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  • This is what happens when a drone interrupts your Christmas date (2014-11-21 06:08:00)
  • Mozilla's big revenue increases come to an abrupt halt (2014-11-21 06:05:47)
    After four years of increasing funds, the Firefox developer reports revenue increased only 1 percent in 2013. That was still $311 million, though, and the company remains confident.>
  • Best Buy's reinvention: 7 things to watch (2014-11-21 06:00:00)
    Here's a look at what will determine whether Best Buy thrives or dives against Amazon.
  • Business intelligence, on your smartwatch (2014-11-21 05:57:05)
    Big data usually means big servers and big data warehouses, but the BI company Actuate wants to make it happen on your watch, too.
  • Blinkbox brings offline movie and TV streaming to the iPad (2014-11-21 05:52:00)
  • Apple iOS Masque flaw dangers: Legitimate app infiltration discovered (2014-11-21 05:42:05)
    The Masque bug which affects iOS apps has the potential to steal data from legitimate sources, due to a lack of encryption in apps across the board.
  • The curious case of the disappearing Nexus 6 (2014-11-21 05:30:00)
  • In Poland's new 4G auction, operators are getting excited - and critics getting more critical (2014-11-21 05:25:06)
    Deciding the fate of two slices of LTE-compatible spectrum is getting many hot under the collar.
  • Here's how to 3D print using mashed bananas (2014-11-21 05:03:00)
  • Canadian middle-schoolers rank pretty high for computer literacy (2014-11-21 03:55:00)
  • NSA chief warns Chinese cyber attacks could shut U.S. infrastructure (2014-11-21 03:41:02)
    By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China and "probably one or two" other countries have the ability to invade and possibly shut down computer systems of U.S. power utilities, aviation networks and financial companies, Admiral Mike Rogers, the director of the U.S. National Security Agency, said on Thursday. Testifying to the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on cyber threats, Rogers said digital attackers have been able to penetrate such systems and perform "reconnaissance" missions to determine how the networks are put together. ...
  • Gift Guide: 3 ways to watch streaming video on TV (2014-11-21 03:07:35)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Even casual viewers of online video will appreciate the ability to watch it on a big-screen TV.
  • Investment bank builds Oculus Rift app to fly you around your stocks and shares (2014-11-21 02:40:00)
  • Google tests replacing web ads with contributions (2014-11-21 02:12:04)
    Google on Thursday began rolling out a way for people to support websites they frequent and, in return, be rewarded with ad-free pages.
  • US glassmaker Corning toughens Gorilla Glass for smartphone screens (2014-11-21 02:03:40)
    US manufacturer Corning said Thursday it was introducing a new, tougher version of its Gorilla Glass used by major smartphone makers in a bid to maintain dominance in the sector.
  • ​AMD's answer to NVIDIA G-Sync will arrive on two Samsung monitors in 2015 (2014-11-21 01:32:00)
  • Chevy previews the next-gen Volt and its location-based charging system (2014-11-21 01:02:00)
  • Singapore to regulate taxi-booking apps Uber, GrabTaxi (2014-11-21 00:57:56)
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore said on Friday it plans to regulate fast-growing third-party taxi booking services like Uber and GrabTaxi for the first time, capping fees and requiring them to dispatch only licensed cabs and drivers. Under new rules to take effect in second-quarter 2015, operators of the increasingly popular services based on mobile phone applications will be required to register with Singapore's Land Transport Authority (LTA). The LTA said the fees charged by the booking services could not exceed those of regular taxi companies. ...
  • Next Glass takes the guesswork out of beer and wine shopping (2014-11-21 00:22:00)
  • Trunkster: A brainy suitcase with zero zippers (2014-11-21 00:05:02)
    If luggage was featured in "Blade Runner," it would probably look like the Trunkster, a zipperless suitcase with a sliding door.>
  • Old challenges and new horizons for networked activism (2014-11-20 23:52:01)
    Alex Howard left the RiseUp conference inspired and concerned about the intersection of activism, media, and tech. Read about projects that could disrupt how social change happens online, and off.
  • ​November brain: Guns N' Roses statistics reveal anatomy of rock (2014-11-20 23:46:59)
    One developer and statistics pro has turned his eye to what makes up the music of Guns N' Roses, proving that when it comes to 80s rock, the hair was high, but the standard deviations were higher.>
  • World's first 3D LED printer could print HUD contact lenses (2014-11-20 23:26:18)
    Researchers at Princeton University have developed a 3D printer that can print LEDs in layers -- and it could one day print contact lens HUDs.>
  • Democrats also used secret Twitter profile to circumvent election laws, says report (2014-11-20 23:18:29)
    Earlier this week, the Republican party was discovered to have used Twitter to inform its fundraising groups of polling numbers during elections, potentially infringing on a rule that bars US political parties from "coordinating" with outside elements. The information appeared on the @AdBuyDetails Twitter account, with tweets mentioning a range of data, including the candidate for which the ads were purchased, the target age group it was aimed at, and the amount it cost.
  • ​Amazon rumored to be preparing travel site that offers hotel bookings (2014-11-20 23:10:00)
  • Tor's feral fans are its own worst enemy (2014-11-20 23:05:05)
    The brand image of the world's must-have anonymity tool is starting to look a bit tattered. The fans don't like it, but their response isn't helping their cause.
  • LG reclaims crown as world's largest UHD TV panel vendor (2014-11-20 22:21:14)
    After almost two years playing second fiddle, the South Korean electronics giant reclaimed the top spot as the world's largest UHD TV panel vendor.>
  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus teardown reveals subtle differences from iPhone 6 (2014-11-20 22:04:00)
    Bill Detwiler cracks open the iPhone 6 Plus and finds some interesting differences from the smaller iPhone 6.
  • Video: This Apple Watch app will tell you when you’re going to die (2014-11-20 22:00:15)
    Remember Deadline? That sweet $0.99 iPhone app that uses various tools at its disposal to tell you when you’re going to die, and even offers you a timer so you know how much time you have left on Earth? Well, Alaric Cole, the developer behind Deadline, has already put the WatchKit SDK Apple released earlier this week to good use to come up with a test version of Deadline, recording a short video using the iOS Simulator to show it in action. FROM EARLIER: For just $0.99, this iPhone app that will tell you when you’re going to die The video shows what a Deadline version could look like on Apple’s wearable device, “making the Apple Watch a timepiece for your own
  • Tomorrow Daily 090: Bionic boots, future concert tech, Khail chugs Surge, and more (2014-11-20 21:02:20)
    On today's show, we check out a guy who's running in bionic boots, a DJ who's taking his concert experiences to a whole new level, and a game that only lets you move once per day.>
  • Airbnb will cover guests' accidental injury costs (2014-11-20 21:02:00)
  • Netflix picks up fourth season of popular A&E series 'Longmire' (2014-11-20 20:38:00)
  • ​AMD's answer to NVIDIA G-Sync arrives on Samsung monitors in 2015 (2014-11-20 20:32:00)
  • Comcast goes Uber -- track your technician's journey on screen (2014-11-20 20:31:59)
    In an attempt to curtail the dreaded large time-windows, Comcast tests a system where you can track the cable guy's progress, so you're not waiting around at home.>
  • Apple is still hard at work making Apple Maps usable (2014-11-20 20:30:48)
    Apple Maps still might not be the best mobile mapping service available for the iPhone, but Apple is doing everything in its power to give its users a reason to stick with the first-party app. The team at Apple Maps Marketing reports that it attempted to submit a client with a few hundred locations to the Apple Maps Connect service, but was rejected as Apple is only accepting submissions involving at least 1,000 locations. READ MORE: After more than two years, Apple still needs your help fixing Apple Maps However, the endeavor wasn’t entirely unsuccessful as the team made an interesting discovery. In the rejection letter, Apple noted that businesses with less than 1,000 locations might want to try going through Apple’s current partners, a
  • One week, two corporate plans, three strained NBN Co execs (2014-11-20 20:27:06)
    It's hard to know which is more interesting: That the NBN Co 2014-17 Corporate Plan readily admits that we still know almost nothing concrete about this government's multi-technology mix rollout, or that a leaked final version of the never-released 2013-16 plan suggests the previous government was indeed getting its act together.
  • Pro tip: Build a Today iOS 8 app extension using Xcode 6 (2014-11-20 20:27:04)
    Go through the paces of building an iOS 8 extension -- specifically, a Today View widget that displays data on the screen for users.
  • "Assassin's Creed Unity" game delay hurts GameStop's revenue (2014-11-20 20:06:02)
    By Abhirup Roy (Reuters) - GameStop Corp posted quarterly revenue and profit well below analysts' estimates as the delayed release of "Assassin's Creed Unity," and flagging videogame software sales more than offset high demand for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. Shares of the world's largest retailer of video game products fell 11 percent in extended trading after it also lowered the upper end of its full-year profit forecast on Thursday. ...
  • Google cuts a deal over old Nortel Networks patents (2014-11-20 20:06:00)
  • Plant-based gel can stop traumatic bleeding in seconds (2014-11-20 20:02:47)
    Biotech startup Suneris has developed a plant-based polymer it says functions like "Lego building blocks for the body," drastically reducing the amount of time it takes to stop a wound from bleeding.>
  • Chevy previews next-gen Volt with location-based charging system (2014-11-20 20:02:00)
  • CBS agrees to brief extension with Dish during contract talks (2014-11-20 19:54:13)
    A midnight programming blackout of the network's shows is avoided for Dish subscribers in 14 major markets.>
  • Google just agreed to a major settlement with an Apple-backed patent consortium (2014-11-20 19:45:16)
    While the smartphone patent wars have (thankfully) cooled down a lot over the last year, that doesn’t mean major tech companies aren’t still suing one another over patents on a pretty frequent basis. Reuters reports that yet another major patent lawsuit is now in the books after Google agreed to settle with Rockstar, a patent consortium with backers that include Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry and Sony. RELATED: Apple may not be behind the World Patent War against Google after all Rockstar rose to prominence in 2011 when it outbid Google and purchased 6,000 patents from Nortel for $4.5 billion. Two years later, it filed a lawsuit against Google over patents that related to advertising and search, which just happen to be the two
  • The 404 Show 1,583: Uber controversy, wearing Oculus Rift for 28 days, no more Jobs movie (podcast) (2014-11-20 19:28:09)
    Stephen Beacham join Jeff and Iyaz over Skype today while the New York crew irons out the last of the studio bugs. The guys discuss this week's Uber controversy, Walmart's PS4 price-matching loophole and an artist's plan to wear a VR headset for 28 days straight.>
  • Technics has a hi-fi music download service, too (2014-11-20 19:28:00)
  • Obama's immigration tweaks leave Big Tech wanting more (2014-11-20 19:25:44)
    By Noel Randewich and Roberta Rampton SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Silicon Valley expects President Barack Obama to make life a little easier for foreign workers, but tech industry representatives were disappointed that his immigration rule changes will not satisfy longstanding demands for more visas and faster green cards for high-skilled employees. Obama, in a speech to be broadcast at 8 p.m. EST on Thursday, was to outline plans to use his executive authority to help millions of undocumented people. ...
  • Amazon is giving Kindle Fire owners 6 free months of The Washington Post (2014-11-20 19:16:32)
    When Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced that he was purchasing The Washington Post last year, one of the big questions was whether he'd put the marketing weight of Amazon behind the paper. Today the answer comes in the form of a free six-month subscription to The Post for anyone who's bought a Kindle Fire tablet in the last few years, access the paper eventually plans to charge for. What's more, Amazon is pushing the app out to existing Kindle owners inside a software update, though the company says people will be able to delete it if they don't want it.
  • Uber does damage control amid firestorm, but is it enough? (2014-11-20 19:14:07)
    After being called an "arrogant" and "jerkish" company that doesn't respect privacy, the ride-sharing service aims to show it's a "positive member of the community.">
  • How to fix Yosemite’s Wi-Fi bugs, which are still present in OS X 10.10.1 (2014-11-20 19:00:02)
    Some Mac users who updated their devices to OS X Yosemite soon discovered certain Wi-Fi connectivity and performance issues, which Apple acknowledged and tried to address in the recent OS X 10.10.1 update. However, the Wi-Fi issues did not go away for all affected users, and some people still experience a sub-par Wi-Fi. Luckily for them, OS X Daily, which has provided some tips for the initial Yosemite Wi-Fi issues, has put together a quick troubleshooting post that could help people fix their problems following the OS X 10.10.1 update. FROM EARLIER: Experiencing Wi-Fi issues in Yosemite? Here’s how to fix them yourself The first thing the publication advises is to make sure you have updated to the latest Yosemite version by going to the Apple
  • Mindlessly cook baller sea bass with a $200 smart frying pan (2014-11-20 18:58:00)
  • Next Year, One Billion Works Will Be Free to Use Online (2014-11-20 18:52:10)
    Sometime in 2015, the number of works licensed under Creative Commons agreements will surpass the one-billion mark, the organization which stewards the licenses announced Thursday.The prediction came in a “State of the Commons” report, the first issued by that organization—which is also called Creative Commons—in four years. As of November 2014, it said, there are roughly 882 million works licensed under Creative Commons (CC) licenses. That’s more than double the number when the last report was issued in 2010.
  • DerpTrolling leaks PSN, 2K, Windows Live customer logins (2014-11-20 18:50:38)
    Hacker group DerpTrolling has released a "very small portion" of usernames and logins for three gaming networks in its possession as a "warning to companies".>
  • 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' face-melting candle is Tohts adorable (2014-11-20 18:47:57)
    Nothing is better than a face-melting Nazi. Re-create Major Toht's memorable meltdown from the first Indiana Jones movie with this gruesome candle.>
  • Amazon's Zocalo storage service going mobile, ready for larger files (2014-11-20 18:44:05)
    The deluge of additions and upgrades at the Amazon Web Services summit last week just wasn't enough for the Internet giant.
  • Playdate: We're livestreaming 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' on PS4! (2014-11-20 18:30:00)
  • Foxconn is urgently building a new $2.6B display factory just for Apple (2014-11-20 18:15:54)
    Apple is willing to do anything necessary to make sure it has a steady flow of components from suppliers when it comes to its best-selling products, and a new report from Bloomberg seems to confirm just that. The report reveals that Apple has apparently made an urgent request to Foxconn, the largest device manufacturer in the world and one of the main iPhone and iPad makers, for preferential treatment. And it looks like Foxconn will satisfy Apple’s request, even if that means making a $2.6 billion investment in the process. FROM EARLIER: Here’s why your iPhone 6 doesn’t have an unbreakable sapphire display Apple apparently wants to have access to an Innolux factory — Foxconn’s display arm — that will make displays
  • U.S. accuses China of cyber spying on American companies (2014-11-20 18:10:00)
    (This version of the May 19th. story corrects sixth paragraph to show that not all victims had filed trade cases) (Reuters)- The United States on Monday charged five Chinese military officers and accused them of hacking into American nuclear, metal and solar companies to steal trade secrets, ratcheting up tensions between the two world powers over cyber espionage. China immediately denied the charges, saying in a strongly worded Foreign Ministry statement the U.S. grand jury indictment was "made up" and would damage trust between the two nations. ...
  • Assassin's Creed Unity delay hurts GameStop's revenue (2014-11-20 18:05:46)
    (Reuters) - GameStop Corp reported quarterly revenue and profit well below analysts' estimates as the delayed release of Assassin's Creed Unity and flagging videogame software sales more than offset high demand for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. Shares of the world's largest retailer of video game products fell 11 percent in extended trading after the company also lowered the upper end of its full-year profit forecast. ...
  • Firefox dumps Google for Yahoo (2014-11-20 18:03:50)
    Yahoo aims to become a search leader once again as the default for Firefox browsers. Meanwhile, Amazon builds a robot army, and future phone screens may not shatter so easily.>
  • Flux capacitor watch turns your wrist into a DeLorean (2014-11-20 17:56:11)
    Who needs a whole DeLorean? The flux capacitor is the most important part, anyway. Get your own and get time traveling.>
  • The food industry's next big hope is to sell you exercise in a can (2014-11-20 17:55:00)
  • Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic dies at Sony, but it may find a new home (2014-11-20 17:53:05)
    Aaron Sorkin's highly anticipated Steve Jobs biopic has had an extremely rocky development under Sony Pictures, culminating last night with Sony choosing to simply drop the movie altogether, according to Deadline. Last anyone has heard, Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle was attached to direct. The role of Jobs, which had previously been offered to Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale, is unfilled, though Michael Fassbender is reported to be one of the latest contenders.
  • Citadel malware attacking open source password managers (2014-11-20 17:53:05)
    The malware variant also has its eye on online commerce, transaction authentication software
  • Nickelback watched CNN for 15 minutes and wrote a political anthem about it (2014-11-20 17:39:40)
    "I don't know if North America is on the edge of a revolution, but I wanted it to feel that way in the song, since it feels that way in so many other parts of the world. You turn on CNN and it's like, 'Wow!' We'd have it on for 15 minutes and we'd have to shut it off because it was so depressing."
  • Bake your turkey to the tune of Spotify's Thanksgiving playlists (2014-11-20 17:33:00)
  • Comcast wants to fix one of the things you hate most about its service (2014-11-20 17:30:31)
    Is Comcast really making an effort to improve its customer service? Given how its recent push to improve its image has coincided with its efforts to merge with Time Warner Cable, we remain skeptical. That said, it looks like the company is taking some steps to fix one of the absolute worst aspects of its customer service: Waiting around for cable technicians who may or may not show up on time. RELATED: Two Comcast customers nearly go insane fighting thousands in bogus fees As anyone who’s ever had an appointment with Comcast knows, waiting around for a technician to show up in a given time window can be infuriating because you literally don’t feel you can leave your house until
  • New Game of Thrones Video Game Trailer Arrives (2014-11-20 17:29:14)
    Set to be released as six episodes, the first of which will be out later this year, Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series will follow House Forrester, a minor noble house from the northwest of Westeros. Actors from the HBO series, including Lena Headey as Cersei, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion and Natalie Dormer as Margaery, will also lend their voice to the game.
  • Newegg's Black Friday deals include cheap hard drives and lots of laptops (2014-11-20 17:14:36)
    Black Friday deals are coming fast and early, and now Newegg is starting to roll its out as well. This is the best time of year to do everything from making an impulse tablet purchase to upgrading your PC's motherboard, and we've got a list of almost twenty of the tech supplier's best deals below to help you do all of those things. The Black Friday prices should be reflected in the next few hours, so if there's something that doesn't match up keep checking back. ...
  • Chipmaker Marvell's fourth-quarter revenue forecast disappoints (2014-11-20 17:02:29)
    (Reuters) - Marvell Technology Group Ltd forecast lower-than-expected revenue for the current quarter as weak demand for its chips used in third-generation mobile communication offset a rise in sales of its more profitable 4G LTE chips. Shares of the company fell as much as 2.5 percent to $12.97 in after-market trading. Marvell also took the brunt of weakness at its biggest customer Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. ...
  • Billboard tweaks album sales chart to include streams, digital track sales (2014-11-20 17:02:00)
  • Startups: How to operate and execute after launch (2014-11-20 16:57:15)
    After a startup launch, it can be difficult to build the business. Keith Rabois, a Khosla Ventures partner and member of the PayPal Mafia, shared his thoughts on operation and execution at DEMO.
  • This smartphone maker says it’ll be bigger than Apple and Samsung soon (2014-11-20 16:55:49)
    The rivalry between Apple and Samsung receives more attention that any other battle in the smartphone world, but while the two heavy hitters were duking it out, a small Chinese phone maker swiftly ascended to the No. 3 spot in the industry. Xiaomi, founded in 2010, has surpassed some of the market’s biggest names, including Sony, LG and HTC. According to Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun, this is just the beginning. FROM EARLIER: Shots fired: Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra says iPhone 6 looks so good because it swiped features from HTC Speaking at the World Internet Conference in China this week, Jun made the bold claim that Xiaomi will surpass Apple and Samsung within the next 5-10 years. This might sound ludicrous to anyone living outside of
  • Cable & Wireless helped Britain spy on the world - Channel 4 (2014-11-20 16:49:44)
    LONDON (Reuters) - Telecommunications firm Cable & Wireless helped Britain eavesdrop on millions of Internet users worldwide, Channel 4 reported on Thursday, citing previously secret documents leaked by a fugitive former U.S. National Security Agency contractor. Cable & Wireless, which was bought by Vodafone in 2012, provided British spies with traffic from rival foreign communications companies, Britain's Channel 4 television said, citing documents stolen by Edward Snowden. ...
  • Cable & Wireless helped Britain spy on the world: Channel 4 (2014-11-20 16:49:00)
    LONDON (Reuters) - Telecommunications firm Cable & Wireless helped Britain eavesdrop on millions of Internet users worldwide, Channel 4 reported on Thursday, citing previously secret documents leaked by a fugitive former U.S. National Security Agency contractor. Cable & Wireless, which was bought by Vodafone in 2012, provided British spies with traffic from rival foreign communications companies, Britain's Channel 4 television said, citing documents stolen by Edward Snowden. ...
  • 'Better Call Saul' gets February premiere date and a new teaser (2014-11-20 16:46:49)
    The loveably sleazy Saul Goodman is almost back on the air. AMC has announced that Better Call Saul will premiere across two nights, Sunday, February 8th and Monday, February 9th at 10PM ET/PT. From there, AMC will continue to air one episode every Monday at 10. Alongside Bob Odenkirk, who's returning as Saul, Jonathan Banks will be returning as his right-hand man, of sorts, Mike Ehrmantraut. The series takes place six years before the events of Breaking Bad and will show Saul's rise from a small-time lawyer to the successful and totally unethical one that we all already know. ...
  • Splunk ups outlook, delivers strong Q3 (2014-11-20 16:37:05)
    A land and expand strategy is leading to strong growth for Splunk, best known for its machine data monitoring software.
  • New Moleskine sketchbooks beam your scribbles to Adobe's Creative Cloud (2014-11-20 16:29:00)
  • What you need to know when building for the Internet of Things (2014-11-20 16:21:09)
    Matt Rogers, the founder of Nest labs, presented at the 2014 DEMO conference on designing for the Internet of Things. Here's what you need to know about the future of IoT.
  • These are the best Black Friday game console deals available (2014-11-20 16:20:18)
    If you’ve been waiting patiently all year for the right time to buy a new game console, now is your chance. has put together a list of all the best PS4, Xbox One and Wii U deals available during Thanksgiving and the Black Friday weekend, so be sure to read on if you want to save big this holiday season. PREVIOUSLY: Best Buy’s huge Black Friday deals begin right now! Although GameStop does have a few interesting deals worth checking out, it doesn’t look like the one-stop shop for all things gaming is even trying to compete with the big-box retailers when it comes to console deals. Here are some of the best for each individual console. Xbox One Target: Xbox One Assassin’s
  • Intel chairman: I'm not embarrassed about mobile, unlike a year ago (2014-11-20 16:15:40)
    Chairman Andy Bryant says the company is making progress in the area, despite continued hefty losses.>
  • Intuit Q1: QuickBooks Online powers a typically quiet quarter (2014-11-20 16:09:05)
    With tax season half-a-year away, it's no surprise the tax and accounting software maker had a quiet financial quarter.
  • Comcast wants to let you track when your cable technician will arrive (2014-11-20 15:57:17)
    Comcast is trying to make waiting for the cable technician to arrive a less unbearable experience than what you're used to. It's beginning to start trials on a system that will allow technicians to update customers on their estimated arrival time through Comcast's MyAccount app. Comcast says that it already gives customers about a two-hour range for when their technician might arrive, and the app will only start updating customers on their technician's ETA once they're 30 minutes away.
  • Twitter lets you share public tweets in your direct messages (2014-11-20 15:57:00)
  • NSA chief admits China could cripple U.S. power grid, financial networks (2014-11-20 15:49:06)
    Because the last thing you want is a potentially hostile country controlling the light switches in America from half the world away.
  • Xbox One owners are getting these free gifts to celebrate the one year anniversary (2014-11-20 15:45:51)
    This weekend, the Xbox One will celebrate its one year anniversary. In order to show its appreciation for nearly 10 million console sales since launch, Microsoft is offering a wide range of digital goodies to all of its early adopters. READ MORE: This is how Microsoft thinks the Xbox One will finally catch up to the PS4 If you bought an Xbox One at any point between November 22nd, 2013 and November 11th, 2014 in any of the 13 launch markets, are at least 17 years old and have 10 hours of usage on your console, these are the gifts you’ll receive this weekend: A Year One Gamer Picture New Xbox One backgrounds: A special Year One background as well as an exclusive Day One
  • Google Contributor will let you pay a monthly fee to see select websites without ads (2014-11-20 15:45:03)
    In exchange for free content, the thinking goes, you have to view some ads — but Google is trying to shake up that model a bit with a new system it's calling Contributor. Instead of dealing with ads, those who use Contributor will donate between $1 and $3 a month to see Contributor partner sites without any advertising. As of today, only a handful of partners have been announced by Google: Mashable, The Onion, Science Daily, Imgur, WikiHow, and Urban Dictionary.
  • Humble Bundle teams with Joystiq on curated charity game sale (2014-11-20 15:45:00)
  • Intel chairman: I'm not embarrassed about mobile like a year ago (2014-11-20 15:36:00)
    Chairman Andy Bryant says the company is making progress in the area, despite continued hefty losses.>
  • Batman and the Joker unite to fight NYC's costume registration act (2014-11-20 15:35:45)
    New York City Councilmember Andy King wants to require costumed performers in Times Square (and other public places) to register with the city — $175 for a two-year license plus $75 for fingerprinting fees — in order to accept tips or donations. This week, the City Countil Consumer Affairs Committee heard testimony from many of the performers, who incidentally showed up in costume. Which is how we have Batman and the Joker on the same side fighting against a Registration Act, a term that has deep roots in Marvel Comics (aka the "big comic book company that doesn't have Batman"). ...
  • Mobile still a struggle for Intel; PC doing better (2014-11-20 15:31:52)
    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Chip-making giant Intel Corp. is still struggling to catch up in mobile computing but says its personal computer business is performing better than expected and its return to revenue growth this year will continue into 2015.
  • Google Cardboard app immerses you in a Paul McCartney concert (2014-11-20 15:24:00)
  • Today on The Vergecast: Uber, Apple Watch, and Nokia (2014-11-20 15:22:15)
    Thursday Vergeday. Is that a thing? No? Let's make it a thing.
  • You can no longer trick Walmart into selling you a brand new PS4 for $90 (2014-11-20 15:20:58)
    Some crafty customers looking to spend no more than $89.99 on a brand-new PlayStation 4 console this holiday season have already taken advantage of Walmart’s price-matching policy. They managed to scam the retailer into selling the console for that ridiculous price, which was previously used in a fake online Amazon listing from a third-party that Amazon later removed. Since then, Walmart has caught on to the trick, Business Insider reports, and will no longer honor fraudulent prices. FROM EARLIER: Some crafty customers tricked Walmart into selling the PS4 for $90 – here’s how The retailer has updated its price-matching polices to include only certain stores, and the promotion will not also include third-party vendors that may advertise fake discounted goods on Amazon
  • Intel's Basis Peak fitness watch now streams heart rate to other apps (2014-11-20 15:11:05)
    The fitness-tracking Basis Peak gets new accessories and some deeper connectivity -- with call notifications coming soon.>
  • Open-source IaaS: OwnCloud 7 Enterprise Edition arrives (2014-11-20 15:01:04)
    Want to make the most of your existing storage infrastructure on a private cloud? You should consider ownCloud 7 Enterprise Edition.
  • Watch first trailer for the 'Game of Thrones' video game (2014-11-20 14:59:11)
    Telltale Games unveils a teaser trailer for the upcoming "Game of Thrones" video game, which puts you in House Forrester to help save it from certain doom.>
  • You have to try this hidden game in Google’s mobile Chrome browser (2014-11-20 14:55:08)
    Google knows that it’s a bummer when your phone has no Wi-Fi or LTE connection. Because of this, it’s hidden a game in its Chrome mobile browser that you can play when your phone isn’t connected to the web. RELATED: This secret tweak will make your Android phone run much faster How do you access this game, do you ask? It’s quite simple: First, make sure you have the latest version of Chrome installed onto your Android device. Next, go to the Settings menu and turn off both your Wi-Fi and mobile data connections. Next, open up a new tab in Chrome and try to go to a webpage. You’ll be given a message that you are offline that also features
  • How iPads are making airports less terrible (2014-11-20 14:54:27)
    What if airports weren’t miserable gauntlets of long lines, heat-lamp food, and ambient anxiety?
  • Smart Converter for Mac review (2014-11-20 14:50:00)
    Simple, drag-and-drop video converter
  • TinkerTool for Mac review (2014-11-20 14:42:00)
    Access hidden preferences settings
  • The best tablet you can buy (updated) (2014-11-20 14:41:56)
    Tablets are great for tons of things: reading, browsing the web, playing games, and even getting some work done. But there's one model that stands above the rest.
  • New leak offers our first look at Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Galaxy Note 3 (2014-11-20 14:30:32)
    It’s easy to see why Android 5.0 Lollipop is one of the most anticipated updates in the history of Google’s mobile operating system, but many Android users are having to wait their turn to download it to their own smartphones. To help ease the pain, SamMobile has been releasing exclusive video previews of the update on various smartphones. This week, two of the highlights have included the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3, the second-newest generation of Samsung devices. READ MORE: This is one of the best new features in Android 5.0, and you don’t even know about it As you might have expected, Android 5.0 doesn’t change much between the various Samsung devices, but until the final build is made
  • Can Wozniak reshape the data center? (2014-11-20 14:30:05)
    Steve Wozniak re-joins the team from Fusion-io in the stealthy Primary Data data virtualization / SDDC startup.
  • Halo Patch to Fix Master Chief Multiplayer (2014-11-20 14:16:43)
    First-person shooter anthology Halo: The Master Chief Collection had a pretty rocky launch week for multiplayer gamers, but a definitive fix could finally be on the way. Developer 343 Industries is releasing a content update at afternoon Pacific time today (Nov. 20) to address a wealth of bugs and inconsistencies, with a big focus on the game's near-broken online-matchmaking system. Ever since The Master Chief Collection's launch on Nov. 11, troves of players have reported having trouble finding fellow Spartans to shoot in the face.
  • Notorious Trojan Now Targets Password Managers (2014-11-20 14:16:38)
    The Citadel Trojan now steals master passwords from the password-management applications Password Safe and KeePass, as well as the enterprise authentication solution Nexus Personal Security Client. Once it's infected a computer, Citadel waits until one of these programs is launched, logs keystrokes to steal the master passwords, giving the attackers to every account protected by the password manager. Fortunately, while the Citadel Trojan is widely distributed, this password-seeking variant probably is not.
  • Google emerging-markets phone gets hung up in India as retailers cry foul (2014-11-20 14:07:41)
    Some of India's biggest brick-and-mortar retail chains are refusing to sell Android One devices, due to Google's handling of online sales, as well as low profit margins, says a report.>
  • New predictions suggest Apple Watch sales will be even crazier than most people think (2014-11-20 14:05:22)
    Apple will launch the Apple Watch next year, and the company is expected to sell anywhere from 30 million to 40 million smartwatches in its first 12 months of availability, according to a report citing orders Apple may have placed with suppliers. But 30 million Apple Watches in a year might be a “conservative” number, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty said in a recent note to investors. FROM EARLIER: Apple is reportedly anticipating massive Apple Watch sales Huberty said that most analysts expect to sell between 10 million and 30 million smartwatches, adding that 30 million is reasonable and “arguably still conservative,” Business Insider reported. Morgan Stanley said that by the time Apple Watch hits stores next year, some 315 million Apple customers will own an
  • Tables for Mac review (2014-11-20 14:02:00)
    Organise and present data very simply
  • Watch the first trailer for Telltale's 'Game of Thrones' video game (2014-11-20 14:00:02)
    Telltale's Game of Thrones video game is almost here, and the Walking Dead developer has just released the very first trailer showing the title in action. The game sports a similar visual style as past Telltale games like The Wolf Among Us, but with a painterly style that seems to fit in well with the fantasy setting. The six episode-long game series will be set towards the end of season three of the HBO series initially, ending just before the events of season five.
  • Flickr lets you turn other people's photos into wall art for your home (2014-11-20 14:00:00)
  • Obama plugs science, math education at ceremony (2014-11-20 13:55:05)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Thursday that 19 scientists, researchers and innovators who received the country's highest honor for their life-changing work embody the spirit of the nation and its "sense that we push against limits and that we're not afraid to ask questions."
  • Why the best Android smartphone could be the Droid Turbo (2014-11-20 13:51:30)
    TechRepublic's Android specialist, Jack Wallen, takes a look at the Droid Turbo and explains why it may very well be the best Android phone that you've never heard of.
  • Todo for Mac review (2014-11-20 13:51:00)
    Productivity app with iPhone app and cloud sync
  • Has Apple finally fixed major iOS 8 performance issues on older iPhones and iPads? (2014-11-20 13:40:23)
    If you have an iPhone 4S or an iPad 2, you probably shouldn’t have upgraded to iOS 8. But in case you did and are stuck with subpar performance on your device, you should definitely install iOS 8.1.1 to at least get some marginal improvements on your older Apple devices. Ars Technica has done a thorough look at how iOS 8.1.1 performs on the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 and it says that while both devices do perform better with the newest update, some critical issues remain. RELATED: Don’t install iOS 8 on your iPad 2 or iPhone 4S yet “iOS 8.1.1 improves performance in a few specific places, ones that may well be important to heavy users,” Ars explains.
  • VideoPad Video Editor Free for Mac review (2014-11-20 13:40:00)
    VideoPad Free Video Editing Software for Mac anyone can use
  • FTC shutters bogus tech support firms that scammed $120 million from victims (2014-11-20 13:40:00)
  • Robots spent six years acting like humans in three Tennessee homes (2014-11-20 13:37:37)
    The house was solely occupied by robots, fake sweat machines, and a bunch of electronic appliances, which turned on every day — right on schedule. The Tennessee Valley Authority put the robots in these homes back in 2009 to study energy efficiency, reports Popular Science. One home was programmed to be extremely energy efficient, whereas another was only slightly more energy-efficient than the control home, which replicated the habits of an average family.
  • Google, Rockstar agree to settle patent litigation: filing (2014-11-20 13:35:19)
    By Andrew Chung and Dan Levine (Reuters) - Google Inc has agreed to settle litigation with patent consortium Rockstar, though terms of the deal were not disclosed in a court filing made public this week. Rockstar, which counts Apple Inc as an investor, outbid Google and paid $4.5 billion in 2011 for thousands of former Nortel Network Corp patents as the networking products supplier went bankrupt. In October last year, Rockstar sued Google and several handset manufacturers whose phones operate on Google's Android operating system. ...
  • Weather for Mac review (2014-11-20 13:33:00)
    Turn your Mac into a beautiful weather station
  • Lite WebApp For FaceBook review (2014-11-20 13:24:24)
    Try a lightweight and easy to use alternative to the official Facebook app
  • Intel gives upbeat outlook for 2015 revenue, stock gains (2014-11-20 13:23:12)
    By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Intel, helped by a stabilizing personal computer market, gave a revenue outlook for 2015 that was above Wall Street's expectations and also raised its dividend, sending its shares higher. In a press release on Thursday, Intel said it expects revenue to grow by a mid-single digit percentage next year. Analysts on average have been forecasting 3.4 percent revenue growth for 2015. ...
  • Hear the sound of the first comet landing (2014-11-20 13:22:26)
    It's one of the most historic thuds heard in recent years. At only two seconds long, it offers a lot more data for scientists to unpack than you might think.>
  • App claims to know what wine or beer you'll like before you taste it (2014-11-20 13:19:24)
    The Next Glass app claims to have isolated the tastes of alcoholic beverages and will tell you how much you'll like them -- or not.>
  • Craft the latte foam kitty of your dreams with this insane 'gun' (2014-11-20 13:18:00)
  • Uber hires outside auditor to review privacy practices (2014-11-20 13:17:32)
    Uber has hired an outside auditor to review its current privacy policies amid growing concerns around how its customers' personal data is being used. Uber announced that it would have Harriet Pearson, IBM's former privacy chief, conduct the review and make recommendations for improvement. There's no guaranteeing that Uber will act on those recommendations, however, and it's unlikely that Uber will publish results of the audit — unless they are, somehow, surprisingly glowing. ...
  • Google is working on a mobile keyboard with an incredible real-time translation feature (2014-11-20 13:15:43)
    With so many awesome third-party keyboard apps out there, it can be hard to distinguish yours from the crowd. It seems that Google has been working on a keyboard app that really delivers something we haven’t seen in any other keyboard app so far: The ability to have conversations with people in multiple languages that will automatically translate for you with the help of Google Translate. RELATED: Microsoft shows off its most incredible product in years According to a Google patent filed two years ago and flagged by GreyBMusings, Google has designed a smartphone keyboard that essentially splits into two halves that let people type on opposite sides of the device. So if you’re writing something in English and you
  • Square takes point-of-sale platform Register to businesses worldwide (2014-11-20 13:14:06)
    Earlier this month, Square already hinted at its global ambitions (or at least incurred influence) with the debut of an EMV chip-card reader.
  • Textra SMS review (2014-11-20 13:13:00)
    Enhance your messaging experience in Android
  • 5 Bitcoin and finance startups to watch from DEMO 2014 (2014-11-20 13:12:12)
    Finance innovations like Bitcoin are creating huge waves in tech communities around the world. Here are five startups you should pay attention to from the 2014 DEMO conference.
  • Telefonica does not rule out a sale of O2 in the UK (2014-11-20 13:11:58)
    By Danilo Masoni and Leila Abboud BARCELONA (Reuters) - Telefonica would have to consider its options regarding its UK presence, including a sale of the O2 business, if more of the market moves to bundling fixed and mobile telecom services, a top executive said on Thursday. Telefonica, which bought O2 in 2006, has said the UK business remains core but has not ruled out asset sales to meet a year-end debt target of below 43 billion euros (34.37 billion pounds). ...
  • Will Let's Encrypt threaten commercial certificate authorities? (2014-11-20 13:09:06)
    The new free certificate authority is a great idea, as far as it goes. Should Symantec and the other big CAs be worried? Probably not.
  • Square Register app now available to small businesses around the world (2014-11-20 13:02:12)
    Square, the company that turns your phone into a credit card reader, has widened the availability of its point-of-sale and inventory app.>
  • Square rolls out mobile sales register software to firms worldwide (2014-11-20 12:59:06)
    LONDON (Reuters) - Square, a mobile payments firm founded by Jack Dorsey, one of the creators of Twitter, is rolling out software worldwide that allows businesses to track sales, inventories and other data on smartphones and tablets. Square Register, which is available on Google's Android and on Apple platforms, is a mobile application that shops and other business use at the point of sale. "The cash register was invented to solve the basic pain points of running a business, like recording sales," Dorsey said at a launch event in London on Thursday. ...
  • Square goes global, turns on its Register app for 130 currencies around the world (2014-11-20 12:56:42)
    Since it launched its Register app two and a half years ago, Square has noticed adoption all around the world. But until today, people using it outside the US had to find a way to access the US app store to get it. They also had to use the app in dollars and convert it to their local currency manually. Even with all that, the company saw thousands of merchants adopting Register. So they decided to expand it reach, announcing today that Register will be available worldwide in four languages and 130 currencies.
  • VPN Master Unblock Sites review (2014-11-20 12:56:06)
    Unblock sites and surf anonymously with your Android device
  • Intel CEO: Focus on adjacent businesses like datacenter, IoT will fuel growth (2014-11-20 12:53:05)
    In his second turn as CEO on Intel's investor day, Brian Krzanich was careful to craft a message that teetered between bullish and realistic.
  • Uber taps former IBM privacy chief amid 'God View' controversy (2014-11-20 12:52:06)
    To help curb the lack of enthusiasm surrounding its questionable business practices, startup Uber is looking toward experienced veterans from tech stalwarts for help.
  • Why the government keeps telling you iPhone encryption will eventually kill a child (2014-11-20 12:50:12)
    The U.S. government doesn’t appreciate the increased personal data protection measures tech companies including Apple, Google and others offer their American and international customers following the many reports that detailed the advanced spying and mass data collection tools the NSA has at its disposal. As a result, the government keeps offering tragedy scenarios — that a child will die because law enforcement agencies will not be able to access crucial data on an encrypted phone belonging to a criminal — in its attempt to persuade tech companies to come up with some sort of encryption technology that would give law enforcement agencies access to protected phones and other devices with a warrant, while still protecting other users’ privacy. FROM EARLIER: Congress not likely
  • Square's cash register app now handles your purchases worldwide (2014-11-20 12:50:00)
  • Alibaba taps Taobao for international expansion (2014-11-20 12:49:58)
    Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma says the consumer-to-consumer marketplace will be available worldwide in multiple languages.>
  • GoDaddy aims to list next year, seeks $4.5 billion valuation: NY Post (2014-11-20 12:03:11)
    (Reuters) - GoDaddy Inc is planning an initial public offering early next year that would value the world's biggest provider of web addresses at roughly $4.5 billion, the New York Post said.
  • More crazy deals revealed as Fry’s Electronics details new Black Friday sales (2014-11-20 11:26:10)
    Another day, another batch of jaw-dropping Black Friday 2014 sales uncovered. We have already shared several new Black Friday deals with you on Thursday, and with just one week to go before the biggest shopping day of the year is upon us, you can expect plenty of new details to trickle out over the next few days. One of the latest sales to be revealed comes from gadget retailer Fry’s Electronics, and the company is revealing crazy new Black Friday deals every day until Thanksgiving. MORE BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: Visit our Black Friday 2014 hub! We already know everything there is to know about Black Friday 2014 sales from some of the biggest retailers in tech such as Best Buy, GameStop, Staples and RadioShack, and there are hundreds
  • Britain's first 'poo bus' hits the streets (2014-11-20 11:23:00)
  • Five big questions for Intel (2014-11-20 11:00:07)
    Intel's annual sit-down with investors today comes at an interesting time both for the company and the industry. Analysts have lots of questions.
  • Basis Peak to get its smartwatch-like features in December (2014-11-20 11:00:00)
  • Engadget giveaway: win a SnapRays Guidelight set courtesy of Snap Power! (2014-11-20 10:55:00)
  • Watch Paul McCartney perform in virtual reality with a new Android app (2014-11-20 10:54:25)
    360-degree video company Jaunt is trying to turn virtual reality into a truly viable movie platform, for anyone with an Android phone and a cheap mobile headset like Google Cardboard. Today, the company released a taste of what that might look like: an immersive version of Sir Paul McCartney performing at San Francisco's Candlestick Park in August. The free app, which works on a range of Android phones, lets you watch a bombastic, pyrotechnical performance of "Live and Let Die" (seen below in non-VR) from the front of the stage or right next to Paul's piano.
  • Corning's newest Gorilla Glass gets twice as tough (2014-11-20 10:43:32)
    Glassmaker unveils its fourth-gen smartphone display glass as it looks to maintain its dominance in the display business.>
  • Amazon's Black Friday blowout starts tomorrow, runs for eight days straight (2014-11-20 10:37:21)
    Amazon always goes big for Black Friday, and this year is no different. In fact, the shopping giant is going so big that it's starting its Black Friday sales tomorrow, a full week before Black Friday actually arrives. The sales will run for eight days straight, with new deals coming as often as every ten minutes. Amazon says it will run three of its Deals of the Day on both Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.
  • 7 awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free (save $62!) (2014-11-20 10:36:57)
    Every day is Black Friday here at BGR when it comes to paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. Yesterday’s batch included 8 great apps, and some of them are still free downloads if you rush. Today, however, we have an even better group of apps on sale — seven apps in total that would normally cost you a combined $62 to download, but right now they’re all free for a very limited time. DON’T MISS: This new feature will make Google Search much better on Android phones and the iPhone 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
  • Revamped Turing test expects computers to show imagination (2014-11-20 10:34:00)
  • Superheroes don't exist to solve problems, they exist to punch bad guys (2014-11-20 10:30:02)
    The superheroes of popular film have little in common with the heroes of the real world.
  • Vidyard demonstrates the time-honored art of the startup pivot (2014-11-20 10:17:53)
    This Waterloo company started out making marketing videos but quickly realized they were better at analyzing other people's videos.
  • This stunning HTC One (M9) concept would instantly be the world’s most gorgeous Android phone (2014-11-20 10:15:44)
    This year’s One (M8) Android phone from HTC is easily the most beautiful smartphone of 2014. The design is incredible and the all-aluminum build is unmatched. Apple’s iPhones are typically the most sleek smartphones each year by a wide margin, but ugly antenna lines and a peculiar protruding camera lens marred an otherwise fantastic design this year. Turning our attention to 2015, it’s probably safe to say that the upcoming HTC One (M9) will be among the most beautiful phones on the planet yet again next year. Of course, it’s amazing what you can accomplish when pesky things like physics and the cost of materials aren’t standing in your way, and a new HTC One (M9) concept shows us the Android smartphone we have
  • Small Empires: Vidyard demonstrates the time-honored art of the startup pivot (2014-11-20 10:15:28)
    Before there was Vidyard, there was Redwoods Media, a small Canadian startup making marketing videos. A lot of Redwood's clients were looking for ways to understand how their videos were performing and why.
  • IaaS is not the end game for developers (2014-11-20 10:13:50)
    Keith Townsend asserts that IaaS is a great foundation for building a data center that meets the elastic needs of the application layer, but it's not the end game.
  • Apple to Bundle Beats Music with iOS (Report) (2014-11-20 10:12:50)
    It looks like Apple is about to take on services like Spotify and Rdio head-on. A report by the Financial Times suggests that Apple could push Beats Music to every iPhone and iPad by bundling it in with iOS in the coming months. This would give Apple a huge advantage over its competitors.
  • Twelve South's new HiRise Deluxe and SurfacePad iPhone 6 accessories (2014-11-20 10:12:19)
    Now that the iPhone 6 has been out for a few months, more specialty accessories are hitting the shelves. Here are a couple options to add to your wish list.
  • Qualcomm: Can it spur an ARM server surge? (2014-11-20 10:12:05)
    Qualcomm is planning to move into the ARM server market and is already working with customers. The effort will take time to really pay off, but may at least create more enthusiasm for microservers.
  • Retailers fall short in meeting consumer app demands: Apigee (2014-11-20 10:10:06)
    A new survey found that retail lags behind other industries in developing apps that satisfy the consumer, making it more difficult for retailers to get their slice of the $14.5 billion mobile shopping pie.
  • Billboard 200 chart will soon include music streams and song sales (2014-11-20 10:03:14)
    One of the most important charts in the music industry is getting a major update to finally account for how we listen to and buy digital music. The Billboard 200, which has long listed the top 200 albums of the week by sales, will soon begin to factor in downloads and streams of individual songs. Under the chart's new methodology, selling 10 songs or streaming 1,500 songs will both be counted as the equivalent of selling a single album. Though the figures sound arbitrary, Billboard says that they are "accepted industry benchmarks." The new methodology will go into effect next month.
  • Mythbusters vs. Gorilla Glass: Adam and Jamie have a smashing time (2014-11-20 09:54:27)
    Gorilla Glass keeps your phone safe, but will it crack under the pressure when the Mythbusters bring out their hammers and air cannons?>
  • Demystifying Law: How LegalZoom Uses Technology to Make Law Affordable (2014-11-20 09:54:26)
    "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes," Benjamin Franklin once wrote. As a small business owner, independent filmmaker and single mother, I would add legal fees to this list. For centuries, the chances of getting professional legal help at an affordable price have been slim to none - whether it's distribution...
  • Amazon, Facebook creep up video ranks, but miles behind Netflix (2014-11-20 09:52:51)
    North American Internet traffic on Amazon's video service has more than doubled and Facebook has leaped to the No. 4 downstream slot. Now they just need over 10 times the volume to catch up to Netflix.>
  • Best Buy’s huge Black Friday deals begin right now! (2014-11-20 09:50:47)
    Walmart is not the only major retailer ready to sell you cheaper gadgets even before Black Friday 2014 kicks off, as Best Buy also has some special tech deals set to become available over the next three days. From November 20th through November 22nd, Best Buy will offer customers six special deals in addition to the Black Friday deals it has already disclosed in its giant flier for the shopping event. FROM EARLIER: Massive 47-page ad shows all of Best Buy’s crazy Black Friday deals The retailer warns that supply will be limited for these special device sales, so interested buyers should hurry to get their deals right away. Here are Best Buy’s special limited-time pre-Black Friday sales: $319.99 iPad Air ($80 off) $249.99
  • HBO Go lands on Xbox One at last (2014-11-20 09:47:21)
    The on-demand streaming service from the premium cable network is available for Microsoft's game console.>
  • Next year's iPhones will have Beats Music baked in: report (2014-11-20 09:47:05)
    Starting in 2015, Apple's smartphones and tablets will come out of the box with music streaming integrated into their operating system.
  • Amazon Fire tablet owners get a deal on Bezos' Washington Post (2014-11-20 09:42:36)
    The Amazon CEO, who acquired the Post in a $250 million deal, is offering the paper's new tablet app exclusively to Fire tablet owners for free for the next six months.>
  • Pro tip: Configure specific numbers to go directly to voicemail (2014-11-20 09:37:56)
    Jack Wallen shows you a simple way to prevent annoying callers from interrupting your day.
  • Blood, drugs, and vaccines: stopping Ebola is a multi-pronged effort (2014-11-20 09:33:19)
    Three clinical trial volunteers sit next to Kirsten Lyke, a tropical disease researcher, as she discusses her work on the phone. All had come to the University of Maryland, in Baltimore, to receive a dose of an experimental Ebola vaccine. "We’re finishing up our last set of vaccinations today," she says. And "right around the new year, we will have the new data."
  • Ricoh's new Theta camera delivers (relatively) simple 360-degree video (2014-11-20 09:30:00)
  • Here’s why your iPhone 6 doesn’t have an unbreakable sapphire display (2014-11-20 09:25:45)
    Apple had long been rumored to add an ultra-strong sapphire glass display to this year’s iPhone 6 models, made in partnership with GT Advanced Technologies, but as soon as the iPhone maker launched this year’s iOS handsets it became clear that sapphire covers were not used on either the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. Since then, GTAT filed for bankruptcy, blaming Apple’s draconian supply contract for its doom, and The Wall Street Journal has learned more inside information about why the iPhone 6 doesn’t have a sapphire screen. FROM EARLIER: The iPhone 6 might be low-res, but Apple’s highest-resolution device ever is coming soon Apparently, even though GTAT willingly inked a partnership with Apple, the company was not ready
  • Qualcomm wants to move out of your pocket into your car, house and wearable (2014-11-20 09:23:06)
    The world's biggest maker of mobile chips that power smartphones sees lots of room to grow next year. But a glitch in China may hold it back.>
  • Major store announces huge Black Friday sale packed with all kinds of tech (2014-11-20 09:00:53)
    We gave you early details surrounding hhgregg’s big Black Friday sale late last week, but now the nationwide retailer has announced several changes to its Black Friday plans along with a few online-only doorbusters that gadget fans are going to love. And best of all, deal seekers won’t have to wait until Black Friday to start taking advantage of these big sales, as hhgregg is starting the action early on Wednesday, November 26th. MORE BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: Visit our Black Friday 2014 hub! Black Friday 2014 will begin at 10:00 p.m. next Wednesday for hhgregg, which will offer monster deals on two TVs and a Blu-ray player to kick off the holiday shopping season: LG Wi-Fi Smart Blu-ray Player (BP340) $39.99 – only
  • hhgregg announces huge Black Friday sale packed with HDTVs and other tech (2014-11-20 09:00:53)
    We gave you early details surrounding hhgregg’s big Black Friday sale late last week, but now the nationwide retailer has announced several changes to its Black Friday plans along with a few online-only doorbusters that gadget fans are going to love. And best of all, deal seekers won’t have to wait until Black Friday to start taking advantage of these big sales, as hhgregg is starting the action early on Wednesday, November 26th. MORE BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: Visit our Black Friday 2014 hub! Black Friday 2014 will begin at 10:00 p.m. next Wednesday for hhgregg, which will offer monster deals on two TVs and a Blu-ray player to kick off the holiday shopping season: LG Wi-Fi Smart Blu-ray Player (BP340) $39.99 – only
  • Major store announces huge Black Friday sale packed with all tech (2014-11-20 09:00:53)
    We gave you early details surrounding hhgregg’s big Black Friday sale late last week, but now the nationwide retailer has announced several changes to its Black Friday plans along with a few online-only doorbusters that gadget fans are going to love. And best of all, deal seekers won’t have to wait until Black Friday to start taking advantage of these big sales, as hhgregg is starting the action early on Wednesday, November 26th. MORE BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: Visit our Black Friday 2014 hub! Black Friday 2014 will begin at 10:00 p.m. next Wednesday for hhgregg, which will offer monster deals on two TVs and a Blu-ray player to kick off the holiday shopping season: LG Wi-Fi Smart Blu-ray Player (BP340) $39.99 – only
  • Digital eye strain: 4 ways to fight it (2014-11-20 08:58:08)
    Sometimes screens are unavoidable. Here are a few tips for making your screen time easier on your eyes.
  • Lenovo launches REACHit app for storage management (2014-11-20 08:56:06)
    The app connects user’s PC, Android or iOS device to their storage accounts from Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox and Box.
  • AT&T refreshes its GoPhone lineup with $45 option and unlimited data (2014-11-20 08:52:00)
  • Add more ports to your Mac with the OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock (2014-11-20 08:47:05)
    Use a Mac but find yourself running out of free ports all the time? Or maybe you're just tired of the back of your Mac looking like someone poured a bowl of spaghetti there? The OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock is the device for you.
  • This is why there are no more ‘free’ apps in Apple’s App Stores (2014-11-20 08:31:38)
    In addition to clearly marking which iOS and OS X apps in the App Store and Mac App Store have in-app purchase options, Apple has taken one more important step towards ensuring that customers know exactly what apps they’re downloading, as first spotted by MacRumors. The company has replaced the word “Free,” which appeared under the name of apps available as free downloads from its digital stores, regardless whether they come with in-app purchases or not, with the word “Get.” Meanwhile, paid apps still have the price listed instead of the word “Get,” and all apps still have clear indicators when in-app purchases are available. FROM EARLIER: The 5 best iPhone and iPad games of November The move is likely meant to inform
  • What is the future of sex? (2014-11-20 08:31:03)
    In a wild and unpredictable future, sex might be the one thing that stays the same.
  • The Big Future: What is the future of sex? (2014-11-20 08:30:01)
    Sex is central to human life and has been from the very start, but the act and its aftermath aren't exactly perfect. Despite the technological advancements that have taken place over the course of the last century, people who don't want STIs or children still have to jump through a number of hoops to get to the good stuff. So in this week's Big Future, we look at how those hoops might one day improve — or disappear altogether.
  • Mobileye third quarter revenue beats forecast, profit in line (2014-11-20 08:20:42)
    TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Three months after going public, Mobileye posted better-than-expected quarterly revenue on strong demand for its camera-based systems that help drivers avoid collisions. The Israel-based company on Thursday reported third quarter earnings per share excluding one-off items of 4 cents, unchanged from a year earlier. The 2014 EPS figure was based on 232.9 million shares, up from 206 million a year earlier. Revenue surged 70 percent to $34.7 million. The company was forecast to earn 4 cents a share on revenue of $30.3 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. ...
  • How the Apple Watch will work (2014-11-20 08:16:06)
    Apple's newly released WatchKit documentation gives us an insight into how the Apple Watch will work and how it will interact with the iPhone.
  • HBO Go is now available on the Xbox One (2014-11-20 08:15:03)
    HBO Go is now available on the Xbox One in the US, finally allowing you to easily switch from playing The Master Chief Collection to watching Girls. The app looks similar to what you'll already find on the Xbox 360, but it's been gently reworked to look a bit nicer here: the Xbox One app has bigger images and some new features, including the ability to pin individual TV shows to the home screen. It doesn't support Snap view, however.
  • CIOs make progress, but still get no respect (2014-11-20 08:14:05)
    While chief information officers have made great strides to become more strategic and valuable, they're often still regarded as an "itinerant specialists” rather than long-term strategic partners to CEOs.
  • Get 50 percent off any Skinit InkFusion Lite case (2014-11-20 08:03:11)
    A Cheapskate exclusive and an awesome gift, the InkFusion comes in a huge assortment of themes and designs -- everything from sports to sci-fi.>
  • Your next smartphone might actually withstand nasty drops thanks to Gorilla Glass 4 (2014-11-20 08:00:19)
    When it comes to smartphones, there is absolutely nothing more terrifying than the period of time between a phone slipping out of your hand and hitting the ground. It’s a brief moment, but it feels like an eternity. Even the best smartphone cases in the world won’t always protect your handset’s glass screen when it falls at just the right angle, but the next smartphone you buy might actually escape those nasty drops unscathed thanks to Corning’s latest development. Corning on Thursday announced the availability of its new generation of glass, Gorilla Glass 4. The company’s previous-generation glass, Gorilla Glass 3, is found on most popular smartphones and tablets, and it is indeed strong enough to withstand some drops. According to Corning, however, Gorilla
  • Corning's Gorilla Glass 4 aims to protect your phone from deadly drops (2014-11-20 08:00:02)
    It's unlikely we'll see a truly impervious smartphone screen anytime soon, but Corning says it's getting us closer. Today the company is announcing Gorilla Glass 4, the latest revision of its signature cover glass. Gorilla Glass has already been embraced by nearly every major electronics maker in the industry; Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola, and Microsoft all use it on their smartphones and tablets. If you buy any flagship device today, odds are its display is protected by Gorilla Glass. ...
  • Aether's music-streaming 'Cone' now lets you ditch the Rdio subscription (2014-11-20 08:00:00)
  • And now for some good news... How the Surface Pro 3 can change the way you work (2014-11-20 08:00:00)
    Apple's iPad may have the biggest slice of the tablet share, but one writer found that the Surface Pro 3 can be the laptop replacement you really need in your work life.
  • Gorilla Glass 4 shouldn't shatter when you drop your phone (2014-11-20 08:00:00)
  • Experts: Home, baby cameras not secure worldwide (2014-11-20 07:40:01)
    LONDON (AP) — Experts have a message for anyone with webcams, baby monitors and home security cameras: change your password now.
  • This e-ink watch can change its design at the touch of a button (2014-11-20 07:34:00)
  • Amnesty anti-spyware app tells you if the government is watching you (2014-11-20 07:24:03)
    Privacy campaigners have developed an app that scans your computer for surveillance spyware.>
  • Amazon Echo review: A perfect 10 (2014-11-20 07:22:05)
    This unique device from the folks at Amazon wants to be your invisible friend in the room. In some ways it probably will be.
  • Google signs ten-year wind deal to power Dutch datacentre (2014-11-20 07:14:05)
    The search giant's €600m datacentre in the Netherlands will take up one wind farm's output for the next ten years.
  • FTC cracks down on massive ‘PC cleaner’ security scam (2014-11-20 07:00:35)
    The Federal Trade Commission and the State of Florida on Wednesday announced plans on fighting a type of online scam that cons unsuspecting PC users into paying up to hundreds of dollars for alleged security protection for their computers, which turns out to be fake software supposed to fix inexistent malware threats. Such businesses have fooled many individuals and companies into paying over $120 million for Internet security. FROM EARLIER: Hackers breach State Department’s unclassified computer network Services like PC Cleaner, PC Vitalware or OMG Tech Help are among the “elaborate scams,” as GigaOm calls them, that are targeted by the FTC’s investigation. The scams have a certain pattern. First, such security companies convince users to install inexpensive software on their machines,
  • UNICEF crowdsources report on world's children to inspire innovation and localize solutions (2014-11-20 07:00:03)
    UNICEF released its crowdsourced State of the World's Children report in a new way -- digitally, to mirror the creative ideas and innovations being made by young people around the globe.
  • Yahoo usurps Google in Firefox search deal (2014-11-20 06:57:32)
    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc struck a deal with Firefox maker Mozilla Corp to replace Google Inc as the default search engine on the Firefox Web browser in the United States, a move that Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer said will help boost its flagging search market share. The deal between the two companies will start in December and is set to last five years, Yahoo said. Mayer would not disclose the financial terms other than to say that the partnership is a revenue sharing agreement and includes certain "guarantees. ...
  • Alibaba to launch international version of Taobao marketplace (2014-11-20 06:55:43)
    WUZHEN China (Reuters) - Jack Ma, the founder of China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd , said on Thursday the firm will set up an international version of its e-commerce marketplace Taobao to serve shoppers worldwide in multiple languages, including English and Chinese.
  • Jeff Bezos gifts Fire Tablet owners six months of access to his newspaper (2014-11-20 06:41:00)
  • Amnesty's Detekt tool wants to help you thwart government spying (2014-11-20 06:30:06)
    The human rights group says the new anti-surveillance tool is a 'strike back' against governments that have overextended their reach.
  • KPN grabs the rest of Reggefiber for €610m (2014-11-20 06:08:05)
    The Dutch telco has bought out its joint venture partner, becoming sole owner of the fibre broadband provider.
  • Enterprise software vendors go freemium: It's all about the long tail (2014-11-20 06:00:00)
    IBM, Cisco and others are launching new apps under a freemium model. Will Millennials see these enterprise giants as go-to vendors in the future?
  • Norway's new passports hide an aurora borealis in plain sight (2014-11-20 05:58:28)
    Norway's quickly becoming the home of beautifully designed official documentation. Having recently chosen an artful and modern new look for its currency, the country has now revealed the winning design for its future passports and ID cards. Prompted by the Norwegian Police Directorate's desire to issue new and more secure travel documents, Norway opened a design competition in February that has now concluded with Oslo's Neue Design Studio named as the winner.
  • Six social networks for the enterprise (2014-11-20 05:44:06)
    Facebook has recently announced "Facebook at work" to connect your professional contacts. If you do not want to mix your business and personal lives, have a look at these other social networks you can use for work.
  • Fitness wearable stats illustrate what you thought: we're less active when it's cold (2014-11-20 05:38:00)
  • Samsung launches free mobile video streaming service (2014-11-20 05:36:58)
    Services like Spotify are disrupting and revolutionizing the way consumers discover and access music and Samsung is betting that video is about to go the same way.
  • Jack Ma says Alibaba will set up international version of Taobao marketplace (2014-11-20 05:33:31)
    WUZHEN China (Reuters) - Jack Ma, the founder of China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd , said on Thursday the firm will set up an international version of its e-commerce marketplace Taobao to serve shoppers worldwide in multiple languages, including English and Chinese. Alibaba currently has an international e-commerce platform specializing in wholesale goods called Aliexpress, but does not have a similar offering for consumers to sell to each other. ...
  • Is the web dying? No, the browser's best days are still to come (2014-11-20 05:29:00)
    Warnings that the web has had its day ignore the significant improvements to the browser that are in the offing.
  • Human rights groups release anti-surveillance tool (2014-11-20 05:23:15)
    BERLIN (AP) — Four human rights groups have released a tool that lets users check whether their computer has been infected with surveillance software.
  • Microsoft Surface tablets issued to Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines pilots (2014-11-20 05:20:05)
    Pilots from both airlines have been given Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablets to make flight operations more efficient.
  • Why App Store apps are now labeled 'Get' instead of 'Free' (2014-11-20 04:35:00)
  • Amazon reveals Black Friday deals, free paid apps, bargain tech (2014-11-20 04:32:05)
    The e-commerce giant has revealed a plethora of shopping deals, including bargain Samsung TV sets and over $155 in free top paid apps for Android devices.
  • Ma says Alibaba will set up international version of Taobao marketplace (2014-11-20 04:19:29)
    BEIJING (Reuters) - Jack Ma, the founder of China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd , said on Thursday the firm will set up an international version of its e-commerce marketplace Taobao to serve buyers worldwide in multiple languages, including English and Chinese.
  • Concur shareholders approve $8.3 billion SAP acquisition (2014-11-20 04:11:05)
    Travel and entertainment software creator Concur is one step closer to merging with SAP following shareholder approval.
  • Microsoft says Storage service performance update brought Azure down (2014-11-20 04:04:05)
    Microsoft officials are attributing a nearly 11-hour Azure outage across a large part of the world earlier this week to a performance update the company made to its Storage services.
  • Qualcomm wants to get into servers after conquering the mobile world (2014-11-20 03:36:00)
  • Facebook bus drivers vote to join Teamsters (2014-11-20 03:23:03)
    Drivers for the social network's shuttle bus contractor say they seek better schedules and wages that allow them to live near their jobs.>
  • AP Exclusive: Some in NSA warned of a backlash (2014-11-20 03:07:08)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Dissenters within the National Security Agency, led by a senior agency executive, warned in 2009 that the program to secretly collect American phone records wasn't providing enough intelligence to justify the backlash it would cause if revealed, current and former intelligence officials say.
  • Sony's A7 II mirrorless camera adds faster autofocus and better image stabilization (2014-11-20 02:32:32)
    Sony has upgraded its pioneering A7 full-frame mirrorless camera with a few improvements that should make it more responsive and enjoyable to shoot. The A7 II's headline feature is 5-axis image stabilization, an ability first seen on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 back in early 2012 but never before on a full-frame camera. This is, in fact, the first mirrorless camera from Sony to feature in-body image stabilization at all, meaning you'll be able to take longer (and therefore brighter) exposures in low light no matter what lens is attached.
  • Infosys unit's overbilling Apple led to exit of top executives: sources (2014-11-20 02:11:49)
    (Reuters) - Indian outsourcing major Infosys Ltd's back-office services unit was overcharging Apple Inc, leading to the exit of top executives, two senior Infosys people said on Thursday. Infosys, India's second-largest IT services exporter, said on Tuesday it had fired Abraham Mathews, chief financial officer of its Infosys BPO unit, for failure to comply with the company's code of conduct. Infosys BPO chief executive officer Gautam Thakkar resigned on "moral grounds" and would leave the company on Nov. 30, Infosys said. It did not give details about the charges against Mathews. ...
  • Walmart's Amazon price-match policy is less open to abuse now (2014-11-20 01:55:00)
  • Hon Hai, Innolux to invest $2.8 billion in Taiwan flat-panel plant (2014-11-20 01:53:48)
    By Michael Gold TAIPEI (Reuters) - Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd , the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer, will partner with flat-panel maker Innolux Corp in investing T$86.8 billion ($2.8 billion) in a panel-producing plant in Taiwan, the firms said. The move comes as Hon Hai is trying to diversify aggressively by finding new revenue sources beyond contract assembly for the likes of Apple Inc . Earlier this year it bought stakes in a Taiwanese mobile network provider and a South Korean IT services provider. Hon Hai and Innolux, the world's No. ...
  • Six Clicks: The six fastest computers in the world (2014-11-20 01:30:05)
    In November 2014, the top six supercomputers all run Linux, but that's about the only thing they have in common.
  • Kickstarter to drill the moon's south pole is raising crazy cash (2014-11-20 01:19:13)
    Lunar Mission One wants to bury a time capsule deep below the surface of the bottom of the moon, and it's asking the public to foot the bill. So far, humanity seems willing to chip in.>
  • Cloud&Heat reimagines the data center with its ecological solution (2014-11-20 01:08:38)
    Cloud&Heat offers a unique ecological solution to heat the homes of customers by placing cloud servers into private residences and harvesting the heat generated to warm the air and water.
  • Google's setting Photo Spheres and Street View images free from Maps (2014-11-20 00:59:00)
  • Visit beautiful Australia from the comfort of your computer (2014-11-20 00:38:21)
    Google Street View has released gorgeous explorable locations from NSW's national parks and oceans to showcase Australia's wild beauty.>
  • Sony Pictures said to ditch Aaron Sorkin's biopic on Steve Jobs (2014-11-20 00:24:07)
    Desertion comes less than a month after Christian Bale withdrew from the project.>
  • Amazon uses Snapchat to send exclusive deals (2014-11-20 00:04:18)
    Black Friday is here early and it may start on the app known for ephemeral messaging. The e-commerce giant grows its social media efforts in order to attract more mobile-friendly shoppers.>
  • Watch 1,200 engineers switch an above-ground track to a subway in three hours (2014-11-19 23:53:14)
    Earlier in March this year, Tokyu Railways spent one night lowering a train track at Shibuya Station to connect it to a subway station.>
  • Parrot's featherweight Bebop drone lands next month for $500 (2014-11-19 23:38:00)
  • You won’t believe how different GTA V looks on PS4 compared to Xbox One (2014-11-19 23:00:56)
    Half a dozen of the biggest games of the year are launching this week, but they’ll have to compete with one of the best-selling games of 2013. Grand Theft Auto V for PS4 and Xbox One hit store shelves on Tuesday, which means that gamers the world over want to know which version is worth spending their money on. Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry is here to help. LAST TIME: ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’ face-off: PS4 vs. Xbox One Although the team at Digital Foundry has only just begun testing the PS4 version of the game, their initial impressions are that the performance of the PS4 and Xbox One versions of GTA V are nearly identical. Other than the “rare dropped frames” (less common on PS4
  • Fight Content Starvation With Savvy Publishing Tactics (2014-11-19 22:54:23)
    So, you just uploaded some great content to your blog post and shared it across you social accounts expecting a signal back from the universe.But nothing: a ping with no echo.Instead the old hawk and drone story hit you upside the head. #realizationYou remember, the one your grandad used to tell you sitting around the wood stove?Everything old...
  • FTC says two bogus tech support operations scammed $120 million from customers (2014-11-19 22:53:24)
    The Federal Trade Commission has temporarily closed two operations alleged to have tricked customers out of $120 million by providing bogus technical support. The commission has brought two cases against the groups, both of whom reportedly offered specious advice and fake security software to computer users, before charging money to "activate" the useless programs. Jessica Rich, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection said that both operations "prey on consumers' lack of technical knowledge with deceptive pitches and high-pressure tactics to sell useless software and services to the tune of millions of dollars." One of the FTC's cases named a group that offered a piece of software known as "PC Cleaner" to consumers, a pointless piece of software designed to capitalize on computer users' fears that their machines have become infected.
  • Computers are ranking the world's important authors (2014-11-19 22:25:00)
  • This tiny cardboard capsule is exactly what the iPhone doctor ordered (2014-11-19 22:05:37)
    No matter how big smartphone batteries are, smartphone users still often must rely on external battery packs to keep them going, so it’s no wonder the accessory market is filled with third-party accessories that promise to prolong battery life on iPhones, Android devices and other gadgets that might require frequent charging. FastCoDesign has found a new external battery concept though, and it offers a different and unique take on providing extra power. FROM EARLIER: Meet XOO, the belt that can recharge your iPhone and Android smartphone Designer Tsung Chih-Hsien has imagined a disposable cardboard battery capsule that would come in different sizes called Mini Power, which can deliver a battery boost for a certain amount of time (as seen in the image above), and can then be
  • Sen. Franken questions Uber about 'troubling disregard' for user privacy (2014-11-19 21:52:47)
    Minnesota Democrat wants answers in wake of a report an Uber executive monitored a reporter's movements on the ride-sharing service.>
  • Billboard ranking to include streams, track sales (2014-11-19 21:44:54)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Billboard's chart is getting a makeover.
  • Hydrogel injections could increase survival chances for wounded soldiers (2014-11-19 21:41:00)
  • Sony's new A7 II mirrorless camera stabilizes your shots with any lens (2014-11-19 21:37:00)
  • Security considerations for Enterprise Linux (2014-11-19 21:36:05)
    To maintain an application infrastructure that meets continually expanding business demands, organizations need more than a maintenance and support contract. Organizations need a proven, scalable, reliable, and secure enterprise platform.
  • EBay retools local delivery push in renewed bet on retail (2014-11-19 21:30:53)
    By Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - EBay Inc is retooling its local delivery program and extending more logistics options to smaller merchants that make up the bulk of the e-commerce giant's sprawling base of marketplace sellers, an executive said on Wednesday. More of eBay's smaller sellers, including some with annual sales under $100,000, will allow shoppers to buy items online that can be picked up in stores, an option now used by big companies such as Best Buy Co Inc and Toys 'R' Us. ...
  • BitTorrent to go after leading cloud file-sharing services (2014-11-19 21:16:54)
    New Sync service gives users a less expensive way to sync massive files.>
  • You can now play Destiny for free, and save your progress for when you purchase it (2014-11-19 21:00:10)
    Destiny has been a big success so far, at least when it comes to overall sales, but that doesn’t mean Bungie is happy with the number of copies it has sold to date. The company is now letting curious players who aren’t sure whether they should spend $60 on Destiny try the game free of charge. Even more interesting, the free trial includes the option for gamers to save their progress and continue the game from where they left off as soon as they purchase the full game. FROM EARLIER: Destiny’s first expansion brings a ton of new content to the popular shooter on December 9th “Beginning November 18th, 2014, players will be able to try Destiny for free via Trial or Demo.
  • Utah lawmaker questions city water going to NSA (2014-11-19 20:50:36)
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah lawmaker concerned about government spying on its citizens is questioning whether city water service should be cut off to a massive National Security Agency data storage facility outside Salt Lake City.
  • Ebola, hackers drive word of the year: 'Exposure' (2014-11-19 20:38:40) says Ebola outbreaks, privacy concerns and horrific acts of violence influenced its decision to make "Exposure" the Word of the Year.>
  • Engadget Daily: The Meizu MX4 Pro, why GoPro's mid-range camera is its best, and more! (2014-11-19 20:28:00)
  • Meet XOO, the belt that can recharge your iPhone and Android smartphone (2014-11-19 20:15:00)
    Nifty, a U.K. based company that has already successfully funded a nifty portable storage solution for MacBook laptops (the MiniDrive) is back on Indiegogo looking to raise funds for an equally interesting project, the XOO Belt. What’s so great about the company’s new belt? It has a hidden, but very important, feature: It can offer additional battery life to an iPhone or Android device on the verge of dying. FROM EARLIER: Meet Prynt, the cool iPhone accessory mobile photographers have been waiting for The XOO Belt packs a complex battery system placed partly in the belt buckle and partly in the actual belt, and it offers up to 2,100 mAh of extra battery life. The belt also has either a Lightning connector
  • Tiger Direct Black Friday 2014 deals include Microsoft Surface 2 tablet for $300 (2014-11-19 19:59:05)
    The electronics retailer is also taking $50 off a Steam Machine gaming PC console and offering a Lenovo Windows 8.1 desktop for $199.99, though its deals are only available in its retail stores.
  • Slack for Mac review (2014-11-19 19:50:00)
    Team collaboration software
  • Hackers tried to hold a Detroit city database hostage (2014-11-19 19:44:00)
  • Watch: 7 Mindfulness Tools for Tech Addiction (2014-11-19 19:37:56)
    Do you check Facebook when you first wake up in the morning? Are you tempted to text while you drive? If so, you're not alone. We all get unreasonable urges to check our smartphone!When you're engaged in addictive or unhealthy use of technology, it can lower your consciousness and ability to be present. The good news is that you can also use...
  • This beautiful lamp uses water to diffuse light (2014-11-19 19:35:25)
    The brainchild of French designer Arturo Erbsman, the Atmos lamp eloquently uses water condensation and evaporation to diffuse light into the room.>
  • This is how Microsoft thinks the Xbox One will finally catch up to the PS4 (2014-11-19 19:30:40)
    With just over a month left in 2014, the Xbox One might finally be gaining ground on the PlayStation 4. For nine months straight, Sony dominated Microsoft in the console market, due to a combination of too many factors to list. But Microsoft never gave up. OUR TAKE: One year later: The state of PS4 and Xbox One Speaking with the Financial Post, Microsoft Studios VP Mike Nichols discussed how Microsoft has been turning things around in order to give its console a chance to retake the number one spot. “If you step back and look at the Xbox One, it’s still very early in the console’s life cycle,” Nichols said in response to a question about how important the holiday lineup is to
  • Remote Mouse for Mac review (2014-11-19 19:29:00)
    Turn your iPhone or iPad, iPod touch into a wireless trackpad and keyboard
  • Yahoo CEO says Firefox deal will boost search market share (2014-11-19 19:22:43)
    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc struck a deal with Firefox maker Mozilla Corp to replace Google Inc as the default search engine on the Firefox Web browser in the United States, a move that Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer said will help boost its flagging search market share. The deal between the two companies will start in December and is set to last five years, Yahoo said. Mayer would not disclose the financial terms other than to say that the partnership is a revenue sharing agreement and includes certain "guarantees. ...
  • iTrash for Mac review (2014-11-19 19:11:00)
    Uninstall programs using the Levenshtein Distance algorithm to find related files
  • Tomorrow Daily 089: Multifunctional home robots, high-tech food service, computer magic and more (2014-11-19 19:04:20)
    On today's show, we discuss a futuristic home robot with swappable peripherals, a Parisian restaurant using wearables, tablets and phones to organize its kitchen and one university's quest to teach a computer magic tricks.>
  • Amnesty International wants to help you avoid government surveillance (2014-11-19 19:01:00)
  • Qualcomm wants to move out of your pocket into your cars, house and wearable (2014-11-19 18:58:50)
    The world's biggest maker of mobile chips that power smartphones sees lots of room to grow next year. But a glitch in China may hold it back.>
  • Apple Pages for Mac review (2014-11-19 18:50:55)
    Word processor & page layout app
  • Watch a supercut of Stanley Kubrick's obsession with the color red (2014-11-19 18:48:01)
    From the budding supercut master who brought you ROYGBIV: A Pixar Supercut comes this short (and wildly re-watchable) exploration of Stanley Kubrick's use of the color red. Aptly set to Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, the smartly-edited video clocks in at just over one minute. Though the cuts are quick, be warned that they obviously give some details away about Kubrick's biggest films — which, if you haven't seen, for shame — and in certain offices this could be considered NSFW because, you know... blood.
  • Video: This cool Kickstarter makes the Moto 360 look even better (2014-11-19 18:45:39)
    For some smartwatch buyers, the circular Moto 360 is the best-looking wearable device out there, and the Motorola gadget is definitely popular with buyers — at least when compared to other Android Wear devices. To make it even more appealing, SteelConnect has created some interesting accessories that are currently available for purchase on Kickstarter, including a hook that can turn the Moto 360 into a smart modern pocket watch, as seen in the image above. FROM EARLIER: Yes, someone has finally built Marty McFly’s auto-lacing shoes Called M ° 1 8 0, M ° 2 2 5, and M – H O O K, the three accessories let users further customize the appearance of their Moto 360. The first two are both stainless steel
  • Avira Free Antivirus 2015 review (2014-11-19 18:41:59)
    Detect and eliminate viruses, get free protection for home users
  • The Proton and Neutron Just Got Two Brand New Subatomic Cousins (2014-11-19 18:37:07)
    Using the same massive particle accelerator that found the elusive Higgs Boson in 2012, physicists at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) announced that they discovered two new "heavy-weight" subatomic particles on Wednesday.
  • Inhale Oxford's Word of the Year: 'Vape' (2014-11-19 18:21:56)
    Slang terms "clickbait," "normcore," and "mansplain" lose to "vape" as Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year, which proves electronic cigarettes might not be a drag.>
  • Amazon promises to run entirely on renewable energy... finally (2014-11-19 18:17:05)
    Microsoft made the pledge, as did Google. Amazon took a bit longer to crunch the numbers, but it's ready to bite the bullet and begin reducing its reliance on coal, oil, and gas energy sources.
  • Apple Numbers for Mac review (2014-11-19 18:16:37)
    Spreadsheet app
  • Uber investigating if exec broke 'God' app rules (2014-11-19 18:13:54)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Uber Technologies confirmed Wednesday that it is investigating whether one of its general managers violated the popular car-booking service's privacy policies by snooping on a reporter's ride.
  • The hit 'Guardians of the Galaxy' soundtrack is free at Google Play today (2014-11-19 18:13:02)
    Look, in the months since Guardians of the Galaxy's box office dominance, we've all probably heard "Hooked on a Feeling" a few too many times. Google is offering the entire soundtrack to everyone living in the United States. The promotion comes a day after the digital release of Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • Stratasys names HP exec new CMO (2014-11-19 18:06:05)
    Chris Morgan held multiple roles at HP's imaging and printing unit over 25 years.
  • Sound Off! What are you making with 3D printing? (2014-11-19 18:05:00)
  • This is why the iPhone 6 doesn't have a sapphire screen (2014-11-19 18:02:12)
    The iPhone 6 was supposed to have a sapphire display. More than a year ago, Apple turned to GT Advanced Technologies, the now-bankrupt supplier, to solve its longstanding problems with scratched and cracked displays. But as soon as the two companies signed an agreement, their relationship became riddled with complications. In the ensuing year, as chronicled in detail by the Wall Street Journal, everything shifted. Apple originally wanted to buy furnaces with which to make sapphire itself, before changing its mind and deciding to simply buy the produced sapphire from GT. ...
  • Apple Keynote for Mac review (2014-11-19 18:01:00)
    PowerPoint-compatible presentation tool
  • Which carrier has the most loyal customers, AT&T or Verizon? (2014-11-19 18:00:45)
    Whether you like it or not, if you want reliable service for your cell phone, you’re going to have to subscribe to one of the major wireless carriers. We all have issues with our carriers from time to time, whether its the cost of data or the lack of customer service, but many of us stick around anyway. So which carrier has been retaining the most customers in recent months? PREVIOUSLY: This is why Verizon gets away with charging customers more money Verizon and AT&T are constantly in fierce competition when it comes to customer satisfaction, but more often than not, Verizon seems to come out on top. Earlier this year, Verizon won the RootMetrics “Overall Performance” award, edging out AT&T by
  • Why is Spider-Man wearing a ruffled neckpiece? (2014-11-19 17:55:32)
    What do you get when you drop Darth Vader, Captain America and The Incredible Hulk into the 17th century? Photographer Sacha Goldberger's images tell the tale.>
  • Chevrolet built a futuristic, spaceship-inspired concept car for 'Gran Turismo 6' (2014-11-19 17:54:19)
    The latest concept car designed for Gran Turismo 6 is a futuristic supercar from Chevrolet. The car, dubbed the Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Tursimo (VGT), will be available as downloadable content in the PlayStation 3 game later this holiday season. It was designed through a collaboration between Chevrolet Research and Development and Chaparral Racing, and it features a propulsion system based on technology that could one day be used in spaceships.
  • 'Hunger Games' audiobook bundle aims to help feed the hungry (2014-11-19 17:49:00)
    Name your own price for this Scholastic audio collection, which also includes "Goosebumps," "The 39 Clues" and more.>
  • Resolve security control issues on a PaaS with this risk management framework (2014-11-19 17:45:13)
    Identifying, implementing, and assessing security controls for an information system can be a burden. Ease your mind by following this six-step risk management framework.
  • Yahoo will be Firefox's default search engine for the next five years (2014-11-19 17:42:00)
  • Computer engineer Barbie needs men to code for her (2014-11-19 17:35:13)
    Mattel apologizes for a book in which Barbie needs programming help from men, Walmart stores are scammed into price-matching fake Amazon listings, and Facebook launches yet another app.>
  • Alibaba will sell debut bond on Thursday (2014-11-19 17:32:11)
    By Danielle Robinson and John Balassi NEW YORK (IFR) - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba will sell its first-ever bond on Thursday, a jumbo trade expected to be around $8 billion in size that comes just two months after the company's record IPO. It is looking to sell up to seven tranches, including five fixed-rate bonds ranging from three to 20-year maturities and two floating-rate notes with three and five-year maturities, which bankers and investors expect to be the most sought after of the year. ...
  • Yahoo replaces Google as Firefox's default search (2014-11-19 17:31:15)
    Yahoo may be getting more serious about search again.
  • iMovie for Mac review (2014-11-19 17:31:00)
    Digital video editing system
  • Yahoo to replace Google as default U.S. Firefox search engine (2014-11-19 17:27:22)
    (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc said on Wednesday it struck a deal to be the default search engine on the Firefox web browser on desktop PCs and mobile devices in the United States, replacing market leader Google Inc. The deal between Yahoo and Firefox maker Mozilla Corp will start in December and is set to last five years, Yahoo said. It was not immediately clear how the agreement will affect Yahoo's existing arrangement with Microsoft Corp, whose Bing search engine currently powers Yahoo's web search capabilities. Firefox had 10.4 percent of the U.S. ...
  • Mozilla strikes Firefox search deal with Yahoo, ending long partnership with Google (2014-11-19 17:25:06)
    A long-standing partnership between Google and Mozilla Corporation, makers of the Firefox browser, ends this month. Today, Mozilla announced it has signed a new five-year deal with Yahoo.
  • Google to launch its app store in China: The Information (2014-11-19 17:17:45)
    (Reuters) - Google Inc plans to launch Google Play app store in China, The Information news website said, citing several people familiar with the matter. The launch in China will give the company access to about half the users of its Android operating system, the report said. The search engine giant exited China in 2010, citing repeated hacking attempts, potential loss of intellectual property and persistent censorship. Some of Google's web services remain blocked in China and the features will not be available in the foreseeable future, the report said. ...
  • Chevrolet unveils futuristic 'Gran Turismo 6' concept car (2014-11-19 17:17:00)
  • 'World of Warcraft' subscribers surpass 10 million in November (2014-11-19 17:15:37)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Video game publisher Activision Blizzard Inc said subscribers to its "World of Warcraft" game surged to 10 million, as of Nov. 13 when it launched the title's expansion pack "World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor." Subscribers rose from 7.4 million as of Sept. 30. "World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor" sold 3.3 million units on the first day of its release, the company said. (Reporting by Malathi Nayak; editing by Matthew Lewis)
  • This is why you can’t use Touch ID to log in to your iPhone after rebooting (2014-11-19 17:15:24)
    In the 14 months since Touch ID launched, it has become a standout feature of the iPhone and iPad line of devices. It makes paying for apps easier than ever, it’s a shift toward enhanced mobile security and it was the key to making Apple Pay a reality… but it still has its limitations. Reddit user Xenon808 asked a question this week that many of us have probably pondered in the past: “Why do you have to type in your PIN after rebooting your phone or after a certain amount of time?” READ MORE: Hacking the iPhone 6′s Touch ID is harder, but still possible As it turns out, not only is there an answer to this question, but it comes straight from Apple’s support
  • Apps are no longer labeled as 'Free' in the App Store (2014-11-19 17:00:40)
    Eagle-eyed Apple customers noticed a small change in the App Store today; where Apple once touted apps with no immediate cost as "FREE," customers are now being made to tap a "GET" button. The new language shows up throughout the different sections of the mobile and desktop versions of the App Store and is the same whether or not an application allows in-app purchases.
  • Android Lollipop users warn of 'unusable' devices after upgrading (2014-11-19 16:59:05)
    Despite strong reviews from the tech community, early Android Lollipop device owners are warning their fellow Android users not to upgrade amid concerns of major problems.
  • Barbie book implies girls can't be coders; Mattel apologizes (2014-11-19 16:45:39)
    Mattel says a Barbie book that suggests girls can't handle computer code doesn't reflect its brand vision. That won't stop the uproar surrounding the title, which is still available to buy.>
  • What to get when you've got an amateur photographer in your life (2014-11-19 16:45:00)
  • T-Mobile is finally ready to take your money for a Nexus 6 (2014-11-19 16:40:26)
    After announcing last week that it had to delay the Nexus 6 launch in its stores in order to offer buyers a better shopping experience, T-Mobile on Wednesday started Nexus 6 sales, stocking both the 32GB and the 64GB versions of the handset. FROM EARLIER: The Boy Genius Report: Nexus 6 review The Nexus 6 costs either $649.92 or $699.84, if purchased outright, although customers can also pay for it in installments, with $0 down and 24 monthly $27.08 payments for the 32GB model, or $0 down and $29.16 per month for two years for the 64GB version. When it comes to color options, T-Mobile only has the Midnight Blue version of the handset available in stores, regardless of which storage option buyers
  • CssCop brings CSS Lint functionality to Visual Studio (2014-11-19 16:36:00)
    Check your CSS code without leaving the IDE by using CssCop, which brings the CSS Lint functionality to the Visual Studio environment.
  • Amazon Web Services wants to run your world (2014-11-19 16:34:05)
    The rapid growth of cloud services like AWS will have a big impact on hardware, in particular on servers and other gear in data centers, but also on how we use PCs and mobile devices. Here are my takeaways from re:Invent.
  • 7 charitable apps for easy giving (2014-11-19 16:27:37)
    Monetize your daily routine to help the needy with these 7 simple apps.
  • Defy Ventures looks to turn former criminals into successful entrepreneurs (2014-11-19 16:27:19)
    Defy Ventures calls former criminals the most overlooked talent pool. At the 2014 DEMO conference, founder Catherine Hoke shared the mission of the organization and its success stories.
  • How to add more storage to any phone that doesn’t have a microSD card slot (2014-11-19 16:15:09)
    Apple took a step in the right direction by eliminating the 32GB models of its most recent phones and tablets, but anyone who isn’t willing to pay a $100 premium for extra storage is still out of luck. The issue is that Apple’s mobile devices don’t feature microSD card slots for expanded storage, but ZDNet has alerted us to an interesting alternative. FROM EARLIER: How to see which apps are hogging all the storage on your iPhone or iPad This is IOGEAR’s MediaShair Wireless Media Hub. You can plug an SD card, a USB flash drive or even an external hard drive into this hub and then connect to it through your mobile device. It has built-in WiFi and can share media with up to seven iOS
  • Salesforce delivers strong Q3, but outlook weaker than expected (2014-11-19 16:15:06)
    Salesforce's results looked good as it enters its seasonally strong fourth quarter, but the company's outlook was a bit light.
  • Unsure about buying an EV? This Heads-Up Display may someday help (2014-11-19 16:09:00)
  • Samsung Black Friday 2014 deals include $99.99 Gear Fit, cheap Galaxy Tabs (2014-11-19 16:05:50)
    Samsung's taking a fairly unique approach to its Black Friday sale: pre-order a device now, skip the lines, and your credit or debit card won't be charged on November 24th. The company is offering a slew of products that range from TVs to tablets to wearables and even SSD hard drives. Samsung says most orders placed before November 22nd should arrive in time for the holidays. But again, these prices won't be changing or getting any lower — at least if you're buying from Samsung — so there's little point in waiting. We've collected some of the best deals below. ...
  • U.S. court shuts down telemarketer FTC says bilked customers of $120 million (2014-11-19 16:01:43)
    By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal court has temporarily shut down a U.S. technology telemarketing operation accused of bilking customers of $120 million, while also ordering the freezing of assets of telemarketers and their executives. The Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday that it successfully asked a federal court in Florida to shut down Boost Software and its related operation, Vast Tech Support. ...
  • Details emerge on Windows Kerberos vulnerability (2014-11-19 15:53:05)
    The Windows KDC didn't properly validate parts of Kerberos tickets. It may be possible for admins to detect if they have been exploited.
  • 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' review: this is how a revolution dies (2014-11-19 15:52:22)
    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is a film that delivers on its premise far too well.
  • The 5 best iPhone and iPad games of November (2014-11-19 15:50:17)
    Here at BGR, we’re in the business of bringing you all of the best free iPhone and iPad apps every week, but there are plenty of apps on the App Store that deserve your hard-earned pennies. Today, we’ve rounded up five of the best iOS games of the month so far. November’s still not over, but these are the games that should be on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. FREE APPS: 7 awesome paid iPhone apps that are completely free right now The price of each app can be found directly below the picture, and the download link follows the description. XCOM: Enemy Within Currently $12.99 on the App Store. XCOM®: Enemy Within is a standalone expansion to the 2012 strategy game of
  • Dell Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2014 deals (2014-11-19 15:44:05)
    Dell unveils its Black Friday/Cyber, which include the Venue 8 Pro 3000 Windows 8.1 tablet for $149.99 and an Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1 for $349.99.
  • 2014's top ten technology buzzwords to learn and to avoid (2014-11-19 15:38:05)
    Not all buzzwords are bad. Some actually convey an idea, a concept, or a valid technology. However, some exist to confuse, distort, and empower those who don't want you to know what they're talking about.
  • T-Mobile add-on gives you unlimited international calls for $5 per month (2014-11-19 15:34:00)
  • U.S. entrepreneur considered suing Uber over tracking activities (2014-11-19 15:27:30)
    By Sarah McBride and Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A San Francisco Bay Area entrepreneur and author whose location in an Uber vehicle was allegedly broadcast to a roomful of party-goers without his permission considered legal action against the company and consulted an attorney, he said on Wednesday. Peter Sims said he ultimately decided against suing because of time commitments. But his situation highlights potential liabilities at a time when Uber has drawn fire over allegations that it targeted journalists. ...
  • This new feature will make Google Search much better on Android phones and the iPhone (2014-11-19 15:25:23)
    Can you imagine where we would be today if not for Google search? Say what you will about Google being “evil,” but there’s no company on Earth right now that plays a more pivotal role in connecting people with information. Google is always improving its many apps and services, of course, and the latest update to the company’s core consumer-facing product — search — will make searching for answers on your Android phone or iPhone a much better experience. DON’T MISS: 25 Google Search tricks you won’t know how you ever lived without Some people like to talk about how smartphones and tablets are as powerful as computers and have eliminated the need for PCs in many cases. Those people have apparently never
  • Empower, Inspire, and Uplift: Changing the Face of Beauty and Confidence (2014-11-19 15:18:38)
    When you were a newborn infant, all that mattered to you was to be in the safety of your mother's protective arms. When you were five, your life revolved around dolls, tree houses, and stuffed animals. When you were ten, it was all about play-dates and hanging out with your best friends. Now you've reached the tender age of fifteen -- that...
  • Keep track of your phone and keys with Motorola's Keylink (2014-11-19 15:15:31)
    Today, Motorola announced their version of HTC's Fetch, the device that works both ways. The Keylink is a Bluetooth device that connects to your keychain and works with a companion app to let you find your keys from up to 100 feet away. It costs $24.99, and Motorola says the replaceable battery should last around one year, which means it's a cheaper and will last you longer than the Fetch.
  • Five hidden metrics CIOs should track (2014-11-19 15:14:21)
    Don't overlook opportunities to measure costs and intelligence that might be beneficial when setting the IT department's performance goals.
  • Canada's Kik raises $38 million, buys video messaging app Relay (2014-11-19 15:13:32)
    TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian mobile instant messaging company Kik Interactive Inc said on Wednesday it had raised C$38.3 million and acquired video messaging company Relay as it aims to turn its youth-focused application into a broader platform for commerce. The Waterloo-based company said it raised the funds from investors led by Valiant Capital Partners. The company did not provide details such as stake size that would indicate a rough valuation for the entire company. ...
  • Apple to offer Beats music service in iPhone, iPad: FT (2014-11-19 15:11:43)
    (Reuters) - Apple Inc will bundle the subscription music service it bought from Beats into its iOS operating system early next year, the Financial Times reported. The inclusion of the paid-for Beats service in an iOS software update, which would instantly make it available on millions of iPhones and iPads, could happen as early as March, the daily reported, citing people familiar with the situation. The move will mark the company's first big push into subscription music, at a time when downloads from its iTunes are in decline, the paper said. ...
  • Barnes and Noble debuts Nook Audiobooks app on Android (2014-11-19 15:03:00)
  • Android Lollipop might have another serious bug affecting Nexus smartphones (2014-11-19 15:00:04)
    The recently released Android 5.0 Lollipop update is Google’s most important OS upgrade in recent years, bringing users a completely new design language as well as many new features. But it appears that Lollipop also comes with a serious bug that affects some Nexus smartphone owners who already upgraded their devices to Android 5.0. FROM EARLIER: This is one of the best new features in Android 5.0, and you don’t even know about it As Business Insider reports, the bug affects SMS functionality on Nexus devices, and appears to have been spotted in the Netherlands first. What happens is that SMS messages sent on the Nexus 5 running Android 5.0 do not reach the recipient, even though they appear to be sent
  • Billboard in NY's Times Square is world's largest high-def display (2014-11-19 14:46:48)
    By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - The biggest advertising billboard in Times Square history, longer that a football field and eight stories high, will light up for the first time on Tuesday. The world's largest high-definition video display will turn on its nearly 24 million LED pixels at 7:30 p.m. EST and make its debut with an exhibition of digital art by Universal Everything Studio. Next week Google will become the billboard's first advertising client, said Clear Channel Outdoor, the firm selling the gargantuan ad space. ...
  • Facebook's next-gen data center network debuts in Altoona, Iowa (2014-11-19 14:31:03)
    Facebook, a leader in data-center technology, put everything its engineers knew in the Altoona facility and then added a surprise.
  • iPhones may soon come with Beats Music already installed (2014-11-19 14:31:00)
  • Tomorrow Daily 088: Ultrafast maglev trains, unlimited 'Interstellar' tickets and more (2014-11-19 14:23:18)
    On today's show, we discuss Japan's newest superconductor maglev train, AMC and Paramount's unlimited "Interstellar" ticket and nanosculptures that can only be viewed with an electron microscope.>
  • Hypnotic NASA video makes Earth's carbon dioxide gorgeous (2014-11-19 14:15:12)
    A new video simulation from NASA is so beautiful to watch, it's easy to forget it's tracking one of the biggest disruptors of our climate.>
  • Apple said to be embedding Beats music service into iOS (2014-11-19 14:13:13)
    Having the subscription music service preloaded onto devices, as the Financial Times says is planned, gives Apple a leg up over competitors such as Spotify.>
  • You don’t have to wait until Black Friday for Walmart’s hot iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 sales (2014-11-19 14:10:31)
    Even though there’s more than a week to go until Black Friday 2014 is here, some of the companies engaged in these fierce Black Friday wars are already prepared to offer customers some incredible deals. Such is the case with Walmart, which on Wednesday announced a few pre-Black Friday sales, including several hot iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 deals. FROM EARLIER: Here is everything on sale at Walmart for Black Friday “Walmart just upped the ante once again. For the second year, the retailer is lowering the prices on popular toys, electronics and more to match or beat select Black Friday offers from top national competitors one week early,” the company said. A few days ago, Walmart already confirmed it will match Amazon’s prices, and other retailers’
  • SAP's CEO promises detailed plan for growth in January (2014-11-19 14:10:09)
    By Eric Auchard BARCELONA (Reuters) - German business software maker SAP will spell out in the new year how it plans to grow each of its major lines of business over the next few years, without making any further big acquisitions, its chief executive said on Wednesday. "You will see exactly what our plan is to grow the core, to grow the cloud and to grow the operating income," Bill McDermott told the Morgan Stanley European Technology, Media and Telecoms Conference in Barcelona. ...
  • Meizu MX4 goes Pro with '2K+' screen, fingerprint reader and 'Retina Sound' (2014-11-19 13:58:00)
  • 5 enterprise startups to watch from DEMO fall 2014 (2014-11-19 13:48:21)
    Enterprises have a lot to gain from the innovation put forward by new startups. Here are five new enterprise startups that were launched at the fall DEMO conference.
  • Motorola Droid Turbo review (2014-11-19 13:46:39)
    Anabolic steroids have been used by athletes, bodybuilders, and others for years to get bigger, go faster, and last longer in competition. They often work — fantastically so — but not without detrimental effects to the user’s health, mood, and general well-being. Unsurprisingly, the use of steroids is banned from virtually all athletic competitions all over the world.
  • Beats Music will reportedly come bundled on every iPhone starting next year (2014-11-19 13:45:27)
    It’s been hinted at repeatedly ever since Apple acquired Beats Electronics earlier this year, but it looks like the Beats Music paid subscription service is finally going to become an inseparable part of iOS devices in 2015. Financial Times reports that the service could make its way into an iOS software update as early as next March, according to those familiar with the matter. FROM EARLIER: This could be Apple’s secret plan to rule the music industry with Beats Music “The move represents Apple’s first attempt to capitalize on Beats since it bought the headphone maker and streaming service,” writes FT. “It will also be Apple’s first big push into subscription music at a time when iTunes downloads are in decline and
  • Microsoft Issues Emergency Security Patch (2014-11-19 13:39:38)
    For Microsoft users, the second Tuesday of each month is when you update your software with security patches. Microsoft rarely issues fixes outside of its regular Patch Tuesday cycle, unless a dire emergency crops up. As such, consider Microsoft's latest patch a fix for a dire emergency, and update as soon as possible accordingly.
  • Librem 15: Sexy Open Source Laptop Wants Your Money (2014-11-19 13:39:32)
    Most computers run either Windows, Mac OS or Chrome OS, but for the enthusiasts out there Unix can be an option. A new crowdfunding project for the Librem 15 laptop is prepared to whip up some Linux-based excitement. Available through crowdfunding site Crowd Supply today, the Librem 15 is a high-end laptop (starting at $1,899) that runs free software.
  • WhatsApp Boosts Privacy with Stronger Encryption (2014-11-19 13:39:30)
    The Android version of popular messaging app WhatsApp now supports end-to-end encryption, thanks to a partnership with secure-messaging developer Open Whisper Systems. Messages with end-to-end encryption can't even be read by the company doing the sending — in this case, WhatsApp and its parent company, Facebook. With iOS and other platform support coming soon, it's a big privacy increase for WhatsApp and its more than 600 million users.
  • Apple will reportedly give Beats Music a permanent spot on your iOS home screen (2014-11-19 13:37:33)
    Apple already encourages new iPhone owners to install Beats Music along with its other apps like Pages, GarageBand, and iMovie. But it sounds like there are plans to take that one step further and give Beats (or a rebranded version of the music service) a permanent spot on the iOS home screen. The Financial Times is reporting that Apple will add Beats Music to the core iOS operating system with an update due "early next year." Such a move would remove an extra step for consumers and may help boost Beats Music's piddly subscriber numbers.
  • ARM power Qualcomm finally bids on server market (2014-11-19 13:27:05)
    ARM processors have long been moving into servers, but top ARM vendor Qualcomm had avoided the market... until now.
  • LittleBigPlanet 3 review: Small worlds after all (2014-11-19 13:20:11)
    I have a volatile relationship with the LittleBigPlanet series. As much as I want to love every entry, I always seem to run into things that drive me up the wall to the point that I never stick around long enough to see all the incredible inventions that players have published online. I thought that LittleBigPlanet 3 might finally be able to turn me around on the series once and for all. Developed by Media Molecule, possibly the most joyful development studio on the planet, LittleBigPlanet 3 is a PlayStation 4 exclusive sidescrolling platformer at heart. If you’ve played LittleBigPlanet before, you know exactly what you’re in for — a short campaign to introduce you to the vital gameplay elements and
  • Primary Data disrupts enterprise storage — non-disruptively (2014-11-19 13:10:00)
    The brains behind Fusion-io — the company that revolutionized server economics with PCI flash storage — are at it again. Primary Data plans to disrupt enterprise storage. Here's how.
  • Chewbacca-skin rug puts a Wookiee under your tootsies (2014-11-19 13:09:28)
    Enjoy the lush, plush fur of a flattened Wookiee beneath your feet when you deck your living room with a Chewbacca rug.>
  • Ashton Kutcher, Uber investor, wanders into the dumbest fight of his life (2014-11-19 13:02:01)
    Uber investor Ashton Kutcher is defending Uber from comments that one of its executives made on Friday, in which the exec casually threatened to launch a smear campaign against a specific journalist who had written negatively about the company. In a series of tweets, Kutcher questioned whether Uber business exec Emil Michael's suggestion that the company hire researchers to dig up dirt on journalists was really a bad idea. "What is so wrong about digging up dirt on shady journalist?" Kutcher tweeted, without noting what was "shady" about the journalist in question.
  • Here’s an awesome new Google Maps trick everyone should know (2014-11-19 13:01:31)
    Google Maps is one of the most popular mapping applications out there, whether it’s on desktop computers or mobile devices, and Google is constantly improving it. In addition to all the cool features the company has added over the years, especially following its major 2012 Google Maps overhaul, there’s one neat trick not many regular users may know about, and it can significantly improve your Google Maps experience. FROM EARLIER: You can download the completely redesigned Google Maps for iOS right now Detailed by Google Operating System, the trick is quite simple: instead of searching for stuff on Google Search and then clicking on a Google Maps link for location-related results, you should try searching directly inside Google Maps. Google will then return a map showing
  • Cultural Brand Maven Chelsea Matthews: 5 Insider Tips to Being Relevant on Social Media (2014-11-19 12:57:52)
    Chelsea Matthews is a cultural brand maven. As the CEO & Founder of Matte Black, a culture-marketing firm based in Los Angeles, she spends her days moving the needle forward in everything she does. Some of her clients include POOLTRADESHOW, VW, G-Star, Juice Served Here, TOMS, Cooper Design Space & Goldfaden MD. Chelsea was recognized...
  • Elon Musk worries Skynet is only five years off (2014-11-19 12:50:33)
    The Tesla and SpaceX CEO voices fears that artificial intelligence could become dangerous by the end of the decade.>
  • Check out these amazing photos taken in the new 'Grand Theft Auto V' (2014-11-19 12:48:22)
    A new and improved version of Grand Theft Auto V launched this week on PS4 and Xbox One, bringing with it beautiful graphics and a crazy new first-person mode. It makes for an intense new gaming experience, but players are also putting down their guns and taking some amazing photos in the more detailed version of Los Santos. And using the hashtag #gtaphotographers, they're sharing those snaps, which include a lot of cars, landscapes, and even a few cute dogs. Check out some of the best right here.
  • Apple is already preparing for big Black Friday sales (2014-11-19 12:40:12)
    Unlike other retailers, Apple has traditionally stayed away from offering significant price discounts for Black Friday, but that doesn’t mean the company isn’t getting ready for a busy Black Friday 2014 shopping season. In fact, Apple on Wednesday has published a special gift-themed page on its website that highlights some of its most recent products. FROM EARLIER: Here’s when you’ll be able to start your Black Friday shopping at the Apple Store “From one gift come many,” Apple’s page reads, with the company giving the iPad Air 2, the Mac and the iPhone prime placement. Apple TV, Apple Store Gift Cards and Beats by Dr. Dre headphones are also listed on the page, as well as iTunes Gift Cards and other “toys
  • Audi says it has 'mastered' hydrogen fuel cells and is ready to launch them (2014-11-19 12:38:38)
    At the LA Auto Show today, Audi unveiled the A7 Sportback h-tron quattro, a modified version of its swoopy four-door coupe that swaps out the traditional drivetrain for a hydrogen fuel cell and electric motors at the front and rear. It'll go over 300 miles between refuelings, which take three minutes — a far cry from the hours that it can take to fully recharge a battery-powered electric vehicle. The h-tron is also a plug-in hybrid, which means you can connect it to charge a battery with roughly 31 miles of range.
  • Nielsen will finally start tracking Netflix and Amazon video (2014-11-19 12:34:00)
  • Sky Deutschland elects BSkyB CEO as head of supervisory board (2014-11-19 12:32:38)
    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Sky Deutschland said on Wednesday it had elected Jeremy Darroch, chief executive of British Sky Broadcasting , as the chairman of its supervisory board. Darroch succeeds James Murdoch, son of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, who will remain a member of Sky Deutschland's supervisory board, the company said. (Reporting by Christoph Steitz; editing by Susan Thomas)
  • Pensions group opposes James Murdoch re-election to Sky board (2014-11-19 12:29:02)
    LONDON (Reuters) - A group of UK public sector pensions recommended on Wednesday that its member funds oppose the re-election of James Murdoch, son of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, to the board of Sky Plc in a vote at the company's annual general meeting. The Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) made its recommendation before the meeting, scheduled for Nov. 21 in London. The pay-TV company, formerly known as British Sky Broadcasting, changed its name to Sky Plc last week as it expands into Europe. ...
  • The 7 best features of Inbox, Google’s new email killer (2014-11-19 12:21:35)
    Naming your revolutionary new email product after the central feature in traditional email — the inbox — is peculiar at best, but that doesn’t make Google’s new Inbox app any less nifty. The new invite-only mobile and web app attempts to take the sting out of traditional email by skimming out the junk, applying better rules for organization, and only alerting you when important messages hit your inbox. Of course, Inbox is only great if you know how to fully take advantage of it. DON’T MISS: 10 secret things you had no idea your Android phone could do Gizmodo recently put together a solid list of Inbox’s seven best features along with quick notes on how to take advantage of them.
  • GT Advanced Tech creditors chafe at settlement deal with Apple (2014-11-19 12:16:26)
    By Tom Hals (Reuters) - Creditors of GT Advanced Technologies complained in a bankruptcy court filing that the sapphire company may have gotten too little in its proposed settlement with Apple Inc over legal claims stemming from a deal to supply sapphire screens. GT Advanced's chief operating officer has said in court papers that the iPhone maker pulled a "bait and switch" to force the sapphire maker into a money-losing deal in 2013. GT Advanced shocked investors by filing for bankruptcy in October in a case that was initially shrouded in secrecy due to a confidentiality agreements with Apple. ...
  • Groupon has massive sales planned for Black Friday – here’s everything you need to know (2014-11-19 12:00:48)
    Our Black Friday 2014 hub is filling up fast, but not every huge sale we detail for Black Friday this year requires you to brave the frigid cold and battle crowds to take advantage of deep discounts. A number of online retailers are also offering big sales for Black Friday this year, and Groupon is one of them. Groupon is known far and wide for offering crazy discounts for a limited time, so you can imagine how good the site’s sales will get in celebration of Black Friday. Of course, you don’t have to imagine anymore because we have all the details. MORE BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: Visit our Black Friday 2014 hub! There are several online retailers cooking up huge
  • 'Super Smash Bros.' for Wii U is completely insane and absolutely amazing (2014-11-19 12:00:03)
    My coffee table is a mess. Right now it’s covered with a pile of controllers that makes it look like I live in a frat house: there are three Wii remotes, a handful of Gamecube controllers, a Wii U Gamepad, and a 2DS. There are even a few Amiibo figures laying around, Nintendo's take on the Disney Infinity toy fad. But I'm not a slob, I swear. I need each and every one of these objects to play the new Super Smash Bros., which finally launches on Wii U this Friday. ...
  • Slacker Radio lands on select Toyota and Lexus models with voice control in tow (2014-11-19 12:00:00)
  • Qualcomm CEO more cautious on future revenue growth (2014-11-19 11:59:08)
    By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm Inc gave a more conservative five-year outlook than in the past as it faces an antitrust probe in China and more consumers there and in other developing countries buy lower-priced smartphones. China's expanding high-speed 4G network is driving demand for smartphones with leading-edge technology, but Qualcomm's opportunities have been clouded by a year-old antitrust investigation there and troubles collecting royalty payments from device makers. ...
  • AWS is playing chicken with pricing, and enterprise incumbents will lose (2014-11-19 11:56:27)
    AWS has dropped prices 45 times, which is more a threat to Oracle than to Google or Microsoft Azure.
  • 2015 prediction: Expect massive spikes in global information security threats (2014-11-19 11:55:00)
    Global security threats will continue to increase next year and are as certain as death and taxes, according to a recent report.
  • 10 ways mobile devices are changing society (2014-11-19 11:49:38)
    Humanity is evolving in many ways thanks to mobile devices. But are all the changes for the better?
  • Uber offering more perks to its full-time US drivers (2014-11-19 11:40:00)
  • SAP preps new 5-year vision: The burning questions (2014-11-19 11:38:05)
    SAP signals that its next 5 years will revolve around organic growth, cloud and business networks all while maintaining the core on-premise business. Here's a look at the questions ahead.
  • The limits of unlimited OneDrive storage (2014-11-19 11:37:55)
    Microsoft is upgrading Office 365 customers to unlimited OneDrive storage, but that doesn't mean you can just put all of your files in the cloud.
  • 8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free download for a limited time (2014-11-19 11:35:49)
    We have had some great lists of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free so far this week — hurry up and you can still get some of yesterday’s apps for free — and now it’s time to celebrate hump day with yet another batch of paid iOS apps on sale for free. We’re all trying to save up as much money as possible as Black Friday 2014 approaches, and snagging a few nifty paid iPhone and iPad apps for free is a good way to do it. As always, make sure you hurry and grab everything you see here before these limited-time sales are over. DON’T MISS: Leak: Insider says next year’s iPhone may have a DSLR-quality camera These
  • UK pensions group opposes James Murdoch re-election to BSkyB board (2014-11-19 11:25:24)
    LONDON (Reuters) - A group of UK public sector pensions recommended on Wednesday that its member funds oppose the re-election of James Murdoch, son of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, to the board of BSkyB in a vote at the company's annual general meeting. The Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) made its recommendation before the meeting, scheduled for Nov. 21 in London. "LAPFF has consistently raised concerns about James Murdoch's role on the BSkyB board since 2011, concerning conflicts of interest and director candidature suitability," LAPFF Chair Councillor Kieran Quinn said. ...
  • Google advances SSL with new Chrome versions (2014-11-19 11:24:06)
    The latest stable version of Chrome removes the source of the POODLE bug and SSLv3 support will be out altogether over time. The Canary version disparages implementations not up to standards.
  • Kik raises $38 million on mobile-messaging promise (2014-11-19 11:19:35)
    The messaging-and-chat app maker's round was led by hedge fund Valiant Capital Partners and brings the company's total venture capital funding to $70.5 million.>
  • Three of the best keyboard apps for iOS 8 (2014-11-19 11:17:23)
    iOS 8 has been out for a few months now, and the app market for the new OS on the block has finally had a bit of time to mature. Cory Bohon shows you the best iOS 8 keyboard apps to date.
  • Apple Watch might be harder to operate than any other Apple device (2014-11-19 11:10:35)
    Apple on Tuesday released WatchKit for developers, which has revealed various details about the Apple Watch, including screen resolution and app functionality, but also details about how users will interact with the wearable device. As The Verge points out, the Apple Watch might be Apple’s most complex device yet when it comes to the number of ways users can interact with it. FROM EARLIER: Don’t buy an Apple Watch if you don’t already own an iPhone The publication has posted a “non-exhaustive” list of things Apple Watch owners will have to learn to master operation of the device. While some of them seem obvious and similar to what’s already available on iOS devices, others are brand new interaction methods created specifically for the
  • Pebble Watch Now Lets You Pay Via PayPal (2014-11-19 11:09:18)
    If you are intrigued by the idea of never needing to take out your wallet to pay for anything, you're in luck: another Apple Pay rival has arrived, this time from PayPal. The company announced that its PayPal app is now available for Pebble smartwatch users, allowing them to pay using their accounts directly from their wrists. Using the Pebble PayPal app will be a much different experience than using Apple Pay on the upcoming Apple Watch.
  • Amazon Fire TV Stick Starts Shipping (2014-11-19 11:09:16)
    If you ordered an Amazon Fire TV stick, you can expect it in the mail pretty soon. The information comes from an Amazon press release, which calls the Fire TV stick its "most successful device launch ever." Amazon claims that customer demand was much higher than its available supply, and it will not be able to provide devices for new orders until January 15, 2015. Amazon is keen to point out that the Fire TV stick is much more powerful than a Chromecast, which is true.
  • Samsung Could Launch Smartphone With Foldable Display by 2015 (2014-11-19 11:09:12)
    Sure, the iPhone 6 Plus can bend by accident, but Samsung's future devices may be bendy by design. The company delivered 56 different handsets last year, including variants of its Galaxy S5 flagship such as the Sprint-exclusive S5 Sport and AT&T-exclusive S5 Active.
  • Amazon's Fire TV Stick is shipping (but only if you've already ordered) (2014-11-19 11:03:00)
  • Is Centrallo the new Evernote for Android? (2014-11-19 10:54:28)
    Jack Wallen takes a look at a new mobile app to help you organize your information. Is Centrallo ready to take the place of Evernote on your Android device?
  • Last night I surfed the web and it got weird (2014-11-19 10:49:23)
    Late last night I accidentally fell head-over-heels down an endless internet hole — far deeper than I have been in some time. Naturally, the expedition began when I reverse-image searched a picture of Michael Keaton in Mr. Mom. From there, I found a link promising the "best jokes sites on the internet," made by "a big jokes fan" who has "looked around a few sites in my time." Things get a little fuzzy after that, but I know I landed somewhere in the past, in a dark underworld of the internet called The Nightmare Affiliate Link Hellscape of World Wide Web Content.
  • The 10 best TV deals for Black Friday 2014 (2014-11-19 10:45:48)
    It’s now crunch time for Black Friday shoppers, with the year’s biggest and craziest shopping day just over a week away. Thousands of Black Friday 2014 deals from dozens of stores have been revealed, and it’s time to start sifting through them all as you formulate your battle plan for hitting the stores next week. We have already told you everything there is to know about Black Friday 2014 sales from some of the biggest retailers in tech, including Best Buy, GameStop, Staples and RadioShack, and we also shared hundreds of items on sale from other top retailers including Walmart, Target, BJ’s Wholesale and more. Of course, digging through all those sales can be a huge pain. Are you looking for a new
  • Now only one month old, gives Wave analytics cloud a big boost (2014-11-19 10:37:06)
    Salesforce has five clouds, and Wave marks the sixth with the potential to become the most prominent as it could serve as the front end of critical corporate data.
  • Uber's 'God View' under scrutiny as spotlight intensifies on its practices (2014-11-19 10:34:11)
    The car service, which is accused of tracking a reporter's Uber usage, is investigating one of its top executives -- in the wake of another recent controversy concerning its interest in reporters.>
  • Stanford University makes its own Gecko-inspired wall climbing pads (2014-11-19 10:33:00)
  • 10 top security threats of 2014 (so far) (2014-11-19 10:23:05)
    The top security threats of 2014 include equal parts old mistakes, new adversaries, innocent human nature and the evils that people do.
  • Android Auto is great, but automakers are holding it back (2014-11-19 10:22:08)
    At the LA Auto Show this week, I spent time with a recent pre-release build of Android Auto using a Nexus 5 connected to a 2015 Hyundai Sonata. It's mostly the same as the version we were shown at Google I/O in June, apart from some minor refinements. For instance, the green, circular "a" logo that appears on the phone when it's jacked into the car now reads "Android Auto," and voice-based searches no longer cause a full-screen "listening" window to pop up — you just get a little pulsing "g" in the corner.
  • This is one of the best new features in Android 5.0, and you don’t even know about it (2014-11-19 10:20:16)
    Some of the best Android apps in the world are the ones that you install, set up and then completely forget about because they work behind the scenes to improve your Android experience. One such app is called Dislock, and I have been using it for quite some time. This awesome free utility completely disables a device’s lock screen security when it is connected to a trusted Wi-Fi network or a trusted Bluetooth device. Lock screen security is incredibly important, of course, but I don’t want to have to tap in my PIN code to unlock my phone when I’m at home, or when my phone is connected to the Bluetooth in my car. Of course, not everyone knows about
  • Are mobile apps destroying the openness of the web? (2014-11-19 10:19:06)
    Client-facing applications had once been freed of underlying hardware and operating systems. Now the pendulum is swinging back.
  • Judge dashes Samsung's hope to freeze Microsoft lawsuit (2014-11-19 10:14:35)
    Samsung had wanted to put a lawsuit on smartphone patent royalties on hold until an arbitration proceeding could be held in Hong Kong.>
  • Ridesharing service Uber expands in Nordics (2014-11-19 10:13:18)
    HELSINKI (AP) — Uber is expanding its app-based taxi and ridesharing services in the Nordic region, to include the cities of Helsinki, Oslo and Copenhagen.
  • Hackers to probe cyber crime defences at British banks (2014-11-19 09:59:29)
    By Steve Slater and Matt Scuffham LONDON (Reuters) - In the next few months hackers will try to penetrate the cyber defences of Britain's major banks and steal information about millions of customers. But for once they'll be welcome. Banks are on red alert after cyber criminals obtained details of 83 million clients from JPMorgan Chase this year and Britain's leading lenders have signed up for tests that let teams of certified hackers attack at will. The cyber war games will mark a major escalation in how banks test defences in a high-stakes battle with criminals. ...
  • Why Online Privacy Protection is not just about the NSA (2014-11-19 09:56:56)
    When news broke that the NSA had been intercepting communications and gathering large amounts of data on ordinary Americans, technology and communications companies across the spectrum from Google to Verizon rushed to assure consumers that they would stop helping the agency spy on its citizens. That was good news to many Americans who are...
  • Online Privacy Protection Is Not Just About the NSA (2014-11-19 09:56:56)
    When news broke that the NSA had been intercepting communications and gathering large amounts of data on ordinary Americans, technology and communications companies across the spectrum from Google to Verizon rushed to assure consumers that they would stop helping the agency spy on its citizens. That was good news to many Americans who are...
  • Everything you need to know about the huge Black Friday sales at BJ’s Wholesale (2014-11-19 09:55:26)
    BJs Wholesale is known far and wide for offering big discounts on everything from TVs and furniture to canned goods and cookies. Of course, this coming Black Friday, those discounts kick into high gear and some of the biggest sales of the year will become available for a very limited time. If you’re already a member at BJ’s Wholesale, we now have all the details on nearly everything the retailer will have on sale for Black Friday 2014. If you’re not already a member, it might be time to consider joining because any membership fees will probably pay for themselves 10 times over if you’ll be shopping for Black Friday this year. MORE BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: Visit our Black Friday 2014 hub!
  • iPhone 7 May Sport Dual Lenses for DSLR Quality (2014-11-19 09:49:32)
    Apple's iPhone has long been a worthy replacement for point-and-shoot cameras, and the handset could be gunning for your DSLR next. According to a new rumor, the follow-up to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus could sport dual camera lenses to allow for photos that could rival those of a premium DSLR camera. As reported by Apple Insider, this rumor sprang out of the latest episode of The Talk Show podcast, during which host John Gruber claimed that "a birdie of a birdie" tipped him off about the future iPhone's purported dual-lens construction.
  • Give your pet something unexpected over holidays (2014-11-19 09:43:07)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pet owners looking to launch the next Internet sensation or just longing for a new view of their dog's dashing and digging won't have to shop for long to find the perfect holiday gift. Wrap up a dog harness that holds any durable, wearable camera and watch Frisbee fetch, lazy lap naps and every memory in between come alive.
  • Finland's Jolla plans crowd-funded tablet (2014-11-19 09:42:11)
    HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland's Jolla, a group of ex-Nokia software developers, announced a plan to launch a crowd-sourced tablet computer just a day after Nokia said it was reviving its consumer brand by entering the tablet market. Jolla was founded by Nokia's former MeeGo software team that was shut down after the Finnish flagship company decided to switch to Microsoft's Windows Phone software in 2011. Jolla unveiled its first smartphone last year. ...
  • TripAdvisor review couple fined by hotel they branded a "stinking hovel" (2014-11-19 09:35:57)
    Business watchdogs have clamped down on a hotel fining guests for negative online reviews.>
  • Netflix postpones Bill Cosby comedy special amid rape allegations (2014-11-19 09:31:09)
    Netflix has decided to postpone the release of its upcoming Bill Cosby comedy special as rape allegations continue to mount against the comedian. Netflix was preparing to release Bill Cosby 77, a comedy special filmed on on his 77th birthday, later this month, on November 28th. The special was supposed to focus on "relationships, marriage, and children."
  • Leak: Insider says next year’s iPhone may have a DSLR-quality camera (2014-11-19 09:30:50)
    For many years, Apple has decided not to engage in a megapixel war with rivals when it comes to its iPhone cameras, instead deciding to improving the iPhone’s camera performance without any significant increases to image sizes. Even though the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus still have 8-megapixel sensors, their cameras are even better than previous models, and have been highly praised in reviews from professional photographers who thoroughly tested their abilities when it comes to taking pictures and recording videos. However, Apple might be planning a major update for its iPhone 6s (or iPhone 7) models next year, according to what Apple insider John Gruber said during the latest episode of The Talk Show podcast. FROM EARLIER: Apple needs Samsung more than ever
  • You can now order a Domino's pizza on your Xbox One (2014-11-19 09:28:00)
  • 'Monument Valley' is free from the Amazon Appstore today (2014-11-19 09:16:01)
    Monument Valley is as much an experience as it is a game. Just for today, the Android version of Monument Valley is free if you choose to obtain it via Amazon's outlet. To do that, you'll need to download and install the Amazon Appstore app, and then associate your Amazon account with your device.
  • Here is everything on sale at Tiger Direct for Black Friday (2014-11-19 09:05:04)
    Each day brings us closer to Black Friday 2014, the biggest shopping day of the year in the United States. Of course, we all dread Black Friday as much as we look forward to it, because battling the crowds to get your hands on a discounted microwave won’t exactly be your proudest moment. Of course, doing your research will help make Black Friday as frictionless as it can be, and we’re doing our best to prep you for the biggest sale day of 2014. Now, in addition to all the great sales we have detailed thus far, we finally know everything that will be on sale at Tiger Direct for Black Friday. For more details on huge upcoming deals, visit our Black Friday
  • Samsung’s latest app wants to help you find viral videos (2014-11-19 09:00:02)
    Do you have a hard time finding funny viral videos? If you have a Samsung Galaxy phone, Samsung thinks you do. So the company made an app called Milk Video that finds videos for you to watch from all around the internet.
  • Shot Tracker's wearable basketball coach launches today (2014-11-19 09:00:00)
  • These are the tiniest copyright violations ever made (2014-11-19 08:38:30)
    Artist M.C. Escher died in 1972, leaving behind iconic optical illusions that are now generations old. Painter Joy Garnett was born in 1965, and her career is in full swing. But when nanoscience researcher Robert Hovden copied works from both for a recent project, he could use Garnett’s with impunity. Escher’s estate, meanwhile, thinks he’s breaking the law.
  • Facebook rolls out standalone Groups app to improve focused communications (2014-11-19 08:37:00)
    Millions stay in touch with family, friends, and even project teams with Facebook. The new app pulls the group module out and improves the experience.
  • How To Concentrate When The World Intrudes (2014-11-19 08:34:22)
    “The world is too much with us,” Wordsworth lamented. And that was more than 200 years ago, when he didn’t have to contend with 24/7 cable, smartphone alerts and hyper-connectivity at every turn. Wordsworth was bemoaning materialism. But if he were alive today, he might be referring to what I call mental leakage.This is the difficulty of...
  • Why modern music owes a big debt to Japanese video games (2014-11-19 08:34:17)
    “Oh man,” says superstar hip-hop producer Just Blaze in episode four of Diggin’ in the Carts. “I don’t think Yuzo Koshiro was… he might have been Japanese descent, but I don’t think he grew up in Japan. I think he grew up in Detroit.”
  • AT&T finally begins shipping Nexus 6 preorders (2014-11-19 08:30:36)
    Google’s new Nexus 6 smartphone was hotly anticipated this year, and Android fans were still blown away by the powerful new Nexus phone when it was finally unveiled. Unfortunately, getting your hands on the sleek new Motorola-built Nexus phablet isn’t as easy as it should be. Despite the fact that the phone launched some time ago, most Android enthusiasts eager to get their hands on Google’s latest available pure Android experience still don’t have their phones in hand — even if they were among the first to preorder the Nexus 6. Thankfully, however, we’re now getting word that people who preordered the phone from AT&T, the nation’s top smartphone carrier, are finally seeing their new Nexus 6 handsets start to ship. DON’T MISS: The
  • Fidelity sees investors picking stocks in virtual reality app (2014-11-19 08:30:32)
    Fidelity is testing an app to help investors analyze the stock market in virtual reality with an Oculus Rift headset.
  • Buy one tablet headrest mount, get a second one free (2014-11-19 08:14:46)
    One for each car! Or two for the same car. You get the idea. Plus: Two Windows 8.1 tablets priced under $100!>
  • Google heats up Brazilian music streaming market (2014-11-19 08:05:06)
    Company launches service and charges the same as competitors Rdio, Deezer and Spotify
  • You can now try 'Destiny' for free and carry progress into the full game (2014-11-19 08:01:00)
  • And now for some good news... Why IBM and Apple were made for each other (2014-11-19 08:00:01)
    It may have taken more than three decades from Steve Jobs' middle finger to the company to a total turnaround, but it's been a dream come true for many IT users.
  • Jolla enters tablet market with instant crowdfunded hit (2014-11-19 07:48:06)
    Last year, the company released its first handset. This year, it's thinking bigger.
  • China blocks websites as Internet meeting begins (2014-11-19 07:46:24)
    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese censors have newly blocked access to several popular websites as they target content delivery networks that serve much of the Internet, according to a U.S. Internet service company.
  • Don’t buy an Apple Watch if you don’t already own an iPhone (2014-11-19 07:45:56)
    Apple is expected to launch the Apple Watch at some point in early 2015 — some reports point to a Valentine’s Day release date, while others say the wearable device will arrive later in spring — and the company might sell as many as 40 million units in the first year, according to a recent report from Asia. But those buyers looking forward to buy an Apple Watch should also be prepared to purchase an iPhone, or other supported iOS device, in case they don’t already own one, to fully take advantage of the smartwatch. FROM EARLIER: Developer tools reveal screen resolutions for both upcoming Apple Watch models Apple never said the Apple Watch is supposed to work as a
  • Lightroom 5.7 supports new Canon and Nikon cameras, iPhone 6 (2014-11-19 07:38:50)
    An update lets the photo cataloging and editing software handle raw files from the Nikon D750, Canon 7D Mark II, Panasonic LX100, and Apple's latest smartphones.>
  • GPS joins the hunt for dark matter in time-warping cosmic kinks (2014-11-19 07:38:44)
    Timey-wimey, wibbly-wobbly: scientists reckon satellites and dead stars could hold the key to the mystery of dark matter.>
  • Video games, e-commerce booming in Mideast: study (2014-11-19 07:31:54)
    Video game and e-commerce markets are growing "exponentially" across the Middle East and North Africa, driven by the mobile revolution and new youth-produced content, according to a study.
  • Digital eye strain: Understanding the condition and how to fight it (2014-11-19 07:30:03)
    Technology can be such a headache. We're not talking about bad software, we're talking about the damage blue light can do to your eyes from staring at screens all day.
  • Facebook Groups gets its own app (2014-11-19 07:16:44)
    The new app, which the company promises won't become a forced download, has been created to simplify how Facebook's users keep in touch with families, work on projects and plan events with friends.
  • SAP CEO rules out big acquisitions in next few years (2014-11-19 07:11:44)
    BARCELONA (Reuters) - German business software maker SAP is doing an about-face on its acquisition strategy and plans no more big new deals in the next few years, its chief executive said on Wednesday. Asked about potential acquisitions, SAP's Chief Executive Bill McDermott said emphatically: "Faced with a choice of stepping up or stepping it down, we are going to step it down." "If we do something it will be tuck in. It will probably put you to sleep," McDermott said at Morgan Stanley's annual European Technology, Media and Telecoms Conference in Barcelona. ...
  • UK hires hackers, convicts to defend corporate networks (2014-11-19 06:55:06)
    You might not hire a pickpocket to be a guard, but the UK's cybersecurity shortage has prompted a skill hire, no matter the origin.
  • What the US-China climate agreement means for the future of cleantech (2014-11-19 06:52:19)
    Last week, the US and China took a huge step forward in advancing clean energy and cutting carbon emissions. Here are some key things it could mean for the future of renewable energy technology.
  • Samsung wants to make smartphones with foldable screens next year (2014-11-19 06:50:44)
    In addition to cutting down the total number of smartphones it’ll launch next year, Samsung also plans to launch foldable smartphones at some point in 2015, ZDNet reports. The company has already launched a couple of handsets with curved displays, including the Galaxy Round and the Galaxy Note Edge, but it’s yet to mass produce a smartphone with a flexible display that can actually be folded in half. FROM EARLIER: The iPhone 6 might be low-res, but Apple’s highest-resolution device ever is coming soon “We will secure production capacity of 30,000 to 40,000 by the end of next year,” Samsung Display vice president of business strategic team Lee Chang-hoon said at Samsung Investor Forum 2014 in
  • The internet fixes Barbie's 'I Can Be a Computer Engineer' picture book (2014-11-19 06:43:18)
    I Can Be a Computer Engineer, you could have been so right. You could have stoked the flames of technologically minded ambition in starry-eyed little girls, helped nurse entire generations of bad-ass hacker dames. Instead, you became a nest of twee images and sexist drivel. If you had shins, I'd kick them.
  • Can Nokia make a success of hardware second time around? (2014-11-19 06:37:05)
    Having sold off its hardware business to Microsoft, Nokia's returning to the market with a licensing model.
  • O2 launches shared data plans for gadget-lovers and families (2014-11-19 06:35:00)
  • Android rival Jolla hits crowdfunding target for first Sailfish OS tablet (2014-11-19 06:25:35)
    Finnish smartphone manufacturer Jolla has passed its Indiegogo crowdfunding target -- in just over two hours -- for its first tablet, a 7.9-inch slate that runs Sailfish OS, rather than Android.>
  • Build a $7,000 'sky's the limit' PC (2014-11-19 06:15:00)
    Let's say you found $7,000 in loose change inside your old couch. What kind of PC could you build with all that money?
  • Yosemite patch fails to squash OS X Wi-Fi bug (2014-11-19 06:13:00)
    It seems that the OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite patch that Apple released earlier this week doesn't squash the Wi-Fi bug like some users were hoping it would.
  • Viber launches Public Chats (2014-11-19 06:10:49)
    The messaging app's latest new feature allows users to follow and chat with celebrities and personalities. 
  • Researchers force 3D-printed robots to adapt to their environment (2014-11-19 06:02:00)
  • Amazon delivers blow to UK Royal Mail growth prospects (2014-11-19 05:54:32)
    By Neil Maidment LONDON (Reuters) - Online retail giant Amazon's own delivery service will more than halve the growth potential for Royal Mail's parcels business, the former state-owned British company said on Wednesday, sending its shares lower. Parcels make up half of Royal Mail's turnover and the development of online shopping has made them central to the company's prospects when letter volumes are in decline. ...
  • Top tips on hack-proofing your life (2014-11-19 05:53:05)
    From drug cartels to passwords, security expert Brian Krebs weighs in on how to keep your personal data and bank account safe.
  • Twitter indexes every public tweet ever sent (2014-11-19 05:39:25)
    Twitter on Tuesday began letting users search through every tweet publicly fired off at the globally-popular one-to-many messaging service since it launched in 2006.
  • Upp comes to the UK with the promise of hydrogen-fuelled device charging (2014-11-19 05:31:00)
  • Microsoft scores Real Madrid 'digital transformation' deal (2014-11-19 05:04:06)
    Spanish football club will offer data analytics platform to players, staff, and fans.
  • MIT's nanotech has a future in monitoring tumors and diagnosing illnesses (2014-11-19 05:03:00)
  • Ofcom's opening up more spectrum to cope with UK mobile data demands (2014-11-19 04:40:00)
  • NYC replaces payphones with city-wide free Wi-Fi, calls (2014-11-19 04:37:06)
    New York City's payphones will soon be a thing of the past as they are replaced with high-tech video chat and free Wi-Fi booths.
  • Top five enterprise technology trends for 2015 (2014-11-19 04:13:05)
    It's all about the network.
  • Uber allegedly tracked journalist with internal tool called 'God View' (2014-11-19 04:09:00)
    Uber is investigating its top New York executive after he was alleged to have tracked a journalist's location without her permission using an internal company tool called "God View." Buzzfeed News reporter Johana Bhuiyan used the private car service earlier this month to travel to a meeting with Josh Mohrer, general manager of Uber New York. Two ex-Uber employees told Buzzfeed News that the "God View" tool, which allows users to track both Uber vehicles and customers who have requested a car, is not open to contracted Uber drivers, but is "widely available" to those at corporate level.
  • Android-rival Jolla seeks crowdfunding for first Sailfish OS tablet (2014-11-19 04:00:02)
    Finnish smartphone manufacturer Jolla is looking to Indiegogo to crowdfund its first tablet, a 7.9-inch slate that runs Sailfish OS, rather than Android.>
  • Logitech announces AnyAngle case with special hinge for iPad Air 2 (2014-11-19 04:00:00)
    The folks at Logitech apparently never rest, with the rash of cases regularly appearing for the new iPad. This new one has a hidden hinge that props the tablet just as you want it.
  • The Jolla Tablet wants your help to revolutionize multitasking (2014-11-19 03:59:55)
    The ranks of iPad mini competitors are swelling in number today with Jolla's announcement of its new Tablet, a crowdfunding project aiming to bring the small startup's Sailfish OS to a bigger form factor. Having introduced the original Jolla smartphone a year ago, the small Finnish startup has been hard at work improving its software — counting nine updates, 350 new features, and a staggering 13,000 bugs quashed since launch — and now feels confident enough to add a second device to its portfolio. The proposed Jolla Tablet is built around the same basic spec as Nokia's N1, featuring a 7. ...
  • Jaguar Land Rover's new infotainment system gains voice control (2014-11-19 03:46:00)
  • AT&T, LG announce connected car research partnership (2014-11-19 03:25:05)
    LG is joining a total of 12 companies working with AT&T on the research and development of the connected car.
  • Top China official urges stronger Internet management (2014-11-19 03:08:59)
    A top Beijing official called for stronger management of the Internet Wednesday at a government-organised conference condemned by rights campaigners as a Chinese attempt to promote its online controls globally. China, which censors online content it deems to be politically sensitive, opened the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen with the country's biggest Internet companies in attendance alongside a sprinkling of foreign executives and officials. Participants at the three-day conference in the tiny eastern Chinese town have unfettered Internet access to sites denied to the rest of the country, such as Facebook and Twitter, attendees said. As well as the social media giants, Beijing blocks some Western media websites including the New York Times and search engine Google, among others.
  • Gift Guide: Dragons, aliens, heroes for the gamer (2014-11-19 03:02:32)
    Sony's PlayStation 4 video-game console has built an impressive lead over its competitors. That's good news for holiday shoppers because it has driven Microsoft and Nintendo to offer more budget-friendly holiday deals on their consoles.
  • Watch an unmanned helicopter put out fires with help from a drone (2014-11-19 02:54:00)
  • Google's trusted places just made my life so much easier (2014-11-19 02:35:35)
    I don't make a habit of counting how many times I unlock my phone, but I'm willing to believe the stats that say the average user does it hundreds of times each day. That can be an unnecessary chore when using a device in a place safe from malfeasant interference, such as your home, which is why Google has now introduced the option to add trusted places to Android 5.0's Smart Lock. As with the two existing options, trusted faces and trusted devices, the new location-based automatic unlocker bypasses the usual lock screen when it detects the proper circumstances. ...
  • China's Xiaomi says invests $300 million in online video firm iQiyi (2014-11-19 02:28:29)
    BEIJING (Reuters) - Xiaomi Technology Co Ltd said on Wednesday it has made $300 million investment in online video provider iQiyi. The investment in iQiyi followed a separate stake purchase deal Xiaomi announced last week in China's largest video streaming site Youku Tudou Inc. Xiaomi earlier this month pledged to invest a total of $1 billion to expand its Internet TV content, adding to the frenzy in China's fast-growing online video market. (Reporting by Gerry Shih; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)
  • Lightroom 5.7 supports hot new Canon and Nikon cameras, iPhone 6 (2014-11-19 02:25:28)
    An update lets the photo cataloging and editing software handle raw files from the Nikon D750, Canon 7D Mark II, Panasonic LX100, and Apple's latest smartphones.>
  • One of music's big managers wants to pull 20,000 songs from YouTube (2014-11-19 02:04:00)
  • China urges Internet 'security' amid rights criticism (2014-11-19 01:47:05)
    A top Chinese official on Wednesday called for protecting Internet "security" at a government-organised conference condemned by a human rights group as an attempt by Beijing to promote its online controls globally. China, which censors online content it deems to be politically sensitive, opened the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen with the country's biggest Internet companies in attendance alongside a sprinkling of foreign executives and officials. As well as the social media giants, Beijing blocks some Western media websites including the New York Times, and search engine Google among others. Vice Premier Ma Kai, the highest-ranking Chinese official attending, said a well-regulated Internet had a bearing on a country's sovereign rights and social stability.
  • 'Smart Pipe' is every bad startup in one delightful parody (2014-11-19 01:21:12)
    "Your anus is the key to your future," trumpets a bespectacled man at the end of the fake Smart Pipe infomercial. This phantasmagorical episode is the latest in Adult Swim's delightful parody series, which was responsible for last week's viral hit, "Too Many Cooks."
  • Here's what a year's worth of carbon dioxide looks like (2014-11-19 01:03:00)
  • NBN Co 'historical curiosity' plan shows improved FttP rollout (2014-11-19 00:24:05)
    An unreleased September 2013 draft of NBN Co's 2013-16 Corporate Plan suggests the previous board adjusted for rollout difficulties.
  • Advancing enterprise mobility through the cloud (2014-11-19 00:07:00)
    Easing burdens placed on legacy infrastructure by the rapid growth of mobile technology in the enterprise requires a cloud-based approach.
  • Identity thieves used college student accounts to defraud IRS: prosecutors (2014-11-18 23:55:08)
    By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - U.S. law-enforcement officials on Tuesday arrested 17 people accused of trying to collect almost $2 million in bogus tax refunds using college student accounts, the latest identity scam to defraud the Internal Revenue Service. Identity thieves in South Florida, the top U.S. target for such criminals, used the students' financial accounts to receive the fraudulently obtained tax refunds, according to federal prosecutors. ...
  • Apple loses a patent battle over Skytel's two-way pager tech (2014-11-18 23:54:00)
  • Microsoft cloud service partially down, MSN unavailable (2014-11-18 23:53:09)
    SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp's Azure cloud-computing service, which hosts websites and lets customers store and manage data remotely, suffered serious outages on Tuesday taking its popular MSN web portal offline. According to Microsoft's Azure status page, the problems started around 5pm Pacific time and have still not been fully solved. "We are experiencing a connectivity issue across multiple Azure Services," the page said. ( "Microsoft is investigating an issue affecting access to some Microsoft services," said a Microsoft spokesperson. ...
  • Opera Max can now save Android mobile data in 16 more regions (2014-11-18 23:36:00)
  • Jolla wants you to fund (and develop) its new tablet (2014-11-18 23:33:00)
  • Micro Center Black Friday deals include $100 off Apple iMac desktops, $229 iPad mini (2014-11-18 22:16:06)
    Other sales: $50 off MacBook Air laptops, a $100 discount on Microsoft's 64GB Surface 2 tablet, and even $100 off Mac Pro desktops.
  • Senators kill bill aimed at ending NSA's mass phone surveillance (2014-11-18 22:01:00)
  • Jaden and Willow Smith poem generator echoes your soul's stirrings (2014-11-18 21:31:29)
    Need a little poetic inspiration? Turn to an online poetry generator filled with celebrity teens Willow and Jaden Smith's musings on the nature of time and duality consciousness.>
  • Bill curbing NSA surveillance programs blocked in Senate (2014-11-18 21:29:21)
    USA Freedom Act would have curbed powers granted under the Patriot Act, including bulk collection of Americans' phone records.>
  • Virtual Reality will allow this man to live someone else’s life for a month (2014-11-18 21:10:15)
    Virtual reality is getting better and better, with companies such as Facebook, Samsung, Google and others growing more interested in offering such entertainment options to customers in the future. But one artist is already determined to push his limits and experiment virtual reality in a completely different way — and he’s looking for your help to make it possible. Mark Farid wants to wear a VR headset for 28 days and experience life events as lived by another person. To make it possible, he needs to raise £150,000 (around $234,557) on Kickstarter in the coming month. FROM EARLIER: Google is investing in a virtual reality company that could be even cooler than Oculus The Seeing-I, which is what the project is called, has four
  • Tech companies want you to have free web encryption (2014-11-18 20:57:00)
  • Myo partners with DJ Armin Van Buuren to make beautiful, gesture-controlled music (2014-11-18 20:47:18)
    The Grammy-nominated DJ has partnered with Thalmic Labs to use the Myo gesture-control armband during live performances.>
  • Freedom Act to curb NSA surveillance dies in US Senate (2014-11-18 20:35:05)
    The Bill to curb NSA surveillance has been voted down after it failed to gain 60 votes in the US Senate on Tuesday night.
  • USA Freedom Act for NSA reform is voted down in the Senate (2014-11-18 20:29:06)
    The US Senate has just voted down the USA Freedom Act by a vote of 58-42, leaving it just two votes shy of the 60 it needed. The bill would have ended the controversial phone record metadata collection by the NSA, but the Senate was not in favor of rolling back any of the NSA's broad surveillance powers.
  • Tomorrow Daily 088: Ultrafast maglev trains, unlimited 'Interstellar' tickets, and more (2014-11-18 20:25:55)
    On today's show, we discuss Japan's newest superconductor maglev train, AMC and Paramount's unlimited "Interstellar" ticket, and nanosculptures that can only be viewed with an electron microscope.>
  • Yes, someone has finally built Marty McFly’s auto-lacing shoes (2014-11-18 20:05:58)
    Back to the Future fans are surely familiar with Marty McFly’s special auto-lacing shoes from the future, and many of them may have been dreaming about wearing them one day. Interestingly, as we’re getting closer to 2015, the year when Marty arrives in the future, a company is getting ready to launch the first shoes with auto-lacing capabilities — and while the Powerlace P-One shoes look nothing like the sneakers in the movie, they certainly seem able to get the job done. FROM EARLIER: Meet Prynt, the cool iPhone accessory mobile photographers have been waiting for The company has taken to Kickstarter to launch its first auto-lacing shoes, looking to raise some $650,000 CAD (around $577,000) to make the project a reality. A pair
  • Senate blocks NSA phone records measure (2014-11-18 20:04:12)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has blocked a bill to end bulk collection of American phone records by the National Security Agency. The measure was President Barack Obama's signature proposal to rein in domestic surveillance.
  • IBM's new email app learns your habits to help get things done (2014-11-18 19:59:00)
  • Uber denies that its employees can look at your rider history, except for 'legitimate business purposes' (2014-11-18 19:57:52)
    It hasn't been a great day for Uber's PR team. Late last night, an Uber VP reportedly said that the company was considering spending $1 million to investigate journalists and dig up dirt on their personal lives, a comment that put CEO Travis Kalanick into damage control mode for most of the day. While Cushing wasn't able to verify that claim, she did say it felt likely to her based on the recently-revealed statements about investigating journalists.
  • Jaguar Land Rover's new JustDrive app puts audio and navigation at the tip of your tongue (2014-11-18 19:54:46)
    Building on its InControl app integration system, Jaguar Land Rover launches a new voice command hub for its 2015 models.>
  • Uber exec wanted to 'dig up dirt' on journalists (2014-11-18 19:52:44)
    The popular ride-sharing service has a controversy on its hands after a senior executive said he wanted to investigate reporters critical of the company.>
  • Shoot a movie on dSLR? This Australian film shows how it's done (2014-11-18 19:46:38)
    "Love Is Now" is an Australian feature film shot entirely on dSLRs. The director of photography describes the process and offers tips for would-be filmmakers.>
  • Google, Hyundai show off new third-party Android Auto apps (2014-11-18 19:39:04)
    With the announcement of a new Android Auto API announcement, third-party developers can start adapting their apps for in-car use today.>
  • Netflix confirms Australian launch for March 2015 (2014-11-18 19:35:19)
    After months of speculation and rumours, Netflix finally announces it will launch in Australia and New Zealand in 2015.>
  • 'Miracle' tech turns water into fuel (2014-11-18 19:34:10)
    German cleantech company Sunfire GmbH has unveiled a machine that converts water and carbon dioxide into synthetic petroleum-based fuels.>
  • Woman gets microchip implant so she can leave office keys at home (2014-11-18 19:34:00)
    Carrying keys is, apparently, all too much for one Swedish woman. She claims this isn't the future, but the present. And she's not the only one to let tech get under her skin.>
  • Boeing eyes revamp of cyber business to focus on key areas (2014-11-18 19:33:20)
    By Andrea Shalal EL SEGUNDO Calif. (Reuters) - Boeing Co said this week it is reevaluating its cybersecurity business and could divest or reassign some units as it focuses more on a few critical areas, including classified work it is doing for some U.S. government agencies. Boeing, the Pentagon's No. 2 supplier and the world's largest aerospace company, bought a handful of cybersecurity companies several years ago, but the market has not proven to be as promising as once expected. ...
  • Senate defeats controversial Keystone XL pipeline bill (2014-11-18 19:25:14)
    A bill to begin construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, a 1,179-mile-long method of delivering oil from tar sands in Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico, was defeated in the Senate 59 to 41 today. Canada's got the third-largest oil reserve worldwide, according to a report in The New Yorker.
  • Sex Pistols singer John Lydon blew over $15,000 on iPad apps (2014-11-18 19:11:44)
    Hot news from the celebrity world: former Sex Pistols singer, current PiL frontman, and esteemed butter salesman John "Johnny Rotten" Lydon has revealed his battle with a crippling iPad app addiction.
  • The iPhone 6 Plus camera has a huge problem for some users (2014-11-18 19:00:51)
    The camera on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has both been highly praised in many reviews, including several in-depth hands-on experiences from pro photographers. Of course, the iPhone 6 Plus is always seen as being slightly better than its smaller sibling thanks to its camera’s optical image stabilization (OIS). But it looks like some iPhone 6 Plus units are behaving rather strangely for users when taking pictures and recording videos. FROM EARLIER: Video: The world’s fastest keyboard just set a new record on the iPhone 6 Plus Business Insider reports that the camera on some iPhone 6 Plus handsets won’t focus or stabilize even when the phone is standing perfectly still, leading to blurry photos and videos. On Apple’s Support Community forum, user oneZer01 wrote in mid-October about
  • Motorola's latest animated short 'Duet' aims to tug at the heartstrings (2014-11-18 18:57:57)
    Just over a year ago, Motorola gave Moto X owners a little surprise in the form of Windy Day, an animated story from the co-director of Pixar's Ratatouille. It was a cute, slapstick tale that also took advantage of the phone's hardware — users were able to move around and control the "camera" in the world of the cartoon, letting you look around as if you were in the world yourself. It was the first of Motorola's so-called "Spotlight Stories" and was followed by Buggy Night a few months later.
  • This man will experience someone else's life through a VR headset (2014-11-18 18:56:00)
  • Apple makes WatchKit software tools available to developers (2014-11-18 18:48:06)
    Ahead of the launch of the Apple Watch, due sometime early next year, Apple has made WatchKit available to developers who want to create apps for the new platform.
  • Manage complex big data pipeline challenges with these approaches (2014-11-18 18:33:00)
    Creating an integrated pipeline for big data workflows is complex. Read about several factors to consider.
  • Pebble owners can now use PayPal on their smartwatch (2014-11-18 18:30:00)
  • Black Friday: T-Mobile tempts customers with free Android tablet (2014-11-18 18:29:05)
    Are you a T-Mobile customer Do you want to get your hands of a free (with strings) Android tablet? Well here's a Black Friday deal for you.
  • The most amazing thing you’ll see today: Time-lapse video of North Atlantic air traffic (2014-11-18 18:15:31)
    Aviation industry experts at NATS have created an awesome time-lapse visualization of Transatlantic air traffic over a period of 24 hours, condensing all the flights during a single day in August 2013 into a 2-minute video. FROM EARLIER: Amazing Microsoft tech will help you make the gorgeous time-lapse videos you’ve always dreamed of “Every day between two and three thousand aircraft fly across the North Atlantic, with the U.K. – and NATS – acting as the gateway to Europe,” the company wrote on its blog. “Up to 80% of all Oceanic traffic passes through the Shanwick Oceanic Control Area (OCA), which is airspace controlled by the United Kingdom. With this in mind, we created a data visualisation showing a day of traffic
  • Good Climate Policy Is Good for Economic Growth (2014-11-18 18:15:27)
    After my first smoggy afternoon in New Delhi last week, I yearned for the preternaturally blue skies we had enjoyed in Beijing a few days earlier. During a trip to China and India to learn about the growing market for clean technology in Asia, I had the opportunity to join leaders from civil society in New Delhi for the fifth in a series of...
  • Top 10 Strategic Trends in Technology (2014-11-18 18:12:13)
    Every business will become a digital business. The boundaries between digital and physical are increasingly blurred.We are starting to spend more time on digital than in the physical. For most of us, we're waking up with a phone alarm, and instantly checking notifications. Whether its Facebook, text messages or emails, the next generation will...
  • Netflix expanding to Australia, New Zealand (2014-11-18 18:09:20)
    LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) — Netflix says it plans to expand into Australia and New Zealand in March.
  • Microsoft issues update to fix domain privileges security (2014-11-18 18:05:14)
    (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp issued an emergency software update to fix a security glitch that affects domain privileges in all supported versions of Windows. The vulnerability could allow an attacker to upgrade unprivileged domain user account privileges to those of a domain administrator account. The update was released on Tuesday, according to information available on the company's Security Response Center website. Microsoft said it was aware of limited, targeted attacks that aimed to exploit the security issue at the time it issued the update. (Reporting by Narottam Medhora in Bangalore)
  • Netflix is expanding to Australia and New Zealand in March (2014-11-18 17:58:00)
  • WhatsApp encrypts messages from beginning to end (2014-11-18 17:46:20)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — WhatsApp, the globally popular instant messaging system owned by Facebook, has begun using a powerful new encryption program aimed at protecting users' conversations from unwanted surveillance and snooping.
  • U.S. State Department says unclassified emails running (2014-11-18 17:44:01)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday its unclassified email system was up again after being shut down this weekend to improve security following a cyber attack several weeks ago. The department said on Monday its unclassified email systems were the victim of a cyber attack at around the same time White House systems were breached, but no classified data was compromised. As a result of the shutdown, State Department employees were unable to access the Internet through their unclassified system or reliably receive emails from people outside the agency. ...
  • Spam Nation: Cybercrime and spam are far bigger security threats than you think (2014-11-18 17:41:28)
    In Spam Nation, cybersecurity expert Brian Krebs investigates Russian spammers and seeks to educate users about how valuable their assets are to cybercriminals.
  • The Word of the Year Is a Total Drag (2014-11-18 17:37:05)
    The Oxford English Dictionary selected "vape" as its word of the year this year. If you're not sure what "vape" means, don't feel bad. I didn't, either, and I deal with words for a living.
  • Nokia's simple yet smart Android launcher reaches Google Play (2014-11-18 17:34:00)
  • JookBox: A Wi-Fi speaker with a social twist (2014-11-18 17:33:06)
    Can't decide what to play at your next party? Let your guests be the DJ with this portable speaker and app now making a run on Kickstarter.>
  • Uber exec proposes investigating and smearing journalists (2014-11-18 17:30:38)
    The popular ride-sharing service has a controversy on its hands after a senior executive said he wanted to investigate reporters critical of the company.>
  • Another Android 5.0 Lollipop bug is driving Android users up the wall (2014-11-18 17:30:26)
    As the highly anticipated Android 5.0 update begins to roll out, many Android users are excited to see just how much has changed. There are plenty of new features and a gorgeous, updated user interface, but there also appear to be a few bugs worth watching out for. On Monday, Android 5.0 users began reporting that the update had removed Silent Mode from their phones entirely. On Tuesday, José Alvarez Núñez found another issue. READ MORE: NPR: Android 5.0 Lollipop will change the way we use smartphones According to Núñez, swiping away recent apps in the app switcher is no longer a reliable way to close them. In a video demonstration, he shows the apps being closed, only to reappear the next time he opens
  • Why Instagram Matters (2014-11-18 17:29:35)
    "Twitter is stupid and Instagram is Twitter for people who can't read" -- 2 Broke GirlsI disagree. Until last week I never heard this quote before and now every time I watch a CBS television show on demand I am tormented by those words.Some of my friends know I have spent most of 2014 living inside of Instagram. At times it feels like I am on...
  • Facebook's newest app unbundles Groups feature (2014-11-18 17:26:34)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is launching a new free mobile app for its popular Groups feature that lets users create and interact with communities on the site, whether they're based on hobbies, geography or culture.
  • Here are all the ways to interact with the Apple Watch (2014-11-18 17:17:30)
    Apple released its WatchKit SDK today, giving us our first glimpse at how developers will build apps for its forthcoming smartwatch. If there's one main takeaway, it's that using the Apple Watch requires you to understand a huge library of new interactions. A (non-exhaustive!) list:
  • This belt and buckle are actually a phone charger (2014-11-18 17:04:41)
    What's nearly as bad as running out of battery life on your phone? Having to lug around a battery charger. I have bought half a dozen of these portable chargers over the past few years, of all shapes and sizes. There's always one floating around my bag, but my bag is not always with me. What usually is, however, is my belt.
  • Uber's bad behavior and the trouble with trusting Snapchat (2014-11-18 17:01:28)
    Snapchat expands into mobile payments and Uber is under fire after an executive suggests taking revenge on journalists. On the bright side, WhatsApp is boosting security with end-to-end encryption.>
  • You won’t believe how much value you’ll get from this $199.99 laptop (2014-11-18 16:55:33)
    Just as Microsoft is trying to convince laptop and/or tablet buyers that the Surface Pro 3 is a better choice this Christmas than Apple’s iconic MacBook Air, HP has a different plan in mind, ZDNet reveals. Instead of launching an expensive Surface Pro 3 or MacBook Air rival, the company has created a budget-friendly laptop that’s ready to beat the competition on price — targeting Google’s affordable Chromebooks, in particular — and also on size, as the HP Stream 11 is about as big as an 11-inch MacBook Air. FROM EARLIER: Video: Microsoft fires more shots at Apple in its new Christmas ad The $199.99 laptop is available in blue or pink plastic, and comes with additional perks that make it even
  • Intel hands control of its mobile chip division to its Ultrabook chief (2014-11-18 16:40:00)
  • 11 things we just learned about how the Apple Watch works (2014-11-18 16:37:11)
    As of today, developers can now make apps for Apple Watch. Well, they're not separate apps so much as they are extensions of pre-existing iPhone apps, and there isn't a lot of flexibility in the WatchKit toolset — but it looks like that'll change next year.
  • The portable Alex Bottle splits in two (2014-11-18 16:36:54)
    Looking at a portable water bottle from a new perspective is as easy as twisting it open. The Alex Bottle opens in the middle and can be used to carry everything from soup to nuts.>
  • Concept video brings gorgeous Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge phones to life (2014-11-18 16:30:21)
    Last week, we highlighted a genuinely fantastic looking Galaxy S6 concept that finally gave Samsung’s flagship device the premium metal design that fans have been demanding for years. This week, we’re bringing you another, equally believable look at one concept artist’s vision of both the Galaxy S6 and the second generation Note Edge. FROM EARLIER: New report suggests Samsung’s Galaxy S6 will have some crazy new features In Jermaine Smit’s concept video, both phones share identical specs, including a 20-megapixel camera with dual LED flash and the ability to record 4K video. The phones also feature a 2980 mAh battery, soft texture body and 2K AMOLED display with 554 pixels-per-inch. The Galaxy S6 and ‘S6 Edge’ appear in both black and white. Interestingly,
  • Some GOP senators oppose NSA phone records measure (2014-11-18 16:13:14)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The fate of President Barack Obama's proposal to end bulk collection of American phone records by the National Security Agency was in doubt Tuesday as key Republican senators began lining up against it Tuesday.
  • Uber CEO gives exec public slap on the wrist for threatening journalists (2014-11-18 16:08:00)
  • Sony Music is re-evaluating its approach to streaming because of Taylor Swift (2014-11-18 16:03:31)
    Taylor Swift's decision to pull her music from Spotify — in large part because of its ad-supported free service — has gotten the attention of another entertainment giant. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, Sony Music chief financial officer Kevin Kelleher said the world's second-largest music company is re-evaluating its approach to streaming services like Spotify.
  • State Department says unclassified email system is back up (2014-11-18 16:02:36)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday its unclassified email system was up again after being shut down this weekend to improve security following a cyber attack several weeks ago. On Monday, the department said its unclassified email systems were the victim of a cyber attack at around the same time White House systems were breached, but no classified data was compromised. As a result of the shutdown, State Department employees were unable to access the Internet through their unclassified system or reliably receive emails from people outside the agency. ...
  • Uber employees warned journalist that executives would spy on her (2014-11-18 15:55:02)
    While an Uber senior vice president mused about hiring opposition researchers to attack critical journalists, the company has already used its own rider data to ferret out leaks, according to a new report. Ellen Cushing, a senior editor at San Francisco magazine who profiled Uber CEO Travis Kalanick this month, said that employees warned her that executives were likely to access her rider logs in an effort to see which employees she was speaking to as part of her reporting. Cushing says she could not independently verify those claims, but noted that they seemed more realistic following revelations that Uber's general manager for New York City accessed the profile of a Buzzfeed reporter without her permission.
  • 'Toy Story'-themed resort will take you to infinity and beyond (2014-11-18 15:53:30)
    Disney releases concept images for the Disney Shanghai Resort, which includes a massive "Toy Story"-themed hotel. Just hope nobody poisons the waterhole.>
  • WhatsApp messages get end-to-end encryption (2014-11-18 15:52:41)
    An online privacy tool endorsed by Edward Snowden is being used to protect WhatsApp messages from snooping by encrypting them as they travel the Internet. Open Whisper Systems on Tuesday announced a partnership with Facebook-owned WhatsApp to useTextSecure protocol to essentially scramble messages in transit, hiding whatever is inside from prying eyes. "WhatsApp deserves enormous praise for devoting considerable time and effort to this project," Open Whisper Systems said in a blog post. TextSecure encryption enabled automatically as a default setting is already built into the most recent version of WhatsApp for mobile devices powered by Google-backed Android software, with billions of messages being exchanged daily, according to Open Whisper.
  • Readers' reaction: Fitness trackers -- motivation or pure distraction? (2014-11-18 15:51:25)
    Love them, hate them, or some where in between, CNET Facebook fans tell us what they think of fitness tracking devices.>
  • Solar power will give you non-stop water during bike rides (2014-11-18 15:46:00)
  • Microsoft rebrands Identity Manager (again) and delivers new public preview (2014-11-18 15:42:05)
    Microsoft is rebranding again its identity-manager security offering and making a public preview version of a new release.
  • New tests suggest Apple skimped on a key iPhone 6 component and it’s causing problems (2014-11-18 15:40:18)
    Certain iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners, as well as some iPad users, have complained about random crashes and reboots on smartphones that have 64GB or 128GB of storage and hold large libraries of apps. Various reports trying to explain the problem have identified the type of NAND memory chosen for these iPhone 6 models as the main culprit, with some suggesting that Apple is already considering moving from triple cell (TLC) NAND memory to multi-level cell (MLC) storage in future iPhone 6 versions. Apple has not confirmed those reports, and has not explained why 64GB iPhone 6 and 128GB iPhone 6 Plus devices seem to crash in certain circumstances. But a new report from Korean publication KBench shows benchmark tests for
  • Microsoft reissues fixed Schannel update (2014-11-18 15:28:05)
    Problems with the update affected only Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012. The new update does not apply the new TLS ciphers by default.
  • Amazon Echo purchase invites going out (2014-11-18 15:27:06)
    The recent announcement of the Amazon Echo took many by surprise. The company signed up those interested in buying one, and purchase invites are now going out.
  • Grove Labs wants to put a tiny farm in your kitchen (2014-11-18 15:19:22)
    The company Grove Labs thinks it’s found a way to provide customers with fresh, organic, and extremely local produce: all they’ll need is an indoor, fish-fertilized, hydroponic garden.
  • Samsung loses bid to freeze Microsoft's U.S. lawsuit over royalties (2014-11-18 15:16:21)
    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has rejected Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s bid to put Microsoft Corp's lawsuit over smartphone patent royalties on hold while the South Korean company pursues an arbitration proceeding in Hong Kong. In a brief order, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in New York said the lawsuit would proceed despite the arbitration. Rakoff said he would explain his reasoning in a subsequent opinion. Microsoft sued Samsung in August, accusing it of breaching a collaboration agreement by initially refusing to make royalty payments after the U.S. ...
  • Developer tools reveal screen resolutions for both upcoming Apple Watch models (2014-11-18 15:15:55)
    Apple on Tuesday released its first iOS 8.2 beta software to developers and at the same time, the company also gave developers the tools they’ll need to build apps for the upcoming Apple Watch. While Apple’s first device in the wearables category isn’t expected to launch for another few months, Apple wants to ensure that third-party developers have enough time to make great apps for the new Apple Watch that are ready in time for launch. Of course, as people begin to dig through those developer tools, new details about the Apple Watch are coming to light. FROM EARLIER: Apple releases iOS 8.2 beta with tools for Apple Watch A few interesting and previously unknown tidbits have been picked out of Apple’s
  • Yum, your next favorite emoji could be a delicious taco (2014-11-18 15:13:00)
  • Toyota's new hydrogen-powered Mirai sedan will be on sale next year for $57,500 (2014-11-18 15:05:31)
    Toyota has been teasing its upcoming hydrogen fuel cell car for the better part of the year, but at the Los Angeles auto show it has announced that consumers will be able to buy the Mirai sedan for $57,500 when it goes on sale in 2015. However, Toyota claims the final price for the four-door vehicle should be significantly lower when factoring in state and federal incentives that could push the price "under $45,000" when all is said and done.
  • BadUSB Security Flaw Could Affect Any Thumb Drive (2014-11-18 15:03:54)
    You may recall that three months ago, we advised you not to panic over BadUSB, a prominent thumb-drive vulnerability that had no obvious solution and against which there was no easy defense. The information comes by way of Berlin-based Security Research Labs. Karsten Nohl, Sascha Krisser and Jakob Lell gave an extensive presentation about BadUSB vulnerabilities during the PacSec 2014 security conference in Tokyo last week.
  • Moff Band Uses Sound Effects to Turn Movement into Games (2014-11-18 15:03:48)
    As a way to combat this phenomenon, Japanese company Moff Inc. created the Moff Band: a bold, fun wearable that's meant to be used without a screen in front of you, relying heavily on your imagination. Using the band's sensors and accompanying app, the $55 Moff Band uses sound effects and your own movements to let you play games and complete activities. Inside are accelerometers and gyroscopes that detect movement and position, which tells the Moff app which sounds to play depending on the activity you've chosen.
  • Oxford Dictionaries names 'vape' as the word of 2014 (2014-11-18 14:52:00)
  • How to find out where Walmart has stashed your precious Black Friday deals (2014-11-18 14:50:53)
    Walmart’s Black Friday 2014 ad is already out, with regular Walmart customers likely planning their upcoming Black Friday shopping spree. The retailer has set up various sales events for Thanksgiving and Black Friday, but that doesn’t mean all buyers will have the chance to get their hands on some of the highly coveted items Walmart will have on sale without properly preparing their trips. To help smart shoppers get ready for the huge sale, the company has set up store maps online, which reveal the exact locations of the hottest sale items in each individual store. FROM EARLIER: Here is everything on sale at Walmart for Black Friday In order to access the maps, Walmart customers will have to go to the company’s online store following this
  • Real and Microsoft announce digital platform deal (2014-11-18 14:45:55)
    MADRID (Reuters) - Real Madrid and Microsoft Corp have sealed an agreement to create a digital platform to connect fans of the European champions around the world. Real president Florentino Perez and Orlando Ayala, a Microsoft vice president, presented the platform at a ceremony at Real's Bernabeu stadium in the Spanish capital on Tuesday. "Powered by Microsoft’s cloud solutions, we will offer fans exclusive, personalised and customised content and digital services," Ayala said. ...
  • Uber CEO says threats against journalists showed 'a lack of humanity' (2014-11-18 14:45:35)
    Uber CEO Travis Kalanick took to Twitter today to address the latest public-relations debacle to confront the transportation company. After an Uber vice president mused about hiring opposition researchers to dig up defamatory information about journalists who criticized the company, Kalanick said the comments showed "a lack of humanity." Buzzfeed broke news of the comments last night after attending the dinner party where the remarks were made. ...
  • 10 tech trends that will impact (virtually) every teacher (2014-11-18 14:45:00)
  • Shocker: Pandora's study finds Pandora to be good for music sales (2014-11-18 14:31:00)
  • Twitter's powerful new search engine includes every tweet ever sent (2014-11-18 14:29:39)
    Twitter's always been about speed and immediacy. It's where news breaks, it's where topics trend, it's where your timeline flies by so fast you're bound to miss things. In an effort to make itself a more permanent home for all that information, Twitter has announced today that you can search through every tweet sent on the service since 2006.
  • New trailer for 'The Peanuts Movie' brings Snoopy into the 21st century (2014-11-18 14:26:51)
    The thought of a new Peanuts animated film so many years after the death of creator Charles Schulz may have initially felt like a crass cash grab, but the first look we got at the movie earlier this year made us think this project could actually work. Now, the first full trailer is here, and it's gorgeous if nothing else — it's a more complex and beautiful animated Peanuts world than we've ever seen before, but it still retails the original comic strip's charm and distinctive style.
  • Here’s why the iPhone 6 Plus is a better phablet than the Galaxy Note 4 (2014-11-18 14:25:53)
    One of the most entertaining developments in the smartphone world this year has been the introduction of the iPhone 6 Plus. When Apple first announced its oversized smartphone, Android and iPhone fans alike scoffed at the idea, likening it to an even further miniaturized iPad mini. After all, what does Apple know about phablets? PREVIOUSLY: 9 out of 10 iPhone buyers got an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus over the past month Well, if the sales are any indication, Apple knows plenty. The combined sales of both new iPhone models have been better than any in the company’s history. Despite the imperfect transition of iOS to a 5.5-inch display (hence the addition of Reachability), the iPhone 6 Plus has received rave reviews. But how
  • Ex-BlackBerry chief joins Powermat as CEO (2014-11-18 14:13:21)
    Thorsten Heins, who departed BlackBerry in late 2013, will now lead a wireless-charging company on the cusp of its global expansion.>
  • Spotify boosts staff numbers as streaming competition heats up (2014-11-18 14:11:20)
    Spotify, the world's largest online music streaming service, plans to boost its staff numbers by a third, its co-founder and chief executive said Tuesday amid increasing competition from other technology companies. "We are 1,500 and we are recruiting another 500, up to 2,000 people," Martin Lorenzon told reporters at a trade fair in Helsinki. The Swedish-based pioneer of online music streaming announced its expansion amid mounting competition, notably from a newly launched advert-free music video service from YouTube, part of Google's online empire. Sony Music has also indicated that it is looking at expanding paid subscriptions to its online music service.
  • 'Serial' breaks iTunes record for fastest podcast to reach 5 million downloads and streams (2014-11-18 14:08:16)
    Serial, the ongoing true crime podcast that you should absolutely be listening to, has become a veritable phenomenon. According to Apple, the series has become the fastest podcast to reach 5 million downloads in iTunes history. It's probably important to note(and it has been argued) that the show's explosion in popularity and the subsequent conversation on the supposed rebirth of the podcast is probably in thanks large part to the This American Life pedigree, even taking into account the show's quality.
  • The creators of classic 'Maniac Mansion' are making a spiritual successor (2014-11-18 14:00:29)
    25 years ago, Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick designed Maniac Mansion, one of the defining titles from the golden era of adventure games. Now they're making a spiritual successor.
  • Apple releases iOS 8.2 beta with tools for Apple Watch (2014-11-18 14:00:19)
    Apple began seeding a beta version of iOS 8.2 on Tuesday, November 18th alongside the official launch of the WatchKit development tools for the upcoming Apple Watch. iOS Developer Program members can download the SDK right away at DON’T MISS: Here are 100 stunning iPhone 6 wallpapers you can download for free The WatchKit site features programming guides, human interface guidelines, templates and more for interested developers. Next year, closer to the launch of the Apple Watch, developers will be able to create fully native apps for the wearable device. “With the iOS 8.2 beta SDK, developers can now start using WatchKit to create breakthrough new apps, Glances and actionable notifications designed for the innovative Apple Watch interface and work with new technologies such as Force Touch, Digital Crown
  • Honda wants to help developers build better Android Auto apps (2014-11-18 13:54:00)
    The newly announced Honda Developer Studio is both an online portal and a physical workspace located in Silicon Valley.>
  • Snap, clap, whistle or shake TV commercials away with Playmute (2014-11-18 13:52:31)
    Swap TV commercials for content you actually want to see with a snap of your fingers. Or a shake of your phone. Or...well, you'll see.>
  • 5 more links to help you see everything Google knows about you (2014-11-18 13:50:37)
    On Monday, we shared a link and some instructions with readers intended to help them identify what personal information Google has collected about them in its efforts to build comprehensive profiles and serve targeted ads. Of course, Google collects a huge amount of data from its users to support what is likely the world’s most complex online advertising solution, so one single link isn’t going to show you everything you need to know. Now, we’re back with five more URLs Google users need to know in order to see even more personal data that Google has collected. DON’T MISS: Thank you, Google, for being so ‘evil’ As we noted in Monday’s post, visiting will let you see much of the data Google has gathered on you,
  • Developers can now write apps for Apple Watch (2014-11-18 13:50:00)
  • From Rosetta to 'Interstellar': Set a course via the CraveCast (2014-11-18 13:46:06)
    It's been a big month for space travel, both in fact and fiction. On today's CraveCast, the crew looks at the first successful landing on a comet, as well as the space epic "Interstellar." Join us at noon PT.>
  • Viber's new Public Chats sound a lot like Twitter (2014-11-18 13:45:00)
  • Facebook singles out Groups, in trend toward standalone apps (2014-11-18 13:36:21)
    The world's largest social network has created a separate mobile app to help group users plan and collaborate. But don't worry: Facebook says it won't force users to download it.>
  • Apple Watch app development begins today with release of WatchKit (2014-11-18 13:35:14)
    Developers can now start creating apps for the Apple Watch. Apple is today releasing WatchKit, a toolkit that allows developers to begin coding and testing apps for its upcoming smartwatch. "WatchKit provides the incredible iOS developer community with the tools they need to create exciting new experiences right on your wrist," Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller says in a statement.
  • Make an iPad piano keyboard from clothespins and cardboard (2014-11-18 13:31:20)
    Fiddlewax creator Adam Kumpf makes a $5 keyboard that plays his music app by letting him tickle the, um, clothespins. You can do the same.>
  • World speed texting record broken on an iPhone 6 Plus (2014-11-18 13:31:13)
    Brazilian teen Marcel Fernandes Filho uses a Fleksy keyboard and a very large phone to break his own texting record.>
  • 'LittleBigPlanet 3': The Joystiq Review (2014-11-18 13:30:00)
  • Apple will let accessory makers use its Lightning port in their products (2014-11-18 13:29:26)
    Apple will soon allow third-party accessory makers to integrate the company's Lightning port directly into their products. 9to5Mac today reported on the move, which should make life easier for manufacturers operating on slim margins and cut down on the number of cables that iPhone and iPad users need to carry around. Currently, some devices like Bluetooth speakers and iPhone battery cases often require a microUSB cord for charging. But by giving its partners the option of swapping that USB port for the Lightning hardware iOS users are familiar with, Apple's making things easier on everyone.
  • Your guide to new titles on Netflix this week: November 16th – November 22nd (2014-11-18 13:25:58)
    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 save you some precious ticks on the clock. MORE NETFLIX: Your guide to new titles on Netflix this week: November 9th – November 15th November 16th Dream House (2011) November 19th Sabotage (2014) November 21st Lilyhammer: Season 3 (Original) November 22nd Ida (2014) Snowpiercer (2013) Nikita: Season 4 (TV) Be sure to check back every week to find out which new titles are making their way to Netflix Instant.
  • Facebook launches new app for its Groups feature (2014-11-18 13:23:00)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is launching a new free mobile app for its popular Groups feature that let users create and interact with communities on the site, whether they're based on hobbies, geography or culture.
  • Facebook's latest page keeps you updated on tech news (2014-11-18 13:22:00)
  • Facebook now wants to be your tech news source (2014-11-18 13:21:07)
    Facebook today launched a new Page devoted to surfacing strictly tech news in your timeline. FB Techwire, an extension of FB Newswire, will serve as yet another tool for journalists for exposing the highest-quality work of those working in the tech community.
  • Adapt to the end of 'imperial IT' or risk becoming irrelevant (2014-11-18 13:20:03)
    The expectations and demands on IT organizations are changing. Here's how to cope, so you don't become extinct.
  • Microsoft patches critical Windows Server vulnerability (2014-11-18 13:17:06)
    A privilege escalation bug being exploited in the wild could turn a normal user into a domain administrator.
  • HBO's 'Westworld' reboot with Anthony Hopkins will air next year (2014-11-18 13:16:00)
  • Wix challenges Squarespace with Bigstock photo deal (2014-11-18 13:12:05)
    Users of's website building platform can use any Bigstock image for $2.99 a piece - which as Wix points out, is far less than the $10 image deal Squarespace has with Getty.
  • Cyanogen's next stop is India (2014-11-18 13:04:59)
    Cyanogen, the company that makes the popular Cyanogenmod Android Firmware and that started making its own version of that for new phones last year, is now back for more. Today it's announcing a new deal with Indian consumer electronics company Micromax that will put Cyanogen's software on the company's newest phones. Cyanogen's pitching a highly-optimized version of Android for people buying mid-range phones, something it says it can do better than most hardware makers who cook up their own versions of Android.
  • These 2 free iPhone and Android apps will help you find the best Black Friday deals (2014-11-18 13:00:36)
    Black Friday 2014 is now less than two weeks away, and we have shared some of the biggest and most impressive Black Friday sales ever with you over the past few days. Highlights include Best Buy’s big Black Friday sale, more than 165 deals from Samsung, Walmart’s big sale and tons of deals from Target. In all, however, there are thousands of deals to look through and it can definitely get overwhelming. We recently shared a few mobile apps with you that will help you find the best deals this holiday season and save as much money as possible, and now we can add two more great free apps to that list. MORE BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: Visit our Black Friday
  • Groups app makes Facebook about friends again (2014-11-18 13:00:30)
    Facebook Groups is a new standalone app for iPhone and Android. It gives you faster access to your family and friends, ad-free.
  • The new Groups app makes Facebook about your friends again (2014-11-18 13:00:02)
    Imagine you have an online service for chatting with friends, with somewhere in the neighborhood of 650 to 700 million monthly active users. Those users put up something like 2.5 billion pieces of discrete content every month: posts, photos, comments, and likes. That would be a pretty huge service, second only to Facebook itself in its sheer size and scope. You'd think the app for that service would be wildly popular. But you'd be wrong — because until now, that app didn't exist.
  • Facebook's latest standalone app lets you dive right into Groups (2014-11-18 13:00:00)
  • Here is everything on sale at Costco for Black Friday (2014-11-18 12:35:36)
    As this year’s most important holiday shopping day approaches, more and more stores unveil their special deals and discounts for a variety of products, including many electronics devices and gadgets. Costco’s official Black Friday 2014 ad has also been posted online by BFAds, revealing various tech deals Costco shoppers might find interesting. FROM EARLIER: Massive 47-page ad shows all of Best Buy’s crazy Black Friday deals The retail chain will open its doors at 9:00 a.m. on Black Friday, hosting sales for customers from November 28th to November 30th. In addition to the Black Friday deals Costco is offering, the retailer also has special online sales starting on November 21st and valid through December 1st while supplies last, and a special
  • One year later: The state of PS4 and Xbox One (2014-11-18 12:10:54)
    A year ago this month, we were introduced to the next generation of game consoles: the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. Despite the lack of game releases, most of us were just relieved that new consoles had finally hit the market. We’d spent nearly a decade waiting for this moment and it was finally here. But as with any new gadget, the luster began to fade and both Sony and Microsoft had to prove that these investments of several hundred dollars were worth our time and money. One year later, we’re checking in to see how they’ve done. ONE YEAR AGO: Our PS4 review and our Xbox One review After extensively testing both consoles at launch, I concluded that the PlayStation 4 had
  • IBM's Verse: Can Watson ultimately be your inbox jockey? (2014-11-18 12:06:05)
    IBM's reinvented email and collaboration software, dubbed Verse, comes with a Watson option where you can ask a question and get an email answer. Here's what I'd really want Watson to do for me.
  • Bob Marley will be the face of the first global weed brand (2014-11-18 12:05:53)
    Plenty of ground has been broken since Washington and Colorado became the first states to make the sale and recreational use of marijuana legal earlier this year. Now the world's first international marijuana brand is being created — and it will use Bob Marley's likeness to promote it. According to The Guardian, Marley's family is working with private equity firm Privateer Holdings to create a company called Marley Natural.
  • The Big Picture: giving birth to a solar system (2014-11-18 12:02:00)
  • WhatsApp taps Open Whisper for end-to-end encryption (2014-11-18 11:55:05)
    The encryption fete is significant, as it makes WhatsApp one of the most secure text messaging apps available.
  • Microsoft to update Surface Pro 3 with firmware, connectivity and pen fixes (2014-11-18 11:49:06)
    Microsoft is on tap to issue several firmware updates and fixes for the Surface Pro 3 tablet family a week after Patch Tuesday.
  • Apple slapped with $24M fine for stealing tech from old SkyTel pagers (2014-11-18 11:45:24)
    Apple on Tuesday was ordered to pay a $23.6 million fine to Texas-based Mobile Telecommunications Technologies after being found guilty on Monday evening of infringing six patents. A federal jury in Marshall, Texas determined that Apple’s iPhone and several other Apple devices make unlawful use of the patented technologies, which relate to pagers and date back to the 1990s. This marks the second recent trial in which Apple was accused of stealing pager technology — the first was in California last month and Apple escaped unscathed. The patents in question in this more recent trial are from Mobile Telecommunications’ old SkyTel pagers, which were extremely popular in the 1990s but are now outdated. Bloomberg notes that the patents covered in the case are all
  • WhatsApp brings end-to-end encryption to its Android app (2014-11-18 11:44:00)
  • Nokia's N1 Tablet Runs Android 5.0, Looks Like iPad mini (2014-11-18 11:39:42)
    After a lot of teasing yesterday on Twitter, Nokia has revealed its first device after selling its smartphone devices and services to Microsoft. Starting at $249, the N1 tablet doesn't resemble anything Windows, but it does look pretty similar the iPad mini, with a few added features that are distinctly Nokia. At first glance, you could easily mistake the N1 for a Apple's smallest tablet.
  • Expired Antivirus Protection Just as Bad as None (2014-11-18 11:39:40)
    Antivirus programs can also go stale, and when they do, they're almost as useless as having no antivirus protection at all, according to the latest edition of a twice-yearly Microsoft study. By comparison, 2.2 percent of computers with expired antivirus protection were infected, as were 2.4 percent of computers that had no antivirus protection.
  • Bitdefender Adware Removal Challenges Malwarebytes (2014-11-18 11:39:32)
    Antivirus software maker Bitdefender has released a free adware-removal tool for Windows PCs. It features Bitdefender's clean, modern interface and quickly scanned our Windows 7 PC for adware, apparently finding nothing over the course of about 10 minutes.
  • 451 Research launches Cloud Price Index (2014-11-18 11:33:05)
    Want to pick the right public cloud at the right price, but not sure how to find it? 451 Research is providing some practical guidance.
  • Royal Caribbean's cruise of the future looks a lot like the present (2014-11-18 11:30:00)
  • Can Wattpad's DIY writing empire survive Amazon? (2014-11-18 11:26:12)
    Startup Wattpad has helped millions of people write and publish original stories for free. But now Amazon is entering the game.
  • Small Empires: can Wattpad's DIY writing empire survive an invasion by Amazon? (2014-11-18 11:25:38)
    When venture capitalists are considering whether or not to invest in a startup, there's a stock question many will ask the founder: What would you do if Google decided to enter your business? You could swap the name of any tech titan — Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon — into that query. The bigger picture is figuring out whether the thing you're building is a unique and defensible business or just a cool feature these companies haven't bothered to focus on yet.
  • Natalie Dormer reveals how she wants to die on 'Game of Thrones' (2014-11-18 11:20:32)
    The actress talks with Conan O'Brien about the anxiety "Game of Thrones" actors feel each time they get a new script.>
  • 615 items on sale in biggest tech-focused Black Friday sale of the year (2014-11-18 11:20:03)
    Black Friday brings sales for everyone in the United States, of course, but technology and gadget fans are in store for a particularly busy sale season this year. We have already seen all of the details for sales from some of the biggest names in tech, including Best Buy, GameStop, Staples and RadioShack, but the biggest tech-focused Black Friday sale of the year comes courtesy of another nationwide electronics retailer. MORE BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: Visit our Black Friday 2014 hub! Micro Center isn’t quite as huge as a nationwide chain like Best Buy, but its Black Friday 2014 sale is even bigger than the one being touted by America’s top brick and mortar gadget seller. In fact, Micro Center is offering
  • Invent your own smart home with new LittleBits kit (2014-11-18 11:18:52)
    The New York startup unveils its new Smart Home Kit for $249, offering a way for do-it-yourselfers to create doorbells, pet fish feeders or open-refrigerator alarms.>
  • Linux still owns supercomputing (2014-11-18 11:15:05)
    In the latest Top500 supercomputer ranking, Linux once more totally dominates the fastest of all computers.
  • 7 awesome paid iPhone apps that are completely free right now (2014-11-18 10:55:41)
    Monday brought us eight great paid iPhone and iPad apps that were on sale for free for a limited time, and several of them can still be had for free if you visit yesterday’s post right now. Today, of course, we have more nifty paid apps on sale lined up for you, and this batch is particularly good. As always, be sure to hurry and download anything that looks good to you because these limited-time sales can end at any time. DON’T MISS: Here are 100 stunning iPhone 6 wallpapers you can download for free 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
  • Privacy push means free encryption for websites (2014-11-18 10:55:33)
    Secure network connections protect people against snooping and criminals, but it's a hassle for websites. Mozilla, Cisco, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and others want to change that.>
  • Samsung to cut smartphone models by up to a third in 2015 (2014-11-18 10:53:01)
    The company's head of investor relations says the move is designed to make Samsung's smartphone business more efficient.>
  • Pro tip: Use Google Now to launch your next Android app (2014-11-18 10:46:22)
    Here's how to harness the power of Google Now in your Android app -- without writing Java code -- by letting users launch your app using voice commands.
  • In search of the starfish killer: the quest to save the original keystone species (2014-11-18 10:41:58)
    In June 2013, Steven Fradkin stumbled upon a grisly scene at Starfish Point in Washington, northwest of Seattle. About one in four of the park’s namesake animals were contorted and covered in white lesions. The seriously sick starfish were crumpled and sagging, their internal organs beginning to rupture through their skin. But that wasn’t what really stuck with Fradkin, when I spoke to him a year later. What really affected him were the arms that had ripped loose from the animals’ bodies. “There were individual arms just roaming around in a Walking Dead kind of way,” he says.
  • Enterprise adoption of open source is on the rise (2014-11-18 10:41:05)
    Enterprises are moving into open source - and for good reason.
  • Video: The world’s fastest keyboard just set a new record on the iPhone 6 Plus (2014-11-18 10:30:11)
    Fleksy, the holder of the Guinness World Records title for the world’s fastest smartphone keyboard is now even faster, the company on Tuesday announced. Fleksy, initially available on Android, is also a popular iOS 8 keyboard application and the company used the iPhone 6 Plus to shatter its previous record. FROM EARLIER: The world’s fastest keyboard is now even cheaper on iPhone and Android 17-year old Marcel Fernandes Filho used the phone to break his previous 18.19 seconds record by well over a second. Marcel wrote the same phrase — “The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.” — in only 17.00 seconds
  • Former BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins is now the top boss at Powermat (2014-11-18 10:30:04)
    Thorsten Heins couldn't reverse BlackBerry's deep troubles during his time as CEO, but now he's got a new challenge: making Powermat the clear winner in wireless charging. Today, Powermat Technologies announced that Heins has been appointed CEO and Chairman of the board, immediately making him the most powerful and influential executive at the company. "Powermat's technology is on the cusp of mainstream adoption," Heins said in a statement.
  • This is the new Nokia (2014-11-18 10:21:51)
    "Don’t write Nokia off just yet" was the message coming out of Helsinki this morning as the Nokia N1 tablet was being unveiled. In spite of selling its device business to Microsoft earlier this year and swearing off putting its name on smartphones until 2016, Nokia wishes to be seen as the same driver of mobile innovation that it’s always been. Finland’s most beloved company will continue "bringing the magic of technology" to the masses, and the N1 is just "the first of many" new devices coming that will feature the iconic Nokia branding. ...
  • Uber executive casually threatens journalist with smear campaign (2014-11-18 10:15:37)
    It seems that for every story about how much people love Uber, there's another story about something awful that Uber has done or that its executives said. Here's the latest one: according to BuzzFeed, Uber's senior vice president of business, Emil Michael, floated the idea of spending $1 million to hire Uber's own team of researchers and journalists who would surreptitiously fight back against reporters by digging up dirt on their personal lives if they write bad stories about the company.
  • HP’s Surface Pro 3 replica debuts today (2014-11-18 10:09:08)
    HP is launching its own version of the Surface Pro 3 today. No, it hasn’t taken over manufacturing of Microsoft’s tablet, it’s merely imitating it. HP’s new Envy x2 has a multi-angle kickstand, a fabric keyboard cover that clicks into place with a stylus holder loop, and it all adds up to something that looks eerily similar to Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 tablet.
  • Here are 100 stunning iPhone 6 wallpapers you can download for free (2014-11-18 10:05:47)
    Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are sleek, beautiful smartphones, but there’s one problem with them: it seems like almost everyone in the United States has one. Using a great case can help separate your iPhone from the pack, and we recently recommended 10 iPhone 6 cases that feature great designs. To complete the look of Apple’s latest iPhones with or without a case, however, you’ll need beautifully designed wallpapers for your home screen and lock screen. And as always, we’ve got you covered. DON’T MISS: Here are 141 beautiful Material Design wallpapers that are free to download In a post published earlier this year, we showed you a quick and easy way to make as many gorgeous iPhone wallpapers
  • AI can now describe pictures: A look at the potential business impact (2014-11-18 10:05:05)
    Researchers have combined image and natural language processing so computer vision can see a picture and then write a caption for it. Here's a stab at how this artificial intelligence advance could be applied to business.
  • IBM launches business e-mail that integrates social media (2014-11-18 10:01:51)
    By Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - International Business Machine Corp on Tuesday launched a new e-mail application for businesses that integrates social media, file sharing and analytics to learn a user's behavior and predict interactions with coworkers. The application is part of IBM's attempt to shift its focus to cloud computing and data analytics from the hardware services that had long been the company's bread and butter. ...
  • WhatsApp rolls out end-to-end encryption using TextSecure code (2014-11-18 10:00:05)
    The most recent update to WhatsApp's Android app includes a surprising feature: strong end-to-end encryption, enabled by default. It's the strongest security any major texting app has offered, even compared with similar tools from giants like Google, Microsoft and Apple. WhatsApp partnered with Open Whisper Systems for the launch, using open source code to build in the new features. It's unclear when the features will come to iOS, but just reaching WhatsApp's android users represents a huge step forward for everyday encryption use.
  • Create your own smart home with littleBits' house-friendly kit (2014-11-18 10:00:00)
  • Six Clicks: Best Apple iPhone 6 accessories for stuffing the stockings (2014-11-18 10:00:00)
    Given that so many people use smartphones every day, purchasing accessories for those phones make gift buying fairly easy. Check out Matthew's personal recommendations for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
  • GoGrid, Cloudera partner to speed up enterprise Hadoop deployments (2014-11-18 09:59:05)
    Using GoGrid's 1-Button Deploy orchestration process, Cloudera users can begin a trial using the company's Cloudera Live CDH distribution in a matter of hours.
  • Sony to take another look at ad-supported music streaming (2014-11-18 09:35:37)
    Chief financial officer says that Sony, owner of one of the world's three major labels, needs to evaluate what kind of value it's getting in allowing catalog music to be streamed for free.>
  • Samsung offers big discounts on 167 items in huge Black Friday sale (2014-11-18 09:34:42)
    Black Friday 2014 is just around the corner but as is the case every year, Black Friday sales start long before Black Friday actually rolls around. In Samsung’s case, the company is getting a very early start on America’s biggest shopping holiday by offering preorders right now for each of the 167 items it has included in its Black Friday 2014 sale. MORE BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: Visit our Black Friday 2014 hub! Samsung’s Black Friday deals range from small discounts on inexpensive items to savings of several thousand dollars on some of Samsung’s newest flat screen TVs. As Black Friday tracker BFAds notes, Samsung’s Black Friday 2014 deals are available immediately for preorder and credit cards will not be charged until
  • DisplaySearch: Global notebook PC market grew 10 percent (2014-11-18 09:33:05)
    While tablet PC shipments continue to fall, the global notebook PC market seems to be doing much better, and grew 10 percent year over year during the third quarter of this year.
  • Walgreens to offer quick, affordable and needle-free blood tests in all its stores (2014-11-18 09:32:00)
  • Microsoft to shut down Nokia Store for feature phones (2014-11-18 09:31:57)
    Owners of Nokia feature phones and Symbian and Nokia X devices will be automatically redirected to the Opera Mobile Store.>
  • Microsoft to release Windows security fix today (2014-11-18 09:31:05)
    An out-of-band update to all Windows versions will be released today. This is MS14-068, one of two updates held back on the November Patch Tuesday.
  • Building a globe-spanning quantum internet (2014-11-18 09:29:43)
    Last October, leaked NSA documents confirmed a massive privacy violation: government spies were tapping into private networks run by Google and Yahoo which were running unencrypted between data centers. Both companies scrambled to protect their private networks, but the deeper problems remained. As long as data center links relied on traditional infrastructure, they'd be vulnerable to NSA intrusion. A truly secure network would have to be rebuilt from the ground up.
  • Google buys up Dutch wind energy for data center (2014-11-18 09:23:40)
    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Google says it will buy the entire output of an 18-turbine, 62-megawatt Dutch wind energy project in the Netherlands to supply power to a major data center it is building.
  • Glassbeam SCALAR - analysis of the internet of things (2014-11-18 09:06:05)
    The internet of things could be very helpful to organizations or bury them under the weight of operational data from a herd of devices, their software, and their applications. Glassbeam believes its SCALAR is the tool that will make sense of it all.
  • This might be the single most annoying thing about the Nexus 6… but there’s an easy fix (2014-11-18 09:05:57)
    Nexus 6 units have already started shipping to early buyers, and while many of them may be using the huge Lollipop-running phablet as their daily driver, not all of them are so lucky. It looks like Google has found another way of messing up the Nexus 6 launch — in addition to only having a very limited number of Nexus 6 units to go around, thus preventing many from buying the handset — and that’s adding the phones’ unique IMEI codes to carrier databases, so that mobile operators can activate the Nexus 6 on their networks. FROM EARLIER: Google is shipping your Nexus 6 order right now That’s right, it appears some Nexus 6 buyers won’t be able to activate their
  • Square merchants can now make their own gift cards (2014-11-18 09:00:00)
  • Square readies for the holidays, rolls out gift card integration (2014-11-18 09:00:00)
    The mobile payments platform provider is touting the gift card program as seamless for both sellers and their respective customers.
  • How to buy iPhones and iPads with AT&T Next and Mobile Share plans (2014-11-18 08:52:19)
    AT&T has not done a great job explaining how its Next and Mobile Share Value cell phone plans work. Jordan Golson picks up where AT&T has faltered.
  • Check out these beautiful posters for sequels that were never made (2014-11-18 08:45:01)
    The seminal Cowboy Bebop is widely regarded as one of the best anime series of all time, with BBC comparing the movie spin-off to landmark titles like Ghost in the Shell and Spirited Away. Despite its popularity, only one feature film was ever released. But artist Nimit Malavia's stunning, butterfly-limned design provides an idea for what the sequel's movie poster could have looked like.
  • Keep track of online forums easily with Tapatalk (2014-11-18 08:35:08)
    Following forums on your mobile device can be a challenge -- unless you're using Tapatalk. Jack Wallen shows you how.
  • Apple’s new Yosemite update reportedly didn’t fix the annoying Wi-Fi bug for everyone (2014-11-18 08:30:44)
    Apple’s OS X 10.10 Yosemite update was released to the public last month, and it was a massive update. The new software featured a big user interface overhaul that helped modernize the look of OS X a bit, and it also added a number of great new features such as redesigned Spotlight search and Continuity. Unfortunately, for many users the update also introduced an extremely annoying Wi-Fi connection bug, and it looks like Apple’s just-released OS X 10.10.1 update didn’t solve the problem for everyone. FROM EARLIER: Experiencing Wi-Fi issues in Yosemite? Here’s how to fix them yourself OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite was released to the public on Monday afternoon, and one of the most eagerly anticipated features of the new
  • How to live for a month in virtual reality (2014-11-18 08:30:02)
    Next year, artist Mark Farid wants to give up a month of his life to virtual reality. If a crowdfunding campaign succeeds, he’ll spend 28 days in a gallery, wearing a VR headset and a pair of noise-canceling headphones. For the duration of the show, all he’ll experience will be video and audio captured by a complete stranger, going about their daily life. When they eat, he’ll eat. When they sleep, he’ll sleep. As much as modern technology permits, he will let his individual identity evaporate.
  • Analysis casts doubt on FBI claims over Tor website seizures (2014-11-18 08:29:06)
    Just how many hidden Tor services seized by law enforcement were genuine websites, and how many were clones and copies?
  • Get an Asus EeeBook 11.6-inch laptop for $139.99 (2014-11-18 08:27:50)
    Kind of like a Chromebook, but with Windows 8.1, this is perhaps the best laptop deal I've seen all year.>
  • Ofcom probe could lead to more live Premier League matches on TV (2014-11-18 08:13:00)
  • Nokia revives the brand with launch of iPad lookalike (2014-11-18 08:11:15)
    By Jussi Rosendahl HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland's Nokia launched a new brand-licensed tablet computer on Tuesday which is designed to rival Apple's iPad Mini, just six months after the company sold its ailing phones and devices business to Microsoft for over $7 billion. Nokia, a name which was once synonymous with mobile phones until first Apple and then Samsung Electronics eclipsed the Finnish company with the advent of smart phones, said the manufacturing, distribution and sales of the new N1 tablet, will be handled under license by Taiwan's Foxconn . ...
  • 'Vape' named word of the year ahead of 'bae' and 'normcore' (2014-11-18 08:07:59)
    Vape is officially Oxford Dictionaries' international Word of the Year, beating contenders like bae, slacktivism, indyref, contacless, and normcore. According to the recent announcement, usage of the word has more than doubled since 2013 in tandem with the growing prevalence of vaporizers, which many believe to be a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes. Oxford Dictionaries' editorial director Judy Pearsall attributes the popularity of the term to recent debates about e-cigarettes and their adoption by celebrities like musician Aaron David Ross. ...
  • WeMail adds voice messages to email (2014-11-18 08:00:02)
    Do we really need another email client for phones? The answer seems to keep being yes. Almost everywhere you look, startups and big companies alike are trying to turn the daily chore of churning through email into something simpler, smarter, and perhaps even fun. Joining those ranks today is a new one called WeMail, which unlike the name suggests, does not involve opening up your inbox to strangers. Instead, it's about approaching emails a bit more like texts, and letting you respond to others with instant messages and even short voice memos.
  • Retail sector still at risk, but breach survivors grow stronger: BitSight (2014-11-18 08:00:00)
    BitSight found that although the retail industry is still very much a hack target, 75 percent of retailers hit with a breach managed to improve their security effectiveness.
  • Fitbit activity data as evidence in court, wearables serve as personal black boxes (2014-11-18 08:00:00)
    The data collected by our life trackers shows trends in activity and if an accident causes a degradation in activity then that data may serve to justify compensation.
  • Nokia plots comeback with Android tablet (2014-11-18 07:53:45)
    HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia is back in the fray.
  • Video: Watch Apple’s Eddy Cue shop with Apple Pay (2014-11-18 07:45:14)
    Apple’s mobile payment solution is already off to a great start, according to various reports which say Apple Pay is more popular than any existing alternative, and is helping other NFC-based contactless payments products that have been available to smartphone users for a number of years pick up steam. KTLA’s The Tech Report has further detailed Apple Pay in a video segment featuring Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services Eddy Cue who took Rich DeMuro out for a quick Apple Pay shopping spree. FROM EARLIER: How to remotely delete all of your Apple Pay credit cards if your iPhone is stolen Using Apple Pay only, Cue ordered and paid for food at Panera, bought sunglasses ad Bloomingadle’s
  • Crowdfunding campaign hopes to beat Nike to auto-lacing shoes (2014-11-18 07:31:00)
  • Intel to merge PC and mobile processor units in profit push (2014-11-18 07:26:06)
    In response to an evolving market, Intel plans to combine the resources of its PC division with its struggling chip group.
  • Five good apps that work on both Android and iOS (2014-11-18 07:21:05)
    Whether you have a lot of gadgets as I do or a couple on two different platforms, using apps that work on multiple platforms is the way to go. Here are some good ones.
  • 10 ridesharing companies that can make your work trip more efficient (2014-11-18 07:00:03)
    You've probably heard of Uber and Lyft, but there are other ridesharing companies to make your work commute or business trip more environmentally friendly and cost effective. Check out these 10.
  • Welcome to the new IT: Every end point is 'enterprise class' (2014-11-18 07:00:00)
    The bottom line: Enterprise class is in the eye of the beholder and no one size fits all.
  • Amazon begins rollout of Fire OS 4.5.1 (2014-11-18 06:59:05)
    Hot on the heels of the Fire OS 4.1.1 update, Amazon is now pushing a new 4.5.1 update to the Kindle Fire tablet over the coming weeks.
  • Samsung will finally give up on gadget spam next year (2014-11-18 06:50:28)
    Samsung has used smartphone buyers in previous years to seeing a wide variety of Galaxy-branded smartphone and tablet versions in stores, as the company tried to meet all the various smartphone requirements customers might have, both when it comes to features and prices. While the smartphone spam strategy worked well in Samsung’s favor for a few years, helping the Korean giant get a large share of the Android market by selling plenty of entry-level and mid-range handsets on top of flagship devices, that might not be enough for the company anymore, whose mobile division isn’t as profitable as it used to be. FROM EARLIER: Apple needs Samsung more than ever for the future iPhones and iPads As a direct result, Samsung will
  • Cisco hands over security analytics framework to open source development (2014-11-18 06:50:05)
    The tech giant is making the OpenSOC security and data analytics framework available through open source.
  • Cisco hands over security analytics framework to open souce development (2014-11-18 06:50:05)
    The tech giant is making the OpenSOC security and data analytics framework available through open source.
  • Nokia announces new brand-licensed tablet computer (2014-11-18 06:37:48)
    HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland's Nokia announced a brand-licensed tablet computer which runs on Google's Android platform, just six month after the company sold its ailing phones and devices business to Microsoft for over $7 billion. Nokia said the manufacturing, distribution and sales of the N1 tablet will be handled by Taiwan's Foxconn. Sebastian Nystrom, the head of products at Nokia's Technologies unit, said the company was looking to follow up with more devices in the future. ...
  • Google is cracking down on bad Android TV apps (2014-11-18 06:33:00)
  • AMC offers unlimited viewings of 'Interstellar' for $19.99 or more (2014-11-18 06:30:02)
    Have you seen Interstellar? Do you want to see Christopher Nolan's three-hour space epic again before it leaves the theater? And then again a third time? And if nine hours of Matthew McConaughey and reported sound problems isn't enough, do you want to see it four, five, six more times? Then you'll want to head to one of AMC's 330 movie theaters across the US that are offering special tickets that allow unlimited Interstellar viewings.
  • OS X Yosemite and third-party SSDs: Here's what you need to know (2014-11-18 06:09:05)
    With OS X 10.10 Yosemite is turned out that Apple made a change to the way that the operating system worked, which in turn caused problems for some users that had installed third-party SSDs into their Macs, particularly if that system was a boot drive. Here's what you need to know.
  • Nokia comes back from the dead with a new tablet (2014-11-18 06:04:58)
    The N1, revealed on Tuesday, is the Finnish firm's first piece of hardware since it sold its phone business to Microsoft and comes completely out of the blue.
  • Internet of things: Poised to be a security headache? (2014-11-18 06:00:00)
    Nearly 95 percent of enterprises are at least concerned about the security of the Internet of things. Here's a look at a potential security model.
  • Nokia is making an Android tablet and it costs $250 (2014-11-18 05:47:02)
    Having sold off its phone business to Microsoft, Nokia has got into the tablet game with the N1.>
  • Computers can now describe images using language you'd understand (2014-11-18 05:37:00)
  • Sony targets stronger entertainment revenue growth to help restructuring (2014-11-18 05:27:59)
    By Ritsuko Ando TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp aims to lift its movie entertainment revenues by more than a third in the next three years, its chief executive said on Tuesday as the loss-making consumer electronics firm tries to counter flagging smartphones sales. CEO Kazuo Hirai has been under pressure to show the entertainment business can be a strong contributor to revenue after rejecting last year a proposal by U.S. hedge fund Third Point to spin off the segment. Investors are also watching for signs that Sony's restructuring under Hirai, who was appointed in 2012, is bearing fruit. ...
  • Vodafone in talks to bundle Now TV boxes with its new broadband service (2014-11-18 05:21:00)
  • Sony takes hard look at streaming after Taylor Swift snub (2014-11-18 04:54:28)
    A Sony executive said Tuesday the firm was taking a hard look at music streaming services after pop star Taylor Swift yanked her songs from industry giant Spotify. "Actually, a lot of conversation has taken place over the last week in the light of that," Kevin Kelleher, chief financial officer of Sony Music, told an analyst briefing in Tokyo. Sony also has a music streaming service -- Music Unlimited -- a delivery model seen by many as the next hope as digital downloads fall off and compact disc sales remain mired in a long-term slump. Kelleher's comments came as Sony chief executive Kazuo Hirai insisted again that the entertainment business -- including Sony's music label and a Hollywood movie studio, as well as a video game unit -- was crucial for the company's long-term health.
  • Path now lets you text UK businesses instead of calling (2014-11-18 04:52:00)
  • One of the best Android launchers just got even better – and you can finally download it (2014-11-18 04:45:25)
    Nokia surprised the mobile community this past summer when the company unveiled its first ever Android app, Z Launcher. With its devices and services business out of the way and its obligations to Microsoft regarding Windows Phone gone, the company wasted no time in embracing Google’s mobile platform. Z Launcher, a nifty and intelligent Android launcher that places a user’s most popular apps on the home screen and changes based on the time of the day, was initially released as a pre-beta intended to be made available to 10,000 initial testers. By the end of its first day of availability, Z Launcher had been downloaded 100,000 times and Nokia had to stop accepting new users. DON’T MISS: Nokia N1: Nokia bursts back onto the scene
  • Nokia N1: Nokia bursts back onto the scene with an all-aluminum Android 5.0 tablet (2014-11-18 04:45:00)
    Nokia recently shed its devices and services group in a multi-billion dollar deal that saw its entire Windows Phone business offloaded to Microsoft, which will continue to push Windows Phones under the Lumia brand. While many thought the deal could mean the end of Nokia’s consumer business, the company surprised us all this past summer when it launched its first Android app, the shockingly innovative Z Launcher app that will finally public beta on Tuesday. Where Nokia’s efforts with Android are concerned, however, that app was just the beginning. DON’T MISS: One of the best Android launchers just got even better – and you can finally download it During the Slush 2014 conference in Finland on Tuesday, Nokia announced its return to the consumer
  • The Nokia N1 will be among the first devices with a reversible USB connector (2014-11-18 04:44:34)
    The Nokia name lives on in the newly announced N1 tablet, whose spec sheet includes a highlight we haven't yet seen on any other device: a reversible USB Type-C connector. The specification for the next generation of USB cables was settled in August, but with most companies withholding their major hardware upgrades until the Consumer Electronics Show in January, there's been an understandable dearth of Type-C-compatible devices announced. The Nokia N1 is thus the first high-profile launch to feature it, though it might not be the first to market as the Finnish company proposes a release in time for the Chinese New year, which will be marked on February 19th in 2015.
  • Nokia's first device after Microsoft is an iPad mini clone that runs Android (2014-11-18 04:44:22)
    Nokia is back in the devices business just under seven months after selling its devices and services unit to Microsoft for $7.2 billion. Nokia is unveiling its N1 Android tablet today, days after revealing its plans to license its brand name and teasing a black box on Twitter. Just like Xiaomi’s attempts to emulate Apple’s iPad mini design, Nokia’s N1 has the same 7.9-inch screen size and even the same 2048 x 1536 resolution. Nokia has even opted for a single piece of anodized aluminum design. The resemblances don’t stop there, though.
  • Tor users' IP addresses can be identified by exploiting routers (2014-11-18 04:03:00)
  • Amnesty feels 'chill' from China Internet meeting (2014-11-18 04:01:56)
    Rights group Amnesty International on Tuesday described a major Chinese-organised Internet conference as chilling, calling it an attempt to have a greater say in the rules that govern the web. The Chinese government has set up the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen this week with the theme "An Interconnected World Shared and Governed by All", according to its website. "China appears eager to promote its own domestic Internet rules as a model for global regulation. This should send a chill down the spine of anyone that values online freedom," William Nee, China researcher at London-based Amnesty, said in a statement.
  • China convicts Web marketer in anti-rumor campaign (2014-11-18 03:43:43)
    BEIJING (AP) — A Beijing court on Tuesday convicted an Internet marketer of illegal business practices and sentenced him to four years in prison for posting false information and deleting posts critical of his clients, in a case that state media have used to praise a government crackdown on online expression.
  • Lufthansa signs $1.25 billion outsourcing deal with IBM (2014-11-18 03:38:28)
    BERLIN (Reuters) - IBM has won an outsourcing contract from Germany's Lufthansa worth 1 billion euros ($1.25 billion) that will see the U.S. company take over the airline's information technology infrastructure services division and staff. The move is part of plans by Lufthansa to restructure and cut costs as it seeks to compete with fast-growing rivals in both Europe and the Gulf. Under the seven-year deal, IBM said it will make the airline's IT processes more efficient, such as moving it more toward cloud computing, saving Lufthansa around 70 million euros a year. ...
  • Fitness band market to shrink amid Apple Watch effect (2014-11-18 03:30:03)
    Tech research firm Gartner also says the number of smartwatch shipments will quadruple next year to 40 million, with as many as half coming from Apple.>
  • Activity trackers to help decide personal injury cases (2014-11-18 03:14:00)
  • Samsung to slash number of smartphone models (2014-11-18 03:06:27)
    Samsung Electronics has announced plans to slash the number of smartphone models it issues next year by up to one-third as it tries to cut prices in the face of intense Chinese competition. The strategy, confirmed by a company spokesman Tuesday, was unveiled during a presentation in New York by the South Korean conglomerate's head of investor relations, Robert Yi. Yi said the company -- which last month reported a near 50-percent plunge in third-quarter net profit following a 20 percent drop in the previous quarter -- would reduce the number of smartphone models in 2015 by between one-quarter and one-third. The strategy is expected to be accompanied by a significant increase in the production of remaining models that can be sold more cheaply to compete with cut-price Chinese rivals.
  • ​Samsung will make substantially fewer smartphone models next year (2014-11-18 01:53:00)
  • Intel to combine PC unit with struggling mobile chip division (2014-11-18 01:49:30)
    Reorganization comes as the lines dividing consumer electronics devices blur, the chip giant says.>
  • BitTorrent now lets any artist offer paid bundles (2014-11-18 01:35:00)
  • You can send URLs through Twitter's direct messages again (2014-11-18 00:56:09)
    Twitter users can once again share URLs over direct messages (DM), as spotted by The Next Web and confirmed by The Verge. Last week, the company said it would be rolling out the ability to share and discuss Tweets "natively and privately" via direct messages, an area where the company has long lagged behind competitors. Pinterest, for example, allows its users to not only share URLs but also send profiles and engage in group chats with up to 10 people.
  • Toyota to start sales of fuel cell car next month (2014-11-18 00:13:53)
    TOKYO (AP) — There will only be a few hundred, and they won't be cheap, but Toyota is about to take its first small step into the unproven market for emissions-free, hydrogen-powered vehicles.
  • OKCupid test lets you choose nearly any sexual identity (2014-11-18 00:03:00)
  • Adobe updates Marketing Cloud with more geo-location perks (2014-11-18 00:00:00)
    The creative software giant tacked on more personalization and geo-location features to the latest Marketing Cloud iteration, leveraging iBeacon compatibility to steer customers toward data-driven marketing.
  • The Internet in the era of VHS (2014-11-17 23:46:16)
    Technologist Andy Baio has collected and uploaded to YouTube series of documentaries about the Internet on VHS from the 80s and 90s.>
  • Nokia's return to hardware begins with the $250 N1 Android tablet (2014-11-17 23:45:00)
  • Intel merging mobile and PC groups as line between phone and computer blurs (2014-11-17 23:37:08)
    Chip-making giant Intel is set to merge its mobile and tablet division together with the part of the company that makes processors for personal computers. The company said in April this year that its mobile division had a "roadmap to profitability," but apparently decided to try a different approach after the group lost billions of dollars over the last few years. Intel's mobile division recorded a $1.04 billion loss in 2014's third quarter, and revenues declined from $353 million in the third quarter of 2013 to just $1 million this year.
  • 'Goat Simulator' is becoming an extra-absurd role-playing game (2014-11-17 23:25:00)
  • Uber says it won't track journalists after (allegedly) doing just that (2014-11-17 23:22:00)
  • Sony aims for hefty jump in movie, TV revenue over three years (2014-11-17 23:21:20)
    By Ritsuko Ando TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Sony Corp said it is aiming to lift its movie and TV revenue by more than a third in the next three years as it cuts costs and invests in potential hit films, including a new Spider-Man movie. Loss-making Sony has been under pressure to show its entertainment business can be a stronger contributor to growth after rejecting last year a proposal by U.S. hedge fund Third Point to spin off the segment, and as its mobile division flounders. ...
  • Anonymous statement: KKK is a terrorist group, KKK responds poorly (2014-11-17 22:37:06)
    Anonymous has issued a statement regarding its retaliation against the Ku Klux Klan's Ferguson threats, calling the KKK a terrorist group and vowing to continue the campaign. Meanwhile, the KKK has responded poorly.
  • Men think they can fix a computer (but can't), study says (2014-11-17 22:00:06)
    A study suggests that men are especially keen to let it be known they know how to fix a computer, but their actual knowledge may not match their bravado.>
  • Artificial intelligence is now creating its own magic tricks (2014-11-17 21:57:00)
  • What do you get from a $199 PC? More than you might expect (2014-11-17 21:42:05)
    HP's new dirt-cheap Windows laptop looks like a Chromebook and is practically the same dimensions as a MacBook Air. Just don't call it a netbook.
  • ​Sony exec says it's 're-evaluating' support for streaming music services (2014-11-17 21:32:00)
  • Toyota to launch fuel cell car next month (2014-11-17 21:22:00)
    TOKYO (AP) — There will only be a few hundred, and they won't be cheap, but Toyota is about to take its first small step into the unproven market for emissions-free, hydrogen-powered vehicles.
  • Tomorrow Daily 087: Baseball-playing bots, Uber and Spotify partner, a bionic bar, and more (2014-11-17 21:19:39)
    On today's show, we discuss the possibility of androids playing baseball, Uber and Spotify's new partnership, and a music video inspired by the study of visual sound. Also, CNET's own Bridget Carey orders a drink from a robot bartender on a futuristic cruise ship.>
  • 3D-printed cremation urn replicates your loved one's head (2014-11-17 21:17:23)
    A cremation supplies company now claims to be selling 3D-printed memorial urns in the shape of your loved one -- or celebrity hero.>
  • Second auction planned for bitcoins seized from Silk Road (2014-11-17 21:15:24)
    The 50,000 bitcoins, worth about $20 million, were seized from digital wallets on computers belonging to Ross Ulbricht, the online drug market's alleged mastermind.>
  • Turns out TRUSTe isn't so trustworthy, settles FTC complaint (2014-11-17 21:02:00)
  • This powerful 24-megapixel camera might come with your next Android phone (2014-11-17 20:45:35)
    Smartphone cameras keep getting better and better, and the next flagship Android phone you buy in 2015 might make a huge leap forward from the 13-megapixel cameras that we see in today’s major Android devices. PhoneArena points out that OmniVision has just unveiled its new OV23850 camera sensors that come in variations of 23.8 megapixels and 21.4 megapixels. RELATED: This new Android phone will pack a monster 50-megapixel camera “The new sensors use OmniVision’s own stacked PureCel-S technology, allowing for powerful performance in a compact frame, suitable for today’s ultrathin smartphones,” writes PhoneArena. “The OV23850 unit uses phase detection autofocus (PDAF), similar to the new Sony, Samsung and Apple handsets, and allows for the usual goodies like real-time HDR and 4K video recording with 30fps.”
  • Engadget Daily: Intel's smart bangle, Nokia's mystery box and more! (2014-11-17 20:42:00)
  • Sony aims for 36 percent increase in movie business sales in three years (2014-11-17 20:33:20)
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Sony Corp said it is aiming to garner up to $11 billion in revenue from its movie business in three years time, a 36 percent increase over levels forecast for the current financial year. Sony Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai also told an investors conference that he plans to set mid-term growth targets for the whole company this business year. Sony said in a statement it was aiming for revenue of $10 billion to $11 billion in the financial year ending in March 2018, compared with $8.1 billion forecast for this business year. It also said that it is targeting revenue of $4. ...
  • Apple iTunes for Mac (2014-11-17 20:13:46)
    Manage your music and movie libraries on your Mac, iPod, iPhone or iPad
  • Carriers are testing 'laser-radio' for bringing broadband to rural areas (2014-11-17 20:11:00)
  • NYC plan would replace pay phones with Wi-Fi hubs (2014-11-17 20:02:51)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Pay phones on New York City streets would become a thing of the past under a plan that would replace them with stand-alone devices offering free Wi-Fi and nationwide phone calls as well as mobile phone charging capability.
  • Holy auction, Batman! Historic Batmobile is up for sale (2014-11-17 19:56:22)
    The Caped Crusader's car from the original Batman comics is going on the auction block. Own a piece of history starting at a mere $90,000.>
  • What's on your HDTV: 'GTA V', 'State of Affairs', 'Lilyhammer', F1 (2014-11-17 19:48:00)
  • Snapchat just made a huge move to get into mobile payments (2014-11-17 19:30:04)
    Snapchat is now officially good for something more than discreetly sending out your nude selfies. Re/code reports that Snapchat has just unveiled a new mobile payments feature called Snapcash that will let you send money through Snapchat to your friends. The new feature was created through a partnership with Square, the popular mobile app used by merchants to process credit card payments on iPhones and iPads. RELATED: Snapchat knew for months about a major security hole but failed to fix it What makes Snapcash particularly impressive is that it sounds ridiculously easy to use. “With Snapcash, users simply type out the dollar amount they’d like to send as part of any private message — for example, ‘here’s $5 for lunch,’”
  • The ISS gets its Zero-G 3D printer (2014-11-17 19:21:18)
    The International Space Station has received its 3D printer, installed in its Microgravity Science Glovebox to move towards self sufficiency.>
  • Four Critical Marketing Strategies for Growing Your Business (2014-11-17 19:13:39)
    Digital Oxygen starts and ends with design, with smart content woven into the mix.What's on your critical short list and what can you pushback till later?One key takeaway that should drive everything.Invest in assets you control (site, content: text, images, video) - your renting on social and never forget this.Sounds mundane, but everything...
  • Skateboard legend Tony Hawk rides a real hoverboard (2014-11-17 19:13:35)
    You don't have to daydream about "Back to the Future" to ride a hoverboard. Hendo Hover, with the help of Hawk, hopes its Kickstarter campaign will bring this high-tech fun to the masses.>
  • What if your game console only allowed one move per day? (2014-11-17 19:11:00)
  • HBO orders a whole lot of 'Westworld' for 2015 (2014-11-17 19:09:06)
    The sci-fi Western makes its way to the small screen again, this time starring Anthony Hopkins and produced by Bad Robot.>
  • Jack the Ripper is coming to FX in new 'From Hell' series (2014-11-17 19:08:00)
    Deadline reports that FX is in the process of developing Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell's classic comic series From Hell into a series. Details are currently thin, but the series will reportedly be closer to the source material than the extremely liberal 2001 version starring Johnny Depp and Heather Graham.
  • Mac OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite update is a winner (2014-11-17 19:02:06)
    I questioned my sanity after upgrading to Yosemite a few days ago because of the extremely sluggish performance. Today I updated to 10.10.1 and am happy again.
  • Uber, Nevada taxi legal battle gets complicated (2014-11-17 18:43:46)
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A legal battle between Nevada's highly regulated taxi industry and ride-sharing company Uber has gotten complicated as two state judges laid claim to hearing the same case.
  • Ashampoo HDD Control 3 review (2014-11-17 18:25:00)
    Monitor and maintain the health of your hard drives
  • After all this time, here’s what Google still gets wrong about big tablets (2014-11-17 18:15:06)
    Google has certainly released some quality tablets, most notably its smaller series of Nexus 7 tablets. However, Ars Technica has taken a very detailed look at the Nexus 10 with Android 5.0 Lollipop installed and has concluded that Google still can’t get large tablets right. DON’T MISS: Google Nexus 9 review The most damning thing about Lollipop on the Nexus 10 is that the device is still loaded up with empty space, as Android still doesn’t scale properly when put on a larger display. “Our chief frustration with the Nexus 10 is exactly the same as it was two years ago when we reviewed it,” Ars explains. “The tablet has a sharp, expansive screen, and Android and its apps do almost nothing
  • Prisoners Who've Never Used A Computer Mouse Learn How To Code (2014-11-17 18:13:09)
    Long prison sentences mean that some of the men incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison in California have never used the Internet. For these inmates, learning how to write computer code wasn't the easiest assignment.But Gary Valentino wasn't intimidated by the task. "You never master this," Valentino, who has been in prison for about 20...
  • Black Brook prototype tables Intel's vision of future all-in-one PC (2014-11-17 18:13:07)
    The company has been showing off a 20-inch model just 20mm thick with its RealSense 3D camera and a five-hour battery to use it flat on a tabletop.
  • US Marshals will auction 50,000 Bitcoins seized from Silk Road (2014-11-17 18:11:00)
  • Snapchat, Square want to make it easy for you to send cash (2014-11-17 18:06:03)
    The social networking service popular among teens jumps into the mobile payments market.>
  • Tie one on: 'Back to the Future'-style auto-lacing shoes are here (2014-11-17 17:58:16)
    The future is (almost) now as a self-lacing shoes arrives on Kickstarter with a lofty funding goal that may be hard to reach.>
  • China has arrested three suspects for spreading Wirelurker iOS malware (2014-11-17 17:54:17)
    Less than two weeks after the bug was first discovered, the Wirelurker iOS malware has already led to three arrests. First discovered by ZDNet, the Beijing Bureau of Public security has announced the arrest of three suspects charged with spreading the Wirelurker malware through a third-party app store. Police say the program that spread the malware has also been shut down.
  • Six takeaways from Microsoft's open sourcing of .NET (2014-11-17 17:46:06)
    Microsoft announces its .NET framework will be an open-source offering. This may be good news for Platform as a Service advocates.
  • Let the wookiee open your beer (2014-11-17 17:45:02)
    Chewbacca and Yoda are the perfect party companions as bottle openers. Plus they play the "Star Wars" theme song.>
  • Check out our laptop buyer's guide for the best in portable PCs (2014-11-17 17:45:00)
  • 9 out of 10 iPhone buyers got an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus over the past month (2014-11-17 17:30:51)
    The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are Apple’s best-selling iPhone models to date, and now new research from UBS and Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) says Apple has sold mostly 2014 models to buyers looking to buy an iPhone during the first 30 days following the iPhone 6 launch. FROM EARLIER: Here’s how the iPhone 6 Plus feels to someone who’s never owned a smartphone The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus accounted for 90% of all iPhone sales during the period, beating the previous pair (iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c) that accounted for 84% of consumers buying an iPhone in the first 30 days following the iPhone 5s launch, Business Insider reports. The iPhone 6 models saw increased interest in China, according
  • Tech companies ask the Senate to pass surveillance reform law (2014-11-17 17:22:00)
  • HBO's sci-fi western 'Westworld' is coming next year with an insanely good cast (2014-11-17 17:03:55)
    Looks like HBO was really happy with J. J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan's Westworld pilot, an adaptation of Michael Crichton's 1973 novel of the same name. The premiere episode was directed by Jonathan Nolan (Interstellar co-writer and, yes, Christopher's brother) and co-written by both Nolan and Lisa Joy.
  • 2014 Blu-ray players: Which is the best and fastest? (2014-11-17 16:47:32)
    The Samsung BD-H6500 has emerged as the quickest and best Blu-ray player of 2014 in a series of speed and usability tests conducted by CNET.>
  • Could 'Game of Thrones' be set on ancient Mars? (2014-11-17 16:45:34)
    Researchers may have found the key to the mystery of ancient flowing water on Mars, but Crave's Eric Mack thinks they've also explained the weird weather in Westeros.>
  • Nest: Everyone loves our products (except kids, dogs and old people) (2014-11-17 16:41:38)
    In a series of new ads, the very smart company suggests that only the supposedly progressive will truly love its wares.>
  • Court rules Google can arrange search results any way it wants (2014-11-17 16:41:00)
  • Intel wants to sell this $495 smart cuff to women (2014-11-17 16:40:53)
    At a press event today, Intel fully unveiled the luxury wearable device for fashion-forward women that it’s been teasing since January called "My Intelligent Communication Accessory," or MICA. It’s a result of a collaboration with fashion brand Opening Ceremony, and the two companies believe that the device can solve the problems they discovered in their research women had, like fumbling for phones during meetings or needing extra space to store one when planning a night out.
  • Robot bartenders shake it up on cruise ship (2014-11-17 16:30:58)
    Royal Caribbean's newest ship brings high tech to the high seas with robot bartenders, smart bracelets, virtual balconies and affordable broadband. Bridget Carey boards Quantum of the Seas to check out the tech.>
  • Snapchat partners with Square for payment service (2014-11-17 16:26:25)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Mobile messaging company Snapchat is launching a new service that lets users send money to each other, in a partnership with online payments company Square. The service, dubbed Snapcash, allows Snapchat users to link their debit cards to their account and quickly send money to a contact by starting a chat on a smartphone, typing in a dollar sign and an amount and hitting a green button, Snapchat explained in a post on its official blog on Monday. ...
  • Fitbit data is being used as evidence in court (2014-11-17 16:24:54)
    In Forbes, Parmy Olsen has uncovered what appears to be the first use of data from a personal fitness tracker in court, thanks to a personal injury suit currently under way in Canada. The plaintiff, a Calgary woman, plans to use data from her Fitbit to show how her activity levels have declined since the accident. Crucially, the data is being routed through a third-party analytics firm called Vivametrica, which will analyze the data and report its findings to the court, rather than submitting raw data directly into evidence.
  • Intel's upscale bracelet has Google alerts, AT&T data plan (2014-11-17 16:22:16)
    By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Upcoming bracelets with technology from Intel Corp and design cues from fashion brand Opening Ceremony will connect the wearer with Facebook, Google and Yelp via an AT&T data plan without having to carry a smartphone. Called My Intelligent Communication Accessory, or MICA, the snakeskin bracelets are aimed at fashion-conscious women and are an attempt by the two companies to stand out in a growing field of often-clunky smartwatches and fitness brands that have yet to catch on widely with consumers. ...
  • Philae's Turbulent, Triple Touchdown (2014-11-17 16:18:20)
    The European Space Agency's historic comet landing came with several hiccups: Philae's harpoon anchors didn't fire, it bounced off of the comet twice, and it got stuck in a ditch. Now, the ESA has released images of the turbulent triple touchdown. "Philae weighs more than 200 pounds on Earth, but on the comet, it weighs as much as a sheet of paper."
  • Listen to over 100 songs from the new 'Grand Theft Auto V' (2014-11-17 16:16:24)
    While Grand Theft Auto V is arguably the best game of the GTA series, perhaps the best part of the game (as is the case with the entire franchise) is its soundtrack. For this week's Xbox One / PlayStation 4 re-release, Rockstar has updated the music with "over 100 additional new songs" — and thanks to the Reddit gods, we've got a near-complete playlist. The Reddit community has confirmed 157 of the reported 162 new songs (in addition to the returning tracks from last year's version).
  • Meet Prynt, the cool iPhone accessory mobile photographers have been waiting for (2014-11-17 16:00:29)
    What if you could print your selfies immediately after taking them? That’s the kind of problem French startup Prynt has been trying to solve for almost a year, and the company has produced just the kind of Polaroid-like mobile printer that mobile photographers have been waiting for. Prynt has come up with a smartphone accessory that acts as a case and photo printer for the handset, and it will be available on Kickstarter for $99 at some point after CES 2015, according to TechCrunch. FROM EARLIER: Meet Sesame, the amazing smartphone you can control without ever touching it Once an iPhone or Android device is inserted in the Prynt case, users can print some of their pictures on the spot. The case
  • Spotify joins with Uber to bring music to shared rides (2014-11-17 15:47:48)
    The world's biggest music streaming service Spotify will team up with US car-sharing start-up Uber to offer users personalised music during their rides, the Swedish company said on Monday. "With our new first-of-its kind product partnership, Uber and Spotify Premium (paying) users can personalise their Uber ride by playing their favourite Spotify music right through the car speakers," the streaming service said in a statement on its website. Uber has become the worst enemy of taxi drivers in the 70 cities in which it operates, and has been forced to defend its legality before different courts. Last week, US singing star Taylor Swift withdrew her music from the online music service over a payments spat.
  • Intel Unveils $500 MICA Smart Bracelet (Hands-on) (2014-11-17 15:40:40)
    Intel seems to be going for the gold, however, teaming up with fashion house Opening Ceremony for its $495 My Intelligent Communication Accessory (MICA). At Intel's unveiling event today (Nov. 17), I had a chance to preview a working unit of MICA before it goes on sale at Barney's in early December, and was intrigued by what it has to offer. At $495, MICA is one of the most expensive wearables on the market.
  • Snapchat now lets you send money to friends (2014-11-17 15:36:51)
    There's something new that you'll soon be able to send over Snapchat: money. Snapchat is today launching a service called Snapcash, which lets you quickly send money to a friend and have it deposited into their bank account. Once you've entered your debit card into Snapchat, you'll be able to start sending a friend money through the normal messaging screen, just by entering in the amount you want to send and beginning it with a dollar sign. For now, the service is only available in the US for users age 18 and over. ...
  • Video: Watch skateboarding legend Tony Hawk ride on the world’s first working hoverboard (2014-11-17 15:35:58)
    If you’re going to start a Kickstarter project for a hoverboard, then you’d better get someone with real skateboarding credibility to help you pitch it to an understandably skeptical public. The team at Hendo Hover made a splash this month when launched a new Kickstarter project for its Hendo Hoverboard and got none other than skateboarding legend Tony Hawk to try it out first hand in its promotional video. As you can see in the video above, Hawk performed some basic tricks on the working hoverboard and maneuvered it up and down a small half-pipe. The hoverboard itself is designed much more like a mini-hovercraft and it isn’t the floating wheel-free skateboard that first captured the world’s imagination in Back to the
  • Google Keep adds list and note sharing for increased productivity (2014-11-17 15:33:00)
  • Feds say web privacy firm deceived consumers (2014-11-17 15:32:57)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal regulators say a respected Internet company failed to check whether commercial websites and mobile apps bearing its seal of approval were indeed meeting its standards for protecting users' privacy and customers' data.
  • Todoist packs time-saving features in Yosemite-compatible release (2014-11-17 15:30:30)
    To-do lists sometimes are surprisingly complex. Todoist is among the leaders, however, having built a compelling application that packs important new features within a Yosemite-compatible update.
  • Goat Simulator's about to become World of Goatcraft (2014-11-17 15:29:42)
    Baad-ass! A new patch for the game Goat Simulator adds online multiplayer mode so you can headbutt and lick things with all of your goat friends.>
  • In NYC, once a payphone, soon a superfast Wi-Fi hub (2014-11-17 15:25:39)
    As part of the $200 million project, the first new hubs are expected to come online in late 2015.>
  • Savvy media use turned comet mission into space saga (2014-11-17 15:20:52)
    When Rosetta was launched more than a decade ago, it was a dry-as-dust science story -- an unmanned spacecraft and its research payload were being launched to investigate a comet. It had become a tale of heroics in deep space, with the secrets of the Solar System at stake. After a trek of 6.5 billion kilometres (four billion miles), alone in the bitter chill of deep space, the little robot Philae battled to survive and complete its task while its mother ship orbited anxiously above. Drama and romance had been stitched into the fabric of the Rosetta mission way back in 1993.
  • How I get the most from my smartphone in the car (2014-11-17 15:19:35)
    A smartphone offers many uses in the car; navigation, communication and entertainment. Learn how the author set up his smartphone with a new car for maximum benefit.
  • One of Google’s most ambitious and important projects reaches a new milestone (2014-11-17 15:10:51)
    Do you remember life before the Internet? Younger generations in developed countries will likely find it hard to imagine, but there was once a time when information wasn’t always a few taps or clicks away. Now, whether you’re in your home or on the go, the world’s information is always at your fingertips. Of course, there are still billions of people who do not have the same easy access to the web that many of us take for granted. In fact, more people than you might imagine have never accessed the Internet at all in their lifetimes. But Google is trying to change that. DON’T MISS: 20 hidden Android 5.0 Lollipop tricks you need to know about Project Loon is one of
  • AT&T's latest promotion: Get 15GB of data for price of 10GB (2014-11-17 15:01:23)
    The limited offer begins on Tuesday, netting AT&T users 15 gigabytes of data for $100.>
  • Playdate: We're livestreaming 'Grand Theft Auto V' on Xbox One! (2014-11-17 15:00:00)
  • Chips promise more security for credit cards, but signature still required (2014-11-17 14:54:08)
    Safer, chip-enabled credit cards are coming to the US before the end of 2015, but it will be years before tougher, PIN-based security will be used nationwide.>
  • New Ransomware Lets One File Go Free, Then Wants Cash (2014-11-17 14:49:00)
    The latest strain of encrypting ransomware locks people out of their own computer files — but also lets victims choose one of their "hostage" files to be unlocked for free. Like a drug dealer or bank robber, the new malware, called CoinVault, gives the paying party a "taste" of the liberated goods, then demands full payment for the rest. Once it infects a Windows PC, CoinVault displays a message telling victims that "Your personal documents and files on this computer have just been encrypted." It demands payment in the online cryptocurrency Bitcoin and gives instructions on how victims can send the money.
  • Over 30 superhero movies will be released in the next 6 years – here’s every single one (2014-11-17 14:45:28)
    If you thought the influx of superhero movies over the past several years might have just been a temporary fad, I have some news for you: Marvel and DC are here to stay. Late last month, Marvel took the stage to reveal the release dates for each and every one of its Phase 3 features, including three Avengers films and the introduction of Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel and Black Panther. All in all, Marvel has 11 movies scheduled to hit theaters before the end of 2019, but that’s just the beginning of the superhero movie deluge. PREVIOUSLY: This is the incredible ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ trailer you’ve been waiting for Comics Alliance has put together a brilliant (and slightly terrifying) infographic that
  • Pro tip: Combine Outlook Categories with a Word mail merge (2014-11-17 14:42:49)
    Outlook Categories aren't just for organizing. Susan Harkins show you how to use Outlook Categories to selectively merge contact information with a Word document.
  • Huge solar plant lags in early production (2014-11-17 14:33:49)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The largest solar power plant of its type in the world — once promoted as a turning point in green energy — isn't producing as much energy as planned.
  • And now for some good news... Here's how to make a bajillion bucks from your app idea (2014-11-17 14:31:05)
    Coming up with an idea for the next best app in the Apple or Android app stores isn't difficult. Making a bajillion bucks off? That's the tricky bit. But where there's a will, there's a way.
  • AMC's unlimited ticket lets you watch 'Interstellar' as much as you want (2014-11-17 14:22:00)
  • A blast from the past: The iPhone wasn’t Apple’s first effort with mobile phones (2014-11-17 14:20:58)
    We all know the story of how Apple completely changed the mobile phone industry with the introduction of the iPhone in 2007. However, this wasn’t Apple’s first attempt at cracking the mobile phone market — a post over at Reddit’s Apple fan page reminds us that Apple and Motorola teamed up to release an “iTunes phone” back in 2005, just two years before Apple released its own game-changing smartphone. RELATED: Throwback Thursday: Motorola ROKR E1 As we can see in this old Engadget article on the device, the long-forgotten Motorola phone was essentially an iPod that also happened to double as a mobile phone. It eventually released in September 2005 as the Motorola Rokr E1, a mobile phone that featured a 512 MB
  • Android one-ups the iOS ecosystem with modularity (2014-11-17 14:20:49)
    Many users believe that iOS and seamless integration go hand in hand. Jack Wallen thinks Android's interchangeable ecosystem is even better than iOS. Find out why.
  • Apple issues Yosemite patch for wi-fi bug (2014-11-17 14:19:05)
    Apple has issues the first patch for OS X 10.10 Yosemite, fixing amongst other things a pervasive and frustrating bug that affected wi-fi connectivity for some Mac users.
  • Science definitively proves that kissing is gross (2014-11-17 14:18:13)
    When we kiss, we're not only sharing a passionate embrace with our lover, but also around several million bacteria. Here's why that might not be such a bad thing.>
  • Facebook service aimed at professionals to launch in a few months: source (2014-11-17 14:17:40)
    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's professional version of its social network aimed at businesses will launch in the next few months, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday. The world's No.1 Internet social network with 1.35 billion monthly users has been quietly testing a version of its website geared toward workplace collaboration. The service, dubbed Facebook at Work, allows users to exchange messages and share documents using Facebook's scrolling news feed and other familiar features from the consumer version of Facebook. ...
  • New York City is building 10,000 internet pylons for free public Wi-Fi (2014-11-17 14:09:34)
    Say goodbye to New York's public pay phones and hello to one of the largest public Wi-Fi experiments ever. A new city plan dubbed LinkNYC will replace public pay telephones with a console that provides free public Wi-Fi (at "gigabit speeds") 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • One of the coolest Android handsets ever will finally launch soon (2014-11-17 13:55:39)
    Unveiled initially at MWC 2014 in February, the YotaPhone 2 is not available in stores yet, though the handset appears to have plenty of potential. The successor of the original YotaPhone, the YotaPhone 2 is supposed to offer users access to two touchscreen displays and high-end specs, with Android Central reporting the company has scheduled a special December 3rd event to launch the handset. FROM EARLIER: The iPhone 6 might be low-res, but Apple’s highest-resolution device ever is coming soon The company posted a teaser image of the dual-screen YotaPhone 2 on Twitter, alongside a short confirmation the phone will be unveiled (again) soon. “#YotaPhone2 will be presented December 3! We will celebrate with a by-invitation only event in London – stay tuned,”
  • Google's Teller says Glass and other wearables need to be cheaper (2014-11-17 13:53:38)
    Astro Teller, head of the Internet giant's skunkworks research lab, talks about Glass, future pricing and how the smart eyewear has become a "poster child" for privacy concerns.>
  • Apple releases iOS 8.1.1, includes performance improvements for older iPhones, iPads (2014-11-17 13:49:05)
    The latest update to Apple's mobile software comes with performance improvements to its older devices, notably the iPhone 4s and the iPad 2.
  • NYC will replace most of its payphones with free gigabit WiFi in 2015 (2014-11-17 13:45:00)
  • FCC chief proposes hiking schools' Internet subsidy by 62 percent (2014-11-17 13:43:24)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. communications regulators are expected to vote Dec. 11 on whether to boost funding for the largest U.S. educational technology subsidy program, E-Rate, by 62 percent to help connect more schools and libraries to high-speed Internet. Education labor unions and groups have long urged the Federal Communications Commission to lift the years-old cap on the program's budget. On Monday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed raising E-Rate's funding by $1.5 billion to $3.9 billion. The subsidy is funded through fees Americans pay on their telephone bills. ...
  • World's top drugmaker Novartis takes aim at tech (2014-11-17 13:40:55)
    By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Talent spotters from Novartis AG, charged with bringing new ideas into the organization, are casting their net beyond biotech into the wider pool of wearable, or even edible, technology. It's not that the world's biggest drugmaker by sales wants to make the next smart watch. Rather, its researchers are seeking fresh ways to monitor exactly how the company's medicines are working and being taken by patients. ...
  • Peeping drone captures woman sunbathing topless (2014-11-17 13:39:54)
    Australian real estate ad features aerial shots taken by drone, which reportedly show a woman sunbathing in her own yard.>
  • Genetic Big Data: What It Means (2014-11-17 13:35:32)
    Researchers finished the first draft of the human genome in the year 2000. Although the decreasing cost of the technology has far outpaced Moore’s Law since then, we have yet to fully leverage all that new information to make it really useful.In a wide ranging talk on his work, from transcribing the first complete human genome to building...
  • Savvy media use turns comet mission into tale of space heroics (2014-11-17 13:35:18)
    When Rosetta was launched more than a decade ago, it was a dry-as-dust science story -- an unmanned spacecraft and its research payload were being launched to investigate a comet. It had become a tale of heroics in deep space, with the secrets of the Solar System at stake. After a trek of 6.5 billion kilometres (four billion miles), alone in the bitter chill of deep space, the little robot Philae battled to survive and complete its task while its mother ship orbited anxiously above. Drama and romance had been stitched into the fabric of the Rosetta mission way back in 1993.
  • Razer Nabu Apps Surface, Now Where's the Device? (2014-11-17 13:23:31)
    Razer's hybrid smartwatch/fitness band, the Nabu, got a lot of attention when the company announced it, but has been almost dormant since then. Razer released two official Nabu apps to the iOS, Android and Windows Phone app stores: one to control the device, and one to monitor fitness. Android news site Android Central pointed out that the FCC recently gave Razer the thumbs-up to sell the Nabu in the United States, and theorizes that the device will go on sale sooner rather than later.
  • Game of Thrones Game Screenshots Apparently Leaked (2014-11-17 13:23:26)
    Have screenshots of the upcoming Game of Thrones video game been leaked online? This past weekend, French gaming site PS4 France posted images it claimed were samples from the game, showing familiar characters Tyrion, Cersei and Margaery as they appear in the HBO adaptation of Game of Thrones, as well as what appear to be characters not seen in the show. The Game of Thrones game will take place in the same time period as the books and the show, not a prequel as was previously thought.
  • Business-Friendly Facebook Could Be LinkedIn Killer (2014-11-17 13:23:23)
    Using Facebook at work often consists of sharing cat videos when you probably shouldn't be, but a new "Facebook at Work" service could consist of living spreadsheets and professional contacts. According to the Financial Times, Facebook at Work could look very much like standard Facebook, but with a news feed that would replace arguments over Kim Kardashian with new business contacts and invitations to collaborate on documents a la Google Drive. The report claims that users would be able to keep their personal and work Facebook accounts completely separate.
  • Apple releases iOS 8.1.1 to improve performance on old products (2014-11-17 13:22:20)
    Apple's just rolled out iOS 8.1.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Aside from the usual promise of bug fixes and security updates, Apple says the latest release should speed things up on iPad 2 and iPhone 4S, two of the company's aging devices. We've seen it several times: installing major new versions of iOS on old hardware can often result in degraded performance, making the user experience slower and worse than it had been before. That was true with iOS 7 last year, and now again Apple is working to make things better for customers still holding onto old products.
  • NYC plans to reboot payphones into superfast Wi-Fi hubs (2014-11-17 13:22:19)
    As part of the $200 million project, the first new hubs are expected to come online in late 2015.>
  • MakerBot and Martha Stewart decorate your party with 3D-printed goods (2014-11-17 13:19:00)
  • iOS 8.1.1 has been released – download it now! (2014-11-17 13:14:19)
    Apple released a beta version of its first update to iOS 8.1 on Tuesday, November 4th, and it included a few important changes. Beyond a handful of good bug fixes, the software provided some much-needed stability and performance improvements to older iOS devices including the iPad 2, the third- and fourth-generation iPads, and the iPhone 4S. Now, iOS 8.1.1 has been released to the public and is ready to be downloaded. DON’T MISS: 10 cases that will protect your iPhone 6 without ruining Apple’s gorgeous design iOS 8.1.1 is available immediately as an over the air (OTA) update or as a download from iTunes. Of course, millions of people still don’t have enough free storage on their iPhones and iPads to actually
  • Apple fans buy things they don't need, but how do they compare to Samsung fans? (2014-11-17 13:13:33)
    An online tool has come up with up some rather interesting stats about the fans of popular tech brands.>
  • The open-sourcing of Microsoft (2014-11-17 13:09:06)
    Microsoft is finally getting real about open-source software.
  • Rocket Internet to launch 10 more startups in 2015 (2014-11-17 13:07:47)
    German e-commerce investor already launched seven startups this year and plans to get three more off the ground before the end of 2014.>
  • My Top 5 Quotes From Toronto Fitness Studios That I Apply in Business and Life (2014-11-17 13:03:55)
    I have always been into fitness my whole life. I love the high of pushing my body and mind to limits that I never thought were achievable... and well also a flat out good sweat. I have often found parallels that I can draw upon when it comes to fitness, business and in life. During times when I feel stressed, need inspiration or I'm just...
  • Google to test its Project Loon balloons over Australia (2014-11-17 13:02:20)
    Can Google's high-orbit, high-tech balloons provide Internet access to remote areas? The company will conduct its latest Project Loon test above Australia.>
  • FCC chairman on schools: Basic connectivity is now inadequate (2014-11-17 13:01:41)
    Chairman Tom Wheeler makes his case for higher-speed Internet access in schools, proposing a plan to increase the monthly fee in phone bills by 16 cents to cover new investment.>
  • Twitter fixes bug that crashed its iOS app (2014-11-17 13:00:51)
    The bug appeared to stem from a tweet that contained a link with code from character converter Punycode. Troublemakers then decided to share the link to intentionally crash other people's apps.>
  • Superhero Underoos undies return, this time for adults (2014-11-17 12:59:26)
    Indulge in undercover cosplay with adult-sized Underoos of Captain America, Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Harley Quinn, He-Man and more.>
  • Keeping up with cross-platform tools (2014-11-17 12:59:10)
    Cross-platform tools are great, until Apple or Google updates their mobile OS. Here's how to mitigate the risks of broken apps.
  • AT&T ends controversial use of perma-cookies to track users (2014-11-17 12:52:13)
    Both AT&T and Verizon have ad programs based on perma-cookies. AT&T has stopped theirs. Verizon has not. Catch up on what's going on and learn how to check for perma-cookies.
  • How to remotely delete all of your Apple Pay credit cards if your iPhone is stolen (2014-11-17 12:50:51)
    By all accounts, Apple Pay has been a huge success for Apple. Despite some initial controversy surrounding the retailers that wouldn’t accept the payment service, Apple has continued to add partners on a relatively consistent basis following launch, giving more and more users a chance to try it out. One of the strengths of the service is the security it provides, but what happens if your iPhone 6 gets stolen? FROM EARLIER: Apple Pay is finally doing what other NFC mobile payment solutions couldn’t 9to5Mac has put together a guide for remotely removing credit cards from your Apple Pay account just in case you find yourself in this very situation. Jump on the nearest computer and log in with your Apple ID on Go
  • Aaron Sorkin says Steve Jobs' daughter Lisa is the hero of his film (2014-11-17 12:46:57)
    We still don't know who is going to play the titular character in Aaron Sorkin / Danny Boyle's upcoming Steve Jobs film — Christian Bale recently dropped out, and the currently-rumored frontrunner is Michael Fassbender. In an interview with The Independent, Sorkin says a casting announcement is imminent, but more interestingly, Sorkin also provides a new take on the focus on his Jobs film (which, he stresses, is not a "biopic"), including a larger role for Jobs' daughter, Lisa:
  • US government wants $1.5 billion more per year to get schools online (2014-11-17 12:41:00)
  • AMC's unlimited 'Interstellar' ticket lets you binge on black holes (2014-11-17 12:34:59)
    Can't get enough Matthew McConaughey in a spacesuit? Buy an unlimited "Interstellar" ticket and watch the movie as many times as you can stand it.>
  • Zynga's chairman, directors must face lawsuit over stock sales: court (2014-11-17 12:28:36)
    By Tom Hals (Reuters) - Mark Pincus, the founder of video game company Zynga Inc, must face a lawsuit alleging he unfairly benefited by selling $192 million of stock in 2012 when other early investors were under a lockup agreement, according to a court ruling. The creator of FarmVille had asked the Delaware Court of Chancery to dismiss a lawsuit that alleged Pincus and other Zynga directors breached their duty of loyalty to shareholders by waiving the lockup for select investors. Lockup agreements control the supply of stock available for trading. ...
  • This is the most insane car video you'll watch this year (2014-11-17 12:08:41)
    Ken Block, one of the founders of DC Shoes, is better known these days for being one of the most ridiculous precision drivers on the planet: he competes in rally racing around the globe and periodically releases videos in which he performs absolutely absurd maneuvers that don't seem to abide by the laws of physics or common sense.
  • China's Tianhe-2 retains top supercomputer rank (2014-11-17 12:08:39)
    (Reuters) - The Tianhe-2, a supercomputer developed by China's National University of Defense Technology, was named the world' top supercomputer for the fourth consecutive time by the TOP500 project. The Tianhe-2 relegated the U.S.-developed Titan to second spot with a performance of 33.86 petaflop (quadrillions of calculations per second) in a standardized test designed to measure computer performance. IBM's Sequoia rounded out the top 3 in the TOP500 list. The TOP500 project, started in 1993, issues a list twice a year that ranks supercomputers based on their performance. ...
  • A ‘card carrying nerd’ explains why Google Glass is too dorky even for him (2014-11-17 12:00:13)
    To say that Google Glass has an image problem would be an understatement. Although Google will tell you that the device has an amazing future, many early adopters who shelled out $1,500 for the headset have grown very disillusioned with it and now don’t wear it anymore. In a long piece on Google Glass’s rise and fall, Reuters interviews one such person who explains why Glass’s awkward appearance has led him to stuff the device in his desk drawer. RELATED: 10-minute video brutally explains why Google Glass is ‘the worst product of all time’ “It looks super nerdy,” Shevetank Shah, a Washington, DC-based consultant, tells Reuters. “I’m a card carrying nerd, but this was one card too many.” We’ve seen
  • 'Grand Theft Auto V' in first person is absolutely nuts (2014-11-17 11:58:38)
    This is Grand Theft Auto V in first person. It has the same character-spanning narrative, takes place in the same gigantic open world of Los Santos, and features the same streamlined gameplay that made GTA V the best game in the series to date. GTA V in first person is all about speed.
  • LivingSocial launches Connect as marketing push continues (2014-11-17 11:51:05)
    With Connect, LivingSocial is adding tools such as tailored social media communications, personalized deal offers and email messages into its Merchant Center marketing platform.
  • NPR: Android 5.0 Lollipop will change the way we use smartphones (2014-11-17 11:35:30)
    Over the next few months, Android 5.0 Lollipop will begin rolling out to all of the latest flagship devices, including the LG G3, HTC One (M8), Xperia Z3 and all of the most recent Galaxy phones and phablets. Unless you own a Nexus device or a Moto X, you probably haven’t had a chance to try Lollipop yourself, so how have Android users been responding to the most substantial visual overhaul in the history of the mobile operating system? READ MORE: How and when you’ll be able to get Lollipop for your current Android device NPR published a comprehensive review of Android 5.0 over the weekend, praising Google’s willingness to go beyond the typical incremental improvements that have defined most of the recent dessert-themed updates. “Unlike
  • Brazilian capital invests R$22m in free Wi-Fi (2014-11-17 11:27:06)
    Expansion of free Internet coverage is a stepping stone for the provision of public services in real time
  • Wirelurker site in China taken down, suspects arrested (2014-11-17 11:27:05)
    The Mac/iOS malware was able to install on non-jailbroken iOS devices, but was quickly neutered. Three suspects are in custody.
  • Honda's fuel cell car is late, so look at this concept car instead (2014-11-17 11:27:00)
  • HP rolls out Vertica for SQL, enterprise analytics on Hadoop (2014-11-17 11:21:05)
    HP says the new offering combines its support and service strengths with SQL-based querying to deliver extreme performance at scale.
  • Why Planned Serendipity Matters, and How 'Unconferencing' Is a Great Place to Start (2014-11-17 11:17:14)
    I've noticed two things about the ad game. First, we're a business that - on the surface - changes and moves at a fast pace. As new technologies emerge brands are rightly inclined to ride the wave presented by each trend, thereby evolving their businesses against a changed fitness landscape. Some of these are big waves whereas others are...
  • How to see which apps are hogging all the storage on your iPhone or iPad (2014-11-17 11:10:28)
    While iOS 8 is probably the most substantial update Apple’s mobile software platform has ever received, adoption has been shockingly slow compared to earlier iOS updates. It makes sense that people might not be quite as quick to update to iOS 8 as they were with iOS 7, which introduced an exciting new look for iOS. But the gap has been fairly significant, and most people seem to agree that the explanation for the slower adoption rate is fairly simple: People just don’t have enough free space on their devices to download and install iOS 8 or iOS 8.1 over the air. Connecting to iTunes to perform the update is one possibility, but many people have never connected their iPhones and
  • Enter for your chance to win a LoopPay product (2014-11-17 11:05:14)
    Three winners will be able to leave their credit cards at home and pay for stuff using a cool, wireless digital wallet.>
  • Sears gets funny in ad with Mike Myers and brother (who works at Sears) (2014-11-17 11:00:39)
    The troubled place where you still might buy your new washing machine offers the double act of a famous comic actor and his brother, who's worked at Sears for 32 years.>
  • Tuneup, redefined: You can now Spotify your Uber ride (2014-11-17 11:00:10)
    The two start-ups link up to let users play their own personalized Spotify music while taking an Uber ride.>
  • Asus ZenWatch hits retail (2014-11-17 10:55:43)
    Two months after its initial reveal, the Asus ZenWatch Android Wear smartwatch is finally on sale.
  • Spotify code hints that podcasts are coming (2014-11-17 10:54:00)
  • Three of the most beautiful animated films ever made come to Blu-ray tomorrow (2014-11-17 10:53:46)
    Three of the best animated films by arguably the greatest animated film director will be released on Blu-Ray tomorrow. Disney will finally make available Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, and The Wind Rises on Blu-Ray in the US. All three films were directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by his famed Japanese animation studio, Studio Ghibli.
  • Boost Windows performance with these five apps (2014-11-17 10:49:00)
    Windows has a reputation for growing sluggish, but you don't have to put up with suboptimal performance. Here are five apps to tune your system.
  • 8 awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps that are now free for a limited time ($55 value!) (2014-11-17 10:45:47)
    Last week was a fantastic one for paid iPhone and iPad apps that were dropped to free on sale for a limited time, and this week is already shaping up to be even better. To start things off, we have found eight awesome paid iOS apps that would normally cost a combined $55, but each and every one of them is completely free if you hurry. DON’T MISS: Massive 47-page ad shows all of Best Buy’s crazy Black Friday deals These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week
  • Nokia is 'up to something' -- so what's in the box? (2014-11-17 10:42:33)
    Finnish company Nokia is set to reveal its new direction after selling its phone business to Microsoft.>
  • Swedish ISP begins offering free VPN to battle data retention law (2014-11-17 10:38:06)
    Swedish ISP Bahnhof has teamed up with an internet rights group to offer a free VPN service as a shield against data retention requirements.
  • The FCC is setting aside another $1.5 billion to bring fiber broadband to schools (2014-11-17 10:35:39)
    FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wants to bring broadband to America's schools, and he's willing to spend billions to get there. In a call this morning, Chairman Wheeler is announcing a 62 percent increase in the amount the FCC spends on school internet, raising the annual cap on school-related FCC funding from $2.4 billion to $3.9 billion. The money will be spent on a combination of outfitting schools with internal Wi-Fi networks and building out the broadband fiber networks to provide connectivity.
  • Microsoft sings praises of Surface Pro 3 over MacBook Air (2014-11-17 10:29:29)
    The software giant's latest video spot tries to spread some good cheer about its Surface Pro 3 tablet.>
  • Mobile transaction users to jump to 2 billion by 2017 (2014-11-17 10:29:25)
    More and more, says Juniper Research, people will use their mobile devices to buy products or do their banking, boosted by services such as Apple Pay.>
  • Nvidia eyes machine learning, advanced analytics with souped up Tesla GPU (2014-11-17 10:29:07)
    The Tesla K80 dual-GPU crams in twice as many flops and double the memory bandwidth of its predecessor, the Tesla K40 GPU accelerator.
  • This is how to see everything Google knows about you and sells to advertisers (2014-11-17 10:20:07)
    Even though Google is dabbling in plenty of interesting new areas such as robotics, health and many others, the company’s main revenue source is still advertising. The company shows you a variety of ads on its many online properties, including Search, YouTube, Gmail, Maps and more. But in order to make more money, it tries to show you ads that are relevant to you based on your browsing habits. Or in other words, it can charge companies more to display their ads online to an audience that’s more likely to become their customers. FROM EARLIER: 10 important URLs that every single Google user needs to know To gather all that data about you, Google uses various tools, including information gathered from setting up Google
  • Finally, a 'World of Warcraft' clone where you play as a goat magician (2014-11-17 10:17:23)
    One of the most delightfully weird games to come out this year is Goat Simulator, wherein you play a sociopathic goat rampaging through a small town known for its slapstick physics, intentionally awful glitches, and predilection to explosions. Now it appears Coffee Stain Studios is taking the game to its logical conclusion: a fantasy-based, massively multiplayer online role-playing game.
  • 2014's best goat simulator is now the craziest 'World of Warcraft' clone (2014-11-17 10:17:23)
    One of the most delightfully weird games to come out this year is Goat Simulator, wherein you play a sociopathic goat rampaging through a small town known for its slapstick physics, intentionally awful glitches, and predilection for explosions. Now it appears Coffee Stain Studios is taking the game to its logical conclusion: a fantasy-based, massively multiplayer online role-playing game.
  • Uber will let you stream your favorite Spotify playlists during rides (2014-11-17 10:14:17)
    Uber's big music-related announcement is indeed a new partnership with Spotify. Starting November 21st, riders will be able to choose their own playlist that'll stream as they ride to a destination. The Uber / Spotify integration will be offered in 10 cities at launch: New York, San Francisco, Nashville, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Singapore, Stockholm, Toronto and Sydney.
  • Nokia's 'up to something,' will unveil new device tomorrow (2014-11-17 10:12:00)
  • A workout app made me a better gamer (2014-11-17 10:09:28)
    Anyone that knows me knows that I like to exercise. I actively enjoy the physical exertion that others might consider a chore or a necessary evil. It's because I can't remember the last day that I went without exercising that I've generally taken a dim view of workout and fitness apps. I’m fine without your help, I thought in my broccoli-addled hubris. This is one part of my life that doesn’t need the aid of a digital assistant. I was, of course, wrong.
  • The Internet: Public Utility or Private Enterprise? (2014-11-17 10:05:28)
    There's a page on entitled: "Net Neutrality: President Obama's Plan for a Free and Open Internet." For this article, let's use the President's nomenclature. Net Neutrality = A Free and Open Internet.What exactly does that mean?Common sense would tell us that a "free and open Internet" is just that. Advocates of a free and open...
  • This major Android 5.0 Lollipop bug has Android fans fuming (2014-11-17 09:55:55)
    Google’s new Android 5.0 update could be the most hotly anticipated Android update yet. Similar to iOS 7 last year, Google’s Lollipop update for Android features an exciting redesign that people can’t wait to get their hands on. While Android 5.0′s user interface overhaul isn’t quite as extensive as Apple’s iOS 7 update in 2013, the new look of Material Design is beautiful and it truly modernizes Google’s mobile platform. Unfortunately, Android users who have gotten the update already have to deal with what appears to be a fairly serious and annoying bug. DON’T MISS: 20 hidden Android 5.0 Lollipop tricks you need to know about Android device users have taken to Reddit and the comments sections on several Android blogs to complain about
  • Panasonic wants to bombard you with 'Minority Report' style in-store ads (2014-11-17 09:44:00)
  • MPAA launches site to help you find legal streams of movies and TV shows (2014-11-17 09:37:10)
    It's launched a new site called WhereToWatch that lets you search for a movie or TV show and find out where you can legally stream it, rent it, or buy it. WhereToWatch sorts through Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, Amazon, Xbox Video, and nearly two dozen other services to determine where you'll be able to watch something. Netflix isn't the watch-anything service that it used to be, and it's not evident that we'll ever see a replacement for that.
  • Halo collection's matchmaking fix due Wednesday (2014-11-17 09:37:04)
    The player-matchup issues in the new Halo: The Master Chief Collection have been partially resolved on the back end, but the developer promises an update to fully patch the problem.>
  • Nokia says it's 'up to something' with picture of mysterious black box (2014-11-17 09:32:22)
    Nokia promised it was about to resurrect its brand on new products imminently, and it looks like we'll see the first device tomorrow. In a cryptic tweet from Nokia's official Twitter account, the company hints that it's "up to something" to coincide with Finland's Slush conference tomorrow. An image accompanying the tweet is simply a mysterious black box furnished with a Nokia logo.
  • Apple, Google, Facebook press Senate to pass Freedom Act, curbing NSA surveillance (2014-11-17 09:32:06)
    A consumer electronics coalition warns that many of its companies have "lost business" or have faced backlash from governments fearing the National Security Agency.
  • In newest tally, supercomputing progress tapers off (2014-11-17 09:32:04)
    Hardware, software, and funding limits mean it's not easy to make the fastest computers even faster. That's too bad for the industries that rely on them.>
  • Barry Diller is planning a $170 million island park in the Hudson River (2014-11-17 09:30:45)
    There isn't much free land left in Manhattan, so Barry Diller is building his own. The New York Times is reporting that the IAC billionaire is currently raising money to build 2.4 acres of new land off the west side of Manhattan, designed as a combination park and performance space. Diller will be raising $130 million himself, and plans to gather an additional $40 million from the city, the state and additional donors.
  • Apple needs Samsung more than ever for the future iPhones and iPads (2014-11-17 09:30:11)
    Even though Apple has reportedly tried to keep out Samsung out of its iPhone and iPad supply chain, The Korea Times seems to indicate Apple needs Samsung more than ever for future iPhone and iPad production. The publication reports that Samsung has struck a deal worth “billions of dollars” with Apple to mass-produce chips required for future-generation iPhone and iPad models. FROM EARLIER: How to ditch your iPhone and switch to the year’s most exciting Android phone Apparently, Samsung will become the main supplier for iPhone and iPad A-branded chips, pushing TSMC into the No.2 spot in coming years — the Taiwanese chipmaker has been Apple’s main source for iPhone 6 chips this year. According to the report, Samsung will make
  • FCC aims for major Internet investment in schools, libraries -- report (2014-11-17 09:20:15)
    The agency is expected to announce on Monday a plan to boost spending on broadband funding for schools and libraries by 62 percent.>
  • The GOP used Twitter to skirt campaign finance laws, CNN says (2014-11-17 09:17:15)
    Both Democrats and Republicans take millions of dollars from outside groups to run campaigns, but under law, the parties can't "coordinate" with those groups, only accept the cash. As CNN reports today, the GOP may have found a way to quietly keep in touch: Twitter.
  • Massive 47-page ad shows all of Best Buy’s crazy Black Friday deals (2014-11-17 09:05:55)
    Last week, a big leak involving 47 screenshots showed us much of what the nation’s top brick and mortar electronics retailer has in store for us this holiday season. Now, however, it’s official: All of the huge deals that Best Buy has planned for Black Friday 2014 have been published, as Best Buy has released its full 47-page Black Friday ad. And of course, some of the deals Best Buy has planned this coming Black Friday are jaw-droppers that gadget fans and deal-hunters alike will go crazy for. MORE BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: Visit our Black Friday 2014 hub! As noted by Black Friday deals monitor, Best Buy’s full 47-page Black Friday 2014 flier has been published. The print ad has
  • Best 10 smartphones at the close of 2014 (2014-11-17 09:05:23)
    There are a number of excellent high end smartphones available today and most will satisfy buyers. Matthew updated his September list with some new candidates and a bit of reshuffling based on hands-on experiences.
  • State Department shuts down e-mail system over hacking concerns (2014-11-17 09:00:06)
    The State Department says that its unclassified email system may have been breached, but that classified systems remain safe.
  • Keystone NAP partners with Schneider Electric to build next generation modular datacenter (2014-11-17 08:59:06)
    Repurposing part of a large scale steel mill aids in getting the new facility online quickly.
  • Sprint iPad for Life Plan: Deal or No Deal? (2014-11-17 08:56:52)
    Tablets aren't typically replaced as often as smartphones are, but Sprint has a new initiative for those who can't resist a clean slate. Available today, the carrier's new iPad for Life plan lets you lease an iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 with low monthly payments, with the option to switch to a new device every 24 months. The 16GB versions of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 can be leased for $20 per month and $17 per month, respectively, which seems much more wallet-friendly than buying the Air 2 upfront for $500 or the mini 3 for $400.
  • Honda's new hydrogen fuel-cell car looks like it belongs in a movie (2014-11-17 08:55:53)
    Toyota has spent much of 2014 doubling down on hydrogen, announcing that it would sell a fuel-cell car globally in 2015 (now called the Mirai) — now, Honda has announced a new hydrogen model in Japan. Can hydrogen infrastructure scale up? It bears some resemblance to the FCX Clarity, Honda's last production fuel-cell car, which has seen limited availability in California.
  • Apple Pay rollouts continue, stores seeing growth in mobile transactions (2014-11-17 08:44:27)
    With Apple Pay available for nearly a month now, a number of stores have shared data on the status of the rollout and more stores are announcing support.
  • Video: Al Franken destroys Ted Cruz for getting net neutrality ‘completely wrong’ (2014-11-17 08:30:07)
    Senator Ted Cruz last week caused quite a stir — and a lot of forehead slapping — when he described net neutrality as “Obamacare for the Internet.” CNN’s Candy Crowley on Sunday sat down with Cruz’s fellow senator Al Franken, a longtime net neutrality advocate who completely demolished Cruz’s arguments against net neutrality for being “completely wrong.” FROM EARLIER: Net neutrality has some unlikely new champions, including Ford, UPS and Visa “He has it completely wrong, he just doesn’t understand what this issue is,” Franken said. “We’ve had net neutrality for the entire history of the Internet… Obamacare was a government program that fixed something, that changed things. This is about reclassifying something so that it stays the same.” Earlier in
  • Enter for your chance to win a LoopPay product! (2014-11-17 08:26:05)
    Three lucky winners will be able to leave their credit cards at home and pay for stuff using a cool wireless digital wallet.>
  • Data science: 'Machines do analytics. Humans do analysis' (2014-11-17 08:13:00)
    Two leaders of Booz Allen's data science team talk talent, building a data science team and the machine-human link in analytics.
  • Accelerators vs. Incubators - what startups need to know (2014-11-17 08:00:04)
    For early stage startups, accelerators and incubators offer great ways to grow their businesses. Here are some of the key differences between a startup accelerator and a startup incubator.
  • Engadget UK giveaway: win a Galaxy Note 4 courtesy of Bitdefender (2014-11-17 08:00:00)
  • Accelerators vs. incubators: What startups need to know (2014-11-17 08:00:00)
    For early stage startups, accelerators and incubators offer great ways to grow their businesses. Here are some of the key differences between a startup accelerator and a startup incubator.
  • Ultra HD TV or mobile data: The fight for spectrum in Korea (2014-11-17 07:53:25)
    Lawmakers in South Korea are siding with using the 700MHz frequency for nationwide Ultra HD broadcasts, instead of using the spectrum to relieve congested mobile traffic.>
  • Fire OS 4.1.1 rolls out: Solid update (hands on) (2014-11-17 07:51:05)
    Months after Amazon unveiled the latest version of the OS running the Kindle Fire HDX tablets and the ill-fated Fire Phone, the update is finally rolling out.
  • Apple Pay is finally doing what other NFC mobile payment solutions couldn’t (2014-11-17 07:45:16)
    Apple Pay is far from becoming the most important payment solution buyers have at their disposal, but Apple’s NFC-based wireless payments app is finally doing something that similar products from the competition couldn’t do for so many years and that’s raise awareness about this particular type of payments alternative, while simultaneously significantly growing the number of users interested in trying it out, and giving an indirect boost to competitors. FROM EARLIER: Apple Pay is poised to make a huge impact on Black Friday shopping According to The New York Times, the first numbers showing Apple Pay usage reveal the “first faint signs of a mainstream willingness to stray from cash and cards,” something Google and Softcard were not able to
  • How to decide between a $199 Windows notebook and a Chromebook (2014-11-17 07:40:05)
    This is not an easy decision to make. There are some critical nuances you have to consider before you go one way or the other. In this article, we take a look at those factors.
  • Must-have Mac utilities for Yosemite (2014-11-17 07:34:05)
    There's little doubt that OS X 10.10 Yosemite operating system is a fully-featured platform that helps you to get a lot done, but by adding a few extras in the form of utilities you get an awful lot more from the platform with very little extra effort.
  • Snapchat issues outright ban on third-party apps following 4chan hack (2014-11-17 07:30:06)
    In a bid to shore up security under the gaze of the FTC, Snapchat has decided a ban on all third-party apps is the best solution.
  • Intro app aims to rethink the business card (2014-11-17 07:30:03)
    Platform updates an old staple of the professional world with new app Intro.
  • French 'right to be forgotten' decision takes link removal beyond Europe (2014-11-17 07:11:05)
    One man applies pressure on Google to remove links to a defamatory article worldwide.
  • Sweden considers adding 'sexism' ratings to video games (2014-11-17 07:09:00)
  • ​Tech boost promises more secure credit cards, but signature still required (2014-11-17 07:06:30)
    Safer computer chip-enabled credit cards are coming to the US at the end of 2015 -- but it'll be years before tougher PIN-based security will be used countrywide.>
  • Hackers breach State Department’s unclassified computer network (2014-11-17 06:50:37)
    Hackers breached computers belonging to the State Department, The New York Times reports, making it the fourth attack targeting government computers in recent weeks. While it’s not clear who attacked these targets and for what purpose, the State Department, the White House, the United States Postal Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have all reported similar breaches recently. FROM EARLIER: Mysterious cyber attack breaches White House computer network It’s not known at this time whether any of these attacks are linked, but so far it looks like they haven’t done any real damage, as hackers may have been simply probing these systems to understand what kind of data is accessible. “This has impacted some of our unclassified email
  • Nokia looks to resurrect its valuable brand on future devices (2014-11-17 06:42:47)
    Although Microsoft is removing the Nokia name from its upcoming Lumia smartphones, the brand will live on. Nokia is now planning to license its brand, allowing third-party manufacturers to create products and devices that use the Nokia moniker. Speaking at Nokia’s capital markets day last week, Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia technologies, outlined the company’s plan to leverage its brand now that Microsoft has acquired its phone business.
  • Facebook at Work: Thanks, but no thanks (2014-11-17 06:32:05)
    It makes sense for Facebook to tap into other markets -- but the enterprise isn't one of them.
  • Google grabs its first carrier partner for Project Loon tests in Australia (2014-11-17 06:11:00)
  • Amazon's ability to invest in AWS: By the numbers (2014-11-17 06:00:00)
    AWS chief Andy Jassy was asked whether Amazon had the funds to compete with the cash piles of Microsoft and Google in the cloud wars. Here's a look at his answer and the numbers that back it up.
  • Facebook at Work set to do the business like LinkedIn, report says (2014-11-17 05:47:14)
    Facebook at Work would keep your drunken updates and embarrassing selfies away from your colleagues and professional contacts.>
  • US oral history project wins $1 mn TED Prize (2014-11-17 05:01:53)
    The founder of a project devoted to capturing stories of people's lives spoken in their own words has won a million-dollar TED Prize that comes with an unfettered wish.
  • Pentagon to sharpen tech edge with robotics, 3D printing, weaponry (2014-11-17 04:29:05)
    No word on how the ambitious project will be afforded, though.
  • Facebook preparing new website for office use: FT (2014-11-17 04:02:19)
    Facebook is preparing a new office version of its social networking site to compete with other sites like LinkedIn, the Financial Times reported on Monday citing sources familiar with the matter.
  • Apple links up China's UnionPay to App Store (2014-11-17 03:54:05)
    China is a vital growth area for Apple and the new payment system is likely to boost sales.
  • State Department shuts down unclassified email to cope with hack (2014-11-17 03:53:00)
  • Google works with Australia's biggest carrier to test Project Loon balloons (2014-11-17 03:29:47)
    Project Loon, Google's ambitious plan to bring internet to the entire world by way of a network of high-altitude balloons, is preparing to launch a series of test flights in Australia. The tests will see 20 balloons launched across western Queensland, and will be the first to be conducted in the country when they begin in December. They'll also mark the first time Google has partnered with a wireless carrier to beam internet to the ground below — the flights are being run in partnership with Australia's largest telecoms company, Telstra.
  • Rocket Internet to launch another 10 start-ups in 2015 (2014-11-17 03:15:05)
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Rocket Internet , the global e-commerce investor, said it expected to launch at least another 10 start-ups in 2015 as it reported strong growth from its existing stable of companies and improving margins. Rocket Internet, whose shares have had a bumpy ride since their debut last month in Europe's largest tech listing since 2000, said its most successful companies saw average growth in gross merchandise volume of 104 percent in the first half of 2014. (Reporting by Emma Thomasson; Editing by Victoria Bryan)
  • Nokia wants other companies to pay for its iconic brand (2014-11-17 03:04:00)
  • Autonomous, human-sized security robots are almost here (2014-11-17 01:58:00)
  • Apple notches App Store deal with China's UnionPay (2014-11-17 01:10:33)
    A new deal between the two companies will allow consumers in China to pair their Apple ID with the country's most popular payment card to make purchases on its App Store.>
  • Apple's China app store now open for UnionPay card payments (2014-11-17 00:51:13)
    BEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Inc's app store in China now accepts payments made using China's UnionPay credit and debit cards, the iPhone maker said on Monday, making purchases easier for users in Apple's second-largest app market. "The ability to buy apps and make purchases using UnionPay cards has been one of the most requested features from our customers in China," said Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, in a statement. ...
  • Times Square's new digital billboard is almost the length of a football field (2014-11-17 00:30:00)
  • Toyota's hydrogen car gets a name and more US filling stations (2014-11-17 00:25:00)
  • Molecules app picks up where The Elements left off (2014-11-16 23:41:58)
    The sequel to Theodore Gray's acclaimed chemistry iPad app The Elements leads you into the wonderful world of molecules.>
  • Facebook developing a professional website 'Facebook at Work': FT (2014-11-16 23:30:25)
    (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is secretly working on a new website called "Facebook at Work" that would allow users to keep their personal profile separate from their work profile, the Financial Times reported. The new website, that will look very much like Facebook, will compete with professional social network LinkedIn Corp, Google Inc, and Microsoft Corp, the newspaper said. ( Facebook's new site will allow users to chat with colleagues, connect with professional contacts and collaborate over documents, the newspaper reported, citing unidentified sources. ...
  • Toshiba joins other tech giants in growing super-clean vegetables (2014-11-16 23:21:00)
  • How would you change Huawei's Ascend P6? (2014-11-16 22:36:00)
  • TalkTalk ditches Vodafone to offer 4G plans with O2's help (2014-11-16 22:01:00)
  • Americans' privacy worries, DHS: it's not 2003 anymore, spies in the sky [Government IT News] (2014-11-16 21:54:05)
    This week, we've got news of Anonymous and the KKK, spies in the sky, congressional finger-pointing, AT&T being AT&T, and so much more. It's ZDNet's Government IT Week and you would believe what the world's govs are up to this week!
  • Sniff Test: What Entrepreneurship Smells Like on Midwest Campuses (2014-11-16 21:51:42)
    It's 11:30 on a Friday night and 1,200 computer science and engineering students surround me. They have come from across the country to the University of Michigan's North Campus to participate in MHacks, a career fair mashed-up with a weekend-long tech orgy, where sleep-deprived geeks try to build the next big app. On stage is a senior...
  • State Dept. email offline after suspected hack attack (2014-11-16 21:38:00)
    Repairs and security upgrades being made during planned outage after "activity of concern" was detected, officials tell the Associated Press.>
  • Musician uses science to help you see sound (2014-11-16 20:47:06)
    A series of sound-visualisation experiments form the basis of the music video for a new single by musician Nigel Stanford.>
  • When is a company's Facebook post not an ad? (2014-11-16 20:35:51)
    Facebook has decided to exert more control over posts that it deems "overly promotional." Ultimately, though, isn't every Facebook post by a company promotional?>
  • Early Apple Pay stats point to a modest but promising start (2014-11-16 20:10:00)
  • Facebook at Work: Why it may make sense (2014-11-16 19:56:06)
    Facebook is reportedly working on an enterprise friendly version of its service with collaboration features. Facebook is looking to be unblocked in corporations and be seen as a useful tool.
  • Smithsonian redesign hopes to give DC's National Mall a futuristic facelift (2014-11-16 19:12:01)
    The Smithsonian Castle and its surrounding museums are skipped altogether by many tourists visiting Washington, DC. But a reimagined layout for the Smithsonian Castle campus — said to be the most significant change to the National Mall in a century — seeks to change that. The new design, unveiled this week, plans to open up the campus around the Smithsonian's adminstrative building, which includes the Freer Gallery, the Hishhorn Museum, the (currently empty) Arts and Industries building, and the underground Sackler Gallery and African Art Museum.
  • World of Warcraft servers taken down by DDoS (2014-11-16 18:55:12)
    The launch of the Warlords of Draenor expansion has been beset by issues, including server overload and a DDoS attack.>
  • Anonymous seizes Ku Klux Klan Twitter account over Ferguson threats (2014-11-16 18:50:05)
    After racial hate group Ku Klux Klan said it would use 'lethal force' on Ferguson protesters, a skirmish with Anonymous erupted: Anonymous has now seized the 'KKK USA' Twitter account.
  • Microsoft warns of problems with Schannel security update (2014-11-16 18:08:05)
    The mysterious and critical Schannel vulnerability also contained some new TLS ciphers which are causing problems. Here's how to work around them.
  • Court order stops Bitcasa from deleting your cloud data, for now (2014-11-16 17:59:00)
  • Little-known Taiwanese chip designer spawns low-priced smartphone boom (2014-11-16 17:00:22)
    By Michael Gold TAIPEI (Reuters) - Chips from Taiwan's MediaTek Inc were mostly passed over by the big phone brands a decade ago, with the likes of Nokia and Motorola commanding legions of in-house engineers who could advise on electronics and circuitry.     Fast-forward to the age of the smartphone.     The market is heaving with Chinese smartphone makers out to grab share from Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd with low-priced handsets. Sparking the boom in budget smartphones is MediaTek, now a $23 billion go-to chip designer favored by margin-conscious phone makers. ...
  • Facebook wants to handle your workplace chats (2014-11-16 15:24:00)
  • State Dept computers hacked, email shut down (2014-11-16 15:00:32)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has taken the unprecedented step of shutting down its entire unclassified email system as technicians repair possible damage from a hacker attack.
  • Dungeons & Dragons art goes to the dogs (2014-11-16 14:20:13)
    Humans aren't the only ones who like to befriend wizards, battle dragons and drink mead with dwarves. Man's best friend gets in on the elf-bonding action in this awesome art tribute to dogs, dice and D&D.>
  • Motorola's march toward mobility (2014-11-16 13:00:00)
  • Facebook pics led police to murder suspect, say police (2014-11-16 12:50:22)
    A man wanted by police in connection with murder since 2003 is allegedly spotted by an officer on the Facebook pages of his family members and associates. None of his neighbors say they knew about his past.>
  • 'Battlestar Galactica' and 'Knight Rider' creator Glen Larson dies at 77 (2014-11-16 12:46:08)
    The man behind many of the biggest TV shows in the ‘70s and ‘80s died yesterday. Writer-producer Glen Larson was responsible for shows such as the original Battlestar Galactica, Six Million Dollar Man, Magnum P.I., and Knight Rider. He died of esophageal cancer in Santa Monica, California at the age of 77, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
  • Al Franken Explains Net Neutrality To Ted Cruz (2014-11-16 12:09:32)
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) responded on Sunday to a Washington Post op-ed in which Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) wrote that net neutrality is "Obamacare for the Internet."Franken said Cruz “doesn’t understand” what net neutrality is. “He has it completely wrong and he just doesn't understand what this issue is,” Franken told...
  • Make these 'Star Wars' gingerbread cookies, you will (2014-11-16 11:55:07)
    Snack on chewy Chewbacca cookies -- as well as Darth Vader, Yoda, Boba Fett, C-3PO and Stormtrooper -- with these festive "Star Wars" gingerbread cookie cutters from ThinkGeek.>
  • Dubai's plans "Black Friday" equivalent to help boost sales growth (2014-11-16 11:50:22)
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Dubai-based, one of the Middle East's largest e-commerce businesses, aims for high double-digit revenue growth as it introduces "Black Friday"-type discount events to help lure shoppers from the city's retail malls. Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year in the United States, held on the Friday after Thanksgiving, is so named because it traditionally indicates the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or go into the black.'s planned Middle East version, which it terms White Weekend, will run on Nov. 27 and 28. ...
  • 3 Florida guys find a career playing video games (2014-11-16 11:47:35)
    LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — From nine to five, seven days a week, Robert Schill plays video games while sitting on a plush, brown sofa in central Florida.
  • The Next Business Frontier: Networks of Record (2014-11-16 11:44:53)
    Systems of Record, Systems of Engagement, and Networks of Record - so many systems that describe how we work, who we work with, and where we work, facilitating the interconnection of business processes, people and communities. Organizations have invested heavily in Systems of Record, like CRM or ERP, for the past 40 years, but according to...
  • Fake sitcom tries to cater to every opinion on the internet in this 'SNL' skit (2014-11-16 10:32:07)
    No matter how hard you try, it's impossible to make everyone happy. That's the message of one pretty spot-on SNL skit last night. The fake ad is ostensibly for another derivative TV sitcom called The Dudleys, but it quickly shifts tone as the producers contort themselves to cater to every opinion on the internet. Soon enough, that stereotypical white suburban family gets replaced with a flamboyantly gay Woody Harrelson married to Kenan Thompson. As you can imagine, the whole thing spirals out of control pretty quickly before the producers just pull the plug and go back to square one. ...
  • Inhabitat's Week in Green: Glow-in-the-dark roads, lettuce factories and a liquid-filled lamp (2014-11-16 10:00:00)
  • Chinese policymakers eye e-commerce as linchpin of growth (2014-11-16 09:05:22)
    By Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - China should support its e-commerce industry with preferential policies, given the role it plays in stimulating domestic consumption and economic growth, China's State Council said in a paper released on Sunday. The State Council's explicit support for the e-commerce industry and the development of related technologies, such as online payment processing and e-commerce logistics, comes as the country's leadership seeks to stoke domestic consumption amid slowing growth rates. China's state media has pointed to the $9.3 billion worth of goods bought on Nov. ...
  • Griffin, Moshi, Seidio Apple iPhone 6 Plus case roundup: Wallet, kickstand, and metal elegance (2014-11-16 09:00:00)
    No other smartphone has an accessory market like the iPhone. Three new cases provide unique functionality and protection for the iPhone 6 Plus.
  • Forget quadratic equations, play 'Super Smash Bros.' on your TI-83 (2014-11-16 07:26:00)
  • Our devices are listening to us all the time -- but do we care? (2014-11-16 07:00:03)
    Once a thing dreamed about in sci-fi, voice-controlled computers are a reality. But consumers may not realize the price they pay for living in the future.>
  • Watch this poor squirrel get tricked into stealing a camera (2014-11-16 04:45:02)
    In it, a cute, slightly chubby squirrel seems to steal a GoPro camera for no apparent reason. It's just an adorable kleptomaniac of a squirrel, you might think. At least we can take solace in the fact that one squirrel got wise to this guy's scheme and forced him climb a tree to get his camera back.
  • Kids can now program toys that talk to just about anything (2014-11-16 04:25:00)
  • Facebook will filter out excessively promotional Page posts in 2015 (2014-11-16 00:56:00)
  • Agile: why should software developers have all the fun? (2014-11-16 00:04:06)
    Agile is the ultimate bureaucracy buster -- and has already been proven in the software space. Time to spread the gospel.
  • wants to help you get fresh produce delivered to your door (2014-11-15 23:26:02)
    It's a safe bet that no one thinks "fresh produce" when they hear the name "" Nevertheless, the online retailer cut the ribbon on a digital farmers market this month. Unlike competing services from Amazon or Google, however,'s grocery offering isn't meant to take care of all of your shopping needs. Instead, the retailer is connecting shoppers with local farmers and CSAs — community-supported agriculture plans that offer a type of subscription for fresh produce.
  • Ford, UPS and Visa want net neutrality, but they won't tell you that (2014-11-15 22:29:00)
  • Hagel: US needs game-changing military innovation (2014-11-15 20:04:23)
    SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Wary of a more muscular Russia and China, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday the Pentagon will make a new push for fresh thinking and creative ideas about how the U.S. can keep and extend its military superiority despite tighter budgets and the wear and tear of 13 years of war.
  • Nexus 6 review, Lisa Kudrow talks 'The Comeback' and other stories you might've missed (2014-11-15 19:42:00)
  • The Verge Playlist: I love hating you (2014-11-15 19:00:01)
    People tend to think of love and hate as opposites. Truth is, the opposite of love is not hate, but apathy. Caring deeply vs. not caring at all. Love and hate are in fact two sides of the same emotional coin. Positive and negative forces each with the capacity to jolt otherwise rational humans into fits of insanity.
  • Why Every Young Physician Should Have a Professional Twitter Account (2014-11-15 17:37:57)
    You -- a medical student, resident physician or newly minted medical attending -- are late in the game. Sure, you appropriately hopped onto Facebook during your first few years of college, only to rightly disengage around the advent of newsfeeds and cover photos. You passively signed up to LinkedIn last winter only to remain passively aware...
  • Tinder and 1984 (2014-11-15 17:20:02)
    The following blog post is from an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation-funded filmmaker. From Nov. 14-16, the Sloan Foundation and Film Independent will host the 2014 Sloan Film Summit at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. The Summit celebrates the thriving nationwide Sloan film program, bringing together 150 screenwriters, directors and producers, as well as...
  • You can play Penn & Teller's wonderfully uneventful 'Desert Bus' in VR (2014-11-15 17:15:00)
  • Philae lander enters deep sleep after sending last transmissions from comet surface (2014-11-15 16:09:02)
    The Philae lander has gone into hibernation on the surface of a comet roughly 4 billion miles away from earth. "It has been a huge success, the whole team is delighted," said Stephan Ulamec, a German scientist who's managed the landing this week. The shaky landing — which saw Philae bounce twice before landing far away from its planned landing zone — left the unit at the base of a cliff.
  • One year in, here's what our readers think of the PlayStation 4 (2014-11-15 15:00:00)
  • Uber cars will soon stream passengers' Spotify playlists, reports say (2014-11-15 13:01:00)
  • Uber and Spotify set to announce partnership? (2014-11-15 12:50:13)
    A new setup will let ride-sharers listen to their Spotify tunes when they climb into an Uber vehicle, according to a report.>
  • The first official Batmobile ever built is headed to auction (2014-11-15 12:18:32)
    If you're a fan of old-school Batman comics, there's really only one Batmobile for you. It's not Zack Snyder's brand new model, nor is it Christopher Nolan's tank. Not even Tim Burton's slick version or the legendary customized Lincoln used in the ’60s TV series will do.
  • Top iOS news of the week: Fitbit gone, freeing iMessages, Apple going to work (2014-11-15 12:00:00)
    This week Apple pulled Fitbit from its online store, iMessages freed for switching, and the best onscreen keyboards for iOS 8 detailed.
  • This strange-looking ‘Impossible’ electric bike can be easily folded into a backpack (2014-11-15 11:15:36)
    “Impossible” is the name of a new electric bike Kickstarter project started by Impossible Technology that has almost doubled its target goal, with 41 days left to go in the campaign. The Impossible has raised over $95,000 (CAD), after seeking $55,000 in funding. FROM EARLIER: Meet Sesame, the amazing smartphone you can control without ever touching it The Impossible proposes a strange-looking electric bike that can be easily folded and packed into a regular backpack, and carried around alongside your laptop and books. Even though it doesn’t appear to be that sturdy, Impossible can carry up to 85kg (180 pounds) in its current form. The Impossible bike also packs ten 2,900 mAh batteries that give it a range of 45 minutes
  • Super-sized wooden emoji are Nick Offerman's latest project (2014-11-15 11:09:00)
  • Montar Universal car mount: Secure your smartphones while driving (2014-11-15 10:08:06)
    Travelers often try to balance their smartphones while using them for navigation. Pick up an excellent, low cost mount now and drive without worry.
  • The most hilariously unfair one-star app review of all time (2014-11-15 10:00:34)
    No matter how good your mobile app is, there will always be at least one person who will trash it with a one-star rating on the App Store, just because some people can’t help hating on things. App developer Todd Ransom, who has developed an app that maps out the areas surrounding the gorgeous waterfalls of western North Carolina, explains on Twitter that his app has gotten a one-star review for the most ridiculous possible reason: The reviewer got stung by yellow jackets while using the app. RELATED: Facebook home gets a slew of one-star reviews on Google Play “Is there any way to post a warning about a trail or fall?” the reviewer wrote. “Today we tried to hike up to
  • Uber and Spotify reportedly partnering to bring custom playlists to your next ride (2014-11-15 09:59:17)
    It looks like Uber is taking another step to separate its service from any other car ride. The company will announce a partnership with Spotify on Monday to let passengers stream music of their choosing as they ride in style to their destination, according to two separate reports from The New York Times and TechCrunch. Uber sent out invites to the press on Friday for a conference call to announce a "first of its kind partnership" with a "special partner guest." The invite includes a music clef, suggesting it relates to the rumored Spotify partnership.
  • Windows 10’s OneDrive modifications challenge Microsoft’s feedback methods (2014-11-15 09:56:56)
    Microsoft’s changes to Windows 10 have been largely well received, but one particular modification to OneDrive has angered Windows users. The latest Windows 10 Technical Preview build, released earlier this week, changes OneDrive sync functionality significantly. Microsoft has decided to ditch its use of placeholder files in Windows 10 in favor of selective file and folder syncing that’s identical to Dropbox.
  • Recommended Reading: NYC's new subway hub is an architectural marvel (2014-11-15 09:30:00)
  • The Most High-Tech Cruise Ship Ever (2014-11-15 08:02:22)
    The airline industry could take a few tips from the cruise industry to improve customer service. Not only do you get a lot more personal space on a cruise, but the technology found on cruise ships is getting more useful with each new ship.For example, even with over 4,000 passengers and their luggage to get onboard its new Quantum of the Seas,...
  • Top Android news of the week: Sony smartwatch, Android Wear 5.0, Lollipop rolling out (2014-11-15 08:00:00)
    This week Sony's Android Wear watch appeared, as did details about new features in Android Wear 5.0. Google confirmed Lollipop is rolling out.
  • In Germany, these servers wants to keep every home warm (2014-11-15 07:03:00)
  • 7 Platforms for Free Conference Calls (2014-11-15 06:41:54)
    The word conference used to be something that only business magnates used to use, people with high rankings in the business scene. Nowadays, anyone can create a quick conference call with anyone they like; their business partner, their associates, or just a newcomer who needs to be told what to do. It's all possible, at no cost.It's better known...
  • AT&T drops 'super cookies' from cellphone data (2014-11-15 06:17:44)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — AT&T Mobility, the nation's second-largest cellular provider, says it's no longer attaching hidden Internet tracking codes to data transmitted from its users' smartphones. The practice made it nearly impossible to shield its subscribers' identities online.
  • Uber launches in Leeds, its third UK city (2014-11-15 05:01:00)
  • Netflix's public API is dead, but InstantWatcher is not (2014-11-15 04:34:00)
  • The addictive and delightful 'Two Dots' is now available for Android (2014-11-15 04:20:02)
    Two Dots was one of the better iPhone games to come out this year and a definite improvement over the simple but addictive original. Fortunately, those of us who use Android every day can now give it a shot — the game is out now in the Google Play Store. It's a free download and is a straight port of the iOS version and contains the same in-app purchases as the original.
  • Sweet dreams, Philae: ESA's lander goes to sleep in the absence of sunlight (2014-11-15 02:43:00)
  • Facebook to curb promotional posts on user timelines (2014-11-15 02:23:06)
    Facebook on Friday said it is making moves to reduce the number of promotional posts that pop up in timelines, in response to users' demands for fewer advertisements.
  • In Germany, these servers want to keep every home warm (2014-11-15 02:03:00)
  • US Navy puts its first laser weapon into service (2014-11-15 00:43:00)
  • Mystery solved? Scientists think they know why Juptier’s giant spot is so red (2014-11-14 22:30:25)
    One of the more enduring questions that kids ask when they learn about astronomy for the first time is why Jupiter has such a gigantic red spot on its surface. Now ScienceDaily brings us word that researchers may have discovered exactly why Jupiter’s big red spot is so red: For lack of a better term, it seems that our solar system’s largest planet has a sunburn. RELATED: This gorgeous 4K timelapse video of the sun will take your breath away “The ruddy color of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is likely a product of simple chemicals being broken apart by sunlight in the planet’s upper atmosphere, according to a new analysis of data from NASA’s Cassini mission,” Science Daily writes. “The
  • Hhgregg Black Friday 2014 deals include $299 iPad Air, $60 Toshiba Android tablet doorbusters (2014-11-14 22:13:05)
    The retailer, with locations throughout the eastern half of the U.S., is also selling the iPad mini 2 for $20 off and a Samsung Chromebook for $50 less than the normal $249 price.
  • ‘Dirtbox’ planes masquerade as cell towers to collect smartphone data in sophisticated spying ops (2014-11-14 21:15:08)
    It’s no secret anymore that governmental agencies in the U.S. and other countries have access to sophisticated tools that allow them to track and collect data from smartphones and other devices without users knowing anything is happening, and The Wall Street Journal has uncovered yet another such operation which uses a special “dirtbox” technology installed in special planes that can mimic cell phone towers and fool smartphones into believing they’re connecting to a genuine carrier tower. FROM EARLIER: Sophisticated malware already spying on Hong Kong protesters’ iOS and Android phones In the process, the tool will collect unique identifiers about those devices, in order to track certain suspects without requiring any help from carriers. In addition to personal data related
  • Engadget Daily: Lisa Kudrow talks 'The Comeback,' a pinhole selfie cam and more! (2014-11-14 21:00:00)
  • Crave Ep. 183: A Kickstarter graveyard for the biggest losers (2014-11-14 20:42:42)
    What happens when a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign gets $0? Here are some of the projects that have earned that dubious distinction.>
  • Your Facebook News Feed is about to have fewer ads (2014-11-14 20:10:27)
    The world's largest social network aims to put fewer promoted Pages in front of users -- essentially nudging page owners to place ads.>
  • After girls' jihadi quest, a focus on outreach (2014-11-14 20:08:21)
    DENVER (AP) — Gathered under the fluorescent lights of an austere Denver mosque, a group of parents stared at a photo projected on a wall in front of them.
  • Net neutrality has some unlikely new champions, including Ford, UPS and Visa (2014-11-14 20:00:34)
    As we’ve mentioned before, the debate over net neutrality isn’t just one of government-versus-business but one of business-versus-business. While we already knew that big-name Internet companies such as Netflix are strongly in favor of strong net neutrality rules, Bloomberg Businessweek reports that several other giant corporations have been quietly working behind the scenes to push the FCC to enact stronger net neutrality rules as well. RELATED: The most important essay on net neutrality that everyone should read “A corporate alliance with subtle interests in this fight has been quietly pushing the Federal Communications Commission for strict broadband rules,” writes Bloomberg Businessweek. “In a series of meetings this year attended by representatives from Ford Motor, Visa, United Parcel Service, and Bank of
  • Deal to spur better 911 call locating for U.S. cellphone users (2014-11-14 19:49:43)
    By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Emergency responders will be able to better locate callers who dial 911 on their cellphones from indoors as the U.S. wireless industry improves caller-location for the majority of such calls over the next six years. Historically, satellite and other technologies have helped emergency responders find people who called from outdoors, while landlines commonly automatically provided dispatchers with an address. Cellphone calls from indoors, however, have been tougher to locate because walls weaken signals. ...
  • Facebook thought about featuring games in Messenger (2014-11-14 19:49:00)
  • Song to dying infant captures Internet's heart (2014-11-14 19:43:25)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — With his infant son clinging to life, Chris Picco picked up a guitar and sang softly to the boy, urging him to "mend those broken wings and learn to fly."
  • Icahn ups stake in eBay to nearly 46 million shares, sells more Netflix (2014-11-14 19:37:35)
    By Sam Forgione NEW YORK (Reuters) - Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn increased his stake in e-commerce company eBay Inc. while booking more profits from his stake in Netflix Inc. in the third quarter, a regulatory filing showed on Friday. Icahn increased his stake in eBay by 15 million shares to a total of 45.8 million shares as of the end of September, up from 31 million at the end of June. He cut his stake in Netflix, the streaming video company, by 353,000 shares to 1.4 million shares, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission showed. ...
  • At least three more 'Fast & Furious' movies are likely (2014-11-14 19:37:16)
    At a Hollywood Reporter roundtable, Universal's Donna Langley has apparently promised the Fast & Furious franchise a long life beyond next year's Furious 7, saying "We think there's at least three more...I think it's still a growing franchise," reports Entertainment Weekly. Each movie in the franchise has been exponentially more awesome than the one before it, culminating in 2013's blockbuster Fast & Furious 6, which raked in over three quarters of a billion dollars globally and featured a Dodge Charger exploding out of the front of the bad guy's cargo plane while attempting to take off. Furious 7, meanwhile, features the late Paul Walker's character running up the roof of a bus before leaping to grab onto a Dodge Challenger that's drifting along the edge of a cliff.
  • Philae probe drills into comet, turns toward light (2014-11-14 19:17:07)
    BERLIN (AP) — The spacecraft that landed on a comet performed two tricky maneuvers Friday, by drilling into the rocky surface and rotating itself to catch more sunlight.
  • Samsung says the Galaxy Note Edge is ‘quite durable’ (2014-11-14 19:15:26)
    Samsung on Friday posted on its official blog a list of answers to questions potential Galaxy Note Edge buyers might have about the phone and its unusual curved-edge design. The company addressed various matters, including durability, unintended touches, design, and Edge screen functionality. FROM EARLIER: Review: Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge dares to be different, but does it innovate? Durability appears to be critical for the Galaxy Note Edge, which makes sense considering the phone’s curved screen. But the company says the handset is very durable. “What happens when someone drops it? Wouldn’t the screen on the side break easily? “ the company said. “Developers at Samsung were aware that people might be concerned that the curved display might crack easily.
  • FCC fires back at AT&T with questions about its paused fiber rollout (2014-11-14 19:13:00)
  • BET's '106 & Park' to end on-air run, go digital (2014-11-14 19:08:33)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — BET says its long-running music-variety series "106 & Park" is airing its last daily episode next month, then going digital.
  • Star Apps: 'Rosewater' (2014-11-14 19:04:31)
    Jon Stewart brings Maziar Bahari's harrowing, true-life prison story to the big screen.
  • FCC seeks more info on AT&T's plan to 'pause' fiber rollout (2014-11-14 18:57:17)
    The plan was aired in response to President Obama's request to the Federal Communications Commission for tougher broadband regulations. Now the FCC wants details.>
  • Iusacell's $2.5 billion suit against IBM on hold due to arbitration (2014-11-14 18:45:31)
    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday put on hold a $2.5 billion lawsuit by Mexican mobile phone operator Iusacell SA de CV accusing IBM Corp of fraudulent misrepresentations, citing a pending arbitration launched by the U.S. technology giant. U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in New York granted IBM's bid to stay the lawsuit as it involved issues central to an arbitration pending before the International Chamber of Commerce. In 2010, Iusacell signed a contract with IBM's Mexico unit, which under the agreement would improve and operate Iusacell's IT systems. ...
  • Tech firms win as U.S. appeals court reverses itself, cancels patent (2014-11-14 18:34:34)
    By Andrew Chung (Reuters) - In a victory for tech companies fighting costly litigation, a U.S. appeals court has made an about-face and ruled that an idea for offering online videos in exchange for watching an ad is too basic to deserve a patent. The decision Friday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit invalidating the patent owned by Ultramercial LLC confirmed the reach of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that has placed a cloud over the soundness of many software patents. Last June, in Alice v. ...
  • GameStop gets a jump on Black Friday with some fantastic early deals (2014-11-14 18:30:25)
    There’s no better time of year for the video game industry than the holidays. Most of the biggest releases hit store shelves in November while all the games from years past go on sale. It’s a great time to be a gamer, which is why we thought it would be appropriate to share some of GameStop’s best pre-Black Friday deals. MORE DEALS: Huge Black Friday sales revealed for four more stores Most of the best deals come in the form of console bundles. If you’re in the market for a game console, new or old, you’ll probably find what you’re looking for on GameStop’s list of bundles. These are the ones that caught my eye: Xbox 360 20GB Refurbished Blast from the
  • Senator Ted Cruz thinks net neutrality will stop cable companies from being 'bold, innovative, and fair' (2014-11-14 18:27:59)
    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) had perhaps the most memorable reaction to Obama's Monday announcement about net neutrality: reclassifying broadband under common carrier laws was "Obamacare for the internet." Beyond the fact that Cruz hates both these things, the comparison didn't make a lot of sense, but it was good enough for him to elaborate upon at length today in a speech at Austin incubator Capital Factory. Ted Cruz thinks an internet sales tax would hurt new entrepreneurs if, say, "you formed a company and you wanted to make retro lava lamps." He supports ICANN, the US-based group that manages the internet's domain name system, and opposes giving the UN or any international group more control.
  • DirecTV rolls out 4K programing, but only for those with Samsung TVs (2014-11-14 18:17:00)
  • Yes, QR codes have a future! In holograms? (2014-11-14 18:04:18)
    They could be the most ignored bit of technology in today's society, but their real potential could soon be unlocked, and it's pretty cool.>
  • Activist investor Starboard discloses stakes in Yahoo, AOL (2014-11-14 18:03:06)
    (Reuters) - Activist investor Starboard Value LP disclosed stakes in Yahoo Inc and AOL Inc on Friday, nearly two months after it urged the two companies to merge. Starboard disclosed a 7.7 million share stake in Yahoo and a 1.9 million share stake in AOL. This translates to a 0.8 percent stake in Yahoo and a 2.5 percent stake in AOL, according to Thomson Reuters data. Starboard in September sent a letter to Yahoo, saying a merger with AOL could create up to $1 billion in "synergies" by reducing overlaps in online display advertising and other overhead costs. ...
  • The ESA lander is phoning home, now watch a GIF of it landing on the comet (2014-11-14 17:58:01)
    The European Space Agency has just announced in a series of tweets that it has regained contact with the Philae lander and is receiving data from the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The lander's chaotic touchdown had left it partially shrouded in darkness and receiving less solar energy than the mission called for, and before contact was reestablished there was some doubt that Philae had enough battery to last until data could be retrieved.
  • Microsoft embraces Skype video singing praises of the MacBook (2014-11-14 17:55:35)
    To celebrate the world's first digital orchestra staying in sync with Skype, Microsoft features a video showing an array of MacBooks. A new Redmond?>
  • Reddit helps make the best gift ever for a new mom (2014-11-14 17:49:51)
    New dad Ernst Berlin wanted to give his wife Agnes the perfect present for her first post-baby birthday, so he turned to Reddit. The results are extraordinary.>
  • Apple Pay is poised to make a huge impact on Black Friday shopping (2014-11-14 17:45:12)
    Walmart may not like it but Apple Pay looks like it’s about to have a big impact on 2014′s Black Friday shopping season. A new survey conducted by Stratos, the makers of the Bluetooth Connected Card Platform, estimates that 30% of American smartphone owners plan to use either Apple Pay or Google Wallet to buy things this holiday shopping season. What’s more, 17% of smartphone users surveyed said having the option to buy things with Apple Pay or Google Wallet would cause them to spend more money than they normally would. RELATED: Apple Pay is already having a significant impact at one major retailer That said, there are a couple of major stumbling blocks here. In the first place, most
  • A Polaroid-style phone case can print selfies in under a minute (2014-11-14 17:42:00)
  • Hedge funds piled into Alibaba shares in third quarter (2014-11-14 17:27:39)
    By Luciana Lopez NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hedge funds scooped up shares of China's Alibaba Group Holding in the third quarter, making the e-commerce giant one of the most commonly bought stocks among some of the biggest U.S. investors, according to regulatory filings on Friday. ...
  • Some functions won't work overnight (2014-11-14 17:23:15)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says some functions of will be temporarily shut down overnight as the website transitions to the start of sign-up season on Saturday.
  • Disney Movies Anywhere coming to Vudu (2014-11-14 17:22:12)
    ​Cloud locker service Disney Movies Anywhere on the Vudu platform next week, joining similar service Ultraviolet.>
  • Microsoft rolls out Skype for web browsers (2014-11-14 17:20:54)
    Microsoft on Friday released a test version of Skype that lets people make Internet calls from web browsers, eliminating the need to install special applications.
  • Wal-Mart's Vudu joins Disney's cloud movie service (2014-11-14 17:19:56)
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co's cloud-based movie storage service will give customers the ability to add purchases from Vudu, an online store operated by Wal-Mart Stores Inc, a Disney official said on Friday. Films bought on Vudu will be integrated with the Disney Movies Anywhere service starting on Tuesday, Jamie Voris, Disney Studios' chief technology officer, said at an event where the company highlighted mobile initiatives. Disney is building the service as studios try to steer movie fans to digital purchases while sales of DVDs decline. ...
  • Big companies like UPS and Visa are quietly pushing for net neutrality (2014-11-14 17:14:44)
    The Ad Hoc Telecommunications Users Committee is about as vague of a name as you can imagine for a trade group. But the organization actually represents many of the biggest Fortune 500 companies in the US, and according to a report from Bloomberg, it has been petitioning the FCC on the topic of "Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet." In an ex-parte notice filed with the FCC, Ad Hoc joined President Obama in calling for the use of Title II, arguing that the current system for providing residential internet service is a "terminating access monopoly" without meaningful competition.
  • AT&T ends controversial tracking of wireless customers (2014-11-14 17:13:02)
    AT&T has backed away from a controversial tracking technique that landed the carrier and rival Verizon Wireless in hot water with consumers and privacy advocates last month. Both providers were quietly inserting unique identifiers into the web activity of their customers — who were given no way to opt out or disable the tracking. The program, which AT&T says it's now halted after a test run, served as a powerful tool for advertisers, but understandably drew the ire of subscribers. "It has been phased off our network," a company spokesperson told ProPublica.
  • Google is shipping your Nexus 6 order right now (2014-11-14 17:00:42)
    It’s been all but impossible to buy a Nexus 6 since launch, but there’s good news for the lucky few who have. According to Android Police, the first wave of orders have begun shipping, indicating that customers will receive their phones within the next week. DON’T MISS: Our review of the Nexus 6 Oddly, the orders don’t seem to be coming from inside the United States. Instead, the shipment confirmations show that Google is actually shipping the phones directly from their point of origin in Shenzhen, China. This is very uncommon, but considering how backed up production appears to be, it makes sense. So if you thought the carriers were just hoarding all the Nexus 6′s, this is pretty solid proof that they haven’t even
  • Basis Peak review: a good fitness tracker, with room to be a good smartwatch (2014-11-14 17:00:00)
  • The 404 Show 1,582: BitBite, Jeopardy! post-game chat, bubble gum broccoli, Big Bird what? (podcast) (2014-11-14 16:58:03)
    Another fitness tracker. Awesome. This one goes in your ear and listens to you eat. We're serious. We'll also listen to post-game Jeopardy! chat, learn a disturbing fact about Big Bird and try out McDonald's bubble gum broccoli.>
  • As open source goes mainstream, institutions collaborate differently (2014-11-14 16:54:33)
    18F has quietly become the bleeding edge of the US federal government's adoption of open source software. Read about the benefits and challenges of open source going mainstream.
  • Obama's immigration plan offers some relief, risk for tech sector (2014-11-14 16:47:43)
    By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration is expected to include some modest changes to make it easier for technology companies to retain high-skilled workers frustrated by long and unpredictable waits for green cards. But the major overhaul that the tech sector is seeking of the visa and green card system would require action by Congress. For now at least, the prospects for legislation appear to be slim. Obama has pledged take executive action on immigration by year-end and could act as early as next Friday. ...
  • Testers protest abrupt changes in Windows 10's OneDrive sync (2014-11-14 16:45:04)
    The latest preview release for Windows 10 is getting a thumbs-down from one group of testers angry that Microsoft changed a fundamental feature of the OneDrive sync client. Here's what they're unhappy about and how Microsoft has responded so far.
  • Confirmed: Windows 10 coming to all Lumias running Windows Phone 8 (2014-11-14 16:35:24)
    Microsoft on its Lumia Twitter account confirmed that all current Windows Phone 8 devices, including Nokia Lumia and Microsoft Lumia will be upgraded to Windows 10 in the future. FROM EARLIER: Windows Phone has been a huge disappointment this year – but Microsoft isn’t worried yet “We plan to upgrade all Windows Phone 8 devices to Windows 10 in the future,” the company said in a tweet, answering to a question whether a current Nokia Lumia model will receive Windows 10 when it launches next year. The company seems to imply that other Windows Phone devices that already run Windows Phone 8 will be upgraded to Windows 10, not just Lumia-branded smartphones from Nokia and/or Microsoft. On the other hand,
  • Samsung's mobile chief takes a huge pay cut after slowing sales (2014-11-14 16:32:00)
  • Scientists landed a probe on a comet this week – here are the first amazing pictures (2014-11-14 16:10:52)
    In case you missed it, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft successfully landed a probe onto the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko earlier this week, marking the first time we’ve ever successfully put a manmade device onto a comet. Wired has snagged several images taken by both the Rosetta and the probe of the comet’s surface and they give us an amazing first-hand look at the what it’s like to be on a giant rock that’s hurtling through space. RELATED: ’7 hours of terror’: Watch live as scientists land a probe on a comet for the first time ever When it comes to photography equipment, both the Rosetta and the Philae probe are well stocked with the tools they need to snap images. “The Rosetta
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop updates roll out (2014-11-14 16:10:37)
    As Nexus 6 hits carriers, the latest Android update begins to arrive. Kindle e-readers and Skype also get updates, and researchers find sketchy ads for fake goods on Facebook.>
  • FCC questions AT&T for halting high-speed fiber deployment before net neutrality decision (2014-11-14 16:02:10)
    The FCC has asked AT&T for more information about its decision to halt the rollout of its high-speed fiber network until net neutrality rules are decided. It's asking AT&T to provide documents regarding the profitability of fiber deployment, its plans to limit fiber deployment, what its fiber network currently looks like, and how many households it actually planned to deploy fiber to in the first place. AT&T's decision to halt fiber rollout is effectively a threat, telling the FCC that strict net neutrality rules would harm the type of broadband investment that it so wants to see.
  • Playdate: We're livestreaming 'Halo: The Master Chief Collection' on Xbox One! (2014-11-14 16:00:00)
  • The Wirelurker threat to iOS devices (2014-11-14 15:53:20)
    Wirelurker malware hit iOS devices earlier this month. Find out what happened, what Apple did about it, and what you need to be aware of.
  • New App is a Digital Witness Against Stalkers, Assaulters (2014-11-14 15:49:52)
    Then you may want to check out iWitness, a new app that, when activated, automatically takes photo and video and uploads those images to the cloud, as well as transmits your GPS location to your trusted contacts. Available for iOS and Android, iWitness costs $3 per month or $30 per year. The idea is, if someone attacks or stalks you, iWitness will gather evidence with just a few quick taps.
  • There’s a scientific explanation for why you can’t log off of Facebook (2014-11-14 15:45:25)
    If you’re reading this article on a computer, there’s a pretty good chance that you have Facebook pulled up on another tab. If not, you probably just closed it. There’s something about Facebook that keeps us coming back for more, no matter how crowded and frustrating our news feeds have become. So why can’t we break away? PREVIOUSLY: It’s never been easier to avoid your most obnoxious friends on Facebook In a recent interview with Business Insider, Nir Eyal, author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, attempts to explain how Facebook has become part of the daily routine for hundreds of millions of people around the globe. “I think the main hook is pretty simple,” Eyal tells BI. “What Facebook wants to
  • Where did Google Glass go? (2014-11-14 15:40:05)
    Google executives haven't yet declared Glass dead, but the developer investment seems to have dried up. Some are beginning to question the future of the high-potential wearable.
  • The Pentagon wants to make flying aircraft carriers for drones (2014-11-14 15:40:02)
    The Pentagon may soon start turning planes into bona fide Helicarriers for drones. DARPA this week announced that it wants to explore making existing aircraft capable of carrying, launching, and recovering UAVs during missions. The process, it's hoped, could potentially save the Pentagon money spent deploying expensive manned air vehicles and even save lives.
  • Why I'm most critical of the things I love (2014-11-14 15:37:21)
    Yesterday I wrote about Matt Taylor, a scientist who worked on the Philae spacecraft landing, an amazing moment in which man-made technology settled itself onto a comet. The work of Taylor and other members of the European Space Agency is astonishing and inspiring.
  • Redditors make the best gift ever for a new mom (2014-11-14 15:25:38)
    New dad Ernst Berlin wanted to give his wife Agnes the perfect present for her first post-baby birthday, so he turned to Reddit. The results were extraordinary.>
  • With funky name but big demand, BlaBlaCar eyes global ride-share push (2014-11-14 15:21:47)
    By Eric Auchard LONDON (Reuters) - A fast-growing French firm is making a name across Europe for its inter-city ride-sharing service, drawing big funding from venture backers while showing a drive to go global that is all too rare among European start-ups. Called BlaBlaCar, a play on how much chatter drivers and passengers can put up with on long-haul journeys, the service has wooed nearly 12 million members across 13 countries in three years of expansion, or more than 2 million travelers a month. ...
  • T-Mobile repellant: Verizon just made it more expensive for you to switch carriers (2014-11-14 15:20:45)
    Remember earlier this year when T-Mobile announced that it would start paying off new customers’ early termination fees if they switched over from rival carriers? Well it seems that Verizon has come up with a clever way to blunt that policy’s impact: Make it more expensive for some customers to switch. RELATED: The fine print of T-Mobile’s latest ‘Un-carrier’ offer Both Ars Technica and Droid Life notice that Verizon has delayed any reductions that you’d pay in early termination fees until eight months after you sign your two-year smartphone contract. This means that if you cancelled your smartphone contract and switched carriers within eight months of first signing it, you’ll be on the hook for the full $350 in early termination fees.
  • When your Google Glass competitor sounds like a Mideast militant group (2014-11-14 15:18:39)
    It seemed like such a good name at the time, did Icis. And then suddenly it didn't. So a challenger to Google Glass must now find a new name.>
  • The Trouble with Philae (2014-11-14 15:14:08)
    Even after its gas thrusters and anchoring harpoons failed, the European Space Agency probe Philae still managed to make a historic, albeit bumpy, landing on a comet.
  • Your own cells could one day 'spy' on you to track disease (2014-11-14 15:14:00)
  • Expired security software an open door to malware (2014-11-14 15:04:05)
    The latest version of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report shows that users without updated anti-malware are far more likely to become infected.
  • Mario Bros. pop and lock for Mercedes-Benz (2014-11-14 14:55:18)
    More live-action Mario Bros. Nintendo weirdness from Japanese car commercials. Luigi is now a breakdancer! Plus Princess Peach and Yoshi.>
  • These are the most ridiculous Assassin’s Creed Unity glitches (2014-11-14 14:55:17)
    Earlier this week, Ubisoft released the first Assassin’s Creed game exclusive to the new-generation consoles. Assassin’s Creed Unity takes the series back to its roots, eschewing the naval combat and complicated modern day story of Black Flag for a more traditional adventure. Unfortunately, the game shipped with its fair share of bugs, resulting in plenty of negative reviews. It’s bad news for fans of the series, but there is a silver lining: the bugs have led to some of the most entertaining glitches we’ve ever seen in a video game. The best (and most terrifying) involve characters not fully rendering on screen. For example, here is a lady without a face: The no-face glitch is one of the most commonly reported issues, but there
  • Check out the massive amount of data Netflix video streaming uses each month (2014-11-14 14:30:07)
    Netflix users streamed some 6.5 billion hours of video during the first quarter of the year, CordCuttersNews has learned, which amounts to over 19,500,000 terabytes (TB) during the period, or around 6,500,000TB every month. The publication says that at this rate, Netflix will use 78,000,000TB in 2014, at an average HD quality. FROM EARLIER: Netflix just got a whole lot better on the iPhone Average Netflix data usage has apparently increased by 2,500,000TB every month compared to the same period last year, when the company streamed 4 billion hours of video totaling 12,000,000 TB. At the same rates, Netflix will use 27,000,000TB of data in the first quarter of next year, assuming customers stick to 3GB-an-hour HD streaming and don’t
  • I typed text on a computer with my thoughts (2014-11-14 14:24:27)
    A new computer-brain interface allows people who are paralyzed to communicate with loved ones through a computer screen.
  • I learned to type using only my thoughts (2014-11-14 14:21:27)
    I always wanted to control a computer with my mind, and this week I got to do just that. I was at the Wadsworth Center in Albany, where brain injury researcher Jonathan Wolpaw is developing a computer-brain interface system that allows people who are paralysed communicate with their loved ones through a computer screen.
  • Disney cloud-based movie service partners with Wal-Mart (2014-11-14 14:17:47)
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co's cloud-based movie storage service will give users the ability to add purchases from Wal-Mart Stores Inc's Vudu online store, a Disney official announced on Friday. Vudu purchases will be integrated into the service, called Disney Movies Anywhere, starting on Tuesday, Jamie Voris, Disney Studios' chief technology officer, said at an event where the company highlighted mobile initiatives. (Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by James Dalgleish)
  • World of Warcraft Expansion Hit with DDoS Attack (2014-11-14 14:14:43)
    Massively multiplayer online (MMO) hit World of Warcraft is about to celebrate its tenth birthday, and just released Warlords of Draenor, its fifth expansion. Blizzard detailed the process in its official forums, and while things are starting to calm down, Warlords of Draenor was inaccessible for large swaths of both North America and Europe for quite a few hours after launch. In practical terms, this meant that Blizzard had to enact lowered maximum server populations and implement queues.
  • Watch The Doctor regenerate in Lego (2014-11-14 14:10:59)
    This animated short brilliantly taps Lego minifigs and CGI to re-create the ending of "The Time of The Doctor," where Matt Smith regenerates into Peter Capaldi. Now, about those pesky fish fingers.>
  • Google and conservationists are tracking boats to stop illegal fishing (2014-11-14 14:07:00)
  • 10 great hidden features on the Galaxy Note 4 (2014-11-14 14:05:25)
    Samsung doesn’t have a beloved blogger that diehard fans can flock to like Apple does, so the company has seemingly decided to take matters into its own hands. Earlier this week, we shared a glowing review that Samsung’s new Gear S smartwatch recently received. Sadly, that glowing review was written by… Samsung. Now Samsung is back, and it’s blogging about its flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note 4. In its most recent post, the company has shared 10 hidden features on its best ever Note smartphone. DON’T MISS: iPhone 6 Plus vs. Galaxy Note 4: The ultimate camera shootout The fact that Samsung has resorted to fan-blogging about its own devices doesn’t change anything about the devices themselves, of course, and the Galaxy Note 4
  • AT&T stops adding Web tracking codes on cellphones (2014-11-14 14:00:35)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — AT&T Mobility says it's no longer attaching hidden Internet tracking codes to data transmitted from its smartphones.
  • BlackBerry CEO: China is not a priority (2014-11-14 14:00:32)
    An expansion into China could put BlackBerry's security reputation at risk, John Chen tells Reuters.>
  • Facebook upgrades Iowa data center with M2M-friendly fabric (2014-11-14 14:00:00)
    Big data management is a work in progress for virtually any business these days, and Facebook's momentum in this regard shows no sign of slowing down.
  • The secret lives of action figures: toys come to life in surreal photos (2014-11-14 13:59:48)
    What would your toys do if they came to life? Many of us have imagined this very idea at some point during our childhoods. But Canadian photographer Daniel Picard has taken it a step further than most, putting action figures in front of realistic backgrounds and photographing them to make them appear life-sized. ...
  • Nick Offerman's handcrafted wood emojis‬ make chats hard (2014-11-14 13:44:10)
    Why toy with digital emojis when you can impress others with smiley faces, cats and poop symbols made from solid oak by "Parks and Recreation" actor -- and craftsman -- Nick Offerman?>
  • How to enable Android 5.0′s most important new feature: Battery saver (2014-11-14 13:40:26)
    Google’s latest and greatest mobile software is finally upon us, and there is plenty to love about Android 5.0. The most obvious change is the new look of the user interface in Lollipop, which Google calls Material Design. Characterized by a great use of shadows and bright, bold colors, Material Design propels Android’s interface into the future and makes it a real pleasure to use. But there are plenty of other changes that impact the user experience, and the most important one may be Google’s new battery saver mode. DON’T MISS: 20 hidden Android 5.0 Lollipop tricks you need to know about Battery saver mode is a feature that some vendor versions of Android have had for a while, but with
  • Delays remain for some Hachette books on Amazon (2014-11-14 13:38:11)
    NEW YORK (AP) — The Book Group conflict is over, but the restoration of normal service will take at least a few days.
  • U.S. FCC seek details of AT&T's plan to pause fiber spending (2014-11-14 13:36:39)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Friday asked AT&T Inc to provide specifics of its plan to stop investing in high-speed Internet connections in 100 cities until the FCC sorts out new "net neutrality" rules. The FCC is reviewing AT&T's proposed $48.5 billion bid to buy DIRECTV, and in Friday's letter asked the No. 2 wireless carrier to detail its plans to limit fiber deployment following the merger and turn over all documents related to the decision. (Reporting by Alina Selyukh; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)
  • This New Platform Allows You To See Your Doctor Without Leaving Your Couch (2014-11-14 13:36:05)
    Hospital visits are typically marked by the traditional magazine read in the waiting room and face-to-face chats with nurses, but more and more people are turning to their computer screens to find quality care. In an interview with HuffPost Live on Wednesday, Amwell CEO Roy Schoenberg discussed how the tech industry is redefining traditional...
  • 4 iPhone Apps You Must Try Now (2014-11-14 13:35:48)
    From social media to photography, your iPhone is probably loaded with your favorite apps like Twitter, Spotify, and Starbucks. However, more exciting software exists if you explore beyond your comfort zone. The App Store is bursting at the seams with shiny, new apps that will upgrade your iPhone for little or no money. It's time for you to...
  • Virgin Galactic was reportedly too aggressive with commercial launch timeline (2014-11-14 13:35:00)
    Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson may have been too aggressive when announcing timelines for when his company would begin ferrying passengers up into space, according to The Wall Street Journal. Branson's dates reportedly ran counter to what the company's technical advances suggested it would be able to pull off. That includes setting a start date of 2015 earlier this year, even as Virgin's engineers reportedly struggled to switch over to a new, more powerful type of fuel after discovering that its old fuel was not capable of bringing the ship up to space.
  • Exclusive: India's Reliance Entertainment plans to acquire Western game studios in 2015 (2014-11-14 13:32:38)
    By Malathi Nayak (Reuters) - India's Reliance Entertainment plans to begin acquiring North American and European mobile game studios starting in early 2015, in hopes of becoming a significant global player in the fast-growing mobile games industry. The company, which is the biggest stakeholder in DreamWorks Animation Studios , is in talks with bankers to identify and acquire up-and-coming mobile game studios in North America and Europe to boost sales, Chief Executive Manish Agarwal told Reuters in a phone interview. ...
  • Europe's space agency is also sending a 3D printer to the ISS (2014-11-14 13:32:00)
  • How to ditch your iPhone and switch to the year’s most exciting Android phone (2014-11-14 13:15:50)
    Next week, OnePlus is going to open preorders for its CyanogenMod smartphone for the second (and probably final) time this year. If you decide to pick one up, you’re probably going to want to know the best way to switch from your current phone to the OnePlus One. Don’t worry — OnePlus has you covered. FROM EARLIER: OnePlus wants to sell one million smartphones by the end of 2014 In a blog post this week, OnePlus adapted Google’s recent switch guide for moving from iPhone to Android to its own phone. It’s nearly identical to Google’s guide, but it’s definitely worth a look if you do happen to be switching from iPhone to the One. First up, it walks you through how to ensure
  • Comet lander starts drilling; batteries a worry (2014-11-14 13:14:57)
    BERLIN (AP) — The good news: The spacecraft that landed on a comet has begun drilling beneath the surface to see what secrets the celestial body can reveal.
  • This font could help dyslexics read better (2014-11-14 13:14:55)
    Inspired by his own experiences with dyslexia, Dutch designer Christian Boer developed a font to make reading easier.>
  • Hands-on with Android's material design: App theming (2014-11-14 13:05:15)
    Follow along as William J. Francis dips his toes into the shallow end of the Android material design pool and tests the waters of styles.xml.
  • Amazon adds instant definitions, family sharing to newer Kindles (2014-11-14 13:00:00)
  • LAPD technology that tracks ex-cons stirs concerns (2014-11-14 12:58:03)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police are increasingly relying on technology that not only tells patrol officers where crime is most likely to occur but also identifies and keeps track of ex-cons and other bad guys they believe are most likely to commit them.
  • 7 awesome paid iPhone apps you can download for free right now (2014-11-14 12:50:40)
    Another week is nearly behind us, and the holidays are fast approaching. Of course, with the holiday shopping season almost here, you’ll want to save as much money as you can over the next couple of weeks. We’re always looking out for you here at BGR, so we have a great batch of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale to share with you today that you can download without paying a penny. If you hurry, you can also snag a couple of freebies from yesterday’s batch, as well. DON’T MISS: This incredible iPhone 8 concept is the most beautiful smartphone you’ve ever seen These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time
  • This beautiful stop-motion game is made of cardboard, clay, and broccoli (2014-11-14 12:49:57)
    In 2008, Anders Gustafsson and Erik Zaring decided to collaborate on a weird new idea: a video game built using real world materials and stop-motion animation. Called The Dream Machine, the plan was build all of the sets and finish the game in around two years. Things didn't quite go as planned. The first episode of the game launched in 2011, but delays saw later episodes spread out over a long period of time. The fifth and penultimate episode launches today, six years after work first started.
  • Low Latency 114: First to Lollipop (2014-11-14 12:49:24)
    Until today, Nexus owners had been scratching their heads as to why their phones weren't the first to receive the highly anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop update.>
  • Microsoft's new Skype ad sings the praises of the MacBook (2014-11-14 12:33:29)
    To celebrate the world's first digital orchestra staying in sync with Skype, Microsoft features an array of MacBooks. A new Redmond?>
  • Flying fungus? Decomposable 'bio drone' takes to the skies (2014-11-14 12:31:31)
    If this "biological drone" drone crashes, it can decompose without leaving a trace. "No one would know if you'd spilled some sugar water or if there'd been an airplane there.">
  • IBM, Nvidia tapped to build world's fastest supercomputers (2014-11-14 12:31:05)
    Look out, Tianhe-2. The US Department of Energy will spend $325 million to build Summit and Sierra by 2017, two supercomputers set to crush the reigning speed champs.
  • Two great new iOS 8 keyboards you can download for free (2014-11-14 12:25:46)
    While it didn’t pack the huge visual overhaul iOS 7 had, Apple’s recent iOS 8 update was easily the biggest update to the iOS platform in years. The new software, which was initially released in September, included tons of new features and thousands of new APIs for developers. Among them was third-party keyboard support, which iPhone and iPad users had been clamoring for. Keyboards are a popular category and we see new additions pop up almost every week at this point, but there are two in particular — one that was just updated and one that will be updated soon — that we recommend checking out. And the best part is that they’re both free. DON’T MISS: This incredible iPhone 8 concept is
  • Google casts a line with conservationists to stop illegal fishing (2014-11-14 12:24:53)
    The company is providing engineering services, mapping software and servers, and financial support to help two conservation groups detect in real time the fishing that's decimating fish populations.>
  • Comets, comics and Cumberbatch in CNET UK podcast 410 (2014-11-14 12:03:13)
    Mankind has landed on a comet, and as if that's not enough GiffGaff has gone 4G while Benedict Cumberbatch takes the Turing test.>
  • The Black Friday war begins: Walmart will match Amazon’s prices in all stores (2014-11-14 12:00:08)
    Walmart on Thursday confirmed that it’ll enforce a price-matching policy in all its U.S. stores that applies to prices from Amazon and other retailers, just in time for the busy Black Friday 2014 season, according to Reuters. FROM EARLIER: Here is everything on sale at Walmart for Black Friday That means buyers will be able to purchase various items from any of Walmart’s roughly 5,000 stores across America for the same prices they’re available from Amazon online or in other retail stores. “About half of the stores were doing it anyway,” Walmart’s Greg Foran said. Additionally, Walmart also said that it’ll offer free shipping on top 100 items, Daily Finance reports, and price cuts on 20,000 items in its stores. “Being the price
  • LoopPay CardCase Takes On Apple Pay (Hands-on) (2014-11-14 11:54:01)
    Sure, Apple Pay is a pretty neat, but it's still not accepted widely and can only be used for one-tap payments on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. LoopPay says it is working on making versions of the CardCase for specific Android devices.
  • The Vergecast 127: artisan hipster vinyls (2014-11-14 11:40:49)
    This week's show involves a lot of policy: policy on the internet, policy in music, policy concerning not being stabbed when retrieving your stolen iPhone. And then there was something involving Taylor Swift and Scooby Doo. Audio:
  • New tech can run your car's infotainment system for you (2014-11-14 11:39:00)
  • Huge Black Friday sales revealed for four more stores (2014-11-14 11:35:11)
    Everything we have seen so far suggests that Black Friday 2014 is going to be the biggest Black Friday ever, and retailers are readying massive sales in an effort to help ensure that will be the case. We’ve already seen the crazy sales Best Buy, Walmart, Target and other stores are cooking up, and now the full sales fliers for four more major nationwide retailers have been revealed. For more details on major upcoming sales, be sure to visit our Black Friday 2014 hub! Black Friday monitor BFAds has posted four new sales fliers that will show holiday shoppers exactly what’s in store for them on Black Friday 2014. First up, we have Toys R Us, which will have a ridiculous
  • Google Glass future clouded as some early believers lose faith (2014-11-14 11:27:22)
    By Alexei Oreskovic, Sarah McBride and Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - After two years of popping up at high-profile events sporting Google Glass, the gadget that transforms eyeglasses into spy-movie worthy technology, Google co-founder Sergey Brin sauntered bare-faced into a Silicon Valley red-carpet event on Sunday. He'd left his pair in the car, Brin told a reporter. The Googler, who heads up the top-secret lab which developed Glass, has hardly given up on the product -- he recently wore his pair to the beach. ...
  • Ampy Uses Movement to Charge Your Smartphone (2014-11-14 11:23:36)
    Ampy is a square device that tracks your movement, storing the kinetic energy you generate. Ampy claims 10,000 steps can give you an extra 3 hours of smartphone battery life - a pretty significant boost. Ampy can be used to power up any device that users a USB port to charge, including wearables like smartwatches and fitness trackers.
  • Microsoft brings Skype for Web into beta (2014-11-14 11:22:53)
    Microsoft is beta testing a version of Skype that will work from a variety of browsers, and which ultimately will alleviate the need for Skype app or plug-in downloads.>
  • How and when you’ll be able to get Lollipop for your current Android device (2014-11-14 11:10:40)
    Google is trying to get the newest Android software pushed out to more devices faster than ever before, although it could still be a while before your device can get Android 5.0 Lollipop over the air. For those anxious to know when they’ll get Lollipop and its gorgeous Material Design on their phones, we’ve published a quick outline for how and when different vendors will be pushing out the update. RELATED: 20 hidden Android 5.0 Lollipop tricks you need to know about Google Nexus devices: It’s not surprising that Google’s Nexus phones and tablets will be among the first to get Lollipop since they aren’t weighed down by complications arising from OEM and carrier software. Google announced earlier this week
  • Major content networks launch Streaming Video Alliance without Netflix or YouTube (2014-11-14 11:07:00)
  • Get a Soundfreaq Pocket Kick Bluetooth speaker for $74.99 (2014-11-14 11:02:47)
    Normally $100, this top-rated speaker blasts out top-notch audio and runs for 10 hours on a charge.>
  • Download $80 worth of awesome paid Android apps for free right now (2014-11-14 10:45:27)
    Amazon is back with a special Android apps bundle that offers users free access to 17 premium apps that are worth more than $80 combined. The free app promotion is valid on Friday and Saturday, and users have to install Amazon’s Appstore on their Android smartphones and tablets to get the apps. The free applications are available to Amazon customers in various countries, and the list of included apps follows below: FROM EARLIER: 8 awesome paid apps you can download free for a limited time (save $35!) AndroZip Pro File Manager Business Card Reader PRO Camera Zoom FX EasyTether Fleksy HanDBase Database Manager MathsApp Graphing Calculator MobiMail for Outlook Web Email Office Calculator Pro OpenDocument Reader Oxford Dictionary of English
  • Patriots apologize after thanking racist tweeter (2014-11-14 10:40:21)
    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots are apologizing after sending out a tweet to thank a "fan" with a racist Twitter handle.
  • IBM, Nvidia land $325M supercomputer deal (2014-11-14 10:39:13)
    US Energy Department funds two huge machines that combine IBM and Nvidia chips with Mellanox networking. A further $100 million goes toward making faster next-gen supercomputers.>
  • Nexus 6 smartphone marks first carrier release (2014-11-14 10:33:23)
    Sprint becomes the first of the major US carriers to kick off sales of Google's newest and largest flagship smartphone. But its rivals aren't far behind.>
  • Nokia says vanishing consumer brand may return (2014-11-14 10:27:32)
    By Eric Auchard LONDON (Reuters) - Don't call it a comeback yet. But Nokia is thinking about how to revive its brand name in consumer markets just months after selling off its former flagship mobile phones business to Microsoft for more than $7 billion. "I think you can expect our brand will return to the consumer world," Nokia's chief executive Rajeev Suri said on Friday when asked about rumors that the networks equipment maker was looking to re-enter the handset market. ...
  • Turing computing prize jumps to $1 mn (2014-11-14 10:25:18)
    Prize money for the prestigious Turing Award for brilliance in the computing industry has quadrupled to $1 million after a cash injection from Google, organizers said Thursday.
  • 20 hidden Android 5.0 Lollipop tricks you need to know about (2014-11-14 10:20:52)
    Android 5.0 Lollipop is quite possibly the most hotly anticipated Android update ever. The new software brings with it a number of key changes as well as battery life improvements and performance enhancements, but the one thing Android fans are anticipating most eagerly is the new look of Android 5.0. Material Design rockets Android into the future in terms of its appearance, and its guiding principles will also help third-party app developers improve their software. Of course, Lollipop is about much more than a new look, and we regularly share guides that will help you get the most out of Android 5.0. FROM EARLIER: 10 secret things you had no idea your Android phone could do Mobile blog Phone Arena has compiled a
  • A tour of the hardware connected to my Macs (2014-11-14 10:08:05)
    A lot of readers are interested in knowing what I have connected to my Mac(s) at the office. Here's a tour of the hardware I use - and rely on - daily. Everything from peripherals to high-end printers.
  • U.S. government spending $425 million to build fastest supercomputers (2014-11-14 10:07:07)
    By Noel Randewich (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Energy said on Friday it is spending $425 million to research extreme-scale computing and build two super-computers, which would be the world's fastest, for research into basic science as well as nuclear weapons. The DOE is awarding $325 million to build "Summit" for Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and "Sierra" at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. ...
  • Microsoft starts rolling out Skype for Web beta (2014-11-14 10:01:05)
    Microsoft is beginning to beta test a version of Skype that will work from a variety of browsers, and which ultimately will alleviate the need for Skype app or plug-in downloads.
  • New trailers: 'Exodus: Gods and Kings,' 'Divergent: Insurgent,' Amazon's 'Bosch,' and more (2014-11-14 10:00:02)
    Oscar season may be approaching, but this week we're still seeing trailers for epics and comedies. Take a look below for nine of this week's best new trailers, including new series coming to Amazon and HBO.
  • Mark Cuban presents the great net neutrality novel of our time: 'Atlas Unplugged' (2014-11-14 09:58:56)
    Mark Cuban is known as a billionaire entrepreneur, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, and the creator of the EFF's "Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents." Henceforth, he will also be known as the creator of the greatest piece of fiction ever written about net neutrality: an update to the Objectivist pulp classic Atlas Shrugged for the internet age. Cuban's construction is a little confusing at first because, as we all know, Ayn Rand loved trains and hated regulation.
  • EU mulls conferring binding powers on body of data privacy regulators (2014-11-14 09:56:55)
    By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A new body of European data protection authorities could have the power to adopt legally binding decisions in cross-border disputes over a company's misuse of personal data, according to a draft document seen by Reuters. Under a mechanism originally proposed in reforms of Europe's data protection laws, businesses operating across the 28-nation European Union would have to deal only with the data protection authority in the country where they are headquartered - even if alleged mishandling of data affects citizens in another country. ...
  • The best 2014 Black Friday smartphone deals we’ve seen so far (2014-11-14 09:55:38)
    Black Friday is still two days away but retailers have already started hyping the huge sales they’ll be having for personal electronics, including some of this year’s hottest smartphones. Below we’ve listed the best Black Friday 2014 deals we’ve seen for smartphones so far this year from a wide variety of big box retailers such as RadioShack, Walmart and Best Buy. RELATED: For more great Black Friday deals, visit our Black Friday 2014 hub Best Buy smartphone deals: $99.99 16GB iPhone 6 with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon contract and use of Best Buy smartphone trade-in gift card $1 Galaxy S5 with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon contract ($198.99 off) $0 down for Galaxy Note 4 for qualified buyers plus $50 Best Buy gift card $1 LG G3 with
  • Home is where you want to work in Windows 10's File Explorer (2014-11-14 09:53:00)
    Greg Shultz take a look at the Home feature in Windows 10's File Explorer.
  • Warning: You may not want to root your Android phone after installing Lollipop (2014-11-14 09:30:22)
    While regular smartphone users who choose an Android device might not be as interested in customizing their mobile experience as more hardcore Android fans, there are plenty of buyers who chose Android over iOS or other mobile operating systems exactly because they have the liberty of doing more things on Android than on anything else, including rooting the device. However, this particular type of Android experience might forever change starting with Lollipop, as Google has made some important changes in Android 5.0 in the way Android is updated. FROM EARLIER: The dirty secret Apple and Google don’t want you to know about iOS 8 and Lollipop As Android Police reports, instead of Android over-the-air (OTA) updates patching each file on
  • 'Far Cry 4': The Joystiq Review (2014-11-14 09:30:00)
  • Skype for Web brings voice and video calls to your browser (2014-11-14 09:24:16)
    Microsoft is unveiling a beta version of Skype for Web today, a new version of its audio and video calling service that doesn’t require browser plugins. The software giant has slowly been bringing Skype to the web through its service, but today’s beta will work across modern versions of Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari without the need to download any applications. "We’re making Skype for Web available to small number of existing and new users to begin with," explains Skype’s Jonathan Watson.
  • UK ISPs will enlist the help of customers to flag extremist content (2014-11-14 09:18:00)
  • Pro tip: Installing OS X to external media (2014-11-14 09:16:36)
    Jesus Vigo shows you how to create an emergency boot drive for OS X so that you can utilize external media to aide in diagnosing and troubleshooting Apple computers while you're on the go.
  • Top tech firms scout for talent in Brazil (2014-11-14 09:14:06)
    Facebook, Apple, Google and Twitter are all recruiting staff for roles in major cities across the country.
  • 'Assassin's Creed: Unity' review: bigger doesn't mean better (2014-11-14 09:10:02)
    I once met a woman from Paris. I don't know her name, but she usually wore a green dress and for some reason spoke with a thick English accent. Every five minutes, at seemingly random places throughout the city, a thief would steal her purse and she'd scream for someone to help. It was a never-ending cycle that lasted for years.
  • This might be one of Microsoft’s greatest homages to Apple (2014-11-14 09:05:16)
    Microsoft published a story on its Skype blog last week that was meant to highlight the power of its video chatting application. Per Cult of Mac, the video shows a recording of an orchestra playing in New York City over Skype, with its musicians actually being located in various subway stations. But inadvertently, the talented musicians were not the only stars of the show, as the Skype orchestra actually pulled everything off using only Macs and iPhones. FROM EARLIER: Microsoft realizes the Surface will never beat the iPad, goes after the MacBook Air instead “On a sunny September morning, mid Bryant Park, Ljova Zhurbin stood surrounded by an array of laptop-supporting folding chairs,” Microsoft writes. “With screens featuring 11 of the city’s celebrated
  • IBM patents privacy engine for cross-border data sharing (2014-11-14 09:05:05)
    Big Blue says the engine will eventually enable businesses to aggregate international requirements for data transfers and flag any cross-border privacy issues.
  • This 21-year-old is painting the most insane sci-fi vehicles on the planet (2014-11-14 09:01:42)
    "I don't know what it is about them," Khyzyl Saleem says of his fascination with cars, "but I think it's the personal aspect of them: the ability to make it your own and make it something that reflects you as a person.'
  • A folding electric bike that fits in a bag? Impossible (2014-11-14 08:48:00)
  • Use this Lollipop trick to tell Google exactly what you think of the Nexus 6 (2014-11-14 08:30:53)
    Whether you love or hate the Nexus 6 — or really, any Lollipop-equipped Nexus device — Google wants to know about it. Android Police has spotted a new feature in Nexus devices that have been Android 5.0 Lollipop installed that will let you send your personal review of the device directly to Google so it can get user feedback and presumably improve its future devices. MORE LOLLIPOP TRICKS: Watch these videos to learn about every Android 5.0 Lollipop trick you never knew existed You can do this by going to the About screen on a Lollipop-equipped Nexus device, where you’ll notice Google has added a new line that reads, “Send feedback about this device.” Clicking on it will let you send a
  • Catalogic ECX, backup and "instant visability" (2014-11-14 08:08:05)
    Protecting data files through backup or mirroring procedures is an important, but mundane, part of enterprise IT life. Catalogic believes that its approach to this process could both make life easier for IT administrators and offer enterprises greater insight into its data and how it is being used.
  • What the Hortonworks IPO could mean for the future of big data (2014-11-14 08:00:04)
    Enterprise Hadoop vendor Hortonworks recently filed for an initial public offering. It could change the game in the coming months for big data and Hadoop.
  • Zero Day Weekly: Microsoft's big bug, Pwn2Own losers, USPS and NOAA bungle disclosure (2014-11-14 08:00:00)
    A collection of notable security news items for the week ending November 14, 2014. Covers enterprise, controversies, reports and more.
  • Attention, artists: Streaming music is the inescapable future. Embrace it (2014-11-14 07:52:05)
    Music's bedrock business will be selling access to streams, not ownership of tunes. So what does that mean for the artists you love? It should be music to their ears.>
  • After record IPO, Alibaba eyes first bond sale (2014-11-14 07:51:17)
    By Danielle Robinson NEW YORK (IFR) - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba will sound out investors next week in Asia, Europe and the US as it mulls its first bond ever, just two months after the company's record-breaking IPO. Alibaba, which this week logged US$9 billion of sales on a single day, will kick off a roadshow in Boston and Hong Kong on Monday for what will surely be one of the most sought-after bond offerings of the year. It hired Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan to arrange the meetings, which continue in New York and Singapore on Tuesday and London on Wednesday. ...
  • Intel's reinvention of the all-in-one PC is slim, portable and still huge (2014-11-14 07:51:00)
  • Apple says iOS 8 ‘Masque Attack’ has not affected a single person yet (2014-11-14 07:45:33)
    After researchers have uncovered a serious iOS 8 flaw that lets hackers substitute legitimate apps installed on an iPhone with malware apps meant to steal user data, prompting the U.S. government to issue a warning on the matter, Apple has commented on this type of attacked — dubbed “Masque Attack” — telling iMore the problem has not affected iOS users yet. FROM EARLIER: Terrifying iOS 8 security flaw has forced the U.S. government to issue a warning “We designed OS X and iOS with built-in security safeguards to help protect customers and warn them before installing potentially malicious software,” an Apple spokesperson said. “We’re not aware of any customers that have actually been affected by this attack. We encourage customers
  • Insight: Google Glass future clouded as some early believers lose faith (2014-11-14 07:45:15)
    By Alexei Oreskovic, Sarah McBride and Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - After two years of popping up at high-profile events sporting Google Glass, the gadget that transforms eyeglasses into spy-movie worthy technology, Google co-founder Sergey Brin sauntered bare-faced into a Silicon Valley red-carpet event on Sunday. He'd left his pair in the car, Brin told a reporter. The Googler, who heads up the top-secret lab which developed Glass, has hardly given up on the product -- he recently wore his pair to the beach. ...
  • Samsung Electronics sees squeeze in African growth as economy slows (2014-11-14 07:42:51)
    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics expects high single-digit revenue growth in 2014, compared with the 50 to 60 percent annual expansion of the last few years, as the global economic malaise trickles down to the continent. Samsung Vice President George Ferreira expects revenue growth to be hit as investment and access to funding and credit in Africa go the same route as the rest of the world. "Africa definitely has felt the pinch of the world, still with growth but definitely a slowdown in that growth," Ferreira told Reuters at Samsung's African headquarters in Johannesburg. ...
  • Jennifer Davies: Las Vegas' head of social media. Foodie. Social storyteller. Hurricane. (2014-11-14 07:30:03)
    What happens in Las Vegas usually gets tweeted. Jennifer Davies tells TechRepublic about running social media for the iconic American city.
  • Los Angeles police use data to target crime (2014-11-14 07:25:01)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police are increasingly relying on technology that not only tells patrol officers where crime is most likely to occur but also identifies and keeps track of ex-cons and other bad guys they believe are most likely to commit them.
  • The Amazon Circus: All the world's a stage in today's media disputes (2014-11-14 07:00:09)
    A look at the hubbub surrounding this high profile battle between those who make art and the online firms that sell it.>
  • Drop's internet-savvy kitchen scale is now available (2014-11-14 07:00:00)
  • How Nike thinks about app development: Lots of micro services (2014-11-14 07:00:00)
    Nike's plan: Build a series of services that do little things like checkout and reading data and then bring them together into larger apps that'll be easier to tweak in the future.
  • Non-root Immersive Mode for all apps on Android 4.4 (2014-11-14 06:51:00)
    If you want to hand over Immersive Mode to all of your apps without having to root your device, Jack Wallen has just the app for you.
  • Good news, Nexus 4 owners: Lollipop is ‘locked and loaded,’ and it’s coming ‘soon’ (2014-11-14 06:50:44)
    After Google confirmed when launching Android 5.0 Lollipop that the older Nexus 4 handset will also be upgraded to its latest mobile operating system, a Googler said on Google+ that update version LRX21T is “locked and loaded,” Android Police reports, later explaining the update is meant to reach the Nexus 4 in the near future. FROM EARLIER: Lollipop is now rolling out to all major Google Nexus devices “Just Nexus 4 for now. Our goal was to use as many letters as possible for all the different devices,” Sascha Prüter said, adding the update will arrive “soon, not sure when exactly but shouldn’t be too long. Staging the factory images always takes some time.” So far, various
  • Six clicks: Best Black Friday deals in tech (2014-11-14 06:49:05)
    Looking to snap up a new PC, tablet or free downloads? Check out this selection of the best deals we've seen so far.
  • Google boosts Turing Award computing prize to $1 million (2014-11-14 06:01:48)
    Computer scientists no longer need have Nobel envy -- at least financially. A Google cash infusion quadrupled the size of the top computer science prize.>
  • No news is bad news for your data science team (2014-11-14 06:00:04)
    When your data scientists are silent, it's usually a sign that something is wrong, and they may be stressed out. Here's what to do if your analysts clam up.
  • Six re:Invent questions: AWS' Adam Selipsky (2014-11-14 06:00:00)
    We caught up with AWS VP Adam Selipsky to talk "all in" and lock in, relational databases, Docker, cloud reboots and managed services.
  • Google-backed initiative will pinpoint illegal fishing in near-real-time (2014-11-14 05:30:35)
    Environmental groups have developed a sprawling new surveillance system to help track illegal fishing across the globe. A prototype of the Global Fishing Watch system was announced today at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, and was spearheaded by Oceana, a conservationist group, with financial and engineering support from Google.
  • BlackBerry's retro release could be under the tree this year (2014-11-14 05:29:02)
    The back-to-basics BlackBerry Classic smartphone handset is now available to order ahead of an official launch on December 17.
  • Apple dismisses Masque flaw fears (2014-11-14 05:15:06)
    Apple has downplayed the risk the Masque bug plays for users of iOS devices running iOS 7 or later.
  • Ginger's spellchecking keyboard comes to iOS 8, but don't expect perfect prose (2014-11-14 05:08:00)
  • Touchpad gestures added to new Windows 10 (2014-11-14 04:50:47)
    Microsoft has uploaded the latest version of the Windows 10 technical preview, which now supports three-finger touchpad gestures.
  • Oracle wins case against SAP employee illegal downloads (2014-11-14 04:31:06)
    A long-standing battle between the two tech giants is potentially at an end, resulting in Oracle winning limited damages -- or opting for a retrial.
  • EE's £79.99 'Buzzard 2' is an all-in-one WiFi dongle for your car (2014-11-14 04:10:00)
  • Blackberry has no immediate plans to crack 'sensitive' China market (2014-11-14 04:07:57)
    By Gerry Shih and Matthew Miller BEIJING (Reuters) - Blackberry Ltd Chief Executive John Chen sees Asia as key to reviving the loss-making smartphone maker's fortunes but expanding in the region's biggest market China, where security data concerns are rife, is currently not a priority. Chen, who has been managing the company's turnaround for the past year, told Reuters that concerns over information security and the political backlash that security breaches could create dimmed the allure of the world's biggest smartphone market for Blackberry for the time being. ...
  • Lenovo, Asus drive global Q3 tablet growth (2014-11-14 04:06:05)
    Strategy Analytics says Lenovo and Asus are becoming important players in the tablet industry, and have prompted improved sales figures in Q3 2014.
  • Soundrop listening rooms to shut down after Spotify kills it app platform (2014-11-14 04:03:00)
  • Nokia lifts long-term profitability target (2014-11-14 03:50:40)
    HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish telecoms equipment maker Nokia on Friday lifted its long-term profitability target after meeting strong demand for faster 4G networks this year, and said it also expected the business to grow in 2015. The company, which ranks third in the global network-equipment market after Ericsson and Huawei Technologies, said it now targets long-term networks operating margin in the range of 8 and 11 percent, compared to its previous target of 5 to 10 percent. Analysts had widely expected an increase as Nokia last month reported a margin of 11. ...
  • Genome testing is now easy, fast and pretty (2014-11-14 03:01:00)
  • Crave giveaway: Smart garage-door bundle from Linear, Nexia (2014-11-14 03:00:03)
    Monitor and control your garage door from up to 100 feet away with a Linear Z-Wave Garage Door Controller and a Nexia Home Intelligence hub for home automation systems.>
  • Google joins fight against illegal fishing (2014-11-14 02:13:19)
    Technology giant Google has taken the battle against illegal fishing online, with the company unveiling a tool in Australia on Friday that harnesses satellite data to track thousands of boats in real time. A prototype interactive tool, which was developed in conjunction with environmental activists SkyTruth and marine advocacy group Oceana, was unveiled at the once-a-decade World Parks Congress in Sydney. The tool is the latest salvo from environmentalists against illegal fishing, which is currently estimated by the Global Ocean Commission to cost the world economy up to US$23.5 billion a year. "While many of the environmental trends in the ocean can be sobering, the combination of cloud computing and massive data is enabling new tools to visualise, understand and potentially reverse these trends," Brian Sullivan of Google's Earth Outreach and Oceans section said.
  • Sony's PlayStation TV now on sale in the UK for £85 (2014-11-14 01:20:00)
  • ​Google is driving all over Bangladesh to teach college students about the internet (2014-11-14 01:08:00)
  • Pinhole camera selfies are way cooler than whatever the hell you're doing (2014-11-14 01:07:00)
  • Apple downplays threat posed by Masque Attack bug (2014-11-14 01:03:58)
    A vulnerability could allow hackers to trick users into downloading fake apps, which could siphon off their personal information, researchers warn.>
  • Samsung SDS strong debut frees cash for Lee's successors (2014-11-14 00:48:21)
    By Joyce Lee and Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Shares in Samsung SDS Co Ltd, the IT services arm of the Samsung Group, doubled on debut on Friday, unlocking $5 billion for the conglomerate's three heirs as they plan a generational succession at South Korea's dominant conglomerate. SDS is 19.05 percent owned by the three children of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd Chairman Lee Kun-hee, 72, who has been hospitalized since suffering a heart attack in May. While the children did not sell any of their shares in SDS's $1. ...
  • Solar-powered cycle path is like riding on a river of stars (2014-11-14 00:46:34)
    The inventor of the Netherlands' smart highway has created a solar-powered bicycle path with a swirling pattern inspired by Van Gogh.>
  • Nano-scale sculptures recreate the human body in the eye of a needle (2014-11-14 00:35:17)
    Microscopic sculptures by artist Jonty Hurwitz are so tiny that they can fit easily inside the eye of a needle, on a human hair -- or on the forehead of an ant.>
  • Secret US technology said to intercept cellular communications (2014-11-14 00:34:59)
    Fake cell phone signal receivers on airplanes gather cell traffic in a secret government program, a new report reveals.>
  • ESA's comet lander is stuck in the shadows where it can't harness solar power (2014-11-13 23:06:00)
  • Soundrop listening rooms to shut down after Spotify kills its app platform (2014-11-13 23:03:00)
  • Weird Al wants to sell you a drone (2014-11-13 21:59:00)
  • Tomorrow Daily 086: Bio-drones, PlayStation Vue, a 'Starry Night' bike path and more (2014-11-13 21:35:16)
    On today's show, we check out a biodegradable drone with a fungi-like casing, discuss the PlayStation Vue, and swoon over a bike path in the Netherlands inspired by one of Van Gogh's most famous paintings.>
  • This could be Apple’s secret plan to rule the music industry with Beats Music (2014-11-13 21:30:38)
    It’s safe to say that Apple didn’t buy Beats primarily for its overpriced and overrated headphones. Instead, it’s more likely that Apple bought Beats because many of its executives — most notably Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre and Trent Reznor — all have extensive connections and influence in the music industry. With these influential music industry figures on board, argues Neil Cybart, Apple can create a music streaming service around Beats Music that will offer artists significantly more value than what they’re getting from Spotify. RELATED: Spotify CEO explains why Taylor Swift should be grateful to his company Taking a look at some of the recent tension that’s come up between artists and streaming services, such as the major dustup between
  • SAP to pay Oracle $359M to end bitter legal battle (2014-11-13 20:39:55)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Business software maker SAP is paying rival Oracle $359 million to settle a bitter battle over the theft of copyrighted instruction manuals and other technical information.
  • Philae lander shrouded in darkness for most of the day after bouncy comet landing (2014-11-13 20:39:38)
    It turns out that landing on a comet moving at 84,000 miles per hour is not without its potential pitfalls, and the Philae lander appears to have ended up in something close to an actual pit. In a mission update today, the European Space Agency said that early telemetry data and photos from the lander show that Philae came to a stop at the foot of a large cliff, something that poses problems for harvesting much-needed solar energy for the remainder of its mission. Agency officials said that the current position is only expected to get 1.5 hours of sunlight every 12 hour rotation on the comet, which is less than half of what was originally planned. The lander's main battery cell is rated for 64 hours before the system relies on solar power.
  • Tencent launches online voice-call app based on WeChat (2014-11-13 20:26:05)
    The new app WeChat Phonebook can make phone calls completely free of charge under Wi-Fi, and uses little data while using mobile internet.
  • BlackBerry to bring new, secure tools and services to iOS and Android (2014-11-13 20:23:52)
    BlackBerry's BES 12 brings secure group collaboration and two-factor authentication to Blackberry, iOS, and Android devices.>
  • The most important essay on net neutrality that everyone should read (2014-11-13 20:15:44)
    One of the worst things that can happen to net neutrality is that it becomes yet another partisan football where the entire issue boils down to whether you support free markets or government regulations. The reality, of course, is much more nuanced: Net neutrality is a regulation that has to be in place for the free market to function in the Internet age. RELATED: Verizon’s greed may finally have gone too far Conservative James J. Heaney wrote an excellent essay earlier this fall explaining why net neutrality is something that conservatives should support. The crux of his argument is this: Government-regulated utilities may be terrible but they’re still vastly preferable to unregulated private sector monopolies or even duopolies. Heaney does a nice job of
  • ​Google's driving all over Bangladesh to teach students about the internet (2014-11-13 20:08:00)
  • Flying fake cell towers target fugitives, but can ID your phone too (2014-11-13 20:01:00)
  • Reddit CEO resigns after clashing with board over new offices (2014-11-13 19:50:22)
    Yishan Wong leaves community-curated news site after disagreement over location and cost of new office space, the company says.>
  • Video game sales flat in October, but downloads continue to rise (2014-11-13 19:47:30)
    Ahead of the fall's biggest game releases, software sales are climbing out of a ditch.>
  • New iOS social engineering exploit reminds us to keep alert (2014-11-13 19:45:05)
    A newly discovered iOS vulnerability allows legitimate apps to be replaced with malicious ones. Here's what to watch out for.
  • Japan is building a robot that can play baseball (2014-11-13 19:36:21)
    A series of technologies developed by a robot lab in Japan are all going towards the creation of a humanoid baseball-bot.>
  • Aviary's first update under Adobe brings Creative Cloud sync, free add-ons (2014-11-13 19:28:00)
  • Volvo is using Google Cardboard to get people inside its new SUV (2014-11-13 19:19:23)
    Google Cardboard, which was announced as a bit of a sideshow at this year's Google I/O and quickly brushed off as a gimmick, turns out to be pretty cool: it converts many Android phones into fully functional VR headsets with basically a few dollars' worth of materials. If you're enterprising enough, you can even make the Cardboard kit yourself — Google offers instructions on how to do it. It's no Oculus Rift, but it's a heck of a lot cheaper and more accessible.
  • U.S. using fake cellphone towers on planes to gather data: WSJ (2014-11-13 19:10:53)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An agency of the U.S. Justice Department is gathering data from thousands of cell phones, including both criminal suspects and innocent Americans, by using fake communications towers on airplanes, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. The program run by the U.S. Marshals Service began operations in 2007 and uses Cessna planes flying from at least five major airports and covering most of the U.S. population, the newspaper said, citing people familiar with the operations. ...
  • Here's what the FCC thought about John Oliver's net neutrality rant (2014-11-13 19:10:00)
  • You can actually read the FCC’s internal emails about John Oliver’s hilarious Net Neutrality appeal (2014-11-13 19:00:33)
    Remember John Oliver’s enthusiastic appeal made on HBO’s Last Week Tonight a few months ago to Internet trolls to go to the FCC’s website and comment on net neutrality? Well, that particular show segment was so popular that it may have convinced thousands of Internet users to try to post a comment in support of net neutrality with the FCC, leading to a temporary crash of the website. FROM EARLIER: John Oliver’s successful net neutrality appeal broke the FCC Since then, The Verge sent a request to the FCC, under the Freedom of Information Act, asking to see email exchanges between employees related to Oliver’s show segment, and was granted access to them. Apparently, FCC employees were amused by Oliver’s jokes
  • Oracle, SAP settle long-running TomorrowNow lawsuit (2014-11-13 18:52:51)
    By Jim Finkle and Dan Levine (Reuters) - Oracle Corp and SAP SE have settled long-running copyright litigation for $356.7 million over improper downloads of Oracle files, ending a fierce legal battle between the two enterprise software rivals.     The case involved SAP's TomorrowNow unit, which the German company bought to provide software support to Oracle customers at lower rates than what Oracle charged, hoping to persuade them to become SAP customers. Oracle sued SAP in 2007 after noticing thousands of suspicious downloads of its software. A California jury awarded Oracle $1. ...
  • Hilarious parody of Serial podcast turns to phone book for clues (2014-11-13 18:47:06)
    Comedian Paul Laudiero and team might have gotten one step closer to solving the murder at the center of the wildly popular podcast -- by opening up the yellow pages.>
  • Engadget Daily: Holiday Gift Guide, Amazon's Hachette deal and more! (2014-11-13 18:39:00)
  • Postal Workers Union files complaint against USPS in wake of hack (2014-11-13 18:21:05)
    Union president says they were kept in dark, claims unfair labor practices in complaint to National Labor Relations Board.
  • Video: Check out Samsung’s extended trailer for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ (2014-11-13 18:15:02)
    One of the most hotly anticipated movies of 2015 is Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron — set to hit theaters next May — so it’s not really surprising to see Samsung post a special extended trailer for the upcoming movie on its Samsung Mobile YouTube page. FROM EARLIER: This is the incredible ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ trailer you’ve been waiting for Samsung says it’s offering an “exclusive extended peek” at the new Avengers movie, but that also means you can expect plenty of Samsung product placements here and there (just like in the image above) in the two and a half minute video clip. After all, Samsung is known to spend money on marketing and product placement, so what better way
  • Now all Walmart stores will match Amazon prices (2014-11-13 18:06:00)
  • The US Marshals are scanning millions of American phones with fly-by cell towers (2014-11-13 17:54:42)
    Federal agencies have a new way to find people. According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, the US Marshals service has scooping up Americans' cell phone information by planting fake cell tower devices on board small airplanes. The device, known as an IMSI catcher, sorts through the collected data in search of a specific target's unique ID, pointing the Marshals to his exact location. ...
  • Staples Black Friday 2014 deals include $239 Apple iPad mini 2, $99.99 Asus Windows laptop (2014-11-13 17:45:00)
    The office retailer will also have the original iPad Air for $319, the iPad with Retina Display for $279, and the Toshiba Encore Mini Windows 8.1 tablet for $99.99.
  • Sound Off! Are modular smartphones the way of the future? (2014-11-13 17:31:00)
  • Disconnect App Adds Privacy with Tracker-Blocking, VPN (2014-11-13 17:30:57)
    Starting today (Nov. 13), security company Disconnect is launching a multi-platform privacy app, also called Disconnect that lets users see who and what is tracking them — and block the majority of those trackers. The new Disconnect software is also a virtual private network (VPN), which encrypts your Internet traffic and reroutes it through Disconnect's servers to hide your IP address. Out for PC, Mac, Android and iOS, Disconnect costs $5 per month for three devices, or $50 per year.
  • Microsoft says Xbox One sales have ‘skyrocketed’ in recent weeks (2014-11-13 17:30:55)
    After months of having to settle with second place, the Xbox One might finally be on the rebound. Yusuf Medhi, corporate VP of devices and studios at Microsoft, took to the Xbox Wire on Wednesday to discuss some of the recent developments in the world of Xbox, from the release of console exclusives Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Sunset Overdrive to the limited time sale that brings the price of the Xbox One below that of the PS4 for the first time since the two consoles launched. FROM EARLIER: Starting next week, the Xbox One will finally be cheaper than the PS4 “The response to this wave of blockbuster game releases and new bundles has been amazing, and sales have skyrocketed since
  • Hachette, Amazon end nasty feud with deal on book sales (2014-11-13 17:30:35)
    Publisher Hachette and Amazon ended Thursday an acrimonious feud over online book sales that highlighted Amazon's market dominance and fuelled protests from leading authors like John Grisham and Stephen King. After six months in which Amazon clamped down on sales of Hachette Publishing Group books on its website, the two announced a multi-year agreement on ebook and print book sales in the US market. The spat over who sets retail prices for online sales, especially ebooks, had outraged Hachette authors who saw their book sales sink after Amazon leveraged its power as the largest book retailer in the United States.
  • Outside Best Buy, two women already wait for Black Friday TV (2014-11-13 17:30:35)
    The friends have been sitting outside a Best Buy in California for a week. All to get a $199 TV more than two weeks from now.>
  • Farm groups, ag tech companies agree on data privacy standards (2014-11-13 17:30:19)
    By Karl Plume (Reuters) - A consortium of farmer organizations and agriculture data technology providers on Thursday published a set of data privacy and security principles aimed at reassuring farmers that data they share with Big Data services providers will not be misused. The non-binding principles are also meant to provide companies that collect, store and analyze farmer data some guidelines when crafting their service contracts and marketing tools that use farm data to boost crop yields or reduce costs for farmers. ...
  • Facebook simplifies privacy, launches Places (2014-11-13 17:24:55)
    The social network attempts to make privacy settings easier while also launching a Yelp-like guide. Meanwhile, Sony reveals PlayStation Vue and YouTube jumps into paid streaming with Music Key.>
  • Scion's latest concept looks awfully familiar (2014-11-13 17:24:08)
    The new Scion iM Concept hints that the automaker is preparing to bring the European Toyota Auris hatchback to the North American market.>
  • FTC reportedly interested in privacy of Apple Watch health data (2014-11-13 17:21:59)
    The US Federal Trade Commission has been meeting with Apple as it looks to ensure that private health data collected by the company's phones, tablets, and upcoming smartwatch aren't used without their owners' consent, Reuters reports, citing a pair of anonymous sources. Apple and the FTC have reportedly met on several occasions over the past months, with the commission showing a particular interest in Apple Watch and its ability to track a wearer's pulse. Apple has reportedly continued to stress to the commission that it will not sell health data or allow third parties to do so.
  • Beats Launch Solo2 Wireless Headphones, First Under Apple (2014-11-13 17:14:01)
    The second generation of Beats Solo2 headphones will be the first under Apple. Furthering its push into the wireless arena, the on-ear headphones will ditch the wires in favor of Bluetooth. Set to hit Apple stores sometime in November, the $299 cans will be available in several colors including the traditional red, black and white.
  • Deja vu: Samsung may be eyeing a mobile video service, again (2014-11-13 17:09:32)
    The electronics giant has earmarked "tens of millions of dollars" for a mobile video service that could cost users just a few dollars a month, reports The Information.>
  • U.S. court questions Motorola Mobility's price-fixing lawsuit (2014-11-13 17:00:41)
    By Nandita Bose CHICAGO (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court appeared skeptical of mobile phone maker Motorola Mobility's attempt to sue several Asian suppliers for price-fixing, signaling a possible blow to the reach of U.S. antitrust law overseas. At a Chicago hearing on Thursday, a three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals questioned whether the allegations had enough connection to the United States to be heard in U.S. courts. ...
  • BlackBerry and Samsung team up to beef up security on Samsung devices (2014-11-13 17:00:28)
    BlackBerry to offer end-to-end encryption for Samsung's Knox software, in an unlikely partnership between competitors.>
  • Google Wallet won't let you buy digital goods past March 2015 (2014-11-13 16:58:00)
  • Automakers agree on measures to secure data generated by cars (2014-11-13 16:57:13)
    By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - Two U.S.-based groups representing some of the world's biggest automakers have agreed on privacy standards for securing vast quantities of data generated by the dozens of tiny computers and tracking systems used in modern vehicles. "Automakers pledge to provide protections for sensitive information that goes beyond similar principles in other industry sectors," Mitch Bainwol, chief executive officer of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, said in a statement. ...
  • SanDisk’s got your iPhone and iPad storage needs covered (2014-11-13 16:55:54)
    iPhone and iPad users not happy with the amount of storage available on their iOS devices, and looking for an easy way of moving pictures and videos from the iPhone and iPad on the go without requiring access to a cloud or computer, should check out SanDisk’s iXpand Flash Drive for the iPhone and iPad. FROM EARLIER: This might be one of the iOS storage bugs that’s preventing you from jumping to iOS 8 The device looks like a regular flash drive, but also comes with a Lightning port in addition to the USB port, allowing users to connect it to either a computer or an iPhone or iPad that has a Lighting port. The iXpand Flash Drive comes in 16GB ($59.99),
  • Reddit CEO Wong resigns, co-founder Ohanian to return (2014-11-13 16:51:20)
    (Reuters) - Social news hub Reddit said Chief Executive Yishan Wong had resigned and that co-founder Alexis Ohanian would return as full-time executive chairman. Ellen Pao, Reddit's business and partnerships strategist, will serve as interim chief executive, the company said in its blog. ( The company did not say why Wong left. Reddit investor Sam Altman said in a blog post that Wong resigned last week following a disagreement with the board over a new office plan. "To be clear, though, we didn't ask or suggest that he resign - he decided to ...," Altman said. ...
  • 7 Ways Technology Can Improve Your Happiness! (2014-11-13 16:46:52)
    Have you ever found yourself on a vacation, a date or a great party with beloved friends and family when suddenly, out of the blue, and for no good reason, you develop an irresistible urge to check your Twitter, Facebook, texts or emails? You're not alone. Here's why: The urge to check social media is stronger than the urge for sex, according...
  • This is what it’s like to be ejected from a spaceship 50,000 feet in the air (2014-11-13 16:32:32)
    Two weeks ago, something went wrong with Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo mid-flight, resulting in the disintegration of the spacecraft and the tragic death of one of its pilots. The other pilot miraculously survived, but was immediately taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries. Now that he’s out, he is finally able to tell the story of what happened that day, 50,000 feet about the ground. The National Transportation Safety Board published a press release on Tuesday summarizing their investigation into the incident, giving the clearest look yet at exactly what happened on October 31st. Peter Siebold, the survivor of the crash, told the NTSB that he was ejected from the vehicle at some point during its dissolution. While flying through
  • Amazon is hiring someone to oversee its courier drones (2014-11-13 16:29:00)
  • Microsoft: all Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices will be upgraded to Windows 10 (2014-11-13 16:23:22)
    Microsoft doesn't plan on making the same mistake twice: the company has made a public pledge that all of Nokia's Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices will be upgraded to the mobile version of Windows 10 when it's released. Responding to a customer's question on the topic, Microsoft tweeted, "We plan to upgrade all Windows Phone 8 devices to Windows 10 in the future." Microsoft's next big operating system remains in early development, so the company obviously isn't revealing details as to when that update will arrive.
  • Internet Of Things: Software platforms will become the rage in 2015 (2014-11-13 16:16:05)
    When we look forward to 2015 and developments around the Internet of Things, we are predicting four key trends and implications.
  • What Facebook's Proposed Policy Changes Mean For You (2014-11-13 16:15:36)
    Facebook is planning to change its privacy policy once again — but before it does so, the social media giant has posted the proposed changes online for Facebook users to weigh in today (Oct. 13). Additionally, Facebook has posted a simplified version of its privacy policies, called Privacy Basics. Comments and suggestions on the proposed policy changes, which relate to Facebook's terms, data policy and cookie policy, are only open for the next seven days.
  • The 404 Show 1,581: Wolf Man, bad passwords, how online stores change prices on you (podcast) (2014-11-13 16:08:35)
    Today Iyaz and Jeff debate Wolf Man's brand recognition, scratch their heads at an infamous hacker's simple password and discover how and why online retailers change their prices depending on shopper behaviors.>