014-10-25 11:45:59)
    I only jumped once. Honestly, just once while I played through a demo of Until Dawn, the first major title from developer Supermassive Games. Until Dawn is less psychological thriller and more schlocky horror, but there isn’t nearly enough of that on the home consoles. Alien: Isolation, The Evil Within, Daylight — there are plenty of survival horror games that take themselves seriously, some more effectively than others. It’s about time we had a wacky offshoot. The short demo that I played during a recent PlayStation event in New York left me intrigued. Until Dawn is a PS4 exclusive third-person adventure game, putting the player in control of one of the unfortunate teens that ended up in a rundown, haunted hotel. As
  • Investigating the science in Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' (2014-10-25 11:44:00)
  • 6 Reasons Travelers Are Upgrading to iPhone 6 & 6 Plus (2014-10-25 11:28:37)
    My husband just purchased an iPhone 6 Plus in anticipation of a long trip next month, and I'm pondering whether to get that version, or the slightly smaller iPhone 6. For the past couple of weeks, I've been writing down questions, and talking with my friendly local geniuses and not-quite-geniuses-but-smarter-about-devices-than-I-am, and they're...
  • 6 Reasons Travelers Are Upgrading to iPhone 6 and 6 Plus (2014-10-25 11:28:37)
    My husband just purchased an iPhone 6 Plus in anticipation of a long trip next month, and I'm pondering whether to get that version, or the slightly smaller iPhone 6. For the past couple of weeks, I've been writing down questions, and talking with my friendly local geniuses and not-quite-geniuses-but-smarter-about-devices-than-I-am, and they're...
  • Run the Jewels 2 can cause spontaneous combustion (according to Twitter) (2014-10-25 11:00:02)
    At 1:28AM ET Thursday night (technically Friday morning), El-P and Killer Mike released Run the Jewels 2, the followup to their critically-acclaimed 2013 album, as a free download — a tweet and a zip file. And while we're loving the album a lot so far, our favorite part so far has been fan reactions on Twitter. Turns out listening to the album — or maybe even just downloading it — can cause spontaneous combustion of excitement*.
  • The Weekender: on Siri, 'Civilization,' and saving Sarah Connor (2014-10-25 10:06:11)
    Good morning, and welcome back to the Weekender. Our weekend journey is just now starting, so thank you for choosing us for your travels. As you may recall, this was the 43rd week of the year 2014 on the planet known colloquially as Earth, otherwise known as Terra in other inhabited star systems. It was not a quiet week, as you might imagine. Below you'll find your itinerary, carefully crafted for your pleasure; stories from the week passed and recommendations for the days ahead. Now. Please sit back and relax as we take you on a journey through time and space. ...
  • Meet Night Cable, the only iPhone charging cable made for your bedroom (2014-10-25 10:00:33)
    Many people charge their smartphones every night because most handsets can’t yet offer the battery life we expect. And many tablet users also charge their devices at night as well, which is the most convenient time to do it anyway since they might want to simultaneously use it for some quick content consumption before sleep. But using the device while it’s plugged in and charging, whether it’s a smartphone or a tablet, might be a seriously annoying endeavor because charging cables are usually rather short. FROM EARLIER: This tiny smartphone charger might be exactly what we’ve been waiting for For all these reasons, Native Union, the company that came up with the extremely popular Jump Cable 2-in-1 cable and battery solution
  • I am Marty McFly: My week in 'Back to the Future II' shoes (2014-10-25 09:00:04)
    The future is now as Crave writer Amanda Kooser dons a glowing pair of Air Mag replica shoes and wears them everywhere for a week.>
  • Robotic hand uses the power of static electricity to pick up objects (2014-10-25 07:18:00)
  • Vimeo tech chief takes on 'terrifying' online video challenges (Q&A) (2014-10-25 07:00:03)
    Andrew Pile has to make sure his service works with everything from phones to smart TVs, even as video-streaming technology constantly changes.>
  • Amazon has made its Appstore for Android obsolete (2014-10-25 02:39:00)
  • Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement gets computer game makeover (2014-10-25 02:31:27)
    How do you defend yourself against scores of tear gas wielding police while manning the barricades at Hong Kong's protest camps? "Yellow Umbrella" has been downloaded more than 40,000 times from Google Play's store since its release on Monday, the game's developers told AFP, although it has yet to receive approval from Apple and is noticeably absent from Google's online store in mainland China. "They (the protesters) like Guan Yu very much because they want to resolve the problem but they don't know how to do it.
  • Brookstone puts up pre-order page for Fitbit Surge before it's been announced (2014-10-25 01:04:43)
    Fitbit still hasn't gotten around to officially announcing its new $250 Surge fitness watch, but the company's retail partners are no longer waiting around. An apparent mixup has led Brookstone to prematurely publish a pre-order page for the "super watch." A friendly tipster clued us in on the mistake. And the page (still live as of this writing) confirms everything we've already told you: Surge is a fitness watch — not a smartwatch — with built-in GPS and a variety of sensors that can record your workouts and overall activity regardless of whether it's linked up to a smartphone.
  • Netflix has two more TV shows for 2015: 'Bloodline' and 'F is for Family' (2014-10-24 22:45:00)
  • Watch a 'Game of Thrones' star create planets in this sci-fi short film (2014-10-24 21:55:33)
    Aiden Gillen is by now best known for playing ambitious men, particularly on critically acclaimed HBO series. On Game of Thrones, he plays the conniving Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish, and on The Wire, he played conflicted politician Tommy Carcetti. So Polish digital effects company Platige Image and the European Space Agency probably figured he was uniquely suited for their new short film Ambition. ...
  • Capture One Pro 8 review (2014-10-24 21:13:00)
    Deliver digital photo images with color and detail
  • Auslogics Duplicate File Finder review (2014-10-24 21:05:00)
    Find and remove duplicate files from your PC
  • Ashampoo Music Studio review (2014-10-24 20:55:00)
    Convert, edit, organize, archive, and burn your songs
  • Anti-Porn parental controls review (2014-10-24 20:42:00)
    Protect children from pornographic content on the Web
  • Engadget Daily: Nexus 9, Google VP sets new space-jump record, and more! (2014-10-24 20:39:00)
  • YTD Video Downloader review (2014-10-24 20:30:45)
    Download and convert videos from video streaming sites
  • Your Galaxy S5 may get Android 5.0 Lollipop in time for the holidays (2014-10-24 20:15:29)
    Great news, Galaxy S5 owners: You may not have to wait that much longer to get Android 5.0 Lollipop on your favorite phone. SamMobile’s sources indicate that Lollipop will start rolling out to the Galaxy S5 sometime in December, which hopefully means you should get it on your own device before the year is over. LEARN MORE: The future of Android has arrived: Google announces Android 5.0 Lollipop release details Android 5.0 Lollipop, which Google officially unveiled earlier this month, is notable primarily for the inclusion of Material Design, a new design interface that is notable for its flatter icons and its physics-based animations that will give both Android apps and the platform itself a smoother and more consistent user experience.
  • Wireless Network Watcher review (2014-10-24 20:12:00)
    Display all the computers which are connected to your system
  • Google's head of Android to oversee its most important products (2014-10-24 19:58:40)
    By promoting one of his most trusted lieutenants, Google CEO Larry Page can spend more time focusing on the future.>
  • Nest owns Revolv's home automation tech now, too (2014-10-24 19:58:00)
  • Windows Password Recovery Tool Ultimate review (2014-10-24 19:40:33)
    Recover Windows local or domain account password
  • Ralph Nader urges Apple to reduce buybacks and raise wages: WSJ (2014-10-24 19:39:30)
    (Reuters) - Consumer advocate Ralph Nader sent a letter to Apple Inc Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook urging the company to reduce its spending on share buybacks and use the money to raise wages, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The five-time presidential candidate wrote in a letter published by the paper that poverty wages and harmful conditions are "a consequence of tolerating outrageous stock buybacks. ...
  • Crave Ep. 180: Help battling robots cause even more mayhem (2014-10-24 19:35:11)
    The robot war might be televised (on the Web at least) and it's a fight to the finish. The RoboGames could become a Web series if a crowdfunding effort meets its goal.>
  • The Note 4 is reportedly off to a hot start with 4.5 million sold (2014-10-24 19:30:57)
    There weren’t many smartphones in 2014 that received as much attention as the Galaxy Note 4, but a staggered launch by Samsung might have kept the phablet from breaking any sales records. Korea’s News 1 reports that after a month on the market, Samsung sold 4.5 million Galaxy Note 4 units, 500,000 less than the Note 3 sold in its first month. PREVIOUSLY: Samsung hints that a Lollipop upgrade for the Galaxy Note 4 is coming soon There is one major caveat to this report: the Note 4 was only available in Korea and China for a majority of that time. Now that the phone is beginning to roll out around the world, it has a chance to catch up with, and possibly
  • TreeSize Free review (2014-10-24 19:25:00)
    Show the size of each folder on your disk, including its sub folders
  • Wall St. finally turning on Amazon as Bezos magic fades (2014-10-24 19:09:39)
    By Deepa Seetharaman and Ross Kerber SAN FRANCISCO/BOSTON (Reuters) - Inc's once fairy-tale ride on Wall Street has hit its most jarring bump yet. The company that for years enthralled investors with improbable growth and earned one of the technology sector's highest valuations drew widespread ire after a spectacular results letdown on Thursday. Amazon missed expectations across the board - on margins, on its net loss and on revenue. An unaccountably poor 7 to 18 percent revenue growth forecast for the typically strongest holiday quarter was the final straw for some. ...
  • Got a new iPad and want to switch carriers? Turns out it's not so easy (2014-10-24 19:05:25)
    So much for a universal Apple SIM. AT&T and T-Mobile both lock down iPad SIM cards in their stores. The difference is a T-Mobile iPad purchased at an Apple store will remain open.>
  • Sundar Pichai takes control of Google's crucial products (2014-10-24 18:55:00)
  • Google's Pichai to oversee major products and services (2014-10-24 18:54:43)
    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc Chief Executive Officer Larry Page has put Sundar Pichai, one of his key lieutenants, in charge of the Internet company's products. The India-born executive will have oversight over products such as search, maps, Google+, commerce, advertising and infrastructure, according to a Google spokesman. Six executives who previously reported to Page, including the heads of research, social media and search, will now report to Pichai, according to Re/code, which first reported the change on Friday, citing an internal memo. ...
  • Sprint wants to sentence you to ‘iPhone for Life’ with new iPhone 6 promo (2014-10-24 18:45:04)
    Sprint has come up with a new program for smartphone buyers loyal to Apple who want to upgrade to a brand new iPhone every year, 9to5Mac reports. The carrier has a brand new 12-month lease plan for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus starting at $80 per month, which will let a subscriber grab one of Apple’s latest iPhone models starting on November 14th and use it until the 2015 versions come along. FROM EARLIER: The iPhone 6 Plus might have a serious software problem you should know about The mobile operator will also offer an iPhone for Life plan to customers interested in using the iPhone 5s for 24 months, starting at $70 per month. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus plans are
  • Switch Sound File Converter Plus review (2014-10-24 18:38:00)
    Convert audio files between MP3, WAV and 40 other file formats
  • Playdate: We're livestreaming 'Fantasia: Music Evolved' on Xbox One! (2014-10-24 18:30:00)
  • Playdate: We're livestreaming 'Fantasia: Music Evolved' on Xbox One! (update: game over!) (2014-10-24 18:30:00)
  • Lantern gets early funding for mental health therapy app (2014-10-24 18:12:40)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Lantern, a technology startup that offers online and mobile coaching programs to support mental health, has won early backing for its service. Executives at the 2-year-old startup said on Friday it has raised $4.4 million from investors led by Silicon Valley-based venture firm Mayfield, with seed funding from SoftTechVC. Facebook Inc Chief Product Officer Chris Cox is serving as an advisor. ...
  • Sumo review (2014-10-24 18:12:07)
    Keep your software up-to-date
  • The funniest thing you’ll see today: Conan previews the new Steve Jobs biopic (2014-10-24 18:10:34)
    After news broke that actor Christian Bale would be playing Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in an upcoming film, Conan O’Brien previewed an “exclusive” clip of the film on Thursday night. MORE CONAN: The most hilarious thing you’ll see today: Conan invents amazing new emoji It’s obviously not from the real film since it has yet to begin filming, but it’s hilarious anyway. Watch the Conan clip below:
  • Google's Pichai to oversee major products and services: blog (2014-10-24 18:08:52)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc Chief Executive Officer Larry Page has put Sundar Pichai, one of his key lieutenants, in charge of the Internet company's products, according to technology blog Re/code. The India-born executive will have oversight over products such as search, maps, Google+, commerce, advertising and infrastructure. Six executives who previously reported to Page, including the heads of research, social media and search, will now report to Pichai, Re/code reported citing an internal memo. ...
  • Hacker sentenced to 21 months in U.S. prison for $15 million scheme (2014-10-24 18:00:40)
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Massachusetts man was sentenced to 21 months in prison on Friday for his role in a cybercrime scheme that hacked accounts at banks, brokerage firms and government agencies in an attempt to steal more than $15 million, U.S. prosecutors said. Robert Dubuc, 41, pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy, conspiracy to commit access device fraud and identity theft in federal court in New Jersey in April. U.S. District Judge Peter Sheridan in Trenton imposed the sentence on Friday. ...
  • Google CEO Larry Page just put Sundar Pichai in charge of almost everything (2014-10-24 17:56:18)
    Google's Sundar Pichai, who's already responsible for overseeing Android and Chrome, is about to have even more on his plate. According to Recode, CEO Larry Page has sent a memo to employees revealing that Pichai will now lead nearly every major product division at the company. That includes search, maps, Google+, commerce, research, plus ads and infrastructure. The senior executives previously tasked with heading up those efforts at Google will now report to Pichai rather than going to Page directly. ...
  • InFlow Inventory Free Edition review (2014-10-24 17:48:00)
    Run your product-based business, tracking inventory, orders, customers and invoicing with reporting
  • HP seeking buyers for corporate-networking business in China: WSJ (2014-10-24 17:46:09)
    (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co has begun sounding out private-equity firms in China to buy its corporate-networking business in the country, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the situation. HP is expected to sell at least 51 percent of the business, H3C Technologies Co, which could be worth roughly $5 billion in a full sale, the business daily said. HP declined to comment on the report. The buyer likely needs to be based in China if the deal is to win Chinese government approval, the newspaper reported. ...
  • Got Google's new Inbox app? Now you can invite three friends! (2014-10-24 17:39:00)
  • Doctors transplanted 'dead hearts' into three patients, and it worked (2014-10-24 17:37:30)
    Two months ago, doctors in Australia transplanted a "dead heart" — a heart that had stopped beating inside a donor's chest — into a 57-year-old woman, reports the BBC. The operation, which has been deemed success, was unlike any other, because for the first time, it didn't involve a brain-dead donor who's heart was still beating.
  • Meet Bluesmart, the intelligent carry-on luggage of your dreams (2014-10-24 17:35:07)
    Frequent fliers not happy with their current carry-on luggage solutions should check out Bluesmart, a new piece of connected luggage that’s supposed to make traveling a lot easier. Bluesmart has smashed through its original $50,000 goal on Indiegogo in just a few days, hitting nearly $400,000 with more than a month left in the campaign. In addition to having enough room for the various things you need to take with you on your next trip, the Bluesmart carry-on suitcase includes additional features such as a smartphone-controlled digital lock, a location-tracking app, a built-in battery compatible for charging smartphones and tablets, a built-in scale, proximity notification alerts to prevent you from forgetting it, and an easily accessible compartment for electronic devices that have
  • Nero Burning ROM 2015 review (2014-10-24 17:20:00)
    Burn and copy CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs, rip audio CDs
  • Breaking open iPads, Groupon's quest to be Yelp (2014-10-24 17:18:45)
    The iFixit team reveals the secrets inside the new iPads, Groupon mimics Yelp, and Microsoft kills the free version of Xbox Music.>
  • AT&T, T-Mobile both lock down new iPad SIMs in their stores (2014-10-24 17:18:41)
    The difference is a T-Mobile iPad purchased at an Apple store will remain open.>
  • How the AP-GfK poll was conducted (2014-10-24 17:03:36)
    The Associated Press-GfK poll on the Islamic State group was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Oct. 16-20. It was based on online interviews of 1,608 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel.
  • Don’t expect game-changing improvements from Sprint or T-Mobile for at least another two years (2014-10-24 17:00:25)
    T-Mobile has done a lot to improve its network over the past couple of years, but even the scrappy “Un-carrier” has admitted that it would not be able to match the network quality of AT&T and Verizon unless it gets access to more low-frequency spectrum, which propagates better than high-frequency spectrum and more easily penetrates buildings. Because of this, both T-Mobile and Sprint must be disheartened to learn that the Federal Communications Commission has delayed a key spectrum auction that could have given both carriers a major shot in the arm. RELATED: T-Mobile’s coverage would be great if it weren’t for those pesky walls As Bloomberg reports, the FCC is delaying the 600MHz spectrum auction until 2016 after broadcasters filed
  • The 404 Show 1,570: Superhero movie overkill? Christian Bale to play Steve Jobs (podcast) (2014-10-24 16:54:14)
    We're finishing up the week with the question: is Hollywood's superhero factory comic book overkill? Plus we'll talk about Christian Bale's confirmed role as Steve Jobs in a new biopic, Uber flu shot delivery and confirmation that Google Glass people still freak us out.>
  • Yardarm will tell dispatchers when and where police fire guns (2014-10-24 16:48:00)
  • Out-of-patience investors sell off Amazon (2014-10-24 16:40:33)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon has long acted like an ideal customer on its own website: a freewheeling big spender with no worries about balancing a checkbook. Investors confident in founder and CEO Jeff Bezos' invest-and-expand strategy flooded into the stock as the company revolutionized shopping, upended the book industry and took on the cloud — even though its vast range of initiatives ate up all the company's profits.
  • U.S. TV startup Roku to confidentially file for IPO: WSJ (2014-10-24 16:39:33)
    (Reuters) - U.S. TV startup Roku Inc is working on plans to confidentially file for an initial public offering, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Roku has been working with investment banks, including Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Citigroup Inc, to prepare for a potential offering that could raise as much as $150 million, the Journal said. The company, which makes set-top boxes that connect TVs to the Internet, did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment. ...
  • Ralph Nader urges Apple to reduce buybacks, improve wages: WSJ (2014-10-24 16:36:51)
    (Reuters) - Consumer advocate Ralph Nader sent a letter to Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook urging the company to reduce its spending on share buybacks and use the money to raise wages, the Wall Street Journal reported. "... Poverty wages and harmful conditions are a consequence of tolerating outrageous stock buybacks," wrote the five-time presidential candidate in his letter published by the Journal. ...
  • Conan O’Brien got into a Twitter battle with Madeleine Albright and it might be the best one ever (2014-10-24 16:35:25)
    Former Secretary Of State, Madeleine Albright may be 77 years old, but that doesn’t mean she still can’t pack a punch. On Thursday, Conan O’Brien tweeted a Halloween joke about the first female Secretary Of State, but her response to that tweet won the Internet. Here’s Conan’s initial tweet: I picked out my Halloween costume. I’m going as “Slutty Madeleine Albright.” — Conan O’Brien (@ConanOBrien) October 23, 2014 And here’s where Albright destroys him: .@ConanOBrien I’m considering going as hunky Conan O’Brien – but that might be too far fetched. — Madeleine Albright (@madeleine) October 23, 2014 It was all in good fun. They later made amends and it proved that you never want to have war of words with a
  • Rescue Kit Free Edition review (2014-10-24 16:34:00)
    Recover your system and lost data to ensure security in future
  • Awww: A whole subreddit filled with baby-elephant GIFs (2014-10-24 16:30:47)
    It's Friday, which means we've all made it through another long week. Celebrate in the best way possible by checking out this subreddit dedicated to GIFs of baby elephants.>
  • Lady Gaga's 'Cheek to Cheek' coming to Amazon Instant 4K, PBS (2014-10-24 16:26:27)
    ​If you're a fan of Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett or changing outfits every three minutes then 'Cheek to Cheek Live' will be televised on PBS tonight, and Amazon Instant 4K later in the year.>
  • Stephen Hawking joins Facebook, promises to share work toward 'what makes the universe exist' (2014-10-24 16:23:43)
    Stephen Hawking has joined Facebook, promising to share his work toward discovering "what makes the universe exist" with his followers of his new account. "Time and space may forever be a mystery, but that has not stopped my pursuit," Hawking writes. "Our connections to one another have grown infinitely and now that I have the chance, I’m eager to share this journey with you." His page has also posted a video of Hawking accepting the Ice Bucket Challenge, with his three children taking the plunge on his behalf. ...
  • The scariest games to play this Halloween (2014-10-24 16:16:47)
    Jeff Bakalar picks the scariest video games to play this Halloween. Player beware!>
  • Apple just got another huge player to support Apple Pay (2014-10-24 16:15:15)
    Apple Pay rolled out on Monday to a great deal of fanfare, but launching the service was only half the battle. Now Apple is faced with the enormous challenge of gradually adding support for every credit, debit and gift card in the United States in the coming months. It appears that Apple isn’t wasting any time either as reports began to spread on Friday that Apple Pay is now compatible with Amazon Rewards Visa Cards. FROM EARLIER: Why Apple Pay is ‘more safe and secure than using your credit card’ MacRumors notes that the first reports appeared on Twitter and Reddit on Friday morning. This came as a bit of a surprise because Amazon Rewards cards are issued by Chase, one of
  • AT&T locks your new iPad's SIM so you can't switch carriers without a new one (2014-10-24 16:08:00)
  • FCC delays auction for 600MHz spectrum (2014-10-24 16:00:59)
    The Federal Communications Commission announced today that the spectrum auction planned for mid-2015 will now take place in earl 2016. In a blog post, Gary Epstein, chair of the FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force, says that lawsuits from television broadcasters attempting to prvent the spectrum auction have delayed the proceedings. The airwaves that will eventually hit the auction block are low frequency (600MHz) and therefore attractive to wireless carriers that want to build next generation networks on. ...
  • NBCUniversal settles with unpaid interns for $6.4M (2014-10-24 15:56:03)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 9,000 unpaid interns stand to benefit from a $6.4 million settlement with NBCUniversal over back wages.
  • Google exec sets records with leap from near-space (2014-10-24 15:55:51)
    ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A Google executive has broken the sound barrier and set several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert after taking a leap from the edge of space.
  • College students more prone to thoughtless social posts than high schoolers, study says (2014-10-24 15:53:34)
    A new survey -- conducted for a firm that recently brought its private social-networking app to the US -- also shows that teens are tired of the lack of reality on sites like Facebook.>
  • One big reason not to use your iPad Air 2 on AT&T (2014-10-24 15:51:41)
    Are you excited about the new multi-carrier SIM cards that are coming with the iPad Air 2? If so then you won’t want to hook it up to AT&T’s network. RELATED: Apple never mentioned this key iPad Air 2 feature during its big event Ars Technica reports that while both T-Mobile and Sprint have decided to allow iPad Air 2 models on their network to run with SIM cards that are compatible with multiple carriers, AT&T has decided to lock down this feature on the new iPads that run on its network. “When you set up cellular data on a new iPad with the multi-carrier SIM, you’ll get this screen, which lets you choose a carrier,” Ars explains. “Click on AT&T and you’ll see this
  • domain sold for big payout (2014-10-24 15:34:42)
    According to a securities filing, the buyer was a Russian-registered firm called Weed Growth Fund, previously known as Ovation Research. The October 20 filing said the price was $50,000 cash and 19,192 shares of Cannabis Sativa worth close to $170,000, which promotes medical uses for marijuana. The reasons for the sale were not clear but Cannabis Sativa chief and former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson has publicly said he thinks marijuana may be used to treat the deadly disease. The seller was Nevada-based Blue String Ventures, which describes itself as an "Internet real estate investment and branding" company.
  • The Nexus 9 wasn't designed to be an iPad killer (2014-10-24 15:30:00)
  • Google exec sets a new record for highest-altitude jump (video) (2014-10-24 15:28:00)
  • Huh? Mini phone attaches to the phone you already have (2014-10-24 15:23:57)
    One company thinks you need a small phone that hitches a ride on your larger phone -- and the idea actually might not be as crazy as it sounds.>
  • The brutal numbers behind Amazon’s massive Fire Phone flop (2014-10-24 15:09:46)
    We’ve known for a while that Amazon’s Fire Phone is this year’s version of the Microsoft Kin or the Facebook-centric HTC First — that is, it’s a phone that is destined to go down as one of the biggest bombs in smartphone history. CNET takes a look at Amazon’s earnings report released on Thursday and brings us some new numbers that show us just how big of a flop the Fire Phone has really been. RELATED: Amazon’s Fire Phone might be a bigger flop than anyone imagined Per CNET, Amazon CTO Tom Szkutak said during an earnings call on Thursday that the company had to take a $170 million write down on the quarter thanks to costs associated with the Fire
  • AT&T is locking down Apple SIM cards in the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 (2014-10-24 15:09:28)
    Just when we think the SIM card may be about to die, here comes AT&T on a self-serving life support mission. MacRumors reports that the Apple SIM card, which is designed to be used by a growing number of carriers around the world, will be locked by AT&T as soon as you sign up for a month of service. Apple confirms the report in a support document: "When you choose AT&T on iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, AT&T dedicates Apple SIM to their network only."
  • Well-timed bullish option bets seen in Digital River weeks before deal (2014-10-24 15:03:03)
    By Saqib Iqbal Ahmed NEW YORK (Reuters) - Well-timed bullish options bets on Digital River Inc were placed about two weeks before the e-commerce services company said on Friday it would be taken private. Digital River's stock rose 48 percent to $25.75 on Friday, a day after the Minnesota-based company said it entered into an agreement to be bought by an investor group led by Siris Capital Group LLC for $26 a shares. A fortnight before the deal was announced there was a sudden spike in options activity with nearly 28,000 calls traded between Oct. 6 and Oct. ...
  • Nest acquires Revolv in a bid to control your entire smart home (2014-10-24 15:00:02)
    Nest has just acquired Boulder, CO-based Revolv, one of the most flexible smart home platforms on the market. It's a big move in the growing smart home market, which has two main battles: the individual devices and the platform they run on to make our homes smarter. Nest, with its popular smart thermostat and smoke detector, is in a strong position in the first category. Buying Revolv (and the team behind it) positions it strongly in the second. Terms of the deal aren't being disclosed, but the Revolv team will stay in Boulder in a new Nest office there.
  • Nest can now talk to Pebble and other home automation products (2014-10-24 15:00:00)
  • U.S. delays 'incentive' airwaves auction to early 2016 (2014-10-24 14:49:55)
    By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission expects a major auction of low-frequency airwaves to be pushed back to early 2016 from mid-2015 because of its complexity and a pending court challenge, an FCC official said in a blog post on Friday. The FCC is working on rules for the so-called incentive auction, in which wireless carriers would get the first opportunity since 2008 to purchase airwaves that are considered the "beach-front property" of radio spectrum for their reach and strength. ...
  • Marc Newson's last pre-Apple designs include a shotgun and a beer keg (2014-10-24 14:48:10)
    The picture above isn't Marc Newson's design, but according to Dezeen, his version of the Beretta 486 Parallelo (actually pictured) will be unveiled at an event in London on November 13th. The famous designer, who as of joined his friend Jony Ive at Apple, has been collaborating with the centuries-old Italian gun manufacturer for at least couple years. Suffice to say that designing a shotgun is akin to staging a ballet in a phone booth, and most of what Newson could do entailed making subtle changes on the surface of a mechanical apparatus that has been essentially unchanged for at least a hundred years.
  • Awww: An entire subreddit filled with baby-elephant GIFs (2014-10-24 14:45:20)
    It's Friday, which means we've all made it through another long week. Celebrate in the best way possible by checking out this subreddit dedicated to GIFs of baby elephants.>
  • Apple wants you to wonder how you ever lived without its Apple Watch (2014-10-24 14:42:37)
    In an interview with Xinhua while in China, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook talked about several matters important to the company, including the iPhone, Apple Pay, personal data security and China, but also the upcoming Apple Watch. Expected to arrive at some point in early 2015, the Watch should become an indispensable device to buyers. FROM EARLIER: The iPhone 6 might be low-res, but Apple’s highest-resolution device ever is coming soon “We are going to wonder how we ever lived without it,” Cook said in the interview. “That’s the real test of a great product: you wonder how you live without it. And I think that’s going to happen to the Apple Watch.” According to Cook, the potential of Apple Watch is “enormous,” because “it is
  • Canadians now have faster mobile data than you (2014-10-24 14:41:00)
  • Here are the most breathtaking images from Thursday’s partial solar eclipse (2014-10-24 14:21:08)
    On Thursday, North America had the chance to watch a partial solar eclipse darken the skies. If you happened to catch it, you witnessed something beautiful… but don’t worry if you missed it, because you can still take a look at all the beautiful images captured from the event. RELATED: Here are the best times to watch tomorrow’s partial solar eclipse Have a look at the breathtaking images of the partial solar eclipse as captured by people all over the country: To view more images of the partial solar eclipse, head over to USA Today’s gallery for more stunning images.
  • Deezer bets podcasts will make its music service better (2014-10-24 14:16:00)
  • Opera review (2014-10-24 14:14:00)
    Try the faster browser that lets you get the most from today's Web
  • Apple will reportedly integrate Beats Music with iTunes next year (2014-10-24 14:10:49)
    Apple plans to relaunch Beats Music as part of iTunes next year, integrating the recently purchased streaming service into its hugely popular music store, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Journal notes that it's only heard this information from a single source, but Apple bringing Beats Music into iTunes has always seemed like a fairly obvious route for this acquisition to go — it seemed more like a question of when it will happen than if it will happen. ...
  • Here’s a complete list of apps that use the awesome new Handoff feature in iOS 8 (2014-10-24 13:57:11)
    The coolest new feature that spans across both iOS and OS X announced this year has definitely been the Handoff feature that will let you quickly move information and data between iOS devices and your Mac. And what makes it even cooler is now app developers are designing their applications to use Handoff as well so you can move what you’re looking at on your favorite apps from your iPhone to your Mac and vice versa. Below we’ve listed all of the apps that support Handoff so far, which come to us by way of App Advice. RELATED: A comprehensive guide to using 2014’s coolest new iOS and OS X feature Prizmo Prizmo is “a universal photo-based scanner app that
  • Google VP's 135,908-foot leap breaks world record for highest free-fall parachute jump (2014-10-24 13:55:05)
    A senior Google executive has broken the world record for highest free-fall parachute jump today. Dr. Alan Eustace, whose official title is Senior Vice President of Knowledge, successfully completed a jump from 135,908 feet. The accomplishment came seemingly out of nowhere with no fanfare or media buzz whatsoever; The New York Times' science Twitter account first reported Eustace's incredible feat.
  • What's up with Engadget Expand? (2014-10-24 13:50:00)
  • Idcloak VPN review (2014-10-24 13:46:00)
    Browse the web via VPN connection to unblock various web sites
  • Sprint's 'iPhone for Life' plan to offer annual upgrade (2014-10-24 13:33:02)
    The carrier ups the ante again with its iPhone-leasing program that starts at $30 a month and allows customers to swap in a new device each year. The offer takes effect on November 14.>
  • U.S. FCC now expects airwaves auction in early 2016 (2014-10-24 13:20:28)
    By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission expects a major auction of low-frequency airwaves to be pushed back to early 2016 from mid-2015, an FCC official said in a blog post on Friday. The FCC has been working on rules for the so-called incentive auction in which wireless carriers would get the first opportunity since 2008 to purchase airwaves considered the "beach front property" of radio spectrum for their reach and strength. ...
  • 'Fantasia: Music Evolved' and its origins in the Kinect-hacking scene (2014-10-24 13:20:00)
  • Fire Sale: Why Amazon's Much-Hyped Phone Flopped (2014-10-24 13:19:40)
    Why Amazon's $199 Phone Now Costs 99 Cents
  • Investors snub Amazon, but Wall Street analysts remain loyalists (2014-10-24 13:19:00)
    Financial analysts continue to focus on Amazon's long-term growth, despite back-to-back quarters of losses.>
  • Video: You might not care about 4K TVs, but you still need to watch Sony’s amazing new ad (2014-10-24 13:09:44)
    The next big thing in television might be 4K (or even 5K, for some). Or smarter TVs. Or curvy smart TVs that also do 4K. But that doesn’t mean you really need them, especially 4K big-screen TVs, since there isn’t enough actual 4K content to consume in the first place. But Sony has an amazing new TV ad that is so amazing it’s worth watching even if you’re not interested in 4K TVs at all. FROM EARLIER: Video: MasterCard is doing for Apple what Google can only dream of Shot in 4K, Sony’s new Ice Bubbles commercial is just one-minute long, and it doesn’t use any computer-generated special effects, as you might expect for such a video. Of course, that makes it
  • Amazon hid a full app store in its Android app for six weeks and no one noticed (2014-10-24 13:05:06)
    Back on September 9th of this year, Amazon released a big update to its main Android app, which lets you purchase things from your phone. That update added the ability to stream Prime Instant Video content on Android smartphones, albeit with a rather clunky set up process. Amazon was very vocal in touting the new Prime Instant Video features in its press release announcing them, but it didn't mention the fact that you can now download and install Android apps directly from Amazon's main app — no install of the separate Amazon Appstore needed.
  • J.K. Rowling publishing new 'Harry Potter' short story (2014-10-24 13:03:19)
    J.K. Rowling may not be writing more Harry Potter novels, but she's far from leaving the world behind. This Halloween, she's planning to release another short story fleshing out the Harry Potter universe, specifically, focusing on the backstory of the highly disliked one-time Hogwarts professor Dolores Umbridge. The story will indeed be a short one, coming in at 1,700 words, and it's said to include "Rowling’s revealing first-person thoughts and reflections about the character. ...
  • HTML Guardian review (2014-10-24 13:02:00)
    Get solution for total website protection
  • Rwandan government bans BBC local language service (2014-10-24 12:47:24)
    KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The Rwandan government on Friday suspended all BBC radio broadcasts in Rwanda's most common language, Kinyarwanda, to protest the news organization's recent documentary about Rwanda's genocide.
  • How to quickly and easily enable Apple’s sleek new ‘dark mode’ on your Mac (2014-10-24 12:46:37)
    Apple’s new OS X Yosemite software is a huge update for Mac users. The latest version of Apple’s desktop software includes a great visual overhaul that makes the user interface much flatter and more modern, with some apps that even go as far as to mirror the look of iOS 8. But beyond the obvious new graphical changes, Yosemite also includes a nifty new “dark mode” that makes a few key changes to OS X’s interface that actually have a pretty dramatic impact on the look of the operating system. DON’T MISS: This free app is a fantastic alternative to Google’s game-changing email app ‘Inbox’ As noted by CNET in a post from earlier this month, there is a new setting within
  • iPad Mini 3 teardown's biggest surprise? The glue, iFixit finds (2014-10-24 12:44:28)
    Apple's latest tiny tablet is tough to repair, says iFixit, and any fixes to the screen could result in a non-functioning Touch ID.>
  • Here's how Nintendo's Amiibo toys work in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (2014-10-24 12:41:00)
  • Meet the startups trying to stop pedestrian deaths (2014-10-24 12:34:12)
    As phones get more powerful and screens get bigger, it gets harder and harder to pull our attention away from them, even when it puts us at risk. One place where that unavoidably happens is in the intersections of city streets, where pedestrians, bikers, and drivers meet — sometimes violently.
  • Deezer buys podcast app Stitcher (2014-10-24 12:18:56)
    Deezer has purchased the talk radio and podcast app Stitcher, giving the widely used music service access to 35,000 radio shows and podcasts. Stitcher's iOS and Android apps will continue to be supported for those who just want to listen to talk radio, but TechCrunch reports that Deezer eventually plans to make all of those shows available through its core service too. Stitcher currently has around 1 million monthly active users, which isn't much compared to Deezer's existing audience of 16 million.
  • A new 'Harry Potter' story will unfold on Halloween (2014-10-24 12:09:48)
    J.K. Rowling's Pottermore site reveals that a new short story focused on the mischievously malicious Dolores Umbridge will debut for free this Halloween.>
  • This man just sold for $200,000 (2014-10-24 12:00:02)
    Just a few weeks ago, businessman Jon Schultz was hoping to capitalize on news headlines around the globe and wanted to sell the domain for around $150,000. He's managed to rake in even more than that. After buying for $13,500 in 2008, Schultz's Blue String Ventures just flipped the domain for $200,000. According to this SEC filing, the buyer is a Russian company called Weed Growth Fund, which is paying $50,000 in cash and handing over 19,192 shares it holds in another pot-focused company, Cannabis Sativa, which are valued at around $164,000. ...
  • The deep surveillance of New York's first Ebola patient (2014-10-24 11:57:45)
    Craig Spencer is now the most-watched man in New York. Last night, the 33-year-old doctor was confirmed as New York's first case of Ebola. In the hours since, detectives and reporters have pored over every detail of his seven days in New York.
  • The NYC Ebola patient has turned us all into spies (2014-10-24 11:57:45)
    Craig Spencer is now the most-watched man in New York. Last night, the 33-year-old doctor was confirmed as New York's first case of Ebola. In the hours since, detectives and reporters have pored over every detail of his seven days in New York.
  • Investors fall out of love with Amazon, but Wall Street doesn't (2014-10-24 11:56:13)
    Financial analysts keep focusing on Amazon's long-term growth story, despite back-to-back quarters of losses.>
  • Iron Man's ‘Hulkbuster’ armor is the biggest clue to Marvel's 5-year future (2014-10-24 11:52:28)
    Age of Ultron trailer was a surprise reveal for everyone — chief among them Marvel itself, who decided to combat a poor-quality leak by publishing the full HD version one week earlier than expected. There's a lot to glean from the trailer if you care to go frame by frame, but the definite centerpiece is Iron Man in a major public fight with the Hulk. What's more important is that Iron Man came prepared for the fight with a pre-built supersuit designed to take on his (former) best friend — and that says as much about Iron Man as it does the entire future of Marvel's cinematic universe.
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt is shooting a 4K film with Samsung's NX1 (2014-10-24 11:48:00)
  • Apple CEO had 'very open' talks with China on privacy, security (2014-10-24 11:43:48)
    Tim Cook met with a Chinese official to talk online security amid allegations that the country tried to hack Apple's iCloud service.>
  • Low Latency 112: Back to the drawing board (2014-10-24 11:40:32)
    This week the Internet's attention was transfixed on a hoverboard, while ignoring Apple's newest iPad.>
  • Deezer buys Stitcher, a stab at marrying talk and tunes online (2014-10-24 11:37:21)
    The Spotify rival acquires the Pandora of talk radio, aiming to set itself apart from bigger competitors as it makes a quiet entrance into the US.>
  • 9 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free for a limited time (save $36!) (2014-10-24 11:35:20)
    This has been a great week for paid iPhone and iPad apps that have gone on sale for free, but we have a few more gems to share with you before the week is done. Thursday’s list included seven great paid iOS apps that were made available for free for a limited time (a few of them are still free if you hurry), but today we have nine apps regularly worth a combined $36 and each and every one is free for a short time. DON’T MISS: This free app is a fantastic alternative to Google’s game-changing email app ‘Inbox’ These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers.
  • The Queen puts the RT in royalty with first tweet (2014-10-24 11:26:21)
    Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet -- or has she? It's a right royal mystery...>
  • 'Don't freak out!' and other tips for surviving layoffs as a video game developer (2014-10-24 11:23:00)
  • Sprint's iPhone for life program to offer annual upgrade (2014-10-24 11:18:30)
    The carrier ups the ante again with its iPhone-leasing program that starts at $30 a month and allows customers to swap in a new device each year. The offer takes effect on November 14.>
  • Video: The iPad Air 2 withstands a ‘bend test’ about as well as you’d expect (2014-10-24 11:10:27)
    The reason the “bend test” videos for the iPhone 6 Plus went viral is that they raised questions about whether the device would bend just from carrying it around in your pants pocket. This shouldn’t be a concern for anyone who owns an iPad Air 2, since the tablet was never intended to be carried around in your pants pocket and we can’t imagine any reason for a sane person to do so. All the same, that hasn’t stopped YouTuber Marvin Macht from putting the iPad Air 2 through a bend test of his own and the tablet predictably did not hold up well under pressure. READ OUR iPAD AIR 2 REVIEW: iPad Air 2 is as monumental as original iPhone The
  • America Movil says not in talks over T-Mobile US (2014-10-24 11:10:25)
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - America Movil is not talking to anybody at this stage about a possible purchase of T-Mobile US, Chief Executive Daniel Hajj told a conference call on Friday. Germany's Monthly Manager Magazin on Thursday said America Movil was a possible buyer of the company, citing people familiar with Deutsche Telekom. Deutsche Telekom owns close to 67 percent of T-Mobile US. (Reporting by Christine Murray)
  • The future of ADHD and Alzheimer's treatment might be this video game (2014-10-24 11:08:08)
    Welcome to the interactive future of brain medicine
  • New music recommendations: Chvrches, Jessie Ware, Foo Fighters, and more (2014-10-24 10:30:03)
    Every week, a veritable flood of new music is released to the world, and with it the tyranny of choice rears its ugly head. There's only so many hours in the day, so where do you focus your listening energies? That's where our Verge New Music Recommendations come in: it's our entirely subjective, non-comprehensive attempt to throw the favorite new songs and albums we've stumbled upon this week your way. Of course, we're barely skimming the surface here — feel free to throw an auditory discoveries you've made this week in the comments, and get busy listening. The Budos Band — Burnt Offering
  • Scientist trumps his own work three weeks after winning the Nobel Prize (2014-10-24 10:19:00)
  • Microsoft drops Nokia name from smartphones (2014-10-24 10:15:23)
    Microsoft said Friday it was dropping the Nokia name from its Lumia smartphones, rebranding following the acquisition earlier this year of the Finnish group's handset division.
  • The whimsical animations of Robin Davey (2014-10-24 10:08:01)
    "If you'd told me five years ago that I'd be delivering work in GIF format," says Robin Davey, "I'd have laughed."
  • Millions of candidate Ebola vaccine doses should be ready in 2015, WHO says (2014-10-24 10:00:28)
    Millions of doses of a candidate Ebola vaccine are expected to be available next year, with efficacy trials beginning in certain West African countries this December, the World Health Organization said this morning. The are currently two candidate vaccines for Ebola that are ready to begin human trials, and five others are expected to get started during the first several months of next year. The WHO cautioned that even a working vaccine would not be a "magic bullet" for stopping the spread of Ebola, according to the BBC.
  • New trailers: 'Avengers: Age of Ultron,' 'Halo Nightfall,' 'Judge Dredd: Superfiend,' and more (2014-10-24 10:00:02)
    Between Avengers and Halo, this was a huge week for trailers — though we can't blame you if you missed everything else in all the sci-fi and comic-book commotion. We've rounded up eight of this week's best trailers below so you can see everything that's coming up all in one place.
  • The iPhone 6 Plus might have a serious software problem you should know about (2014-10-24 09:55:38)
    Even though the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch was a great success for the company, with 2014 iPhones registering record sales according to Apple, several issues have stained Apple’s iPhone 6 launch, including iOS 8 software problems and the #Bendgate mess, to name just a few. More recently, it was discovered that the iPhone 6’s plastic antenna covers also come with one unexpected flaw. Now, AppleInsider points us to a growing thread on Apple’s support forum that details a potential software issue affecting iPhone 6 Plus handsets. FROM EARLIER: A new iPhone 6 problem arises: Dye from jeans is ruining the iPhone’s plastic strips The thread in questions has over 9,200 views and more than 60 responses, and it details constant
  • Procter & Gamble plan to spin-off Duracell (2014-10-24 09:46:00)
  • This free app is a fantastic alternative to Google’s game-changing email app ‘Inbox’ (2014-10-24 09:30:38)
    Rumors swirled last year suggesting that Google was trying to acquire email startup Mailbox, but all that came to an end when Mailbox was acquired by Dropbox. So, Google decided to build its own Mailbox. Unveiled and released earlier this week, “Inbox” is Google’s new email app that has tech bloggers buzzing, once again heralding a fresh take on email as a game-changer. We have used the app ourselves and there’s no question that Google has done a terrific job so far of aping many of the best features from Mailbox and dumping them into a gorgeous interface with some great new features. Inbox is an early beta and it still has a long way to go before it can be considered
  • A 3D slice of the universe 10.8 billion years ago (2014-10-24 09:14:00)
  • Get a 3-month subscription to Loot Crate for $39.99 (2014-10-24 09:09:41)
    Geeks and gamers, this one's for you: three boxes of gear and goodies delivered right to your door. Plus: a $99 Windows 8.1 tablet?!>
  • The Vergecast 124: an incorrect oral history of vaping (2014-10-24 09:08:46)
    Following an immediate but brief foray into Nilay Patel’s dark memoir-in-progress, the Vergecast progresses nicely into a week chock full of news, led by Nilay, Dieter Bohn, and David Pierce. We have Google’s new Nexus lineup, Apple’s new iPads and iMac, a brave new email paradigm, and Twitter’s content problems. Then, for some reason, there was some mild debate about the nature of vaping, but you’ll have to listen to fully grasp that thread. Audio:
  • LG G3 Screen powered by in-house 'Nuclun' processor launches in Korea (2014-10-24 09:06:10)
    LG Electronics has launched its new G3 Screen phablet, powered by its long-awaited, self-designed "Nuclun" application processor in South Korea.>
  • Queen Elizabeth II takes to an iPad to send her first Tweet (2014-10-24 08:39:00)
  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth sends first tweet (2014-10-24 08:31:09)
    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II sent her first ever tweet during a visit to a museum Friday, signing it "Elizabeth R" -- and even removing a glove to post it.
  • Why did Apple email porn to this man? (2014-10-24 08:30:03)
    Apple’s stance on porn in iOS apps is well-known, and such in-app content is likely to get an application rejected from the App Store until the developer addresses it. Even facilitating access to porn may be a good reason for Apple to prevent an application from reaching the App Store. In fact, a developer of one app that could offer users a way to access adult content has been contacted by Apple on the matter in an unexpected, explicit, and shocking way. FROM EARLIER: Why Apple Pay is ‘more safe and secure than using your credit card’ “It was a typical Monday morning,” Carl Smith said on Medium. “Cup of coffee and catching up with the team when I saw this snippet of a
  • The Queen sends her first tweet (2014-10-24 08:14:30)
    LONDON (Reuters) - The Queen made her first foray into the world of social media on Friday when she sent out her inaugural message on Twitter. "It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @sciencemuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R," the 88-year-old monarch tweeted at the opening of a new gallery at London's Science Museum. The message, sent at 10.35 GMT (11.35 a.m. BST) , had already been re-tweeted more than 4,000 times less than 45 minutes later. ...
  • YouView boxes finally granted the BBC's new iPlayer and red button features (2014-10-24 08:13:00)
  • Drones Add a New Dimension to Crime Scene Investigations (2014-10-24 07:59:55)
    By Michelle Fredrickson, Science Communications student at Washington State University Anyone who's watched the U.S. TV show "CSI" has probably seen officers carefully measuring the distance between every object in a room, and between every speck of evidence, in order to precisely reproduce the crime scene. Police must ensure they have all the...
  • First private mission to the moon blasts off aboard a Chinese rocket (2014-10-24 07:45:00)
  • Ericsson flags North America slowdown (2014-10-24 07:27:55)
    By Sven Nordenstam and Olof Swahnberg STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Mobile telecoms gear maker Ericsson said on Friday a slowdown in North America created uncertainty over fourth quarter sales as operators cut spending after big investments in high-speed networks. A build-out of the newest 4G/LTE networks by operators in North America, where Ericsson makes about a quarter of its sales and Chinese rival Huawei is effectively barred from doing business, has supported the Swedish firm at a time of stagnation in much of Europe. ...
  • Queen Elizabeth II sends her first tweet, or does she? (2014-10-24 07:27:18)
    On a trip to London’s science museum today, Queen Elizabeth II sent her first official tweet. The occasion was witnessed by 600 guests celebrating the history of communications technology, and the many millions of Twitter users. While the British Monarchy has been active on Twitter for some time now, the Queen has not participated in sharing her thoughts directly on the social network. Earlier this year the Queen went viral on Twitter thanks to her photobomb selfie during the Australian Commonwealth Games. ...
  • Why Trying To Buy A New Computer Left Me Dazed And Confused (2014-10-24 07:21:31)
    My computer is dying. It is sluggish while searching, switching between programs and completing tasks. Sometimes, it experiences a Parkinsonian-like freeze and we sit there staring at each other while waiting in silence for the uncomfortable episode to pass. Often, when I make a request, the little wheel spins and spins as if trying to remember...
  • Queen sends first tweet, signed 'Elizabeth R' (2014-10-24 07:16:39)
    LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet — and she's signed it "Elizabeth R."
  • Microsoft Lumia device 'coming soon', but cheap phones keep Nokia name (2014-10-24 06:42:25)
    Microsoft is a step closer to ditching the Nokia name from its Lumia Windows Phones, but will keep the name for entry-level devices.>
  • Malicious ads on major websites held users' files to ransom (2014-10-24 06:38:00)
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  • Apple CEO says had 'very open' privacy talks in China: Xinhua (2014-10-24 05:42:51)
    BEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook was quoted on Friday as saying he had "very open" talks on privacy and security with a senior Chinese official, days after a web monitoring group linked the government to a hack into Apple's iCloud service in China. Cook's remarks, made in an interview to the official Xinhua news agency, were his first public comments since meeting Vice Premier Ma Kai in Beijing on Wednesday. Cook's China visit has been overshadowed by a report by web monitoring group Greatfire. ...
  • Ericsson profit down 10 pct despite higher sales (2014-10-24 05:20:47)
    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Wireless equipment maker Ericsson says its third-quarter earnings slumped 10 percent despite higher sales due to increased operating costs and negative effects from currency hedging.
  • You can soon watch a doc about virtual reality on Oculus Rift (2014-10-24 04:51:00)
  • California startup unveils gun technology for cops (2014-10-24 04:04:15)
    WATSONVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A Silicon Valley startup has developed technology to let dispatchers know when a police officer's weapon has been fired.
  • Microsoft is finally dropping the 'Nokia' from Lumia (2014-10-24 04:00:00)
  • How a computer error helped Deep Blue beat humanity's best chess player (2014-10-24 03:50:10)
    Chess legend Garry Kasparov beat IBM computer Deep Blue four games to two in a match organized in 1996. A year later, he was man versus the machine again, accepting another challenge from the team behind the supercomputer. This second time around, IBM's competitor came out on top, beating Kasparov three-and-a-half games to two-and-a-half. ...
  • Microsoft Lumia design officially revealed without Nokia branding (2014-10-24 03:25:48)
    Microsoft is officially replacing its Nokia branding with Microsoft Lumia on the company’s Windows Phones. The software giant is "looking forward to unveiling a Microsoft Lumia device soon," and, as The Verge revealed earlier this week, Nokia’s existing phone websites and social network accounts will now be transitioned over to the Microsoft Lumia branding in the coming days. Microsoft has also revealed that it will use the company’s name on the front and rear of future Lumia devices in a simple replacement of the Nokia branding.
  • iHeartRadio and Rdio are ready for CarPlay, but your car isn't (2014-10-24 03:22:00)
  • Honda's pedestrian-detecting technology is coming to cars this year (2014-10-24 02:19:00)
  • Friday Poll: How do you like Apple Pay so far? (2014-10-24 02:00:03)
    Apple Pay has arrived and Touch ID-device owners have had a shot at trying it out. Let us know if you're loving it, hating it or feeling totally indifferent.>
  • China Telecom, Unicom to build content delivery firm: Chinese paper (2014-10-24 01:23:16)
    (Reuters) - China Telecom Corp Ltd and China Unicom Hong Kong Ltd could soon jointly invest in a new content delivery network (CDN) company that would speed up Chinese users' Internet access, a Chinese paper reported on Friday. The proposed firm would be run by China Telecom's cloud computing subsidiary, according to a 21st Century Business Herald report citing an unnamed senior China Telecom employee. Rumors of a CDN joint venture between the country's second- and third-largest carriers have existed for more than year. Telecom and Unicom did not immediately respond to requests for comment. ...
  • This is what a 'Star Wars' blaster bolt would look like in real life (2014-10-24 01:20:26)
    A team of physicists has created a film that shows what a real-life "laser bullet" would look like in action. Hint: it's not like in "Star Wars.">
  • Amazon's loss makes holidays a question mark (2014-10-24 01:14:05)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon's trademark smile icon is becoming more of a grimace.
  • Somehow the internet hasn't killed off 'America's Funniest Home Videos' (2014-10-24 01:02:00)
  • Judge formally bans Aereo from streaming live TV to customers' devices (2014-10-23 23:47:00)
  • Engadget Daily: Facebook Rooms, real-life laser bullets and more! (2014-10-23 22:58:00)
  • LG's next phone will be the first with one of its own CPUs inside (2014-10-23 22:24:00)
  • This is what a Star Wars blaster bolt would look like in real life (2014-10-23 22:08:19)
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  • LG G3 Screen powered by in-house 'NUCLUN' AP launches in Korea (2014-10-23 21:58:28)
    LG Electronics has launched its new G3 Screen phablet, powered by its long-awaited, self-designed "NUCLUN" application processor in South Korea.>
  • Wii U 'Super Smash Bros.' has eight-player fights on gigantic battlefields (2014-10-23 21:38:48)
    The Wii U version of frantic fighting game Super Smash Bros will support eight player matches, introduce a range of new modes, and allow players to build their own stages on which to battle. The new additions to the long-running series, which sees Nintendo mascots and lesser-known characters beating each other up with ridiculous special moves, were confirmed by the company in a 35-minute video designed to explain the differences between the Wii U version of the game and the recently released 3DS Super Smash Bros. Players will also be able to build their own levels using the Wii U's touchscreen controller, drawing shapes with the stylus to build platforms, place obstacles, and set backgrounds.
  • New York patient tests positive for Ebola (2014-10-23 21:30:05)
    New York City has its first confirmed case of Ebola in a doctor who had recently been traveling in West Africa to treat patients suffering from the deadly disease. Craig Spencer, 33, was taken to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan earlier today after experiencing a 103 degree fever and other symptoms, reports The New York Times. An initial test has since confirmed that Spencer contracted the disease, which has killed 4,877 people and infected nearly 10,000 across Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Spencer's now in isolation, though was reportedly bowling and taking Uber for transportation on Wednesday night, raising questions about whether others may have been in close contact.
  • Digital River to be acquired by investor group for $840 million (2014-10-23 21:29:16)
    (Reuters) - E-commerce services provider Digital River Inc said on Thursday it entered into an agreement to be acquired by an investor group led by Siris Capital Group LLC for about $840 million. The deal, valued at $26 per share in cash, is at a premium of almost 50 percent of Digital River's Thursday's closing price. The agreement, approved by the board of Minnesota-based Digital River, includes a 45-day "go-shop" period during which the company can solicit alternative proposals, Digital River said on Thursday. ...
  • Airbnb valued at $13 billion as it discusses employee stock sale: WSJ (2014-10-23 21:23:29)
    (Reuters) - Online home-rental marketplace Airbnb Inc valuation is set to be valued at $13 billion, up from its $10 billion valuation in March this year, as it discusses an employee stock sale, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. Airbnb has met with investors to sell employee shares, and the funds from the sale would go to the employees rather than raising any new capital for the company, the report said, citing two people familiar with the matter. Airbnb was not immediately available for a comment. ...
  • EU reaches deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions (2014-10-23 21:18:45)
    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders agreed early Friday to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the 28-nation bloc to at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
  • Where you should live if you want America’s fastest Internet service (2014-10-23 21:15:42)
    What parts of America have the fastest broadband connections? The short answer is “Delaware.” The slightly longer answer is “somewhere in the northeastern U.S.” The Connectivist has posted data of peak connection speeds for every state in America and has found that the fastest services are in the eastern part of the country, led by Delaware and followed by Virginia, Washington D.C., Massachusetts, New Jersey and Connecticut. In fact, the only state in the top 10 that isn’t on the eastern seaboard is Washington, which has a peak connection speed of 56.6Mbps. RELATED: Google Fiber is pressuring rivals to up their game Of course, there is one big caveat to this data: These are peak connection speeds, which are obviously much higher than
  • 'Duke Nukem' and 'Wolfenstein' gaming house 3D Realms is back (2014-10-23 20:57:00)
  • Gadwin PrintScreen review (2014-10-23 20:20:00)
    Capture and save screenshots with ease
  • America Movil profit drops on higher tax and forex loss (2014-10-23 20:16:21)
    By Christine Murray MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's America Movil said on Thursday its third-quarter net profit fell 38 percent compared with a year earlier, missing expectations as taxes and exchange rate losses rose. The company, which is controlled by the family of billionaire Carlos Slim, said net profit in the July-September period fell to 10.12 billion pesos ($754 million) from 16.38 billion pesos a year earlier. America Movil's tax burden rose by 4.43 billion pesos versus the same quarter last year, while it posted an exchange rate loss of 8.97 billion pesos. ...
  • Tomorrow Daily 074: VR moon tours, an 'Avengers 2' trailer analysis, and a real-life Transformer (2014-10-23 20:12:57)
    On today's show, we discuss virtual reality tours of the moon using Oculus Rift, all the crazy things we spotted in the "Avengers 2: Age of Ultron" trailer, and a real-life Transformer that changes from humanoid to car (just like Optimus Prime).>
  • Free YouTube to MP3 Converter review (2014-10-23 20:05:06)
    Convert YouTube videos to MP3, extract audio from single videos as well as from complete playlists
  • How to ditch Yosemite and roll back to Mavericks (2014-10-23 20:00:08)
    Apple’s 2014 OS X update is already available to plenty of Mac users — even though not all supported machines have what it takes to let users enjoy some of Yosemite’s coolest features — but that doesn’t mean all Mac owners who jumped on Yosemite after Apple released it last week are necessarily happy with the upgrade. Unlike with iOS 8 users, who can’t downgrade their iOS devices to iOS 7 (at least not officially), Mac users have the option of jumping back to Mavericks if they so desire, and OS X Daily has put together a quick guide on how to downgrade a Yosemite-running system to last year’s OS. FROM EARLIER: How to force Yosemite’s Continuity feature on your
  • Crave giveaway: Lemur BlueDriver wireless car diagnostic tool (2014-10-23 20:00:04)
    Win a portable gadget that monitors your car's performance and delivers diagnostic data straight to your smartphone via Bluetooth.>
  • Aereo barred from retransmitting broadcast TV (2014-10-23 19:59:53)
    Judge grants broadcasters' request for a temporary restraining order against the embattled video streaming service, which has sought to reclassify itself as a cable provider.>
  • Bitcasa drops its unlimited cloud storage due to underuse (and abuse) (2014-10-23 19:48:00)
  • Directory List & Print Pro review (2014-10-23 19:45:00)
    Print directory tree, copy to clipboard and export into Word, Excel, or HTML file
  • Listen to music and track runs on Android Wear, no phone needed (2014-10-23 19:43:04)
    With new Android Wear updates, you no longer need your phone to listen to music or use GPS on your smartwatch. But some restrictions apply.>
  • Google commits to $1 billion in long-term office leases (2014-10-23 19:38:38)
    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc said it is committed to spending $1 billion to lease office buildings over the next 13 to 14 years. Google did not say where the office buildings were located in its disclosure as part of its quarterly regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday. A source familiar with the matter, who was not authorized to discuss it publicly, said the Mountain View, California-based company was investing in new office space in Silicon Valley. Google, the world's No. ...
  • Cloud business lifts Microsoft's quarterly results (2014-10-23 19:23:59)
    Microsoft's quarterly profit and revenue sailed past expectations Thursday, as CEO Satya Nadella's push to embrace cloud computing and diversify into mobile devices helped lift sales by 25 percent. Revenue ...
  • Netflix has announced 3 new shows that cord cutters will love – here are the details (2014-10-23 19:15:54)
    On Thursday, Netflix announced three new original series that aim to strike another blow to cable and network companies. The new shows are an animated series from comedian Bill Burr titled “F is for Family”; a dark mystery series called “Bloodline,” whose cast includes Kyle Chandler from Friday Night Lights; and a Canadian series called “Between.” RELATED: Netflix’s massive new content wave is going to put unprecedented pressure on HBO F is for Family (2015) — Starring Bill Burr, Justin Long, and Laura Dern. This animated series will follow the Murphy family in the 1970’s. It brings us back to a time where you could smack your kid, smoke inside, and bring a weapon to an airport. Bloodline (2015) — Starring Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini, Ben Mendelsohn, and Sissy
  • DFX Audio Enhancer review (2014-10-23 19:12:00)
    Bring High Definition sound to YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, VLC, Skype, and all PC audio
  • See the Windows 10 Start menu in action (2014-10-23 19:07:17)
    Take a look at the new and improved Windows 10 Start menu, care of the Windows 10 Technical Preview.>
  • America Movil third-quarter profit drops 38 percent, tax burden up (2014-10-23 18:54:52)
    By Christine Murray MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's America Movil on Thursday said its third-quarter net profit fell 38 percent compared to a year earlier as taxes rose and the cost of sales jumped. The company, which is controlled by the family of billionaire Carlos Slim, said profit in the July-September period fell to 10.12 billion pesos ($754 million) from 16.38 billion pesos a year earlier. Analysts had expected the company to report a net profit of 16.47 billion pesos, according to a Reuters poll. America Movil's tax burden rose by 4. ...
  • Ello's charter makes it legally impossible for it to display ads (2014-10-23 18:52:00)
  • Avant Browser review (2014-10-23 18:45:16)
    Surf the Web with multi-processing browser with AutoFills, online bookmarks and AD blockers
  • Windows 10 could eliminate two major online security headaches (2014-10-23 18:30:12)
    We’ve seen a bunch of hugely promising new features that Microsoft has added to Windows 10 via its Technical Preview but this might be the most important one yet. ZDNet’s Ed Bott gives us a detailed rundown of the new two-factor authentication system that Microsoft is implementing with Windows 10 and he says it has the potential to effectively cripple phishing attacks and password database breaches, which are two of the most popular tactics hackers use to gain unauthorized access to our online accounts. LEARN MORE: Everything we know about Windows 10 By now you’re probably familiar with two-factor authentication, which typically involves sending you a separate access code via either email or SMS that you enter in after you’ve
  • Synaptics hit by weak demand for touchscreen chips for smartphones (2014-10-23 18:30:07)
    By Lehar Maan (Reuters) - Touchscreen chip maker Synaptics Inc reported lower-than-expected first-quarter revenue and profit, hurt by weak demand from smartphone makers, sending its shares down 13 percent in extended trading. The company, whose chips are used in Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's devices such as Galaxy S5 smartphones and Galaxy Note 3 phablets, also forecast current quarter revenue largely below Wall Street's expectation. "We think its weakness is likely in (fingerprint) touch ID revenue," Feltl & Company analyst Jeffrey Schreiner said. ...
  • 'Super Smash Bros. for Wii U' adds an eight-player mode for double the madness (2014-10-23 18:16:00)
  • Amazon took $170 million charge in Q3 on phone inventory, supplier costs (2014-10-23 18:09:01)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Inc took a $170 million writedown in the third-quarter largely related to its unsold stockpile of Fire smart phones as well as supplier commitment costs, Chief Financial Officer Tom Szkutak said on Thursday. The online retailer, which also issued a disappointing fourth-quarter outlook that sent shares down 9 percent in after-hours trading, ended the third quarter with about $83 million worth of Fire phone inventory. The Fire phone debuted this summer to both lackluster sales and reviews. ...
  • How to watch today's partial solar eclipse (2014-10-23 18:08:04)
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  • Amazon's holiday-quarter forecast disappoints, shares dive (2014-10-23 18:03:09)
    By Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Inc's sales projections for the crucial holiday quarter disappointed Wall Street and third-quarter results missed forecasts, sending the online retailer's shares 9 percent lower on Thursday. After an unusually busy first half of the year that saw the online retailer spend on developing everything from mobile phones and Hollywood-style production to grocery deliveries, investors were ready to see it curtail its ambitions and start delivering sustainable profits. ...
  • Final nail in Aereo's coffin: broadcasters win nationwide preliminary injunction (2014-10-23 18:00:47)
    In what may amount to the final nail in Aereo's coffin, a New York federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction against the now-defunct service on Thursday, officially barring the company from streaming live television. After its devastating loss at the Supreme Court, Aereo has tried to argue that the high court's ruling should allow it to operate like any other cable provider and pay networks for programming licenses. But it hasn't found much support in court rooms, and US District Judge Alison Nathan basically squashed the idea in today's ruling.
  • A blue Christmas for Amazon? (2014-10-23 17:56:44)
    NEW YORK (AP) — It might be a blue Christmas for Amazon.
  • Fewer-than-expected listeners tune in to Pandora in third quarter (2014-10-23 17:48:11)
    (Reuters) - Pandora Media Inc , operator of the leading Internet radio service, reported a lower-than-expected increase in listeners in the third quarter, sending the company's shares down 6 percent in extended trading on Thursday. Pandora said it had 76.5 million active listeners as of Sept. 30, an increase of 5.2 percent from a year earlier. Analysts, on average, had expected 76.7 million, according to market research firm StreetAccount. Total listener hours rose to 4.99 billion from 3.99 billion, but again fell short of the average estimate of 5.02 billion. ...
  • Small Empires returns for Season Two on October 28th! (2014-10-23 17:41:52)
    Your average day is probably full of interactions with Google, Facebook, and Twitter. But it wasn't so long ago that those companies were unknown startups, hoping to find an audience and struggling to survive against the established titans of tech. Starting Tuesday, October 28th we're bringing you season two of Small Empires, a series of stories about young entrepreneurs who are building their own businesses.
  • Amazon takes $170M charge on Fire Phone (2014-10-23 17:39:06)
    The Fire Phone, an exclusive to AT&T, can now be had for 99 cents and a two-year contract.>
  • Small Empires, Season 2 Trailer (2014-10-23 17:38:23)
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  • Scientists unveil weirdest dinosaur ever seen (2014-10-23 17:38:00)
    Paleontologists have dug up the rest of a dinosaur whose long arms were found in the '60s. The rest makes it surely the strangest looking creature ever.>
  • AmazonFresh orders soon to arrive from the Post Office (2014-10-23 17:37:33)
    The US Postal Service approved plans for a market test in San Francisco for its letter carriers to drop off groceries between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m.>
  • Battling robots want your help spreading metal mayhem (2014-10-23 17:36:05)
    RoboGames, the "Olympics of robots," is in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to help produce an independent, rock 'em sock 'em Web-based video series.>
  • Sound Off! What's missing from your favorite operating system? (2014-10-23 17:36:00)
  • Microsoft sales beat Street hopes, cloud profits up (2014-10-23 17:35:11)
    By Bill Rigby SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue, helped by stronger sales of its phones, Surface tablets and cloud-computing products for companies, while keeping its profit margins intact. The results on Thursday allayed fears of investors in recent days that the industry shift toward lower-margin cloud services was proving hard for established technology leaders to master. Microsoft shares, which have climbed 33 percent over the past year, rose another 3.6 percent in after-hours trading to $46.65. ...
  • Paintings in national parks spark probe, furor (2014-10-23 17:34:40)
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Officials are investigating paintings and drawings of eerie faces found on rocks across the West in some of the country's most recognizable national parks.
  • Facebook Rooms joins the anonymous-chat wave (2014-10-23 17:33:18)
    A new app from Facebook puts a twist on anonymous messaging, Apple stores still see long lines for iPhones, and Target takes on Amazon by offering free shipping.>
  • Microsoft Q1 profit falls 13 percent, weighed down by Nokia unit (2014-10-23 17:33:12)
    In its second quarter after acquiring Nokia for more than $7 billion in April, Microsoft is paying the price for layoffs even as its other divisions continue to grow.>
  • Amazon losses widen as it braces for rocky holiday quarter (2014-10-23 17:32:22)
    The e-commerce company misses Wall Street expectations and reports a third-quarter loss of $437 million. More critically, it warns that its fourth-quarter revenue will also disappoint.>
  • Pandora Q3 profit climbs, despite slower listener growth (2014-10-23 17:30:25)
    The Web's biggest streaming-music service delivers a respectable increase in profit, sales and its expectations for both to come. But active-listener growth kept up its slow slide, distracting investors.>
  • Qlik revenue beats on demand for data analytics software (2014-10-23 17:21:06)
    (Reuters) - Qlik Technologies Inc reported strong third-quarter revenue and forecast full-year revenue largely above analysts' average estimate, helped by higher demand for its business analytics software. Shares of the company rose 6 percent in after-hours trading. The company, which competes with Tableau Software Inc and Splunk Inc , said it expects full-year adjusted profit of 18-22 cents per share on revenue of $550-$555 million. Analyst on average were expecting a profit of 25 cents per share and revenue of $550.5 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. ...
  • Amazon's acquisitions and experiments are erasing its profits (2014-10-23 16:56:00)
  • ArtRage 4 review (2014-10-23 16:51:00)
    Create realistic paintings on your computer with easy to use, natural tools
  • Microsoft tweets 'joke' about raises (really) (2014-10-23 16:47:32)
    The official Microsoft developer account decides to make fun of CEO Satya Nadella's recent faux-pas in suggesting women shouldn't ask for raises.>
  • Adobe Reader XI review (2014-10-23 16:40:42)
    View, navigate, and print PDF files
  • Microsoft divisions succeed in spite of Nokia losses (2014-10-23 16:40:18)
    In its second quarter after acquiring Nokia for $7 billion in April, Microsoft is paying the price for layoffs and a low interest among consumers.>
  • Synaptics revenue misses on weak demand from smartphone makers (2014-10-23 16:40:04)
    (Reuters) - Touchscreen chip maker Synaptics Inc reported lower-than-expected first-quarter revenue and adjusted profit, hurt by weak demand from smartphone makers, sending its shares down 8.5 percent in extended trading. The company, which makes fingerprint ID and touchscreen chips for Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's smartphones, reported an adjusted profit of $1.04 per share and revenue of $282.7 million. Analysts had expected a profit of $1.19 per share on revenue of $288.4 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. (Reporting By Lehar Maan in Bangalore; Editing by Maju Samuel)
  • Google teams with Oxford to teach machines to think (2014-10-23 16:38:19)
    San Francisco (AFP) - Google on Thursday announced a partnership with artificial intelligence teams at Oxford University to teach machines to think like people.
  • Classic Macs turned into modern furniture (2014-10-23 16:31:20)
    The Apple Power Mac G5 was a classic computer of the early millennium, but for all of its strengths — besides its gorgeous design, it was the fastest Mac in Apple's lineup when it was released in 2003 — it didn't last: the G5 family was retired in 2006 for the Mac Pro. The rest is recent history.
  • This thing uses sound to make any wine taste better (2014-10-23 16:31:13)
    Dionysus Technology Concepts launches a crowdfunding campaign for the Sonic Decanter, which promises to use ultrasonic energy to improve your wine in 15 minutes.>
  • GT Advanced shareholders see value in stock despite bankruptcy (2014-10-23 16:28:07)
    By Nick Brown (Reuters) - Shareholders of GT Advanced Technologies are lobbying regulators to form a committee to vouch for their interests in the sapphire maker's bankruptcy, believing their shares may still have value. GT Advanced, which supplied sapphire to Apple Inc , filed for Chapter 11 protection this month under mysterious circumstances, sending shares plummeting. The case boggled the minds of market analysts when GT refused to explain why it had imploded, citing confidentiality clauses in its Apple contracts. ...
  • Google’s amazing Project Ara phone getting its own store for expansion modules (2014-10-23 16:24:55)
    Google’s modular smartphone isn’t just an interesting concept anymore, as Google is very interested in offering such devices to users next year. Project Ara phones will let users build whatever smartphone they desire — provided they have access to the appropriate modules — and Google will create a special, Google Play Store-like storefront where modules developers will be able to sell their creations. FROM EARLIER: The iPhone 6 might be low-res, but Apple’s highest-resolution device ever is coming soon “By following the Android model, we are creating a free and open platform…” Google’s Paul Eremenko said in an interview at Purdue University. ”The Ara MDK is free and open and available to everybody, so everybody could create a module per
  • US tech firm fined for underpaying Indian workers (2014-10-23 16:18:40)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Silicon Valley company is paying more than $43,000 in back wages and penalties after labor regulators found eight employees brought from India were grossly underpaid and overworked while assigned to a special project in the U.S.
  • Amazon's losses balloon to $544 million in its third quarter earnings (2014-10-23 16:16:55)
    Amazon posted its third quarter earnings results today and they were not pretty: the company said it had a operating loss of $544 million, more than twenty times what is lost for the same period in 2013. In its projections for next quarter, Amazon said it expects the red ink to keep spreading, with losses growing to $570 million. This quarter includes sales, or lack thereof, for Amazon's Fire Phone, which has been widely panned by critics and consumers alike.
  • Microsoft profit dips on charges, while sales jump (2014-10-23 16:15:56)
    SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said on Thursday fiscal first-quarter profit fell 13 percent as it took a $1.1 billion charge related to mass layoffs announced in July. The world's largest software company reported profit of $4.5 billion, or 54 cents per share, compared with $5.2 billion, or 62 cents per share, in the year-ago quarter. Revenue rose 25 percent to $23.2 billion, helped by the phone business it bought from Nokia in April, easily beating analysts' average estimate of $22 billion. (Reporting by Bill Rigby; Editing by Chris Reese)
  • Amazon holiday quarter sales forecasts disappoint, shares slide (2014-10-23 16:13:50)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Inc's sales projections for the crucial holiday quarter disappointed and third-quarter results missed Wall Street's targets, sending the online retailer's shares 7 percent lower. Amazon projected on Thursday net sales of between $27.3 billion and $30.3 billion for the holiday quarter, lagging the $30.89 billion analysts had expected on average. (Reporting by Deepa Seetharaman; Editing by David Gregorio)
  • Microsoft's Q1 2015: drop in profits but strong Surface improvement (2014-10-23 16:09:45)
    Microsoft has published its Q1 fiscal 2015 earnings report, and the company has made $4.5 billion in net income on $23.20 billion in revenue. Revenue has increased compared to $18.53 billion from the same period last year, but net income has decreased 14 percent compared to last year's $5.24 billion.
  • Microsoft's Q1 2015: Surface growing strongly and Lumia sales up (2014-10-23 16:09:45)
    Microsoft has published its Q1 fiscal 2015 earnings report, and the company has made $4.5 billion in net income on $23.20 billion in revenue. Revenue has increased compared to $18.53 billion from the same period last year, but net income has decreased 14 percent compared to last year's $5.24 billion. Microsoft's drop in profits is largely related to $1.14 billion of integration and restructuring expenses following the Nokia phone business acquisition.
  • Samsung explains the Galaxy Note 4’s design in words you’ll never comprehend (2014-10-23 16:02:25)
    Samsung isn’t shy about using rhetorical excess to describe its devices — recall that it once described the Galaxy S4 as “a precious stone glittering in the dark or countless stars sparkling in the night sky,” while it said the Galaxy S III “opens up new horizons and allows you to live your life extraordinarily” by being “enhanced with nature and human emotion.” You’ll be happy to know that Samsung hasn’t toned down its approach when it comes to marketing the Galaxy Note 4, as the company has just written an explanation for its new device’s design that explains why it’s the epitome of “modern sleek.” RELATED: Samsung execs explain why the Galaxy S4 is a ‘life companion’ more than a
  • Hugely underrated iOS 8 trick lets you share your location with friends at all times (2014-10-23 15:37:25)
    If you use Facebook, Apple Maps, or Google Maps, it’s pretty easy to find where you are on a map with GPS. But what about when you want others to know where you are at any given time? Imagine if you’re in a car wreck and no one knows where you are. Or if a loved one is picking you up and they don’t know the exact address where you’re standing. It would be helpful for friends, family and the police to be able to find you with a location-sharing option for your iPhone, and luckily iOS 8 does just that. RELATED: Hero cop uses Find My iPhone to save a woman’s life This particular feature isn’t obvious when you’re just playing around on your iPhone,
  • Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen donating $100 million to fight Ebola (2014-10-23 15:35:28)
    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen will contribute "at least" $100 million to fight the spread of Ebola, he announced Thursday. In a tweet, Allen revealed the new donation amount and urged others to make their own contributions — big or small. "Everybody feels called sometimes to really pursue a certain thing that resonates with them, and this has resonated with me," Allen told The New York Times. "We’re up against an extremely tough opponent here. Join me in helping those responding to this outbreak at — Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) October 23, 2014
  • Brainstorming plans to fix democracy and fight zombies (2014-10-23 15:32:05)
    This week the CraveCast crew took up the task of remaking democracy in the image of nerds and geeks everywhere, and learned the best way to fight zombies: Make friends with a bear...and hope it doesn't get infected.>
  • Guy uses his ice maker to dish out something other than ice (2014-10-23 15:24:44)
    A Connecticut man really doesn't like ice, so he tweaked his refrigerator's ice machine to dispense something a lot sweeter.>
  • The Vergecast, live today at 4:30ET (2014-10-23 15:23:48)
    The Vergecast is back after two weeks of big news from Apple and Google, so we're going to definitely talk about the two weeks of big news from Apple and Google. Also, Twitter wants to convince developers that it this time it won't pull the football away. Really, it promises. Join Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and David Pierce at 4:30 ET, which is in the future. A future where the only thing missing will be hoverboards — oh wait, we're getting those too.
  • Gamergate can't stop being about harassment (2014-10-23 15:22:26)
    Yesterday, actress, gamer, and geek icon Felicia Day wrote a piece called "Crossing the Street," about how the Gamergate campaign had made her hesitant to engage with a culture she loves, knowing that anything she says could provoke a flood of angry, condescending abuse. Any of these things could be true.
  • These guys are out to kill Bigfoot (2014-10-23 15:21:45)
    Gulf Coast residents have reported a huge, hairy hominid stalking their property. Crave's Eric Mack questions the man leading the hunt to kill a Sasquatch to prove the legend is real.>
  • Comcast wins more Internet customers, ad sales up (2014-10-23 15:20:46)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast Corp.'s third-quarter net income jumped 50 percent in the third quarter, helped by a one-time tax settlement, growth in Internet subscribers and fewer defectors from its cable service.
  • You can bring Google’s gorgeous new Material Design to your Android keyboard right now (2014-10-23 14:56:47)
    It’s an exciting time to be an Android user, but the latest update isn’t available for your phone quite yet. In fact, most smartphones won’t be receiving Android 5.0 for at least another few months, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start to experience some of what Material Design has to offer. SwiftKey revealed on Thursday two new Material Design themes for its keyboard app, both of which are available right now. PREVIOUSLY: Fantastic video tells you everything you need to know about Android L’s beautiful new design The Material Dark and Material Light themes, as seen above, were designed “in the spirit of the upcoming Android L keyboard.” Of course, both themes still include a few of the features that make
  • Facebook's anonymous Rooms is a chat app that feels like the old days (2014-10-23 14:54:00)
  • Adguard review (2014-10-23 14:48:38)
    Block pop-ups, banners, video ads, ads in social media like Facebook
  • Facebook goes retro with 'Rooms' chat app (2014-10-23 14:39:34)
    Facebook on Thursday released an application that lets people create virtual "rooms" to chat about whatever they wish using any name they would like. "Rooms" software introduced in the US and Britain for iPhone made its debut as Facebook tries to make peace with people unhappy that real identities are mandated for profiles at the world's leading social network. "One of the things our team loves most about the Internet is its potential to let us be whoever we want to be," said a blog post from Facebook's Creative Labs. "Forums, message boards and chatrooms were meeting places for people who didn't necessarily share geographies or social connections, but had something in common," the Creative Labs message noted.
  • Here’s what you can do with an NFC chip implanted in your hand (2014-10-23 14:10:25)
    Over the past few years, the Internet of Things has become a major topic of conversation in the world of technology. Within the next decade or so, everything in our homes might be connected to the Internet, from our phones and televisions to our kitchen appliances and our smoke detectors. Before too long, we may even connect ourselves to this ever-expanding network, as Robert Nelson recently did. Writing for Connectedly, Nelson explains why he decided to inject an NFC chip into his left hand, and the subsequent effects of latent connectivity. The process of acquiring an injectable NFC chip is surprisingly simple: direct your browser to the Dangerous Things website, pay $99 for a 13.56MHz ISO14443A & NFC Type 2 NTAG216 RFID
  • Apple ponders sapphire options, leaves door open for GT (2014-10-23 14:08:15)
    (Reuters) - Apple Inc said on Thursday it is studying options for sapphire supply and might work again with GT Advanced Technologies Inc if the distressed supplier can reduce production costs for the scratch-resistant material. GT, a former stock market darling and supplier to Apple, filed for bankruptcy on Oct 6 in a stunning turn of events for a company whose fortunes looked bright only a few months ago. Apple said on Thursday that GT's "ambitious" vision of sapphire manufacturing was ultimately not quite ready for primetime. ...
  • NYPD is getting equipped with over 40,000 mobile devices (2014-10-23 14:04:00)
  • OpenSignal LTE report on the Philippines: Slow but consistent speeds (2014-10-23 14:00:03)
    While the country may have got 4G LTE as early as 2011, networks in the Philippines aren't as fast as other Asian countries.>
  • AcdSee 18 review (2014-10-23 13:53:09)
    Organize, edit, and share photos with ease
  • Bluesmart carry-on suitcase can't get lost (2014-10-23 13:51:05)
    GPS tracking and proximity alarms are just two of the tech features stuffed into the Bluesmart smart carry-on suitcase on Indiegogo.>
  • Video: This is the first TV commercial for Apple Pay (2014-10-23 13:49:59)
    Is Apple Pay the future of the payment industry? Is it just an overhyped fad that will eventually vanish from sight like Google Wallet? Early indications certainly seem to suggest that the former may in fact be the case, but we won’t know for certain for quite some time. In the meantime, the early response to Apple’s mobile wallet solution has been tremendous as users continue to enjoy this frictionless mobile payment solution in the few establishments where Apple Pay is currently accepted. Now, as companies begin a campaigns in support of Apple’s payment solution, the first TV commercial featuring Apple Pay has been aired. DON’T MISS: A new iPhone 6 problem arises: Dye from jeans is ruining the iPhone’s plastic strips
  • Facebook tries a different way to chat with Rooms app (2014-10-23 13:48:33)
    The world's largest social network expands its app strategy with a program that lets people chat in groups using pseudonyms.>
  • Ello becomes a public-benefit corporation with mandate to not sell ads (2014-10-23 13:46:47)
    Ello exploded in popularity last month partly on the grounds that it would remain ad-free and never sell users' data, and today it's putting those promises down in legal writing. Ello says that it has converted to a public benefit corporation, with its charter prohibiting it in "the strongest legal terms possible" from making money by selling ads or user data. While Ello doesn't publish the exact language used, the idea is that as a public-benefit corporation it has to serve both investors and non-investors alike — that way, it won't always be thinking about money.
  • TextExpander review (2014-10-23 13:36:19)
    Type faster on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using short abbreviations that expand into long snippetsWith TextExpander touch, you create a
  • U.S. senator asks Internet providers to commit to no 'fast lanes' (2014-10-23 13:33:56)
    By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy on Thursday pressed large Internet providers to pledge that they will not strike deals that may help some websites load faster than others or give similar "fast lanes" to affiliated services. As regulators work on new so-called "net neutrality" rules, Leahy wrote to chiefs of AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, Time Warner Cable Inc and Charter Communications Inc. ...
  • Travelocity apparently saves the best deals for iOS shoppers (2014-10-23 13:32:00)
  • The headphones ad that reminds you how awful headphones can be (2014-10-23 13:27:04)
    JBL amusingly brings back all the times you were tied up by your headphone wires.>
  • Mint review (2014-10-23 13:23:29)
    Mint now brings you the best business news experience on your iPhone Download the application and enjoy our rich and in depth editorial coverage
  • RoboGames bots battle to the death, seek cash for Web series (2014-10-23 13:18:41)
    The "Olympics of robots" is in the midst of a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign to raise $40,000 to help produce an independent, Web-based video series of metal mayhem.>
  • Use Apple Pay, meet famous people, says new ad (2014-10-23 13:10:57)
    Mastercard advertises its association with Apple Pay, releasing a new ad to coincide with the World Series.>
  • BeaTunes for Mac review (2014-10-23 13:05:53)
    Analyze your music collection, fix your metadata, and build playlists
  • One pro photographer’s secret tricks for taking world-class pics with your iPhone 6 (2014-10-23 13:05:00)
    The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have both earned wide praise for the quality of their cameras but they still won’t help you take high-quality pictures if you don’t know how to use them properly. Professional photographer Chris Vultaggio has written up a great list of tips and tricks that every amateur iPhone photographer should know if they want to snap pictures like the pros. FROM EARLIER: The best and most extensive iPhone 6 Plus camera review you’ll ever see First, Vultaggio says you need to take some time to make sure your camera is properly stable before snapping pictures. He says this is easier said than done because rear LCD screens encourage us to snap pictures at arms’ length and thus their pictures
  • Hailo's app now lets you pay for cabs you've flagged on the street (2014-10-23 13:05:00)
  • Ubuntu turns 10 with its latest release (2014-10-23 13:01:00)
  • Facebook tries a different way to chat with new Rooms app (2014-10-23 13:00:03)
    The world's largest social network is expanding its app strategy with a program that helps people chat in groups.>
  • Facebook's new Rooms app brings bite-sized forums to your iPhone (2014-10-23 13:00:01)
    "We’re not trying to build the next Snapchat — we’re trying to build the next Wordpress."
  • Apple says to keep evaluating distressed sapphire company GT Advanced (2014-10-23 12:51:56)
    By Christina Farr SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc said on Thursday it would keep evaluating its former supplier GT Advanced Technologies' progress on developing sapphire production and also consider other options for its plant in Mesa, Arizona. "Apple put a lot of effort into an ambitious new sapphire manufacturing process with GTAT which is not ready for production," Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet said. "We’re going to continue evaluating GTAT's progress on larger sapphire boule development, as well as consider other options for the facility. ...
  • Man accidentally texts probation officer to ask for weed (2014-10-23 12:51:19)
    A Georgia man makes an unfortunate cell phone slip-up that sends him to jail.>
  • 7 awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps that are free right now (save $42!) (2014-10-23 12:40:57)
    The week is almost over but there are still plenty of awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps to be enjoyed for free. Wednesday’s list had eight nifty apps — some of which are still on sale if you hurry — and Thursday brings another seven apps regularly worth a combined $42. For a limited time, however, each and every one of them is completely free to download. DON’T MISS: A new iPhone 6 problem arises: Dye from jeans is ruining the iPhone’s plastic strips 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
  • Google bolsters artificial intelligence efforts, partners with Oxford (2014-10-23 12:40:37)
    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc is expanding its artificial intelligence initiative, hiring more than half a dozen leading academics and experts in the field and announcing a partnership with Oxford University to "accelerate" its efforts. Google will make a "substantial contribution" to establish a research partnership with Oxford's computer science and engineering departments, the company said on Thursday regarding its work to develop the intelligence of machines and software, often to emulate human-like intelligence. ...
  • Huawei touts growth as smartphone shipments rise 26 percent (2014-10-23 12:35:33)
    The company says it was able to double the amount of shipments on the premium side of the market and that it shipped nearly 17 million units worldwide in the third quarter.>
  • Uber brings on-demand flu shots to Boston, NYC and DC for a day (2014-10-23 12:27:00)
  • How Kevin Smith learned to love making movies again (2014-10-23 12:25:02)
    Kevin Smith’s legendary film Clerks hit theaters 20 years ago this month. Shot in black and white with a measly $27,000 budget, the film ended up being a critical success and launched Smith’s filmmaking career. He spent the next decade building a quirky and bizarre film universe that mixed his trademark brand of vulgar humor with surprisingly intense and personal stories; his movies were never box-office smashes, but they were cult hits that built him a loyal and passionate fanbase.
  • Senator wants Whisper to clarify privacy policy after reports of user tracking (2014-10-23 12:24:02)
    Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller is calling for Whisper's CEO to clearly outline his company's privacy policy after The Guardian accused the anonymity-focused social app of quietly monitoring its users in an exposé last week. "I take this matter seriously," wrote Rockefeller in a letter sent to CEO Michael Heyward Wednesday. In a statement provided to The Verge, Whisper said "We share the Senator's interest in protecting consumer privacy and will respond shortly.
  • The Boy Genius Report: iPad Air 2 is as monumental as original iPhone (2014-10-23 12:17:48)
    It’s easy to get excited about Apple products. They get faster, thinner, lighter, smaller, better, more beautiful and more functional. But every so often Apple introduces a pivotal product, one that might be from a brand new product category, or one from an existing product that is just so much better it can’t help but impress. The iPad Air 2 is that product right now. It is better than the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, and I would go as far as to say it’s the best thing Apple has ever made. DON’T MISS: The best and most extensive iPhone 6 Plus camera review you’ll ever see I didn’t understand the original iPad like everyone else at first, but for a funny reason.
  • You can now pay for a Hailo cab without cash even if you hailed on the street (2014-10-23 12:12:05)
    Cab app Hailo has hit the road to take on Uber with new features after quitting the US earlier this month.>
  • It's iPad launch week, but the iPhone still dominates (2014-10-23 12:10:41)
    The new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 are overshadowed by continued demand for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.>
  • Apple eyes 25 more stores in China (2014-10-23 12:10:34)
    CEO Tim Cook says the company plans to open 25 retail stores in China over next two years, according to an interview posted on Chinese web portal>
  • Steve Carell is making a movie with 'Eternal Sunshine' writer Charlie Kaufman (2014-10-23 12:10:02)
    Steve Carell is generating early Oscar buzz for his performance in the upcoming drama Foxcatcher, but now there's exciting news about a project that's further out. Deadline reports that Carell has signed on to star in an adaptation of the 1978 sci-fi novel IQ 83, and surrealist auteur Charlie Kaufman is now re-writing the script. In the book, a plague begins dumbing down humanity, and the hero, Dr. James Healey, leads a team of scientists searching for a cure. The territory sounds strange — Deadline says it'll be Strangelove-esque — but also like the perfect fit for both Carell and Kaufman.
  • Get a 'Lord of the Rings' game bundle for $9.99 (2014-10-23 12:03:59)
    One does not simply buy four games and two DLC packs for a mere 10 dollars. Or does one? (Hint: one does.)>
  • Groupon is trying to turn itself into Yelp (2014-10-23 12:03:23)
    Groupon has been attempting to move beyond the waning group-discount space that it pioneered, and it's now trying to do that by looking a little more like Yelp. This week, Groupon is beginning to roll out millions of individual pages for local businesses, giving them a place to display images, business hours, a phone number, a menu, and various other pieces of information. Visitors to those businesses will also be able to leave comments about them. ...
  • Google announces its first major update for Android Wear (2014-10-23 12:00:11)
    Google on Thursday made a few big announcements pertaining to Android Wear, one of which is the addition of a significant feature many users have been waiting for. Writing on Google’s Android blog, Android Wear product manager Kenny Stoltz revealed that Google’s first major Android Wear update adds support for devices with stand-alone GPS, meaning that Wear smartwatches finally become useful in a variety of situations without the need to tether them to a smartphone. Along the same vein, Android Wear will now be able to store music locally on supported devices so that users can connect a Bluetooth headset and listen to songs without a connected smartphone. DON’T MISS: A new iPhone 6 problem arises: Dye from jeans is ruining the iPhone’s plastic strips
  • Android Wear gets GPS support, offline music in first major update (2014-10-23 12:00:03)
    Google promised that it would consistently improve Android Wear with a number of updates, and now the first major update is here. The Sony SmartWatch 3 is the first Android Wear watch with a dedicated GPS sensor, and it is available for preorder today from Verizon Wireless, with Google Play availability soon. Google says that today's updates will be pushed to the other Android Wear devices already available (Samsung's Gear Live, LG's G Watch, and Motorola's Moto 360) in the near future.
  • Microsoft to kill its free Xbox Music streaming service (2014-10-23 11:45:03)
    The free service will be retired on December 1 as Microsoft decides to focus on its subscription plan alone.>
  • Watch these videos to learn about every Android 5.0 Lollipop trick you never knew existed (2014-10-23 11:37:56)
    At this point, we’ve already talked about the major features that Google added to Android with its new Lollipop release — the new Material Design user interface, the battery-saving features that have been added thanks to Project Volta and actionable notifications that appear on your lock screen. However, Droid Life has spent the last week searching out some of the lesser known new features that Google has added to its mobile platform and has posted a terrific series of videos showing off some great Android 5.0 Lollipop tricks you’ve probably never heard of.  RELATED: Check out all of Android 5.0 Lollipop’s best animations in these terrific GIFs In the video below, for example, we get a demonstration of a new
  • Let's look at each game console's line-up of exclusives for holiday 2014 (2014-10-23 11:31:00)
  • Google plans to make a component store for its modular phone (2014-10-23 11:01:00)
  • This hidden iOS 8 trick will add a great dimming effect to your iPhone’s screen (2014-10-23 10:55:22)
    Like every other smartphone on the planet, the auto-brightness feature on Apple’s iPhone models including the iPhone 6 never works quite the way people want it too. The bright settings are too bright and the dim settings are too dim, so despite the obvious benefits to battery life, many users disable auto-brightness in their iPhone’s display settings. This means that any time a user wants to adjust the screen brightness on his or her phone, a trip into the Settings app or a swipe up to open Control Center is needed. But there’s a cool hidden trick that will make it fast and easy to instantly dim your screen anytime you want. FROM EARLIER: A new iPhone 6 problem arises: Dye from jeans is ruining
  • Finally! The phone-charging cable you've been waiting for (2014-10-23 10:49:13)
    From the category of "what took so long" comes the Night Cable -- a 10-foot-long cord that just might end cable frustration forever.>
  • Press record for new iPads, Nexuses and a Spotify tape player in CNET UK podcast 408 (2014-10-23 10:39:34)
    Grab a blank tape for a new podcast featuring the new iPads, Google Nexus 6 and 9, and a Spotify-powered cassette player.>
  • ESPN investigates the historic Kasparov vs. IBM chess games (2014-10-23 10:33:00)
  • This might just be the most amazing thing about the iPad Air 2 (2014-10-23 10:30:13)
    The iPad Air 2 is officially available in stores, so it’s not really surprising to see the guys over at iFixit publish their official iPad Air 2 teardown. The slimmer-than-ever iPad Air 2 can be easily torn apart if you’ve got the right tools, but it’s not easy to repair, receiving a 2 out of 10 repaiarability score from the teardown experts. However, iFixit did manage to shed more light on the internal components of the iPad Air 2, many of which have been detailed in previous leaks and reports. In the process, however, the publication made some interesting discoveries. FROM EARLIER: iPad Air 2 and Retina iMac reviews are in: See how Apple’s best tablet and desktop performed in
  • Check Point third-quarter profit beats estimates, raises 2014 forecast (2014-10-23 10:19:28)
    By Tova Cohen TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Network security provider Check Point Software Technologies reported quarterly profit that topped expectations and raised its full-year forecast on strong demand for its threat prevention and other software subscriptions. Check Point earned 93 cents a share excluding one-time items in the third quarter, up from 85 cents a year earlier. Revenue grew 8 percent to $370.4 million, the Israeli-based company said on Thursday. ...
  • Keanu Reeves has definitely seen a ghost before (2014-10-23 10:14:02)
    Autonomous meme-generation beacon Keanu Reeves was on Jimmy Kimmel last night, promoting his latest movie, John Wick. In the middle of the standard interview questions — what was Keanu's favorite movie to work on? (The Matrix) — Kimmel threw out the question I hope we'd all ask: Has Keanu Reeves ever seen a ghost?
  • Netflix series 'Bloodline' starring Kyle Chandler will premiere in March (2014-10-23 10:10:53)
    Netflix has announced that its original series Bloodline will premiere in March. Bloodline stars Kyle Chandler of Friday Night Lights fame along with Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises), Linda Cardellini (Mad Men, Freaks and Geeks), Sam Shepard (The Right Stuff), and Sissy Spacek, among others. Created and executive produced by Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler — the trio behind FX's Damages — Bloodline "centers on a close-knit family of four adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home."
  • The best and most extensive iPhone 6 Plus camera review you’ll ever see (2014-10-23 10:05:45)
    We have seen a number of photography experts and professional photographers review the camera on Apple’s new iPhone 6 Plus phablet. Apple’s iPhones are widely known for being among the best in the business when it comes to smartphone camera quality, and the optics on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the best Apple has ever used. Since only the 6 Plus includes optical image stabilization (OIS), this is the handset photographers typically focus on when reviewing Apple’s latest handsets. Reviews up to this point have been great. We have seen a number of respected photography experts review the iPhone 6 Plus camera and sing it praise, and we’ve even seen some photo samples that are so incredible it’s
  • Can we build a better brain? (2014-10-23 10:01:37)
    Neural implants are already common in medicine. But can they be used to make physical changes to the brain itself?
  • The Big Future: Can we build a better brain? (2014-10-23 10:00:38)
    How will the future change the human brain? This week's Big Future takes a look at a new wave of neurological techniques that directly alter the brain's electrical patterns, correcting seizures and movement disorders. Some doctors are even experimenting with using it to treat depression. Could the same technology be used to correct more fundamental mental properties like attention span? We're still early in the research, but there are already plenty of projects aiming to give human beings greater control over the inner workings of the brain.
  • With Inbox, Google dares to be different (2014-10-23 09:59:38)
    The bold new interface to Gmail likely will confuse and alienate a lot of people. But somebody needs to give us a better way to handle email overload.>
  • Foxconn eyes China display plant for $5.7 billion -- report (2014-10-23 09:58:49)
    If Foxconn makes the investment, it would be the largest in the company's history, but so far, talks are only in their preliminary stages.>
  • Bay Area tech company caught paying imported workers $1.21 per hour (2014-10-23 09:53:00)
  • GrubHub revenue jumps as more customers order food online (2014-10-23 09:46:52)
    (Reuters) - GrubHub Inc reported a more than five-fold jump in quarterly profit as more consumers used the online food-order-and-delivery company to order meals. The company's shares rose as much as 6 percent to $39.50 in early trading on Thursday. GrubHub, which delivers everything from expensive steaks to bento boxes, receives a commission from restaurants on orders booked through its website and mobile application. Online food delivery companies have been benefiting as more people use smartphones and other devices to order online. ...
  • LG to donate 2,000 smartphones to UN's Ebola effort (2014-10-23 09:46:49)
    The phones will go to healthcare workers and other people sent by the United Nations to combat the deadly disease in West Africa.>
  • Apple Pay Double Charge Snafu: Fix Coming (2014-10-23 09:43:14)
    If you've used Apple Pay in its debut week, you might have been double charged for that McDonald's double cheeseburger. CNN Tech reporter Samuel Burke experienced the issue himself, claiming that he was billed twice for every Apple Pay purchase he made with his Bank of America card via Apple Pay. Multiple Twitter users reported the same problem, and most complaints are coming from folks with Bank of America cards. 
  • Christian Bale's Batman is the Steve Jobs performance we've been waiting for (2014-10-23 09:43:12)
    For all his brilliance, Steve Jobs was a notoriously intense man — some would say even a huge jerk. He reportedly bullied and belittled others when they failed to meet his high standards. He went beyond the reach of the law in order to achieve his own goals, believing, according to one person, that "normal rules didn't apply to him." He created a ubiquitous system capable of tracking people across an entire city. ...
  • Here are the latest awesome features Google added to Google Now (2014-10-23 09:40:11)
    Google has quietly added a couple of new cards to its Google Now arsenal, with Reddit users having already spotted a special police activity card as well as a card that provides solar eclipse information. FROM EARLIER: Here are the best times to watch tomorrow’s partial solar eclipse The police activity card will inform users about any criminal activity taking place around them by integrating alerts from Nixle, a service that offers notification services for local police departments and other agencies. While criminal activity is not necessarily something you’d want to keep track of, it’s still an interesting new addition to Google’s smart virtual assistant and it could end up keeping you out of harm’s way. Beyond that, the solar eclipse information Google
  • Sky to release five limited edition Now TV boxes next month (2014-10-23 09:35:00)
  • Movie laser guns have nothing on the real thing (2014-10-23 09:20:00)
  • Get a Lord of the Rings game bundle for $9.99 (2014-10-23 09:17:38)
    One does not simply buy four games and two DLC packs for a mere 10 dollars. Or does one? (Hint: one does.)>
  • Leaked photos show the incredible new Droid Turbo for the first time (2014-10-23 09:15:11)
    Yes, we already know just about all there is to know about Motorola’s upcoming new Droid Turbo smartphone, which will be unveiled next week by Verizon Wireless. Everything we know has leaked quite recently though, so some might consider the Droid Turbo to be the most surprising smartphone of the year. After all, no one expected one of the most sleek and powerful flagship smartphones of 2014 to come from Motorola, a company that recently turned its focus away from bleeding-edge tech and more toward customization and user experiences. Now, the world has seemingly been given its first glimpse of an actual Motorola Droid Turbo smartphone powered on and in use. DON’T MISS: Moto X review: Say hello to the best Android phone in
  • GT Advanced settles with Apple, to exit sapphire production (2014-10-23 09:04:20)
    (Reuters) - GT Advanced Technologies Inc said it reached an agreement with Apple Inc under which it will stop making sapphire materials and focus on supplying equipment to make sapphire crystals. GT said it would be released from all exclusivity obligations with Apple and a mechanism would be provided for the iPhone maker to recover its $439 million pre-payment to the company, without interest. GT, a former supplier to Apple, filed for bankruptcy on Oct 6 in a stunning turn of events for a company whose fortunes looked bright only a few months ago. ...
  • Google, Oxford University team up on artificial intelligence (2014-10-23 09:02:22)
    The company and venerable university will work together to advance the field of machine learning.>
  • Sony Xperia Z3v review (2014-10-23 09:00:02)
    Sony has a rough time selling phones in the US. While it has managed to become one of the few Android makers to turn a profit on the backs of its global sales, Sony’s presence in the US has been crippled by delayed launches and carrier exclusives. If you’ve wanted to purchase a flagship Sony smartphone, such as the Z1 or Z2, you were forced to either be a T-Mobile customer, or pay full retail price for an unlocked device six months after it was readily available in other markets. (And if you wanted a Z1 Compact, your choices were even worse.)
  • Tumblr is making videos a lot more like GIFs (2014-10-23 09:00:02)
    Tumblr may be known for moving images, but by and large that's been the GIF — not videos. Tumblr is today trying to address that, changing what it's like to watch videos in its mobile apps and on the desktop. On mobile, Tumblr is actually making videos seem a lot like GIFs: they'll automatically start playing when you're on Wi-Fi, they'll be muted by default, and they'll loop endlessly. Tumblr also says that videos are converted to smaller sizes so that they'll start playing quickly, adding in to the impression that it shouldn't matter what format you're actually seeing.
  • Marvel teases next Avengers movie in new trailer (2014-10-23 08:56:57)
    Get a glimpse at the upcoming movie's robotic villain, Ultron, as he threatens humanity and challenges earth's mightiest heroes.>
  • Video: Nike CEO hints that Apple and Nike are working ‘stealth’ new wearable gadgets (2014-10-23 08:50:19)
    Nike and Apple have a long history together, so as the worlds of fitness and technology continue to collide, it stands to reason that these two giants of their respective industries would come together once again. Of course when Nike discontinued its fitness band recently, rumors swirled suggesting that the company would move away from hardware as a new partnership with Apple was formed. Now, according to some not-so-subtle hints in a recent interview, Nike CEO Mark Parker indicated that there are indeed some exciting things to come from Apple and Nike. DON’T MISS: A new iPhone 6 problem arises: Dye from jeans is ruining the iPhone’s plastic strips In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Parker spoke for a good amount
  • CERN hopes you know what these things are, cause it has no idea (2014-10-23 08:40:00)
  • This insane, gruesome sculpture brings 'Doom' to life (2014-10-23 08:34:44)
    Jason Hite has been in love with Doom since 1993. And in 2004 he decided to create a tribute in the best way he knows how: a wonderfully dark and disturbing sculpture.
  • Christian Bale confirmed to play Steve Jobs in Sorkin biopic (2014-10-23 08:25:30)
    Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has confirmed the "Dark Knight" actor will go from Gotham to Silicon Valley in a new biopic of the Apple co-founder.>
  • Canada's Rogers says profit falls 28 percent, eyes rebound (2014-10-23 08:20:49)
    By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian telecom and media company Rogers Communications Inc posted a 28 percent decline in third-quarter net income on Thursday, but reaffirmed its profit targets for the year as it heralded the end of a corporate shuffle. Rogers, the country's largest provider of cellular service, added just 17,000 net wireless subscribers on contracts, who typically spend more per month and are less likely to switch providers than those who pay for service upfront. That was a sharp drop from the 64,000 added a year ago. ...
  • Apple figured out what it needs to do to increase iPhone 6 Plus supply (2014-10-23 08:15:36)
    After claiming in many reports that Apple was trying to increase iPhone 6 Plus production to meet huge demand in China and other markets, Digitimes is back with a new report that explains what Apple plans to do to actually increase iPhone phablet supply. FROM EARLIER: You might not be able to find an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus in stores this Christmas According to the Taiwan-based publication, the iPhone maker is apparently considering raising payments to Foxconn Electronics by as much as 20% to 25% in an effort to accelerate iPhone 6 Plus “mass production efficiency for the device.” Foxconn is currently making $20 per iPhone 6 Plus unit, according to estimates, but the fee could increase to $24-$25 per unit, assuming
  • Cassette deck hacked to play and control Spotify music (2014-10-23 08:10:02)
    The $35 Raspberry Pi is the low-end computing system that launched a thousand projects, including a beet-powered Beetbox and this Spotify-compatible cassette player. CNET writes that Matt Brailsford's nostalgic masterpiece was inspired by the iRecorder, which is an iPhone speaker shaped like the old-fashioned tape machine.
  • Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth: The Joystiq Review (2014-10-23 08:01:00)
  • 'Civilization: Beyond Earth' takes the strategy series out of the stratosphere (2014-10-23 08:00:02)
    This is how humanity ends. We've fought our way out of caves and from shorelines, built cities, built rockets, finally slipped the surly bonds of Earth. We've made it to a new planet and conquered it, we've tamed the wildlife — worms and krakens and monsters — and we've come to a new plane. A new plane of understanding, a new plane of being, a new plane of existence itself. Our minds have been opened. We have transcended our humanity. We step into the light, and we see four words that congratulate us on our new consciouness.
  • Fly, you fools! 'Hobbit' stars take off in epic airline safety video (2014-10-23 07:46:47)
    Elijah Wood, Sylvester McCoy and Peter Jackson are the fellowship of the wing in Air New Zealand's "Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made".>
  • Google offers peek into Bhutan with Street View launch (2014-10-23 07:46:43)
    Google provided a sneak peek into Bhutan Thursday by unveiling a Street View project for the remote Himalayan kingdom, featuring panoramic views of its majestic mountains, monasteries and crystal-clear rivers. "Most governments love Street View because it promotes tourism -- they are drawn to its commercial benefits," Google's Divon Lan, one of the Street View managers, told AFP on Thursday as the project was launched.
  • Man turns iPad into tactile interface for whatever he wants (2014-10-23 07:40:02)
    Florian Born's Modulares Interface B.A turns the iPad touchscreen into a modular mosaic of physical buttons, sliders, and knobs. The core idea behind the project is to find a solution for the lack of haptic feedback in multi-touch devices, such as Apple's famous tablets. The iPad itself is inserted into a frame made out of aluminium and plastic, which contains embedded magnets to help position the controllers with more precision.
  • Rogers Communications profit falls 28 percent (2014-10-23 07:33:09)
    TORONTO (Reuters) - Rogers Communications Inc posted a 28 percent decline in third-quarter net income on Thursday, but reaffirmed its profit targets for the year as it heralded the end of a corporate shuffle. The Toronto-based company said it had net income of C$332 million ($295 million), or 64 Canadian cents a share, in the three months to Sept. 30, compared with C$464 million, or 90 cents a share, a year ago. Its revenue was up slightly at C$3.25 billion. (1 US dollar = 1.1244 Canadian dollar) (Reporting by Alastair Sharp Editing by W Simon)
  • Some Xbox One users can already add custom backgrounds to the console (2014-10-23 07:31:00)
  • Nike is working with Apple to expand the digital frontier of wearables (2014-10-23 07:30:03)
    Although Nike seemingly abandoned future FuelBand hardware, the company is working closely with Apple to advance wearables overall. In an interview with Bloomberg News, Nike CEO Mark Parker says he is "bullish" on the company’s relationship with Apple. "As I look ahead at what's possible with Nike and Apple...technologically we can do things together that we couldn't do independently," explains Parker.
  • Mac evolution: From Mac to 5K Retina iMac in a single image (2014-10-23 07:30:01)
    Apple’s most recent OS X desktop, the 27-inch iMac with Retina display is already available for purchase and has been praised in many reviews so far for its amazing display, even though most regular users might not find any actual use for a 5,120 x 2,880 screen just yet. However, to further show how much the Mac evolved in its 30 years, Kent Akgungor posted two overlapping images on Things of Interest that show the original Mac’s display resolution on top of the current Retina iMac’s screen resolution. FROM EARLIER: iPad Air 2 and Retina iMac reviews are in: See how Apple’s best tablet and desktop performed in real tests The original Apple Macintosh shipped with a black and white 512 x 342-pixel
  • Christian Bale to play Steve Jobs in upcoming biopic (2014-10-23 07:18:49)
    Christian Bale will star as late Apple CEO Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic from director Danny Boyle. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin confirmed the decision in an upcoming interview with Bloomberg Television today, adding that the Oscar-winning actor didn't even have to audition for the role.
  • Google is partnering with Oxford University to improve its A.I. (2014-10-23 07:00:00)
  • Watch an episode of 'MST3k,' with or without the jokes explained (2014-10-23 06:46:00)
  • 5 Secrets to Building a Successful Mobile Application (2014-10-23 06:44:38)
    The mobile industry will forever change how we consume information around the World, unsurprisingly - we will probably experience similar changes to local communities, neighborhoods. I just read an article that says that the mobile gaming industry will soon overtake console gaming market, I wonder what those investors are starting to feel...
  • Inbox, the new smart email app from Google (2014-10-23 06:38:32)
    Available for desktop and mobile devices, the new Google app is designed to reimagine the way emails are managed, in particular by scheduling reminders for specific tasks and bringing in useful up-to-date additional information from the web. Inbox is currently available only by invitation.
  • Amazon's £79 Fire TV set-top box now available in the UK (2014-10-23 06:35:00)
  • Russia's Yandex brightens 2014 revenue outlook (2014-10-23 06:19:25)
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's biggest search engine Yandex said on Thursday it expected revenues to rise by 27 to 30 percent this year, compared to its previous forecast for 25-30 percent growth. The company's third-quarter revenues increased 28 percent, year-on-year, to 13.1 billion roubles ($314.5 million), it said in a statement. Net profit came in at 4.4 billion roubles, including a 1.4 billion rouble net foreign exchange gain. That was down 12 percent from a year ago when Yandex recognized a 2 billion rouble gain after the sale of a 75 percent stake in Yandex.Money to Sberbank . ...
  • Huawei says third-quarter smartphone shipments jump 26 percent, strong demand for high-end devices (2014-10-23 06:08:44)
    By Yimou Lee HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd said third-quarter smartphone shipments jumped 26 percent year-on-year, doubling devices shipped to the high-margin premium market dominated by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc. Shenzhen-based Huawei, the world's third-biggest smartphone supplier after the dominant pair, shipped 16.8 million smartphones globally in the quarter ended Sept. 30, according to company data. About a quarter of those were mid- to high-end models, more than twice as many as the same period last year. ...
  • Google Now wants to help protect your eyes from eclipses (2014-10-23 05:54:00)
  • Hungary needs cash, so it wants to tax internet traffic (2014-10-23 04:53:00)
  • Twitter looks to weave into more mobile apps (2014-10-23 04:43:13)
    Twitter on Wednesday set out to weave itself into mobile applications with a free "Fabric" platform to help developers build better programs and make more money.
  • French mobile market needs mergers, but we won't lead: Orange (2014-10-23 04:39:44)
    PARIS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - French telecoms operator Orange SA still believes the mobile market needs consolidation, but an executive said on Thursday his company is not prepared to kick-off such a move, three months after it dropped a bid for rival Bouygues SA. Chief Financial Officer Ramon Fernandez said Orange was open to discussions on possible combinations with other companies in its home market, but for now it was prepared to wait for others to make the first move. ...
  • Huawei says third-quarter smartphone shipments jump 26 percent (2014-10-23 04:14:01)
    HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd said third-quarter smartphone shipments jumped 26 percent on year with a doubling of shipments in the high-margin premium market dominated by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc. Shenzhen-based Huawei shipped 16.8 million smartphones globally in the quarter ended Sept. 30, according to company data. About a quarter of those shipments were mid- to high-end models, more than twice as many as the same period last year. (Reporting by Yimou Lee; Editing by Ryan Woo)
  • Apple computer sells for record $905K in NY: Bonhams (2014-10-23 04:10:28)
    One of the first Apple computers ever built sold in New York on Wednesday for $905,000, leading Bonhams auction house to declare it the world's most expensive computer relic.
  • Windows 10 has new ways to protect you against internet data breaches (2014-10-23 03:54:00)
  • Watch the world's rhythms compared with the aid of simple circles (2014-10-23 03:38:31)
    Pizza, good movies, and great music are just some of the things that make the world go round. Over at TED-Ed, John Varney explains how rhythm can literally be perceived as a circular concept, as opposed to the traditional left-to-right format we're accustomed to. The five-minute animation beautifully describes what Varney calls the "wheel method" of tracing rhythm, while showing the relationships between musical forms across the world. It's a surprisingly easy watch, even for those who lack background in the subject matter.
  • Nokia turnaround since handset unit sale continues (2014-10-23 03:27:54)
    HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia appears to have turned around its fortunes after the sale of its ailing cellphone unit to Microsoft, reporting a third-quarter net profit of 747 million euros ($950 million), from a loss of 91 million euros a year earlier. Sales grew 13 percent.
  • Apple CEO says to add 25 stores in China within two years: Sina (2014-10-23 03:20:51)
    BEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook said the company is planning to open 25 retail stores in China within the next two years, according to a Chinese transcript of an interview posted by web portal Apple presently has 15 outlets in the country, Cook said. The Apple chief executive is on a visit to China, where he has visited Apple facilities and met Vice Premier Ma Kai. (Reporting by Matthew Miller; Editing by Stephen Coates)
  • Bang and Olufsen have made a portable Bluetooth speaker, no, we're not kidding (2014-10-23 03:00:00)
  • 'SimCity BuildIt' lets Canadians play urban planner before anyone else (2014-10-23 02:18:00)
  • Zuckerberg speaks Chinese, Beijing students cheer (2014-10-23 01:44:14)
    BEIJING (AP) — China may ban Facebook, but not its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, and he entertained an audience of students in Beijing with a 30-minute chat in his recently learned Mandarin Chinese.
  • Kenny G frantically disassociates himself from Hong Kong demonstrators (2014-10-23 01:39:55)
    When famous saxophonist Kenny G tweeted a selfie from a Hong Kong protest site, he probably wasn't expecting to be rebuked by the Chinese government. The musician has since made it extremely clear that he is in no way supporting the demonstrators in Hong Kong, and that his appearance at a protest site was purely coincidental. Some fans took my picture. — Kenny G (@officialkennyg) October 22, 2014
  • Yahoo's mail app has notifications for flights and events too (2014-10-23 01:37:00)
  • ​Zuckerberg delights audience in Beijing with Mandarin prowess (2014-10-23 01:27:42)
    The Facebook founder and CEO speaks for 30 minutes in Mandarin at a question and answer session and talks about his company's plans to engage its largest untapped market.>
  • Hybrid Play clips turn playground toys into videogame controllers (2014-10-23 00:58:00)
  • Ford's next cars will brake by themselves to avoid collisions (2014-10-23 00:01:00)
  • China's Xiaomi shifts some smartphone user data out of Beijing on privacy concerns (2014-10-22 23:41:52)
    By Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - Fast-growing Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc said on Thursday it is migrating some data on non-Chinese customers away from its servers in Beijing due to performance and privacy considerations. Data belonging to the privately owned company's non-Chinese users will be moved in several phases to Amazon Inc servers in the United States and data centers in Singapore, Xiaomi vice president Hugo Barra said in a Wednesday blog post on Google Plus. ...
  • Microsoft is ending free Xbox Music streaming (2014-10-22 23:17:34)
    Microsoft is closing its free Xbox Music streaming service effective December 1st. The company will continue to offer music streaming through its Xbox Music service, but users will need to purchase an Xbox Music Pass to do so, at a monthly price of $9.99. The company doesn't specify why it's removing the free, ad-supported streaming option, but says it's "focusing Xbox Music to deliver the ultimate music purchase and subscription service experience for our customers." Microsoft has updated Xbox Music a number of times since launch, producing versions for its newest Xbox One console and latest Windows Phone operating systems, but it still lags behind competitors such as Spotify in terms of social features.
  • Sonos sues Denon for allegedly copying its wireless speaker tech (2014-10-22 23:12:00)
  • Apple dumps SSL 3.0 for push notifications due to POODLE flaw (2014-10-22 23:09:58)
    Apple to switch to the TLS encryption standard after disclosure of vulnerability that could expose encrypted data.>
  • Microsoft is suddenly releasing some of the year’s coolest Android apps (2014-10-22 22:30:57)
    Microsoft is no longer all about “Windows, Windows, Windows!” as ex-CEO Steve Ballmer used to say. Instead, the company is willing to create applications and programs for any platform and recently it’s been releasing some very cool new applications for Android. Droid Life spotlights three particularly sweet apps that just came out of the Microsoft Garage project that definitely look worthy of Android fans’ time — and one of them even pulls off the incredible feat of making Bing more relevant. RELATED: The best Android Wear app we’ve seen was just released by… Microsoft? The coolest app is called Torque and it’s been designed to work with Android Wear watches. What makes this app great is that it takes away the
  • Hear the space age unfold on NASA's historic SoundCloud account (2014-10-22 22:29:00)
  • Target offers free holiday shipping, wish lists for the first time (2014-10-22 22:05:38)
    The increasing reach of Amazon has brick-and-mortar retailers changing their game plans. The latest is Target, who for the first time is offering free shipping.>
  • Uber drivers kick off 'Global Day of Protest' (2014-10-22 21:50:08)
    The ride-sharing app's drivers in the US and London are complaining about fee hikes, fare cuts and the lack of a tip option.>
  • See what makes the iPad Air 2 so skinny (2014-10-22 21:43:00)
  • NASA's new Soundcloud album: Listen to the exploration of space (2014-10-22 21:33:11)
    NASA has created an album of sounds on Soundcloud, including rocket launches, recordings from space shuttle missions and even a song about water on the moon.>
  • Star Apps: The Madden Brothers (2014-10-22 21:23:50)
    Good Charlotte founders and brothers Benji and Joel Madden return to their pop-rock roots on "Greetings From California."
  • Tickets for Sony's PlayStation gaming show go on sale Friday (2014-10-22 21:04:00)
  • iPad Air 2 has a smaller battery, iFixit finds (2014-10-22 20:59:58)
    The one new feature you didn't expect from Apple's iPad Air 2? iFixit says the new device has a battery that's 15 percent smaller, yet Apple claims it still gets the same battery life.>
  • Early Apple computer sells for $905,000 at auction (2014-10-22 20:54:56)
    NEW YORK (AP) — A vintage Apple computer that was one of only 50 made in Steve Jobs' garage in 1976 sold for $905,000 at auction on Wednesday, far exceeding pre-sale estimates and outdoing a previous high price of more than $671,000 paid in Germany last year.
  • Video: Samsung shows how the Galaxy Note 4 will bring out your inner Picasso (2014-10-22 20:15:05)
    On Tuesday, Samsung released new ads that show how its new Galaxy Note 4 smartphone can be a tool for real-life artists everywhere. MORE GALAXY NOTE 4: iPhone 6 Plus vs. Galaxy Note 4: The ultimate camera shootout Jon Burgerman, an English-born illustrator, is seen drawing a beautiful mural on a window before it transitions to him doing so on his Galaxy Note 4 using the device’s S Pen. In the second video, Janine Rewell, an illustrator from Finland, does the same thing. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 includes an S Pen that can be used for drawing, writing notes notes, or selecting content from the screen. Both videos also show off the Galaxy Note 4’s Multi Window and drawing features. You can
  • Xbox Music ditches free desktop streaming on December 1st (2014-10-22 20:12:00)
  • Magic Johnson ready to assist tech in diversity (2014-10-22 20:10:24)
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Retired Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson became famous for dishing out assists to his teammates during his Hall of Fame basketball career. Now, as an entrepreneur focused on minority markets, he says he is ready to help Silicon Valley hire more blacks and Latinos to diversify the technology industry's largely white and Asian workforce.
  • Early Apple computer sells for $905K at auction (2014-10-22 20:09:14)
    NEW YORK (AP) — A vintage Apple computer that was one of only 50 made in Steve Jobs' garage in 1976 has sold for $905,000 at auction in New York City.
  • Tablets, cars drive AT&T wireless gains_not phones (2014-10-22 19:58:17)
    NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T said it gained 2 million wireless subscribers in the latest quarter, but most were from cheaper non-phone services such as tablets and Internet-connected cars. The nation's second-largest wireless carrier is facing pricing pressure from smaller rivals T-Mobile and Sprint in a competitive environment in which most Americans already have a cellphone.
  • Check out these great music streaming apps for Windows Phone (2014-10-22 19:47:12)
    Many of the best music streaming for mobile devices are also available on Windows Phone. Here are some of my favorites.>
  • Xiaomi is moving some of its users' data out of China (2014-10-22 19:43:00)
  • Congress not likely to force iOS and Android decryption for the FBI (2014-10-22 19:30:44)
    Apple has more than once reminded customers it values their security and privacy and has been reassuring them that they won’t become the company’s “product” and that their data will be safely encrypted. Similarly, Google also said it will encrypt Android devices by default. Since then, the FBI and others have complained that Apple and Google will be basically helping bad guys get away with bad things thanks to encrypted devices. FROM EARLIER: The FBI ratchets up its scare campaign over smartphone encryption But, as Motherboard reports, Congress isn’t likely to order these companies to decrypt their phones for FBI or other governmental agencies. “To FBI Director Comey and the Admin on criticisms of legitimate businesses using encryption: you reap what you
  • AT&T revenue misses forecasts as more customers bring own phones (2014-10-22 19:28:44)
    By Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T Inc on Wednesday reported a rise in quarterly revenue, but the increase was less than Wall Street expected as a wave of subscribers plugged into the network using pre-purchased devices. The company cut its outlook for consolidated revenue growth for 2014 to 3-4 percent from 5 percent. AT&T's option allowing customers to bring their own devices has become popular this year, and analysts have worried the program may lead to less customer loyalty and a glut of phones in the market. ...
  • It costs $50 to plug an Xbox One Kinect into your PC (2014-10-22 19:11:00)
  • Tomorrow Daily 073: Robot actors, the return of LED 'stickman baby,' and more (2014-10-22 19:00:27)
    On today's show, we check out a gadget for your shoe that might help you escape a bad date, this year's updates to the "stickman baby" Halloween costume, and a robot actor in a Kafka-inspired performance.>
  • AT&T revenue lower than expected as customers bring in their own phones (2014-10-22 18:54:20)
    By Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T Inc said on Wednesday its quarterly revenue rose but by less than Wall Street anticipated as a wave of subscribers plugged into the network using pre-purchased devices. The company cut its full-year consolidated revenue growth outlook for 2014 to 3-4 percent from 5 percent. AT&T said 400,000 subscribers brought their own devices when signing up for service this quarter, instead of purchasing one at an AT&T store. ...
  • First 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer leaks briefly online before being pulled down (2014-10-22 18:49:25)
    Marvel planned to debut the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer during Agents of SHIELD next Tuesday, but apparently that plan isn't working out. What appears to be the entire trailer has now leaked online, albeit in fairly poor quality. The trailer shows the full team in action and includes a look at the Hulkbuster armor, a super strange version of "I've Got No Strings," and, of course, Ultron, as voiced by James Spader in what sounds like a wonderfully creepy performance. ...
  • Marvel releases first 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer after it leaks online (2014-10-22 18:49:25)
    Marvel planned to debut the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer during Agents of SHIELD next Tuesday, but apparently that plan didn't work out. Shortly after a poor quality version of the entire trailer leaked online, Marvel decided to publish an official teaser trailer on YouTube. The two-minute video shows the full team in action and includes a look at the Hulkbuster armor, a super strange version of "I've Got No Strings," and, of course, Ultron, as voiced by James Spader in what sounds like a wonderfully creepy performance. The film is headed into theaters on May 1st, 2015 in the US.
  • Unity appoints former Electronic Arts chief Riccitiello as new CEO (2014-10-22 18:48:31)
    John Riccitiello, who helmed publisher and game maker EA, now leads the fast-growing company behind multi-platform gaming software.>
  • I hate myself for loving the Hemingwrite high-tech typewriter (2014-10-22 18:45:24)
    The Hemingwrite — described as an "over-engineered typewriter for the 21st century" — should bother me. It's not just the shots fired at "tiresome and outdated" typewriters. As its website readily admits, the Hemingwrite is a modern-day word processor.
  • Microsoft Android Wear app lets you search Bing by twisting your wrist (2014-10-22 18:40:00)
  • The top 20 US cities for tech startup funding (2014-10-22 18:30:02)
    When you think of tech startups, you probably think Northern California. Companies there receive the largest share of funding from venture capitalists, but there are several other notable pockets around the country.
  • Not even the Statue of Liberty is safe from brands (2014-10-22 18:07:12)
    In the early 1900s, the Statue of Liberty changed from a dull copper hue to the green tint we know today, because by then green was in style and dull copper was basically passé (also because of oxidation). At 8AM this Halloween, the Statue of Liberty is getting outfitted with designer bow ties in the name of fashion. ... Or so #brands would like you to believe — specifically Joe Boxer founder Nick Graham, who's decided to use helicopters to fly 60-foot wide, 35-pound bow ties in front of lady liberty in celebration of the launch of his new brand, "Nick Graham."
  • AT&T's focus on connected cars is beginning to pay off (2014-10-22 18:04:00)
  • Apple defeats GPNE's $94M patent-infringement claim (2014-10-22 17:58:33)
    A San Jose jury rules against the nonpracticing entity, which had accused Apple of infringing its mobile device technology.>
  • Vintage Apple computer built by Woz sells for whopping $750,000 (2014-10-22 17:57:10)
    One of the 50 original Apple-1 computers built by Steve Wozniak himself sold for a whopping $750,000 at an auction Wednesday.>
  • BofA to refund Apple Pay customers charged twice (2014-10-22 17:52:15)
    SAN JOSE, CALIF. (AP) — Bank of America apologized Wednesday for a double-billing glitch that affected some customers who made purchases with Apple Pay, the new mobile payments service that Apple launched this week.
  • That iPad Air 2 can be yours -- today, even (2014-10-22 17:51:52)
    Apple simply said the tablet would launch later this week, but it actually will be available as soon as stores receive their supply over the coming days. All stores in Manhattan already have the WiFi models of the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3.>
  • Camera made from one tiny Lego brick actually works (2014-10-22 17:48:16)
    A simple hack turns an itsy-bitsy Lego brick into a working pinhole camera that turns out photos minifigs can enjoy.>
  • Sonos sues Denon for 'copying' its wireless products (2014-10-22 17:46:45)
    ​Sonos has announced it is suing competitor Denon as it says the company's HEOS products are too similar to Sonos' own and infringe on at least four of its patents.>
  • Rhapsody revives CEO position, hires mobile vet as interim chief (2014-10-22 17:45:20)
    The streaming-music forefather, often overshadowed by flashier rivals like Spotify or Apple's Beats Music, says growth is gangbusters enough to revive the position of CEO after a four-year absence.>
  • Cyberbullying, Online Abuse or Political Scandal: 41-Year-Old Monica Lewinsky Ought to Know the Difference (2014-10-22 17:40:27)
    This past Monday, Monica Lewinsky took center stage at the Forbes Under 30 Summit to speak to Millennials who were at most 14 years old when she made global headlines. She told them that she was the first to have her reputation ruined on the Internet; announced her intention to lead an effort "to end cyberbullying and today's toxic culture of...
  • Engadget Daily: New iPad and Retina iMac reviews, the do's and don'ts of social media, and more! (2014-10-22 17:33:00)
  • AT&T third-quarter profit falls short even as it adds 2M wireless customers (2014-10-22 17:32:21)
    The company's growth was driven largely by connected devices like the connected car, but there was also a healthy mix of smartphone and tablet growth.>
  • 'Silicon Beach' brings tech boom to Los Angeles (2014-10-22 17:19:44)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — So long Silicon Valley. These days entrepreneurs and engineers are flocking to a place better known for wave surfing than Web surfing. Amid the palm trees and purple sunsets of the Southern California coastline, techies have built "Silicon Beach."
  • Apple Pay sees problems as users get charged twice (2014-10-22 17:09:18)
    Bank of America apologizes for a glitch that's causing duplicate Apple Pay charges. Also, Google creates a new app for organizing email, and Google users can give their accounts extra protection with USB security keys.>
  • Ebola travel bans are 'irrational,' says head of Red Cross (2014-10-22 17:03:38)
    Imposing travel bans that prevent people from Ebola-stricken countries from leaving those countries would be "irrational," said Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, during a press conference earlier today. The measure — one that would be borne out of fear and panic — simply wouldn’t curb Ebola infections. "[Travel bans] are not solutions," Sy told reporters in Beijing, according to Reuters.
  • owner 4th-qtr revenue forecast misses expectations (2014-10-22 16:52:10)
    (Reuters) - Yelp Inc, operator of consumer review website, forecast current-quarter revenue below analysts' average estimate, sending its shares down as much as 14 percent after the bell. The company forecast revenue of $107 million to $108 million for the fourth-quarter. Analysts on average were expecting $111.0 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. However, Yelp reported a better-than-expected 67.5 percent rise in third-quarter revenue as its business customers spent more on advertising. ...
  • Google Earth for Android is now faster, better at 3D exploration (2014-10-22 16:50:00)
  • Google unveils app for managing Gmail inboxes (2014-10-22 16:45:59)
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Google is introducing an application designed to make it easier for its Gmail users to find and manage important information that can often get buried in their inboxes.
  • AT&T revenue rises less than expected (2014-10-22 16:33:20)
    By Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T Inc said on Wednesday its quarterly revenue rose but by less than wall street anticipated as a wave of subscribers signed up for equipment financing plans that charge lower service fees. AT&T shares fell 0.9 percent to $33.75 after closing at $34.50 on the New York Stock Exchange. The company reported a record low number of customer defections, but average revenue per phone user fell 8 percent from a year earlier. AT&T added 2 million new wireless customers and 785,000 contract subscribers in the quarter. ...
  • Beyond tweets: Twitter weaves new approach to mobile apps (2014-10-22 16:31:38)
    The social network wants developers to use its tools to make mobile apps, while also integrating its service along the way.>
  • Bank of America issues refunds after double-charging Apple Pay users (2014-10-22 16:17:00)
  • Using Google Inbox: this feels like the future of email (2014-10-22 16:16:11)
    My favorite thing about Inbox, Google's radical new email app for Android, iOS, and the web, is that it's perfectly happy to have you use your email as a to-do list. Rather than try to turn your inbox into nothing more than a series of letters and conversations, or help you clear your messages out as soon as possible, Inbox makes use of the fact that your email is full of receipts and notes-to-self. As soon as you log in to Inbox (with an email that ends in — no Google Apps support yet), Google starts to crawl all of your messages.
  • Samsung enables 1-click purchases for app store (2014-10-22 16:15:05)
    Smartphone giant now lets users pay via their phone bills. No credit card necessary.>
  • Sprint undercuts AT&T, Verizon with $20, 1GB family data plan (2014-10-22 16:12:46)
    At $20, Sprint is offering twice as much data as Verizon and more than three times the data as AT&T.>
  • The 404 Show 1,569: ApplePay double-charging, Hendo hoverboard, Breaking Bad toys (podcast) (2014-10-22 16:05:12)
    Bridget Carey returns to the show to talk about ApplePay double-charging some Bank of America customers, a new Kickstarter for a company that created a working hoverboard and the recent controversy over Toys R Us selling Breaking Bad action figures.>
  • This is how NASA banishes odors in space (2014-10-22 16:02:04)
    How do space agencies keep the International Space Station from smelling like a sweaty locker room? NASA engineer Robert Frost and retired astronaut Clayton C. Anderson reveal a few secrets.>
  • Microsoft looks set to drop Nokia name from smartphones (2014-10-22 15:35:19)
    SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp looks set to ditch the Nokia name from its Lumia range of smartphones just months after buying the Finnish company's handset business. According to a post on Nokia France's Facebook page on Tuesday, the page will change its name to Microsoft Lumia "in the coming days." Microsoft declined comment. Under the terms of the $7.2 billion deal, which was struck in September 2013 and completed in April, Microsoft acquired Nokia's handset business, though not the name of the company itself. ...
  • Microsoft looks set to drop Nokia name from phones (2014-10-22 15:11:12)
    SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp looks set to ditch the Nokia name from its Lumia range of smartphones just months after buying the Finnish company's handset business. According to a post on Nokia France's Facebook page on Tuesday, the page will change its name to Microsoft Lumia "in the coming days." Microsoft declined comment. Under the terms of the $7.2 billion deal - struck in September 2013 and completed in April - Microsoft acquired Nokia's handset business, though not the name of the company itself. ...