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  • Former U.S. agents charged for bitcoin theft during black market probe (2015-03-30 14:08:45)
    The U.S. Justice Department announced charges on Monday against two former federal agents accused of stealing the digital currency bitcoin during the investigation of the underground drug marketplace Silk Road. Carl Force, a former Drug Enforcement Administration agent, and Shaun Bridges, a special agent with the Secret Service, were charged in a criminal complaint filed in San Francisco federal court with offenses including wire fraud and money laundering.
  • Don’t even think of dunking your Galaxy S6 edge underwater (2015-03-30 14:07:46)
    Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 models aren’t waterproof like their predecessor is, but they can still handle a little water – at least that’s what a new video from TechSmartt seems to indicate. DON’T MISS: Samsung Galaxy S6 review TechSmartt let the phone soak in water for more than 20 minutes, taking it out from time to time only to make sure the phone was still working and that the timer was still counting down. The phone kept running even when submerged underwater and continued working when taken out of the bowl. The device will take some water damage the longer it stays underwater. Once it’s picked up and dried, we can clearly see that water did penetrate into the device Furthermore, the phone’s cameras are foggy in the
  • Macro-based malware strikes again: How to keep your networks safe (2015-03-30 13:53:30)
    Bad guys have regained interest in macro-based malware, reports Microsoft and Trend Micro. Learn why vigilance is key to combatting it.
  • Jay Z to relaunch streaming service as battle heats up (2015-03-30 13:52:50)
    Rap mogul Jay Z was set Monday to launch a rebranding of his Tidal streaming service as he mounts a challenge to Spotify for a slice of the growing industry. Jay Z earlier this year bought Tidal, which markets itself for its high sound quality, by spending $56 million for its Swedish-listed parent company Aspiro. Tidal entered the United States in November and already operates in 31 countries, with six more to come. A number of prominent musicians including Madonna and Jay Z's wife Beyonce changed their Twitter profile pictures to Arctic blue, the color associated with the new service.
  • Tesla CEO Musk's upbeat tweets about China boost stock (2015-03-30 13:52:33)
    By Paul Lienert DETROIT (Reuters) - Elon Musk, the widely followed chief executive of electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc, tweeted several optimistic statements about the company's sagging China operations on Monday, sparking a sharp rebound the company's stock. On his Twitter feed around midday, Musk said that he was "very optimistic about Tesla's long-term future in China, despite our earlier mistakes." He also tweeted that he visited Chinese President Xi Jinping and other government officials and expressed "great faith" in Tesla's embattled team in China. The company's stock has been battered this year by investors concerned about the automaker's failure to hit sales targets in China and the departures last year of two top Tesla executives in that country. "We'll fix the China issue and be in pretty good shape probably in the middle of the year," Musk said at the time.
  • Major Transhumanism Conference Features Both Rising and Seasoned Experts (2015-03-30 13:52:18)
    Transhumanist Scientist Maria Konovalenko in front of the White House -- Photo by Alexey Turchin; Transhumanist Lecturer Riva-Melissa Tez speaking - Photo by Dan Taylor / Heisenberg MediaOn March 21st, nonprofit organization Brighter Brains Institute held the first major US transhumanism conference of the year, located in San Jose, California....
  • Google Cloud Platform launches mobile console for Android (2015-03-30 13:50:22)
    An iOS console for Google Cloud Platform is promised to be in the works, but an exact release date has not been revealed yet.
  • Samsung has a perfectly good reason for not giving the Galaxy S6 a replaceable battery (2015-03-30 13:46:07)
    There’s been a good deal of hand wringing from gadget fans lately about how Samsung sold out functionality in the name of form when it decided to not give the Galaxy S6 an easily replaceable battery. Charles Arthur, however, thinks Samsung is smart enough to know what it’s doing and he makes a persuasive case that there’s no way the company would have ditched the replaceable battery for the S6 if it thought such a move would significantly hurt its sales. DON’T MISS: Samsung Galaxy S6 review Arthur writes that when you’re a company that’s as successful as Samsung, you obsessively analyze sales data for all your devices and components, including sales for battery replacements. If replaceable batteries made a lot of money
  • Match your Mac system to best fit your needs (2015-03-30 13:38:00)
    Your next Mac selection needn't prove as big a bust as your March Madness bracket. Asking a few simple questions can help you best match a Mac system to your needs.
  • Amazon tests courier drones in Canada to avoid US hassles (2015-03-30 13:36:00)
  • Federal agent charged with Silk Road fraud appears in court (2015-03-30 13:31:09)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former U.S. Secret Service special agent appeared in court on charges he stole digital currency during an investigation into an online black market that allowed users to buy and sell drugs and other illegal items.
  • Watch Matt Murdock kick ass in this new Daredevil trailer (2015-03-30 13:30:59)
    Marvel's upcoming Daredevil series is due to premiere on Netflix on April 10th, so naturally there's going to be no shortage of trailers in the lead-up to the debut. Here, however, we really get to see how dangerous Matt Murdock is when he's not in his lawyerly suit and tie. (Those batons are no joke.) We also get out first look at Stick, played by Scott Glenn, the blind man who trains Murdock in martial arts.
  • Bionic ants could be tomorrow's factory workers (2015-03-30 13:23:49)
    By Amy Pollock Robotic ants the size of a human hand that work together could be the future of factory production systems. The developers, German technology firm Festo, say it's not just the unusual anatomy of real-world ants that inspired the bionic version - the collective intelligence of an ant colony was also something they wanted to replicate. Festo says that in the future production systems will be based on intelligent individual components that adjust themselves to different production demands by communicating with each other.
  • A ‘major’ new Tesla product will be unveiled next month… and it won’t be a car (2015-03-30 13:06:37)
    Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed on Monday that his company is planning to announce a “major” new product on April 30th and that it won’t be a new car. Musk offered no hints about what this new product will be but there’s good reason to believe that it will have to do with entering the market for home energy storage. RELATED: Everything that’s wrong with Tesla, and why they aren’t the car savior Bloomberg reported earlier this year that Tesla is working on a lithium-ion battery for homes and businesses to store energy generated by solar panels and other supplemental sources. The market for solar home energy use is really starting to expand as many households see it as a good way to
  • 2 US agents charged with fraud during Silk Road inquiry (2015-03-30 13:00:54)
    Two former federal agents have been charged with stealing digital currency during their investigation into an online black market that allowed users to buy and sell drugs and other illegal items. Carl ...
  • Tesla teases a 'major' new product, not a car, to be revealed in April (2015-03-30 12:58:00)
  • NSA considered ending phone surveillance program -- report (2015-03-30 12:54:11)
    Some officials at the spy agency reportedly felt the phone record collection program was too costly and offered little benefit in the fight against terrorism.
  • Elon Musk says Tesla will unveil major new product line on April 30th (2015-03-30 12:51:38)
    Tesla CEO is teasing a major new product announcement that's coming next month — and it's not a car. Musk just tweeted that his company will unveil a new product line at Tesla's Hawthorne Design Studio on April 30th, with the mysterious reveal scheduled for 8PM PT.
  • New movies and TV shows you can stream on Netflix this week (Mar. 29 – Apr. 4) (2015-03-30 12:45:42)
    It’s that time of the week again, and BGR is bringing you a roundup of the best new Netflix movies and shows for your streaming pleasure. A lot of your time is wasted by looking around Netflix for something you haven’t seen yet, so this update will save you some precious ticks on the clock. DON’T MISS: Samsung Galaxy S6 review March 31st Ask Me Anything (2014) The Man With the Iron Fists (2012) April 1st And Now … Ladies and Gentlemen… (2002) Bandolero (2000) Barnyard (2006) Bound (1996) Buffalo Soldiers (2001) Down to Earth (2001) Leprechaun 3 (1995) The Beautician and the Beast (1997) The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (2002) Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997) Leprechaun 6: Back 2 tha Hood (2003) Suicide Kings (1997) Sunset Strip (2000) Underworld (2003) Whiteboyz (1999) Wrong Turn at Tahoe (2009) April 2nd
  • Pebble Time proves to be hotter than Coolest Cooler on Kickstarter (2015-03-30 12:43:11)
    Pebble has recaptured the top spot for most-funded project, with its new smartwatch raising more than $20.3 million from backers, far surpassing the initial goal of $500,000.
  • De La Soul is using Kickstarter to make their first album in 11 years (2015-03-30 12:41:43)
    It's weirdly humbling to see De La Soul — that is, Posdnous, Dave, and Maseo — explain in the simplest terms who they are in a Kickstarter description. The album's estimated delivery?
  • T-Mobile hopes to draw you in with crowdsourced coverage maps (2015-03-30 12:41:00)
  • Netflix 'God Mode' and memories of VHS: Our favorite videos from the week (2015-03-30 12:36:45)
    A roundup of our favorite CNET videos from news, reviews and more.
  • Apple trade-ins open up to Android, BB, Windows phones (2015-03-30 12:36:27)
    Apple stores in North America and parts of Europe are to accept Android, Blackberry and Windows phones from March 30 as trade-ins towards new handsets. The move is made possible due to an existing agreement with platform-agnostic distributor Brightstar, which as part of its remit, specializes in retail trade-ins. As 9to5mac notes, store credit can then be applied to purchases of the iPhone 5c, 6 and 6 Plus, to the exclusion of the Apple Watch. Last week, Apple had announced a buyback program for China, with manufacturer Foxconn to oversee the resale of used handsets, initially through a selection of e-commerce websites and then other physical stores.
  • Microsoft starts testing iOS version of its 'Phoenix" expense-reporting app (2015-03-30 12:36:00)
    Microsoft is looking for iOS users to test a new Microsoft expense-tracking application, codenamed Project Phoenix.
  • How to manage Word styles like a pro (2015-03-30 12:27:41)
    Stop avoiding Word styles. Instead, learn how to manage them, so you can put them to work for you.
  • Apple just made it easier than ever for you to dump your Android phone (2015-03-30 12:24:44)
    Apple is still on the hunt for Android converts and it’s just unveiled a brand-new program that will make it easier than ever for Android users to make the switch. Per MacRumors, Apple has expanded its Reuse and Recycling program to let people trade in their Android phones, BlackBerry phones and Windows Phones in exchange for a credit that’s “in the form of an Apple Store gift card or bank transfer.” DON’T MISS: Samsung Galaxy S6 review Previously, the program only let you trade in old iPhones, iPads and Macs but it seems Apple has wisely decided to branch out the number of devices it accepts in the name of potentially winning over new iPhone users. In fact, it sounds like Apple is really
  • Two federal agents have been charged with stealing money from the Silk Road (2015-03-30 12:22:23)
    Two Federal agents are facing charges of stealing money from the Silk Road, an online drug marketplace that was taken down by federal warrant more than a year ago. Hailing from the Drug Enforcement Agency and Secret Service respectively, Carl Mark Force and Shaun Bridges were both involved in undercover operations that built evidence against the Silk Road in the months leading up to its seizure in October of 2013. As a result, he faces charges of money laundering, wire fraud, and theft of government property. The investigation into the Silk Road concluded in February with Ross Ulbricht convicted on seven counts, based on more than $100 million in drug transactions hosted by the network.
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 review (2015-03-30 12:01:03)
    I have been pretty hard on Samsung over the past few years, but let’s be honest: the company deserved it. Time and time again, we’ve seen Samsung launch fantastic flagship smartphones that are class leaders in almost every key area. Samsung’s mobile displays are the best in the world, many of its software additions have mass appeal, and its phones are always among the best available when it comes to performance. But where design, build quality and materials are concerned, Samsung has always been at the bottom of the pile. That changes in 2015, and the Galaxy S6 is our first look at the future of flagship Samsung phones. On the inside, the S6 is everything we have come to expect from the
  • Adobe and former NYT designer Khoi Vinh made a super simple design app for iPad (2015-03-30 12:00:02)
    Over the past few years, Adobe has been making a concerted effort to build apps that could eventually become as important for creation and design on mobile as apps like Photoshop and Premiere have become on the desktop. As part of that effort, it ended up speaking with designer Khoi Vinh, known for overhauling The New York Times' website during the late 2000s, and using his input to create an iPad app for quickly throwing together layouts, be it for a website or a flier.
  • New backward-compatible audio file format can split songs into four tracks (2015-03-30 12:00:02)
    Native Instruments — best known for its DJ and music production software — is rolling out a new royalty-free audio format that could be a big deal for professional and amateur remixers alike. The format, Stems, can store up to four individual tracks within a single mixed file, which means that different components of a song (the drums and vocals, for instance) could be made available as isolated audio. Only when you load a Stems file into an app that specifically supports its advanced features — Native Instruments' own Traktor DJ suite, for instance — do the individual tracks within the song become available.
  • Native Instruments' open music format is designed for DJ mixes (2015-03-30 12:00:00)
  • Use an iPad to start print, web and mobile layouts with Adobe Comp CC (2015-03-30 12:00:00)
  • StubHub sues Ticketmaster and Golden State Warriors over 'unfair' scalper market (2015-03-30 11:57:05)
    StubHub today announced that it's suing both Ticketmaster and the NBA's Golden State Warriors over antitrust charges, accusing Ticketmaster and the Warriors of unfairly pressuring season ticket holders to resell their seats through Ticketmaster's own services instead of the eBay-owned StubHub or another secondary market exchange. In many cases, StubHub says Ticketmaster — the exclusive ticketing partner for the Warriors — cancelled or threatened to revoke regular season and playoff game tickets if fans attempted to sell them through StubHub.
  • A fantastic hidden iPhone design detail you’ll be shocked you never noticed (2015-03-30 11:42:23)
    Sometimes it’s the little things that remind you just how incredible Apple’s attention to detail really is. What may seem on the surface to be minor things that really don’t have an impact on the overall user experience are actually anything but minor; every single little design detail plays a role, and they combine to have a dramatic impact on the user experience. Of course, sometimes Apple puts design details in the iPhone that are so subtle they go unnoticed for most users. And now, one such detail has been revealed. DON’T MISS: Galaxy S6 vs. iPhone 6: The ultimate speed test With iOS 7, Apple added a Control Panel to its mobile software that provides quick access to a number of key features. With
  • Apple's Tim Cook calls state discrimination laws 'dangerous' (2015-03-30 11:36:00)
  • Mad Max or Furious 7: Which will be Best Car Movie of the Year? (2015-03-30 11:34:57)
    I adore the Fast and Furious franchise, so much so that I've collaborated with the video team on a very special, very large project that will run later this week. The movie that appears to nail the stunt work I loved in previous Fast films is Mad Max: Fury Road. The long in-development reboot of the Mad Max franchise has its share of CG, no questions, but its car sequences — which are rumored to comprise the entirety of the film — appear to have been shot with actual cars. When it comes to family, Furious films will always have one muscular leg up.
  • Review: Comparison of Aukey external battery chargers (2015-03-30 11:31:00)
    I tried out three Aukey external battery chargers to compare their performance at charging my devices - and also how well they fitted my lifestyle. I was surprised at which one came out best for me.
  • Gogoro's electric scooter to debut in Taiwan (2015-03-30 11:29:32)
    Company picks Greater Taipei for the pilot run of its Smartscooter, noting the 1:1 ratio of scooters to people there.
  • Samsung says there’s really no reason to buy last year’s Galaxy S5 (2015-03-30 11:23:18)
    Samsung on Monday published an infographic on its blog, showing the differences between this year’s Galaxy S6 flagship and last year’s Galaxy S5, suggesting there’s really no reason to even consider buying the 2014 flagship Samsung phone, as the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are significantly better than their predecessor in every way. DON’T MISS: Galaxy S6 vs. iPhone 6: The ultimate speed test In the infographic, Samsung takes a look at the most important specs of the phone, including display, processor, storage, camera and battery, showing the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge are clearly the better choices. Samsung also highlights the build quality of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge in the comparison, mentioning the aluminum bodies and Gorilla
  • Infinio caches in on VDI performance (2015-03-30 11:13:00)
    Infinio provides an alternative to expensive hardware-based solutions to address VDI performance problems. It boosts VDI performance for VMware and for Citrix-based solutions.
  • Apple now lets you trade in old Android phones for credit toward an iPhone (2015-03-30 11:12:54)
    Apple is making it a little bit easier to switch to an iPhone: with a change to its trade-in program today, customers will now be able to hand over old Android, BlackBerry, and Windows phones to receive a discount toward a new iPhone. Previously, Apple only accepted old iPhones. The program is starting at Apple Stores today in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, and Italy. Apple began accepting trade-ins in 2013, though it's never completely operated the program on its own.
  • Microsoft starts rolling out mobile device management to Office 365 business customers (2015-03-30 11:11:08)
    Microsoft will be rolling out its promised, free subset of mobile-device-management features to Office 365 commercial customers over the next four to six weeks.
  • Apple now lets you trade in some of its rivals' smartphones (2015-03-30 11:05:00)
  • Watch this immediately: First teaser trailer for Spectre, the new James Bond movie (2015-03-30 11:02:10)
    There are just a handful of upcoming movies in 2015 that we’re excited about — really, truly excited about. One is Avengers: Age of Ultron, which will premiere in just over a month on May 1st. Another is the upcoming new James Bond movie Spectre, which we’ll sadly have to wait a bit longer to see. While Spectre’s premiere is still more than half a year away, we can expect plenty of teasers, trailers and other tidbits to tide us over until the film finally hits theaters this fall — and the first teaser trailer was just released. DON’T MISS: Galaxy S6 vs. iPhone 6: The ultimate speed test The James Bond 007 YouTube account posted the first Spectre teaser trailer
  • Apple Watch to spark wearable tech growth: IDC (2015-03-30 11:00:08)
    Wearable technology devices are seeing a growth surge that is likely to continue over the next few years, helped by the soon-to-be-released Apple Watch, a market tracker said Monday. Propelling the market higher will be devices like the Apple Watch, along with other smartwatches like Motorola's Moto 360, and Samsung's Gear watches. "Smart wearables are about to take a major step forward with the launch of the Apple Watch this year," said IDC analyst Ramon Llamas. "The Apple Watch raises the profile of wearables in general and there are many vendors and devices that are eager to share the spotlight.
  • T-Mobile ditches static coverage map (2015-03-30 10:58:18)
    The carrier says its new map of network coverage uses real-time data and will be updated every two weeks.
  • Siberian Huskies are even more majestic when photographed on a frozen lake (2015-03-30 10:53:01)
    You know that majestic time of day when the cool blue lake outside your window blends with the cool blue horizon off in the distance, and you feel a pleasant sense of calm and self-actualization? Photographer Fox Grom recently captured a group of Siberian Huskies playing on a frozen lake in Kirovsk, a town in northern Russia.
  • The loneliest roast: Justin Bieber does public penance on Comedy Central (2015-03-30 10:45:01)
    Pulling past the guard booth of Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles, I had the strange, recurring sensation that I first had nine days earlier: I felt sorry for Justin Bieber. The reason I was here on a sunny Saturday afternoon in March was the taping of the Comedy Central roast of the 21-year-old singer and multi-multi-millionaire, but I didn’t feel sorry for him because I was going to spend the next several hours watching him being brutally teased, mocked, and insulted. For years, the targets of the Comedy Central’s roasts have tended to be celebrities past their prime (Roseanne Barr, Pamela Anderson, William Shatner) or show biz adjacent oddities (Flavor Flav, Donald Trump). Most of the roasters — like Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, and Aziz Ansari — have connections to Franco or are considered his peers, and the roast master was Seth Rogen, his pal and frequent costar.
  • Axiom Verge feels like a brand new Metroid on PS4 (2015-03-30 10:45:01)
    It's been a long time since we've seen a proper Metroid game. The series debuted on the NES in 1986, and there hasn't been an original, 2D, side-scrolling game in the franchise since Metroid Fusion in 2002 (that same year the series made the leap to 3D with Metroid Prime). It was built over the course of five years, by one developer, Thomas Happ, who handled everything from the programming to the art and music. It's a game that scratches a particular itch created by Metroid's absence — though that wasn't the original plan.
  • This might be our first look at the case from the rumored 4-inch iPhone 6c (2015-03-30 10:41:14)
    Reports already suggest that Apple is working on three new iPhone models for 2015, including the expected “S” sequels for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus, but also a smaller 4-inch device. The purpose of the slightly smaller iPhone 6c would be to offer some of the same features available on the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models to buyers looking for smaller screens. While Apple is far from confirming any details regarding its iPhone plans for this year, the first images showing what is supposedly the housing from the iPhone 6c have hit the web. DON’T MISS: Galaxy S6 vs. iPhone 6: The ultimate speed test Future Supplier says it has obtained what looks to be a plastic iPhone 6c rear shell. While it might appear to
  • One dead, two injured in incident outside NSA headquarters (2015-03-30 10:36:43)
    An unidentified car attempted to ram the entrance gate at the NSA's Fort Meade headquarters this morning, with shots fired in the wake of the collision. Authorities say one person is dead and two men (a 20-year-old and 44-year-old) have been airlifted to a Baltimore trauma center with serious injuries. CNN is reporting that two assailants were involved in the attack — one killed, the other wounded — citing a federal law enforcement official who had been briefed on the matter. Local police confirmed to The Washington Post that the incident occurred on the NSA side of Fort Meade, and according to local law enforcement, NSA police are taking the lead in investigating the case. #BreakingNews: Police are investigating a report of a shooting at the NSA near Fort Meade.
  • Apple Watch buyers, get your reservations ready (2015-03-30 10:35:37)
    Walk-in customers won't be able to walk out with Apple's new smartwatch. But there will be pampering of those shopping for the 18-karat gold Edition gadget.
  • Hugh Jackman will play Wolverine 'one last time' in 2017 (2015-03-30 10:35:16)
    It had to happen at some point. Hugh Jackman, who has played Wolverine since 2000, will vacate the role of the most recognizable X-Man in 2017, after the third Wolverine film hits theaters. The actor hinted as much by posting an image on Instagram, claws out, saying somewhat ominously, "One last time": WOLVERINE ...ONE LAST TIME. HJA photo posted by Hugh Jackman (@thehughjackman) on Mar 28, 2015 at 10:40am PDT
  • 5 unique accessories for iPad and iPhone: From self-healing cases to TV antennas (2015-03-30 10:34:31)
    The huge third-party ecosystem for iPhone and iPad accessories means there are lots to choose from. These accessories are not the typical fare, and add value to the iDevice in innovative ways.
  • Wireless chargers for the Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge (2015-03-30 10:34:00)
    Fancy picking up a new Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge smartphone but don't want to pay Samsung prices for the wireless charging system? Fear not! There are alternatives starting at less than $15.
  • IDC report: Wearables shipments forecast to rise from 19.6 to 45.7 million by end of 2015 (2015-03-30 10:25:22)
    We've been told that wearables would be popular for a couple of years, but haven't seen adoption in the numbers experts expected. With the Apple Watch and improvements across the market, 2015 looks to be the year of the wearable.
  • Get movie editor Muvee Reveal 11 for Windows for $14.99 (2015-03-30 10:24:14)
    Normally $79.99, this highly automated app can turn smartphone, GoPro and other video clips into polished movies.
  • Amazon: Your next source for handyman services? (2015-03-30 10:19:13)
    The new Amazon Home Services aims to help you find help around the house via an invite-only marketplace of professionals.
  • Musk claims Tesla was 'misled' about demand for cars in China (2015-03-30 10:18:00)
  • Apple will let you cut the line if you're buying a $10,000 Apple Watch Edition (2015-03-30 10:11:22)
    Customers thinking of buying the Apple Watch Edition will be pampered in Apple's stores and receive free, round-the-clock tech support for two years, according to a report from 9to5Mac. Would-be Edition owners — who could be shelling out as much as $17,000 for a 38mm, 18-karat gold case with a bright red, modern buckle — will skip the queues in Apple's stores and receive private consultations lasting up to one hour with a dedicated Apple Watch expert. The demo stations for the Edition will also be separate to those for the Watch and Watch Sport, while staff will be advised to "assess store conditions" before bringing out more than two watches simultaneously for fear of theft. Although each of the Apple Watch's three tiers has exactly the same features and technology, Apple is clearly trying to differentiate its wearables with more than just a price tag.
  • Nest thermostat isn't smart enough to figure out British Summer Time (2015-03-30 10:04:00)
  • Halo 5 has a release date (2015-03-30 10:01:00)
    It was an exciting weekend for Xbox One owners, as Microsoft announced that Halo 5: Guardians will be launching on October 27th, 2015. The release date was unveiled in two live-action trailers that premiered on AMC alongside The Walking Dead finale Sunday night. READ MORE: Mortal Kombat X preview: A heart-pounding leap into the new generation In the first trailer, Spartan Locke, the protagonist of the Halo: Nightfall live-action TV series, is seen approaching an injured Master Chief. He gives a short speech about how it is his job to save the human race from the man they thought was their hero, and then begins to raise his gun. The second trailer is nearly identical to the first, save for one vital detail —
  • A new hack could let thieves bypass the iPhone's lockscreen (2015-03-30 09:56:43)
    Researchers at the security firm MDSec have found a way to bypass the iPhone's lockscreen using just a few hundred dollars in equipment. The lockscreen typically bricks a phone after 10 bad guesses and has proven difficult to bypass on non-jailbroken phones, but MDSec has found a way to power off the phone before it registers an incorrect guess, allowing effectively unlimited guesses. Since the lockscreen is one of the iPhone's major anti-theft protections (combined with Find my iPhone and the remote shutdown feature), it's a hack that could have a real impact on users. MDSec's system works by watching for tiny changes in the iPhone screen, indicating a wrong-password notification a fraction of a second before the phone tallies a wrong guess.
  • Spotify on PS4 Is Music Nerd Heaven (2015-03-30 09:52:59)
    If you prefer your nightly game binges with a side of sick beats, you'll want to check out the new Spotify app for Sony's PlayStation 4. Whether you want to make some tedious Destiny quests more lively with Drake, or bring some awkward lightheartedness to a brutal Bloodborne battle by jamming some Uptown Funk, the option to tap into Spotify's near-endless library while gaming is a welcomed one.
  • China suspected as software site GitHub hit by attack (2015-03-30 09:51:45)
    The software collaboration website GitHub said Monday it was fighting off a cyber attack since late last week, and security analysts said the effort appeared to originate in China. A US website described as "the world's largest code host," GitHub said it first noticed the so-called distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack Thursday, with intermittent disruptions over the past few days. Some security specialists went further, saying it appears to be an attempt to block the use of anti-censorship tools in China. "Even people outside China are being weaponized to target things the Chinese government does not like, for example, freedom of speech," the security firm said.
  • Microsoft's OneDrive, SharePoint chief to take on a new role (2015-03-30 09:47:20)
    Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of its combined OneDrive and SharePoint team, Chris Jones, is moving to a new role inside the company's Applications and Services Group later this year.
  • End the bloatware now (2015-03-30 09:46:00)
    Bloatware. Hardly has a word in the world of smartphones elicited such vitriol. Jack Wallen cries out that it's time to end the practice of adding bloatware to mobile devices.
  • Galaxy S6 vs. iPhone 6: The ultimate speed test (2015-03-30 09:36:09)
    Samsung’s brand new flagship smartphones for the first half of 2015 are just weeks away from launching, and Android fans are clearly excited. They have great cause for excitement, of course, since the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge represent a complete departure for Samsung, which designed its new flagship phones from the ground up. The result is a pair of premium smartphones the likes of which we’ve never seen from the South Korean consumer electronics giant. As excitement continues to build ahead of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge’s April 10th release, we constantly see new comparisons pop up that pit the S6 against the reigning smartphone champ, Apple’s iPhone 6. One comparison may be of particular interest, however: A new
  • Amazon takes on Angie's List with Home Services launch (2015-03-30 09:35:00)
    The hyper-local marketplace connects shoppers with service providers -- allowing you to order a plumber or electrician as easily as ordering up a pair of shoes or a vacuum cleaner.
  • Amazon now lets you order pro services for your home (2015-03-30 09:35:00)
  • The people side of disaster recovery: 10 things managers should do (2015-03-30 09:32:00)
    A solid DR plan can help you recover systems and fix technical problems in a crisis. But you should also be ready to deal with nontechnical issues--like panic, misinformation, and damaging rumors.
  • Watch: Can this insane torture test kill the Galaxy S6 edge? (2015-03-30 09:15:00)
    One of the obvious concerns with the Galaxy S6 edge is related to the phone’s curved display, which might not handle some drops as gracefully as smartphones that come with regular, flat screens. However, a short video from China shows an extreme Galaxy S6 edge torture test that reveals how shockingly durable the Gorilla Glass 4 on the Galaxy S6 edge really is. DON’T MISS: 10 things the Galaxy S6 can do that the iPhone 6 can’t In the 30-second clip below, a woman handling the curved Galaxy S6 model repeatedly and violently smashes the Galaxy S6 edge against a hard surface. Not only is the Galaxy S6 edge capable of taking the beating, but the phone is also fully functional after the
  • Cyberattack hits hard at popular coding site Github (2015-03-30 09:10:31)
    A debilitating onslaught of Internet traffic directed at Github appears to be focused on shutting down anticensorship tools.
  • The internet took the album away, and now it's giving it back (2015-03-30 09:10:02)
    When online piracy ravaged the music industry, music revenues went from $14.7 billion in 1999 to $7.7 billion in 2009, according to the RIAA. When she released her eponymous album at the end of 2013, the reaction was unparalleled.
  • T-Mobile rolls out ever-updating map so you can check your coverage (2015-03-30 09:09:24)
    The carrier says it's through with static coverage maps that show outdated information. Its new map will use real-time information and change every two weeks.
  • This is Trevor Noah, the new host of The Daily Show (2015-03-30 09:08:58)
    When people started speculating who would replace Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah's name probably wasn't high on anyone's list. No-one can replace Jon Stewart. It's the same kind of thing you'd say about John Oliver, whose brief stint as TDS guest host served as a launching pad for a wildly successful HBO show, Last Week Tonight. Noah, who was the subject of David Meyer's documentary You Laugh But It's True (available on Netflix), was the first stand-up comedian from South Africa to appear on The Late Show with David Letterman.
  • New 3D NAND flash memory from Intel, Micron could result in 10-terabyte SSDs (2015-03-30 09:07:00)
    The two companies claim their new technology offers up to three times the density of other 3D NAND competitors, with full production ramping up later this year.
  • Apple Watch Edition customers to receive executive level treatment (2015-03-30 09:06:00)
    If you are going to pay more than $10,000 for your Apple Watch Edition smartwatch then you can expect to be treated better than the rest of us.
  • BET brings live broadcasts to its iOS and Android apps (2015-03-30 09:00:00)
  • Replica of Harry Potter's 'Monster Book of Monsters' creeps out (2015-03-30 08:59:43)
    This official, dangerous-looking replica from Sideshow Collectibles might make your friends think twice about treating you as their own private lending library.
  • Hands-On: Linux UEFI multi-boot part three, problem solving (2015-03-30 08:51:34)
    A look at special cases and uncooperative distributions - problem solving in Linux UEFI Multi-Boot
  • Meerkat is dying – and it’s taking U.S. tech journalism with it (2015-03-30 08:50:06)
    About three days after it received a lavish new funding round, Meerkat died an ugly and embarrassing death. It is hard to decide whether the Great Meerkat Debacle that has unfolded over the past week is a tragedy or a comedy — probably a bit of both. The mobile streaming app that had whipped U.S. tech journalists into a frenzy announced $14 million in new funding on Thursday. Money poured in from Jared Leto, Greylock Partners and other illustrious sources. On the same day, Twitter launched its rival streaming app called Periscope. Apparently, investors didn’t stop to ponder why Meerkat people rushed to cash in so aggressively only a month after the app had debuted. Well, we now know why. DON’T MISS: 10 things
  • Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams will guest star on Doctor Who (2015-03-30 08:48:07)
    With the Game of Thrones season five premiere only two weeks away, it looks like Arya Stark is now set to make a brief escape from her saga. Showrunner Steven Moffat said in an official statement that he's thrilled to have Williams on set, and, though he can't say what role she'll play, her character "will challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways." Williams, for her part, stated that she's "excited to be working on Doctor Who as it’s such a big and important part of British Culture.
  • Apple Watch Edition perks vs. price: There's an absurdity to it (2015-03-30 08:40:37)
    The emerging world of luxury devices---enter the Apple Watch Edition---means no lines, VIP phone support and private service. But there's an absurdity to it given the technology won't hold value over time.
  • Customizing a smartwatch is as underwhelming as using one (2015-03-30 08:39:06)
    What do Motorola and Nike have in common? One thing Motorola understood right from the start with the Moto 360 was that people buy and wear expensive watches not for how they work, but for how they look and what they represent.
  • Get movie editor Muvee Reveal 11 (Win) for $14.99 (2015-03-30 08:35:28)
    Normally $79.99, this highly automated app can turn smartphone, GoPro and other video clips into polished movies.
  • ​Apache Spark-based ClearStory ramps up its analytics software (2015-03-30 08:23:19)
    Improvements to the Spark-powered analytics platform from ClearStory Data are designed to increase the speed of data analysis and reduce data-preparation times.
  • German firms embrace start-ups to catch up with digital world (2015-03-30 08:16:19)
    By Caroline Copley DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) - Latecomers to the digital age, big German companies have started teaming up with start-ups to shake up their conservative business culture and keep pace with a world increasingly dominated by nimble tech giants. More than half of the firms on Germany's blue-chip DAX index trace their roots back to the 19th century or earlier. The youngest corporate, SAP, was founded 43 years ago. ...
  • CRM market as bloated as ever, says Forrester (2015-03-30 08:14:39)
    Forrester's latest wave on the CRM sector keeps the big guns as leaders, but acknowledges that specialized players abound. In other words, CRM remains a mature yet bloated market.
  • Microsoft Convergence 2015 lives up to its name (2015-03-30 08:14:34)
    Microsoft begins to align businesses and business units with each other and the 21st century. Paul Greenberg scores the conference and assesses the company's direction.
  • Amazon.com expands into professional services with home marketplace (2015-03-30 08:11:36)
    By Nandita Bose CHICAGO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is launching a home services marketplace that will connect customers with electricians, plumbers and painters in a move to have its services tied to every product sold on its website. Amazon Home Services, which will launch on Monday, will allow customers to buy 700 services such as car maintenance, TV wall-mounting and house cleaning at upfront prices. The quality of the service will be backed with an Amazon guarantee, which the retailer uses to vouch for products sold by third-party sellers on its website. ...
  • Trevor Noah succeeds Jon Stewart as The Daily Show host (2015-03-30 08:07:48)
    Comedy Central has found a new host for The Daily Show: Trevor Noah, a South African comedian who has appeared as a contributor to the show three times over the past year. According to The New York Times, Noah will be announced as the replacement today. Noah may be a surprising choice, given that Comedy Central is passing over a wealth of talent that's been on The Daily Show for decades, but as a standup comedian and as a contributor, Noah has proven to bring a thoughtful perspective to international news stories. He's also quite funny.
  • Auto-complete blunder leaks passport details of world leaders (2015-03-30 08:03:00)
  • Amazon launches Home Services to sell everything from an oil change to piano lessons (2015-03-30 08:00:19)
    Amazon started out as an online bookstore, but has since expanded into selling almost any physical goods you can think of. But the company believes a lot of the stuff people buy on Amazon are things they could actually use help assembling, installing, or learning to enjoy. "We have 85 million Amazon customers who have shopped for products this past year that often require a service afterwards," said Peter Faricy, Vice President for Amazon Marketplace. "Things like TVs, toilets, and sinks. ...
  • How you’ll buy the Apple Watch (2015-03-30 07:45:10)
    A recent report about Apple Watch availability lends a certain amount of credence to reports that Apple may be experiencing production problems with its new wearable. When the vaunted Apple Watch hits store shelves in late April, it will surprisingly not be available for sale to walk-in customers, according to a recent report. RELATED: The Apple Watch may cause the biggest halo effect ever According to documents MacRumors obtained, anyone who wanders into an Apple Store in the hopes of picking up an Apple Watch with no reservation will be sorely disappointed. Instead customers must make an online “Product Reservation” to hold a specific Apple Watch model at a retail store. This new “Product Reservation” system is used instead of Apple’s
  • Chinese carpooling app Dida in partnership talks with Uber: investor (2015-03-30 07:43:43)
    By Jake Spring BEIJING (Reuters) - An early investor in Chinese carpooling app Dida Pinche said he has held talks with U.S. ride-hailing app Uber Technologies Inc to help grow Dida in a market 99 percent controlled by Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache. Andy Zhang, chief financial officer of Dida investor Bitauto Holdings Ltd, told Reuters late last week that he met with Uber Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick in Beijing to discuss possible investment or tie-ups. A spokeswoman for Uber declined to comment on the matter. ...
  • Cook calls 'religious objection' laws dangerous (2015-03-30 07:41:06)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook says that so-called "religious objection" legislation being introduced in a number states like Indiana and Texas is dangerous.
  • First Click: Tim Cook's Apple (2015-03-30 07:30:02)
    Tim Cook’s editorial in Sunday’s Washington Post titled "Pro-discrimination 'religious freedom' laws are dangerous" is a bold underline on the new Apple. Where Steve Jobs famously wrote open letters on the evils of Flash and DRM, Tim Cook is using his bully pulpit to fight unjust and discriminatory practices in the US and abroad.
  • Kanye, Rihanna and Beyoncé turn blue for Jay Z's Spotify-rivalling Tidal (2015-03-30 07:28:31)
    Madonna, Coldplay and Taylor Swift are among the big hitters backing Jay Z's lossless audio service, which is set for a big announcement today.
  • Taiwan seeks stronger cyber security ties with U.S. to counter China threat (2015-03-30 07:27:25)
    By Michael Gold and J.R. Wu TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan wants to join a major anti-hacking drill conducted by the United States to strengthen cyber security ties with its staunchest ally, its vice premier said on Monday, a move which would help safeguard against constant targeting by hackers in rival China. Many hacks into Taiwan systems have been traced to sites belonging to China's People's Liberation Army, Vice Premier Simon Chang told Reuters in an interview, without elaborating on the locations. "Taiwan has no enemy in the international community except you-know-who. Who in the world would try to hack Taiwan?" Chang, a former director of Asia hardware operations for internet giant Google Inc, said.
  • New threat intelligence report skewers industry confusion, charlatans (2015-03-30 07:26:49)
    Are you getting threat intel -- or just antivirus software? A government-backed report designs a framework for threat intelligence that can be scaled to different sectors, sizes of organization, and organizational goals.
  • PlayStation gets Spotify, replacing Sony's own music service (2015-03-30 07:24:26)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Spotify is coming to the PlayStation, replacing Sony's own Music Unlimited service, as the company continues to expand the game console into an entertainment hub beyond video games.
  • PlayStation spins free Spotify tunes on your TV (2015-03-30 07:19:14)
    From the ashes of the Sony Music Unlimited streaming service comes the first way to listen to the free version of Spotify on TVs.
  • Why (most) disk drives need to breathe (2015-03-30 07:13:00)
    It isn't commonly known, but air-based disk drives need to breathe. But wait! Won't atmospheric crud crash the drive? Here's why drives need it and how it works.
  • Schools threaten to report parents that let their kids play 18+ games (2015-03-30 06:57:00)
  • HTC’s new phablet might be even better than the One M9 (2015-03-30 06:50:11)
    The HTC One M9 is the only flagship smartphone HTC announced so far this year, in spite of reports that said a slightly bigger HTC One M9 Plus version might also be in the works. It turns out HTC does have a new 5.5-inch smartphone ready, at least for Chinese buyers interested in even bigger displays in their smartphones, the HTC One E9+, which the company quietly unveiled on Sunday. DON’T MISS: 10 things the Galaxy S6 can do that the iPhone 6 can’t The phone might not be part of the HTC One M9 family, but it definitely looks good on paper when it comes to specs. The HTC One E9+ is almost a flagship-grade device, though it won’t
  • Watch out: Will Apple doom the Swiss watch industry? (2015-03-30 06:48:04)
    It's crunch time for Swiss watchmakers, as the launch of Apple Watch is finally stirring them into action. But is it too little, too late?
  • When content became king: Marketers know what you want before you know (2015-03-30 06:46:04)
    Marketing today bears no resemblance to the Mad Men era. Powerful analytic tools are parsing companies' web sites and content. Machine learning tools are studying buyers' behaviors to generate recommendations for even better web designs.
  • E-Scooters with swappable batteries will land in Taipei this summer (2015-03-30 06:46:00)
  • 5 Web Resources for New Business Websites (2015-03-30 06:29:17)
    Thousands of new business websites are launched every single day, majority of them never make it past the initial stages, it's almost like people think that the results of a business website should be instantaneous, but the web is a lot bigger than that.Marketing and project management are two of the things that should be implemented for any...
  • Jay Z enlists millionaire musicians to promote relaunch of Tidal music service (2015-03-30 06:22:15)
    Jay Z apparently knows this, and has recruited an all-star team of musicians-turned-PR-flacks to promote the relaunch of his recently-purchased music streaming service Tidal. Madonna, Kanye West, Deadmau5, and Beyoncé are among the well-known names tweeting promotional messages for Tidal, with the artists all using the same #TIDALforALL hashtag and changing their profile pictures to display the streaming service's signature color: a striking shade of cyan. The words "turn the tide," "music history," and "together," also feature in most of the promotional tweets. Together, we can turn the tide and make music history.
  • Telefonica to triple broadband speeds to 300Mbps: A sticking plaster on an open wound? (2015-03-30 06:13:00)
    The Spanish broadband and phone provider is facing stiff competition thanks to the arrival of streaming services and a period of consolidation in the country.
  • The creative CIO: The next evolution of the tech chief (2015-03-30 06:01:15)
    CIOs are under pressure to deliver innovation while keeping the day-to-day operation running too. How can they balance both?
  • Jack Lew to discuss China technology policy, urges market reforms (2015-03-30 05:53:32)
    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Monday he would discuss with the Chinese government recent technology policy moves that Washington has complained constitute unfair regulatory pressure on foreign firms. China said earlier this month work was ongoing on a draft anti-terrorism law that would require foreign companies to hand over encryption keys and otherwise facilitate Beijing's ability to bypass security measures, despite U.S. protests. "We have already made clear our concerns regarding forced technology transfer and other attempts to bar technological competition, most recently in the banking sector, and I look forward to further discussion today," Lew said, in remarks made during a meeting with Vice Premier Wang Yang in Beijing. President Barack Obama said he had raised the issue directly with China's President Xi Jinping, but Beijing denied U.S. statements that the law had then been put on hold.
  • G20 world leaders' personal information leaked in 'email error' (2015-03-30 05:50:59)
    Australian G20 organisers have been left red-faced after it was revealed an email autofill error led to a leak of passport details for 31 world leaders, including Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin and more.
  • China's Alibaba signs digital distribution deal with music rights group BMG (2015-03-30 05:48:08)
    Germany's BMG music rights company said on Monday it had signed a music digital distribution deal with China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, as the world's largest e-commerce firm firms up its bid to become a digital media empire. The deal, one of the first in China made by a major music publisher rather than a label, will bring more than 2.5 million copyrights to Alibaba, whose music platforms already had many of the songs from artists including Kylie Minogue, the Rolling Stones and Jean-Michael Jarre, an Alibaba spokeswoman said. Alibaba has set its eyes on becoming an online-media powerhouse, with music, film and television.
  • PlayStation spins free Spotify on your TV (2015-03-30 05:33:56)
    From the ashes of the Sony Music Unlimited streaming service comes the first way to listen to the free version of Spotify on TVs.
  • Women in Business: Erin Sarofsky, Principal and Owner, Sarofsky Corp. (2015-03-30 05:13:53)
    Erin Sarofsky graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a BFA in graphic design and an MFA in computer graphics, both with a strong photography influence. Initially, she rode the dot com wave before deciding to pursue what she loved most: motion graphics and all forms of production. In the blink of an eye, she was hired by...
  • Fraudster's phoney email tricked prison into releasing him (2015-03-30 05:10:00)
  • If you want to buy an Apple Watch in-store, you'll need a reservation (2015-03-30 05:03:00)
  • Spotify is launching today for Sony's PS4 and PS3 (2015-03-30 05:00:02)
    A few months ago, Sony brought good news to its music-loving PlayStation users — the company was officially discontinuing its failed Music Unlimited streaming service and was instead partnering with the biggest player in the streaming music space, Spotify. As of today, that changeover is officially complete: Music Unlimited is dead and Spotify users can now log into the service on either the PS3 or PS4. It’s an exclusive deal, as well — Spotify won’t be coming to the Xbox One any time soon. ...
  • PlayStation's Spotify-powered music service starts today (2015-03-30 05:00:00)
  • Microsoft, KPMG expand strategic relationship (2015-03-30 04:56:22)
    The two companies plan to develop a new generation of data, analytics, cloud and business solutions.
  • US treasury secretary presses Beijing on technology curbs (2015-03-30 04:42:10)
    BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Monday he pressed Chinese leaders over proposed curbs on the use of foreign security products by banks and other restrictions on access to China's technology market.
  • Exhibition lets you go hands-on with 40 years of gadgets (2015-03-30 04:07:00)
  • New streaming apps could boost citizen journalism (2015-03-30 04:06:18)
    When three buildings collapsed and ignited a blaze in New York on Thursday, a smartphone app brought the live video feed to anyone online wanting to watch. The disaster took place, coincidentally, the same day as the launch of Twitter's new livestream app Periscope, which became a window for the breaking news event. The event showed how Periscope and rival app Meerkat, which can deliver live video through Twitter to anyone online, could become an important tool for citizen journalism. By feeding live video through Twitter to anyone online, these apps eliminate the need to upload to YouTube or transfer to broadcasters like CNN to get a wide audience.
  • No truth to talk Japan's Sharp will exit solar business: executive (2015-03-30 03:16:48)
    Sharp Corp will continue making solar cell products at its Sakai plant and there is no truth to speculation it will sell or exit the business, an executive at the money-losing electronics maker said on Monday. "There is no truth to talk that we will quit, or sell, the solar business," Kazushi Mukai, head of Sharp's energy system solution business, told reporters at the company's state-of-the-art solar cell plant in Sakai, western Japan. Sharp is negotiating its second major bailout since 2012, with bankers calling for a radical overhaul and exit from loss-making businesses. Its solar cell business has struggled to cope with tough price competition from rivals in China and slow housing starts in Japan, adding to losses from its TV and LCD display operations.
  • Cleopatra the tortoise gets a 3D-printed shell (2015-03-30 02:58:00)
  • Hewlett-Packard enterprise eyes growth in converged infrastructure (2015-03-30 02:08:00)
    Post-company split, Hewlett-Packard's enterprise business is seeing growth in the Australian market, and believes delivering on customer demand, particularly in the converged infrastructure market, is helping fuel growth.
  • Gogoro's battery-swapping electric scooter launches this summer in Taipei (2015-03-30 02:00:02)
    Gogoro, the Taiwan-based company founded by ex-HTC staffers and funded in part by HTC co-founder Cher Wang, drummed up a lot of buzz at CES this January with its futuristic all-electric Smartscooter — but the company hadn't announced when or where the bike would launch. Now, we know: it'll hit Taipei City and the greater New Taipei City region, right in Gogoro's backyard, this summer.
  • ​Puush calls for password change after malware hit (2015-03-30 01:46:00)
    Online screenshot-sharing service Puush is warning its users to change their passwords after it emerged that the platform had been infected with malware.
  • Australia looks at GST, company tax in planned tax overhaul (2015-03-30 01:41:00)
    Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey hinted on Monday at changes that could force digital companies like Apple Inc, Google Inc, Alibaba Group Holding and Uber to pay more tax on transactions that take place in Australia. "I want to find a way for them to pay the GST," Hockey told reporters, referring to the goods and sales tax, after releasing a discussion paper on the country's "unsustainable" tax system. Up for discussion are a cut to Australia's corporate tax rate, a broadening of the goods and services that are included in the GST and a new levy on bank deposits. "New technology, changing consumer behavior and increasing global trade are threatening the medium and long-term viability of our taxation system," Hockey told reporters in Canberra.
  • Liquid metal machines 'eat' in order to move (2015-03-30 00:22:00)
  • Encrypted communication 'biggest problem' in tackling terrorism, Europol warns (2015-03-30 00:08:02)
    The European agency says tracking and monitoring terrorist suspects is increasingly difficult in a world where encryption is becoming commonplace.
  • Coachella, Lollapalooza ban selfie sticks (2015-03-29 23:57:40)
    The upcoming Coachella and Lollapalooza music festivals have joined a growing number of festivals worldwide forbidding selfie sticks on the grounds.
  • Government says new technology stymies Australian tax system (2015-03-29 23:44:03)
    A new discussion paper released by the Australian government suggests that the emergence of new financial transaction technology such as bitcoin is making it tough for the country's authorities to clamp down on tax avoidance.
  • Apple's Tim Cook speaks out against pro-discrimination laws (2015-03-29 23:41:07)
    Published in the Washington Post, the Apple CEO's latest statement says a wave of legislation is pending across the country that would discriminate against the LGBT community.
  • Halo 5 lands on Xbox One this October 27th (2015-03-29 23:27:00)
  • Apple's Tim Cook speaks out against pro-discrimination laws in op-ed (2015-03-29 23:05:15)
    Published in the Washington Post, the Apple CEO's latest statement says a wave of legislation is pending across the country that would discriminate against the LGBT community.
  • Researchers demonstrate quantum entanglement, prove Einstein wrong (2015-03-29 22:54:37)
    What Einstein termed "spooky action at a distance" has been successfully demonstrated for the first time.
  • U.S. coding site undergoes denial-of-service cyber attack (2015-03-29 22:38:27)
    U.S. coding site GitHub said on Sunday that it was deflecting most of the traffic from a days-long cyber attack that had caused intermittent outages for the social coding site, with the Wall Street Journal citing China as the source of the attack. The Wall Street Journal reported that the flood of Internet traffic to GitHub came from Chinese search engine Baidu Inc, targeting two GitHub pages that linked to copies of sites that are banned in China.
  • British Airways confirms frequent flyer hack (2015-03-29 22:28:26)
    The airline has confirmed thousands of frequent flyer accounts have been accessed.
  • Halo 5 hits Xbox One on October 27th (2015-03-29 22:27:09)
    Halo 5: Guardians will be released for Xbox One on October 27th. The date comes via a new live-action trailer that you can watch above; it won't tell you much about the game itself, but it appears that things aren't too rosy between Master Chief and new protagonist Jameson Locke. (As a commenter notes below, there's another version of the trailer which turns the tables. We've included that too.)
  • LG Chem to supply batteries for Daimler's Smart EVs (2015-03-29 22:08:57)
    South Korea's LG Chem said it had been picked by Daimler AG as the sole battery supplier for the automaker's new range of Smart electric vehicles, which will be launched in 2016. LG Chem did not disclose the value or volume of the deal, but said EVs account for a small portion of about 100,000 Smart mini cars sold a year currently. LG Chem, which is also an EV battery supplier for General Motors and Renault SA, said it will provide Smart EV battery cells, which will be made into packs by Daimler's wholly owned subsidiary Deutsche ACCUmotive. Daimler is LG Chem's 13th automaker client for EV battery packs.
  • How would you change Sony's Xperia Z1? (2015-03-29 22:05:00)
  • ​Telco complaints lower by another 4.5 percent (2015-03-29 21:56:53)
    Australian telecommunications complaints have lowered for the fourth quarter in a row, despite teclos reporting that they have increased their customer numbers.
  • Apple's Tim Cook speaks out against discriminatory 'religious freedom' laws (2015-03-29 21:55:43)
    Apple CEO Tim Cook has used the editorial pages of The Washington Post to condemn laws that allow businesses to refuse service to homosexuals or other groups on the grounds of "religious freedom." Calling the legislation "something very dangerous happening in states across the country," Cook says these laws "rationalize injustice by pretending to defend something many of us hold dear. Although Indiana has been the focus of recent attention, as Governor Mike Pence signed a bill on Thursday legalizing discrimination for religious reasons, 19 other states have similar laws on the books. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed another "religious freedom" bill last year after widespread opposition from the public and companies including Apple. "America's business community recognized a long time ago that discrimination, in all its forms, is bad for business," Cook writes.
  • GitHub suffers 'largest DDoS' attack in site's history (2015-03-29 21:43:14)
    US coding website GitHub is fending off a DDoS onslaught focused on shutting down anticensorship tools.
  • The dos and don'ts: Adrian Di Marco's lessons to success (2015-03-29 21:18:07)
    Adrian Di Marco's experience with multinational companies gave him a glimpse into what he did not want to become, which eventually paved the way for him to establish TechnologyOne.
  • Turnbull wants transformation office to be shared globally (2015-03-29 20:47:00)
    Australian Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said that the new Digital Transformation Office will share its successful applications with governments and industry.
  • Game Boy camera gun prints when you shoot (2015-03-29 20:11:00)
  • ​NewSat continues to seek funding for Jabiru-1 satellite (2015-03-29 19:57:00)
    NewSat has requested for its trading halt to remain in place until it is able to find a solution with lenders in the United States to provide additional capital raising for its Jabiru-1 satellite project.
  • Juror in gender lawsuit sympathized with Pao, sided with Kleiner (2015-03-29 19:23:04)
    By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - To some Silicon Valley watchers, the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers gender discrimination case became a referendum on the challenging state of women in technology. For Erin Malone, 51, an alternate juror who sat through four weeks of testimony but did not end up deliberating on the verdict, it came down to the credibility of Ellen Pao, 45, the plaintiff who had once worked as a partner at Kleiner. Pao's friendly demeanor crumbled somewhat under cross examination and her performance fell short, Malone said in an interview, echoing the comments of two other jurors interviewed by Reuters who were part of deliberations. Sympathetic to Pao in many areas, Malone, who designs technology allowing users to interact with apps and websites, said she herself felt she reached a "glass ceiling" when she worked at Yahoo Inc years ago.
  • Interoute eyes roll-up of European and U.S. cloud network firms (2015-03-29 19:03:00)
    By Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Britain's Interoute, a high-capacity data network and corporate cloud services provider, is taking on new private equity investors to fund acquisitions across Europe and the United States, the company said on Monday. Aleph Capital Partners, a UK investment firm headed by former Goldman Sachs European private equity investment chief Hugues Lepic, and Crestview Partners, a U.S. private equity firm founded by ex-Goldman colleagues, have agreed to buy a 30 percent stake in London-based Interoute.
  • Do Note by IFTTT review (2015-03-29 18:49:00)
    Save and share your notes instantly with Do Note
  • Ignorance could be bliss for next generations of business (2015-03-29 18:45:00)
    The conditions are ripe for businesses and services to do away with wanting to get their hands on as much of their users' information as possible.
  • Do Camera by IFTTT review (2015-03-29 18:36:08)
    Send your photos anywhere with Do Camera
  • Apple Watch Edition buyers will get the red carpet treatment (2015-03-29 18:32:00)
  • Do Button by IFTTT review (2015-03-29 18:19:00)
    Control the world around you with Do Button
  • Pip review (2015-03-29 18:04:31)
    It's just a couple of taps to send useful notifications to your friends
  • YouTube Kids review (2015-03-29 17:57:22)
    The official YouTube Kids app is designed for curious little minds
  • This Microsoft help page comes with a warning: 'this process requires patience' (2015-03-29 17:28:52)
    I may have accidentally stumbled into the purgatory of Microsoft online services. It all happened innocently enough: if you're anything like me, you probably set up your Xbox Live account many years ago. The Hotmail email address I chose that fateful day nearly a decade ago has since become a relic of another time, utterly swamped with spam emails and hindered by an embarrassing account name. It's with good reason, then, that I hoped to switch my Gamertag over to my primary Microsoft account, the email address that now ties together everything from my email and calendar to Microsoft Office and OneDrive.
  • Norton Security and Antivirus for Android review (2015-03-29 16:58:00)
    Protect your mobile device against loss, theft, and malware
  • U.S. coding site undergoes denial of service cyber attack (2015-03-29 16:57:13)
    U.S. coding site GitHub said on Sunday that it was deflecting most of the traffic from a days-long cyber attack that had caused intermittent outages for the social coding site, with the Wall Street Journal citing China as the source of the attack. The Wall Street Journal reported that the flood of Internet traffic to GitHub came from Chinese search engine Baidu Inc, targeting two GitHub pages that linked to copies of sites that are banned in China.
  • Lyve: Free Photo/Video Manager review (2015-03-29 16:41:36)
    Manage & organize unlimited photos and videos
  • NSA considered scrapping its mass phone surveillance program (2015-03-29 16:34:00)
  • Hotspot Shield review (2015-03-29 16:31:32)
    Unblock blocked sites, browse anonymously and get protected from hackers
  • New Samsung and HTC flagships, Chromebook Pixel, Fitbit Surge (MobileTechRoundup show #342) (2015-03-29 15:38:43)
    Samsung and HTC flagships went up for pre-order last week, shipping this week. Matthew ordered both, but shares with Kevin why he's not sure either will stay.
  • School principals threaten parents with police if kids play 'Grand Theft Auto' (2015-03-29 15:11:49)
    Technically Incorrect: A group of British school principals sends a letter to parents saying that violent adult-rated video games risk getting them into serious trouble.
  • Anarchy in the storage frame: No future for SANs (2015-03-29 14:30:00)
    Want to build storage out like a hyperscale cloud provider? Then forget expensive and proprietary SAN and NAS frames.
  • Life with the Moto 360: has Motorola's smartwatch turned a corner? (2015-03-29 14:30:00)
  • Dual tone HTC One E9+ with quad HD display appears on HTC China site (2015-03-29 14:08:32)
    Another variation of the HTC One appeared on the HTC China site with a higher definition display than the One M9.
  • Smiling selfies at Manhattan blast site anger some (2015-03-29 13:58:02)
    Technically Incorrect: A photograph of seven women using a selfie stick to take pictures near the site of last week's East Village explosion causes quite a stir. And it's not the only smiling selfie from the scene.
  • Ricky Gervais can't be bothered to do these Australian Netflix ads (2015-03-29 13:33:24)
    How do you introduce Netflix to a nation? The streaming video service went live down under just this very week, and Australian telecom giant Optus enlisted none other than Ricky Gervais to do the deed. But let's just say he decided to do things his way. Instead of explaining how Netflix works or even pitching Optus' free subscription promotion, Gervais is more than content to talk about how much money he's getting paid and how he can't be bothered to do the ad. The results are brilliant — give it a watch, and check out the other variants while you're at it.
  • Galaxy S6: Most of the bloatware can be removed... sort of (2015-03-29 13:19:00)
    One of the biggest complaints leveled at Android smartphones is the plethora of apps, many of which unwanted, that come preinstalled on the devices. Samsung has listened to this and has made the bloatware it installs on the Galaxy S6 user-removable.
  • Windows 10 Mobile on track for most Lumia phones (2015-03-29 12:36:24)
    Microsoft's next test version of Windows 10 Mobile, expected around the first week of April, will support a lot more devices than the first one did.
  • Former HP CEO Fiorina puts chances of presidential bid over 90 percent (2015-03-29 12:29:12)
    By Alina Selyukh and Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Hewlett-Packard Co Chief Executive Carly Fiorina said on Sunday the chances she would run for the U.S. presidency in 2016 were "higher than 90 percent" and that she would announce her plans in late April to early May. Fiorina, speaking on "Fox News Sunday," said she could not yet announce the bid because she was working to establish her team and put together what she described as "the right support" and financial resources. Fiorina is one of many potential Republican presidential candidates including former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Earlier this month, Texas Senator Ted Cruz became the first major figure from either political party to formally announce his 2016 presidential bid.
  • Why Final Fantasy XV's main playable characters are all men (2015-03-29 12:21:00)
  • You can't bring a selfie stick to Coachella or Lollapalooza (2015-03-29 12:02:40)
    If you're going to a music festival this summer, it might be difficult to fit your group's flower crowns into a single selfie. Coachella and Lollapalooza have officially banned selfie sticks. Lollapalooza also bans "narsisstics," which is either a typo or a bad pun. This is probably because selfie sticks are annoying. There you have it: no selfie sticks, just mud and bass drops.
  • From Siberia with size: 'New species' of big dinosaur found, scientists claim (2015-03-29 11:45:54)
    Technically Incorrect: In Russia, scientists say they've found enough bones to now identify something we might want to call the Sibirosaurus. And it's a doozy.
  • HIRIS wearable for everything, uses gestures to track your life (2015-03-29 11:21:30)
    ​Wearables are everywhere we look right now. But wearable wristbands should do more than just count how many steps we take. Italian designed HIRIS aims to turn the single-function wearable on its head.
  • New 'Smart' Headlights May Make Driving A Lot Safer (2015-03-29 10:48:20)
    From self-driving cars to drunk driver-detecting lasers, researchers are using technology to help make the road much safer.And now, engineers at General Motors (GM) are developing "smart" headlights that beam light precisely where a driver is looking -- an invention that could improve visibility for drivers at night."We want to actually...
  • Inhabitat's Week in Green: e-paper shoes, superhighways and solar ovens (2015-03-29 10:00:00)
  • Former HP CEO Fiorina: chances of presidential bid 'higher than 90 percent' (2015-03-29 09:48:02)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Hewlett-Packard Co Chief Executive Carly Fiorina on Sunday said the chances of her running for U.S. presidency were "very high" and she would announce her plans in late April-early May. Fiorina, speaking on Fox News Sunday, put the chances of her running for president in 2016 at 'higher than 90 percent' but said she could not yet announce the bid as she was working to establish her team, get "the right support" and financial resources. (Reporting by Alina Selyukh; editing by Susan Thomas)
  • 40 years of gadgets come out to play (2015-03-29 08:00:05)
    An exhibit in New York reunites all the stars from technology's past -- from the "laptop" that's heavier than an automobile tire to computers you don't even need to touch -- and puts them at your fingertips.
  • HTC's One E9+ is its latest phablet with a stunning screen (2015-03-29 07:54:00)
  • The EU wants to remove regional limits on digital goods (2015-03-29 07:20:00)
  • Uber will pay for taxi licenses to keep operating in Germany (2015-03-29 04:19:00)
  • Volvo's reflective bike paint helps cars spot you at night (2015-03-29 02:12:00)
  • Native Instruments teases a portable, touch-sensitive DJ deck (2015-03-28 23:02:00)
  • Ben Stiller's high school noise band will reissue their only album (2015-03-28 22:41:02)
    Here's something: Ben Stiller probably listened to a lot noisy proto-punk in high school. You know how I know? Because A-list actor, Meet the Parents star, and plucky goofball Ben Stiller was in a band back in his teen days. He played the drums. He played the drums like a wild, pubescent kid who thought The Stooges were dad rock but totally worshipped Arto Lindsay.
  • Cubicle Workers: Here's How to Fight Chronic Pain With Science and Technology (2015-03-28 22:26:33)
    Among employees who spend hours each day in cubicles and offices, pecking away at keyboards, slouching in cheap desk chairs, and squinting at bright screens, chronic pain is incredibly prevalent. And while it can be easy to write off the pain as part of the package, it's important that you understand the causes of these problems and fight back...
  • Hillary Clinton confirms she wiped her email server (2015-03-28 20:41:00)
  • The programs with the most security vulnerabilities in 2014 were not the ones you think (2015-03-28 19:26:00)
    Google Chrome, Oracle Solaris and Gentoo Linux all beat Microsoft's Internet Explorer in having the most vulnerabilities last year, according to Secunia, while IBM software took 40 percent of the Top 20 places.
  • The internet's favorite runaway llamas are retiring from public life (2015-03-28 19:03:02)
    It's been over a month since Llama 1 and Llama 2 stole our hearts during a glorious high-speed chase through Sun City, Arizona. Now it looks like the furry celebs — whose names are Kahkneeta and Laney — have had their last taste of sweet, sweet fame. The USDA contacted the llamas' owners soon after the chase, saying they needed a license to showcase the animals at public events, The Guardian reports.
  • Emvio's smartwatch will tell you when you're stressing out (2015-03-28 18:23:00)
  • Uber will reportedly pay for commercial driver's licenses to avoid German ban (2015-03-28 16:38:08)
    Uber is no stranger to legal battles, but the tough-negotiating startup appears to be making a rare concession in Germany. Uber's German chief, Fabien Nestmann, was quoted saying that the company will pay the €100 to €200 cost for a license. The court ruled that, per German law, Uber's drivers were required to obtain commercial licenses. In Nestmann's comments to Wirtschafts Woche, the executive explained that Uber would start a new low-cost service in Germany this summer, likely called Uber X, that would comply with the commercial license regulations.
  • Experts: Sex bias case will embolden women despite verdict (2015-03-28 16:27:44)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A long legal battle over accusations that a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm demeaned women and held them to a different standard than their male colleagues became a flashpoint in the ongoing discussion about gender inequity at elite technology and venture capital firms.
  • Best Buy is shutting down Canada's biggest tech store chain (2015-03-28 16:04:00)
  • Ellen Pao waxes philosophical in post-trial tweet storm (2015-03-28 15:33:18)
    After her loss to venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins in a sexual-discrimination case, Pao takes to Twitter to speak her mind.
  • Pebble Time raised more than $20 million on Kickstarter (2015-03-28 15:23:02)
    We knew Pebble's recent Kickstarter endeavor was doing well. The original Pebble smartwatch was also launched through Kickstarter in 2012, and it remains the third most-funded project in Kickstarter's history.
  • Six surprising facts about who's winning the operating system and browser wars in the U.S. (2015-03-28 14:37:00)
    The United States government has given the public access to its massive analytics database, and the results are fascinating. What share does the Mac really have? Is Windows 8.1 a hit or a miss? Who's winning the browser wars? I've dug deep to get the answers.
  • AMC's channels come to PlayStation Vue (2015-03-28 13:45:00)
  • You can play the standalone Fast & Furious Forza expansion for free right now (2015-03-28 13:14:01)
    The standalone Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is available now for the low, low price of $0. Like Horizon 2, Fast & Furious is an open-world racing game. Ludacris' character from the films, Tej Parker, will task you with tracking down the rides needed for the team's next big mission as you drive around the south of France. The game has the unwieldy official title of Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, but that name is a fairly accurate description.
  • You can play the standalone Fast & Furious Forza game for free right now (2015-03-28 13:14:01)
    The standalone Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is available now for the low, low price of $0. Like Horizon 2, Fast & Furious is an open-world racing game. Ludacris' character from the films, Tej Parker, will task you with tracking down the rides needed for the team's next big mission as you drive around the south of France. The game has the unwieldy official title of Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, but that name is a fairly accurate description.
  • Jury decisively says Ellen Pao lost sexual-discrimination case against Kleiner Perkins (2015-03-28 11:35:08)
    After a second round of deliberations, the jury gives a decisive victory to prominent venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, which was being sued for gender discrimination by former junior partner Ellen Pao.
  • In NYC, an unusual task force fights home-as-hotel rentals (2015-03-28 11:30:56)
    NEW YORK (AP) — From an office by the Brooklyn Bridge, a specialized team of investigators tackles a fast-growing concern in the nation's biggest city: apartments being rented like hotel rooms.
  • Chrome OS beta is getting a new launcher with Google Now (2015-03-28 11:20:00)
  • 'Back to the Future' hoverboard looks great, fails to hover (hands-on) (2015-03-28 11:18:03)
    A new replica of the "Back to the Future Part II" hoverboard strives for screen accuracy.
  • OASIS spec alleviates vendor lock-in woes in multi-cloud environments (2015-03-28 11:08:04)
    Vendor lock-in is a big issue when you're managing an application lifecycle across more than one cloud provider. An OASIS specification solves this problem.
  • One the most useful iPhone apps ever is coming to Apple Watch – here’s what it will look like (2015-03-28 11:00:00)
    We’ve written about popular to-do list app Wunderlist plenty of times before, and with good reason — if you’re looking for a way to make lists of your most important daily tasks, it’s one of the best apps around. MacRumors writes that Wunderlist will be making a companion app for the Apple Watch and it’s posted some pictures showing what the popular productivity app will look like when it’s on your wrist. DON’T MISS: Android fans confess what they envy most about iOS As you’d expect, the app is pretty simple from a functionality standpoint, given the limited screen space it has to work with. It will show you one task at a time that you’re free to dismiss once it’s
  • Windows 10 preview will soon be available for many more phones (2015-03-28 10:58:42)
    Microsoft opened up its Windows 10 Technical Preview to Windows Phone users last month, but only a scant few Lumia devices were supported. That's soon about to change. Microsoft has announced a second round of devices that will be able to run the very latest builds of Windows 10, and the good news is that the list has expanded considerably. The bad news is that there are still a few notable absences, including the Lumia 930 and any HTC Windows Phone devices.
  • Volvo designed a reflective spraypaint to make cycling safer at night (2015-03-28 10:44:02)
    Volvo is turning its attention to two-wheeled safety, for the moment. The Swedish car manufacturer and UK design firm Grey London have partnered with Albedo100 to create a reflective spraypaint that's only visible at night. "Every year more than 19,000 cyclists are injured on the UK’s roads," Nick Connor, managing director at Volvo Car UK said in a statement.
  • AirMask Colors for iPhone 6 hands-on: Add color and light protection in seconds (2015-03-28 10:36:00)
    If you don't want to add a bulky case and want to add some color to your iPhone, then you may want to try the AirMask system. It's thin, light, and very easy to install.
  • Top iOS news of the week: Prime music, Android switchers, Apple Watch apps (2015-03-28 10:00:04)
    In a relatively quiet week in iOS, news surfaced that Android owners are switching to iOS in big numbers, Apple Watch apps are pouring into the app store, and Amazon Prime members can now stream music on iOS.
  • The Weekender: Hangovers, The Terminator, and George R.R. Martin (2015-03-28 10:00:02)
    Hello fellow weekend-goers, and welcome back to The Weekender. This week, we tried to cure our hangovers, we explored porn VR, and we found out George R.R. Martin doesn't care if the Game of Thrones show spoils his books. We'll also be setting you up for a stellar weekend back on this terrestrial plane. So sit back and take a journey with us..mobile-layout .link { width: 15px; float: right; padding: 10px; }Do thisThe Mac Daddy, New York City
  • Microsoft, Yahoo extend their possible search-deal termination date (2015-03-28 09:43:00)
    Microsoft and Yahoo have another month before they'll announce whether their 10-year search pact will continue as it currently stands.
  • HTC One M9, law-abiding cars and other stories you might've missed! (2015-03-28 09:00:00)
  • Microsoft's next Windows 10 Mobile test build on track to support majority of Windows Phones (2015-03-28 08:26:33)
    Microsoft's next Windows 10 Mobile test build, expected around early April, will support a lot more Windows Phone test devices than the first build did.
  • Low Latency 124: Whack-a-Meerkat (2015-03-28 08:00:05)
    There can only be one king of Twitter livestreaming.
  • Top Android news of the week: Galaxy phones coming, Microsoft apps, Motorola guilty (2015-03-28 08:00:04)
    In Android this week was news that Microsoft apps will be preinstalled on Android phones, Galaxy S6 gets an availability date, and Motorola was found guilty of patent infringement.
  • Those amazing 'Furious 7' cars? This man built them (2015-03-28 07:00:03)
    The seventh installment of the "Fast & Furious" franchise is nearly upon us. Dennis McCarthy, who has wrangled cars for the series since 2006's "Tokyo Drift," tells us how he pulled together the amazing rides for this latest film.
  • Uber plans legal taxi service in Germany - manager in WiWo magazine (2015-03-28 05:52:37)
    Uber aims to launch a service in Germany by this summer that will allow its novel taxi-hailing service to operate legally in Europe's biggest economy, the company's German chief was quoted saying by weekly magazine Wirtschafts Woche (WiWo). The move comes after a German court earlier this month banned Uber from running services using unlicensed cab drivers and set stiff fines for any violations of local transport laws. Under the new service, drivers would hold commercial passenger transport licenses whose cost of between 100 euros ($109) and 200 euros will be paid by Uber, the magazine quoted Uber's Fabien Nestmann as saying. "We will also pay the 150 to 200 euros it would cost our partners to have the Chamber of Commerce license them as taxi companies," he said.
  • NASA is working with Russia on a new space station (2015-03-28 05:51:00)
  • NASA is working with Russia on a new space station (update: not quite) (2015-03-28 05:51:00)
  • Salesforce aims to surpass SAP on German market: executive tells WiWo (2015-03-28 05:14:28)
    Cloud software company Salesforce.com Inc aims to overtake SAP in terms of sales on the German company's home market in the coming years, the Europe chief of Salesforce told a German magazine. "We want to become the biggest software company in Germany by sales," weekly Wirtschafts Woche quoted Joachim Schreiner as saying, without saying exactly when U.S.-based Salesforce aimed to surpass its rival.
  • Jury rejects woman's bias claims against Silicon Valley firm (2015-03-28 04:36:54)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A discrimination lawsuit that put a spotlight on gender balance and working conditions for women at Silicon Valley firms ended with a jury rejecting the female plaintiff's claims.
  • Laser-activated nanoparticles are coming to clear your acne (2015-03-27 23:38:00)
  • Jury clears top Silicon Valley firm of gender bias, retaliation (2015-03-27 22:45:10)
    By Sarah McBride and Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Silicon Valley powerhouse venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers was cleared on Friday of claims it short-circuited the career of a former partner because she is a woman, in a gender discrimination trial that shook the tech world. A California jury also rejected a claim that Kleiner, the firm that backed Google Inc and Amazon.com Inc, had retaliated against its former partner, Ellen Pao, by firing her after she sued in 2012. Despite days of courtroom drama about affairs, books of erotic poetry and office flirting, juror Steve Sammut, who mostly voted for Kleiner, said the decision came down to Pao's effectiveness at her job. The verdict dashed Pao's hopes for personal vindication, but the trial revealed embarrassing disclosures about how Pao and other women were treated at Kleiner and Silicon Valley's corporate culture and its lack of diversity.
  • An Alien Nation remake will describe how and why aliens came to Earth (2015-03-27 22:30:02)
    Alien Nation, the 1988 buddy cop / sci-fi mashup, is getting a remake, The Hollywood Reporter reports. While the original movie centered around the first police officer from an alien race, the Fox reimagining will reportedly explain how and why the aliens came to Earth in the first place.
  • The Windows 10 preview will work on more phones soon (2015-03-27 22:07:00)
  • Juror kerfuffle leads to high drama in Ellen Pao discrimination trial (2015-03-27 21:51:40)
    A funny thing happened as the jurors walked to the courtroom. One juror changed his vote, throwing the whole verdict into disarray.
  • How many Android users will convert to iPhone because of the Apple Watch? (2015-03-27 21:45:23)
    As applied to Apple, the ‘halo effect’ refers to the dynamic wherein the popularity and success of one product incentivizes  consumers to purchase other Apple products they might not otherwise have given a second look. The first notable example of this dynamic was seen when the iPod became a household name back in the mid-2000s. Building on this, the unparalleled success of the iPhone and iPad further served to familiarize the masses with the Apple brand, thereby having a discernible impact on Mac sales overall. Looking ahead, with the Apple Watch launch on the horizon, Apple’s most impactful halo effect yet may be just around the corner. DON’T MISS: 10 things the Galaxy S6 can do that the iPhone 6 can’t
  • Jury decisively says Ellen Pao lost sexual discrimination case against Kleiner Perkins (2015-03-27 21:05:11)
    After a second round of deliberations, the jury gives a decisive victory to prominent venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, which was being sued for gender discrimination by former junior partner Ellen Pao.
  • Thousands of Uber accounts are allegedly being sold on the dark web (2015-03-27 21:04:01)
    Thousands of Uber users account credentials could have been compromised, and are up for sale from unscrupulous sellers. At least two separate vendors on dark web marketplace AlphaBay are hawking active Uber accounts, Motherboard reports.
  • Daily Roundup: The best cheap WiFi router, Tim Cook donations and more! (2015-03-27 21:03:00)
  • Jury says Silicon Valley firm did not discriminate (2015-03-27 21:01:24)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A jury decided Friday that a prestigious venture capital firm did not discriminate or retaliate against a female employee in a case that debated gender imbalance and working conditions for women in Silicon Valley.
  • HTC still in turmoil: Lead designer out after just one year on the job (2015-03-27 21:00:12)
    It’s never a good sign to see a major executive shakeup at a company just after it makes a major product launch — see Windows 8 architect Steven Sinofsky’s abrupt departure from Microsoft after Windows 8 launched, for instance. This is now the case with HTC, which last week announced that CEO Peter Chou would be replaced by chairman Cher Wang less than a month after the company unveiled its flagship HTC One M9 phone. And now Engadget brings us word of another key departure: Jonah Becker, HTC’s VP of Industrial Design, who leaves the company after just a year working as its lead designer. DON’T MISS: Man takes one selfie for every mile on a 2,600-mile hike, turns it into an incredible
  • Jury clears Kleiner firm in Silicon Valley gender bias case (2015-03-27 20:47:12)
    By Sarah McBride and Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A California jury on Friday cleared venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers of gender discrimination claims brought against it by a woman former partner, in a trial that transfixed Silicon Valley. After further deliberation, the jury also cleared Kleiner on a claim that the firm had retaliated against the former partner, Ellen Pao, by terminating her employment after she sued in 2012. Despite days of courtroom drama about affairs, books of erotic poetry and office flirting, juror Steve Sammut, who mostly voted for Kleiner, said the decision came down to Pao's effectiveness at her job. The verdict dashed Pao's hopes for personal vindication, but the trial revealed embarrassing disclosures about how Pao and other women were treated at Kleiner and Silicon Valley's corporate culture and its lack of diversity.
  • First 'Spectre' trailer hints at 007's deep, dark secrets (2015-03-27 20:43:14)
    The new James Bond film trailer picks up right where "Skyfall" left off, but this time it looks like the film will delve into the hidden darkness of Bond's past.
  • Fear the Walking Dead is the name of AMC’s The Walking Dead spinoff (2015-03-27 20:15:21)
    On Friday afternoon, Robert Kirkman, author of The Walking Dead and executive producer on the television series, took to Twitter to reveal that AMC’s spinoff series finally, officially has a name: Fear the Walking Dead. DON’T MISS: Mortal Kombat X preview: A heart-pounding leap into the new generation Here’s Kirkman’s announcement from earlier today: IT’S OFFICIAL! The walking dead companion show on AMC is called FEAR THE WALKING DEAD! Expect more news very soon! #FearTheWalkingDead — Robert Kirkman (@RobertKirkman) March 27, 2015 The fifth season finale of The Walking Dead airs on Sunday, March 29th, and AMC also revealed today that a trailer for the Fear the Walking Dead series will run at some point during the 90-minute episode. “From the beginning of ‘The Walking Dead’
  • NASA video illustrates 'X-ray wind' blasting from a black hole (2015-03-27 19:54:09)
    It takes a mighty wind to keep stars from forming. Researchers have found one in a galaxy far, far away -- and NASA made a short movie about it.
  • The 404 Show 1,607: Jill Schlesinger, a robotic future, 3D NAND, finance made easy (podcast) (2015-03-27 19:46:16)
    Jill Schlesinger is back answering 404 listeners' financial questions and giving out great advice. Plus, we'll talk about the chances of a dystopian robotic future and new 3D NAND storage technology that might make 10TB solid state drives a reality.
  • The teaser trailer for Spectre will get you excited without giving anything away (2015-03-27 19:46:09)
    Let's all be honest: the new James Bond film Spectre is proving to be one of the needier movies in recent memory. Still, here we are, and now it's time for Spectre to unveil the requisite teaser trailer. It's actually cool! It's full of foreboding without giving anything away, and makes me want to see James Bond do James Bondian things! And apparently he'll have plenty of opportunity, because according to the official synopsis for the movie "a cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization.
  • See in the dark (for a little bit) with night vision eyedrops (2015-03-27 19:39:00)
  • Apple's Cook, other tech VIPs push back at Indiana 'anti-gay' law (2015-03-27 19:35:17)
    Cook says Apple is "deeply disappointed" in law's passage, and other tech luminaries flex their economic muscles to put pressure on the state.
  • 3 ways Google Fiber is helping Kansas City besides offering 1Gbps Internet service (2015-03-27 19:30:24)
    Kansas City was very lucky to be the first city to get Google Fiber and we’re not talking just about the 1Gbps Internet service. NextCity has taken a look at some of the side benefits that Kansas City is reaping thanks to being the first Google Fiber city in America and they show just how great it can be to be the first major city in the U.S. to get a high-speed fiber network. RELATED: Google Fiber’s chilling threat to cities: Do things our way or ‘enjoy your Time Warner Cable’ The most obvious thing Google Fiber has done for Kansas City is spur incumbents like AT&T to up their game and offer 1Gbps Internet services of their own. This competition
  • Intel in talks to buy Altera, shares of firms surge (2015-03-27 18:55:45)
    (Reuters) - Intel Corp is in talks to buy fellow chipmaker Altera Corp in a deal likely to top $10 billion, according to a source familiar with the matter, making it Intel's biggest purchase ever and the latest merger in the quickly consolidating semiconductor sector. The acquisition of Altera, which makes programmable chips widely used in cellphone towers, the military and other industrial applications, would underscore Intel Chief Executive Officer Brian Krzanich's determination to expand into new markets as the personal computer industry loses steam. Earlier this month, Intel slashed nearly $1 billion from its first-quarter revenue forecast to $12.8 billion, plus or minus $300 million, as small businesses put off upgrading their personal computers. Shares of Altera shot up about 28 percent after the talks were first reported by the Wall Street Journal, closing at $44.39 per share on the Nasdaq.
  • One year in space: NASA's record-breaking mission is underway (2015-03-27 18:43:55)
    NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Gennady Padalka are on their way to the International Space Station, and each one of them is embarking on a record-setting journey. Kelly and Kornienko's 340-day stay will be the longest amount of time anyone has spent aboard the ISS, breaking the previous record of seven months set back in 2007. The world (or, more accurately, off-world) record for total days in space is is held by Sergei Krikalev, who has spent more than 800 in orbit over the course of six different missions.
  • Yahoo, Microsoft extend search partnership talks for 30 days (2015-03-27 18:38:50)
    Yahoo Inc and Microsoft Corp agreed to extend by 30 days the deadline to re-negotiate a ten year search deal, as the two Internet companies attempt to revamp a thorny partnership crafted by former chief executives. The search partnership, which took effect in 2010, allowed the companies to negotiate changes or to terminate the arrangement entirely after five years. According to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday, Yahoo and Microsoft mutually agreed to extend that deadline to a 60-day period following Feb. 23. "We value our partnership with Microsoft and continue discussions about plans for the future.
  • The Legend of Zelda on Wii U won't come out in 2015 (2015-03-27 18:38:31)
    In a video posted to Facebook, Nintendo's producer for The Legend of Zelda has announced that contrary to what we all expected, the Wii U version of the game won't make it out in 2015. "We are not longer making a 2015 release our number one priority," Eiji Aonuma said.
  • Amazon does an about-face on controversial warehouse worker non-compete contracts (2015-03-27 18:36:25)
    Amazon is rolling back a controversial non-compete clause in its contracts for warehouse workers (including temporary ones) that could have kept them from working at competing companies for a year and a half. The controversial contract details were first reported by The Verge yesterday, and quickly drew public ire given their broad scope. Amazon sells just about everything, and the clause in question prohibited workers from going to a company that "directly or indirectly" competed with Amazon after their tenure. It was also a standard operating procedure for workers to reaffirm their contracts, which included the non-compete clause, after being laid off, in exchange for severance.
  • What Expedition 43 will tell us about human survival in space (2015-03-27 18:31:51)
    The 43rd mission to the International Space Station is a record-breaking one for its crew members. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will be the first two people to spend an entire year aboard the ISS, and cosmonaut Gennady Padalka will break the all-time record for days spent in space.
  • 'The Legend of Zelda' Wii U version pushed out of 2015 (2015-03-27 18:29:00)
  • Apple's Cook joins tech CEOs in blasting Indiana religious freedom law (2015-03-27 18:28:22)
    Apple Inc's Tim Cook, one of the most prominent openly gay American CEOs, has joined fellow tech industry chiefs in decrying a controversial Indiana law that opponents say could allow companies to deny services to gay people. Cook, who publicly declared his sexual orientation last year, joined other tech chief executives, including Salesforce.com Inc's Marc Benioff, in blasting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which could let business and individuals turn away customers by citing "religious freedom." Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the controversial bill into law on Thursday. "Apple is open for everyone.
  • Apparent iPhone thief reveals face to world with selfie-shooting streak (2015-03-27 18:26:40)
    After a woman's iPhone was taken at a bar, she says she found dozens of selfies by a stranger that were being automatically uploaded to her Facebook.
  • Jury clears Kleiner of gender bias in Silicon Valley case (2015-03-27 18:22:42)
    By Sarah McBride and Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A California jury on Friday cleared venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers of gender discrimination claims brought against it by a woman former partner in a trial that transfixed Silicon Valley. The jury also said it had cleared Kleiner on a claim that the firm had retaliated against former partner Ellen Pao by "teminating" her employment after she sued in 2012. At least nine jurors must agree to reach a verdict, the judge in California Superior Court said, sending jurors back for more deliberations. It is "extremely unlikely" that the judge would dismiss the decision on gender discrimination regardless of what happens on the retaliation claim, said San Francisco employment attorney Mark Schickman, who mostly represents companies, and was not involved in the Pao litigation.
  • Jury sent back: Unclear Kleiner Perkins retaliated against Ellen Pao in sex discrimination suit (2015-03-27 18:18:27)
    Court says jury hasn't reached a full verdict against Pao. Jury earlier had found against Pao in all but one count--whether Kleiner Perkins retaliated against her after she complained about discrimination.
  • Play 'Super Mario 64' in your browser now (2015-03-27 18:07:00)
  • Half of enterprises have no budget at all for mobile security, survey finds (2015-03-27 17:59:34)
    Study finds companies gung-ho about mobility and mobile apps, but only throw pennies out to secure them.
  • UK's first chief data officer to focus on making data a public asset (2015-03-27 17:56:00)
    In this interview, the UK's first CDO, Mike Bracken, says he will be looking for ways to set standards and get more useful data flowing across siloed agencies to improve governance.
  • How the Retina MacBook is already influencing rivals (2015-03-27 17:55:38)
    Apple’s recently announced 12-inch Retina MacBook is not even available to consumers yet, but it’s already having an impact on competing devices, as rivals are already looking at adopting one of its main features, Digitimes reports. DON’T MISS: Best Buy has an awesome deal for people who preorder the Galaxy S6 According to the Taiwanese company, more than 10 local IC design companies are developing USB-C chip solutions that are going to be found inside a variety of smart devices, from laptops to smartphones, later this year. Apple, which is believed to be the main developer behind the USB-C standard, decided to replace all the ports usually found on MacBook Air and Pro models with a single, more versatile USB-C connector that’s supposed to
  • Ryan Reynolds shows off his Deadpool costume on Twitter (2015-03-27 17:48:06)
    Actor Ryan Reynolds took to Twitter to show off his costume for the "Deadpool" movie, tweeting out a picture in full costume lying on a bear rug in front of a roaring fire.
  • Sling TV blocked from streaming some shows on A&E, Lifetime channels (2015-03-27 17:45:12)
    Sling TV customers have noticed that the streaming service is blacking out certain programs on A&E and Lifetime. Both networks were recently added to Dish's internet TV service, but as noted by TechHive, not every show on those channels can be watched with Sling. "Due to rights restrictions, this content cannot be streamed on Sling TV," the message reads. Lifetime is preventing Sling customers from watching certain Intervention episodes and one of its recent made-for-TV movies.
  • Is this smashed MacBook Air a piece of art? (2015-03-27 17:41:57)
    Edward Snowden can now add "artist" to his resume. Or, more accurately, "person tangentially responsible for the creation of art." The Victoria & Albert Museum in London is hosting an exhibition next month that features a smashed MacBook Air and Western Digital hard drive that once contained leaked NSA documents from Snowden. Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief at the time, called the act "a particularly pointless piece of symbolism," given that the government already knew copies of the data existed. The exhibition, titled All of This Belongs to You, aims to act as a "laboratory for public life" by showcasing original artwork next to found objects like the ultra-secure CryptoPhone500 and the Onion Pi router, which turns Raspberry Pi into a Tor proxy.
  • Google admits it has huge influence in Washington as it tries to deny having influence (2015-03-27 17:38:33)
    It's no secret that Google has been a major influencer in US politics for years now — the company just doesn't want you to know it. Last week, a Wall Street Journal report suggested Google tampered with an FTC investigation that was looking to see if the search giant was engaging in anti-competitive practices. While the FTC ultimately decided not to bring a lawsuit against Google, reports published by the WSJ indicated the commission was deeply divided on whether it should sue — and another report exposed the close ties that Google has with the Obama administration. The implication was that Google used its influence in the White House to ultimately sway the FTC's decision in its favor — something that Google is now vigorously denying in an unusual post today on its public policy blog.
  • This is when we can expect the next-gen Moto X to be released (2015-03-27 17:30:03)
    This month has been packed with exciting news for Android fans, but even with the release date and pricing of the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge and HTC One M9 out of the way, there’s still time for a few more smartphone revelations before the end of March. READ MORE: 10 things the Galaxy S6 can do that the iPhone 6 can’t On Tuesday, Motorola Mobility President Rick Osterloh responded to a question on Twitter regarding the release date of the next-gen Moto X. Osterloh responded with the following statement: “ try to stay on a roughly annual cycle for all of our products including Moto X.” Let’s take a look back. The first-generation Moto X launched in August 2013, not long after
  • Jury: Silicon Valley firm didn't discriminate (2015-03-27 17:12:02)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A jury says a prestigious venture capital firm did not discriminate or retaliate against a female employee in a case that drew attention to gender imbalance and working conditions for women in Silicon Valley.
  • Jury finds Kleiner Perkins not liable in any claims in Ellen Pao's gender discrimination case (2015-03-27 17:10:22)
    After less than 72 hours of deliberation, the jury in the gender discrimination lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins found the powerful Silicon Valley venture capital firm not liable for any of Pao's four claims, including retaliation and failure to prevent retaliation. Pao, now the interim CEO of Reddit, was seeking $16 million in lost wages and potentially $144 million in punitive damages. When Pao first filed the suit in 2012, breaking ranks by refusing to settle, the case sparked discussion about the tech industry as a self-described meritocracy. Pao was seeking $16 million in compensatory damages for lost income because she was not promoted and terminated after filing this lawsuit.
  • Jury finds Kleiner Perkins not liable in majority of claims in Ellen Pao's gender discrimination case (2015-03-27 17:10:22)
    After less than 72 hours of deliberation, the jury in the gender discrimination lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins found the powerful Silicon Valley venture capital firm not liable for three out of Ellen Pao's four claims, including retaliation and failure to prevent retaliation. Pao, now the interim CEO of Reddit, was seeking $16 million in lost wages and potentially $144 million in punitive damages. Pao was seeking $16 million in compensatory damages for lost income because she was not promoted and terminated after filing this lawsuit. Judge Harold Kahn had put off telling the jury how much Pao's Reddit stock options are worth, as well as the estimated loss of carried interest until they got to the compensatory damages part of deliberations, if they got there at all.
  • Jury finds Kleiner Perkins not liable on all claims in Ellen Pao's gender discrimination case (2015-03-27 17:10:22)
    After less than 72 hours of deliberation, the jury in the gender discrimination lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins found the powerful Silicon Valley venture capital firm not liable for all four of Ellen Pao’s claims, including retaliation and failure to prevent retaliation. Among Pao's claims, the gender discrimination claim was the most consequential. Pao alleged raising concerns about gender bias and filing this lawsuit in May, 2012 were a "substantial motivating reason" for Kleiner Perkins to fire her. Pao, now the interim CEO of Reddit, was seeking $16 million in lost wages and potentially $144 million in punitive damages.
  • Jury rules gender not reason Silicon Valley executive not promoted (2015-03-27 17:10:04)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A California jury decided that gender was not the reason venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers did not promote former partner Ellen Pao, and that Pao was not substantially harmed because of Kleiner's decisions. The verdict was still being read in San Francisco Superior Court on Friday in a case that helped spark a broad discussion about sexism in Silicon Valley. (Reporting By Dan Levine and Sarah McBride; Editing by Peter Henderson and Grant McCool)
  • Dragon Age, Halo Online and Pillars of Eternity round out the week’s best game trailers (2015-03-27 17:05:37)
    Every week, a landslide of video game trailers hits the Internet, hyping up the games that have just been released, the games that are about to be released and even the games that don’t have release dates. It can be a bit overwhelming to keep up with all of them, which is why we’ve decided to collect our favorites into a single post. LAST TIME: Star Citizen, EVE: Valkyrie and State of Decay highlight the best game trailers of the week Dragon Age: Inquisition – Jaws of Hakkon With little to no warning, BioWare released some hefty downloadable content for Dragon Age: Inquisition this week. It’s only available on Xbox One and PC for now, but it’ll be coming to PS4 in the
  • Intel in talks to buy Altera, shares of firms jump: WSJ report (2015-03-27 17:03:50)
    (Reuters) - Intel Corp is in talks to buy fellow chipmaker Altera Corp in a deal likely to top $10 billion, making it Intel's biggest purchase and the latest merger in the quickly consolidating semiconductor sector, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. An acquisition of Altera, which makes programmable chips widely used in cellphone towers, the military and other industrial applications, would underscore Intel Chief Executive Officer Brian Krzanich's determination to expand into new markets as the personal computer industry loses steam. Though dominant in the market for chips used in PCs, Intel has been slower than its rivals to adjust in recent years to the growing popularity of smartphones. Earlier this month, Intel slashed nearly $1 billion from its first-quarter revenue forecast to $12.8 billion, plus or minus $300 million, as small businesses put off upgrading their personal computers.
  • Altera stock soars on report of sales talks with Intel (2015-03-27 16:59:39)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Altera's stock soared to its highest price in nearly four years Friday on a report the chipmaker is in talks to be sold to industry leader Intel.
  • Communication startup Slack reports data breach (2015-03-27 16:56:48)
    (Reuters) - Slack, a business management services startup, said a security breach in February may have compromised user information including phone number and Skype IDs. Slack provides communication tools that integrate with several third-party applications such as Google Inc's Hangout and Twitter. It counts New York Times Co, Spotify and airbnb among its customers. There was no indication in an ongoing investigation that hackers could decode stored passwords, Slack said in a blogpost on Friday. No financial or payment information was accessed during the hack that lasted about four days. ...
  • Watch the stars of The Flash sing the theme song from Firefly (2015-03-27 16:52:00)
    Here, three castmembers from the CW's The Flash — namely Jesse L. Martin, Carlos Valdes, and Rick Cosnett — came together to sing The Ballad of Serenity in honor of Joss Whedon. What better way to say thank you than by singing an homage to one of Whedon's most beloved TV shows?
  • Ellen Pao jury reaches verdict (2015-03-27 16:45:21)
    After two days of deliberation, six men and six women reach a decision in Silicon Valley's highest-profile sex discrimination trial.
  • Leaked pics may reveal LG’s massive new ‘G4 Note’ phablet (2015-03-27 16:40:46)
    We know LG is working on some hot Android handsets that will come out in 2015 and recent leaks from xda-developers have revealed that a high-end G4 model, and maybe even a G4 Note phablet, will be launched this year. DON’T MISS: Android fans confess what they envy most about iOS According to the leakers, the company’s phablet is supposedly even better than the G4 and is supposed to come with a Galaxy Note-style stylus. The device would compete directly against Samsung’s top phablet line and also against Apple’s own phablet, the iPhone 6 Plus. The leaked images posted by a user identifying himself as a T-Mobile employee who’s testing a G4 with a stylus reveal the G4 Note will have some of the same
  • We're about to get the Transformers movie universe no one asked for (2015-03-27 16:33:29)
    I know I called you here on short notice, but there's something you're going to hear about soon, and I thought it would be best if you heard it from me: there's going to be more Transformers movies. Yup, Transformers is going straight Marvel and trying to turn itself into a connected universe franchise. Paramount, which is behind the franchise, is currently working to set up a Transformers "incubator," of sorts, where writers will be forced to come up with ideas for new Transformers films, according to Deadline. The studio reportedly wants Akiva Goldsman, the writer of I am Legend and I, Robot, to lead the program, while working alongside Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg, who's an executive producer on the franchise.
  • Talks of Intel buying Altera send stocks soaring (2015-03-27 16:10:00)
    ​The San Jose, Calif.-based company produces CMOS-based programmable logic devices and related development software.
  • Zig and zag at the right times with the help of advanced analytics (2015-03-27 16:09:18)
    Mix one part advanced analytics with one part Expectancy Theory, and the result should be an organizational culture that you can shape.
  • Apple is Hitler, tech CEO alludes (2015-03-27 16:04:58)
    Technically Incorrect: In a bizarre image posted by CEO of Chinese company that's about to launch a smartphone, Apple is portrayed by Hitler with an Apple logo in place of the swastika.
  • Pocket camera helps the visually impaired navigate the world (2015-03-27 15:59:00)
  • You can now play Super Mario 64 in your browser (2015-03-27 15:53:20)
    Super Mario 64 is still an amazing game, but nearly 20 years after it first launched on the Nintendo 64, it looks pretty dated. But with a little love, it can look amazing. Computer science student Erik Roystan Ross recently decided to remake the first level of the game while experimenting with the Unity game engine, and the results are impressive — the game looks almost as good as more recent games in the series, like Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U. And you can even play the remake in your browser right here — but don't expect to see the rest of the game rendered in HD. ...
  • AMC's The Walking Dead spinoff is titled Fear the Walking Dead (2015-03-27 15:47:17)
    AMC's upcoming The Walking Dead spinoff is on the way, and it just got a title: Fear the Walking Dead. The news comes only days before The Walking Dead's season five finale airs on Sunday night. Fear the Walking Dead, which got a two-season order earlier this month, is set to debut this summer. Expect AMC to push the new series hard in the run-up to its premiere, as it now joins Better Call Saul as potential big draw for the network after the end of Mad Men this spring.
  • TheFuturein5 Episode 25: Why This Time It's Different (2015-03-27 15:38:38)
    Recently, during the question and answer session of a keynote address I gave at the Staffing Industry Analyst's Conference on the freelancer economy, I was asked, "Why is it different this time?" The attendee clarified the question by saying change is always here -- it is the only constant. So, why should we pay more attention this time than we...
  • Tiny 3D-printed retro TV set plays B-movies for your Barbies (2015-03-27 15:19:00)
  • Do this now: Secure your home Wi-Fi network with just one click (2015-03-27 15:06:00)
    Recent reports have shown that Wi-Fi routers are frequent targets for hackers who try to reroute some of the Internet traffic from the homes of unsuspecting users to fake websites that masquerade as genuine trusted sites. From there, they send the users more ads than they’d usually see while online, potentially steal their personal information, and perform other malicious tasks. To help users discover whether their home routers have been taken over by skilled attackers, F-Secure has come up with a simple online tool called Router Checker that lets anyone secure their home network with just one click. DON’T MISS: Android fans confess what they envy most about iOS The software analyzes the security of your Wi-Fi router and tells you whether any
  • Google teams with Johnson & Johnson on surgical robots (2015-03-27 15:01:52)
    Google and Johnson & Johnson will be collaborating on the development of surgical robots intended for assistance in operating rooms.
  • AMC, IFC, and other channels added to PlayStation Vue internet TV service (2015-03-27 14:56:04)
    Sony promised it'd be coming soon, and now it's here: AMC is available to watch on the company's PlayStation Vue internet TV service starting today. Other AMC Networks channels including IFC, Sundance, and WeTV have also been added to Vue, which launched in three markets (New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia) last Wednesday. Sony notes that it's brought subscribers AMC just in time for The Walking Dead season finale, which is this Sunday night. ...
  • The White House announces a five-year plan to fight drug-resistant superbugs (2015-03-27 14:54:46)
    The Obama administration unveiled a plan today to fight the spread of antibiotic-resistant "superbugs." The goal is to prevent the proliferation of aggressive bacteria responsible for 23,000 deaths and 2 million illnesses every year, the Associated Press reports. The five-year plan is a response to the country's growing reliance on antibiotics for medicinal purposes and in the food industry. It outlines several goals, which include slowing the emergence of superbugs, strengthening surveillance and tracking efforts of such germs, accelerating scientific research, and improving international collaboration and communication. "Studies have consistently shown that a lot of America's antibiotic use is unnecessary," President Obama said in an interview with WebMD.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook plans to give away most of his fortune (2015-03-27 14:51:29)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook is joining a long list of magnates promising to give away most of the wealth that they amass during their careers.
  • Former Target CIO joins cloud-based apps company (2015-03-27 14:51:00)
    Jacob resigned in wake of re-org after retailer's massive breach
  • Millennials snapping up Snapchat, study finds (2015-03-27 14:49:46)
    ComScore finds 71 percent of Snapchat's user base is between the ages of 18 and 34.
  • Take a look at a four-player drunken horse racing game played on one phone (2015-03-27 14:44:25)
    I've been following the work of Nathan Fouts, the head of indie studio Mommy's Best Games, since he released Weapon of Choice, an underrated gem from the overlooked Xbox indie game storefront. Finger Derpy appears to play, as my pal Josh Lowensohn describes it, like "Hungry Hungry Hippos from hell." Each player controls the left and right side of a horse by tapping the screen.
  • Evernote for Mac review (2015-03-27 14:44:00)
    Remember everything easily store info in any environment
  • Mortal Kombat X preview: A heart-pounding leap into the new generation (2015-03-27 14:41:00)
    I’m not very good at Mortal Kombat X. This was immediately, and embarrassingly, apparent as I proceeded to get trounced by two opponents in the opening moments of the game’s story. But no matter how many times I failed, I felt the urge to restart and try again. DON’T MISS: Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is a great reason to own a New 3DS Mortal Kombat X is the first new entry to the series in four years, and the debut of the long-running franchise on the new generation of consoles. While the X-Ray moves have received a ton of attention (and deservedly so), there are a host of new features and characters that fans of the series should be excited about. One of the biggest
  • Slack confirms security breach, intros two-factor authentication (2015-03-27 14:39:34)
    Slack has become somewhat of a tech startup darling in the race to revolutionize email (again) ​since launching a few years back.
  • Facebook wants solar drone to bring Internet far and wide (2015-03-27 14:35:27)
    That boomerang-shaped aircraft you see -- eventually -- will be flying high to bring the Web down to earth where Internet access is hard to come by.
  • Ghostnote for Mac review (2015-03-27 14:33:56)
    Add notes & todos to folders, applications, open documents, even URLs
  • Watch the Expedition 43 astronauts launch to space for a one-year mission (2015-03-27 14:33:00)
    Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko won't walk the Earth again until March of 2016, and their 342-day stay will break the old ISS record held by Michael Lopez-Alegria Mikhail Tyurin — both of whom spent seven months on the station between 2006 and 2007. Kelly and Kornienko will be joined by cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, who will return later this year. The 336-ton Soyuz-FG rocket they will ride will get them to the ISS in just five hours. The entire process, from the launch to the opening of the hatch aboard the station, will be televised live by NASA TV, which is embedded above.
  • HTC, Valve offer free Vive VR dev kits to select developers (2015-03-27 14:15:00)
  • MacBooks with gigantic 10TB SSDs might soon be a reality (2015-03-27 14:14:34)
    All of the MacBook laptops Apple is currently selling come with flash storage on board, which significantly improves their overall performance. Moreover, putting an SSD into an old MacBook will offer you a nice performance boost, breathing new life into older OS X machines. However, SSD aren’t yet affordable, making so this faster storage option is still too expensive for many people. That will soon change, PCWorld points out, as Intel and Micron have figured out how to build notebook-ready 10TB SSDs, a breakthrough that will help further drive down prices of SSDs, and potentially improve default MacBook storage options in the future. DON’T MISS: 10 things the Galaxy S6 can do that the iPhone 6 can’t The two companies on Thursday unveiled a new 3D NAND
  • Peerio for Mac review (2015-03-27 14:07:00)
    Secure messaging and file sharing made easy
  • 'Grinder' biohacks his eyeballs to get night vision (2015-03-27 14:06:20)
    Members of a biohacking site experiment with a chlorophyll-like substance to try to see better at night. The instructions are online.
  • Tech Retrospect: Meerkat vs. Periscope, and Facebook's grand VR plans (2015-03-27 14:02:40)
    Is Meerkat's dominance of the live-streaming mobile video market over? Also, Facebook talks more about Oculus, and its high-flying Wi-Fi drones. All that and more in your look back at the week in tech.
  • Wunderlist review (2015-03-27 13:45:00)
    Organize your day to day activities and sync the information with cloud
  • The celebrities and brands who lost the most in Facebook's latest like purge (2015-03-27 13:40:05)
    Earlier this month, Facebook announced that it would be "making page likes more meaningful" by nixing inactive accounts. So if your page had 10 million likes, 1 million of which were from inactive accounts, you suddenly dropped down to 9 million. This is far from the first time that Facebook has made celebrities and teens cry by slashing their page likes — in December, Justin Bieber, rapper Tyga, and others lost more than 3 million Instagram followers each in a mass cleanup.
  • Gillian Flynn to write female-led heist film for 12 Years a Slave director (2015-03-27 13:34:21)
    Gillian Flynn has been taking on more screenwriting projects since her novel Gone Girl, which she also adapted into a screenplay, turned into such a huge success, and her newest project is easily among her most exciting. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Flynn is going to write an adaptation of the British miniseries Widows, which is about a group of widows who decide to take over a heist after their husbands are killed trying to pull it off. What makes the project even better is that Steve McQueen, the incredible director behind 12 Years a Slave and Shame, is supposed to direct the film. It sounds as though McQueen will also be contributing to the screenplay. Flynn is also teaming up again with David Fincher and Ben Affleck to remake Hitchcock's Strangers On a Train, for which she will write the screenplay.
  • This crazy mansion has an amazing 'Star Wars' bedroom (2015-03-27 13:33:50)
    For the low, low price of $14.9 million, you can own this crazy mansion in Los Angeles that has a bedroom that transports guests to the icy "Star Wars" planet of Hoth.
  • Foxit Reader review (2015-03-27 13:33:00)
    Open, view, and print any PDF file
  • Man likely to sell 'dream house' because Comcast won't give him internet (2015-03-27 13:32:11)
    If Comcast had been honest from the start, Seth Morabito wouldn't have purchased the house he's living in now — the same one he's about to sell. Late last year, Morabito bought a home in the rural neighborhood of Kitsap County, Washington. "It had a lovely secluded view of trees, a nice kitchen, and a great home office with a separate entrance." Morabito made an offer on the house with the understanding that it would be eligible to receive internet service from Comcast. His home has no broadband now, and Comcast says that's not going to change.
  • Millions of Apple users can now sue Google for its Safari hack (2015-03-27 13:29:57)
    Millions of Apple Safari users in Britain have been given the green light to sue Google amidst proven allegations that the search giant implemented a workaround to bypass Safari security and install tracking cookies on both desktop and iOS versions of Apple’s web browser. Why? Because over 90% of Google’s ad revenue comes from advertising and they wanted to deliver higher-cost targeted advertising to OS X and iOS users. DON’T MISS: 10 things the Galaxy S6 can do that the iPhone 6 can’t Google’s actions in this regard date back to late 2011 and were subsequently discovered in 2012. Once Google’s behavior was brought to light, they were punished by the FTC to the tune of $22.5 million. What’s more, they also doled
  • London, Paris, Tokyo to get Apple Watch stores (2015-03-27 13:29:10)
    On April 10, Apple will open three dedicated stores-within-stores to sell its premium smartwatch.
  • The most popular US end-user operating systems, according to the federal government (2015-03-27 13:25:29)
    Windows is the number one desktop operating system by a wide margin, but you might be surprised at number two and three.
  • Iron Man looks even badder in sleek black 'Stealth Mode' suit (2015-03-27 13:23:03)
    In advance of the release of the latest Avengers movie, Hot Toys has been putting out some fine hero replicas, including this stealth-suited Stark.
  • Oracle Learning Cloud launched for employee training on the go (2015-03-27 13:16:03)
    Workplace training and education have often been sedentary practices, practically chaining would-be students to their desks as videos and quizzes go on and on.
  • Slack enables two-factor authentication following security breach (2015-03-27 13:15:46)
    Slack has some good security news and some bad security news. Slack confirmed to The Verge that databases containing team message history were not accessed as part of the breach. In response to the breach, Slack is rolling out two new security features designed to help teams respond in the aftermath of a breach.
  • Spill no milk with the Joseph Joseph SwitchScale (2015-03-27 13:14:42)
    The Joseph Joseph SwitchScale features a reversible top. When flipped over, it turns into a measuring bowl that can hold wet or dry ingredients.
  • Google loses ruling in Safari tracking case (2015-03-27 12:58:30)
    The floodgates are now open for UK users to sue Google over privacy violations tied to tracking cookies.
  • Google teams with Johnson & Johnson for robotic-assisted surgery (2015-03-27 12:58:00)
  • New apps to help business get in step with mobile customers (2015-03-27 12:52:24)
    By Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Nine months after Apple and IBM began working together on building mobile apps for businesses, some of the first fruits are about to appear at UK pharmacy chain Boots, which has begun equipping store employees with iPads to serve shoppers in the aisles. These customer service apps are part of a bid by Boots to encourage consumers to pre-order cosmetics and toiletries online, similar to calling ahead for medical prescriptions, while turning its 2,500 retail outlets into convenient pick-up points. "These apps put all of Boots' inventory at (employees') fingertips," said Robin Phillps, who is in charge of digital and e-commerce business at the company, now part of Walgreens Boots Alliance. "This makes it easier for them ... to interact with customers on their own terms." Companies across dozens of different industries are now eyeing how these mobile business apps from Apple and IBM can hook up front-line staff to back-office systems and make them smarter in face-to-face dealings with customers in the field.
  • Cyclist's helmet-cam video of argument with driver shows glory of humanity (2015-03-27 12:52:04)
    Technically Incorrect: A Seattle cyclist is miffed that a woman has parked in a bike lane. He posts a helmet-cam video to YouTube, where many have watched. But who comes out of it better?
  • Sony drops PlayStation TV price to £45 in the UK (2015-03-27 12:52:00)
  • Next-gen high-res video faces new fees and uncertainty (2015-03-27 12:43:08)
    So-called 4K video could arrive later and cost more because of a surprise royalty demand for a certain video compression technology.
  • Vine now supports high-definition videos (2015-03-27 12:40:03)
    Vines are about to start looking a bit nicer. Over the "coming days," the Vine app will start to roll out support for higher quality videos — Vine's blog post suggests that it's bumping the resolution of each video up from 480p to 720p, which is a decent improvement.
  • There's something eerily beautiful about these pictures of Sphynx cats (2015-03-27 12:40:02)
    Alicia Rius: So, the first time I saw a Sphynx cat I thought "what is this?" I was mesmerized. So when I saw the Sphynx cat for the first time, about three years ago, I lost it. I started looking for Sphynx cats in San Francisco. Eventually, I met a woman through a friend who had two cats, and I photographed them.
  • Here is Ryan Reynolds in the official Deadpool costume (2015-03-27 12:35:58)
    Ryan Reynolds just took to Twitter to reveal the first full look at Deadpool's movie costume, and for that he wins all the chimichangas. It's just magnificent:
  • These charts show just how amazing the Galaxy S6’s display is (2015-03-27 12:24:31)
    Needless to say, we’re big fans of the Galaxy S6’s display — in our preview, we said that we “have never seen anything quite so impressive on a mobile phone” before. However, this was just our early impressions after using the phone for one day and didn’t involve any actual testing to measure brightness or color accuracy. Thankfully for us, Anandtech has done a lot of this work and has confirmed our hunch: Namely, that the Galaxy S6’s display is a thing of wonder. DON’T MISS: 10 things the Galaxy S6 can do that the iPhone 6 can’t Here, for example, is Anandtech’s chart showing maximum brightness for several different smartphones. As you can see, when auto-boost mode is enabled, both the
  • Valve and HTC will let developers apply for a free Vive VR headset 'soon' (2015-03-27 12:21:50)
    HTC and Valve are being pretty aggressive with their VR headset timing — the recently announced Vive headset is supposed to be available to consumers by the end of the year. Good news: it's going to be free, "at least initially." Bad (or at least worse) news: prospective developers can only get them by applying online, and we don't know how many will make the cut. As with just about any VR headset, some developers have either been approved or gotten kits early. Oculus sent its very first units to Kickstarter backers, and anyone can pay $350 for a development kit on its site, although non-developers are discouraged from doing so.
  • Virgin Media claims its new wireless hub is the fastest in the land (2015-03-27 12:09:00)
  • Nuclear leak caused by 'wrong type of kitty litter,' confirms government report (2015-03-27 12:07:52)
    A yearlong investigation by the US Department of Energy has confirmed that a major accident at a nuclear waste storage facility was caused by the wrong type of kitty litter. Last year, a single 55-gallon drum of waste material was found to have burst its seams at the New Mexico Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), dispersing radioactive material throughout the underground facility. The drum had been packed with organic rather than inorganic kitty litter, which led to "a series of ever-increasing heat releasing reactions" that breached the drum. Although this scenario sounds far-fetched, kitty litter has been used to stabilize certain types of nuclear waste for decades.
  • Tim Cook plans to use his entire fortune for philanthropy (2015-03-27 12:04:50)
    Tim Cook doesn't plan to just sit on what he's received from Apple, however. According to Fortune, Cook intends to give away all of his wealth, aside from what will presumably be a very small portion used to put his nephew through college. Fortune doesn't say for what causes exactly, but it mentions that human rights, immigration reform, and stopping HIV transmission have been among the issues that Cook has spoken out on. Bill Gates, notably, even helped to launch the Giving Pledge — a pledge encouraging the wealthiest people in the world to give the majority of their wealth away to charity. Fortune reports that Cook currently has a net worth of $120 million and is also holding restricted stock that, if fully vested, would be worth another $665 million.
  • WTF of the week: Android phone maker says Apple is Hitler (2015-03-27 12:01:49)
    Billionaires often have a tendency to, shall we say, speak their minds freely. This apparently rings true for Chinese billionaires who are about to jump into the smartphone market, because LeTV CEO Jia Yueting just dropped a pretty big bombshell on his verified Weibo account. We’ve seen rivals take aim at Apple in the past in an effort to generate some buzz. For example, Samsung regularly mocks iPhone users in its TV commercials. As common as it is to jab Apple, however, we have never seen a company go this far. DON’T MISS: 10 things the Galaxy S6 can do that the iPhone 6 can’t On Friday morning, Yueting posted this image on his Weibo account: The text at the top of the image
  • This is the best cheap WiFi router (2015-03-27 12:00:00)
  • Confirmation Emails, Or It Didn't Happen (2015-03-27 11:54:49)
    At work the other day, a man showed up for a meeting a whole week early.It was a regular monthly meeting held on the third Tuesday of every month, so it shouldn't have been a surprise. But through a trick of the calendar, he said, he got his weeks mixed up, was just on autopilot, and showed up.The man, who is a generation and a half my senior,...
  • Jury back to deliberate Silicon Valley gender-bias lawsuit (2015-03-27 11:49:05)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jurors deciding the outcome of a much-watched gender discrimination lawsuit against a prestigious Silicon Valley venture capital firm are set to enter their third day of deliberations.
  • How Russia's 'troll factory' pumps out online propaganda (2015-03-27 11:44:00)
  • The TSA thinks it can catch terrorists by watching people yawn (2015-03-27 11:43:47)
    Former TSA employees who spoke with The Intercept said that the SPOT (Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques) sheet is catch-all by design and gives the agency freedom to finger anyone as a potential threat to passenger safety. "Taxpayer dollars would be better spent funding real police at TSA checkpoints," a former manager said. Apparently the TSA prefers unkempt flyers, with "face pale from recent shaving of beard" good for one point on the stress factor list. The SPOT checklist isn't classified, but The Intercept says it hasn't been published in full until now.
  • Kahlil Joseph's m.A.A.d. gives new visual life to Kendrick Lamar's breakout album (2015-03-27 11:43:25)
    Last Thursday, two new exhibitions opened at the main building of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, both part of what the museum is calling a "new era" in the wake of the tumultuous Jeffrey Deitch years. From the title, casual visitors may assume it's a companion installation, but what is playing on a continuous loop in the darkened room is director Kahlil Joseph’s m.A.A.d. If asked what Joseph's m.A.A.d.
  • Android fans confess what they envy most about iOS (2015-03-27 11:38:16)
    Android fans are a proud bunch who don’t like admitting things they envy about other platforms, especially those made by (*spit*) Apple. However, open-minded Android and iOS fans alike can see things in other platforms they like and Reddit’s Android community recently had a confessional session in which they admitted what iOS features they’d most like to see Android adopt in the future. DON’T MISS: 10 things the Galaxy S6 can do that the iPhone 6 can’t The most popular response had to do with having more granular app permissions on the Google Play store. While Apple lets users grant individual app permissions to apps while rejecting others, app permissions on Google Play are an all-or-nothing proposition where you either grant
  • Technology to look inside Fukushima reactors faces challenge (2015-03-27 11:36:30)
    YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — The cutting-edge technology was billed as a way to decipher where exactly the morass of nuclear fuel might sit at the bottom of reactors in the Japanese power plant that went into multiple meltdowns four years ago.
  • Thousands more men have been duped by an international Tinder hack (2015-03-27 11:28:16)
    Earlier this week, The Verge reported on a hacker named "Patrick" who tweaked Tinder’s API to dupe men who thought they were chatting with women into messaging with each other. While Patrick designed his program as a joke with a slightly political bent, Catfi.sh originally developed his to make his Tinder experience more efficient. When a woman "liked" his profile, the program connected her to a random male Tinder user who would then communicate through Catfi.sh’s profile. The system worked poorly, he says, but he discovered he could create the same double-headed catfish machine Patrick set up.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook plans to donate his fortune to charity (2015-03-27 11:22:00)
  • 7 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free downloads right now (save $40!) (2015-03-27 11:15:34)
    Another week is drawing to a close and if nothing else, it has been packed full of great paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. The week isn’t over just yet, though, and we want to end things on a high note. Today’s list of paid iOS apps on sale for free includes $40 worth of paid apps, but you won’t pay a cent if you hurry and download them now. There are also still a few free apps left in yesterday’s post, so be sure to check out that one as well. DON’T MISS: 10 things the Galaxy S6 can do that the iPhone 6 can’t These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available
  • Congressman John Carter: 'Cyber is just pounding me from every direction' (2015-03-27 11:12:03)
    Texas representative John Carter, chairman of the subcommittee on Homeland Security appropriations, and who sits on various other defense-related subcommittees, is hearing about cyber a lot these days. As he put it, "cyber is just pounding me from every direction." That's just the first few seconds of the very entertaining video (above), where Carter tries to find the right words to express his concern over new encryption standards from Apple and others.
  • BlackBerry posts fourth-quarter profit; seeks to end revenue slide (2015-03-27 11:11:05)
    By Euan Rocha and Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd posted a surprise quarterly profit on Friday and said it is pushing to end a slide in its revenue in this fiscal year, sending the stock up as much as 5.1 percent. We're now turning our attention to revenue stabilization," BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen said on a conference call. Chen plans to grow BlackBerry's small but high-margin software division by moving more customers onto its products, including a system that allows companies and government agencies to manage multiple employee devices. The stock rose as high as $9.77, before easing to $9.59, up 3.1 percent on the Nasdaq, despite a much bigger-than-expected decline in fiscal fourth quarter revenue.
  • Hi-tech and Big Data offer hope to battered U.S. oil industry (2015-03-27 11:07:44)
    By Ernest Scheyder WILLISTON, N.D. (Reuters) - The tech geeks are coming to the oil industry's rescue. With the price of crude plumbing lows not seen since 2009, Royal Dutch Shell, Whiting Petroleum Corp and many others are turning to rocket fuel, Big Data, lasers, spectrometers and other new or revamped technologies to do more for less. As North America's oil companies slash spending and lay off workers, established services firms and start-ups are hawking products that better assess oil and gas deposits, help drill fewer but bigger new wells, and boost output from old ones. Baker Hughes Inc saw more client inquiries about products that increase efficiency of existing wells in the first three months this year than in all of the past two years, said HC Freitag, vice president of integrated technology at the oil service giant.
  • Introducing Engadget's newest contributor: The Wirecutter! (2015-03-27 11:00:00)
  • Google is building a robotic surgery platform with Johnson & Johnson (2015-03-27 10:57:02)
    Google is partnering with medical and pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson on a robotic surgery project. Robotic surgery can refer to machines that act autonomously, but it frequently means tools that surgeons can "pilot" from a computer screen.
  • Valeo's self-driving car systems learn from Safran drones (2015-03-27 10:55:00)
    By Laurence Frost and Gilles Guillaume PARIS (Reuters) - French auto parts maker Valeo plans to draw on drone software and other military technologies from partner Safran to offer self-driving vehicle platforms to carmakers by the end of the decade. While demonstrating an autonomous car and other prototype systems jointly developed with Safran, the French defense and aerospace group, Valeo said on Friday the first applications may reach carmaker clients within three years. "We realized very quickly that we had much more in common than we'd expected," Valeo innovation chief Guillaume Devauchelle told Reuters. "It turns out that an autonomous vehicle is really a terrestrial drone." Cars that complete whole journeys without human input are still many years away, but creeping automation is well underway, with models already on sale that can pilot themselves through slow traffic and hit the brakes when a pedestrian steps out.
  • Here’s every new feature you’ll find in the Xbox One April system update (2015-03-27 10:54:48)
    April is going to be a busy month for Xbox One owners. Not only is Microsoft delivering a double dose of free games, but there are a few frequently requested features coming to the console as well. DON’T MISS: Here are the free games you’ll get on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in April On the Xbox Wire, Microsoft revealed that members of the Xbox One preview program would begin receiving additional features scheduled to be included in the next system update on Thursday evening. The most anticipated addition is the ability to send voice messages to other users. This was one of many features that didn’t make the transition from the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One at launch, but starting
  • Last night, GitHub was hit with massive denial-of-service attack from China (2015-03-27 10:53:00)
    Last night, GitHub was hit with a massive denial of service attack, directed by the Chinese internet giant Baidu. Some time Wednesday, Baidu scripts throughout the web began directing traffic to two specific GitHub pages: one run by GreatFire, and another mirroring Chinese translations of The New York Times. We've been under continuous DDoS attack for 24+ hours.
  • Parents who were physically abused as kids don’t go on to abuse their kids (2015-03-27 10:51:44)
    The finding contradicts aspects of the "cycle of violence" theory, which suggests that children who endure physical violence as children go on to perpetrate those same behaviors on their own children. "People shouldn’t assume that all parents with histories of abuse and neglect will abuse their kids," says Cathy Widom, a psychologist at City University of New York. "It’s not inevitable." The majority of people who have histories of physical abuse don't replicate these behaviors with their own kids. In 1986, she launched a study that asked if childhood abuse lead to an increase in risk for delinquency, crime, and violence.
  • Things to know about Internet vulnerabilities in the US (2015-03-27 10:42:58)
    Internet outages can disrupt emergency services, business transactions and basic communication. Here are few things to know about the nation's Internet infrastructure and its vulnerabilities.
  • Backup options for Internet lines can be costly, complicated (2015-03-27 10:39:57)
    Hunter Newby describes himself as a real estate entrepreneur, even if he's not marketing houses or land. Instead, he's selling space on a new fiber-optic transmission line to Internet providers, telecommunications companies and anyone wanting high-speed data.
  • Another top HTC designer leaves the company (2015-03-27 10:37:47)
    Departing is Jonah Becker, who oversaw the development of the newly released HTC One M9 smartphone.
  • Comedian Will Ferrell belts out 'Star Trek' theme (2015-03-27 10:35:03)
    We already knew Ferrell was talented, but who knew he was such a Trekkie?
  • 10 things the Galaxy S6 can do that the iPhone 6 can’t (2015-03-27 10:33:02)
    Beginning in two weeks on April 10th, we’re in store for an epic battle of the sixes. Apple’s iPhone 6 burst onto the scene this past September and helped Apple rack up more profit in the holiday quarter than any other company has ever earned in a three-month period. iPhone 6 sales are still going strong according to estimates, but the phone will finally see some real competition next month when the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge hit store shelves. All three of these phones are fantastic options, but there are a few key features on Samsung’s new handsets that could make iPhone 6 owners a bit jealous. In this post, you’ll find 10 of the most impressive things the
  • This dark sci-fi film is the latest short to get a movie deal (2015-03-27 10:32:01)
    Sony, Fox, and Warner Bros. are all said to have been interested, with Warner Bros. winning out in the end. The studio is supposed to start working with director Mischa Rozema on finding writers in a couple weeks. This is a film that's all about visuals — there is some story, but it's going to be pretty important for Warner Bros. to grab a strong writer for this.
  • We have to save this cute rabbit dog thing before it's too late (2015-03-27 10:30:02)
    Now I'm no scientist, but I suspect if we do nothing for my new best friends, the ili pika, their next photo will be snapped in the extinct section of a Natural History Museum. The ili pika, endemic to the Tian Shan mountains of northwest China, is also called the "Magic Rabbit," though I prefer to call it the "Rabbit that looks like a really cute dog that needs kisses and a nice home." Of course, the ili pika doesn't actually need a home, it just needs protection from whatever the hell is killing it off — the cause is unknown, though some conservationists blame global warming, along with low population density and mating issues. The ili pika was first discovered and photographed by conservationist Li Weidong in 1983, naming the animal after his hometown Ili. Last year, with 20 volunteers and infrared camera, Weidong found the Ili pika and captured these images, which are running in this month's issue of National Geographic.
  • Welcome Kevin Tofel, Greg Nichols and Andrew Brust to ZDNet (2015-03-27 10:30:00)
    We're adding a few writers to our ZDNet lineup beginning April 1 and expanding our coverage into the intersection of robotics and business.
  • Internet outages reveal gaps in US broadband infrastructure (2015-03-27 10:21:10)
    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation's Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places.
  • Get Sol Republic Tracks Air Bluetooth headphones for $74.95 (2015-03-27 10:18:47)
    These gorgeous, "Beats-like" on-ear 'phones have a list price of $199.95 and sell elsewhere for at least $128.
  • Google loses Safari user tracking appeal (2015-03-27 10:13:54)
    The floodgates are now open for UK users to sue Google over privacy violations caused by tracking cookies.
  • Not even HTC can tell the difference between the One M9 and M8 (2015-03-27 10:12:05)
    The HTC One M9 is one of the best Android phones you can buy right now, just like its predecessors. But unlike in previous years, HTC has the misfortune of fighting against completely new iPhone and Galaxy S designs while the HTC One M9 looks too much like last year’s HTC One M8. In fact, last year’s model and this year’s M9 are so similar that not even HTC’s social networking team can tell them apart. FROM EARLIER: Galaxy S6 first impressions: Why can’t I find anything to complain about? Next to a picture posted on the company’s Facebook page (see below), HTC advertises one of the main features of the phone, its BoomSound speakers, clearly identifying the device pictured with a #HTCOneM9 hashtag. However,
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 or HTC One M9: Which Android flagship did you pre-order today? (2015-03-27 10:10:00)
    You can order the latest Android flagships today and Matthew spent a few hours debating which one was for him. His purchase wasn't what he first expected and is not the choice consumers will make.
  • Be the Batman your city deserves (for only $682M) (2015-03-27 10:07:56)
    Discover how to be Batman in the latest "Epic How To" video from Break. Hint -- you'll need a lot of money just to build the Batcave.
  • Google loses bid to block Safari privacy lawsuit in the UK (2015-03-27 10:05:00)
  • Windows Phone's third party Periscope app lets you watch live streams (2015-03-27 10:04:00)
  • New trailers: Entourage, Mission: Impossible, Silicon Valley, and more (2015-03-27 10:00:02)
    Some of the biggest movies of summer and some of the biggest TV shows of spring put out trailers this week, so there's plenty to watch. Aside from the big names — like Mission: Impossible and J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy — there's also some nice surprises: like Arnold Schwarzenegger in the tense zombie thriller Maggie. You can watch all 10 of this week's best below.
  • YouTube's new 4K, 60fps videos are gorgeous — but probably won't run on your laptop (2015-03-27 09:58:28)
    Last year, the video streaming company tested both 4K and 60fps videos separately, but this small batch of videos marks the first time both settings have been shown together. You'll need both a 4K monitor along with a computer and internet connection powerful enough to stream the footage. What do you think this is, YouTube, 2014?
  • Meet the first 24 Apple Watch apps (2015-03-27 09:51:18)
    With just two weeks left until Apple fans can finally head to their local Apple Stores to try on the Apple Watch, excitement is definitely building — though no one is more excited than BGR founder Jonathan Geller, who can’t wait to get his hands on Apple’s first foray into wearables and luxury goods. You’re probably not as excited as he is, but if you’re even the least bit interested in Apple’s new smartwatch, you’ll be happy to learn that Apple Watch apps have already begun hitting the App Store. DON’T MISS: A top designer left Apple to build Apple Watch’s first real competitor: Olio Model One Here’s a list of the first 24 Apple Watch apps that are available in
  • More 'Walking Dead' seasons get their turn at 8-bit gory glory (2015-03-27 09:50:02)
    Watch an amusing animated recap of seasons 3 and 4 of AMC hit horror series "The Walking Dead." Even in retro video-game style, the zombies look creepy.
  • Protect your Mac with Sesame 2 multi-factor authentication (2015-03-27 09:49:43)
    Jesus Vigo reviews the multi-factor authentication protection offered by Sesame 2 for modern Mac desktops or laptops.
  • 7 exceptional Windows hybrids ready for Windows 10 (2015-03-27 09:36:00)
    Windows 10 is on the horizon with improved desktop and touch operation, and these 2-in-1 systems are ready to take advantage of it as both laptops and tablets.
  • How a slow Windows software update punished a German basketball team (2015-03-27 09:30:17)
    There’s a hilarious story coming out of Germany which relays how a slow Windows software update ended up relegating a German basketball team to a lower tiered league. A quick backdrop: It’s common across some European sports leagues to move under-performing teams to lower tiered divisions. As a quick analogy, it’d be akin to the New York Knicks being demoted to the NBA D-league for having the worst record in the NBA. That said, here’s what recently went down in the German ProB basketball league. Don’t Miss: Google Maps for Android just got a great new feature iPhone users will be jealous of In the final game of the season, a German basketball club named BV Chemnitz 99 played against a team
  • You'll soon get 10TB SSDs thanks to new memory tech (2015-03-27 09:30:00)
  • Severe hotel Wi-Fi network vulnerability patched (2015-03-27 09:15:57)
    A zero-day vulnerability affecting popular hotel Internet gateways has been discovered and closed.
  • BlackBerry shows signs of life, posts surprise quarterly profit (2015-03-27 09:05:55)
    Don't count the struggling smartphone maker out yet. BlackBerry CEO John Chen's housecleaning is starting to yield benefits. The next step: stabilizing its collapsing revenue.
  • Everything you need to know about when and where to buy the Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 (2015-03-27 09:05:18)
    After what seemed like a painfully long wait, Android fans across the country can finally breathe a collective sigh of relief. The three biggest flagship Android phone launches of the first half of the year are now upon us, with the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge and HTC One M9 all set to be released in the coming weeks. Want to buy one? Here’s everything you need to know about where to buy them, when to buy them and how to buy them. DON’T MISS: Galaxy S6 first impressions: Why can’t I find anything to complain about? First things first: both phones are available for preorder beginning today. In the case of the M9, you can get an unlocked version or
  • Be the Batman your city deserves (for only $620M) (2015-03-27 09:04:21)
    Discover how to be Batman in the latest "Epic How To" video from Break. Hint -- you'll need a lot of money just to build the Batcave.
  • North Korea's must-have gadget is a $50 media player (2015-03-27 08:53:00)
  • Google now lets you view custom maps in the main Android Maps app (2015-03-27 08:38:01)
    Google has taken another small step to integrating its custom maps feature into its main Maps app. Here, users can place custom markers, group them into different layers, plot routes, and share maps for collaborative editing. Google's custom maps have always been a bit neglected. The feature has been bounced around from place to place in the company's mapping portfolio, briefly appearing under the title "Google Maps Engine Lite" before being rebranded to My Maps. Now, however, it looks like Google might be slowly integrating custom maps into its primary Maps offering.
  • One reason to love Chromebooks even if you don’t want one (2015-03-27 08:30:53)
    Google’s Chromebooks have been popular with some consumers because of their cheap prices, which give anyone looking for a web-focused computing experience access to a dependable machine, even though Google’s desktop operating system isn’t exactly on par with Microsoft’s Windows or Apple’s OS X. For many PC buyers, Chromebooks aren’t even an option due to their limitations, but the fact that Google and its partners are selling them for low prices might be one reason to root for Chromebooks even if you don’t want one. DON’T MISS: Watch: Man takes one selfie for every mile on a 2,600-mile hike, turns it into an incredible timelapse video Apparently, Microsoft is keeping a close eye on these cheap Chrome OS computers, and wants to put
  • As launch nears, iOS apps get Apple Watch support (2015-03-27 08:26:42)
    Third-party apps that support Apple Watch have started to arrive in Apple's App Store.
  • The Vergecast 146: Galaxy S6, HTC One M9, and Periscope (2015-03-27 08:24:50)
    International visitor Tom Warren joins Nilay, Dieter, and Sam to discuss the release of the Samsung Galaxy S6, HTC One M9, Facebook's chat ambitions, and the release of Periscope.
  • BlackBerry reports fourth-quarter profit; sales miss (2015-03-27 08:20:11)
    By Euan Rocha and Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd posted better-than-expected quarterly earnings on Friday, offering signs its turnaround efforts may be beginning to gain traction, but a larger-than-expected drop in revenue worried investors. Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry reported net profit of $28 million, or 5 cents a share, in the fourth quarter ended Feb. 28. Analysts, on average, expected a loss of 4 cents a share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Quarterly revenue, however, slid to $660 million from $793 million, and was well below Wall Street expectations of $786.4 million. "BlackBerry continues to do a good job controlling operating expenses and eliminating its cash burn during its business transition, but the total revenue was still a big miss and we still have concerns about the demand side of the equation," said Morningstar analyst Brian Colello.
  • 5 Tech Terms You Secretly Wish You Understood (2015-03-27 08:19:19)
    Technology is changing at an incredible pace. Keeping up with tech terms can be confusing and intimidating. You run across them all the time -- reading online, listening to the news and watching TV. Instead of understanding the story, you're left scratching your head and missing the point.Well, those days are over! Below, you'll discover the...
  • UK report concludes Huawei's no threat to national security (2015-03-27 08:16:00)
  • Zero Day Weekly: China leads global cyberattacks, Dell malware risk, air gap hacking (2015-03-27 08:15:24)
    A collection of notable security news items for the week ending March 26, 2015. Covers enterprise, controversies, application and mobile security, malware, reports and more.
  • UK gov't launches hackathon for next-gen cybersecurity specialists (2015-03-27 07:59:54)
    The UK government is bringing together 50 university students to tackle cybersecurity issues.
  • Best Buy has an awesome deal for people who preorder the Galaxy S6 (2015-03-27 07:55:32)
    A recent rumor said that Best Buy will start Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge preorders on March 27, offering customers who purchase either model the chance to scoop up a free accessory that many will appreciate – the caveat was the offer applied only to devices purchased on-contract. Thankfully, Best Buy has now confirmed the offer, which is available immediately to anyone looking to preorder the devices. FROM EARLIER: Galaxy S6 first impressions: Why can’t I find anything to complain about? The retailer will offer buyers who preorder the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge on contract a free Samsung wireless charger (regularly priced at $59.99) while supplies last. Subsidized prices for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge start at $199.99 and
  • Crave giveaway: LG wireless stereo headset, Incipio backup battery (2015-03-27 07:55:12)
    This week, we have an LG wireless stereo headset with a lightweight, round-the-neck design and an Incipio rechargeable battery for powering your mobile devices on the go.
  • YouTube starts testing silky smooth, ultra HD video quality (2015-03-27 07:43:00)
  • The dark side of commercial open source (2015-03-27 07:41:36)
    Apple's acquisition of FoundationDB is a warning to all: contribute to the open-source projects you love, or risk losing them.
  • ​BlackBerry turns Q4 profit, but revenue continues to crater (2015-03-27 07:33:01)
    BlackBerry's turnaround remains a work in progress, but the company has more than enough capital to see it through. The company does need to stabilize revenue.
  • PhishMe raises $13m to train enterprise staff in phishing detection (2015-03-27 07:30:44)
    Could drafting in specialist training prevent company employees from falling for phishing campaigns?
  • First Click: the great Mac vs. PC touchscreen debate (2015-03-27 07:30:02)
    The current divide between MacBooks and Windows-based laptops spans the length of an outstretched arm. Since the announcement of Windows 8, laptops from Dell, Lenovo, HP, Microsoft and others have all featured touchscreen displays. Apple, the company that brought multitouch displays to the masses with the iPhone and iPad, made its trackpad the showcase for touch, by layering a robust gesture language atop frictionless glass. For Cupertino, touchscreen displays had no business on a laptop.
  • ​Microsoft launches on-demand Azure backup and recovery (2015-03-27 07:29:45)
    Microsoft is rolling out new features backup and recovery features for enterprise customers with virtualised IT infrastructure across private and public clouds.
  • Back in BlackBerry: Scrappy mobile underdog posts surprise profit (2015-03-27 07:24:41)
    When John Chen took over as CEO, BlackBerry was hemorrhaging cash and in a major downward spiral. Over the past year-plus, however, Chen has helped the company get its financial act together and on Friday BlackBerry posted a surprise profit of $0.04 per share, or $0.08 more than the consensus estimate of a $0.04 loss. DON’T MISS: BlackBerry’s new phone is nothing special… but something much cooler is in the works “Our focus this past year was on getting our financial house in order while creating a multi-year growth strategy and investing in our product portfolio,” Chen said on Friday in a prepared statement. “We now have a very good handle on our margins, and our product roadmaps have been well
  • Oracle, EMC's VCE, Cisco integrated system standouts, says IDC (2015-03-27 07:09:09)
    Oracle, VCE and Cisco dominated the standards as integrated system sales surged in the fourth quarter and 2014.
  • Where is Spartan? It's not in Build 10041 of Windows 10 (2015-03-27 06:57:58)
    Greg Shultz expresses disappointment that Spartan didn't make it into Build 10041 of Windows 10.
  • This is our first look at one of the main Windows 10 features for phones (2015-03-27 06:50:57)
    Microsoft’s Windows 10 update is coming to both desktop and mobile devices later this year, with the former’s features having been thoroughly demoed so far. However, Microsoft is yet to show off Windows 10 for smartphones, even though the company has already started talking about the Windows 10 update for mobile devices, offering previews at MWC and additional hints about its mobile plans at the recently concluded WinHEC event in China. But Microsoft is yet to share more information about one of the most important features hitting Windows phones later this year. FROM EARLIER: Watch: Man takes one selfie for every mile on a 2,600-mile hike, turns it into an incredible timelapse video The new browser that’s going to be
  • Tickets for the world's biggest e-sports tournament go on sale today (2015-03-27 06:44:10)
    If you have $99, a passion for Dota 2, and the means to travel to Seattle this August, listen up. The fifth annual tournament for the biggest prize in e-sports, Dota's Aegis of Champions, will take place between the 3rd and 8th of August at Seattle's KeyArena, and tickets are going on sale from 10AM Pacific Time (1PM ET) today.
  • Buying from other countries to get easier as EC competition boss prepares to grill retailers (2015-03-27 06:41:04)
    Europe's competition commissioner is launching an inquiry into what's keeping Europeans from buying goods and services online from vendors in European countries outside of their homeland.
  • Easily share files between Android and desktop via Bluetooth (2015-03-27 06:36:36)
    If you're looking to share files between your Android device and a desktop PC, Jack Wallen shows you how.
  • Apple is Hitler, says Chinese CEO (2015-03-27 06:34:24)
    Jia Yueting, the billionaire founder and CEO of Chinese internet video site Leshi TV (LeTV), has compared Apple to the Nazis in a poster teasing the launch of LeTV's new smartphone. The image was posted to Yueting's verified Weibo page (with more than 5 million followers) and shows a cartoon Adolf Hitler wearing a red armband with the Apple logo in place of the Nazi swastika. The text across the top of the poster compares the attributes of the Android and iOS ecosystems — "Crowdsourced, freedom vs arrogance, tyranny" — while Yueting's accompanying post argues that Apple's approach to the smartphone industry is stifling innovation and harming the interests of users. He goes on to say that Apple is a "dusk empire" — a metaphor for something which is dying — while the image depicts two contrasting paths for the industry.
  • Google, Apple and others list demands for spying act changes (2015-03-27 06:31:00)
  • Analytics apps would give Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge more enterprise heft (2015-03-27 06:30:03)
    Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge has a tapered edge screen that could be nirvana for notifications. Enterprise developers, however, need to develop notifications that mean business.
  • Photos claiming to show the LG G4 leak online (2015-03-27 04:52:00)
  • Photos purportedly showing the LG G4 leak online (2015-03-27 04:52:00)
  • Jury deliberations to resume in Silicon Valley lawsuit (2015-03-27 04:17:32)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jurors who will decide the outcome of a much-watched gender discrimination lawsuit against a prestigious Silicon Valley venture capital firm are set to enter their third day of deliberations.
  • Technology designed for aerospace could improve Parkinson's therapy (2015-03-27 03:28:00)
  • Facebook is planning to test its 747-sized internet drones this summer (2015-03-27 02:27:59)
    Facebook's ambitious plan to bring internet to the entire world with a fleet of broadband-beaming unmanned aerial vehicles has taken a step closer to fruition. The company's vice president of engineering, Jay Parikh, told The Wall Street Journal that Facebook is planning "a real test flight" of its solar-powered internet drone this summer.
  • DARPA is working on something way better than GPS (2015-03-27 02:02:00)
  • HTC loses its second chief designer in less than a year (2015-03-27 01:31:07)
    11 months after HTC's longtime chief of design, Scott Croyle, was revealed to be leaving the company, one of his former allies who stepped in to fill the void has also departed. HTC has confirmed that Jonah Becker has left the company, having previously served as its head of product design. Becker and Croyle joined HTC six years ago, when their design studio One & Co was acquired by the Taiwanese company. Pictured in the tweet above with Scott Croyle on his left and Claude Zellweger on his right, Becker was a part of a close-knit team and may simply be following Croyle out of the company now that the M9 project has been completed.
  • Festo unleashes new robotic swarm of ants and butterflies (2015-03-27 01:20:11)
    Biology-inspired robotics company Festo has revealed its latest animal robots -- cooperative ants and lightweight butterflies.
  • Startup industry backs employee share scheme changes (2015-03-27 00:36:58)
    Australian startup advocacy group StartupAUS has welcomed the government's moves to amend the country's employee share scheme in a bid for startup employees to reap greater benefits from their financial interests in early stage companies.
  • The first Apple Watch apps are already here (2015-03-27 00:35:00)
  • Amazon in talks to buy online luxury retailer Net-a-Porter: Forbes (2015-03-27 00:19:24)
    (Reuters) - Amazon.com is in talks to buy online luxury retailer Net-a-porter in what could be the biggest acquisition yet for the e-commerce giant, but the negotiations are in early stages and could fall apart, Forbes reported, citing a person familiar with the matter. The potential deal, first reported by Women's Wear Daily, could value Net-a-Porter lower than the valuation of 2 billion euros reported by the fashion industry trade journal, Forbes said, citing the person.
  • Microsoft is finally adding voice messaging to Xbox One (2015-03-27 00:00:43)
    The next Xbox One update will finally bring voice messaging to Microsoft's newest console, allowing people to record and send snippets of speech to other users of Xbox Live. The update, which is currently being rolled out to people invited to Xbox's Update Preview program, also brings dedicated servers for party chat to cut down on connection errors, and expands the "What's On" area of the console's dashboard. Microsoft's previous console, the Xbox 360, let users record and send voice messages as standard from its launch in 2006, but to the chagrin of a number of Xbox gamers, voice messaging wasn't present on the Xbox One when the device launched in late 2013. Now that both consoles have the feature, messages can be sent between both — Xbox One users can record and send speech to Xbox 360 users, and vice versa.
  • Why India's Flipkart abandoned its mobile website (2015-03-26 23:40:08)
    The app has become a far easier and more productive way to conduct business for e-commerce players.
  • Nokia keeps Vodafone Australia's network management contract (2015-03-26 23:26:55)
    Despite a rocky relationship over the last five years, Vodafone has reappointed Nokia Networks to manage the company's network services.
  • HTC's lead designer leaves after less than a year (2015-03-26 23:18:00)
  • Tasmanian Audit Office reveals 'excessive' online attack risks (2015-03-26 23:13:13)
    The Tasmanian Audit Office has revealed that all five of the state government departments audited for a new report released this week were at excessive risk from online attacks.
  • Clean Reader: The app that censors rude words from ebooks (2015-03-26 23:04:09)
    An ebook reader app allows sensitive readers to censor the naughty words they find offensive, replacing them with less risque alternatives.
  • ​Second CBA IT exec charged for corruption (2015-03-26 22:44:00)
    A 44-year-old man has been charged with seven counts of corruptly receiving payments from a US-based IT company totalling almost AU$1.9 million.
  • The $50 device that symbolizes a shift in North Korea (2015-03-26 22:36:24)
    By James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) - A $50 portable media player is providing many North Koreans a window to the outside world despite the government's efforts to keep its people isolated - a symbol of change in one of the world's most repressed societies. By some estimates, up to half of all urban North Korean households have an easily concealed "notel", a small portable media player used to watch DVDs or content stored on USB sticks that can be easily smuggled into the country and passed hand to hand. People are exchanging South Korean soaps, pop music, Hollywood films and news programs, all of which are expressly prohibited by the Pyongyang regime, according to North Korean defectors, activists and recent visitors to the isolated country. "The North Korean government takes their national ideology extremely seriously, so the spread of all this media that competes with their propaganda is a big and growing problem for them," said Sokeel Park of Liberty in North Korea (LiNK), an organization that works with defectors.
  • Police stations are becoming common Craigslist meetup locations (2015-03-26 22:08:00)
  • ​Patent group raises new fees -- and uncertainty -- for 4K video (2015-03-26 21:40:39)
    High-resolution video could arrive later and cost more because of a surprise royalty demand for video compression technology called HEVC.
  • Xbox One is finally getting voice messages (2015-03-26 21:24:00)
  • Optus rapped for three privacy breaches (2015-03-26 21:22:00)
    The Australian privacy commissioner has accepted an enforceable undertaking from Optus after investigating three separate privacy breaches at the telco.
  • The amazing Ikea project that you’ll hopefully never have to use (2015-03-26 21:15:45)
    Ikea isn’t only using its furniture building know-how to create some interesting pieces for your home, but it’s also working on projects that could be a lot more useful for people who find themselves in need of emergency shelters. Such is the case of the Better Shelter modular home for refugees that can offer better shelter than the usual tents you see on TV whenever reports about refugees are aired. FROM EARLIER: A top designer left Apple to build Apple Watch’s first real competitor: Olio Model One The Ikea Foundation worked with the UN on the modular system’s design, and Gizmodo reports that 10,000 Better Shelters have already been ordered after being tested by displaced families in Iraq and Ethiopia.
  • 4G sales boost ZTE 2014 full-year net profit by 94 percent (2015-03-26 21:12:17)
    ZTE has said that its 4G solutions, including its Cloud Radio, QCel, and UBR, drove the company's net profit to 2.63 billion yuan for the 2014 financial year.
  • Lyft gets all social with personalized 'profiles' (2015-03-26 21:07:22)
    The ride-hailing service will soon let passengers and drivers share more about themselves, such as their hometown and music tastes.
  • Amid trial, Kleiner Perkins recruits next generation of partners (2015-03-26 21:04:46)
    By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - For the past month, the name most associated with venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is former partner Ellen Pao, who took the firm to trial for gender discrimination and retaliation. Now the company is searching for new names, at a more intense level than is typical in venture capital, leaders who will take over the firm in coming years as current partners retire. “You can imagine that over the next 18-24 months we’ll be adding people to the firm,” said Mike Abbott, 42, one of the newest Kleiner partners, and himself a contender to one day take over the mantle of the firm from its current de facto leader, 63-year-old John Doerr.
  • Empired scopes hybrid cloud ECMS for Australian market (2015-03-26 21:00:20)
    An enterprise content management system developed by Empired's New Zealand subsidiary, Intergen, will likely be offered on Azure.
  • Google reportedly turning Web game into TV show (2015-03-26 20:56:14)
    The search giant is reportedly adapting its popular mobile game Ingress for television. But don't expect Google to develop more TV shows.
  • Apple and Foxconn launch China iPhone trade-in program (2015-03-26 20:49:05)
    Foxconn Technology Group will reportedly buy and resell Apple's smartphones as part of a new trade-in program in China.
  • Great, now 3D printed rifles can fire 7.62mm NATO rounds (2015-03-26 20:44:00)
  • Crave Ep. 197: Imperial Star Destroyer joins growing fleet of 'Star Wars' drones (2015-03-26 20:38:24)
    A creator of "Star Wars"-themed drones shows off his latest work, a replica of an Imperial Star Destroyer. And it looks awesome.
  • Inklet uses Apple's new trackpad to turn MacBooks into drawing tablets (2015-03-26 20:33:50)
    Apple's new MacBooks, announced earlier this month, have been upgraded with force-sensitive trackpads. Using the awkwardly named "Force Touch" technology, the pads can tell how hard you are pressing, allowing Apple to replace the old three-finger tap with a new powerfully pressed "Force Click." But the new tech doesn't just let Apple offer more menu options — other app developers can use the increased fidelity of the new trackpads too. Drawing app Inklet becomes the first piece of third-party software to make use of the new technology. Users can highlight the section of the image they want to work on in a shape that corresponds to the trackpad itself. Inklet also works with any program that accepts pen input, running in the background as you manipulate images in programs such as Photoshop or Lightroom, and uses trackpad's technology to reject accidental inputs, stopping you from erasing your pretty pictures by clumsily swiping a palm across the pad.
  • Apple has a clever iPhone plan to quietly win over China (2015-03-26 20:30:59)
    China is slowly becoming Apple’s main iPhone market and Apple has a new initiative in place to help it sell more iPhones while simultaneously increasing market share in the highly competitive market. Instead of cutting prices on top devices or worrying about launching cheaper devices, Apple plans to enlist Foxconn’s resources to sell used iPhones in the region, Bloomberg has found out. DON’T MISS: People’s biggest problem with the Galaxy S6 will be solved in an upcoming new version Apple will initiate a local trade-in program in China, similar to the one already available in the U.S., with Foxconn acting as the middle man. The Chinese manufacturing giant, which is also Apple’s largest supplier, will buy used iPhones directly from existing
  • Telstra joins Optus on government's cloud services panel (2015-03-26 20:30:00)
    Australia's two largest telecommunications providers are now claiming membership to the government's cloud services panel, with Telstra joining Optus on the list this week.
  • Telstra begins preparing for data-retention regime (2015-03-26 20:04:00)
    Following Labor and the government teaming up to pass mandatory data-retention legislation in the Senate on Thursday night, Telstra has announced plans to store the encrypted data in Australia.
  • GameStop profit forecast falls short on weak demand for consoles (2015-03-26 20:00:29)
    GameStop Corp's full-year profit forecast missed Wall Street expectations as the dollar strengthened and demand for new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles failed to make up for falling sales of earlier versions. Shares of the world's largest retailer of video game products, which also reported a quarterly profit that missed estimates, fell 6 percent in after-market trading on Thursday. Demand for Microsoft Corp's Xbox One and Sony Corp's PlayStation 4 consoles have also cooled off since the holiday shopping season. "It just feels like things are going to be a little bit softer than what the initial model had projected." The eighth-generation video game consoles followed PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
  • Watch: The one Game of Thrones character who won’t die in Season 5 (2015-03-26 19:45:54)
    Game of Thrones is without a doubt one of the best series currently on TV, and with season 5 upon us fans are probably wondering what characters will be killed off next. While we have no idea what happens this season with some of our favorite Game of Thrones heroes, we now know that at least one of them will not die this season, thanks to Popsugar’s interviews with the stars of HBO’s hit series. Spoiler alert: do not proceed if you don’t to know who it is. DON’T MISS: A top designer left Apple to build Apple Watch’s first real competitor: Olio Model One Peter Dinklage, who plays fan favorite Tyrion Lannister on the show, accidentally revealed on camera that he won’t
  • Apple's Tim Cook will give away all his money: Fortune (2015-03-26 19:27:19)
    Fortune magazine cited the head of the world's largest technology corporation as saying he planned to donate his estimated $785 million fortune to charity - after paying for his 10-year-old nephew's college education. "You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripples for change," Cook told the magazine. Fortune estimated Cook's net worth, based on his holdings of Apple stock, at about $120 million. The 54-year-old CEO's revelation in Fortune's lengthy profile of him is an example of the increasingly public philanthropy of the world's richest people.
  • Facebook moves ahead toward Internet drone air fleet (2015-03-26 19:18:27)
    Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday proclaimed the successful test of a wide-winged, solar-powered drone built to deliver wireless internet service to remote spots. "Aircraft like these will help connect the whole world because they can affordably serve the 10 percent of the world's population that live in remote communities without existing Internet infrastructure," Zuckerberg said in a post on his Facebook timeline. The unpiloted aerial vehicle, or drone, has a wingspan greater than that of a Boeing 737 passenger jet and weighs about as much as a small car, Facebook chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer told a packed audience at the social network's annual gathering of developers in San Francisco.
  • Apple's Tim Cook plans to donate his wealth to charity (2015-03-26 19:08:46)
    Joining the ranks of big donors like Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the Apple CEO says he intends to become a major philanthropist.
  • Twitter’s awesome Periscope app can make anyone into a TV news broadcaster (2015-03-26 19:00:22)
    Anyone who’s ever wanted to be a TV news broadcaster can fulfill their dreams with an awesome new iPhone app from Twitter. Called Periscope, the new app lets you stream live video broadcasts over your iPhone so people can watch what you’re watching in real time. FROM EARLIER: You’ll never guess whose job it is to make sure Apple’s streaming music service doesn’t suck This app is particularly useful since it’s integrated with Twitter, which is already a go-to platform for delivering live news as it happens. Sharing your broadcasts over Twitter is as easy as clicking a small bird icon on the screen, which will send out a link to your live broadcast right to your Twitter feed. You can also archive your
  • Nigerian telecoms to face jail time over shoddy cell service (2015-03-26 18:58:00)
  • 10 web-based tools to maximize productivity (2015-03-26 18:51:00)
    From project management to collaboration to accounting, the apps on this list will save you time and money.
  • Yahoo updates transparency report; promises to scale new email encryption by end of year (2015-03-26 18:44:00)
    On the financial side of the spectrum, Yahoo's board also approved a new multi-billion stock buyback program.
  • Google's new CFO gets $70M for defecting from Morgan Stanley (2015-03-26 18:31:33)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google just found out that luring a top executive from Wall Street to Silicon Valley is expensive.
  • Birdly uses VR, a fan and your flapping arms to simulate flight (Tomorrow Daily 151) (2015-03-26 18:31:02)
    On today's show, Ashley and Khail check out bird-flight simulator Birdly (complete with hydraulic flapping arm mechanism), a father and son in China turning spare car parts into huge model Transformers, and explain how Boeing's newest patent reminds us of sci-fi force fields.
  • Google to pay CFO Porat more than $70 million in two years (2015-03-26 18:26:41)
    The company hired Morgan Stanley CFO Porat as its finance chief earlier this week, a sign it is aiming to rein in costs as it invests in new businesses such as self-driving cars and Internet-connected eyeglasses. Porat's compensation package includes a grant of $25 million through restricted stock units, a $40 million biennial grant in 2016 and a special one-time $5 million sign-on bonus, Google said in a regulatory filing on Thursday. Porat, who will join Google on May 26, will also get an annual base salary of $650,000. She earned a base salary of $1 million at Morgan Stanley for 2013, according to the bank's proxy filing.
  • Google brings data compression from mobile Chrome to PCs (2015-03-26 18:17:00)
  • Beer wear: Dress made from bacterial-fermented brew (2015-03-26 18:16:53)
    Bacteria, beer and a fermentation process come together to create a fashionable dress made from a new kind of fabric.
  • Microsoft buys Office collaboration tool maker LiveLoop: Sources (2015-03-26 18:15:51)
    Microsoft has bought another productivity company. This time it's LiveLoop, a vendor of collaboration plug-ins and tools for Microsoft Office.
  • How to make sure you get the exact Apple Watch model you want next month (2015-03-26 18:15:12)
    You can say many things about the Apple Watch, but you can’t say it doesn’t offer choice. Not only does the Apple Watch come in two different sizes (38mm and 42mm), there are 6 distinct casing options  (aluminum, Space Grey aluminum, Stainless Steel, Space Black Stainless Steel, Gold, and Rose Gold) along with a wide selection of bands. That being the case, users hoping to walk into their local Apple retail store on April 24th and pick out the exact model they want may want to think twice. Don’t Miss: Apple to release new 4-inch iPhone 6C model this year According to a recent report in 9to5Mac, in-store supply of the Apple Watch may be in short supply. After all,
  • Facebook talks up need for virtual reality, big tech bets (2015-03-26 18:11:29)
    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Virtual reality, artificial intelligence and drones will enable Facebook Inc to create a more lifelike and useful social network, the company said in its clearest explanation so far for technology projects that have puzzled some investors and analysts. Facebook executives made the case on Thursday, at its annual developer conference in San Francisco, that initiatives such as its $2 billion purchase of virtual reality headset maker Oculus last year, and the hiring of aerospace experts make sense for the 1.4-billion member social network. While virtual reality headsets such as the Oculus Rift suggest video games and entertainment, the gadgets could transform how people communicate on Facebook, they said.
  • Meerkat vs. Periscope: Live-streaming app battle & buzz (2015-03-26 18:08:43)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Download Periscope, Twitter's just-launched live video-streaming app, and you'll find people broadcasting all sorts of mundane stuff: waiting for AT&T to fix their wiring, getting out of bed in Silicon Valley, looking outside their office window in Chicago.
  • This is the greatest Yahoo! Answer on whether vampires can poop (2015-03-26 18:07:30)
    A brief discussion of the human digestive system and then the probable vampire population given an exponential growth rate should explain why vampires are not possible. 4. Theoretical ingestion of blood to supply these nutrients would therefore have to occur at least once a day, and would require the ingestion of the entire blood supply which could not happen as the stomach is far too small to hold that much liquid volume.
  • Apple's Tim Cook to donate his wealth: Fortune (2015-03-26 18:06:12)
    (Reuters) - Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook said he planned to give away all his wealth, the Fortune magazine reported. Cook, 54, told the magazine that he planned to donate his fortune to charity after providing for his 10-year-old nephew's education. (http://for.tn/1Gs0gNY) Fortune estimated Cook's net worth, based on his holdings of Apple stock, at about $120 million. He also holds restricted stock worth $665 million if it were to be fully vested. (Reporting by Ankit Ajmera in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)
  • ​How I fell out of love with the Withings Activite Pop (2015-03-26 18:03:45)
    In wearable tech, things break. But the shattered glass I experienced on the Pop is troubling.
  • GameStop profit forecast misses Street on weak demand for consoles (2015-03-26 17:36:32)
    (Reuters) - GameStop Corp forecast a weaker-than-expected profit for the full year, as demand for the new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles fail to make up for falling sales of earlier versions. Shares of the world's largest retailer of video game products, which also reported a quarterly profit that missed estimates, fell 5 percent in extended trading. Demand for Microsoft Corp's Xbox One and Sony Corp's PlayStation 4 consoles cooled off in recent months after the holiday shopping season. GameStop's new video game hardware sales fell 30.2 percent to $808.8 million in the fourth quarter ended Jan. 31, lower than the $844.8 million analysts had expected, according to market research firm FactSet StreetAccount.
  • Meet Pivot, the amazing app that offers location-based ‘tunnels’ to the past (2015-03-26 17:30:09)
    What if you could instantly pick up your phone to learn more details about a certain historical landmark or your location and then get visual cues about how that particular place changed over time? That’s what a new application called Pivot looks to offer smartphone users: A way of traveling back in time and staying connected to the history of a certain place, as long as there are available pictures of that place to tell its story. DON’T MISS: Report claims Apple will shock the world with a third new iPhone model this year Pivot is an augmented reality app that uses your device’s camera and location to offer you a look at a specific target “from a specific vantage
  • Watch President Obama interview David Simon about The Wire (2015-03-26 17:24:54)
    The White House's YouTube account just published a video interview between President Obama and reporter, author, and creator of HBO crime drama The Wire, David Simon. Who's to say why President Obama invited the lead writer from one of his television shows to chat in the White House, but the video feels like an opportunity for Obama to illuminate a number of controversial conversations about changes that need to be made about how our nation polices itself. Also, Omar is President Obama's favorite character.
  • Shoppers' personal info not part of RadioShack sale: ombudsman (2015-03-26 17:13:18)
    Her letter came as Oregon and Pennsylvania on Wednesday joined Texas and Tennessee in objecting to RadioShack selling names, email addresses and other personal information gathered from shoppers. Personally identifiable information of 117 million consumers could be made available in RadioShack's proposed sale, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said in a filing that urged stripping out information such as telephone numbers and mailing addresses from assets. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last week objected to the sale of personally identifiable information and requested RadioShack's buyer be required to set a separate price for it. Paxton said RadioShack's privacy policy for shoppers included an "unequivocal" provision the information would not be sold.
  • Most popular US web browsers, according to the federal government (2015-03-26 17:10:00)
    By the United States' government's count, Chrome is the most popular web browser followed by Internet Explorer and then Safari. Yes, Safari, not Firefox.
  • McDonald's launches bizarre Big Mac fashion line (2015-03-26 17:07:16)
    Swedish fast-food fans can now wear their beef-based sentiments on their sleeves with a series of Big Mac fashion outfits and lifestyle accessories.
  • Amazon Cloud Drive now stores unlimited files for $60 per year (2015-03-26 17:06:00)
  • Google to pay new CFO annual base salary of $650,000 (2015-03-26 16:59:55)
    (Reuters) - Google Inc said it would pay its new chief financial officer an annual base salary of $650,000 and a special one-time $5 million sign-on bonus. The company hired Morgan Stanley Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat as its finance chief earlier this week, a sign it is aiming to rein in costs as it invests in new businesses such as self-driving cars and Internet-connected eyeglasses. (Reporting by Avik Das in Bengaluru; Editing by Joyjeet Das)
  • Getting started with the live-streaming app Periscope (2015-03-26 16:59:48)
    Ready to stream your life in real-time to the world? Well then open-up Periscope.
  • Watch the first clip from Halt and Catch Fire Season 2 (2015-03-26 16:42:28)
    Halt and Catch Fire, AMC's fictionalized account of a competitor in the early computer race, will start its second season on May 31st. The show is one of AMC's more prominent attempts to strike gold once again on hourlong dramas. So far, Halt hasn't lived up to those high hopes — but then, Breaking Bad and Mad Men both grew dramatically as they went on. Alongside announcing Season 2's premiere date this afternoon, AMC also debuted a long first look at it.
  • Google joins Apple, others in calling for spying controls, as Patriot Act vote nears (2015-03-26 16:36:25)
    With a key, spying-related section of the Patriot Act up for reauthorization, tech heavyweights team up with other groups in outlining "essential" changes to US surveillance policies.
  • Google will fix Chrome's scrolling with Microsoft's help (2015-03-26 16:34:00)
  • Would you go back to a 4-inch iPhone? (2015-03-26 16:30:37)
    A new rumor says to expect three new iPhones this year, including a 4-inch device that bucks the trend of big displays that some of your friends and family love to mock.
  • Blend is the New Balance for Small Business Owners (2015-03-26 16:24:57)
    Striking a balance between work and your personal life is difficult for anyone, but it can be a nearly impossible feat for small business owners. There's just no way around it; running a business and long hours go hand-in-hand. According to the 2013 Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index, 57 percent of small business owners work at least six...
  • Microsoft wants US suppliers to give employees paid time off (2015-03-26 16:22:35)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft said Thursday that it will push its U.S. suppliers to give their employees paid time off — but that only applies for the staffers that do work for Microsoft.
  • Scary exploit may let hackers target nearly 50% of Android phones with malware (2015-03-26 16:20:05)
    Malware is never an easy subject for Android device owners. Savvy users usually say the matter is overblown and that they know how to protect themselves against such threats, though that’s not always the case. Google acknowledges the matter but usually minimizes it, though it’s also constantly coming up with better means for protecting the safety of users. Meanwhile millions of Android devices fall prey to malware, and most of the time users don’t even know what’s going on. New research from Palo Alto Networks has brought to light a terrifying vulnerability in Android that could be used for secretly installing malware apps on a device on almost 50% of existing devices, Business Insider reports. FROM EARLIER: Google Maps for Android
  • GameStop revenue falls on weak demand for hardware (2015-03-26 16:17:48)
    (Reuters) - GameStop Corp, the world's largest retailer of video game products, reported a 5.6 percent drop in quarterly revenue, hurt by lower hardware demand during the holiday shopping season. Net income rose to $244.1 million, or $2.23 per share, in the fourth quarter ended Jan. 31 from $220.5 million, or $1.89 per share, a year earlier. Total global sales fell to $3.48 billion from $3.68 billion. Comparable store sales fell 1.8 percent. (Reporting by Devika Krishna Kumar in Bengaluru; Editing by Joyjeet Das)
  • Microsoft rolls out major Surface Pro 3 firmware update (2015-03-26 16:13:00)
    Microsoft has rolled out firmware updates for its Surface Pro 3 devices that aim to make them more easily configurable for business use.
  • Nine indie developers on the secret to making multiplayer magic (2015-03-26 16:00:00)
  • Could the Galaxy S6 edge be an even bigger hit than Samsung imagined? (2015-03-26 15:51:54)
    A new report from South Korean publication ETnews reveals that Samsung is scrambling to increase Galaxy S6 edge production, as the device is a lot more popular with its retail partners than initially believed. DON’T MISS: Galaxy S6 first impressions: Why can’t I find anything to complain about? Samsung is looking to triple the initial Galaxy S6 edge production volume after taking into account feedback received from distribution channels, ETnews’ sources say. It’s not clear what that actually means for Samsung when it comes to actual sales numbers. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are not available in stores yet, so there’s no way of measuring how popular any of the two models is with customers. But the publication reports
  • Could the Galaxy S6 be an even bigger hit than Samsung imagined? (2015-03-26 15:51:54)
    A new report from South Korean publication ETnews reveals that Samsung is scrambling to increase Galaxy S6 edge production, as the device is a lot more popular with its retail partners than initially believed. DON’T MISS: Galaxy S6 first impressions: Why can’t I find anything to complain about? Samsung is looking to triple the initial Galaxy S6 edge production volume after taking into account feedback received from distribution channels, ETnews’ sources say. It’s not clear what that actually means for Samsung when it comes to actual sales numbers. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are not available in stores yet, so there’s no way of measuring how popular any of the two models is with customers. But the publication reports
  • Twitter takes on Meerkat with Periscope streaming app (2015-03-26 15:49:33)
    The battle for live streaming smartphone video heated up Thursday as Twitter launched its Periscope application, taking on fast-rising online rival Meerkat, which unveiled a fresh round of capital investment. The Periscope app, like Meerkat, allows anyone to stream live video to a wide audience with their smartphone. The new app "lets you share and experience live video from your mobile phone" and is "a perfect complement to Twitter, which is why we acquired the company in January," Twitter's Kevin Weil said in a blog post. The Periscope team outlined a range of possibilities for the service, including how it can turn any smartphone user into a global reporter.
  • There was an explosion in New York City, and seconds later I was watching it live on Periscope (2015-03-26 15:46:43)
    I was browsing on Twitter when someone posted an image of a smoking building, fire trucks, and a message about a crazy explosion. Then I got a push notification on Periscope, the new live-streaming app from Twitter, about a broadcast from the scene of the accident. The broadcaster, Andrew Steinthal, got within a hundred feet or so before police arrived and asked everyone to disperse. Steinthal faced the camera, said how scary the whole thing had been, then signed off from his first Periscope reporting.
  • Don't put big picture objectives on the back burner (2015-03-26 15:39:37)
    It's easy to lose sight of the big picture as you focus on the daily details. Here's how to keep grounded while also dedicating time each week to big picture thinking.
  • Google may be planning an Ingress TV show (2015-03-26 15:36:03)
    Ingress, Google's augmented reality science fiction game, might be coming to television. The Information reports that Niantic Labs, which develops Ingress, has partnered for a series with the Sean Daniel Company, the producer behind SyFy's upcoming miniseries The Expanse. Flint Dille, Ingress' creative lead and a longtime screenwriter, has reportedly also been helping to develop a TV show. The Information says that Niantic is looking at traditional TV networks or streaming video services like Netflix, but that it hasn't actually pitched the show to them and is still looking for a showrunner. Niantic did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
  • ​Intel's next big thing: Knights Landing Xeon Phi (2015-03-26 15:27:00)
    Intel has revealed new details of its second-generation Xeon Phi processor and given the first public demonstration. The chip, known as Knights Landing, is big in every way.
  • Here are the free games you’ll get on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in April (2015-03-26 15:25:36)
    This has been an incredibly busy month for game releases, but Microsoft isn’t planning on letting its foot off the gas in April either. On Thursday, Microsoft announced the latest slate of Games with Gold, but in April, Xbox owners are getting double the free games that they normally do. That means two free games on Xbox One and four games on Xbox 360. DON’T MISS: Did GTA 5 just receive a massive graphics downgrade? Xbox One owners with active Xbox Live Gold subscriptions will be able to download both Child of Light and Pool Nation FX for free all month in April. These games have absolutely nothing in common, but if you’re looking for a free billiards game with “spot-on physics” and a
  • To Your Health (2015-03-26 15:21:58)
    Patient: "Doctor, I don't feel well, and I'm not sure why." Doctor: "I want you to meditate for 20 minutes twice a day, exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, avoid processed foods, eat plenty of organic fruits and vegetables, spend more time in nature and less indoors, stop worrying about things you can't control, and ditch your TV. Come back...
  • Google taking augmented reality game 'Ingress' to TV (2015-03-26 15:16:00)
  • ​Intel, Micron, Toshiba promise storage that's fast and roomy (2015-03-26 15:10:43)
    Good news for laptop and smartphone buyers: a novel flash-memory design should cut costs and boost capacity.
  • The Vergecast, live today at 4:30PM ET! (2015-03-26 15:03:06)
    Hello internet. I, Sam Sheffer, have returned from vacation. I will once again appear on The Vergecast. Additionally, we've got a special guest in town. His name is Tom Warren, and you could say he knows a thing or two about Microsoft. As is the case with most Thursdays, there's a lot to talk about. Let's get to it.
  • ​Google makes deploying software on its cloud a trivial task (2015-03-26 14:56:31)
    Google is offering a new incentive for using its Google Compute Engine. With Google Cloud Launcher, you can launch more than 120 popular open-source packages.
  • Talking to Heems about Eat Pray Thug, spiritual tourism, and skipping his SXSW panel (2015-03-26 14:56:29)
    After a few years of working with and talking to music writers, you get a certain idea of what it’s like to interview Himanshu Suri, aka Heems, formerly of the novelty-turned-too-real-for-their-own-good rap group Das Racist.
  • RadioShack rescue deal dogged by fights, demands for new auction (2015-03-26 14:56:22)
    By Tom Hals WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - RadioShack Corp's rescue deal to keep 1,740 stores open was attacked on Thursday by the bankrupt retailer's top creditor, a failed bidder who called the auction a sham and sought a new sale. RadioShack, which filed for bankruptcy last month, told a U.S. Bankruptcy judge it had selected the Standard General hedge fund as the winning bidder in the private four-day auction, which ended just before Thursday's hearing. The hedge fund plans to operate the stores in conjunction with wireless phone company Sprint Corp. While RadioShack's attorney told the court the deal saved 7,500 jobs and was $23 million more than a bid by liquidators, the deal provided little cash. An attorney for Salus Capital Partners, which is owed $150 million and is RadioShack's largest creditor, blasted the auction process and called for the auction to be reopened.
  • Facebook's AI can see inside your videos and posts (2015-03-26 14:45:00)
  • Amazon fluffs up its cloud services for consumers (2015-03-26 14:45:00)
    The e-commerce company unveils two new Amazon Cloud Drive plans to give you remote storage for your photos and files.
  • NASA to steal boulder from asteroid to test Earth-defense technique (2015-03-26 14:39:51)
    The space agency has just announced plans to fly to an asteroid, snag a boulder, fly back toward Earth and put the rock in orbit around the moon. Because science.
  • Mind-blowing tattoo makes man look like machine (2015-03-26 14:29:43)
    A tattoo with amazing 3D-looking depth makes a man's arm look like it belongs to a shape-shifting android with peeling skin. Even famous street artist Banksy thinks it's cool.
  • Twitter's live-streaming app Periscope may kill Meerkat (2015-03-26 14:22:46)
    After Twitter purchased it a few weeks ago, Periscope has finally been released to the public. It's a well-polished live-streaming app, but unlike Meerkat, Periscope streams can be viewed for up to 24 hours.
  • Facebook developing solar drones to deliver global web access (2015-03-26 14:16:00)
  • Crazy 3D tattoo makes man look like machine (2015-03-26 14:14:12)
    A tattoo with amazing depth makes a man's arm look like it belongs to a shape-shifting android with peeling skin. Even famous street artist Banksy thinks it's cool.
  • LG smartwatch that makes its own calls launches in South Korea for $589 (2015-03-26 14:10:25)
    The LG Watch Urbane LTE packs its own universal SIM card, so it doesn't have to be paired with a smartphone. But you can't get it outside South Korea -- at least not yet.
  • Ex-Beats CEO brings the 'American Idol' experience to a game (2015-03-26 14:08:00)
  • New U.N. investigator to probe digital spying (2015-03-26 14:00:28)
    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations top human rights body agreed on Thursday to appoint a special investigator to probe digital spying and violations of online privacy. Brazil and Germany spearheaded the resolution, which voiced deep concern over electronic surveillance and the interception of digital communications, as well as data collection by governments and private companies. Former U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden exposed mass surveillance of private emails and phone data across the world two years ago, sparking outrage.
  • Antarctica's ice melt has been accelerating in the last two decades (2015-03-26 14:00:02)
    Ice floating along the coast of Antarctica has been melting more quickly over the past two decades, according to a study published today. The findings provide a more comprehensive perspective on how warming oceans have reduced ice volume, though it's difficult to say how soon sea levels could rise as a result. The study, published in the journal Science, measures the thickness of Antarctica's ice shelves — floating sheets of ice that extend from glaciers out into the ocean. Using satellite radar data collected from 1994 to 2012, the authors found that ice shelves melted steadily in West Antarctica over the 18-year period, with losses accelerating by 70 percent after 2003.
  • Watch fan's beautiful video tribute to a decade of The Doctor (2015-03-26 13:57:37)
    Thursday marks the 10-year anniversary of the revival of the BBC's long-running series "Doctor Who." Watch one fan's awesome tribute to everyone's favorite timey wimey Time Lord.
  • Twitter launches video streaming app Periscope (2015-03-26 13:51:56)
    (Reuters) - Twitter Inc launched a video streaming app called Periscope on Thursday, just days after reports that it had blocked a rival app called Meerkat. Meerkat relies heavily on Twitter and has become hugely popular in the month since its launch. Twitter's announcement comes on the same day that Meerkat unveiled a list of investors that included Silicon Valley venture capitalists Greylock Partners and Sound Ventures, Ashton Kutcher's fund.
  • Facebook hints that the Oculus Rift will be available this year (2015-03-26 13:46:00)
  • Linute: Welcome to the next 24 hours of your social life (2015-03-26 13:45:50)
    Didn't make plans for the night? Fear not. An app making a play on Kickstarter offers up a list of options so even the worst procrastinators can find social joy.
  • Oculus VR's chief scientist delivered a monologue from The Matrix at F8 (2015-03-26 13:45:49)
    Like many people, Michael Abrash is a fan of The Matrix. Unlike most people, he's trying to bring some of its core principles into reality: Abrash is the chief scientist at Oculus VR, Facebook's virtual-reality arm. Today at the F8 developer conference, Abrash delivered a monologue from the film to explain why virtual reality can feel so much like the real thing. Quoting Laurence Fishburne's character, Morpheus, Abrash spoke the words familiar to anyone who's taken a college philosophy class in the last 15 years.
  • Halo Online ready for free battle -- in Russia (2015-03-26 13:45:22)
    The title will allow Russian gamers to play against each other at no charge as part of a closed beta.
  • They're back: BT Mobile and 'The X-Files' return in CNET UK podcast 426 (2015-03-26 13:40:04)
    We find out how the watch industry is fighting back against the rise of smartwatches, and why Liverpool has the fastest 4G in the land.
  • Zynga must face U.S. lawsuit alleging fraud tied to IPO (2015-03-26 13:37:19)
    Zynga Inc must face a lawsuit that accuses the gaming company known for its "FarmVille" game of defrauding shareholders about its prospects before and after its December 2011 initial public offering. Ruling 13 months after dismissing an earlier version of the lawsuit, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White in San Francisco said on Wednesday that shareholders could pursue claims that Zynga concealed declining user activity, masked how changes in a Facebook Inc platform for its games would affect demand and inflated its 2012 revenue forecast. Zynga's market value slid by several billion dollars between March 2, 2012, when its share price peaked at $15.91, and July 26, 2012, when the price dropped below $3 after the company posted disappointing earnings and cut its outlook. "Confidential witnesses all corroborate that the updates on game users and spending data was readily accessible to Zynga's management." White rejected a claim over Zynga's alleged product launch delays, saying it was mere "business puffery" for the company to call its game pipeline "strong," "robust" and "very healthy." Shareholders led by David Fee also claimed that Zynga hid its weaknesses to enable insiders to sell $593 million of stock before a post-IPO lockup was to expire, and avoid a roughly 75 percent drop in its share price over the next four months.
  • How to create a video interview with a Chromebook (2015-03-26 13:30:54)
    Follow these four steps to create and record a video interview with a Chromebook.
  • CNNgo comes to Apple TV with live and on-demand news (2015-03-26 13:29:00)
  • Twitter launches Meerkat-killer app Periscope (2015-03-26 13:26:34)
    Twitter on Thursday launched its streaming video application Periscope, a move that could dampen enthusiasm for the rising online rival Meerkat. The Periscope app, like Meerkat, allows anyone to stream live video to a wide audience with their smartphone. The new app "lets you share and experience live video from your mobile phone" and is "a perfect complement to Twitter, which is why we acquired the company in January," Twitter's Kevin Weil said in a blog post. The Periscope team outlined a range of possibilities for the service, including how it can turn any smartphone user into a global reporter.
  • PayPal to pay $7.7 million fine over US sanctions (2015-03-26 13:24:47)
    The company's processing of about 500 payments from 2009 to 2013 included ones tied to weapons of mass destruction, as well as related to Iran, Sudan and Cuba.
  • The Linux desktop battle (and why it matters) (2015-03-26 13:24:03)
    Jack Wallen ponders the problem with the ever-lagging acceptance of the Linux desktop and poses a radical solution.
  • Rihanna just released a new single, Bitch Better Have My Money (2015-03-26 13:02:58)
    Last night, Rihanna began teasing the debut single from her upcoming album — likely titled R8 — and this morning, she released super-teasey snippets of the song through the selfie video app Dubsmash. Now, the entire track, "Bitch Better Have My Money" (named after AMG's 1991 album), is available to stream.
  • The Boy Genius Report Podcast: Episode 5 (2015-03-26 13:02:01)
    This week, Rene Richie from iMore joins as guest to add his perspective into what could be one of Apple’s biggest inventions in years. Rene also adds new information about the upcoming Apple Watch launch and polarizing MacBook. There’s also a Meerkat involved. Show Links: Pretend you’re surprised: Apple Watch might be hard to find at first because of production issuesl Retina MacBook: If you’re worried about performance, check this out Video: Force Touch might be a game-changer for MacBook, Watch and iPhone Huge thanks to our sponsor for this week’s show, the amazing Automatic. I was one of the early adopters of the product when it first launched and it’s truly great. Automatic is offering a 20% discount with
  • I used a robot to go to work from 3,500 miles away (2015-03-26 12:58:03)
    Some people say working remotely via robot is going to be commonplace in the office of the future. So we thought we'd test it out in ours.
  • Amazon bringing plumbers and yoga instructors to new marketplace (2015-03-26 12:57:00)
  • Sprint CEO: Without Net neutrality rules, we're toast (2015-03-26 12:53:18)
    Chief executive Marcelo Claure defends the company's stance as the only major wireless operator to support the FCC's new Net neutrality regulation.
  • New Samsung, HTC phones coming April 10 in US (2015-03-26 12:52:02)
    NEW YORK (AP) — New phones from Samsung and HTC will be available in U.S. stores starting April 10.
  • U.S. questions China at WTO on banking technology restrictions (2015-03-26 12:42:17)
    By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States is concerned about China's restrictions on the use of foreign information technology equipment by the banking sector, according to a filing published by the World Trade Organization on Thursday. U.S. business groups have already complained about the new rules, which China announced in December, and senior officials including Secretary of State John Kerry have written to their Chinese counterparts about them. Japan and the European Union have echoed U.S. concerns about the regulations, which China says aim to promote cybersecurity. By bringing up the issue at the WTO, where member countries can legally challenge foreign laws that affect trade, the United States has put pressure on China to explain how the regulations - which aim to promote "secure and controllable" banking technology - comply with global trade rules.
  • Why releasing a 4-inch ‘iPhone 6c’ is the biggest no-brainer on Earth (2015-03-26 12:42:13)
    Why would Apple want to release a smaller 4-inch device that’s tentatively being called the “iPhone 6c?” My response is, why wouldn’t they? Yes, phones with large screens are all the rage these days but there is still a market out there for smaller devices that fit comfortably in your hand and your pocket, particularly if you have small hands. BACKGROUND: Report claims Apple will shock the world with a third new iPhone model this year My wife, for example, is still rocking an iPhone 4. I know, the 2010 device is positively ancient by smartphone standards but it still functions very well and she’s not a power user who needs to have the latest hardware. In fact, she doesn’t even mind
  • Microsoft's Dynamics CRM roadmap for 2015: More new codenames, delivery dates (2015-03-26 12:41:59)
    Microsoft has a raft of new Dynamics CRM codeames and delivery dates on its updated roadmap for 2015.
  • ​Intel, Micron, Toshiba promise storage that's fast and capacious (2015-03-26 12:31:44)
    Good news for laptop and smartphone buyers: a novel flash-memory design should cut costs and boost capacity.
  • Motorola found guilty of infringing on a patent from infamous troll (2015-03-26 12:31:00)
  • Please don't drool on this 15-foot mural honoring classic Star Wars figurines (2015-03-26 12:28:02)
    Artist Robert Burden has carved his own niche as a painter of classic children's toys. His latest piece is a 15-foot-wide mural celebrating classic Star Wars toys.
  • Microsoft nabs a Web win, in a tiff over touchscreens and mice (2015-03-26 12:25:24)
    Responding to pressure from programmers, Google has warmed up to a Microsoft technology to let mice and touchscreens get along on the Web -- a technology Apple rejected.
  • T-Mobile beats AT&T’s full HTC One M9 price (2015-03-26 12:21:50)
    T-Mobile and AT&T on Thursday both unveiled preorder details for the HTC One M9. Buyers looking to score the new HTC flagship handset should know that, while the two carriers have rather similar offers, T-Mobile’s price is slightly better than AT&T’s, especially for off-contract purchases. DON’T MISS: T-Mobile’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge prices revealed T-Mobile will start taking preorders for the HTC One M9 on Friday at 9:00 a.m. ET for $0 down followed by 24 monthly payments of $27.08 each, which makes the full price for the device is $649.92. AT&T will kick off its HTC One M9 preorder at 12:01 a.m. ET and will have various purchase options for interested buyers. The handset costs $199.99 when
  • Fantastic! 'Doctor Who' returned to TV 10 years ago today (2015-03-26 12:21:43)
    The long-lost classic TV show "Doctor Who" returned to our screens on this day in 2005 -- so we raise our sonic screwdrivers to 10 years of timey-wimey fantasticness.
  • Microsoft's universal apps are now called Windows apps (2015-03-26 12:20:56)
    While Microsoft has had confusing naming schemes for Windows RT and "Metro-style" over the years, it appears the company is trying to simplify things for Windows 10. In a recent session at Microsoft's WinHEC developer event, distinguished engineer Don Box revealed the company’s new naming for universal applications that run across PCs, phones, tablets, and the Xbox One. "Windows apps runs on all devices, Windows desktop app is PC only. The naming could cause some confusion around existing Windows desktop apps, as many already refer to them as Windows apps, but simplification is certainly welcome.
  • Microsoft Shows White House How To 'Lead On Leave' (2015-03-26 12:20:34)
    For the past several months, White House officials and Democrats in Congress have been using the bully pulpit to encourage more U.S. businesses to offer their workers paid leave. Their motto: “Lead on leave.”On Thursday, Microsoft showed them how it’s done.In a blog post on the company’s website, Brad Smith, a Microsoft vice president,...
  • Emperor of all maladies: a Q&A with cancer documentary director Barak Goodman (2015-03-26 12:19:58)
    Interviews with scientists, historians, and people battling disease bring the viewer into a world of scientific triumphs, and devastating failures — all of which are punctuated with colorful animations, and archival photographs that help Siddhartha Mukherjee's Pulitzer-winning book come alive. We spoke with the documentary's director, Barak Goodman, about the making of the PBS documentary, which will air in three parts, starting Monday. How much did you know about cancer before starting this documentary? I knew what most people know, that it is a disease of unrestrained growth of cells, and I had the feeling that very little progress had been made in the fight against cancer, and that it was still nearly as deadly or as deadly a disease as it had been — all of which are wrong.
  • Hacking the Nazis: The secret story of the women who broke Hitler's codes (2015-03-26 12:11:00)
    Of the 10,000-plus staff at the Government Code and Cypher School during World War II, two-thirds were female. Three veteran servicewomen explain what life was like as part of the code-breaking operation during World War II.
  • If you want to succeed you must fail first, says the man who dreamt up the Internet of Things (2015-03-26 12:08:38)
    Discussing the vital parts genius and failure play in creation.
  • Facebook aims to replace YouTube as world's leading video platform (2015-03-26 12:06:56)
    On opening day at the F8 developer conference in San Francisco, Mark Zuckerberg shared a number of announcements, including two that reflect Facebook's goal to compete directly with YouTube and step up its presence on the internet video scene. Facebook is introducing a new embeddable video player, meaning that users can now bring clips from the social network directly to outside websites and blogs simply by copying and pasting a string of HTML code. Some observers consider the announcement somewhat overdue, since embeddable players have long been a feature of YouTube, Dailymotion and Vimeo, among other platforms. Previously, Facebook users could only embed videos as part of a supporting post, including the likes count and the comments feed.
  • BlackBerry to show another drop in quarterly revenue -- analyst (2015-03-26 12:06:29)
    Revenue likely bottomed out in its fiscal fourth quarter but the company could stage a revival based on more robust smartphone sales, according to a JP Morgan analyst.
  • Minecraft free for every Northern Ireland secondary school (2015-03-26 12:03:00)
  • Fantastical 2 for Mac takes the popular calendar app full-screen (2015-03-26 12:01:20)
    Originally a slick way to enter events, Fantastical is now a full-fledged Mac calendar app.
  • A top designer left Apple to build Apple Watch’s first real competitor: Olio Model One (2015-03-26 12:00:53)
    There are a few main reasons the Apple Watch has generated so much buzz. First and foremost, it’s an Apple product and nothing is as buzzy as an Apple product. Of course, the Apple Watch also marks Apple’s first foray into uncharted territory: luxury goods and wearables. Finally, the Apple Watch is really the first smartwatch to sport a beautiful premium design. And who better to intro the Apple Watch’s first true competitor than a former top Apple designer who left the company to start his own business? DON’T MISS: Galaxy S6 first impressions: Why can’t I find anything to complain about? Meet the Olio Model One, a stunning metal smartwatch that is just as much a watch as it is smart.
  • Run the Jewels' new music video is a senseless battle between a white cop and an unarmed black man (2015-03-26 12:00:28)
    Killer Mike, of Run the Jewels, has been a powerful and outspoken voice on the subject of police violence over the last year, particularly as protests grew in Ferguson. His music is filled with these same discussions, and now his group's latest music video is taking it straight on, too. From director A.G. Rojas, the video for "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)" depicts one long — and seemingly endless — battle between a white cop and an unarmed black man. When the video opens, it's clear that the two have been fighting for some time.
  • Nuzzel for Android lets you know what stories your friends are talking about (2015-03-26 12:00:02)
    Nuzzel is basically a free social RSS reader for news stories shared by your friends. It curates the links being shared by your Facebook or Twitter friends, simply counting which stories have been tweeted or posted the most often in a 24-hour period. Nuzzel is a simple app, but it's definitely worth trying if you're someone who finds the deluge of the Twitter feed too much to handle. You can look at "News from Friends of Friends" or browse "Featured Feeds" — the stories being shared by friends of the great and good on social media.
  • The Olio smartwatch wants to save you from notification hell (2015-03-26 12:00:02)
    Before I can even come back from grabbing him a glass of water, Steve Jacobs has basically turned our Verge West meeting room into a jewelry store. Jacobs says the designs the company has made match the look and feel of the respective collections, but that if it was something that customers really wanted, they might add it later on.
  • 'Blade Runner' tech gives 'Borderlands' its signature sound (2015-03-26 12:00:00)
  • Three notebook cases, First Take: Bags of potential (2015-03-26 11:13:00)
    Sensible commuters and business travellers will want to protect their mobile technology in a good-quality travel bag. Here are three contenders.
  • Verizon's online video service revenue may depend on ads: CFO (2015-03-26 11:07:57)
    By Malathi Nayak NEW YORK (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc may rely largely on advertising for revenue from its upcoming online video service, Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo said in an interview. This could set the No. 1 U.S. wireless carrier apart from rival online video services such as Dish Network Corp's Sling TV and Sony Corp's PlayStation Vue, which offer traditional TV content with ads and collect subscription fees. Original online programing on Verizon's service could use an "advertising-type" model, "not necessarily a consumer-pay model," Shammo said in the recent interview. Most Americans own a mobile phone, and Verizon is looking at online video delivery to increase data consumption on mobile devices and increase revenue.
  • Apple eyes iPhone trade-in program in China (2015-03-26 11:07:42)
    Customers would get store credits for Apple products, while manufacturer Foxconn would resell the iPhones after fixing them up.
  • Why I code: How to think about side projects (2015-03-26 11:04:12)
    Side projects help you open new doors, explore new vistas, and keep you sharp in your career. In this article, David Gewirtz shows how side projects can pay out in completely unexpected and wonderful ways.
  • Microsoft, with help from coders, wins a victory on the Web (2015-03-26 11:01:35)
    Responding to programmer pressure, Google has warmed up to a Microsoft technology to let mice and touchscreens get along on the Web -- a technology Apple rejected.
  • Zynga must face lawsuit alleging fraud tied to IPO (2015-03-26 11:01:31)
    Zynga Inc must face a lawsuit accusing the online gaming company known for "FarmVille" of defrauding shareholders about its prospects before and after its December 2011 initial public offering. Ruling 13 months after dismissing an earlier version of the lawsuit, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White in San Francisco on Wednesday said shareholders could pursue claims that Zynga concealed declining user activity, masked how changes in a Facebook Inc platform for its games would affect demand, and inflated its 2012 revenue forecast. "Confidential witnesses all corroborate that the updates on game users and spending data was readily accessible to Zynga's management." White rejected a claim over Zynga's alleged product launch delays, saying it was mere "business puffery" for the company to call its game pipeline "strong," "robust" and "very healthy." Shareholders claimed that Zynga concealed its weaknesses to allow insiders to sell $593 million worth of stock before a post-IPO lockup was to expire, and to avoid a roughly 75 percent drop in its share price over the next four months.
  • T-Mobile’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge prices revealed (2015-03-26 11:01:27)
    After teasing its special Netflix offer for Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge buyers the other day, T-Mobile on Thursday revealed pricing details for the two new Samsung handsets. In typical “uncarrier” fashion, T-Mobile says that “will not only send you the new Samsung Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge before it launches,” but it will “even cover every penny of your old phone payments and your ETFs when you switch to the Un-carrier.” DON’T MISS: Galaxy S6 first impressions: Why can’t I find anything to complain about? T-Mobile will start preorders for the handsets on March 27th at 7 a.m. PDT and begin shipping to pre-sale buyers before the handsets start selling in stores (which is set to happen
  • Amazon removes cloud storage barriers, rolls out unlimited Cloud Drive plans (2015-03-26 10:57:00)
    Amazon announced two tiers of unlimited storage for Cloud Drive, marking the first time such an option is available to users outside of select criteria.
  • U.S. House committee advances 'threat-sharing' cybersecurity bill (2015-03-26 10:54:44)
    By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee voted unanimously on Thursday to advance a long-awaited bill that would make it easier for companies to share information about cybersecurity threats with the government without the fear of lawsuits. The legislation is expected to come before the full House as soon as late April, after lawmakers return from a two-week early April recess. Similar legislation is making its way through the U.S. Senate and backers of both bills say they have a good chance of passing after repeated setbacks. U.S. corporations have been clamoring for more protection against cyberattacks, but they also worry about potential lawsuits if they hand information over to government investigators.
  • As Twitter launches Periscope, Meerkat announces $14 million in funding (2015-03-26 10:51:01)
    Twitter finally pushed Periscope to the public, and Meerkat announced it had raised a pile of cash with strong connections to Hollywood. Right now Meerkat has the hype, coming off a strong SXSW and high-profile celebrity users like Jimmy Fallon. At the same time, Meerkat relies heavily on Twitter for its distribution. Part of the Meerkat money, $14 million, comes from traditional tech players like Greylock, Comcast Ventures, and other Silicon Valley investors.
  • More reports detail Apple’s rumored iPhone 6c, which may launch this year (2015-03-26 10:40:17)
    Apple is reportedly working on three new iPhones for 2015, including high-end iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models, but also a cheaper 4-inch iPhone 6c. The latest round of rumors was first noted in an earlier report from Digitimes. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard Apple is working on a smaller 4-inch iPhone once again, and it’s totally feasible that Apple would make a new smaller iPhone this year; a new low-cost iPhone would allow Apple to include some of its most important new technologies, such as Touch ID, Apple Pay and Health features. DON’T MISS: Galaxy S6 first impressions: Why can’t I find anything to complain about? Digitimes, which isn’t always accurate when it comes to Apple’s plans, gave ample attention to the iPhone 6c on Thursday morning, revealing
  • Dutch regulators raid Uber offices over court ruling compliance (2015-03-26 10:37:03)
    By Toby Sterling AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Dutch regulatory agency raided the Amsterdam offices of taxi hailing service Uber on Thursday in connection with its UberPOP unit after a court deemed it illegal in December. Uber allows users to summon taxi services with smartphones while its UberPOP arm links private drivers to passengers. In December, a Dutch court became the latest in Europe to ban UberPOP on grounds that it fell foul of licensing laws for commercial drivers. It ordered Uber to stop offering it under threat of a 100,000 euro ($110,000) fine.
  • PayPal's failure to spot sanctioned accounts just cost it $7.7 millon (2015-03-26 10:34:00)
  • Swatch vs. Apple: Who will win the smartwatch battle (2015-03-26 10:26:21)
    Apple Watch debuts next month, but Swatch is about to unleash their own smartwatch onto the market. Jack Wallen tells you why this could be a game changer.
  • Twitter chief vows to help Indonesia fight disasters (2015-03-26 10:26:17)
    Twitter chief Dick Costolo said Thursday the microblogging site planned to work with Indonesian authorities to warn people about natural disasters that regularly hit the archipelago, from earthquakes to volcanic eruptions. During a visit to Jakarta, where Twitter opened an office this month, Costolo told reporters that he and Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla had discussions about "government and Twitter working together in times of emergency to make sure in events like flooding, that people can be alerted right away". He also hailed Indonesia as "one of our largest growth opportunities". Information Technology Minister Rudiantara, who goes by one name, said he planned to discuss the possibility of using Twitter to warn people about natural disasters at a meeting with Costolo later Thursday.
  • Amazon Cloud Drive can now store unlimited files for $60 a year (2015-03-26 10:18:19)
    Amazon is making cloud storage a whole lot more affordable. For $11.99 per year, Amazon is offering unlimited photo storage and 5GBs of storage for anything else you want to host online. For $59.99, Amazon will host anything you want, with no storage limit. Those prices are a lot less expensive than what you'll find from many of Amazon's biggest competitors, including iCloud, Google Drive, and Dropbox.
  • 8 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time (2015-03-26 10:17:50)
    Yesterday was our biggest list of the week featuring paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free for a short time, and a few of the apps on that list are actually still free downloads if you hurry. We have a fresh new batch of apps for you today, however, and there are eight apps in Thursday’s list. As always, be sure to download anything that looks appealing as soon as you can, because these sales will be over before you know it. DON’T MISS: Galaxy S6 first impressions: Why can’t I find anything to complain about? These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Pre-Orders Start March 27, On Sale April 10 (2015-03-26 10:10:55)
    The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge were built to out-sexy, out-shoot and outlast the iPhone 6, and now they finally have a release date. Smaller and discount carriers, such as Boost Mobile, Cricket and Metro PCS, will carry only the Galaxy S6, not the curved S6 Edge. To recap, both the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge share the same specs and hardware, including a Samsung Exynos octa-core processor, 3 GB of RAM and 32GB of storage to start (64GB and 128GB options will be available). With the S6 and S6 Edge, Samsung basically started over with a redesign that emphasizes premium materials, including Gorilla Glass 4 on the front and back and an aluminum frame.
  • Galaxy S6 Edge Priced $100 Higher Than S6 (2015-03-26 10:10:51)
    The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are awfully similar, but the price tag for each sure won't be. The 32GB Galaxy S6 will cost $22.84 per month on AT&T's Next Plan, while the 32GB Galaxy S6 Edge will run you $27.17 per month.
  • Get a Dynex DX-SB114 sound bar for $39.99 (2015-03-26 10:04:23)
    That's an awfully inexpensive way to give your TV an awfully good audio upgrade.
  • Amazon launches unlimited cloud storage service (2015-03-26 10:03:34)
    Aimed at new and existing Amazon Cloud Drive users alike, the service will cost as little as $11.99 a year.
  • 8 CIO Leadership Lessons for Enterprise Success (2015-03-26 09:58:28)
    In the digital era, growing business needs for accelerated innovation aimed at improving company growth, operational inefficiencies and the customer experience, is rapidly changing the role of Information Technology (IT). Successful IT leaders must ensure functional relevancy by positioning IT as the driver of digital business transformation....
  • Google Maps for Android just got a great new feature iPhone users will be jealous of (2015-03-26 09:54:13)
    Google Maps for Android and Google Maps for the iPhone may never have true feature parity. This is due in part to the limitations Apple puts in place on third-party application developers, but Google also seems to reserve some features and design elements solely for users of its own mobile platform. One such feature was just added to Google Maps on Wednesday evening, and iPhone users should definitely be jealous. DON’T MISS: My dream of having Google take over my iPhone is almost a reality Google Maps for Android just got a big update last week — here’s everything you need to know about it — but that didn’t stop Google from adding even more great new functionality this week. The
  • Report claims Apple will shock the world with a third new iPhone model this year (2015-03-26 09:31:31)
    The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus marked Apple’s first foray into the world of larger screened iPhones, a strategy that has worked out exceedingly well for the Cupertino-based company. During the company’s 2014 holiday quarter, for example, Apple sold nearly 75 million iPhones. With Apple now embracing the world of bigger smartphones, a road admittedly paved by Android many years back, many have wondered if Apple was going to ditch the 4-inch iPhone form factor altogether. DON’T MISS: Galaxy S6 first impressions: Why can’t I find anything to complain about? Thankfully, those with smaller hands, or those who simply aren’t into bigger screens, are in luck. A recent report in Digitimes claims that Apple later this year has plans to release three new
  • 'The Weegee Guide to New York' shows mid-20th century city (2015-03-26 09:31:08)
    A new book of photos by legendary photographer Weegee shows what industrialized, pre-gentrified New York looked like in the mid-20th century, before the city was crammed with towers and billboards.
  • Uber hopes new programs will help riders feel safer (2015-03-26 09:29:00)
  • Drones to become crime fighters by aiding UK police (2015-03-26 09:23:00)
  • ​Deutsche Telekom opens 5G 'haus' to partner with AI experts and others (2015-03-26 09:22:10)
    ​Deutsche Telekom will use its broad presence in Europe to put its stamp on the emerging 5G standard.
  • The Transporter beams you into the future of private cloud (2015-03-26 09:22:00)
    If you want a secure version of Dropbox or Box for your company's private data, then Transporter might be your best option for a cloud service for file syncing and sharing.
  • Testing of software adds to urgency in race for driverless cars (2015-03-26 09:18:27)
    By Edward Taylor FRANKFURT (Reuters) - In the race to build a self-driving car, German automakers are hitting a road block in their efforts to test vehicles so complex they need more than 10 times the amount of software found in a fighter jet. German laws currently place limits on testing on public roads. Automakers fear this is allowing U.S. competitor Google to pull ahead in developing software, specifically programs that will give cars the correct reflexes in real-life traffic situations. For years, so-called "autonomous vehicles" have been a distant dream but technological advances and a push by Google, with its huge financial resources, to introduce a model in 2012 has kicked the race build them into high gear.
  • Shape-shifting 'punk rocker' frog goes from spiny to smooth in minutes (2015-03-26 09:08:38)
    When researcher Katherine Krynak and her husband Tim spotted an unknown species of frog in a misty cloud forest in Ecuador, they did what any good scientists would do — they scooped it into a cup for further examination the next morning. "I then put the frog back in the cup and added some moss," says Katherine, a PhD student at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.
  • Accenture raises revenue growth forecast for second time (2015-03-26 09:06:31)
    (Reuters) - Consulting and outsourcing company Accenture Plc raised its full-year revenue growth forecast for the second time as it won more business, mainly in its outsourcing unit, from companies looking to cut costs. Accenture's shares rose 3 percent in premarket trading on Thursday. Revenue in the company's outsourcing business, which accounts for almost half its total revenue, rose 6 percent in U.S. dollar terms in the second quarter, while revenue in its consulting business grew 4 percent. Accenture said it expected revenue to grow 8-10 percent on a local-currency basis in the year ending August.
  • Amazon's Prime Now one-hour deliveries come to Dallas (2015-03-26 09:03:27)
    The Internet retailer added Baltimore and Miami last week, after first launching the service in Manhattan in December.
  • Galaxy S6 first impressions: Why can’t I find anything to complain about? (2015-03-26 09:00:42)
    What on Earth is going on right now? Smartphones are like anything else. When you pick one up it’s fresh and new, and the novelty overpowers everything else. You’re so excited to have this new gadget you’ve been waiting for that you can’t even see its flaws, serious though they may be. Then, over time, the novelty wears off and the flaws become more pronounced, gnawing at you each and every time you pick up your phone. And that’s when the complaining begins. It has now been about a month since I first used Samsung’s new Galaxy S6… so why can’t I find anything to complain about? DON’T MISS: This is probably the best collection of Material Design apps you’ll ever find First
  • Galaxy S6 and S6 edge launch details finally announced – preorders start tomorrow (2015-03-26 09:00:29)
    Android fans, it’s time to breathe a sigh of relief. The long wait is almost over and Samsung’s next-generation flagship phones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, finally have an official release date: April 10th. And what a day the 10th is going to be, with three flagship smartphones set to be released (Samsung’s two S6 models and the HTC One M9) and Apple Watch pre-orders slated to open up as well. Where Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are concerned, this post has everything you need to know… well, almost everything — there’s still one big piece missing from the puzzle. DON’T MISS: Why people are wrong about the world needing an Android that Google can’t control Samsung on Thursday
  • 'American Idol'-like talent competition app launches (2015-03-26 08:59:42)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — For anyone who's ever dreamed of being on "American Idol" or "The Voice" as a performer or judge, a new app seeks to make their fantasy come true.
  • Android Wear smartwatches: The benefits for professionals (2015-03-26 08:45:36)
    With smartwatches and wearables in general, it can be hard see real usefulness through the current hype. Here's how professionals can leverage Android Wear devices to make their lives easier.
  • LG's Watch Urbane LTE will soon be available in South Korea for $590 (2015-03-26 08:43:00)
  • Bitcoin exchange Cryptoine hacked (2015-03-26 08:32:54)
    Lax security and poor programming appeared to be at fault, but that's little comfort to the latest swathe of victim virtual currency investors.
  • Here’s what happens when a hacker gets mistaken for a spy (2015-03-26 08:30:02)
    Last July, Celil Unuver got an unexpected call from the Turkish police. Unuver is a security researcher, focusing on vulnerabilities in industrial systems, but he soon realized someone thought he was up to something more sinister: selling valuable cyberweapons to the US and Israel. Unuver is the co-founder of SignalSec, focusing on vulnerabilities in industrial control software. He's been doing this work for eight years, disclosing some bugs publicly and selling others legally on the vulnerability market, but he'd never thought of his actions as anything close to treasonous.
  • Top three mobile operators spend $13.6 billion in auction (2015-03-26 08:25:22)
    MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's top three mobile operators scooped up almost 80 percent of the country's airwaves in fierce competition, spending $13.6 billion in the latest round of spectrum auctions that raised a record $17.6 billion. The three operators bought airwaves worth a total 855.75 billion rupees ($13.66 billion), or about 78 percent of the total airwaves sold in the auction, telecoms minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Thursday. India raised $17.6 billion from the auction after 19 days of fierce bidding, of which the government expects to receive about 288.72 billion rupees in initial payments, Prasad said. "I would very earnestly appeal to the companies that national revenue is equally important for growth and India's image," the minister said, appealing to winning bidders to submit initial payments before the current fiscal year ends on March 31.
  • Google Keep makes to-do lists easier to find with labels (2015-03-26 08:21:00)
  • Google is back on board with Pointer Events, but what about Apple? (2015-03-26 08:02:00)
    Google is (finally) hoping to adopt the Pointer Events standard in Chrome, while Apple is writing custom events to handle its new force touchpad instead.
  • HTC One M9 available for order tomorrow, in US carrier stores on 10 April (2015-03-26 08:01:00)
    The well-crafted HTC One M9 will soon be available for US consumers. The price is reasonable for a high end flagship.
  • Surprise! HTC One M9 goes on sale tonight at midnight (2015-03-26 08:00:44)
    Remember when HTC America president Jason Mackenzie announced last week that the new HTC One M9 will be released on April 10th? Well, that’s not entirely true anymore — but don’t worry, the change in launch plans isn’t due to any sort of delay. Instead, the opposite is the case: HTC announced on Thursday morning that its flagship One M9 smartphone will become available for purchase on HTC’s website beginning tonight at midnight. Surprise! DON’T MISS: This is probably the best collection of Material Design apps you’ll ever find April 10th is shaping up to be a very busy day, with Apple Watch preorders set to begin and a couple more launches that we’ll get to a bit later today. In an apparent
  • Dance music service Beatport finally launches an app (2015-03-26 08:00:17)
    Beatport has served as one of the major destinations for DJs to stock up on tracks for years, but it's watched the smartphone revolution come and go without a single interesting move — until now. The site, owned by EDM event heavyweight SFX Entertainment, is launching an app for iOS and Android that offers access to Beatport's recently launched free streaming service. Additionally, the app has Beatport Shows — basically a calendar of EDM events that has integrated ticket purchasing, linking the app into SFX's bread-and-butter-business — and Beatport Live, a livestreaming service for DJs that also aggregates social activity from the genre's stars. It's a bit of a pivot from Beatport's original business model, but the company still sells tracks to DJs through its recently rebranded Beatport Pro service.
  • HTC's One M9 goes on sale in the US at midnight tonight (2015-03-26 08:00:02)
    The HTC One M9 will be available in stores across the United States from April 10th, but you can get one a little bit earlier by placing an order directly with HTC from midnight tonight. To make its phone stand out from a crowded and highly competitive market, HTC is bundling what it calls Uh Oh Protection, essentially a free one-year insurance for the phone. If your One M9 suffers water damage or a cracked screen, or if you want to switch to a different carrier, HTC will replace it with an equivalent device for free. Should you not need to use this service within its one year of validity, HTC will give you a $100 credit toward the purchase of another One handset.
  • HTC One M9 to go on sale for $649 unlocked tonight (2015-03-26 08:00:00)
  • 5 cool gadgets to help declutter your desk (2015-03-26 07:57:00)
    Your desk is probably disorganized and downright messy if you're like many of us. These cool gadgets will help get it all under control.
  • Twitter's Periscope app takes on Meerkat with live video streamed from your phone (2015-03-26 07:55:27)
    The microblogging social network wants you to broadcast live video from your mobile, and encourage other streamers with floating hearts.
  • Penn State announces part two of their new data center plans (2015-03-26 07:51:16)
    Main campus data center will complement medical center facility previously announced.
  • SanDisk cuts first quarter revenue target (2015-03-26 07:42:52)
    The company said it is facing numerous challenges ranging from enterprise demand, pricing and product qualifications.
  • Google boosts Safe Browsing API (2015-03-26 07:40:23)
    The latest update shores up browser defense against malware, phishing and unwanted software.
  • Innovate, Adapt and Embrace Digital Transformation (2015-03-26 07:38:26)
    A few years ago, when the 'consumerization of IT' took grip, businesses saw a huge power shift in IT decision-making. Technology investments were no longer owned and managed by the CIO and IT department - lines of business (LoB) were suddenly taking control. But, a few years on, what's been the impact of these changes?
  • Twitter's Periscope is the best livestreaming video app yet (2015-03-26 07:37:00)
  • People’s biggest problem with the Galaxy S6 will be solved in an upcoming new version (2015-03-26 07:31:58)
    Android users still annoyed that neither the Galaxy S6 nor the Galaxy S6 edge can offer a few must-have features for Android devices might be better off waiting a few more months, as Samsung is apparently working on a third Galaxy S6 model that will solve the biggest problem people seems to have with the original. DON’T MISS: This is probably the best collection of Material Design apps you’ll ever find Even though you’re probably better off not having a microSD card on the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge, because Samsung’s new flagship smartphones have incredibly fast built-in storage that should outperform anything from the competition and deliver SSD-grade speeds, some Android fans are still not happy that Samsung decided to scrape expandable
  • ​Google's desktop Chrome Data Saver aims to slash data costs (2015-03-26 07:31:00)
    Google's built-in data compression for Chrome on mobile comes to the desktop in the form of a Chrome extension.
  • Huddle garners FedRAMP certification for government cloud data (2015-03-26 07:30:04)
    Other cloud giants with FedRAMP status handed down by other U.S. Government departments ​include Microsoft Office 365 and ​Amazon Web Services.
  • First Click: why own a few things when you can borrow everything? (2015-03-26 07:30:01)
    Once the vanguard of digital consumption tastes, Apple is now the increasingly frail stalwart of the quaint download-to-own model. We give away our most personal of information in exchange for the use of “free” services like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Periscope, and Gmail. Nine Inch Nails frontman, Oscar-winning soundtrack composer, and new Apple employee Trent Reznor appears to be no mere figurehead over in Cuptertino. According to a new report from The New York Times, Reznor has been given a "major role" in redesigning the Beats Music service that Apple purchased last year.
  • SoftBank leads group in talks to buy up to $1 billion stake in India's Micromax: sources (2015-03-26 07:22:25)
    By Nivedita Bhattacharjee and Indulal PM MUMBAI (Reuters) - A group of investors led by Japanese mobile telecom firm SoftBank Corp is in talks to buy a 20 percent stake in Indian handset maker Micromax Informatics for up to $1 billion, two people aware of the discussions said. The investment would value Micromax, an unlisted provider of affordable smartphones that competes with South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co, at around $5 billion, the people said. One of the people said a deal would likely involve the sale of some 20 percent of Micromax by existing investors, raising $800 million to $1 billion. Micromax, controlled by its founders, counts private equity firms Sequoia Capital and TA Associates among its investors.
  • Think big data is too big for SMEs? Barcelona's out to prove you wrong (2015-03-26 07:06:04)
    The Catalan city has opened a big data center to accelerate business innovation - and hopefully become the most important data processing hub in southern Europe.
  • Google joins Microsoft, Apple, others in surveillance reform plea (2015-03-26 06:51:28)
    Google has joined other tech heavyweights in calling on Congress to reform current US surveillance policies.
  • How to run Windows 10 Technical Preview on top of Yosemite for free (2015-03-26 06:50:24)
    Mac users curious to see how Microsoft’s latest operating system update looks and feels like can run the Windows 10 Technical Preview on their OS X computers right now without purchasing additional software that lets them actually install Windows 10 on top of Yosemite, OS X Daily reveals. FROM EARLIER: Meet the $399 Android tablet that looks like a Surface Pro and brings Windows-like productivity The procedure is rather simple, and involves creating a virtual machine on top of your Mac system, which will then run Windows 10 just like any other app. The process is easier than “configuring Boot Camp for a native Windows experience,” the publication says, and should offer a good enough preview to Microsoft’s upcoming operating
  • Apple's music service may fight Spotify with exclusives, not price (2015-03-26 06:43:00)
  • Ikea's flat-pack refugee shelter is entering production (2015-03-26 06:17:20)
    Ikea's line of flat-pack refugee shelters are going into production, the Swedish furniture maker announced this week, after being tested among refugee families in Ethiopia, Iraq, and Lebanon. The lightweight "Better Shelter" was developed under a partnership between the Ikea Foundation and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Each unit takes about four hours to assemble and is designed to last for three years — far longer than conventional refugee shelters, which last about six months. The crisis has put considerable strain on refugee camps, but the Ikea Foundation, Ikea's philanthropic arm, hopes the Better Shelter could make life a little easier for those staying there.
  • ​Apple bought UK analytics firm Acunu before FoundationDB (2015-03-26 06:15:00)
    Apple acquired a UK Cassandra-based analytics firm before Foundation DB, around the time it was buying tech to improve Siri.
  • ​Apple bought UK analytics firm Acunu ahead of FoundationDB (2015-03-26 06:15:00)
    Apple also acquired a UK Cassandra-based analytics firm before Foundation DB, around the time it was buying tech to improve Siri.
  • EU antitrust regulators to investigate ecommerce (2015-03-26 06:13:55)
    By Foo Yun Chee and Rene Wagner BERLIN (Reuters) - European Union regulators plan a year-long investigation into ecommerce to help remove barriers to cross-border trade in the 28-nation bloc, the EU's antitrust chief said on Thursday. European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said she decided to launch the inquiry because such hurdles were hampering the growth of online sales as well as signs that some companies may be deliberately blocking trade. According to the European Commission, while one in two EU consumers shopped online last year, just 15 percent of them bought a product online in another EU country. "It is high time to remove remaining barriers to ecommerce, which is a vital part of a true Digital Single Market in Europe," Vestager told reporters.
  • Women in Business: Hettie Dombrovskaya, Database Architect, Enova (2015-03-26 06:09:10)
    Henrietta (Hettie) Dombrovskaya fell in love with data in 1983 and never looked back. With more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry, Hettie has gained international recognition for her work in database optimization. Currently technical lead for all database developers within the software engineering department at Enova International,...
  • Japan's Panasonic says ready for $8.4 billion M&A spree as profit jumps (2015-03-26 06:05:34)
    By Ritsuko Ando TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese electronics supplier Panasonic Corp said it was ready to spend 1 trillion yen ($8.4 billion) on acquisitions over the next four years, emboldened by a stronger profit outlook for its automotive and housing technology businesses. Chief Executive Kazuhiro Tsuga said at a briefing on Thursday that Panasonic doesn't have specific acquisition targets in mind for now. Tsuga has spearheaded a radical restructuring at the Osaka-based company that has made it one of the strongest turnaround stories in Japan's embattled technology sector. Tsuga previously told Reuters that company was interested in M&A deals in the European white goods market, a sector where Panasonic has comparatively low brand recognition.
  • Channel 4 will replace 4oD with new 'All 4' service on March 30th (2015-03-26 05:55:00)
  • Microsoft's next Surface could signal the death of RT (2015-03-26 05:42:00)
  • Rumor: Apple to launch three iPhones this year (2015-03-26 05:01:41)
    Alongside an iPhone 6S and iPhone 6 Plus S phablet, the tech company is reportedly going to unveil an affordable iPhone 6C as part of the 2015 refresh cycle.
  • Panasonic targets near 25 percent rise in operating profit next Financial Year (2015-03-26 04:52:59)
    Japanese electronics supplier Panasonic Corp said on Thursday it aims to boost its operating profit nearly a quarter in the fiscal year starting next month, expanding sales in the automotive technology and housing equipment sectors. Panasonic said at a briefing in the Japanese capital that it is targeting operating profit of 430 billion yen ($3.63 billion) in the coming fiscal year, up from the 350 billion yen it has forecast it will report for the year ending March 31.
  • Sony Pictures is planning a 'Robotech' live-action film franchise (2015-03-26 04:47:00)
  • EU antitrust regulators to open extensive probe into e-commerce (2015-03-26 04:36:43)
    European Union regulators plan to open a year-long extensive investigation into e-commerce as part of efforts to do away with barriers and boost cross-border trade in the bloc, the EU's antitrust chief said on Thursday. European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said she decided to launch a sector inquiry into e-commerce trade because a number of barriers were hampering the growth of online sales as well as signs that some companies may be deliberating blocking such trade. "It is high time to remove remaining barriers to e-commerce, which is a vital part of a true Digital Single Market in Europe," Vestager told reporters.
  • Google makes it easier for Android users to view custom maps (2015-03-26 03:56:00)
  • Periscope, Twitter's answer to Meerkat-style live-streaming, is now available (2015-03-26 03:53:44)
    Unlike Meerkat, Periscope can save streams so that you can replay them later. For everything it got right, Meerkat still looks like an app built in eight weeks — which it was. Periscope has been in development for more than a year, and the app arrives showing nice attention to detail. You sign in with Twitter, and the first thing you see is a list of streams that are currently live.
  • Mandatory data retention passes Australian parliament (2015-03-26 03:40:00)
    The government and Labor have jointly ensured that the telecommunications data of all Australians will be retained for two years for warrantless access by law-enforcement agencies.
  • London steps up fight for spoils from financial tech boom (2015-03-26 03:10:52)
    By Steve Slater LONDON (Reuters) - From the shabby streets of east London, some of the brightest minds in technology and banking are plotting a revolution. London's "Silicon Roundabout" has become one of the top hubs for financial technology - or fintech - where start-up firms are launching products to bypass traditional banks with phone apps and websites, or help financial firms adapt to a digital era. Investment in fintech firms in Britain and Ireland swelled to $623 million last year, more than double the $264 million seen in 2013 and representing 42 percent of fintech investment in Europe, according to research by consultancy Accenture released on Thursday. Although the United States continues to attract the lion's share of fintech investment, London has established itself as Europe's fintech hub and the pace of growth had accelerated this year, start-up firms and bankers told Reuters.
  • China's cracking down on naughty content being shared on WeChat (2015-03-26 03:05:00)
  • ​US govt fines PayPal $7.7m over alleged sanction violations (2015-03-26 02:09:27)
    PayPal allegedly failed to adequately screen its transactions, which included black market trading, violating sanctions by the US government.
  • Apple plans China iPhone trade-in program with Foxconn: Bloomberg (2015-03-26 02:03:31)
    (Reuters) - Apple Inc plans to introduce a trade-in program for iPhones in China in association with the Foxconn Technology Group, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the effort. Under the program, consumers will be able to exchange older iPhones at Apple stores in China for credit against the company's products starting March 31, Bloomberg reported.
  • Baird govt pledges AU$300m for e-health if re-elected (2015-03-26 02:00:05)
    The NSW Liberal government has pledged to spend AU$300 million on the state's e-health initiatives over the next four years if it is re-elected for another term on Saturday's election.
  • Watch SpaceX test its amazing SuperDraco rockets from a few feet away (2015-03-26 01:44:38)
    Elon Musk's SpaceX understands this — the private company's newest Dragon craft is equipped with four SuperDraco pods, each with two engines that belch vast plumes of fire that could help the manned module separate in the case of emergency. SpaceX captured its abort procedure in a Vine, showing both engines firing up with a movie-esque woomph, before flaring out in a puff of fire. NASA — which plans to use the SpaceX Dragon craft to ferry its astronauts into space from 2018 — says the successful performance of the engines will ensure the safety of the craft and the precious human cargo it contains.
  • Australia up two places in average connection speed ranking: Akamai (2015-03-26 01:09:08)
    Akamai's latest State of the Internet report reveals that Australia's average broadband connection speeds have increased by 6.1 percent quarter over quarter, putting Australia in 42nd place globally.
  • R/C trains haul ore in extreme heat so humans don't have to (2015-03-26 01:04:00)
  • Tinder hack pairs straight guys together, awkward flirting ensues (2015-03-26 01:02:00)
  • Yamaha's motorcycle and instrument designers trade jobs (2015-03-26 00:53:41)
    Yamaha's motorcycle designers have created some musical instruments, while the instrument designers have created vehicles.
  • Cisco inks 10-year deal with Australia's Covata (2015-03-26 00:53:00)
    ​Australian digital security company Covata has signed a 10-year global licensing deal with networking giant Cisco.
  • Facebook's WhatsApp isn't opening up, much to developers' chagrin (2015-03-26 00:47:49)
    WhatsApp's cofounder claims the company is focused on promising the best experience for users, even to the detriment of interoperability with other services.
  • New Zealand spooks face South Pacific dragnet probe (2015-03-26 00:20:00)
    ​New Zealand's Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security is launching an inquiry into allegations the Government Communications Security Bureau intercepted the communications of New Zealanders in the South Pacific.
  • ​FinancialForce raises $110 million in funding (2015-03-26 00:01:04)
    The cloud ERP player is now hitting an annual revenue run rate of about $50 million and plans to spend the dough on product development, sales and various corporate functions.
  • FTC commissioners deny ignoring Google lawsuit recommendations (2015-03-25 23:59:41)
    Commissioners defended their decision not to sue, saying it was in keeping with staff recommendations.
  • Website-blocking laws to cost ISPs AU$130,000 per year (2015-03-25 23:23:42)
    The cost for Australia's internet service providers to block websites under the government's proposed copyright legislation, introduced in parliament on Thursday, has been estimated at over AU$130,000 per year.
  • Bloomberg: Apple will let Foxconn buy and resell used iPhones in China (2015-03-25 23:20:00)
  • Amazon hosts a robot competition to automate its warehouses (2015-03-25 22:57:00)
  • Meet the $399 Android tablet that looks like a Surface Pro and brings Windows-like productivity (2015-03-25 22:30:12)
    It sounds too good to be true – and it might very well be, considering the issues with crowdfunding campaigns we’ve seen before. That said, the $39 Surface Pro-like Jide Ultra Remix Android tablet that launched on Wednesday on Kickstarter was a must-buy for many people who scooped up all the units available at the $39 price point as soon as the campaign went live. And make no mistake, this isn’t your average cheap Android tablet that we’d normally tell you not to buy during Black Friday sales. DON’T MISS: You can now preorder the amazing water bottle that wants to change the world First unveiled at CES 2015, the Jide Ultra Remix will retail for $399 when it launches later this year, but Jide offered a
  • Daily Roundup: Mercedes' self-driving concept car, living with a feature phone and more! (2015-03-25 22:29:00)
  • Design of Apple streaming-music service said to be led by musician Trent Reznor (2015-03-25 22:27:47)
    The Nine Inch Nails front man, chief creative officer at Beats, is directing the design of an Apple streaming-music service to rival Spotify's, according to The New York Times.
  • The FTC explains why it didn't sue Google (2015-03-25 22:12:29)
    Earlier today, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Federal Trade Commission was deeply divided over whether to sue Google for anticompetitive practices after investigations began in 2012. The FTC's investigation began in 2012, and looked into whether the company had broken antitrust laws by demoting search results, incorporating information from sources such as Yelp into its own results, and removing results entirely from searches. Google made minor changes to its practices in response to the investigation's findings, but The Wall Street Journal says the FTC was seriously considering punishing the search giant further.
  • NASA's asteroid capture mission is a testbed for trips to Mars (2015-03-25 21:55:00)
  • The Big Picture: Russia readies Soyuz rockets ahead of ISS mission (2015-03-25 21:12:00)
  • Uber homes in on safety initiatives amid concerns (2015-03-25 21:01:39)
    After a series of allegations of Uber drivers committing rape and other crimes against passengers, the ride-hailing company outlines new methods that aim for more safety.
  • EU: Don’t use Facebook if you’re worried about NSA snooping (2015-03-25 21:00:36)
    The many Snowden revelations, which have detailed the advanced spying and mass data collection operations conducted by some of the world’s most important agencies including the NSA and the GCHQ, have revealed that various U.S. tech companies might also be involved, whether willingly or unwillingly, in some NSA programs. The implications of the leaks detailing the Prism data collection program – that says the NSA has access to personal customer data from various U.S. companies including Apple, Facebook, Skype, Microsoft and Yahoo – might be far greater than initially believed, as they could affect the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework for transatlantic data transfer and connected trade deals. DON’T MISS: This is the Windows 10 news you’ve been waiting to hear In
  • America Movil signs Elektra unit as virtual operator to its network (2015-03-25 20:56:49)
    Mexico's America Movil said on Wednesday it had signed a subsidiary of Grupo Elektra as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), its second such deal in two weeks. The deal with Elektra, which runs appliance stores that have bank and money transfer branches, is under conditions in line with a reference offer approved by the regulator in November, the company said in a statement. Earlier this month, America Movil, which is controlled by the family of billionaire Carlos Slim, said it had signed telecoms company Axtel as its first MVNO, part of a resolution to a long-running dispute over interconnection. Slim's companies had also been in a dispute with Elektra's owner, fellow billionaire Ricardo Salinas Pliego.
  • IT improvements boost Bank of Queensland profit by 14 percent (2015-03-25 20:53:29)
    The Bank of Queensland has reported that digital improvements made to its back office systems during the first half of the 2015 financial year helped its statutory profit after tax reach AU$154 million.
  • T-Mobile tempts Galaxy S6 buyers with a free year of Netflix (2015-03-25 20:31:55)
    T-Mobile's version of the flagship smartphone comes with a year's worth of access to the streaming video service.
  • Radiohead and Lauryn Hill albums to be preserved in Library of Congress (2015-03-25 20:31:23)
    Enshrining in the US Library of Congress was perhaps not what British once-rock band Radiohead had in mind when writing OK Computer, a classic dystopian album from 1997 about (among other sunny topics) relentless globalization, societal homogeneity, and government overreach, but it's 2015 and that is what has happened. The library adds "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" records each year to its National Recording Registry, with the aim of preserving them for 15 years; public nominations helped OK Computer attain recognition.
  • ​NSW iVote vulnerability 'overstated' (2015-03-25 20:30:09)
    Researchers' claims that the New South Wales online iVote system was vulnerable to a FREAK attack have been overstated, according to the state's Electoral Commission, which has questioned the researchers' motives.
  • Ellen Pao trial ends on plea for gender equality in the tech industry (2015-03-25 20:29:30)
    After hearing compelling closing arguments, the jury now gets to decide the winner in Silicon Valley's highest-profile sex discrimination case.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is a great reason to own a New 3DS (2015-03-25 20:15:35)
    One of the best RPGs of the last generation was smashed down into a bite-sized portion for the New Nintendo 3DS XL, and against all odds, it actually works. Let me be clear: Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is the full Wii game, from start to finish. Every massive landscape, every explosive cutscene, every screen-filling boss battle is present — but it’s been completely reworked to fit on the New 3DS. DON’T MISS: Review: What it’s like to upgrade from a Nintendo 3DS to a New 3DS XL The one aspect of the game that has taken a huge hit is the visual fidelity. Xenoblade Chronicles was always limited by Nintendo’s hardware, but it’s an entirely new level of compromise on the 3DS. Character
  • There are now way too many Lego movies in the works (2015-03-25 20:08:55)
    The Lego Movie was surprisingly effective at bringing the iconic brick toys to the big screen. Unfortunately, as is often the case, Hollywood is really going to beat the franchise into the ground until we're all sick of it. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jason Segal and Drew Pearce are co-writing and co-directing yet another Lego film, this one entitled The Billion Brick Race. This means that there are now a whopping four Lego-based films in the works: Ninjago (2016), The Lego Batman Movie (2017), The Lego Movie 2 (2018), and The Billion Brick Race.
  • Roost Smart Battery joins Facebook's foray into the Internet of Things (2015-03-25 20:07:53)
    The smart battery maker will be among the first to join's Facebook's Parse initiative.
  • Facebook dives deeper into the connected home (2015-03-25 20:05:35)
    The world's largest social network joins Google and Samsung in eyeing the potentially lucrative Internet of Things market.
  • Age ratings for UK music videos start appearing on YouTube and Vevo (2015-03-25 20:01:00)
  • Every UK House of Commons member is getting an iPad (2015-03-25 19:57:00)
  • Google Maps for iOS (2015-03-25 19:42:29)
    Navigate your world with Google Maps, now available for iOS
  • Google has an absolutely crazy idea for protecting pedestrians from its driverless cars (2015-03-25 19:30:36)
    Google’s driverless cars will definitely make driving safer for people inside cars, but what about pedestrians? Quartz reports that Google has been awarded a patent that details a system for installing airbags on the outside of vehicles to lessen the chances that someone getting struck with a self-driving Google car will suffer severe or fatal injuries. DON’T MISS: Boeing’s crazy plan to use Star Wars-like force fields to protect vehicles from explosions Of course, the trouble with just placing traditional airbags on the outside of the car is that they’d deploy with enough force to knock any pedestrian backward through the air. To solve this issue, Quartz writes that Google is developing “bumpers made out of a ‘visco-elastic material'” that will
  • Facebook's Messenger app to mix business with more pleasure (2015-03-25 19:29:30)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook's Messenger app is evolving into a multitasking tool equipped to send an animated fist bump to a friend at one moment and then get a little business done in the next.
  • Sony Pictures wants to make Robotech its next big sci-fi franchise (2015-03-25 19:26:28)
    From Spider-Man to Ghostbusters, it's pretty clear that Sony Pictures doesn't think that it's in the movie business as much as it's in the expanded universe business — and next up is Robotech. Sony has announced that the studio has sewn up the rights for the classic anime series, and is already developing the first film in what it expects to be a massive live-action franchise. Michael Gordon (300, G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra) is writing the script for the movie. "Robotech is unique in that it has always been a marriage of spectacle with human characters that seem drawn from life," Columbia Pictures production head Michael De Luca said in a statement.
  • Oracle to recruit 1,000 cloud sales staff in APAC (2015-03-25 19:19:02)
    US data giant Oracle will hire around 100 sales staff and consultants working on cloud in South Korea and 1,000 in Asia, the regional manager of the firm's Korean branch has said.
  • Public medical database aims to 'open-source' your body (2015-03-25 19:16:00)
  • Evolution of startup ideas: From ridiculous Color to Meerkat love (2015-03-25 19:14:20)
    Good ideas take time to be understood... There's usually three stages.
  • Trent Reznor is reportedly leading the redesign of Beats Music for Apple (2015-03-25 19:11:34)
    Nine Inch Nails frontman, Oscar-winning soundtrack composer, and new Apple employee Trent Reznor appears to be no mere figurehead over in Cuptertino. According to a new report from The New York Times, Reznor has been given a "major role" in redesigning the Beats Music service that Apple purchased last year. While there weren't many details on what exactly Reznor is working on, he was described as the "point man" for Apple's efforts at relaunching Beats Music under its own brand. Reznor had previously been with Beats Music as its chief creative officer and gave some insight into his role at Apple last October, saying he was "fully in it right now, and it's challenging, and it's unfamiliar and it's kind of everything I asked for — and the bad thing is it's everything I asked for." To get Beats Music ready to go, Reznor is working with Beats and Apple employees including Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine, who works under Apple's head of software and internet service Eddie Cue.
  • Learn a new language with the help of your Xbox One (2015-03-25 19:05:51)
    Have you ever been sitting around watching Netflix on your Xbox One when it suddenly dawns on you, “I could be doing something much more productive with my life right now.” With the launch of Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages app on Xbox One, you can start being more productive today, and you won’t even have to get off of the couch. DON’T MISS: Brilliant free iPhone app bends reality to let you try on the Apple Watch right now Rosetta Stone announced on Tuesday that its new app is now available on Xbox One. The app “teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation.” Here’s how it works: “You’ll explore several locations in the Discovery Zone and chat with the characters you find there.
  • BCE media executive apologizes for editorial intrusion (2015-03-25 18:50:08)
    By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - A senior executive at BCE Inc's Bell Media unit apologized on Wednesday for interfering in editorial coverage after Canada biggest communications company was harshly rebuked by the country's broadcast regulator. The apology came after the Globe and Mail newspaper, citing unnamed sources, reported Bell Media's President Kevin Crull told the head of CTV News not to conduct or air interviews with the chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). ...
  • Federal law enforcement is wasting a lot of money on drones (2015-03-25 18:43:00)
  • Red Hat profit forecast matches estimates despite strong dollar (2015-03-25 18:42:34)
    (Reuters) - Red Hat Inc , the world's largest commercial distributor of the Linux operating system, forecast a profit for the first quarter that matched analysts' estimates despite warning on a strong dollar hurting its revenue. Red Hat shares were up 5 percent in after-market trading on Wednesday after the company's profit beat the average analyst estimate for the eighth straight quarter. The company also said a $500 million share buyback program will replace an existing $300 million program. ...
  • In Facebook's family of apps, Messenger is the new golden child (2015-03-25 18:42:32)
    Facebook is a family now, Mark Zuckerberg said onstage today at Facebook’s F8 Developer conference. While Facebook’s flagship app remains its most used, the company has acquired and built a handful of other major social platforms: Instagram, WhatsApp, and Groups among them. Since it split Messenger off from the main app last spring, Facebook has gradually laid the foundation for its messaging platform to become the Western world’s answer to Asian giants like LINE and WeChat: mega-messengers that combine communication, gaming, e-commerce, and other categories into a single lucrative channel.
  • Why location data is one of the most coveted details apps collect about you (2015-03-25 18:40:30)
    A new study from Carnegie Mellon reveals that smartphone applications collect location-related data a lot more than you think. And as Wired reports, and it’s not always clear what happens with that data and whether it’s safely used by the parties it’s shared with. FROM EARLIER: Brilliant free iPhone app bends reality to let you try on the Apple Watch right now The university’s Institute for Software Research tracked 23 Android users for three weeks in this study and asked them to behave differently when it comes to apps each week. In the first week, they were asked to use apps as they’d normally do. In the second week an App Ops app was installed to monitor the data those
  • Five free apps for dealing with hardware problems (2015-03-25 18:30:00)
    From bad memory to missing drivers, PC hardware can exhibit aggravating problems that you'll need to troubleshoot. Here are five apps that can help.
  • ​Indian govt partners with Twitter for SMS updates (2015-03-25 18:23:00)
    The Indian government has teamed up with Twitter to launch a system that will allow people to receive tweeted updates from the government straight to their mobile phone via SMS.
  • U.S. jury says Motorola infringed one Intellectual Ventures patent (2015-03-25 18:20:52)
    By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Patent holding company Intellectual Ventures' second crack at holding Motorola Mobility liable for using its technology without permission partially succeeded on Wednesday after a U.S. jury in Delaware found Motorola infringed a patent on multimedia text messaging. The jury, which deliberated for about a day and a half, cleared Motorola on a second patent related to wireless bandwidth, which it said was invalid. Damages are to be determined later. It was the second time the two companies faced off in court. ...
  • Study: When it comes to security, smartphone users aren’t very smart (2015-03-25 18:15:04)
    Even though you may be familiar with how your smartphone works and the various security issues that threaten your privacy, chances are that if you’re also a millennial you also aren’t doing simple things to secure your data. At least that’s what a study from security firm Lookout seen by the LA Times seems to indicate. DON’T MISS: This is the Windows 10 news you’ve been waiting to hear After surveying more than 1,000 smartphone users, the company found that more than 52% of those who claimed to be security savvy did not even read privacy policies before downloading mobile apps. More disturbingly, 34% of them did not even set up a lock screen PIN or password to protect their devices, and
  • How web services became cloud magic, then turned real again (2015-03-25 18:11:04)
    When businesses turn into a set of web APIs, decisions about trust, security, and risk management become more important than ever -- and many of these are board-level decisions.
  • Jamie XX shares his new track Loud Places, featuring The xx's Romy Croft (2015-03-25 18:02:29)
    It's hard to believe that there hasn't been a Jamie XX solo album yet, but the kid's been busy – two albums with his day job The xx, popping up at seemingly every festival on God's green earth, and remixing everyone from Radiohead to Adele. In Colour will drop some time in June on Young Turks, and in the meantime we get another sample courtesy of the BBC: "Loud Places," featuring his xx counterpart Romy Madley Croft.
  • FTC says regrets release of documents on Google probe (2015-03-25 17:59:38)
    Three U.S. Federal Trade Commission members said on Wednesday they regretted the inadvertent release of part of an agency report about its probe of Google Inc as the company continues to face antitrust scrutiny from European authorities. The document, which was at the center of a report by The Wall Street Journal, indicated that key staff members at the FTC were in favor of suing Google for allegedly breaking antitrust law. In a statement the commissioners -- Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, Julie Brill and Maureen Ohlhausen -- defended the final outcome.
  • Samsung's Gear VR makes its retail debut on Friday (2015-03-25 17:57:00)
  • Facebook brings apps, businesses to Messenger service (2015-03-25 17:54:33)
    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Wednesday opened up its Messenger service for developers to create apps and for shoppers to communicate directly with retailers, as the Internet company seeks to expand its reach. The new features mark Facebook's latest effort to transform its mobile messaging service into a full-featured platform with the same pull with consumers and businesses as its flagship 1.4-billion user social network. Facebook unveiled the new features at its annual developer conference in San Francisco, for the first time allowing developers to create apps that function inside the Messenger service used by more than 600 million people. Messenger will feature more than 40 different apps in the next few days, allowing users to send each other sports clips, animations and other items, Facebook said.
  • Camping lantern promises to create a force field against bugs (2015-03-25 17:53:57)
    Using a butane cartridge and a compound derived from chrysanthemum flowers, this lantern might become your new best camping buddy.
  • USTelecom, Texas Internet provider sue over net neutrality (2015-03-25 17:48:31)
    NEW YORK (AP) — The FCC says the first lawsuits filed against the government's new Internet traffic rules are "premature" and may be dismissed because they were filed too early.
  • United Internet 2014 core profit up by a third on new customers (2015-03-25 17:45:38)
    German internet service provider United Internet said on Wednesday its 2014 core profit had risen by more than a third due to record growth of new customers both organically and through acquisitions. Organic growth in fee-based customer contracts amounted to 910,000 while a further 420,000 contracts were added from the Versatel takeover, United Internet said. "All in all, the number of fee-based customer contracts rose by 1.33 million to 14.78 million," it added. United Internet proposes to pay a dividend of 0.60 euros per share, up from 0.40 euros in the previous year.
  • PayPal to pay $7.7M in sanctions violations settlement (2015-03-25 17:44:51)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — PayPal Inc. has agreed to pay $7.7 million to settle with U.S. regulators who said the payments company allowed violations of U.S. sanctions against Iran, Cuba and Sudan.
  • Google will finally improve Chrome scrolling using a Microsoft invention (2015-03-25 17:34:46)
    Google is finally adopting a standard that supports both mouse and touch navigation for its Chrome browser. If you’ve used a copy of Chrome on a Windows tablet recently then you’ll probably be familiar with the poor scrolling performance and general touch support, and it’s something Google will now address across all of its versions of Chrome. Google revealed today that it plans to support Pointer Events, a standard that was first introduced by Microsoft in Internet Explorer. Google has traditionally focused its efforts on supporting Touch Events, a method used by Apple in its Safari browser.
  • Steven Spielberg will direct the 'Ready Player One' movie (2015-03-25 17:26:00)
  • You must be this short to ride this awesome electric car (2015-03-25 17:25:25)
    Meet Twizy, a Renault electric car – well, better described as a quadricycle – that offers a 60-mile range at a maximum speed of 50mph… and it’s made for 14-year olds. At least, that’s the case with a special version of the new car that will be available soon in several countries. As Wired reports, a new law in France says that quadricycles are safe for youngsters, who only have to pass a road safety certificate test to ride the Twizy, assuming they can convince their parents to spend $7,600 on one. DON’T MISS: This is the Windows 10 news you’ve been waiting to hear The electric car is actually very popular in Europe, where Renault has sold some 15,000 units in
  • Sharp plans to cut employees' pay: Nikkei (2015-03-25 17:20:58)
    (Reuters) - Struggling Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp may reduce pay for its managers and other workers in fiscal 2015 to lower costs, the Nikkei reported on Thursday. Sharp, which has about 4,000 managers across its domestic group companies, may cut pay by 5 percent for managerial staff and by about 2 percent for others, the financial daily said. The troubled electronics giant expects to save more than 10 billion yen ($83.7 million) a year through measures to reduce labor costs, the Japanese daily said. The company had originally considered trimming wages by 1. ...
  • NASA scales down mission to 'lasso' an entire asteroid (2015-03-25 17:20:27)
    NASA has announced more details about its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), which no longer includes an attempt to capture an entire asteroid. When the craft arrives in 2022, it will use robotic arms to pick and secure a small boulder from the asteroid, and will spend a number of years towing the boulder into a stable orbit between the Earth and the Moon. The space agency plans to send a team of astronauts to study the boulder in 2025 using the Orion capsule, the same spacecraft that should eventually bring the first humans to Mars. The three being considered — Itokawa, Bennu, and 2008 EV5 — have all been closely studied or even visited by other spacecraft, so the mission should be less risky than sending a probe to explore a comet that's a half-billion miles away.
  • Hodor versus Groot rap battle is decided in very few words (2015-03-25 17:19:22)
    Two of the least talkative characters in all of fiction get together for an epic rap showdown.
  • 'Broken Age Act 2' drops on April 28th for PC, PS4 and Vita (2015-03-25 17:00:00)
  • Screenwriter behind Chronicle just wrote a 4,700-word fan-fic for Ghostbusters 3 (2015-03-25 16:54:15)
    What do you do when you're incorrectly reported to be writing a script for Ghostbusters 3? Screenwriter Max Landis, best known for Chronicle, just released a 4,700-word treatment for Ghostbusters 3. At this point, it's essentially fan fiction — Landis isn't writing a Ghostbusters film, and the new Ghostbusters movies aren't going to be direct sequels — but this is what Landis says he would have written if he had gotten hired. Landis had previously created a "skeleton" for a third Ghostbusters, but he says that he never pitched it.
  • Canadian TV regulator scolds BCE over interference allegations (2015-03-25 16:54:11)
    Canada's broadcast regulator scolded the country's biggest communications company BCE Inc on Wednesday after a report alleged the head of its Bell Media unit interfered with coverage of a ruling that could prove painful for Bell. The Globe and Mail newspaper, citing unnamed sources, said Bell Media's President Kevin Crull told the head of CTV News not to conduct or air interviews with the chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) after the regulator said it would force distributors to unbundle cable TV packages.
  • Red Hat's profit beats estimates as cloud software demand rises (2015-03-25 16:44:54)
    (Reuters) - Red Hat Inc , the world's largest commercial distributor of the Linux operating system, reported revenue and profit that beat estimates, as the company benefits from higher demand for open-source software and its cloud-based products. Shares of Red Hat, whose customers include Adobe Systems Inc and Verizon Communications Inc , rose 4.5 percent in after-market trading on Wednesday. Red Hat announced a $500 million share buyback program that will replace an existing $300 million program. ...
  • Buy a Galaxy S5 for $1 during Best Buy’s 4-day Samsung sale (2015-03-25 16:42:02)
    For the next four days, Best Buy is offering some huge savings on a few of Samsung’s hottest products. With the Galaxy S6 right around the corner, you might want to hold off on scooping up last year’s smartphone, but tablets, memory cards and headphones are all fair game as well. READ MORE: T-Mobile’s new Galaxy S6 deal may be too good to pass up Here’s are a few of the highlights, but act fast if you see anything that interests you — the sale ends this Saturday: Galaxy S5 w/ 2-year contract – $1.00 (save $198.99) Galaxy Note 4 w/ 2-year contract – $199.99 (save $100) Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 – $299.99 (save $100) 64GB microSD card – $33.99 (save
  • Silicon Valley gender discrimination lawsuit goes to jury (2015-03-25 16:37:58)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jury deliberations began Wednesday in a high-profile sex discrimination lawsuit that has shined a light on the gross underrepresentation of women in the technology and venture capital sectors of Silicon Valley.
  • ​LibreOffice finally to go online (2015-03-25 16:36:53)
    It's been years since The Document Foundation announced that LibreOffice would be ported to an online version. It looks like it will finally arrive... in 2016.
  • How one community's annoying 'spampocalypse' took a happy turn (2015-03-25 16:28:15)
    What happens when a rogue test email gets sent to thousands of people? If you're in Berkeley, Calif., you have a community picnic, of course.
  • Red Hat beats Q4 earnings targets, announces $500 million stock buyback program (2015-03-25 16:27:00)
    Red Hat shares were up approximately 5.2 percent shortly after the report hit the wires during after-hours trading.
  • Delta rocket blasts off from Florida with improved GPS satellite (2015-03-25 16:26:38)
    By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) - An unmanned Delta 4 rocket blasted off from Florida on Wednesday to deliver the ninth of 12 next-generation Global Positioning System satellites into orbit. The 207-foot (63 meter) booster, built and flown by United Launch Alliance, bolted off its seaside launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 2:36 p.m. EDT, the third launch in 25 days from the nation’s busiest spaceport. ULA is a partnership of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co. ...
  • Watch: The ‘Entourage’ trailer you’ve been waiting for (2015-03-25 16:24:12)
    After eight seasons on HBO, the Entourage gang is ready for the big screen, five years after the show was canceled. The upcoming movie is going to be released in early June, and the main trailer was finally released on Tuesday, BGR sister site Deadline reports, featuring a variety of cameos as well as offering a few hints of what you can expect from Vince & Co in this full feature film. DON’T MISS: This is the Windows 10 news you’ve been waiting to hear In addition to the main cast you want to see in the Entourage movie, including Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara and Jeremy Piven, you’ll also see a number of other famous people appear in the
  • This router hack is injecting ads and porn into random websites (2015-03-25 16:24:11)
    A new strain of malware is using routers to inject ads and pornography into websites, according to a report from Ara Labs. Once a router is compromised, the malware will load third-party content onto almost any website visited by the user. The attack alternates between loading ads and directly loading content from pornographic websites like adultyum.info and adultcameras.info. In both cases, it's functioning as a basic adware attack, redirecting targets as a pay of generating paid traffic for a client.
  • Does not compute: Fashion advice from Apple Store employees (2015-03-25 16:23:00)
    Looking for fashion advice? Apple is hoping that soon you'll head to the nearest Apple Store for style tips. Teena Hammond shares her thoughts on the ludicrous concept.
  • T-Mobile is giving away a free year of Netflix with Galaxy S6 purchases (2015-03-25 16:22:21)
    T-Mobile CEO John Legere has revealed that the carrier will throw in a free year of Netflix for all customers who purchase Samsung's Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge. The offer will run from March 27th — when T-Mobile is likely to open up pre-orders — through April 9th. The fine print at the company's S6 website says you'll need to put in for your complimentary 12-month subscription code by May 21st and redeem it with Netflix by June 20th. T-Mobile will cover a year of Netflix's two-stream plan, which normally runs $8.99 per month, for a total value of over $100.
  • Facebook bets on Messenger app, opens it to developers (2015-03-25 16:19:48)
    San Francisco (AFP) - Facebook on Wednesday began turning its Messenger application into a platform for e-commerce, video and more in a bid to shake up online communication.
  • Facebook's Messenger app adding more ways to connect (2015-03-25 16:18:30)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is trying to mold its Messenger app into a more versatile communications hub as smartphones create new ways for people to connect with friends and businesses beyond the walls of the company's ubiquitous social network.
  • Zuckerberg aims to tie Facebook into the app world (2015-03-25 16:18:15)
    The world's largest social network is creating features and tools designed to attract mobile device developers, as it works to offer all things to all people.
  • VLC for Android review (2015-03-25 16:09:00)
    Free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays most multimedia files
  • Jury in Silicon Valley discrimination trial starts deliberations (2015-03-25 16:08:08)
    By Jim Christie SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Jurors began deliberating on Wednesday on a high profile lawsuit brought by a former Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner who alleges she suffered gender discrimination and retaliation at the storied venture firm. The jury of six men and six women started their discussions shortly after attorneys for Kleiner and its former partner Ellen Pao wrapped up their closing arguments. In San Francisco Superior Court on Wednesday, Pao attorney Therese Lawless said Kleiner has engaged in "revisionist history" when it argues Pao's allegations are fueled by the desire for a large cash payout.
  • 'Halo Online' is a free PC game launching only in Russia (2015-03-25 16:04:00)
  • The biggest PS4 system update yet will be released tomorrow (2015-03-25 15:51:44)
    After months of waiting, the most anticipated feature is finally coming to the PS4. On Thursday, system update 2.50 will finally go live, bringing Suspend/Resume functionality to the PS4. This will allow users to put their consoles into Rest Mode without shutting down any active applications. DON’T MISS: This is the Windows 10 news you’ve been waiting to hear But that’s only one of the many things to look forward to on the PS4 this month. Here’s every feature coming in system update 2.50: Suspend/Resume* — Supported by nearly all of your PS4 games, you can jump in and out of your games with just the press of the PS button. Quickly switch from Rest Mode to powered-up so you can pick up where you
  • Someday your new iPhone could contain metals mined from poo (2015-03-25 15:48:04)
    There's gold in them thar dookies! Researchers says there's millions worth of gold, silver, platinum and other precious metals in our sewage and they've got a plan to retrieve it.
  • Facebook dives deeper into the Internet of Things (2015-03-25 15:43:37)
    The world's largest social network joins Google and Samsung in eyeing the potentially lucrative market.
  • SpaceX tests the safety rockets for its manned space vehicles (2015-03-25 15:40:00)
  • Researchers accomplish full-duplex radio communications using an IC (2015-03-25 15:38:00)
    Researchers at Columbia University have figured out how to get radios to receive and transmit simultaneously on the same frequency, plus shoehorning the tech into a tiny Integrated Circuit.
  • Yes, there are still cars that can beat the Tesla Model S P85D in a drag race (2015-03-25 15:36:36)
    Take this matchup between Tesla's king of the road and a Ferrari F12berlinetta, an absolute beast of a car with a 731hp V12 under the hood and a rated 0-100 km/h time of 3.1 seconds. Indeed, as you can see in DragTimes' video, the Tesla actually gets the jump — but it's eventually outdone by the fastest non-hypercar in Ferrari's stable.
  • Facebook's Messenger for Business could offer Google counterweight (2015-03-25 15:30:19)
    Facebook positions Messenger as a business communication platform. Funny that's what Google is trying to do to. The scrum for business ad and platform dollars is on.
  • The father of all humans lived 239,000 years ago (2015-03-25 15:26:47)
    By sequencing the genomes of 2,636 Icelanders — the largest set ever obtained from a single population — researchers were able to identify that genetic mutations play a role in everything from Alzheimer’s disease to liver disease. "What we have is a fairly detailed insight into the sequence of the genome of an entire nation," says Kari Stefansson, a neurologist and co-author of four studies published in Nature Genetics today.
  • NASA Finds New Evidence of Life-Supporting Ingredient on Mars (2015-03-25 15:25:29)
    "The discovery adds to the evidence that ancient Mars was habitable for life," NASA said in a blog post. The nitrates are believed to be ancient and likely came from meteorite impacts or lightning events, according to NASA, which was also pointed out that the surface of Mars is currently inhospitable to known life forms.
  • U.S. farm groups to press FAA for fewer drone restrictions (2015-03-25 15:22:50)
    By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - American farmers want the Federal Aviation Administration to relax proposed regulations on commercial drones so the unmanned aircraft can be used over longer distances at any time of day or night, farm group representatives said on Wednesday. Representatives for wheat, corn, and other farmers told a Capitol Hill forum that they will submit written comments to the FAA calling for final regulations to accommodate emerging drone technology for a range of agricultural applications. "Flexibility is a key term, and access," said R.J. Karney, a lobbyist for the American Farm Bureau Federation. The FAA is expected to produce final regulations in late 2016 or early 2017.
  • Facebook expands Messenger to work with other apps like ESPN, Weather Channel (2015-03-25 15:03:07)
    The world's largest social network plans to allow app makers to send photos, music and other stuff through its communication service.
  • Russia will resume space tourism in 2018 (2015-03-25 15:02:00)
  • 4 pillars of CIO excellence (2015-03-25 15:02:00)
    Brian Lillie, CIO for major data center provider Equinix, offers crucial advice on how to run IT like a business.
  • Imperial Star Destroyer drone patrols the skies above France (2015-03-25 15:00:03)
    A French maker who makes incredible "Star Wars" drones is back with another one. This time, he flies a modded Imperial Star Destroyer sure to strike fear into the hearts of any Rebel in its path.
  • Facebook to support 'spherical' videos in News Feed, Oculus Rift headset (2015-03-25 14:59:34)
    The social network is bringing a new type of video to users of its website and its platform for virtual reality.
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4 teardown: New design hampers repairs (2015-03-25 14:58:07)
    Thanks to a redesigned motherboard, the addition of front panel adhesive, and other design changes, the Galaxy Note 4 isn't a repair-friendly phablet.
  • Looking for the perfect camouflage? Have you tried wearing squid stickers? (2015-03-25 14:55:44)
    For the past several years, researchers at UC Irvine have been trying to use these unique squid abilities to disguise soldiers on the battlefield. At a meeting of the American Chemical Society this week, Alon Gorodetsky of the school's Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science presented his team's latest research on harnessing the power of cephalopods for futuristic camouflage. The core of the project is reflectin, a protein that squid and other cephalopods can use to manipulate light and color. In the lab, Gorodetsky's team can manufacture large quantities of reflectin in E. coli bacteria.
  • T-Mobile’s new Galaxy S6 deal may be too good to pass up (2015-03-25 14:54:40)
    Android fans looking to get their hands on either the Galaxy S6 or the Galaxy S6 edge should really check out what T-Mobile is offering. In fact, Galaxy S6 buyers might find T-Mobile’s newest deal is simply too good to pass up. DON’T MISS: Brilliant free iPhone app bends reality to let you try on the Apple Watch right now T-Mobile CEO John Legere revealed on Twitter that buyers who purchase the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge from T-Mobile will receive a year of free Netflix access, which might be a great incentive for some customers to switch to T-Mobile. It’s not clear at this time how much the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge will cost on T-Mobile or when
  • 360 Security for Android review (2015-03-25 14:51:00)
    Protect your Android against the latest viruses, malwares, system vulnerabilities and privacy leaks
  • Halo is going free-to-play on PC, but only in Russia (2015-03-25 14:49:19)
    Series developer 343 Industries has announced a new, free-to-play PC game called Halo Online, which is due to launch in closed beta this spring. Developed in conjunction with Saber Interactive and Innova Systems, the game will be multiplayer only, and is based on a "highly modified" version of Halo 3 that's designed to work on low-end PCs. "Halo Online is a learning opportunity for us as we explore ways to welcome new fans to the Halo universe," 343 explains. "Right now our focus is on learning as much as we can from the closed beta period in Russia," the studio says.
  • PayPal to pay $7.7 mln in U.S. Treasury sanctions case (2015-03-25 14:41:16)
    PayPal, the electronic payments firm, agreed to pay $7.7 million to settle charges by the U.S. Treasury Department that it violated numerous sanctions programs against countries that include Iran, Cuba and Sudan, Treasury said on Wednesday. PayPal, owned by EBay Inc , did not adequately screen its transactions for U.S. sanctions targets for several years through 2013, resulting in 486 apparent violations of U.S. law, Treasury said in a statement. PayPal also dismissed alerts and processed about $7,000 worth of payments for Kursud Zafer Cire, a Turkish national on the sanctions blacklist tied to proliferators of weapons of mass destruction, according to the statement.
  • An epic Comcast blunder may force a man to sell his new house (2015-03-25 14:36:57)
    For many of us, having Internet service in our homes is as essential as having landline telephone service was 30 years ago. Given how many people work from home on at least some level now, we need some way to get online besides wireless carriers that often put limits on how much data we can use each month. In fact, many people nowadays wouldn’t even think of moving into a house that wasn’t able to connect to the web at all. RELATED: We’re at the point where even being publicly shamed won’t make Comcast do the right thing All of this brings us to a new story posted by Consumerist about a man who recently bought a new house after he was assured by
  • Facebook's Parse intros SDKs for the Internet of Things (2015-03-25 14:35:00)
    Announced during Facebook's F8 conference, the SDKs are designed to let developers integrate data from internet-connected devices.
  • Facebook expands messaging service features (2015-03-25 14:34:11)
    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Wednesday opened up its Messenger service for developers to create apps and for consumers to communicate directly with retailers, in the social media network's latest effort to expand its reach. The push to transform Facebook's messaging service into one that operates independently of the company's social media network comes as it faces intensifying competition from Twitter Inc and Google Inc, as well as from fast-growing messaging apps such as Snapchat and WeChat. Facebook unveiled the new features at its annual developer conference in San Francisco, for the first time allowing developers to create apps that function inside the Messenger app, which has more than 600 million users.
  • JXE Streams: 'Hotline Miami 2' creators discuss its neon violence (2015-03-25 14:30:00)
  • Facebook pushes into the internet of things, hoping to help power your smart devices (2015-03-25 14:29:10)
    At its F8 developer conference today, Facebook announced that it's rolling out a new software development kit for Parse, a company it acquired in 2013 that provides a cloud backend for app developers. Facebook likely hopes that this will make it easy for data to flow into the social network, so you can easily get notified in your news feed or on Messenger when your garage door opens or your connected flower pot is running out of water.
  • Facebook steps up catering to businesses, marketers, advertisers at F8 2015 (2015-03-25 14:29:00)
    Facebook's warpath to establishing its social media conglomerate continues.
  • Watch: Fake Apple store employees convince customers to buy a Surface over an iPad (2015-03-25 14:17:22)
    If you encountered some rather odd behavior from employees at your local Apple Store lately, don’t worry — they were likely just members of the YouTube prankster collective NelkFilmz. In a video posted this week, the NelkFilmz crew donned Apple Store employee shirts and simply walked into an Apple Store and pretended to work there. Instead of telling customers about how “magical” Apple products were, however, they explained why the newest iPhones and iPads really weren’t that great and that they should go by products from Samsung or Microsoft instead. DON’T MISS: If you eat Taco Bell’s new breakfast, you may not live to see lunch “You don’t want an Apple product,” one fake Apple employee told a customer, who proceeded to agree
  • MacFort for Mac review (2015-03-25 14:17:00)
    Password protect files and folders on mac
  • 'Super Troopers 2' is looking good to Indiegogo (2015-03-25 14:16:13)
    The comedy group behind the original "Super Troopers" movie wants to make a sequel, and they've turned to Indiegogo to raise funds to bring the goofy Vermont state troopers back to your TV in 2016.
  • PayPal to pay $7.7 million in sanctions case (2015-03-25 14:15:00)
    Mobile payments firm PayPal is set to pay $7.7 million in a settlement with the U.S. Treasury Department over violations of numerous sanctions programs, including Iran, Cuba and Sudan, Treasury said in a statement on Wednesday. PayPal, the payments division of the e-commerce company EBay Inc, did not adequately screen its transactions for U.S. sanctions targets for several years through 2013, resulting in 486 apparent violations of U.S. law, Treasury said. 1.usa.gov/19lyHIK PayPal also dismissed alerts and processed about $7,000 worth of payments for Kursud Zafer Cire, a Turkish national on the Treasury sanctions blacklist, according to the statement.
  • China promises more openness for possible Beijing 2022 Olympics (2015-03-25 14:14:25)
    China says blocked US sites will be open to Web users during the Olympics, should Beijing be chosen as the venue for the games. But, it says, who in China wants to use them, anyway?
  • It just got way easier to embed Facebook videos on the web (2015-03-25 14:14:14)
    Facebook is taking an important step today that could go a long way toward supporting its ambitions in video: allowing videos on its platform to be embedded across the web. Previously, Facebook videos could kind-of-sort-of be embedded elsewhere, but it was never a pretty sight. Facebook has now added an easy way for you to grab an embed code, placing it in a menu at the bottom of the video. The video-hosting features that Facebook offers have never really been competitive with YouTube, but with the right work, they could be.
  • As the Snowden leaks began, there was "fear and panic" in Congress (2015-03-25 14:14:00)
    Just a few minutes after the first NSA leak was published, the phones of US lawmakers began to buzz, hours before most of America would find out over their morning coffee.
  • Empowering Female Entrepreneurs and Crushing Tech Sexism at SXSW 2015 (2015-03-25 14:12:30)
    Last week at SXSW, you may have spotted a glass box across from the Austin Convention Center and wondered what was going on inside. With an endless array of on-site activities including career coaching, video interviews, networking and power discussions, The Ipsos Girls' Lounge is all about stimulating conversation, confidence and...
  • Facebook now lets you embed videos elsewhere on the web (2015-03-25 14:10:00)
  • Scientists may have identified a gene that causes severe autism in women (2015-03-25 14:00:02)
    Autism in women is rare: men are four times as likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, and so scientists haven’t spent as much time studying the disorder's genetic imprint in women. The gene has been found to play a role in severe autism in women — as well as some men. The finding could motivate more researchers to study the disorder in families in which multiple women are affected by autism.
  • Would you take Apple Watch fashion advice from Apple Store employees? (2015-03-25 13:56:55)
    The impending Apple Watch launch will be fascinating to watch for a number of reasons. Because the Apple Watch bridges the gap between technology and fashion, it remains to be seen if the allure and utility of the device can convince millions of consumers to wear what effectively amounts to a piece of jewelry. With respect to selling the Apple Watch in-store, Apple retail employees will play a more pivotal role in the sales process than ever before. With a confusing matrix of bands, materials, and pricepoints to choose from, consumers will look to store employees for information and, as it turns out, fashion advice. Don’t Miss: What happens when you hook a 1986 Mac up to the modern Internet
  • Vox for Mac review (2015-03-25 13:56:40)
    Beautiful and simple music player Best alternative to iTunes SoundCloud and online radio support
  • Facebook will bring 360-degree videos to Oculus and News Feed (2015-03-25 13:55:00)
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger zombie movie gets introspective trailer (2015-03-25 13:54:39)
    The first official trailer for "Maggie" hints at a low-key performance from action star Arnold Schwarzenegger. Plus zombies.
  • Facebook Messenger will soon let you chat with stores (2015-03-25 13:53:00)
  • Comcast says $45B Time Warner Cable deal to take longer (2015-03-25 13:42:12)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast says it $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable to take longer than expected because of a long-running regulatory review.
  • Washington, DC's 911 dispatch system beset by delays and malfunctions (2015-03-25 13:04:00)
  • How to enable one of the best security features in Android Lollipop (2015-03-25 13:01:50)
    One of the best built-in features of Android 5.0 Lollipop focuses on security and privacy, even though it comes with one unwelcome side effect: a hit to overall performance. However, in its most recent Lollipop update, Google has disabled the feature – default device encryption – in order to increase the speed of smartphones and tablets already running Android 5.x. While that move may please users who aren’t interested in having all their data protected by 128-bit AES encryption (it also definitely pleases the government), other Android users may want to reenable it if privacy and security are concerns. DON’T MISS: This is the Windows 10 news you’ve been waiting to hear The good news is that full disk encryption is still present in Lollipop, and GottaBeMobile
  • Guillermo del Toro is launching a Pacific Rim comic series (2015-03-25 13:00:01)
    With Pacific Rim 2 slated for release on April 7th, 2017, there's still plenty of time to dive into the world of Kaijus and Jaegers. In addition to the promised animated series, franchise creator Guillermo del Toro is now officially starting a comic series set in the Pacific Rim universe, titled Pacific Rim: Tales from the Drift.
  • China's Huawei given clean bill of health by UK security board (2015-03-25 12:59:35)
    China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL], the telecoms equipment company whose products are now integral to various mobile and fixed-line networks, poses no threat to Britain's national security, a board established to monitor the company's operations said. The world's second largest telecoms equipment maker set up an independent cyber security evaluation center in Oxford in 2010 in conjunction with the government to check whether its equipment could pose a threat to national security. British lawmakers said in 2013 that Huawei, which was founded by Ren Zhengfei, a former People's Liberation Army officer, should have been scrutinized more closely by ministers before it signed its first major deal with BT. "Any risks to UK national security from Huawei's involvement in the UK's critical networks have been sufficiently mitigated," it said.
  • Kickstarter now lets funded campaigns customize their project pages (2015-03-25 12:51:39)
    Kickstarter is all about helping projects get off the ground, but today it's starting to give them a little bit more help once they've succeeded. Pebble, for instance, completed its first Kickstarter nearly three years ago: that project page is still among the top results while searching for Pebble on Google, even though it now has a store selling the Pebble and a second Kickstarter campaign for a new model. Kickstarter is calling the new page layout a "Spotlight" page. There's not much to it, but they'll stand out from Kickstarter's very pragmatic project pages: they allow full-width images, custom colors, and an outgoing link.
  • Google's high-speed fiber network to land in Salt Lake City (2015-03-25 12:45:18)
    The 1-gigabit-per-second Internet and TV service -- about 10 times faster than the average Internet connection -- has targeted an eighth US city.
  • This is probably the best collection of Material Design apps you’ll ever find (2015-03-25 12:40:25)
    There is plenty to like in Google’s latest major Android release, Lollipop. It’s faster, lighter and more battery efficient than ever before. The biggest in-your-face change found in Android 5.0 was the new look of the operating system, which Google calls “Material Design.” Material Design brings a sleek and sophisticated look to Android, modernizing the user interface and unifying it at the same time. Developers are still hard at work updating their apps to conform to the principles of Material Design, so it’s still a bit difficult to find the best new apps. At least, it was difficult until now. DON’T MISS: Why people are wrong about the world needing an Android that Google can’t control If you thought Google+ was
  • F-35 pilots are seeing double, but it's the plane that's drunk (2015-03-25 12:38:00)
  • All 650 Members of Parliament in the UK will receive an iPad Air 2 after the May election (2015-03-25 12:31:29)
    Getting elected to British Parliament has an added bonus this year. According to The Telegraph, all 650 Members of Parliament (MP) in Great Britain will be given an iPad Air 2 and a laptop after the May election. The House of Commons Commission says the new hardware will cost around £200,000 ($300,000) over the next five years. Each MP will be given a 16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad Air 2, which costs £499 ($744).
  • Movie 'SuperTicket' is a cinema seat and digital download in one (2015-03-25 12:30:00)
  • Microsoft reportedly working on new Surface tablet that ditches Windows RT (2015-03-25 12:22:24)
    A new report from WinBeta claims that Microsoft is planning to release another Surface tablet as a successor to the Surface 2 launched back in 2013. Microsoft also abruptly scraped plans for a Surface Mini that was presumably intended to compete against Apple's iPad mini. WinBeta claims the new Surface will be unveiled before or at Microsoft's Build conference next month, and should hit retail in close proximity to that announcement. As far as design goes, WinBeta says the Surface 3 will be fanless and run in silence thanks to the inclusion of either an Intel Atom or Core M processor.
  • Pick up a slick case for your iPhone 6, 6 Plus, Note 4 or Nexus 6 for just $5 on Amazon (2015-03-25 12:19:22)
    Personally, I’ve always preferred a slightly bulkier case to keep my iPhone safe, but I know there are plenty of iPhone owners out there who want something sleek and stylish to cover their phones with. Unfortunately, with the list of third-party cases growing longer every week, it can be hard to pick just one. Here’s the thing: that decision becomes significantly easier when you only have to spend $5. MORE DEALS: 10 awesome paid iPhone apps that are all free downloads right now Right now on Amazon, a wide selection of Maxboost cases for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Galaxy Note 4 and Nexus 6 are all available for $5. You’ll need to input a code at checkout in order to get the $5 price, but
  • HTC can't get no respect (2015-03-25 12:10:12)
    Like the late American comedian Rodney Dangerfield, HTC is a company suffering from a chronic lack of respect. The Taiwanese phone maker has a pedigree of mobile innovation rivaling that of Nokia and Apple, but last week it had to change its CEO amid ambivalent feedback to its latest smartphone and a struggle to generate consistent profits. The invisible missing ingredient for HTC in the past few years has been the respect and cooperation of mobile carriers. HTC is in precisely the opposite position.
  • Google lets any app use its malware-blocking tools (2015-03-25 12:05:00)
  • On set with Arnold: Can Schwarzenegger bring back the glory days of Terminator? (2015-03-25 12:00:01)
    Arnold Schwarzenegger is walking up a flight of stairs toward a time machine, located on a large metal platform high above my head.
  • BBC cans Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson (2015-03-25 11:56:59)
    Following reports of an "unprovoked physical and verbal attack," BBC has officially dropped Jeremy Clarkson as host of Top Gear. (Technically, BBC simply decided not to renew his contract, which ends this month, but the reasons are clear.)
  • Android devices come loaded with Microsoft apps (2015-03-25 11:55:12)
    Skype, OneDrive and other Office apps are coming pre-installed on several Android devices. Meanwhile, Amazon solves the problem of using a Fire TV Stick with hotel Wi-Fi.
  • The FBI has 17 working drones and only two pilots (2015-03-25 11:48:16)
    The FBI may have drones, but according to a new report, it isn't using them very often. The report comes from the Department of Justice's Inspector General, which found that the FBI's drone program is currently limited to just 17 working drones and two pilots. According to the report, the FBI is the only Department of Justice agency with an active drone program, and has used drones in 13 investigations between September 2006 and August 2014.
  • Sparkcentral's new CRM release uses topic routing for better social engagement (2015-03-25 11:47:42)
    Sparkcentral aims to eliminate automated social media fails by bringing real time social into the contact centre for better customer service and engagement.
  • NASA’s Opportunity Rover Completes a Martian Marathon (2015-03-25 11:44:58)
    Only 11 years and two months after it began, NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover has completed a marathon across the planet’s barren red desert. “It’s historic,” said John Callas, a NASA astronomer who manages the Mars Exploration Rover project, in an interview. “This is the first time any human enterprise has exceeded a marathon somewhere other than Earth.” Opportunity was designed to drive a distance of only one kilometer.
  • iTunes and the App Store are down worldwide… again (2015-03-25 11:39:09)
    You can’t buy any new apps on the App Store right now because it’s experiencing a worldwide crash for the second time in less than a month. As AppleInsider writes, this latest crash is “affecting users around the world and preventing them from searching for and downloading apps or other content.” The last massive iTunes outage, which occurred on March 11th this year, lasted for seven whole hours for some users, so let’s hope that this isn’t the case this time. We’ll provide more updates as they come in. UPDATE: Well, that was fast! 9to5Mac writes that even though issues with the iTunes Store were indeed global, it seems Apple has already fixed the problem. At the very least, it
  • How a handless gamer dominates 'League of Legends' (2015-03-25 11:37:00)
  • Specs leak for HTC’s beastly Galaxy Note 4 rival (2015-03-25 11:32:24)
    HTC’s One M9 is set to go head-to-head against Samsung’s Galaxy S6, but that’s not the only phone HTC is planning on challenging this spring. Nowhereelse.fr has spotted some leaked specifications that are supposedly for the HTC One M9 Plus, which will be HTC’s 2015 flagship phablet that will be its answer to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the iPhone 6 Plus. FROM EARLIER: One way Galaxy S6 prepares you for a future without Android According to the leak, the One M9 Plus will feature a 5.2-inch with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, an MT6795T MediaTek 64-bit octa-core processor, a PowerVR Rogue G6200 GPU, a 21.1-megapixel rear-facing camera, 3GB of RAM and Android 5.0 Lollipop. Leaked pictures of the
  • Tennessee sues FCC to stop expansion of municipal broadband (2015-03-25 11:25:03)
    Tennessee is suing the FCC over the commission's decision last month to preempt state laws that have stalled the deployment of municipal broadband. The FCC's action came in response to a petition from the Electric Power Board (EPB) of Chattanooga, Tennessee, which found itself handcuffed by state regulations and barred from offering municipal broadband outside areas where it was already providing electric service.
  • Personalizing healthcare can save a struggling system (2015-03-25 11:18:22)
    Read how personalizing healthcare through new technologies can help cut costs, optimize care, and save more lives.
  • Tech firms, activists renew surveillance reform push (2015-03-25 11:18:12)
    Big US technology firms joined a coalition of activists Wednesday urging Congress to pass a law scaling back government surveillance ahead of key deadline. A letter endorsed by more than 40 groups including an alliance that includes Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Apple pressed for surveillance reforms ahead of the June 1 expiration of a law allowing bulk collection of telephone records and other data. "There must be a clear, strong, and effective end to bulk collection practices under the USA Patriot Act," the letter addressed to key lawmakers and administration officials said. The latest push comes with the key element of the Patriot Act -- known as Section 215 -- set to expire, leaving the future of US surveillance programs unclear.
  • Apple snaps up FoundationDB for behind-the-scenes help (2015-03-25 11:15:37)
    FoundationDB is building database technology that's intended to provide high-speed access to troves of information.
  • I am insanely jealous of Japan's Nintendo 3DS themes (2015-03-25 11:15:02)
    Seeing all of those screenshots and previews always made the wait for the next Final Fantasy or Castlevania even harder, as the games would often show up in North America months, and sometimes years, after they did in Japan. With the rise of Western-developed blockbusters and the massive popularity of mobile in Japan, that's not really the case anymore, but there's still one reason I look at Japanese gamers with envy: Nintendo 3DS themes. Thanks to an update back in October, Nintendo's handheld now gives you the option to spend a few dollars to spruce up the main menu of the device with a particular theme. In North America, the options available are about what you'd expect: there are themes based on popular games, like Zelda or 8-bit Mario, as well as a whole lot of Pokemon.
  • Brilliant free iPhone app bends reality to let you try on the Apple Watch right now (2015-03-25 11:11:06)
    It never ceases to amaze us how creative developers get in order to solve simple problems. Apple’s first foray into both the wearables and luxury goods space is the Apple Watch, and it won’t be released for another month. Apple is giving interested shoppers an early look at the device in stores beginning April 10th, when appointments will be taken at Apple Stores to check out the new device and preorder it. But you don’t have to wait another minute to see how the Apple Watch will look on your wrist, thanks to a brilliant new app that uses augmented reality to let you check out the Apple Watch right now. DON’T MISS: Free Gmail plugin lets you see if your emails
  • Why are porn companies looking at VR? (2015-03-25 11:10:10)
    With the pending release of Oculus Rift, Morpheus, and other VR headsets, virtual reality is about to become actual reality. A handful of sites are now devoted to producing hardcore content for virtual reality headsets, and though they’re still perfecting the medium, there are signs that this genre could significantly change the adult industry — and, potentially, how we consume and experience porn and XXX media.
  • Video: CXOs see big opportunities at the intersection of IoT, big data, and the cloud (2015-03-25 11:07:00)
    ZDNet hosted a roundtable with CXOs in San Francisco to talk IoT, big data, and the cloud. Here are the big opportunities they see in the years ahead.
  • I shot guns with my eyes in virtual reality (2015-03-25 11:01:04)
    The VR startup Fove, though, is treating its demos more like an art show — in fact, it’s set up shop in a small San Francisco gallery. Like its hardware, Fove — a San Francisco- and Tokyo-based startup whose name rhymes with “drove” — blends mainstream appeal with hardcore geekiness. Its CEO and co-founder, Yuka Kojima, says she came up with the idea for an eye-tracking headset while working on games at Sony Computer Entertainment. “I wanted to make interactive cinema to communicate with virtual characters using facial recognition, eye tracking.
  • How poison dart frogs could de-ice airplane wings (2015-03-25 10:57:03)
    Poison dart frogs can kill predators with super-toxic venom released through their skin. They can also inspire a system to keep airplane wings ice free.
  • This is Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor (2015-03-25 10:53:43)
    Jesse Eisenberg's is set to take on the founding members of the Justice League as Lex Luthor in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. He certainly looks menacing enough in this first photo from Entertainment Weekly, as he's already a far cry from Gene Hackman and Kevin Spacey's take on the classic character.
  • Phablet "cannibalization" to stall Brazilian tablet sales (2015-03-25 10:52:36)
    Device sales should decrease this year as tablet fever subsides, says IDC.
  • The amazing algorithm behind Google Maps and Apple Maps (2015-03-25 10:50:49)
    Even before the advent of Google Maps, folks were using programs like MapQuest to print up directions and figure out the shortest route between any two locations. While it’s easy to take mapping apps for granted these days, there’s some interesting mathematical algorithms at work behind the scenes that make it all possible. Not many people are aware of this, but the computer algorithm that makes mapping programs so convenient dates all the way back to 1956, when a programmer named Edsger W. Dijkstra needed to come up with a solvable problem as a means to showcase the power of a new ARMAC computer. Dijkstra himself is a bit of a computing legend, having received the Turing Award in 1972. Related:
  • Google meets with White House officials once a week on average (2015-03-25 10:45:09)
    In the wake of the Federal Trade Commission's 2012 probe into Google's search practices, it's becoming clearer just how much clout the search giant has in Washington. According to visitor logs and emails obtained by The Wall Street Journal, high-ranking Google staffers, including Eric Schmidt, met with White House officials 230 times across two terms, or roughly once a week in four years. Those meetings also took place in the final weeks before the commission settled with Google, backing away from what would have been the biggest antitrust lawsuit since the Justice Department took on Microsoft in the 1990s. In fact, Jennifer Friedman, a White House spokeswoman, told the Journal that the administration is "cognizant that it is inappropriate to discuss issues relating to regulatory enforcement." However, the documents help illustrate how Google has become a lobbying powerhouse in recent years, such that it was able to defeat a major antitrust investigation. Rival Comcast, by comparison, currently wields a similar kind of power in government right now, as it was the only company to outspend Google's $16.8 million in lobbying dollars last year.
  • YouTube is reportedly gearing up to take on Twitch game streaming (2015-03-25 10:38:00)
  • George R.R. Martin doesn't know why you care so much about spoilers (2015-03-25 10:36:41)
    It was a few minutes before the US premiere of Game of Thrones' fifth season, and George R. R. Martin didn't know what to expect. When it comes to the creative relationship between himself and the series' showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, "They do the show. I write the books," Martin says. I asked Martin what he made of that.
  • Red Hat clears up its software-defined storage options (2015-03-25 10:34:34)
    Red Hat clarifies where Ceph and Gluster fit into your big data storage plans.
  • China clamps down on sexual content on WeChat (2015-03-25 10:34:11)
    China's Internet regulator issued on Wednesday new guidelines prohibiting sexual and vulgar content on Tencent Holdings Ltd's popular messaging app, the latest step in the agency's perennial campaign to clean up China's Internet. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said sexually explicit pictures and text, including nude photos and erotic animation, and stories of "one-night stands, wife-swapping, sexual abuse and other harmful information" will be subject to punishment. Drug advertisements for illegal sexual enhancement products or sexually transmitted diseases are also banned, as are voyeuristic pictures and leaked media. WeChat, known as Weixin in China, is by far the country's most popular messaging app with 500 million users.
  • Facebook's 'On This Day' helps you relive the past (2015-03-25 10:32:36)
    The new feature shows you updates, photos and other posts from the current date in past years.
  • A brilliant Tinder hack made hundreds of bros unwittingly flirt with each other (2015-03-25 10:31:02)
    Man is a thirsty beast, and nowhere is that thirst more acutely exemplified than on Tinder, the matchmaking app that lets users swipe right in their quest to find love, lust, bots, or viral marketers. Like other semi-anonymized digital spaces, Tinder creates a forum for individuals — namely men — to test the limits of aggressive and lewd behavior with seemingly little repercussion.
  • Samsung seen stripping Apple of its smartphone crown (2015-03-25 10:29:32)
    Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown. Apple shocked the industry in the holiday quarter when it catapulted past a declining Samsung to steal back the title of top-selling smartphone vendor in the world. The most amazing thing about the feat was obviously the fact that Apple only had two new smartphones on the market and was still able to topple Samsung, which sells dozens of phone models. Here in 2015, however, it looks like the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are ready to help tip the scale back in Samsung’s favor. DON’T MISS: Why people are wrong about the world needing an Android that Google can’t control Samsung is riding high with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge
  • YouTube will reportedly take on Twitch with a new game streaming service (2015-03-25 10:29:31)
    Google may not have acquired Twitch as was long rumored, but it looks like it may still be getting into video game streaming in a big way. According to a report from The Daily Dot, Google-owned YouTube is set to launch a new live-streaming service that will have a heavy emphasis on video games, and e-sports in particular. "Broadcasting and watching gameplay is a global phenomenon," Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said at the time. Since then, Twitch has continued to grow, opening up to new platforms like game consoles, and expanding into new areas including live music.
  • Your Xbox One is ready to teach you a new language (2015-03-25 10:27:00)
  • UK politicians to get an iPad Air 2 and a laptop each (2015-03-25 10:27:00)
    A minor furor has broken out with the news that the UK's legislature is to get a much needed, and expected, upgrade to its technology.
  • Get a GOgroove BlueSync OR3 portable speaker for $16.99 (2015-03-25 10:26:24)
    Normally $24.99, this orb-shaped speaker comes in your choice of colors and offers amazing battery life.
  • Steve Jobs didn't care if people thought he was an asshole. Why should we? (2015-03-25 10:25:14)
    In the final chapter of the new biography Becoming Steve Jobs, authors Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli recount a time when the legendary Apple founder had to cancel an important meeting. Jobs confessed he was grappling with illness, but hadn't revealed it publicly yet. It's a wonderful moment, because despite his dire condition, Jobs had a sense of humor about himself, and about the way people see him. This new biography has been praised by Apple executives like Jony Ive and Eddy Cue as the version that finally gets it right.
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 versus Apple iPhone 6: What do the specs tell us? (2015-03-25 10:25:00)
    The two flagship devices are more alike than ever, so what do the differences and similarities tell us about the future of smartphones?
  • Soylent 1.4: a quick review (2015-03-25 10:20:16)
    Soylent, the nutrition powder that replaces joy with scientific optimization, is the only food in the world that I'm aware of to use software-style version numbers. The company recently released version 1.4, which has a number of substantial changes — in fact, Soylent calls it "the most significant update" since the product launched, and after trying it, I'd have to agree. Soylent says this is for "improved digestion," which makes sense — previous revisions had tried to make Soylent less painful and gassy to drink with moderate success, but even 1.1 (the last version I tried) hadn't totally solved the issue. Soylent was known to not meet sodium minimums before — the problem was that if they put enough salt in the package, the whole thing would taste weird.
  • Red Hat Squid web-proxy is not deleting files willy-nilly (2015-03-25 10:19:00)
    There is indeed a Squid bug in Red Hat Enterprise Linux, but it's in pre-beta, unreleased code.
  • 10 awesome paid iPhone apps that are all free downloads right now (2015-03-25 10:08:42)
    If you’re a fan of iPhone and iPad apps, there is no better place to be than BGR this week. We’ve been sharing all sorts of great paid iOS apps that were on sale for free this week, and now we’re back with our biggest list of the week. Of course, the longer you wait the less likely it will be that these apps are still on sale, so be sure to hurry! There are also still a few free apps in yesterday’s list, so be sure to check out that post as well. DON’T MISS: Free Gmail plugin lets you see if your emails are being tracked before you open them These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have
  • Washington, DC's 911 dispatch system is malfunctioning almost every day (2015-03-25 10:05:31)
    Washington, DC officials were hoping to modernize the city's emergency dispatch service when they launched a new system last fall, but a new report out this week suggests anything but. Response times have dropped, technical support tickets have shot up, and the mayor has started emergency work to fix the system.
  • We got drunk to test a crazy Vegas hangover cure (2015-03-25 10:02:57)
    We got drunk in Vegas... for science
  • Can we cure the common hangover? (2015-03-25 10:00:02)
    We start with shots of Jameson at 9:45PM, because Las Vegas feels like a place to do shots. I move on to Four Roses on the rocks, while Casey Newton gets started on Old Fashioneds. My notes indicate a long and serious discussion about the attractiveness of Jarvis Cocker at 10:30PM, followed by Casey stealing a colleague's drink at 10:43PM.
  • Riding in Mercedes' luxurious, self-driving car of the future (2015-03-25 10:00:00)
  • PlayStation 4 to get 'suspend/resume' feature at long last (2015-03-25 09:49:55)
    Sony's update will also include a range of social features, and a backup -and-restore option that lets users offload data to a USB drive.
  • Here’s what happens when a man browses the web with a 56k modem for a week (2015-03-25 09:47:13)
    For as much as we complain about Internet speeds, it’s easy to forget just how good we have it compared to the early days of the web when many of us were forced to wait with baited breath for an AOL connection to go through. Going back to the late 90s, broadband was nowhere to be found. Instead, most users relied on 28.8 kbps and 33 kbps speed modems. And if you really wanted some a more speedy browsing experience, you could always step up your game with a 56 kbps modem. Today, in a world filled with cable modems and DSL, old school modems are nothing more than nostalgic memories, seemingly relics of an ancient era. But what would
  • Are you good enough for 'Bloodborne'? (2015-03-25 09:31:00)
  • China's ZTE 2014 profit almost doubles on smartphones, 4G roll-out (2015-03-25 09:29:23)
    HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp posted a 94 percent rise in 2014 net profit on Wednesday, in line with its own forecast, due to strength in its smartphone business overseas and high-speed 4G network division at home. The Shenzhen-based company recorded profit of 2.63 billion yuan ($423.4 million) from 1.36 billion yuan a year earlier, in line with the company's forecast of 2.6 billion yuan. Operating revenue rose 8.3 percent to 81.4 billion yuan. ...
  • Big leak may have just revealed exciting new Oculus VR news coming later today (2015-03-25 09:26:47)
    Oculus VR is the company behind the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality device that has single-handedly revitalized the VR market. The device might look ridiculous — see the image above — but anyone who has tried out the Oculus Rift or a similar headset has come away with the same reaction: A dropped jaw and a blown mind. Now, according to a big leak from Facebook, which acquired Oculus VR for $2 billion in 2014, it looks like some exciting virtual reality news may be in store for us later today during Facebook’s annual keynote from the F8 developer conference. DON’T MISS: Why people are wrong about the world needing an Android that Google can’t control If you have an Oculus Rift,
  • Latest Windows 10 preview release (build 10041) goes to wider audience (2015-03-25 09:22:00)
    Less than a week after releasing a long-delayed new build of Windows 10, Microsoft has begun rolling it out to a wider audience. An important security update and a rollup of bug fixes are also part of the latest release.
  • There are so many cameos in the new Entourage trailer (2015-03-25 09:05:51)
    There's a new trailer out for the brofest of the year Entourage movie that introduces a whole lot of problems and a whole lot of cameos. Seriously, there's like 15 seconds of this trailer just dedicated to showing how many famous people show up in it: Calvin Harris, Jessica Alba, Russell Wilson, Emily Ratajkowski, Liam Neeson (who flips off the camera), Ronda Rousey, Pharrell (and hat), George Takei, Andrew Dice Clay, David Spade, Warren Buffett, Armie Hammer, Tom Brady, Kelsey Grammer, Ed O'Neill, T.I., and Mark Wahlberg — though that cameo may be kind of obvious. ...
  • Photos of ‘HTC One M9 Plus’ leak; debut coming before One M9 even launches? (2015-03-25 09:05:27)
    File this one under “huh?!” — it looks like HTC will unveil a new version of its flagship HTC One M9 smartphone… before the HTC One M9 even launches. Things are getting more and more confusing at HTC these days. As we stated in our One M9 review, HTC’s new flagship smartphone is a fantastic handset, but it’s far too similar to last year’s model for its own good. Now, however, it looks like HTC is about to unveil a new, new version of its flagship phone that features the updated design we’ve been looking for. Now, for the bad news: It appears as though it might be a regional play that won’t immediately be available for sale in the United States.
  • Smartphone use changing our brain and thumb interaction, say researchers (2015-03-25 09:01:52)
    Dr Arko Ghosh, of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, led the research which involved using electroencephalography (EEG) to measure the cortical brain activity in 37 right-handed people, 26 of whom were touchscreen Smartphone users and 11 users of old-fashioned cellphones. Brain activity was then compared with the individual commands recorded by each individuals' phone logs. "We measured people's brain activity using a bunch of electrodes on the scalp and what these maps indicate is essentially how much of the variance between people we could explain by just looking at the phone logs, so how much brain activity can be explained by looking at people's history of use on the phones alone," said Ghosh.
  • Leap Motion is building its hand-tracking tech into a lo-fi VR headset (2015-03-25 09:00:02)
    A high-profile VR headset is about to get its own motion control setup — and no, it's not the Oculus Rift. Today, Leap Motion announced that it would be adding its hand-tracking technology to the OSVR Hacker Development Kit, a piece of open source hardware that will be released this summer. The Leap Motion, originally released as a non-VR gesture interface, has become one of the most common virtual reality controllers. OSVR is a partnership between various VR and gaming companies, but it's better known for its headset, a rougher, cheaper, and more modular alternative to the Oculus Rift development kit.
  • Razer to make a VR headset with built-in Leap Motion hand tracking sensor (2015-03-25 09:00:00)
  • The PS4 is finally getting promised features thanks to a massive update (2015-03-25 08:45:54)
    There will also be new social features, letting you find Facebook friends who also happen to own a PS4.
  • Microsoft's Windows 10 for pirates bait-and-switch (2015-03-25 08:40:13)
    There are sound strategic reasons for why Microsoft is willing to allow even pirated versions of Windows to be upgraded to Windows 10 for free. Tony Bradley explains.
  • Microsoft 'apps everywhere' strategy is winning me back (2015-03-25 08:38:59)
    Is Microsoft's plan -- to get its core apps on every mobile platform -- bringing former customers back into the fold? My experience suggests it is.
  • Global average internet speeds grow to 4.5 Mbps: Akamai (2015-03-25 08:32:46)
    The firm's State of the Internet report found average connection speeds rose 20 percent annually. However, due to the FCC's change in broadband definition, Akamai will rethink the report going forward.
  • Tennessee sues the FCC to stop city-run internet (2015-03-25 08:31:00)
  • Latest Apple acquisition may have huge impact on App Store and upcoming TV service (2015-03-25 08:30:31)
    TechCrunch is reporting that Apple recently acquired FoundationDB, a company that specializes in fast and cost-effective database software. According to FoundationDB’s website, the company’s software can perform a whopping 14.4 million random writes per second. And all this at just 1 penny per 3.6 million database writes. While it remains to be seen just what Apple has in mind with its most recent acquisition, many believe it likely is geared towards bolstering and improving the technologies that power Apple’s key services, such as the App Store, iTunes, and iCloud. DON’T MISS: Free Gmail plugin lets you see if your emails are being tracked before you open them TechCrunch further speculates that the acquisition may have something to do with Apple’s rumored TV
  • Meet Smosh: Big stars on small screens (Q&A) (2015-03-25 08:30:18)
    A YouTube comedy twosome famed among teens, Smosh has an audience to beat top-rated TV shows -- even if "real TV" is the one place they're not interested in going.
  • You can thank Netflix for the return of The X-Files (2015-03-25 08:30:02)
    More than 13 years after its last season and seven years after a pretty forgettable second movie, The X-Files is coming back to Fox as a six-episode limited series starring original cast members David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. The X-Files was a huge hit, even if the later seasons got a bit iffy in terms of quality or even logic. Fun fact: the term "shipper" is attributed to X-Files fans who really wanted to see Mulder and Scully hook up, and is now use to describe fan-craved relationships from Harry and Louis to Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes. In some ways, you can thank Jack Bauer for Mulder and Scully's return.
  • EU plans to tackle online barriers in digital single market (2015-03-25 08:12:57)
    By Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Germans should be able to buy books from British online retailers and Italians ought to have access to movies on sites in Belgium, according to EU draft proposals on Wednesday setting priorities to boost Europe's digital economy. Along with outline proposals to limit national control of mobile phone frequencies and simplify cross-border VAT sales taxes for small businesses, the European Commission sees the promotion of online trading across the bloc as a useful way to revive growth in stagnating EU economies. "Let us do away with all those fences and walls that block us online," Andrus Ansip, the Commission vice president for the digital single market, said in a statement released after the 28 commissioners discussed the proposals at their weekly meeting. Some larger online retailers automatically route customers to local sites, which may charge higher prices than in other EU countries, the Commission said in a statement.
  • Facebook app leaks new Messenger platform and 'teleportation' for F8 (2015-03-25 08:08:35)
    Facebook appears to have accidentally leaked some of the biggest announcements ahead of its annual F8 developers' conference. According to numerous reports, the official F8 app sent out a notification ahead of schedule detailing three new projects: "Parse for IoT, Messenger as a Platform, and the Teleportation Station." Although there's been no official word from Facebook, more than a few individuals in the tech industry received the message. If the leak is legitimate, it suggests Facebook is doing its best to expand its reach at this year's F8.
  • Four tidbits on YouTube star Michelle Phan even fans won't know (2015-03-25 08:00:06)
    Backed by 7.6 million followers on YouTube, the beauty guru's empire is so diverse people least likely to watch her Barbie makeup transformation still know her name. The online star still has a few secrets.
  • AppleCare and AppleCare+: What you need to know (2015-03-25 08:00:03)
    Need technical support or service for your Apple products? Here's a rundown on your Apple support options.
  • How open source can improve your software's security (2015-03-25 07:59:59)
    All software is buggy, so protect it through community, not cover-up. Matt Asay explains.
  • Facebook leaks upcoming launch of 'teleportation station' (2015-03-25 07:57:22)
    A notification sent out by the F8 app in advance of Facebook's F8 Developer Conference revealed plans for a teleportation station, plus IoT and Messenger details.
  • Microsoft chops price on Surface Pro 3 tablets -- again (2015-03-25 07:57:00)
    After cutting prices last month, the company is now offering either $100 or $150 off most configurations. The price on the base model remains unchanged, however.
  • Uber driver arrested on sexual assault charges in Paris (2015-03-25 07:46:58)
    An Uber driver in France has been arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a female passenger outside a nightclub in Paris. Le Parisien reported that he had been previously arrested for driving without a license, but Meister says such minor offenses are not mentioned in background checks, under French privacy protection laws.
  • One way Galaxy S6 prepares you for a future without Android (2015-03-25 07:45:07)
    One of the main features of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge is Samsung’s welcomed new take on user interface. The company has taken major steps towards making TouchWiz a lot friendlier than ever before, both when it comes to design but also preloaded features and apps. But, as Tizen Indonesia reveals, the new simplified and very appealing TouchWiz UI might not be entirely inspired from Google’s material design vision for Android. FROM EARLIER: Video: People are calling the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge iPhone clones – but will they bend? The publication has learned from a source familiar with Samsung’s Tizen plans that the new TouchWiz UI, with its lighter design and new color palette, is more inspired
  • ​Telefonica sells O2 to Three for £10.25bn (2015-03-25 07:40:00)
    Three UK will become the largest mobile operator if regulators approve its agreement to acquire O2 from Spanish operator Telefonica.
  • Lord Voldemort's 'Uptown Funk' parody is magical (2015-03-25 07:39:11)
    Who knew Death Eaters were so funky? In this Harry Potter parody music video, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named sure knows how to sing.
  • Pro tip: Enable or disable predictive typing in iOS 8 (2015-03-25 07:38:00)
    Hide and show the predictive text bar in iOS 8, depending on your typing situation, using these quick tricks from Cory Bohon.
  • PS4 getting Suspend/Resume and better social features tomorrow (2015-03-25 07:36:00)
  • Threat-sharing cybersecurity bill unveiled (2015-03-25 07:31:45)
    A new bill has been introduced to make sharing cyberthreat data between corporations and the government less risky -- legally.
  • First Click: The X-files and the age of wholesome conspiracy theories (2015-03-25 07:30:01)
    We've all grown up a lot in the 13 years since The X-files ended. With the announcement of a new mini-series re-uniting agents Mulder and Scully, can we actually go back to the kind of credulous conspiracy theories that filled the show's nine-year run?
  • Pro tip: Stop Android data from being gobbled up in the background (2015-03-25 07:27:49)
    Some apps take advantage of background data. Jack Wallen shows you how to disable this in certain apps and prevent your data from being gobbled up.
  • HTC's beefier M9 for China leaks with sharper screen and fingerprint reader (2015-03-25 07:23:00)
  • U.S. urges companies to do more to fight cyber crime (2015-03-25 07:16:54)
    By Huw Jones LONDON (Reuters) - Cyber crime is probably the biggest risk facing companies across the world, and they need to do more to help governments tackle the problem, U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin said on Wednesday. "Each of us must recognize this risk is perhaps the most pressing operational risk of our time," she told the CityWeek conference in London. Financial services firms were making substantial investments in reinforcing their resilience to cyber attacks but they needed to embed this resilience into their existing business units rather than grafting improvements on top of them, she said. Cyber threats undermined freedom of expression and hampered global economic recovery, and governments needed to ensure international legal principles that respect state sovereignty and human rights apply to conduct online as well as offline, Raskin said.
  • How to scale online services for millions of users without losing vital data (2015-03-25 07:07:00)
    European gambling portal bet365 on how the programming language Erlang and the NoSQL data store Riak is helping it handle millions of transactions at once.
  • NASA's Opportunity rover just completed an 11-year marathon on Mars (2015-03-25 07:06:26)
    While Curiosity has been busy finding signs of an ancient nitrogen cycle on the Red Planet, Opportunity — which touched down in January 2004 — has just completed the first ever extraterrestrial marathon. NASA confirmed this week that the six-wheeled robot has now traveled more than 26.219 miles in 11 years and two months. Opportunity has already wildly exceeded expectations. Its twin rover, Spirit, stopped moving in 2010 and became (rather euphemistically) a "static research station." And Opportunity is suffering from the gradual decay that affects all computer systems.
  • This is the Windows 10 news you’ve been waiting to hear (2015-03-25 06:50:26)
    Microsoft is slowly sharing more exciting news about its upcoming major operating system update, and the company on Tuesday made one more revelation about Windows 10 which will surely please many Windows users, especially older fans who have by now experienced many OS versions. DON’T MISS: Google may soon add a brilliant new feature to Gmail that’s unlike anything you’ve seen The company said on its Internet Explorer blog that its legacy browser, one that has been annoying users for years, is finally dying. Microsoft had already announced that Windows 10 will bring, among other things, a brand new Internet browser – dubbed Project Spartan – but said that Internet Explorer will not immediately disappear. Microsoft also said that developers
  • Arbor Networks, Cisco partner on DDoS protection (2015-03-25 06:38:24)
    The two companies are combining their portfolios to better protect the enterprise against DDoS attacks.
  • Taylor Swift's albums are up for streaming on Jay Z's Tidal (2015-03-25 06:32:00)
  • ​Apple acquires NoSQL database maker FoundationDB (2015-03-25 06:12:04)
    Apple has snapped up a small database company that specialises in high-availability distributed environments.
  • Beijing official says Chinese have no need for blocked websites (2015-03-25 05:53:48)
    By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - If Beijing is successful in its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics then foreigners who attend will get uncensored Internet access, but this isn't an issue for Chinese who "don't like" sites like Facebook and Twitter, an official said on Wednesday. China keeps a tight rein on its Internet. The government has warned that social media, particularly foreign services, could be a destabilizing force for Chinese society or even affect the country's security. Popular foreign social media sites like Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook as well as Google Inc's main search engine and Gmail service are all inaccessible in China without specialized software to vault what is known as the "Great Firewall".
  • BT gets back into mobile with a trio of SIM-only 4G plans (2015-03-25 05:50:00)
  • Monitise ends sale process, Buse to become sole CEO (2015-03-25 05:46:59)
    (Reuters) - British mobile-banking software maker Monitise Plc said it was no longer looking to sell itself and that its founder and co-CEO Alastair Lukies would step down, handing over full executive control to Elizabeth Buse. Shares in the company fell as much as 22 percent in early trading, making the stock one of the top losers on the London Stock Exchange. Monitise, which named long-time Visa executive Buse as co-CEO last June, put itself on the block in January, blaming changes in its business model for its third revenue warning in a year.
  • U.S. calls for global consensus on tackling cybercrime (2015-03-25 05:46:17)
    LONDON (Reuters) - The United States called on Wednesday for an international consensus to tackle the growing threat of cyber crime in financial services and other sectors, saying governments alone cannot tackle the problem. "We now need to develop consensus around ways to respond to this threat," U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin told the CityWeek conference in London. Any solution will be suboptimal if governments act alone with the help of the financial services sector, she said. "There is no silver bullet," she said. ...
  • This futuristic performance by Japanese trio Perfume will make you lose your mind (2015-03-25 05:29:48)
    The best gigs I've ever been to are the ones where I felt like I got lost in space and time. Those occasions where the dance floor is apparently wrenched out the ground and sent spinning through the universe in an enjoyable mash of people, lights, and music. Basically, they feel exactly the way this gig by Japanese pop trio Perfume looks.
  • Facebook's F8 app hints at big changes for Messenger (2015-03-25 04:57:00)
  • Amazon TV stick goes abroad, gets new features (2015-03-25 04:40:15)
    Amazon announced Tuesday its Fire TV media stick for streaming video is being sold in Britain and Germany, as part of a push to expand its online television services. The US online and retail giant also said its media stick -- a rival to Google Chromecast -- would also get an update to allow many people to use the device away from home, such as at hotels and university campuses requiring Web authentication. Amazon already sells a streaming media box with additional features and gaming in Britain and Germany, and will seek to expand its base with the less expensive stick. "Customer response to Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick has been overwhelming -- we've been working hard to build more of both as quickly as possible, and we're excited to be adding new features we think customers will love," said Peter Larsen, Amazon's vice president for devices.
  • Delhi government asks federal ministry to block Uber, Ola apps (2015-03-25 03:29:25)
    New Delhi authorities on Wednesday asked India's federal information technology ministry to block the taxi-hailing apps of U.S.-based Uber and its local rival Ola in the city in a bid to enforce a ban on the companies' services. India in December ordered all unregistered web-based taxi companies to halt operations until they obtain an operating license after a driver contracted with Uber was accused of rape. The ban, however, has largely been ineffective and both Ola, backed by Japan's SoftBank Corp, and Uber have continued to operate in Delhi while their license applications are pending.
  • Review: Sony streaming service modernizes TV, not your bill (2015-03-25 03:13:01)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Sony's new PlayStation Vue television service probably won't save you money over cable.
  • Jury in gender bias case to hear day 2 of closing arguments (2015-03-25 03:11:19)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jurors who will decide the outcome of a gender discrimination lawsuit against a prestigious Silicon Valley venture capital firm are set to hear more closing arguments on Wednesday, a day after attorneys painted competing portraits of the woman behind the suit.
  • Details on PlayStation Vue, comparison with Sling TV (2015-03-25 03:11:00)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Sony's new PlayStation Vue online TV service launched in three cities last week with more than 50 channels starting at $50. Additional channels can be had for $10 to $20 more, and the service comes with some on-demand apps for remote viewings.
  • Here's another high-speed 3D printer that creates objects in minutes (2015-03-25 03:00:00)
  • NBN Co's Hackett continues to back all-fibre NBN as first choice (2015-03-25 02:47:15)
    NBN Co board member and Internode co-founder Simon Hackett has said that his first choice for Australia's National Broadband Network would have been 100 percent fibre.
  • Location-tracking resolution not in data-retention Bill scope: Brandis (2015-03-25 02:41:30)
    Australian Attorney-General George Brandis has reiterated claims that the data-retention Bill does not force service providers to retain data that, as an industry, they do not already collect.
  • Beijing behind Internet security violation: anti-censorship group (2015-03-25 02:35:09)
    China's cyberspace administration is "complicit" in attacks on major Internet companies including Google, an anti-censorship group said on Wednesday, calling on firms worldwide to step up their defences. GreatFire.org, which operates websites seeking to circumvent China's vast censorship apparatus, pointed to statements by Google, Microsoft and Mozilla as showing the Chinese government was involved in so-called "man-in-the-middle" operations. GreatFire.org said the firms' statements amounted to "concrete evidence" the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) authority and the China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC) administrator were "behind these malicious actions and are endangering safety and security on the Internet for everyone". China's ruling Communist Party maintains tight controls over the Internet, blocking websites it deems politically sensitive in a system dubbed the "Great Firewall of China" and obliging social media companies to censor user-generated content.
  • Australian govt eyes emergency mobile broadband network (2015-03-25 02:27:00)
    The Australian government has asked the Productivity Commission to conduct a cost-benefit analysis into a dedicated national mobile broadband network for emergency services.
  • Telstra escapes ACCC connection fee regulations (2015-03-25 02:18:47)
    The consumer watchdog said in its draft decision on non-price terms for regulated services that it does not have to extend the scope of its connection charge regulations due to Telstra's ability to manage external contracts.
  • Watch this excellent, historically accurate Star Wars anime short (2015-03-25 01:52:23)
    Paul Johnson's seven-minute TIE Fighter is a dialog-free short movie that details a dogfight in space between Star Wars' Imperial and Rebel forces. Influenced by the 1994 PC game of the same name and put together by Johnson over the course of four years, the film is action-packed, beautifully drawn, smoothly animated, and — most importantly — impressively accurate to Star Wars' fiction. The short starts with an Imperial probe droid, warbling its familiar refrain as it spots a small Rebel fleet loitering near an asteroid field (sound, as science has proven, carries in Star Wars' space). The probe's discovery summons a fearsome fleet: several Star Destroyers and a ship that looks like a particularly tubby cousin of the iconic triangular spacecraft.
  • ​Google's driverless car ideas include airbags on the outside (2015-03-25 01:31:00)
  • Delhi government asks federal ministry to block Uber, Ola mobile apps: official (2015-03-25 01:30:15)
    The New Delhi state government has asked India's Information Technology ministry to block mobile applications of taxi-hailing companies Uber and Ola in the capital city, a state government official told Reuters on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Delhi transport officials asked U.S. cab company Uber and its Indian rival Ola to cease operations if they want their applications of radio taxi license to operate in the city to be processed, letters seen by Reuters showed. India had ordered all unregistered web-based taxi companies to halt operations nationwide in December after a female passenger reported she had been raped in New Delhi by a driver contracted to Uber.
  • Costa Rica hits 75 days powered entirely by renewable energy (2015-03-25 01:26:11)
    Heavy rainfall has allowed the Central American country of Costa Rica to be powered almost entirely by its hydroelectric plants.
  • ​IoT could 'smash' Australia's regulatory framework (2015-03-25 01:15:00)
    It is hoped that a new think tank will help alleviate the pressures put on Australia's regulatory landscape by the emerging IoT sector, which could 'smash' elements of the country's existing framework, according to Communications Alliance CEO John Stanton.
  • Ford launches car that prevents you from speeding (2015-03-25 01:13:47)
    Technically Incorrect: The S-Max is equipped with Speed Limiter Technology, which reads speed limit road signs and slows you down accordingly.
  • New shape-shifting 'punk' frog knows how to blend in (2015-03-25 00:35:55)
    A frog found in the cloud forest of Ecuador has a neat trick -- it can change the texture of its skin, and it's the first vertebrate known to do so.
  • Bezel-less Oppo R7 leaks on Chinese social media (2015-03-25 00:17:04)
    The new handset from Chinese smartphone maker Oppo will reportedly come packing an octa-core MediaTek processor and a 20.7-megapixel rear camera.
  • Phones, friends are distracting problem for teen drivers (2015-03-25 00:14:15)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Distractions — especially talking with passengers and using cellphones — play a far greater role in car crashes involving teen drivers than has been previously understood, according to compelling new evidence cited by safety researchers.
  • Super-precise artificial hand uses smart wires as muscles (2015-03-24 23:59:00)
  • Singapore must now emerge from shadow of man who put it on global map (2015-03-24 23:58:56)
    With the passing of the country's founding father Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore must now evolve and realize Lee's governing legacy may not necessarily support the next 50 years of growth.
  • South Korea to invest $5b by 2020 in IoT and smart cars (2015-03-24 23:44:00)
    South Korea has announced plans to foster the growth of IoT and its smart car industry, and will invest a total of 5.6 trillion won by 2020, with 1 trillion won allocated for this year.
  • Dutch company to trial computers to heat homes (2015-03-24 23:28:00)
    Eneco is looking to install computer servers that generate heat in five homes in the Netherlands as part of a trial to see whether the warmth created could be an alternative for traditional radiators.
  • APPL versus GOOG - Atoms are way more profitable than electrons... (2015-03-24 22:47:00)
    Selling actual things, is very profitable for Apple compared with Google's digital business. Analog world trumps digital world. And in this day and age!
  • US broadband is getting faster but still lags behind Asia (2015-03-24 22:31:00)
  • Russia's space agency plans to resume ISS tourist flights in 2018 (2015-03-24 22:09:45)
    Roscosmos carried eight private tourists to the space station between 2001 and 2009, but halted the ventures after the ISS expanded its crew from three to six, and it became clear NASA and other space agencies needed the extra seat for their own astronauts. Now more options are becoming available for getting people into space, the Russian agency intends to offer flights to the International Space Station to private citizens as NASA moves on from using Roscosmos' Soyuz craft.
  • Amazon blasts FAA on pace of drone regulation process (2015-03-24 21:51:05)
    The e-commerce giant says the permit it was just granted is for an aerial vehicle that is already obsolete.
  • FAA makes it faster and easier to secure permits for small drones (2015-03-24 21:36:00)
  • Here’s how Twitter is finally attempting to cut down on harassment (2015-03-24 21:35:37)
    Twitter has been under fire for the past several months for failing to provide adequate tools to fight harassment on its social network. The company has recently admitted to its shortcomings, and in an attempt to make the website a safer place to interact with other users, it’s testing a new “quality filter” to block notifications that contain abusive or offensive content. DON’T MISS: Google quietly added an insanely cool security feature to Android Lollipop Anil Dash was the first to share the news after he was prompted by Twitter to turn the setting on after opening the app on his phone on Monday. Here is the description he was presented with: “Quality filtering aims to remove all Tweets from your notifications timeline
  • TPG-backed AGS Transact plans up to $216.6 million India IPO: terms (2015-03-24 21:33:24)
    HONG KONG (Reuters) - India's AGS Transact Technologies, partly owned by U.S. private equity firm TPG Capital , plans an up to 13.5 billion rupees ($216.6 million) initial public offering, according to a term sheet of the deal seen by Reuters on Wednesday. The company plans to raise up to 4 billion rupees by issuing new shares, while TPG and other shareholders would raise up to 9.5 billion rupees selling existing shares in AGS, which offers payment solutions and technology products to banks and retailers, the terms showed. (Reporting by Elzio Barreto; Editing by Miral Fahmy)
  • Best indie games from GDC and SXSW 2015 (2015-03-24 21:28:13)
    Check out the top honorees at GDC's Independent Games Festival and SXSW's Gamer's Voice awards.
  • TPG could buy out Vodafone by next year: iiNet founder (2015-03-24 21:19:00)
    iiNet founder and former CEO Michael Malone has said that Vodafone Hutchison Australia could be acquired by TPG within the next year as Australia's telecommunications industry heads down a consolidation road that will lead to just three major players.
  • Silicon Valley gender trial enters final stages (2015-03-24 21:07:13)
    By Sarah McBride and Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Dollar signs rather than discrimination drove a former partner at venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers to file her gender discrimination suit, a lawyer for the firm told jurors Tuesday in the high-profile trial. "The complaints of Ellen Pao were made for only one purpose,” said Lynne Hermle, a lawyer for Kleiner Perkins, in her closing arguments in San Francisco Superior Court. “A huge payout for Team Ellen." But Pao’s lawyer, Alan Exelrod, told a different version of events in the case, which has become a cultural touchstone in Silicon Valley and beyond. "They ran Kleiner Perkins like a boys' club," Exelrod said of firm leaders, whom he blamed for creating an environment that worked against women.
  • 7 Web Design Trends You'll See in 2015 (2015-03-24 20:59:18)
    Whether you're a web designer by trade or you've been forced into the job as part of a startup that's strapped for resources, you find yourself having to stay in touch with trends in the industry.This year, a number of new styles and layouts are trending. Your ability to keep these in mind when you're working on your company website(s) will be...
  • Xbox One snags Epix streaming app (2015-03-24 20:57:00)
  • Lawyers hammer each other during Pao v. Kleiner Perkins closing arguments (2015-03-24 20:54:26)
    The closely watched sex discrimination case is winding down, but both sides know that whatever the jury decides could have far-reaching implications.
  • Contrasting portraits presented of woman in gender bias case (2015-03-24 20:41:33)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lawyers in a high-profile gender bias lawsuit against a Silicon Valley firm argued Tuesday that the woman behind the case was either an accomplished junior partner who was passed over for a promotion because of discrimination or a failure who sued to get a big payout as she was being shown the door.
  • New HTC website give you a deep dive into the One M9’s personalization features (2015-03-24 20:40:46)
    There are plenty of great features included in the HTC One M9 that will make it a competitive device throughout 2015, but one of my personal favorites doesn’t even require you to own the phone. Alongside the launch of the One M9, HTC has revealed the HTC Themes website, which allows users to design custom themes, wallpapers and ringtones for their phones. RELATED: The best (and worst) thing about the HTC One M9 It’s a surprisingly deep website, allowing users to upload their own images to use as background wallpapers for the lock screen, the home screen, the app screen and the Messages app. You can even change the image that appears when you place a Dot View case over your display. If
  • Labor pushes for sharing economy regulations (2015-03-24 20:40:45)
    The Australian opposition said it supports Uber and Airbnb, but that more regulations are needed around public safety, workers' rights, tax, and accessibility.
  • Daily Roundup: Mars One criticism, paying bills with Gmail and more! (2015-03-24 20:28:00)
  • 'The X-Files' is back, and we're ready for more Mulder and Scully (Tomorrow Daily 149) (2015-03-24 20:22:35)
    On today's show, our hosts check a bionic limb that uses a smartphone for processing signals, freak out over the return of "The X-Files" and meet a robot who might take over assembly lines in electronic factories.
  • Boeing’s crazy plan to use Star Wars-like force fields to protect vehicles from explosions (2015-03-24 20:05:56)
    We’re a long way from having to develop technology capable of fending off alien attacks like we see in sci-fi movies. All the same, Boeing has already patented a technology that seems to be inspired by Star Wars-like stories and that could bring actual force fields to current military vehicles in order to protect them from nearby explosions. DON’T MISS: Free Gmail plugin lets you see if your emails are being tracked before you open them The patent, called “Method and system for shockwave attenuation via electromagnetic arc” describes means of protecting a vehicle and its occupants from taking damage after detecting an explosion. The system would heat up the air and/or water between the blast and the vehicle, thus creating a
  • Oracle ANZ sees cloud gain the upper hand (2015-03-24 20:00:03)
    Oracle Australia and New Zealand is hurtling headlong into a 'fundamental shift' in its business model, with the company's cloud services portfolio gaining the upper hand in its regional product revenue mix.
  • Salt Lake City will soon offer Google's high-speed Internet (2015-03-24 19:54:11)
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Salt Lake City will soon join a handful of U.S. cities in offering high-speed internet service through Google Fiber.
  • Apple is training its store staff to offer fashion advice (2015-03-24 19:37:00)
  • Google could make it easy for you to pay bills from Gmail (2015-03-24 19:31:42)
    The search giant is reportedly working on new functions that will let users send money right from their email inbox.
  • This might just be the best Android Smart TV your money can’t buy (2015-03-24 19:30:02)
    Anyone looking for a new Smart TV, possibly one powered by Android, should definitely check out the new Mi TV 2. There are two models, including a 40-inch version and a 49-inch version, with the former being a brand new addition to Xiaomi’s TV lineup. Not only do the Mi TV 2 models offer impressive specs, but they’re also extremely affordable, especially the new 40-inch Full HD version. Too bad buyers outside of China won’t be able to get one anytime soon. DON’T MISS: The fall of cable is coming The new Mi TV 2 model costs a dirt-cheap 1,999 yuan, or around $320, featuring a 40-inch Full HD LED Sharp display with 5,000:1 contrast ratio, H.265 10-bit hardware video decoding and Dolby virtual
  • Highly acclaimed watchmaker slams the ‘bland’ Apple Watch (2015-03-24 18:55:34)
    The old guard of watchmakers do not seem impressed with the Apple Watch’s design in the slightest. TAG Heuer, for example, dismissed the device earlier this week as not being a “real watch,” while industry icon Jean-Claude Biver has said that the device as it looks right now cannot compete with the designs of Swiss watches. Added to this, Business Insider has scored an interview with Roger W. Smith, a watchmaker whom The Wall Street Journal has dubbed one of the best in the world and who thinks the Apple Watch’s design is “bland.” RELATED: Swiss watch industry icon explains why he’s not scared of the Apple Watch one bit What does Smith not like about the Apple Watch in particular? For one thing, he
  • Lawyer: Woman behind Silicon Valley suit sought big payout (2015-03-24 18:49:17)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A female junior partner suing a prestigious Silicon Valley venture capital firm complained about gender bias to get a big payout, not to aid women she said were facing workplace discrimination, a defense lawyer told jurors Tuesday.
  • Putting a virtual nose on video games could reduce simulator sickness (2015-03-24 18:49:00)
  • This is why Fox is bringing back The X-Files (2015-03-24 18:44:19)
    More than 13 years after its last season, The X-Files is coming back to TV in a six-episode run starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. It's just one of many nostalgia-laden TV shows returning to the airs, be it Twin Peaks or even Heroes... Heroes.
  • Lexmark to buy Kofax for about $1 billion to boost software business (2015-03-24 18:35:43)
    (Reuters) - Lexmark International Inc, known for its printers, said it would buy Kofax Ltd in an about $1 billion deal that would double the size of its enterprise software business. Kofax shares were up 45.5 percent at $10.91 in extended trading on Tuesday, just shy of Lexmark's $11 per share cash offer. Lexmark shares rose 8 percent. PC and printer makers have struggled in the recent past as companies reduced printing to cut costs and consumers shifted to mobile devices from PCs. ...
  • RadioShack is selling tens of millions of email and home addresses (2015-03-24 18:27:18)
    Among the locations, trademarks, overpriced cables, and other assets that RadioShack is selling off as part of its bankruptcy filing are tens of millions of email addresses, home addresses, and customer names, all of which could end up in the hands of another company. As Bloomberg points out, RadioShack's sale includes over 13 million email addresses and over 65 million custom names and physical addresses. That's a lot of personal data! Standard General, RadioShack's largest shareholder, is reported to have won the bid. ...
  • Clash of Clans maker sees revenues hit 1.5 bn euros (2015-03-24 18:21:25)
    The maker of hit game Clash of Clans said Tuesday its revenues shot up to 1.55 billion euros ($1.6 billion) in 2014, a 130 percent bound over the prior year. Finnish mobile game studio Supercell, in announcing its results from last year, reported making 515 million euros in operating profit as defined by earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation. The revenue figures make Supercell 10 times larger than its rival and fellow Finnish game maker Rovio, which is behind Angry Birds. "We’re very thankful to the millions of players around the world who play our games," Supercell CEO Ilkka Paananen said in a statement.
  • Which states have the fastest Internet speeds? (2015-03-24 18:20:00)
    Earlier this week, Cord Cutters News released some exciting news about Internet speeds in the U.S. According to some recent download speed tests, the average U.S. Internet speed in March checked in at 33.9Mbps, a marked increase from just February when the average Internet speed was 22.3Mbps. DON’T MISS: The Fall of Cable is coming That said, the report notes that U.S. Internet speeds still lag behind many countries as it’s ranked just 27th out of 199 countries surveyed. Also interesting is that the report ranks which States have the fastest Internet speeds. Washington 45.6Mbps Missouri 41.21Mbps New York 40.86Mbps California 40.8Mbps Utah 40.47Mbps Delaware 40.03Mbps Rhode Island 39.76Mbps New Jersey 39.28Mbps Massachusetts 38.57Mbps North Dakota 37.84Mbps On a city by
  • Australian government reveals data-retention operating costs (2015-03-24 18:05:00)
    Attorney-General George Brandis has revealed that the estimated average cost for storing telecommunications data will be close to AU$4 per customer, per year.
  • Russia's newest armored vehicle swims and picks its own shots (2015-03-24 17:53:00)
  • How Apple plans to make future iPhone cameras more powerful than ever before (2015-03-24 17:51:25)
    iPhone cameras are already awesome for taking videos — with the right apps and accessories, we’ve seen that they’re good enough to take professional-grade videos. However, Apple is always working on ways to improve its phones’ cameras and a new patent highlighted by AppleInsider shows Apple has some very ambitious plans to give future iPhones the ability to shoot gorgeous videos that deliver higher color accuracy than ever before. DON’T MISS: This amazing 1-inch cube fits on your keychain and may be the only smartphone accessory you’ll ever need The patent in question deals with a camera module that contains three separate sensors that are used to split light and sort it by the three colors of red, blue and green.
  • A Rookie's Guide to the Ultimate Mashup - South By Southwest (2015-03-24 17:47:31)
    In my hometown of Cincinnati, if you say the word mashup it most regularly precedes a conversation about Glee or that girl combining Taylor Swift songs. Yet amongst technologists, "mashup" evokes imagery of combining distinct applications together to create something new and amazing -- like seeing how far your pizza delivery is on a Google Map...
  • Vessel lures YouTube stars to its subscription site (2015-03-24 17:35:56)
    The new video site Vessel launches as a premium, paid version of YouTube. Meanwhile, Amazon's Twitch resets passwords after hack, and the NFL experiments with Internet-only access to game broadcasts.
  • Anime-inspired short tells 'Star Wars' tale from Empire's perspective (2015-03-24 17:26:44)
    The incredible animation "TIE Fighter" by UK artist Paul Johnson shows a "Star Wars" starship battle from the perspective of the Galactic Empire.
  • Watch: This 8-bit recreation of ‘The Walking Dead’ is amazing (2015-03-24 17:26:23)
    AMC’s The Walking Dead is already a hit TV series that doesn’t need any introduction, so it’s not really surprising to see it get a special 8-bit treatment from CineFix – though, in case you haven’t seen the show you should know the amazing video after the break is filled with spoilers. DON’T MISS: Free Gmail plugin lets you see if your emails are being tracked before you open them The YouTube channel has come up with a 4-minute animated 8-bit clip that highlights some of the most important events in the first two seasons of the popular zombie show. The team also promised that a second part featuring the best moments of the third and fourth seasons will be posted on YouTube on
  • FAA approves some commercial drone flights (2015-03-24 17:26:00)
    According to the FAA, enterprises can obtain exemptions to speed up airspace restrictions, but there are limitations.
  • Facebook makes it easier to relive your memories (2015-03-24 17:20:00)
  • Google imports new CFO Ruth Porat from Wall Street (2015-03-24 17:03:07)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google has lured away Morgan Stanley's chief financial officer, Ruth Porat, to be its CFO at a time when the Internet search leader and its Silicon Valley peers are under fire for hiring and promoting too few women.
  • Lockheed likely to lose some incentive over F-35 software delay (2015-03-24 17:02:53)
    By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp is likely to lose some incentive fees due to delays in final delivery of the 2B software it is developing for the F-35 fighter jet, the Air Force general who runs the $391 billion program told reporters on Tuesday. Lieutenant General Chris Bodgan said software testing in December revealed problems with the ability of the jets to fuse data about threats on the ground when four F-35s were flying at once. As a result, Lockheed would likely forfeit some of the $300 million in incentive fees linked to development of three separate software packages - 2B, 3I and 3F - for the new warplane, he said. "Every bit of their fee in development is incentive fee now.
  • China's Renaissance man nabs taxi ride ahead of foreign rivals (2015-03-24 17:01:54)
    By Denny Thomas and Elzio Barreto HONG KONG (Reuters) - When little-known Chinese taxi-hailing app Didi Dache needed $15 million to grow its business two years ago, a local upstart investment bank stepped in to help it raise the funds from social networking giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. That paid off last month for Fan Bao, 44-year-old founder of boutique firm China Renaissance, as Didi agreed to merge with bigger rival Kuaidi Dache to create a $6 billion company. Didi tapped Bao to put together the deal, sidestepping Wall Street heavyweights like Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley that dominate China's $347 billion M&A market. In a twist, Kuaidi also wanted Bao on its side, leaving China Renaissance as sole financial adviser to both firms - a rare feat even in China, where tycoons have struck deals over a few drinks. Bao's ability to single-handedly broker the deal - and he's a self-confessed adrenaline junkie - underscores the growing clout of small and nimble corporate advisers in China, presenting a new threat to more established global firms.
  • Facebook: The next home of The New York Times? (2015-03-24 17:01:15)
    Facebook is reportedly working with prominent news sources to host their content on its pages and share in the advertising revenue.
  • Google may soon add a brilliant new feature to Gmail that’s unlike anything you’ve seen (2015-03-24 16:59:24)
    As if the United States Postal Service wasn’t already in deep enough water with the countless online innovations making physical mail obsolete, Google’s new service could make paying your bills as easy as having a Gmail account. Re/code reports that Google is working on a project called Pony Express that will allow users to view and pay their bills straight from their Gmail accounts, without having to visit those awful websites belonging to utility companies and other service providers. DON’T MISS: Free Gmail plugin lets you see if your emails are being tracked before you open them According to the document that Re/code got its hands on, the service is expected to launch in the fourth quarter of 2015. Pony Express (which may just be a
  • Lexmark buying business software brand Kofax for $1 billion (2015-03-24 16:57:00)
    The deal marks one of Lexmark's biggest plays since buying Germany-based software firm ​Saperion for about $72 million in 2013.
  • Nuzzel up to Twitter to get your top stories faster (2015-03-24 16:49:24)
    It takes a long time to read Twitter streams to find the best stories. Nuzzel does it for you for free, and it works best of all with targeted Twitter lists.
  • Lexmark to buy Kofax in deal valued at about $1 billion (2015-03-24 16:46:20)
    (Reuters) - Printer maker Lexmark International Inc said it would buy customer management software maker Kofax Ltd for an enterprise value of about $1 billion. The $11 per share cash offer represents a premium of 46.7 percent to Kofax's Tuesday close of $7.50. Lexmark said the deal will double the size of its enterprise software business. (Reporting by Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru; Editing by Joyjeet Das)
  • Crowd-funding campaign launched for 'Super Troopers' sequel (2015-03-24 16:44:09)
    NEW YORK (AP) — The comedy troupe behind the cult hit "Super Troopers" has launched a crowd-funding campaign to help bankroll a sequel.
  • HubSpot acquires Google Ventures-backed Rekindle social app (2015-03-24 16:38:18)
    HubSpot bolsters its sales and marketing software set a few months after going public on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Google Fiber set to launch in its eighth market: Salt Lake City (2015-03-24 16:37:32)
    Salt Lake City, Utah will officially be the next city to receive Google Fiber gigabit internet and TV. In a blog post published today, Google announced that the city is now in the design phase for laying out fiber-optic cable and building out the Google Fiber network. The rollout follows the Google Fiber launch in Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, and Raleigh-Durham earlier this year, which was the largest for service to date. Those cities are also currently in the design phase, as Google maps out its network. Meanwhile, Fiber already has a foothold in Kansas City, Austin, and Provo.
  • Selling your iPhone 6 right now can still make you a ton of money (2015-03-24 16:36:45)
    Let’s say you bought your iPhone 6 on launch day. It’s an improvement over the iPhone 5s, sure, but it’s not the incredible leap forward you were expecting. It’s time to make a change, but you don’t want to spend a bunch of money switching to a new phone. You’re in luck. DON’T MISS: Insanely cool Star Wars animated short will help tide you over until the movies According to iPhone resale site Orchard, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus resales have retained most of their value over the past six months, dropping to around 80% of the original value of the devices late last year and holding steady ever since. “By the end of 2014 prices had fallen to about 83% of the
  • Google's 'Pony Express' will reportedly let you pay bills right from Gmail (2015-03-24 16:24:30)
    Google could go in a different direction with branding when Pony Express launches to consumers. Who needs snail mail when there's Pony Express? To use Pony Express, users will need to provide personal information including a full social security number, though this data and identify verification will be handled by a third party rather than Google itself. Once that's done, bills can be paid right within Gmail or Inbox, the company's other email app that puts a greater focus on organization and surfacing messages that are timely or important.
  • This time is different: Why Apple TV is finally poised to make a major impact on TV (2015-03-24 16:17:07)
    Unlike the iPhone’s impact on the phone market, the Apple TV set-top box really hasn’t made much of an impact on the American TV market. A lot of this has had to do with the fact that it’s just not that great of an offering, especially considering what Apple was until recently charging for it before it cut its price. However, now that Apple has finally stopped trying to work with big cable companies and is striking deals directly with content providers, it has the chance to make Apple TV really compelling for the first time in its history. RELATED: Apple’s online TV service looks like a giant middle finger to Comcast Wired has put together a list of all
  • Microsoft's Spartan and IE11 browsers get some under-the-hood separation (2015-03-24 16:10:23)
    When the two browsers launch along with Windows 10, the future-focused Spartan will have a clear edge over the legacy-minded Internet Explorer 11.
  • You could receive and pay bills in your Gmail by year's end (2015-03-24 16:06:00)
  • In Mars One we trust (2015-03-24 16:00:00)
  • March Madness, and sadness: The story behind the crying Villanova girl’s viral video (2015-03-24 15:59:32)
    Basketball fans following this year’s March Madness probably saw the Villanova piccolo girl crying her heart out on TV this weekend without even missing a beat during her performance after the Wildcats lost to NC State. Since then, many others have seen or heard about the Villanova girl, whose name actually is Roxanne Chalifoux, as her performance turned into a viral Internet meme. This prompted Jimmy Fallon to invite her at The Tonight Show where she played with The Roots and explained her side of the story. DON’T MISS: You can now preorder the amazing water bottle that wants to change the world Chalifoux revealed that she didn’t expect to receive this much attention after the game. As she cried for her team,
  • Facebook wants more 'high quality' videos it can slap ads on (2015-03-24 15:57:00)
  • Fugitive's dad tells why he thinks son fled in Facebook case (2015-03-24 15:55:18)
    NEW YORK (AP) — A fugitive facing charges he falsely claimed he's owed a majority ownership in Facebook fled after complaining he was being treated unfairly in courts, his father said Tuesday.
  • Google Fiber heads to Salt Lake City (2015-03-24 15:55:00)
    The Silicon Slopes city joins Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, along with Nashville and Atlanta, as cities on deck for the gigabit internet service.
  • Amazon blasts U.S. agency for slowness on drone regulation (2015-03-24 15:52:48)
    By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - E-commerce power Amazon.com blasted federal regulators on Tuesday for being slow to approve commercial drone testing, saying the United States is falling behind other countries in the potentially lucrative area of unmanned aviation technology. Less than a week after the Federal Aviation Administration gave Amazon.com the green light to test a delivery drone outdoors, the company told U.S. lawmakers that the prototype had already become obsolete while the company waited more than six months for the agency's permission. We've moved on to more advanced designs that we already are testing abroad," said Paul Misener, Amazon.com's vice president for global public policy. "Nowhere outside of the United States have we been required to wait more than one or two months to begin testing," Misener testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security.
  • Be the Hemingway of data science storytelling (2015-03-24 15:42:00)
    If your goal is to move people with your data, you'll need more than just information -- you'll need a great story. Follow these storytelling tips to help you add dimension to your data.
  • iDrink breathalyzer iPhone case comes with driving game (2015-03-24 15:37:52)
    The iDrink concept puts a new spin on the smartphone breathalyzer by including a game that gets more difficult the more you drink.
  • Meet Magzet, the tiny gadget that brings Apple’s MagSafe tech to audio jacks (2015-03-24 15:36:50)
    Apple’s proprietary MagSafe charging technology, used in all MacBooks except for the brand new 12-inch Retina MacBook, has prevented countless accidents from damaging Apple laptops. And if you like Apple’s MagSafe cables, then you should definitely check out Magzet, which uses the same kind of magnet-based tech to protect mobile devices against similar accidents that can occur when your headphones get ripped out of your smartphone. DON’T MISS: This amazing 1-inch cube fits on your keychain and may be the only smartphone accessory you’ll ever need Magzet is currently looking to raise no less than $294,000 on Kickstarter, an ambitious goal for the cool device. It has 38 days left in the campaign and so far, the project has convinced more than 400
  • Reddit now lets you embed comments on other websites (2015-03-24 15:28:00)
  • Automakers race to double the driving range of affordable electric cars (2015-03-24 15:21:33)
    By Paul Lienert DETROIT (Reuters) - Global automakers are readying a new generation of mass-market electric cars with more than double the driving range of today’s Nissan Leaf, betting that technical breakthroughs by big battery suppliers such as LG Chem Ltd will jump-start demand and pull them abreast of Tesla Motors Inc. At least four major automakers — General Motors Co, Ford Motor Co, Nissan Motor Co Ltd and Volkswagen AG — plan to race Tesla to be first to field affordable electric vehicles that will travel up to 200 miles (322 km) between charges. The new generation of electric cars is expected to be on the market within two to three years.
  • Beyond the Classroom: Experiencing Technology Innovation Up-Close-And-Personal at SXSW (2015-03-24 15:15:37)
    I am constantly told that the best way to tell a story is in 140-characters. When my mother has a question about how to post a photo on to Facebook, I am her go-to-girl, because I "grew up with this stuff." Last semester, I took an entire class on social media. But while I "tweet" and learn about the digital revolution in my communications...
  • Amazon says US too late on drone rules (2015-03-24 15:06:14)
    Online giant Amazon told Congress Tuesday the US government is lagging in implementing rules for commercial drones, making it hard to make plans for its quick delivery system by air. Amazon vice president for global public policy Paul Misener said in remarks prepared for a Senate hearing that the US approval granted last week for the company's drone testing program came so late that it had already moved on to a new technology.
  • Lawmaker questions maker of scopes tied to 'superbug' issues (2015-03-24 15:01:18)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal lawmaker is seeking details from the manufacturer of medical scopes that have been linked to several "superbug" bacteria outbreaks at U.S. hospitals, asking when the company first learned of the problems.
  • Give me your gold Apple Watch, says artist protesting technology (2015-03-24 14:59:26)
    Technically Incorrect: Because you are evil and she is an artist, Qinmin Liu wants you to buy a gold Apple Watch and give it to her, so that she can make art.
  • Watch: Tesla’s unreleased Model X gets caught on video (2015-03-24 14:58:30)
    In addition to releasing new software updates to existing car models, Tesla is working on some brand new toys, Green Car Report reminds us. In fact, it looks like the new Model X CUV has once again been caught on video during a test drive near the company’s headquarters in California. DON’T MISS: Free Gmail plugin lets you see if your emails are being tracked before you open them This isn’t the first time the unreleased CUV has been spotted in the wild, with a black version of the Model X having been photographed while testing in mid-February. Furthermore, a video from late January also showed off the Model X in testing. Other details about the Model X’s launch aren’t available at this time, but
  • Microsoft relegates Internet Explorer to a “legacy engine" to make way for new browser (2015-03-24 14:57:39)
    Microsoft revealed last week that it’s planning to create a new brand and name for its upcoming browser for Windows 10, currently codenamed Project Spartan. The software maker is now clarifying the role of Internet Explorer and Project Spartan in Windows 10, and has confirmed the new Spartan browser will be the "default browser for all Windows 10 customers." While Microsoft originally revealed in January that its new rendering engine would power Spartan and Internet Explorer in Windows 10, the company says it’s no longer planning to bring this to IE. "On Windows 10, Project Spartan will host our new engine exclusively," says Kyle Pflug, Microsoft’s Project Spartan program manager.
  • Microsoft relegates Internet Explorer to a 'legacy engine' to make way for new browser (2015-03-24 14:57:39)
    Microsoft revealed last week that it’s planning to create a new brand and name for its upcoming browser for Windows 10, currently codenamed Project Spartan. The software maker is now clarifying the role of Internet Explorer and Project Spartan in Windows 10, and has confirmed the new Spartan browser will be the "default browser for all Windows 10 customers." While Microsoft originally revealed in January that its new rendering engine would power Spartan and Internet Explorer in Windows 10, the company says it’s no longer planning to bring this to IE.
  • Curiosity rover finds new signs that Mars could have supported life (2015-03-24 14:55:51)
    NASA's Curiosity rover has detected yet another ingredient for life on Mars: nitrogen that would have been usable by living organisms. The finding suggests that Mars could have supported a nitrogen cycle, which on Earth involves bacteria creating fixed nitrogen, which then works its way into plants, and eventually back into the soil, where the cycle repeats. "People want to follow the carbon, but in many ways nitrogen is just as important a nutrient for life," Jennifer Stern, who led the research at NASA, tells the Los Angeles Times. Those low levels, it suggests, are likely because we are now observing the remnants of ancient nitrogen fixation amid changed atmospheric conditions.
  • Google taps Morgan Stanley exec for CFO post (2015-03-24 14:52:19)
    Ruth Porat, a Silicon Valley native, will head west from the marquee Wall Street firm, where she had a hand in a number of technology ventures.
  • India warns Uber, Ola over resuming taxi services (2015-03-24 14:50:58)
    Authorities in New Delhi asked Uber Technologies Inc and its Indian rival Ola on Tuesday to cease operations, saying that otherwise their applications for radio-taxi licenses would not be processed, letters seen by Reuters show. India ordered a halt in December to operations of all unregistered web-based taxi companies after a female passenger reported she had been raped in New Delhi by a driver contracted to U.S. cab company Uber. Ola, backed by Japan's SoftBank Corp, continued operations. Delhi's government transport department said in separate, similarly-worded letters to local units of Uber and Ola that continuing their taxi services would contravene a December order by the government.
  • Chromebook Pixel proves its productivity (Return date decision) (2015-03-24 14:49:45)
    We often get caught up in the excitement of new mobile devices and make spontaneous purchases. The return date is the moment of truth -- and Matthew Miller is just about ready to hit a major one.
  • Apple patent envisions tracking people in real time (2015-03-24 14:46:46)
    A newly granted patent would let you view friends, family and even pets from your mobile device as they move through their day.
  • Comcast gets social to shake bad customer-service reputation (2015-03-24 14:42:56)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast is adding more social media representatives as it tries to work on its reputation for inefficient, unresponsive or just plain rude customer service.
  • Amazon says the FAA is so slow, the delivery drone it approved is already obsolete (2015-03-24 14:41:43)
    Last week the Federal Aviation Administration finally gave Amazon permission to begin test flying its delivery drones outdoors. "This approval came last Thursday, and we’re eager to get flying here as we have been abroad," said Paul Misener, Amazon's vice president for Global Public Policy. The FAA took one and half years to give Amazon permission to fly one very specific model of drone. Misener compared this to what is happening overseas.
  • Facebook officially launches nostalgia-inducing 'On This Day' feature (2015-03-24 14:41:06)
    A few years ago, Facebook started testing a feature called "On This Day." It was a feed of everything you posted to Facebook on a given date years in the past, as well as photos and posts you were tagged in on that date. Now, almost two years later, Facebook is officially launching On This Day — a feature that works quite similarly to Timehop, a service that lets you sign in with a variety of social networks (including Facebook) to receive a daily digest of whatever you posted across those networks years in the past. Starting today, when users visit Facebook on the web or on their phones, they'll get an option to view the On This Day page (or you can go to the page directly, but it hasn't rolled out to everyone just yet). Facebook is taking some precautions to make sure the nostalgia it dredges up doesn't get too painful — according to TechCrunch, On This Day will try and avoid surfacing potentially painful posts.
  • The killer feature for next year’s Galaxy S7 might have just been revealed (2015-03-24 14:41:04)
    Samsung finally unveiled the kind of Galaxy S smartphone fans want, one that offers a glimpse into the future — at least when it comes to display technology. There might be no real need for a curved Galaxy S6 edge in your life right now, as Samsung is yet to convince us that edge displays are worth paying extra money for… but Samsung isn’t done bending the screen just yet. FROM EARLIER: The fall of cable is coming A recent report from Business Korea indicates that both LG Display and Samsung Display are working on a variety of technologies for future smartphones and tablets. The South Korean companies are developing a several different screens that could be found in home appliances, computers
  • Crowdfunding campaign for Super Troopers 2 launches on Indiegogo (2015-03-24 14:37:44)
    Broken Lizard fans rejoice. The comedy team behind the 2001 cult hit Super Troopers today announced that they're in the process of making a sequel and are funding the film through Indiegogo. Earning $2 million by next month means Broken Lizard will be able to produce a barebones sequel.
  • Zombie versus drone: There can be only one (2015-03-24 14:30:02)
    What happens when a drone is pressed into service to battle an attacking zombie? A short video answers that compelling question.
  • JXE Streams: Digging in the 'Metroid' dirt of PS4's 'Axiom Verge' (2015-03-24 14:30:00)
  • Clash of Clans maker Supercell doubles profit (2015-03-24 14:28:29)
    By Jussi Rosendahl HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish mobile game maker Supercell tripled sales and doubled core profit last year on the back of hit titles Clash of Clans, Hay Day and Boom Beach, the company said on Tuesday. Chief Executive Ilkka Paananen said in the statement that the rapid growth was thanks to users' increased play of the company's existing games, which it updates regularly with extended story lines and features. Supercell has managed so far to avoid the fate of San Francisco-based Zynga and Finnish rival Rovio, which have both struggled to extend their franchises beyond initial hugely popular game titles. Founded in 2010, Supercell introduced its first games for mobile phones in 2011 and sold 51 percent of the business to Japanese technology and telecoms company SoftBank Corp in 2013 for about $1.5 billion.
  • Telefonica finalizes $15 billion sale of UK unit to Hutchison (2015-03-24 14:27:36)
    LONDON (Reuters) - Spain's Telefonica said it had finalised a deal to sell its British mobile business O2 to Li Ka-shing's Hutchison Whampoa <0013.HK> for 10.25 billion pounds ($15.2 billion), confirming details announced earlier this year.
  • Telefonica to sell UK phone operator O2 to Hutchison Whampoa (2015-03-24 14:25:36)
    LONDON (AP) — European cell phone operator Telefonica SA said Tuesday it has reached an agreement to sell its British business, O2, to Hong Kong conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. for 10.25 billion pounds ($15.24 billion).
  • Facebook 'On This Day' Lets You Keep Track of Your History (2015-03-24 14:22:52)
    The social network announced today it is launching "On This Day," a tool that will allow its 1.39 billion users to take a private peek back at what they were doing on this date in previous years. Facebook will begin rolling out the feature today globally.
  • Insanely cool Star Wars animated short will help tide you over until the movies (2015-03-24 14:21:18)
    It’s going to be a long, excruciating wait for the next Star Wars movie, but some very creative fans are doing their best to make this difficult stretch as entertaining as possible for the rest of us. DON’T MISS: This amazing 1-inch cube fits on your keychain and may be the only smartphone accessory you’ll ever need What we want to share with you today is a 7-minute animated short four years in the making. Paul Johnson (OtaKing77077 on YouTube) finally published his ’80s anime-style tribute to the classic Star Wars game TIE Fighter on Tuesday, and it’s absolutely incredible. Here’s everything you need to know about the short from Johnson’s description on YouTube: “Drawn and animated by yours truly over 4 years’
  • Beware of these IoT designs with security flaws (2015-03-24 14:17:10)
    What do Kung-Fu Grip, Secret Handshake, Postcards Home, and Baby Duck Authentication have in common? They're all IoT design patterns with security flaws.
  • FAA streamlines rules to speed up permits to fly drones (2015-03-24 14:12:12)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal aviation officials say they are streamlining their rules to expedite permits to fly commercial drones as long as flights remain under 200 feet in altitude.
  • Kleiner run 'like a boys club,' Pao attorney tells jurors (2015-03-24 14:10:33)
    A former partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers was judged by a different standard than male colleagues, her attorney told jurors on Tuesday, as a landmark Silicon Valley sex bias case entered its final stages. "They ran Kleiner Perkins like a boys club," Exelrod said, in a case that helped spark a broad discussion about sexism in the notoriously clubby tech start-up scene. Attorneys for Kleiner are expected to deliver their closing argument later on Tuesday. The case has laid bare the personnel matters of the firm that backed Google Inc and Amazon.com Inc, painting it as a quarrelsome pressure cooker where a former male partner used business trips as opportunities to make advances to female colleagues.
  • Clash of Clans maker sees strong growth in profits, sales (2015-03-24 14:10:01)
    HELSINKI (AP) — "Clash of Clans" maker Supercell says pre-tax profit last year more than doubled to 515 million euros ($564 million) as sales of its popular games surged three-fold to more than 1.54 billion euros.
  • Microsoft to make rendering engine changes with Spartan, IE in Windows 10 (2015-03-24 14:08:00)
    Microsoft is tweaking its browser strategy ahead of making its new 'Spartan' browser available to Windows 10 users.
  • Lawyer: Silicon Valley firm judged men, women differently (2015-03-24 14:07:10)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An attorney for a woman suing a prestigious Silicon Valley venture capital firm for gender discrimination said Tuesday the firm judged men and women by different standards.
  • Google Fiber just announced it’s coming to yet another new market (2015-03-24 14:04:33)
    Get excited, Salt Lake City residents — you’re about to get access to the fastest Internet service in the United States. Google on Tuesday announced that it would be bringing Google Fiber to Salt Lake City, which actually will make it the second city in Utah to have access to the service. Google first announced it was bringing Fiber to Provo, Utah back in 2013. RELATED: Google Fiber’s chilling threat to cities: Do things our way or ‘enjoy your Time Warner Cable’ The agreement to bring Google Fiber to Salt Lake City means that Google has now announced plans to bring the service to five new markets this year alone. In January, Google announced that Google Fiber would soon be coming to Atlanta,
  • Amazon blasts U.S. FAA for slowness on drone regulation (2015-03-24 14:01:59)
    By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - E-commerce power Amazon.com blasted federal regulators on Tuesday for being slow to approve commercial drone testing, saying the United States is falling behind other countries in the potentially lucrative area of unmanned aviation technology. Less than a week after the Federal Aviation Administration gave Amazon.com the green light to test a delivery drone outdoors, the company told U.S. lawmakers that the prototype drone had already become obsolete while the company waited more than six months for the agency's permission. We've moved on to more advanced designs that we already are testing abroad," said Paul Misener, Amazon.com's vice president for global public policy. "Nowhere outside of the United States have we been required to wait more than one or two months to begin testing," Misener said in written testimony submitted to the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security.
  • ITV snatches rights to new 'Family Guy' episodes from the BBC (2015-03-24 14:00:00)
  • Intuit acquires Playbook HR for QuickBooks Online Self-Employed (2015-03-24 13:57:40)
    Intuit is aiming to answer the needs of independent contractors in the "on-demand economy" with a new acquisition.
  • Microsoft offers Xbox 360 buyers new deals for spring (2015-03-24 13:52:33)
    To entice buyers, the Spring Value bundles offer two free games and one month of Xbox Live.
  • Google poaches Morgan Stanley's CFO (2015-03-24 13:12:17)
    Google Inc said it hired Ruth Porat, chief financial officer at Morgan Stanley, as its own finance chief, a move signaling that the search engine company may be looking to bear down on fast growing expenses. Google's costs have jumped as the company embarked on an increasing number of ambitious projects including self-driving cars and internet-connected eyeglasses. Google's shares rose as much as 2.5 percent on Tuesday. Porat has helped execute a sweeping cost-cutting strategy across several business lines at Morgan Stanley.
  • Apple just released iOS 8.3 beta 4 for the iPhone and iPad (2015-03-24 13:01:30)
    Apple on Tuesday released its fourth beta for its upcoming iOS 8.3 update. Per 9to5Mac, this beta is the second one available to public beta users and the fourth beta available to developers. Developing…
  • How Netflix creates addicting and binge-worthy TV (2015-03-24 12:40:58)
    Netflix arguably ushered in the phrase “binge watching”, a term which refers to when one plops down and watches a few episodes of a TV show in quick succession. And given the unprecedented level of TV quality these days, it’s not unheard of for fans to binge watch entire seasons of certain shows over the course of one weekend. Netflix in recent years has successfully differentiated itself from other streaming services by developing its own programming. From House of Cards to Orange is the New Black, Netflix has seemingly perfected the art of not only producing incredible TV shows, but producing shows that are exceptionally binge worthy. RELATED: 5 free apps every Netflix user needs to know about Most recently, Netflix premiered a
  • The X-Files is coming back to television (2015-03-24 12:34:31)
    As if we needed any more proof that the 1990s are alive and well, The Wrap is reporting that The X-Files will be coming back to Fox as a six-episode limited series. While such a landmark show returning in one form or another is almost expected at this point, the big news is that the entire team is on board: David Duchovny will be returning as Agent Fox Mulder, Gillian Anderson as Agent Dana Scully, and creator and executive producer Chris Carter will be overseeing it all.
  • Xbox Fitness now syncs exercise data to Microsoft Health (2015-03-24 12:32:10)
    Microsoft’s Xbox Fitness service launched nearly two years ago as a way to whip you into shape with big names and big data. While the service is limited to the Xbox, it’s moving outside of the games console today thanks to some integration with Microsoft’s new Health service. In an update to the Xbox One app, Xbox Fitness will now sync data to Microsoft Health, allowing you to access all your exercise data from the Health dashboard. If you’re a Microsoft Band owner then that means you can choose to exercise in a gym or in the park, and work out at home with Xbox Fitness, with all the data synced to one central location that's accessible on the web or through cross-platform apps.
  • Ford's new car will force you to obey the speed limit (2015-03-24 12:32:00)
  • MetroPCS crafts unlimited phone plan for $30 a month (2015-03-24 12:20:56)
    The T-Mobile-owned prepaid brand is touting its new plan over those offered by Boost and Cricket, though there are a couple of catches.
  • Man meets boy online, and provocative short film follows their story (2015-03-24 12:20:14)
    Is it ever OK for a grown man to chat with a young stranger online? "Windscreenwiperman" doesn't have any answers, but it sure raises a lot of questions.
  • 5 fantastic videos highlight Galaxy S6 features you may not know about (2015-03-24 12:19:11)
    Samsung and its carrier partners have been doing a lot to educate us about the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge’s best features, but some videos recently been posted on YouTube do a nice job of showing us some of the device’s more unheralded features. Five videos recently compiled in a thread over at Reddit’s Android community show different sides to Samsung’s newest phones and evaluate how they compare to some other flagship phones on the market. DON’T MISS: Free Gmail plugin lets you see if your emails are being tracked before you open them We’ll start with this video from ETrade Supply that shows the Galaxy S6 being fully disassembled. This video is particularly noteworthy because it shows you exactly how to remove the Galaxy S6’s
  • SodaStream is making a new machine that can carbonate basically anything (2015-03-24 12:17:39)
    SodaStream, the company whose carbonators have rapidly proliferated through kitchens around the world in recent years, has a problem: the machines that it has on the market can only carbonate water. From the sounds of it, the machine is geared primarily toward bartenders, but it'll also be marketed to "sophisticated" home users (in other words, it won't be cheap).
  • Twitter finds a way to quash offensive tweets (2015-03-24 12:14:09)
    A feature dubbed "quality filtering," available to certain users of Twitter's iOS app, tries to filter out tweets deemed offensive or abusive.
  • Reddit comments can now be embedded on other websites (2015-03-24 12:13:32)
    Reddit comments will no longer be stuck in whatever thread and subreddit that they were first posted in. Reddit now provides the ability to take comments from any public subreddit and embed them elsewhere online, allowing people to highlight specific comments and conversations. Twitter has allowed this for a long time now, and Facebook started allowing it a little over a year back. ...
  • Cut costs with world's first 10 TB drive and Google Cloud Nearline Storage (2015-03-24 12:11:51)
    Learn how HGST's 10 TB drive and Google Cloud's Nearline (a pseudo-competitor to Amazon's Glacier service) could reduce your storage costs.
  • HP makes Bang & Olufsen its new audio partner (2015-03-24 12:01:47)
    It lost Beats as a collaborator after Apple bought it, but Hewlett-Packard is ready to move on with tech for its audio needs.
  • Samsung Galaxy sales data following the S6 release (2015-03-24 12:01:46)
    Learn how Samsung Galaxy and Apple iPhone owners approached the prospect of new product launches based on older model sales data from eBay.
  • Jay-Z bought music streaming company just in time for T-mobile deal (2015-03-24 12:01:00)
  • Yelp's app reviews are my favorite thing in iTunes (2015-03-24 11:59:35)
    Yelp is the hotdish of apps. Yelp is the comfort food of apps, is what I'm saying. I like Yelp even though it's sort of passé.
  • The best (and worst) thing about the HTC One M9 (2015-03-24 11:56:58)
    The new and improved HTC flagship phone for the first half of 2015 has finally been weighed and measured by technology bloggers and the press. Unfortunately for HTC, however, a common thread was found throughout. Everyone seems to agree that the new HTC One M9 is a fantastic smartphone inside and out, featuring cutting-edge specs and a stunning design that outclasses almost every rival smartphone on the market. But that stunning design is also shaping up to be a big problem for HTC. DON’T MISS: Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 Plus face off in the ultimate camera shootout When we review the biggest smartphones of the year, we often supplement our main review with two additional articles that focus on the
  • RoboGames returns with fighting robots in April (2015-03-24 11:46:13)
    Thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign, the "Olympics of robots" is back, once more invading San Mateo, Calif. The event will later be released as a Web series and DVD.
  • Health and fitness wearables spending grows, but standards and privacy worries remain (2015-03-24 11:41:28)
    Currently valued at $320m, the market for those two sectors of the wearable market is set to grow nearly six times in four years according to Juniper Research
  • Would You Let A Robot Do Your Makeup? (2015-03-24 11:38:04)
    By now, there's a good chance you've mastered your makeup routine to the point where you could do it in your sleep (or at least after hitting the snooze button five times). But what if there was a way to automate beauty? After all, we're in a digital age: you can use your phone to lock the doors of your house and order food for a party with...
  • ‘Becoming Steve Jobs’ review: Pulling back the curtain on Apple’s iconic founder (2015-03-24 11:35:47)
    Some of Apple’s highest-ranking executives, including CEO Tim Cook and senior vice president Eddy Cue, among others, have been lavishing praise on “Becoming Steve Jobs” in the run-up to the release today of the new biography of Apple’s co-founder. That’s because this new take on Jobs’ life and times tries to smooth some of the edges of his personality that Walter Isaacson’s biography, released in the immediate aftermath of Jobs’ death in 2011, put on full display for readers. The resulting portrait is of a man at times prickly, caustic, acerbic – no surprises there – but also immensely likeable when he wanted to be, as well as quick with acts of selflessness and generosity. DON’T MISS: 5 free apps every
  • You can now watch TED Talks on your Apple TV (2015-03-24 11:29:00)
  • Kingston unveils high-speed HyperX Predator PCIe SSD (2015-03-24 11:28:00)
    Kingston's new HyperX Predator PCIe SSD is an upgrade part that brings read speed of up to 1400MB/s and write speeds hitting 1000MB/s to desktop and notebook systems.
  • Settlers of Catan parody takes on NY hipsters (2015-03-24 11:27:49)
    Watch this fake ad for Settlers of Brooklyn, a fictional game of "entitlement, self-discovery and brunch" that roasts New York City's hipster culture.
  • Patched Android flaw left third-party apps vulnerable to hijacking (2015-03-24 11:21:00)
    A vulnerability in the Android PackageInstaller system allowed attackers to hijack the installation process of a seemingly safe third-party Android app and replace it with one infected with malware.
  • Ars Technica has obtained Oakland's entire license plate reader database (2015-03-24 11:20:03)
    Through a public records request, Ars Technica's Cyrus Farivar has obtained the Oakland police department's entire license plate reader database, just under 4.7 million scans taken over more than three years. The database is available to police without a warrant, and thus was accessible through public records law, but the mere existence of the dataset raises profound privacy issues. In one case, Ars traced the data back to a subject's home and work place, although the article stresses that "in cases where we searched a known individual's plates, we did so only with their explicit consent." Oakland operates 33 license plate readers, each capable of scanning up to 60 plates per second, but that relatively small number of devices adds up to a remarkably comprehensive portrait of the city's inhabitants, particularly when combined with other publicly available data. In 1983, the Supreme Court ruled that cars on public roads do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy, but many think the ruling should be revisited in light of modern database technology.
  • Get an Asus 11.6-inch laptop with Windows 8.1 for $179.99 (2015-03-24 11:18:08)
    Budget specs? Yep. Killer deal anyway? Yep.
  • Robot stays on its feet despite punishment (2015-03-24 11:15:50)
    It's another day of abuse for this poor robot named Atrias. If not being kicked around, Atrias spends hours being pummeled by balls. Unlike most bipedal robots which are designed to move like humans, engineers from the Dynamic Robotics Laboratory at Oregon State University modeled Atrias on a bird, creating what is basically a robotic ostrich that conserves energy while maximizing agility and balance. Atrias is fitted with two constantly moving pogo stick-like legs made of carbon fiber.
  • Should Facebook be in the business of sending money? (2015-03-24 11:14:00)
    Soon, it will be possible to send money via the Facebook Messenger app. Here are the details about the plan and why they're doing it.
  • A Q&A with Dennis McCarthy, the man behind Furious 7's insane cast of cars (2015-03-24 11:08:49)
    In an industry flush with fancy cars, stunts, and fancy cars doing stunts, calling Dennis McCarthy "Hollywood's car guy" probably wouldn't be an overstatement. McCarthy has served as car coordinator for five movies in the ever-growing Fast & Furious franchise, including Furious 7, which hits theaters next week.
  • Get Dropbox integration with the ChromeOS file manager (2015-03-24 11:06:54)
    Jack Wallen walks you through the steps for integrating your Dropbox account into the ChromeOS file manager.
  • Free Gmail plugin lets you see if your emails are being tracked before you open them (2015-03-24 11:02:22)
    Marketers are getting more and more crafty each day, constantly coming up with new ways to woo clients with tools they claim will increase their sales. This is obviously especially true online, where new software tools are constantly being developed with the goal of slapping companies’ messages in front of your eyeballs as quickly and efficiently as possible, and then monitoring the success of each campaign as closely as possible. One particular tool marketers use all the time is email tracking, which helps companies measure how successful email campaigns are by automatically — and without your knowledge — tracking each time you open an email. This, of course, is a huge invasion of privacy. DON’T MISS: 5 free apps every Netflix user needs
  • Male nurses have been earning thousands more than female nurses for decades (2015-03-24 11:00:01)
    The results show that male registered nurses, on average, are earning over $5,100 more each year than female registered nurses. The researchers determined the wage gap by looking at data from the National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses, which was taken every four years from 1988 to 2008. The statistics for registered nurses are particularly startling because, as the study points out, the field is dominated by women: in 2013, the US Census Bureau counted 3.5 million nurses, of which 3.2 million were women and 330,000 were men (only 78 percent of nurses were registered nurses). The pay gap has been closing in the US, albeit very slowly. According to The New York Times, the national pay gap is at a record low, but the US still hasn't closed even half of the gap present in 1960, when women earned 60 cents for every dollar a man earned.
  • Engadget giveaway: win a Lyve Home photo and video hub courtesy of Lyve! (2015-03-24 11:00:00)
  • Google Play Music device control frustrates, Amazon Prime Music ad-free radio satisfies (2015-03-24 10:57:09)
    Amazon just rolled out an updated iOS app for Prime Music that provides ad-free radio stations. Amazon Prime members can enjoy this music service for free and Matthew now made the switch.
  • HP taps Bang & Olufsen for audio tech now that Apple has Beats (2015-03-24 10:57:00)
  • Google turns to Wall Street for new finance chief (2015-03-24 10:50:47)
    Google on Tuesday named as its new chief financial officer Ruth Porat, a Morgan Stanley banker considered one of the most powerful women on Wall Street. Porat will start at Google on May 26, moving from a similar position at the investment banking giant Morgan Stanley. She will replace Patrick Pichette, who announced his retirement this month after nearly seven years as one of the Internet titan's top executives. Her work to help rescue the insurance giant AIG during the 2008 financial crisis earned her the "most powerful" moniker in several media reports.
  • Buying the 21 most expensive apps on the App Store will cost you over $12,000 (2015-03-24 10:39:35)
    A lot of digital ink has been spilled over the price of the Apple Watch in recent weeks, but one list might help put things into perspective. Business Insider rounded up the top 21 most expensive apps on the App Store, and all told, it would cost $12,149.79 to buy all of them. MORE APPS: 5 free apps every Netflix user needs to know about There are a few apps on this list that might actually be worth the price of admission, such as a reference book for doctors or a communication app for people with conditions that affect their ability to speak, but a majority seem to be gimmicks, luring in the poor saps that can’t resist the urge to
  • This cute dog is terrible at catching food, and that's all you need to know (2015-03-24 10:39:05)
    Angle: Dog missing food: The perfect use of iPhone 6 slow-motion video
  • Amazon's Fire TV will soon be able to connect to hotel Wi-Fi (2015-03-24 10:31:45)
    Amazon's announcing its next Fire TV and Fire TV Stick software update a few weeks in advance. You'll be able to plug in an external USB drive to boost the amount of space for your Fire TV apps and games — if you've somehow already managed to exceed the built-in storage, that is. Amazon says both devices are the first media streamers to support the "captive portal," or Wi-Fi networks that require web-based authentication. You'd typically find these at hotels, where it's often hard or impossible to connect your own Apple TV or Chromecast to the Wi-Fi network.
  • Amazon Fire TV players will soon work in your hotel room (2015-03-24 10:31:00)
  • How Amazon handles a new software deployment every second (2015-03-24 10:31:00)
    For Amazon, service oriented architectural approaches to software design and development was a given. Deploying these solutions was a bear, however.
  • Test trial to use computer servers to heat homes (2015-03-24 10:30:44)
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An energy company is joining forces with a tech startup to harness computing power to heat homes in the Netherlands.
  • How I keep screens from causing me insomnia (2015-03-24 10:26:08)
    Most recently, researchers at Harvard Medical School found that volunteers who dozed off to e-readers experienced less REM sleep, a vital portion of deep sleep associated with improved cognitive functioning. Fortunately, there are a few cheap solutions that can take the sting out of artificial light.
  • Accel launches $305 million Indian start-up fund (2015-03-24 10:20:34)
    (Reuters) - Accel Partners, the venture capital firm that has backed the likes of Facebook and Flipkart, is launching a $305 million India-focused fund to capitalize on the country's favorable conditions for start-ups. The investment is almost double the size of Accel's last such fund -- launched in 2011 -- and will target technology businesses in the consumer, enterprise software, mobile and healthcare sectors, the Silicon Valley-based firm said on Tuesday. A rising number of smartphone users, cheaper Internet and a vast middle class have turned India into one of the hottest markets for investors such as Accel, Singaporean wealth fund Temasek Holdings [TEM.UL] and Japan's SoftBank Corp, fuelling growth of technology start-ups including Flipkart, Snapdeal and Ola. Investors pumped $4.5 billion into the Indian Internet space in the 13 months to February, Morgan Stanley said in a report, while sources have told Reuters of heightened competition among investors as they scout for India's next billion-dollar business.
  • Video: People are calling the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge iPhone clones – but will they bend? (2015-03-24 10:18:49)
    Ahead of Samsung’s next-generation flagship smartphone debut, people saw leaked images of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge and called them iPhone clones. While there are clearly some indisputable similarities between the new Galaxy S6 and Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, in the end, we believe the S6 definitely isn’t the shameless iPhone ripoff some Apple fans believe it to be. We’ll see plenty of comparisons between the Galaxy S6 lineup and Apple’s latest iPhones in the coming weeks once the new Samsung phones are released. In the meantime, one gadget reviewer set out to answer a question that will determine whether or not Samsung inadvertently copied one of people’s least favorite iPhone features: “Bendgate.” DON’T MISS: Galaxy S6 and
  • Google hires Morgan Stanley's Ruth Porat as CFO (2015-03-24 10:15:20)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Morgan Stanley's chief financial officer, Ruth Porat, is leaving the New York investment bank for the same job at Google.
  • Microsoft is learning from its mistakes for its Internet Explorer successor (2015-03-24 10:14:31)
    Internet Explorer might not be open source, but Microsoft is trying to make its successor a little more flexible to third parties. The software giant is currently building Project Spartan, a new browser that will succeed Internet Explorer in Windows 10. As part of the company’s work, it’s partnering with "major Web entities" to help improve its web platform. This is a first for Microsoft, and it means that companies outside of Redmond will be able to contribute code to Project Spartan.
  • Twitter finds a new way to quash offensive tweets (2015-03-24 10:13:31)
    A feature dubbed "quality filtering," available to certain users of Twitter's iOS app, tries to filter out tweets deemed offensive or abusive.
  • HP partners with Bang & Olufsen for sound technology (2015-03-24 10:05:54)
    (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co said it had entered into a partnership to equip its PCs, tablets and other gadgets with audio technology from Danish television and sound system maker Bang & Olufsen. HP said on Tuesday that it would start selling personal computers with Bang & Olufsen and B&O PLAY audio technology this spring. The Bang & Olufsen brand will appear on HP's Spectre, OMEN, ENVY and select commercial PCs, while the B&O Play brand will appear on HP Pavilion PCs, tablets and PC audio accessories, HP said. ...
  • Pivotal Cloud Foundry bundles managed Amazon capacity and simplifies AWS installs (2015-03-24 10:00:03)
    Changes in the latest release of app-development platform Pivotal Cloud Foundry are designed to accelerate uptake and make life easier for coders.
  • This smart cookie jar will only open if you deserve it (2015-03-24 10:00:00)
  • 'Some' Twitch user accounts possibly accessed in hack (2015-03-24 09:58:48)
    To protect its 100 million users, the live-stream video service for gamers says it has reset all passwords and disconnected user accounts from Twitter and YouTube.
  • TigerText secure messaging for BYOD and enterprise mobile users (2015-03-24 09:57:50)
    TigerText offers secure messaging for mobile users while maintaining compliance with HIPAA, FINRA and other compliance standards.
  • 7 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time (2015-03-24 09:55:45)
    It looks like there finally might be some warmer weather on its way to the Northeast, and we’re celebrating by sharing a great list of paid iPhone and iPad apps that are on sale for free right now. Ok, we would share a list of paid iOS apps on sale today regardless of what the weather in the New York area looked like for the rest of the week, but we’re just really excited right now… Of course, don’t forget to check yesterday’s list of paid iOS apps on sale, because a few of the best apps on there are still free downloads. DON’T MISS: 5 free apps every Netflix user needs to know about These are paid iPhone and iPad
  • Ruth Porat to leave Morgan Stanley, join Google as CFO (2015-03-24 09:55:08)
    (Reuters) - Morgan Stanley Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat is leaving the bank to join Google Inc in the same position, the companies said on Tuesday. Porat, 57, will replace Patrick Pichette, who said on March 10 that he planned to retire. Jonathan Pruzan, co-head of Morgan Stanley's global financial institutions group in investment banking, will become CFO after Porat leaves on April 30. Google shares rose 1.8 percent in early trading, while Morgan Stanley shares slipped 0.7 percent.
  • Hadoop ignited a "Cambrian explosion," says its creator (2015-03-24 09:47:02)
    Hadoop is slower than Spark, but that won't inhibit enterprise adoption. Matt Asay explains.
  • Even office mice now come with a narrative of craftsmanship and care (2015-03-24 09:43:50)
    Throw in a nicely sharpened pencil and an earnest-looking designer, and you have the makings of basically every Apple or HTC design video ever made. One thing I hadn't yet seen, however, is a design story for a good old computer mouse.
  • Self-driving cars are the future, but you won't be buying one (2015-03-24 09:36:24)
    Divided American consumers might accept automated cars are on the way, but whether they want one or not is a separate issue.
  • Google names Morgan Stanley exec Porat CFO (2015-03-24 09:32:00)
    Ruth Porat, currently CFO of Morgan Stanley, starts May 26 and will report to Google CEO Larry Page.
  • You can now preorder the amazing water bottle that wants to change the world (2015-03-24 09:30:13)
    After unveiling its clean water vision a few days ago by announcing a new filter capable of cleaning 99.99999% of germs and bacteria usually found in water as you drink it from a special bottle, Liquidity is going forward with its Kickstarter campaign. The company on Tuesday kicked off its crowdfunding project, looking to raise at least $40,000 in the following 30 days to make Naked Filter a real product. DON’T MISS: This amazing 1-inch cube fits on your keychain and may be the only smartphone accessory you’ll ever need That means the Naked Filter bottle is now available for preorder via Kickstarter, with the cheapest price being $10 for one bottle and one filter. This perk does come with some
  • Curiosity finds evidence of life-giving nitrates in Mars rocks (2015-03-24 09:28:00)
  • Why VR is suddenly cool again after the terrible gadgets of the 1990s (2015-03-24 09:27:24)
    I won't forget my childhood disappointment with virtual reality. Last year, Facebook acquired Oculus, the frontrunner in VR hardware, for $2 billion. Since, we've seen aggressive movement in the industry from Samsung, Sony, and Valve, to name only a few of the companies that see potential in VR headsets.
  • 'Star Wars' Itty Bittys seek big fans (2015-03-24 09:23:47)
    These "Star Wars" toys from Hallmark go for the cute, cuddly look.
  • Robot racing sparks scientific enthusiasm in U.S. students (2015-03-24 08:22:10)
    The robots, designed by student teams at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, will be racing a lineup ranging from commercial available machines weighing hundreds of pounds to remote control cars jerry-rigged by teenage hobbyists. The 100-meter out-and-back course, where the robots will accept a cup full of confetti at the turnaround, has no ambitions of attracting competitors on par with those in the U.S. Defense Department-funded Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Robotics Challenge, where some of the world's top minds in the field will show off creations that cost tens of millions of dollars. Rather, the competition sponsored by robotics company Vecna Technologies is part of a growing breed of lower-key robot races sprouting up across the United States that experts contend could play a powerful role in attracting young students into the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. I'm all for it," said Massachusetts Institute of Technology associate professor Russ Tedrake, who helped lead the school's fourth-place DARPA team in 2014.
  • Silicon Valley gender lawsuit heads to closing arguments (2015-03-24 07:02:47)
    By Sarah McBride and Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A landmark Silicon Valley sex bias case that has forced venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers to air awkward details about its operations goes to closing arguments on Tuesday after four weeks of testimony. Pao, now interim chief executive at social-news service Reddit, claims her standing at Kleiner crumbled after she ended a brief affair with partner Ajit Nazre. Pao sought to illustrate her point with testimony from former Kleiner partner, Trae Vassallo, who said Nazre appeared at her hotel room on a business trip.
  • Battle for African Internet users stirs freedom fears (2015-03-24 06:55:26)
    By Joe Brock JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Google and Facebook are at the forefront of a scramble to win over new African Internet users, offering freebies they say give a leg-up to the poor but which critics argue is a plan to lock in customers on a continent of 1 billion people. Africa's Internet penetration will reach 50 percent by 2025 and there are expected to be 360 million smartphones on the continent by then, roughly double the number in the United States currently, Mckinsey Consultants data shows. Africa had 16 percent Internet penetration and 67 million smartphones in 2013. This growth is attracting interest from Internet companies such as Google, Facebook and Wikipedia, which are striking deals with service providers such as Vodacom, MTN, Bharti Airtel and Safaricom to offer users free, or 'zero-rated' access to their sites and services.
  • Amazon's Fire TV Stick arrives in the UK next month for £35 (2015-03-24 05:00:00)
  • Indian court rejects ban on 'offensive' Internet messages (2015-03-24 04:43:22)
    NEW DELHI (AP) — India's top court affirmed people's right to free speech in cyberspace Tuesday by striking down a provision that had called for imprisoning people who send "offensive" messages by computer or cellphone.
  • UK's Game Digital says CFO to step down (2015-03-24 04:14:56)
    (Reuters) - Game Digital Plc posted a 16 percent fall in first-half adjusted core profit and said Chief Financial Officer Benedict Smith would step down later this year. Shares of the company fell 7 percent in morning trade on Tuesday on the London Stock Exchange. Smith, who has spent just over two years at the video games retailer, is moving as CFO to a private equity-backed business, Game Digital said on Tuesday.
  • Facebook wants to save you a click by hosting other sites' content (2015-03-24 04:08:00)
  • Online video site Vessel bets fans will pay for early access (2015-03-24 03:03:47)
    Online video platform Vessel launched its paid subscription service on Tuesday, offering programming at least three days before other websites in a bid to reshape an industry dominated by free content on Google Inc's YouTube. Vessel, which costs viewers $3 a month, was founded by former Hulu Chief Executive Jason Kilar and Chief Technology Officer Richard Tom. "There are a lot of consumers who would love to see something early." More than 130 creators will provide early access to content on Vessel. After the exclusive period ends, videos can go to YouTube, Vimeo, Vevo or other free, ad-supported sites, and are free on Vessel.
  • Are you willing to pay to watch video clips online? (2015-03-24 03:02:28)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Would you pay to see some of the Internet's best video clips first? Vessel, a new service trying to change the way that short video pieces make money on the Internet and mobile devices, is betting on it.
  • Hulu vets launch Vessel, a premium mini YouTube with a price tag (2015-03-24 03:00:03)
    New video site Vessel wants consumers to pay $2.99 a month for early access to clips from online stars. The big question: Will consumers actually sign up?
  • You can now try streaming service Vessel free for a year (2015-03-24 03:00:02)
    For $2.99 a month, Vessel gives subscribers early access to the videos that will eventually be posted to YouTube and elsewhere. To entice creators to begin "windowing" their videos, Vessel needs to offer them large audiences. There are now more than 130 creators who are posting their videos to Vessel first, including Phil DeFranco’s show “The Vloggity,” GloZell Green, and Tré Melvin.
  • Hulu's former leader makes his YouTube rival available to everyone (2015-03-24 03:00:00)
  • Australian airline board renews Unisys contract for four years (2015-03-24 02:07:30)
    The Board of Airline Representatives Australia has locked Unisys in for another four years to provide its baggage reconciliation system at seven of the country's international airports.
  • George R.R. Martin won't let pressure rush his writing (2015-03-24 01:58:18)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — George R.R. Martin has been feeling the heat to finish "The Winds of Winter," the long-awaited sixth novel in his best-selling series, "A Song of Ice and Fire," but he is not letting the pressure rush his writing.
  • BBC warns of Australians avoiding piracy code (2015-03-24 01:53:28)
    BBC Worldwide has said that the proposed copyright infringement code is 'ill equipped' to handle Australians masking their IP address to avoid detection while illicitly downloading TV shows or films.
  • The Magzet adapter is like MagSafe for your headphones (2015-03-24 01:50:42)
    A new Kickstarter project named Magzet is promising to do for headphones what Apple's MagSafe connector did for power cables. The two-part audio connector works with any standard 3.5mm jack to magnetically attach your headphones to your laptop, MP3 player, or smartphone. The product's creators — Jon Hallsten and Jeff Russell — envision customers buying a set of MagJacks to plug into all their electronics. A single set of earphones or headphones can then be equipped with a MagKap, letting people switch quickly and easily between devices.
  • The US Air Force will train with remote-controlled F-16s (2015-03-24 01:26:00)
  • ​Qantas' transformation from airline to data hub (2015-03-24 01:10:41)
    Since Qantas began taking an interest in customer behaviour, the company has reaped the rewards, including changing the way its Frequent Flyer programs work and expanding its own business.
  • Comcast hires more Twitterers to soothe the kvetchers (2015-03-24 01:00:29)
    Technically Incorrect: A company with a poor reputation for customer service announces it's tripling the number of social media agents talking directly with customers.
  • Everything you need to know about the Ellen Pao gender discrimination trial (2015-03-24 01:00:02)
    The potentially landmark Silicon Valley trial nears its end, with closing arguments expected Tuesday.
  • Samsung and Oracle team up to tap into China's logistics market (2015-03-24 00:33:47)
    Samsung SDS, the IT service provider of Samsung, has partnered up with Oracle to expand into global markets, their first target being China.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon finally captures all 151 original monsters (2015-03-23 23:57:41)
    More than a year after an ever-changing group of internet strangers first completed Pokémon Red by pressing random buttons, Twitch Plays Pokémon has finally caught every single one of the 151 collectible creatures in the Game Boy game. After 39 days of play, the final Pokémon — genetically modified cat-thing Mewtwo — was captured today. As with previous versions of Twitch Plays Pokémon, the game's main character was directed by viewers watching through the streaming service. While players of the standard version can beat Pokémon Red by simply beating the game's final bosses, the Elite Four — a feat achieved by the first version of Twitch Plays Pokémon early last year — this version of the game was modified so it could only be completed by capturing all 151 original monsters.
  • This $300 cybernetic arm gets its smarts from your cellphone (2015-03-23 23:25:00)
  • Brisbane Airport trials digital departure card (2015-03-23 23:24:43)
    Brisbane Airport has built into its mobile app a digital departure card system to save outgoing international passengers time filling out their departure card at the airport.
  • Fighting Ebola with a holistic vision of big data (2015-03-23 23:11:00)
    Researchers are using big data to try to help solve the Ebola crisis. Human and other "on the ground" realities must be holistically factored into every analytics design.
  • Greens propose warrants for all under data-retention amendments (2015-03-23 22:41:00)
    The Australian Greens have announced a set of amendments that would force law-enforcement agencies to obtain warrants for all access requests for stored telecommunications data, and has proposed limiting the data being held to just three months.
  • FCC sued by broadband companies over net neutrality rules (2015-03-23 22:14:41)
    By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. broadband providers on Monday filed lawsuits against the Federal Communications Commission's recently approved net neutrality rules, launching what is a expected to be a series of legal challenges. Broadband industry trade group USTelecom filed a lawsuit against the FCC in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which has in the past twice rejected the FCC's net neutrality regulations. Texas-based Internet provider Alamo Broadband Inc challenged the FCC's new rules in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, making a similar argument.
  • Amazon's Twitch says its site may have been hacked (2015-03-23 22:13:46)
    (Reuters) - Amazon Inc's Twitch unit said on Monday there may have been unauthorized access to some of its user account information, according to the live streaming gaming network's official blog. Twitch said it had expired passwords and stream keys, and disconnected accounts from Twitter and YouTube to protect the users. As a result, the consumers will be prompted to create a new password the next time they try to log into their Twitch account, according to a message on its official blog. (http://bit. ...
  • Oh great, Twitter's testing autoplay videos in your feed (2015-03-23 22:13:00)
  • Broadband companies sue over new Net neutrality rules (2015-03-23 21:52:08)
    Pair of lawsuits challenge agency's new Internet traffic rules, calling them a violation of federal law.
  • Magzet aims to reinvent the audio jack with the 'power of magnets' (2015-03-23 21:39:11)
    Tired of having your headphone jack or plug short out and break? Magzet is hoping to change all that with a new accessory that promises safer connections.
  • Watch: Spectacular Vines show Earth like you’ve never seen before (2015-03-23 21:30:56)
    If you’re the type of person who loves looking at spectacular video clips of Earth taken from outer space, then we’ve got a page for you. As CNET points out, NASA astronaut Terry Virts’s Vine page is loaded with beautiful short videos of Earth that will give you a completely new perspective on our planet. FROM EARLIER: No one is safe: All 4 major web browsers hacked at Pwn2Own In these Vines, Virts has captured a variety of phenomena, such as the northern lights and thunderstorms as seen from space. Virts has been stationed with the International Space Station since December where he’s been recording some awesome videos at times when he hasn’t been performing his flight engineering duties. Some of the Vines posted
  • Australian government looks to limit Telstra's NBN advantage (2015-03-23 21:24:49)
    As a result of Telstra having to work closer with NBN Co under the 'multi-technology mix' model of the NBN, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull is mulling imposing a rule on NBN Co to ensure data is shared equally amongst Telstra and its retail competitors.
  • ​Building sensors plot 'patterns of habitation' (2015-03-23 21:05:52)
    The Internet of Things is providing new ways for building owners and architects to validate their design assumptions.
  • Daily Roundup: HTC One M9 review, removing Galaxy S6 bloatware and more! (2015-03-23 20:59:00)
  • Ending life of BYOD products (2015-03-23 20:56:53)
    BYOD is no longer a fad, and has for many companies become part of the IT strategy. But what happens to a device once it reaches end of life?
  • Lexus risks next-generation RX SUV model with new styling (2015-03-23 20:51:22)
    Lexus' styling has gone off the deep end with sharp angles and an aggressive aesthetic, and it looks like the next generation of its popular RX SUV will similarly upgrade its look during next week's New York auto show.
  • All aboard San Francisco's startup bus craze (2015-03-23 20:45:09)
    Late Friday afternoon, I was sitting in the back of a Leap bus with CEO Kyle Kirchhoff when the bus manager, a young blond guy named Richard, approached, holding his smartphone like a menu. Kirchhoff had just shown me how riders can use the Leap app to buy snacks. "Sorry sir, we’re actually fresh out of that particular flavor of juice," Richard told Kirchhoff.
  • TPG adds 38,000 customers ahead of iiNet bid (2015-03-23 20:38:00)
    In the first half of this financial year, Australian telecommunications company TPG added 38,000 customers, including 19,000 on its NBN and fibre-to-the-basement services.
  • Cadillac readies a new flagship sedan for the New York auto show (2015-03-23 20:35:48)
    We know a lot about Cadillac's new CT6 model, including its driveline and some cabin tech features, but what it looks like will remain a mystery until its New York unveiling next week.
  • Freelancer acquires Projectlinkr assets in Spanish-language push (2015-03-23 20:25:00)
    ​Freelancer.com has acquired the assets of Spanish online freelancer marketplace Projectlinkr, with the company hoping that the move will help ramp up its presence in the Spanish-speaking world.
  • Twitter helps verified users keep trolls out of their tweets (2015-03-23 20:14:00)
  • Vast majority of metadata checks determine phone owner: Turnbull (2015-03-23 20:07:00)
    Australian Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said that the vast majority of metadata queries used by police are to determine who the account holder of a phone is.
  • Italy prosecutors wrap up tax probe into Apple: sources (2015-03-23 20:06:23)
    Italian prosecutors have wrapped up an investigation into allegations U.S. tech giant Apple failed to pay corporate taxes to the tune of 879 million euros ($964 million), two sources said on Monday. The investigations, covering the period 2008-2013, involve two managers from the Italian subsidiary of Apple operations and one from its Irish-based subsidiary Apple Sales International, the sources said. The probe claims that by having profits generated in Italy booked by the Irish subsidiary, Apple reduced its taxable income base and saved just under 900 million euros in the period, the sources said. In a comment emailed to Reuters, Apple said it was one of the largest tax payers in the world and paid every euro of tax it owed wherever it did business.
  • NFL plans Internet-only national broadcast of game (2015-03-23 20:05:04)
    Fans not in the teams' home markets will have to tune to an as-yet-unchosen Internet company to catch this season's game between the Jags and Bills.
  • British banking body calls for supervision of tech challengers (2015-03-23 20:03:26)
    Technology companies offering banking services should be regulated in the same way as banks to ensure that consumers are properly protected, the British Bankers' Association (BBA) said on Tuesday. Companies such as Google and Apple have emerged as challengers to banks, offering payment services such as ApplePay and Google Wallet. Facebook said last week that it is introducing a new app to allows users to send and receive money. "More choice is good news for all, but it's vital that regulators provide a level playing field, giving customers the same robust protection wherever they choose to bank," BBA Chief Executive Anthony Browne said.
  • What's on your HDTV: 'The Hobbit', 'Bloodborne', 'Walking Dead' finale (2015-03-23 19:57:00)
  • This is how Interstellar should have ended (2015-03-23 19:35:55)
    Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar was an immense success, but in case you didn’t like the ending, you should know Jonathan Nolan had an entirely different concept for it in his original script for the movie, Nerdist reports. Spoilers obviously follow below, so stop reading if you haven’t seen the film yet. DON’T MISS: Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 Plus face off in the ultimate camera shootout Jonathan talked about the original ending during a media event in Pasadena for the upcoming Blu-ray release of the movie, where he revealed that it was supposed to have a rather unhappy finish. Considering the entire movie portrays a human race close to extinction with very few resources to fight for survival, the more brutal original ending
  • Microsoft to preinstall more apps on Android with Dell partnership (2015-03-23 19:34:42)
    Windows apps are arriving on new devices from Dell and other hardware makers. Microsoft is also expanding its partnership with Samsung.
  • The Big Picture: A baby star has a growth spurt (2015-03-23 19:32:00)
  • Real-life Legend of Zelda shield could withstand a medieval battle (2015-03-23 19:17:24)
    "Man at Arms: Reforged" tackles Link's Hylian Shield and creates a masterpiece fit for a medieval armory.
  • U.S regulator sued by broadband companies over net neutrality rules (2015-03-23 19:14:16)
    By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. broadband providers on Monday filed lawsuits against the Federal Communications Commission's recently approved net neutrality rules, launching what is a expected to be a series of legal challenges. Broadband industry trade group USTelecom filed a lawsuit against the FCC in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which has in the past twice rejected the FCC's net neutrality regulations. Texas-based Internet provider Alamo Broadband Inc challenged the FCC's new rules in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, making a similar argument.
  • Halo 5 alternate reality game will reveal the truth about Master Chief (2015-03-23 19:10:08)
    One of the most fascinating stories in video game history is that of Master Chief, aka John-117. We’ve never even seen the face of the hero of the Halo franchise, but in anticipation of Halo 5: Guardians, 343 Industries has launched an ARG (alternate reality game) that will dig deep into the Chief’s past. READ MORE: No one is safe: All 4 major web browsers hacked at Pwn2Own The ARG is entitled Hunt the Truth, and over the weekend, the first episode of an audio series was published on the campaign’s official Tumblr, helmed by fictional war journalist Benjamin Giraud. Giraud shares his story on the site: “For decades, I’ve served the galaxy as a journalist and war photographer. I’ve covered human-interest stories on Earth and in
  • Maxim Integrated Products targets top banks with patent lawsuits (2015-03-23 19:06:25)
    By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Several major banks were hit on Monday with lawsuits filed by California-based analog circuits maker Maxim Integrated Products Inc alleging their smartphone banking apps infringe the company's patents. The complaints were filed against M&T Bank Corp and the U.S. affiliates of HSBC Holdings Plc and Banco Santander SA in federal court in Manhattan, alleging the banks' apps, when downloaded to Android devices and Apple Inc products such as the iPhone, use the patents without permission. ...
  • Amazon Prime Music now offers radio stations on iOS (2015-03-23 18:53:00)
  • YouTube debuts videos for second music awards (2015-03-23 18:48:52)
    YouTube on Monday premiered videos from 14 musicians as it tried a new, virtual-only format for the second edition of its music awards. The giant video-sharing site had searched for a new approach after a mixed reaction to its inaugural event in 2013, which featured a livestreamed show from New York that appeared aimed at creating a new-media rival to the MTV Video Music Awards. For the second try, YouTube dispensed with the physical world entirely and announced the winners ahead of time and instead used Monday's "awards" day to premiere new videos. They included "El Perdon," a collaboration between Spanish superstar Enrique Iglesias and reggaeton artist Nicky Jam, as well as a song featuring English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and the electronica-influenced band Rudimental.
  • Expert: Silicon Valley bias suit spurs closer look by firms (2015-03-23 18:46:12)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A sex discrimination trial that has put a spotlight on gender imbalance in Silicon Valley has prompted some technology and venture capital companies to re-examine their cultures and practices — even before a jury reaches its verdict.
  • Woz really hopes Apple will release its own car (2015-03-23 18:45:29)
    It seems the rumors are true and Apple is indeed working on a vehicle project of its own, although we likely won’t see an actual car on the road for years to come, if ever. Talking to Australian publication Financial Review, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said he doesn’t know if Apple is making a car, but that he hopes the current rumors prove to be true. DON’T MISS: HTC One M9 review “I don’t know if Apple’s doing that, or if they’re just working on their CarPlay apps for the dashboard of your car, but it seems like they might be hiring a lot of people who could really build a vehicle,” Woz said. “There are an awful lot of companies right now who are
  • That cool Magic Leap AR demo is probably fake, but we love it anyway (Tomorrow Daily 148) (2015-03-23 18:31:02)
    On today's show, we talk about a laser-equipped device that zaps mosquitoes a hundred feet away, explain why Magic Leap's cool AR game is probably still a pipe dream and watch a zombie simulation wipe out America (in our browser).
  • Obama: This federal council will jumpstart broadband (2015-03-23 18:25:11)
    President Barack Obama issues a memorandum to bring 25 federal agencies together to help encourage private industry to deploy broadband.
  • Telecoms file first lawsuits against FCC net neutrality rules (2015-03-23 18:21:43)
    The first lawsuits against the FCC's new net neutrality rules have come in, according to The Washington Post. The Post writes that two parties — industry group USTelecom and regional service provider Alamo Broadband — have respectively filed suit in Washington and New Orleans. We've contacted both parties (and the FCC) about the suits, but for now, the details are thin. USTelecom thinks that the rules, which were officially released on March 12th, are not "legally sustainable," and Alamo believes it's suffering harm under the new requirements, which ban internet service providers from blocking, discriminating against, or speeding up internet traffic from specific sources.
  • New benchmark shows the HTC One M9 won’t scald your hand after all (2015-03-23 18:20:33)
    Last week we reported on an early benchmark of the HTC One M9 that showed the phone’s surface temperature hit a scary 132 degrees Fahrenheit while undergoing the GFXBench benchmark test. HTC cautioned at the time that the device being tested did not have the final version of its software and now it’s looking like the company has been vindicated by subsequent benchmarks of the One M9. DON’T MISS: What happens when a longtime iPhone user switches to a $90 Android phone  Tweakers.net, which last week showed us just how hot the One M9 can get, is back this week with an updated test that shows the device only reaches surface temperatures of 107 degrees Farenheit, which is actually slightly less hot
  • ISPs are suing the FCC to fight new net neutrality rules (2015-03-23 18:20:00)
  • Twitter is testing a feature that removes threats and abuse from your timeline (2015-03-23 18:07:38)
    After admitting that it's failed to adequately combat abuse and harassment, Twitter has been moving swiftly to weed out its worst users  — or at least make them easier to ignore. Its latest step appears to be a "Quality filter," first noticed by Anil Dash, that will curate your timeline in an attempt to hide unwanted messages. The feature is currently available for verified users only, a Twitter spokesperson said. It uses filters similar to the "tailored" notifications that verified users previously could use. Last week, Twitter introduced changes to its harassment reporting tools that make it easier to alert authorities about threats to personal safety and flag other tweets that warrant immediate attention from law enforcement.
  • Hutchison and Telefonica set to close O2 deal for $15.7 billion: FT (2015-03-23 18:02:28)
    (Reuters) - Hutchison Whampoa Ltd is expected to finalize a deal to buy Telefonica SA's British mobile unit O2 for 10.5 billion pounds ($15.70 billion) as early as Tuesday morning, the Financial Times reported. Owned by Asia's richest man, Li Ka-shing, Hutchison is in talks with sovereign wealth funds including China Investment Corporation, Singapore's Temasek and GIC, and one of Qatar's big government-sponsored vehicles to provide a significant portion of the financing.
  • FCC may change rules that gave Dish $3 billion in small business discounts (2015-03-23 17:57:25)
    Earlier this year, the FCC took in $44.9 billion in bids through a wireless spectrum auction, as the wireless industry's biggest companies battled it out for airwave licenses. Today, the FCC took early steps toward changing that. Chairman Tom Wheeler has circulated a "public notice" asking for comments from other FCC commissioners on possible reforms to the system, Reuters reports. The rules could still be a long while from changing, but as Reuters reports, the FCC is currently reviewing Dish's discounts.
  • Instagram introduces new app for photo collages (2015-03-23 17:57:19)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Instagram's latest stand-alone app, released Monday, lets users combine multiple photos and post them as a single image.
  • Pretend you’re surprised: Apple Watch might be hard to find at first because of production issues (2015-03-23 17:55:32)
    A tenuous report from the Taiwanese-based UDN Mobile claims that Apple is cutting back on its Apple Watch shipment targets due to yield issues with the device’s display. The report claims that Apple has scaled back its first month shipment orders from the 3 million range down to the 1.25-1.5 million range. As for the specific problem, UDN Mobile’s sources within the supply chain relay that there are some hiccups regarding the device’s AMOLED display. As a result, the report adds that Foxconn might be tapped to help out Quanta in the manufacturing effort. Don’t Miss: Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 face off in the ultimate camera shootout While Apple’s hasn’t officially confirmed that its upcoming wearable houses an AMOLED
  • Secret Nazi lair possibly discovered in Argentina (2015-03-23 17:47:39)
    Three strange buildings hidden away in an Argentine jungle may have been a secret lair meant to house Nazis who fled from Germany after World War II. According to the BBC, researchers from the University of Buenos Aires investigated the buildings after hearing local rumors that they had housed an aide of Hitler's. While they reportedly don't believe that specific rumor to be true, they say that they did find German coins and porcelain at the location. The buildings are located in the Northeast corner of Argentina, in a nature reserve near the border of Paraguay.
  • Facebook tests caller ID app, Instagram launches Layout for collages (2015-03-23 17:47:36)
    New apps are brewing at Facebook: The social network experiments with phone calls, and Instagram's Layout combines multiple photos. Meanwhile, Square creates "cashtags" for sending money to friends and businesses.
  • The latest New Yorker is covered in Hillary Clinton emojis (2015-03-23 17:47:27)
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in the thick of a scandal involving her use of personal email, could use a lighthearted reprieve from reality. Perhaps The New Yorker's cover, 30 Hillary Clinton inspired emojis by artist Barry Blitt, will provide her some levity. Probably not.
  • Apple's largest parts supplier has a new partner for its $15,000 electric car (2015-03-23 17:36:15)
    Tencent, the company behind the popular WeChat chat app, announced today that it will be partnering with Foxconn for a forthcoming $15,000 "smart vehicle." Tencent will be providing technology services, although it's still unclear how automated the final product will be. Details are still thin on the two projects, but it suggests the success of Tesla has inspired Chinese companies to test out the electric market.
  • NFL suspends blackout rule for 2015 season, will stream London game worldwide (2015-03-23 17:30:56)
    NFL owners have voted to suspend the league's unpopular blackout rule, which forbids local TV stations from airing games with lackluster ticket sales, for the entire 2015 season. The blackout rule actually didn't prevent any TV viewers from seeing a game in 2014, and only two games were blacked out for the year prior. Separately, the NFL announced that it will be streaming an October 25th game between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars on a service to be named later.
  • Google chairman swears Google Glass is still alive (2015-03-23 17:30:28)
    Google Glass hasn’t exactly been a rousing success. Actually, you might even call it an abysmal failure. While the product undeniably housed incredibly cool and advanced technologies, compelling use cases for the product were never fleshed out. If anything, Google seemed content to just release the product into the wild and leave it to Google Glass explorers to figure out what in the world to do with it. Don’t Miss: Samsung Galaxy S6 design proves that the iPhone had it right all along So in a move that surprised almost no one, Google a few months back announced that Google Glass was being moved away from its home at Google X labs. It’s new home? Well, it will now  fall
  • Nasdaq to provide trading technology for bitcoin marketplace: WSJ (2015-03-23 17:22:25)
    (Reuters) - Nasdaq OMX Group Inc agreed to provide a startup the core technology to power a marketplace for trading bitcoins and related digital-currency assets, the Wall Street Journal reported.
  • ​Adobe builds new features straight into Microsoft's browser (2015-03-23 17:22:04)
    A partnership advances Adobe's technology ideas while making Microsoft's Project Spartan more competitive. For the rest of us, expect a more graphically rich Web.
  • All Twitch accounts have been reset thanks to a security breach (2015-03-23 17:20:00)
  • FTC launches a research office devoted to tech issues (2015-03-23 17:09:00)
  • Facebook’s next app might make your phone dialer obsolete (2015-03-23 17:05:07)
    Ever since Facebook became a social networking behemoth, the company has been looking for ways to take over other parts of our lives. Instead of texting, you can download the Facebook Messenger app. If you don’t want to download Venmo, you can now send money through the Messenger app instead. And it appears that the next thing Facebook wants to replace is the dialer on our smartphones. READ MORE: Facebook fixed a bug that gave apps access to your private photos A few tipsters sent Android Police a picture of a new app called Phone for Android devices. Here’s the photo evidence: It seems to be in the testing phase at the moment, because clicking the install button just results in an error
  • Woz says the future is 'very bad for people' (2015-03-23 17:02:54)
    Technically Incorrect: The Apple co-founder says he is extremely concerned about our survival, as the future is "scary." We may become the mere pets of computers.
  • Instagram's new Layout app creates custom collages (2015-03-23 16:53:44)
    Layout quickly combines multiple photos into a modern collage that you can share with ease.
  • Watch artist brew amazing 'Star Wars' paintings -- from coffee (2015-03-23 16:46:59)
    Coffee and art are a perfect pairing for Maria Aristidou, an artist who makes incredible "Star Wars" artwork using coffee instead of paint.
  • This amazing 1-inch cube fits on your keychain and may be the only smartphone accessory you’ll ever need (2015-03-23 16:45:44)
    No matter what platform you use, you probably still have some major complaints about your smartphone, with battery life and storage being the most prominent ones. However, there’s one tiny device called WonderCube that’s trying to fix your phone’s battery and memory problems while also helping out with other things while you’re on the go. FROM EARLIER: 5 free apps every Netflix user needs to know about In addition to offering up to 64GB of storage and extra battery life through its spare battery packs, the WonderCube also offers a built-in connectivity for either Lightning or microUSB cables, and supports USB OTG and data syncing. The gadget is so tiny that it can be worn on a regular key chain and
  • The directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier are taking over The Avengers franchise (2015-03-23 16:45:38)
    Joss Whedon is stepping down from The Avengers franchise after Age of Ultron comes out this May, but Marvel has sewn up just about the best replacements possible for the next two installments: the Russo brothers. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Joe and Anthony Russo will be taking on both parts of Avengers: Infinity War, which the duo will be filming in one massive shoot starting next year. The Russos originally made their stamp on the Marvel universe with Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
  • Twitch resets user passwords following 'unauthorized access' of some accounts (2015-03-23 16:43:14)
    The streaming service published a notice today informing users that "there may have been unauthorized access to some Twitch user account information," and as a result Twitch has reset user passwords, meaning you'll need to create a new one the next time you use the site.
  • Obama tasks new council with jumpstarting broadband (2015-03-23 16:43:06)
    President Barck Obama issues a memorandum Monday to bring 25 federal agencies together to help encourage private industry to deploy broadband.
  • Costa Rica hasn't used any fossil fuel in over two months (2015-03-23 16:28:00)
  • Ted Cruz's Twitter avatar has a certain, how do you say, Jesus-ness (2015-03-23 16:27:02)
    For the next 20 months or so, we will be talking about Ted Cruz. Let's really relish, for example, the candidate's oddball internet acumen, like Cruz's Twitter avatar, which is the most blatant Jesus pose a person can hold without blaspheming the Lamb of God. Scrolling through Ted Cruz's Twitter stream is like shopping at a Christian bookstore or cleaning out my grandmother's guest bedroom.
  • Amazon-owned Twitch.tv warns of possible hack; resets passwords (2015-03-23 16:27:00)
    The video game streaming site, bought by Amazon for almost $970 million, has reset user passwords amid concerns it may have been hacked.
  • The story behind the first computer viruses ever (2015-03-23 16:24:50)
    When we think about computer viruses, one tends to think about Windows or perhaps cross-platform malware that comes from visiting questionable websites. But truth be told, computer viruses have a long and storied history, both on the PC and Apple side of the equation. To be fair, most of the earlier computer viruses weren’t terribly dangerous. If anything, they were more often than not proof-of-concept type of exploits rather than anything malicious. Don’t Miss: No one is safe: All 4 major web browsers hacked at Pwn2Own Taking an interesting step back through time, Priceonomics recently took a close look at two of the first computer viruses to ever be released in the wild, Elk Cloner and Brain. Elk Cloner was the first
  • Genetic analysis clears up the evolutionary mystery surrounding leprosy (2015-03-23 16:23:11)
    Leprosy has just shed some of its mystery. For the first time ever, a DNA analysis of Mycobacterium lepromatosis — a recently discovered bacteria that can cause a severe form of leprosy — reveals that the organism separated from its more common counterpart, Mycobacterium leprae, about 14 million years ago. The finding, published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could lead to better diagnostic tests and a more accurate map of leprosy’s geographic distribution.
  • Alas, Ted Cruz does not own TedCruz.com (2015-03-23 16:10:13)
    Ted Cruz embraced social media this morning when he announced his presidential bid on Twitter. Alas, Ted Cruz doesn't own his name domain, TedCruz.com — and the person who does seems to fall on the other end of the political spectrum.
  • Facebook Leaks Phone App Info (2015-03-23 16:09:06)
    Facebook has already established dominance as a social network, a private messaging client and a chatroom, so why not a telephone as well? Information about a developing app known as Phone accidentally leaked to Android users over the weekend, and indicates that Facebook probably wants a slice of the lucrative phone market. Android Police reports (and this writer confirms) that on March 20, Facebook users on Android got an invitation to "Try Phone [FB-ONLY]" with a telephone icon next to it. Phone, the text suggested, could "[show] you info about who's calling and automatically [block] calls from commonly blocked numbers." Presumably, it would also connect via Facebook rather than a cell network, much like Messenger runs through Facebook's servers rather than a phone's SMS systems.
  • Watch the first trailer for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015-03-23 16:04:38)
    Tom Cruise is back… again. After hyping it up with a teaser over the weekend, Paramount Pictures released the first trailer for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation on Monday, the fifth film in the Mission: Impossible series. Tom Cruise will reprise his role as Agent Ethan Hunt, with Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames all returning for the sequel as well. DON’T MISS: Learning new languages will literally make you see the world differently Here’s the synopsis for the film according to IMDB: “Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.” You can watch the full trailer below. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation hits
  • Dish Anywhere adds profiles for personalized recommendations (2015-03-23 15:59:00)
  • Rogue One and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation have been battling for naming rights (2015-03-23 15:49:02)
    Yesterday, news dropped that the fifth installment of Mission Impossible was titled Rogue Nation. Turns out, those names are pretty similar, and Mission Impossible's studio isn't letting it fly. Paramount cleared the Mission Impossible title with the Motion Picture Association of America back in January, The Hollywood Reporter reports. Rather than ditching the name entirely, Disney agreed not to mention Rogue One this summer in any promotional materials aimed at the "general consumer," according to THR.
  • Microsoft opens the doors to Windows 10 app developers (2015-03-23 15:46:47)
    Microsoft is now allowing developers to create apps for Windows 10. Windows 10's apps will run across a variety of devices, including the Xbox One, PCs, phones, and tablets. It's a surprise move as many had expected Microsoft to wait until its Build developers conference in April to discuss how developers will build apps for Windows 10. While the tools are an early preview, they will give us a better idea of how developers are expected to create Windows 10 apps and exactly how easy Microsoft is making it to port Android or iOS apps to its mobile platform.
  • Latest beta gives us new hints about what’s to come in iOS 8.3 (2015-03-23 15:45:01)
    Apple’s upcoming iOS 8.3 update will bring a new set of settings for downloading free content from the iTunes and the App Store, thus allowing users to skip authentications for free-to-download items, 9to5Mac reports. FROM EARLIER: 8 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now The new “Free downloads” toggle represents a new password setting found in iOS 8.3 (image below), which basically lets users turn off password requirements for content that’s available for free in iTunes or the App Store. The feature might be especially handy on older iOS devices that don’t have Touch ID fingerprint sensors or for users who don’t like using fingerprints for as a way to authorize free iTunes and App Store downloads. The new setting is
  • Microsoft delivers Windows 10 tools for building universal applications (2015-03-23 15:34:26)
    Microsoft's Windows 10 software development kit for writing universal apps is now available for download.
  • UK carriers graciously agree to £100 bill cap for lost and stolen phones (2015-03-23 15:28:00)
  • US to stop collecting bulk phone records? Not really: There's a catch (2015-03-23 15:28:00)
    Even if a crucial and controversial legal authority expires later this year, the US government will still be able to collect billions of domestic call records on Americans.
  • What happens when you hook a 1986 Mac up to the modern Internet (2015-03-23 15:24:31)
    The wonderful thing about the Internet is that it lets people who love to do insane things instantly show off their creations to the rest of the world. One such person is Jeff Keacher, who has written at The Kernel about his experience hooking up his ancient 1986 Macintosh Plus up to the modern Internet via an incredibly lengthy and comically intricate process that involved installing the old-timey MacWeb 2.0 browser, hooking the computer up to a home network through a Raspberry Pi, and using a potpourri of archaic software and code tweaks to actually get the machine to properly render HTTP. FROM EARLIER: No one is safe: All 4 major web browsers hacked at Pwn2Own The bottom line is,
  • Fishing in space: Nets could snag space junk (2015-03-23 15:22:24)
    Removing old satellites from orbit may one day happen in much the same way a fisherman scoops up schools of fish.
  • 5 Tech Tools to Make Your Teen a Safer Driver (2015-03-23 15:19:09)
    I still remember the look on my daughter’s face the first time she plowed her car into a tree.
  • FCC inches toward reforming airwave auction discounts (2015-03-23 15:05:56)
    By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators are moving forward with plans to change the rules for government airwaves auctions to prevent big companies from tapping a discount program intended for small businesses, according to an FCC official familiar with the matter. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Monday circulated a so-called "public notice" to the rest of the commissioners, seeking further comments on specific proposals for how to reform a bidding discount program that has recently come under fire, the official said. The program rules drew fresh scrutiny earlier this year after two partners of Dish Network Corp received $3 billion of discounts in the FCC's latest auction of wireless spectrum. The issue has taken on added importance as the FCC prepares for what is expected to be its most complex and biggest auction yet in 2016.
  • Samsung, Dell, other OEMs to bundle Microsoft apps, services on Android tablets (2015-03-23 15:03:44)
    Microsoft has struck deals with 11 Android tablet makers, including Samsung and Dell, to preload a number of Microsoft's applications and server on Android hardware.
  • The latest move in Microsoft’s quiet Android coup (2015-03-23 15:03:06)
    With Windows Phone still stuck in neutral, Microsoft has come up with some extremely clever ways to make its mark on Android, including most recently a way for Android users to install a Windows 10-based ROM onto Android devices that essentially would take them over and offer Windows-based software offerings such as Cortana, Office and Skype. Microsoft on Monday made another announcement that could go a long way toward boosting its presence on Android by signing deals with OEMs such as Samsung and Dell to preload Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype onto their Android-based devices. RELATED: Microsoft comes up with another sneaky way to drive a wedge between Google and Android “We’ve also expanded strategic agreements with leading global OEM Dell, and
  • Obama, wowed by young scientists, announces new STEM pledges (2015-03-23 15:03:03)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The small Lego machine inside the White House whirred, and in a moment it was turning the pages of a story book. One page flipped, then another, ever faster as President Barack Obama marveled at its efficiency.
  • Moto E review (2015): The best budget phone gets even better (2015-03-23 15:00:00)
  • Amazon's Prime Music iOS app now streams ad-free stations (2015-03-23 14:58:24)
    Today, the company updated its Prime Music iOS app with a feature that is basically Amazon's take on Pandora or iTunes Radio.
  • 4 Wishes for the Digital Advertising and Marketing Landscape (2015-03-23 14:54:19)
    There have been a lot of exciting conversations over the past few months in the advertising and marketing world on a range of new technologies that are revolutionizing how we connect with consumers. The Apple Watch, beacons, virtual reality platforms -- the buzz keeps growing as the technology keeps improving. But with every new opportunity...
  • Action movies need to stop spoiling their best moments (2015-03-23 14:44:42)
    We've entered an era of ludicrous movie marketing, one where marketing teams release teasers for teasers of movie posters.
  • Leak: Forget the One M9, this is the HTC phone you’ve been waiting for (2015-03-23 14:42:26)
    HTC only announced a single HTC One M9 version at Mobile World Congress, even though various reports suggested that a slightly bigger “Plus” model would also be unveiled. In fact, rumors persist that the company will indeed launch a HTC One M9 Plus model later this year, with new unofficial renders published on Twitter showing the size differences between the regular 5-inch model and 5.2-inch “Plus” model. FROM EARLIER: HTC One M9 review Concept images provided by @OnLeaks seem to indicate the Plus smartphone will be almost similar to the HTC One M9, though there might be some very important differences. Instead of a square camera module on the back, the Plus will have a circular rear camera along with also a secondary
  • This artist uses coffee to make incredible Star Wars portraits (2015-03-23 14:39:02)
    Meet Maria A. Aristidou, a commercial artist who is making incredible work using coffee in lieu of paint or watercolor. The results would be impressive in any medium — richly detailed interpretations of pop icons like Mario, Wall-E, and several characters from Star Wars. Aristidou has been posting her coffee paintings online throughout this year, picking up steam in recent weeks. Definitely worth a look.
  • Dell is the latest to bundle Office and Microsoft apps on Android devices (2015-03-23 14:36:52)
    Samsung has started shipping Android devices with Microsoft apps preinstalled, and now Dell is also planning to do the same. In an announcement today, Microsoft is revealing that Dell will preinstall Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive, and Skype on a range of Android-powered devices later this year. Other regional device makers like TrekStor, JP Sa Couto, Datamatic, DEXP, Hipstreet, Mobile, Tecno, Casper, and Pegratron will also bundle Microsoft’s range of Android apps on devices. Will Sony join Samsung and Dell?
  • Ghosts Are Real (2015-03-23 14:28:16)
    The data trail as Grecian shade.This piece originally appeared on the author's blog.Checking my Android tablet before bed the other night, I was struck by an unfamiliar icon in the notification bar: A small clock. I was sure that I hadn't set any reminder. With a flick of my finger, I brought up the notification, which read "Leave now. The last...
  • Taylor Swift, Microsoft among those buying up .porn suffixes (2015-03-23 14:25:11)
    NEW YORK (AP) — The singer Taylor Swift, Microsoft Corp. Harvard University are among those buying up .porn and .adult Web suffixes as a pre-emptive move before those domain names become available this summer.
  • What Is the Political Situation in the Mario Universe? (2015-03-23 14:22:16)
    What is the political situation in the Mario universe?: originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question. Ask a question, get a great answer. Learn from experts and access insider knowledge. You can follow Quora on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.Answer by Domhnall O'Huigin, Owned an Odyssey 2, played on a neighbor's Timex-Sinclair...
  • Facebook wants to replace your Android phone's dialer (2015-03-23 14:19:00)
  • Thoughts from a curious mind (2015-03-23 14:13:39)
    Famed movie producer Brian Grazer aims to show people how curiosity -- even more than innovation and creativity -- can be the force that drives success at work and in life.
  • Charli XCX's new music video is your phone-charging nightmare (2015-03-23 14:13:02)
    Charli XCX's new video for "Famous," off her sophomore album Sucker, starts out innocently enough: a teenage fan takes selfies, sends some texts, and dances around her room. And then — horror of all horrors — her phone battery dies. Then her tablet dies, and she's pulled into some laminated purgatory where she must plug her charger into the belly button of a strange, sweaty, man-monster. Ultimately, her adventure ends up on YouTube, which is appropriately meta considering the video was premiered during the YouTube Music Video Awards this morning.
  • Nintendo president says report of a Zelda TV series at Netflix is incorrect (2015-03-23 14:12:43)
    You may want to tone down your excitement for the Zelda TV series that Netflix was reported to be working on last month. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata tells Time that The Wall Street Journal's story that first reported the partnership was "not based on correct information." On the surface, that makes it sound like Iwata is denying the report, but it's also quite possible that he's just being cagey. Iwata doesn't actually say that Nintendo isn't working with Netflix — just that some amount of information was incorrect. "As of now, I have nothing new to share with you in regard to the use of our IPs for any TV shows or films," he says.
  • Listen to Death Cab For Cutie's new album Kintsugi for free at NPR (2015-03-23 14:09:41)
    It's been nearly four years since Death Cab For Cutie released their last album, and a lot has changed for the band since — most notably the departure of guitarist, producer, and founding member Chris Walla last fall. While Walla played his last show with the band in September, his presence is felt one more time on Kintsugi, the band's eighth album that they finished up prior to his departure. Judging from the songs released thus far, it's still very much a Death Cab album — the band has never been one for completely radical sonic departures. This time out, though, things are sounding a bit more sparse, perhaps a bit more electronic, but it's a logical growth point, but everything's still anchored by frontman Benjamin Gibbard's voice and generally sullen lyrics.
  • Ted Cruz dot com: A domain name cautionary tale (2015-03-23 14:08:00)
    Considering running for office one day? Buy your domain name now. If you don't, what happened to newly announced presidential candidate Ted Cruz can happen to you
  • 'The Avengers' gets an awesome 'Friends'-inspired opening theme (2015-03-23 14:05:02)
    YouTube user Jeremiah Rivera put together an opening-credits scene for "The Avengers" fashioned after the "Friends" TV show, because the Avengers will be there for you when Ultron attacks the Earth.
  • Watch: AT&T’s first promo video for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge (2015-03-23 14:00:40)
    The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are close to launching here in the U.S. and AT&T has produced a three-minute-plus promo video telling you why you should be interested in Samsung’s newest flagship phones. RELATED: The one thing you’ll love about the Galaxy S6’s bloatware The video starts off by highlighting the big overhaul Samsung gave to its old smartphone design, which now uses metal and not plastic. It then goes on to highlight the devices’ faster processors and the S6 edge’s novel curved display before going through the devices’ top camera features. The most interesting segment in the video has to do with the dual-edge display on the S6 edge. While this new display is very eye-catching, AT&T
  • Nintendo quashes talk of a live-action 'Legend of Zelda' series (2015-03-23 13:56:00)
  • Stripe Connect upgraded to help businesses scale worldwide (2015-03-23 13:51:32)
    Stripe is targeting participants of what has become known as the "sharing economy," such as Uber drivers, Kickstarter entreprenuers, and Instacart delivery agents.
  • How AI and predictive analytics can accelerate your sales cycle (2015-03-23 13:51:00)
    CRM can organize sales but cannot accelerate it, says Ken Krogue, InsideSales.com founder. Their solution sits between CRM and marketing automation.
  • Pro tip: How to change Outlook font types and sizes (2015-03-23 13:44:05)
    If you don't like the font type and size for Outlook's interface components, you might be able to change them. Susan Harkins explains how.
  • Laser cutter modded to destroy physical Space Invaders (2015-03-23 13:40:02)
    The awesome zapping power of a laser cutter is harnessed to dispose of an invading space army in fiery style.
  • Inside a content revolution five years in the making (2015-03-23 13:39:13)
    For some context about how far the content consumption platform Flipboard has come in its now five-year history, start with a number: 15 million. That’s how many “magazines” – collections of content ranging from news stories to sound files to YouTube clips – Flipboard users have created within the service since Flipboard’s launch in 2010, according to Marci McCue, Flipboard head of marketing wife of CEO and co-founder Mike McCue. The day after Flipboard launched its latest new feature last week, a blog geared toward helping educators tailor the use of Flipboard and its magazines to their own teaching needs and classrooms, McCue paused to talked with BGR about the trajectory the company already has traveled – and what’s still
  • The Post Modern Skateboard is all skate, no board (2015-03-23 13:35:06)
    The Post Modern Skateboard is the latest "thing I might give as a Christmas gift if I had unlimited money and pulled the name of a co-worker I didn't really know from the office Secret Santa hat." Sold by Hammacher Schlemmer — a store that specializes in this shopping niche — the skateboard is just two standalone wheels with foot holsters inside of them. The Post Modern Skateboard also comes with a connecting rod to help newcomers learn its unusual method for propulsion. I've included some GIFs pulled from the company's explanatory sales video, so you can grok The Post Modern Skateboard's placement in the wide world of transportation technology.
  • Twitter partners with Foursquare to add specific locations to your tweets (2015-03-23 13:27:23)
    You've long been able to include your location with every tweet, but now Twitter is working with Foursquare to make that location information a bit more useful. Twitter currently supports the tagging of general areas, like a city or neighborhood, but with this partnership, tweets will soon be able to include more specific locations, like businesses and landmarks — basically, anything that you can find on Foursquare. It's not a big change, but it'll make Twitter's location feature a bit more interesting, especially if you're looking for tweets sent from a specific location. Twitter says that the integration is "coming soon," without listing a specific timeframe.
  • Samsung will be bundling even more Microsoft apps on Android tablets (2015-03-23 13:24:00)
  • Digital Citizenship First: White House Endorses 'HTTPS-everything' (2015-03-23 13:16:46)
    Finally we can start the day with some good news from the White House. Its Office of Management and Budget just launched the "HTTPS-Only Standard" initiative, requiring the use of the HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) protocol on all publicly accessible Federal websites and web services. In today's web browsers, the https:// protocol...
  • FTC opens new office to protect you from the Internet of Things (2015-03-23 13:05:17)
    The FTC says it'll be broadening its scope with the launch of a new Office of Technology Research and Investigation, described by the agency as "the next generation in consumer protection." The new division succeeds and replaces the FTC's current Mobile Technology Unit, which focused on safeguarding children from deceptive mobile apps and overseeing other smartphone-centric topics.
  • Knox, ex-boyfriend face parallel trial by social media (2015-03-23 13:05:14)
    MILAN (AP) — Italy's highest court this week takes up the Amanda Knox case for the second time as a parallel trial-by-social media rages online, with partisans on both sides seeking to shape public opinion over a murder case that has polarized observers in three nations.
  • 9 funny things Siri says about the Apple Watch (2015-03-23 13:01:08)
    Apple’s virtual personal assistant Siri spawned a number of similar offerings from rivals including Samsung and Microsoft, and for good reason. While Apple’s Siri software was a bit shaky at launch, the potential for a game-changing interactive assistant solution was quite apparent, and Siri moves closer to realizing that goal every day. Of course, the developers behind Siri also enjoy having a little fun from time to time, and they remind us constantly that Siri definitely has a sense of humor. Now, the latest reminder comes as Apple — and Siri — prepare for the upcoming Apple Watch release. DON’T MISS: A list of the 10 best TV series you can stream on Netflix Since the solution first debuted, Siri has always had
  • Instagram built a brand-new app to make photo collages (2015-03-23 13:00:02)
    If you've spent any time on Instagram over the last few years, you've almost certainly noticed the proliferation of collage pictures — even though Instagram's default image size is rather small, users often take several photos and mash them together using third-party apps before posting them. Instagram has noticed this trend — the company says that one in five of the app's 300 million monthly active users post collages — and it led the company to build Layout, its second standalone app, which launches today for iOS. Like Hyperlapse before it, Layout is focused on making one thing as simple as possible — in this case, building photo collages that are easily exported to Instagram. As project manager John Barnett and designer Josh Dickens told me, Instagram had looked at the other photo collage apps and felt like they could make one much simpler and easier to use.
  • Obama announces $240M in new pledges for STEM education (2015-03-23 12:45:31)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is highlighting private-sector efforts to encourage more students from underrepresented groups to pursue education in science, technology, engineering and math.
  • Deal alert: Here’s all the free stuff you get when you buy a Chromecast (2015-03-23 12:40:01)
    There are now enough digital media players on the market to confuse the average consumer, which is why companies are having to do more than ever to differentiate themselves from the competition. Earlier this month, Apple announced that the Apple TV would receive a $30 price cut, but those savings don’t hold a candle to the promotional offers Google extends to anyone who buys a Chromecast. READ MORE: Download every Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 wallpaper for free right here As Android Community observed on Monday, the list of additional services and trials available to Chromecast customers has never been larger. Here is every offer you can take advantage of if you buy a Chromecast today: Enjoy a 30 days of Qello
  • ​Brazil speeds up IPv6 roll out (2015-03-23 12:38:11)
    The country's telecoms agency announced a set of measures around the implementation of the new Internet protocol.
  • Couchbase chief: Scale or fail - why databases need to smarten up their act over resources (2015-03-23 12:21:00)
    When the NoSQL Couchbase database is updated this summer, firms will be getting a new scaling technology, designed to cut costs and network bandwidth.
  • Here's how a lithium-ion battery degrades over time (2015-03-23 12:21:00)
  • 4 ways Samsung’s Galaxy S6 admits that the iPhone had it right (2015-03-23 12:19:49)
    With the Galaxy S6, it appears that Samsung has finally started to incorporate long-held iPhone features that Samsung used to just love to make fun of Apple for. Now we’re not talking about the striking aesthetic similarities between the S6 and the iPhone 6, nor are we talking about how the Galaxy S6 fingerprint set-up process looks eerily familiar to Apple’s. No, today we’re talking about intrinsic design choices Samsung made with the S6 that essentially amount to it reversing course and conceding that the Apple’s design choices with the iPhone were the way to go all along. DON’T MISS: Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 Plus face off in the ultimate camera shootout Replaceable Battery For starters, the Galaxy S6 lacks a
  • This is how legendary director Akira Kurosawa made his films feel so alive (2015-03-23 12:17:22)
    One of the reasons why, as film editor Tony Zhou points out, is that Kurosawa had an incredible ability to fill his shots with an entire world of movement — from the actors, to the background, to the camera. In the latest installment of his Every Frame a Painting series, Zhou breaks down how Kurosawa uses movement to tell stories and create images that are so deeply compelling.
  • Square Cash gets approved for business (2015-03-23 12:15:00)
    Square Cash is now open to small businesses via Cash Pro, which is powered by a new product called a $Cashtag (dollar sign included).
  • Sufjan Stevens' gorgeous new album is what grown-up emotional music should sound like (2015-03-23 12:10:02)
    There’s also a history of pain in Sufjan Stevens’ own discography: the desolation of 2003’s Michigan, the helplessness of "To Be Alone With You." But for Stevens, this pain has tended toward the universal, altruistic. Sufjan Stevens will turn 40 years old this year. Carrie & Lowell — named after Stevens’ mother and step-father — features characters that are not easy to save. In a recent interview with Pitchfork, Stevens said, "Her death was so devastating to me because of the vacancy within me.
  • Samsung is bundling Microsoft's Office apps on some Android tablets (2015-03-23 12:09:20)
    Samsung is expanding on its recent partnership with Microsoft to preinstall Office on select Android tablets. The move follows a similar bundling on Samsung’s Galaxy S6 handsets, with Microsoft's Skype, OneDrive, and OneNote apps preinstalled in a special "Microsoft Apps" folder that is pinned on the homescreen. Samsung will start preinstalling Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive, and Skype on "select Android tablets" in the first half of this year, with plans to offer Microsoft’s Office 365 service to businesses that opt for Samsung devices. "Our partnership with Samsung is emblematic of our efforts to bring the best of Microsoft's productivity services to everyone, on every device, so people can be productive wherever, however and whenever they want," explains Peggy Johnson, Microsoft’s head of business development.
  • Ethan Hunt takes on a Rogue Nation in new Mission: Impossible trailer (2015-03-23 12:06:54)
    After yesterday's teaser, the latest trailer for Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation dives a little bit further into agent Ethan Hunt's battle with the villainous organization known as the Syndicate. As the title suggest, the Syndicate is labeled a "Rogue Nation," or a group of highly skilled operatives bent on the IMF's destruction. Complicating things are Rebecca Ferguson, who plays a mysterious new recruit alongside Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg, and Alec Baldwin as the head of the CIA. Rogue Nation hits theaters on July 31st.
  • The Ultra Music Festival will be broadcast live on Twitch (2015-03-23 12:05:07)
    The Ultra Music Festival is one of the biggest events on the North American EDM circuit, featuring acts like AfroJack, David Guetta, and Tiesto. Last year it was streamed live on YouTube, but today Ultra is announcing Twitch as its exclusive broadcast partner.
  • Google quietly added an insanely cool security feature to Android Lollipop (2015-03-23 11:58:24)
    Even though some Android device makers have already rolled out devices with embedded fingerprint sensors that offer users added security features, Google has yet to make it a core security feature for Android. But Google is still working on its own interesting solutions for temporarily killing the need for a PIN on smartphones, as the company has just added new functionality to Android 5.0 Lollipop that’s not only cool, but also very useful. DON’T MISS: HTC One M9 review As reported by Android Police, Google has added a new On-body detection feature to Lollipop that lets a user unlock his or her smartphone only once while the device is on his or her body. Basically, the smartphone will detect whether it is being carried on someone’s
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 to let you remove preinstalled apps (2015-03-23 11:53:34)
    Owners of the new smartphones will apparently be able to jettison many of the apps that come already loaded.
  • The best keyboards for Mac users aren't Apple's (2015-03-23 11:50:00)
    Mac users spend countless hours typing. While a default Apple wireless keyboard shames its typical basic Windows counterpart, optional upgrades vastly improve the experience.
  • The undercover war on your internet secrets: How online surveillance cracked our trust in the web (2015-03-23 11:45:00)
    How the battle over privacy technologies could define the future of the web. This TechRepublic cover story explains the strange history and the serious consequences of the fight over encryption.
  • Windows Store apps to cost more outside US (2015-03-23 11:44:50)
    The price tags in US dollars will remain the same, but those in other countries will rise as the result of currency and other adjustments, says Windows Central.
  • Fitbit's Surge fitness watch will soon be able to track outdoor cycling (2015-03-23 11:44:01)
    Fitbit launched its new flagship fitness watch, the Surge, without proper support for cycling. But that's about to change. A firmware update slated to arrive next month will allow the Surge to track distance, duration, average speed, heart rate, calories burned during those outdoor bike rides. Serious cyclists will be able to log onto the company's website for a more precise stats breakdown — including elevation for your regular bike routes — and all rides will be mapped out for easy reference with the Fitbit app, as well. ...
  • Microsoft's evolving business model focuses on freemium, tighter cross-product integration (2015-03-23 11:37:00)
    Microsoft Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela explains how Microsoft is attempting to transform its business model.
  • China's tech giants are getting into the electric car business (2015-03-23 11:37:00)
  • Women Are Fed Up! (2015-03-23 11:36:49)
    A few years ago, I arrived at my company's office in Bergen, Norway, on an early Monday morning. Our office was located in a building shared with a number of other companies. Some were start-up companies, others were well established. One of my investors had an office in the same building and had invested in a handful of companies sharing the...
  • 5 free apps every Netflix user needs to know about (2015-03-23 11:34:26)
    Netflix giveth, and Netflix taketh away. Content is removed from Netflix each and every month, but new content is added as well. The problem is keeping track of all those additions and subtractions, and finding good content to watch when you want to watch it. There are a wide range of services that aim to make it faster and easier to find and watch good movies and TV shows on Netflix, and today we’re sharing five apps in particular that will make it easier than it has ever been before to find great movies and TV series on Netflix. MUST-READ: HTC One M9 review Last week we told you about a terrific Netflix tweak called “God Mode” that makes it much easier to
  • Neill Blomkamp is helping turn viral sci-fi short The Leviathan into a full movie (2015-03-23 11:25:51)
    The epic and gorgeous sci-fi short film The Leviathan, which racked up over 1.5 million views after it was released last week, now has two big names on board ready to turn it into a movie. Neill Blomkamp, director of District 9, has signed on as an executive producer, and Simon Kinberg, producer of the latest X-Men movie, has signed on as a producer, according to Deadline. The short was put online last week as a proof of concept by director Ruairi Robinson, who hoped to turn it into a full feature. The Leviathan doesn't have a green light just yet, however. More and more we've seen how much of an impact online voices can be in influencing studio decisions — a leaked video seems to have gotten Deadpool made, and one Sony exec even wants Idris Elba to be the next Bond — and The Leviathan seems likely to be the latest example of that.
  • Comcast’s new initiative: Fix customer problems before they go viral on Reddit (2015-03-23 11:13:26)
    Comcast has been taking a brutal hit in the public relations department for months because complaints about its nightmarish customer service have regularly been going viral and have routinely hit the front page of Reddit. Comcast knows that in order to improve its reputation, it needs to do a better job of actually fixing problems when they first pop up instead of driving customers to vent about their frustrations in high-profile social media platforms. To this end, the company announced Monday that it’s going to be tripling the number of people who work at its social care team. RELATED: We’re at the point where even being publicly shamed won’t make Comcast do the right thing In case you don’t know,
  • AMD and Nvidia get ready for next-gen DirectX 12 (2015-03-23 11:09:25)
    Microsoft has yet to launch its next-generation DirectX 12 multimedia API, but AMD and Nvidia are both ready with hardware to support it.
  • Obama administration reaches goal to provide LTE to 98 percent of Americans (2015-03-23 11:00:02)
    Improving the state of broadband internet in the US has been a part of the President Obama's platform for some time, and now that the presidency is in its later years, the administration wants to take stock of the advancements it has made. In an announcement today, the administration officially announced that over 98 percent of Americans now have access to LTE service. Verizon Wireless has advertised for over a year that it covers precisely that many Americans with LTE, but now the government officially approves of that figure, according to the latest data from the Commerce Department. Back in 2011, when President Obama first announced that milestone as one of the administration's goals, the nation's largest carrier provided LTE to just over half of the US population.
  • Dell Venue 8 7000 review: thin design, great screen, gimmicky camera (2015-03-23 11:00:00)
  • Fitbit's Surge fitness watch will soon track your bike rides (2015-03-23 10:54:00)
  • 8 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now (2015-03-23 10:50:23)
    What better way to start a week than by downloading a bunch of nifty new paid iPhone and iPad apps without paying a cent? We shared tons of great iOS apps on sale with you last week, and we’re jumping right back into it with a new list today. As always, these are limited-time sales that could be over at any time, so be sure to jump on anything that looks appealing. DON’T MISS: Meet the tweak every Netflix user needs: ‘God Mode’ 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
  • Hands-on with the Greenstone Chat Hub (2015-03-23 10:34:13)
    This tiny green widget lets you start a chat room without connecting to the web.
  • New movies and TV shows you can stream on Netflix this week (Mar. 22 – Mar. 28) (2015-03-23 10:27:38)
    It’s that time of the week again, and BGR is bringing you a roundup of the best new Netflix movies and shows for your streaming pleasure. A lot of your time is wasted by looking around Netflix for something you haven’t seen yet, so this update will save you some precious ticks on the clock. MORE NETFLIX: Here’s every new movie and TV show you’ll be able to stream on Netflix in March March 22nd Mad Men (Season 7) March 23rd November Man (2014) March 25th Garfunkel and Oates (Season 1) Turn (Season 1) March 27th Frankie & Alice (2010) Be sure to check back every week to find out which new titles are making their way to Netflix Instant.
  • Apple execs laud new Steve Jobs bio, pan an older one (2015-03-23 10:26:39)
    Due out Tuesday, "Becoming Steve Jobs" paints a portrait of the late Apple co-founder that his colleagues say captures him more accurately than other accounts.
  • ​Facebook F8 may flesh out emerging social ad tech stack (2015-03-23 10:17:37)
    Facebook's developer conference could highlight additional advertising and marketing tools designed to fill out the company's ad tech stack.
  • Square rolls out its Square Cash payment service to businesses (2015-03-23 10:14:52)
    Today, Square announced that it is bringing the service to businesses, allowing them to accept Square Cash payments in place of a check or paper money. The video introducing the service offers a clue to the market Square is hoping to capture. It shows street musicians, house painters, Craigslist sellers, and charities, all enterprises that might want to lower the friction around payments but not deal with the hassle and fees of credit cards.
  • Gaming apps top the list as APUS releases global report (2015-03-23 10:12:04)
    They made up 32 percent of the most popular Android apps in Beijing-based start-up APUS's report on global mobile applications, published on Monday. Social networking apps came in, somewhat surprisingly, in fourth place, comprising 11 percent of the most popular apps.
  • Drone smuggling prison contraband gets stymied by stupidity (2015-03-23 10:09:00)
  • Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 Plus face off in the ultimate camera shootout (2015-03-23 10:04:44)
    Samsung still hasn’t announced when its hot new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge will finally be released in the United States, but our neighbors up north have already spent plenty of time with the sleek new phones. You shouldn’t be jealous of your Canadian friends, however — instead, enjoy the fact that we’re seeing some nice informative content trickle down for us to all enjoy while we wait for a stateside launch. In this latest example, Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 has been pitted against the tried and true iPhone 6 Plus in a camera shootout for the ages. MUST-READ: HTC One M9 review Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus camera is easily one of the best smartphone cameras the world has ever
  • Google Glass headset isn't dead, says Eric Schmidt (2015-03-23 10:00:00)
    We are being far too hasty in throwing the headset on the scrapheap, according to Google's executive chairman.
  • What TedCruz.com and @ImmigrationGOP Say About Republicans (2015-03-23 09:59:24)
    The race to the White House officially begins today, with Ted Cruz being the first candidate to announce his candidacy for what many expect to be a crowded Republican primary.But already a day before his already announcement, the Ted Cruz camp is playing defense. Behold! www.TedCruz.com."SUPPORT PRESIDENT OBAMA. IMMIGRATION REFORM NOW!" the...
  • My favorite new mouse is a carbon-fiber desktop Lambo (2015-03-23 09:53:18)
    Gaming mice are the most over-engineered piece of electronics in the modern home, and none exemplifies the category better than this EVGA TORQ X10 Carbon. It has an 8,200dpi laser sensor, nine programmable buttons, Omron switches rated for 20 million clicks, and, of course, LED lighting in every color of the rainbow. EVGA is a company best known for making GeForce graphics cards, so when it decided to venture out into making peripherals last year, it had to make a bit of extra noise in order to get noticed. The glossy carbon fiber doesn't make much of a difference, but the dimpled (plastic) mouse buttons offer a nice texture and a reliable click.
  • EBay adds two independent directors to board ahead of PayPal split (2015-03-23 09:53:16)
    (Reuters) - EBay Inc said it added two independent directors to its board ahead of the planned split of its marketplace division from its payments division, PayPal, later this year. The e-commerce company said on Monday it appointed action camera maker GoPro Inc's President Tony Bates and American Red Cross Chief Executive Gail McGovern to its board. (Reporting by Abhirup Roy in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirti Pandey)
  • CNET Magazine celebrates spring and the home -- the smart home (2015-03-23 09:51:15)
    In the second edition of our quarterly magazine, we look inside homes outfitted with locks, lights, thermostats and coffee makers all controlled over the Internet. The surprise: You may not need to spend much to raise your home's IQ.
  • The new season of Game of Thrones will spoil the books (2015-03-23 09:45:07)
    Amidst all the liberties HBO's Game of Thrones has taken with the source material so far, and despite the promise that beloved characters alive in the books will die in the series, fans might have hoped that there was enough time not spoil the novels. In a recent appearance at the Oxford Union, showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff revealed that upcoming seasons of the show will have to start to outpacing the books. Season four of Game of Thrones wrapped up threads from Martin's third novel in the saga, A Storm of Swords, which means most of the arcs in season five will be pulled from books four and five.
  • Beyond PRISM: "Plenty" more domestic spy programs to reveal (2015-03-23 09:44:00)
    Although Edward Snowden revealed many of the NSA's clandestine activities, Ron Wyden remains one of the only hopes of US intelligence reform from within Congress.
  • Why Android Wear may never catch on like Android did (2015-03-23 09:41:43)
    When Google unveiled Android back in 2007, it was an OEM’s dream come true — Google wouldn’t charge any licensing fees to use the bare-bones version of it and OEMs could customize it to their hearts’ desires. Android Wear, on the other hand, is another beast entirely and OEMs are showing significantly less enthusiasm for it than they did with the original Android. DON’T MISS: Our HTC One M9 review! Exhibit A in this case is Huawei. As Android Authority reports, Huawei vice president of product management Yang Yong recently explained why Android Wear just isn’t as appeal to manufacturers. Essentially, the company thinks Google needs to open up the platform for more customization so OEMs can more easily differentiate
  • For Sofia Vergara's modern family, a modern home (2015-03-23 09:39:20)
    ​Actress Sofia Vergara of "Modern Family" is making her iPhone the remote control to the super smart home she's building.
  • Meet the off-the-grid chatroom that fits in your pocket (2015-03-23 09:37:18)
    What if instead of connecting to the phone company, we connected directly to each other’s phones? Called "mesh networking," the idea has been kicked around for years in hacker circles, but it got a major boost with iOS 8. Less than a year after iOS 8’s release, the app has chalked up 5 million users, popping up at music festivals and protests around the world. Android phones are still stuck with Bluetooth for multipeer connections, which is even more limited.
  • Amazon begins Webstore phaseout: Why it makes sense (2015-03-23 09:35:00)
    Amazon says it is no longer accepting new sellers into its ecommerce platform service, which has been steadily losing out to the competition.
  • Square's 'cashtags' turn a custom web link into a tip jar (2015-03-23 09:29:00)
  • Download every Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 wallpaper for free right here (2015-03-23 09:18:38)
    Does anyone else feel like we have been waiting forever for the first big flagship smartphone launches of 2015? Samsung’s Galaxy S6 family and HTC’s new One M9 are all official, but the phones won’t be available for purchase until sometime early next month. In the meantime, our in-depth HTC One M9 review and Galaxy S6 and S6 edge previews are the best you can do. Of course, those of you itching to get your hands on one of these sleek new Android smartphones can at least pretend you’ve got the latest and greatest handsets by downloading the official wallpapers from each phone for free. MUST-READ: HTC One M9 review The sleek and stylish new designs of HTC’s flagship One
  • Some of My Favorite Tech Gadgets From CES 2015 (2015-03-23 09:13:53)
    Apple Watch, Apple Watch, Apple Watch. Everyone's talking about the Apple Watch. And I'm just tuning out. While I love tech gadgets, I just can't get excited about this large watch that allows you to use your iPhone without having to reach into your pocket. There are just too many things that it doesn't do; not to mention that it will be one...
  • Big Data Discovery Is The Next Big Trend In Analytics (2015-03-23 09:12:01)
    According to Gartner, "Big Data Discovery" is the next big trend in analytics. It's the logical combination of three of the hottest trends of the last few years in analytics: Big Data, Data Discovery, and Data Science.
  • Panasonic opens royalty-free portfolio to boost IoT development (2015-03-23 09:02:00)
    The tech giant plans to provide royalty-free access to patents to prompt further development of the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem.
  • Fitbit rolls out update that adds bike tracking to Fitbit Surge (2015-03-23 09:01:00)
    The Fitbit Surge combines daily activity tracking and GPS for running and other exercises. The latest update supports bike tracking with the GPS receiver.
  • Google Glass eyewear isn't dead, Eric Schmidt confirms (2015-03-23 08:56:29)
    The executive chairman says that reports of Glass' death have been greatly exaggerated, and the technology remains "a big and very fundamental platform for Google.'
  • No one is safe: All 4 major web browsers hacked at Pwn2Own (2015-03-23 08:55:36)
    Given the myriad of security mechanisms and technologies tech companies have developed, it’s easy to fall into a sense of complacency and think that what you’re doing is safe from prying eyes. Truth be told, if skilled attackers really want to see what you’re up to online, there’s not really much you can do to stop them. Case in point: Last week at the annual Pwn2Own hacking competition, all 4 major browsers were exploited.Safari, Firefox, IE, Google Chrome — none of these browsers can provide safe refuge from hackers. DON’T MISS: Meet the tweak every Netflix user needs: ‘God mode’ Incredibly, three of the web browsing hacks — IE 11, Chrome, and Safari — were carried out by one extremely skilled
  • Ranger drone could help fight against rhino poaching (2015-03-23 08:49:42)
    Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology designed by Spanish engineers will be used to fight rhino poachers in national parks in Africa. The ranger drone is fitted with thermal vision that can report potential irregularities in real time. Designed to be an easy tool for use by park rangers, its makers say the 'Keros 1' drone is a low cost solution for surveillance and observation. The lightweight vehicle is made of styrofoam and allows its controller to send instant photographs to park monitors while also collecting relevant data when the drone returns to base.
  • Google Glass isn't dead, it's being 'made ready for users,' says Eric Schmidt (2015-03-23 08:44:44)
    After Google stopped selling its wearable Glass device in January this year, many people speculated that the controversial gadget was on its way out for good. "Google is about taking risks and there’s nothing about adjusting Glass that suggests we’re ending it." Schmidt added that Glass remains a "big and very fundamental platform for Google," and that just like the company's self-driving cars, the wearable device is a work in progress that will take years to come to fruition. Reports last December suggested that Google might be planning to launch a new, cheaper version of Glass this year. Looking at this list of rumored fixes, it's clear that Google has a lot of work to do to make Glass a viable product.
  • ISIS identifies US military members online, urges supporters to violence (2015-03-23 08:40:53)
    The FBI is investigating whether the data has stemmed from public records or cyberattack.
  • Uber offers rides in Lamborghinis, Maseratis in Singapore (2015-03-23 08:33:49)
    Single and in a hurry? The ride-hiring app service has teamed up with a luxury car-rental service to give rides around the island nation in supercars.
  • My latest Microsoft update problem (2015-03-23 08:32:00)
    As if wiping one of my disks weren't enough, Windows Update has decided to go into a 'reboot loop' on my desktop Windows 7 system.
  • Your poop-water contains valuable metals (2015-03-23 08:31:35)
    Americans are flushing a lot of valuable metals, according to new research by the United States Geological Survey. For eight years, researchers took monthly samples from wastewater treatment plants across the country and cataloged what they found. While the findings aren't perfectly representative of the nation as a whole, they indicate that a wealth of minerals are being pooped out on a daily basis. The surprising wealth of minerals is most likely the result of compounds in common consumer products, said the researchers, who presented their findings today at the National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.
  • Watch: Forget work, procrastination has a magic future (2015-03-23 08:30:35)
    Forget about playing addictive mobile games or stalking your friends on Facebook while you’re supposed to be working. The future of procrastination already looks much better than that, as a new augmented/virtual reality concept video from Magic Leap shows us. FROM EARLIER: This is the in-depth Galaxy S6 edge video review you’ve been waiting for Backed by a massive $542 million Google investment, the company is working on some interesting things, including a unique approach for augmented and virtual reality apps and games, a technology it calls “cinematic reality,” which should offer a more immersive 3D experience than competitors, at least according to the company. While it’s not clear yet whether the elements in the short clip below are already available on
  • Google's Nexus Player officially hits the UK on March 26th for £80 (2015-03-23 08:22:00)
  • Boeing's 'plasma shields' would block explosion shockwaves (2015-03-23 08:06:00)
  • Galaxy S6: Most of the bloatware can be removed (2015-03-23 08:05:12)
    One of the biggest complaints leveled at Android smartphones is the plethora of apps, many of which unwanted, that come preinstalled on the devices. Samsung has listened to this and has made the bloatware it installs on the Galaxy S6 user-removable.
  • IBM to share technology with China in strategy shift: CEO (2015-03-23 08:00:07)
    By Matthew Miller and Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - IBM Corp will share technology with Chinese firms and will actively help build China's industry, CEO Virginia Rometty said in Beijing as she set out a strategy for one of the foreign firms hardest hit by China's shifting technology policies. IBM must help China build its IT industry rather than viewing the country solely as a sales destination or manufacturing base, Rometty said at the China Development Forum, an annual Chinese government-sponsored conference bringing together business executives and China's ruling elite.
  • Huddle brings clarity back to enterprise content collaboration (2015-03-23 08:00:03)
    Enterprise upstart Huddle was founded to help people work better together. Here's how the company put its stamp on enterprise collaboration.
  • Pwn2Own 2015: The year every web browser went down (2015-03-23 07:53:53)
    Every major web browser showed up, every web browser got hacked.
  • Software developer shortage hits Eastern Europe: Romania's plan to stay ahead in the game (2015-03-23 07:47:04)
    With more and more IT companies expanding or opening offices in the country, Romania has to come up with solutions.
  • The one thing you’ll love about the Galaxy S6’s bloatware (2015-03-23 07:45:30)
    With the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung is finally taking a different approach to preloaded bloatware that many Android fans will certainly appreciate: both devices will be significantly lighter on preloaded apps than their predecessors, though Samsung will offer them access to Samsung apps and Galaxy Gifts packages through a special app. But, as an xda-developers forum user has learned while testing pre-release software for the Galaxy S6 edge, there’s an even better bloatware-related feature coming to Galaxy S6 an Galaxy S6 edge buyers, one that other Android devices have yet to offer. DON’T MISS: HTC One M9 review Not only can buyers choose not to install apps from Samsung and its partners on their devices, but it looks
  • ThinkPad T450s hands on: Two batteries last 12 hours (2015-03-23 07:43:17)
    Lenovo's 14-inch Ultrabook delivers rugged construction, good performance, and great battery life to make it a reasonable enterprise solution for both office and road.
  • China's Alibaba invests in funds of Israeli venture capital firm (2015-03-23 07:35:06)
    Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group is investing in the funds of Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP), one of Israel's leading venture capital groups. JVP managing partner Kobi Rozengarten announced the investment on Monday during the firm's annual meeting, without giving details. JVP has nearly $1 billion under management. Calcalist said the investment was Alibaba's first in a venture capital fund.
  • Your chance to win* an iPad Air 2 and BlueDriver OBD2 Sensor (2015-03-23 07:33:02)
    Contest time! The grand-prize bundle is worth over $1,000, and nine runners-up will score Lemur's cool BlueDriver car scanner.
  • First Click: the new HTC is such a letdown (2015-03-23 07:30:02)
    Reading reviews of the One M9 can be agonizing to anyone who fondly remembers HTC’s glory days. Pre-iPhone, HTC built some of the most compelling smartphones beyond the hallowed halls of Nokia. Post-iPhone, it was HTC that provided a premium home to early versions of Android with devices like the Hero and Incredible, often enhancing the still muddled Google experience with its own HTC Sense suite of software. Samsung struggled to keep up.
  • Patched Adobe Flex vulnerability remains threat to web domains (2015-03-23 07:14:22)
    Known vulnerability CVE-2011-2461, despite being patched, remains a threat to today's websites which host exploitable Flash movies.
  • Wikipedia challenge to NSA surveillance weights privacy violation and proper targeting (2015-03-23 07:14:10)
    What are the basics of Wikipedia lawsuit against the National Security Agency? In a nutshell, the popular free-knowledge product believes the NSA surveillance of its foreign-based users is discouraging free speech for all people who use Wikipedia.
  • Online ad revenue at risk in war on 'click fraud' (2015-03-23 07:07:43)
    Spurred by a warning in December by the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) that businesses are losing $6.3 billion a year to so-called "click fraud," these companies now stipulate in advertising contracts that they will only pay for online ads when given proof that humans clicked on them. "We don't want to be paying for non-human traffic," said Mark Clowes, global head of advertising at American International Group Inc , the largest commercial insurer in the country. In a typical click fraud scheme, a crook infects many computers with malicious software, and directs the machines - called bots - to visit a webpage, click on an ad or watch a video. A study conducted by cybersecurity firm White Ops for the ANA found that bots viewed almost one-fourth of online video ads and 11 percent of display ads.
  • Assembler Pegatron's record 2014 profit puts Apple reliance in spotlight (2015-03-23 06:57:27)
    Strong iPhone 6 sales lifted annual net profit at Pegatron Corp, the Taiwanese assembler of Apple Inc, to a record high, as its chief executive questioned the company's reliance on smartphones to generate revenue. Pegatron on Monday said 2014 net profit rose 53.4 percent from the previous year to T$14.66 billion ($466.8 million). Fourth-quarter net profit also surged 68 percent to a record T$5.68 billion, as revenue from its communication devices business grew to account for just under two-thirds of its overall revenue, up from 30 percent in the same year-ago period. Asked about Pegatron's reliance on smartphones, Chief Executive Jason Cheng told an earnings briefing Pegatron was taking advantage of a good business opportunity.
  • Optimal Payments to buy e-wallet rival for $1.2 billion (2015-03-23 06:54:09)
    London-listed Optimal Payments Plc is to buy the maker of the Skrill e-wallet, the biggest competitor to its Neteller business, for an enterprise value of about 1.1 billion euros ($1.2 billion), it said on Monday. Skrill Group, one of the largest pre-paid online voucher providers in Europe with its paysafecard brand, reported a core profit of $89 million in the year ended September.
  • How Windows 10 plans to fight Apple Pay and Samsung Pay (2015-03-23 06:50:40)
    The final Windows 10 builds for desktop and smartphone are yet to be released, but more details about the features Windows fans should expect from Microsoft’s major operating system upgrade keep coming in. On top of revealing various new features for the desktop version of the OS last week during the WinHEC event in China, the company also shared some of the secrets behind Windows 10 for handsets. One of them, Nokia Power User reports, will be a new way of handling mobile payments, as Microsoft appears to be interested in competing against Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and other similar products. DON’T MISS: HTC One M9 review A short demo video, embedded below, reveals that Microsoft will enable a “Tap
  • 'Space Invaders' with real lasers is delightful, dangerous (2015-03-23 06:46:00)
  • Solebit Labs snags $2 million in funding (2015-03-23 06:39:04)
    The firm plans to use the funds to develop enterprise solutions to defend against APTs.
  • Hon Hai, Tencent partner in electric car business (2015-03-23 06:23:10)
    Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd on Monday said it has partnered Chinese social networker Tencent Holdings Ltd to develop opportunities related to electric vehicles, marking the latest tech foray into "smart" cars. Hon Hai, WeChat operator Tencent and luxury car dealer China Harmony Auto Holding Ltd signed an agreement to work together in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, Henan province, the contract manufacturer said without detailing specifics. The partnership would put Tencent on a par with online peers Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Baidu Inc, which have already moved into the nascent market for Internet-connected cars vie tie-ups with major auto makers. Hon Hai said the coalition would form a working team drawing on its manufacturing capabilities, Tencent's Internet platform and China Harmony Auto's dealership network, to explore commercial possibilities in smart electric vehicles.
  • Obama to announce $240M in new pledges for STEM education (2015-03-23 06:02:58)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is highlighting private-sector efforts to encourage more students from underrepresented groups to pursue education in in science, technology, engineering and math.
  • EMC launches integrated data lake stack (2015-03-23 06:00:04)
    This data lake stack includes VMware, Pivotal, EMC and third party Hadoop vendors such as Cloudera and Hortonworks as well as analytics platforms including SAS and Tableau.
  • Don’t throw away the packing peanuts, they could charge your gadget (2015-03-23 05:50:16)
    Scientists have discovered a new technology that converts polystyrene packing peanuts into high performance carbon electrodes to make lithium-ion batteries.
  • The Galaxy S6 lets you remove most apps (including Samsung's) (2015-03-23 05:02:00)
  • Pakistan orders cellphone users to provide their fingerprints (2015-03-23 04:02:00)
  • China to reap Alibaba windfall as tightens up on tax (2015-03-23 03:24:56)
    By Michelle Price HONG KONG (Reuters) - China could make billions of dollars from taxing gains made by employees of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group who are free to sell their shares for the first time since its IPO, as the country tightens up its leaky mechanisms for tax collection. On Wednesday, a six-month lock-up period for the recently New York-listed stock expired, allowing insiders who bought 437 million shares prior to the IPO to sell their stock, though 100 million of them are subject to trading restrictions that apply to employees until the company reports results in May. The total lock-up represents roughly 18 percent of Alibaba's shares, which if sold would fetch just over $37 billion at Friday's closing price. Although Alibaba did not disclose the identity of the shareholders subject to the lock-up, many will be taxable in China, where most of its 22,000 people are employed, and its share scheme is subject to a number of controls that will help ensure China gets its tax.
  • "Game of Thrones" to live stream premiere in San Francisco (2015-03-23 02:29:43)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. premiere of the fifth season of "Game of Thrones" will be held at a palatial building in San Francisco, aptly suited for the television show about a mythical kingdom.
  • Boeing patents 'Star Wars'-style force fields (2015-03-23 01:53:37)
    Aircraft and military manufacturer Boeing has been granted a patent on a system that is designed to prevent explosion shockwaves from harming a target.
  • Australia Post IT maintenance takes down online systems (2015-03-23 01:53:00)
    Australia Post said it continues to make 'good progress' on amending the technical issues that have affected some of its online services, electronic payments, and real-time parcel tracking.
  • iiNet board slammed for TPG takeover deal (2015-03-23 01:42:01)
    iiNet founder and former CEO Michael Malone is one of a number of shareholders who have raised concerns about the AU$1.4 billion takeover offer from TPG.
  • Uber ties up with Times Internet for India expansion (2015-03-23 01:40:29)
    Uber Technologies Inc, the online ride-hailing company, has entered into a "strategic partnership" with India's Times Internet, as it looks to expand operations in its largest market outside the United States. An Uber spokeswoman said Times Internet, the digital arm of the Times of India media group, would invest "well under" one billion rupees ($16 million) in Uber, that is worth an estimated $40 billion. "The deal is centered around a commercial marketing arrangement accompanied by a small investment," Uber said in a statement on Monday. Under the agreement, Times Internet will work on promotions to increase awareness about Uber and also help the U.S.-based taxi company localize its services for India.
  • Maratus elephans: The peacock spider with an elephant on its butt (2015-03-23 01:29:11)
    A newly described peacock spider is named for the elephant face on its abdomen -- and has an unusual way of dancing.
  • ASIC to launch innovation hub (2015-03-23 01:28:00)
    ASIC chairman Greg Medcraft has revealed that the regulator is planning to launch an innovation hub in the upcoming financial year to help startups navigate Australia's regulatory landscape.
  • Netflix wants VPNs to be 'a historical footnote' in Australia (2015-03-23 01:09:00)
    All Australian ISPs have the ability to offer unmetered access to Netflix, according to the streaming giant, which is hoping to make the practice of Australians accessing the US library 'a historical footnote'.
  • Ted Cruz announces presidential bid on Twitter (2015-03-23 00:31:29)
    Ted Cruz, Republican senator for Texas and the chair of the committee in charge of NASA, used Twitter tonight to announce his intentions to run for president in 2016. Cruz's tweet was accompanied by a 30-second video, in which the senator calls on "a new generation of courageous conservatives" to "make America great again."
  • Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi review (2015-03-23 00:00:02)
    I can all but guarantee that it's thicker than the laptop I'm currently using to write this article, Asus' Transformer Book T300 Chi. The $699 T300 Chi ($899 as tested) is a sliver of a computer, closer in size to the average tablet than a full-blown laptop. In fact, the T300 has a lot more in common with an iPad than an ultrabook. Like Microsoft's Surface Pro 3, all of the T300's major components are crammed into the tablet area, including its 12.5-inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel IPS display, Core M processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB SSD.
  • NFL player publishes math papers in his spare time (2015-03-22 23:59:00)
  • Commonwealth to trial limited cashless welfare card (2015-03-22 23:17:00)
    The Australian government will trial the Healthy Welfare Card at the end of the year in hopes that it will reduce attacks and violence on women.
  • How would you change Sony's QX10? (2015-03-22 22:09:00)
  • New Zealand used NSA data to spy on rival trade leader candidates (2015-03-22 20:58:00)
  • Telstra extends NBN migration window in new plan (2015-03-22 20:41:58)
    Telstra's new NBN migration plan outlines moves to extend the disconnection window for customers moving from one network to the other under the government's multi-technology model for the network.
  • Ingenious giant phone case makes one-hand usage a snap (2015-03-22 20:41:01)
    A simple, ambidextrous case makes using giant phones with one hand easy for everyone.
  • Only 2 percent of large British firms have cyber insurance: report (2015-03-22 20:18:14)
    Only 2 percent of large British firms have separate insurance against cyber attacks and the number dwindles to nearly zero for smaller firms, the government said in a report on Monday. Responding to concern that companies are not protected against the risks of cyber attacks, which cost billions of pounds annually to the UK economy, the report, published jointly with insurance broker Marsh, recommends that the government and the insurance industry pool data and information to encourage take-up of cyber insurance. Half of the business leaders interviewed for the report did not even know cyber insurance existed, it said, even though many firms place cyber attacks among their leading risks. "Cyber attacks against UK companies present a daily threat to normal UK business operations and are increasing in severity," the report said.
  • NSW Electoral Commission scrambles to patch iVote flaw (2015-03-22 20:09:11)
    The New South Wales Electoral Commission has scrambled to patch security flaws in the electronic voting system that could lead to compromised votes, just one week out from the state election.
  • HTC One M9 review (2015-03-22 20:00:18)
    It’s easy to call the HTC One M9 the best smartphone HTC has ever built; HTC outdoes itself each and every year, as we have come to expect, and the M9 is better than its predecessor in nearly every way. It’s also easy to call the HTC One M9 the most important smartphone HTC has ever built; the company continues to struggle against rivals 10 times its size that are currently dominating the smartphone market. The real task here is to determine whether or not HTC’s new One is real competition for rival flagship smartphones, and that question is more difficult to answer in 2015 than it has ever been before. Right from the start, it is beyond obvious that HTC has a difficult
  • HTC One M9 review: Iconic metal dual tone design with focus on personalization (2015-03-22 20:00:04)
    HTC One devices are easily distinguishable from other smartphones, which is a bit unique in our black slab world. Matthew spent another week with the One M9 and gives it an almost perfect 10.
  • HTC One M9 review: Another year, another modest step forward (2015-03-22 20:00:00)
  • ​Anittel wins AU$2m managed services contract with WA schools (2015-03-22 19:51:56)
    Over the next two years, Anittel will deliver full-time managed services support to Kingsway Christian College, Mandurah Baptist College, and Peter Carnley Anglican Community School.
  • Why the Apple Watch versus Switzerland isn't the real battle (2015-03-22 19:00:04)
    Focusing on the Apple Watch as a watch is missing the point.
  • US Navy's latest diving suit saves helium, space and weight (2015-03-22 18:05:00)
  • 2degrees buys Snap for fixed-line play (2015-03-22 18:04:00)
    New Zealand mobile challenger 2degrees is buying its fixed-line broadband partner, Christchurch-based Snap.
  • I hate that I love this Coke commercial (2015-03-22 17:48:40)
    Like former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, I'm no fan of sugary drinks. This is why I find myself so conflicted over this delightful new ad campaign for Coca-Cola, produced by Ogilvy in Paris. There's no product, branding, or logo anywhere in the shot, except for the negative space between a pair of mismatched hands coming together to form the Coke bottle. It's a subtle reminder of the most iconic piece of contoured glass of the past century — which is fitting since the campaign is designed to celebrate the centenary of the original 1915 Coca-Cola bottle. ...
  • A nice handheld flamethrower? How handy (2015-03-22 16:00:02)
    Technically Incorrect: Monday sees the launch of the XM42, which claims to be the first ever legally available portable flamethrower.