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  • Exclusive: KKR, Thoma Bravo, Vista eye $4 billion Dell assets - sources (2015-12-01 17:59:22)
    Buyout firms KKR & Co LP , Thoma Bravo LLC and Vista Equity Partners Management LLC are competing for $4 billion worth of Dell Inc's assets, people familiar with the matter said, as the computer maker steps up asset sales. Divesting these assets would help Dell bolster its balance sheet after it agreed in October to buy data storage company EMC Corp for $67 billion. The three private equity firms are vying for Dell's Quest Software, which helps with information technology management, as well as SonicWall, an e-mail encryption and data security provider, the people said this week.
  • SpaceX will try to land its next Falcon 9 rocket on solid ground, NASA says (2015-12-01 17:49:55)
    When SpaceX launches its Falcon 9 rocket again, the company will attempt to land the vehicle back on solid ground, Florida Today reported. The "very exciting news" came from a NASA representative, who made the announcement today to members of the press at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. "Their plan is to try to land [the next booster] out here on the Cape-side," said Carol Scott of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, referring to Cape Canaveral, where SpaceX typically launches from.
  • Toymaker VTech hit by largest-ever hack targeting kids (2015-12-01 17:44:49)
    A cyber attack on digital toymaker VTech Holdings Ltd exposed the data of 6.4 million children, the company said on Tuesday, in what experts called the largest known hack targeting youngsters. Security experts said they expected the size of the breach would prompt governments to scrutinize VTech and other toymakers to review their security. "The disclosure of the scope of the breach is disturbing," said Jaclyn Falkowski, a spokeswoman for Connecticut's attorney general.
  • Laurel House Makes Higher Education Possible for the Mentally Ill (2015-12-01 17:43:47)
    Gregg Pauletti, Laurel House's Thinking Well Coordinator and Education Counselor, in Thinking Well's program space in Stamford, Connecticut. Credit: Katherine DuLaurel House, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving Fairfield County since 1984, provides the thriving Supported Education and Thinking Well programs.Funded by private sources and...
  • IRS: Won't use phone-tracking technology without warrant (2015-12-01 17:34:31)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Internal Revenue Service criminal investigators will not continue to use cellphone-tracking technology without first seeking a warrant, the IRS commissioner told Congress in a letter made public Tuesday.
  • Facebook's Zuckerberg to give 99 percent of shares to charity (2015-12-01 17:32:28)
    SAN FRANCISCO/BENGALURU (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg and his wife said on Tuesday they will give away 99 percent of their Facebook shares, currently worth about $45 billion, to a new charity in a letter addressed to their daughter, Max, who was born last week. The plan mirrors a move by other high-profile billionaires like Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates, who have pledged and set up foundations to give away their fortunes to charity. On his Facebook page, Zuckerberg posted a photo of himself, his wife, Priscilla Chan and their new daughter, Max, along with a post entitled 'A letter to our daughter.' In the 2,220-word letter, Zuckerberg and Chan touched on issues including health, education, Internet access and learning before announcing the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which aims to "advance human potential and promote equality." Zuckerberg, 31, and Chan said they plan to give away 99 percent of their Facebook shares over their lifetimes to advance the initiative, which was formed as a limited liability company controlled by the two.
  • Just Cause 3 PC graphics problems reported (2015-12-01 17:18:31)
    Fans complain of visual bugs and glitches as developer cites issues with latest AMD graphics drivers.
  • Bloodborne servers taken down for 'emergency maintenance' (2015-12-01 17:18:29)
    An exploit and other "serious issues" have been detected.
  • God of War studio teases what's next (2015-12-01 17:18:26)
    Series of clips posted across social media sites hint at new IP.
  • Oculus 'special announcement' teased for Game Awards (2015-12-01 17:18:23)
    Will we finally learn the price and release date? Watch the event on Thursday to find out.
  • Study: We've Got More Clean Underwear than Passwords (2015-12-01 17:05:57)
    The survey, commissioned by the London public-relations firm Hotwire and titled "The compared perceptions of passwords and underwear," also found that 74 percent of respondents would feel more exposed leaving the house sans underwear than if their personal data were stored without password protection (26 percent). The survey was conducted by the French public polling group Ifop and questioned more than 7,000 Europeans spread roughly evenly across France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Denmark. A separate, non-scientific study conducted online by Russian antivirus firm Kaspersky Lab queried more than 18,000 people worldwide through a quiz regarding Internet security (you can take it yourself here).
  • Microsoft's HoloLens can stream Halo 5: Guardians from an Xbox One (2015-12-01 17:02:15)
    Microsoft is letting its own HoloLens developers loosen their lips this week by asking them to publish short demonstration clips on Twitter with the hashtag #MadeWithHoloLens. Made up of mostly seven- or eight-second videos, the collection of employee demos posted so far each show off new applications for Microsoft's augmented reality headset. One such demo, from HoloLens program manager Varun Mani, features Xbox One game streaming to a HoloLens headset, with Mani playing Halo 5: Guardians on a virtual screen floating in his living room.
  • What it’s like inside an Amazon warehouse on Cyber Monday (2015-12-01 17:00:46)
    Unless you have far more self-control than the vast majority of Americans, there’s a good chance that you bought something on Amazon at some point in the past week. As you might expect, this is the busiest time of the year for the online retailer, but can you imagine what it must be like inside one of the fulfillment centers while all of this is going on? SEE ALSO: 10 best Cyber Week sales you can shop all week long “Last year customers ordered 43 million items worldwide on Cyber Monday — that was 500 items per second,” Sarah Gelman, an Amazon spokesperson, told USA Today. “This year could surpass that.” Stepping inside the 1.1 million square-foot facility, the first thing to draw your attention would
  • Who Needs Bluetooth? In Praise of Google Chromecast Audio (2015-12-01 17:00:00)
    Reclaim your old speaker systems and stream music with Google's new Chromecast Audio accessory.
  • DirecTV aims to deliver live 4K broadcasts in early 2016 (2015-12-01 16:57:55)
    Lack of content be damned, DirecTV says it'll be launching live 4K broadcasts early next year. SVP Phil Goswitz revealed the target timeframe at a recent conference in New York. "I think the belief that there are technology challenges is a bit of a misinformed myth," Goswitz said.
  • Pay Finders review (2015-12-01 16:53:37)
    Discover and explore local merchants that accept Apple Pay
  • New dad Zuckerberg vows to give away Facebook fortune (2015-12-01 16:47:49)
    Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday announced he had become a father -- and pledged to give away his fortune to make the world a "better place" for baby daughter Max and others. In a letter to Max posted on his Facebook page, Zuckerberg and his wife said they were going to give away 99 percent of their company shares -- with an estimated value of $45 billion -- in an effort to make a happy and healthy world for her and all children.
  • Zuckerberg intends to retain majority voting position in Facebook stock for 'foreseeable future' (2015-12-01 16:45:16)
    (Reuters) - Facebook Inc: * CEO zuckerberg intends to retain his majority voting position in Facebook stock for "foreseeable future" * CEO Mark Zuckerberg informed he plans to sell or gift no more than $1 billion of Facebook stock each year for the next three years * Mark Zuckerberg will gift substantially all of shares of stock to further "mission of advancing human potential and promoting equality" * Zuckerberg established a new entity, chan zuckerberg initiative, and will control voting and disposition of any shares held by such entity * Source text (http://bit. ...
  • Meet our son, Earlybird: Parents naming kids after Instagram filters (2015-12-01 16:37:47)
    Instagram-addicted parents are taking their love of moody photo filters and attaching them to their unsuspecting children.
  • Uber is offering cheap rental cars to its Denver drivers (2015-12-01 16:33:42)
    Uber announced Tuesday a partnership with Enterprise Rent-A-Car to provide vehicles to aspiring drivers who don't own a car, the latest move in the company's continuing quest to turn basically every American into a for-hire driver. The pilot program is only available in Denver, where drivers are being offered a discounted rate of $210 a week to rent a Toyota Corolla through Enterprise. "What we're trying to do here is lower the barrier to entry for someone who does want to work with Uber but who does not have a qualifying car or doesn't have a car at all," Andrew Chapin, Uber's head of vehicle solutions, told The Denver Post.
  • Diagnosing malaria with a cell phone (2015-12-01 16:30:10)
    By Ben Gruber COLLEGE STATION, TX (Reuters) - New technology that transforms a cell phone into a mobile polarized microscope can diagnose malaria in a Rwandan village with the same level of accuracy as a hi-tech lab in a major Western city, according to Texas A&M University biomedical engineers developing the device. "The way they diagnose malaria now is with a microscope but it is with a big bench top microscope that is relatively complicated to use, takes a trained technician, and you have to have the facility for that scope in a centralized lab somewhere. The device images a blood sample using polarized light that can detect a malaria parasite byproduct called Hemozoin crystals which appear as very bright dots in the image and are an accurate indicator of infection.
  • The 404 Show Throwback: Episode 1,479 with Marc Maron (5/6/14) (2015-12-01 16:24:20)
    This week's special rerun episode takes us back to May of 2014 when Jeff welcomed Marc Maron back to the show for the second time.
  • Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan pledge 99 percent of their Facebook shares to charity (2015-12-01 16:23:10)
    In a surprise announcement today, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have pledged to donate 99 percent of their Facebook shares to the cause of human advancement. The details of the donation are still unclear, but the couple has already registered a Facebook page for an organization called the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. The full amount is pledged over the course of Zuckerberg's life, and the Facebook CEO plans to maintain his majority voting position "for the foreseeable future," according to an SEC filing.
  • Mark Zuckerberg welcomes daughter to the world with a Facebook note (2015-12-01 16:23:05)
    In an announcement posted to Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan have announced the birth of their daughter, Max.
  • The math of humor: Why 'snunkoople' makes you squeal (2015-12-01 16:11:39)
    A mathematical formula that predicts which words people find funny might not get its own Comedy Central special, but it does offer insights into the human mind.
  • Target’s Cyber Week deals of the day for Tuesday, December 1st (2015-12-01 16:08:10)
    After weeks of endless ads, commercials and articles leading up to Black Friday 2015, the most notorious shopping day of the year is finally over. Unfortunately for those of you with cash still burning holes in your pockets, the deals haven’t ended quite yet, so we’ve decided to keep track of Target’s best Cyber Week 2015 deals for the next few days. MORE DEALS: These are Amazon’s best Cyber Week deals of the day for Tuesday If you tried to visit Target’s website on Cyber Monday, chances are you either couldn’t find anything in stock or the website was down altogether, but thinks appear to have settled down for Cyber Week. Today, we have a few incredible camera deals, a cheap HDTV
  • Cybersecurity bill would add secrecy to public records laws (2015-12-01 16:07:17)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A proposed law meant to encourage companies to share information about cyberthreats with the U.S. government includes measures that could significantly limit what details, if any, the public can review about the program through federal and state public records laws.
  • Trump blames 'ancient' tech for lack of video showing NJ Muslims cheering 9/11 (2015-12-01 16:06:29)
    Technically Incorrect: The Republican candidate insists he saw Muslims in New Jersey celebrating 9/11. It's just that technology wasn't then what it is now.
  • Transforming your sneakers with an app is an amazing, insane idea (2015-12-01 16:00:32)
    The ShiftWear sneakers look like a minimalist pair of Air Jordans, until you realize the sides are made of a flexible e-paper display like the kind you'd find on a Kindle. The designs on the display can be altered via a smartphone app to feature different graphics and illustrations — even ones you illustrate yourself — and ShiftWear hopes users will create a mobile marketplace of shapeshifting shoe styles. New York-based ShiftWear is using its Indiegogo campaign to help finish its prototype, so we don't know for sure if this type of flexible e-paper display could reliably work sandwiched in between layers of synthetic material.
  • This Nokia virtual-reality camera costs $60,000 (2015-12-01 16:00:28)
    Good VR doesn't come cheap, as evidenced by Nokia's Ozo 360-degree video camera. Meanwhile, Swatch's next smartwatch has mobile payments, and Blocks lets you build your own smartwatch.
  • Adele admits streaming is 'probably the future,' still doesn't care (2015-12-01 15:57:11)
    Adele, like fellow Spotify deserter Thom Yorke, is not a fan of streaming services. Adele is avoiding streaming services in order to kickstart a massive cultural resurrection of the CD! She's basically a CD lobbyist!! A wildly successful, wildly rich CD lobbyist who lines the walls of her home with CDs, preening them like symbolic little carcasses of the music industry's glory days.
  • Viral video shows how to crack a Master Lock using a $10 tool you can buy anywhere (2015-12-01 15:35:30)
    Executives at Master Lock can’t be happy with some of the videos that have gone viral on YouTube this year. Earlier this year, I wrote about a viral video that showed you how to crack almost any Master Lock code in 8 tries or less. Now a new video posted by YouTuber bosnianbill shows us how to open up a Master Lock using nothing more than a $10 brass hammer. DON’T MISS: 4 times Apple has shamelessly ripped off its fans In the video, the user cracks the lock simply by placing downward pressure on the shackle and then whacking it on the side of its body with a brass hammer. After doing this enough times while continuing to apply tension, you’ll eventually overcome
  • Pandora cozies up to the music labels as it prepares to take on Spotify (2015-12-01 15:22:31)
    In an op-ed column published today, Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews starts off with an anecdote about a "music executive" who visited a college classroom. When he asks who listens to internet radio, they all go up. The story is a setup to argue that free, on-demand music is devaluing the art made by musicians and harming the recording industry overall, an implied dig at competitors like Spotify.
  • Why BlackBerry is still betting on the keyboard (2015-12-01 15:13:13)
    The person you tell will pause,1 looking off into the distance while picturing his former, younger self thumbing away on ye olde BlackBerry keyboard. Instances of the above reaction are heightened if person receiving news of physical keyboard works for the government and/or was forced to use a BlackBerry for work long after most people gave it up. "People have nostalgia for lots of things, including their gizmos," says Dr. David Linden, a professor of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and author of Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind.
  • Planning a Switch to Apple? (2015-12-01 15:12:47)
    Once upon a time, businesses wanted to switch to Apple devices because their Windows computers were virus laden, antiquated, and falling behind the innovation curve. These days, Windows computers are much better in all of these regards; however, Apple still provides a number of value propositions that their Microsoft competitor just can't seem...
  • Samsung is launching a Gear VR web browser (2015-12-01 15:00:33)
    One of the drawbacks of the Samsung Gear VR is that it's a bit of a walled garden — outside its social experiences, you're mostly limited to playing games and watching videos. Tomorrow, though, Samsung is launching a beta version of what it calls "Samsung Internet for Gear VR." It's a virtual reality web browser that seems aimed at letting people stream videos from places like YouTube without going through a dedicated app, while providing general internet access. According to Samsung, the app "supports both 360-degree and 3D video streaming, as well as any HTML5 video from the web" — which hypothetically means users can either watch flat video or take advantage of YouTube's various VR options.
  • Lenovo launches ThinkPad P40 Yoga workstation, eyes creative pros (2015-12-01 15:00:04)
    Lenovo pitches digital artists on the ThinkPad P40 Yoga, which promises a good sketching experience as well as the horsepower to render those designs.
  • Grandkids Are Totally Baffled By Their Grandparents' Retro Gadgets (2015-12-01 14:43:53)
    Boomers know how hard it can be to keep up with the ever-changing world of technology, one in which landline phones are obsolete and people get their news from Twitter and Facebook.It's a struggle many young people raised on computers can't relate to. But what if the tables were turned? Elite Daily put together a social experiment to see...
  • Toymaker VTech says data on 6.4 million kids taken in unprecedented hack (2015-12-01 14:38:16)
    By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - Digital toymaker VTech Holdings Ltd said on Tuesday that data on about 6.4 million children was exposed in a hack of information on customers in more than a dozen countries. The Hong Kong-based firm initially disclosed the attack on Friday, and said hackers took data of nearly 5 million adults, but it did not disclose how many children's profiles were accessed. In a statement posted on its website on Tuesday, it disclosed that the number of children affected exceeded the number of adults, with data on some 6.4 million children accessed along with data on 4.9 million parents.
  • Catch up on all six ‘Star Wars’ movies with this three minute video (2015-12-01 14:24:58)
    Believe it or not, we’re less than a month away from a brand new Star Wars movie. Expectations are at an all-time high, but the sting of the prequel trilogy is still fresh in the minds of an entire generation of moviegoers. Nevertheless, we have to hope for the best, because once The Force Awakens releases, it’s going to dominate every conversation we have. So rather than fight it, we might as well embrace it. SEE ALSO: 4 times Apple has shamelessly ripped off its fans In order to fully embrace the magnetic pull of Star Wars, many fans are going to spend the next few weeks catching up on the decades-old film franchise by watching the series from start to
  • Psy takes two post-'Gangnam Style' shots at viral video glory (2015-12-01 14:00:54)
    Let's check in with Korean pop sensation Psy as he unleashes two ludicrous new music videos on YouTube and starts piling up the views.
  • Google adds a nice little bookmark feature for mobile image search (2015-12-01 13:53:02)
    Incremental improvements in software are great when they solve small problems that you've experienced in the real world. Google has provided one of those little solutions today by announcing that you can now bookmark images when searching for them in mobile browsers, instead of having to screenshot or download them. When logged into a Google Account, you can press a star in Google Image Search to save the image for quick access later.
  • Bizarre chin-rest arm holds your face in place while you work (2015-12-01 13:42:44)
    Give your tired head a helping hand with a robotic-looking arm that keeps your noggin in a comfortable position while you toil away at your computer.
  • Adobe Flash is finally dead (2015-12-01 13:37:55)
    Adobe Flash is dead, long live Adobe Flash. Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs famously penned a public letter about Adobe Flash back in 2010. Jobs wasn’t the first person to dislike Flash. In fact, developers had hated the technology for years because of its volatility and instability. But Jobs made their plight public and the Internet is now a better place because of it. Once in the public eye, Adobe had no choice but to devote time and resources to making Flash a better product, and the Flash experience of 2015 is nowhere near as bad as it was five years ago. Of course, Flash still has issues with stability and security that make promoting and growing the technology difficult. In fact,
  • New 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' trailer has more blood, explosions (2015-12-01 13:37:19)
    Grab your corsets and 19th-century formal wear. Sony Pictures has released a new trailer for "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" that tells how the zombie apocalypse came to 19th century England.
  • Microsoft tries to make peace with Apple (2015-12-01 13:26:56)
    Technically Incorrect: In a new holiday ad, Microsoft takes the idea of peace and goodwill to all men a long way.
  • Is Apple working on its own version of Microsoft’s incredible HoloLens project? (2015-12-01 13:10:14)
    We’re used to seeing plenty of Apple patents that describe all sorts of technologies and services that might be someday used in future iPhone, iPad, and Mac generations. But many of these patents describe tech that might never be used in commercial products, of course. One such innovation concerns augmented reality (AR), with a new patent revealing how a particular projector device could map a person’s home and then use it to deliver augmented content to the user. It’s similar to the incredible HoloLens product Microsoft is working on, but with a few creative twists. DON’T MISS: Hackers are selling lifetime access to Netflix, HBO Go, Spotify and more for just a few dollars Discovered by Patently Apple, the augmented reality project
  • Chevy's all-electric 2017 Bolt spied ahead of January debut (2015-12-01 13:03:35)
    Autoblog appears to have scored a few spy photos of the upcoming Chevy Bolt, GM's first high-range electric car — a vehicle that promises over 200 miles on a charge for around $30,000. The Bolt won't be a particularly large car, but it could still woo a few families thanks to its utilitarian hatchback design (and that 200-mile range is critical if GM hopes to sell this as the only car a family needs).
  • Don't Fall Prey to These 6 Bike-Buying Myths (2015-12-01 13:00:00)
    Because not all bike buying opinions can be trusted. 
  • Volkswagen sees massive US sales drop in November (2015-12-01 12:59:01)
    Volkswagen's diesel scandal problems are hitting the company's bottom line — hard. It's not just the massive fines and expensive repairs that we know are coming: people really like Volkswagen's diesel cars. Last month, VW's US sales were off nearly 25 percent from November last year, with the standard Golf (-64 percent), Jetta (-23 percent), Beetle (-39 percent), and Passat (-60 percent) making up the majority of the losses.
  • This weird bug is dropping a skull emoji into Gmail accounts (2015-12-01 12:57:55)
    When people around the world logged into their Gmail accounts yesterday, some got a bit of a creepy surprise: an emoji skull and crossbones anchored in the right-hand corner of their screen. The skull’s presence is ongoing, according to a Gmail Help Forum thread. One commenter noted that only one of his three Gmail accounts was impacted, and the image didn’t appear when logging on through Gmail’s HTML version.
  • Feds don't need a warrant to read your emails. Congress wants that to change (2015-12-01 12:53:00)
    A bill that has more than two-thirds support in the House finally gets its debate date.
  • Adobe is telling people to stop using Flash (2015-12-01 12:51:09)
    Adobe is finally ready to say goodbye to Flash. In an announcement last night, Adobe said that it will now "encourage content creators to build with new web standards," such as HTML5, rather than Flash. It's also beginning to deprecate the Flash name by renaming its animation app to Animate CC, away from Flash Professional CC.
  • Nokia's Ozo virtual-reality camera packs $60K price tag (2015-12-01 12:47:06)
    Tech giants want you to get excited about their VR headsets, but that'll require lots of high-quality content. Enter the Ozo, with its eight sensors to capture 360-degree video.
  • Google will show live orchestra, opera, and theater performances in 360 degrees (2015-12-01 12:45:32)
    Now you can watch your next opera from the comfort of your couch. The Google Cultural Institute today announced that it is partnering with 60 global performing arts institutes to bring live, 360-degree performances to desktop and mobile users worldwide. Partners include the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Royal Shakespeare Company in the UK, and the initiative should help make the arts available to those who would otherwise never have the opportunity to see such great work. The new partnerships are an extension of Google's current effort to showcase visual works and "world wonders." People can already tour such locales as the Palace of Versailles and Pompeii in 360 degrees from home.
  • Meg Whitman on what it took to split HP into two companies (2015-12-01 12:41:00)
    HPE CEO reveals the scale of the work needed to cleave HP in two and claims the experience has left it better prepared to help transform businesses.
  • Windows 10 continues to crawl its way onto desktop PCs (2015-12-01 12:40:50)
    The latest version of Microsoft's operating system is making baby steps in its effort to win over users, according to Web tracker NetMarket Share.
  • Ryanair launches court action against Google, eDreams (2015-12-01 12:39:43)
    Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair on Tuesday said it had launched court action against Internet giant Google and online travel agent eDreams, accusing them of misleading customers and not offering the best deal. "We're launching legal proceedings in the Irish High Court with Google and eDreams," Ryanair boss Michal O'Leary said at a press conference in London. It said Google was not providing true Ryanair prices and claimed that eDreams was creating websites including the word "Ryanair" to mislead customers.
  • Motorola's fitness-focused Moto 360 Sport will be available in January (2015-12-01 12:39:27)
    Motorola today announced that its Moto 360 Sport smartwatch will be available for purchase starting on January 7th in the US. The $299 Moto 360 Sport is based on the Moto 360 that was released earlier this year and adds built-in GPS, sweatproof construction, and more fitness tracking features. The display on the Sport model is different than found on the standard 360.
  • Why some Apple Watch owners don't like the device (2015-12-01 12:23:27)
    Research firm Wristly gets a grip on why a sampling of buyers sold or returned Apple's first wearable or simply abandoned it to a drawer.
  • Nokia launches OZO, a $60,000 camera for live, HD 360 streaming in virtual reality (2015-12-01 12:19:30)
    Nokia's new OZO camera is a serious (and seriously expensive) piece of equipment for professional virtual reality content creation.
  • At cloud tipping point: How SaaS is becoming the status quo (2015-12-01 12:18:22)
    Firms are choosing SaaS to serve core business needs, rather than just using it to augment existing on-premise software.
  • Hilarious ‘Honest Slogans’ project imagines a world where companies tell it like it is (2015-12-01 12:17:34)
    Logos and slogans are spectacular marketing and branding tools that flood our lives. Many of them enter our vocabulary and we end up automatically associating some phrases with certain companies forever. But one graphic designer wants to change all that with his “Honest Slogans” website, which imagines what these logos would say if they cut through all the marketing speak and told the truth. DON’T MISS: These are Amazon’s best Cyber Week deals of the day for Tuesday “A side project I started in 2011, is a collection of well-known brands with more transparent, ‘honest’ slogans that offer more of an insight into what people truly think of them,” Clif Dickens says on his website. Dickens’ first design the Pepsi
  • Research: Enterprise software rising with 69 percent usage (2015-12-01 12:17:02)
    A recent Tech Pro Research survey shows that 69 percent of businesses are currently using enterprise software, a 19 percent increase compared to 2014.
  • Executive's guide to enterprise software trends (free ebook) (2015-12-01 12:16:21)
    Spending on enterprise software is on the rise, bringing big changes in how applications are developed, consumed, and supported. This new guide looks at what you need to know about the shifting enterprise application landscape.
  • The 10 apps that will own the future of the enterprise (2015-12-01 12:15:48)
    It's no secret that the enterprise app landscape is changing. Here are 10 apps that are poised to lead the future of work.
  • The good and bad: How enterprise apps are changing the role of IT (2015-12-01 12:14:56)
    A new wave of business applications are being introduced to improve overall productivity. But what does that mean for the IT department?
  • What are Oracle and SAP's vision of the future of enterprise apps? (2015-12-01 12:13:58)
    Despite considerable headwinds, Oracle and SAP have their own strategies for the future of applications. Here's how the two giants are approaching enterprise apps.
  • Beware these pitfalls when moving enterprise applications to the public cloud (2015-12-01 12:13:13)
    While the public cloud represents an opportunity for new cloud-native apps, organizations should tread carefully before placing traditional enterprise apps in the cloud.
  • Cloud-first enterprises can cut costs with these best practices (2015-12-01 12:12:35)
    For startups and organizations without dependencies on classic enterprise applications, the cloud offers significant savings over traditional software deployments.
  • Enterprise applications: What to consider before leaping into the cloud (2015-12-01 12:11:55)
    Decommissioning legacy applications and moving to the cloud is not without its risks: tech chiefs explain the thinking behind their strategy.
  • Sketch, another popular Mac app goes it alone, highlighting Apple's Mac App Store problems (2015-12-01 12:11:40)
    It's time for Apple to start taking developers a little more seriously as software starts getting removed from the Mac App Store and going the direct sales route.
  • The trade-offs of cloud migration: Be careful what you give up (2015-12-01 12:11:13)
    Cloud has become the de facto choice for hosting enterprise apps. However, there are some trade-offs that are often underestimated.
  • Drake and Rihanna were the king and queen of Spotify streams this year (2015-12-01 12:07:09)
    Spotify just released its annual year in review, and the results are not too surprising: the most-streamed artist of the year was the Earth planet's preeminent golden boy Drake, with around 1.8 billion total streams. Justin Bieber had the most streams in a single day, and The Weeknd's pop charmer Beauty Behind the Madness was the most-streamed album. Rihanna topped the list with just over 1 billion streams.
  • These wireless headphones combine luxury with convenience (2015-12-01 12:01:58)
    Wireless headphones are great: they're convenient, freeing, and often sound fantastic. They really make you feel like you're living in the future, pumping tunes into your ears with no wires getting in the way. But most wireless headphones are utilitarian, plasticky, and just downright ugly.
  • Walmart’s best Cyber Week deals for Tuesday, December 1st (2015-12-01 11:52:40)
    Last week, we made sure to keep track of all the best pre-Black Friday deals from Walmart leading up to the biggest shopping day of the year. Well, Black Friday may have come and gone, but we’re now in the thick of Cyber Week, which means there are plenty more deals to take advantage of from many of the major retailers. DON’T MISS: 10 best Cyber Week sales you can shop all week long Some of Walmart’s Black Friday deals appear to have carried over from last week, while other have vanished altogether, but we’ll do our best to pick out worthwhile deals as long as Walmart is offering them. Today, we’ve decided to focus on a few fantastic iPad deals (in
  • Sylvester Stallone is developing a Rambo TV series (2015-12-01 11:45:44)
    Coming right on the heels of Creed's successful debut last week, Sylvester Stallone is poised to bring another classic franchise to television. TheWrap reports that the Rocky star has just closed a deal to develop Rambo: New Blood, a new Fox drama that pays homage to the original 1982 film and its followups. Rambo: New Blood will reportedly explore the relationship between John Rambo, the troubled Vietnam veteran who solves problems with rocket launchers, and his son J.R., an ex-Navy SEAL. Talks for a Rambo TV series have been ongoing since 2013, but not much else is known about the series at the moment.
  • Ryanair to sue Google in Irish court over 'misleading adverts' (2015-12-01 11:44:26)
    Ryanair has launched legal proceedings against Google and online travel agent eDreams in the Irish High Court over what it says are misleading adverts for Ryanair flights, the airline said on Tuesday. Ryanair said Google was allowing eDreams to use "misleading subdomain" and a web site with branding similar to Ryanair's to sell tickets at higher prices than on Ryanair's own web site.
  • Volkswagen brand US sales fall nearly 25 percent in November (2015-12-01 11:42:46)
    DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen's emissions-cheating scandal took a serious bite out of the company's U.S. sales last month.
  • Chrome for Android can now save more data by blocking website images (2015-12-01 11:29:19)
    Google created the Data Saver mode in Chrome to reduce the amount of data that gets used up when you're browsing the web. It also makes slow internet connections much more tolerable since you're pulling down webpages that've been "optimized" for data efficiency by Google; they're up to 50 percent smaller than what you'd get loading the regular website with Data Saver switched off. Obviously this could make for an awkward browsing experience when you're visiting image-heavy sites, so Google's also letting users pull up whichever images they want.
  • 8 paid iPhone apps worth $37 on sale for free today (2015-12-01 11:25:36)
    Is it really December already? This year flew by faster than we can believe, and perhaps our series on paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free helped pass the time so quickly. You’ll find eight fresh iOS apps on sale in today’s post, and there are still several freebies in yesterday’s post if you want to head back to check them out. DON’T MISS: 10 best Cyber Week sales you can shop all week long These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the
  • You can now reply to Hangout messages on your Apple Watch (2015-12-01 11:04:13)
    Google Hangouts has become much more useful on the Apple Watch, thanks to an update to its iOS app. Yesterday, among its usual bug fixes, Google added the ability to reply directly from notifications in Hangouts, and thanks to Apple's quick reply implementation, that functionality now also works on the Apple Watch. While Hangouts has been available for the Apple Watch for some time, you could only read and dismiss messages. Now you can choose from a selection of predetermined responses, or dictate a Hangout message right from your wrist. ...
  • Review: Racing Extinction is a captivating look at our climate crisis, but is it enough? (2015-12-01 11:00:02)
    As these environmental issues continue to worsen, there’s been a parallel rise in the eco-documentary — a genre of films dedicated to highlighting how human actions are negatively impacting the planet. The Discovery Channel's Racing Extinction is the latest of these, examining the issues of global warming and ocean acidification through the lens of the world's evaporating wildlife.
  • Hillary Clinton pledges broadband for all Americans in $275 billion infrastructure plan (2015-12-01 10:58:32)
    As her State Department emails continue to trickle out, former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has unveiled a five-year, $275 billion infrastructure plan, hinging on a main goal: to expand faster broadband connections to millions of Americans. This goal, among others that aim to improve the nation's crumbling roads and bridges, would bring the US's infrastructure and technology up to par with other major nations, including China, she said. "It means giving all American households access to world-class broadband and creating connected ‘smart cities’ with infrastructure that’s part of tomorrow’s Internet of Things," her plan says.
  • These are Amazon’s best Cyber Week deals of the day for Tuesday (2015-12-01 10:58:22)
    If you thought the great deals on Amazon’s website would go away once Black Friday and Cyber Monday were behind us, think again. Amazon is offering killer deals on a wide range of products all week long, and Tuesday is no different. You’ve got deals of the day to enjoy, hundreds of Lightning deals that will come and go over the course of Tuesday, and plenty of other deals that offer big savings on the HDTVs, electronics, home goods and clothing you need this holiday season. Here are our picks for Amazon’s best bargains of the day. DON’T MISS: 10 best Cyber Week sales you can shop all week long Sony XBR49X830C 49-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2015 Model):
  • McLaren 675LT: the perfect supercar for destroying the track (2015-12-01 10:54:40)
    Supercars cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, have endless horsepower, and usually look the part. But bring many so-called supercars to a race track and they simply don't measure up. With the 675LT, McLaren does things a little differently.
  • McLaren’s perfect supercar: tearing up the track in the 666-horsepower 675LT (2015-12-01 10:54:06)
    The McLaren 675LT I’m driving today costs a tick less than $400,000. The sticker says $396,820, which leaves $3,180 on the table. Just enough left over for several consultations with a top-notch chiropractor.
  • Microsoft cranks up the HoloLens hype (2015-12-01 10:46:32)
    Microsoft is cranking up the hype for its coming HoloLens augmented-reality glasses a month ahead of kick-off of its developer program for the device.
  • Microsoft and Apple hug it out for the holidays (2015-12-01 10:41:52)
    Microsoft has been spreading the spirit of the season in New York City this week. As part of Microsoft's holiday TV commercial, the software maker decided to "deliver a special message to some old friends." New York City children's youth choir and a bunch of Microsoft Store employees marched up Fifth Avenue, the home of Microsoft's new retail store, singing "Let There be Peace on Earth." That's not unusual for this time of year, but the merry bunch were actually marching towards Microsoft's close neighbors: Apple.
  • 7 year itch: AT&T raising unlimited data plan price for first time since 2008 (2015-12-01 10:34:55)
    If you still have the original unlimited data plan from the early iPhone days, it's still a good deal: Even with the 22 GB monthly soft cap, you'll now pay $35 for data.
  • Tablet shipments to fall 8.1 percent to 211.3 million units in 2015: IDC (2015-12-01 10:33:16)
    IDC expects that tablets with detachable keyboards will continue to represent a growing portion of total tablet shipments.
  • 4 times Apple has shamelessly ripped off its fans (2015-12-01 10:33:15)
    My major criticism of Apple isn’t that it charges a lot for its products — rather, it’s that in addition to charging a lot for its products, it also finds ways to shamelessly nickel-and-dime customers by charging extra money for things that it should include as part of the product. I was reminded of this earlier this week when I read the rumor about Apple potentially ditching the headphone jack for the iPhone 7 and considered the prospect of paying extra for an adapter just so my headphones would still be usable with my phone. All this got me thinking about past ways that Apple has shamelessly ripped off its loyal fans. I came up with four particularly prominent examples, although
  • High price, few features among Apple Watch users' critiques (2015-12-01 10:09:34)
    Not everyone is impressed with the Apple Watch. It has been valiantly charting consumers' relationship with and attitudes towards the Apple Watch since it went on sale in March as a means of providing an ‘independent voice' among the tech journalists and tech companies that are hyping smartwatches. In September it conducted a poll of 2000 Apple Watch owners and found that although wearers most commonly used the device for monitoring activity and, perhaps unsurprisingly, telling the time, that there was a 97% satisfaction rate among early adopters after three months' use.
  • The Nextbit Robin cloud phone is taking shape (2015-12-01 10:09:32)
    The company's design chief Scott Croyle was in London this morning to show off the latest iteration of its upcoming Robin Android smartphone, before jetting off to Paris and completing the hype circuit with a visit to Berlin. What Croyle and his team had to show was still an engineering sample, lacking the refinement and precision of the final product, though it's now running Nextbit's software, which is a milestone in and of itself. My first impression of the Robin is a positive one, as it has the light weight and narrow sides of a phone I can use comfortably with one hand.
  • 10 best Cyber Week sales you can shop all week long (2015-12-01 10:06:27)
    If you’ve been following our Black Friday 2015 and Cyber Monday 2015 coverage for the past couple of weeks, it would have been almost impossible to avoid saving money. We’ve made it painfully easy to save on anything and everything you could possibly want to buy this holiday season, from electronics to home goods to clothes and everything in between. Do you still have shopping left to do and you were worried that you missed out on all the big sales? Think again. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are both now behind us, but the savings continue all week long. In this article, we’ll show you the 10 best online Cyber Week sales on the web so you can finish up
  • Cyber Monday nabs sales record again, but perhaps not for long (2015-12-01 09:57:36)
    With more holiday spending happening earlier, Cyber Monday may soon lose its crown as the biggest online US sales day of the year.
  • Thom Yorke thinks Google and YouTube are engaging in Nazi-like art theft (2015-12-01 09:57:11)
    Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke fired his latest broadside at one of the biggest digital media titans in an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica, saying that YouTube and Google have "seized control" of art in a maneuver right out of the WWII playbook.
  • Amazon gadget sales more than triple over Thanksgiving weekend (2015-12-01 09:49:16)
    (Reuters) - Inc said sales of its electronic gadgets more than tripled over the Thanksgiving weekend from last year, with the Fire tablet the top-selling product. Amazon's shares were up 1 percent at $671 in early trading on Tuesday.
  • Nokia's Ozo virtual reality camera packs $60K price tag (2015-12-01 09:42:01)
    Tech giants want you to get excited about their VR headsets, but that'll require lots of high-quality content. Enter the Ozo, with its eight sensors to capture 360-degree video.
  • Man sues Apple after retail employee deletes years worth of photos (2015-12-01 09:41:33)
    Deric White, a 68 year-old man from the UK, is suing Apple for approximately $7,500 after an Apple employee at the company’s Regent Street store in London completely wiped White’s iPhone clean, erasing numerous photos and 15 years worth of contacts in the process. Speaking to The Sun about the incident, White explained that the content on his iPhone 5 was invaluable and irreplaceable. “My life was saved on that phone,” White said. Of the photos White ended up losing, a number of them were shots taken on his honeymoon, including a “favorite video of a giant tortoise biting my hand on honeymoon in the Seychelles.” DON’T MISS: Amazon’s big Cyber Week 2015 sale is here: Everything you need to know As for how the
  • Amazon touts device strategy, Fire, Echo sales (2015-12-01 09:37:21)
    Amazon says it will ramp production of its Fire tablet, which can be bought in six packs.
  • New 'golden rules' of business: how to succeed in the sharing economy (2015-12-01 09:34:00)
    Lyft, Airbnb and other outlets shifted the traditional marketplace, offering venues for self-starters to earn extra income. Marketing expert Billee Howard shares tips for success in the "we" economy.
  • Chrome's new data saver for Android will save 70% (2015-12-01 09:30:33)
    Chrome's latest update for Android devices is further data saving: up to 70% according to Product Manager Tal Oppenheimer.
  • Sony is cutting the price on two PS4 bundles for the holidays (2015-12-01 09:29:22)
    If you missed out on all of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, you still have a chance to get a PlayStation 4 for a good deal. Sony has announced that two PS4 bundles — one packed with Star Wars Battlefront, the other with Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection — will be $299.99 starting December 6th, saving you $50 off the regular price. Each bundle includes the standard black, 500GB version of the console (no Darth Vader-edition PS4s here). The deals last until December 19th — perfect for last-minute Christmas shoppers.
  • Google adds bookmark feature to mobile image search (2015-12-01 09:21:22)
    To save users from taking screenshots, downloading or saving websites of images they come across and want to keep, Google has introduced a new image Bookmark Manager. When a user has signed into their Google account, they will be able to tap any image online, and a small star will appear below the image.
  • Hackers are selling lifetime access to Netflix, HBO Go, Spotify and more for just a few dollars (2015-12-01 09:14:24)
    It’s common practice to share your Netflix password with your loved ones and friends, but at the end of the day you’re still paying the subscription. However, some people looking for lifetime access to Netflix get their fix differently by purchasing access from hackers for less than $1. DON’T MISS: Amazon’s big Cyber Week 2015 sale is here: Everything you need to know As Business Insider reports, hackers could be selling lifetime access to your subscription for just $0.50 on the dark web (see image below), and you might not even know about it. A recent report by McAfee Labs revealed that selling credentials for popular streaming services including Netflix and Spotify is a common practice in “Dark Web” marketplaces. These underground
  • Impala, Kudu, and the Apache Incubator's four-month Big Data binge (2015-12-01 09:00:04)
    The last half of 2015 is shaping up to be a huge one for Big Data projects in the Apache Incubator
  • How to gift TV, movies, music, and more in the streaming age (2015-12-01 09:00:02)
    We’re living in a golden age of media. There are more distribution channels for books, music, TV series, and films than at any time in history, and more new media coming out on those channels than ever before. It's only natural that the more we become used to rapid access, freedom of choice, and not being buried in obsolescing objects, our relationship with books, DVDs, and CDs becomes increasingly dependent on streaming service subscriptions and e-readers.
  • Why I've been playing nothing but Fallout 4: an explainer for concerned loved ones (2015-12-01 08:57:26)
    This costume wasn't promoting a nonprofit initiative meant to distract from professional football's abundance of PR debacles, nor was it celebrating Thanksgiving or Christmas. It was an ad for a video game: Fallout 4.
  • The new and much improved Google+ (2015-12-01 08:49:42)
    Google has made some serious changes to Google+...changes that could easily bring it to the top of the social networking heap. Jack Wallen discusses these changes and why they are important.
  • Is Comcast’s new Stream TV service as bad as it seems for net neutrality? No, it’s even worse (2015-12-01 08:49:15)
    Comcast often seems to be in the news for all the wrong reasons and lately, that has been the case even more so than usual. The company recently announced that it was expanding its data cap program into eight additional markets for a total of 27, and we explained why the company’s data caps are a huge problem not just for Comcast subscribers, but for all of us. Then our attention turned to the company’s new Stream TV service, for which Comcast took a page out of T-Mobile’s net neutrality bending playbook. But is Stream TV really as bad for net neutrality as it seems? Sadly, it’s even worse than many people think. DON’T MISS: The un-gift guide: Awesomely unique gifts and gadgets
  • Ubuntu GNOME 15.10: The perfect Linux desktop distribution (2015-12-01 08:48:52)
    Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 is something special. How special? Jack Wallen believes it might well be the perfect Linux desktop distribution. Read on to find out why.
  • Now ​Microsoft puts Cortana to work on key Power BI data (2015-12-01 08:39:00)
    Power BI users can now switch on Cortana to help quiz business datasets accessible through its analytics platform.
  • OXY SmartWatch connects to Android, iOS and Windows 10 smartphones (2015-12-01 08:37:57)
    OXY is the first smartwatch that looks and feels like a traditional watch and can connect to virtually every modern smartphone - Android, iOS or Windows 10.
  • How this cloud BI CEO is working hard to stand out from the analytics crowd (2015-12-01 08:34:39)
    With her business-intelligence startup recently snapped up by Zendesk, Rachel Delacour continues to scale up her ambitions for BIME's cloud analytics platform for firms of all sizes.
  • Latest update reenables Windows 10’s spying features – here’s how to stop it (2015-12-01 08:20:34)
    Microsoft released the first major Windows 10 update a few weeks ago, but the operating system’s spying capabilities are still intact – though you can disable them from the settings app if you follow the instructions in our earlier post. But it looks like Microsoft did make certain changes under the hood, and Windows 10’s spying features may have been reenabled even on those machines that were configured to prevent data from reaching Microsoft’s servers. DON’T MISS: 10 glaring mistakes you might have missed while watching the Star Wars prequels Earlier this month, Microsoft acknowledged that it can’t shut off automatic spying in Windows 10, Forbes reports. At the same time, Windows 10 users have discovered that the background service handling tracking (the Diagnostic
  • Canadian start-up backed by BlackBerry founder unveils wireless tracking technology (2015-12-01 08:08:47)
    A Canadian start-up backed by one of BlackBerry's founders unveiled a technology on Tuesday for tracking wireless signals that it says can be used for detecting intruders, managing crowds or finding victims of natural disasters. Cognitive Systems Corp said its Amera technology senses motion in physical space by detecting small changes in the wireless signals that invisibly connect smartphones and other devices to broader networks. The closely held company is largely backed by Mike Lazaridis' Quantum Valley Investments fund, which aims to help bring breakthrough technologies to market.
  • Brazil cans e-voting due to recession (2015-12-01 08:03:00)
    Budget cuts prompt reintroduction of paper-based voting processes
  • Divya Jain: Machine learning maven. Startup founder. Women in tech advocate. (2015-12-01 07:57:32)
    Divya Jain, who leads machine learning at Box, spoke with TechRepublic about her career in technology and how she believes everyone can do something great.
  • The Amazon Echo was the best-selling $100+ item on during Black Friday (2015-12-01 07:56:19)
    Amazon's Black Friday sales have a not-so-surprising winner: Amazon. The company says that the top-selling device on Black Friday across the whole site was the Fire tablet (although this presumably includes different models), followed in second place by the Fire TV streaming stick. Surprisingly, though, Amazon's Echo smart speaker was also a hit, becoming the best-selling product over $100 on the whole site on Black Friday.
  • European court says Turkey's blocking of YouTube was illegal (2015-12-01 07:47:44)
    Turkey violated freedom of expression rights by blocking video platform YouTube for two and a half years, the European Court of Human Rights said on Tuesday. Ankara had blocked access to YouTube between May 2008 and October 2010 on the ground that the website contained some 10 videos which were insulting to the memory of Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. Three Turkish academics lodged a complaint with the Strasbourg-based court, which deals with violations of the 1950 European Convention of Human Rights, of which Turkey is a signatory.
  • Latest iOS update for Hangouts includes Apple Watch compatibility (2015-12-01 07:46:46)
    On November 30, Google made an update to its messaging app Hangouts that lets it work on an Apple Watch. Although iTunes doesn't explicitly state it, now owners of an Apple Watch can use Google Hangouts on it, according to Engadget. What is listed in the update, however, is the ability to "Reply directly from notifications." For Hangouts, this consists of a number of pre-existing responses to choose from.
  • The Latest: Obama warns climate change will create refugees (2015-12-01 07:36:14)
    LE BOURGET, France (AP) — The latest news from the U.N. climate conference in Paris, which runs through Dec. 11. All times local:
  • First Click: IBM's Watson is too elementary (2015-12-01 07:36:04)
    What do you think of when you hear the letters I B M. Maybe you think Big Blue, the arch nemesis of Steve Jobs at the dawn of the PC revolution. Or maybe you think pads, as in ThinkPads, before the company sold its hardware business to Lenovo. Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and Google all have the luxury of owning consumer-facing platforms on which they can demonstrate their AI capabilities.
  • Using HTTPS on your website? We'll see you in court (2015-12-01 07:30:00)
    Firms including Netflix, AT&T and Yahoo are being sued for daring to encrypt their websites.
  • ​Chrome on Android: Now Google is touting 70 percent data savings (2015-12-01 07:11:00)
    Google says the data-savings feature for Chrome on Android will now block all images from loading, unless the user opts to load them.
  • Things get weird when you check your snail mail like your email (2015-12-01 07:00:03)
    What if you obsessively checked your snail mail just like you constantly check your phone for email and social-media updates? This amusing video shows you just how strange things would get.
  • 37,479 websites struck down for selling counterfeit goods, abusing copyright (2015-12-01 06:56:09)
    The largest website takedown operation to date is part of a crackdown on IP theft, counterfeit goods and online piracy.
  • 2015: 'Must-have' MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro accessories (2015-12-01 06:38:22)
    Got a MacBook, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro? Here are a range of accessories that can help you be more productive and protect your investment.
  • ​What unhappy Apple Watch owners think: limited, poor battery, lacks value (2015-12-01 06:10:00)
    But new study also finds that just under half of Watch owners dissatisfied with their device will give it a second chance when Apple releases the next version.
  • 2015: The very best Android smartphones (2015-12-01 06:08:37)
    With 2015 drawing to a close, let's take a look at what are the very best Android currently on offer. And what an amazing year it has been for Android smartphones.
  • Singapore consumers warned of malware targeting mobile banking services (2015-12-01 06:08:13)
    Once downloaded onto the mobile device, the malware hijacks credit card information and intercepts SMS one-time passwords to make fraudulent online purchases, warns Association of Banks in Singapore.
  • More hands-on with the Raspberry Pi Zero: Loading, booting and configuring (2015-12-01 06:02:08)
    Today I share more information and first-hand experiences with the Raspberry Pi Zero, including loading, booting, configuring and using the PiHub for both USB expansion and power.
  • The world's tallest building will be one kilometer high (2015-12-01 05:55:55)
    The Burj Khalifa in Dubai currently holds the title of world's tallest building, but its architects are now looking to overtake it with a new project in Saudi Arabia. Known as the Jeddah Tower, or Kingdom Tower, the building will rise at least 3,280 feet when it's completed in 2018, making it the world's first to reach a full kilometer into the air. The tower was designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, and construction up to the 26th floor has already been completed.
  • The iconic Holga film camera is dead, and here's why that's sad (2015-12-01 05:51:17)
    The Holga, a plastic 120 film camera first designed in China in the early '80s before developing a global cult following, is no longer being made. A Holga camera really is about creativity and unpredictability and a refreshing medium in today's digital age," says Freestyle CEO Gerald H. Karmele. Personally, the Holga is the camera that first got me into film photography.
  • Adobe renames Flash Professional to Animate, pivots to HTML5 (2015-12-01 05:47:00)
    Adobe renamed its Creative Cloud software Flash Professional to Animate as it downplays Flash, which is under fire in many camps, and pivots to HTML5 with its messaging. Flash Professional was already used for HTML5 animations.
  • China's Didi bullish on U.S. partner Lyft, criticizes Uber (2015-12-01 05:45:28)
    By Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - Ride-hailing company Didi Kuaidi, the Chinese front of an anti-Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] alliance, said it is seeing better than expected results from its September investment in Lyft, Uber's main rival on its U.S. home turf. "The strategic partnership we've built has been actually more successful than we anticipated from the beginning," said Didi's Stephen Zhu, vice president of strategy, in a group interview in Beijing on Tuesday. "Ever since we invested in Lyft, their market share has grown so much," Zhu said, without giving exact figures.
  • How to keep Android smartphones and tablets secure (2015-12-01 05:22:00)
    Here's the best way to keep Android devices secure, and what you do when they've come to the end of their lives.
  • Lenovo's Zuk Z1 is a cheap smartphone with more battery than bite (2015-12-01 05:02:37)
    The Zuk Z1 has a goofy name and feels pretty goofy, too. It’s the first smartphone from Lenovo’s Zuk sub-brand and joins a growing roster of cheap but well-specced Android handsets like the Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 and Asus ZenFone 2. The Z1 was unveiled in China back in August, and although there’s no US release date planned, it’s available now in Europe for as little as €319.99 (around $340).
  • The weirdest Windows phone in years comes from Japan (2015-12-01 05:00:02)
    Microsoft’s first Lumia smartphones running Windows 10 Mobile have just landed, but we’re yet to see much in the way of third-party support for the new OS. Both of those devices are pretty uninteresting beside their novel combination of software and origin.
  • Google Chrome update can drop data consumption by 70 percent (2015-12-01 04:49:25)
    Google has unveiled an update to Android's Chrome Data Saver feature. Rolling out first in India and Indonesia, it can potentially save users 70 percent of their data.
  • Christmas lights might be slowing down your Wi-Fi (2015-12-01 04:40:13)
    This isn't new advice, as all sorts of electrical appliances can mess with your internet, but Ofcom has issued the warning as it launches a new Wi-Fi checker app for troubleshooting dodgy connections. There are lots of solutions to this sort of Wi-Fi interference, but it depends on the individual's situation.
  • Nokia prices virtual reality camera at $60,000 (2015-12-01 04:14:34)
    HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland's Nokia on Tuesday said it will price its virtual reality camera at $60,000 and begin its shipments in the first quarter of next year. Launched initially in July, the spherical camera features eight sensors and microphones and it is designed for making 3D movies and games that can be watched and played with virtual reality headsets. Once the world's largest mobile phone maker, Nokia is now focused on making telecom network equipment. It is also planning to come back to the phone business by designing and licensing handsets next year. ...
  • J.J. Abrams wrote new Star Wars cantina music with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda (2015-12-01 03:48:10)
    With less than three weeks until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits movie theaters, director J.J. Abrams is still danging tidbits of information over our heads. In his latest tease, casually mentioned on last night's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Abrams let slip that he has collaborated with Lin-Manuel Miranda — the creator of hit musical Hamilton — to produce new cantina music for Episode VII. For one, Abrams' comment confirms that The Force Awakens will have at least one cantina scene: good news for fans of weird aliens, death sticks, and altercations that end with arms being sliced off.
  • The Latest: Prince Charles, climate envoys focus on forests (2015-12-01 03:35:05)
    LE BOURGET, France (AP) — The latest news from the U.N. climate conference in Paris, which runs through Dec. 11. All times local:
  • Cybersecurity bills would add secrecy to public records laws (2015-12-01 03:23:26)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A proposed law to encourage companies to share cyberthreat information with the U.S. government includes measures that could significantly limit what details the public can review about the program.
  • Report: BMW CEO sees point when updating diesel uneconomic (2015-12-01 03:02:10)
    BERLIN (AP) — BMW's CEO says that at some future point it will no longer make economic sense to keep adapting diesel engines to ever-tougher rules, but he isn't saying when.
  • HPE stumps for composable infrastructure, launches Synergy system (2015-12-01 03:00:04)
    Hewlett Packard Enterprise launches Synergy and aims to pitch composable infrastructure to businesses. The composable bandwagon is likely to fill up in 2016.
  • Nokia's first virtual reality camera available for preorder (2015-12-01 02:54:42)
    Designed to capture video in 360°, with quality audio, Nokia Technology's Ozo is a high-end piece of equipment that is now available for preorder at $60,000. Nokia Technologies has been working on new business ventures after having dropped their smartphone division in 2014, and virtual reality technology is one of their undertakings. The Finnish company initially teased the Ozo, their first high-end, professional-quality VR camera, back in July.
  • Apple Music is coming to Sonos speakers (2015-12-01 02:25:17)
    Sonos announced on November 30 that Apple Music will be available to test in beta mode on their wireless speaker systems from December 15. Subscribers to Apple Music will soon be able to stream music on their Sonos speakers, and are invited to trial the service in beta mode from December 15. The partnership marks the first time that Apple has paired with an outside hardware manufacturer to stream its music.
  • How Nokia is reinventing itself with a $60,000 virtual reality camera (2015-12-01 01:49:03)
    Last July Nokia revealed Ozo, a high-end virtual reality camera designed to capture video and audio in full, 360-degree glory. Tonight at an event in downtown Los Angeles, Nokia revealed just how much that kind of integrated, professional solution will cost, and it’s not cheap: Ozo is priced at $60,000, putting it well out of reach for the hobbyist. "When I joined in September of 2014, I was tasked with coming up with a new strategy for Nokia Technologies," Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia Technologies tells me.
  • Cabcharge extends RFID technology to car parks (2015-12-01 01:31:39)
    Cabcharge will begin the rollout of its "windows up" technology in London following a successful trial of the taxi-like payment technology in a Secure Parking car park in Sydney.
  • Listen to Beyoncé's collaboration with Coldplay (2015-12-01 01:25:07)
    For Coldplay's upcoming album — out this Friday — one of the world's biggest bands asked one of the world's biggest artists to join forces. Beyoncé has collaborated with the band on new track "Hymn for the Weekend," which you can listen to below, after the song got its first play on BBC Radio yesterday. Guy Berryman, Coldplay's bassist, said that Beyoncé was ultra professional when it came to recording her parts for the song, telling BBC Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac that the singer was "in and out in five minutes." Sadly, it shows.
  • Almost two-thirds of Australians prefer NFC to cash: MasterCard (2015-12-01 01:19:30)
    Contactless payments are the preferred payment method for 66 percent of Australians, with 64 percent preferring it to cash, according to a survey conducted for MasterCard.
  • NSW government announces emergency services telco strategy (2015-12-01 01:14:00)
    The NSW government is consolidating its public safety agency telco assets under one agency, and sending the Telco Authority to lobby the federal government to advocate emergency services spectrum allocation.
  • Samsung replaces chief of struggling mobile unit (2015-12-01 01:00:24)
    Co-CEO JK Shin, who had headed up the unit since 2009, will remain as head of the company's overall mobile business to focus on long-term strategy.
  • Cyber Monday breaks sales record again, but perhaps not for long (2015-12-01 00:35:19)
    With more holiday spending happening earlier, Cyber Monday may soon lose its crown as the biggest online US sales day of the year.
  • Kaspersky: 1 in 7 people use one password (2015-12-01 00:17:55)
    Security firm Kaspersky has found that one in seven people are leaving themselves open to attack by having the one password for multiple accounts.
  • The Internet is furious about the state of Reese’s Peanut Butter Christmas Trees (2015-12-01 00:15:10)
    Is nothing sacred anymore? It used to be that when you’d buy one of Reese’s special Peanut Butter Christmas Trees, you’d get a piece of candy that would bear a passing resemblance to some kind of tree… or at the very least, something that recognizably looked like an attempt to depict a tree. This year, however, it looks like Reese’s has been phoning it in and the Internet is not happy about it. MUST WATCH: 10 glaring mistakes you might have missed while watching the Star Wars prequels Food blog Delish points out that there has been a lot of chatter on social media about the frankly sorry state of this year’s Reese’s Christmas Trees. In case you don’t know, the candies are
  • Adobe lights a Fuse with its Photoshop updates for November (2015-12-01 00:00:03)
    A lot of small tweaks to Photoshop and Adobe's first outing for its Fuse people-modeling and compositing technology debut.
  • Dell certificates vulnerability: How to protect your Windows systems (2015-11-30 23:44:35)
    A pair of digital certificates released by Dell produced a vulnerability that could expose Windows systems to risk. Learn the scope of the threat and how to remediate it.
  • Samsung Electronics names new smartphone head as heir apparent makes mark (2015-11-30 23:37:27)
    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's long-time handset division chief is ceding day-to-day management of the struggling smartphone business in the biggest leadership change yet under the Samsung conglomerate's heir-apparent, Jay Y. Lee. Samsung Group said 54-year-old Dongjin Koh will take over as president of the mobile communications business from 59-year-old J.K. Shin, who will remain head of the overall mobile division for Samsung Electronics and focus on long-term strategy and developing new growth businesses. The move diminishes Shin's influence on the mobile business as the former cash-cow battles to reverse a slide in its market share to rivals like Apple Inc, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] and Xiaomi Inc [XTC.UL].
  • Invisible forces appear to be at play in this bizarre car accident video (2015-11-30 23:30:57)
    Videos of strange vehicle accidents are a dime a dozen in 2015 with all of the traffic and dashboard cameras littering the streets, but there’s still an occasional incident so odd that we can’t help but bring it to your attention. This is one of those incidents. SEE ALSO: Hackers vs. terrorists: How Anonymous wants to beat ISIS Before we try to find an explanation, you should just watch the video: At first glance, it appears that a large, invisible rhinoceros might have run through traffic, knocking over cars in its way like bowling pins. There also might have been a huge gust of wind, but if that’s the case, then why didn’t the people standing next to the vehicles get blown away as
  • The School That's Making a Career in Tech Possible for Everyone (2015-11-30 23:19:16)
    Lyn Muldrow needed something in her life to change. She was a single mother living in Baltimore, eight months pregnant with her second child. After a long bought with unemployment, she found work as a customer support agent for a marketing company, but she wanted more for her family. That's when Muldrow discovered General Assembly, where she...
  • Secrets revealed in a new 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' trailer (2015-11-30 22:49:38)
    Batman in chains? Superman worshipped? Catch a glimpse at a "Scooby Doo"-esque unmasking scene from the upcoming superhero showdown "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice."
  • Amazon gives drone details, still mum on timeline (2015-11-30 22:32:17)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is giving new details on its Prime Air drone delivery program. But the timeline is still unclear.
  • Corporate to IT: transform us, but don't spend too much money doing it (2015-11-30 22:27:17)
    Everyone wants to become digital dynamos, but aren't lending much support to the people charged with making it happen.
  • Google denies Israeli YouTube monitoring deal (2015-11-30 22:14:02)
    The Israeli government has corrected its statement on Google agreeing to help monitor YouTube content after the tech giant denied an agreement had been reached.
  • Samsung replaces mobile chief as smartphone lead dwindles (2015-11-30 22:03:08)
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung is replacing its mobile president at Samsung Electronics for the first time in six years.
  • Patton Oswalt recruited for new 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' cast (2015-11-30 22:02:20)
    MST3K creator Joel Hodgson announces that Oswalt will join comedian Jonah Ray and actor Felicia Day in the new series.
  • Amazon Prime’s latest perk brings free video streaming to JetBlue flights (2015-11-30 22:00:58)
    Frequent flyers, rejoice! Amazon and JetBlue announced last week that they have entered into a new partnership which will allow Amazon Prime members to stream video free of charge on over 150 JetBlue aircraft with Fly-Fi broadband Internet. If you have a Prime membership, all you have to do is sign in to gain access to tens of thousands of free movies and TV shows. DON’T MISS: Amazon’s big Cyber Monday 2015 sale is here: Everything you need to know “Offering streaming movies and shows from Amazon Video over free Fly-Fi changes the game in in-flight entertainment, much like our seatback televisions did 15 years ago,” said Jamie Perry, JetBlue vice president of brand and product development. The agreement will also see Amazon’s
  • Samsung inject new blood into mobile division (2015-11-30 21:19:00)
    Samsung's annual leadership reshuffle has seen Koh Dong-jin named as president and head of the mobile division, with JK Shin to stay on as CEO
  • Bruce Wayne is unmasked in the latest Batman v. Superman teaser (2015-11-30 21:01:23)
    Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is set to debut in just a few more months, so it's about time we saw some new footage. Airing during Gotham's fall finale this evening, this brief teaser shows Batman held prisoner in the desert moments before Superman comes and unmasks him. Just in case you didn't know, it was Ben Affleck the whole time.
  • Samsung has a new mobile president (2015-11-30 20:42:56)
    JK Shin, co-CEO of Samsung Electronics and mobile division chief, is stepping down from hands-on management of the smartphone business, Reuters reports. Although Shin will remain in technical charge of the overall mobile division, his role as president will be taken over by Dongjin Koh, who will handle day-to-day operations. Koh was head of Samsung's mobile R&D until now, reportedly "playing a key role" in the development of recent Samsung phones like the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6.
  • World leaders gather to try to save Earth from overheating (2015-11-30 20:35:08)
    LE BOURGET, France (AP) — With dramatic vows to save future generations from an overheated planet, the largest gathering ever of world leaders began two weeks of talks Monday aimed at producing the most far-reaching pact yet to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and avert environmental havoc.
  • USS Enterprise vs. Millennium Falcon: Neil deGrasse Tyson weighs in on the ultimate nerd fight (2015-11-30 20:30:58)
    If you had to travel the galaxy using only one famous spaceship from Hollywood’s two iconic sci-fi franchises, which one would it be? Physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has weighed in on this intense nerd fight and has explained why he would choose Star Trek’s USS Enterprise over Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon if he had to pick just one. MUST WATCH: 10 glaring mistakes you might have missed while watching the Star Wars prequels In a video posted by National Geographic, the physicist emphatically says that there’s “no question” at all that he’d pick the Enterprise because it’s much more of a space exploration vehicle and not a re-purposed freighter like the Falcon. “There are real scientists and real engineers on staff [who are] on the
  • Walmart's offering restocked Cyber Monday deals on Monday night (2015-11-30 20:23:44)
    If you missed Cyber Monday during the day, you'll be able to shop replenished stock of the top deals during its Evening Edition sale at 9 p.m. ET.
  • BlackBerry to exit Pakistan over privacy concerns (2015-11-30 20:12:18)
    The Canadian former giant BlackBerry has ended speculation by announcing on Monday that it will exit the Pakistani market before the end of 2015.
  • Office Q&A: A SUMIFS() matrix and absolute Table referencing (2015-11-30 20:01:00)
    In this month's Q&A, we tackle two Excel techniques: summarizing transactions via a SUMIFS() matrix and setting up the correct syntax for absolute column references.
  • How Apple stays ahead of the game without spending top dollar on R&D (2015-11-30 19:55:43)
    Although its critics will claim otherwise, Apple is still a very innovative company. Sure, it has its share of stinkers — we’re looking at you, Apple Music — but it’s also been ahead of the pack when it comes to features such as implementing 64-bit chips in phones, creating new ways of interacting with touch-based technology such as 3D Touch, and being the first company to use biometrics as the linchpin of its mobile payments service. And yet, the company spends a smaller percentage of its revenue on research and development compared to Google, Facebook, and just about every major player in tech. What gives? FROM EARLIER: Why the iPhone 7’s most radical design change might not be such a big deal
  • Samsung Electronics mobile chief cedes day-to-day management role (2015-11-30 19:49:40)
    Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's long-time handset division chief is ceding day-to-day management of the firm's struggling smartphone business, shifting his focus to long-term strategy amid growing earnings headwinds. Samsung Group, in its annual personnel appointments announcement, said Dongjin Koh will take over as president of the mobile communications business from J.K. Shin, who will remain head of the overall mobile division for Samsung and focus on long-term strategy and developing new growth businesses. Samsung Electronics has continued to lose market share to Apple Inc in the premium segment and to Chinese rivals such as Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and Xiaomi Inc in the lower end of the market.
  • Jeremy Clarkson's real role with Amazon: Pitchman (2015-11-30 19:47:07)
    Technically Incorrect: Some wondered whether Amazon was overpaying for the boorish Brit "Top Gear" presenter and his friends. But he's already appeared in two Amazon ads. Might there be more?
  • Datacom and MBIE resolve Immigration NZ project dispute (2015-11-30 19:44:00)
    A report from NZ Treasury reveals a disagreement on scope between the government super-ministry and ICT services provider Datacom.
  • Armada Collective makes ransom demands on Greek banks: Report (2015-11-30 19:41:33)
    Banking sources say hackers have disrupted internet services and made bitcoin ransom demands against three Greek banks, but have not accessed client details.
  • Children's data exposed in VTech toy company hack (2015-11-30 19:30:28)
    Learning toy maker VTech Holdings on Monday said that millions of accounts and related children's profiles were affected by a cyber attack on one of the Hong Kong-based company's databases. VTech estimated about five million accounts were affected by a hacker breach of its Learning Lodge app store on November 14. Learning Lodge allows customers to download applications, games, e-books and other material for VTech devices.
  • Netflix strikes again: Streaming services now as popular as cable TV (2015-11-30 19:20:57)
    The ongoing fight for the collective viewing attention of consumers is absolutely fascinating to watch; not only are we in the midst of a highly competitive battle being waged by influential media giants, the outcome of the battle itself remains excitingly unpredictable. Sure, we know that streaming services from the likes of Netflix and HBO continue to grow in popularity, but a number of questions about what the media landscape will look like in even two years remains open to debate. For instance, what can cable providers do to attract new customers and, just as important, keep existing ones? Will Apple’s rumored TV subscription service prove successful? Can Netflix continue churning out an endless stream of compelling and original content? Can Hulu, or perhaps Amazon, steal away
  • Live GIF review (2015-11-30 19:03:00)
    Save and share your Live Photos as GIFs and videos
  • Hands on the Asus T100HA, which upgrades a popular Windows 2-in-1 (2015-11-30 18:57:32)
    Asus has updated its popular touch-screen 2-in-1 convertible, with the Asus T100HA featuring a faster processor, a USB Type-C port, and 64-bit Windows 10 in a reasonably-priced 1kg package.
  • Google opens online window on toll of climate change (2015-11-30 18:51:49)
    As world leaders gathered in Paris on Monday in the hope to stopping catastrophic climate change, Google Maps provided online views of remote locations where wildlife is struggling for survival. A "Street View" feature at the free online map service has grown from simply showing scenes outside of business or residential addresses to allowing arm chair adventurers to virtually explore mountains, rain forests, ocean depths and more. Some settings find creatures in dire straits, such as polar bear in the Canadian Arctic appearing to desperately wait for bay ice that doesn't form because temperatures are too warm.
  • Samsung’s next-gen processor smashes AnTuTu benchmark record (2015-11-30 18:45:30)
    It’s not surprising that Samsung’s next-generation Exynos 8890 processor is delivering a strong performance in early benchmarks but the record score the chipset has set in AnTuTu is still something that should turn heads. Per PhoneArena, the Exynos 8890 set a new record on benchmark site AnTuTu over the weekend with a score of 103,692, which smashed the previous AnTuTu benchmark score of 79,000 achieved by Huawei’s Kirin 950 chipset. The new chipset also broke records on Geekbench earlier this year as well, so this impressive performance shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. DON’T MISS: Amazon’s big Cyber Monday 2015 sale is here: Everything you need to know Terrific performance isn’t the only thing Samsung’s newest chipset will offer, as the company
  • $1 gets you a full year of unlimited cloud photo storage from Amazon (2015-11-30 18:25:10)
    On Black Friday, we told you about a crazy deal Amazon was offering: one full year of unlimited cloud storage for just $5. That deal is still live if you haven’t already jumped on it, and it’s an amazing bargain compared to other cloud storage solutions out there. Of course, products like Amazon Cloud Drive are nothing new, and you might already have all of your files backed up to the cloud with services like Dropbox, OneDrive or iCloud. If you don’t want to move all of your files over to Amazon but you do have a need to free up some space on your mobile devices that is currently occupied by photos, there’s another killer deal the retail giant
  • Physics whizzes create 'black hole' to stop urinal splash-back (2015-11-30 18:13:26)
    Aiming to keep khakis clean of urine droplets, a team of researchers turn to moss to develop an insert that will grab more pee.
  • ​Eight Wire pushes for fixed-price data migration (2015-11-30 18:01:00)
    Conductor tool offers consumption-based data migration charges based on the number of rows of data shifted.
  • Mark Hamill says ‘lots of surprises’ in new Star Wars, teases Luke Skywalker’s fate (2015-11-30 17:50:56)
    One of the major mysteries surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens concerns Luke Skywalker. The protagonist of the original Star Wars saga is nowhere to be seen in Episode VII trailers and TV commercials, and he’s not even on the official poster of the movie. Yet everyone else has dedicated screen time in trailers and poster placement. Mark Hamill said in interviews that he can’t share with us what happens to Luke in The Force Awakens. Director J.J. Abrams also stayed silent on the subject. DON’T MISS: Amazon’s big Cyber Monday 2015 sale is here: Everything you need to know However, Luke does appear in the movie and his role is certainly important for the entire story – after all,
  • Newly published FBI request shines light on National Security Letters (2015-11-30 17:48:47)
    An ISP has released the first unredacted National Security Letter attachment ever made public, exposing just how much access US law enforcement asks for in its secretive letters. In 2004, the FBI requested that Nicholas Merrill and his former ISP, the Calyx Internet Access Corporation, submit anything considered an "electronic communication transactional record," and it didn't clarify the vague wording. The agency did, however, explicitly list some examples for Merrill to go off, including his complete web DSL account information, including subscriber information and account numbers, along with his internet service provider and other personal data. National Security Letters are controversial among privacy advocates because of their broad powers and minimal oversight.
  • Why this 8-second video of a soda can has over 628,000 views (2015-11-30 17:44:52)
    There's a Star Wars explanation for the brief viral video of a Coca-Cola can that is entertaining an entire fandom.
  • Expensive Super Mario wristwatch levels up the luxury (2015-11-30 17:42:31)
    Got extra cash to blow on a luxury accessory with a plumber and a mushroom? Decorate your wrist with a Super Mario watch.
  • Microsoft revamps its navigation headphones for the blind (2015-11-30 17:37:09)
    Microsoft is overhauling its headphones for the visually impaired to make traversing urban environments a little bit easier. The experimental headphones are part of an initiative called Cities Unlocked, which focuses on using technology to aid the lives of those with sight loss. The new "phase two" over-the-ears pair provides new audio descriptions alongside the navigation prompts.
  • Target website stumbles on Cyber Monday, rivals out of stock (2015-11-30 17:29:10)
    By Nandita Bose and Nathan Layne CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. shoppers seeking to avoid the holiday crowds at bricks-and-mortar stores and snare deals on Cyber Monday came face-to-face with traffic jams and product sellouts, with some customers of Target Corp forced to wait in a virtual line. Sales on Cyber Monday, traditionally the busiest day of the year for Internet shopping, were up 14 percent from a year earlier at $490 million between midnight and 10 a.m. ET, according to Adobe Digital Index, part of Adobe Systems Inc, which provides digital marketing and media solutions to merchants. "Consumers are hyped for Cyber Monday, with social buzz more positive than what we saw on Black Friday, but they need to brace themselves for the highest out-of-stock rates of the season so far," said Tamara Gaffney, principal analyst at Adobe Digital Index.
  • Rumor: Apple is testing 5 different iPhone 7 prototypes (2015-11-30 17:15:11)
    The iPhone 6s is just a few months old, but Apple is already working hard on its upcoming smartphone. A number of different reports have already offered purported details about the iPhone 7, which is likely scheduled for a September 2016 launch, and a new report seems to indicate that Apple is far from having decided the device’s final hardware design and specifications. DON’T MISS: Amazon’s big Cyber Monday 2015 sale is here: Everything you need to know According to G for Games, a Weibo user who has posted accurate details about unconfirmed Apple plans in the past revealed that the iPhone maker is currently testing five different iPhone 7 versions. Each prototype has its own hardware characteristics, the report says, suggesting
  • George Lucas still believes Greedo shot first (2015-11-30 17:09:56)
    In a new profile, the famous director discusses the notorious shootout and explains why he'll be watching "The Force Awakens" after taking "a deep breath."
  • AT&T really wants you off that unlimited-data plan (2015-11-30 17:04:34)
    Anyone still on one of the grandfathered plans will see a $5 increase starting in February.
  • 72 Hours With the iPad Pro (2015-11-30 17:00:00)
    We spent three days straight with Apple's new iPad Pro. Here are the results.
  • Amazon Shows Off Its Prime Air Delivery Drone in Action (2015-11-30 17:00:00)
    Amazon Prime Air is still hypothetical, and for now, its legality is still, well, up in the air.
  • Microsoft, if you want to beat Evernote with OneNote, you're going to have to take the gloves off (2015-11-30 16:58:12)
    Given some of the challenges Evernote has been facing recently, Microsoft has a prime opportunity to provide OneNote as a compelling substitute -- if the company makes migration easy and seamless.
  • AT&T is raising the price on old unlimited data plans by $5 a month (2015-11-30 16:50:13)
    Still clinging to your old grandfathered unlimited data plan on AT&T? Then get ready to pay more for it. 9to5Mac is reporting that AT&T is going to start charging users with grandfathered unlimited data plans an extra $5 per month starting in February. While no one wants to pay more for their monthly data, having a plan with unlimited LTE that costs just $35 a month is still a very good deal, especially when you consider that T-Mobile just raised the rates of its own unlimited data plans to $45 a month. Verizon, meanwhile, recently raised the price of its grandfathered unlimited data plans from $30 to $50 a month. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: 4 myths about batteries you need
  • Loss-making Fronde finds a new CEO to lead cloud push (2015-11-30 16:46:00)
    Anthony Belsham appointed to revive company after a tough 2015 financial year.
  • VTech hack exposes 5 million accounts, including kids' photos, chats (2015-11-30 16:42:11)
    The toymaker stores personal data and photos in a way that may be easy for hackers to access. Also, Amazon shows off its latest design for delivery drones.
  • This Swatch watch will let you pay with your wrist (2015-11-30 16:30:31)
    In its first foray into wearable tech, the Swiss watchmaker strikes a deal with Visa. The Swatch Bellamy will sport an NFC chip, enabling contactless payments.
  • AT&T will raise cost of old unlimited data plans by $5 in February (2015-11-30 16:28:36)
    AT&T is planning to raise the cost of its unlimited data plan by $5 to a total of $35 in February. 9to5Mac first reported the coming change, and sources familiar with the company's plans have confirmed it with The Verge as well. Previously, that ceiling was much lower, which limited the appeal of staying on "unlimited" and put AT&T at odds with the Federal Communications Commission.
  • U.S. government reveals breadth of requests for Internet records (2015-11-30 16:21:07)
    By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has used a secretive authority to compel Internet and telecommunications firms to hand over customer data including an individual’s complete web browsing history and records of all online purchases, a court filing released Monday shows. The documents are believed to be the first time the government has provided details of its so-called national security letters, which are used by the FBI to conduct electronic surveillance without the need for court approval. The filing made public Monday was the result of an 11-year-old legal battle waged by Nicholas Merrill, founder of Calyx Internet Access, a hosted service provider, who refused to comply with a national security letter (NSL) he received in 2004.
  • Google denies monitoring accord with Israeli government (2015-11-30 16:17:33)
    Internet giant Google on Monday denied a report from Israel's foreign ministry that it has reached an agreement with the government to jointly monitor YouTube videos inciting attacks. The ministry last week said that Google, which owns YouTube, had agreed a joint mechanism to monitor online materials -- including videos encouraging attacks on Israelis -- after a meeting between Google executives and the Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely. A Google spokesman told AFP the meeting, in which Hotovely met Google's senior counsel for public policy, Juniper Downs, and YouTube chief executive Susan Wojcicki, was just "one of many that we have with policymakers from different countries to explain our policies on controversial content, flagging and removals".
  • Google hires the man in charge of Tesla's Autopilot feature (2015-11-30 16:13:41)
    Google has hired Robert Rose, the man who led the development of Tesla's "Autopilot" project. Rose spent six months helping Tesla launch its Autopilot and Autosteer features, and he also worked at SpaceX for more than five years. There, he was a software engineer on some of the first Falcon 9 flights, and eventually was the director of flight software for all of SpaceX.
  • Top carbon culprits US, China, India debate nuances of roles (2015-11-30 16:13:25)
    LE BOURGET, France (AP) — Call them the culprits of carbon.
  • U.S. states probe VTech hack, experts warn of more attacks (2015-11-30 16:10:22)
    By Jim Finkle, Clare Baldwin and Donny Kwok BOSTON/HONG KONG (Reuters) - U.S. states said they will investigate a massive breach at digital toy maker VTech Holdings Ltd as security experts warned that hackers are likely to target similar companies that handle customer data. VTech did not break out the number of children affected. Motherboard reported on Monday that the hackers also stole photos and chat logs from VTech's Kid Connect service, which allows adults to use their smartphones to chat with kids using VTech tablet.
  • US ends phone data collection exposed by Snowden (2015-11-30 16:09:53)
    The US government has halted its controversial program to collect vast troves of information from Americans' phone calls, a move prompted by the revelations of former intelligence analyst Edward Snowden. As of Sunday, the National Security Agency (NSA) ended the program whose existence its former analyst Snowden revealed in 2013. US lawmakers earlier this year passed legislation known as the USA Freedom Act to stop the program and roll back some powers the NSA had gained under the Patriot Act in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
  • Best Cyber Monday deals for Android smartphones and tablets (2015-11-30 16:02:09)
    With Black Friday over, Cyber Monday 2015 is your chance to score some impressive deals on mobile devices, including Android smartphones and tablets. You can find great bargains on hot Android gadgets all year long, but chances are you’re going to score far more deals on your favorite Android handset on Cyber Monday than on any other regular Monday. Below, you can find some of the hot Android smartphone deals now available from various retailers. DON’T MISS: Amazon’s big Cyber Monday 2015 sale is here: Everything you need to know Smartphones: Amazon: $399.99 32GB Galaxy S6 (save $200) Amazon: $399.99 32GB HTC One M9 (save $130) HTC: $389.40 32GB HTC One M9 (save $130) Cricket Wireless: $249.99 Galaxy S6 with two-year
  • Apple Music coming to Sonos in December (2015-11-30 15:36:48)
    Sonos is about to be the first manufacturer to support the Apple Music streaming service via its beta program.
  • Atlassian Corp. sets IPO price range, aims to raise $370 million (2015-11-30 15:34:02)
    By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Software company Atlassian Corp wants to raise up to $370 million in what is expected to be one of the highest-valued U.S. tech company share offerings this year. The company will sell at least 20 million shares priced at $16.50 to $18.50 each in its initial public offering, according to an updated regulatory filing. At the middle of the range, Atlassian would have a value of $3.6 billion, up from the $3.3 billion valuation it commanded in 2014.
  • China, U.S. high-level cyber crime talks to begin Tuesday (2015-11-30 15:32:38)
    By Dustin Volz and Meg Shen WASHINGTON/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Top U.S. and Chinese officials will convene this week in Washington for the first round of cyber security talks following the signing of a bilateral anti-hacking accord in September. China's Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun is in Washington through Sunday and will meet U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, Chinese state media reported. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is also expected to take part in the discussions.
  • Cyber Monday's tale: Amazon cleans up (2015-11-30 15:32:00)
    Amazon's sales so far are up 23 percent year-over-year, well above its competitors.
  • Kohl’s Cyber Monday deals are live right now – save on HDTVs, laptops, tablets and more (2015-11-30 15:24:27)
    You have plenty of options for your Cyber Monday shopping but be sure you don’t overlook what Kohl’s is offering this year. Kohl’s Cyber Monday 2015 deals are now live and they include some great tech bargains on HDTVs, laptops, tablets and more. Let’s go over the highlights below. RELATED: Amazon’s big Cyber Monday 2015 sale is here: Everything you need to know Here are some of the best tech-related deals we could find: LG 43-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED TV 43LF5400 – $349.99 (normally $399.99) Vizio 15.6-in. Thin + Light Ultrabook Laptop – $799.99 (normally $1,299.99) LINSAY 10.1-Inch Quad Core 1024x600HD Front Camera 8GB Android 4.4 Tablet PC Bundle – $79.99 (normally $99.99) Riviera RC Pathfinder Hexacopter 12-in. Drone with Camera
  • 'Tis the season to be fraud-y: Cyber Monday's a holiday for hackers too (2015-11-30 15:22:48)
    Don't lose your head amid all the wonderful deals. Online crooks are counting on you to let your digital guard down on Cyber Monday.
  • We don't need a thinner iPhone (2015-11-30 15:19:34)
    If a report from the Japanese blog Macotakara is to be believed, Apple is planning on getting rid of the headphone jack in the next iPhone. As it attempts to once again shrink its flagship device, Apple is reportedly planning on shipping EarPods that connect through the Lighting port with the next iPhone in order to remove the thicker 3.5mm headphone jack. Apple may in fact want to get rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack.
  • Mario takes on Minecraft Guy in battle of the video games (2015-11-30 15:17:39)
    The embodiments of two of the top video game franchises of all time go head-to-head to determine which one reigns supreme.
  • CBS is picking up a full season of Supergirl (2015-11-30 15:05:33)
    Supergirl is sticking around a little longer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS is picking up seven more episodes of the oft-campy, feminist-friendly superhero show, bringing its first season up to a total of 20 episodes. Supergirl's premiere was one of this fall's most-watched debuts, and the show has maintained decent ratings that pair well with its sterling critical reception.
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson says the Enterprise would destroy the Millennium Falcon (2015-11-30 15:00:50)
    In a recent video interview with National Geographic, Neil deGrasse Tyson finally set the record straight for sci-fi fans everywhere. Asked whether he'd choose Star Wars' Millennium Falcon or Star Trek's Enterprise, Tyson naturally chose the jewel of the Federation fleet, the Enterprise, as his preferred spaceship. "There's no question!" he exclaimed, explaining how the Enterprise has the benefit of being based in some semblance of reality and that it was groundbreaking for its being the first spaceship in science fiction designed expressly for exploration.
  • Awkward 'Star Wars Holiday Special' awakens in fan's mashup trailer (2015-11-30 14:53:23)
    After watching this "Force Awakens" mashup, you may never see the embarrassing "Star Wars Holiday Special" the same way again.
  • 10 glaring mistakes you might have missed while watching the Star Wars prequels (2015-11-30 14:51:18)
    When we think of Star Wars Episodes I-III, it can be hard to separate the good from the bad. I know it’s tempting to say that the entirety of the Star Wars prequel trilogy was one glaring mistake, but if you look a little deeper, you can actually find smaller, more granular issues within the films as well. DON’T MISS: 12 best Cyber Monday sales that are live right now Over the weekend, Screen Rant shared its latest compilation video, this one focusing on 10 mistakes you might have missed in The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. One of my personal favorite errors comes when the Jedi Council arrives on Naboo, Samuel L. Jackson’s body double can be
  • What do business people think of their CIO? (2015-11-30 14:44:00)
    Multiple research reports give a consistent view of business perceptions toward IT and the Chief Information Officer. In summary, there is hope but much work remains.
  • VTech hack gets worse: Chat logs, kids' photos taken in breach (2015-11-30 14:40:00)
    One security expert questioned why some data was collected by VTech in the first place.
  • Horrific drone accident destroys toddler's eyeball (2015-11-30 14:37:57)
    The neighbor, who is described as an experienced drone pilot, was flying in front of his own home, but lost control of the unit after its rotors clipped a tree. Guidelines from the Federal Aviation Administration in the US and the Civil Aviation Authority in the UK recommend against flying in populated areas and flying in a manner that might endanger others. Both agencies are in the process of creating updated rules and regulations that would work to address the increasingly widespread use of drones.
  • Apple Configurator 2 makes iPad and iPhone deploys even easier for SMBs (2015-11-30 14:37:43)
    Apple's Configurator 2.0 is a lightweight and agile configuration app that is a boon to SMBs. Read about the latest version's new features and options.
  • Apple Music arrives on Sonos speakers in beta form December 15 (2015-11-30 14:32:00)
    After promising Apple Music on Sonos connected speakers by year end, Apple is delivering: Next month a beta begins to stream Apple's tunes on Sonos devices around the home.
  • Adobe releases Premiere Clip for Android (2015-11-30 14:31:34)
    Adobe has launched Premiere Clip for Android, its first video editor for the Google Play platform. 
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise to become Azure partner (2015-11-30 14:28:00)
    The company is looking to focus its efforts on services and hardware.
  • Apple Pencil: 5 apps to get you started (2015-11-30 14:15:54)
    These five apps for notetaking and sketching will get you familiar with the Apple Pencil's capabilities. Spoiler: It's pretty impressive.
  • Apple Music will work with Sonos speakers starting December 15th (2015-11-30 14:04:22)
    Sonos speakers will soon let you play tunes from yet another streaming service: Apple Music. The company has announced that it'll launch support for Apple's music offering — in beta to start — on December 15th. Currently, playing tracks from the streaming service requires plugging your iPhone or iPad into a Sonos speaker with an aux cable.
  • U.S. states to probe breach at digital toymaker VTech (2015-11-30 14:02:22)
    At least two U.S. states plan to investigate a breach at Hong Kong-based toymaker VTech Holdings Ltd, which surfaced late last week and exposed data of millions of customers who use a portal for downloading content including children's games. "We are aware of the breach and will be looking into it," said Jaclyn Falkowski, a spokeswoman for Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, said on Monday. "Illinois will investigate," said Eileen Boyce, a spokeswoman for Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
  • Target’s Cyber Monday 2015 deals are live now, but you’ll have to act fast (2015-11-30 13:59:16)
    It was touch-and-go for a while there, but it looks like the vast majority of us made it through the Black Friday weekend unscathed. Unfortunately, there’s no time to celebrate, because many retailers have now kicked off Cyber Monday 2015 deals, some of which are scheduled to last for the rest of the week. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at some of Target’s best deals. MORE DEALS: Amazon’s big Cyber Monday 2015 sale is here: Everything you need to know Some of these deals are only available today, so be sure to act fast if you see something that interests you. Also, don’t forget to use coupon code CYBER15 for 15% off your order: New Nintendo 3DS XL —
  • Rainbow Six Siege dev will not tolerate team-killing (2015-11-30 13:48:07)
    "We have a plan in place" to handle trolls, Ubisoft says.
  • Sony unlocks PS4's seventh CPU core, data suggests (2015-11-30 13:47:56)
    Middleware firm's update notes contain references to recent changes to PS4's processor allocation.
  • Rocket League introduces free portal DLC this week (2015-11-30 13:47:54)
    PC and PS4 versions gets new content this week themed around Valve's puzzle game; see the full list of items here.
  • Uncharted 4 adds Halo 5, BioShock voice actress (2015-11-30 13:47:52)
    Laura Bailey joins the cast for an unspecified role; "never-before-seen" footage coming this week.
  • Watch Just Cause 3's launch trailer that's really a Rap Video About Explosions (2015-11-30 13:47:49)
    A rap video you probably didn't expect.
  • Amazon’s best Cyber Monday 2015 deals on HDTVs (2015-11-30 13:32:19)
    Amazon’s Black Friday deals were pretty crazy this year, but the fun isn’t over just yet. Today kicks off another week of sales beginning with Cyber Monday 2015 and running all the way through this coming Saturday, December 5th. Amazon is the biggest online retailer in the world and since Cyber Week is all about online sales, you can believe that Amazon is going to come through in a big way. The retailer is offering killer deals across all product categories, but there’s one in particular that you might want to pay close attention to: HDTVs. Black Friday 2015 brought some incredible HDTV deals with it, but don’t worry if you missed out. There are still plenty of great deals
  • BlackBerry to leave Pakistan after refusing to ditch user privacy (2015-11-30 13:26:44)
    The Canadian company has taken a stand against demands for "backdoor" access to its services, including encrypted email and messages.
  • John Legend records song with actual stars from space (2015-11-30 13:17:39)
    Real stars get in on recording with superstar John Legend after an assist from astrophysicist.
  • Tis the season to be fraud-y: Cyber Monday's a holiday for hackers too (2015-11-30 13:13:42)
    Don't lose your head amid all the wonderful deals. Online crooks are counting on you to let your digital guard down on Cyber Monday.
  • 6 Ways to Make the Most of Any Accelerator Program (2015-11-30 13:11:45)
    This past summer I was a member of 500 Startups, one of the top accelerator programs in the world. For those who aren't familiar with 500 Startups or other accelerators (like Y Combinator or Tech Stars,) it's helpful to understand how these organizations function to fund Silicon Valley startups and technology innovation across the...
  • 3 Lessons From Tech Mergers, for Dell-EMC (2015-11-30 13:10:31)
    The blockbuster merger between Dell and EMC may be on the rocks, if shareholders of VMware have a say in it. VMware's shares listed on the NYSE have dropped 30% since the merger was announced (the company is still majority-owned by EMC). The outside owners are asking: Why merge this fast-growing and promising business with Dell's declining...
  • U.S. Cyber Monday sales jump, high traffic leads to website outages (2015-11-30 13:07:15)
    By Nandita Bose CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. online sales grew 14 percent on Cyber Monday, on track to set a record, leading some retail websites, like Target Corp's, to crash temporarily due to high customer traffic. Website outages and slow checkouts during the five-day shopping spree starting Thanksgiving Thursday, were also reported at PayPal Inc, department store chain Neiman Marcus, Wal-Mart Stores Inc, L Brands Inc's Victoria Secret, and at Foot Locker Inc. Sales on Cyber Monday, the busiest day of the year for internet shopping, were up 14 percent from a year earlier at $490 million between midnight to 10 a.m. ET, according to Adobe Digital Index, part of Adobe Systems Inc, which provides digital marketing and media solutions to merchants.
  • 9 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time (2015-11-30 13:05:56)
    You get a free app! And you get a free app! And you get a free app! Everybody gets free apps! Today’s list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free packs nine nifty premium apps that are all free downloads for a limited time. These sales could be over at any minute though, so don’t delay. DON’T MISS: 12 best Cyber Monday sales that are live right now These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is
  • Adobe releases its first video editor for Android (2015-11-30 13:03:58)
    Adobe has been starting to pay more attention to Android, and that continues today with the launch of Premiere Clip, the first video editor it's brought to Google's platform. Premiere Clip on Android is pretty much identical to Premiere Clip on iOS, which launched around this time last year: it's an easy-to-use but surprisingly capable video editor that lets you assemble clips, adjust their look, and put music over them. It can pull in visual looks you've created using Adobe Capture, letting you easily apply custom color grading to clips.
  • Peter Jackson hints at directing 'Doctor Who' as Peter Capaldi drops by (2015-11-30 13:02:28)
    The "Doctor Who" star finds the "Lord of the Rings" director polishing his Oscars in a comic video skit.
  • WhatsApp is blocking links to a competing messenger app (2015-11-30 12:58:26)
    This morning, Telegram users on WhatsApp noticed something strange. Reached by The Verge, Telegram confirmed the activity, which seems to have begun with a silent update pushed earlier this morning. The update has the same version number as a previously deployed update (2.12.367), but a Telegram volunteer confirmed that a new 367 update was deployed this morning.
  • Review: Erykah Badu's phone-obsessed mixtape explores intimacy and connection (2015-11-30 12:57:11)
    In a year where the word "mixtape" has been stretched like taffy to describe releases of widely varying length and ambition, there’s something refreshing about Erykah Badu’s minor new tape But You Caint Use My Phone. Badu, producer Zach Witness, and their collaborators recorded the tape in a Dallas bedroom studio in just under two weeks, and it radiates domestic warmth and good humor. Badu’s extended cover of "Hotline Bling" — retitled "Cell U Lar Device" here — gives But You Caint Use My Phone its concept and serves as its core.
  • EU anti-terror chief urges accord on passenger data collection by year end (2015-11-30 12:43:47)
    EU counter-terror chief Gilles de Kerchove called Monday for the European parliament to secure an agreement with member states that would require airlines to share passenger data by the end of the year. Calls for the so-called Passenger Name Record (PNR) system to be implemented in the European Union have risen in intensity since the deadly Paris attacks, despite reservations over the issue of protecting personal information. "I hope that the European parliament will be able to reach an agreement before the end of the year on an efficient PNR," he told reporters just weeks after the attacks in the French capital that left 130 dead.
  • Hack of toy maker VTech exposes 5 million customers (2015-11-30 12:39:57)
    A hacker got into a customer database for the Learning Lodge app store, where parents can download apps, games and e-books for VTech toys.
  • Hackers vs. terrorists: How Anonymous wants to beat ISIS (2015-11-30 12:38:59)
    The Anonymous hackers collective declared war on ISIS immediately after the Paris attacks earlier this month. In the days that followed, Anonymous took out thousands of Twitter accounts belonging to the group and also issued warnings about imminent attacks, but that info apparently wasn’t accurate. Anonymous isn’t the only hacker group fighting ISIS right now, and while Anonymous’ efforts might not seem that effective, a person familiar with the group’s efforts explained what’s actually happening behind the scenes. DON’T MISS: 12 best Cyber Monday sales that are live right now Gregg Housh, the most prominent member of Anonymous since he is the only one who has been publicly identified, talked to The Independent about how the hacker collective works in its attempt to stop ISIS’s online activity.
  • Online shoppers outnumber in-store shoppers over Thanksgiving weekend (2015-11-30 12:30:04)
    Consumers cite avoiding crowds, saving time and finding better or similar deals as top reasons for shopping on the Internet.
  • The flagship smartphone is dead (2015-11-30 12:12:29)
    Five years ago, there was only one iPhone, one Palm Pre, one Nokia N8, and one Xperia X10. Each mobile company’s flagship phone was readily identifiable. Is Samsung’s flagship the Galaxy S6 or the Note 5?
  • Samsung’s Cyber Monday sale is just a rehash of its Black Friday sale, but it’s still awesome (2015-11-30 12:11:33)
    Samsung’s Cyber Monday 2015 sale is the most unoriginal Cyber Monday sales you’ll come across today. It’s also one of the best. DON’T MISS: 12 best Cyber Monday sales that are live right now We told you about Samsung’s big Black Friday sale last week and of all the Black Friday 2015 coverage we posted, Samsung’s sale resulted in more positive feedback from readers than almost every other sale we covered. The simple fact is this: Samsung makes the best flat-screen televisions in the world, and gigantic LED TVs are among the most popular purchases in the country this year. While you can find dozens of retailers across the web that are selling discounted Samsung TVs, some of the best bargains
  • NSA's phone records program ends, but loopholes could revive it (2015-11-30 12:10:22)
    Analysis: "Backup" laws exist in forms of executive orders that can keep the program alive.
  • Thanksgiving 2025 (2015-11-30 12:09:56)
    This might be a controversial blog.My Thanksgiving was one filled with texting, Snapchat, Skyping, Facetime, Beam robots and ringing phones.Some people HATE the way technology impacts their family at gatherings – people on digital devices rather than having conversations – 'making us more alone, even when we're together.' But is that really...
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson picks between Millennium Falcon, USS Enterprise (2015-11-30 11:47:35)
    The noted astrophysicist reveals on his show "Star Talk" which sci-fi spaceship he'd rather be on board.
  • Target website down on Cyber Monday traffic (2015-11-30 11:45:10)
    (Reuters) - Discount retailer Target Corp's website was down due to heavy traffic on Cyber Monday. Shoppers looking for bargains on were greeted with an error message: "So sorry, but high traffic's causing delays. If you wouldn't mind holding, we'll refresh automatically & get things going ASAP." "Both traffic and order volumes are exceeding Target's Thursday Black Friday event ... To help manage the volume, we have been metering traffic to the site," Target spokeswoman Jamie Bastian said.
  • Amazon delivery drones get a new look (2015-11-30 11:44:57)
    Two years on from its unveiling, Amazon Prime Air now features a sleeker, smarter unmanned aircraft. When it will be cleared for takeoff remains anyone's guess.
  • Revealed: FBI can demand web history, phone location data without a warrant (2015-11-30 11:35:00)
    The FBI can use national security letters (NSLs) to force companies to turn over sensitive user data without a warrant, according to filings.
  • Review: The Walking Dead mid-season finale has us on the edges of our seats (2015-11-30 11:28:26)
    The final episode of the first half of The Walking Dead’s sixth season aired last night, and it finally revealed what happens to our favorite heroes following the events of the last few days. All of the action in these first eight episodes takes place over the course of a few action-packed days for the people in Alexandria, with each episode showing us a just a small part of the story. The characters are now spread out over a few miles, with each group having to deal with different problems in their quest to reunite with the others. That’s why episode 8, the mid-season finale, might seem slower on the action side than you’d want it to be. Just as was the case with previous episodes,
  • Chain restaurants in NYC to start putting warnings on extremely salty food this week (2015-11-30 11:20:50)
    Starting Tuesday, chain restaurants in New York City will have to watch their salt. A new rule will require that a salt shaker warning symbol be placed on menu items that exceed the recommended daily limit of 2,300 milligrams of sodium — or about a teaspoon of the stuff, the Associated Press reports. The salt rule, which was approved by the New York City Board of Health in September, is thought to be the first of its kind in the United States.
  • Swatch watches to get NFC chips for wireless Visa payments in 2016 (2015-11-30 11:19:12)
    The watch maker is partnering with Visa so the NFC chip hidden inside its traditional timepieces work with contactless point of sale terminals.
  • Cyber Monday sales still on top, but losing some luster (2015-11-30 11:16:02)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers are rolling out online deals on so-called "Cyber Monday." But now that shoppers are online all the time anyway, the 10-year-old shopping holiday is losing some of its luster.
  • Star Wars or Star Trek? Let us help you choose a side (2015-11-30 11:12:02)
    Han Solo and the Jedi take on Captain Kirk and the Federation in a sci-fi clash of titans to once again try to settle the long-running debate over which franchise reigns supreme.
  • Amazon will stream the first episode of Transparent's second season tonight (2015-11-30 11:11:57)
    Coming off a critically acclaimed and award-winning first season, Amazon's Transparent is nearing a return. Transparent's cast is led by Jeffrey Tambor, who received the top Emmy and Golden Globe awards for his phenomenal performance as Maura Pfefferman. The show's careful mastery of gender identity and relationship issues put Amazon's original programming on the map, delivering a much-needed hit for the company in its ongoing feud with Netflix.
  • These are Amazon’s best Cyber Monday 2015 deals (2015-11-30 10:59:49)
    Cyber Monday is one of the biggest days of the year for Amazon, and Cyber Monday 2015 is no exception. The nation’s top online retailer pulled out all the stops for its huge Cyber Monday sale this year, and we told you everything you need to know in a post earlier today. Well, not everything. Amazon has so many items on sale this year for Cyber Monday 2015 that it might be hard to find the best deals. While everyone has their own wants and needs as they take care of their holiday shopping, we’ve done our best to collect Amazon’s best deals across a wide range of categories and show them all to you right here. DON’T MISS: 12 best
  • Zuckerberg and Gates' clean-energy mantra: Invest, invent (2015-11-30 10:56:20)
    Tech industry titans are banding together to try to ensure the world has enough energy, with less of the carbon emissions tied to global warming.
  • Animal Collective is releasing new album Painting With on February 19th (2015-11-30 10:38:32)
    Animal Collective have charted a strange, unpredictable course through music in the 15 years since debut Spirit They've Gone, Spirit They've Vanished, wandering from muddy noise and wispy folk to festival-ready rock. 2004's childish, vocal-centric Sung Tongs and lush, radiant 2009 LP Merriweather Post Pavilion are generally considered the band's high water marks, and both albums had a palpable influence on the sound of indie music in the years immediately following their release. Centipede Hz was a chaotic, rhythm-heavy record, and "FloriDada" sounds like it's walking the band back to Merriweather Post Pavilion's swirling, playful pop-psych.
  • Why the iPhone 7’s most radical design change might not be such a big deal (2015-11-30 10:30:40)
    Next year, Apple is expected to launch a brand new iPhone model, an iPhone 7, and the main attraction should be a revamped design. A new report seems to offer the first evidence that the upcoming iPhone will have a different overall appearance than the iPhone 6, suggesting Apple is planning at least one radical design change. DON’T MISS: Amazon’s big Cyber Monday 2015 sale is here: Everything you need to know According to Japanese blog Macotakara, which has been accurate in the past about unreleased iPhone models and other Apple products, Apple wants to remove the 3.5mm headset jack from the iPhone 7 and use the Lightning port for headsets. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing, considering how Apple goes
  • BlackBerry leaves Pakistan following government backdoor demands (2015-11-30 10:29:20)
    BlackBerry is pulling out of Pakistan entirely next year, saying it won't sell devices or services there because the government has demanded access to BlackBerry Enterprise Service emails and BBM chats. Pakistan issued a shutdown order on BlackBerry services in July of this year, telling the country’s mobile phone operators the company would no longer be allowed to operate in the country after Nov. 30 due to "security reasons." While BlackBerry could have negotiated a deal to keep its reported 5,000 Pakistani enterprise users, it instead chose to leave the country entirely. In a blog post announcing its decision, COO Marty Beard said that while the company would prefer not to leave the market, "remaining in Pakistan would have meant forfeiting our commitment to protect our users’ privacy" and that was "a compromise we are not willing to make." Although it might look like BlackBerry has scored a win for privacy and for its reputation as a company that protects users' privacy above all else, the actual story is a little more complicated.
  • Brazilian smartphone industry grows in Q3 (2015-11-30 10:26:44)
    Device sales see an increase of 48 percent despite economic slowdown, says research
  • China, U.S. holding high-level cyber crime talks: Xinhua (2015-11-30 10:11:42)
    HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun is in the United States to take part in the first high-level dialogue on cyber crime between the two countries, state media reported. During his visit, which is due to end on Thursday, Guo will meet Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, Xinhua state news agency said on Sunday. Cyber security has long been an irritant in relations between China and the United States, despite robust economic ties worth $590 billion in two-way trade last year. (Reporting by Meg Shen; Editing by Mike Collett-White)
  • 12 best Cyber Monday sales that are live right now (2015-11-30 10:01:38)
    We’ve barely recovered from the crazy week of Black Friday sales and now Cyber Week is upon us. Cyber Monday 2015 has officially begun and there are enough online sales going on right now to ensure that even the most seasoned shoppers are completely overwhelmed. But don’t worry, BGR is here to help. Just like we did last week with Black Friday, we’ll help you cut through the noise during Cyber Week and find the best deals on the web. Of course, Cyber Monday is the biggest day of the week for all of these deals, so in this post we’ll point you to the 12 best sales you can shop online right now. DON’T MISS: The un-gift guide: Awesomely unique gifts and gadgets
  • ZoomSphere delivers social customer care module for its platform (2015-11-30 09:59:00)
    ZoomSphere social media tool has added functions to its platform for brands and businesses to manage customers' inbound social media messages.
  • Smarthome remote: Amazon Fire TV works with Echo to control smart devices (2015-11-30 09:53:22)
    Before buying a voice remote for your Amazon Echo, consider if a Fire TV might be a good addition for your house: You can use its remote to control smarthome devices through the Echo.
  • Here’s how much your stolen data is worth on the Dark Web (2015-11-30 09:34:37)
    While most people associate the “Dark Web” as a murky underworld where users can easily buy and sell anything from drugs, counterfeit passports, and even advanced weaponry, it’s also proven to be a popular destination for users to traffic in stolen data. From banking information to online streaming credentials, the extent to which our private and financial data is readily available to anyone willing to pay for it is downright scary. DON’T MISS: Amazon’s big Cyber Monday 2015 sale is here: Everything you need to know Recently, McAfee Labs published a report titled The Hidden Data Economy. As the name suggests, the report provides us with a number of interesting insights into the economics that govern stolen data on the dark web. Suffice it to
  • Microsoft prices high-end Office 365 E5 at $420 per user per year (2015-11-30 09:33:00)
    Microsoft begins selling its new highest-end Office 365 business plan, E5, on December 1 for $420 per user per year. Here's what's included.
  • Microsoft takes wraps off PowerApps mobile-app creation service (2015-11-30 09:32:00)
    Microsoft is opening up a limited preview of its PowerApps service for creating, sharing and managing mobile business apps on iOS, Android and Windows devices.
  • You’ll need a Nintendo Famicom to listen to this new chiptune album (2015-11-30 09:18:41)
    Chiptune music attempts to make new sounds using old hardware, mashing Game Boys with Garage Band to create tracks that feel ripped out of the 8-bit era. Instead, it comes on a cartridge made for the Nintendo Famicom, the Japanese version of the NES. The 11-song album launches on January 31st in Japan for $30, and features a range of composers behind some classic, beloved games, including Ape Escape on the original PlayStation and NES shoot ‘em up Star Soldier.
  • Apple Smart Keyboard vs. Logi CREATE Keyboard Case hands on (2015-11-30 09:13:39)
    If you are looking for a keyboard for the iPad Pro that uses the new Smart Connect tech from Apple you have two choices. We took both of them out in the field to see how they compare.
  • Amazon, the king of e-commerce, gets primed for 2016 (2015-11-30 09:09:33)
    Amazon's Prime membership service should help the company continue to dominate online shopping this holiday season and beyond.
  • Amazon’s big Cyber Monday 2015 sale is here: Everything you need to know (2015-11-30 09:05:02)
    You did it, BGR readers. You survived Black Friday. And if you were following our extensive coverage last week, you also saved a whole bunch of money on great products in the process. Of course, we’re deep into the holiday shopping season now and the killer deals are far from over. Welcome to Cyber Week. The Cyber Monday online shopping day has now been stretched into another week-long sales event where retailers offer big bargains on just about everything you can think of. If you missed out on some of the killer deals we shared with you last week, you now have another opportunity to save. And of course, no online retailer offers better Cyber Monday and Cyber Week deals than
  • Watch the first two minutes of 2016’s The Walking Dead premiere (2015-11-30 08:30:14)
    The first half of The Walking Dead season 6 ended with more tension and cliff hangers than some fans could deal with, and social media lit up on Sunday night from the moment episode 8 began straight through until the moment it ended. Perhaps it’s yet another reason that the episode’s title “Start to Finish” was so appropriate. The practice of splitting seasons into two sections is insanely annoying, but AMC’s hit show will now take a break until February 2016 when episode 9 marks the start of the second half of season 6. While we still have quite a bit of waiting to do until then, AMC has already released the first two minutes of next year’s premiere episode to
  • It's official: the next Bugatti hypercar is the Chiron, and it'll be revealed in March (2015-11-30 08:30:05)
    It's no secret that the replacement for Bugatti's legendary Veyron would be called the Chiron — except that apparently it was a secret, because Bugatti just officially announced the name this morning. The name comes from Louis Chiron, a decorated Bugatti driver in the formative years of the 20th century.
  • The 20 best deals of Cyber Monday 2015 (2015-11-30 08:30:02)
    Cyber Monday is here. Shopping is going to be a lot easier now that you're away from family and sitting in front of a computer — the only tricky part is sorting through all the madness. Every store is running dozens (or hundreds, or thousands) of discounts, but not all of it's worth paying attention to. We've sorted through the mess for some of the best Cyber Monday deals on some of our favorite products. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it's the place to start if you're in need of a game console, a 4K TV, a new phone, or just something fun to play with.
  • Oracle OpenWorld 2015: An enigma wrapped in a riddle wrapped in a...Wait! I get it! (2015-11-30 08:21:16)
    Oracle recognizes that it has to align with the 21st century marketplace. But how fast are they really moving? Fast enough? At enough scale? Are they doing it right? The answer to each of these is yes and no. Read on...
  • StarTech Standalone Eraser Dock review (2015-11-30 08:15:00)
    You may already know that "deleting" a file does nothing of the sort. So how do you securely erase a drive? has a dock for you.
  • When Endless Talk of Disruptive Innovation Gets in the Way of Real Innovation (2015-11-30 08:12:08)
    While the innovation industry may be experiencing a golden age, according to several measures, the ideas industry for innovation may be in a state of crisis. We know we are in trouble, when the ideas industry gets embroiled in discussing itself rather than developing fresh approaches for innovative problem-solving. The December issue of the...
  • Peter Jackson is trolling Doctor Who and Lord of the Rings fans at the same time (2015-11-30 08:07:08)
    Peter Jackson certainly knows how to wind up his fans. In a video posted to the director's Facebook page, Jackson is seen relaxing at home with his daughter before Peter Capaldi runs in and asks him to sign a mysterious document from Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat. The director doesn't get a chance to sign what is presumably a contract before Capaldi is forced to exit stage right, pursued by Dalek.
  • From IoT threats to forensics: How this simulator is helping sharpen cybersecurity skills (2015-11-30 07:59:37)
    Available on premise or as a service, the new iPhalanx security simulator aims to offer flexible training in live, real-life scenarios.
  • Google Cloud brought down due to human failure (2015-11-30 07:37:34)
    Bypassing normal automation circumvents safety checks.
  • First Click: Amazon drones, Clarkson drones, and a preview of the week ahead (2015-11-30 07:30:02)
    Friday December 4th will see the premiere of Michael Fassbender in Macbeth, and the Christmas horror story titled Krampus from director Michael Dougherty. Amazon is back with its latest vision for its Prime Air drone delivery system — and this time the company has brought its high-profile celebrity, TV show host and gearhead Jeremy Clarkson, along...
  • AT&T Samsung Galaxy View hands-on: 18.4 inch Android tablet serves as a cord-cutter's dream (2015-11-30 07:21:04)
    At first I thought the Galaxy View was a ridiculous device, until I spent a couple weeks enjoying streaming media content on it. It's a tablet that cord-cutters will enjoy and the price was recently dropped $100.
  • Amazon gives us a sneak peak of new Prime Air delivery drone (2015-11-30 07:13:19)
    Amazon's delivery drone prototype has been given a makeover in preparation for the Prime Air delivery service launch.
  • Using technology to lend a hand (2015-11-30 07:00:02)
    From CNET Magazine: Looking for a way to give back during the holidays? There are apps and websites to help.
  • Hunger Games wins Thanksgiving box office ahead of Pixar and Creed (2015-11-30 06:50:02)
    Black Friday sales have been declining over the past few years, so it's only natural that some of the money that remains in consumer pockets has gone on movie tickets. While most in the US were probably stuffed from Thursday's festivities, the movie box office was dominated by The Hunger Games, with Mockingjay — Part 2 occupying first place for the second week. In second place was Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, opening over the weekend to a big if not truly spectacular box office, followed by the hard-hitting Creed in the third spot.
  • More people chose to shop online than in-store this Thanksgiving weekend (2015-11-30 06:43:43)
    America is getting tired of buying things the old-fashioned way, with more consumers shopping online than in-store over the Thanksgiving weekend, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). Consumers spent some $4.45 billion online on Thursday and Friday, says Adobe, with shopping on mobile devices more popular than ever before. Browsing on tablets and smartphones accounted for 57 percent of online shopping traffic, reports IBM, overtaking desktop devices for the first time. Consumers cited avoiding crowds, saving time, and finding better bargains online as reasons for avoiding stores, says the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), and retailers are adapting to these shifting habits, putting more of their door-buster deals online and extending their availability.
  • Bill Gates, Zuckerberg, tech leaders launch fund for clean energy breakthroughs (2015-11-30 06:08:00)
    Tech giants worldwide are willing to invest zero-emission technologies to prevent an energy crisis in the future.
  • Turn your brilliant Tasker tasks into stand-alone apps (2015-11-30 06:00:03)
    If you're a Tasker user, you've probably created an amazing task that deserves to be a stand-alone app. Jack Wallen shows how to pull this off.
  • Udemy responds to controversy over pirated online courses (2015-11-30 05:57:23)
    Udemy, an online learning service, has responded to criticism over its copyright policy, after several researchers discovered that the site was selling pirated versions of their courses. In a blog post published over the weekend, the company said it acted in accordance with its copyright infringement policy when it removed a video that security researcher Troy Hunt produced for Pluralsight. Hunt's video had been uploaded to Udemy without his permission, and was selling on the site for  £37 ($56), but Udemy says that the person who uploaded it did not see any revenue.
  • Spotify, you make my streams come true (aka, the making of my musical wonderland) (2015-11-30 05:40:59)
    Commentary: A lifelong music lover, I've found that Spotify's streaming service is the best way to hear the songs I love most. To me, music services like this count among the most exciting technological achievements today.
  • Hands-On with the Raspberry Pi Zero (2015-11-30 05:36:00)
    I didn't expect to be fortunate enough to get one very quickly, but I was very pleased to be wrong! Here are my first steps with the '$5 computer'.
  • Swatch partners with Visa to bring NFC payments to its analog smartwatch (2015-11-30 04:40:20)
    Swatch has announced that it's bringing contactless payments to its forthcoming Bellamy smartwatch in the US next year. The Swiss company, which is the largest watchmaker in the world by revenue, originally unveiled the analog Bellamy in China this October. Swatch has already signed an agreement with China's only domestic bank card company, the state-run UnionPay, but has now struck a deal with Visa to bring the Bellamy's "pay-by-the-wrist" function to the the US, Brazil, and Switzerland.
  • Data breach at Hong Kong toy maker VTech highlights broader problems (2015-11-30 04:24:59)
    By Clare Baldwin and Donny Kwok HONG KONG (Reuters) - The theft of toy maker VTech Holdings Ltd's database highlights a growing problem with basic cyber security measures at small, non-financial companies that handle electronic customer data, industry watchers said on Monday. The hacked data at VTech included information about customers who download children's games, books and other educational content, the Hong Kong-based toy maker said. "Smaller companies might be targeted less often, but the implications ... can be just as serious," said Bryce Boland, Asia Pacific chief technology officer of cyber security firm FireEye.
  • Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg launch clean energy research fund (2015-11-30 04:07:23)
    Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg have launched a new global initiative aimed at spurring private sector investment in clean energy. Zuckerberg announced the launch of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition on his Facebook page Sunday evening, ahead of this week's COP21 climate change conference in Paris, where world leaders aim to reach an agreement on limiting the rise in global temperatures.
  • Timeline of key events in UN effort against climate change (2015-11-30 03:54:04)
    PARIS (AP) — After decades of warnings from scientists that greenhouse gas emissions were warming the planet, governments started coming together in the 1980s to combat the problem. Here's a timeline of key moments in the diplomatic effort to stop global warming, leading up to the U.N. climate conference in Paris:
  • On China's fringes, cyber spies raise their game (2015-11-30 03:28:11)
    By Clare Baldwin, James Pomfret and Jeremy Wagstaff HONG KONG/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Almost a year after students ended pro-democracy street protests in Hong Kong, they face an online battle against what Western security experts say are China-sponsored hackers using techniques rarely seen elsewhere. Hackers have expanded their attacks to parking malware on popular file-sharing services including Dropbox and Google Drive to trap victims into downloading infected files and compromising sensitive information. Security experts say such techniques are only used by sophisticated hackers from China and Russia, usually for surveillance and information extraction.
  • Ralph McQuarrie's Boba Fett gets new life as a Star Wars collectible (2015-11-30 03:07:21)
    You don't need to be a bounty hunter to track down and acquire valuable merchandise like this highly detailed Ralph McQuarrie Boba Fett Star Wars statue from Sideshow Collectibles.
  • Paysafe says current accounts safe from 2009-10 data breach (2015-11-30 02:53:58)
    (Reuters) - British mobile payments company Paysafe Group Plc said on Monday it was confident that the data stolen through cyber-attacks in 2009 and 2010 could not be used to access existing Neteller or Skrill customer accounts. The company, formerly known as Optimal Payments Plc, said that third-party attackers had managed to obtain limited account details from 3.6 million Neteller accounts and basic personal details relating to 4.2 million Skrill accounts. Paysafe said that less than 2 percent of these accounts were active in the six months to Nov. 1 and that the data acquired did not include passwords or customer card data, or bank account information.
  • The new reality of Moneyball-style sales management (2015-11-30 02:34:08)
    Technology can be an enabler of sales success, says Jeffrey Fotta of Gryphon Networks, but you've got to drill down and understand the sales process to use it effectively.
  • Amazon reveals delivery drone prototype in video featuring Jeremy Clarkson (2015-11-30 01:41:40)
    British presenter Jeremy Clarkson, formerly of "Top Gear",  revealed Amazon's future drone delivery vision in a video released on Sunday, November 29. The video features a family "in the not too distant future" in panic before their daughter's soccer match: the dog has eaten her sneaker.
  • Swatch, Visa launch pay-by-wrist watch venture (2015-11-30 01:32:01)
    ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss watchmaker Swatch SA, Visa Inc and Visa Europe have launched a project that lets Visa cardholders in the United States, Switzerland and Brazil make payments with Swatch's new "pay-by-the-wrist" Swatch Bellamy watch. Set to launch in early 2016, Swatch Bellamy can be used around the world wherever contactless near-field communications (NFC) Visa payments are accepted, the partners said in a joint statement. (Reporting by Michael Shields; Editing by Christoph Steitz)
  • South Korea gives initial approval for first online-only banks (2015-11-30 01:30:20)
    South Korea's financial regulator has given preliminary approval to two consortia backed by Kakao Corp and an affiliate of China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd to set up the country's first online-only banks. Kakao, which runs South Korea's most popular mobile chat service, is part of a consortium of 11 partners including units of Tencent Holdings Ltd and eBay Inc that won approval late on Sunday from the Financial Services Commission. Another consortium of 21 partners, led by telecom company KT Corp with Alibaba's Alipay Holding Ltd, also received approval to open an online bank.
  • VW executives reportedly knew about false fuel efficiency and emissions claims last year (2015-11-30 01:26:21)
    In early November, two months after more than 11 million Volkswagen vehicles were found to be using software that deliberately underreported nitrous oxide emissions, the German car maker said that it had discovered that another 800,000 of its cars understated their carbon dioxide output and fuel efficiency. Volkswagen maintained that it only found out about the discrepancy in the wake of the wider diesel emissions scandal, but German newspaper Bild am Sonntag this weekend countered that assertion, reporting that Volkswagen executives knew about the false claims a full year ago.
  • Is Australia's telco national security law compatible with human rights? (2015-11-30 01:01:45)
    The exposure draft on telco national security waves away any concerns over the right to privacy, saying its collection of personal info will be lawful thanks to its own law.
  • BlackBerry Priv, Lumia 950, and Galaxy View (MobileTechRoundup show #360) (2015-11-30 00:45:22)
    We spent some time with new phones, the new Apple iPad Pro keyboard, and new Samsung Galaxy View tablet since our last podcast.
  • 'Technical issues' see ANZ internet banking go offline (2015-11-30 00:34:04)
    Following the launch of its newly revamped internet banking platform, ANZ has been forced to take it offline to fix the 'technical issues' that it is experiencing.
  • Equinix gears for cloud density influx into Australia (2015-11-30 00:05:26)
    Equinix APAC director of cloud Eric Hui has predicted the number of cloud providers in Australia will increase over the next year as more businesses adopt cloud.
  • South Korea IT firms see shares surge after online banking nod (2015-11-29 23:49:22)
    South Korea's top messaging app operator saw its share price soared 13 percent Monday -- a day after being named by financial regulators as one of two companies permitted to start Internet-only banking services. Kakao Corp., which runs the Kakao Talk app, and telco major KT Corp each won preliminary approval from the Financial Services Commission (FSC) to set up what will be South Korea's first online-specific lenders. "They'll stir up fresh competition in the banking industry and create more job opportunities," Doh Kyu-Sang, the director general of the FSC's Banking and Insurance Bureau said Sunday.
  • ​ATO calls for public feedback on digital consultation paper (2015-11-29 22:51:10)
    The Australian Taxation Office continues to push forward plans to improve the digital experience taxpayers have with the agency.
  • Treasury reports the benefits of three major ICT projects are in doubt (2015-11-29 22:36:00)
    A Police payroll project, Customs' Joint Border Management System and a new platform for Statistics NZ are threatened.
  • Star Wars hype comes full circle with these new retro posters (2015-11-29 21:42:26)
    Things that have appeared in promotional material for Star Wars: The Force Awakens:X-WingsHan SoloTIE fightersPrincess LeiaStormtroopersThe Millennium FalconA shadowy bad dude with a black cloak and a red lightsaberStar DestroyersA mysterious spherical battle station that could conceivably bring death to stars
  • Black hole observed devouring a star (2015-11-29 21:42:01)
    An international team of astronomers has witnessed an "extremely rare" event: a black hole eating a star then ejecting a near light-speed flare.
  • The Pirate Bay escapes block in Sweden: Report (2015-11-29 21:37:41)
    The Pirate Bay has been saved from blocking in Sweden, with the District Court of Stockholm allowing the locally hosted file-sharing site to remain accessible to locals.
  • Best Cyber Monday 2015 deals on Apple iPad tablets, MacBook laptops, iMac desktops (2015-11-29 21:26:00)
    Despite less hype than Black Friday, the online shopping event still yields a few sales on Apple devices, though the discounts are more modest.
  • Amazon shows off new prototype delivery drone (2015-11-29 21:21:13)
    Video shows "hybrid" drone accepting a small package into its fuselage and then ascending like a helicopter before flying more like an airplane.
  • Employment in India's app economy to double by 2016 (2015-11-29 21:07:06)
    With the number of jobs in India created by apps possibly reaching 600,000 by 2016, the country looks at moving from e-governance to m-governance
  • ​Cyber Monday 2015: What we've learned about e-commerce so far (2015-11-29 21:00:04)
    Cyber Monday has kicked off and what's clear so far is that the nuances of e-commerce have shifted a bit from a year ago.
  • Amazon releases video showcasing unmanned delivery drones (2015-11-29 20:19:15)
    By Barani Krishnan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Amazon has unveiled what its unmanned drones for package delivery would look like with a video launched on Sunday on the prototype of technology it announced two years ago. The promotional clip, narrated by television show host Jeremy Clarkson, shows a family receiving in about 30 minutes replacement soccer shoes for the one chewed up by its dog. "In time, there will be a whole family of Amazon drones.
  • Uncovering mysteries in the upcoming 'Sherlock' Victorian special (2015-11-29 18:41:25)
    While the "Sherlock" Victorian special "The Abominable Bride" gets closer to its January 2016 air date, we present the facts, another trailer and a stockpile of photos to decipher any hints.
  • A holiday treat: Star Wars reimagined in gingerbread (2015-11-29 18:35:12)
    Famous scenes from the original trilogy and the prequels are rendered in gingerbread, complete with an edible Jabba the Hutt and giant candy R2-D2.
  • An Inbox Full of Love -- A New Thanksgiving 'Thing'? (2015-11-29 18:20:14)
    It might've been because all my friends knew my daughter had flown out of the nest just before the holidays. It might be that we're all just getting a little older and sappier -- I don't know.But whatever caused the avalanche of Thanksgiving techno love, I hope it's a "thing" that lasts. Did you get some, too?I'm not talking about those e-cards...
  • Best Buy Cyber Monday 2015 deals on laptops, tablets, desktops (2015-11-29 18:11:00)
    The electronics retailer doesn't have any eye-raising specials like on Black Friday, but has plenty of discounts if you're in the market for a new PC.
  • Dear politicians, you cannot create a one-way panopticon (2015-11-29 17:55:49)
    Repeated calls for a government skeleton key to decrypt communications is the sort of fairyland thinking that is best left to Hollywood.
  • New Clarkson-less Top Gear will premiere on May 8th (2015-11-29 17:15:02)
    New host Chris Evans revealed this weekend in an interview on BBC1's Saturday Kitchen that Top Gear proper will return to television on May 8th, 2016, according to The Guardian. The British TV and radio host signed a three-year deal this past summer to helm Top Gear after the BBC chose not to renew Clarkson's contract following a "fracas" with a producer. Fellow hosts Hammond and May left shortly thereafter, and the three signed a blockbuster deal with Amazon to produce a similar show for the retailer's Prime Instant Video service.
  • How the cloud is changing TV (2015-11-29 17:03:06)
    20 years ago it was possible, barely, to binge watch a TV series, with a VCR and an armful of tapes. Today, the cloud makes it easy - and popular. But that's not the cloud's most important effect.
  • Watch cars levitate -- there's a down-to-earth explanation (2015-11-29 16:00:03)
    Technically Incorrect: In China, cars roll up to a junction, lift off the ground and spin bizarrely. A weird magnetic field? Or something more prosaic?
  • EU wants to give national privacy regulators more clout in new U.S. data pact (2015-11-27 14:15:19)
    By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union wants to enhance the power of the bloc's national privacy regulators in policing a planned new EU-U.S. data pact after the previous one was struck down by a top EU court on concerns about mass U.S. surveillance. Brussels and Washington are locked in negotiations to forge a new framework enabling data transfers from Europe to the United States, which are otherwise subject to cumbersome and lengthy legal processes under EU data protection law. The previous pact, known as Safe Harbour and used by over 4,000 U.S. and European companies, was declared invalid by the European Court of Justice in October because U.S. national security needs trumped the privacy of Europeans' data.