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  • Until Dawn brings hokey teen horror to the PlayStation 4 (2014-10-25 11:45:59)
    I only jumped once. Honestly, just once while I played through a demo of Until Dawn, the first major title from developer Supermassive Games. Until Dawn is less psychological thriller and more schlocky horror, but there isn’t nearly enough of that on the home consoles. Alien: Isolation, The Evil Within, Daylight — there are plenty of survival horror games that take themselves seriously, some more effectively than others. It’s about time we had a wacky offshoot. The short demo that I played during a recent PlayStation event in New York left me intrigued. Until Dawn is a PS4 exclusive third-person adventure game, putting the player in control of one of the unfortunate teens that ended up in a rundown, haunted hotel. As
  • Investigating the science in Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' (2014-10-25 11:44:00)
  • 6 Reasons Travelers Are Upgrading to iPhone 6 & 6 Plus (2014-10-25 11:28:37)
    My husband just purchased an iPhone 6 Plus in anticipation of a long trip next month, and I'm pondering whether to get that version, or the slightly smaller iPhone 6. For the past couple of weeks, I've been writing down questions, and talking with my friendly local geniuses and not-quite-geniuses-but-smarter-about-devices-than-I-am, and they're...
  • Run the Jewels 2 can cause spontaneous combustion (according to Twitter) (2014-10-25 11:00:02)
    At 1:28AM ET Thursday night (technically Friday morning), El-P and Killer Mike released Run the Jewels 2, the followup to their critically-acclaimed 2013 album, as a free download — a tweet and a zip file. And while we're loving the album a lot so far, our favorite part so far has been fan reactions on Twitter. Turns out listening to the album — or maybe even just downloading it — can cause spontaneous combustion of excitement*.
  • The Weekender: on Siri, 'Civilization,' and saving Sarah Connor (2014-10-25 10:06:11)
    Good morning, and welcome back to the Weekender. Our weekend journey is just now starting, so thank you for choosing us for your travels. As you may recall, this was the 43rd week of the year 2014 on the planet known colloquially as Earth, otherwise known as Terra in other inhabited star systems. It was not a quiet week, as you might imagine. Below you'll find your itinerary, carefully crafted for your pleasure; stories from the week passed and recommendations for the days ahead. Now. Please sit back and relax as we take you on a journey through time and space. ...
  • Meet Night Cable, the only iPhone charging cable made for your bedroom (2014-10-25 10:00:33)
    Many people charge their smartphones every night because most handsets can’t yet offer the battery life we expect. And many tablet users also charge their devices at night as well, which is the most convenient time to do it anyway since they might want to simultaneously use it for some quick content consumption before sleep. But using the device while it’s plugged in and charging, whether it’s a smartphone or a tablet, might be a seriously annoying endeavor because charging cables are usually rather short. FROM EARLIER: This tiny smartphone charger might be exactly what we’ve been waiting for For all these reasons, Native Union, the company that came up with the extremely popular Jump Cable 2-in-1 cable and battery solution
  • I am Marty McFly: My week in 'Back to the Future II' shoes (2014-10-25 09:00:04)
    The future is now as Crave writer Amanda Kooser dons a glowing pair of Air Mag replica shoes and wears them everywhere for a week.>
  • Robotic hand uses the power of static electricity to pick up objects (2014-10-25 07:18:00)
  • Vimeo tech chief takes on 'terrifying' online video challenges (Q&A) (2014-10-25 07:00:03)
    Andrew Pile has to make sure his service works with everything from phones to smart TVs, even as video-streaming technology constantly changes.>
  • Amazon has made its Appstore for Android obsolete (2014-10-25 02:39:00)
  • Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement gets computer game makeover (2014-10-25 02:31:27)
    How do you defend yourself against scores of tear gas wielding police while manning the barricades at Hong Kong's protest camps? "Yellow Umbrella" has been downloaded more than 40,000 times from Google Play's store since its release on Monday, the game's developers told AFP, although it has yet to receive approval from Apple and is noticeably absent from Google's online store in mainland China. "They (the protesters) like Guan Yu very much because they want to resolve the problem but they don't know how to do it.
  • Brookstone puts up pre-order page for Fitbit Surge before it's been announced (2014-10-25 01:04:43)
    Fitbit still hasn't gotten around to officially announcing its new $250 Surge fitness watch, but the company's retail partners are no longer waiting around. An apparent mixup has led Brookstone to prematurely publish a pre-order page for the "super watch." A friendly tipster clued us in on the mistake. And the page (still live as of this writing) confirms everything we've already told you: Surge is a fitness watch — not a smartwatch — with built-in GPS and a variety of sensors that can record your workouts and overall activity regardless of whether it's linked up to a smartphone.
  • Netflix has two more TV shows for 2015: 'Bloodline' and 'F is for Family' (2014-10-24 22:45:00)
  • Watch a 'Game of Thrones' star create planets in this sci-fi short film (2014-10-24 21:55:33)
    Aiden Gillen is by now best known for playing ambitious men, particularly on critically acclaimed HBO series. On Game of Thrones, he plays the conniving Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish, and on The Wire, he played conflicted politician Tommy Carcetti. So Polish digital effects company Platige Image and the European Space Agency probably figured he was uniquely suited for their new short film Ambition. ...
  • Capture One Pro 8 review (2014-10-24 21:13:00)
    Deliver digital photo images with color and detail
  • Auslogics Duplicate File Finder review (2014-10-24 21:05:00)
    Find and remove duplicate files from your PC
  • Ashampoo Music Studio review (2014-10-24 20:55:00)
    Convert, edit, organize, archive, and burn your songs
  • Anti-Porn parental controls review (2014-10-24 20:42:00)
    Protect children from pornographic content on the Web
  • Engadget Daily: Nexus 9, Google VP sets new space-jump record, and more! (2014-10-24 20:39:00)
  • YTD Video Downloader review (2014-10-24 20:30:45)
    Download and convert videos from video streaming sites
  • Your Galaxy S5 may get Android 5.0 Lollipop in time for the holidays (2014-10-24 20:15:29)
    Great news, Galaxy S5 owners: You may not have to wait that much longer to get Android 5.0 Lollipop on your favorite phone. SamMobile’s sources indicate that Lollipop will start rolling out to the Galaxy S5 sometime in December, which hopefully means you should get it on your own device before the year is over. LEARN MORE: The future of Android has arrived: Google announces Android 5.0 Lollipop release details Android 5.0 Lollipop, which Google officially unveiled earlier this month, is notable primarily for the inclusion of Material Design, a new design interface that is notable for its flatter icons and its physics-based animations that will give both Android apps and the platform itself a smoother and more consistent user experience.
  • Wireless Network Watcher review (2014-10-24 20:12:00)
    Display all the computers which are connected to your system
  • Google's head of Android to oversee its most important products (2014-10-24 19:58:40)
    By promoting one of his most trusted lieutenants, Google CEO Larry Page can spend more time focusing on the future.>
  • Nest owns Revolv's home automation tech now, too (2014-10-24 19:58:00)
  • Windows Password Recovery Tool Ultimate review (2014-10-24 19:40:33)
    Recover Windows local or domain account password
  • Ralph Nader urges Apple to reduce buybacks and raise wages: WSJ (2014-10-24 19:39:30)
    (Reuters) - Consumer advocate Ralph Nader sent a letter to Apple Inc Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook urging the company to reduce its spending on share buybacks and use the money to raise wages, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The five-time presidential candidate wrote in a letter published by the paper that poverty wages and harmful conditions are "a consequence of tolerating outrageous stock buybacks. ...
  • Crave Ep. 180: Help battling robots cause even more mayhem (2014-10-24 19:35:11)
    The robot war might be televised (on the Web at least) and it's a fight to the finish. The RoboGames could become a Web series if a crowdfunding effort meets its goal.>
  • The Note 4 is reportedly off to a hot start with 4.5 million sold (2014-10-24 19:30:57)
    There weren’t many smartphones in 2014 that received as much attention as the Galaxy Note 4, but a staggered launch by Samsung might have kept the phablet from breaking any sales records. Korea’s News 1 reports that after a month on the market, Samsung sold 4.5 million Galaxy Note 4 units, 500,000 less than the Note 3 sold in its first month. PREVIOUSLY: Samsung hints that a Lollipop upgrade for the Galaxy Note 4 is coming soon There is one major caveat to this report: the Note 4 was only available in Korea and China for a majority of that time. Now that the phone is beginning to roll out around the world, it has a chance to catch up with, and possibly
  • TreeSize Free review (2014-10-24 19:25:00)
    Show the size of each folder on your disk, including its sub folders
  • Wall St. finally turning on Amazon as Bezos magic fades (2014-10-24 19:09:39)
    By Deepa Seetharaman and Ross Kerber SAN FRANCISCO/BOSTON (Reuters) - Inc's once fairy-tale ride on Wall Street has hit its most jarring bump yet. The company that for years enthralled investors with improbable growth and earned one of the technology sector's highest valuations drew widespread ire after a spectacular results letdown on Thursday. Amazon missed expectations across the board - on margins, on its net loss and on revenue. An unaccountably poor 7 to 18 percent revenue growth forecast for the typically strongest holiday quarter was the final straw for some. ...
  • Got a new iPad and want to switch carriers? Turns out it's not so easy (2014-10-24 19:05:25)
    So much for a universal Apple SIM. AT&T and T-Mobile both lock down iPad SIM cards in their stores. The difference is a T-Mobile iPad purchased at an Apple store will remain open.>
  • Sundar Pichai takes control of Google's crucial products (2014-10-24 18:55:00)
  • Google's Pichai to oversee major products and services (2014-10-24 18:54:43)
    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc Chief Executive Officer Larry Page has put Sundar Pichai, one of his key lieutenants, in charge of the Internet company's products. The India-born executive will have oversight over products such as search, maps, Google+, commerce, advertising and infrastructure, according to a Google spokesman. Six executives who previously reported to Page, including the heads of research, social media and search, will now report to Pichai, according to Re/code, which first reported the change on Friday, citing an internal memo. ...
  • Sprint wants to sentence you to ‘iPhone for Life’ with new iPhone 6 promo (2014-10-24 18:45:04)
    Sprint has come up with a new program for smartphone buyers loyal to Apple who want to upgrade to a brand new iPhone every year, 9to5Mac reports. The carrier has a brand new 12-month lease plan for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus starting at $80 per month, which will let a subscriber grab one of Apple’s latest iPhone models starting on November 14th and use it until the 2015 versions come along. FROM EARLIER: The iPhone 6 Plus might have a serious software problem you should know about The mobile operator will also offer an iPhone for Life plan to customers interested in using the iPhone 5s for 24 months, starting at $70 per month. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus plans are
  • Switch Sound File Converter Plus review (2014-10-24 18:38:00)
    Convert audio files between MP3, WAV and 40 other file formats
  • Playdate: We're livestreaming 'Fantasia: Music Evolved' on Xbox One! (2014-10-24 18:30:00)
  • Playdate: We're livestreaming 'Fantasia: Music Evolved' on Xbox One! (update: game over!) (2014-10-24 18:30:00)
  • Lantern gets early funding for mental health therapy app (2014-10-24 18:12:40)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Lantern, a technology startup that offers online and mobile coaching programs to support mental health, has won early backing for its service. Executives at the 2-year-old startup said on Friday it has raised $4.4 million from investors led by Silicon Valley-based venture firm Mayfield, with seed funding from SoftTechVC. Facebook Inc Chief Product Officer Chris Cox is serving as an advisor. ...
  • Sumo review (2014-10-24 18:12:07)
    Keep your software up-to-date
  • The funniest thing you’ll see today: Conan previews the new Steve Jobs biopic (2014-10-24 18:10:34)
    After news broke that actor Christian Bale would be playing Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in an upcoming film, Conan O’Brien previewed an “exclusive” clip of the film on Thursday night. MORE CONAN: The most hilarious thing you’ll see today: Conan invents amazing new emoji It’s obviously not from the real film since it has yet to begin filming, but it’s hilarious anyway. Watch the Conan clip below:
  • Google's Pichai to oversee major products and services: blog (2014-10-24 18:08:52)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc Chief Executive Officer Larry Page has put Sundar Pichai, one of his key lieutenants, in charge of the Internet company's products, according to technology blog Re/code. The India-born executive will have oversight over products such as search, maps, Google+, commerce, advertising and infrastructure. Six executives who previously reported to Page, including the heads of research, social media and search, will now report to Pichai, Re/code reported citing an internal memo. ...
  • Hacker sentenced to 21 months in U.S. prison for $15 million scheme (2014-10-24 18:00:40)
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Massachusetts man was sentenced to 21 months in prison on Friday for his role in a cybercrime scheme that hacked accounts at banks, brokerage firms and government agencies in an attempt to steal more than $15 million, U.S. prosecutors said. Robert Dubuc, 41, pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy, conspiracy to commit access device fraud and identity theft in federal court in New Jersey in April. U.S. District Judge Peter Sheridan in Trenton imposed the sentence on Friday. ...
  • Google CEO Larry Page just put Sundar Pichai in charge of almost everything (2014-10-24 17:56:18)
    Google's Sundar Pichai, who's already responsible for overseeing Android and Chrome, is about to have even more on his plate. According to Recode, CEO Larry Page has sent a memo to employees revealing that Pichai will now lead nearly every major product division at the company. That includes search, maps, Google+, commerce, research, plus ads and infrastructure. The senior executives previously tasked with heading up those efforts at Google will now report to Pichai rather than going to Page directly. ...
  • InFlow Inventory Free Edition review (2014-10-24 17:48:00)
    Run your product-based business, tracking inventory, orders, customers and invoicing with reporting
  • HP seeking buyers for corporate-networking business in China: WSJ (2014-10-24 17:46:09)
    (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co has begun sounding out private-equity firms in China to buy its corporate-networking business in the country, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the situation. HP is expected to sell at least 51 percent of the business, H3C Technologies Co, which could be worth roughly $5 billion in a full sale, the business daily said. HP declined to comment on the report. The buyer likely needs to be based in China if the deal is to win Chinese government approval, the newspaper reported. ...
  • Got Google's new Inbox app? Now you can invite three friends! (2014-10-24 17:39:00)
  • Doctors transplanted 'dead hearts' into three patients, and it worked (2014-10-24 17:37:30)
    Two months ago, doctors in Australia transplanted a "dead heart" — a heart that had stopped beating inside a donor's chest — into a 57-year-old woman, reports the BBC. The operation, which has been deemed success, was unlike any other, because for the first time, it didn't involve a brain-dead donor who's heart was still beating.
  • Meet Bluesmart, the intelligent carry-on luggage of your dreams (2014-10-24 17:35:07)
    Frequent fliers not happy with their current carry-on luggage solutions should check out Bluesmart, a new piece of connected luggage that’s supposed to make traveling a lot easier. Bluesmart has smashed through its original $50,000 goal on Indiegogo in just a few days, hitting nearly $400,000 with more than a month left in the campaign. In addition to having enough room for the various things you need to take with you on your next trip, the Bluesmart carry-on suitcase includes additional features such as a smartphone-controlled digital lock, a location-tracking app, a built-in battery compatible for charging smartphones and tablets, a built-in scale, proximity notification alerts to prevent you from forgetting it, and an easily accessible compartment for electronic devices that have
  • Nero Burning ROM 2015 review (2014-10-24 17:20:00)
    Burn and copy CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs, rip audio CDs
  • Breaking open iPads, Groupon's quest to be Yelp (2014-10-24 17:18:45)
    The iFixit team reveals the secrets inside the new iPads, Groupon mimics Yelp, and Microsoft kills the free version of Xbox Music.>
  • AT&T, T-Mobile both lock down new iPad SIMs in their stores (2014-10-24 17:18:41)
    The difference is a T-Mobile iPad purchased at an Apple store will remain open.>
  • How the AP-GfK poll was conducted (2014-10-24 17:03:36)
    The Associated Press-GfK poll on the Islamic State group was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Oct. 16-20. It was based on online interviews of 1,608 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel.
  • Don’t expect game-changing improvements from Sprint or T-Mobile for at least another two years (2014-10-24 17:00:25)
    T-Mobile has done a lot to improve its network over the past couple of years, but even the scrappy “Un-carrier” has admitted that it would not be able to match the network quality of AT&T and Verizon unless it gets access to more low-frequency spectrum, which propagates better than high-frequency spectrum and more easily penetrates buildings. Because of this, both T-Mobile and Sprint must be disheartened to learn that the Federal Communications Commission has delayed a key spectrum auction that could have given both carriers a major shot in the arm. RELATED: T-Mobile’s coverage would be great if it weren’t for those pesky walls As Bloomberg reports, the FCC is delaying the 600MHz spectrum auction until 2016 after broadcasters filed
  • The 404 Show 1,570: Superhero movie overkill? Christian Bale to play Steve Jobs (podcast) (2014-10-24 16:54:14)
    We're finishing up the week with the question: is Hollywood's superhero factory comic book overkill? Plus we'll talk about Christian Bale's confirmed role as Steve Jobs in a new biopic, Uber flu shot delivery and confirmation that Google Glass people still freak us out.>
  • Yardarm will tell dispatchers when and where police fire guns (2014-10-24 16:48:00)
  • Out-of-patience investors sell off Amazon (2014-10-24 16:40:33)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon has long acted like an ideal customer on its own website: a freewheeling big spender with no worries about balancing a checkbook. Investors confident in founder and CEO Jeff Bezos' invest-and-expand strategy flooded into the stock as the company revolutionized shopping, upended the book industry and took on the cloud — even though its vast range of initiatives ate up all the company's profits.
  • U.S. TV startup Roku to confidentially file for IPO: WSJ (2014-10-24 16:39:33)
    (Reuters) - U.S. TV startup Roku Inc is working on plans to confidentially file for an initial public offering, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Roku has been working with investment banks, including Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Citigroup Inc, to prepare for a potential offering that could raise as much as $150 million, the Journal said. The company, which makes set-top boxes that connect TVs to the Internet, did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment. ...
  • Ralph Nader urges Apple to reduce buybacks, improve wages: WSJ (2014-10-24 16:36:51)
    (Reuters) - Consumer advocate Ralph Nader sent a letter to Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook urging the company to reduce its spending on share buybacks and use the money to raise wages, the Wall Street Journal reported. "... Poverty wages and harmful conditions are a consequence of tolerating outrageous stock buybacks," wrote the five-time presidential candidate in his letter published by the Journal. ...
  • Conan O’Brien got into a Twitter battle with Madeleine Albright and it might be the best one ever (2014-10-24 16:35:25)
    Former Secretary Of State, Madeleine Albright may be 77 years old, but that doesn’t mean she still can’t pack a punch. On Thursday, Conan O’Brien tweeted a Halloween joke about the first female Secretary Of State, but her response to that tweet won the Internet. Here’s Conan’s initial tweet: I picked out my Halloween costume. I’m going as “Slutty Madeleine Albright.” — Conan O’Brien (@ConanOBrien) October 23, 2014 And here’s where Albright destroys him: .@ConanOBrien I’m considering going as hunky Conan O’Brien – but that might be too far fetched. — Madeleine Albright (@madeleine) October 23, 2014 It was all in good fun. They later made amends and it proved that you never want to have war of words with a
  • Rescue Kit Free Edition review (2014-10-24 16:34:00)
    Recover your system and lost data to ensure security in future
  • Awww: A whole subreddit filled with baby-elephant GIFs (2014-10-24 16:30:47)
    It's Friday, which means we've all made it through another long week. Celebrate in the best way possible by checking out this subreddit dedicated to GIFs of baby elephants.>
  • Lady Gaga's 'Cheek to Cheek' coming to Amazon Instant 4K, PBS (2014-10-24 16:26:27)
    ​If you're a fan of Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett or changing outfits every three minutes then 'Cheek to Cheek Live' will be televised on PBS tonight, and Amazon Instant 4K later in the year.>
  • Stephen Hawking joins Facebook, promises to share work toward 'what makes the universe exist' (2014-10-24 16:23:43)
    Stephen Hawking has joined Facebook, promising to share his work toward discovering "what makes the universe exist" with his followers of his new account. "Time and space may forever be a mystery, but that has not stopped my pursuit," Hawking writes. "Our connections to one another have grown infinitely and now that I have the chance, I’m eager to share this journey with you." His page has also posted a video of Hawking accepting the Ice Bucket Challenge, with his three children taking the plunge on his behalf. ...
  • The scariest games to play this Halloween (2014-10-24 16:16:47)
    Jeff Bakalar picks the scariest video games to play this Halloween. Player beware!>
  • Apple just got another huge player to support Apple Pay (2014-10-24 16:15:15)
    Apple Pay rolled out on Monday to a great deal of fanfare, but launching the service was only half the battle. Now Apple is faced with the enormous challenge of gradually adding support for every credit, debit and gift card in the United States in the coming months. It appears that Apple isn’t wasting any time either as reports began to spread on Friday that Apple Pay is now compatible with Amazon Rewards Visa Cards. FROM EARLIER: Why Apple Pay is ‘more safe and secure than using your credit card’ MacRumors notes that the first reports appeared on Twitter and Reddit on Friday morning. This came as a bit of a surprise because Amazon Rewards cards are issued by Chase, one of
  • AT&T locks your new iPad's SIM so you can't switch carriers without a new one (2014-10-24 16:08:00)
  • FCC delays auction for 600MHz spectrum (2014-10-24 16:00:59)
    The Federal Communications Commission announced today that the spectrum auction planned for mid-2015 will now take place in earl 2016. In a blog post, Gary Epstein, chair of the FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force, says that lawsuits from television broadcasters attempting to prvent the spectrum auction have delayed the proceedings. The airwaves that will eventually hit the auction block are low frequency (600MHz) and therefore attractive to wireless carriers that want to build next generation networks on. ...
  • NBCUniversal settles with unpaid interns for $6.4M (2014-10-24 15:56:03)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 9,000 unpaid interns stand to benefit from a $6.4 million settlement with NBCUniversal over back wages.
  • Google exec sets records with leap from near-space (2014-10-24 15:55:51)
    ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A Google executive has broken the sound barrier and set several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert after taking a leap from the edge of space.
  • College students more prone to thoughtless social posts than high schoolers, study says (2014-10-24 15:53:34)
    A new survey -- conducted for a firm that recently brought its private social-networking app to the US -- also shows that teens are tired of the lack of reality on sites like Facebook.>
  • One big reason not to use your iPad Air 2 on AT&T (2014-10-24 15:51:41)
    Are you excited about the new multi-carrier SIM cards that are coming with the iPad Air 2? If so then you won’t want to hook it up to AT&T’s network. RELATED: Apple never mentioned this key iPad Air 2 feature during its big event Ars Technica reports that while both T-Mobile and Sprint have decided to allow iPad Air 2 models on their network to run with SIM cards that are compatible with multiple carriers, AT&T has decided to lock down this feature on the new iPads that run on its network. “When you set up cellular data on a new iPad with the multi-carrier SIM, you’ll get this screen, which lets you choose a carrier,” Ars explains. “Click on AT&T and you’ll see this
  • domain sold for big payout (2014-10-24 15:34:42)
    According to a securities filing, the buyer was a Russian-registered firm called Weed Growth Fund, previously known as Ovation Research. The October 20 filing said the price was $50,000 cash and 19,192 shares of Cannabis Sativa worth close to $170,000, which promotes medical uses for marijuana. The reasons for the sale were not clear but Cannabis Sativa chief and former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson has publicly said he thinks marijuana may be used to treat the deadly disease. The seller was Nevada-based Blue String Ventures, which describes itself as an "Internet real estate investment and branding" company.
  • The Nexus 9 wasn't designed to be an iPad killer (2014-10-24 15:30:00)
  • Google exec sets a new record for highest-altitude jump (video) (2014-10-24 15:28:00)
  • Huh? Mini phone attaches to the phone you already have (2014-10-24 15:23:57)
    One company thinks you need a small phone that hitches a ride on your larger phone -- and the idea actually might not be as crazy as it sounds.>
  • The brutal numbers behind Amazon’s massive Fire Phone flop (2014-10-24 15:09:46)
    We’ve known for a while that Amazon’s Fire Phone is this year’s version of the Microsoft Kin or the Facebook-centric HTC First — that is, it’s a phone that is destined to go down as one of the biggest bombs in smartphone history. CNET takes a look at Amazon’s earnings report released on Thursday and brings us some new numbers that show us just how big of a flop the Fire Phone has really been. RELATED: Amazon’s Fire Phone might be a bigger flop than anyone imagined Per CNET, Amazon CTO Tom Szkutak said during an earnings call on Thursday that the company had to take a $170 million write down on the quarter thanks to costs associated with the Fire
  • AT&T is locking down Apple SIM cards in the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 (2014-10-24 15:09:28)
    Just when we think the SIM card may be about to die, here comes AT&T on a self-serving life support mission. MacRumors reports that the Apple SIM card, which is designed to be used by a growing number of carriers around the world, will be locked by AT&T as soon as you sign up for a month of service. Apple confirms the report in a support document: "When you choose AT&T on iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, AT&T dedicates Apple SIM to their network only."
  • Well-timed bullish option bets seen in Digital River weeks before deal (2014-10-24 15:03:03)
    By Saqib Iqbal Ahmed NEW YORK (Reuters) - Well-timed bullish options bets on Digital River Inc were placed about two weeks before the e-commerce services company said on Friday it would be taken private. Digital River's stock rose 48 percent to $25.75 on Friday, a day after the Minnesota-based company said it entered into an agreement to be bought by an investor group led by Siris Capital Group LLC for $26 a shares. A fortnight before the deal was announced there was a sudden spike in options activity with nearly 28,000 calls traded between Oct. 6 and Oct. ...
  • Nest acquires Revolv in a bid to control your entire smart home (2014-10-24 15:00:02)
    Nest has just acquired Boulder, CO-based Revolv, one of the most flexible smart home platforms on the market. It's a big move in the growing smart home market, which has two main battles: the individual devices and the platform they run on to make our homes smarter. Nest, with its popular smart thermostat and smoke detector, is in a strong position in the first category. Buying Revolv (and the team behind it) positions it strongly in the second. Terms of the deal aren't being disclosed, but the Revolv team will stay in Boulder in a new Nest office there.
  • Nest can now talk to Pebble and other home automation products (2014-10-24 15:00:00)
  • U.S. delays 'incentive' airwaves auction to early 2016 (2014-10-24 14:49:55)
    By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission expects a major auction of low-frequency airwaves to be pushed back to early 2016 from mid-2015 because of its complexity and a pending court challenge, an FCC official said in a blog post on Friday. The FCC is working on rules for the so-called incentive auction, in which wireless carriers would get the first opportunity since 2008 to purchase airwaves that are considered the "beach-front property" of radio spectrum for their reach and strength. ...
  • Marc Newson's last pre-Apple designs include a shotgun and a beer keg (2014-10-24 14:48:10)
    The picture above isn't Marc Newson's design, but according to Dezeen, his version of the Beretta 486 Parallelo (actually pictured) will be unveiled at an event in London on November 13th. The famous designer, who as of joined his friend Jony Ive at Apple, has been collaborating with the centuries-old Italian gun manufacturer for at least couple years. Suffice to say that designing a shotgun is akin to staging a ballet in a phone booth, and most of what Newson could do entailed making subtle changes on the surface of a mechanical apparatus that has been essentially unchanged for at least a hundred years.
  • Awww: An entire subreddit filled with baby-elephant GIFs (2014-10-24 14:45:20)
    It's Friday, which means we've all made it through another long week. Celebrate in the best way possible by checking out this subreddit dedicated to GIFs of baby elephants.>
  • Apple wants you to wonder how you ever lived without its Apple Watch (2014-10-24 14:42:37)
    In an interview with Xinhua while in China, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook talked about several matters important to the company, including the iPhone, Apple Pay, personal data security and China, but also the upcoming Apple Watch. Expected to arrive at some point in early 2015, the Watch should become an indispensable device to buyers. FROM EARLIER: The iPhone 6 might be low-res, but Apple’s highest-resolution device ever is coming soon “We are going to wonder how we ever lived without it,” Cook said in the interview. “That’s the real test of a great product: you wonder how you live without it. And I think that’s going to happen to the Apple Watch.” According to Cook, the potential of Apple Watch is “enormous,” because “it is
  • Canadians now have faster mobile data than you (2014-10-24 14:41:00)
  • Here are the most breathtaking images from Thursday’s partial solar eclipse (2014-10-24 14:21:08)
    On Thursday, North America had the chance to watch a partial solar eclipse darken the skies. If you happened to catch it, you witnessed something beautiful… but don’t worry if you missed it, because you can still take a look at all the beautiful images captured from the event. RELATED: Here are the best times to watch tomorrow’s partial solar eclipse Have a look at the breathtaking images of the partial solar eclipse as captured by people all over the country: To view more images of the partial solar eclipse, head over to USA Today’s gallery for more stunning images.
  • Deezer bets podcasts will make its music service better (2014-10-24 14:16:00)
  • Opera review (2014-10-24 14:14:00)
    Try the faster browser that lets you get the most from today's Web
  • Apple will reportedly integrate Beats Music with iTunes next year (2014-10-24 14:10:49)
    Apple plans to relaunch Beats Music as part of iTunes next year, integrating the recently purchased streaming service into its hugely popular music store, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Journal notes that it's only heard this information from a single source, but Apple bringing Beats Music into iTunes has always seemed like a fairly obvious route for this acquisition to go — it seemed more like a question of when it will happen than if it will happen. ...
  • Here’s a complete list of apps that use the awesome new Handoff feature in iOS 8 (2014-10-24 13:57:11)
    The coolest new feature that spans across both iOS and OS X announced this year has definitely been the Handoff feature that will let you quickly move information and data between iOS devices and your Mac. And what makes it even cooler is now app developers are designing their applications to use Handoff as well so you can move what you’re looking at on your favorite apps from your iPhone to your Mac and vice versa. Below we’ve listed all of the apps that support Handoff so far, which come to us by way of App Advice. RELATED: A comprehensive guide to using 2014’s coolest new iOS and OS X feature Prizmo Prizmo is “a universal photo-based scanner app that
  • Google VP's 135,908-foot leap breaks world record for highest free-fall parachute jump (2014-10-24 13:55:05)
    A senior Google executive has broken the world record for highest free-fall parachute jump today. Dr. Alan Eustace, whose official title is Senior Vice President of Knowledge, successfully completed a jump from 135,908 feet. The accomplishment came seemingly out of nowhere with no fanfare or media buzz whatsoever; The New York Times' science Twitter account first reported Eustace's incredible feat.
  • What's up with Engadget Expand? (2014-10-24 13:50:00)
  • Idcloak VPN review (2014-10-24 13:46:00)
    Browse the web via VPN connection to unblock various web sites
  • Sprint's 'iPhone for Life' plan to offer annual upgrade (2014-10-24 13:33:02)
    The carrier ups the ante again with its iPhone-leasing program that starts at $30 a month and allows customers to swap in a new device each year. The offer takes effect on November 14.>
  • U.S. FCC now expects airwaves auction in early 2016 (2014-10-24 13:20:28)
    By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission expects a major auction of low-frequency airwaves to be pushed back to early 2016 from mid-2015, an FCC official said in a blog post on Friday. The FCC has been working on rules for the so-called incentive auction in which wireless carriers would get the first opportunity since 2008 to purchase airwaves considered the "beach front property" of radio spectrum for their reach and strength. ...
  • 'Fantasia: Music Evolved' and its origins in the Kinect-hacking scene (2014-10-24 13:20:00)
  • Fire Sale: Why Amazon's Much-Hyped Phone Flopped (2014-10-24 13:19:40)
    Why Amazon's $199 Phone Now Costs 99 Cents
  • Investors snub Amazon, but Wall Street analysts remain loyalists (2014-10-24 13:19:00)
    Financial analysts continue to focus on Amazon's long-term growth, despite back-to-back quarters of losses.>
  • Video: You might not care about 4K TVs, but you still need to watch Sony’s amazing new ad (2014-10-24 13:09:44)
    The next big thing in television might be 4K (or even 5K, for some). Or smarter TVs. Or curvy smart TVs that also do 4K. But that doesn’t mean you really need them, especially 4K big-screen TVs, since there isn’t enough actual 4K content to consume in the first place. But Sony has an amazing new TV ad that is so amazing it’s worth watching even if you’re not interested in 4K TVs at all. FROM EARLIER: Video: MasterCard is doing for Apple what Google can only dream of Shot in 4K, Sony’s new Ice Bubbles commercial is just one-minute long, and it doesn’t use any computer-generated special effects, as you might expect for such a video. Of course, that makes it
  • Amazon hid a full app store in its Android app for six weeks and no one noticed (2014-10-24 13:05:06)
    Back on September 9th of this year, Amazon released a big update to its main Android app, which lets you purchase things from your phone. That update added the ability to stream Prime Instant Video content on Android smartphones, albeit with a rather clunky set up process. Amazon was very vocal in touting the new Prime Instant Video features in its press release announcing them, but it didn't mention the fact that you can now download and install Android apps directly from Amazon's main app — no install of the separate Amazon Appstore needed.
  • J.K. Rowling publishing new 'Harry Potter' short story (2014-10-24 13:03:19)
    J.K. Rowling may not be writing more Harry Potter novels, but she's far from leaving the world behind. This Halloween, she's planning to release another short story fleshing out the Harry Potter universe, specifically, focusing on the backstory of the highly disliked one-time Hogwarts professor Dolores Umbridge. The story will indeed be a short one, coming in at 1,700 words, and it's said to include "Rowling’s revealing first-person thoughts and reflections about the character. ...
  • HTML Guardian review (2014-10-24 13:02:00)
    Get solution for total website protection
  • Rwandan government bans BBC local language service (2014-10-24 12:47:24)
    KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The Rwandan government on Friday suspended all BBC radio broadcasts in Rwanda's most common language, Kinyarwanda, to protest the news organization's recent documentary about Rwanda's genocide.
  • How to quickly and easily enable Apple’s sleek new ‘dark mode’ on your Mac (2014-10-24 12:46:37)
    Apple’s new OS X Yosemite software is a huge update for Mac users. The latest version of Apple’s desktop software includes a great visual overhaul that makes the user interface much flatter and more modern, with some apps that even go as far as to mirror the look of iOS 8. But beyond the obvious new graphical changes, Yosemite also includes a nifty new “dark mode” that makes a few key changes to OS X’s interface that actually have a pretty dramatic impact on the look of the operating system. DON’T MISS: This free app is a fantastic alternative to Google’s game-changing email app ‘Inbox’ As noted by CNET in a post from earlier this month, there is a new setting within
  • iPad Mini 3 teardown's biggest surprise? The glue, iFixit finds (2014-10-24 12:44:28)
    Apple's latest tiny tablet is tough to repair, says iFixit, and any fixes to the screen could result in a non-functioning Touch ID.>
  • Here's how Nintendo's Amiibo toys work in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (2014-10-24 12:41:00)
  • Meet the startups trying to stop pedestrian deaths (2014-10-24 12:34:12)
    As phones get more powerful and screens get bigger, it gets harder and harder to pull our attention away from them, even when it puts us at risk. One place where that unavoidably happens is in the intersections of city streets, where pedestrians, bikers, and drivers meet — sometimes violently.
  • Deezer buys podcast app Stitcher (2014-10-24 12:18:56)
    Deezer has purchased the talk radio and podcast app Stitcher, giving the widely used music service access to 35,000 radio shows and podcasts. Stitcher's iOS and Android apps will continue to be supported for those who just want to listen to talk radio, but TechCrunch reports that Deezer eventually plans to make all of those shows available through its core service too. Stitcher currently has around 1 million monthly active users, which isn't much compared to Deezer's existing audience of 16 million.
  • A new 'Harry Potter' story will unfold on Halloween (2014-10-24 12:09:48)
    J.K. Rowling's Pottermore site reveals that a new short story focused on the mischievously malicious Dolores Umbridge will debut for free this Halloween.>
  • This man just sold for $200,000 (2014-10-24 12:00:02)
    Just a few weeks ago, businessman Jon Schultz was hoping to capitalize on news headlines around the globe and wanted to sell the domain for around $150,000. He's managed to rake in even more than that. After buying for $13,500 in 2008, Schultz's Blue String Ventures just flipped the domain for $200,000. According to this SEC filing, the buyer is a Russian company called Weed Growth Fund, which is paying $50,000 in cash and handing over 19,192 shares it holds in another pot-focused company, Cannabis Sativa, which are valued at around $164,000. ...
  • The deep surveillance of New York's first Ebola patient (2014-10-24 11:57:45)
    Craig Spencer is now the most-watched man in New York. Last night, the 33-year-old doctor was confirmed as New York's first case of Ebola. In the hours since, detectives and reporters have pored over every detail of his seven days in New York.
  • The NYC Ebola patient has turned us all into spies (2014-10-24 11:57:45)
    Craig Spencer is now the most-watched man in New York. Last night, the 33-year-old doctor was confirmed as New York's first case of Ebola. In the hours since, detectives and reporters have pored over every detail of his seven days in New York.
  • Investors fall out of love with Amazon, but Wall Street doesn't (2014-10-24 11:56:13)
    Financial analysts keep focusing on Amazon's long-term growth story, despite back-to-back quarters of losses.>
  • Iron Man's ‘Hulkbuster’ armor is the biggest clue to Marvel's 5-year future (2014-10-24 11:52:28)
    Age of Ultron trailer was a surprise reveal for everyone — chief among them Marvel itself, who decided to combat a poor-quality leak by publishing the full HD version one week earlier than expected. There's a lot to glean from the trailer if you care to go frame by frame, but the definite centerpiece is Iron Man in a major public fight with the Hulk. What's more important is that Iron Man came prepared for the fight with a pre-built supersuit designed to take on his (former) best friend — and that says as much about Iron Man as it does the entire future of Marvel's cinematic universe.
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt is shooting a 4K film with Samsung's NX1 (2014-10-24 11:48:00)
  • Apple CEO had 'very open' talks with China on privacy, security (2014-10-24 11:43:48)
    Tim Cook met with a Chinese official to talk online security amid allegations that the country tried to hack Apple's iCloud service.>
  • Low Latency 112: Back to the drawing board (2014-10-24 11:40:32)
    This week the Internet's attention was transfixed on a hoverboard, while ignoring Apple's newest iPad.>
  • Deezer buys Stitcher, a stab at marrying talk and tunes online (2014-10-24 11:37:21)
    The Spotify rival acquires the Pandora of talk radio, aiming to set itself apart from bigger competitors as it makes a quiet entrance into the US.>
  • 9 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free for a limited time (save $36!) (2014-10-24 11:35:20)
    This has been a great week for paid iPhone and iPad apps that have gone on sale for free, but we have a few more gems to share with you before the week is done. Thursday’s list included seven great paid iOS apps that were made available for free for a limited time (a few of them are still free if you hurry), but today we have nine apps regularly worth a combined $36 and each and every one is free for a short time. DON’T MISS: This free app is a fantastic alternative to Google’s game-changing email app ‘Inbox’ These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers.
  • The Queen puts the RT in royalty with first tweet (2014-10-24 11:26:21)
    Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet -- or has she? It's a right royal mystery...>
  • 'Don't freak out!' and other tips for surviving layoffs as a video game developer (2014-10-24 11:23:00)
  • Sprint's iPhone for life program to offer annual upgrade (2014-10-24 11:18:30)
    The carrier ups the ante again with its iPhone-leasing program that starts at $30 a month and allows customers to swap in a new device each year. The offer takes effect on November 14.>
  • Video: The iPad Air 2 withstands a ‘bend test’ about as well as you’d expect (2014-10-24 11:10:27)
    The reason the “bend test” videos for the iPhone 6 Plus went viral is that they raised questions about whether the device would bend just from carrying it around in your pants pocket. This shouldn’t be a concern for anyone who owns an iPad Air 2, since the tablet was never intended to be carried around in your pants pocket and we can’t imagine any reason for a sane person to do so. All the same, that hasn’t stopped YouTuber Marvin Macht from putting the iPad Air 2 through a bend test of his own and the tablet predictably did not hold up well under pressure. READ OUR iPAD AIR 2 REVIEW: iPad Air 2 is as monumental as original iPhone The
  • America Movil says not in talks over T-Mobile US (2014-10-24 11:10:25)
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - America Movil is not talking to anybody at this stage about a possible purchase of T-Mobile US, Chief Executive Daniel Hajj told a conference call on Friday. Germany's Monthly Manager Magazin on Thursday said America Movil was a possible buyer of the company, citing people familiar with Deutsche Telekom. Deutsche Telekom owns close to 67 percent of T-Mobile US. (Reporting by Christine Murray)
  • The future of ADHD and Alzheimer's treatment might be this video game (2014-10-24 11:08:08)
    Welcome to the interactive future of brain medicine
  • New music recommendations: Chvrches, Jessie Ware, Foo Fighters, and more (2014-10-24 10:30:03)
    Every week, a veritable flood of new music is released to the world, and with it the tyranny of choice rears its ugly head. There's only so many hours in the day, so where do you focus your listening energies? That's where our Verge New Music Recommendations come in: it's our entirely subjective, non-comprehensive attempt to throw the favorite new songs and albums we've stumbled upon this week your way. Of course, we're barely skimming the surface here — feel free to throw an auditory discoveries you've made this week in the comments, and get busy listening. The Budos Band — Burnt Offering
  • Scientist trumps his own work three weeks after winning the Nobel Prize (2014-10-24 10:19:00)
  • Microsoft drops Nokia name from smartphones (2014-10-24 10:15:23)
    Microsoft said Friday it was dropping the Nokia name from its Lumia smartphones, rebranding following the acquisition earlier this year of the Finnish group's handset division.
  • The whimsical animations of Robin Davey (2014-10-24 10:08:01)
    "If you'd told me five years ago that I'd be delivering work in GIF format," says Robin Davey, "I'd have laughed."
  • Millions of candidate Ebola vaccine doses should be ready in 2015, WHO says (2014-10-24 10:00:28)
    Millions of doses of a candidate Ebola vaccine are expected to be available next year, with efficacy trials beginning in certain West African countries this December, the World Health Organization said this morning. The are currently two candidate vaccines for Ebola that are ready to begin human trials, and five others are expected to get started during the first several months of next year. The WHO cautioned that even a working vaccine would not be a "magic bullet" for stopping the spread of Ebola, according to the BBC.
  • New trailers: 'Avengers: Age of Ultron,' 'Halo Nightfall,' 'Judge Dredd: Superfiend,' and more (2014-10-24 10:00:02)
    Between Avengers and Halo, this was a huge week for trailers — though we can't blame you if you missed everything else in all the sci-fi and comic-book commotion. We've rounded up eight of this week's best trailers below so you can see everything that's coming up all in one place.
  • The iPhone 6 Plus might have a serious software problem you should know about (2014-10-24 09:55:38)
    Even though the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch was a great success for the company, with 2014 iPhones registering record sales according to Apple, several issues have stained Apple’s iPhone 6 launch, including iOS 8 software problems and the #Bendgate mess, to name just a few. More recently, it was discovered that the iPhone 6’s plastic antenna covers also come with one unexpected flaw. Now, AppleInsider points us to a growing thread on Apple’s support forum that details a potential software issue affecting iPhone 6 Plus handsets. FROM EARLIER: A new iPhone 6 problem arises: Dye from jeans is ruining the iPhone’s plastic strips The thread in questions has over 9,200 views and more than 60 responses, and it details constant
  • Procter & Gamble plan to spin-off Duracell (2014-10-24 09:46:00)
  • This free app is a fantastic alternative to Google’s game-changing email app ‘Inbox’ (2014-10-24 09:30:38)
    Rumors swirled last year suggesting that Google was trying to acquire email startup Mailbox, but all that came to an end when Mailbox was acquired by Dropbox. So, Google decided to build its own Mailbox. Unveiled and released earlier this week, “Inbox” is Google’s new email app that has tech bloggers buzzing, once again heralding a fresh take on email as a game-changer. We have used the app ourselves and there’s no question that Google has done a terrific job so far of aping many of the best features from Mailbox and dumping them into a gorgeous interface with some great new features. Inbox is an early beta and it still has a long way to go before it can be considered
  • A 3D slice of the universe 10.8 billion years ago (2014-10-24 09:14:00)
  • Get a 3-month subscription to Loot Crate for $39.99 (2014-10-24 09:09:41)
    Geeks and gamers, this one's for you: three boxes of gear and goodies delivered right to your door. Plus: a $99 Windows 8.1 tablet?!>
  • The Vergecast 124: an incorrect oral history of vaping (2014-10-24 09:08:46)
    Following an immediate but brief foray into Nilay Patel’s dark memoir-in-progress, the Vergecast progresses nicely into a week chock full of news, led by Nilay, Dieter Bohn, and David Pierce. We have Google’s new Nexus lineup, Apple’s new iPads and iMac, a brave new email paradigm, and Twitter’s content problems. Then, for some reason, there was some mild debate about the nature of vaping, but you’ll have to listen to fully grasp that thread. Audio:
  • LG G3 Screen powered by in-house 'Nuclun' processor launches in Korea (2014-10-24 09:06:10)
    LG Electronics has launched its new G3 Screen phablet, powered by its long-awaited, self-designed "Nuclun" application processor in South Korea.>
  • Queen Elizabeth II takes to an iPad to send her first Tweet (2014-10-24 08:39:00)
  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth sends first tweet (2014-10-24 08:31:09)
    Britain's Queen Elizabeth II sent her first ever tweet during a visit to a museum Friday, signing it "Elizabeth R" -- and even removing a glove to post it.
  • Why did Apple email porn to this man? (2014-10-24 08:30:03)
    Apple’s stance on porn in iOS apps is well-known, and such in-app content is likely to get an application rejected from the App Store until the developer addresses it. Even facilitating access to porn may be a good reason for Apple to prevent an application from reaching the App Store. In fact, a developer of one app that could offer users a way to access adult content has been contacted by Apple on the matter in an unexpected, explicit, and shocking way. FROM EARLIER: Why Apple Pay is ‘more safe and secure than using your credit card’ “It was a typical Monday morning,” Carl Smith said on Medium. “Cup of coffee and catching up with the team when I saw this snippet of a
  • The Queen sends her first tweet (2014-10-24 08:14:30)
    LONDON (Reuters) - The Queen made her first foray into the world of social media on Friday when she sent out her inaugural message on Twitter. "It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @sciencemuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R," the 88-year-old monarch tweeted at the opening of a new gallery at London's Science Museum. The message, sent at 10.35 GMT (11.35 a.m. BST) , had already been re-tweeted more than 4,000 times less than 45 minutes later. ...
  • YouView boxes finally granted the BBC's new iPlayer and red button features (2014-10-24 08:13:00)
  • Drones Add a New Dimension to Crime Scene Investigations (2014-10-24 07:59:55)
    By Michelle Fredrickson, Science Communications student at Washington State University Anyone who's watched the U.S. TV show "CSI" has probably seen officers carefully measuring the distance between every object in a room, and between every speck of evidence, in order to precisely reproduce the crime scene. Police must ensure they have all the...
  • First private mission to the moon blasts off aboard a Chinese rocket (2014-10-24 07:45:00)
  • Ericsson flags North America slowdown (2014-10-24 07:27:55)
    By Sven Nordenstam and Olof Swahnberg STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Mobile telecoms gear maker Ericsson said on Friday a slowdown in North America created uncertainty over fourth quarter sales as operators cut spending after big investments in high-speed networks. A build-out of the newest 4G/LTE networks by operators in North America, where Ericsson makes about a quarter of its sales and Chinese rival Huawei is effectively barred from doing business, has supported the Swedish firm at a time of stagnation in much of Europe. ...
  • Queen Elizabeth II sends her first tweet, or does she? (2014-10-24 07:27:18)
    On a trip to London’s science museum today, Queen Elizabeth II sent her first official tweet. The occasion was witnessed by 600 guests celebrating the history of communications technology, and the many millions of Twitter users. While the British Monarchy has been active on Twitter for some time now, the Queen has not participated in sharing her thoughts directly on the social network. Earlier this year the Queen went viral on Twitter thanks to her photobomb selfie during the Australian Commonwealth Games. ...
  • Why Trying To Buy A New Computer Left Me Dazed And Confused (2014-10-24 07:21:31)
    My computer is dying. It is sluggish while searching, switching between programs and completing tasks. Sometimes, it experiences a Parkinsonian-like freeze and we sit there staring at each other while waiting in silence for the uncomfortable episode to pass. Often, when I make a request, the little wheel spins and spins as if trying to remember...
  • Queen sends first tweet, signed 'Elizabeth R' (2014-10-24 07:16:39)
    LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet — and she's signed it "Elizabeth R."
  • Microsoft Lumia device 'coming soon', but cheap phones keep Nokia name (2014-10-24 06:42:25)
    Microsoft is a step closer to ditching the Nokia name from its Lumia Windows Phones, but will keep the name for entry-level devices.>
  • Malicious ads on major websites held users' files to ransom (2014-10-24 06:38:00)
  • Record everything with this dive-friendly 360-degree action cam (2014-10-24 05:57:00)
  • Apple CEO says had 'very open' privacy talks in China: Xinhua (2014-10-24 05:42:51)
    BEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook was quoted on Friday as saying he had "very open" talks on privacy and security with a senior Chinese official, days after a web monitoring group linked the government to a hack into Apple's iCloud service in China. Cook's remarks, made in an interview to the official Xinhua news agency, were his first public comments since meeting Vice Premier Ma Kai in Beijing on Wednesday. Cook's China visit has been overshadowed by a report by web monitoring group Greatfire. ...
  • Ericsson profit down 10 pct despite higher sales (2014-10-24 05:20:47)
    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Wireless equipment maker Ericsson says its third-quarter earnings slumped 10 percent despite higher sales due to increased operating costs and negative effects from currency hedging.
  • You can soon watch a doc about virtual reality on Oculus Rift (2014-10-24 04:51:00)
  • California startup unveils gun technology for cops (2014-10-24 04:04:15)
    WATSONVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A Silicon Valley startup has developed technology to let dispatchers know when a police officer's weapon has been fired.
  • Microsoft is finally dropping the 'Nokia' from Lumia (2014-10-24 04:00:00)
  • How a computer error helped Deep Blue beat humanity's best chess player (2014-10-24 03:50:10)
    Chess legend Garry Kasparov beat IBM computer Deep Blue four games to two in a match organized in 1996. A year later, he was man versus the machine again, accepting another challenge from the team behind the supercomputer. This second time around, IBM's competitor came out on top, beating Kasparov three-and-a-half games to two-and-a-half. ...
  • Microsoft Lumia design officially revealed without Nokia branding (2014-10-24 03:25:48)
    Microsoft is officially replacing its Nokia branding with Microsoft Lumia on the company’s Windows Phones. The software giant is "looking forward to unveiling a Microsoft Lumia device soon," and, as The Verge revealed earlier this week, Nokia’s existing phone websites and social network accounts will now be transitioned over to the Microsoft Lumia branding in the coming days. Microsoft has also revealed that it will use the company’s name on the front and rear of future Lumia devices in a simple replacement of the Nokia branding.
  • iHeartRadio and Rdio are ready for CarPlay, but your car isn't (2014-10-24 03:22:00)
  • Honda's pedestrian-detecting technology is coming to cars this year (2014-10-24 02:19:00)
  • Friday Poll: How do you like Apple Pay so far? (2014-10-24 02:00:03)
    Apple Pay has arrived and Touch ID-device owners have had a shot at trying it out. Let us know if you're loving it, hating it or feeling totally indifferent.>
  • China Telecom, Unicom to build content delivery firm: Chinese paper (2014-10-24 01:23:16)
    (Reuters) - China Telecom Corp Ltd and China Unicom Hong Kong Ltd could soon jointly invest in a new content delivery network (CDN) company that would speed up Chinese users' Internet access, a Chinese paper reported on Friday. The proposed firm would be run by China Telecom's cloud computing subsidiary, according to a 21st Century Business Herald report citing an unnamed senior China Telecom employee. Rumors of a CDN joint venture between the country's second- and third-largest carriers have existed for more than year. Telecom and Unicom did not immediately respond to requests for comment. ...
  • This is what a 'Star Wars' blaster bolt would look like in real life (2014-10-24 01:20:26)
    A team of physicists has created a film that shows what a real-life "laser bullet" would look like in action. Hint: it's not like in "Star Wars.">
  • Amazon's loss makes holidays a question mark (2014-10-24 01:14:05)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon's trademark smile icon is becoming more of a grimace.
  • Somehow the internet hasn't killed off 'America's Funniest Home Videos' (2014-10-24 01:02:00)
  • Judge formally bans Aereo from streaming live TV to customers' devices (2014-10-23 23:47:00)
  • Engadget Daily: Facebook Rooms, real-life laser bullets and more! (2014-10-23 22:58:00)
  • LG's next phone will be the first with one of its own CPUs inside (2014-10-23 22:24:00)
  • This is what a Star Wars blaster bolt would look like in real life (2014-10-23 22:08:19)
    A team of physicists has created a film that shows what a real-life "laser bullet" would look like in action. Hint: it's not like Star Wars.>
  • LG G3 Screen powered by in-house 'NUCLUN' AP launches in Korea (2014-10-23 21:58:28)
    LG Electronics has launched its new G3 Screen phablet, powered by its long-awaited, self-designed "NUCLUN" application processor in South Korea.>
  • Wii U 'Super Smash Bros.' has eight-player fights on gigantic battlefields (2014-10-23 21:38:48)
    The Wii U version of frantic fighting game Super Smash Bros will support eight player matches, introduce a range of new modes, and allow players to build their own stages on which to battle. The new additions to the long-running series, which sees Nintendo mascots and lesser-known characters beating each other up with ridiculous special moves, were confirmed by the company in a 35-minute video designed to explain the differences between the Wii U version of the game and the recently released 3DS Super Smash Bros. Players will also be able to build their own levels using the Wii U's touchscreen controller, drawing shapes with the stylus to build platforms, place obstacles, and set backgrounds.
  • New York patient tests positive for Ebola (2014-10-23 21:30:05)
    New York City has its first confirmed case of Ebola in a doctor who had recently been traveling in West Africa to treat patients suffering from the deadly disease. Craig Spencer, 33, was taken to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan earlier today after experiencing a 103 degree fever and other symptoms, reports The New York Times. An initial test has since confirmed that Spencer contracted the disease, which has killed 4,877 people and infected nearly 10,000 across Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Spencer's now in isolation, though was reportedly bowling and taking Uber for transportation on Wednesday night, raising questions about whether others may have been in close contact.
  • Digital River to be acquired by investor group for $840 million (2014-10-23 21:29:16)
    (Reuters) - E-commerce services provider Digital River Inc said on Thursday it entered into an agreement to be acquired by an investor group led by Siris Capital Group LLC for about $840 million. The deal, valued at $26 per share in cash, is at a premium of almost 50 percent of Digital River's Thursday's closing price. The agreement, approved by the board of Minnesota-based Digital River, includes a 45-day "go-shop" period during which the company can solicit alternative proposals, Digital River said on Thursday. ...
  • Airbnb valued at $13 billion as it discusses employee stock sale: WSJ (2014-10-23 21:23:29)
    (Reuters) - Online home-rental marketplace Airbnb Inc valuation is set to be valued at $13 billion, up from its $10 billion valuation in March this year, as it discusses an employee stock sale, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. Airbnb has met with investors to sell employee shares, and the funds from the sale would go to the employees rather than raising any new capital for the company, the report said, citing two people familiar with the matter. Airbnb was not immediately available for a comment. ...
  • EU reaches deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions (2014-10-23 21:18:45)
    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders agreed early Friday to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the 28-nation bloc to at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
  • Where you should live if you want America’s fastest Internet service (2014-10-23 21:15:42)
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  • 'Duke Nukem' and 'Wolfenstein' gaming house 3D Realms is back (2014-10-23 20:57:00)
  • Gadwin PrintScreen review (2014-10-23 20:20:00)
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  • America Movil profit drops on higher tax and forex loss (2014-10-23 20:16:21)
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  • Tomorrow Daily 074: VR moon tours, an 'Avengers 2' trailer analysis, and a real-life Transformer (2014-10-23 20:12:57)
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  • Free YouTube to MP3 Converter review (2014-10-23 20:05:06)
    Convert YouTube videos to MP3, extract audio from single videos as well as from complete playlists
  • How to ditch Yosemite and roll back to Mavericks (2014-10-23 20:00:08)
    Apple’s 2014 OS X update is already available to plenty of Mac users — even though not all supported machines have what it takes to let users enjoy some of Yosemite’s coolest features — but that doesn’t mean all Mac owners who jumped on Yosemite after Apple released it last week are necessarily happy with the upgrade. Unlike with iOS 8 users, who can’t downgrade their iOS devices to iOS 7 (at least not officially), Mac users have the option of jumping back to Mavericks if they so desire, and OS X Daily has put together a quick guide on how to downgrade a Yosemite-running system to last year’s OS. FROM EARLIER: How to force Yosemite’s Continuity feature on your
  • Crave giveaway: Lemur BlueDriver wireless car diagnostic tool (2014-10-23 20:00:04)
    Win a portable gadget that monitors your car's performance and delivers diagnostic data straight to your smartphone via Bluetooth.>
  • Aereo barred from retransmitting broadcast TV (2014-10-23 19:59:53)
    Judge grants broadcasters' request for a temporary restraining order against the embattled video streaming service, which has sought to reclassify itself as a cable provider.>
  • Bitcasa drops its unlimited cloud storage due to underuse (and abuse) (2014-10-23 19:48:00)
  • Directory List & Print Pro review (2014-10-23 19:45:00)
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  • Listen to music and track runs on Android Wear, no phone needed (2014-10-23 19:43:04)
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  • Google commits to $1 billion in long-term office leases (2014-10-23 19:38:38)
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  • Cloud business lifts Microsoft's quarterly results (2014-10-23 19:23:59)
    Microsoft's quarterly profit and revenue sailed past expectations Thursday, as CEO Satya Nadella's push to embrace cloud computing and diversify into mobile devices helped lift sales by 25 percent. Revenue ...
  • Netflix has announced 3 new shows that cord cutters will love – here are the details (2014-10-23 19:15:54)
    On Thursday, Netflix announced three new original series that aim to strike another blow to cable and network companies. The new shows are an animated series from comedian Bill Burr titled “F is for Family”; a dark mystery series called “Bloodline,” whose cast includes Kyle Chandler from Friday Night Lights; and a Canadian series called “Between.” RELATED: Netflix’s massive new content wave is going to put unprecedented pressure on HBO F is for Family (2015) — Starring Bill Burr, Justin Long, and Laura Dern. This animated series will follow the Murphy family in the 1970’s. It brings us back to a time where you could smack your kid, smoke inside, and bring a weapon to an airport. Bloodline (2015) — Starring Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini, Ben Mendelsohn, and Sissy
  • DFX Audio Enhancer review (2014-10-23 19:12:00)
    Bring High Definition sound to YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, VLC, Skype, and all PC audio
  • See the Windows 10 Start menu in action (2014-10-23 19:07:17)
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  • America Movil third-quarter profit drops 38 percent, tax burden up (2014-10-23 18:54:52)
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  • Ello's charter makes it legally impossible for it to display ads (2014-10-23 18:52:00)
  • Avant Browser review (2014-10-23 18:45:16)
    Surf the Web with multi-processing browser with AutoFills, online bookmarks and AD blockers
  • Windows 10 could eliminate two major online security headaches (2014-10-23 18:30:12)
    We’ve seen a bunch of hugely promising new features that Microsoft has added to Windows 10 via its Technical Preview but this might be the most important one yet. ZDNet’s Ed Bott gives us a detailed rundown of the new two-factor authentication system that Microsoft is implementing with Windows 10 and he says it has the potential to effectively cripple phishing attacks and password database breaches, which are two of the most popular tactics hackers use to gain unauthorized access to our online accounts. LEARN MORE: Everything we know about Windows 10 By now you’re probably familiar with two-factor authentication, which typically involves sending you a separate access code via either email or SMS that you enter in after you’ve
  • Synaptics hit by weak demand for touchscreen chips for smartphones (2014-10-23 18:30:07)
    By Lehar Maan (Reuters) - Touchscreen chip maker Synaptics Inc reported lower-than-expected first-quarter revenue and profit, hurt by weak demand from smartphone makers, sending its shares down 13 percent in extended trading. The company, whose chips are used in Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's devices such as Galaxy S5 smartphones and Galaxy Note 3 phablets, also forecast current quarter revenue largely below Wall Street's expectation. "We think its weakness is likely in (fingerprint) touch ID revenue," Feltl & Company analyst Jeffrey Schreiner said. ...
  • 'Super Smash Bros. for Wii U' adds an eight-player mode for double the madness (2014-10-23 18:16:00)
  • Amazon took $170 million charge in Q3 on phone inventory, supplier costs (2014-10-23 18:09:01)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Inc took a $170 million writedown in the third-quarter largely related to its unsold stockpile of Fire smart phones as well as supplier commitment costs, Chief Financial Officer Tom Szkutak said on Thursday. The online retailer, which also issued a disappointing fourth-quarter outlook that sent shares down 9 percent in after-hours trading, ended the third quarter with about $83 million worth of Fire phone inventory. The Fire phone debuted this summer to both lackluster sales and reviews. ...
  • How to watch today's partial solar eclipse (2014-10-23 18:08:04)
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  • Amazon's holiday-quarter forecast disappoints, shares dive (2014-10-23 18:03:09)
    By Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Inc's sales projections for the crucial holiday quarter disappointed Wall Street and third-quarter results missed forecasts, sending the online retailer's shares 9 percent lower on Thursday. After an unusually busy first half of the year that saw the online retailer spend on developing everything from mobile phones and Hollywood-style production to grocery deliveries, investors were ready to see it curtail its ambitions and start delivering sustainable profits. ...
  • Final nail in Aereo's coffin: broadcasters win nationwide preliminary injunction (2014-10-23 18:00:47)
    In what may amount to the final nail in Aereo's coffin, a New York federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction against the now-defunct service on Thursday, officially barring the company from streaming live television. After its devastating loss at the Supreme Court, Aereo has tried to argue that the high court's ruling should allow it to operate like any other cable provider and pay networks for programming licenses. But it hasn't found much support in court rooms, and US District Judge Alison Nathan basically squashed the idea in today's ruling.
  • A blue Christmas for Amazon? (2014-10-23 17:56:44)
    NEW YORK (AP) — It might be a blue Christmas for Amazon.
  • Fewer-than-expected listeners tune in to Pandora in third quarter (2014-10-23 17:48:11)
    (Reuters) - Pandora Media Inc , operator of the leading Internet radio service, reported a lower-than-expected increase in listeners in the third quarter, sending the company's shares down 6 percent in extended trading on Thursday. Pandora said it had 76.5 million active listeners as of Sept. 30, an increase of 5.2 percent from a year earlier. Analysts, on average, had expected 76.7 million, according to market research firm StreetAccount. Total listener hours rose to 4.99 billion from 3.99 billion, but again fell short of the average estimate of 5.02 billion. ...
  • Small Empires returns for Season Two on October 28th! (2014-10-23 17:41:52)
    Your average day is probably full of interactions with Google, Facebook, and Twitter. But it wasn't so long ago that those companies were unknown startups, hoping to find an audience and struggling to survive against the established titans of tech. Starting Tuesday, October 28th we're bringing you season two of Small Empires, a series of stories about young entrepreneurs who are building their own businesses.
  • Amazon takes $170M charge on Fire Phone (2014-10-23 17:39:06)
    The Fire Phone, an exclusive to AT&T, can now be had for 99 cents and a two-year contract.>
  • Small Empires, Season 2 Trailer (2014-10-23 17:38:23)
    Small Empires returns for Season Two on October 28th!  Get ready for another season of great stories about fascinating startups
  • Scientists unveil weirdest dinosaur ever seen (2014-10-23 17:38:00)
    Paleontologists have dug up the rest of a dinosaur whose long arms were found in the '60s. The rest makes it surely the strangest looking creature ever.>
  • AmazonFresh orders soon to arrive from the Post Office (2014-10-23 17:37:33)
    The US Postal Service approved plans for a market test in San Francisco for its letter carriers to drop off groceries between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m.>
  • Battling robots want your help spreading metal mayhem (2014-10-23 17:36:05)
    RoboGames, the "Olympics of robots," is in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to help produce an independent, rock 'em sock 'em Web-based video series.>
  • Sound Off! What's missing from your favorite operating system? (2014-10-23 17:36:00)
  • Microsoft sales beat Street hopes, cloud profits up (2014-10-23 17:35:11)
    By Bill Rigby SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue, helped by stronger sales of its phones, Surface tablets and cloud-computing products for companies, while keeping its profit margins intact. The results on Thursday allayed fears of investors in recent days that the industry shift toward lower-margin cloud services was proving hard for established technology leaders to master. Microsoft shares, which have climbed 33 percent over the past year, rose another 3.6 percent in after-hours trading to $46.65. ...
  • Paintings in national parks spark probe, furor (2014-10-23 17:34:40)
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Officials are investigating paintings and drawings of eerie faces found on rocks across the West in some of the country's most recognizable national parks.
  • Facebook Rooms joins the anonymous-chat wave (2014-10-23 17:33:18)
    A new app from Facebook puts a twist on anonymous messaging, Apple stores still see long lines for iPhones, and Target takes on Amazon by offering free shipping.>
  • Microsoft Q1 profit falls 13 percent, weighed down by Nokia unit (2014-10-23 17:33:12)
    In its second quarter after acquiring Nokia for more than $7 billion in April, Microsoft is paying the price for layoffs even as its other divisions continue to grow.>
  • Amazon losses widen as it braces for rocky holiday quarter (2014-10-23 17:32:22)
    The e-commerce company misses Wall Street expectations and reports a third-quarter loss of $437 million. More critically, it warns that its fourth-quarter revenue will also disappoint.>
  • Pandora Q3 profit climbs, despite slower listener growth (2014-10-23 17:30:25)
    The Web's biggest streaming-music service delivers a respectable increase in profit, sales and its expectations for both to come. But active-listener growth kept up its slow slide, distracting investors.>
  • Qlik revenue beats on demand for data analytics software (2014-10-23 17:21:06)
    (Reuters) - Qlik Technologies Inc reported strong third-quarter revenue and forecast full-year revenue largely above analysts' average estimate, helped by higher demand for its business analytics software. Shares of the company rose 6 percent in after-hours trading. The company, which competes with Tableau Software Inc and Splunk Inc , said it expects full-year adjusted profit of 18-22 cents per share on revenue of $550-$555 million. Analyst on average were expecting a profit of 25 cents per share and revenue of $550.5 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. ...
  • Amazon's acquisitions and experiments are erasing its profits (2014-10-23 16:56:00)
  • ArtRage 4 review (2014-10-23 16:51:00)
    Create realistic paintings on your computer with easy to use, natural tools
  • Microsoft tweets 'joke' about raises (really) (2014-10-23 16:47:32)
    The official Microsoft developer account decides to make fun of CEO Satya Nadella's recent faux-pas in suggesting women shouldn't ask for raises.>
  • Adobe Reader XI review (2014-10-23 16:40:42)
    View, navigate, and print PDF files
  • Microsoft divisions succeed in spite of Nokia losses (2014-10-23 16:40:18)
    In its second quarter after acquiring Nokia for $7 billion in April, Microsoft is paying the price for layoffs and a low interest among consumers.>
  • Synaptics revenue misses on weak demand from smartphone makers (2014-10-23 16:40:04)
    (Reuters) - Touchscreen chip maker Synaptics Inc reported lower-than-expected first-quarter revenue and adjusted profit, hurt by weak demand from smartphone makers, sending its shares down 8.5 percent in extended trading. The company, which makes fingerprint ID and touchscreen chips for Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's smartphones, reported an adjusted profit of $1.04 per share and revenue of $282.7 million. Analysts had expected a profit of $1.19 per share on revenue of $288.4 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. (Reporting By Lehar Maan in Bangalore; Editing by Maju Samuel)
  • Google teams with Oxford to teach machines to think (2014-10-23 16:38:19)
    San Francisco (AFP) - Google on Thursday announced a partnership with artificial intelligence teams at Oxford University to teach machines to think like people.
  • Classic Macs turned into modern furniture (2014-10-23 16:31:20)
    The Apple Power Mac G5 was a classic computer of the early millennium, but for all of its strengths — besides its gorgeous design, it was the fastest Mac in Apple's lineup when it was released in 2003 — it didn't last: the G5 family was retired in 2006 for the Mac Pro. The rest is recent history.
  • This thing uses sound to make any wine taste better (2014-10-23 16:31:13)
    Dionysus Technology Concepts launches a crowdfunding campaign for the Sonic Decanter, which promises to use ultrasonic energy to improve your wine in 15 minutes.>
  • GT Advanced shareholders see value in stock despite bankruptcy (2014-10-23 16:28:07)
    By Nick Brown (Reuters) - Shareholders of GT Advanced Technologies are lobbying regulators to form a committee to vouch for their interests in the sapphire maker's bankruptcy, believing their shares may still have value. GT Advanced, which supplied sapphire to Apple Inc , filed for Chapter 11 protection this month under mysterious circumstances, sending shares plummeting. The case boggled the minds of market analysts when GT refused to explain why it had imploded, citing confidentiality clauses in its Apple contracts. ...
  • Google’s amazing Project Ara phone getting its own store for expansion modules (2014-10-23 16:24:55)
    Google’s modular smartphone isn’t just an interesting concept anymore, as Google is very interested in offering such devices to users next year. Project Ara phones will let users build whatever smartphone they desire — provided they have access to the appropriate modules — and Google will create a special, Google Play Store-like storefront where modules developers will be able to sell their creations. FROM EARLIER: The iPhone 6 might be low-res, but Apple’s highest-resolution device ever is coming soon “By following the Android model, we are creating a free and open platform…” Google’s Paul Eremenko said in an interview at Purdue University. ”The Ara MDK is free and open and available to everybody, so everybody could create a module per
  • US tech firm fined for underpaying Indian workers (2014-10-23 16:18:40)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Silicon Valley company is paying more than $43,000 in back wages and penalties after labor regulators found eight employees brought from India were grossly underpaid and overworked while assigned to a special project in the U.S.
  • Amazon's losses balloon to $544 million in its third quarter earnings (2014-10-23 16:16:55)
    Amazon posted its third quarter earnings results today and they were not pretty: the company said it had a operating loss of $544 million, more than twenty times what is lost for the same period in 2013. In its projections for next quarter, Amazon said it expects the red ink to keep spreading, with losses growing to $570 million. This quarter includes sales, or lack thereof, for Amazon's Fire Phone, which has been widely panned by critics and consumers alike.
  • Microsoft profit dips on charges, while sales jump (2014-10-23 16:15:56)
    SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said on Thursday fiscal first-quarter profit fell 13 percent as it took a $1.1 billion charge related to mass layoffs announced in July. The world's largest software company reported profit of $4.5 billion, or 54 cents per share, compared with $5.2 billion, or 62 cents per share, in the year-ago quarter. Revenue rose 25 percent to $23.2 billion, helped by the phone business it bought from Nokia in April, easily beating analysts' average estimate of $22 billion. (Reporting by Bill Rigby; Editing by Chris Reese)
  • Amazon holiday quarter sales forecasts disappoint, shares slide (2014-10-23 16:13:50)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Inc's sales projections for the crucial holiday quarter disappointed and third-quarter results missed Wall Street's targets, sending the online retailer's shares 7 percent lower. Amazon projected on Thursday net sales of between $27.3 billion and $30.3 billion for the holiday quarter, lagging the $30.89 billion analysts had expected on average. (Reporting by Deepa Seetharaman; Editing by David Gregorio)
  • Microsoft's Q1 2015: drop in profits but strong Surface improvement (2014-10-23 16:09:45)
    Microsoft has published its Q1 fiscal 2015 earnings report, and the company has made $4.5 billion in net income on $23.20 billion in revenue. Revenue has increased compared to $18.53 billion from the same period last year, but net income has decreased 14 percent compared to last year's $5.24 billion.
  • Microsoft's Q1 2015: Surface growing strongly and Lumia sales up (2014-10-23 16:09:45)
    Microsoft has published its Q1 fiscal 2015 earnings report, and the company has made $4.5 billion in net income on $23.20 billion in revenue. Revenue has increased compared to $18.53 billion from the same period last year, but net income has decreased 14 percent compared to last year's $5.24 billion. Microsoft's drop in profits is largely related to $1.14 billion of integration and restructuring expenses following the Nokia phone business acquisition.
  • Samsung explains the Galaxy Note 4’s design in words you’ll never comprehend (2014-10-23 16:02:25)
    Samsung isn’t shy about using rhetorical excess to describe its devices — recall that it once described the Galaxy S4 as “a precious stone glittering in the dark or countless stars sparkling in the night sky,” while it said the Galaxy S III “opens up new horizons and allows you to live your life extraordinarily” by being “enhanced with nature and human emotion.” You’ll be happy to know that Samsung hasn’t toned down its approach when it comes to marketing the Galaxy Note 4, as the company has just written an explanation for its new device’s design that explains why it’s the epitome of “modern sleek.” RELATED: Samsung execs explain why the Galaxy S4 is a ‘life companion’ more than a
  • Hugely underrated iOS 8 trick lets you share your location with friends at all times (2014-10-23 15:37:25)
    If you use Facebook, Apple Maps, or Google Maps, it’s pretty easy to find where you are on a map with GPS. But what about when you want others to know where you are at any given time? Imagine if you’re in a car wreck and no one knows where you are. Or if a loved one is picking you up and they don’t know the exact address where you’re standing. It would be helpful for friends, family and the police to be able to find you with a location-sharing option for your iPhone, and luckily iOS 8 does just that. RELATED: Hero cop uses Find My iPhone to save a woman’s life This particular feature isn’t obvious when you’re just playing around on your iPhone,
  • Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen donating $100 million to fight Ebola (2014-10-23 15:35:28)
    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen will contribute "at least" $100 million to fight the spread of Ebola, he announced Thursday. In a tweet, Allen revealed the new donation amount and urged others to make their own contributions — big or small. "Everybody feels called sometimes to really pursue a certain thing that resonates with them, and this has resonated with me," Allen told The New York Times. "We’re up against an extremely tough opponent here. Join me in helping those responding to this outbreak at — Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) October 23, 2014
  • Brainstorming plans to fix democracy and fight zombies (2014-10-23 15:32:05)
    This week the CraveCast crew took up the task of remaking democracy in the image of nerds and geeks everywhere, and learned the best way to fight zombies: Make friends with a bear...and hope it doesn't get infected.>
  • Guy uses his ice maker to dish out something other than ice (2014-10-23 15:24:44)
    A Connecticut man really doesn't like ice, so he tweaked his refrigerator's ice machine to dispense something a lot sweeter.>
  • The Vergecast, live today at 4:30ET (2014-10-23 15:23:48)
    The Vergecast is back after two weeks of big news from Apple and Google, so we're going to definitely talk about the two weeks of big news from Apple and Google. Also, Twitter wants to convince developers that it this time it won't pull the football away. Really, it promises. Join Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and David Pierce at 4:30 ET, which is in the future. A future where the only thing missing will be hoverboards — oh wait, we're getting those too.
  • Gamergate can't stop being about harassment (2014-10-23 15:22:26)
    Yesterday, actress, gamer, and geek icon Felicia Day wrote a piece called "Crossing the Street," about how the Gamergate campaign had made her hesitant to engage with a culture she loves, knowing that anything she says could provoke a flood of angry, condescending abuse. Any of these things could be true.
  • These guys are out to kill Bigfoot (2014-10-23 15:21:45)
    Gulf Coast residents have reported a huge, hairy hominid stalking their property. Crave's Eric Mack questions the man leading the hunt to kill a Sasquatch to prove the legend is real.>
  • Comcast wins more Internet customers, ad sales up (2014-10-23 15:20:46)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast Corp.'s third-quarter net income jumped 50 percent in the third quarter, helped by a one-time tax settlement, growth in Internet subscribers and fewer defectors from its cable service.
  • You can bring Google’s gorgeous new Material Design to your Android keyboard right now (2014-10-23 14:56:47)
    It’s an exciting time to be an Android user, but the latest update isn’t available for your phone quite yet. In fact, most smartphones won’t be receiving Android 5.0 for at least another few months, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start to experience some of what Material Design has to offer. SwiftKey revealed on Thursday two new Material Design themes for its keyboard app, both of which are available right now. PREVIOUSLY: Fantastic video tells you everything you need to know about Android L’s beautiful new design The Material Dark and Material Light themes, as seen above, were designed “in the spirit of the upcoming Android L keyboard.” Of course, both themes still include a few of the features that make
  • Facebook's anonymous Rooms is a chat app that feels like the old days (2014-10-23 14:54:00)
  • Adguard review (2014-10-23 14:48:38)
    Block pop-ups, banners, video ads, ads in social media like Facebook
  • Facebook goes retro with 'Rooms' chat app (2014-10-23 14:39:34)
    Facebook on Thursday released an application that lets people create virtual "rooms" to chat about whatever they wish using any name they would like. "Rooms" software introduced in the US and Britain for iPhone made its debut as Facebook tries to make peace with people unhappy that real identities are mandated for profiles at the world's leading social network. "One of the things our team loves most about the Internet is its potential to let us be whoever we want to be," said a blog post from Facebook's Creative Labs. "Forums, message boards and chatrooms were meeting places for people who didn't necessarily share geographies or social connections, but had something in common," the Creative Labs message noted.
  • Here’s what you can do with an NFC chip implanted in your hand (2014-10-23 14:10:25)
    Over the past few years, the Internet of Things has become a major topic of conversation in the world of technology. Within the next decade or so, everything in our homes might be connected to the Internet, from our phones and televisions to our kitchen appliances and our smoke detectors. Before too long, we may even connect ourselves to this ever-expanding network, as Robert Nelson recently did. Writing for Connectedly, Nelson explains why he decided to inject an NFC chip into his left hand, and the subsequent effects of latent connectivity. The process of acquiring an injectable NFC chip is surprisingly simple: direct your browser to the Dangerous Things website, pay $99 for a 13.56MHz ISO14443A & NFC Type 2 NTAG216 RFID
  • Apple ponders sapphire options, leaves door open for GT (2014-10-23 14:08:15)
    (Reuters) - Apple Inc said on Thursday it is studying options for sapphire supply and might work again with GT Advanced Technologies Inc if the distressed supplier can reduce production costs for the scratch-resistant material. GT, a former stock market darling and supplier to Apple, filed for bankruptcy on Oct 6 in a stunning turn of events for a company whose fortunes looked bright only a few months ago. Apple said on Thursday that GT's "ambitious" vision of sapphire manufacturing was ultimately not quite ready for primetime. ...
  • NYPD is getting equipped with over 40,000 mobile devices (2014-10-23 14:04:00)
  • OpenSignal LTE report on the Philippines: Slow but consistent speeds (2014-10-23 14:00:03)
    While the country may have got 4G LTE as early as 2011, networks in the Philippines aren't as fast as other Asian countries.>
  • AcdSee 18 review (2014-10-23 13:53:09)
    Organize, edit, and share photos with ease
  • Bluesmart carry-on suitcase can't get lost (2014-10-23 13:51:05)
    GPS tracking and proximity alarms are just two of the tech features stuffed into the Bluesmart smart carry-on suitcase on Indiegogo.>
  • Video: This is the first TV commercial for Apple Pay (2014-10-23 13:49:59)
    Is Apple Pay the future of the payment industry? Is it just an overhyped fad that will eventually vanish from sight like Google Wallet? Early indications certainly seem to suggest that the former may in fact be the case, but we won’t know for certain for quite some time. In the meantime, the early response to Apple’s mobile wallet solution has been tremendous as users continue to enjoy this frictionless mobile payment solution in the few establishments where Apple Pay is currently accepted. Now, as companies begin a campaigns in support of Apple’s payment solution, the first TV commercial featuring Apple Pay has been aired. DON’T MISS: A new iPhone 6 problem arises: Dye from jeans is ruining the iPhone’s plastic strips
  • Facebook tries a different way to chat with Rooms app (2014-10-23 13:48:33)
    The world's largest social network expands its app strategy with a program that lets people chat in groups using pseudonyms.>
  • Ello becomes a public-benefit corporation with mandate to not sell ads (2014-10-23 13:46:47)
    Ello exploded in popularity last month partly on the grounds that it would remain ad-free and never sell users' data, and today it's putting those promises down in legal writing. Ello says that it has converted to a public benefit corporation, with its charter prohibiting it in "the strongest legal terms possible" from making money by selling ads or user data. While Ello doesn't publish the exact language used, the idea is that as a public-benefit corporation it has to serve both investors and non-investors alike — that way, it won't always be thinking about money.
  • TextExpander review (2014-10-23 13:36:19)
    Type faster on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using short abbreviations that expand into long snippetsWith TextExpander touch, you create a
  • U.S. senator asks Internet providers to commit to no 'fast lanes' (2014-10-23 13:33:56)
    By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy on Thursday pressed large Internet providers to pledge that they will not strike deals that may help some websites load faster than others or give similar "fast lanes" to affiliated services. As regulators work on new so-called "net neutrality" rules, Leahy wrote to chiefs of AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, Time Warner Cable Inc and Charter Communications Inc. ...
  • Travelocity apparently saves the best deals for iOS shoppers (2014-10-23 13:32:00)
  • The headphones ad that reminds you how awful headphones can be (2014-10-23 13:27:04)
    JBL amusingly brings back all the times you were tied up by your headphone wires.>
  • Mint review (2014-10-23 13:23:29)
    Mint now brings you the best business news experience on your iPhone Download the application and enjoy our rich and in depth editorial coverage
  • RoboGames bots battle to the death, seek cash for Web series (2014-10-23 13:18:41)
    The "Olympics of robots" is in the midst of a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign to raise $40,000 to help produce an independent, Web-based video series of metal mayhem.>
  • Use Apple Pay, meet famous people, says new ad (2014-10-23 13:10:57)
    Mastercard advertises its association with Apple Pay, releasing a new ad to coincide with the World Series.>
  • BeaTunes for Mac review (2014-10-23 13:05:53)
    Analyze your music collection, fix your metadata, and build playlists
  • One pro photographer’s secret tricks for taking world-class pics with your iPhone 6 (2014-10-23 13:05:00)
    The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have both earned wide praise for the quality of their cameras but they still won’t help you take high-quality pictures if you don’t know how to use them properly. Professional photographer Chris Vultaggio has written up a great list of tips and tricks that every amateur iPhone photographer should know if they want to snap pictures like the pros. FROM EARLIER: The best and most extensive iPhone 6 Plus camera review you’ll ever see First, Vultaggio says you need to take some time to make sure your camera is properly stable before snapping pictures. He says this is easier said than done because rear LCD screens encourage us to snap pictures at arms’ length and thus their pictures
  • Hailo's app now lets you pay for cabs you've flagged on the street (2014-10-23 13:05:00)
  • Ubuntu turns 10 with its latest release (2014-10-23 13:01:00)
  • Facebook tries a different way to chat with new Rooms app (2014-10-23 13:00:03)
    The world's largest social network is expanding its app strategy with a program that helps people chat in groups.>
  • Facebook's new Rooms app brings bite-sized forums to your iPhone (2014-10-23 13:00:01)
    "We’re not trying to build the next Snapchat — we’re trying to build the next Wordpress."
  • Apple says to keep evaluating distressed sapphire company GT Advanced (2014-10-23 12:51:56)
    By Christina Farr SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc said on Thursday it would keep evaluating its former supplier GT Advanced Technologies' progress on developing sapphire production and also consider other options for its plant in Mesa, Arizona. "Apple put a lot of effort into an ambitious new sapphire manufacturing process with GTAT which is not ready for production," Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet said. "We’re going to continue evaluating GTAT's progress on larger sapphire boule development, as well as consider other options for the facility. ...
  • Man accidentally texts probation officer to ask for weed (2014-10-23 12:51:19)
    A Georgia man makes an unfortunate cell phone slip-up that sends him to jail.>
  • 7 awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps that are free right now (save $42!) (2014-10-23 12:40:57)
    The week is almost over but there are still plenty of awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps to be enjoyed for free. Wednesday’s list had eight nifty apps — some of which are still on sale if you hurry — and Thursday brings another seven apps regularly worth a combined $42. For a limited time, however, each and every one of them is completely free to download. DON’T MISS: A new iPhone 6 problem arises: Dye from jeans is ruining the iPhone’s plastic strips These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an
  • Google bolsters artificial intelligence efforts, partners with Oxford (2014-10-23 12:40:37)
    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc is expanding its artificial intelligence initiative, hiring more than half a dozen leading academics and experts in the field and announcing a partnership with Oxford University to "accelerate" its efforts. Google will make a "substantial contribution" to establish a research partnership with Oxford's computer science and engineering departments, the company said on Thursday regarding its work to develop the intelligence of machines and software, often to emulate human-like intelligence. ...
  • Huawei touts growth as smartphone shipments rise 26 percent (2014-10-23 12:35:33)
    The company says it was able to double the amount of shipments on the premium side of the market and that it shipped nearly 17 million units worldwide in the third quarter.>
  • Uber brings on-demand flu shots to Boston, NYC and DC for a day (2014-10-23 12:27:00)
  • How Kevin Smith learned to love making movies again (2014-10-23 12:25:02)
    Kevin Smith’s legendary film Clerks hit theaters 20 years ago this month. Shot in black and white with a measly $27,000 budget, the film ended up being a critical success and launched Smith’s filmmaking career. He spent the next decade building a quirky and bizarre film universe that mixed his trademark brand of vulgar humor with surprisingly intense and personal stories; his movies were never box-office smashes, but they were cult hits that built him a loyal and passionate fanbase.
  • Senator wants Whisper to clarify privacy policy after reports of user tracking (2014-10-23 12:24:02)
    Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller is calling for Whisper's CEO to clearly outline his company's privacy policy after The Guardian accused the anonymity-focused social app of quietly monitoring its users in an exposé last week. "I take this matter seriously," wrote Rockefeller in a letter sent to CEO Michael Heyward Wednesday. In a statement provided to The Verge, Whisper said "We share the Senator's interest in protecting consumer privacy and will respond shortly.
  • The Boy Genius Report: iPad Air 2 is as monumental as original iPhone (2014-10-23 12:17:48)
    It’s easy to get excited about Apple products. They get faster, thinner, lighter, smaller, better, more beautiful and more functional. But every so often Apple introduces a pivotal product, one that might be from a brand new product category, or one from an existing product that is just so much better it can’t help but impress. The iPad Air 2 is that product right now. It is better than the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, and I would go as far as to say it’s the best thing Apple has ever made. DON’T MISS: The best and most extensive iPhone 6 Plus camera review you’ll ever see I didn’t understand the original iPad like everyone else at first, but for a funny reason.
  • You can now pay for a Hailo cab without cash even if you hailed on the street (2014-10-23 12:12:05)
    Cab app Hailo has hit the road to take on Uber with new features after quitting the US earlier this month.>
  • It's iPad launch week, but the iPhone still dominates (2014-10-23 12:10:41)
    The new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 are overshadowed by continued demand for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.>
  • Apple eyes 25 more stores in China (2014-10-23 12:10:34)
    CEO Tim Cook says the company plans to open 25 retail stores in China over next two years, according to an interview posted on Chinese web portal>
  • Steve Carell is making a movie with 'Eternal Sunshine' writer Charlie Kaufman (2014-10-23 12:10:02)
    Steve Carell is generating early Oscar buzz for his performance in the upcoming drama Foxcatcher, but now there's exciting news about a project that's further out. Deadline reports that Carell has signed on to star in an adaptation of the 1978 sci-fi novel IQ 83, and surrealist auteur Charlie Kaufman is now re-writing the script. In the book, a plague begins dumbing down humanity, and the hero, Dr. James Healey, leads a team of scientists searching for a cure. The territory sounds strange — Deadline says it'll be Strangelove-esque — but also like the perfect fit for both Carell and Kaufman.
  • Get a 'Lord of the Rings' game bundle for $9.99 (2014-10-23 12:03:59)
    One does not simply buy four games and two DLC packs for a mere 10 dollars. Or does one? (Hint: one does.)>
  • Groupon is trying to turn itself into Yelp (2014-10-23 12:03:23)
    Groupon has been attempting to move beyond the waning group-discount space that it pioneered, and it's now trying to do that by looking a little more like Yelp. This week, Groupon is beginning to roll out millions of individual pages for local businesses, giving them a place to display images, business hours, a phone number, a menu, and various other pieces of information. Visitors to those businesses will also be able to leave comments about them. ...
  • Google announces its first major update for Android Wear (2014-10-23 12:00:11)
    Google on Thursday made a few big announcements pertaining to Android Wear, one of which is the addition of a significant feature many users have been waiting for. Writing on Google’s Android blog, Android Wear product manager Kenny Stoltz revealed that Google’s first major Android Wear update adds support for devices with stand-alone GPS, meaning that Wear smartwatches finally become useful in a variety of situations without the need to tether them to a smartphone. Along the same vein, Android Wear will now be able to store music locally on supported devices so that users can connect a Bluetooth headset and listen to songs without a connected smartphone. DON’T MISS: A new iPhone 6 problem arises: Dye from jeans is ruining the iPhone’s plastic strips
  • Android Wear gets GPS support, offline music in first major update (2014-10-23 12:00:03)
    Google promised that it would consistently improve Android Wear with a number of updates, and now the first major update is here. The Sony SmartWatch 3 is the first Android Wear watch with a dedicated GPS sensor, and it is available for preorder today from Verizon Wireless, with Google Play availability soon. Google says that today's updates will be pushed to the other Android Wear devices already available (Samsung's Gear Live, LG's G Watch, and Motorola's Moto 360) in the near future.
  • Microsoft to kill its free Xbox Music streaming service (2014-10-23 11:45:03)
    The free service will be retired on December 1 as Microsoft decides to focus on its subscription plan alone.>
  • Watch these videos to learn about every Android 5.0 Lollipop trick you never knew existed (2014-10-23 11:37:56)
    At this point, we’ve already talked about the major features that Google added to Android with its new Lollipop release — the new Material Design user interface, the battery-saving features that have been added thanks to Project Volta and actionable notifications that appear on your lock screen. However, Droid Life has spent the last week searching out some of the lesser known new features that Google has added to its mobile platform and has posted a terrific series of videos showing off some great Android 5.0 Lollipop tricks you’ve probably never heard of.  RELATED: Check out all of Android 5.0 Lollipop’s best animations in these terrific GIFs In the video below, for example, we get a demonstration of a new
  • Let's look at each game console's line-up of exclusives for holiday 2014 (2014-10-23 11:31:00)
  • Google plans to make a component store for its modular phone (2014-10-23 11:01:00)
  • This hidden iOS 8 trick will add a great dimming effect to your iPhone’s screen (2014-10-23 10:55:22)
    Like every other smartphone on the planet, the auto-brightness feature on Apple’s iPhone models including the iPhone 6 never works quite the way people want it too. The bright settings are too bright and the dim settings are too dim, so despite the obvious benefits to battery life, many users disable auto-brightness in their iPhone’s display settings. This means that any time a user wants to adjust the screen brightness on his or her phone, a trip into the Settings app or a swipe up to open Control Center is needed. But there’s a cool hidden trick that will make it fast and easy to instantly dim your screen anytime you want. FROM EARLIER: A new iPhone 6 problem arises: Dye from jeans is ruining
  • Finally! The phone-charging cable you've been waiting for (2014-10-23 10:49:13)
    From the category of "what took so long" comes the Night Cable -- a 10-foot-long cord that just might end cable frustration forever.>
  • Press record for new iPads, Nexuses and a Spotify tape player in CNET UK podcast 408 (2014-10-23 10:39:34)
    Grab a blank tape for a new podcast featuring the new iPads, Google Nexus 6 and 9, and a Spotify-powered cassette player.>
  • ESPN investigates the historic Kasparov vs. IBM chess games (2014-10-23 10:33:00)
  • This might just be the most amazing thing about the iPad Air 2 (2014-10-23 10:30:13)
    The iPad Air 2 is officially available in stores, so it’s not really surprising to see the guys over at iFixit publish their official iPad Air 2 teardown. The slimmer-than-ever iPad Air 2 can be easily torn apart if you’ve got the right tools, but it’s not easy to repair, receiving a 2 out of 10 repaiarability score from the teardown experts. However, iFixit did manage to shed more light on the internal components of the iPad Air 2, many of which have been detailed in previous leaks and reports. In the process, however, the publication made some interesting discoveries. FROM EARLIER: iPad Air 2 and Retina iMac reviews are in: See how Apple’s best tablet and desktop performed in
  • Check Point third-quarter profit beats estimates, raises 2014 forecast (2014-10-23 10:19:28)
    By Tova Cohen TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Network security provider Check Point Software Technologies reported quarterly profit that topped expectations and raised its full-year forecast on strong demand for its threat prevention and other software subscriptions. Check Point earned 93 cents a share excluding one-time items in the third quarter, up from 85 cents a year earlier. Revenue grew 8 percent to $370.4 million, the Israeli-based company said on Thursday. ...
  • Keanu Reeves has definitely seen a ghost before (2014-10-23 10:14:02)
    Autonomous meme-generation beacon Keanu Reeves was on Jimmy Kimmel last night, promoting his latest movie, John Wick. In the middle of the standard interview questions — what was Keanu's favorite movie to work on? (The Matrix) — Kimmel threw out the question I hope we'd all ask: Has Keanu Reeves ever seen a ghost?
  • Netflix series 'Bloodline' starring Kyle Chandler will premiere in March (2014-10-23 10:10:53)
    Netflix has announced that its original series Bloodline will premiere in March. Bloodline stars Kyle Chandler of Friday Night Lights fame along with Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises), Linda Cardellini (Mad Men, Freaks and Geeks), Sam Shepard (The Right Stuff), and Sissy Spacek, among others. Created and executive produced by Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler — the trio behind FX's Damages — Bloodline "centers on a close-knit family of four adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home."
  • The best and most extensive iPhone 6 Plus camera review you’ll ever see (2014-10-23 10:05:45)
    We have seen a number of photography experts and professional photographers review the camera on Apple’s new iPhone 6 Plus phablet. Apple’s iPhones are widely known for being among the best in the business when it comes to smartphone camera quality, and the optics on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the best Apple has ever used. Since only the 6 Plus includes optical image stabilization (OIS), this is the handset photographers typically focus on when reviewing Apple’s latest handsets. Reviews up to this point have been great. We have seen a number of respected photography experts review the iPhone 6 Plus camera and sing it praise, and we’ve even seen some photo samples that are so incredible it’s
  • Can we build a better brain? (2014-10-23 10:01:37)
    Neural implants are already common in medicine. But can they be used to make physical changes to the brain itself?
  • The Big Future: Can we build a better brain? (2014-10-23 10:00:38)
    How will the future change the human brain? This week's Big Future takes a look at a new wave of neurological techniques that directly alter the brain's electrical patterns, correcting seizures and movement disorders. Some doctors are even experimenting with using it to treat depression. Could the same technology be used to correct more fundamental mental properties like attention span? We're still early in the research, but there are already plenty of projects aiming to give human beings greater control over the inner workings of the brain.
  • With Inbox, Google dares to be different (2014-10-23 09:59:38)
    The bold new interface to Gmail likely will confuse and alienate a lot of people. But somebody needs to give us a better way to handle email overload.>
  • Foxconn eyes China display plant for $5.7 billion -- report (2014-10-23 09:58:49)
    If Foxconn makes the investment, it would be the largest in the company's history, but so far, talks are only in their preliminary stages.>
  • Bay Area tech company caught paying imported workers $1.21 per hour (2014-10-23 09:53:00)
  • GrubHub revenue jumps as more customers order food online (2014-10-23 09:46:52)
    (Reuters) - GrubHub Inc reported a more than five-fold jump in quarterly profit as more consumers used the online food-order-and-delivery company to order meals. The company's shares rose as much as 6 percent to $39.50 in early trading on Thursday. GrubHub, which delivers everything from expensive steaks to bento boxes, receives a commission from restaurants on orders booked through its website and mobile application. Online food delivery companies have been benefiting as more people use smartphones and other devices to order online. ...
  • LG to donate 2,000 smartphones to UN's Ebola effort (2014-10-23 09:46:49)
    The phones will go to healthcare workers and other people sent by the United Nations to combat the deadly disease in West Africa.>
  • Apple Pay Double Charge Snafu: Fix Coming (2014-10-23 09:43:14)
    If you've used Apple Pay in its debut week, you might have been double charged for that McDonald's double cheeseburger. CNN Tech reporter Samuel Burke experienced the issue himself, claiming that he was billed twice for every Apple Pay purchase he made with his Bank of America card via Apple Pay. Multiple Twitter users reported the same problem, and most complaints are coming from folks with Bank of America cards. 
  • Christian Bale's Batman is the Steve Jobs performance we've been waiting for (2014-10-23 09:43:12)
    For all his brilliance, Steve Jobs was a notoriously intense man — some would say even a huge jerk. He reportedly bullied and belittled others when they failed to meet his high standards. He went beyond the reach of the law in order to achieve his own goals, believing, according to one person, that "normal rules didn't apply to him." He created a ubiquitous system capable of tracking people across an entire city. ...
  • Here are the latest awesome features Google added to Google Now (2014-10-23 09:40:11)
    Google has quietly added a couple of new cards to its Google Now arsenal, with Reddit users having already spotted a special police activity card as well as a card that provides solar eclipse information. FROM EARLIER: Here are the best times to watch tomorrow’s partial solar eclipse The police activity card will inform users about any criminal activity taking place around them by integrating alerts from Nixle, a service that offers notification services for local police departments and other agencies. While criminal activity is not necessarily something you’d want to keep track of, it’s still an interesting new addition to Google’s smart virtual assistant and it could end up keeping you out of harm’s way. Beyond that, the solar eclipse information Google
  • Sky to release five limited edition Now TV boxes next month (2014-10-23 09:35:00)
  • Movie laser guns have nothing on the real thing (2014-10-23 09:20:00)
  • Get a Lord of the Rings game bundle for $9.99 (2014-10-23 09:17:38)
    One does not simply buy four games and two DLC packs for a mere 10 dollars. Or does one? (Hint: one does.)>
  • Leaked photos show the incredible new Droid Turbo for the first time (2014-10-23 09:15:11)
    Yes, we already know just about all there is to know about Motorola’s upcoming new Droid Turbo smartphone, which will be unveiled next week by Verizon Wireless. Everything we know has leaked quite recently though, so some might consider the Droid Turbo to be the most surprising smartphone of the year. After all, no one expected one of the most sleek and powerful flagship smartphones of 2014 to come from Motorola, a company that recently turned its focus away from bleeding-edge tech and more toward customization and user experiences. Now, the world has seemingly been given its first glimpse of an actual Motorola Droid Turbo smartphone powered on and in use. DON’T MISS: Moto X review: Say hello to the best Android phone in
  • GT Advanced settles with Apple, to exit sapphire production (2014-10-23 09:04:20)
    (Reuters) - GT Advanced Technologies Inc said it reached an agreement with Apple Inc under which it will stop making sapphire materials and focus on supplying equipment to make sapphire crystals. GT said it would be released from all exclusivity obligations with Apple and a mechanism would be provided for the iPhone maker to recover its $439 million pre-payment to the company, without interest. GT, a former supplier to Apple, filed for bankruptcy on Oct 6 in a stunning turn of events for a company whose fortunes looked bright only a few months ago. ...
  • Google, Oxford University team up on artificial intelligence (2014-10-23 09:02:22)
    The company and venerable university will work together to advance the field of machine learning.>
  • Sony Xperia Z3v review (2014-10-23 09:00:02)
    Sony has a rough time selling phones in the US. While it has managed to become one of the few Android makers to turn a profit on the backs of its global sales, Sony’s presence in the US has been crippled by delayed launches and carrier exclusives. If you’ve wanted to purchase a flagship Sony smartphone, such as the Z1 or Z2, you were forced to either be a T-Mobile customer, or pay full retail price for an unlocked device six months after it was readily available in other markets. (And if you wanted a Z1 Compact, your choices were even worse.)
  • Tumblr is making videos a lot more like GIFs (2014-10-23 09:00:02)
    Tumblr may be known for moving images, but by and large that's been the GIF — not videos. Tumblr is today trying to address that, changing what it's like to watch videos in its mobile apps and on the desktop. On mobile, Tumblr is actually making videos seem a lot like GIFs: they'll automatically start playing when you're on Wi-Fi, they'll be muted by default, and they'll loop endlessly. Tumblr also says that videos are converted to smaller sizes so that they'll start playing quickly, adding in to the impression that it shouldn't matter what format you're actually seeing.
  • Marvel teases next Avengers movie in new trailer (2014-10-23 08:56:57)
    Get a glimpse at the upcoming movie's robotic villain, Ultron, as he threatens humanity and challenges earth's mightiest heroes.>
  • Video: Nike CEO hints that Apple and Nike are working ‘stealth’ new wearable gadgets (2014-10-23 08:50:19)
    Nike and Apple have a long history together, so as the worlds of fitness and technology continue to collide, it stands to reason that these two giants of their respective industries would come together once again. Of course when Nike discontinued its fitness band recently, rumors swirled suggesting that the company would move away from hardware as a new partnership with Apple was formed. Now, according to some not-so-subtle hints in a recent interview, Nike CEO Mark Parker indicated that there are indeed some exciting things to come from Apple and Nike. DON’T MISS: A new iPhone 6 problem arises: Dye from jeans is ruining the iPhone’s plastic strips In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Parker spoke for a good amount
  • CERN hopes you know what these things are, cause it has no idea (2014-10-23 08:40:00)
  • This insane, gruesome sculpture brings 'Doom' to life (2014-10-23 08:34:44)
    Jason Hite has been in love with Doom since 1993. And in 2004 he decided to create a tribute in the best way he knows how: a wonderfully dark and disturbing sculpture.
  • Christian Bale confirmed to play Steve Jobs in Sorkin biopic (2014-10-23 08:25:30)
    Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has confirmed the "Dark Knight" actor will go from Gotham to Silicon Valley in a new biopic of the Apple co-founder.>
  • Canada's Rogers says profit falls 28 percent, eyes rebound (2014-10-23 08:20:49)
    By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian telecom and media company Rogers Communications Inc posted a 28 percent decline in third-quarter net income on Thursday, but reaffirmed its profit targets for the year as it heralded the end of a corporate shuffle. Rogers, the country's largest provider of cellular service, added just 17,000 net wireless subscribers on contracts, who typically spend more per month and are less likely to switch providers than those who pay for service upfront. That was a sharp drop from the 64,000 added a year ago. ...
  • Apple figured out what it needs to do to increase iPhone 6 Plus supply (2014-10-23 08:15:36)
    After claiming in many reports that Apple was trying to increase iPhone 6 Plus production to meet huge demand in China and other markets, Digitimes is back with a new report that explains what Apple plans to do to actually increase iPhone phablet supply. FROM EARLIER: You might not be able to find an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus in stores this Christmas According to the Taiwan-based publication, the iPhone maker is apparently considering raising payments to Foxconn Electronics by as much as 20% to 25% in an effort to accelerate iPhone 6 Plus “mass production efficiency for the device.” Foxconn is currently making $20 per iPhone 6 Plus unit, according to estimates, but the fee could increase to $24-$25 per unit, assuming
  • Cassette deck hacked to play and control Spotify music (2014-10-23 08:10:02)
    The $35 Raspberry Pi is the low-end computing system that launched a thousand projects, including a beet-powered Beetbox and this Spotify-compatible cassette player. CNET writes that Matt Brailsford's nostalgic masterpiece was inspired by the iRecorder, which is an iPhone speaker shaped like the old-fashioned tape machine.
  • Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth: The Joystiq Review (2014-10-23 08:01:00)
  • 'Civilization: Beyond Earth' takes the strategy series out of the stratosphere (2014-10-23 08:00:02)
    This is how humanity ends. We've fought our way out of caves and from shorelines, built cities, built rockets, finally slipped the surly bonds of Earth. We've made it to a new planet and conquered it, we've tamed the wildlife — worms and krakens and monsters — and we've come to a new plane. A new plane of understanding, a new plane of being, a new plane of existence itself. Our minds have been opened. We have transcended our humanity. We step into the light, and we see four words that congratulate us on our new consciouness.
  • Fly, you fools! 'Hobbit' stars take off in epic airline safety video (2014-10-23 07:46:47)
    Elijah Wood, Sylvester McCoy and Peter Jackson are the fellowship of the wing in Air New Zealand's "Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made".>
  • Google offers peek into Bhutan with Street View launch (2014-10-23 07:46:43)
    Google provided a sneak peek into Bhutan Thursday by unveiling a Street View project for the remote Himalayan kingdom, featuring panoramic views of its majestic mountains, monasteries and crystal-clear rivers. "Most governments love Street View because it promotes tourism -- they are drawn to its commercial benefits," Google's Divon Lan, one of the Street View managers, told AFP on Thursday as the project was launched.
  • Man turns iPad into tactile interface for whatever he wants (2014-10-23 07:40:02)
    Florian Born's Modulares Interface B.A turns the iPad touchscreen into a modular mosaic of physical buttons, sliders, and knobs. The core idea behind the project is to find a solution for the lack of haptic feedback in multi-touch devices, such as Apple's famous tablets. The iPad itself is inserted into a frame made out of aluminium and plastic, which contains embedded magnets to help position the controllers with more precision.
  • Rogers Communications profit falls 28 percent (2014-10-23 07:33:09)
    TORONTO (Reuters) - Rogers Communications Inc posted a 28 percent decline in third-quarter net income on Thursday, but reaffirmed its profit targets for the year as it heralded the end of a corporate shuffle. The Toronto-based company said it had net income of C$332 million ($295 million), or 64 Canadian cents a share, in the three months to Sept. 30, compared with C$464 million, or 90 cents a share, a year ago. Its revenue was up slightly at C$3.25 billion. (1 US dollar = 1.1244 Canadian dollar) (Reporting by Alastair Sharp Editing by W Simon)
  • Some Xbox One users can already add custom backgrounds to the console (2014-10-23 07:31:00)
  • Nike is working with Apple to expand the digital frontier of wearables (2014-10-23 07:30:03)
    Although Nike seemingly abandoned future FuelBand hardware, the company is working closely with Apple to advance wearables overall. In an interview with Bloomberg News, Nike CEO Mark Parker says he is "bullish" on the company’s relationship with Apple. "As I look ahead at what's possible with Nike and Apple...technologically we can do things together that we couldn't do independently," explains Parker.
  • Mac evolution: From Mac to 5K Retina iMac in a single image (2014-10-23 07:30:01)
    Apple’s most recent OS X desktop, the 27-inch iMac with Retina display is already available for purchase and has been praised in many reviews so far for its amazing display, even though most regular users might not find any actual use for a 5,120 x 2,880 screen just yet. However, to further show how much the Mac evolved in its 30 years, Kent Akgungor posted two overlapping images on Things of Interest that show the original Mac’s display resolution on top of the current Retina iMac’s screen resolution. FROM EARLIER: iPad Air 2 and Retina iMac reviews are in: See how Apple’s best tablet and desktop performed in real tests The original Apple Macintosh shipped with a black and white 512 x 342-pixel
  • Christian Bale to play Steve Jobs in upcoming biopic (2014-10-23 07:18:49)
    Christian Bale will star as late Apple CEO Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic from director Danny Boyle. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin confirmed the decision in an upcoming interview with Bloomberg Television today, adding that the Oscar-winning actor didn't even have to audition for the role.
  • Google is partnering with Oxford University to improve its A.I. (2014-10-23 07:00:00)
  • Watch an episode of 'MST3k,' with or without the jokes explained (2014-10-23 06:46:00)
  • 5 Secrets to Building a Successful Mobile Application (2014-10-23 06:44:38)
    The mobile industry will forever change how we consume information around the World, unsurprisingly - we will probably experience similar changes to local communities, neighborhoods. I just read an article that says that the mobile gaming industry will soon overtake console gaming market, I wonder what those investors are starting to feel...
  • Inbox, the new smart email app from Google (2014-10-23 06:38:32)
    Available for desktop and mobile devices, the new Google app is designed to reimagine the way emails are managed, in particular by scheduling reminders for specific tasks and bringing in useful up-to-date additional information from the web. Inbox is currently available only by invitation.
  • Amazon's £79 Fire TV set-top box now available in the UK (2014-10-23 06:35:00)
  • Russia's Yandex brightens 2014 revenue outlook (2014-10-23 06:19:25)
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's biggest search engine Yandex said on Thursday it expected revenues to rise by 27 to 30 percent this year, compared to its previous forecast for 25-30 percent growth. The company's third-quarter revenues increased 28 percent, year-on-year, to 13.1 billion roubles ($314.5 million), it said in a statement. Net profit came in at 4.4 billion roubles, including a 1.4 billion rouble net foreign exchange gain. That was down 12 percent from a year ago when Yandex recognized a 2 billion rouble gain after the sale of a 75 percent stake in Yandex.Money to Sberbank . ...
  • Huawei says third-quarter smartphone shipments jump 26 percent, strong demand for high-end devices (2014-10-23 06:08:44)
    By Yimou Lee HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd said third-quarter smartphone shipments jumped 26 percent year-on-year, doubling devices shipped to the high-margin premium market dominated by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc. Shenzhen-based Huawei, the world's third-biggest smartphone supplier after the dominant pair, shipped 16.8 million smartphones globally in the quarter ended Sept. 30, according to company data. About a quarter of those were mid- to high-end models, more than twice as many as the same period last year. ...
  • Google Now wants to help protect your eyes from eclipses (2014-10-23 05:54:00)
  • Hungary needs cash, so it wants to tax internet traffic (2014-10-23 04:53:00)
  • Twitter looks to weave into more mobile apps (2014-10-23 04:43:13)
    Twitter on Wednesday set out to weave itself into mobile applications with a free "Fabric" platform to help developers build better programs and make more money.
  • French mobile market needs mergers, but we won't lead: Orange (2014-10-23 04:39:44)
    PARIS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - French telecoms operator Orange SA still believes the mobile market needs consolidation, but an executive said on Thursday his company is not prepared to kick-off such a move, three months after it dropped a bid for rival Bouygues SA. Chief Financial Officer Ramon Fernandez said Orange was open to discussions on possible combinations with other companies in its home market, but for now it was prepared to wait for others to make the first move. ...
  • Huawei says third-quarter smartphone shipments jump 26 percent (2014-10-23 04:14:01)
    HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd said third-quarter smartphone shipments jumped 26 percent on year with a doubling of shipments in the high-margin premium market dominated by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc. Shenzhen-based Huawei shipped 16.8 million smartphones globally in the quarter ended Sept. 30, according to company data. About a quarter of those shipments were mid- to high-end models, more than twice as many as the same period last year. (Reporting by Yimou Lee; Editing by Ryan Woo)
  • Apple computer sells for record $905K in NY: Bonhams (2014-10-23 04:10:28)
    One of the first Apple computers ever built sold in New York on Wednesday for $905,000, leading Bonhams auction house to declare it the world's most expensive computer relic.
  • Windows 10 has new ways to protect you against internet data breaches (2014-10-23 03:54:00)
  • Watch the world's rhythms compared with the aid of simple circles (2014-10-23 03:38:31)
    Pizza, good movies, and great music are just some of the things that make the world go round. Over at TED-Ed, John Varney explains how rhythm can literally be perceived as a circular concept, as opposed to the traditional left-to-right format we're accustomed to. The five-minute animation beautifully describes what Varney calls the "wheel method" of tracing rhythm, while showing the relationships between musical forms across the world. It's a surprisingly easy watch, even for those who lack background in the subject matter.
  • Nokia turnaround since handset unit sale continues (2014-10-23 03:27:54)
    HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia appears to have turned around its fortunes after the sale of its ailing cellphone unit to Microsoft, reporting a third-quarter net profit of 747 million euros ($950 million), from a loss of 91 million euros a year earlier. Sales grew 13 percent.
  • Apple CEO says to add 25 stores in China within two years: Sina (2014-10-23 03:20:51)
    BEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook said the company is planning to open 25 retail stores in China within the next two years, according to a Chinese transcript of an interview posted by web portal Apple presently has 15 outlets in the country, Cook said. The Apple chief executive is on a visit to China, where he has visited Apple facilities and met Vice Premier Ma Kai. (Reporting by Matthew Miller; Editing by Stephen Coates)
  • Bang and Olufsen have made a portable Bluetooth speaker, no, we're not kidding (2014-10-23 03:00:00)
  • 'SimCity BuildIt' lets Canadians play urban planner before anyone else (2014-10-23 02:18:00)
  • Zuckerberg speaks Chinese, Beijing students cheer (2014-10-23 01:44:14)
    BEIJING (AP) — China may ban Facebook, but not its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, and he entertained an audience of students in Beijing with a 30-minute chat in his recently learned Mandarin Chinese.
  • Kenny G frantically disassociates himself from Hong Kong demonstrators (2014-10-23 01:39:55)
    When famous saxophonist Kenny G tweeted a selfie from a Hong Kong protest site, he probably wasn't expecting to be rebuked by the Chinese government. The musician has since made it extremely clear that he is in no way supporting the demonstrators in Hong Kong, and that his appearance at a protest site was purely coincidental. Some fans took my picture. — Kenny G (@officialkennyg) October 22, 2014
  • Yahoo's mail app has notifications for flights and events too (2014-10-23 01:37:00)
  • ​Zuckerberg delights audience in Beijing with Mandarin prowess (2014-10-23 01:27:42)
    The Facebook founder and CEO speaks for 30 minutes in Mandarin at a question and answer session and talks about his company's plans to engage its largest untapped market.>
  • Hybrid Play clips turn playground toys into videogame controllers (2014-10-23 00:58:00)
  • Ford's next cars will brake by themselves to avoid collisions (2014-10-23 00:01:00)
  • China's Xiaomi shifts some smartphone user data out of Beijing on privacy concerns (2014-10-22 23:41:52)
    By Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - Fast-growing Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc said on Thursday it is migrating some data on non-Chinese customers away from its servers in Beijing due to performance and privacy considerations. Data belonging to the privately owned company's non-Chinese users will be moved in several phases to Amazon Inc servers in the United States and data centers in Singapore, Xiaomi vice president Hugo Barra said in a Wednesday blog post on Google Plus. ...
  • Microsoft is ending free Xbox Music streaming (2014-10-22 23:17:34)
    Microsoft is closing its free Xbox Music streaming service effective December 1st. The company will continue to offer music streaming through its Xbox Music service, but users will need to purchase an Xbox Music Pass to do so, at a monthly price of $9.99. The company doesn't specify why it's removing the free, ad-supported streaming option, but says it's "focusing Xbox Music to deliver the ultimate music purchase and subscription service experience for our customers." Microsoft has updated Xbox Music a number of times since launch, producing versions for its newest Xbox One console and latest Windows Phone operating systems, but it still lags behind competitors such as Spotify in terms of social features.
  • Sonos sues Denon for allegedly copying its wireless speaker tech (2014-10-22 23:12:00)
  • Apple dumps SSL 3.0 for push notifications due to POODLE flaw (2014-10-22 23:09:58)
    Apple to switch to the TLS encryption standard after disclosure of vulnerability that could expose encrypted data.>
  • Microsoft is suddenly releasing some of the year’s coolest Android apps (2014-10-22 22:30:57)
    Microsoft is no longer all about “Windows, Windows, Windows!” as ex-CEO Steve Ballmer used to say. Instead, the company is willing to create applications and programs for any platform and recently it’s been releasing some very cool new applications for Android. Droid Life spotlights three particularly sweet apps that just came out of the Microsoft Garage project that definitely look worthy of Android fans’ time — and one of them even pulls off the incredible feat of making Bing more relevant. RELATED: The best Android Wear app we’ve seen was just released by… Microsoft? The coolest app is called Torque and it’s been designed to work with Android Wear watches. What makes this app great is that it takes away the
  • Hear the space age unfold on NASA's historic SoundCloud account (2014-10-22 22:29:00)
  • Target offers free holiday shipping, wish lists for the first time (2014-10-22 22:05:38)
    The increasing reach of Amazon has brick-and-mortar retailers changing their game plans. The latest is Target, who for the first time is offering free shipping.>
  • Uber drivers kick off 'Global Day of Protest' (2014-10-22 21:50:08)
    The ride-sharing app's drivers in the US and London are complaining about fee hikes, fare cuts and the lack of a tip option.>
  • See what makes the iPad Air 2 so skinny (2014-10-22 21:43:00)
  • NASA's new Soundcloud album: Listen to the exploration of space (2014-10-22 21:33:11)
    NASA has created an album of sounds on Soundcloud, including rocket launches, recordings from space shuttle missions and even a song about water on the moon.>
  • Star Apps: The Madden Brothers (2014-10-22 21:23:50)
    Good Charlotte founders and brothers Benji and Joel Madden return to their pop-rock roots on "Greetings From California."
  • Tickets for Sony's PlayStation gaming show go on sale Friday (2014-10-22 21:04:00)
  • iPad Air 2 has a smaller battery, iFixit finds (2014-10-22 20:59:58)
    The one new feature you didn't expect from Apple's iPad Air 2? iFixit says the new device has a battery that's 15 percent smaller, yet Apple claims it still gets the same battery life.>
  • Early Apple computer sells for $905,000 at auction (2014-10-22 20:54:56)
    NEW YORK (AP) — A vintage Apple computer that was one of only 50 made in Steve Jobs' garage in 1976 sold for $905,000 at auction on Wednesday, far exceeding pre-sale estimates and outdoing a previous high price of more than $671,000 paid in Germany last year.
  • Video: Samsung shows how the Galaxy Note 4 will bring out your inner Picasso (2014-10-22 20:15:05)
    On Tuesday, Samsung released new ads that show how its new Galaxy Note 4 smartphone can be a tool for real-life artists everywhere. MORE GALAXY NOTE 4: iPhone 6 Plus vs. Galaxy Note 4: The ultimate camera shootout Jon Burgerman, an English-born illustrator, is seen drawing a beautiful mural on a window before it transitions to him doing so on his Galaxy Note 4 using the device’s S Pen. In the second video, Janine Rewell, an illustrator from Finland, does the same thing. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 includes an S Pen that can be used for drawing, writing notes notes, or selecting content from the screen. Both videos also show off the Galaxy Note 4’s Multi Window and drawing features. You can
  • Xbox Music ditches free desktop streaming on December 1st (2014-10-22 20:12:00)
  • Magic Johnson ready to assist tech in diversity (2014-10-22 20:10:24)
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Retired Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson became famous for dishing out assists to his teammates during his Hall of Fame basketball career. Now, as an entrepreneur focused on minority markets, he says he is ready to help Silicon Valley hire more blacks and Latinos to diversify the technology industry's largely white and Asian workforce.
  • Early Apple computer sells for $905K at auction (2014-10-22 20:09:14)
    NEW YORK (AP) — A vintage Apple computer that was one of only 50 made in Steve Jobs' garage in 1976 has sold for $905,000 at auction in New York City.
  • Tablets, cars drive AT&T wireless gains_not phones (2014-10-22 19:58:17)
    NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T said it gained 2 million wireless subscribers in the latest quarter, but most were from cheaper non-phone services such as tablets and Internet-connected cars. The nation's second-largest wireless carrier is facing pricing pressure from smaller rivals T-Mobile and Sprint in a competitive environment in which most Americans already have a cellphone.
  • Check out these great music streaming apps for Windows Phone (2014-10-22 19:47:12)
    Many of the best music streaming for mobile devices are also available on Windows Phone. Here are some of my favorites.>
  • Xiaomi is moving some of its users' data out of China (2014-10-22 19:43:00)
  • Congress not likely to force iOS and Android decryption for the FBI (2014-10-22 19:30:44)
    Apple has more than once reminded customers it values their security and privacy and has been reassuring them that they won’t become the company’s “product” and that their data will be safely encrypted. Similarly, Google also said it will encrypt Android devices by default. Since then, the FBI and others have complained that Apple and Google will be basically helping bad guys get away with bad things thanks to encrypted devices. FROM EARLIER: The FBI ratchets up its scare campaign over smartphone encryption But, as Motherboard reports, Congress isn’t likely to order these companies to decrypt their phones for FBI or other governmental agencies. “To FBI Director Comey and the Admin on criticisms of legitimate businesses using encryption: you reap what you
  • AT&T revenue misses forecasts as more customers bring own phones (2014-10-22 19:28:44)
    By Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T Inc on Wednesday reported a rise in quarterly revenue, but the increase was less than Wall Street expected as a wave of subscribers plugged into the network using pre-purchased devices. The company cut its outlook for consolidated revenue growth for 2014 to 3-4 percent from 5 percent. AT&T's option allowing customers to bring their own devices has become popular this year, and analysts have worried the program may lead to less customer loyalty and a glut of phones in the market. ...
  • It costs $50 to plug an Xbox One Kinect into your PC (2014-10-22 19:11:00)
  • Tomorrow Daily 073: Robot actors, the return of LED 'stickman baby,' and more (2014-10-22 19:00:27)
    On today's show, we check out a gadget for your shoe that might help you escape a bad date, this year's updates to the "stickman baby" Halloween costume, and a robot actor in a Kafka-inspired performance.>
  • AT&T revenue lower than expected as customers bring in their own phones (2014-10-22 18:54:20)
    By Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T Inc said on Wednesday its quarterly revenue rose but by less than Wall Street anticipated as a wave of subscribers plugged into the network using pre-purchased devices. The company cut its full-year consolidated revenue growth outlook for 2014 to 3-4 percent from 5 percent. AT&T said 400,000 subscribers brought their own devices when signing up for service this quarter, instead of purchasing one at an AT&T store. ...
  • First 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer leaks briefly online before being pulled down (2014-10-22 18:49:25)
    Marvel planned to debut the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer during Agents of SHIELD next Tuesday, but apparently that plan isn't working out. What appears to be the entire trailer has now leaked online, albeit in fairly poor quality. The trailer shows the full team in action and includes a look at the Hulkbuster armor, a super strange version of "I've Got No Strings," and, of course, Ultron, as voiced by James Spader in what sounds like a wonderfully creepy performance. ...
  • Marvel releases first 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer after it leaks online (2014-10-22 18:49:25)
    Marvel planned to debut the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer during Agents of SHIELD next Tuesday, but apparently that plan didn't work out. Shortly after a poor quality version of the entire trailer leaked online, Marvel decided to publish an official teaser trailer on YouTube. The two-minute video shows the full team in action and includes a look at the Hulkbuster armor, a super strange version of "I've Got No Strings," and, of course, Ultron, as voiced by James Spader in what sounds like a wonderfully creepy performance. The film is headed into theaters on May 1st, 2015 in the US.
  • Unity appoints former Electronic Arts chief Riccitiello as new CEO (2014-10-22 18:48:31)
    John Riccitiello, who helmed publisher and game maker EA, now leads the fast-growing company behind multi-platform gaming software.>
  • I hate myself for loving the Hemingwrite high-tech typewriter (2014-10-22 18:45:24)
    The Hemingwrite — described as an "over-engineered typewriter for the 21st century" — should bother me. It's not just the shots fired at "tiresome and outdated" typewriters. As its website readily admits, the Hemingwrite is a modern-day word processor.
  • Microsoft Android Wear app lets you search Bing by twisting your wrist (2014-10-22 18:40:00)
  • The top 20 US cities for tech startup funding (2014-10-22 18:30:02)
    When you think of tech startups, you probably think Northern California. Companies there receive the largest share of funding from venture capitalists, but there are several other notable pockets around the country.
  • Not even the Statue of Liberty is safe from brands (2014-10-22 18:07:12)
    In the early 1900s, the Statue of Liberty changed from a dull copper hue to the green tint we know today, because by then green was in style and dull copper was basically passé (also because of oxidation). At 8AM this Halloween, the Statue of Liberty is getting outfitted with designer bow ties in the name of fashion. ... Or so #brands would like you to believe — specifically Joe Boxer founder Nick Graham, who's decided to use helicopters to fly 60-foot wide, 35-pound bow ties in front of lady liberty in celebration of the launch of his new brand, "Nick Graham."
  • AT&T's focus on connected cars is beginning to pay off (2014-10-22 18:04:00)
  • Apple defeats GPNE's $94M patent-infringement claim (2014-10-22 17:58:33)
    A San Jose jury rules against the nonpracticing entity, which had accused Apple of infringing its mobile device technology.>
  • Vintage Apple computer built by Woz sells for whopping $750,000 (2014-10-22 17:57:10)
    One of the 50 original Apple-1 computers built by Steve Wozniak himself sold for a whopping $750,000 at an auction Wednesday.>
  • BofA to refund Apple Pay customers charged twice (2014-10-22 17:52:15)
    SAN JOSE, CALIF. (AP) — Bank of America apologized Wednesday for a double-billing glitch that affected some customers who made purchases with Apple Pay, the new mobile payments service that Apple launched this week.
  • That iPad Air 2 can be yours -- today, even (2014-10-22 17:51:52)
    Apple simply said the tablet would launch later this week, but it actually will be available as soon as stores receive their supply over the coming days. All stores in Manhattan already have the WiFi models of the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3.>
  • Camera made from one tiny Lego brick actually works (2014-10-22 17:48:16)
    A simple hack turns an itsy-bitsy Lego brick into a working pinhole camera that turns out photos minifigs can enjoy.>
  • Sonos sues Denon for 'copying' its wireless products (2014-10-22 17:46:45)
    ​Sonos has announced it is suing competitor Denon as it says the company's HEOS products are too similar to Sonos' own and infringe on at least four of its patents.>
  • Rhapsody revives CEO position, hires mobile vet as interim chief (2014-10-22 17:45:20)
    The streaming-music forefather, often overshadowed by flashier rivals like Spotify or Apple's Beats Music, says growth is gangbusters enough to revive the position of CEO after a four-year absence.>
  • Cyberbullying, Online Abuse or Political Scandal: 41-Year-Old Monica Lewinsky Ought to Know the Difference (2014-10-22 17:40:27)
    This past Monday, Monica Lewinsky took center stage at the Forbes Under 30 Summit to speak to Millennials who were at most 14 years old when she made global headlines. She told them that she was the first to have her reputation ruined on the Internet; announced her intention to lead an effort "to end cyberbullying and today's toxic culture of...
  • Engadget Daily: New iPad and Retina iMac reviews, the do's and don'ts of social media, and more! (2014-10-22 17:33:00)
  • AT&T third-quarter profit falls short even as it adds 2M wireless customers (2014-10-22 17:32:21)
    The company's growth was driven largely by connected devices like the connected car, but there was also a healthy mix of smartphone and tablet growth.>
  • 'Silicon Beach' brings tech boom to Los Angeles (2014-10-22 17:19:44)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — So long Silicon Valley. These days entrepreneurs and engineers are flocking to a place better known for wave surfing than Web surfing. Amid the palm trees and purple sunsets of the Southern California coastline, techies have built "Silicon Beach."
  • Apple Pay sees problems as users get charged twice (2014-10-22 17:09:18)
    Bank of America apologizes for a glitch that's causing duplicate Apple Pay charges. Also, Google creates a new app for organizing email, and Google users can give their accounts extra protection with USB security keys.>
  • Ebola travel bans are 'irrational,' says head of Red Cross (2014-10-22 17:03:38)
    Imposing travel bans that prevent people from Ebola-stricken countries from leaving those countries would be "irrational," said Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, during a press conference earlier today. The measure — one that would be borne out of fear and panic — simply wouldn’t curb Ebola infections. "[Travel bans] are not solutions," Sy told reporters in Beijing, according to Reuters.
  • owner 4th-qtr revenue forecast misses expectations (2014-10-22 16:52:10)
    (Reuters) - Yelp Inc, operator of consumer review website, forecast current-quarter revenue below analysts' average estimate, sending its shares down as much as 14 percent after the bell. The company forecast revenue of $107 million to $108 million for the fourth-quarter. Analysts on average were expecting $111.0 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. However, Yelp reported a better-than-expected 67.5 percent rise in third-quarter revenue as its business customers spent more on advertising. ...
  • Google Earth for Android is now faster, better at 3D exploration (2014-10-22 16:50:00)
  • Google unveils app for managing Gmail inboxes (2014-10-22 16:45:59)
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Google is introducing an application designed to make it easier for its Gmail users to find and manage important information that can often get buried in their inboxes.
  • AT&T revenue rises less than expected (2014-10-22 16:33:20)
    By Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T Inc said on Wednesday its quarterly revenue rose but by less than wall street anticipated as a wave of subscribers signed up for equipment financing plans that charge lower service fees. AT&T shares fell 0.9 percent to $33.75 after closing at $34.50 on the New York Stock Exchange. The company reported a record low number of customer defections, but average revenue per phone user fell 8 percent from a year earlier. AT&T added 2 million new wireless customers and 785,000 contract subscribers in the quarter. ...
  • Beyond tweets: Twitter weaves new approach to mobile apps (2014-10-22 16:31:38)
    The social network wants developers to use its tools to make mobile apps, while also integrating its service along the way.>
  • Bank of America issues refunds after double-charging Apple Pay users (2014-10-22 16:17:00)
  • Using Google Inbox: this feels like the future of email (2014-10-22 16:16:11)
    My favorite thing about Inbox, Google's radical new email app for Android, iOS, and the web, is that it's perfectly happy to have you use your email as a to-do list. Rather than try to turn your inbox into nothing more than a series of letters and conversations, or help you clear your messages out as soon as possible, Inbox makes use of the fact that your email is full of receipts and notes-to-self. As soon as you log in to Inbox (with an email that ends in — no Google Apps support yet), Google starts to crawl all of your messages.
  • Samsung enables 1-click purchases for app store (2014-10-22 16:15:05)
    Smartphone giant now lets users pay via their phone bills. No credit card necessary.>
  • Sprint undercuts AT&T, Verizon with $20, 1GB family data plan (2014-10-22 16:12:46)
    At $20, Sprint is offering twice as much data as Verizon and more than three times the data as AT&T.>
  • The 404 Show 1,569: ApplePay double-charging, Hendo hoverboard, Breaking Bad toys (podcast) (2014-10-22 16:05:12)
    Bridget Carey returns to the show to talk about ApplePay double-charging some Bank of America customers, a new Kickstarter for a company that created a working hoverboard and the recent controversy over Toys R Us selling Breaking Bad action figures.>
  • This is how NASA banishes odors in space (2014-10-22 16:02:04)
    How do space agencies keep the International Space Station from smelling like a sweaty locker room? NASA engineer Robert Frost and retired astronaut Clayton C. Anderson reveal a few secrets.>
  • The 'Red Velvet' Oreo is a fake, and here's why (2014-10-22 15:40:48)
    This tweet from @chevroletgirl, posted on October 18th, showed a picture of an alleged new limited edition flavor of Oreo, Red Velvet, complete with cream cheese flavored creme. Hey @kcmoore51 my nabisco rep friend just sent me this — Down Home Girl (@chevroletgirl) October 18, 2014 The Watermelon, Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, Limeade, and many other variants come in 12.2-ounce packages, compared to the 14.3-ounce package that standard Oreo cookies come in.
  • Microsoft looks set to drop Nokia name from smartphones (2014-10-22 15:35:19)
    SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp looks set to ditch the Nokia name from its Lumia range of smartphones just months after buying the Finnish company's handset business. According to a post on Nokia France's Facebook page on Tuesday, the page will change its name to Microsoft Lumia "in the coming days." Microsoft declined comment. Under the terms of the $7.2 billion deal, which was struck in September 2013 and completed in April, Microsoft acquired Nokia's handset business, though not the name of the company itself. ...
  • Hearing the Voice of the Deaf Community (2014-10-22 15:34:48)
    Often, people ask me "what is going on?" with deaf culture. More than ever, we are seeing deaf individuals on TV, in the news, and other mainstream sources. For thousands of years, deaf people were silent members of society, sometimes denied basic rights simply because they could not hear. But with new communication technologies emerging each...
  • Google unveils Gmail alternative: 'Inbox' (2014-10-22 15:24:10)
    Google revitalized webmail in 2004 when it debuted Gmail, and now it's trying to do it again with a new take on the old Web stalwart, called Inbox.>
  • Pioneering procedure helps paralyzed man walk again (2014-10-22 15:22:26)
    Cells harvested from a patient's nose helped return function to a damaged spinal cord. Now he is able to walk with help from ropes and guide bars.>
  • Pivotal Living hopes you'll pay $12 a year to use its fitness tracker (2014-10-22 15:19:00)
  • Some early Apple Pay users hit with duplicate charges (2014-10-22 15:07:16)
    Large-scale consumer launches are rarely perfect, and Apple Pay isn't proving to be an exception. Plenty of people using Apple's mobile payments feature over the last few days have reported successful results. Apparently it's not Apple that's to blame, though who knows if consumers are making that distinction.
  • PreTweet saves you from looking like an idiot on social media (2014-10-22 14:55:06)
    No more "amazeballs"! Avoid looking like a twit on Twitter by using the PreTweet service to scrub out overused words everybody is tired of seeing on social media.>
  • Google partners with Jane Goodall to capture Tanzania's chimp heaven (2014-10-22 14:49:00)
  • Torch through stuff on the fly with portable laser cutter (2014-10-22 14:46:57)
    Crave writer Michael Franco catches up with one of the creators of the Origami laser cutter, now blasting through a campaign on Kickstarter.>
  • Jawbone's Drop lets you build music playlists using tweets (2014-10-22 14:46:00)
  • Almost half of adults on the Net have experienced online harassment -- survey (2014-10-22 14:37:40)
    A new study from Pew Research shows just how widespread online abuse has become.>
  • The PlayStation TV is a waste of money for Vita fans (2014-10-22 14:30:52)
    People love to say that the PlayStation Vita has no games. In theory, my love of the platform makes me the target market for PlayStation TV, Sony's tiny new box that lets you play Vita games on your television. This may be a device that can play Vita games on your TV.
  • Watch the live-action world of ‘Halo: Nightfall’ come to life in this new trailer (2014-10-22 14:30:29)
    Microsoft is going all in with the Halo series this holiday season. Halo: The Master Chief Collection is clearly the centerpiece, but the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta and Halo: Nightfall, a live action TV series set in the Halo universe, are sure to draw plenty of attention as well. On Wednesday, Microsoft announced HaloFest, a celebration of the series and all of its upcoming entries. The first full length trailer for Halo: Nightfall was published alongside the announcement. Live action adaptations of video games have traditionally been critical and commercial flops, but with Ridley Scott signed on as executive producer and a rich universe to draw from, Nightfall has as good of a chance as any game adaptation before it. The
  • Why Boomer Aging Means Trillions of Dollars for Business (2014-10-22 14:25:23)
    There's something happening hereWhat it is ain't exactly clear.Through their cautionary protest song, "For What It's Worth," Buffalo Springfield and rock legend Stephen Stills reflected and amplified the zeitgeist of 1967: the social and cultural turmoil surrounding the Vietnam War era. This stanza addresses confusion and trepidation over...
  • California venture firm does not have to release documents in discrimination suit (2014-10-22 14:24:38)
  • Pandora lets artists know just how well their music is doing (2014-10-22 14:22:00)
  • 'IMDb for cars' exists, and it's an incredible time-waster (2014-10-22 14:11:15)
    Which episode of Doogie Howser, M.D. featured a Peterbilt 359? Just this morning, I would've assumed that there was absolutely no way of answering that without watching all of Doogie Howser, M.D. (complication: it's not on Netflix, and the last thing you have time for is another series binge, anyway). You'd also need complete confidence in your ability to identify a Peterbilt 359 through the fuzzy standard definition and big hair of an early-’90s television program.
  • Google launches new email service dubbed 'Inbox' (2014-10-22 14:10:45)
    (Reuters) - Google Inc launched an email service called "Inbox" on Wednesday that will better organize emails and display information such as appointments, flight bookings and package deliveries in a more user-friendly way. Google said it was sending out invitations to selected Gmail users to try out the new service. Users can also email the company at to get an invitation. For now the new service is being provided alongside Gmail, which was launched in 2004. It will be available on the Web as well as on Android smartphones and iPhones. ...
  • Fund 3D horror film, get rare 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' rewards (2014-10-22 14:10:23)
    Crowdfund fear with an indie horror film that wants to scare you in more than one dimension. Backers of the film are offered "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" collectibles from the co-creator himself.>
  • This awesome interactive tool will help you improve any phone’s battery life (2014-10-22 14:05:09)
    Ask a smartphone user what aspect of his or her phone is most in need of improvement, and “battery life” will be the answer you hear more often than not. Whether it’s a brand new iPhone 6 or any recent Android smartphone, battery performance is never quite where we want it to be. The simple fact of the matter is battery technology just isn’t progressing quickly enough to keep up with all of the new technology vendors are now stuffing into their smartphones. Of course, there are plenty of ways to help squeeze as much battery life as possible out of each charge. FROM EARLIER: This secret trick will dramatically improve your iPhone’s battery life We always try to share helpful tips and tricks
  • Meet the robot actor starring in a play inspired by Kafka (2014-10-22 13:50:15)
    Up-and-coming android performer Repliee S1 stars alongside well-known French actors in a piece based on Franz Kafka's absurdist classic "The Metamorphosis.">
  • Twitter trades passwords for phone numbers with Digits login (2014-10-22 13:45:00)
  • Girls in Tech Ask Tech Companies to Close the Gender Pay Gap Through Their "Raise Awareness" Campaign #RAISETECH (2014-10-22 13:42:56)
    There has been much backlash in the press towards Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella who told women at a tech conference last week, that they should not ask for a raise, rather let 'karma' take care of it for them. He has since publicly retracted this disastrous comment, but the impact of it lingers on. So much for reducing the 'brogrammer' culture...
  • Microsoft Garage gives early look at emerging apps (2014-10-22 13:38:22)
    Now consumers can see what's coming from folks tinkering on apps inside Microsoft -- on everything from Android Wear to Xbox One.>
  • British comedy 'IT Crowd' gets another shot at US remake (2014-10-22 13:34:29)
    Geeky Brits Moss, Roy and Jen will return to TV -- but this time as unappreciated American computer nerds. Can Internet, soccer and quizmaster jokes translate from across the pond?>
  • Inside Twitter's ambitious plan to kill the password (2014-10-22 13:21:54)
    As he traveled the world last year as part of a user research project, Michael Ducker noticed a problem. Ducker, a senior product manager at Twitter, was part of a team that visited Brazil, India, and Indonesia to learn about how people use mobile devices around the world. Twitter is courting new users aggressively, and like most tech companies it signs them up with a combination of an email address and password. ...
  • This is how to pop the question if you're a 'Doctor Who' fan (2014-10-22 13:19:38)
    This redditor and fan of BBC series "Doctor Who" figured out the perfect way to propose to his girlfriend. Of course, she said yes.>
  • Now the FBI is asking Congress to weaken iPhone and Android security (2014-10-22 13:17:01)
    Apple's new encryption standards, Comey has argued, are an unnecessary hurdle to law enforcement — and the FBI needs an easy way to bypass them. Now Comey is bringing the argument straight to Congress, asking them to update a law to allow backdoors in smartphones. Comey is asking Congress to update CALEA
  • Apple CEO meets with Chinese official following iCloud attacks (2014-10-22 13:13:22)
    The meeting follows a notice from Apple that iCloud has been targeted by network attacks in an attempt to gain user information. But are the Chinese behind it?>
  • Scientists sequenced the genome of a man who lived 45,000 years ago (2014-10-22 13:11:40)
    Scientists have successfully sequenced the genome of a man who was alive 45,000 years ago, which makes the resulting sequence the oldest one researchers have ever obtained from a modern human.
  • Inbox is a total reinvention of email from Google (2014-10-22 13:00:01)
    The new Gmail app from the Gmail team isn't technically just an email app, at least if you ask them. It's called "Inbox," and it's being released as an invite-only system that works on the web, Android phones, and iPhones. It feels completely native and fast on all of those systems. But it's a native and fast app that does something 10 degrees away from what you'd expect an email app to do. My first impression of Inbox is that it's really great, but a little weird.
  • A new iPhone 6 problem arises: Dye from jeans is ruining the iPhone’s plastic strips (2014-10-22 12:50:06)
    Apple fans breathed a sigh of relief this past summer when Nikkei, typically a reliable source of accurate early information on unreleased Apple devices, issued a report stating that the white plastic strips we had seen on countless iPhone 6 mockups would not be part of the final design. Those strips, which many people found to be quite an eyesore, reportedly stemmed from a misunderstanding of some iPhone 6 schematics that had previously leaked. Instead, the Nikkei claimed that those areas would actually be covered by glass panels similar to the ones on the back of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. Unfortunately for people who think those plastic strips ruin the sleek look of the phone, they were still present when
  • New Sky+ app pushes pictures from your mobile devices to the big screen (2014-10-22 12:40:00)
  • 3D Systems cuts revenue forecast due to production issues (2014-10-22 12:36:47)
    By Abhirup Roy (Reuters) - 3D Systems Corp slashed its full-year revenue forecast that fell short of analysts' expectations as it struggles to capitalize on demand for 3D metal printers due to manufacturing constraints. 3D Systems, whose shares fell as much as 16.6 percent, has been investing heavily in increasing capacity at metal printer maker Phenix Systems, which it acquired in July last year. "We are disappointed that we failed to fully capitalize on the robust demand for our direct metal and consumer products during the quarter," Chief Executive Abraham Reichental said in a statement. ...
  • Daimler sells its stake in Tesla as its EV partner grows up (2014-10-22 12:33:00)
  • Strategic Plans Are Obsolete! (2014-10-22 12:31:54)
    Strategic planning is extremely important, but the way we plan, and the plan we create, do not provide the dynamic roadmap everyone in the organization needs in order to shape the best future possible.Today's traditional strategic plan is a static plan. The plan exists as a document, either digital or printed, that is published in some way,...
  • Video: MasterCard is doing for Apple what Google can only dream of (2014-10-22 12:25:06)
    On Tuesday during the first game of  the World Series, MasterCard ran two new commercials that focused on its support for the newly launched Apple Pay service. As part of its new “Priceless Surprises” promotion, Apple Pay users will be eligible to win prizes every time they use their MasterCard to buy something through Apple’s mobile payment platform. Since the ads ran during the World Series, MasterCard used Hall of Famers Tommy Lasorda and George Brett, and recently retired great Mariano Rivera to promote the new service. MasterCard noted that the contest for cardholders will run to the end of the year as long as you use Apple Pay. It goes without saying that this is the kind of promotion that Google wishes it would have
  • Is Technology Taking the Romance Out of Weddings? (2014-10-22 12:21:12)
    Remember the days when couples anxiously awaited pictures from their photographer for their first glimpse of the special day when they exchanged vows? Ya, me neither. For better or worse, it seems like cell phones and selfies have been woven into the fabric of wedding day celebrations. Don't get me wrong, I love a good selfie, but I can't help...
  • Microsoft's $50 adapter makes your Xbox One Kinect compatible with Windows (2014-10-22 12:07:23)
    Xbox One owners with a Kinect could soon get more use out of Microsoft's powerful camera — assuming those same people are also Windows users. Today Microsoft launched a $49.99 adapter that will make the Xbox One version of Kinect fully compatible with Windows 8 and 8.1 PCs and tablets. Performance is identical between the repurposed Xbox sensor and the standalone Kinect v2 for Windows unit, but this option could save you some money if you bought Microsoft's console before the big decoupling.
  • This might be one of the iOS storage bugs that’s preventing you from jumping to iOS 8 (2014-10-22 12:00:24)
    One of the most important reasons for some iOS 7 users not to upgrade to iOS 8 is storage space, as both the iOS 8 or the iOS 8.1 updates require plenty of storage for over-the-air upgrades. Apple enthusiast John Gruber found one potential explanation for this particular iOS problem coming from Kevin Hamm, who has figured out how the device’s storage can been taken over by “Other” files. FROM EARLIER: The iPhone 6 might be low-res, but Apple’s highest-resolution device ever is coming soon In addition to seeing specifics about an iPhone’s or iPad’s contents when connecting it to iTunes — such as music, photos, movies and apps — you might also notice a yellow “Other” category in the bottom storage bar
  • Offended by the 'Hatred' trailer? You're a hypocrite (and that's a good thing) (2014-10-22 12:00:00)
  • EMC cuts profit forecast as bookings fall at VMware unit (2014-10-22 11:51:08)
    By Anya George Tharakan (Reuters) - Data storage equipment maker EMC Corp cut its full-year profit and revenue forecast, hurt by lower bookings at its VMware Inc unit and a strong dollar. Shares of EMC, which is under pressure from activist investor Paul Singer's Elliott Management Corp to spin off VMware, fell as much as 4 percent in early trading. VMware shares declined as much as 9 percent. The unit, owned 80 percent by EMC, forecast current-quarter revenue largely below analysts' estimates on Tuesday due to a delay in the closing of a large U.S. ...
  • 'Dorothy' lets you click your heels to hail a cab (2014-10-22 11:41:00)
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop’s release date has just been confirmed (2014-10-22 11:35:54)
    Although it will probably take a bit longer to get pushed out to most Android devices, we now know that Google plans to officially release Android 5.0 Lollipop on November 3rd. Android Police has flagged a new message sent out to Android developers informing them that they “can now publish apps that target Android 5.0 Lollipop,” which will be “available to consumers on November 3rd.” Google also recommends that these developers test out their apps right now to make sure they iron out any bugs before the software gets released next month. LEARN MORE: The future of Android has arrived: Google announces Android 5.0 Lollipop release details None of this means that your Android device will get Android 5.0 pushed out
  • Simpsons World lets cable subscribers stream every episode of the show (2014-10-22 11:26:13)
    Landing syndication rights to The Simpsons was a huge deal for the FXX network, and it's trying to make the absolute most out of them. It's now made every single episode of the show available to stream online and through apps for iOS and Android. A cable subscription with Comcast, Time Warner Cable, or several other US providers is required, but streaming episodes is free beyond that.
  • Apple Pay needs US credit card but can work elsewhere -- report (2014-10-22 11:25:41)
    A video posted by blog site TechSmartt shows how to "trick" Apple Pay into working on NFC terminals outside the US.>
  • Google services clobbered by temporary outage (2014-10-22 11:16:06)
    A glitch takes Gmail, Google Drive and a host of other services offline for many users late Tuesday and early Wednesday.>
  • Congress won't pass a law letting the FBI access your encrypted data (2014-10-22 11:16:00)
  • Samsung's Galaxy Tab 4 Nook goes big-screen (2014-10-22 11:14:49)
    The new 10.1-inch device launches with an introductory price of $300 and includes over $200 in Nook content.>
  • India's Wipro sees rosier end to year as U.S. clients spend (2014-10-22 11:13:44)
    By Aby Jose Koilparambil and Subrat Patnaik BANGALORE (Reuters) - India's third-biggest software services firm Wipro Ltd , under pressure to improve lackluster sales growth, said it saw a rosier end to the year as more confident U.S. clients increase spending. Wipro, which provides outsourcing services for big-name clients such as U.S. bank Citigroup, posted an 8 percent increase in second-quarter net profit on Wednesday, narrowly missing expectations. It said it continued to face "headwinds" in key accounts, particularly European clients. ...
  • Hungary wants to tax internet data transfers (2014-10-22 11:12:02)
    Late on Tuesday, the Hungarian government proposed a controversial way of dealing with a national budget deficit: taxing internet service providers for data transfers sent over the web. Under the new tax provisions, providers would pay 150 forints — the equivalent of about 62 cents — for every gigabyte of information transferred, a cost that could quickly add up. Hungary has been taxing other private industries to make up for economic losses, but the public reaction to the tax has been negative. Although the taxes are aimed at service providers, internet users believe the costs will be passed on to them, and thousands said they would rally Sunday to protest the provisions.
  • Why Apple needs to stop releasing 16GB iPads (2014-10-22 11:09:41)
    Earlier this month, we knocked Apple for releasing a new version of the Retina iPad mini that was literally the exact same as last year’s model except for the addition Touch ID and the option to buy it in gold. Now famed Apple blogger John Gruber, in his otherwise laudatory review for the new iPad Air 2, singles out another point of criticism about the company’s newest tablets: Namely, he doesn’t think there’s any reason for Apple to release larger iPads with only 16GB of storage anymore. RELATED: There is literally one reason to buy the iPad mini 3… and it’s not even a very good one “Apple should not be selling 16 GB iPads,” he states bluntly. “The starting
  • Four in ten web users have experienced online harassment, according to Pew survey (2014-10-22 11:09:02)
    The internet is still a rough place, according to a new survey conducted in June by Pew Research's Internet Project and released today. A full 73 percent of the survey's respondents had witnessed someone being harassed online, while 40 percent had personally been the victim of harassment. Eight percent had been physically threatened, while seven percent had seen the harassment continue for a sustained period of time.
  • Fake news sites are using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (2014-10-22 11:08:06)
    There’s a scary story bouncing around Facebook, accruing hundreds of thousands of likes: the small town of Purdon, Texas, has been quarantined after a family of five was diagnosed with Ebola. The story is a total hoax, put out by a deeply cynical site called the National Report. But to the 340,000 people who saw it pop up in their news feed, it looked real enough to share.
  • An all-dog Supreme Court argues the Aereo case (2014-10-22 10:51:23)
    Last Week Tonight host John Oliver challenged news networks to use footage of an all-dog Supreme Court to make to the oral arguments "more compelling to watch." Challenge accepted. The following is actual audio recording from this year's broadcasters vs. Aereo case, wherein Aereo's lawyers spar with the canine judges over how to define technology using bizarre metaphors.
  • We remixed John Oliver's all-dog Supreme Court footage with actual audio from the Aereo case (2014-10-22 10:48:06)
    Last Week Tonight host John Oliver challenged news outlets to footage it made of an all-dog Supreme Court to make to the oral arguments "more compelling to watch." The following is actual audio recordings of the oral arguments from case 13-461, American Broadcasting Co. v. Aereo, Inc. — you can find the original audio file and full transcript here on the official Supreme Court website (caution: audio autoplays). Earlier this year, in a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that Aereo — which streams over-the-air, public channels over the internet — violated copyright law.
  • 8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free downloads for a limited time (2014-10-22 10:47:05)
    Another day, another batch of nifty paid iPhone and iPad apps that are now on sale for free for a limited time. On Tuesday, BGR shared a list of seven paid iOS apps that were on sale for free, and a few of them are still free if you hurry. But now, we have eight more paid apps for you that are all available for free… but only if you hurry, because each of these sales could be over at any time. DON’T MISS: The 10 best iPhone apps with iOS 8 Notification Center widgets 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
  • Samsung's big Galaxy Tab 4 gets the Barnes & Noble treatment (2014-10-22 10:46:00)
  • Samsung's Nook tablet now comes in larger, 10-inch size for $299 (2014-10-22 10:44:33)
    Samsung and Barnes & Noble today announced a bigger, 10.1-inch version of their Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, priced at $299.99. It's available starting today in black. Despite carrying a larger display, the new Android Nook tablet still features a resolution of 1280x800, so going bigger means you'll be sacrificing on pixel density and sharpness a bit with a lowly ppi of 149. But opting for the 10.1 Nook does come with at least one benefit: the microSD storage slot accepts cards up to 64GB on this model, whereas the 7-inch version maxes out at 32GB. ...
  • Here’s how to fix iPhone 6 Plus battery problems after the iOS 8.1 update (2014-10-22 10:20:31)
    Even though Apple’s recent iOS 8.1 update was supposed to fix various iOS 8 bugs and problems, OS X Daily reports that some users have run into unexpected battery issues with the new update — and that’s even if they own the iPhone 6 Plus, which has been praised so far for its extended battery life. FROM EARLIER: iOS 8.1 doesn’t seem to fix the huge issue that prevented you from updating to iOS 8 “I experienced this fast battery draining thing myself with iOS 8.1 on an iPhone 6 Plus, which after the update started to run physically warm to the touch and was losing battery at a highly unusual rate, where you can basically watch the percentage indicator tick
  • iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 now available in certain UK stores (2014-10-22 10:20:00)
  • Pandora to musicians: Dive on into our audience data (2014-10-22 10:19:04)
    Pandora's free AMP service pulls back the curtain on data culled from tens of billions of hours of listening to help musicians market themselves smarter.>
  • Sony to slash its smartphone forecast, again -- report (2014-10-22 10:11:30)
    The company had planned to ship 50 million smartphones this year, but that figure has been falling and will drop even farther, according to Bloomberg.>
  • Survey: Harassment a common part of online life (2014-10-22 10:10:19)
    A new study confirms what many Internet users know all too well: Harassment is a common part of online life. The first-of-its-kind report by the Pew Research Center found that nearly three-quarters of ...
  • iMac with Retina display review: A best-in-class screen makes it worth the high price (2014-10-22 10:00:00)
  • This app makes any Android phone look like Android 5.0 Lollipop for free (2014-10-22 09:55:36)
    Google recently unveiled the finished version of Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is now in the hands of developers and handset vendors. The former group is busy updating the look of their apps to match Google’s beautiful new “Material Design” and the latter is hard at work readying updates for their latest phones. It will be months before those updates are finished being built and tested though, so most Android fans still have quite a wait ahead of them. Of course, thanks to Android’s open nature, there are ways to get a taste of Google’s latest and greatest software without having to wait another minute. FROM EARLIER: Here’s how to give your Android phone a huge speed boost, just like Apple sped up iOS
  • Michigan latest state to ban direct Tesla sales (2014-10-22 09:54:26)
    Michigan has become the latest state to ban Tesla from selling its cars straight to consumers, with Governor Rick Snyder signing a law yesterday that prohibits direct sales. Michigan joins a growing number of states that have banned or highly limited Tesla from opening and operating its own stores, generally at the pressure of dealerships that want to maintain their dominant market position and are threatened by manufacturer-owned stores. Dealerships say this protects consumers.
  • Tim Cook meets with Chinese vice premier to 'exchange views' on data security (2014-10-22 09:44:22)
    Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Chinese vice premier Ma Kai today, as reports circulated that Chinese authorities might be redirecting iCloud traffic within the country to a dummy site. According to a two-sentence report by the Xinhua news agency, the pair "exchanged views on protection of users' information" and "strengthening cooperation in information and communication fields." It's not clear whether the pair discussed what Apple recently confirmed as "intermittent organized network attacks" designed to collect user information by sending visitors to a copy of Apple's site. ...
  • Taylor Swift hits #1 on Canadian iTunes chart with eight seconds of white noise (2014-10-22 09:37:36)
    Last night, Taylor Swift used Canada in a test of her power. Be it an accident or just a show of force, the singer released eight seconds of white noise for $1.29 — and subsequently topped Canadian iTunes charts. Number one. You can listen to the song in its entirety above.
  • Pandora sets musicians loose on its data stockpile (2014-10-22 09:28:52)
    Pandora's free AMP service pulls back the curtain on data culled from tens of billions of hours of listening to help musicians market themselves smarter.>
  • Smart earpiece with biometric sensors wants you to ditch your fitness bands (2014-10-22 09:28:00)
  • EMC to buy much of Cisco's stake in joint venture VCE (2014-10-22 09:12:00)
    (Reuters) - Data storage products maker EMC Corp said it will buy much of Cisco System Inc's stake in their joint venture VCE for an undisclosed sum. VCE, set up in 2009 as a one-stop shop for data centers, bundles Cisco's networking equipment and servers with EMC's storage gear and software from EMC's virtualization software unit VMware Inc. Reports of EMC and Cisco encroaching on each other's turfs had sparked speculation that the partnership was fraying. Cisco, which had a 35 percent stake in the joint venture, will retain a 10 percent stake in VCE. ...
  • The Nexus 6 might be significantly delayed in certain major markets (2014-10-22 09:05:06)
    Google will start taking Nexus 6 preorders in a week in the U.S., but a launch date for the handset isn’t yet available. Furthermore, it’s not clear when the device will hit other major international markets, as MoDaCo’s Paul O’Brien claims on Twitter that U.K. Android fans looking to purchase a Nexus phablet might have to wait for a long time to get their hands on one. FROM EARLIER: This is when you’ll finally be able to preorder Google’s amazing new Nexus 6 “Think you’re getting a Nexus 6 in the U.K. before December? Think again!” O’Brien wrote on Twitter. Just like other Nexus devices before it, the Nexus 6 is expected to launch in a variety of other markets. Of
  • After 25 years, Nine Inch Nails' flawed, brutally honest debut is still worth a listen (2014-10-22 09:00:02)
    Nine Inch Nails’ debut album, Pretty Hate Machine, was released 25 years ago this week — October 20th, to be precise. It’s a pretty big milestone for NIN mastermind Trent Reznor — most who followed his career through the ’90s figured he would flame out in the self-destructive fashion detailed in his lyrics long before making it this far. Pretty Hate Machine now stands an intimate, personal view of an artist figuring out exactly who he’ll be, finding the key components of his sound, and making some entertaining missteps along the way.
  • Microsoft attempts to improve Android with new 'Garage' apps (2014-10-22 09:00:01)
    Google might not be interested in building apps for Windows Phone, but Microsoft isn’t holding any grudges. Starting today, the software giant is expanding its Garage project to give outsiders a chance to see what Microsoft employees create inside the company during their free time. Some of those projects might be iOS, Windows, or Android apps, but the really interesting ones, and the ones Microsoft is choosing to highlight today, are for Google’s Android operating system.
  • India's Wipro eyes U.S. boost ahead after second quarter misses forecasts (2014-10-22 08:54:16)
    By Aby Jose Koilparambil and Subrat Patnaik BANGALORE (Reuters) - India's third-biggest software services firm Wipro Ltd narrowly missed market expectations with an eight percent rise in second-quarter profit, but said it saw a rosier end to the year as more confident U.S. clients increase spending. For the quarter ended Sept. 30, Bangalore-based Wipro posted consolidated net profit of 20.85 billion rupees ($340.4 million). Analysts, on average, were expecting Wipro to make 21.09 billion rupees, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Total revenue rose to 118.16 billion rupees from 109. ...
  • Nielsen and Adobe are teaming up to apply TV-style ratings to the internet (2014-10-22 08:44:00)
  • 3D Systems slashes full-year forecast after third quarter lags (2014-10-22 08:42:06)
    (Reuters) - 3D printer maker 3D Systems Corp estimated quarterly revenue well below the average analyst estimate, citing manufacturing constraints for its direct metal printers, sending its shares down 11 percent in premarket trading. The company also cut its full-year revenue forecast to $650 million-$690 million, below analysts' expectation of $707.5 million. The company had previously forecast $700 million-$740 million. 3D Systems said it expected to report adjusted earnings of 16 cents-19 cents per share for the third quarter ended September. ...
  • Benchmarks show the iPad Air 2 has only one rival in terms of overall performance (2014-10-22 08:40:18)
    Benchmark scores for the iPad Air 2 have started coming in and as you’d expect they’re very impressive so far. But let’s put this into context: How do the Geekbench scores for the iPad Air 2 stack up against rival tablets? As you’ll see in a comparison chart made by Laptop Mag, the iPad Air 2 really only has one rival in terms of overall performance and that’s Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3. FROM EARLIER: Benchmark suggests the iPad Air 2 will be even more powerful than you imagined Source: Laptop Mag As you can see, the iPad Air 2 outscored nearly every other flagship tablet on Geekbench 3, including NVIDIA’s own Shield Tablet that was designed to be a high-powered gaming tablet.
  • Hungary ruling party proposes cap on planned Internet tax: statement (2014-10-22 08:27:17)
    BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary's ruling Fidesz party on Wednesday proposed setting a cap on a planned Internet tax that led to an outcry from the Internet and telecommunications sectors, which could face bills for hundreds of billions of forints under the original plan. "We think it is practical to introduce an upper limit in the same fashion and of the same magnitude that applied to voice-based telephony in the previous tax code," Fidesz parliament group leader Antal Rogan said in an emailed statement. Previously, private individuals' tax payments were maximized at a monthly 700 forints ($2. ...
  • An iOS 8.1 jailbreak is out – but you can’t download it yet (2014-10-22 08:15:38)
    New iOS jailbreaks just seem to come faster and faster these days. 9to5Mac brings us word that there is already a new jailbreak for iOS 8.1, although you won’t be able to download it just yet. RELATED: So, what’s the deal with the iOS 8 jailbreak anyway? This jailbreak comes to us courtesy of the Pangu team in China, whom we last saw this past summer developing a jailbreak that was compatible with iOS 7.1.1 and iOS 7.1.2. 9to5Mac reports that Pangu put a download link for the developers edition of the jailbreak up on the web before quickly removing it. Despite this, it seems that Pangu is on track to release the final version of the jailbreak soon, which
  • Uber brings its larger-car option to London and Manchester (2014-10-22 08:15:00)
  • EMC Corp cuts profit forecast, citing stronger dollar (2014-10-22 08:13:39)
    (Reuters) - Data storage equipment maker EMC Corp cut its full-year profit forecast as it joins other companies affected by a surge in dollar that crimps demand for U.S. exports and reduces the value of overseas sales when translated back into dollars. EMC's shares were down about 1 percent in premarket trading. Corporations are adjusting to the new environment after more than a decade of enjoying the benefits of a relatively weak dollar. IBM Corp on Monday said it expected dollar appreciation to have a significant impact on its fourth-quarter and 2015 results. ...
  • Big Tech winning battle with 'patent trolls' (2014-10-22 08:05:22)
    By Andrew Chung and Dan Levine (Reuters) - For two decades, companies that buy software patents to sue technology giants have been the scourge of Silicon Valley. Reviled as patent trolls, they have attacked everything from Google's online ads to Apple's iPhone features, sometimes winning hundreds of millions of dollars. But now the trolls are in retreat from the tech titans, interviews and data reviewed by Reuters show. In the wake of several changes in U.S. ...
  • China's Baidu, Ping An invest in Israeli VC fund Carmel (2014-10-22 08:03:25)
    TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israeli venture capital firm Carmel Ventures said on Wednesday it raised $194 million for its Carmel Ventures IV fund with participation from new strategic investors in Asia that include Chinese Internet search engine Baidu. The new fund, like its predecessor funds, will invest in early-stage technology companies in enterprise software, data center infrastructure, big data, cyber security, financial technology, digital media and consumer applications. ...
  • Hands-on with the Xbox One's TV tuner (2014-10-22 08:00:00)
  • Avegant Glyph personal theater headset gets closer to market (2014-10-22 08:00:00)
  • Get an HP Pocket Playlist for $19.99 (2014-10-22 07:44:37)
    Could you use an extra 32GB of media storage for your phone or tablet? This handy gizmo slings over Wi-Fi.>
  • Wi-Fi is now free when you visit the UK, if you have a Mastercard (2014-10-22 07:43:41)
    Mastercard customers can enjoy free Internet on trips to the UK without paying out a single pound, shilling or ha'penny.>
  • Check out the gigantic Nexus 6 compared to every Nexus phone ever made (2014-10-22 07:40:37)
    The Nexus 6 is Google’s latest Android smartphone and its biggest handset to date, as the company has never made Nexus phablets so far. The device is almost the same size as the iPhone 6 Plus, and even bigger than the Galaxy Note 4, according to recent comparisons. To further show how big the Nexus 6 really is, Phone Arena compared it to every Nexus handset ever made, from the original Nexus One to last year’s Nexus 5. FROM EARLIER: Video shows how gigantic the Nexus 6 is, even compared with the massive Galaxy Note 4 While not all Nexus fans will fall in love with the huge device, there are plenty of handset buyers who don’t mind dealing with
  • Hungary plans new tax on Internet traffic, public calls for rally (2014-10-22 07:23:45)
    By Marton Dunai BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary plans to impose a new tax on Internet data transfers, a draft 2015 tax bill submitted to parliament late on Tuesday showed, in a move that could hit Internet and telecoms providers and their customers hard. The draft tax code contains a provision for Internet providers to pay a tax of 150 forints (60 US cents) per gigabyte of data traffic, though it would also let companies offset corporate income tax against the new levy. ...
  • Bowers & Wilkins' first Bluetooth speaker oozes Brit style (2014-10-22 07:15:00)
  • Wipro posts 8 percent rise in quarterly profit (2014-10-22 07:09:08)
    (Reuters) - Wipro Ltd , India's third-biggest software services exporter, posted about an 8 percent rise in quarterly profit as clients in North America and Europe spent more on technology. Consolidated net profit for the second quarter ended Sept. 30 came in at 20.85 billion rupees ($340.4 million), up from the 19.32 billion rupees it made last year. Total revenue rose to 118.16 billion rupees from 109.91 billion rupees in the same period last year. Shares in Wipro closed at 583.65 rupees on Wednesday in the Mumbai market. ($1 = 61. ...
  • Tomorrow Daily 072: Real-world Mario Karts, a working hoverboard and more (2014-10-22 06:51:25)
    On today's show, we discuss go karts that remind us a little too much of Mario Kart, an art installation that creates textile patterns out of sound, and working hoverboards. Yes, we said working hoverboards.>
  • Google trying to ‘fix’ email with new Gmail alternative (2014-10-22 06:50:11)
    Google is apparently not happy with all the features its email product can offer, and it’s reportedly working on a new Gmail alternative, Android Police has learned, currently known internally as project “Bigtop.” FROM EARLIER: Your first look at Google’s gorgeous new Gmail app for Android 5.0 While it’s not clear when Bigtop will be made official, and whether it’ll ever become a new Google product, the publication has already seen development versions of the Bigtop web and Android apps that suggest Google is taking a new approach to email, trying to further “fix” this daily chore. The app will also be available to iOS device users. Interestingly, the new platform doesn’t have any Google branding, suggesting the product might handle
  • CeX begins trading in Bitcoin at stores across the UK (2014-10-22 06:50:00)
  • Smart skates can help prevent figure skating injuries (2014-10-22 06:31:00)
  • Apple CEO discusses security with top Chinese official amid hacking claims: Xinhua (2014-10-22 06:25:38)
    BEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook discussed user data security at a meeting on Wednesday with a top Chinese government official in Beijing, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The meeting comes days after a Chinese web monitoring group published a report saying Apple users in China have been targeted in a sophisticated and widespread attack by hackers seeking private user data stored on the iCloud service. The group,, has alleged Chinese government involvement in the hack, a claim the government has strongly refuted. ...
  • Nokia devices rebranded as Microsoft Lumia (2014-10-22 06:24:17)
    As a direct consequence of Microsoft's 2013 acquisition of the Finnish group's mobile devices division, the Nokia name will soon be phased out and replaced by Microsoft Lumia, according to The Verge. The new name echoes that of Nokia's Windows Phone device range sold since 2011.
  • Virtual ten-year-old girl leads to pedophile conviction in Australia (2014-10-22 06:01:21)
    A global sting operation involving a virtual ten-year-old girl named Sweetie has led to the conviction of a registered sex offender in Australia, marking what is believed to be the first conviction since the avatar was created last year by a Dutch rights group. Scott Robert Hansen, 37, pleaded guilty to three counts in a Brisbane court this week, admitting to possessing images of child sexual abuse and sending lewd pictures of himself to Sweetie. Workers from the charity Terre des Hommes went undercover in chatrooms for ten weeks last year, posing as Philippine girls and using Sweetie to lure potential predators via webcam.
  • Lufthansa says winter capacity to rise by 2.9 percent (2014-10-22 05:50:53)
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Lufthansa said it will be offering 2.9 percent more seats for the 2014/2015 winter schedule, a slight increase on previous plans for a 2 percent increase. While the number of flights is going down by 2.9 percent, employing larger aircraft has resulted in the increase in capacity - as measured in available seat-kilometers - Europe's largest airline by revenue said in a statement on Wednesday. Lufthansa had initially planned to increase capacity by 4 percent for the winter, but halved those plans after an influx of capacity in the first half put pressure on prices. ...
  • Finally, an open-source smart toothbrush with a subscription plan (2014-10-22 05:26:00)
  • IKEA captures shopping horror with halloween tribute to 'The Shining' (2014-10-22 04:58:36)
    IKEAs are terrifying. The thought of spending a weekend inside the Swedish furniture giant is the stuff of nightmares for many. IKEA Singapore takes the idea one step further by incorporating the famous Big Wheel scene from The Shining. Watch as an adorable kid wheels slowly through a dimly lit labyrinth of sofas and high-end tables, even as lights flicker and skeletons sup in designer kitchens. Gasp at the excellent camera work, and make sure to watch the clip all the way to the end. It's not quite as slyly creative as HORRORSTÖR, but the finale is adorable enough to justify the extra time.
  • Apple Maps now lets small business owners add their own info (2014-10-22 04:50:00)
  • Hungary plans to impose new tax on Internet traffic (2014-10-22 04:24:03)
    BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary's government plans to levy a new tax on Internet data transfers, according to the draft 2015 tax bill submitted to parliament late on Tuesday, which could hit Internet providers and the country's telecommunications companies. The draft tax code contains a provision for Internet providers to pay 150 forints (60 US cents) in tax per gigabyte of data traffic, but would also allow companies to offset corporate income tax against the Internet tax. ...
  • Update brings mood lighting, better battery life to your Moto 360 (2014-10-22 04:02:00)
  • Moto 360's latest update brings better battery life and mood lighting (2014-10-22 04:02:00)
  • Hitachi Maxell cuts profit forecast, reduces headcount in battery unit (2014-10-22 03:47:40)
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Hitachi Maxell Ltd cut its annual operating profit forecast by 40 percent to 5.1 billion yen ($48 million) on Wednesday and said it would reduce headcount in its lithium ion battery business after high-end smartphone sales sagged. The Japanese electronics maker, which supplies lithium ion batteries for Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's smartphones, said it would offer voluntary retirement packages to 130 staff over 40-years old at the end of Feb 2015 and outsource an increased proportion of batteries after that. ...
  • Lufthansa close to deal with IBM for IT infrastructure unit (2014-10-22 03:24:53)
    BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German airline Lufthansa is close to a deal to sell its IT infrastructure unit to IBM , including an outsourcing agreement for the services, as part of a shake-up of its technology activities, it said on Wednesday. Europe's largest airline by revenue is undergoing restructuring and cost-cutting efforts to better position itself to compete with low-cost carriers and Gulf rivals. ...
  • SoftBank leads $100 million investment in Indonesian ecommerce firm Tokopedia (2014-10-22 03:09:26)
    By Teppei Kasai TOKYO (Reuters) - SoftBank Corp announced Wednesday it will lead a $100 million investment round in Indonesian ecommerce giant PT Tokopedia, the Japanese mobile carrier's third investment overseas under Vice Chairman Nikesh Aurora. SoftBank's newly formed Internet and Media Inc (SIMI), led by Aurora, will invest about $100 million in a funding round with Sequoia Capital and existing shareholder SB Pan Asia Fund in PT Tokopedia. Representatives from SIMI and Sequoia Capital will also join the Indonesian firm's board of directors, Softbank said. ...
  • Watch baby geese gliding down a cliffside in the BBC's latest 4K documentary (2014-10-22 03:01:00)
  • Apple co-founder to mentor at Australian university (2014-10-22 02:28:25)
    Sydney (AFP) - Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has accepted an adjunct professorship at a Sydney university and will play a mentoring role at the university's innovation lab.
  • Scammers exploit Ebola panic with malware and spam because everything is awful (2014-10-22 02:22:18)
    Cybercriminals and spammers are once again taking advantage of a frightened public, unleashing malware designed to capitalize on the recent Ebola panic. The attacks include fake safety tips from the World Health Organization (WHO), an advisory from the Mexican government, and a swathe of spam with sensationalist subject lines.
  • Hong Kong netizens lampoon government negotiators (2014-10-22 01:40:45)
    Hong Kong (AFP) - Hong Kong government negotiators who sat down to crunch talks with student leaders have become figures of online derision with netizens mocking them as empty vases, garbage bins and Teletubbies.
  • Take an action flight over Paris on the back of an eagle (2014-10-22 01:30:30)
    An eagle's breathtaking flight at 180km/h over the City of Light has been captured by a Sony Action Cam attached to the bird's back.>
  • U.S. government probes medical devices for possible cyber flaws (2014-10-22 01:25:34)
    By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating about two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment that officials fear could be exploited by hackers, a senior official at the agency told Reuters. ...
  • Drop it like it's hot with Illumibowl's disco toilet light (2014-10-22 01:20:00)
  • Carnegie Mellon University wants to bring the moon home with virtual reality (2014-10-22 00:29:00)
  • Carnegie Mellon University scientists want to bring the moon closer with virtual reality (2014-10-22 00:29:00)
  • First man convicted in child predator sting with virtual girl Sweetie (2014-10-22 00:17:50)
    An Australian man with previous child pornography charges is believed to have been the first convicted in an operation using a CGI child to lure predators.>
  • Someone put Spotify inside this old cassette recorder (2014-10-21 23:36:00)
  • How your cable company could get some real competition – even without Google Fiber (2014-10-21 22:45:07)
    As anyone who is stuck with only one high-speed broadband provider in their neighborhood knows, the state of competition for home Internet services in the United States is not very good. However, there’s a promising new technology that’s being developed that could give your cable provider a run for its money and will hopefully give you a second option that doesn’t involve praying for Google Fiber to roll into your city. RELATED: America’s broken home broadband market gets perfectly summed up in one quote CNET reports that a new technology called debuted at the Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam this week and it promises to bring DSL into the 21st century with Google Fiber-like peak speeds of 1Gbps. And here’s the
  • Windows 10 brings Windows Phone's notification center to the desktop (2014-10-21 22:33:00)
  • Google backs Magic Leap, a mysterious augmented reality startup (2014-10-21 22:13:00)
  • Google backs Magic Leap, a mysterious augmented reality startup (updated) (2014-10-21 22:13:00)
  • November update brings a few great new features to the Xbox One (2014-10-21 22:00:55)
    Microsoft announced on Monday that the November system update had begun rolling out to members of the Xbox One update preview program. The November update is another set of relatively minor improvements and additions, but brings one highly anticipated feature to the console that was hinted at earlier this month: custom backgrounds. According to the post on the Xbox Wire, the ability to customize the dashboard background was the most requested feature from Xbox One owners. Now every profile on your Xbox One will be able to have a unique background, consisting of either a custom color or achievement art from your favorite game. More options for backgrounds will be available in the future. In addition to backgrounds, you’ll also be able
  • FKA twigs calls on Google Glass for dance tips in her latest music video (2014-10-21 21:44:00)
  • Google endorses a simpler way to secure your data (2014-10-21 21:33:03)
    Even the strongest passwords can be hacked, which is why Google urges users to adopt two-step authentication. A new USB drive makes it easier for users to safeguard their data.>
  • 9 apps that enhance iOS 8's camera (2014-10-21 21:30:03)
    Get more from your iPhone camera with these 9 photo apps.
  • Uber driver charged with battery on SF rider (2014-10-21 21:23:28)
    A driver is cited after he allegedly pulled a passenger out of his car and then smashed her phone.>
  • New York financial regulator pushes banks to plug gaps in cybersecurity (2014-10-21 21:17:34)
    (Reuters) - Following the massive cyber attack on the biggest U.S. bank JPMorgan Chase & Co disclosed in August, and other financial institutions, government authorities in United States are pushing financial institutions and brokerage houses to close glaring gaps in cybersecurity. In a letter sent to many banks on Tuesday, the New York State Department of Financial Services superintendent, Benjamin Lawsky, expressed concern about the "level of insight financial institutions have into the sufficiency of cybersecurity controls of their third-party service providers. ...
  • This brilliant ‘smart shoe’ accessory will let you call Uber just by clicking your heels (2014-10-21 21:15:16)
    When you were a kid, did you ever imagine what it would be like to be Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz? While you’ll likely never get swept away by a tornado and whisked away to an enchanted kingdom, a clever new accessory will let you find your way home just by clicking your heels. RELATED: Forget the Apple Watch — this red-hot ‘smart shoe’ is the only wearable computer you need Dorothy, a new accessory developed by iStrategyLabs, gets embedded in your shoe and can perform several actions when you click your heels together, including sending a text message to your friends and placing a call to Uber. “Dorothy consists of the ‘Ruby’ (a small connected device that slips
  • EMC to acquire much of Cisco's stake in joint venture VCE: Bloomberg (2014-10-21 21:05:13)
    (Reuters) - Data storage products maker EMC Corp is buying much of Cisco System Inc's stake in their joint venture VCE, Bloomberg said, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The VCE joint venture, set up in 2009 as a one-stop shop for data centers, bundles Cisco's networking equipment and servers with EMC's storage gear and software from EMC's VMware Inc subsidiary. EMC will merge VCE into its business and consolidate its sales into its quarterly results, Bloomberg reported. The change is expected to be made public on Wednesday, sources told Bloomberg. ...
  • Apple iPad Air 2 Review (2014-10-21 21:01:08)
    Our review of Apple's new iPad Air 2. It's thinner, faster, and has a nicer camera, but is it any better than the competition?
  • Apple iPad mini 3 review (2014-10-21 21:01:00)
    For the past few years, most of the technology world has ruled by a cold, hard truth: to get the best thing, you pretty much had to get the biggest thing. Every Android phone was bigger than the last, and the smaller ones were always disappointing. Apple, though, staunchly resisted this trend. The iPhone is smaller than competing phones — even the new iPhone 6 is smaller than your average Android flagship — but still very much top of the line. And last year, the iPad mini 2 (née iPad mini with retina display) was "every inch an iPad,” in Apple’s own words. ...
  • The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 review (2014-10-21 21:01:00)
  • Apple is now crowdsourcing business listings to help make Maps better (2014-10-21 20:50:08)
    For years you've been able to report inaccurate or otherwise lacking information from Apple Maps listings. The company has also employed what's known as "ground truth" personnel, people whose job it is to verify the company's data. Now Apple's putting some of that work in the hands of businesses that want to get information about particular locations into its Maps app. ...
  • HP to show off its 3D-scanning 'Sprout' PC next week (2014-10-21 20:27:00)
  • San Francisco passes 'Airbnb law,' one step closer to making rentals legal (2014-10-21 20:17:34)
    The Board of Supervisors votes to allow short-term rentals, ignoring Sen. Dianne Feinstein's heeding that the law could be detrimental to the city.>
  • Tomorrow Daily 072: Real-world Mario Karts, a working hoverboard, and more (2014-10-21 19:56:57)
    On today's show, we discuss go karts that remind us a little too much of Mario Kart, an art installation that creates textile patterns out of sound, and the company making working hoverboards. Yes, we said working hoverboards.>
  • Apple issues security warning for iCloud (2014-10-21 19:56:45)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple has posted a new security warning for users of its iCloud online storage service amid reports of a concerted effort to steal passwords and other data from people who use the popular service in China.
  • San Francisco passes Airbnb law, one step closer to making rentals legal (2014-10-21 19:50:29)
    The Board of Supervisors votes to allow short-term rentals, ignoring Sen. Dianne Feinstein's heeding that the law could be detrimental to the city.>
  • Engadget Daily: a real-life hoverboard, a TV show for Vine celebrities, and more! (2014-10-21 19:48:00)
  • Ingenious new app is every math teacher’s nightmare come true (2014-10-21 19:45:37)
    If your school doesn’t already collect your smartphones before you go to class, we’re certain that it will start doing so after seeing this new mobile app. Per Engadget, an app called PhotoMath is every math teacher’s worst nightmare come to life as it will solve equations for you just by using your smartphone’s camera. MORE GREAT APPS: This brilliant app will send you a photo of the person who stole your smartphone As you can see in the video posted below, the app uses your camera to scan the page for mathematical symbols and will then decipher the precise syntax of the problem it sees and then solve it. So far, the app can read basic arithmetic expressions, fractions, powers
  • In the future, Apple wants to let your iPhone control your car (2014-10-21 19:20:51)
    On Tuesday, Apple published an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that describes a technology called “accessory control with geo-fencing” that would surround a vehicle with a virtual field or boundary known as a geofence. This geofence would detect your proximity to the car through your iPhone and automatically perform tasks like unlocking the door, starting the vehicle, and opening the trunk. Starting your car with your phone is nothing new. There are many apps on the market that will allow a device to do similar things, but Apple aims to perform these tasks automatically when you enter or exit the geofence’s radius. For example: If you’re leaving the car, the iPhone will send a signal to lock the doors and set
  • Michigan's new law 'clarifies' ban on Tesla's direct sales model (2014-10-21 19:13:00)
  • Apple, supplier GT strike deal to unseal info, shutter Arizona plant (2014-10-21 18:50:10)
    By Nick Brown and Noel Randewich (Reuters) - Apple and GT Advanced Technologies Inc struck an agreement on Tuesday that will let GT begin the shutdown of key Arizona operations, and shed some more light on why the former stock market darling abruptly filed for bankruptcy this month. A lawyer for GT, Apple's erstwhile sapphire supplier, described the deal at a hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Springfield, Massachusetts, saying it would save the company money and allow it to be more open about its mysterious Chapter 11 filing on October 6. ...
  • All 'Simpsons' episodes are now available for streaming (2014-10-21 18:49:00)
  • VMware forecasts weak 4th-qtr revenue, shares fall (2014-10-21 18:44:41)
    By Soham Chatterjee (Reuters) - Software maker VMware Inc forecast current-quarter revenue largely below Wall Street's estimates due to a delay in the closing of a large U.S. government deal and lower bookings in Germany, Russia and Japan in the third quarter. The company's shares fell as much as 6 percent in after-market trade on Tuesday. "We were tracking a rather large federal (enterprise license agreement) to coincide with the governments year-end and this opportunity did not close in the quarter," Chief Operating Officer Carl Eschenbach said on a post-earnings call. ...
  • Using Apple Pay in the real world (2014-10-21 18:42:02)
    Apple Pay is Apple's new mobile payments platform for the iPhone. We took it for a spin in New York City to see what we could and could not do with it.
  • Candy, cabs, and socks: using Apple Pay in the real world (2014-10-21 18:36:02)
    Yesterday, Apple released iOS 8.1, and along with it, the company’s new mobile payments service. Apple Pay isn’t the first of its kind — we’ve seen options from Google and others for years. Getting set up on Apple Pay is really easy: once you've installed iOS 8.1 on an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, you have to add your credit cards to the service.
  • How to force Yosemite’s Continuity feature on your unsupported MacBook Pro (2014-10-21 18:30:38)
    One of the coolest features of Yosemite, is Continuity / Handoff, which lets iOS and OS X device users continue a certain action even after switching devices — including placing phone calls and sending regular text messages on a Mac. Unfortunately, not all Macs and MacBook models can support it, as older models do not have Bluetooth 4.0 LE chips inside. Luckily, after some digging, a Mac user revealed on MacRumors’ forum that 2011 MacBook Pros can support Continuity / Handoff features after a little tinkering. FROM EARLIER: Yosemite’s coolest new features won’t be available on all Macs First of all, users have to be ready to actually take apart their 2011 MacBook Pro, and replace their current Airport/Bluetooth card with one
  • Flying car crashes and burns in Florida (2014-10-21 18:29:46)
    Police in Marion County say two people were hurt after a Maverick flying car crashed and caught fire.>
  • Vine for iOS now lets you follow channels to get their best videos (2014-10-21 18:21:00)
  • World Series ballparks are the first pro sports venues to support Apple Pay (2014-10-21 18:15:39)
    Headed to the World Series? You'll be able to buy a hot dog and beer at the concession stands using an iPhone 6 — or Google Wallet, for that matter. MasterCard and MLB Advanced Media have announced that contactless payments are now supported at Kauffman Stadium and AT&T Park. They're the first professional sports venues to roll out support for Apple Pay, which became widely available to consumers with yesterday's launch of iOS 8.1.
  • Is Staples the latest retailer to get hit with a huge credit card breach? (2014-10-21 18:05:48)
    Brian Krebs, the man who originally reported the Home Depot data breach earlier this year, now believes that Staples has been subjected to a data breach of its own. Krebs says that at least six banks noticed a pattern of debit and credit card fraud in several Staples branches, indicating that card data might have been accessed. At Krebs on Security, Krebs notes that every card that has been connected to this potential breach was used in one of seven or so stores in the Northeast, so even if Staples has been infiltrated, it looks like the range is relatively limited. Interestingly, the cards were affected by other fraudulent charges as well outside of Staples, which Krebs believes could be a sign that Staples is a victim
  • Why are some sugars sweeter than others? Chew on this (2014-10-21 17:54:30)
    The American Chemical Society looks at why some foods taste sweet, and why some sweeteners are, well, sweeter than others.>
  • Adobe's symbolic pro-Gamergate gesture angers victims (2014-10-21 17:49:28)
    Software company Adobe has implicitly voiced support for vitriolic "consumer revolt" Gamergate. After being asked by Gamergate supporters to drop sponsorship for Gawker Media, the company said that it was not actually an advertiser, but would ask Gawker to remove an Adobe logo from its site. Gamergate supporters were protesting a series of tongue-in-cheek tweets by Gawker-affiliated Valleywag editor Sam Biddle, jokingly calling to "bring back bullying" of nerds.
  • Adobe's symbolic pro-Gamergate gesture frustrates victims (2014-10-21 17:49:28)
    Software company Adobe has implicitly voiced support for vitriolic "consumer revolt" Gamergate. After being asked by Gamergate supporters to drop sponsorship for Gawker Media, the company said that it was not actually an advertiser, but would ask Gawker to remove an Adobe logo from its site. Gamergate supporters were protesting a series of tongue-in-cheek tweets by Gawker-affiliated Valleywag editor Sam Biddle, jokingly calling to "bring back bullying" of nerds.
  • Fitbit, Microsoft are next to challenge Apple Watch (2014-10-21 17:44:49)
    Two new high-end smartwatches with a fitness focus are expected to land soon. Meanwhile, another fitness tracker is giving its band away for free.>
  • FTC appoints privacy consultant as its new Chief Technologist (2014-10-21 17:44:00)
  • Yahoo ekes out third quarter revenue gain despite display ad weakness (2014-10-21 17:41:29)
    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc reported a modest increase in revenue during the third quarter, exceeding lackluster Wall Street targets, as the Internet company's online display advertising business continued to struggle. Shares of Yahoo rose 1.1 percent to $40.61 in extended trading on Tuesday. “This is a continuation of what we’ve seen for most of the last two years," said Pivotal Research Group analyst Brian Wieser, citing the ongoing weakness in the display advertising business. Yahoo's revenue, excluding fees shared with partner websites, was $1. ...
  • Film’s most iconic scenes were amazingly recreated with Legos (2014-10-21 17:40:42)
    With the success of the recent Lego movie, a 15-year old stop motion animator from Kilbarchan, Scotland named Morgan Spence decided he would use Legos to recreate some of the most iconic movie scenes of all time. This classic scene from Titanic a great example of his work with Legos: And here’s that chilling scene from The Shining: There’s no doubt that this 15-year-old from Scotland has some talent. Have a look at the video he made of his numerous Lego takes on iconic movie scenes below.
  • Form a new political party, fight zombies with the CraveCast crew (2014-10-21 17:37:20)
    Halloween and elections are approaching, and sometimes it's tough to tell which is scarier. Join the CraveCast cabal Wednesday at noon Pacific when we'll talk about remaking democracy in our own image and siccing bears on the undead.>
  • All that money Yahoo spent on mobile is paying off (2014-10-21 17:16:00)
  • New Windows 10 preview update brings a key Windows Phone feature to your desktop (2014-10-21 17:15:53)
    Three weeks after the launch of the Windows 10 Technical Preview, Microsoft is rolling out the first new build to members of the Windows Insider Program. Build 9860, as Microsoft has so eloquently named it, comes to Insiders automatically through Windows Update. As long as your computer is on or sleeping, the update will download and install on its own. Of course, if you’re too impatient for that, you can always head to PC Settings > Update and recovery > Preview builds and click the ‘Check now’ button. The new Windows 10 build will take up between 2GB and 2.74GB “depending on CPU architecture and language,” and the rebooting process will take a little bit longer than usual. As expected, there are
  • Google's streaming music service adds mood to mix (2014-10-21 17:11:29)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's music-subscription service will try to anticipate its listeners' mood swings as it amplifies its competition with Pandora, Spotify and other popular services that play tunes over the Internet.
  • VMware profit beats Street, bucks trend of weak software maker results (2014-10-21 17:00:30)
    By Soham Chatterjee (Reuters) - VMware Inc, bucking the trend of weak results from other software makers, reported a better-than-expected quarterly adjusted profit, helped by demand for its software that helps store data more efficiently and cut IT costs. The company, which activist investor Elliott Management Corp wants separated from parent EMC Corp, makes virtualization software that creates a sort of virtual machine which acts like a real computer within an operating system. ...
  • Windows Phone features make their way into Windows 10 (2014-10-21 16:58:52)
    Microsoft is starting to bring some of its useful Windows Phone features directly into Windows 10. The software maker released an update to its Windows 10 Technical Preview earlier today, and the latest build now includes the same Action Center (Notification Center) from the phone side of Windows. alongside DataSense and Battery Saver. All three features come directly from the latest versions of Windows Phone and underline Microsoft’s plans to offer Windows 10 across PC, tablet, phone, and Xbox. ...
  • NASA's new SoundCloud account will make you feel spaced out (2014-10-21 16:49:38)
    Space has never sounded better (literally it hasn't, as it is a near vacuum where sound waves don't propagate). NASA launched its first official SoundCloud account last week in time for Twitter's introduction of embeddable audio clips, and already the space agency has posted over 60 recordings from current projects and famous historic missions. The actual audio of NASA astronaut Jack Swigert saying "Houston, we've had a problem" on Apollo 13?
  • MLB is bringing Apple Pay to the 2014 World Series (2014-10-21 16:49:00)
  • Sex started with fish at least 385 million years ago (2014-10-21 16:46:04)
    Sex was happening on Earth at least 35 million years earlier than we previously knew, according to a new study. Even though fish generally reproduce externally by releasing eggs and sperm outside the body, a group of researchers back in 2009 found that at least one type of fish had started using internal fertilization about 350 million years ago. ...
  • Augmented-reality startup nabs $542M from Google, others (2014-10-21 16:37:15)
    As the battle for virtual reality heats up, Google -- along with other well-known firms -- makes a big bet on a little-known wearable headset maker called Magic Leap.>
  • Benchmark suggests the iPad Air 2 will be even more powerful than you imagined (2014-10-21 16:36:57)
    Apple has yet to officially release the exact specifications for the pumped-up A8X processor that powers the iPad Air 2, but these new benchmarks show the immense power that iPad Air 2 will have by suggesting the device’s CPU will have 2GB of RAM and 3-core CPU. RELATED: iPad Air 2 specs and features – here’s everything you need to know! AppleInsider reports the details on the specifications of the A8X chip that were first published by iPhoneBenchmark and that seemingly show the specs for the “iPad5,4″ include a triple-core processor. A test done separately and posted to iPhoneBenchmark shows that the iPad Air 2 has 2GB of RAM (1,987 MB) — in comparison, the A8 CPU in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are dual-core processors and that
  • Tickets issued due to red-light cameras are illegal, says Florida court (2014-10-21 16:26:47)
    An appeals court decides that in Florida, private companies that operate red-light cameras have no right to send out tickets.>
  • A political party of nerds and geeks: What should it stand for? (2014-10-21 16:21:06)
    You've heard that geeks and nerds run the world, but what would it take for us to actually be in charge? Crave's Eric Mack thinks it might be time for a "GNU" political party.>
  • From Friendster to Facebook: Social networking do's and don'ts (2014-10-21 16:15:00)
  • ‘Fantasia: Music Evolved’ review: New groove (2014-10-21 16:08:29)
    Releasing an original rhythm game in 2014 is a bold move; the age of the plastic peripheral has passed, and rhythm games are reliant on either controllers or cameras to work. Developers have to understand and account for the limitations of those accessories, but rather than concede to the shifting sands, Harmonix took the evolution of the genre in stride with Dance Central, its third consecutive hit series and the first to prominently feature the Kinect. Now the team faces the challenge of moving into the new generation with a fresh, licensed property. So how did it fare? Fantasia: Music Evolved is the first major release on the Xbox One to use the Kinect effectively. It shares similarities with other Kinect rhythm
  • 9 Tech Innovators Under 21 Who Will Motivate You To Spend Less TIme On The Couch (2014-10-21 16:00:18)
    If the last ‘tech’-related thing you did was send a message via Snapchat, it’s time to rethink what’s possible.Whether they’re achieving nuclear fusion in a secondary school classroom or constructing a single-person submarine from drainage pipes and a recycled skylight hatch, young innovators are blowing our minds by turning their big...
  • Windows 10 Technical Preview updated, boasts 7,000 changes and fixes (2014-10-21 15:55:20)
    The latest Build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview is now ready to download.>
  • Apple Pay works in countries outside the U.S. with this simple trick (2014-10-21 15:46:27)
    Activated via the recent iOS 8.1 update, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus’ new contactless payment functionality better known as Apple Pay is only available to U.S. customers at this time, at least according to Apple. But MacRumors reveals that Apple Pay also works internationally, but a small trick is required to enable it. FROM EARLIER: A guide to setting up Apple Pay on your iPhone or iPad In order to pay for goods using a shiny new iPhone 6 in international markets where stores accept NFC payments, users have to make sure they have access to a supported U.S.-based credit card. To set it up, users also need to set the United States as their home country, at which point they’ll be
  • Sean Parker's post-wedding punishment includes making a beach-finding app (2014-10-21 15:42:00)
  • Color-changing butter tray works like magic (2014-10-21 15:36:45)
    The Taylor TEMPerfect Butter Tray changes from orange to white when removed from the fridge. The visual cue helps determine when the butter is ready for spreading.>
  • Trouble Ahead: William Gibson Brings Us Another Report From the Future (2014-10-21 15:15:41)
    The future has been worrying us lately. A good deal of conversation has taken place online about how it looks to us, in fact as well as in fiction, and how that matters. A smart example is Virginia Postrel's 10/08/14 post on Bloomberg View, though it's not, and doesn't pretend to be, comprehensive.William Gibson's new novel has something to add...
  • Fantastic update may finally help Google’s music app become a real Spotify rival (2014-10-21 15:10:46)
    Do you remember how there were hints from Google that Google Play Music was going to get an entire Material Design revamp? Not only was it true, but Google has updated Play Music with a new “Listen Now” page that may help it become a legitimate rival to Spotify. RELATED: Nexus 6 leak spills new details The new Listen Now page — thanks to Google’s recent acquisition of Songza — will allow anyone using the feature on their device to stream curated playlists that match up to their activities based on what time of the day it is. If you’re lifting heavy weights at the gym, you may want a hard rock playlist. If you want some relaxing music before bed, you can choose something softer. The
  • Nexus 9 hands-on (2014-10-21 15:06:16)
    We take a look at Google's Nexus 9 smartphone and Android 5.0 Lollipop.
  • The Nexus 9: hands-on with Google's latest attempt to take on the iPad (2014-10-21 15:05:33)
    Android has never gotten much respect in the big tablet market. Sure, the Nexus 7 has been surprisingly successful — thanks in no small part to its low cost and good performance. But the stigma around Android tablets is real and not entirely undeserved once you get to the larger sizes. Despite Google's best efforts, many Android apps haven't been optimized for big screens. Apps that are a forgivable sin on a 7-inch tablet become unbearable on a 9-incher.
  • Rainn Wilson is making a TV show starring Vine celebrities (2014-10-21 15:03:00)
  • Google acquires Firebase to help apps span Android, iOS, Web (2014-10-21 15:01:03)
    Google will continue to offer Firebase's cloud-based synchronization service. It's a new step to making Google's tech foundation more compelling to programmers.>
  • IllumiBowl turns your toilet into a color-changing party light (2014-10-21 14:44:14)
    If you install the colorful IllumiBowl light, it will look like someone's hosting a party in your toilet.>
  • Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with a Notification Center (2014-10-21 14:41:50)
    Microsoft released its first Windows 10 Technical Preview just three weeks ago and the software maker is now ready to issue a fresh update. If you're already testing Windows 10 then a new preview build (9860) is available from the update and recovery section of PC settings. While the initial release included a new Start Menu, virtual desktops, new snap views, and an overall focus on the desktop, the latest test build refines a few features as Microsoft continues to develop Windows 10. Microsoft says it has made nearly 7,000 changes to this latest Windows 10 Technical Preview.
  • Nexus 6 hands-on (2014-10-21 14:41:42)
    We take a look at Google's Nexus 6 smartphone and Android 5.0 Lollipop.
  • '2001: A Space Odyssey' just got a brand new trailer after 40 years (2014-10-21 14:40:59)
    The BFI is showing 2001 as part of its "Sci-Fi: Days of Fears and Wonder" season, during which it'll also show A Clockwork Orange and Brazil, among other classics. This modernized trailer makes HAL 9000 the centerpiece, and the music and atmosphere makes the action unquestionably creepy.
  • The Nexus 6: hands-on with Google's phablet (2014-10-21 14:40:51)
    After watching Apple unapologetically release the gigantic iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung release the fourth iteration of its massive Galaxy Note, getting a 6-inch phone from Google seems almost par for the course. Huge phones are the new normal, but the Nexus 6 somehow manages to feel supersized even by today's surreal standards. The basic stats are already known: a Quad HD screen, a powerful Snapdragon 805 processor, a 13-megapixel camera, and a battery big enough to power it all. But the stats don't tell the real story. ...
  • China-backed hackers target Apple's iCloud users: blog (2014-10-21 14:34:05)
    By Jim Finkle, Gerry Shih and Ben Blanchard BOSTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Inc's iCloud storage service in China was attacked by hackers trying to steal user credentials, a Chinese web monitoring group said, adding that it believes the Beijing government is behind the campaign. Using what is called a "man-in-the-middle" (MITM) attack, the hackers interposed their own website between users and Apple's iCloud server, intercepting data and potentially gaining access to passwords, iMessages, photos and contacts, wrote in its blog post. ...
  • Digital Citizenship Week Is a Time to Recognize Youth Rights (2014-10-21 14:33:26)
    As we celebrate digital citizenship week, there will be a lot of discussion about good online behavior, including treating others with respect. And that's certainly a very important part of what it means to be a good citizen, whether "digital" or otherwise.But it's also useful to look up the definition of "citizen" and for that I turned to...
  • Google offers guide to help iOS users switch to Android (2014-10-21 14:27:59)
    Designed for iPhone and iPad users, the new Switch website explains everything from transferring photos and music to setting up email and messaging.>
  • NASA unveils fascinating images of Mars-buzzing comet (2014-10-21 14:19:19)
    A large comet swooped in close to Mars over the weekend. NASA's orbiters had to hide from the debris, but still captured some great shots.>
  • Apple acknowledges iCloud attack, says servers were not affected (2014-10-21 14:18:00)
  • PhotoMath uses your phone's camera to solve equations (2014-10-21 14:08:00)
  • Dorothy shoes: Click your heels, summon an Uber ride? (2014-10-21 14:00:03)
    Tuck a tiny gadget into your footwear and turn any pair of shoes into ruby slippers that can text, call or even summon a ride to your location.>
  • Samsung hints that a Lollipop upgrade for the Galaxy Note 4 is coming soon (2014-10-21 13:50:53)
    Motorola, HTC and Sony have already mentioned plans to upgrade some devices to Android 5.0 Lollipop, but Samsung, which doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to providing timely Android updates to its devices, has yet to say anything on the matter. However, in a new post on Twitter promoting the Galaxy Note 4 phablet, the company seems to be hinting at a future Lollipop update for the device. FROM EARLIER: This is Android 5.0 Lollipop’s most important new security feature “Anyway you look at it, the #GALAXYNote4 Quad HD Super AMOLED display is pretty sweet,” Samsung wrote, posting an image of the phablet with lollipops displayed on the screen (image above). The Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5, Samsung’s 2014
  • Ballmer implies he and Bill Gates aren't BFFs (2014-10-21 13:37:18)
    Appearing on CBS News, the former Microsoft CEO also says that Microsoft didn't fail at mobile, but merely got the formula wrong.>
  • Atom-scale brain sensors will show exactly how your mind works (2014-10-21 13:36:00)
  • Yahoo in talks to buy ad service BrightRoll: TechCrunch (2014-10-21 13:32:58)
    (Reuters) - Online search and advertising company Yahoo Inc is in talks to buy digital video advertising service provider BrightRoll for around $700 million, tech blog TechCrunch reported. Term sheets have been signed and the price, if the deal is completed, looks likely to be in the region of $700 million–$725 million, the blog reported, without citing sources. BrightRoll, which helps advertisers to publish ads on websites, mobiles and connected TVs, raised over $40 million from investors and had over $100 million in revenue in 2013, according to the report. (http://tcrn. ...
  • Verizon CFO says not interested in America Movil assets: WSJ (2014-10-21 13:30:42)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Verizon Communications has no interest in acquiring assets being sold by Latin America's biggest telecommunications company, America Movil, Verizon's chief financial officer told the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. In September, Verizon rival, AT&T said it would not rule out a deal in Mexico. AT&T is one of several potential buyers America Movil has contacted as it tries to sell a chunk of assets, according to a source familiar with the situation. ...
  • In Marketing: 1 + 1 Does Not Equal 2 (2014-10-21 13:26:53)
    How many of you marketers have to explain to clients, bosses, employees and staff that marketing is not an exact science? I have experienced this for decades and even with the advent of big data, my explanation still doesn't include the words math and science when I try to articulate what marketing is and how it works. Math and science can be...
  • How to make and receive phone calls on your computer with Yosemite and iOS 8 (2014-10-21 13:25:16)
    After previewing OS X 10.10 Yosemite this past summer during its annual WWDC developer conference, Apple finally released its new desktop software to an eager public last week. Yosemite features a complete visual overhaul and plenty of new functionality as well, but the most talked-about new feature set is definitely Continuity, which is a series of features that integrate Mac computers more deeply with iPhones and iPads. DON’T MISS: The most comprehensive guide you’ll find to everything new in Yosemite With Continuity, Mac users can quickly and easily move files, web pages and other information back and forth between their desktops or laptops and their iOS devices running iOS 8 or later. Even better, users running iOS 8.1 or later on
  • Man repels bear by wielding old computer (2014-10-21 13:22:28)
    Apparently bears in Russia aren't too fond of outdated technology, which is fortunate for a man who met one while salvaging metal from a scrap heap.>
  • Here's the phone dialer Apple should have included with OS X Yosemite (2014-10-21 13:17:33)
    Hands down, one of the best aspects of OS X 10.10 Yosemite is the interplay it allows between Macs and iOS devices. Using your MacBook as a speakerphone for iPhone calls is a pretty cool feeling — and it really does "just work" in true Apple fashion. You can place calls to just about anywhere through the FaceTime app;
  • Your Health in the IT Era: How Technology Is Cleaning Up Its Own Mess (2014-10-21 13:13:00)
    As a chiropractor, I never expected that I'd be sitting in the front row of a new technological revolution. But over the past 10 years, I've found myself battling to keep my patients healthy as our lives become more and more intertwined with technology. Technology has always been a humanitarian discipline; technological advances arise to meet...
  • Jimmy Kimmel shows you how to use Apple Pay (2014-10-21 13:06:45)
    Struggling to figure out how to use Apple's new NFC payment system on your iPhone 6? Jimmy Kimmel has the definitive guide.>
  • Sean Parker is building a beach-finding app as penalty for his obnoxious wedding (2014-10-21 13:05:35)
    Former Facebook president Sean Parker has agreed to build an app for California's Coastal Commission as part of his $2.5 million settlement for throwing a highly elaborate and highly unauthorized wedding in a protected redwood forest last year, according to SFGate. "We’re now working with his technical team, which is orders of magnitude beyond what we would be able to summon in terms of technical expertise within our agency," the commission tells SFGate. Parker's wedding happened during June of 2013 and is said to have cost him close to $10 million — and that's before the fines.
  • Google now lets you prove your identity with a USB security key (2014-10-21 13:04:00)
  • Switching from an iPhone to a Nexus 6? Here’s everything you need to know (2014-10-21 13:00:03)
    For some people, switching from Android to iOS or vice versa is a difficult thing to do, not only because they may have invested money in a certain ecosystem via apps and other digital content purchases, but also because they might find it difficult to move the data they care about most, including contacts, pictures, music and others. Luckily, there are official guides for that. After Apple put up a guide for switching from Android to iOS, Google has also set up a special iOS-to-Android page on its Android site, just in time for the arrival of the new Nexus 6 smartphone and ahead of the Android 5.0 Lollipop launch. FROM EARLIER: How to experience Android 5.0’s gorgeous Material Design on your phone right now
  • Nokia unfolds its Here maps app to broader Android market (2014-10-21 12:56:09)
    The Here beta for Android expands beyond Samsung devices. But there's some friction with the distribution plan.>
  • Google bundles Songza with Play Music app (2014-10-21 12:49:16)
    The company says users will find they can pick music based on the time of day, their mood, or activity.>
  • GT Advanced nears deal over Apple secrecy - lawyer (2014-10-21 12:49:05)
    By Nick Brown (Reuters) - A lawyer for GT Advanced Technologies Inc, a specialty glass supplier of Apple Inc, told a bankruptcy court on Tuesday the company was close to a settlement with the iPhone maker over access to information. Scant details have emerged since GT Advanced filed for bankruptcy on Oct. 6, wiping out most of its market value and triggering speculation as to what may have soured its relationship with Apple and torpedoed its prospects. At a hearing in U.S. ...
  • You can now hang out with wild chimpanzees on Google Maps (2014-10-21 12:45:05)
    Google's Street View feature has already transported us from our humble desks to many incredible places around the globe, giving us panoramic virtual views of everywhere from Antarctica to the Great Barrier Reef. But now it's letting us do do something we've always dreamed of: hang out with chimpanzees in their natural habitat. As shown off in the teaser video below, Google's newest Street View "trek" lets you look around Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania, Africa, home to a population of over 100 wild chimpanzees (one of whom is named Google!). ...
  • Apple's sales growth slips in China; iPhone 6 delay partly to blame (2014-10-21 12:43:28)
    Revenue growth dipped last quarter from a year ago partly because the Chinese government delayed approving the iPhone 6, but Apple inventory decisions played a role as well.>
  • Here’s how to find only the best apps on the Google Play Store (2014-10-21 12:41:56)
    There are lots of apps on the Google Play Store but a lot of them are, quite frankly, junk. However, Android Authority points out that Google has just added a terrific new feature to Google Play that will help you weed out bad apps and only find the ones that have received high praise from Android users. FROM EARLIER: How to experience Android 5.0’s gorgeous Material Design on your phone right now When you search for an app now, you have the option of filtering out all apps that aren’t rated at least four stars or higher. This should hopefully get rid of a lot of the low-quality apps that developers spam out onto the store. Of course, there’s no
  • Dish loses Cartoon Network, CNN and other Turner channels (2014-10-21 12:37:00)
  • Travelers coming from Ebola-stricken countries are now restricted to five US airports (2014-10-21 12:30:50)
    Starting Wednesday, travelers who have spent time in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea will have to land in one of five airports if they want to gain access to the US, reports USA Today. The Department of Homeland Security announced today that all travelers coming from Ebola-stricken countries will have to go through enhanced screening — screening that currently only takes place in New York City, Chicago, Newark, Washington, and Atlanta. "the few impacted travelers should contact the airlines for rebooking."
  • You won’t believe that these incredible macroscopic photos are real (2014-10-21 12:20:02)
    The terrifying picture above is a blister beetle photographed with a Macroscopic Solutions Macropod. The company’s website describes its product as “a rigid, portable photomacrography system, which allows the user to make razor sharp, fully focused photographs of small sized specimens at 18 to 26-megapixel resolution.” What the Macropod can do is take multiple three-dimensional images, merge them together, and create a single ultra-hi-def image using its software. Macroscopic Solutions’ website goes into specific detail regarding what the Macropod can to do: overcomes the extreme Depth of Field (DOF) limitations inherent in optics designed to image smaller specimens. Normally, lenses designed for macro will only render a very small fraction of the depth of targeted specimen in sharp focus at any one exposure. The
  • Amazon launches high-end Kindle Voyage e-reader (2014-10-21 12:17:56)
    Amazon has launched its new premium e-reader, dubbed Kindle Voyage, initially in the US only. The model stands out namely for its thin design, high-resolution screen and adaptive lighting.
  • Xbox One update to integrate live TV and Twitter (2014-10-21 12:15:21)
    One feature in a November update is a new tab showing most-watched TV programs, including those trending on Twitter.>
  • Smartphone repair company B2X steps up expansion with Indian deal (2014-10-21 12:14:24)
    By Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Smartphone users won't recognize the name B2X, but if your battery dies or your screen breaks, the odds are that the company will be working behind the scenes when you seek a repair. For customer services software provider B2X Care Solutions, which already manages repairs for many of the world's biggest phone makers, announced on Tuesday that it is buying a majority stake in an Indian phone repair specialist while receiving new funding to boost its global expansion. ...
  • Future iPhone could become a cool remote control for your car (2014-10-21 12:04:23)
    In a newly published patent filing, Apple describes how to start your car, adjust the temperature, automatically open the hood and perform other tricks via your iPhone.>
  • Use this app to find every place near you that accepts Apple Pay (2014-10-21 12:01:41)
    Apple Pay has only just come out but there are already plenty of places that accept it. And if you want to find out which places near you are already set up with Apple Pay terminals, we recommend downloading MasterCard’s free MasterCard Nearby app from the iTunes Store that will let you know about every location in your area that accepts MasterCard contactless payments. VIDEO: Here’s what it’s like to buy lunch at McDonald’s with Apple Pay The app wasn’t designed specifically to help you find Apple Pay locations, of course, as it’s supposed to be used primarily to help you find locations where MasterCard is accepted. However, it also lets you break down MasterCard locations by different types and
  • Google brings Songza's best feature to Play Music (2014-10-21 12:00:03)
    After purchasing Songza for an undisclosed sum earlier this year, Google is now bringing that app’s best features to Google Play Music on Android, iOS, and the web. An update due today will add a new section to the "Listen Now" page that’s a streamlined take on Songza’s Concierge functionality. Depending on what time it is or what you’re likely to be doing at that moment, Play Music will present you with a colorful list of activities (working out, getting ready for work, sleeping, studying, etc.) designed to perfectly match your daily routine and mood.
  • Avast Free Antivirus 2015 review (2014-10-21 12:00:03)
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  • Google's redesigned Play Music app offers stations that suit your mood (2014-10-21 12:00:00)
  • Stick this battery-powered Bluetooth light switch anywhere you want (2014-10-21 12:00:00)
  • Verizon posts higher revenue as consumers use more data (2014-10-21 11:57:40)
    By Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc posted higher third-quarter revenue on Tuesday as it attracted more customers after cutting prices and as data-hungry consumers watched more videos on its network and used more devices, boosting their monthly bills. Verizon's quarterly profit per share missed Wall Street estimates by a penny. Still shares edged up 0.5 percent. Verizon, the largest U.S. wireless carrier, added 1.5 million postpaid subscribers, or those who pay for service after use, beating Wall Street estimates of about 1 million customers. ...
  • Are You Crazy Enough To Work For a Startup? (2014-10-21 11:47:16)
    Startups are all the rage these days, right? Glorified in movies and media, pictured as a bunch of guys and girls in jeans and thick-rimmed glasses with witty personalities and the latest Apple technologies. Or as the movie The Internship describes them, startups are "ugly people and free cereal". Now it seems like every time I go to my daily...
  • Samsung donates 3,000 smartphones to help Ebola fight (2014-10-21 11:46:59)
    The company says that the phones, worth about $1 million, will be used in 60 Ebola medical clinics in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.>
  • Check out all of Android 5.0 Lollipop’s best animations in these terrific GIFs (2014-10-21 11:40:00)
    One of the coolest features in Android 5.0 Lollipop is something that’s mostly aesthetic: The new physics-based animations made possible by Google’s new Material Design UI. Android Police has put together a fantastic collection of GIFs that show off all of the best animations in action and give you a tantalizing peak at what do expect when the newest Android software eventually makes its way to your phone. LEARN MORE: A great explanation for how Google’s awesome Android 5.0 Lollipop animations will work This first animation is particularly cool because it shows off how you’ll be able to quickly flip through all of your open notifications in Android 5.0 right from your home screen. Another great animation shows off the actionable
  • Rainn Wilson is bringing some of Vine's biggest stars to TV (2014-10-21 11:37:39)
    Rainn Wilson of The Office fame is enlisting comedy talent from Vine for his next TV project. Called Hollywood and Vine, the show will follow five of Vine's most popular video makers — Lele Pons, Jerry Purpdrank, Simone Shepherd, Curtis Lepore, and Christian DelGrosso — as they try to break into Hollywood. According to Deadline, Wilson's scripted comedy will hew close to reality, depicting the five stars as they try to turn their online fame into fame in mainstream media.
  • GT Advanced lawyer says close to deal with Apple on secrecy (2014-10-21 11:33:10)
    By Nick Brown (Reuters) - A lawyer for Apple supplier GT Advanced Technologies Inc told a bankruptcy court on Tuesday the specialty glass maker was near a settlement with the iPhone maker over access to information. Scant information has emerged since GT Advanced filed for bankruptcy on Oct. 6, wiping out most of its market value and triggering speculation about what may have soured its Apple relationship and torpedoed its prospects. At a hearing in U.S. ...
  • NPR: '80s ads are responsible for the lack of women coders (2014-10-21 11:28:00)
  • U.S. national security prosecutors shift focus from spies to cyber (2014-10-21 11:12:45)
    By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is restructuring its national security prosecution team to deal with cyber attacks and the threat of sensitive technology ending up in the wrong hands, as American business and government agencies face more intrusions. The revamp, led by Assistant Attorney General John Carlin, also marks a recognition that national security threats have broadened and become more technologically savvy since the 9/11 attacks against the United States. ...
  • Amazon inks deal with book publisher Simon & Schuster, gets ammo in Hachette fight (2014-10-21 11:09:36)
    Amazon continues to solidify its grip over books sales. As first reported yesterday by Business Insider, the online retail giant has signed a multi-year pact to sell new paper books and ebooks from CBS-owned Simon & Schuster, one of the largest publishing companies in the world. The full terms of the deal haven't been disclosed, but it puts an end to months of difficult negotiations and ensures that Simon & Schuster book titles will be prominently promoted on Amazon's website, according to The Wall Street Journal. ...
  • 7 awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps you can get for free right now (2014-10-21 11:07:41)
    We shared a terrific list of eight paid iPhone and iPad apps on Monday that were normally worth a combined $60 but were all on sale for free for a limited time. In fact, if you hurry, you can still download a few of them for free. Tuesday brings a new batch of software sales though, and this time we have another seven iOS apps regularly worth $18 all together, but each and every one of them is free for a limited time. DON’T MISS: The 10 best iPhone apps with iOS 8 Notification Center widgets 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
  • Watch this psychedelic TEDx talk from the guy Google believes is the future of computing (2014-10-21 11:05:38)
    News broke this morning that Google, alongside a number of venture capital firms, led a $542 million investment in a mysterious startup named Magic Leap. Founder Rony Abovitz calls his technology "cinematic reality" and says it goes way beyond what virtual or augmented reality have so far been able to accomplish. It's a thrilling glimpse inside the madcap mind of the man Google believes is building the future of computing.
  • Homeboy is what happens when tiny security cameras hook up with magnets (2014-10-21 11:00:03)
    After having his home burglarized for a third time, Mark Richards decided that it was maybe a good idea to install a security system. It just so happened he had a background in low-powered Wi-Fi chips, as well as VoIP. So instead of buying one from a store, he decided to start a new company that makes security cameras. The result is a small, battery-powered camera called the Homeboy that records video and makes a terrible noise with a siren when it senses motion. It can be affixed to a ceiling or wall and run for a few months before its batteries need to be replaced. ...
  • Kuna is a light fixture that doubles as a home security system (2014-10-21 11:00:02)
    Convergence, or multiple features coming together, is one of the many things that’s made smartphones so useful, and now the same thing is happening in home security cameras. Cameras are being built into devices that watch for all sorts of other things, like the temperature in your house, or if you need to change the air filter in your furnace. And then there’s Kuna, a home monitoring camera-plus-intercom built into an outdoor light fixture.
  • Engadget giveaway: win an Oppo Find 7 courtesy of OppoStyle! (2014-10-21 11:00:00)
  • This is what happens to viral art after it gets filtered through the web (2014-10-21 10:53:35)
    When an image or video goes viral on the internet, the original file oftentimes gets, well, abused as it gets passed along and reshared, resulting in the circulation of dozens of copies that suffer in quality. The result of this process — downloading files, uploading them, and repeating — is commonly referred to as compression artifcating. You may have have seen an example of this a few years ago when YouTuber canzona uploaded a video of himself, downloaded it, and reuploaded it 1,000 times (the final product is quite terrifying). ...
  • Why you shouldn’t be worried that Yosemite is tracking you (and what to do if you are) (2014-10-21 10:44:23)
    Following the official release of Apple’s latest desktop operating system, news broke that OS X Yosemite secretly sends Spotlight search data to Apple (including location information), even though the company doubled down on privacy and security more than once in recent weeks. However, things aren’t as bad as you might think, and Apple’s data collection is done in a specific way that actually prevents the company from tracking you. Finally, data collection isn’t covert because Apple clearly explains it, and it can be easily turned off if you so desire, something Apple also explains how to do. FROM EARLIER: The most comprehensive guide you’ll find to everything new in Yosemite In a story on Monday, The Washington Post noted a Spotlight search
  • Get a 39-inch LED HDTV for $199.99 (2014-10-21 10:42:51)
    It's Black Tuesday! How else to explain such an impossibly good deal on such a spacious TV?>
  • Verizon reports higher 3Q net income, revenue (2014-10-21 10:39:31)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon Communications Inc. on Tuesday reported higher net income and revenue in its third quarter, helped by strong wireless subscriber growth and demand for its FiOS Internet services.
  • Google leads $542 million funding of mysterious augmented reality firm Magic Leap (2014-10-21 10:31:57)
    Google is leading a huge $542 million round of funding for the secretive startup Magic Leap, which is said to be working on augmented reality glasses that can create digital objects that appear to exist in the world around you. The funding is also coming directly from Google itself — not from an investment arm like Google Ventures — all suggesting this is a strategic move to align the two companies and eventually partner when the tech is more mature down the road. Magic Leap's technology currently takes the shape of something like a pair of glasses, according to The Wall Street Journal.
  • Razer's Nabu smart band nears launch with a trip to the FCC (2014-10-21 10:31:00)
  • Indie games scene looks for silver lining in the cloud of Gamergate (2014-10-21 10:30:02)
    There was a ghost at IndieCade, the annual gathering of independent game developers in Los Angeles. You couldn't see Gamergate, a ghoulish presence that has haunted the video game community for the past two months, but you could sense it. Its specter inhabited talks on diversity and community management. It trailed conversations, bled into nervous jokes, and wormed into interactions between developers and the press. It stood behind smiling figures as they discussed solidarity and ways to endure in these complicated times.
  • Google launches support for Security Key, a simpler kind of two-factor authentication (2014-10-21 10:26:09)
    Today, Google launched support for Security Key, an open standard that lets you log in to an account with a physical device, usually in the form of a USB. The device takes the place of the six-digit confirmation codes currently used by Google's two-factor authentication. A password is still required, so a thief wouldn't be able to log into your account just by stealing your security key.
  • New Nintendo 3DS review (2014-10-21 10:24:10)
    Portable games consoles are still a thing.
  • Here’s how you can easily get iOS 8.1’s best new features on your Android phone (2014-10-21 10:21:33)
    Apple finally released iOS 8.1 to the public on Monday, and OS X Yosemite was released late last week to Mac users. That means that after months of waiting, users who own both a Mac computer and an iPhone can finally enjoy the complete Continuity experience that Apple first showed off this past June during WWDC. We’ve been using and enjoying Continuity with our iPhone but the recent release of iOS 8.1 is a great reminder that Android users have had this type of functionality for years now thanks to one great free app. DON’T MISS: 10 secret things you had no idea your Android phone could do As we noted just last month, an solution app from a developer called Sand Studio
  • Ahead of Winter, a New Coat Company Disrupts the Market (2014-10-21 10:13:25)
    Even after centuries, retail is reinventing itself. But changes are not just with the technology to foster and promote e-commerce; some entrepreneurs are rethinking products themselves, and in the process are figuring out how to make them better, more durable, and more reliable.I spoke via email to one of these young entrepreneurs, Michael...
  • iPhone 6 will ride pent-up demand into 2016 -- analyst (2014-10-21 10:01:25)
    Only around half of the 250 million iPhone 4S units and older models may be upgraded in the near term, leaving plenty of room for fiscal 2015 and 2016, says Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty.>
  • A guide to setting up Apple Pay on your iPhone or iPad (2014-10-21 10:00:59)
    The rollout of the latest updates for Apple’s mobile operating system hasn’t been quite as smooth as expected, but with iOS 8.1, it looks like Apple is back on track. The biggest addition to iOS in 8.1 is Apple Pay, the company’s attempt to replace all of your credit cards, debit cards and gift cards with an easy-to-use mobile service. FROM EARLIER: Apple’s big fall event is now underway: First up, Apple Pay launch info So you downloaded iOS 8.1. What next? In order to help you on your way to getting rid of plastic cards once and for all, MacRumors has put together a simple guide for setting up Apple Pay. First, head to your Passbook app. Yes, that’s the
  • Verizon thinks that the prepaid phone market is dead, and that's okay (2014-10-21 10:00:00)
  • Twitter 'source of all evil': top Saudi cleric (2014-10-21 09:51:07)
    Riyadh (AFP) - The microblogging site Twitter popular among both men and women in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia is nothing more than "a source of lies" and evil, the kingdom's top Muslim cleric said.
  • Apple Pay Comes to MLB World Series Stadiums (2014-10-21 09:50:45)
    After debuting at retail stores around the country on Oct. 20, Apple Pay is now headed to baseball's biggest stage. Apple's mobile payments system will be supported at both stadiums hosting this year's MLB World Series, which will see the San Francisco Giants take on the Kansas City Royals. Starting with today's game (Oct. 21) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, baseball fans will be able to buy some peanuts and cracker jacks using just their iPhone 6 or 6 Plus via Apple Pay.
  • Magic Leap Could Be Oculus Rift Killer (2014-10-21 09:50:38)
    Oculus Rift might want to be looking over its shoulder. Magic Leap, a new startup backed by Google, plans to put augmented reality projections into the physical world. The Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based company has landed some fairly big names in the world of tech investors, including Google.
  • Android 5.0 will bring one of the new Moto X’s coolest features to all Android phones (2014-10-21 09:35:57)
    When we reviewed Motorola’s new Moto X last month, we didn’t mince words. All things considered, the second-generation Moto X was and still is the best Android phone on the planet. The customization options are unparalleled, the hardware and build quality are top notch, the display is beautiful and the performance is impressive. It really is the total package. The best things about the Moto X may be the great voice controls and other convenience enhancements Motorola added to Android on the Moto X, and now one of the coolest features from the Moto X is apparently coming to all top Android phones in Google’s new Android 5.0 Lollipop update. FROM EARLIER: 10 secret things you had no idea your Android phone
  • Lowly DSL poised for gigabit speed boost (2014-10-21 09:24:51)
    Internet service providers are getting a new option called that can extend the lifespan of existing copper phone lines yet again.>
  • Zepp's sports sensor is getting a boost from pro athletes (2014-10-21 09:24:00)
  • Verizon misses Q3 mark as it shrugs off rivals' promotions (2014-10-21 09:19:00)
    The carrier still managed to post strong customer growth, driven largely by an increase in tablet sales.>
  • Will we ever know if this widely-used contraceptive increases the risk of HIV infection? (2014-10-21 09:15:36)
    A team of international researchers has gone begging for four years, looking for funding for a trial to settle a troubling question: does Depo-Provera, one of the most widely used hormonal contraceptives in Sub-Saharan Africa, increase a woman’s risk of HIV infection? The strange thing is that other scientists hope they will never run their trial.
  • Posting revenge porn could soon become a serious criminal offence (2014-10-21 09:15:00)
  • This is one ‘problem’ Apple is happy to have (2014-10-21 09:10:34)
    Apple on Monday announced record results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus having played a crucial role despite being available in stores for only 10 days during the period. The company sold more than 10 million units during launch weekend, and that doesn’t even include China. The phones were released in the largest market in the world about a month later, where they were met with huge demand, with many buyers purchasing the phablet version, according to unofficial estimates. Following its previous reports that largely said the same thing, Digitimes is again saying that Apple is going to increase iPhone 6 Plus manufacturing volumes in order to “satisfy strong demand from China.” FROM EARLIER:
  • Mystery startup Magic Leap raises $542 mln from Google, others (2014-10-21 09:08:04)
    (Reuters) - Magic Leap Inc, a startup focused on augmented reality technology, said it raised $542 million in a funding round led by Google Inc. Little is known about Magic Leap's product, but founder and CEO Rony Abovitz said in February that his company's mission was to "develop and commercialize.. the most natural and human-friendly wearable computing interface in the world." ( Investors in the latest round included Qualcomm Inc, the world's No.1 mobile phone chipmaker, Andreessen Horowitz, KKR and Legendary Entertainment. ...
  • Making gaming's most obnoxious robot (2014-10-21 09:00:06)
    Early on in the first Borderlands, players get off of a bus and are greeted by a robot named Claptrap who serves as a part of the initial tutorial, easing you into the first-person shooter's unique sci-fi world. He wasn't much to look at, just a rusting metal box rolling around on one wheel. "I figured I’d challenge myself and come up with the simplest, most generic robot I could think of," explains concept designer Lorin Wood. But looks can be deceiving: over the course of the series, Claptrap has become perhaps Borderlands' most recognizable character. ...
  • IndieCade is the most important video game conference you don't know about (2014-10-21 09:00:02)
    Indie games are great. Indie games are bad. Indie games are basement dreams, cobbled together from free visual assets and raw human stubbornness. Indie games are revolutionary, primitive, problematic, inclusive, divisive. Indie games are the spine and heart of the annual IndieCade Festival, a no-holds-barred celebration of independent gaming.
  • Carvey's desktop carving machine lets anyone be an industrial designer (2014-10-21 09:00:00)
  • Xbox One’s new digital TV tuner lets you stream TV to a tablet or smartphone (2014-10-21 08:55:49)
    Microsoft announced its digital TV tuner back in August, and it’s finally going on sale in European countries today. The 29.99 EUR ($40) accessory plugs into a USB port on the Xbox One to pick up channels using free-to-air DVB-T, DVB-T2, and DVB-C television standards. This also enables the TV functionality on Xbox One along with TV listings from OneGuide. While recording isn’t supported yet, Microsoft is allowing Xbox One owners to pause live TV and rewind or fast-forward. The pausing works even if you switch back to a game. ...
  • You might not be able to find an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus in stores this Christmas (2014-10-21 08:45:44)
    In case you’re planning to buy an iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for yourself or a special someone this Christmas, you should consider placing an order as fast as possible, to actually be able to have it shipped, wrapped, and neatly hidden underneath a Christmas tree. Otherwise, finding an iPhone 6, and especially iPhone 6 Plus, in stores right before Christmas is something less likely to happen, as Apple is selling everything it can manufacture. Tim Cook said during Apple’s Q4 conference call that the company can’t determine yet whether supply will meet demand this quarter. FROM EARLIER: Apple crushes estimates with record Q4 profit on $42.12B in revenue “ is going great,” Cook said (via Six Colors). “So I
  • Verizon posts higher revenue, falls short of profit estimates (2014-10-21 08:45:35)
    By Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc on Tuesday posted lower-than-expected quarterly earnings, but revenue rose as it added customers to its wireless business. Verizon reported third-quarter profit of 89 cents per share, up from 78 cents per share a year earlier. Revenue rose 4.3 percent to $31.6 billion. Analysts, on average, expected a profit of 90 cents per share on revenue of $31.58 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. In the quarter, Verizon, the largest U.S. wireless carrier, added 1. ...
  • Ferrari's hybrid commits sacrilege, rolls in electric-only mode (2014-10-21 08:35:00)
  • Here’s the letter CEO Tim Cook sent to employees following Apple’s monster Q4 (2014-10-21 08:10:30)
    Apple absolutely crushed its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings. Even the most bullish estimates were light when Apple revealed on Monday that it racked up a massive $8.5 billion net profit on $42.12 billion in sales — both records for the September quarter. The company sold 39.3 million new iPhone handsets in the quarter, which was also a record that was undoubtedly made possible by Apple’s huge iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch last month. To congratulate his team on Apple’s record-smashing quarter, Cook sent the following internal letter to his staff: Team, Today we reported Apple’s highest September quarter revenue ever and our strongest revenue growth rate in seven quarters. These very strong results were made possible by your hard work
  • Apple seen riding higher on strong iPhone demand, iPad rebound (2014-10-21 08:07:16)
    (Reuters) - Strong global demand for Apple Inc's iPhone 6 will drive revenue growth through 2015, while updated models should help reverse three straight quarters of declining iPad sales, analysts said. Apple shares were set to open 2.4 percent higher on Tuesday. The company posted better-than-expected revenue on Monday on the back of a record iPhone launch that saw 39 million of the smartphones sold in the September quarter. ...
  • Verizon posts lower quarterly profit, higher revenue (2014-10-21 07:52:50)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc on Tuesday posted lower quarterly earnings, but revenue rose as it added customers to its wireless business. Verizon reported a third-quarter profit of $3.79 billion, or 89 cents per share, compared with $5.6 billion, or 78 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 4 percent to $31.6 billion. Wall Street expected $31.58 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. (Reporting by Marina Lopes; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)
  • In the developing world, the internet sleeps at night (2014-10-21 07:52:00)
  • Augmented reality startup Magic Leap raises $542 million from Google, others (2014-10-21 07:50:58)
    (Reuters) - Magic Leap Inc, a startup focused on augmented reality technology, said it raised $542 million in a funding round led by Google Inc, which also attracted investment from Qualcomm Inc, the world's No. 1 mobile phone chipmaker. Magic Leap said it would use the funds for product development and marketing of its mobile wearable system, among other things. Sundar Pichai, SVP of Android, Chrome and Apps at Google, will join Magic Leap's board, the company said. (Reporting By Sai Sachin R in Bangalore; Editing by Don Sebastian)
  • Verizon misses Q3 expectations as it shirks off rival promotional offers (2014-10-21 07:50:05)
    The company did post strong customer growth, driven largely by increased tablet sales.>
  • Microsoft Lumia will replace the Nokia brand (2014-10-21 07:47:38)
    Microsoft started dropping hints about its plans to kill off the Nokia and Windows Phone brands last month, and now the company is ready to make it official. Microsoft Lumia is the new brand name that takes the place of Nokia for the software maker. The name change follows a slow transition from over to Microsoft's new mobile site, and Nokia France will be the first of many countries that adopt "Microsoft Lumia" for its Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts. Microsoft has confirmed to The Verge that other countries will follow the rebranding steps in the coming weeks.
  • Verizon misses estimates in Q3, adds 1.5 million net retail customers (2014-10-21 07:45:43)
    Verizon on Tuesday posts mixed earnings results for the third quarter. The nation’s top carrier reported earnings of $0.89 per share, missing analysts’ EPS consensus of $0.92, but revenue was up 4.3% sequentially to $31.6 billion, narrowly topping the Street’s estimate of $31.57 billion. Verizon said it added more than 1.53 million net new retail subscribers, including 1.52 million postpaid customers. The carrier’s total retail connection count rose more than 5% to 106.2 million. Verizon’s full press release follows below. Verizon Reports Strong Customer Additions and Another Quarter of Double-Digit Earnings Growth 3Q 2014 HIGHLIGHTS Consolidated ·         89 cents in earnings per share (EPS), compared with 78 cents per share (or 77 cents on a non-GAAP adjusted basis) in 3Q 2013. Wireless ·        
  • Turner pulls CNN from Dish as pact deadline passes (2014-10-21 07:42:51)
    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Turner Networks has pulled channels such as Cartoon Network and CNN from Dish's programming lineup as a deadline passed for renewing their distribution agreement.
  • Highway guardrail maker defrauded US government of $175 million, jury finds (2014-10-21 07:28:44)
    A US company accused of selling highway guardrails that pose direct dangers to drivers has been found guilty of defrauding the federal government, the New York Times reports. A Texas jury determined Monday that the manufacturer, Trinity Industries, changed the design of its guardrails in 2005 without notifying the Federal Highway Administration. The company then sold its systems to state governments who then received federal reimbursement.
  • Google wants to help you leave iOS for Android Lollipop (2014-10-21 07:07:00)
  • What Apple isn't telling us anymore (2014-10-21 07:00:03)
    Apple says it won't break out retail store and iPod sales anymore. And forget about detailed stats on the Apple Watch, due next year.>
  • This is when you’ll finally be able to preorder Google’s amazing new Nexus 6 (2014-10-21 06:50:14)
    The Nexus 6 is bigger and more expensive than any previous Nexus-branded smartphone, but that doesn’t mean certain Android fans aren’t eager to buy the Motorola-made handset. The device has already been listed on Google’s Play Store pages well ahead of its actual launch, with the company reminding potential customers they’ll soon be able to purchase it online. FROM EARLIER: Video shows how gigantic the Nexus 6 is, even compared with the massive Galaxy Note 4 The phone will be available in two storage versions, including 32GB ($649) and 64GB ($699), with buyers being able to order one directly from Google starting with October 29th, the same date Google mentioned when announcing the phone last week. The company has not yet
  • Chipmaker ARM's upbeat message fails to allay concerns (2014-10-21 06:45:05)
    By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - British chipmaker ARM Holdings' predictions of improving smartphone demand and strengthening royalty growth met with a cool stock market response after it fell short of third-quarter revenue expectations on Tuesday. The company that provides the technology that powers the iPhone 6 pointed to Apple's booming sales, but investors will take more convincing over long-term prospects in the face of slowing demand for high-end smartphones from the likes of Samsung Electronics. ...
  • New iOS 8.1 interfaces directly with Mac OS X Yosemite (2014-10-21 06:43:19)
    The first major update to Apple's latest mobile operating system is now available for download. With iOS 8.1, Apple introduces an entirely new level of interoperability among devices, allowing users to make calls from their Mac or even pick up a task started on their iPad using their iPhone.
  • Microsoft launches the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner in Europe (2014-10-21 06:30:00)
  • Sony Pictures TV acquires stakes in Israeli telenovela channels (2014-10-21 06:27:26)
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Sony Pictures Television agreed to buy 50 percent stakes in two Israeli telenovela cable TV channels from Dori Media Group, the companies said on Tuesday. Financial details were not disclosed. "This acquisition builds on our strategy to capitalize on channels opportunities around the world, which includes entering new markets," said Andy Kaplan, president of Sony Pictures Television's worldwide networks. In June, it acquired the UK's CSC Media Group. The two channels in Israel - VIVA and VIVA Plus - show telenovelas and are highly popular. ...
  • Google retires Nexus 7 and 10 to make way for Nexus 9 (2014-10-21 06:08:52)
    The arrival of the latest Nexus devices is changing the face of Google's line-up. On the Play Store, the Nexus 7 and 10 tablets have disappeared just as the Nexus 9 debuted. The same fate likely awaits the Nexus 5 smartphone on October 29, when the Nexus 6 becomes available for pre-order.
  • Apple really doesn't want you to upgrade the Mac Mini (2014-10-21 06:05:00)
  • Japan court orders Facebook to reveal revenge porn IP addresses (2014-10-21 05:14:40)
    Tokyo (AFP) - A Tokyo court has ordered Facebook to disclose the IP addresses used by fake accounts that were posting revenge porn, a lawyer said Tuesday, in the first such case in Japan.
  • ZBoard's back in your future with a hoverboard and high top bundle (2014-10-21 05:08:00)
  • Microsoft's next Xbox One update adds Twitter integration and custom backgrounds (2014-10-21 05:05:21)
    Microsoft promised deeper Twitter integration for Xbox One back in June, and the company is now planning to deliver it next month. Microsoft’s November Xbox One update adds TV features that highlight what’s popular or trending nearby alongside live tweets from Twitter users discussing individual shows. It’s one of the more unique uses of Twitter for TVs, and tweets will even show up on a new MiniGuide feature on the console.
  • The awesome 'Guardians of the Galaxy' mixtape will be released on cassette (2014-10-21 04:41:38)
    Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy makes it clear that Peter "Star Lord" Quill is willing to risk his life for two things: his friends, and a cassette mixtape called "Awesome Mix Vol. 1." The mix has been available in the real world in digital, CD, and record form, but soon you'll be able to get your hands on Quill's actual tape — or one designed to look exactly like it — when Marvel releases a special version of the cassette to a select group of record stores shortly before the movie comes out on Blu-Ray and DVD on December 9th. Disney hasn't said how many copies of the tape it'll be producing, but it's the first music cassette released by the company since 2003. The track listing includes 10cc's "I'm Not In Love," The Runaways' "Cherry Bomb," and Blue Swede's infamous "Hooked on a Feeling," used in the film's first trailers. Guardians of the Galaxy's Peter Quill managed to keep his Walkman around, but if you threw yours out years ago, then you're in luck —  the tape also comes with a digital download of the 12-track album.
  • Samsung phones cleared for US government use (2014-10-21 04:03:21)
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday some of its Galaxy mobile devices were approved by the National Security Agency for use with classified U.S. government networks and data, a boost to the company's efforts to expand in the security-conscious business market.
  • Amazon and Simon & Schuster reach a deal on internet book sales (2014-10-21 04:02:00)
  • Dish loses 7 channels in contract dispute with Turner Broadcasting (2014-10-21 03:11:20)
    Dish's 14 million customers lose access to CNN, Turner Classic Movies and a handful of others as companies fail to negotiate new distribution deal.>
  • Premium Tinder features will help you find love before hitting a new city (2014-10-21 03:05:00)
  • Samsung seeks boost from redesigned Note (2014-10-21 02:37:52)
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The latest version of Samsung's popular big-screen Galaxy Note has gone on sale at a crucial time for the South Korean company as it suffers a rapid decline in profit from its global smartphone business.
  • I rode a hoverboard designed to save buildings from earthquakes and floods (2014-10-21 02:21:59)
    As I push off for my first time on an actual working hoverboard, the first thought in my mind is not how different it is from how Michael J. Fox did it in Back To The Future Part II — which is obviously just a movie. It’s whether or not I’m going to immediately go face-first into this large, copper-lined floor. It’s also sinking in that this highly experimental skateboard required signing a liability waiver, and that there are several people positioned around me whose sole job it is to make sure I and their $10,000 prototype don’t go flying out of control.
  • Asia-based taxi booking app GrabTaxi raises $90 million in funding (2014-10-21 02:12:06)
    The Uber competitor is showing strong growth in Southeast Asia, with 400,000 active monthly users and two bookings made every second.>
  • Staples probes potential theft of customer credit card data (2014-10-21 01:51:55)
    A pattern of payment card fraud suggests that data was stolen from cash registers in the Northeast US, security reporter Brian Krebs reports.>
  • You can now take Lyft and UberX cars to San Francisco's main airport (2014-10-21 01:40:00)
  • Women's pay remark trails Microsoft chief to the cloud (2014-10-21 01:29:56)
    San Francisco (AFP) - Even as Microsoft ramped up Internet "cloud" offerings for businesses, its chief continued to be dogged by a comment that women should not ask for pay raises.
  • Staples says probing possible payment card data breach (2014-10-21 01:27:18)
    (Reuters) - Staples Inc is investigating a possible breach of payment card data and has contacted law enforcement about the matter, making it the latest U.S. retailer to become a possible victim of a cyberattack. "Staples is in the process of investigating a potential issue involving credit card data and has contacted law enforcement," company spokesman Mark Cautela said in a statement late Monday. The office-supply retailer disclosed the investigation after security reporter Brian Krebs reported on his blog Krebsonsecurity. ...
  • ​Professor Wozniak takes on new role at Australian university (2014-10-21 01:15:01)
    Sydney's University of Technology has a new teacher, with Steve Wozniak taking on his first ever adjunct professorship and being dubbed "the coolest person in the universe" in the process.>
  • Robot can perform brain surgery through the patient's cheek (2014-10-21 01:07:32)
    A surgical robot can perform corrective epilepsy brain surgery in a much safer and less invasive way.>
  • Build a Movement not a Brand (2014-10-21 01:00:20)
    Crowds are never a good thing for business unless it's outside your front door. How do you stand out in today's tech drenched smartphone in hand world full of noisy content?It's about the Truth. Ignore the "too much information" syndrome.Huddle the team and have someone write this stuff down.How does our product make the customer's life...
  • Apple clarifies Spotlight Suggestions data collection practices (2014-10-21 00:40:02)
    Responding to user privacy concerns, Apple issues a statement describing the restrictions it places on the collection of customer data.>
  • We rode a $10,000 hoverboard, and you can too (2014-10-21 00:20:00)
  • Apple Watch most exciting wearable on the horizon, consumers say (2014-10-21 00:01:04)
    A new report pegs Apple gadget as the most exciting upcoming entrant in the wearable tech race. But getting consumers to purchase and continue wearing these gadgets will prove pivotal.>
  • LG to launch new phone with its own 'Odin' AP (2014-10-20 23:32:45)
    LG Electronics is set to launch a new mid-range phone that is, for the first time, powered by the company's long-rumoured, self-made application processor.>
  • Video: Here’s what it’s like to buy lunch at McDonald’s with Apple Pay (2014-10-20 23:15:54)
    With the release of iOS 8.1 on Monday, iPhone users for the first time got to use Apple Pay, the mobile payment platform that’s secured with the help of Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner. A new video posted on YouTube now shows us just what we can expect when we use Apple Pay to buy things in retail outlets — in this case, a meal at McDonald’s. LEARN MORE: Apple unveils Apple Pay, its bold new service to replace your wallet After placing his order, the man in the video places his iPhone 6 up to the mobile payments sensor on top of the McDonald’s credit card machine and has the phone scan his fingerprint to authorize the payment. The
  • Audi RS 7 proves it needs no driver to go racing (2014-10-20 23:12:00)
  • Drone captures stunning footage of killer whales (2014-10-20 23:11:02)
    For the first time, researchers have used a video camera mounted on a hexacopter to monitor the behaviour of killer whales in the wild.>
  • Every episode of ‘The Simpsons’ is coming to your devices with this new app (2014-10-20 22:30:33)
    Remember when FXX played every episode of The Simpsons and we were all held hostage by our television sets? Well, good news: FXX has announced its “Simpsons World” app through FXNOW that will allow you to watch them all over again. The app is named after Matt Groening’s 20th Anniversary book, “Simpsons World,” and FXX has been working hard on the development of it with Gracie Films and The Simpsons producers to create it. It will be available on Tuesday. Here’s a quick breakdown of what the Simpsons World app will feature: Every episode of The Simpsons ever made. Recently aired episodes will be added the day after air. You can make Simpsons playlists or use ones that are already
  • Sen. Feinstein urges San Francisco not to pass 'Airbnb law' (2014-10-20 22:30:16)
    The California senator pushes for city legislators to reject a law that would legalize short-term rentals and pave the way for apartment-sharing sites.>
  • Xbox One's next update adds custom backgrounds and Twitter (2014-10-20 22:01:00)
  • Obama’s new order: U.S. government’s credit card security must be improved (2014-10-20 21:45:53)
    In the wake of the numerous sophisticated cyberattacks that managed to steal credit and debit card data from various retail stores in the U.S., President Obama on Friday signed an executive order to improve security for credit cards and payment systems used by the government, The New York Times reports.  FROM EARLIER: Home Depot didn’t take data security seriously, report reveals “You should be able to buy the things that you need without risking your identity, your credit score or your savings,” Obama said at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau before signing the order. Government agencies and offices will have to upgrade their systems to better protect user data, and move to more secure a chip-and-PIN credit cards that are more
  • Amazon strikes new e-book deal with Simon & Schuster (2014-10-20 21:37:58)
    Multi-year agreement for sales of physical and electronic books comes amid contentious talks with another book publisher.>
  • 'Assassin's Creed' and 'Watch Dogs' lead Jade Raymond has left Ubisoft (2014-10-20 21:11:00)
  • Not even Apple’s powers can make Apple Pay an overnight hit (2014-10-20 21:00:29)
    As Google quickly found out with Google Wallet, making NFC-enabled mobile payments a staple feature of American consumer behavior is much easier said than done. Apple seemingly knows this, which is why it’s cautioning that its users shouldn’t expect to have Apple Pay accepted everywhere by every store right out of the gate. LEARN MORE: Apple unveils Apple Pay, its bold new service the replace your wallet Per 9to5Mac, Apple SVP Eddy Cue tells The Wall Street Journal that the company “has a lot of work to do” to get more retailers to buy into its mobile payment platform and he says that at the start, he expects in-app purchases will be the most popular items bought with Apple Pay.
  • Microsoft's Nadella gets $84M pay package (2014-10-20 20:57:10)
    REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft has given its new CEO Satya Nadella a pay package worth $84.3 million, most of it in the form of long-term stock awards.
  • Pokémon teams up with manga horror legend Junji Ito to ruin your childhood (2014-10-20 20:53:52)
    One of the world's finest creators of comic book horror has teamed up with The Pokémon Company for a special "scary" collaboration.>
  • Amazon strikes deal with Simon & Schuster on e-book prices (2014-10-20 20:52:02)
    (Reuters) - Online book retailer Inc said on Monday it has signed a multi-year deal with Simon & Schuster Inc, the second Big-Five book publisher, on the future price of e-books. Amazon, which had been in talks with Simon & Schuster since July over pricing, confirmed the deal first reported by the Business Insider news blog that the two had reached an agreement. Amazon had been locked in a months-long standoff with publisher Hachette Book Group, the fourth-largest U.S. book publisher owned by France's Lagardere , over digital book pricing. That has led to numerous issues for ...
  • Russia ruled out as culprit in Chase cyber security breach, U.S. officials say (2014-10-20 20:29:28)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Russian government has been ruled out as sponsor of a cyber attack on JPMorgan Chase & Co disclosed in August, U.S. law enforcement officials said on Monday.Officials from the FBI and Secret Service told a news conference at the Financial Services Roundtable in Washington that authorities believe the attack was the work of cyber criminalsEarly news reports in August said that investigators feared the attack was conducted on behalf of the Russian government as retribution for economic sanctions imposed by the United States. ...
  • Tomorrow Daily 071: Ashes in space, a big 'Avengers' prop for RDJ, and nuclear fusion reactors (2014-10-20 20:27:07)
    On today's show, we're discussing a new, 17-mile-high way to scatter your loved one's ashes, how Robert Downey, Jr. ended up with a huge "Avengers" prop, and Lockheed Martin's progress on compact nuclear fusion.>
  • Sorry, theater actors: now robots can play leading roles (2014-10-20 20:16:00)
  • China-backed hackers may have infiltrated Apple's iCloud: blog (2014-10-20 19:42:31)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc's iCloud storage and backup service in China was attacked by hackers trying to steal user credentials and other information, a cyber security blog charged on Monday, saying it believes the country's government is behind the campaign. Unknown "Chinese authorities" interposed their own website between users and Apple's iCloud, intercepting instructions and messages while the user believes he or she is communicating directly with Apple's site, wrote in its blog post. ...
  • What's on your HDTV: World Series, 'Boardwalk Empire' and Wyatt Cenac (2014-10-20 19:32:00)
  • Your guide to new titles on Netflix this week: October 19th – October 25th (2014-10-20 19:30:30)
    It’s that time of the week again, and BGR is bringing you a roundup of the best new content on Netflix for your streaming pleasure. A lot of your time is wasted by looking around Netflix for something you haven’t seen yet, so this update will save you some precious ticks on the clock. MORE NETFLIX: Your guide to new titles on Netflix Instant this week: October 12th – October 18th ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ (2013) — Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem. A surprisingly better sequel to The Hunger Games that follows the
  • Could robots aid in the Ebola fight? (2014-10-20 19:19:45)
    The White House will co-host a November workshop exploring the use of robots to help minimize human contact with the fast-spreading virus.>
  • Man falls into sea on live TV while possibly taking selfie (2014-10-20 19:14:03)
    A man lifts his cell phone in front of his face to take the perfect shot. And then, a YouTube-worthy calamity.>
  • Watch a self-driving Audi become 'the fastest autonomous car on the planet' (2014-10-20 19:06:52)
    Audi put a big exclamation point on its self-driving technology — "piloted driving," as the company calls it — with an adrenaline-filled demonstration in Germany over the weekend. The car in question was a 560-horsepower RS7 rounding the course at Hockenheimring during the finale of this year's DTM season (DTM is a little bit like a German NASCAR, so the right audience was certainly on-hand for this sort of thing). The car was going full-out, guided through a combination of precision GPS and 3D cameras. ...
  • IBM struggles to reinvent itself in an age of cloud (2014-10-20 19:02:16)
    By Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When IBM Corp CEO Ginni Rometty was asked recently for her tips on how to transform companies, she spoke of "relentless reinvention" and not protecting the past. Applying those precepts to IBM is proving particularly tricky as many of the company's old-line businesses have already been shut down or sold, while the units that are supposed to push future growth, such as cloud and security, face stiff competition. Earlier on Monday, IBM reported a marked slowdown in business in September and abandoned its 2015 operating earnings target. ...
  • Apple wants all iOS apps to use 64-bit code starting in February (2014-10-20 18:25:00)
  • New Microsoft CEO pay tops $80 million with big stock awards (2014-10-20 18:18:49)
    SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp's new Chief Executive Satya Nadella has become one the technology industry's biggest earners, with a total compensation package worth $84.3 million this year, according to a document filed with securities regulators on Monday. The outsize number is mostly made up of the estimated value of certain one-time stock awards given to Nadella, who became the company's third CEO in February. Most of it Nadella cannot actually receive until 2019. The massive stock awards, valued at $79. ...
  • Readers' reactions: Why are cell phone batteries so behind the times? (2014-10-20 18:15:50)
    CNET members respond with why they think cell phone batteries are still lacking.>
  • Here’s how Apple’s ads have evolved since the 1970s (2014-10-20 18:09:00)
    Before actor John “And I’m a PC” Hodgman turned the PC into a laughable dope, before dancing silhouettes convinced you to buy an iPod and before George Orwell’s novel came to life in a 60-second spot during the 1984 Super Bowl, Apple made posters. The history of Apple’s advertising campaigns is almost as interesting as the history of the products it advertises. On Sunday, The Loop’s Dave Mark stumbled upon an article from 2009 on Web Designer Depot which contains an extensive collection of Apple’s ads, from Apple II posters to commercials for the iPhone 3G. It’s a fascinating look back through the annals of electronics advertising. In the beginning, text was king. Posters would be covered text describing the product in detail, occasionally without even
  • At A Glance: The cost of cable vs. a la carte (2014-10-20 18:07:49)
    Is a la carte streaming a better deal?
  • How to get started with Apple Pay (2014-10-20 18:07:06)
    Find out how to use your iPhone as your new digital wallet.>
  • iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus may be tough to find through the holidays (2014-10-20 18:06:37)
    When asked whether supply will start to reach demand, Apple CEO Tim Cook says, "We're not even on the same planet.">
  • 3D-printed gun maker in Japan sentenced to two years in prison (2014-10-20 17:58:14)
    A 28-year-old former university employee was sentenced today in Japan to two years in prison for manufacturing plastic 3D-printed firearms in violation of national weapons laws, according to The Japan News. Yoshitomo Imura is said to have created at least two plastic guns at his home in Kawaski, Japan, that were capable of firing bullets, according to the report. He appears to be the first person in world history to receive a jail sentence for making 3D-printed firearms.
  • Does Yosemite have a privacy problem? Not exactly (2014-10-20 17:55:34)
    This morning, The Washington Post called out an unexpected privacy concern in Apple's new Yosemite operating system. Apple's Spotlight application, previously used to index material on a user's hard drive, has added a new Suggestions feature that points to external sites relevant to a given search term. As the Post article points out, that means search terms have to be transmitted back to Apple with a lot of extra information, including location data that the Post found to be precise enough to pin down a specific building.
  • Does Yosemite have a privacy problem? It's complicated (2014-10-20 17:55:34)
    This morning, The Washington Post called out an unexpected privacy concern in Apple's new Yosemite operating system. Apple's Spotlight application, previously used to index material on a user's hard drive, has added a new Suggestions feature that points to external sites relevant to a given search term. As the Post article points out, that means search terms have to be transmitted back to Apple with a lot of extra information, including location data that the Post found to be precise enough to pin down a specific building.
  • Facebook sues lawyers of man who claimed to own the social network (2014-10-20 17:50:47)
    The world's largest social network claims DLA Piper and other law firms knew Paul Ceglia was lying about his ownership stake in Facebook -- but went forward with the case anyway.>
  • Texas Instruments posts solid 3rd-quarter results, says business healthy (2014-10-20 17:48:49)
    By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Texas Instruments Inc posted third-quarter results above expectations and its CFO said business was healthy, in contrast to recent concerns on Wall Street about a possible slowdown in chip demand. The Dallas, Texas-based company's growth in the third quarter was driven by demand for chips used in communications equipment, industrial markets and automotive, CFO Kevin March told Reuters in a phone interview. ...
  • Apple's iPhone sales beat Street but iPad volumes slide (2014-10-20 17:48:21)
    By Christina Farr and Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc forecast a strong holiday quarter after a better-than-expected 16 percent jump in iPhone sales, and the strongest growth in Mac computer shipments in years helped the company surpass Wall Street's targets. The company on Monday projected stronger-than-expected revenue of $63.5 billion to $66.5 billion in the December quarter, when new iPads and iPhones vie with rival devices from Microsoft Corp and Inc for consumers' holiday outlays. Shares of Apple rose 1.3 percent to about $101.10 in after-hours trade. ...
  • You can finally preorder the OnePlus One on October 27th (2014-10-20 17:47:53)
    It’s been a long, winding road to reach this point, but the OnePlus One is finally going to be available to the public next Monday. OnePlus has kept its promise to offer preorders in late October, specifically October 27th at 11 a.m. ET, which is when anyone will be able to place an order for a OnePlus One. Here’s the catch: the preorders will only be available for one hour. As long as you place your order within that hour, you will be guaranteed a OnePlus One smartphone. The shipping date will be determined by your place in line. You might get your phone next month, you might not get it until January — it all depends on how many people order
  • Facebook sues lawyers over 'scam' lawsuit for stake (2014-10-20 17:44:14)
    New York (AFP) - Facebook Monday sued lawyers who represented a man claiming he was entitled to a stake in the huge social network, saying they should have known he was a scam artist.
  • Amaya Gaming to explore sale of Cadillac Jack subsidiary (2014-10-20 17:41:39)
    By Euan Rocha TORONTO (Reuters) - Amaya Gaming Group Inc, which has pivoted to focus on the fast-growing online gambling market, said on Monday it is exploring a sale of its Cadillac Jack subsidiary that makes slot machines and electronic bingo games for casinos. Earlier this summer, Montreal-based Amaya closed on the $4.9 billion takeover of Rational Group, operator of online gambling website PokerStars, just as several U.S. states have begun to move on legislation to legalize online gambling. ...
  • Microsoft CEO ​Nadella: Company has no pay gap between men, women (2014-10-20 17:38:19)
    Microsoft chief Satya Nadella pushes new services from the world's largest software maker. But his controversial comments on women in tech earlier this month remain a focus of attention.>
  • Engadget Daily: Kindle Voyage review, Disney's 'Big Hero 6' and more! (2014-10-20 17:37:00)
  • Apple's role reversal: 'Mature' Mac outpaces iPad in revenue (2014-10-20 17:34:43)
    The Mac laptop and desktop business has taken over as the second-biggest revenue generator, as iPad tablet sales have struggled.>
  • Microsoft says to provide cloud, tools for tackling Ebola (2014-10-20 17:31:09)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp will provide free cloud-computing and research applications to qualified medical researchers working on the Ebola virus, the software company's chief executive said on Monday. "One of the things tomorrow morning we're going to do is make available Azure computer power to the research community," Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella said at a presentation in San Francisco. ...
  • Video: Jony Ive rips into rivals’ ‘big and clunky’ smartphones (2014-10-20 17:23:57)
    Apple design boss Jony Ive isn’t shy about ripping into competitors’ design choices and Business Insider brings us word that he was at it again recently during the Vanity Fair Summit, where he bashed rival phones for being too bulky and unwieldy compared with Apple’s newest iPhones. RELATED: Ive slams Apple copycats and their ‘anonymous, poorly made objects’ “They were interesting features, having a bigger screen,” Ive said, referring to products such as Samsung’s Galaxy Note series. “But the end result was a really lousy product because they were big and clunky, like a lot of the competitive phones are still.” Ive said that Apple faced a lot of engineering challenges when it came to designing an iPhone with a larger display.
  • Amazon signs multi-year deal with Simon & Schuster: Business Insider (2014-10-20 17:20:16)
    (Reuters) - Inc signed a multi-year deal with Simon & Schuster Inc, the second major Big Five book publisher it has been negotiating with on the price of e-books, Business Insider reported, citing a source with knowledge of the situation. Online book retailer Amazon had been in talks with Simon & Schuster since July over pricing. Amazon had been locked in a war with publisher Hachette Book Group, the fourth-largest U.S. book publisher owned by France's Lagardere , over digital book pricing, roughly since January, leading to numerous issues for authors. ...
  • Squeezed out: as the iPhone gets bigger in size and sales, the iPad keeps slumping (2014-10-20 17:05:38)
    Apple had a major event last week, and it unveiled new versions of its iPad. Normally the world goes crazy when Apple debuts a device, but the reaction to these iPads was decidedly muted. They were thinner and had more horsepower, sharper screens, better cameras, and Touch ID. But they didn't generate anywhere near the excitement of the iPhone 6 last month, or of previous generations of iPad. ...
  • iPhone 6 owner wishes being bent was the only thing wrong with his device (2014-10-20 16:56:06)
    We’ve been through the entire Bendgate fiasco and figured out that if you intentionally bend a thin phone you paid a lot of money for it will probably bend. But one iPhone 6 owner is claiming that his new phone didn’t just bend — it also caught fire. RELATED: Yet another Apple fan who mocked ‘Bendgate’ finds himself disturbed by a slightly bent iPhone 6 Plus CNET reports that Phillip Lechter said his iPhone 6 bent so much in his pocket that it caused a puncture in the battery. When that happens, it can result in a fire, which as you imagine created quite a dangerous situation for him that required medical treatment. “The doctor’s report described a 11.5 cm x 10.5 cm burn
  • Apple, IBM to shed light on apps, alliance next month (2014-10-20 16:44:00)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc and IBM have signed up about 50 initial corporate clients for software solutions and apps developed jointly under their recently forged strategic alliance, chief financial officer Luca Maestri told Reuters. The two companies, which in July announced they would team up to sell iPads and iPhones with specialized software to corporate and government customers, will announce the first batch of apps and software next month, he said in an interview on Monday. ...
  • Apple's iPhone business soars while the iPad languishes (2014-10-20 16:42:00)
  • Apple Q4 2014 earnings: revenue surges on huge iPhone 6 sales (2014-10-20 16:41:16)
    Apple, once the darling of Wall Street with a ballooning stock price, has disappointed investors in recent quarters with slowdown on its growth. The numbers came in far above Apple's own guidance for the quarter. Wall Street analysts, on average, were expecting Apple to report earnings on the higher end of that spectrum, at earnings of $1.31 per share on revenue of $39.85 billion, up about 11 percent and 6.3 percent from the same quarter last year, respectively.
  • Facebook sues Paul Ceglia's lawyers over false ownership claims (2014-10-20 16:33:48)
    The world's largest social network claims DLA Piper and other law firms knew Ceglia was lying about his ownership stake in Facebook -- but went forward with the case anyway.>
  • Apple crushes estimates with record Q4 profit on $42.12 in revenue (2014-10-20 16:31:44)
    Apple shares have dipped along with the rest of the market over the past few days, though things certainly picked up during Monday’s session ahead of Apple’s fiscal fourth-quarter earnings report; shares closed at $99.76 on Monday, up 2.14%. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were on sale for just 12 days in the September quarter, but Wall Street is still expecting the launch to impact Apple’s results in a huge way. Of course, that notion obviously isn’t very far-fetched, considering Apple sold more than 10 million new iPhones just through the end of their first weekend on sale. DON’T MISS: The 10 best iPhone apps with iOS 8 Notification Center widgets The Street had huge expectations ahead of Apple’s Q4 report, with
  • Apple crushes estimates with record Q4 profit on $42.12B in revenue (2014-10-20 16:31:44)
    Apple shares have dipped along with the rest of the market over the past few days, though things certainly picked up during Monday’s session ahead of Apple’s fiscal fourth-quarter earnings report; shares closed at $99.76 on Monday, up 2.14%. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were on sale for just 12 days in the September quarter, but Wall Street is still expecting the launch to impact Apple’s results in a huge way. Of course, that notion obviously isn’t very far-fetched, considering Apple sold more than 10 million new iPhones just through the end of their first weekend on sale. DON’T MISS: The 10 best iPhone apps with iOS 8 Notification Center widgets The Street had huge expectations ahead of Apple’s Q4 report, with
  • As Apple Pay launches, others reimagine the credit card (2014-10-20 16:27:23)
    Apple's payment system rolls out at some retailers and promises more protection from hackers. But Zwipe and Plastc have other ideas for changing the way we pay.>
  • Lionsgate and Tribeca are launching a video-streaming service (2014-10-20 16:19:00)
  • Zombie versus bear: Which beast wins? (2014-10-20 16:15:34)
    The National Wildlife Federation believes humans wouldn't be alone in the battle against zombies. Bears might end up being our best friends.>
  • CEO says no gender pay gap at Microsoft (2014-10-20 16:06:45)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Satya Nadella, the Microsoft Corp Chief Executive who ignited a firestorm of protest earlier this month by suggesting women should not ask for pay raises, said on Monday that men and women are paid equally at his company. Nadella's statement, made at a presentation on cloud computing in San Francisco, runs counter to some limited data made public by employees, but is unverifiable given that Microsoft does not release details of its pay structure. "I checked that it is something that we are enforcing," said Nadella, when asked about equal pay. ...
  • IBM 3Q disappoints as it sheds 'empty calories' (2014-10-20 16:04:35)
    NEW YORK (AP) — IBM disappointed investors Monday, reporting weak revenue growth again and a big charge to shed its costly chipmaking division as the tech giant tries to steer its business toward cloud computing and social-mobile services. Shares fell more than 7 percent as investors sold off sharply and the stock dragged the Dow 30 into the red.
  • 'Dead Rising' film has its lead: former 'Daily Show' war correspondent Rob Riggle (2014-10-20 16:01:44)
    Comedian Rob Riggle is probably best known for his work as a Daily Show correspondent through 2008, as well as his various film and TV cameos (21 Jump Street, The Other Guys, NTSF:SD:SUV). And now he's playing lead for the upcoming video game adaptation Dead Rising: Watchtower. Here's the official synopsis:
  • Facebook sues lawyers for pursuing dubious Ceglia lawsuit (2014-10-20 15:51:50)
    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Facebook Inc and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg have sued several lawyers who have represented Paul Ceglia, claiming they helped the upstate New York entrepreneur pursue a fraudulent lawsuit to extort a 50 percent stake in the social networking company. Monday's lawsuit was filed seven months after a federal judge dismissed Ceglia's civil case, and two years after federal prosecutors in Manhattan charged Ceglia with criminal mail and wire fraud for allegedly forging documents underlying his claim. Facebook's market value is now close to $200 billion. ...
  • The 404 Show 1,568: Oculus XXX, smart street corners, the wrath of Comic Sans continues (podcast) (2014-10-20 15:50:42)
    On today's show we'll discuss Chicago's planned "smart corners" project, gasp at a Comic Sans typewriter, wonder why speedometers list illegal speeds and usher in the future of porn with Oculus Rift.>
  • Want superfast speeds on your Samsung Galaxy Note 4? Head to Singapore (2014-10-20 15:50:34)
    The latest Samsung phablet comes packing LTE-Advanced capabilities, but you may have to move to enjoy the top speeds. Be aware, however, that you'll easily bust your measly small data cap.>
  • Netflix's next original series is a collaboration with Canada's Rogers (2014-10-20 15:48:00)
  • Facebook, through with Paul Ceglia's fraudulent claims, is now suing his lawyers (2014-10-20 15:35:17)
    The world's largest social network claims DLA Piper and other firms knew Ceglia was lying about his ownership stake in Facebook, but went forward with the case anyway.>
  • Indie-rock trio Sleater-Kinney are back and as great as ever (2014-10-20 15:32:47)
    At this point, Carrie Brownstein is probably best known as a comedian, she being half of the wildly successful Portlandia duo. But prior to Portlandia, Brownstein rocked out hard in the band Sleater-Kinney, a trio of women who released seven incredible albums during the ’90s and 2000s before amicably splitting up to work on other projects. If you're following any music blogs, you've probably already seen the news: Sleater-Kinney are now back together, they have a new album coming out, and they just released its first single. The best news? That it's as good as ever.
  • iOS 8.1 doesn’t seem to fix the huge issue that prevented you from updating to iOS 8 (2014-10-20 15:25:30)
    Apple on Monday released iOS 8.1, the first major update for iOS 8 that brought some new features to users (such as Apple Pay for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus) and also fixed several other issues. However, Apple has apparently failed to fix an important iOS 8 issue it has never acknowledged since launching its newest OS version on September 17th — and it’s particularly important because it may have prevented many users from upgrading from iOS 7. FROM EARLIER: iOS 8.1 has been released – here’s how to download it right now! Users looking to update their compatible device from iOS 7.x or iOS 8.0.x to iOS 8.1 are reporting several storage requirements. The actual download seems to
  • Kick Your Facebook Habit in 8 Steps (2014-10-20 15:18:39)
    Facebook is like fast food. You crave it, you can get it on the go, and you feel crummy afterward. Behavioral studies show us that Facebook can negatively affect your mood -- the longer you are on it, the worse you may feel. We log in to make a social connection, and yet research is finding that our passive news feed browsing leads to increased...
  • Portable cardboard desk keeps you standing while you type (2014-10-20 15:16:00)
  • Microsoft to provide cloud, tools for tackling Ebola (2014-10-20 15:13:07)
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp will provide cloud-computing and research applications to medical researchers working on the Ebola virus, the software company's chief executive said on Monday. "One of the things tomorrow morning we're going to do is make available Azure computer power to the research community," CEO Satya Nadella said at a presentation in San Francisco. Azure is the name of Microsoft's cloud-computing platform, essentially a group of data centers that allow users to access large amounts of data remotely over the internet. ...
  • Handy chart helps you plan your life around superhero films (2014-10-20 15:08:20)
    Get your calendars out! The next six years will be full of superhero cinema, and this infographic helps you plan for every action-packed minute.>
  • Monica Lewinsky joins Twitter (2014-10-20 15:05:35)
    Describing herself as a social activist, public speaker and contributor to Vanity Fair, Lewinsky decides now is the time to enter the fray of immediacy.>
  • The real questions Google Search wants to answer, but can’t yet (2014-10-20 15:03:58)
    For many Internet users, Google is synonymous with online search and is seen as the go-to place to get your questions answered. However, Google is still looking for new things to add to its search capabilities, as former CEO and current chairman Eric Schmidt outlined in a speech last week in Berlin where he talked about “innovation, technology, and the future of the Internet.” FROM EARLIER: Your first look at Google’s gorgeous new Gmail app for Android 5.0 According to Schmidt, Google is “nowhere near close” to solving Internet search, as the company still can’t answer complex queries. “Try a query like ‘show me flights under €300 for places where it’s hot in December and I can snorkel,’” Schmidt said. “That’s kind of
  • Really, Congress? Comcast won't protect net neutrality if the best you can do is ask nicely (2014-10-20 14:48:31)
    Here's what's happening right now on net neutrality:The FCC is still deciding whether to completely cave and ruin the internet as we know itAmericans are pretty mad at the FCC about itCongress is twiddling its thumbs
  • White House halts research into 'super strains' of infectious diseases (2014-10-20 14:43:52)
    The White House has halted research examining how diseases like influenza, MRSA, and SARS can be more easily transmitted among animals, citing safety concerns. The US will not fund any new research and is encouraging those with existing research to pause their experiments.
  • Chinese store makes sure that iPhone 6 Plus fits in your pocket (2014-10-20 14:43:00)
  • Video shows how gigantic the Nexus 6 is, even compared with the massive Galaxy Note 4 (2014-10-20 14:41:33)
    The Nexus 6 is a really, really big device. And now Droid Life points us to a new video from Carphone Warehouse that gives us a close side-by-side comparison between the Nexus 6 and the Galaxy Note 4 and as you can see in the picture above, the Nexus 6 is huge even when pitted against Samsung’s famously big flagship phablet. RELATED: The wait is finally over: Google’s incredible Nexus 6 is now official Among other things, the video compares the Note 4 and Nexus 6’s two enormous displays, their battery sizes, the devices’ different software features, and the devices’ two cameras. When it comes down to it, the two devices are very similar in a lot of ways and it seems that
  • EU drops investigation into Chinese telecoms (2014-10-20 14:30:29)
    European Union and Chinese government strike a deal to end an investigation into whether Chinese telecom equipment makers, including Huawei and ZTE, received illegal subsidies.>
  • Get an iSmartAlarm home security system for $124.99 (2014-10-20 14:28:41)
    That's $75 off list and the lowest price around by at least $50. Plus: a killer tablet bonus deal!>
  • WikiLeaks is winning over Gamergate with a confusing Twitter campaign (2014-10-20 14:22:29)
    It's far from an organized protest movement, but Gamergate — which ostensibly opposes unethical journalism and "social justice warriors" in video games — has managed to launch an undeniably political internet culture war. Its most outspoken celebrity supporters are associated with conservative politics, from Firefly and Full Metal Jacket star Adam Baldwin to Christina Hoff Sommers, a resident scholar at the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute. WikiLeaks' involvement in Gamergate dates back to mid-September, when founder Julian Assange participated in a Q&A session on Reddit to promote his latest book.
  • This Halloween, go as a poop emoji (2014-10-20 14:17:01)
    Emoji are changing the way we communicate. What better way to celebrate Halloween than by dressing up as your favorite one?>
  • iPhone 6 Plus vs. Galaxy Note 4: The ultimate comparison video (2014-10-20 14:13:49)
    This year, Apple and Samsung will compete for the first time ever for phablet buyers’ attention. Apple launched its first 5.5-inch phablet on September 19th, while Samsung followed almost a month later with its fourth-generation big-screen Galaxy Note model. YouTube channel MacMixing (via 9to5Mac) took a closer look at both the iPhone 6 Plus and the Galaxy Note 4 by highlighting their main features in an extended video. FROM EARLIER: iPhone 6 Plus vs. Galaxy Note 4: The ultimate camera shootout Each phone has advantages and disadvantages that buyers should be aware of before purchasing a large smartphone, but the iPhone 6 Plus vs. Galaxy Note 4 battle is expected to be fierce this Christmas shopping season. So far, Apple has enjoyed record sales according
  • Skype for Windows Phone lets you share drawings with friends (2014-10-20 14:11:00)
  • Not so fast cordcutters_cable's not going anywhere (2014-10-20 14:09:09)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years. Customers tired of paying big fees for hundreds of channels they never watch just to have access to a few favorite shows might be expected to start cancelling cable service in droves. Get Netflix, throw in HBO, add a network here and there — why would anyone sign up now for cable?
  • Guy says his iPhone 6 bent -- and caught on fire (2014-10-20 14:00:31)
    What happens when an iPhone bends too much? One man says his bent so much it punctured the battery and caught fire, causing second-degree burns to his leg.>
  • The streaming price wars are coming – and they’re a music fan’s dream come true (2014-10-20 13:52:46)
    There really has never been a better time to be a music fan — particularly if you’re a music fan who loves exploring vast catalogs of music that you won’t find on any top 40 radio stations. Pandora and Spotify have proven to be the two most popular music streaming services so far but there are plenty of competitors that are lining up to take the crown, led by Apple and its newly acquired Spotify rival Beats Music. All this added competition can only mean one thing: Streaming price wars are coming. RELATED: Netflix is reeling from its $1 price hike – and that’s incredible news for American consumers Spotify on Monday announced that it will soon launch a new program called
  • Fidelity Contrafund loads up on Facebook and it pays off (2014-10-20 13:51:23)
    BOSTON (Reuters) - The $108 billion Fidelity Contrafund continues to have a big appetite for Facebook Inc's stock, adding to its position in the social media company during the third quarter and praising its mobile ad revenue growth and "visionary management." The fund, which is the largest mutual fund owner of Facebook, disclosed adding to its position in its third-quarter commentary letter to investors on Monday. ...
  • Zombie-proof log cabin has 10-year anti-zombie guarantee (2014-10-20 13:49:06)
    If the zombie apocalypse ever arrives, you'll be happy you dropped a ton of cash for a log cabin designed to fortify you against attacks by the undead.>
  • Everything you want to know about Apple Pay (2014-10-20 13:45:55)
    Have questions about Apple Pay? We've got answers.>
  • Dropbox iOS app now supports Apple's Touch ID (2014-10-20 13:45:41)
    Users of the iPhone 5S and the latest iPhones and iPads can now secure and access their Dropbox documents via Apple's fingerprint sensor.>
  • Tractor beams are suddenly a lot more plausible (2014-10-20 13:39:00)
  • New apps bring kids' playtime back to real world (2014-10-20 13:34:10)
    By Natasha Baker TORONTO (Reuters) - Parents eager to get their children away from television and video screens can turn to new apps that aim to get youngsters to learn while playing in the real world. New iPhone apps for children by companies such as Osmo and Tiggly are designed to help children learn spatial, language, counting and physics concepts while playing with tangible objects. Tangram, Words and Newton from California-based Osmo let children manipulate objects in the real world and to interact with games on the screen. ...
  • This incredible heartwarming story shows us how amazing Siri can be (2014-10-20 13:24:31)
    Siri, Google Now and Cortana are the three main voice-based virtual assistants available on competing mobile operating system from Apple, Google and Microsoft, respectively. While there’s fierce competition between them as each company tries to improve its own assistant solution and beat the others, there’s one way these advanced apps can help without necessarily having to be extremely accurate and fast. For at least one autistic boy, Siri has become a best friend and a virtual companion that has all the time in the world to patiently answer all his queries, one way or another. FROM EARLIER: The funniest thing you’ll see today: Jimmy Kimmel and Siri the waitress “Just how bad a mother am I? I wondered, as I watched my 13-year-old
  • CVS reportedly wants to punish other pharmacies that still sell tobacco (2014-10-20 13:23:30)
    CVS apparently has a plan to make up some of the $2 billion in annual profits that it's losing from cutting off the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products last month. According to The Wall Street Journal, the plan takes advantage of the fact that CVS also owns Caremark, one of the United State's largest pharmacy benefits managers — which are intermediaries between insurance companies and pharmacies. CVS' reported plan is to have Caremark begin raising certain customers' copays by up to $15 when they fill a prescription at a pharmacy that sells tobacco products.
  • Microsoft CEO takes lessons from gaffe about women's pay (2014-10-20 13:19:01)
    Satya Nadella says he found no gender pay gap at his company, but adds that more work needs to be done to increase workplace equality.>
  • Gmail 5.0 app to support Yahoo, Outlook, reveals leaked video (2014-10-20 13:13:56)
    Google's email app for Android is expanding its horizons to handle other mail services, according to an apparent leaked video on Android Police and Videme.>
  • James Bond's submarine car is on sale on eBay for $1 million (2014-10-20 13:06:36)
    Among James Bond's many glorious gadgets over the years, one that stands out even to this day is his submarine car from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977): a modified 1977 Lotus Espirit S1 sportscar that was shown driving directly from land into water. In real life, there was no such transforming amphibious vehicle: seven different cars were used to create the submarine scenes in the film — one of them being little more than an Espirit-shaped shell wrapped around a working submarine. Now you can own one of the three other remaining land models for a fitting $1 million. ...
  • Sky Go adds the Channel 5 family and ITVBe to its streaming roster (2014-10-20 13:00:00)
  • FKA twigs made using Google Glass look like stepping into the Matrix (2014-10-20 12:59:16)
    Up-and-coming singer FKA twigs is using Google Glass to inspired, if somewhat unsettling, effect. For her latest conceptual video #ThroughGlass, twigs dons the headset and suddenly bursts into dance, seemingly inspired by the video streaming directly into her eyes. After showing off her own well-renowned skills, we see her toggle through other dance styles, which summons twigs doppelgängers who all perform and mug for the camera while twigs herself is left overwhelmed.
  • Apple releases iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay (2014-10-20 12:58:37)
    Apple’s iOS 8.1 update is now available to download. The biggest addition is the new Apple Pay service which goes live today alongside iOS 8.1. Apple Pay will allow iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3 owners to pay for goods within compatible apps by simply swiping a finger with Touch ID. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners will also be able to use their phones to tap card readers in participating stores to pay for goods using a combination of Touch ID and NFC. Apple Pay integrates into the existing Passbook feature on iOS 8. ...
  • Apple's iOS 8.1 update is waiting for you to download it (2014-10-20 12:58:00)
  • iOS 8.1 has been released – here’s how to download it right now! (2014-10-20 12:57:35)
    As promised, Apple has just released the latest and greatest version of its smartphone and tablet operating system, iOS 8.1. It’s not quite the tremendous leap forward that iOS 8 was compared to iOS 7, of course, but it brings a bunch of great new features and fixes with it, and it probably won’t brick your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus like iOS 8.0.1 did. FROM EARLIER: The single most important trick every iPhone 6 and 6 Plus user needs to know Downloading and installing Apple’s new iOS 8.1 update couldn’t be easier. On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, simply open the Settings app and go to General > Software Update. The follow the on-screen instructions to download and install
  • OnePlus One to open up pre-orders soon, but there's a catch (2014-10-20 12:51:00)
  • The most comprehensive guide you’ll find to everything new in Yosemite (2014-10-20 12:46:39)
    Apple on Thursday finally released the latest and greatest version of its desktop operating system, OS X 10.10 Yosemite. The new software features a complete visual overhaul, with all new graphical elements that bring parts of the flat new look in iOS to Mac computers. But beyond the visual changes, Yosemite is packed full of great new features that add tons of new functionality to Apple’s desktop and laptop computers. Now, you just have to learn it all. FROM EARLIER: This secret trick will dramatically improve your iPhone’s battery life Apple news site MacStories is known for a few things, and its comprehensive guides following the releases of major software updates is one of them. The site issued a fantastic collection of tips
  • Mitel goes public with $540 million offer for ShoreTel (2014-10-20 12:38:45)
    (Reuters) - Canadian telecommunications provider Mitel Networks Corp made public its about $540 million offer for smaller U.S. peer ShoreTel Inc. Mitel's cash offer of $8.10 per share represents a 24 percent premium to ShoreTel stock's closing price on Friday. Sunnyvale, California-based ShoreTel's shares were up 18 percent at $7.76 - below the offer price - in heavy volumes in mid-day trading. They touched a high of $7.80 earlier. Kanata, Ontario-based Mitel said it made its offer public after ShoreTel's board rejected an earlier proposal - also for $8.10 - sent on Oct. ...
  • Wall Street urges U.S. regulators' joint cybersecurity approach (2014-10-20 12:35:00)
    By Sarah N. Lynch and Douwe Miedema WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Wall Street's top trade group is calling for the creation of a new inter-agency working group of regulators and the White House that would be tasked with developing consistent cybersecurity rules for the financial industry. The recommendation by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) was one of several unveiled on Monday as part of a new paper that lays out proposed "principles for effective cybersecurity regulatory guidance. ...
  • Apple eyes $5 per month for Beats Music, report says (2014-10-20 12:26:05)
    That'd be a substantial cut. Right now, Beats Music streaming costs $10 per month, in line with most other streaming services.>
  • NASA orbiters hide behind Mars to avoid comet debris (2014-10-20 12:24:24)
    A rare close flyby of a comet near Mars put NASA's orbiters in a potentially dangerous situation, but also allowed them to study the moving space object.>
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare launch trailer is a highlight reel of destruction (2014-10-20 12:21:31)
    Over the weekend, Activision released the launch trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, one of the most anticipated titles of the holiday season. With just two weeks left until launch, there’s not much else to say about the latest entry in the Call of Duty series that hasn’t already been said. After half a decade of domination during the last generation, Activision has handed the reins over to a new studio in 2014 and its shaping up to be the biggest departure the franchise has ever seen. There are two elements of Advanced Warfare that everyone is anxious to see firsthand. The first is the exoskeleton suit, an addition that will have a significant impact on both the single player campaign and online multiplayer. With
  • China allegedly using iCloud to secretly collect user data (2014-10-20 12:18:00)
  • Apple Pay unlikely to take off right away (2014-10-20 11:57:35)
    Some retailers have shied away from Apple's mobile payments service, and the equipment needed by supported industry players won't pop up overnight.>
  • Video: Let’s hope iOS 8.1 fixes this incredibly annoying iPhone 6 Plus bug (2014-10-20 11:55:53)
    iOS 8.1 is coming out later on Monday and for some iPhone 6 Plus owners’ sake, we hope it will fix one very annoying bug in particular. As you can see in the YouTube video posted below, some iPhone 6 Plus models are very slow to react when turned upside down at times and will often leave their home screen icons upside down even when you turn the phone right side up. RELATED: Everything new that Apple added in iOS 8.1 This particular bug is extremely irritating although thankfully it doesn’t occur all that often and can be fixed with a simple restart of your device. That said, it seems widespread enough and occurs frequently enough that Apple is likely aware of
  • IBM ditches 2015 operating EPS target, shares slump 7 percent (2014-10-20 11:52:49)
    By Marina Lopes and Anya George Tharakan (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp said it no longer expected to achieve its 2015 operating earnings target of at least $20 per share after weak client spending resulted in an unexpected fall in quarterly earnings and revenue. IBM's shares fell more than 9 percent in premarket trading. The world's largest technology services company, which said it would announce a new target in January, reported a 4 percent drop in revenue as clients held back on spending in September. ...
  • Dropbox's iOS 8 app adds support for Touch ID (2014-10-20 11:46:00)
  • A preventable coding error knocked out 911 service for millions (2014-10-20 11:14:14)
    For hours on an April day this year, 6,600 emergency calls from people in seven states didn't reach responders. The 911 outage affected 11 million people; in Washington state, every single person was affected. And in a new report investigating the causes of the outage, the FCC found this: "It could have been prevented. But it was not."
  • Kickstarter suspends funding for Anonabox privacy router (2014-10-20 11:11:06)
    In light of doubts over certain claims, the crowdfunding platform has frozen the campaign for Anonabox, a small internet router designed to deliver online anonymity by encrypting data over the Tor network. The project had already brought in close to $600,000 in just a few days on the site.
  • Notti smart light does notifications and wake-up calls with style (2014-10-20 11:11:00)
  • Microsoft's wearables game plan: How a fitness band fits in (2014-10-20 11:10:22)
    Microsoft isn't going the Smartwatch 2.0 route with its rumored fitness band. Instead, the company has a more targeted and cloud-connected wearables game plan, sources say.>
  • John Oliver's all-dog Supreme Court on 'Last Week Tonight' is hilarious and free for anyone to remix (2014-10-20 11:07:28)
    Comedian newscaster John Oliver has aired some hilarious and incisive sketches so far throughout the first season of his HBO show, Last Week Tonight. But there's a new top dog among them: last night's bit featuring an all-animal Supreme Court. Inspired by Keyboard Cat, the sketch — which features dogs as the nine justices, a duck as an assistant, and a pitch-perfect pecking chicken as a stenographer — is meant to mock the absurdity of the US Supreme Court's refusal to allow its proceedings to be televised, despite permitting audio recordings. ...
  • The 10 best iPhone apps with iOS 8 Notification Center widgets (2014-10-20 11:01:05)
    Home screen widget support probably isn’t anywhere near the top of most iPhone and iPad users’ wish lists in terms of missing iOS features, but a vocal minority has been begging for widget functionality ever since Android was first released. As opposed to static icons that are merely shortcuts to apps, home screen widgets offer a variety of additional functionality, namely access to zero-touch information that is updated automatically without any effort needed on the user’s part. While home screen widgets still haven’t been added to Apple’s mobile platform in iOS 8, the latest version of Apple’s iPhone and iPad OS does finally add widget support to the Today view in Apple’s Notification Center. DON’T MISS: The single most important trick every iPhone
  • Twist: IBM to pay GlobalFoundries $1.5B to offload its chip business (2014-10-20 10:58:28)
    In an unusual move, IBM will pay GlobalFoundries to take the chip business off its hands -- rather than GlobalFoundries paying IBM for the operation.>
  • Skype's new drawing feature debuts first on Windows Phone (2014-10-20 10:48:47)
    Microsoft is updating its Skype for Windows Phone app today and it’s introducing an entirely new feature: drawing. The addition allows Windows Phone owners to draw on a canvas, add ink to photos, or annotate maps and send the results to contacts over Skype. While other rival messaging clients have already supported drawing, it’s unusual to see Microsoft add this support to just the Windows Phone client.
  • Safari 8 browser on Yosemite shows major speed boost (2014-10-20 10:41:20)
    On the latest Mac OS, Apple's browser vaults past Firefox and Chrome on some tests. The browser performance race means a more sophisticated Web for us all.>
  • BlackBerry shares up after unconfirmed report on possible Lenovo bid (2014-10-20 10:40:58)
    By Euan Rocha TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry shares rose more than 3 percent on Monday after a news website said Chinese computer maker Lenovo Group might offer to buy the Canadian technology company., citing an unnamed source familiar with the matter, said an offer worth $15 a share could come as early as this week. Lenovo and BlackBerry said their companies did not comment on rumors and speculation. Rumors of a Lenovo bid for BlackBerry have swirled many times over the last two years. ...
  • How to experience Android 5.0’s gorgeous Material Design on your phone right now (2014-10-20 10:34:47)
    Google on Friday issued to developers the full release of the Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK, updating Lollipop builds for the Nexus 5 and 2013 Nexus 7 in the process, with the actual release of Android 5.0 set to follow next month. While developers can easily install these Lollipop builds on supported devices and enjoy all the new features, other Android users will still have to wait until their devices get Google’s latest OS and its gorgeous Material Design. However, until that happens, they can already download some of the Lollipop apps and resources thanks to the joint effort of various xda-developers members. FROM EARLIER: How to make your Android phone (sort of) look like Android 5.0 Lollipop right now Users can
  • Apple could sell record 62 million iPhones this quarter, analyst says (2014-10-20 10:16:01)
    Sales of iPhones may grow as high as 45 percent in the current quarter from a year ago, says Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.>
  • Virgin Galactic's ready to resume test flights to space (2014-10-20 10:14:00)
  • 8 awesome paid iPhone apps you can download for free right now (save $60!) (2014-10-20 10:05:50)
    Welcome to another week of iPhone and iPad app sales, and today we’re kicking things off with a particularly awesome batch of apps. Developers constantly offer limited-time sales on their paid apps in an effort to drum up added interest, and it’s quite difficult to find and sort through all those sales to identify the best apps out there. Luckily, BGR is here to do the dirty work for you. Monday’s list includes eight nifty apps that are regularly worth a combined $60, but you can get each and every one for free if you hurry up and download them right away. These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by
  • Watch this: The Simpsons recreates Adventure Time, South Park, Archer, Pokemon, and many more (2014-10-20 09:56:45)
    Saxophone enthusiast Lisa Simpson closed last night's Treehouse of Horror episode with this terribly meta thought:
  • New Gold Rush: why banks are racing to be the first card in your Apple Pay (2014-10-20 09:50:03)
    Over the weekend I was hit with a deluge of advertising from banks and credit card companies encouraging me to get ready for the wonder that is Apple Pay. It seemed odd to me that big-name financial institutions would be falling all over themselves to promote a service which hasn't yet launched and isn't exclusive to them. First, Apple has a history of succeeding where others have failed.
  • Listen to The Flaming Lips cover all of 'Sgt. Pepper,' with a little help from friends (2014-10-20 09:41:49)
    The Flaming Lips have kind of just done whatever weird projects they want to lately, and their newest is a cover album of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band that has a whole bunch of other artists joining in to help. Those artists include Miley Cyrus and Moby on a cover of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," Tegan and Sara for "Lovely Rita," and "My Morning Jacket" for the title track, among about two dozen other artists. It's a very eclectic set, but that just makes it all the better here.
  • Spotify finally has subscription sharing for an extra $5 per user (2014-10-20 09:41:00)
  • UK government brands trolls 'baying cowards' ahead of stiff, new prison sentences (2014-10-20 09:38:38)
    Planned new laws could put British Internet abusers behind bars for up to two years.>
  • Mitel offers $540 million for ShoreTel to expand in U.S (2014-10-20 09:38:34)
    (Reuters) - Mitel Networks Corp, a provider of business communications services, offered to buy smaller U.S. peer ShoreTel Inc for about $540 million as part of efforts to expand in the United States. Kanata, Ontario-based Mitel's cash offer of $8.10 per share represents a 24 percent premium to ShoreTel stock's closing price on Friday. Sunnyvale, California-based ShoreTel's shares were up at $7.58 - just below the offer price - in early trading on Monday. Mitel's shares were up about 1 percent at C$9.61 on the Toronto Stock Exchange, its Nasdaq-listed shares were up 3 percent at $8.67. ...
  • IBM to pay $1.5B to shed its costly chip division (2014-10-20 09:38:06)
    NEW YORK (AP) — IBM will pay $1.5 billion to Globalfoundries in order to shed its costly chip division.
  • Your first look at Google’s gorgeous new Gmail app for Android 5.0 (2014-10-20 09:30:04)
    Google is going to update its Gmail Android app to version 5.0, which will bring Material Design as well as new features. Among them, Android Police has already discovered one that may be of special interest to many smartphone users. Gmail 5.0 will not only support multiple Gmail accounts, but also email accounts from various competing companies, including Outlook or Yahoo. FROM EARLIER: How to experience Android 5.0’s gorgeous Material Design on your phone right now Thus, starting with Gmail 5.0, users will be able to get all their email in a single place, and seamlessly move from one account to the other, as shown in the video below. Obviously, the highlight of the new features in Gmail 5.0 is the gorgeous new design based
  • Marc Andreessen quits eBay board ahead of PayPal spinoff (2014-10-20 09:19:16)
    (Reuters) - Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen said he was quitting EBay Inc's board following the online retailer's decision last month to spin off its electronic payment unit, PayPal. The Silicon Valley pioneer has been involved in a public war of words with activist investor Carl Icahn, one of eBay's largest shareholders, who convinced the company to spin off PayPal after a long campaign. "After 6 years of service + completed decision to split, I've decided now is a good time to step off the eBay board of directors," Andreessen tweeted on Monday. (http://bit. ...
  • IBM to pay Globalfoundries $1.5 billion to take chip unit (2014-10-20 09:15:32)
    By Abhirup Roy (Reuters) - IBM Corp said it would hive off its loss-making semiconductor unit to contract-chipmaker Globalfoundries Inc to focus on cloud computing and big data analytics. IBM will pay Globalfoundries $1.5 billion in cash over the next three years to take the chip operations off its hands, the companies said in a statement on Monday. IBM took a related pre-tax charge of $4.7 billion in its third quarter. It also reported a 4 percent drop in revenue on Monday, hurt by weak sales in its software and services businesses. IBM's shares fell 8 percent to $167 in premarket trading. ...
  • This is the new Droid Turbo, and it looks amazing (2014-10-20 09:05:35)
    Motorola has been through a lot over the past few years as it struggled to find its place in a world after flip phones. The company’s future looked promising as it helped put Android on the map with Verizon’s original Droid, but then Samsung began throwing billions of dollars into marketing its own Android phones and Motorola was basically buried in the process. Following a sale to Google… and then another sale to Lenovo, Motorola appears to have finally hit its stride with impressive entry-level phones like the new Moto G and incredible flagship devices like the brand new Moto X. But Motorola isn’t done just yet. FROM EARLIER: Moto X review: Say hello to the best Android phone in the world
  • Amazon Kindle Voyage review (2014-10-20 09:00:02)
    The humble e-reader is the evolutionary equivalent of a duck-billed platypus: at some point, it fell off the family tree. It’s been plotting its own course ever since, totally comfortable in its weirdness, utterly oblivious to the changes happening everywhere around it. That weirdness — the e-reader’s singular, purpose-suited design — has enabled it to survive the coming of the smartphone. It survived the tablet. If I had to guess, it’ll survive whatever comes next.
  • Bluesmart wants to crowdfund the 'world's first' connected luggage (2014-10-20 09:00:00)
  • Amazon Kindle Voyage review: The best e-reader is also the priciest (2014-10-20 09:00:00)
  • Spotify family plan: Separate accounts, one discounted bill (2014-10-20 08:52:59)
    The streaming music service introduces a plan that allows up to five family members to have separate premium accounts on one bill.>
  • IBM ditches 2015 operating EPS target, shares slump (2014-10-20 08:52:42)
    By Anya George Tharakan (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp said it no longer expected to achieve its 2015 operating earnings target of at least $20 per share after weak client spending resulted in an unexpected fall in quarterly earnings and revenue. IBM's shares fell more than 9 percent in premarket trading. The world's largest technology services company, which said it would announce a new target in January, reported a 4 percent drop in revenue as clients held back on spending in September. ...
  • Get an iSmartAlarm home-security system for $124.99 (2014-10-20 08:48:00)
    That's $75 off list and the lowest price around by at least $50. Plus: a killer tablet bonus deal!>
  • China is staging a nationwide attack on iCloud and Microsoft accounts (2014-10-20 08:45:45)
    China got its first official shipments of new iPhones last week, but a new report from web censorship watchdog Great Fire indicates Chinese users may be facing an unpleasant surprise when they try to connect to Apple services at large. As of last night, the Chinese firewall is blocking all local connections to, redirecting those connections to a dummy site designed to look exactly like Apple's login page. If you're using Firefox or Chrome, you'll land on a warning page like the one above, but if you're using Qihoo, the most popular browser in China, you'll be routed straight to the dummy site with no indication that it's not being run by Apple.
  • Microsoft’s new smartwatch to launch soon: report (2014-10-20 08:41:58)
    It's managed to stay under wraps just enough to set the wearables industry abuzz with speculations about a smartwatch from Microsoft with fitness tracking capabilities, said to be launching in just weeks, according to Forbes.
  • Apple now makes 56 different iPads – here’s how to choose the right one for you (2014-10-20 08:30:57)
    Apple last week unveiled two new iPad models, the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 — though only the iPad Air 2 received a significant upgrade — making the new devices available for purchase almost immediately. Many older models are still officially available on Apple’s site and in stores, including the original iPad mini that sells for just $249. As Forbes points out, from $249 to $829 there are 56 different iPad configurations to choose from, with users having to decide on various factors including size (two options), memory (four choices, but not available across the board), colors (up to three versions), wireless connectivity (two options), and whether they need a fingerprint scanner in their iPad or not.
  • India's Idea Cellular second quarter profit up 69 percent (2014-10-20 08:21:40)
    (Reuters) - Idea Cellular Ltd , India's No.3 mobile operator, posted a 69 percent rise in quarterly profit after adding subscribers faster than its competitors and as its data plans attracted more users. Idea Cellular, the first telecoms carrier to report results for the quarter to end-September, said it earned 7.56 billion Indian rupees ($123.3 million) in its second quarter, compared with 4.48 billion rupees a year earlier. The result beat the average analyst estimate of 6.65 billion rupees in net profit, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Idea Cellular added about 1. ...
  • Gmail for Android could become a hub for all your email accounts (2014-10-20 08:14:00)
  • Marc Andreessen to quit eBay board (2014-10-20 08:09:18)
    (Reuters) - EBay Inc said venture capitalist Marc Andreessen would quit its board, after the online retailer announced last month that it was spinning off its electronic payment unit, PayPal. Andreessen, who has been on the company's board for six years, said "now is the right time to step down," eBay said in a statement on Monday. Andreessen has been involved in a public war of words with activist investor Carl Icahn, eBay's sixth-largest shareholder, who successfully convinced the company to spin off PayPal. (Reporting by Sai Sachin R in Bangalore; Editing by Kirti Pandey)
  • IBM posts 4 percent drop in quarterly revenue, shares slump (2014-10-20 07:55:19)
    (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp reported a 4 percent drop in quarterly revenue as client activity slowed in September, sending its shares down sharply in premarket trade. Total revenue fell to $22.4 billion in the third quarter ended Sept. 30 from $23.34 billion a year earlier. Analysts had expected revenue of $23.37 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. The world's largest technology services company's net profit from continuing operations fell to $3.46 billion, or $3.46 per share, from $4.14 billion, or $3.77 per share in the same quarter last year. ...
  • Google made its own Flappy Bird clone and it’ll soon be on every top Android phone (2014-10-20 07:45:20)
    As previously expected Google on Friday made the final Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK version available to developers, who have already thoroughly inspected it, pulling out various apps and other Lollipop elements (wallpapers, fonts and boot animation) for other Android users to enjoy. Among the things users who installed the SDK looked at is the usual Easter Egg Google hides in every Android OS version, finding a pleasant, and strange, surprise. FROM EARLIER: How to make your Android phone (sort of) look like Android 5.0 Lollipop right now Google has also cloned the extremely addictive Flappy Bird mobile game, creating a version of its own, and using it as the official Easter Egg for Lollipop. That’s even though Google didn’t exactly appreciate the Flappy
  • 'Doctor Who' will soon teach kids how to code (2014-10-20 07:24:00)
  • Faster 'cloud' orders for SAP hurt 2014 profit outlook (2014-10-20 07:19:15)
    By Harro Ten Wolde and Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German software maker SAP cut its 2014 operating profit forecast on Monday as customers shifted faster than expected to products delivered over the Internet, delaying when those orders can be booked as sales. Company executives said the accelerating switch from packaged software to so-called "cloud" software would shave about 200 million euros off a previous profit forecast, but that cloud contracts would bolster sales and profit in the future. ...
  • IBM to pay Globalfoundries to take chip unit (2014-10-20 07:08:30)
    (Reuters) - IBM Corp said it would hive off its loss-making semiconductor unit to contract-chipmaker Globalfoundries Inc to focus on cloud computing, mobile and big data analytics. IBM will pay Globalfoundries $1.5 billion in cash over the next three years to take the chip operations off its hands, the companies said in a statement on Monday. IBM will take a related pre-tax charge of $4.7 billion in its third quarter. ...
  • Spotify Family plans: Separate accounts, one bill (2014-10-20 07:00:16)
    Spotify has introduced a new feature called Family, allowing up to five people to have separate Premium accounts on the one bill.>
  • China Mobile quarterly revenue falls for first time since at least 2009 (2014-10-20 06:49:19)
    By Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - Quarterly revenue at China Mobile Ltd fell year-over-year for the first time since at least 2009 as China's largest telecom provider continued to stumble in the face of rising competition from popular Internet-based messaging apps. China Mobile reported on Monday operating revenue of 481.24 billion yuan ($78.59 billion) for the first nine months of the year. The cumulative figure implied revenue of 156. ...
  • Japan firm showcases Bat-Signal of the future (2014-10-20 06:25:53)
    Tokyo (AFP) - A free-floating image created by firing lasers into thin air was unveiled in Japan on Monday, offering the possibility one day of projecting messages into a cloudless sky, as seen in Batman.
  • Spotify Family lets you share a subscription from $14.99 per month (2014-10-20 06:19:16)
    Spotify is finally letting subscribers share their accounts with family and friends. The streaming music service is unveiling Spotify Family today, a way to share a premium subscription with up to four other Spotify users. Spotify says the new plans will be made available globally in the coming weeks.
  • Ello has notifications and the ability to mute that annoying 'friend,' too (2014-10-20 06:17:00)
  • EU and China end telecoms row as EU drops threats against Huawei (2014-10-20 06:02:54)
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union has ended a long-running telecoms row with China, the EU's trade chief said on Monday, dropping a threat to levy punitive tariffs on Chinese telecoms exports and easing tensions between two of the world's top trading powers. As Reuters reported exclusively on Oct. 8, the deal struck between Brussels and Beijing sets out a framework for China to address EU concerns about subsidies to Huawei , China's No. 2 telecoms equipment maker, and ZTE. ...
  • Google's redesigned Gmail app supports Yahoo and Outlook accounts (2014-10-20 05:32:44)
    Google has been updating a number of its Android apps with its new material design recently, and it looks like Gmail will be the latest to get a visual overhaul shortly. Android Police has obtained early access to Gmail 5.0 for Android, and there’s a surprise addition of Yahoo and support inside the app. Gmail for Android has traditionally supported just Google’s own mail service, but it looks like the search giant wants to help Android users manage all of their mail from within its Gmail app.
  • Researcher finds a way to mimic curves in space-time (2014-10-20 05:15:00)
  • Industry chiefs including Zuckerberg named to board of influential Beijing business school (2014-10-20 04:58:50)
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management has added three western business heavyweights to its advisory council including Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook Inc founder who has long sought to enter the Chinese market where his social network is currently banned. Zuckerberg - who was named to the board along with Virginia Rometty, the IBM chief executive, and Anheuser-Busch InBev SA CEO Carlos Brito - will attend the business school's annual board meeting in Beijing on Friday, Facebook said. ...
  • SAP cloud sales quicken, deferred sales hit outlook (2014-10-20 02:43:28)
    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German business software maker SAP on Monday cut its outlook for full-year operating profit amid an accelerating shift by customers to buy its software over the Internet rather than as packaged software, delaying recognition of those sales. SAP said it now expects 2014 operating profit, excluding some special items, of 5.6 billion to 5.8 billion euros ($7.1-7.4 billion), down from 5.8-6.0 billion euros previously. SAP reported a 5 percent rise in third-quarter operating profit, excluding special items, to 1. ...
  • SAP cuts profit outlook as more customers switch to cloud (2014-10-20 01:53:06)
    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German business software maker SAP on Monday cut its outlook for full-year operating profit amid an accelerating shift by customers to buy its software over the Internet rather than as packaged software, delaying recognition of those sales. SAP said it now 2014 expects operating profit, excluding some special items of 5.6 billion to 5.8 billion euros ($7.14-7.40 bln), down from 5.8-6.0 billion previously. ...
  • Watch Earth roll by live in HD, streamed from the ISS (2014-10-20 01:46:03)
    Get your relaxing internet fix by sitting back and watching the Blue Marble roll away in real-time under the orbit of the ISS.>
  • Yahoo set to outline cost-cutting efforts: WSJ (2014-10-20 01:07:35)
    (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc is expected on Tuesday to outline cost-cutting efforts and give details of how it is evaluating possible acquisitions as it faces pressure from an activist investor, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a person who was briefed on the plan. Yahoo is considering acquiring one or more large technology startups with some of the $5.8 billion it made from the initial public offering of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, the newspaper said. Representatives at Yahoo did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment outside regular U.S. business hours. ...
  • A Microsoft smartwatch could appear in weeks (2014-10-20 00:56:00)
  • Virgin Galactic to resume powered test flights (2014-10-20 00:27:30)
    Virgin's commercial passenger space flight venture is soon to begin a new round of test flights for spaceliner SpaceShipTwo.>
  • Dyson tackles the humidifier, kills water-based bacteria with UV light (2014-10-20 00:25:00)
  • MP4 Downloader Pro review (2014-10-20 00:10:30)
    Download videos from video sites and increase download speeds
  • FLV Downloader review (2014-10-20 00:02:29)
    Download Web videos and accelerate downloads by up to 5 times
  • The Dyson humidifier cleans your air with ultraviolet light (2014-10-20 00:00:02)
    Dyson doesn't enter new product categories all that often, but today we're seeing the second in less than two months. Following the September introduction of the 360 Eye robot vacuum, Dyson is now unveiling its first humidifier, simply called the Dyson humidifier. It'll look a lot more familiar than the 360 Eye, however; it's an evolution of the iconic Air Multiplier line of bladeless fans. Dyson says the emphasis is on hygiene and even distribution of air, with its humidifier cleaning water before blasting it into the room as mist.
  • IBM to pay Globalfoundries $1.5 billion to take chip unit off its hands: WSJ (2014-10-19 23:56:04)
    (Reuters) - IBM Corp has agreed to hive off its loss-making semiconductor unit to contract-chipmaker Globalfoundries Inc, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. IBM will pay Globalfoundries $1.5 billion to take the chip operations off its hands, WSJ said. IBM issued an advisory on Sunday saying it would make a "major business announcement" on Monday. Talks between IBM and Globalfoundries has been going on for a while. IBM is also scheduled to report its third-quarter earnings on Monday. ...
  • XnView review (2014-10-19 23:48:14)
    Manage multimedia files and all possible image formats
  • Smarty Uninstaller review (2014-10-19 23:13:31)
    Remove programs installed on your system
  • Microsoft reportedly ready to launch smartwatch in weeks (2014-10-19 23:07:26)
    Device will sport a health-tracking features and work with multiple mobile platforms, Forbes reports.>
  • Fitbit's new wearable looks like a watch, crams in GPS and a heart rate monitor (2014-10-19 22:54:00)
  • Blocks: A customisable, modular smartwatch (2014-10-19 22:18:58)
    Creator of the modular smartphone Phonebloks is stepping into the wearable market with a customisable, modular smartwatch called Blocks.>
  • 'Doctor Who' recap: 'Flatline' (2014-10-19 21:58:46)
    For this season of Doctor Who, Ross Miller and Kwame Opam will be sounding off on each episode in a series of emails we'll be publishing on the site. Where nothing out of the ordinary happened they just sat on a couch and watched Addams Family?
  • The season you're born in affects your moodiness, study says (2014-10-19 21:56:43)
    Hungarian research suggests that those born in the summer are moodier adults than those born in the winter.>
  • The season you're born affects your moodiness, study says (2014-10-19 21:04:07)
    Hungarian research suggests that those born in the summer are moodier adults than those born in the winter.>
  • Fitbit enters the smartwatch game with the Surge 'fitness superwatch' (2014-10-19 20:51:03)
    Leaked marketing materials show that Fitbit has a fitness-focused $250 smartwatch on the way, with GPS and continuous heart-rate monitoring.>
  • Leak gives a clearer look at Motorola's upcoming Droid Turbo (2014-10-19 20:04:00)
  • Physicists create reversible laser tractor beam (2014-10-19 19:45:12)
    Physicists have built a tractor beam out of lasers that can both repel and attract objects across distances 100 times farther than previously possible.>
  • Screenshot Captor review (2014-10-19 19:33:48)
    Capture and save screenshots of your desktop
  • PDF Combine review (2014-10-19 19:22:09)
    Combine many PDF files into one in a few clicks via GUI or command line
  • Nevron Text Editor review (2014-10-19 19:14:19)
    Provide a complete set of text processing and text editing features
  • MiniTool Photo Recovery review (2014-10-19 19:02:16)
    Recover all lost multimedia files in storage devices
  • Macrium Reflect review (2014-10-19 18:52:44)
    Back up files into compressed archive, or create a disk image for recovery
  • iExplorer review (2014-10-19 18:41:15)
    Help in transfering music from any iPhone, iPod or iPad to a Mac or PC computer and iTunes
  • Microsoft plans to launch smartwatch within weeks: Forbes (2014-10-19 18:36:41)
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. is preparing to launch a smartwatch within the next few weeks that will passively track a user's heart rate and work across different mobile platforms, Forbes reported on Sunday. The wearable gadget's battery life will exceed two days of regular use, Forbes reported, citing unnamed sources close to the project. It will arrive in stores soon after being unveiled in an effort to capture the holiday season, Forbes reported. Microsoft declined to comment. Apple Inc unveiled a smartwatch on Sept. ...
  • New White House efforts help secure your payments (2014-10-19 18:29:00)
  • CopyTrans Manager review (2014-10-19 18:24:46)
    Transfer music or videos from PC to iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch
  • CopyTrans review (2014-10-19 18:14:08)
    Transfer files from iPod, iPhone, and iPad to iTunes and computer
  • Baidu Spark Security review (2014-10-19 18:02:33)
    Browse the Internet with confidence and speed
  • Auslogics Registry Cleaner review (2014-10-19 17:54:06)
    Clean up registry to speed up your PC
  • ACDSee Pro review (2014-10-19 17:46:56)
    Carry out all essential tasks of the photography workflow and digital asset management in one place
  • SwiftKey Keyboard review (2014-10-19 17:28:22)
    smart keyboard that learns from you and adapts to the way you type
  • Here's every device getting Android 5.0 Lollipop so far (2014-10-19 17:03:00)
  • Microsoft to launch its wearable fitness band in coming weeks (2014-10-19 17:01:03)
    Microsoft is planning to launch its own wearable fitness band in the coming weeks. Forbes reports that the announcement is due "within the next few weeks," and The Verge can confirm this is accurate. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that the launch of Microsoft’s wearable fitness band is imminent, and the device will be stocked at retailers in time for the holiday season. Microsoft’s wearable launch will mark 10 years since the company announced its SPOT smartwatch in 2004 that used FM radio signals to send instant messages from Windows Messenger, news headlines, stock information, and weather forecasts to your wrist.
  • This is the Fitbit Surge, a $250 'superwatch' with built-in GPS (2014-10-19 16:50:25)
    Fitbit is preparing to launch three new fitness trackers in the coming weeks. Two of those will be the Charge and Charge HR. The Charge looks to be a revision of the Fitbit Force, which was pulled off the market after it caused bad skin reactions for some customers. Charge HR will offer a bit extra with the addition of PurePulse, the company's wrist-based heart rate monitoring system. But there's more: Fitbit has also been working on a third, flagship wearable for serious athletes. It's the Fitbit Surge.
  • Facebook tells the DEA it can't use phony profiles to go after suspects (2014-10-19 16:28:45)
    Facebook has a message for the DEA: if you want to use our service, you have to use your real name. In a letter sent to the Drug Enforcement Administration on Friday, chief security office Joe Sullivan chided the agency for allowing one of its officers to lure criminals with a fake Facebook account created in a suspect's name. "We regard the DEA's conduct to be a knowing and serious breach of Facebook's terms and policies," writes Sullivan.
  • Become the walking bread in new simulator game (2014-10-19 16:20:26)
    Don't loaf around when you can have adventures as a slice of bread on a quest to become toast in "I Am Bread" from Bossa Studios.>
  • Siri, an autistic boy's best friend (2014-10-19 16:06:49)
    A writer describes how her 13-year-old son seems to talk with Apple's digital assistant more easily than with her. Can technology design virtual humans as we'd wish real ones were?>
  • IDrive review (2014-10-19 14:41:08)
    IDrive gets PC Mag Editors Choice Award The IDrive iOS app makes it possible to backup and restore mobile data with a 'single tap' You can backup
  • Swype review (2014-10-19 14:34:25)
    Swiping keyboard that predicts what you type or Swype
  • Google Voice review (2014-10-19 14:23:51)
    Access your Google Voice account right from your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
  • F-Secure Safe for Smartphone & Tablet review (2014-10-19 14:12:15)
    Protect your Internet browsing by blocking malicious sites automatically
  • This trailer turns 'Wall-E' into an animated version of 'Interstellar' (2014-10-19 13:10:34)
    Wall-E is one of Pixar's finest films, but what if that adorable little robot was just a bit more... epic? A teenaged filmmaker named Bobby Burns has decided to do just that by giving the film the Christopher Nolan treatment. The trailer swaps Wall-E's heart-warming tone for that of Nolan's upcoming space opera, Interstellar. That means the fate of mankind rests in the hands (claws?) of the endearing Wall-E instead of a grizzled astronaut played by Matthew McConaughey. In all seriousness, though, the trailer speaks volumes to the power of editing and sound. ...
  • The computer as copilot: Charting the growth of navigation tech (2014-10-19 13:00:00)
  • Beats celebrates slimline LeBron's big, fat return to Cleveland (2014-10-19 12:55:40)
    Apple's Beats reaches for profundity as it shows LeBron James losing weight and gaining soul in a new campaign.>
  • Latest leak gives best look yet at Motorola's Droid Turbo (2014-10-19 12:14:01)
    Motorola's next Verizon-exclusive Android phone hasn't been announced, but a number of leaks have left very little to the imagination. Now we're getting our best look yet at the device, called the Droid Turbo. An official press image, obtained by prolific leaker @evleaks, shows the device in both its red and black getups. Unfortunately, the phone just isn't very good looking, though these press images do make the black, Kevlar-equipped phone look a bit less ugly. Nevertheless, what's inside the phone is very promising. ...
  • Inhabitat's Week in Green: Fusion power, Drop-a-Brick and settlements on Mars (2014-10-19 11:30:00)
  • Beats celebrates LeBron's homecoming with another epic commercial (2014-10-19 11:18:38)
    The new NBA season gets underway this month, and Beats has teamed up with the league's biggest star, LeBron James, for its latest campaign. This long-form ad — which isn't the first to come from Beats — focuses entirely on James' homecoming and his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Beats very much wants everyone to know that LeBron wears them while training.
  • Google's Nexus Player gets FCC approval, right on cue (2014-10-19 10:00:00)
  • Android vendors reportedly shot down Google’s bold anti-fragmentation plan (2014-10-19 09:30:47)
    Android Silver was supposed to be Google’s next-gen line of high-end devices that would offer users access to top hardware and a stock Android experience. While the Search giant never confirmed these plans, reports said that Google wanted to replace Nexus and Google Play Edition smartphones and tablets with Android Silver, with some people even claiming the Nexus 6 might have been sacrificed in the process. However, it turned out that Google had to postpone its Android Silver plans, and the company confirmed soon after I/O 2014 that it isn’t interested in dumping the Nexus device line. FROM EARLIER: Google reportedly clamps down further on Samsung’s ability to mess with Android Re/code has learned that Google indeed wanted to convince OEMs to take
  • The US government's wireless-spectrum auction: Why it matters (FAQ) (2014-10-19 07:00:03)
    It's the first auction of new wireless spectrum in six years. CNET gets you up to speed on how this will affect your wireless service in the future.>
  • Britain threatens Internet 'trolls' with two years in jail (2014-10-19 07:00:01)
    London (AFP) - People found guilty of Internet "trolling" in Britain could be jailed for up to two years under government proposals outlined on Sunday, following a number of high-profile case of abuse on Twitter.
  • Scientists want to fight the Ebola outbreak using robots (2014-10-19 03:06:00)
  • You can't upgrade the new Mac mini's RAM (2014-10-19 00:43:00)
  • Google halts Nexus Player pre-orders as it awaits FCC certification (2014-10-19 00:28:01)
    When it comes to the living room, it seems Google just can't catch a break. Pre-orders for the company's latest effort, the Nexus Player, started briefly yesterday, but there was a bit of a problem. The device hadn't yet been approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). That's why Nexus Player pre-orders are no longer available. A message on the Google Play store explains, "This device has not been approved by the Federal Communications Commission. It is not for sale until approval of the FCC has been obtained. ...
  • Google opened Nexus Player pre-orders before receiving FCC certification (2014-10-19 00:28:01)
    When it comes to the living room, it seems Google just can't catch a break. Pre-orders for the company's latest effort, the Nexus Player, started briefly on Friday, but there was a bit of a problem. The Asus-made device hadn't yet been approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). As a result, Google was embarrassingly forced to shut down pre-orders just as soon as they began.
  • Air Force's mysterious space drone returns after two years in orbit (2014-10-18 22:48:00)
  • Cord review (2014-10-18 22:04:03)
    One tap voice chat
  • Cisco AnyConnect review (2014-10-18 21:54:09)
    Administrators If you have any questions regarding licensing or would like evaluation licenses, please contact ac-mobile-license-request (AT)
  • ChitChat review (2014-10-18 21:47:37)
    Tap and hold on a contact to send self destructive messages
  • F-Secure Mobile Security for Android review (2014-10-18 21:32:50)
    Provide security for your Android device
  • VueScan for Mac review (2014-10-18 21:24:21)
    High-quality scanner driver with support for several manufacturers
  • Transmit for Mac review (2014-10-18 21:14:09)
    FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3 client
  • Tembo for Mac review (2014-10-18 21:07:49)
    Make searching and finding of files, mail messages, bookmarks, as easy as possible
  • Apple's new iPads, the Nexus 6 and other stories you might've missed (2014-10-18 20:56:00)
  • See Finance for Mac review (2014-10-18 20:53:21)
    Track and monitor all your income and expenses quickly and easily
  • Snapchat just ran its first ad and it's for 'Ouija' (2014-10-18 19:48:16)
    Making good on CEO Evan Spiegel's announcement earlier this month, Snapchat ran its first ad this weekend. The brief spot was a sponsored story for the upcoming horror film Ouija, and it's safe to assume that more ads of that stripe are on the way.
  • Facebook wants the DEA to promise that it won't create fake accounts (2014-10-18 19:42:00)
  • The Verge Playlist: Brian Eno (2014-10-18 19:00:02)
    There was a New Yorker article, published over the summer, explaining how musician-producer Brian Eno allowed randomness to take control of his work, which by now has directly or indirectly touched some of the greatest bands in the popular music canon — he's produced albums for David Bowie and Talking Heads, and created solo works that are strange little gems of their own. The article went on to argue that certain projects may have been worse off for having Eno's sensibilities — ambient tones, electronic instruments, some other elements I can't easily identify — in the mix. Maybe. ...
  • RedShift electric motocross race bikes will be ready to roll in 2015 (2014-10-18 18:30:00)
  • Disney rendered its new animated film on a 55,000-core supercomputer (2014-10-18 17:00:00)
  • Watch Jony Ive explain Apple's design process in a rare public interview (2014-10-18 16:33:10)
    Earlier this month, Apple chief designer Jony Ive appeared on stage for a rare interview during the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit. Ive is characteristically deliberate with his words as he answers a number of questions posed by Vanity Fair's Graydon Carter. While Ive does let loose at one point, summarily criticizing those who mimic his designs, most of the interview provides a simple but intriguing view into a man who often keeps far from the public eye.
  • Sprint cuts 452 jobs at its Kansas headquarters (2014-10-18 16:19:09)
    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Sprint Corp. has cut 452 jobs from its Overland Park headquarters as part of a previously announced cost-cutting effort, the nation's third-biggest cellphone carrier disclosed in a filing with the Kansas Department of Commerce.
  • Google freezes Nexus Player orders while it waits for US approval (2014-10-18 15:38:00)
  • Autodesk Pixlr for Mac review (2014-10-18 15:09:21)
    Photo editor tools provide more control over your photo editing process
  • Flickr's iPad app is exactly what you'd expect – and that's a good thing (2014-10-18 15:01:02)
    The new app takes cues from Yahoo's revamped Weather, Finance, and Mail apps, which means lots of big, pretty photos, transparent menus, and skinny, sans serif fonts. You can comment, fave, and share photos.
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac review (2014-10-18 14:46:02)
    Run Windows and other operating systems simultaneously with Mac OS X
  • Gimp for Mac review (2014-10-18 14:35:40)
    Create, alter, and manipulate photos
  • Eset Cyber Security for Mac review (2014-10-18 14:26:14)
    Fast, powerful detection of various cyber threats, without sacrificing the Mac�® experience
  • Watch Sir Ian McKellen give the best advice possible to students (2014-10-18 14:16:10)
    Sir Ian McKellen is one of the finest Englishmen working in Hollywood. But his Gandalf persona, with that sonorous delivery, is just iconic. You could watch him all day it's so perfect. So, the schoolchildren at the Chew Valley School in Southwest England were lucky enough to have him pass by the other day. And he gave them some perfect advice: "In your preparation for your examinations, if you don't do your revision properly, you know what will happen? You shall not pass!"
  • Apple removes Bose products from stores following Beats settlement (2014-10-18 13:45:00)
  • Google's brilliant response to Colbert's inferiority complex (2014-10-18 13:40:31)
    Satirist Stephen Colbert complains that a Google search has his height wrong. So, try searching "How tall is Stephen Colbert" now.>
  • Experience the true existential madness of automated customer service (2014-10-18 13:16:10)
    You've made those calls. You've pressed 2 for Spanish. And you've waited till eternity. This new video exists to tell you that you aren't alone.>
  • FCC starts the process for making '5G' gigabit mobile data a reality (2014-10-18 11:42:00)
  • Steam is letting you play ten games for free this weekend (2014-10-18 11:16:01)
    Are you looking to get your game on this weekend? Is your collection looking a bit stale? If so, you might want to boot up Steam, as the online store is throwing one of its largest free weekend promotions ever. Ten, count them, ten entire games are free to download and play until tomorrow afternoon at 4PM ET. The list includes some excellent titles, such as XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Payday 2, and Don't Starve. And if you can't manage to hammer through these games over the weekend, you'll be glad to hear that all of the titles are on deep discount — most are 75 percent off. ...
  • Here’s where we might finally find alien life (2014-10-18 10:45:30)
    One of the lesser moons of Saturn, Mimas, has been largely viewed as a boring lump of ice. But a new discovery has suddenly turned this moon into hot property: its rotational wobble turns out to be far stronger than expected. Mimas is almost perfectly spherical, so a robust wobble implies that something intriguing is going on below its surface…  and that something is very likely to be sloshing. The most likely explanation for the wobble would be an internal ocean starting between 24 and 31 kilometers below the moon’s surface. This would be something of a puzzle in a moon as small as Mimas — how could a liquid ocean remain warm enough for billions of years? One possibility is that the
  • Google's short film examines the science of voice recognition (2014-10-18 10:36:00)
  • The Weekender: on comets, cancer, and 'Castlevania' (2014-10-18 10:00:03)
    Good morning, and welcome back to the Weekender. Our weekend journey is just now starting, so thank you for choosing us for your travels. As you may recall, this was the 42nd week of the year 2014 on the planet known colloquially as Earth, otherwise known as Terra in other inhabited star systems. It was not a quiet week, as you might imagine. Below you'll find your itinerary, carefully crafted for your pleasure; stories from the week passed and recommendations for the days ahead. Now. Please sit back and relax as we take you on a journey through time and space. ...
  • A comprehensive guide to using 2014’s coolest new iOS and OS X feature (2014-10-18 09:30:34)
    The coolest new feature that spans across both iOS and OS X announced this year has definitely been the Handoff feature that will let you quickly move information and data between iOS devices and your Mac. 9to5Mac’s Sarah Guarino has put together a fantastic guide for how to use this new feature, which iPhone owners can finally use now that Apple has released OS X Yosemite. RELATED: Apple announces release details and pricing for OS X Yosemite The first thing you’ll need to do is obviously have a device with iOS 8 installed that you’ll pair to your Mac via Bluetooth. Guarino also lists all the Macs that you can use to run the Handoff feature: “A 2012 iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook
  • This is the most beautiful owner's manual you've ever seen (2014-10-18 09:01:02)
    When you invest seven figures in securing one of the most exotic, exclusive vehicles ever made, perhaps you just expect that the owner's manual is going to be a work of art. Every owner's manual I've ever had has ended up stuffed in a glovebox, pages greasy, creased, and torn. With the McLaren F1, mishandling the owner's manual would be a crime — doubly so after you hear the amount of thought and effort that went into it.
  • New York Attorney General says most Airbnb rentals in NYC violate the law (2014-10-18 08:05:00)
  • X-ray machine used to disappoint 'Star Wars' fan (2014-10-18 06:26:00)
  • Flickr chooses a great time to launch its iPad app (2014-10-18 03:30:00)
  • Fitbit: skin irritations were allergies, new wristbands have a warning (2014-10-18 00:04:00)
  • Sony's SmartWatch 3 lands on Google Play Store for $249 (2014-10-17 23:20:25)
    Signaling an imminent launch, Sony's upcoming Smartwatch 3 just appeared on the Google Play Store. The sporty yet altogether disappointing Android Wear device is listed at $249.99, putting it on par with the rest of the competition, but there still isn't a firm release date.
  • Capture 360-degree videos of your environment with this surveillance blazer (2014-10-17 22:07:00)
  • Capture 360-degree videos with this surveillance blazer (2014-10-17 22:07:00)
  • Foo Fighters' American music history lesson 'Sonic Highways' premieres tonight (2014-10-17 21:40:02)
    The new HBO documentary series Sonic Highways — directed by the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl — debuts tonight, and if it's anything like the extremely well-received documentary Sound City he directed in 2013, it might just be worth canceling your Friday night plans for.
  • Apple's iPad Air 2 on preorder at Walmart for $489 (2014-10-17 20:47:01)
    The retail giant nudges down the price for Apple's two new tablets -- the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 -- while also cutting the cost of the iPad Mini original.>
  • iFixit takes a peek inside Apple's new '5K' iMac (2014-10-17 20:45:00)
  • Watch 'The Hobbit,' as told in 72 seconds of Lego stop-motion animation (2014-10-17 19:44:36)
    Even if, like me, you have a love for all things Middle-earth, it's easy to say that Peter Jackson has probably gone overboard with his trilogy of films based on The Hobbit. (My point of view? Two films would have been plenty, and they don't need to be as long as they are, but I'm still happy to overindulge and spend more time in his gorgeous version of Middle-earth).
  • Engadget Daily: unlimited clean power, why there's no Retina MacBook Air and more! (2014-10-17 19:42:00)
  • Crave Ep. 179: This umbrella shoots air to keep you dry (2014-10-17 19:32:04)
    The Air Umbrella has reached its funding goal and is coming to market. Can it really protect your dome from torrential downpours using a force field of air?>
  • Mac Free Any Data Recovery for Mac review (2014-10-17 19:13:33)
    Recover documents, emails, photos, videos, audio files and more
  • PS4’s impressive lead in the console market stretches to 9 consecutive months (2014-10-17 19:05:16)
    Despite some early indications that Microsoft might have finally found a way to combat the sales chart tyranny of the PlayStation 4, the latest numbers from the NPD Group say otherwise. In an email correspondence on Thursday afternoon, Sony confirmed that the PS4 had achieved nine straight months of chart-topping success, tripling August’s sales figures. “September 2014 was a record-breaking month for PlayStation’s digital business, thanks in large part to the success of Destiny,” said Eric Lempel, vice president of Sony Network Entertainment International. “Last month’s PlayStation Store revenue increased nearly 90 percent compared with Sept. 2013. Working closely with Activision and Bungie, we wanted to make the launch of Destiny a special experience for PlayStation fans. We’re thrilled to see
  • Google explains how it fights piracy in search results (2014-10-17 18:58:00)
  • Snapchat's advertising push begins (2014-10-17 18:50:44)
    The social network known for its ephemeral messages is finally trying to make money, nearly a year after Facebook offered to acquire it for $3 billion.>
  • Do cases FBI cites support encryption worries? (2014-10-17 18:50:29)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The text messages captured a cover-up of unimaginable abuse: Parents had struck their toddler so often that they ultimately killed her. The child shook badly because we beat her, the father wrote, and the mother complained that their 2-year-old was the devil.
  • Goat Simulator review (2014-10-17 18:34:03)
    Cause as much destruction as you possibly can as a goat
  • Playdate: We're livestreaming 'The Evil Within' on PS4! (2014-10-17 18:30:00)
  • Playdate: We're livestreaming 'The Evil Within' on PS4! (update: game over!) (2014-10-17 18:30:00)
  • Free Audio Converter review (2014-10-17 18:19:12)
    Convert audio files between MP3, WAV, M4A, AAC, WMA, OGG, FLAC, and APE formats
  • Star Apps: Women of 'The Wonder Years' (2014-10-17 18:06:53)
    Danica McKellar, Olivia d'Abo, and Alley Mills reminisce about the award-winning series.
  • Normal review (2014-10-17 18:06:17)
    Battery diagnosis service that suggests personalized actions you can take to extend your battery life
  • Sound Off! Would you pay for HBO's standalone streaming service? (2014-10-17 18:02:00)
  • Apple exec: Apple is ‘not that interested’ in building a touchscreen Mac (2014-10-17 18:00:26)
    In an interview with CNET following Apple’s iPad and Mac event on Thursday, Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi, who talked about Apple’s iOS 8 and OS X operating systems during the keynote, said Apple isn’t likely to make a Mac or Macbook computer with a touchscreen display anytime soon. FROM EARLIER: Check out Apple’s official introduction videos for the iPad Air 2 and Retina iMac “We don’t think it’s the right interface, honestly,” Federighi said. “Mac is sort of a sit-down experience.” “We’ve really focused on building the best track pads we can, something where it feels your posture’s relaxed, it’s a comfortable machine to use,” he added. “And, of course, over the years we’ve
  • Twitter spices timelines with unasked-for tweets (2014-10-17 17:59:55)
    San Francisco (AFP) - Twitter said Friday it would start reconfiguring its users' timelines with "relevant" messages from people they haven't bothered to follow at the service.
  • The insanely elaborate quest to recover the oldest satellite photos of Arctic ice (2014-10-17 17:57:41)
    If you are a climate scientist trying to study the amount of sea ice on Earth poles over time, it make senses to look at as many satellite images of Antarctica and the Arctic as you can get your hands on. As Barents Observer reports, a climate scientist named David Gallaher at the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Colorado recently managed to painstakingly recover old satellite data from the early 1960s captured by vintage NASA Nimbus satellites.
  • Whisper app trades barbs on anonymity with Guardian (2014-10-17 17:57:21)
    Washington (AFP) - The anonymous messaging app Whisper has lashed out at the Guardian newspaper, denying allegations that it secretly tracked users and shared data with the US government.
  • Famous Ewok actor to appear in 'Star Wars: Episode VII' (2014-10-17 17:57:21)
    The actor known best as Wicket the Ewok in "Star Wars" receives a very important phone call about returning to a galaxy far, far away. Yub nub!>
  • Express Scribe Transcription Free for Mac review (2014-10-17 17:54:53)
    Express Scribe Free for Mac assists in transcribing audio files
  • HBO may price online-only subscription service at $15 a month (2014-10-17 17:45:28)
    HBO's plans to bring its programming to Internet users via a Netflix-style streaming service may cost as much as bundling it with a cable package, according to a report.>
  • Giant comet to pass Mars for the first time in a million years (2014-10-17 17:38:06)
    The closest look ever at a new comet will happen when the mountain-size comet Siding Spring buzzes past Mars this weekend.>
  • The 404 Show 1,567: Teens deal with social FOMO, online dating data, how to poop at work (podcast) (2014-10-17 17:34:47)
    It's a super clean show today! We'll talk about the real-life social implications of "FOMO" and how the most successful people poop at work. Oh, and there were some Apple products announced yesterday, too.>
  • 'Halo: The Master Chief Collection' needs 20GB day-one patch (2014-10-17 17:28:00)
  • Facebook unfriends federal drug agency (2014-10-17 17:05:51)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook wants assurances from the Drug Enforcement Administration that it's not operating any more fake profile pages as part of ongoing investigations.
  • Twitpic to shutter service after all (2014-10-17 16:59:09)
    San Francisco (AFP) - Twitpic on Friday put out word that the service is shutting down after all, apologizing for a "false alarm" that a merger would be its salvation.
  • TextSecure Private Messenger review (2014-10-17 16:53:46)
    Take back your privacy while easily communicating with friends
  • Google's Android, Chrome software may converge, exec change suggests (2014-10-17 16:51:41)
    The engineering teams for both software platforms are now led by the same person, a move that's the latest example of Google blurring the lines between its two operating systems.>
  • Presto Orville Redenbacher popcorn fountain flows anew (2014-10-17 16:45:45)
    The Orville Redenbacher's Fountain Hot Air Popper by Presto features fun popping action. As kernels pop, they flow up and into the bowl.>
  • KeyScrambler Personal review (2014-10-17 16:42:36)
    Encrypt keystrokes to protect your browser from keyloggers
  • Alpine's high-end headphones let you feel the music, literally (2014-10-17 16:42:00)
  • Tons of people are still lining up to buy the iPhone 6 (2014-10-17 16:40:15)
    You’re not going to believe this: people are still buying the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Alright, maybe that isn’t much of a shock, but it’s pretty incredible to see that iPhone fans are actually still lining up at the Apple Store in New York City to pick up a new phone. Walter Piecyk, an analyst at BTIG, tweeted pictures on Friday of anxious consumers lined up around the block on Fifth Avenue waiting for their chance to buy an iPhone 6. When you consider the unprecedented demand for the two new iPhone models at launch, it’s easier to understand why some smartphone owners might have had to wait a month before they could dive in to the new generation. Some
  • Secretive X-37B space plane returns to Earth, two years on (2014-10-17 16:38:53)
    The Air Force says that the almost one-of-a-kind spacecraft "conducted on-orbit experiments" in the the longest-ever mission for the X-37B program.>
  • Angry Birds Stella review (2014-10-17 16:36:50)
    Join Stella and her friends on a quest to protect Golden Island from the greedy Bad Princess and her clueless piggies
  • 8 high-end drip coffeemakers for brewing right at home (2014-10-17 16:21:07)
    From the almost robotic to sublime unions of form and function, there's sure to be a coffeemaker here with your name on it.>
  • Apple SIM could mean big changes for carriers (2014-10-17 16:13:22)
    Apple's new iPads make it easy to switch carriers, debuts his version of a smartwatch, and CBS joins HBO with a standalone Web TV service.>
  • Tumblr's new desktop app is all Tumblr, all the time (2014-10-17 16:08:00)
  • Apple has removed all Bose products from its stores (2014-10-17 15:02:53)
    You can't buy Bose products from Apple's online store anymore. As spotted by 9to5Mac, headphones from Bose's QuietComfort series and speakers including the SoundLink Mini and SoundLink III have completely vanished from Apple's web storefront. A search for "Bose" now points you to refurbished Apple routers and other non-related items. Presumably Bose's lineup will soon make an exit from retail stores, if products haven't been pulled down from shelves already. ...