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  • It will cost $110 to play all of Star Wars Battlefront (2015-10-12 16:04:22)
    Rolling off positive press for the Star Wars Battlefront beta, video game publisher Electronic Arts announced today that a season pass for the game's post-launch content will sell for a whopping $50 — only $10 less than the game's full price at launch. The pass will include four downloadable content packs and a self-referential emote called "Shoot First," though what will be most difficult to resist for dedicated players is two-week advance access to each of the expansions.
  • Watch this now: This is why we need 4K iPhones and Android phones (2015-10-12 15:51:28)
    A lot of people probably aren’t recording a lot of 4K videos with their smartphones, particularly if they only have a measly 16GB of storage to work with. Yet, as the following video will show you, 4K video recording can be flat-out awesome. In this particular case, we’re looking at a water droplet floating inside the International Space Station that then dissolves an effervescent tablet. DON’T MISS: Comcast admits its 300GB data cap serves no technical purpose How can an Alka-Seltzer pill dissolving in water be interesting? It’s surely very boring on Earth, where you’d do it in a cup. The gravity keeps everything together inside the cup and it’s entirely predictable. But do that in space, where there’s no gravity, and
  • Tag Heuer is unveiling its Android Wear smartwatch next month (2015-10-12 15:47:22)
    Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer has set a date for its upcoming Android Wear smartwatch unveiling. The Tag Heuer Connected, as it's called, will make its debut at the LVMH Tower in New York City on November 9th, according to invites sent out by the company today. The watch is reportedly based on the popular Tag Carrera and will cost around $1,800, according to a interview with Tag CEO Jean-Claude Biver on CNBC last month.
  • The battle over backdoor government data access isn't over (2015-10-12 15:46:00)
  • Streaming TV services: What they cost, what you get (2015-10-12 15:34:13)
    Cable or satellite packages, excluding promotions, can easily run $70 to $100 a month. That gets you hundreds of diverse channels — ESPN for sports lovers, premium channels like HBO and Showtime, the major networks and niche options. But maybe you can find more cost-effective options online.
  • Star Wars Battlefront: Three new modes revealed (2015-10-12 15:26:52)
    Get the scoop on Hero Hunt, Droid Run, and Cargo.
  • Uncharted fans don't want a movie, says Nathan Drake voice actor (2015-10-12 15:26:50)
    Nolan North believes the players are too attached to in-game Drake.
  • Halo 5 dev defends game's microtransactions (2015-10-12 15:26:46)
    Everything available in the game's REQ system is obtainable "whether you spend money or not."
  • Choice is everything in Black Ops 3 campaign mode (2015-10-12 15:25:04)
    In place of true innovation, Treyarch has added layer upon layer of customisation.
  • Netflix is ready for the Oscars in the final Beasts of No Nation trailer (2015-10-12 15:24:26)
    Netflix has become synonymous with award-winning television, and with Beasts of No Nation that reputation could stretch to movies. The company has just released the final trailer for the film, which is debuting Friday simultaneously on Netflix as well as in a limited theatrical run with Landmark Theaters. Directed by Cary Fukunaga (who directed the first season of True Detective), it tells the story of Agu (Abraham Attah), a young boy in West Africa who finds himself under the brutal tutelage of a band of rebels, led by Idris Elba's Commandant. Netflix acquired the project in March for a reported $12 million price tag.
  • These are the most rewatchable movies ever (2015-10-12 15:24:14)
    As the number of services giving us the ability to watch movies at our leisure grows, it is becoming increasingly difficult to simply sit down and settle on a movie to watch. Between Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Now, Showtime and countless others, it’s easy to get overwhelmed — but when you can’t decide on which new movie to watch, you can always return to an old favorite. READ MORE: Leak reveals a brand-new Android phone made by… Pepsi Last week, FiveThirtyEight published the results of a poll asking people to list the five films they could watch over and over again. Over 4,000 entries later, here are the top 10 most rewatchable movies, according to the respondents: Star Wars The Wizard of Oz The
  • The new 'Back to the Future' vinyl box set is a work of art (2015-10-12 15:16:00)
  • Dell buying EMC in $67 billion bet on data storage (2015-10-12 15:11:17)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Dell is buying data storage company EMC for $67 billion in a huge bet on a segment of technology that has proven to be more profitable than the slumping personal computer market.
  • You can buy the OnePlus 2 right now without an invite, but only for one hour (2015-10-12 15:00:52)
    If you don’t mind paying $650, $750 or even more for a smartphone, there are plenty of terrific options out there. Apple’s new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are the cream of the crop, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 are most sleek and powerful Android phones out there, and there are a number of other top-shelf options shoppers have to choose from. Of course, if you want a phone with a beautiful design, solid performance and a price tag that won’t break your budget, your options are significantly reduced. Among them, the OnePlus 2 is easily one of the best, but it’s also very difficult to actually buy one… until now. MUST SEE: Meet Bird, a device that could find itself
  • Luke Skywalker gets crushed by an AT-AT in Battlefront video (2015-10-12 14:59:59)
    After looking like he might single-handedly defeat the Empire in the Battle of Hoth, Luke Skywalker's life gets cut short in this Star Wars Battlefront gameplay video.
  • PepsiCo says to market mobile phones, accessories in China (2015-10-12 14:54:37)
    (Reuters) - PepsiCo Inc said on Monday it is working with a licensing partner to market a line of mobile phones and accessories in China in the next few months. The food and beverage company however has no plans to get into the mobile phone manufacturing business, a PepsiCo spokeswoman said by email. "Available in China only, this effort is similar to recent globally licensed Pepsi products which include apparel and accessories," the spokeswoman said.
  • Google releases improved Cardboard SDK and adds Street View (2015-10-12 14:53:00)
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider: Is Lara struggling with her sanity? (2015-10-12 14:51:37)
    Director Brian Horton and franchise creative director Noah Hughes delve into Lara Croft's headspace at the start of her latest adventure.
  • Star Wars Battlefront is the dad rock of video games (2015-10-12 14:50:34)
    Battlefront has one of the most friendly user-interfaces I've experienced in years, communicating the basics to newcomers without overwhelming the screen as to annoy players on their 10th or 15th hour of play. On the flip side, I had to learn to love the most popular video game of the moment.
  • Ikarus Security App Could Leave Your Android Vulnerable (2015-10-12 14:38:16)
    Android, as the world's most popular mobile operating system, gets more than its fair share of malware. AV-Test has ranked the most popular Android security programs. The company found that while most of them
  • Drone Rides Shotgun on This Self-Driving Sports Car (2015-10-12 14:37:24)
    Rinspeed, well-known for its crazy pie-in-the-sky ideas, has one-upped itself with its latest future-forward concept, the ?tos. The car features a steering wheel that folds into the dashboard when cruising on auto-pilot, but when you want to control the car yourself, the wheel will come back out to offer a traditional racing experience. Rinspeed says that drone on back could be used for deliveries or documenting your drive via an onboard camera.
  • The Internet is flipping out over this photo that purportedly shows the Jersey Devil (2015-10-12 14:35:27)
    Halloween is fast approaching, which is why we aren’t surprised to see a rise in monster-related hoaxes. A New Jersey resident on Monday sent a photo that purportedly shows the Jersey Devil, a mythical creature that would be the only reason to ever travel to New Jersey if it were real. MUST WATCH: Lamborghini bursts into flames while the driver revs his engine for a selfie As you can see in the picture at the top of the page, the purported Devil is a goat-like creature that also has wings. It is also clearly airborne in the photo, which matches up with past descriptions of the legendary beast’s capabilities. “I was just driving past the golf course in Galloway on Route 9
  • Ferrari might have the best stock ticker symbol in history (2015-10-12 14:33:38)
    Ferrari, a longtime force in Formula One, is making a splashy statement on Wall Street. Ferrari is expected to cash in on its motorsports heritage when it debuts on the New York Stock Exchange under the stock ticker symbol "RACE" later this month. Reuters reports that Ferrari is planning to debut in its initial public offering at a value of up to $9.8 billion in the second half of October, according to its IPO prospectus, which was submitted on Friday. Ferrari's racing roots date back to its founder Enzo Ferrari, who was a race car driver for Alfa Romeo and built the Italian luxury brand around its products' propensity for delirious performance and speed.
  • 'Firewatch' reaches PC and PS4 on February 9th, 2016 (2015-10-12 14:31:00)
  • Watch the first trailer for Bob Odenkirk and David Cross' new Netflix show (2015-10-12 14:13:53)
    Earlier this year we got word that Netflix had ordered a new comedy series from Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, the pair behind the oddball '90s sketch show Mr. Show. The trailer shows Odenkirk and Cross playing, at various times, a good cop / bad cop duo, a guy who eats brunch while working at a laundromat, and a character inspired by AOL's uniquely coiffed digital prophet Shingy who says things like "What's inside a computer?
  • Microsoft delivers new Windows 10 'Threshold 2' test build for PC users (2015-10-12 13:58:31)
    Microsoft has made Windows 10 test build 10565 for PCs available to Windows Insiders on the Fast Ring.
  • Ancient Rocks Unlock Mystery of When Earth's Core Formed (2015-10-12 13:55:07)
    Scientists have long disagreed on when Earth's solid iron inner core was formed, but a new study has zeroed in on its approximate age thanks to clues left in the magnetic signature of ancient igneous rocks. While previous estimates have put the inner core at 500 million to 2 billion years old, a new study from an international team of scientists published in the journal "Nature" has found the Earth's interior is somewhere around one to 1.5 billion years old. Scientists made the determination by examining igneous rocks and determining there was an increase in Earth's magnetic field between one to 1.5 billion years, corresponding with the time they believe the inner core began to freeze due to cooling from the molten outer core.
  • Brazilian government to review all IT contracts (2015-10-12 13:52:32)
    The government wants to reduce public sending in third party agreements by 20 percent
  • Dell to buy EMC in $67 billion record tech deal, aims for cloud market (2015-10-12 13:45:56)
    Computer-maker Dell Inc struck a deal on Monday to buy data storage company EMC Corp for $67 billion, setting a record in the technology industry, as it tries to transform itself into a giant in the fast-growing market for managing and storing corporate data. The deal should help privately held Dell, the world's No. 3 computer maker, diversify from a stagnant consumer PC market and give it greater scale in the more profitable and faster-growing market for cloud-based data services. Hewlett-Packard Co, the No. 2 PC maker, is splitting off its computer and printer unit this year to focus on the corporate data business.
  • Unreleased new OnePlus phone pictured ahead of announcement (2015-10-12 13:45:17)
    After the massive groundswell of excitement made the OnePlus One a surprising success, it didn’t come as much of a surprise when we learned the Chinese company would push forward with more smartphones in the coming months and years. The OnePlus 2 has already shipped to thousands of consumers participating in the invite program, but anyone who hasn’t pulled the trigger on the updated device might want to hold off a little longer, as another phone appears to be in production. DON’T MISS: Anyone can buy the OnePlus 2 without an invite beginning at 3PM on Monday Late last week, Phone Scoop happened upon an FCC filing for an unannounced OnePlus smartphone with model number One E1005. As you can see from
  • PepsiCo says to launch mobile phones in China (2015-10-12 13:44:13)
    (Reuters) - PepsiCo Inc said it is working with a licensing partner to market a line of mobile phones and accessories in China in the next few months. PepsiCo has no plans to get into the mobile phone manufacturing business, a spokesperson said on Monday. (Reporting by Subrat Patnaik in Bengaluru)
  • Mayor says Jersey City, N.J. could allow Airbnb (2015-10-12 13:38:35)
    (Reuters) - The mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey, said on Monday that his city could become the first in the New York City, tri-state area to legalize short-term housing rentals through Airbnb and similar online home-rental services. Under a measure introduced by Mayor Steven Fulop, Jersey City could raise up to $1 million in revenues annually because Airbnb agreed to be responsible for charging and collecting the city's standard 6 percent hotel tax. The Jersey City city council is expected to consider the proposal on Wednesday.
  • Key and Peele are working on a comedy show with Vine's biggest star (2015-10-12 13:35:01)
    Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are reportedly working on their next TV show, an undercover cop comedy for Fox set to feature Vine superstar Andrew "KingBach" Bachelor. The character is based in part off one of Bachelor's Vine personas, and Key and Peele will executive produce the show alongside Key & Peele writer Alex Rubens, according to a report today in Deadline. Key and Peele ended their three-year, five-season run on Comedy Central last month to focus on other projects.
  • We might not see much Furiosa in the next Mad Max movies (2015-10-12 13:33:57)
    Charlize Theron's hard-bitten heroine Furiosa was one of the biggest reasons to go see Mad Max: Fury Road, but it's never been clear what role she'll play in future films. Now, George Miller seems to have bad news for Furiosa fans. In an interview with Digital Spy, Miller downplayed the possibility of the character returning in any major capacity — although he left the the option open.
  • Avengers assemble with a click in new Lego game trailer (2015-10-12 13:26:45)
    Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye, along with Nick Fury and Agent Phil Coulson of SHIELD, fight Loki and other villains with all the humor expected from a Lego game.
  • AP Interview: EU climate boss says emissions cuts not enough (2015-10-12 13:24:21)
    RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Europe's climate chief has acknowledged for the first time that climate pledges made by national governments ahead of a major U.N. conference fall short of meeting the international goal of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • 'Game of Thrones' Actress Gets 3D Printed Into a Futuristic Gown (2015-10-12 13:23:19)
    At the unveiling of a fashion designer's new collection, Gwendoline Christie, the actress best known as Brienne of Tarth, was the centrepiece.
  • Dell buying EMC in transformational $67 billion deal (2015-10-12 13:10:53)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Dell is buying data storage company EMC in a deal valued at approximately $67 billion, a move that will transform the PC company into a major player in the data storage market.
  • Apple releases iOS 9.1 beta 5 less than a week after last beta (2015-10-12 13:09:01)
    Apple is apparently in something of a rush to push iOS 9.1 out the door, because it just released a brand new beta less than a week after the last one was pushed out to developers. The new iOS 9.1 beta 5 build is listed as a bug fix release, and it should be nearing completion ahead of iOS 9.1’s imminent release to the general public. For now, however, it’s only available to iOS developers — or anyone out there with access to public betas — as an over the air (OTA) update, or as a download through iTunes. MUST SEE: 10 best 3D Touch apps for the iPhone 6s Here are the full release notes, brief though they may be, that were
  • Snowden discusses a scary way spies can hack your smartphone and gain ‘total control’ (2015-10-12 12:55:40)
    Everybody loves the Smurfs, magical characters from our childhood ready to deliver a ton of whacky adventures. However, in the modern day and age, there are some real Smurfs you can only hope you never have to deal with. As Edward Snowden has revealed, Smurf is the codename of an advanced spying tool used by GCHQ to infect your smartphone and gain complete control over it. MUST SEE: 10 best 3D Touch apps for the iPhone 6s Snowden told the BBC that the Smurf suite is a collection of spying programs that can be used to hack phones belonging to suspected targets – if you’re smurfed with this tool, it probably means you’re at the center of an ongoing investigation. This isn’t the first time the
  • Spotify app update adds support for the new Chromecast (2015-10-12 12:40:12)
    Spotify released an update to its iOS and Android apps today, and with it comes a long-awaited feature: Chromecast support. At its Nexus event last month, Google said that Chromecast would finally support Spotify, and now that day has arrived — at least for some users. The update means Spotify will work with the new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio, but first-generation Chromecast users will have to wait a little longer.
  • ​HP Enterprise's Whitman pans Dell's EMC purchase over debt (2015-10-12 12:29:25)
    HP Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman tries to rally her troops to go after Dell's purchase of EMC.
  • Ubisoft ships a game without the discs it originally promised (update: resolution) (2015-10-12 12:08:00)
  • The funniest Amazon product reviews you’ve ever seen (2015-10-12 12:05:58)
    With hundreds of millions of items for sale, from electronics and books to pet supplies and diapers, Amazon is unquestionably the largest online retailer on the planet. In fact, Amazon, from a market cap perspective, is even larger today than Walmart. One of the reasons why Amazon is such a popular online destination is that many products are accompanied by hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of product reviews from everyday consumers who can speak with first-hand authority to the merits of whatever item is being considered. As a result, consumers are able to make more informed shopping decisions and steer clear of items they might ultimately regret purchasing. Of course, with the Internet being what it is, Amazon’s vast library of product reviews are
  • Driverless buses, platoons of trucks to shape Singapore's transport future (2015-10-12 12:00:42)
    By Aradhana Aravindan SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore unveiled its public transport future on Monday, and it was a vision of passengers commuting in driverless buses along roads and freeways populated by platoons of autonomous trucks following a single driver. The city state's plans to streamline its transport future have begun with two self-driving vehicles going through their paces in a Singapore estate that is home to research facilities and educational institutes. The vehicles are the vanguard of two projects - one run by the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) with the National University of Singapore and one by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research.
  • Commander One offers Mac users a potent Finder alternative (2015-10-12 11:51:35)
    OS X Finder, Apple's integrated file management application, doesn't perform all the tasks a demanding Mac user might require. That's where Eltima's Commander One comes in. Erik Eckel explains.
  • What's next in aaS? Workspace-as-a-Service (2015-10-12 11:51:02)
    According to a recent report by Transparency Market Research*, the Global WaaS market is valued at US$ 7.47 billion in 2014 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.1 percent from 2015 to 2022. If numbers don't lie, then WaaS is something to talk about.
  • Lockheed delivered fraction of missile defense interceptors (2015-10-12 11:43:26)
    By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp delivered only three of 44 interceptors for the THAAD missile defense system in fiscal year 2015 due to a seven-month halt in production caused by computer issues, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said. The interceptors for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense program, which has an average budget of $800 million a year, are now expected to be delivered by September 2016, Rick Lehner, spokesman for the agency, said in an email to Reuters. Such glitches typically result in lower award or incentive fees for contractors, but Lehner had no immediate comment on whether Lockheed's fees would be reduced.
  • 8 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free today (save $40!) (2015-10-12 11:40:40)
    Welcome to a brand new week, which means a brand new set of five posts packed full of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. To start things off, we’ve got a nice list of eight premium iOS apps that are all on sale for free right now. They span a wide range of categories and functionality, but they all have one thing in common: They’re only on sale for free for a limited time, so you had better hurry. MUST SEE: 10 best 3D Touch apps for the iPhone 6s 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.
  • Every new movie and TV show you can stream on Netflix this week (October 11 – October 17) (2015-10-12 11:15:20)
    It’s that time of the week again, and BGR is bringing you a roundup of the best new Netflix movies and shows for your streaming pleasure. A lot of your time is wasted by looking around Netflix for something you haven’t seen yet, so this update will save you some precious ticks on the clock. DON’T MISS: 10 best 3D Touch apps for the iPhone 6s October 11th Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me (2014) Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Season 3 October 12th Jane the Virgin: Season 1 October 14th Lazarus (2015) October 15th Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery: Season 1 Isabella Rossellini’s Green Porno Live! (2015) The Five People You Meet in Heaven: Part 1/Part 2 (2004) October 16th All Hail King
  • Why did Batman change so much in 2015? (2015-10-12 11:05:29)
    Last year, Batman turned 75. This year, everything changed. The Caped Crusader is one of the most important and celebrated superheroes in comics. Part of that pedigree, however, is a certain resistance to change. Batman will always be Bruce Wayne. Bruce Wayne will always be an orphaned son of privilege, using his wealth in his personal war against crime. Batman will always need a Robin.
  • Pepsi might be making an Android phone (2015-10-12 11:04:04)
    If I told you that there was a new Android phone with a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, 2GB of RAM, a 1.7GHz processor, a 3,000 mAh battery, and a 13-megapixel camera, would any of that information turn your head? A number of Android sites have dug up a leaked image of a new device that is clearly branded with the Pepsi logo, something that was even teased on the company's Weibo account just a few days ago. It's unclear whether Pepsi designed the phone itself or — more likely — contracted a more experienced phone manufacturer to do the job (the device does have a certain Huawei aesthetic to it, for what it's worth).
  • Steve Jobs movie boffo at box office in opening weekend (2015-10-12 11:03:13)
    Despite objections about the film from people close to the late Apple co-founder, "Steve Jobs" scored big bucks at the four theaters where it was released this weekend.
  • Facebook pushes shopping features in move to e-commerce (2015-10-12 11:02:48)
    Facebook Inc wants its users to shop for clothes and other products from their mobile phones without ever leaving its app. In an effort to move further into e-commerce and compete with Amazon Inc’s retail offerings, Facebook announced Monday it is testing several ad features that allow users to shop directly through its app. Few users make purchases on mobile phones because it is slow and cumbersome, but Facebook hopes to win over more ad dollars by smoothing the process.
  • Qualcomm sells Vuforia AR business to PTC for $65 million (2015-10-12 10:58:00)
    PTC plans to couple Vuforia with its Internet of Things and analytics platforms.
  • Facebook's iOS app uses 3D Touch to make short work of status updates (2015-10-12 10:56:00)
  • Ford’s new Focus RS is perfect for people who are bad at driving stick (2015-10-12 10:43:05)
    Hot-hatch enthusiasts are basically foaming at the mouth for Ford's latest Focus RS — and with 350 horsepower on tap, all-wheel drive, and a dedicated drift mode, they very well should be. Stall recovery is interesting for a few reasons. Ford says that the RS is the latest car unveiled "as part of a new golden age of Ford Performance," but it's also clear that this is not the golden age of knowing how to drive stick.
  • ​Dell, EMC deal could bolster Microsoft vs. VMware (2015-10-12 10:34:15)
    VMware will be owned by a leading server vendor when Dell and EMC combine forces. Will the likes of HP, Lenovo, IBM and Cisco care?
  • Microsoft's Band 2: Specs, pricing, SDK and more (2015-10-12 10:26:00)
    Microsoft's Band 2 fitness device -- part of the company's Windows 10 devices family-- is available for preorder in the U.S. for $250.
  • You can probably guess which iPhone 6s feature Samsung’s Galaxy S7 might copy next year (2015-10-12 10:25:45)
    At one point during Samsung’s Galaxy S6 presentation in early March, the company triumphantly announced Samsung Pay, bragging that unlike the competition’s similar product it’ll work with any existing payment terminal. The move was a direct response to the iPhone 6’s Apple Pay feature introduced a few months earlier, which gave a significant boost to the entire mobile payments ecosystem. Now, let’s play the speculation game: which iPhone 6s feature do you think Samsung will introduce during next year’s Galaxy S7 media event? MUST SEE: Meet Bird, a device that could find itself at the center of your connected future If you said 3D Touch – the new user interface interaction model that’s unique to the iPhone 6s series for the time
  • UK police stop guarding Assange embassy, defers to 'covert' tactics (2015-10-12 10:20:00)
    London's police service described the 24/7 detail as "no longer proportionate."
  • Acer's new portable all-in-one Windows 10 PC is already old news (2015-10-12 10:17:42)
    Acer unveiled a pair of new Windows 10 machines today — a convertible notebook and a portable all-in-one PC. However, these are familiar designs that don't offer much excitement, and, unlike some of the recent news we've seen from the industry, it's unlikely they'll help the firm's prospects in the long run. (The latest figures from IDC show the Taiwanese company is now the fifth biggest PC vendor, slipping behind even Apple in the second and third quarters of 2015.)
  • Southwest Airlines still recovering from widespread delays (2015-10-12 10:04:36)
    The U.S. budget airline expects its technical systems to perform "normally" Monday, according to spokesman Brad Hawkins. The disruption slowed boarding for Southwest flights nationwide and impacted the process for booking new travel. Hawkins said there was "absolutely no evidence" that a cyber security breach caused the application failure.
  • Google, others help messaging startup Symphony raise $100 million (2015-10-12 10:03:14)
    (Reuters) - Symphony Communication Services, a messaging startup backed by Wall Street banks, said it had raised more than $100 million in a new round of funding from investors including Google, UBS Group AG and European venture capital firm Lakestar. Symphony's chat service allows financial firms, corporate customers and individuals to put all of their digital communications on one centralized platform. The Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the matter, reported last week that the new round of funding would value Symphony at about $650 million.
  • 10 best 3D Touch apps for the iPhone 6s (2015-10-12 10:00:03)
    So you bought yourself a shiny new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus. Congratulations, you now own the fastest smartphone on the planet, which according to our in-depth iPhone 6s review also provides the smoothest user experience in the world by a wide margin. Of course, Apple’s new iPhones are about much more than just speed and performance. There are a wide range of new features that make the new 6s and 6s Plus fantastic upgrades; in our review we said this was easily Apple’s biggest iPhone upgrade ever. MUST SEE: Meet Bird, a device that could find itself at the center of your connected future Apple’s new 12-megapixel camera is impressive on the iPhone 6s, and even more so on the 6s Plus where
  • iHeartRadio crafts a radio station just for you (2015-10-12 10:00:00)
  • Halo 5's launch trailer: this may be the Halo story that makes sense (2015-10-12 09:54:53)
    My only issue with the Halo 5 trailer stems from a gut-feeling that the most interesting computer animated bits we see today won't quite be as over-the-top as playable chunks in the game. This trailer promises high-speed snow-skiing death ballet, and I hope that's what I get instead of a slow-paced bullet fest that's just like any other shooter corridor but on a horizontal decline.
  • Hands on: Small office scanning with the HP OfficeJet 3830 (2015-10-12 09:51:15)
    If you're looking for a compact, multi-function printer and scanner, the HP OfficeJet 3830 is a decent budget device, with some handy features, but also a couple of frustrations.
  • Adobe apologizes for botched Lightroom update, issues fix (2015-10-12 09:49:54)
    A new version fixes a severe crash problem in the photo editing and cataloging software, but Adobe still must mollify customers unhappy with features that were removed.
  • Dell to buy EMC in $67B tech megamerger (2015-10-12 09:43:34)
    The acquisition of data storage provider EMC would continue the reinvention of Dell in the post-PC era.
  • Leak reveals a brand-new Android phone made by… Pepsi (2015-10-12 09:35:24)
    Wait, what? And why? A new leak has revealed that Pepsi — yes, that Pepsi — is making an Android phone. Android Headlines has spotted a listing for a new phone on a Chinese website called the Pepsi P1 that appears to be Pepsi’s first attempt at making its own smartphone. Despite selling for roughly $200, it looks like the device will have some decent specs. MUST SEE: Meet Bird, a device that could find itself at the center of your connected future The device features a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 1.7 GHz MediaTek processor, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a 3000 mAh battery. This is what the device will look like: OK, so
  • Qualcomm gives up on its augmented reality business (2015-10-12 09:31:00)
  • Telcos not ready, don't understand data retention: Comms Alliance (2015-10-12 09:01:04)
    Almost 40 percent of telcos don't understand data retention, while 84 percent will not be compliant by the implementation date, according to a survey by Comms Alliance.
  • Canon quietly launches the M10 mirrorless camera (2015-10-12 08:37:00)
  • Google Maps web app gets new UI: Say hello to Material Design (2015-10-12 08:35:43)
    Material Design is one of the cornerstones of Google’s Android when it comes to overall design and user interface elements, and the company hasn’t been shy about wanting to use the same design principles for mobile and web apps. Google has slowly updated its mobile apps to Material Design surrounding Lollipop’s launch last year, and the company is moving forward with similar plans for the web. The overhauled design has now finally reached one of Google’s most prized possessions, the web version of Google Maps, which now mirrors the Android and iOS interface. DON’T MISS: Meet Bird, a device that could find itself at the center of your connected future Android and iOS device owners who are already familiar with Google’s mobile Maps app will immediately recognize
  • George R.R. Martin's 'werewolf noir' novella to become a Cinemax TV pilot (2015-10-12 08:13:59)
    Does the thought of a crime procedural about a werewolf debt collector make you howl with delight? It could soon be on the way thanks to the "Game of Thrones" author's latest print-to-TV project.
  • Dell to acquire EMC in $67 billion record tech deal (2015-10-12 08:10:21)
    Computer maker Dell Inc said on Monday it had agreed to buy data storage company EMC Corp in a $67 billion record technology deal that will unite two mature companies and create an enterprise tech powerhouse. The acquisition will help privately held Dell diversify away from a stagnant personal-computer market and give it greater scale in the faster-growing and more lucrative market for managing and storing data for enterprises. "Dell wants to become the old IBM Corp, a one-stop shop for corporate clients.
  • Nexus 5X confirmed for October 22 launch (2015-10-12 08:06:11)
    Google's new 5.2-inch display smartphone will be going on sale before the end of the month.
  • Meet Bird, a device that could find itself at the center of your connected future (2015-10-12 08:00:55)
    Back in January at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, I saw the future. It’s a bright, exhilarating future where nearly everything around us is connected. The “Internet of Things” isn’t just a buzz term, it’s the start of a transition toward that connected future, when the devices in our homes, offices, cars and on our bodies all communicate and automate. But there still needs to be a bridge between the user and the connected devices that surround him or her. A means of controlling everything quickly, easily and perhaps most importantly, naturally. Meet Bird, which could very well be our first glimpse at that device. DON’T MISS: Watch this iPhone case heal itself from scratches in 20 seconds For a period of
  • Engadget UK giveaway: win an iPhone 6s courtesy of (2015-10-12 08:00:00)
  • ZTE lifts lid on Axon mini Android smartphone pricing and specs (2015-10-12 07:56:00)
    Like Apple's latest iPhones, the mini version of ZTE's Axon flagship smartphone will also feature a pressure-sensitive touchscreen.
  • Dell buying EMC in a transaction valued at about $67 billion (2015-10-12 07:48:39)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Dell is buying data storage company EMC in a deal valued at approximately $67 billion.
  • Dell's buying EMC for $67 billion in the biggest tech deal ever (2015-10-12 07:40:00)
  • BlackBerry Priv pricing information and photos revealed in new leaks (2015-10-12 07:31:59)
    BlackBerry’s first foray into the world of Android devices comes in the form of the upcoming BlackBerry Priv. Originally introduced in September, the lure of the device will reportedly be a melding of Android with traditional BlackBerry security and productivity features. Now whether or not users will care is another question entirely, but that’s the strategy that BlackBerry has opted to go all-in with. Now we’ve already seen some official shots of the BlackBerry Priv surface over the past few weeks (see above), but derStandard over the weekend published new photos which provide our closest look yet at the hardware BlackBerry is hoping might keep it from abandoning the smartphone market altogether. DON’T MISS: Watch this iPhone case heal itself from scratches
  • First Click: Code, Mars, and a look at the week ahead (2015-10-12 07:30:02)
    Later tonight we’ve got the season two premiere of Fargo. Parents of the world: Kanye West is just like you. Kanye might have seen a few unpleasant surprises on his credit card bill last night, as he took to...
  • OnePlus announces plans to make in India (2015-10-12 07:25:15)
    By Supantha Mukherjee BENGALURU (Reuters) - Chinese phone maker OnePlus said it had entered into an agreement with Foxconn Technology to manufacture phones in India, making the mobile phone company the latest to join a spate of rivals who have announced similar plans. "All our handsets are made in China and then shipped to India. India, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has sought to reboot manufacturing, but the country is yet to rival China, particularly in technology where most factories will likely be assembly units to begin with.
  • Dell buys EMC for $67 billion: Will bigger be better? (2015-10-12 07:23:00)
    Dell acquires EMC in a deal that creates the largest privately held technology company. The combined entity, which will be run by Michael Dell, is betting scale will sell to enterprises.
  • Computer attack insurance rates rise after high-profile breaches (2015-10-12 07:21:46)
    Hacks that saw data stolen from Sony, Target, Home Depot and major health insurers have made it more expensive to cope with data theft, Reuters reports.
  • Dell's $67 billion EMC deal will transform it into an enterprise giant (2015-10-12 07:17:22)
    Dell has announced that it plants to buy data storage company EMC for $67 billion. The deal will be the largest ever in the history of the tech industry reports The Financial Times, with EMC agreeing to a sale price worth roughly $33.15 a share. "We’re continuing to evolve the company into the most relevant areas where IT is moving," Dell's founder and chief executive Michael Dell told The New York Times. As well as cash, Dell's acquisition will include a special tracking stock that will be issued to investors, accounting for EMC's 81 percent stake in popular cloud software company VMWare (which will remain an independent business).
  • The need for a 3D Android interface is now (2015-10-12 07:11:24)
    Apple upped the interface ante with 3D Touch. Can Android OEMs pull off a similar feat... or possibly even best Apple? Jack Wallen ponders the idea.
  • Vodafone's home broadband service opens to all (2015-10-12 07:00:00)
  • This robot could one day work aboard the ISS (2015-10-12 06:56:15)
    A robot being developed for manipulation tasks has demonstrated its ability to perform a complex task in a mock International Space Station scenario.
  • I'm convinced: Renoir really did suck at painting (2015-10-12 06:53:48)
    Until recently, if you'd asked my opinion on Pierre-August Renoir, I'd have looked up casually from my phone and replied, "Oh, you mean the French artist (1841-1919) who was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style? Arms flailing, eyes bulging, I'd shout: "Renoir?That charlatan?! The man couldn't paint for toffee!" This change of heart isn't just because I'm as impressionable as wet clay (although it's partly that), but it's thanks to the edifying influence of Renoir Sucks At Painting — a "grassroots movement" dedicated to reevaluating the painter's "overrated" and "shitty" oeuvre. The group has been running its campaign on Instagram for a while now, but reached a wider audience (myself included) when it picketed Boston's Museum of Fine Arts last week, demanding curators remove a number of Renoir's paintings.
  • Learning the lingo: Here's how Google Translate copes with even the rarest languages (2015-10-12 06:50:24)
    Handling a billion translations a day, Google Translate has refined its methods so that its services extend to even the most obscure languages.
  • Apple quietly adds Bluetooth 4.2 to iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 (2015-10-12 06:43:00)
    Apple's comparison pages show the company has discreetly added the latest version of wireless comms standard Bluetooth to some of its iPhone and iPad models.
  • Out of the cave and onto Facebook - the life of a modern hermit (2015-10-12 06:18:50)
    By Neil Hall and Angus Berwick MARKET RASEN, England (Reuters) - Like any good hermit Rachel Denton rises early in the morning to tend to her vegetable garden, feed her chickens, and pray. Unlike other hermits, such as a man discovered in 2013 living in a wood in the United States having spent 27 years without any human contact, Denton has embraced the Internet age. "The myth you most often face as a hermit is that you should have a beard and live in a cave, none of which is me," she said, sat in her simple red-brick house near Market Rasen, a Lincolnshire village ringed by rolling green countryside.
  • Three ways CFOs are thinking differently in a 'software as a service' world (2015-10-12 06:06:00)
    How CFOs measure success is changing rapidly, forcing them to come up with a new set of metrics.
  • Sky to show 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' first after UK cinemas (2015-10-12 05:45:00)
  • Windows 10 bandwagon: Acer jumps aboard with two new PCs (2015-10-12 05:28:00)
    Acer has unveiled two of the first new Windows 10 PCs expected to arrive from Microsoft's hardware partners this month.
  • New data suggests Mars had lakes that could have supported life (2015-10-12 04:12:00)
  • Cyber insurance premiums rocket after high-profile attacks (2015-10-12 03:26:30)
    "Some companies are struggling to find the money to buy the coverage they want," said Tom Reagan, a cyber insurance executive with Marsh & McLennan Co's Marsh broker unit. Retailers and health insurers have been especially hard hit by the squeeze after high-profile breaches at Home Depot Inc , Target Corp , Anthem Inc and Premera Blue Cross. Health insurers who suffered hacks are facing the most extreme increases, with some premiums tripling at renewal time, said Bob Wice, a leader of Beazley Plc's cyber insurance practice.
  • India's Infosys posts 9.8% profits rise but cuts forecast (2015-10-12 02:39:19)
    Indian software giant Infosys on Monday reported a 9.8 percent rise in quarterly net profit, beating expectations, on the back of a weak rupee and robust demand from the United States. The country's second largest IT services exporter said its profit for July to September increased to 33.98 billion rupees ($524.79 million) from 30.96 billion rupees a year earlier. The earnings topped a Bloomberg survey of 14 analysts which forecast a profit of 32.8 billion rupees.
  • WikiLeaks: ISPs to hand over copyright infringer details under TPP (2015-10-12 02:19:13)
    The TPP will force ISPs to give up the details of customers who allegedly infringe copyright and allow rights holders to seek both compensatory and punitive damages as well as loss of profit, according to WikiLeaks.
  • Insight: Cyber insurance premiums rocket after high-profile attacks (2015-10-12 01:32:02)
    "Some companies are struggling to find the money to buy the coverage they want," said Tom Reagan, a cyber insurance executive with Marsh & McLennan Co's Marsh broker unit. Retailers and health insurers have been especially hard hit by the squeeze after high-profile breaches at Home Depot Inc, Target Corp, Anthem Inc and Premera Blue Cross. Health insurers who suffered hacks are facing the most extreme increases, with some premiums tripling at renewal time, said Bob Wice, a leader of Beazley Plc's cyber insurance practice.
  • Tikforce to raise AU$6.5m to finalise reverse takeover (2015-10-12 01:22:00)
    Digital identification company Tikforce has released a prospectus to potential shareholders in a bid to raise AU$6.5 million in the lead up to its scheduled November backdoor ASX-listing.
  • SOS via SMS: Help for suicidal teens is a text message away (2015-10-12 00:57:00)
    BOSTON (AP) — With younger generations using cellphones less for actual conversation and more for text messaging, suicide prevention organizations are setting up ways that let distraught youths seek help that way.
  • Assignar delivers real-time data to construction firms (2015-10-12 00:46:15)
    Cloud-based software Assignar has been designed to eliminate the need for the construction industry to retain paper-based records when it comes to managing their workforce, assets, and legislative compliance.
  • New OnePlus smartphone spotted in FCC filings (2015-10-12 00:32:31)
    It looks like Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus has a new device in the works. Filings spotted with the Federal Communications Commission detail a new OnePlus model E1005, a 5.5-inch handset that — from the preliminary picture included in the documentation at least — strongly resembles an iPhone 4. Presumably, as with other OnePlus phones, it will run modified Android Oxygen OS. OnePlus called its recently released OnePlus 2 a "2016 flagship killer." While not quite stellar enough to knock both this year and next year's slate of iPhones, Nexuses, and other big names off the table, the Chinese-made model was nonetheless a solid smartphone for a much cheaper price than many of its competitors.
  • Gwendoline Christie gets 3D printed into a futuristic gown (2015-10-12 00:28:45)
    At the unveiling of fashion designer Iris van Herpen's Quaquaversal collection, the centrepiece was actor Gwendoline Christie.
  • India is the most expensive place to buy an iPhone 6S (2015-10-11 23:49:13)
    On Friday, Apple will launch its iPhone 6S range in India, but those planning on buying one of the new smartphones will have to pay a pretty penny.
  • Healthdirect Australia's punt on AWS puts the company in the cloud (2015-10-11 23:40:36)
    When Healthdirect Australia decided to overhaul its business strategy, it took the chance of working with Amazon Web Services to move its infrastructure into the public cloud.
  • Cabcharge response to Uber gets rejected by ACCC (2015-10-11 23:19:00)
    The Australian consumer watchdog said it plans to block a joint proposal by major taxi players in the country, saying the Uber-driven initiative would come at 'too big a cost' to competition in the industry.
  • George R.R. Martin's werewolf story Skin Trade could soon become Cinemax show (2015-10-11 22:03:18)
    After the stratospheric success of Game of Thrones, it was only a matter of time before TV executives started raiding George R.R. Martin's back catalog for more shows. Now, thanks to Cinemax, we may soon see another of Martin's creations — also featuring big bad wolves — on the small screen. The author announced last night that HBO's sister network has ordered a TV script based on his 1989 werewolf short story Skin Trade.
  • Scientists want an exercise pill that saves you from hitting the gym (2015-10-11 21:48:00)
  • Kanye West is mad as hell about iPad in-app game purchases for kids (2015-10-11 21:40:02)
    Technically Incorrect: He's given little North an iPad. Now she's apparently being pestered to buy things.
  • Turnbull's mutual respect campaign to kick off with taking away privacy (2015-10-11 21:20:00)
    Try as they might to secure the new honeypots of personal data being created, there will be breaches, and your data will appear online eventually.
  • Kakao data handover ends year-long privacy dispute with South Korean government (2015-10-11 20:44:54)
    The internet company's turnaround marks a year since its vow to stop honouring warrants from government prosecutors looking to access private user data.
  • Australian regulator likely to reject international taxi booking app (2015-10-11 20:27:01)
    Australia's competition regulator said on Monday it will likely block a proposed international taxi booking app, dealing a major blow to companies fighting the rise of Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] and other ride-sharing firms. Cabcharge Australia Ltd and U.S. software firm Taxi Services Inc had planned to roll out their joint venture, the iHail app, in Australia, the United States and Britain. Uber and other new competitors have put pressure on the traditional taxi industry to be more innovative as they steal a significant slice of the global market.
  • Twitter to start employee cull this week: Report (2015-10-11 20:26:40)
    Days after his official reappointment as CEO at Twitter, Jack Dorsey is reportedly implementing his first reform this week, with departments company-wide set to undergo staff layoffs.
  • Cochlear implants applications into Amazon Web Services' cloud (2015-10-11 18:58:00)
    Cochlear has adopted a hybrid cloud model for specific applications, and hopes to see more of its applications moved onto Amazon Web Services further down the track.
  • Exclusive: EMC to shop itself after deal with Dell - sources (2015-10-11 18:49:47)
    EMC Corp, the data storage company that is preparing to unveil an agreement to be acquired by personal computer maker Dell Inc [DI.UL] as early as Monday, is also planning to seek out other suitors, according to people familiar with the matter. EMC has asked for a 'go-shop' provision to be included in the merger agreement that will allow it to solicit bids from other parties and pay a discounted breakup fee to Dell if there is a deal with another company, the people said. Such a clause, though not unusual in merger agreements, shows how EMC Chief Executive Joseph Tucci is preparing to exhaust all arguments to convince the company's shareholders that a deal with Dell is the best possible outcome for them.
  • Comcast's home automation app links with Nest, Lutron and more (2015-10-11 18:37:00)
  • Wyatt Roy's Policy Hack is already becoming a joke (2015-10-11 18:34:00)
    The everything-in-a-hurry hackathon model might be OK for brainstorming a single app or business model. For developing policies for a complex nation, not so much.
  • Robbery suspect tried to make Uber his getaway car, police say (2015-10-11 18:30:19)
    Technically Incorrect: A man in Maryland allegedly points a gun at a store clerk and, after police give chase, he's found in the back of an Uber car.
  • Encryption and surveillance: The unstoppable force and the immovable object of the internet age (2015-10-11 18:00:05)
    The debate over the rights and wrongs of encryption has not be resolved - and it is possible that it never can be.
  • Microsoft Surfaces, Band 2, and Lumia 950 (MobileTechRoundup show #357) (2015-10-11 17:45:12)
    Microsoft held an exciting event full of new hardware last week and on the show Kevin just about convinced me to order the Surface Book. Listen in to hear our thoughts on the latest Microsoft hardware.
  • Hundreds of Southwest flights delayed by online booking problems (2015-10-11 17:26:05)
    (Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co said hundreds of its flights were delayed because of problems on its website, phone lines and airports on Sunday. In a statement on its website, Southwest said intermittent technical issues "are impacting website performance in creating new bookings and requiring us to process some customers manually as they arrive for travel." The airline, which flies in the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean, said it was asking customers to arrive at least two hours before their scheduled departures and use airport kiosks to print boarding passes and tags for baggage. Southwest said that as of 3:30 ET, 450 of the approximately 3,600 flights scheduled were delayed.
  • Amazon hopes to improve workplace with daily feedback from its white collar employees (2015-10-11 17:12:03)
    Amazon has long had a reputation for pushing its warehouse workers to the limit, but a scathing report earlier this year from The New York Times surprised many when it revealed the company's brutally competitive environment for white collar employees. Now, it appears Amazon is making moves to try and get a better idea of what issues, if any, plague its workplace. Bloomberg reports that the company is expanding use of an internal system called Amazon Connections to get a sense of what's going on in the office on a daily basis.
  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk denies hating Apple (2015-10-11 16:48:15)
    Technically Incorrect: Tesla's CEO tries to set the record straight after being quoted as saying that Apple hires the automaker's engineering castoffs and the Apple Watch isn't all that.
  • Controversy after scientist finds rare bird -- and kills it (2015-10-11 16:30:03)
    Technically Incorrect: A US scientist finds a male mustached kingfisher in the Solomon Islands. He kills it so that he can study it. Not everyone is impressed.
  • The PlayStation 4 now has an official remote control (2015-10-11 15:56:02)
    Sony left most of the PS3's flaws behind when making the PlayStation 4, but there's no denying that one little inconvenience came along for the ride: you can't control the console with a standard remote control. Sony has announced its official PS4 Bluetooth universal remote, which will let you control and watch Blu-rays or videos from streaming services like Netflix, YouTube, and HBO Go. Unlike the PS3 remote Sony sold years ago — which inexplicably doesn't work with the PS4 — this new remote can also control three other devices, like your TV and receiver, over IR.
  • Apple reportedly blocking its own News app in China (2015-10-11 15:38:39)
    Deactivation of the mobile newspaper viewer comes as the tech company expands its retail presence in the country.
  • 3D printed bionic finger hints at life-like prosthetics (2015-10-11 15:38:00)
  • Five key things you missed at Code Mobile (2015-10-11 14:45:02)
    The future of BlackBerry may not be BlackBerrys. For a brief moment on stage, BlackBerry CEO John Chen showed off the elusive BlackBerry Priv, an in-the-works handset that will run on Google Android rather than BlackBerry's own OS. Andy Rubin thinks the future of computing is AI.
  • Mexican regulator requires new Telmex plan to open local network (2015-10-11 14:36:50)
    Mexican telecoms regulator IFT said on Sunday that it will force Telmex to offer competitors better terms as it seeks to open up its local network, part of an effort to increase competition in a sector dominated by billionaire Carlos Slim. The move will require Telmex, owned by Slim's America Movil, to modify the terms and conditions under which it will let other companies use part of its vast fixed line infrastructure. The so-called "last mile" connects competitors using Telmex's fixed line infrastructure with their end-user customers.
  • Apple's News app is disabled in China (2015-10-11 14:05:00)
  • ​Kroger CIO: Four lessons for strategic IT (2015-10-11 13:55:00)
    Chris Hjelm, chief information office one of the world's largest companies, presents advice on how to keep IT relevant. A must-read for technologists and business people in every organization.
  • You probably don't want to drive in El Salvador (2015-10-11 13:31:32)
    Crowdsourced traffic app Waze recently released a series of infographics detailing patterns it found on the world's roadways. I find the whole thing a little suspect because the United States came out as having one of the "best driving experiences in the world" — having lived in Detroit, Chicago, and New York City, I have to take issue with that — while Netherlands came out on top, a country known for its love of bicycles.
  • Elon Musk denies hating Apple (2015-10-11 12:45:20)
    Technically Incorrect: Tesla's CEO tries to set the record straight after being quoted as saying that Apple hires the automaker's engineering castoffs and the Apple Watch isn't all that.
  • Will you heart Facebook's new emojis? (2015-10-11 12:34:55)
    The Like button, with its thumbs-up icon, has long been a staple of the world's largest social network. Now Facebook is adding six more symbols to help us express ourselves.
  • Living with the Jolla Tablet: a promising device with few apps (2015-10-11 12:30:00)
  • The Verge Review of Animals: The koala (2015-10-11 12:00:02)
    The koala is so popular that the marsupial has become a facet of Australia’s economy. Certainly not Pope John Paul II, Jared Leto, Mariah Carey, Kim Kardashian, President Obama, President Vladimir Putin, Taylor Swift, or Katy Perry — each of whom has been photographed cradling a koala at one time or another. The animal spends up to 20 hours a day in sedentary reposeFirst, the basics: a herbivorous marsupial, the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) is found across large tracts of eastern Australia, where they inhabit eucalyptus woodlands.
  • How filmmakers manipulate our emotions using color (2015-10-11 11:00:02)
    Like music in an elevator or a doctor's waiting room, color has the power to influence how we feel without our even noticing. Film directors have exploited our connection to color for decades.
  • How to spend your lazy Sunday with video games: Uncharted, Undertale, and more (2015-10-11 10:30:02)
    This week, I have curated a handful of new video games that I think will bring you the joy you seek. One of the best old-school shooters on Xbox 360 was buried in the system’s little-used indie game market. Designer Nathan Fouts has finally released Weapon of Choice on Steam for a fiver.
  • Inhabitat's Week in Green: 3D-printed pavilions and cardboard cars (2015-10-11 10:00:00)
  • Speck MightyPack hands-on: Functional, comfortable, affordable backpack for commuters and students (2015-10-11 09:47:03)
    Speck is known for its great mobile cases so it's great to see the release of Speck's first backpack that continues that tradition of high quality construction.
  • Apple reportedly blocks access to Apple News in China (2015-10-11 09:30:59)
    It appears Apple is choosing to outright block its news app in China rather than implement a system to censor stories that would earn it the ire of Beijing. A source has confirmed to The New York Times that the company has blocked users in China from accessing Apple News, which offers an iOS-optimized way to read stories from around the web. China has proven to be a difficult market for many tech companies partly due to the Beijing's restrictions on content available to people in the country.
  • All Billionaires Are Not Created Equal: Steve Jobs (2015-10-11 08:27:33)
    How does Steve Jobs, the movie, explain the attraction of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, the candidates? How does Steve Jobs, the man, explain why we love Silicon Valley billionaires and hate Wall Street billionaires?Steve Jobs is a superbly written and beautifully acted film about Apple's founder. Following the structure of a three-act...
  • Will you <3 Facebook's new emojis? (2015-10-11 08:00:04)
    The Like button, with its thumbs-up icon, has long been a staple of the world's largest social network. Now Facebook is adding six more symbols to help us express ourselves.
  • Technology isn't a tool, it's an instrument (2015-10-11 08:00:02)
    Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs movie has been sitting with me — or maybe I've been sitting with it — for a few days now. I think it's a pretty good play that was made into a pretty good movie even though it belongs on a theater stage. I also think that it's seriously flawed in a lot of ways — but I'm actually not mad at all about the lack of fidelity to true history or the ridiculousness of believing that Jobs grapples with the same friends right before every keynote like they're Dickensian Christmas Ghosts. ...
  • Vudu finally delivers 1080p HDX movies on Android devices (2015-10-11 04:12:00)
  • China's ridesharing services will require special licenses (2015-10-11 01:27:00)
  • Five UX truths every IT professional should consider (2015-10-10 23:23:00)
    The essence of user experience: 'Don't just give users what they ask for, solve their problems'
  • Cortana is available on Xbox One, if you know the right tricks (2015-10-10 23:04:00)
  • Windows 10 didn't stop PC sales from dropping this summer (2015-10-10 21:33:00)
  • Unity Engine working to keep years of browser games alive (2015-10-10 19:02:00)
  • Turkey orders temporary media ban after deadly suicide bombing, internet access reportedly limited (2015-10-10 18:26:45)
    In the wake of a horrific suicide bombing in the Turkish capital city of Ankara today, Twitter said that users across the country were struggling to access the social network. Scattered reports suggest that internet access is also limited. A link to the bombing has not been confirmed, but the Turkish Prime minister ordered a temporary "publication ban" in the aftermath of the bombing, banning media reporting across the country.
  • Twitter's returning CEO is reportedly planning layoffs (2015-10-10 17:29:00)
  • More chipmakers to join AMD with heterogeneous designs (2015-10-10 16:44:00)
    AMD is the only chipmaker to have released a processor based on the Heterogeneous Systems Architecture. But this week MediaTek, Imagination and ARM announced that they plan to adopt HSA, which should lead to more efficient systems and more powerful apps.
  • David Duchovny is ready to make another season of The X-Files (2015-10-10 16:36:13)
    Fox Mulder is more than ready to dive back into the X-Files. At New York Comic-Con today, fans saw the first episode of the highly-anticipated revival of The X-Files. And even though the six-episode run won't debut until next year, David Duchovny is already raring up for another season — so long as fans respond well to this initial effort.
  • China arrests hacking suspects on behalf of the US (2015-10-10 16:01:00)
  • Kanye West is fed up about in-app purchases (2015-10-10 15:42:02)
    Parents of the world: Kanye West is just like you. It seems he and Kim Kardashian's two-year old daughter North likes paying to win. Apple even settled a class action lawsuit last year over the issue, paying out $35.2 million to 37,000 customers and offering refunds for unauthorized purchases made by kids.
  • Kanye West is fed up with in-app purchases (2015-10-10 15:42:02)
    Parents of the world: Kanye West is just like you. He, too, hates games with in-app purchases.
  • Obama backs away from law to access encrypted information (2015-10-10 15:31:44)
    (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's administration has backed away from seeking legislation that would give U.S. law enforcement agencies access to individuals' encrypted messages, the White House said on Saturday. "We are actively engaged with private companies to ensure they understand the public safety and national security risks that result from malicious actors’ use of their encrypted products and services," said White House spokesman Mark Stroh. "However, the administration is not seeking legislation at this time." Stroh reiterated comments by Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey, who in testifying before a Senate committee on Thursday said the administration would not seek a bill allowing it to crack into encrypted information.
  • Twitter reports 'access issues' in Turkey after attack (2015-10-10 14:44:42)
    Many users in Turkey were unable to access Twitter on Saturday, the social networking site said, after at least 86 people were killed in the capital Ankara in suspected twin suicide bombings. It was not immediately clear if the problem was related to the attack, but the Turkish government has moved before to block or limit social media sites -- including Twitter -- at sensitive times, prompting accusations of censorship. "Users in Turkey are reporting issues accessing Twitter in many areas.
  • NASA shows where Matt Damon would have been stranded on Mars (2015-10-10 14:30:02)
    NASA's love for The Martian movie is seemingly endless. In another publicity stunt for the sci-fi film, the space agency posted images taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, showing where the stranded astronaut Mark Watney, played by Matt Damon, would have been staying on the Red Planet. The images show the Ares 3 site, where Watney's habitat would supposedly be located, as well as the different types of terrain he would have needed to cross to reach salvation.
  • ITC finds that Samsung and Qualcomm didn't violate NVIDIA patents (2015-10-10 14:28:00)
  • How Amazon's monster erotica book ban helped shape CloudFlare stance on censorship (2015-10-10 13:23:00)
    "At least with the US government you know the rules it follows," said CloudFlare's CEO.
  • HTC's One A9 looks like an iPhone from every angle in leaked images (2015-10-10 13:11:45)
    HTC has a new "hero product" up its sleeves, and boy does it look familiar. The latest set of leaked images of the upcoming HTC One A9 are here, courtesy of Twitter account @OnLeaks, and they give us a very good look at the upcoming Android smartphone.
  • Our ongoing missions to Mars are over 50 years in the making (2015-10-10 13:00:00)
  • Top Windows Mobile news of the week: New Nokias, only AT&T will carry them, December launch (2015-10-10 12:00:04)
    This was a big week in Windows Mobile as Microsoft's two flagship phones were unveiled, word surfaced that WM10 is coming in December, and we heard that only AT&T will carry the new phones.
  • 'Steve Jobs' writer and director on avoiding the typical biopic (2015-10-10 12:00:00)
  • Top Windows Mobile news of the week: New Lumias, only AT&T will carry them, December launch (2015-10-10 12:00:00)
    This was a big week in Windows Mobile as Microsoft's two flagship phones were unveiled, word surfaced that WM10 is coming in December, and we heard that only AT&T will carry the new phones.
  • Ask Stoya: I moved in with my girlfriend and now my dick won't cooperate (2015-10-10 11:30:02)
    While this problem has plagued us on and off during our relationship, it’s recently gotten to the point where I lose an erection within minutes of having sex every single time, forcing us to resort to oral sex. Lastly—just to be on the safer side—mention this to your primary care physician the next time you see them.
  • The weird and the wonderful from Japan's biggest tech show (2015-10-10 11:00:00)
  • Top iOS news of the week: Apple Pay in KFC, Skype, iPhone battery concerns (2015-10-10 10:00:04)
    This week in iOS Skype was updated, Apple addressed battery concerns about the iPhone, and Apple Pay is coming to fast food.
  • With his new album, Alex G makes music for the fans he already has (2015-10-10 10:00:02)
    In the past five years or so, the Philly-based musician, born Alex Giannascoli, has uploaded more than a dozen albums, singles, and split EPs to his Bandcamp, churning out nuggets of Alex G-flavored updates with the tenacity of a courtroom reporter with an active Twitter account. The follow-up to DSU, Beach Music (out now on Domino), doesn’t break from that mold.
  • Recommended Reading: Rick Moranis on the 'Ghostbusters' reboot and more (2015-10-10 10:00:00)
  • Just how waterproof is the new iPhone 6s? (2015-10-10 09:11:51)
    There have been numerous claims made that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are waterproof and that Apple has kept this feature a secret. There's a good reason why Apple doesn't publicized this.
  • Cortana appears on Xbox One preview a little early (2015-10-10 09:00:02)
    Cortana won't be available on the Xbox One officially until next year, but testers of the new Xbox dashboard beta are starting to get early access. It's not an official roll out, but some Xbox One owners have discovered that you can enable Cortana by accessing the settings panel and going up and hitting the A button a few times. This activates Cortana and it's immediately snapped at the side of a game or app.
  • ICYMI: The Martian colony plan, simulated rat brain and more (2015-10-10 09:00:00)
  • Top Android news of the week: SwiftKey neural network, nasty malware, HTC plummeting (2015-10-10 08:00:04)
    This week in Android we saw Marshmallow appear for Nexus devices, a major malware threat uncovered, and an app that uses neural network tech was released.
  • An air traffic control system for drones? (2015-10-10 07:49:04)
    NASA is developing a system to control drone traffic in our national airspace, and one company thinks it has the missing ingredient
  • China publishes draft rules to regulate online car hailing services (2015-10-10 05:44:09)
    China on Saturday published draft rules to regulate online car hailing businesses, a booming sector where U.S. firm Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] and Chinese rival Didi Kuaidi have been aggressively competing for market share. The draft rules, published on the website of the Ministry of Transport, said they are aimed at maintaining order by strengthening supervision of online car hailing apps. Like in many other countries, the legality of car hailing services has vexed regulators in China where the authorities say drivers are operating outside the law.
  • Japan-backed fund considering investing in Sharp: source (2015-10-10 05:15:31)
    By Reiji Murai TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese government-backed fund is considering a range of options to help turn around Sharp Corp including a direct investment, a person familiar with the matter said. A direct investment would mark a shift in thinking at the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ), which previously only wanted to be involved in Sharp's liquid crystal display business. The source, who did not want to me named because the matter was private, said INCJ was also looking at a possible joint-investment in Sharp with Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co in Sharp.
  • Google CEO Sundar Pichai does some exec shuffling (2015-10-10 04:07:00)
  • How to fix five known issues affecting OS X El Capitan (2015-10-10 03:02:41)
    Latest OS X got you down? Jesus Vigo reviews five of the known issues affecting El Capitan and discusses how to go about fixing these problems.
  • Use the Search Contextual tab in Windows 10 to efficiently find files (2015-10-10 02:37:33)
    Greg Shultz takes a look at the features that appear on the Search Contextual tab in Windows 10.
  • Samsung wants to help IoT speak a common language (2015-10-10 02:08:00)
    IoT is currently a Babel of disparate "standards," but a new initiative from Samsung promises to change that.
  • Japan-backed fund considering investing in Sharp: Nikkei (2015-10-09 23:53:13)
    A Japanese government-backed fund is considering investing in embattled Sharp Corp to take the initiative in reorganizing the electronics maker's operations, Nikkei business daily reported, without citing sources. The Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ) and Sharp had hired financial advisors to gauge Sharp's asset value and would hold direct talks on the size of any investment, it added. INCJ is also the top shareholder of Sharp rival Japan Display Inc, the world's largest maker of liquid crystal displays for smartphones and tablets.
  • Google search on Safari mobile to display results for iOS apps (2015-10-09 23:50:00)
  • Kanye West hates in-app purchases on kids games (2015-10-09 22:44:00)
  • Jazz producer Larry Rosen, co-founder of GRP label, dies (2015-10-09 22:40:07)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Larry Rosen, one of the most influential and tech-savvy modern jazz producers who co-founded GRP Records with pianist Dave Grusin, died Friday, his publicist said. He was 75.
  • Inside James Bond’s custom $1.5M Aston Martin from ‘Spectre’ (2015-10-09 22:00:12)
    A new James Bond movie is about to be released, Daniel Craig’s fourth and possibly final appearance in the famous spy saga. As always, you can expect to see plenty of action-packed scenes, high-tech toys, new Bond women and cars. Focusing solely on cars for a moment, Bond will drive a custom Aston Martin DB10 in Spectre that has been designed precisely for this role. Let’s check it out. MUST SEE: Watch this iPhone case heal itself from scratches in 20 seconds Only 10 DB10 models were made, and only one of those will be sold to a collector willing to pay the right price. The only commercial version of the car will be put up for auction at some point next year, and it’s expected
  • Amazon wants to know why many of its employees are desperately miserable (2015-10-09 21:15:12)
    Amazon has a problem: A lot of its employees seem desperately miserable. This isn’t something the company wants to become part of its permanent reputation since it will make it harder to attract top engineering talent. To fix this problem, Amazon is apparently trying to do more to figure out just how many of its employees absolutely hate their jobs and, more importantly, figure out why those employees hate their jobs. BACKGROUND: Inside Amazon: Do employees actually hate it? Sources tell Bloomberg that “over the past few months, the online retailer has been ramping up efforts to get regular feedback from corporate staffers about their work environments” and has been expanding those efforts ever since The New York Times dropped a bombshell report
  • Shovel Knight is delayed by a fortnight (2015-10-09 21:14:00)
  • DocuSign CEO resigns as company heads toward IPO: source (2015-10-09 21:04:51)
    By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The chief executive officer of DocuSign has resigned, according to an internal memo, signaling a leadership change for a well-funded tech company that is on the brink of an initial public offering. Keith Krach, chairman and CEO of DocuSign, a San Francisco company that makes software to add legally compliant electronic signatures to documents, told employees in a memo the company would begin a search for his successor. Krach cited DocuSign's "incredible momentum" and valuation growth of more than 60 times during his tenure, according to the memo, which was sent to employees in the last day or two, as reasons for his departure.
  • Forecasters' 2015 Black Friday predictions include $49 Windows tablets, deals on Apple iPad Air 2, iPad mini 2 (2015-10-09 20:49:04)
    There should be plenty of $100 laptop specials and dirt-cheap tablets available, but don't expect many sales on new devices like the iPad Pro or the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book.
  • Watch us play Dragon Quest Heroes, a new hack-and-slash action game on PS4 (2015-10-09 20:30:45)
    There’s really only one game that everyone’s going to be talking about this weekend — a game that doesn’t even launch until next month — but an interesting collaboration from Square Enix and Tecmo Koei is slated to launch on Tuesday, and although I’ve only spent a couple of hours with it, I thought it was worth sharing my initial impressions. DON’T MISS: Star Wars Battlefront: 1080p60 videos and impressions from the beta I need to start with a caveat: Dragon Quest Heroes is not to the Dragon Quest series what Hyrule Warriors is to The Legend of Zelda. It only took a few minutes for Hyrule Warriors to win me over — Dragon Quest Heroes hasn’t gotten close. That’s not to
  • Only in Japan: the robot that's a smartphone that's a robot (2015-10-09 20:01:00)
  • Adobe Photoshop Fix review (2015-10-09 19:53:35)
    The power of Photoshop retouching for everyone, anywhere
  • 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' trailer makes killing zombies look classy (2015-10-09 19:47:36)
    Hold on to your corsets! These zombie slayers bring weapons to ballroom dances and tea parties in an entertaining twist on author Jane Austen's beloved romantic novel.
  • My favorite smartphone keyboard just got smarter… a lot smarter (2015-10-09 19:45:42)
    For a long time now, I’ve been a big fan of SwiftKey, which I’ve found to be the most reliable third-party smartphone keyboard around. This week I was excited to see that my favorite smartphone keyboard is working on a major project that will make it smarter than ever before. Dubbed SwiftKey Neural, this experimental new keyboard software uses technology that “is based on the use of neural networks, a subfield of artificial intelligence inspired by the structure and operation of the human brain,” the company explains. DON’T MISS: What an ex-Tesla employee thinks about Elon Musk ripping Apple So what does this mean for people who use the app? SwiftKey is betting that using neural networks will be able to
  • Twitter planning layoffs: report (2015-10-09 19:40:15)
    Twitter will lay off employees next week as freshly-returned chief Jack Dorsey pushes for a leaner operation focused on winning users, tech news website Re/code reported Friday. Layoffs will be spread across the entire San Francisco-based company and will likely include engineers, which account for about half of Twitter's approximately 4,200 employees, according to Re/code. Re/code cited unnamed sources in its report, while Twitter declined to comment on what it referred to as rumor and speculation.
  • The depth of human expression can be found in the stuffed flatbread emoji (2015-10-09 19:06:06)
    In May, the group will decide which emoji make it into Unicode version 9.0, which will be distributed as a standards guide to software and device makers worldwide. There are some gems — Drooling Face, Selfie, Shallow Pan of Food, Person Doing Cartwheel — but none with the depth of Stuffed Flatbread. Stuffed Flatbread is a dynamic emoji.
  • AI could be the solution to catching tax cheats (2015-10-09 19:06:00)
  • Dell to use VMware to help pay for EMC deal: sources (2015-10-09 19:03:26)
    Dell Inc is planning to use equity in cloud software company VMware Inc to help pay for its acquisition of EMC Corp in a deal valuing the data storage company at more than $55 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. While the bulk of its offer will be in cash, Dell also plans to pay EMC shareholders with "tracking stock" that follows the value of the 20 percent of VMware that EMC does not own, the people said on Friday. Dell, EMC and VMware did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
  • Darkroom review (2015-10-09 19:00:17)
    Get complete creative control of your photos
  • Things get awkward when couples bring Facebook behaviors to real life (2015-10-09 18:46:36)
    Couples do some pretty weird stuff online, but things get really strange when they take that behavior into the real word, as evidenced by this video from CollegeHumor.
  • Elon Musk doesn't hate Apple, but he's not (yet) a fan of the Apple Watch (2015-10-09 18:30:18)
    Elon Musk is quickly putting out a fire that began after some pointed, headline-grabbing quotes from the Tesla CEO appeared in German newspaper Handelsblatt. A transcript of that interview shows that Musk and his fellow Tesla executives (jokingly) refer to Apple as "the Tesla graveyard," and Musk reportedly said, "They have hired people we've fired." But now Musk is making it very clear that he in fact carries an enormous amount of respect for Apple. "Yo, I don't hate Apple," he tweeted this evening.
  • 'Unconscious bias' and the limits of diversity in the workplace (2015-10-09 18:28:00)
    Joelle Emerson is working with many of Silicon Valley's superstar startups on improving diversity in the workplace. She says our unconscious bias is a big obstacle.
  • São Paulo city brings in new rules to accommodate Uber (2015-10-09 18:19:24)
    But the app doesn't want to be considered a taxi service
  • Google says Docs, Drive disruption resolved (2015-10-09 18:10:53)
    (Reuters) - Some of Google Inc's services, including Drive and Docs, which were facing disruptions for a few hours on Friday have been resolved, the company said. Google's status page had showed that its file-sharing services such as Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and Classroom were facing disruptions. "The problem with Google Drive should be resolved," the company said on an update to its page at 5:30 p.m. ET. ( Google, which has now morphed into holding company Alphabet Inc, also acknowledged the disruption in a tweet on its Docs page. ...
  • Report: Dell offering EMC nearly $30 per share in rumored takeover (2015-10-09 17:59:03)
    Dell is also said to have filed a confidential initial public offering for its IT and network security business, Dell SecureWorks.
  • Firefox will stop supporting web plugins (except for Flash) by the end of 2016 (2015-10-09 17:58:00)
  • Can't use AT&T's Wi-Fi calling with your iPhone? This could be why (2015-10-09 17:56:59)
    For the launch of the iPhone 6S, I elected to buy the T-Mobile version from Apple instead of the AT&T one, because I was planning on paying full price for the phone and the T-Mobile one comes unlocked out of the box. What you may not have known, though, is that using this version of the phone on AT&T sets off a weird chain of events that you'll want to be aware of. First off, there's the consideration that AT&T has a special version of the 6S that includes support for the WCS band, which will eventually lead to faster LTE in some markets.
  • Twitter plans layoffs next week: Re/code (2015-10-09 17:51:29)
    (Reuters) - Twitter Inc is planning company-wide layoffs next week, technology news website Re/code reported on Friday, citing sources. The news comes after Jack Dorsey was appointed permanent chief executive on Monday. It is unclear how many of Twitter's staff will be laid off, but it is likely it will affect most departments, Re/code said, citing company insiders.
  • Yikes! In Costa Rica, jet appears to just miss motorists (2015-10-09 17:39:51)
    Technically Incorrect: A YouTube video suggests an Iberia plane landing came too close to live beings as it diverted to a different runway and appeared to clip a fence.
  • Google Apps users in a tizzy as Docs, Drive go into a tailspin (2015-10-09 17:36:00)
    UPDATED: Basically, the core of Google's cloud app portfolio designed for productivity became completely unproductive.
  • Dell offering EMC $27.25/share and special VMware stock: Re/code (2015-10-09 17:18:40)
    (Reuters) - Dell Inc is offering $27.25 per share in cash for data storage company EMC Corp in addition to a specialized stock in cloud software company VMware Inc , Re/code reported. The specialized stock, which would "track" the value of the 20 percent of VMware that EMC does not own, along with the cash offer would take the per-share offer above $30, Re/code said, citing sources briefed on the negotiations. Dell would also distribute, or sell, a portion of EMC’s stake in VMware to EMC shareholders, Re/code said.
  • Google will now link to iPhone apps in mobile Safari (2015-10-09 17:17:06)
    Google announced today that it will display links to iOS apps directly within Google search on Apple's mobile Safari browser. The links will display when users search for those apps or for content found within those apps and, once tapped, will route users either to the App Store or to the downloaded app. In the past, this was only available while using Google's Chrome app or its general Google app.
  • The VR View-Master is Google Cardboard for kids (2015-10-09 17:11:38)
    Next year is when we find out whether people will buy high-end virtual reality headsets. This is especially true of the new View-Master, a VR headset created by toy giant Mattel. As its name suggests, the $29.99 View-Master is pitched as a next-generation version of the miniature slide projectors that many of us used as children.
  • Get free Destiny microtransaction currency by playing between now and December (2015-10-09 17:08:30)
    Everyone who logs will receive a bonus payout of in-game Silver.
  • Free Xbox 360 online multiplayer this weekend (2015-10-09 17:08:25)
    Xbox Live Gold membership requirement dropped for the next few days.
  • Star Wars Battlefront beta is 900p on PS4, 720p on Xbox One (2015-10-09 17:08:21)
    New technical breakdown compares the game's performance on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
  • Latest Steam sale discounts Telltale's Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Minecraft (2015-10-09 17:08:18)
    Save as much as 75 percent on a range of Telltale Games titles.
  • James Franco smashes a Guitar Hero Live controller in this new trailer (2015-10-09 17:08:16)
    Activision enlists Tim and Eric director for this funny live-action video starring James Franco and Lenny Kravitz.
  • Star Wars composer John Williams to get AFI Life Achievement Award (2015-10-09 17:05:16)
    He's the man behind the geeky soundtracks of many a childhood. "Star Wars" composer John Williams is set to be honored with the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award in 2016.
  • 10 legal areas that IT managers should know about (2015-10-09 17:03:49)
    From contract issues to liability to security requirements, the legal burdens have expanded for IT leaders.
  • AVG Antivirus Free (2016) review (2015-10-09 17:01:38)
    Protect your computer from viruses and malicious programs
  • You’re still using email wrong: Here are 9 tips and tricks to fix it (2015-10-09 17:00:09)
    We’re waiting for some bright-eyed tech company to come up with a system to fix everything we hate about email, but in the meantime we can do some things ourselves to make it more tolerable. In fact, here are nine hacks we can use to make using email much less annoying. DON’T MISS: Watch this iPhone case heal itself from scratches in 20 seconds The following tips were compiled by Fast Company from Natalie Canavor’s Business Writing for Dummies book and William Schwalbe’s Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better. According to these books, email efficiency is so bad in large part because of user mistakes. From choosing the appropriate subject line to selecting a signature, we
  • Stephen Hawking: 'The real risk with AI isn't malice but competence' (2015-10-09 16:49:00)
  • iPhone 6s Plus beats best camera on DxOMark in photo and video tests (2015-10-09 16:36:39)
    Recently crowned as the top camera on DxOMark, Sony’s Xperia Z5 smartphone had appeared to be the current gold standard for smartphone cameras. But a recent comparison between the iPhone 6s Plus and the Xperia Z5 seems to indicate that Apple’s new phone might be even better than Sony’s best smartphone camera for a number of reasons. DON’T MISS: Simple accessory adds an invisible physical back button to your iPhone – and it actually works A new comparison video, posted on YouTube channel SuperSaf TV, shows the two flagship smartphones in various side-by-side tests for taking still pictures and recording videos. The iPhone 6s Plus features a 12-megapixel camera while the Xperia Z5 packs a 23-megapixel main shooter. But the megapixel count isn’t everything,
  • Nvidia dealt blow in bid to block Samsung shipments into US (2015-10-09 16:31:36)
    An administrative law judge for the US International Trade Commission sides with Samsung on a patent dispute with Nvidia.
  • The General Mills Cheerios recall and your supply chain (2015-10-09 16:28:33)
    Recall of nearly two million boxes of Cheerios reveals increasing complexity of supply chains.
  • Hulu's virtual reality app will launch alongside Gear VR in November (2015-10-09 16:24:00)
  • Apple’s brilliant decision to drop its HDTV plans in favor of a new Apple TV (2015-10-09 16:12:39)
    After nearly a decade of research, development, and prototyping, Apple not too long ago decided to completely scrap its plans to release an HDTV. Instead, the company regrouped and decided to go all in with a multipurpose set-top box, the fruits of which were unveiled last month with the introduction of the fourth-gen Apple TV. Though Apple may have abandoned its HDTV plans, it still has its eyes firmly set on the living room. In fact, the company’s new Apple TV is much better positioned to infiltrate the living room than an HDTV would have ever been. What’s more, going the set-top box route will also prove to be much more lucrative for Apple in the long run. In short, Apple
  • Google says Docs, Drive facing disruptions (2015-10-09 15:59:07)
    (Reuters) - Google Inc said some of its services including Drive and Docs were facing disruptions. Google's status page showed that its file-sharing services such as Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and Classroom were facing disruptions. "We're investigating reports of an issue with Google Drive. We will provide more information shortly," the company said on its page at 2:55 p.m. ET. ( Google, which has now morphed into holding company Alphabet Inc, also acknowledged the disruption in a tweet on its Docs page, adding that it was working on it. ...
  • The Trans-Pacific Partnership could spell the end of filesharing sites (2015-10-09 15:58:00)
  • Computer science now top major for women at Stanford University (2015-10-09 15:47:09)
    By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Computer science has for the first time become the most popular major for female students at Stanford University, a hopeful sign for those trying to build up the thin ranks of women in the technology field. Based on preliminary declarations by upper-class students, about 214 women are majoring in computer science, accounting for about 30 percent of majors in that department, the California-based university told Reuters on Friday. If more women majored in technological fields like computer science, advocates say, that could help alleviate the dearth of women in engineering and related professions, where many practitioners draw on computer science backgrounds.
  • Hulu's virtual reality app is set for its close-up next month (2015-10-09 15:44:05)
    Tim Connolly, the streaming-video service's head of distribution, said Hulu's VR experience is "ready to go" in November when Samsung's $99 Gear VR headset starts to reach consumers.
  • F-U-N-D-E-D: Your butler is a text message away (2015-10-09 15:37:25)
    Looking for someone to serve you? No matter where you live, there's probably a startup just waiting to become your virtual butler.
  • What an ex-Tesla employee thinks about Elon Musk ripping Apple (2015-10-09 15:30:18)
    Tesla CEO Elon Musk caused a big stir late on Thursday when he said that Apple’s automotive project was a “Tesla graveyard” filled with engineers who weren’t good enough to hack it at his company. A former Tesla employee named Victoria Ernestine has taken to Quora to explain why Musk felt the need to bash former employees who left for Apple and she goes a long way toward explaining what it’s really like to work for Tesla. MUST READ: Boeing’s new overhead bin design brilliantly fits 50% more carry-ons According to Ernestine, Tesla employees are overworked and underpaid. However, when they sign up to work for the company, they ought to know what they’re getting into and should only agree to work for Musk
  • TwitchCon made me a Twitch convert (2015-10-09 15:30:00)
  • LG Slashes OLED TV Prices (2015-10-09 15:27:21)
    OLED TV screens are gorgeous; but cheap, they're not. LG, as the only major manufacturer with a full range of OLED TVs, has a vested interest in getting them into as many living rooms as possible. As such, it's just reduced prices across six of its well-known OLED sets, putting the cheapest two at less than $2,000 — firsts for such devices.
  • Facebook's Reaction Emoji Let You Go Beyond Likes (2015-10-09 15:27:17)
    Facebook users have been clicking Like on posts to show their approval for years, but what about those who want to express their surprise or disgust? MORE: Should You Trust Facebook with Your Anonymity? Zuckerberg’s explanation for why the company is skipping past the Dislike feature request was that it could “turn Facebook into a forum where people are voting up or down on people’s posts.
  • Netgear Router Vulnerability: Are You At Risk? (2015-10-09 15:26:45)
    Bad news for consumers with Netgear routers: Your device could be compromised with no solid release date for a fix. A vulnerability in two kinds of Netgear router firmware has opened more than 10,000 users up to attack, but while Netgear has updated firmware ready to go, it hasn't made any plans to release it yet. Compass worked with the Swiss government to get the attack server shut down, although this process is still ongoing.
  • Just Cause 3 Lets You Blow Anything Up (2015-10-09 15:26:36)
    During my time with the game, I parachuted into an enemy base, flew around in a wingsuit, got into a firefight with a fascist militia, drove a speedboat, blew up a satellite dish and smashed a helicopter into a fuel tank with a grappling hook — and that was just one optional mission. Doing so generates enough momentum to glide into the air on a parachute, which puts you high enough above the ground to glide on a wingsuit.
  • Microsoft's first Surface Book ad doesn't make you feel pumped (2015-10-09 15:25:19)
    Microsoft's Surface Book unveiling video earlier this week was super exciting. Microsoft had a good opportunity to build on that hype and bring something similar over to TV screens, but the spot the company has chosen could be a commercial for any laptop. It's forgettable, and there's no explanation why this is "the ultimate laptop" or why you'd desperately want to spend $1,500 on one.
  • Paul Thomas Anderson's new movie Junun is now streaming on MUBI (2015-10-09 15:21:01)
    Paul Thomas Anderson's new documentary Junun is now available on MUBI, the specialty streaming service that handpicks 30 movies at a time for its users. It's a subscription service just like Netflix and Hulu, so you'll have to add another bill to your collection to see Anderson's film. For his follow-up to last year's stoner dream Inherent Vice, Anderson travelled to India with frequent collaborator and Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood as he sought to make an album with Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur.
  • Samsung did not infringe Nvidia graphics chip patents: U.S. ITC (2015-10-09 15:18:19)
    By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has been cleared on its use of graphics chip technology owned by Nvidia Corp without permission, in a U.S. International Trade Commission ruling on Friday. Judge Thomas Pender said Samsung did not infringe two Nvidia patents, and while it did infringe a third, he ruled that patent is invalid because it was not a new invention compared with previously known patents. Nvidia spokesman Robert Sherbin said the ruling will be reviewed by the full commission, which will make a final decision on the dispute in February.
  • Apple pulls data snooping apps from online shop (2015-10-09 15:12:05)
    Apple on Friday rid its App Store of some applications that it said could snoop on people's data and posed a security threat. While Apple did not disclose which apps were pulled from its virtual shelves, the list was reported to include software capable of blocking ads from appearing inside other applications such as Facebook. "We've removed a few apps from the App Store that install root certificates which enable the monitoring of customer network data that can in turn be used to compromise SSL/TLS security solutions," Apple said in an email response to an AFP inquiry.
  • How to learn all the best things you can ask Siri (2015-10-09 15:03:10)
    Siri got off to a rocky start in the early days. Apple decided to launch its voice-powered digital assistant as a beta and as a result, many people had bad experiences with Siri from the get go. Now, Siri remains an afterthought for a huge percentage of iPhone and iPad owners. Even people who do use Siri likely only use a small fraction of the service’s capabilities. The truth is that Siri has grown to become an outstanding and comprehensive service with more features than any one user will ever discover. While it’s certainly impressive, Siri’s broad range of functionality also poses a problem: How are users supposed to know what Siri features might suit them best if it’s so
  • Is it safe for Americans to buy Huawei-built Nexus phones? (2015-10-09 14:53:00)
    Three years ago, Congress was considering banning Huawei hardware due to concerns over spying. Today, Google has chosen to make a Huawei-built phone into its flagship Nexus 6P. What are the security implications for American users?
  • Samsung does not infringe Nvidia graphics chip patents: U.S. ITC (2015-10-09 14:43:57)
    By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has been cleared of using graphics chip technology owned by Nvidia Corp without permission, according to a ruling by a U.S. International Trade Commission judge on Friday. Judge Thomas Pender said Samsung did not infringe two Nvidia patents, and while it did infringe a third, he ruled that patent is invalid because it was not a new invention compared with previously known patents.
  • IoT: Forget hardware, think product and service possibilities (2015-10-09 14:41:37)
    In this IoT primer for IT leaders, Patrick Gray defines the industry-changing tech, explains how to start using it, and predicts the next frontier in IoT.
  • Here’s every new Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar movie coming between now and 2020 (2015-10-09 14:41:23)
    Disney has bold plans for the next 4+ years, and the company has now announced every single movie it plans to release through 2020. Hotly anticipated new Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar titles are in the works, and below you’ll find a complete list of Disney projects along with all of their tentative launch dates. MUST SEE: Watch this iPhone case heal itself from scratches in 20 seconds Most projects in the following list have complete titles and opening days, though premiere dates for some of the films haven’t been set and some other info is yet to be determined as well. For example, the eighth Star Wars movie doesn’t have a title yet, and Disney has no less than four “Untitled Disney Fairy Tale” movies slated to
  • DARPA wants to build vehicles that disappear after delivering supplies (2015-10-09 14:39:00)
  • Mobile phones 'transforming' Africa but growth to slow: study (2015-10-09 14:32:27)
    The rapid spread of mobile phones across Sub-Saharan Africa is transforming the region, but record levels of growth are due to slow sharply, an industry report said this week. The industry contributed more than $100 billion to the region's economy last year -- equivalent to 5.7 percent of gross domestic product, according to a study released at a conference in Cape Town by the GSMA association which represents mobile operators. It forecast that there will be 386 million mobile subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa by the end of this year -- equivalent to 41 percent of the population.
  • Meet BlaBlaCar, a ride-sharing service for the talkative or taciturn (2015-10-09 14:29:04)
    The service lets passengers find cheap rides from one city to another in 19 countries. But Brazil, not the US, is next on the company's expansion list, CEO Frédéric Mazzella says.
  • The Wall Street Journal's customer database was hacked (2015-10-09 14:21:00)
  • The 10 wealthiest people in the history of the world, according to TIME (2015-10-09 14:11:36)
    Extreme wealth, in more recent times, has tended to accumulate in the hands of individuals who have been at the forefront of either industrial and technological revolutions. From the wealth Cornelius Vanderbilt amassed building railroads in the 1800s to the impressive fortune Bill Gates amassed as the CEO of Microsoft, many of the world’s richest men over the past two centuries or so are likely familiar names. But if we take a step back and look at the richest individuals to have ever lived, the list becomes a whole lot more interesting. While more recent manifestations of wealth can be seen in the realm of industry and technology, more ancient manifestations of wealth arose in contexts of sheer power and, at
  • The fascinating stories of the X-Wing extras who were never stars, but were in 'Star Wars' (2015-10-09 14:08:15)
    A long time ago, in a film studio far, far away, a ragtag alliance of unknown extras donned alien masks to shoot a low-budget sci-fi movie. New documentary "Elstree 1976" tells their stories -- CNET met its director, Jon Spira.
  • Apple now sells SIM-free unlocked iPhone 6s, 6s Plus in U.S. (2015-10-09 14:02:20)
    Fear of carrier commitment? No problem. Apple now sells SIM-free, unlocked iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets; a great option for business travelers and SIM switchers.
  • Ebro Darden: the DJ who curates the sound of New York on Beats 1 (2015-10-09 14:00:00)
  • This is your next jam: Janet Jackson, Neon Indian, and more (2015-10-09 13:59:59)
    New York City’s always a character in Eleanor Friedberger’s music, whether she’s hopping on the train and emerging wondrous on "Roosevelt Island" or getting lost on the way back from "Owl’s Head Park." "False Alphabet City" is another fine entry in that tradition, one inspired by her role as an NYC radio DJ in Sara Magenheimer’s False Alphabets earlier this year.
  • targets China, U.S. growth: CEO (2015-10-09 13:49:59)
    By Toby Sterling AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - After its rapid ride to dominance in online travel in Europe over the past decade, is seeking to expand in China and the U.S., its CEO said in an interview. Darren Huston, who heads both and its U.S. parent company Priceline Group, said is targeting a 20 percent increase in bookings going through its website in the third quarter and still has years of growth ahead. "If you can't grow double digits (in this industry) then you're not keeping up." Priceline, once a dotcom wipeout, revived its fortunes in 2005 by buying Dutch online hotel reservation service for $133 million.
  • Hurry: Anyone can buy the OnePlus 2 without an invite beginning at 3PM today (2015-10-09 13:46:33)
    We had some great things to say when we published our OnePlus 2 review back in August. For as little as $329 with no wireless service contract, the OnePlus 2 delivers design and build quality that surpass smartphones that cost twice as much money — or even more. The phone also packs a nice big display and performance that can easily keep pace many top phones on the market in real-world use. Finally, the OnePlus 2 offers an Android experience that is as close to pure as you can get without using stock Android. The problem, of course, is that it’s very difficult to actually purchase a OnePlus 2 because you need to score an invitation first. At least, that’s usually the
  • Anyone can buy the OnePlus 2 without an invite beginning at 3PM on Monday (2015-10-09 13:46:33)
    We had some great things to say when we published our OnePlus 2 review back in August. For as little as $329 with no wireless service contract, the OnePlus 2 delivers design and build quality that surpass smartphones that cost twice as much money — or even more. The phone also packs a nice big display and performance that can easily keep pace many top phones on the market in real-world use. Finally, the OnePlus 2 offers an Android experience that is as close to pure as you can get without using stock Android. The problem, of course, is that it’s very difficult to actually purchase a OnePlus 2 because you need to score an invitation first. At least, that’s usually the
  • New California law extends privacy rights to electronic data (2015-10-09 13:30:21)
    NEW YORK (AP) — California now requires police to get a court order before they can search messages, photos and other digital data stored on phones or company servers in the nation's most-populous state.
  • Elon Musk says Apple hires engineers that Tesla fires (2015-10-09 13:29:20)
    Technically Incorrect: Tesla's CEO muses that Apple won't find it easy to build a car.
  • BlackBerry might finally stop making phones (2015-10-09 13:21:14)
    The day of reckoning is almost here for BlackBerry fans still clinging to their BlackBerry 10 devices. Per VentureBeat, BlackBerry CEO John Chen told the Code Mobile conference this week that the company is planning to merge BlackBerry 10 with Android in the near future, while saying that he’ll maintain BlackBerry 10 for at least another year presuming the shift over to Android goes as planned. The idea behind the BB 10-Android merger is to bring all of BlackBerry’s top security features over to Android, which would presumably make Android more attractive to enterprise customers. DON’T MISS: Elon Musk says Apple is a ‘Tesla graveyard’ that only hires the engineers he fires Weirdly, however, Chen said that phones with this BlackBerry 10-Android combination wouldn’t
  • After US talks, China cracks down on trade-secret stealing hackers (2015-10-09 13:19:25)
    When Chinese president Xi Jinping visited the White House in September, many observers saw it as the beginning of a new accord on cybersecurity between the two nations. According to The Washington Post, China has arrested "a handful" of Chinese nationals for economic espionage against US firms, apparently as a show of good faith in cyberespionage talks.
  • What it's like to illustrate a cover for Marvel Comics (2015-10-09 13:06:23)
    As embarrassing as this is to admit, my first foray into art was through furries and anime. (I can’t believe I am putting this on the internet after thoroughly obliterating any trace of my middle school art from the web.) Fandom was seminal in the beginning stages of my art career; I loved all of it and the fan art community was great at giving feedback. I slowly moved away from my “nerd” roots while studying art in school, and fashion, beauty, and film soon filled the space where manga and Harry Potter used to live. ...
  • Moto 360 review (2015): More than just good looks this time around (2015-10-09 13:00:00)
  • Apple Pay Is About to Change Your Caffeine-Addicted Life (2015-10-09 13:00:00)
    Starbucks customers will be able to buy coffee using Apple Pay in 2016.
  • Retail group says FBI backs PIN use in chip-based cards (2015-10-09 12:57:31)
    (Reuters) - The National Retail Federation (NRF) said on Friday the Federal Bureau of Investigation's warning on the new chip-based credit cards being vulnerable to fraud backed its stand on the need for a personal identification number instead of a signature. The FBI said on Thursday the chip-based cards can be counterfeited using stolen card data, and that the chip will likely not stop stolen or counterfeit credit cards from being used for online or telephone purchases.
  • EA wants to show you its softer side (2015-10-09 12:56:21)
    When you think of EA, you probably think of blockbuster shooters and sports games. The controls have been streamlined, and during my brief time with the game I never found myself stumbling with the controller.
  • Ed Bott's Weekly Wrap: New Surface devices, Azure adds Touch ID support, Google's 'do the right thing' (2015-10-09 12:52:00)
    Microsoft's big Windows 10 launch heads the week's most interesting tech news. There's also a surprising change in the Google (now Alphabet) code of conduct, more support for Apple hardware from Microsoft, and big news for LastPass users
  • DARPA seeks to treat bodies with light, electricity, sound and magnets (2015-10-09 12:49:17)
    As part of its ElectRx program, which seeks to heal by treating the body like the electrical system it is, the government agency has awarded grants to seven agencies.
  • users get privacy controls as enrollment nears (2015-10-09 12:43:00)
  • First person video shows French tourists plunging into water after a suspension bridge collapses (2015-10-09 12:33:42)
    A group of French tourists vacationing in New Zealand got more than they bargained for when a suspension bridge they were walking on unexpectedly broke. The tourists were out on a hike on the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk when the bridge, hoisted up 25 feet above a river, suddenly sent them spiraling down into the water below. DON’T MISS: Watch this iPhone case heal itself from scratches in 20 seconds Thankfully, none of the tourists were seriously injured and there’s even some harrowing video of the entire ordeal which has been circulating around the web. The incident went down on September 3 with video of the fall having been uploaded to YouTube earlier this week. The bridge is reportedly strong enough to
  • Engadget Live is making one more stop this year: New York City! (2015-10-09 12:25:00)
  • LastPass bought by LogMeIn for $110 million (2015-10-09 12:21:00)
    The merger of the two password management firms has sparked an outcry from LastPass users, some of whom say they refuse to do business with LogMeIn.
  • Intel to secure EU's okay for $16.7 billion Altera deal: sources (2015-10-09 12:12:42)
    By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - World No. 1 chipmaker Intel Corp will be given the go-ahead from the EU for its $16.7 billion bid for Altera Corp, its largest ever deal, two people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The U.S. company is looking to Altera to reinforce its portfolio of higher-margin chips used in data centers and to focus on chips for cars, watches and other devices in a future "Internet of Things". The U.S. Department of Justice cleared the deal unconditionally last month while other agencies such as the Chinese are also looking at the bid.
  • Boom in gene-editing studies amid ethics debate over its use (2015-10-09 12:09:34)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The hottest tool in biology has scientists using words like revolutionary as they describe the long-term potential: wiping out certain mosquitoes that carry malaria, treating genetic diseases like sickle cell, preventing babies from inheriting a life-threatening disorder.
  • The only iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus camera review you need to see (2015-10-09 12:08:57)
    There are plenty of iPhone 6s reviews that people might be interested in, including complete reviews of the new device and camera reviews that focus solely on photography and videos. Reviewers have already praised Apple’s newest iPhone in their in-depth reviews, so now it’s time to look at what pro photographers have to say about the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. MUST SEE: Watch this iPhone case heal itself from scratches in 20 seconds Several camera comparisons have already shown the improved iPhone 6s cameras in action, with the phone found capable of beating top rivals, including DSLR cameras, in performance tests. A pro photographer who last year came out with a thorough iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus camera review has now completed
  • I found a secondhand telescope, now what? (2015-10-09 12:00:00)
  • The Vergecast 174: Microsoft, Twitter Moments, and Steve Jobs (2015-10-09 11:53:02)
    Dieter Bohn, Nilay Patel, Casey Newton, and Kristen Frisina on the hype seat caress your brain with knowledge about Microsoft's new confident and purposeful direction, whether Twitter Moments is useful or not, Google AMP's benefits for the internet at large, and how the Steve Jobs movie is a great film but also a castle of lies. Thought of the 'cast: If you die in HoloLens, do you die in real life?
  • The Vergecast 174: Microsoft, moments, and Steve Jobs (2015-10-09 11:53:02)
    Dieter Bohn, Nilay Patel, Casey Newton, and Kristen Frisina on the hype seat caress your brain with knowledge about Microsoft's new confident and purposeful direction, whether Twitter Moments is useful or not, Google AMP's benefits for the internet at large, and how the Steve Jobs movie is a great film but also a castle of lies. Thought of the 'cast: If you die in HoloLens, do you die in real life?
  • The FBI warns of weaknesses in chip-and-sign credit card systems (2015-10-09 11:52:55)
    The FBI has a stern warning for the credit card industry's latest security measure, the EMV chip. In a statement today, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center warned that the new chips don't prevent against online fraud or point-of-sale compromises of the type seen in the Target hack. The warning emphasizes the weakness of signature-based systems ("chip and sign" rather than "chip and PIN"), and instructs merchants to require a PIN number in place of a signature wherever possible.
  • Microsoft's surprise laptop, better signal in pubs and the top tech brands in CNET UK podcast 452 (2015-10-09 11:52:18)
    Microsoft's Surface Book packs an alarmingly cool bendy-straw hinge, and Waterstones is taking Kindles off its shelves. All this and more in this week's CNET UK podcast.
  • Dell launches the world's smallest 15 inch laptop, updates the XPS 13, and previews the XPS 12 (2015-10-09 11:47:00)
    This is not just a refresh with sixth-generation Skylake processors: Dell is also bringing XPS 13 styling and infinity displays to the 15-inch laptop market, and adding a 12-inch tablet/keyboard combo.
  • Little pig in a swimming pool! Little pig in a swimming pool! (2015-10-09 11:44:15)
    A swimming pool
  • China arrested hackers at U.S. request: Washington Post (2015-10-09 11:44:09)
    The Chinese government took unprecedented action by complying with a U.S. request and arresting hackers suspected of stealing secrets from U.S. companies to pass to Chinese state-run companies, the Washington Post reported on Friday. The arrests came in September before Chinese President Xi Jinping went to Washington for talks with U.S. President Barack Obama that included one of the most contentious issues between the two countries - corporate and government cyber espionage. The Post, which cited sources speaking anonymously because of the sensitivity of the matter, said U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials presented China with a list of hackers.
  • iPhone 6s ‘Batterygate’: World’s best benchmarking site weighs in (2015-10-09 11:43:10)
    For people interested in learning a device’s actual performance apart from the baseline specs sheet, AnandTech has long been the gold standard of benchmarking websites. Because of this, we were eagerly anticipating the site’s take on “Batterygate,” the controversy that popped up this week when it was revealed that iPhone 6s models with TSMC-manufactured A9 chips deliver slightly stronger battery life than iPhone 6s models with Samsung-manufactured A9 chips. On Friday morning, the website delivered an early verdict, although it’s not as conclusive as we’d hoped. MUST SEE: Watch this iPhone case heal itself from scratches in 20 seconds Basically, AnandTech just doesn’t think there’s enough reliable information either way to say whether there’s a difference between battery power on the TSMC A9-equipped
  • iPad Pro: The high price of LTE (2015-10-09 11:27:51)
    Those planning on getting the iPad Pro in a few weeks should be aware of the limited options Apple is offering. These include the pricey LTE model.
  • Hail Caesar! from the Coen brothers gets its first hilarious trailer (2015-10-09 11:27:27)
    Ethan and Joel Coen can do drama and noir like nobody else, but they're also absolutely hilarious. Those skills are on full display in the first trailer for their new film, Hail Caesar! It's a period piece, set in Hollywood's golden era, with George Clooney playing an aging actor that's off his game. Said actor gets kidnapped, and with studio head Josh Brolin and his latest studio epic essentially held hostage, Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill are called in to help.
  • 8 awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free today (2015-10-09 11:18:09)
    Yesterday’s list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free included 10 great options and plenty of savings for all to enjoy. For Friday, we’ve got eight more apps that typically all cost between $0.99 and $9.99 to download, but right now each and every one of them is on sale for free. And of course if eight isn’t enough for you, there are still a few freebies left in Thursday’s post if you hurry. MUST SEE: Watch this iPhone case heal itself from scratches in 20 seconds 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
  • Two startups that will make you consider hosting cloud storage in AWS (2015-10-09 11:12:47)
    Startups Zadara Storage and ClearSky Data make consuming cloud storage as simple as consuming cloud-based VMs. Here's a look at the two solutions.
  • The best podcast app for iOS, Overcast, is now totally free (2015-10-09 11:09:47)
    "I’d rather have you using Overcast for free than not using it at all, and I want everyone to be using the good version of Overcast," developer Marco Arment wrote in a blog post. Speaking of which, Arment says he's optimized both of those functions so they'll sound "a bit nicer" than the previous version of Overcast.
  • Toyota's hydrogen concept car could power your concept home (2015-10-09 11:08:00)
  • The Walking Dead's new season looks just like the last (2015-10-09 11:01:56)
    The Walking Dead’s new season starts just as a carefully-laid plan starts falling apart: There’s a valley full of trapped zombies, and while Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his cohorts are talking about how to dispose of them, a tanker trailer topples from a cliff, releasing the horde ahead of schedule. Since taking over several years ago, showrunner Scott Gimple has made Dead more popular than ever by giving it a refined sense of thematic focus, honing in on Rick’s moral journey as he’s moved from reluctant leader, to feral madman, to violent would-be dictator. Now, with this new in-your-face zombie threat, there’s never been more urgency to a season opener — but it’s hard to get that worked up when things seem so utterly familiar.
  • How to Keep Your Data Safe While Traveling (2015-10-09 10:51:38)
    Last year, 12.7 million Americans had their data stolen. Here's how to make sure that's not you while you're on the road.
  • New trailers: The Hunger Games, The Good Dinosaur, Spectre, and more (2015-10-09 10:51:10)
    You have to start watching keep watching never stop watching and also there are big tentpoles like The Hunger Games and Spectre mixed in with all of the emotional dramas like Trumbo and probably you're going to want to see a lot of them. This is apparently the final trailer for the final installment of The Hunger Games, which means the actual end of the series is now very, very close.
  • NASA details its plans to reach and explore the red planet (2015-10-09 10:46:00)
  • California law now requires warrants for most electronic surveillance (2015-10-09 10:40:16)
    California has officially passed a law requiring police to get a warrant before collecting citizens' emails, IP addresses, or other electronic information. The California Electronic Communications Privacy Act, signed by Governor Jerry Brown yesterday, has been lauded by organizations like the EFF and ACLU, with the latter calling it "a landmark win for digital privacy and all Californians." It raises the bar for just about any kind of digital surveillance, whether that involves police requesting user information from a company or collecting it themselves. Under CalECPA, law enforcement will need to justify the data collection and describe its scope, getting either a search warrant or a court wiretap order.
  • iPhone 6S, 6S Plus to hit more than 50 new countries this month (2015-10-09 10:32:59)
    The new iPhone lineup is rushing to many more markets around the world, starting Friday and continuing throughout October.
  • Boeing’s new overhead bin design brilliantly fits 50% more carry-ons (2015-10-09 10:32:10)
    Flying on planes has gotten worse and worse over the years, particularly since airlines now charge you extra to check in your bags. Thankfully, Alaska Airlines and Boeing have decided to make some major improvements to how planes are designed that will open up significantly more space for your to store your bags so you don’t have to check them in. DON’T MISS: Watch this iPhone case heal itself from scratches in 20 seconds The Today Show got a look at newly redesigned overhead bins on Boeing’s 737 series of planes that will fit 50% more bags than they could fit before. The way Boeing redesigned these bins was fairly simple: It increased their depth to make it possible to put
  • David Tennant's Kilgrave taunts Marvel's 'Jessica Jones' in new Netflix trailer (2015-10-09 10:30:58)
    Detective Jessica Jones has her share of secrets, and David Tennant's character Kilgrave knows them all.
  • I lost my friend, but his voice and music live on in my game (2015-10-09 10:30:00)
  • Watch a T. rex do things a T. rex shouldn't do — like rope climbing (2015-10-09 10:29:28)
    Before this week, you had never seen a T. rex perform portions of an American Ninja Warrior course. Thanks to Brentwood Photography and a gutsy young athlete, that is no longer the case. I can't tell if life with the internet gradually gets stranger, or if it's always been at about an 11 on a 10 point scale.
  • 2-in-1 decision challenge: Surface Book, Surface 4 Pro, XPS 12 or iPad Pro? (2015-10-09 10:26:16)
    Last month, I was leaning towards going "all in" on iOS with an iPad Pro. Microsoft and Dell have made that decision much more difficult with new 2-in-1 products.
  • Without Dennis Ritchie, there would be no Steve Jobs (2015-10-09 10:23:00)
    Modern computing as we know it would not have existed without Dennis Ritchie, father of the C programming language and co-creator of the UNIX operating system.
  • AWS re:Invent: Five takeaways on Amazon's new cloud services (2015-10-09 10:17:00)
    ​Amazon challenges 'old-guard' IBM, Microsoft and Oracle with QuickSight, Kinesis Firehose, Snowball, and new database services. Here's a quick rundown with cautions for would-be adopters.
  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus innovation and ecosystem keep it in my pocket (Return date decision) (2015-10-09 10:13:59)
    The new iPhone 6s Plus is the most significant 's' upgrade yet. Another new phone has made it past the expiration of the return period and this one is now serving as my primary device.
  • Watch this iPhone case heal itself from scratches in 20 seconds (2015-10-09 10:07:19)
    This past August, I showed BGR readers an incredible iPhone case made by a company called Innerexile that had a capability no widely available rival case could claim: it was able to heal itself almost instantly from scratches. Of course, there was a big problem with that Innerexile case — it wasn’t widely available either. The case is indeed an engineering feat, but the model I used is a prototype that is not yet available for sale. It was a safe bet at the time that this self-healing technology would quickly find its way to smartphone cases from other accessory manufacturers, and we’re indeed starting to see this nifty tech reach other products. Such is the case with a new line that I’ve been
  • For DRaaS, we now have a quorum., that is (2015-10-09 10:01:36)
    Quorum's CEO and I sat down for a few minutes at SpiceWorld 2015 in Austin, Texas to talk about Quorum's DRaaS solution, HIPAA compliance, a new virtual appliance, and more.
  • 10 Tips for Disconnecting from Tech (2015-10-09 10:00:00)
    10 quick and easy ways to tap the brakes without resorting to hermithood or a life without ESPN updates.
  • These are the very best vagina emoji for sexting (2015-10-09 09:59:56)
    Move over, taco emoji.
  • EU to clear unconditionally $16.7 billion Intel, Altera deal: sources (2015-10-09 09:53:18)
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union antitrust regulators are set to approve U.S. chipmaker Intel Corp's $16.7 billion offer for Altera Corp without requiring concessions, two people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The world No. 1 chipmaker is making its largest acquisition to reinforce its portfolio of higher-margin chips used in data centers and boost its business in household devices linked to the Internet. Altera makes programmable chips used to speed up web searches, among other uses. ...
  • LogMeIn buys LastPass for $125 million (2015-10-09 09:49:22)
    Remote computer-access company LogMeIn has acquired popular password-management company LastPass for $125 million, LogMeIn says in a statement today. According to the statement, LogMeIn is planning to merge LastPass with another password-management company, Meldium, which was bought last year by LogMeIn.
  • Why a pilot’s death isn’t the scariest thing that can happen on a plane (2015-10-09 09:42:59)
    Tragedy struck the skies on Monday when the pilot of an American Airlines jetliner fell ill and died on a flight from Phoenix to Boston. The co-pilot was forced to take over the Airbus A320 and make an emergency landing in Syracuse. MUST SEE: Simple accessory adds an invisible physical back button to your iPhone – and it actually works It’s impossible to separate the pilot’s death from the circumstances surrounding his death, but it’s important that we do so in order to get some perspective on what appears to be a terrifying event that might have put the lives of 147 passengers in mortal danger.  Because they were never in any more danger with their pilot than they were without him. Here’s what I mean:
  • 5G wireless data speeds hit 3.6Gbps in first large-scale field test (and there’s more good news) (2015-10-09 09:15:48)
    For wireless subscribers in many areas of the United States, it’s difficult to remember what life was like before 4G LTE service blanketed the country. We’ll remind you: slow. 4G LTE download speeds can reach up to 20Mbps or even higher on some networks, but that’s nothing compared to what’s in store once 5G wireless networks begin rolling out in the years to come. Just how fast can we expect these next-generation wireless networks to be? The International Telecommunication Union has stated that peak 5G data speeds should reach up to a blistering 20Gbps. To put that into perspective, the fastest widely available home broadband services in the country right now clock in at about 1Gbps, and they use land-based fiber optic
  • A robot made me (marginally) better at ping pong (2015-10-09 09:03:00)
  • Wiz Khalifa's Furious 7 song is the tenth billion-view video on YouTube (2015-10-09 09:00:02)
    YouTube's billion-view club has a new member. Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again," recorded with singer Charlie Pugh for ludicrous action movie Furious 7, has become the tenth video to get more than 1 billion views on the video platform. The video is the second fastest to have reached the milestone figure after Psy's "Gangnam Style" ticked over a billion just 160 days after it was uploaded.
  • ICYMI: Smart measuring leggings, 3D-printed Adidas and more (2015-10-09 09:00:00)
  • Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are now available SIM-free (2015-10-09 08:28:00)
  • Unlocked iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus now available from the Apple Store (2015-10-09 08:27:18)
    Apple started selling its iPhone 6s lineup on Friday in 36 additional countries around the world, with six more supposed to get the new smartphones on Saturday. But the company also started selling unlocked iPhone 6s models in the U.S., which should be great news for customers who don’t want to be tied down to one particular network. DON’T MISS: Simple accessory adds an invisible physical back button to your iPhone – and it actually works The SIM-free iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have the same prices as the locked versions, starting at $649 for the 16GB iPhone 6s and $749 for the 16GB iPhone 6s Plus model. The only difference is that they’re not locked to a mobile operator. The unlocked iPhone 6s units have
  • ​Matthew Garrett is not forking Linux (2015-10-09 08:12:17)
    But the famed Linux developer is putting his security work into his own Linux tree without Linus Torvalds' approval.
  • Apple Mac sales down, but the broader PC market is even worse off (2015-10-09 08:11:29)
    Apple is selling fewer MacBooks and iMacs, according to analyst IDC, but declining PC sales across the board means the company actually occupies a larger slice of the market.
  • ​So how do Europe's tech startups rate? This tool aims to show you (2015-10-09 08:06:36)
    By unveiling a new way to track startup activity across Europe, the EU hopes to turn the spotlight on commercial openings and the recent surge of investment.
  • Fantastical 2 for iOS gets multitasking, better Apple Watch support (2015-10-09 08:01:53)
    Arguably the best calendar app for iOS just got better with multitasking support for the iPad and a Complication for the Apple Watch.
  • New ‘Steve Jobs’ clip features an intense Woz berating Jobs (2015-10-09 08:00:27)
    Jony Ive might not have any interest in seeing the Aaron Sorkin penned Steve Jobs biopic, but it’s a safe bet that the upcoming film will attract a lot of interest once it opens up to a widespread release later this month. In an effort to keep the hype train going, Universal Pictures yesterday put out yet another tantalizing clip from the film Starring Seth Rogan as Woz, the clip below features Woz flat-out questioning just what in the world Steve Jobs does. Taking umbrage with Jobs’ condescension, Rogan goes off on Jobs and calls into question the skills, if any, he brings to the table. Not missing a beat, Jobs calmly fires back: “I play the orchestra. And you’re a good musician.
  • The 404 Show 1,633: New York Comic-Con, BTTF month, Microsoft event, has Apple Music failed? (podcast) (2015-10-09 07:57:28)
    Today Russ and Jeff quickly wrap up the hot mess that is New York Comic-Con, debate the commercialized celebration of Back to the Future, run through Microsoft's impressive event and decide whether or not Apple Music has failed (so far).
  • GE and Capital One endorse AWS at re:Invent (2015-10-09 07:55:42)
    AWS emphasizes enterprise penetration at re:Invent. Companies considering the cloud for IaaS and PaaS should place Amazon on their short list.
  • OMRON's Family Eye home camera is both cute and powerful (2015-10-09 07:52:00)
  • The PC is down but not out (2015-10-09 07:41:58)
    The latest shipment figures show that the demand for computers, or at least PCs other than those built by Apple, is continuing to fall. IDC's worldwide quarterly PC tracker puts shipments over the last three months at less than 71 million -- that's a year-on-year decline of 10.8%. Gartner is a little more optimistic.
  • I don't know what vvatch is, but I can't stop watching (2015-10-09 07:41:01)
    It's an endless stream of YouTube clips, stitched together seemingly at random, with each of them being an intelligently-cut snippet from a longer video. One moment I'm watching (with deep fascination) a chicken sneezing, and the next I'm transported to King's College Chapel in London where choir boys are doping up with helium.
  • Poll: Who makes the best Surface computer? (2015-10-09 07:30:02)
    It doesn’t matter that Microsoft didn’t invent the 2-in-1 category. Apple didn’t invent the tablet, either, nor did it invent the MP3 player. Within the Microsoft ecosystem we’ve got the world’s top three PC makers making Surface-insired devices: the Lenovo Ideapad Miix 700 launched last month, the HP Spectre x2 introduced this week, and the Dell XPS 12 announced yesterday.
  • Even Uber drivers are now protesting against Uber in France (2015-10-09 07:26:14)
    A group of Uber drivers staged a protest outside the company's Paris office Friday morning over a recent reduction in rates across the French capital. As the French newspaper L'Express reports, the group of about 50 chauffeurs were demonstrating against a 20 percent fare reduction for the company's UberX service and a 25 percent cut for UberPool, which went into effect today. Uber introduced the rate cut in response to recent promotional campaigns from French taxi companies, which have offered lower fares for young passengers and late night trips.
  • Elon Musk: Apple is a ‘Tesla graveyard’ that only hires the engineers he fires (2015-10-09 07:25:25)
    Say what you will about Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the man is not one to pull any punches. During a recent interview with the German business newspaper Handelsblatt, Musk addressed the ongoing hiring battle the company is seemingly engaged in with Apple. Amidst reports pointing to Apple releasing its own electric car, you might recall that Apple over the past few months has poached a number of Tesla engineers. What’s more, you might remember a report claiming that Apple was luring over Tesla engineers with signing bonuses in the $250,000 range along with a 60% bump up in salary. While this might be par for the course in Silicon Valley, it’s not really a problem that Tesla has historically had to deal
  • Zero Day Weekly: Uber-Lyft hack war, DHS forced into cybersecurity strategy, ICS nuclear threat (2015-10-09 07:21:05)
    Notable security news items for the week ending October 9, 2015. Covers enterprise, application and mobile security, reports and more.
  • SwiftKey's next keyboard is built on neural network tech (2015-10-09 06:59:12)
    New AI-fueled keyboard is better at predicting what your next word should be, says smartphone keyboard company SwiftKey.
  • Hungry? China's food delivery apps bite into Yum revival (2015-10-09 06:45:17)
    By Adam Jourdan SHANGHAI (Reuters) - As China's economy stutters, growing numbers of diners on a budget are tapping into smartphone applications to snap up meal delivery deals, spelling big trouble for fast food chains like Yum Brands Inc's KFC and Pizza Hut. People like Li Jiali, a 20-year-old Shanghai student, say they have all the dining options they need nestling in their phones, without needing to venture out of the house. Yum's shares dived this week after it said it's way behind target in a bid to recover from damaging food scandals in China, its top driver for profit and revenue.
  • Get ready for more videos (and ads) in your Twitter timeline (2015-10-09 06:42:00)
  • Wearables for business: Is there an enterprise play coming? (2015-10-09 06:37:00)
    Gartner floats the idea that companies may want to ponder making their own wearable devices to reach business objectives. Here's why the idea could work.
  • PlayStation Now's subscription option hits the UK for £13 per month (2015-10-09 05:49:00)
  • China plane maker reveals stealth jet capabilities to lure buyers (2015-10-09 05:21:14)
    China's top aircraft manufacturer has revealed specifications of an advanced stealth fighter jet in a bid to lure foreign buyers, the official China Daily reported on Friday. In a rare disclosure, the state-owned Aviation Industry Corp of China (Avic) unveiled the capabilities of the J-31 aircraft at an aviation show, even though the jet is still being tested, the newspaper said. Countries that cannot buy weaponry from the United States have increasingly sought them from China, particularly because Chinese arms are often cheaper.
  • Apple pulls ad-blocking apps that can 'compromise' security (2015-10-09 04:13:00)
  • No PC maker could escape the lull ahead of Windows 10 and Skylake (2015-10-09 04:07:21)
    The third quarter of 2015, if PC manufacturers have their way, will go down as the nadir preceding a rapid ascent back to prosperity. Everything is in place with Intel's and Microsoft's most significant upgrades in years aligning perfectly this fall to drive a revival in PC sales. Basically, anyone selling PCs — Apple's Mac line included — was having a harder time doing it over the past three months than in the same period a year earlier.
  • DDS solves major big data IoT problems (2015-10-09 03:39:55)
    Find out the two things that make the Data Distribution Service standard unique, and why one CEO says the technology's potential is "virtually limitless."
  • Crave giveaway: Novo, for smart volume control on the go (2015-10-09 03:00:04)
    Hear ye, hear ye! Win a little clip-on device that automatically adjusts the volume of your mobile device based on ambient noise.
  • Apple Watch owners can use Facebook Messenger on their wrists (2015-10-09 02:57:00)
  • Privacy-concerned Apple deletes apps from App Store (2015-10-09 02:51:40)
    The Californian tech giant has removed several apps from its App Store that install root certificates, which potentially allow hackers to view private user information.
  • Telstra reshuffles executives, acquires eHealth management system (2015-10-09 02:32:26)
    Telstra has seen three internal promotions and one departure among its executives this week, with the telco also acquiring eHealth management company EOS Technologies.
  • ​Visual music: The graphic novel roots of 'Mad Max: Fury Road' (2015-10-09 02:23:30)
    For all its explosive energy, "Mad Max: Fury Road" found its genesis on the page as something quite different. The film's director George Miller tells how the road warrior journeyed from graphic novel to celluloid, and what lies beneath the bluster.
  • Treat IT security the same as workplace safety: Verizon (2015-10-09 02:12:08)
    Verizon's cybersecurity arm believes the way an Australian company handles health and safety on a building site should be employed to tackle cybersecurity.
  • The FAA is testing new technology to find dangerous drone operators (2015-10-09 02:04:35)
    The Federal Aviation Administration is cracking down on unauthorized drone flights. In order to monitor similar flights in the future, and to stop dangerous collisions between drones and aircraft, the administration has now signed an agreement to test technology that would help it find the operators of drones flying near airports. John Mengucci, president of the company providing the technology, said it "provides a proven way to passively detect, identify, and track" drone operators by monitoring the radio signals between drone and controller.
  • How do elephants keep cancer at bay? (2015-10-09 02:04:35)
    The majestic elephant is unusually resistant to cancer, a phenomenon that has puzzled scientists for decades. The answer may lie in its genes.
  • California authorities need a warrant to probe your digital life (2015-10-09 01:35:00)
  • Turnbull: Don't assume government email is more secure than private email (2015-10-09 01:31:00)
    Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull responded to concerns over the use of his own private email server by saying politicians use insecure communication all the time.
  • Ravens recognise cheaters, give them the cold shoulder (2015-10-09 01:22:51)
    Ravens have demonstrated a behaviour previously only observed in primates: Recognising and punishing selfish fellows.
  • How to Allocate Educational Resources (2015-10-09 01:03:47)
    Today's university students are faced with some of the toughest challenges in the history of humankind and yet, our current educational system may not be well positioned to adequately prepare them for meeting the challenges of this increasingly inter-connected world economy.Government sees the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering...
  • Stephen Hawking says we should be more frightened of capitalism than robots (2015-10-09 01:01:35)
    In a Reddit Ask Me Anything session, the physicist expresses more concern about economic inequality than about artificial intelligence.
  • Doctors' app scares people from their screens -- for their own good (2015-10-09 00:11:31)
    Technically Incorrect: A group of Belgian optometrists say that you need to regularly avert your eyes from the screen. So they create an app that regularly sends you disturbing images.
  • Elon Musk: Apple hired the Tesla engineers we've fired (2015-10-08 23:43:00)
  • Unlocked iPhone 6S and 6S Plus now available from Apple (2015-10-08 23:16:48)
    If you want an iPhone 6S or 6S Plus completely free of carrier association, now's your time — Apple has started selling unlocked units at its online store, as spotted by 9to5Mac. That's sooner than they often become available; last year it took until January for Apple to offer SIM-free iPhone 6 models.
  • Apple removes some apps from online store over security concerns (2015-10-08 23:11:54)
    Apple Inc said on Thursday that it had removed "a few" applications from its App Store, expressing its concern that the security of some users' personal data could be compromised in certain circumstances. The company said the apps threatened users' security by installing certificates that can expose data to monitoring by third parties. The company did not specify the precise number of apps at issue.
  • GLAAD updates Spirit Day app for 2015's anti-bullying event (2015-10-08 23:02:00)
  • Beyond 'Like:' 6 ways you might soon emote on Facebook (2015-10-08 23:01:42)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Sometimes "Like" just doesn't cut it. So how about Love or Angry? Haha or Sad? Or just Yay or Wow?
  • Enterprise architects of the world unite: you have nothing to lose but your roadmaps (2015-10-08 22:53:14)
    Enterprise architecture needs to move as fast as the business, thought leader urges.
  • Video shows why Apple has only scratched the surface of 3D Touch’s potential (2015-10-08 22:45:47)
    3D Touch is undoubtedly the most intriguing feature added to the iPhone 6s since it opens up a whole new realm of interaction with the device. While its uses are fairly limited so far, it doesn’t take too much imagination to see how 3D Touch could be used to vastly improve the iPhone’s overall functionality. A new video from the team at ConceptsiPhone gives us a good idea of just what we can expect from the future of 3D Touch, as it imagines how the new feature could be used to enhance the iPhone’s Control Center. DON’T MISS: Simple accessory adds an invisible physical back button to your iPhone – and it actually works To get an example this in action, check out what
  • The Liberty Trike is a 21st century Rascal (2015-10-08 22:11:00)
  • New California law requires police to get warrants for online data (2015-10-08 22:10:04)
    Backed by many tech firms and the ACLU, the privacy law hits the books but doesn't apply to federal law enforcement authorities.
  • Animals return to Chernobyl, thrive without humans (2015-10-08 22:02:55)
    The former nuclear power plant, deemed too radioactive for human habitation, is now teeming with a healthy animal population, a long-term study finds.
  • ACCC slashes Telstra wholesale broadband prices by 9.4 percent (2015-10-08 21:47:59)
    The competition watchdog has decided on a 9.4 percent cut to the prices Telstra can charge its wholesale customers for use of its copper network.
  • Lyft partners with Shell, Hertz, Stripe to provide perks for drivers (2015-10-08 21:35:53)
    The ride-hailing company aims to lure more drivers by giving discounts on gas and car rentals.
  • MakerBot lays off another twenty percent of its workers (2015-10-08 21:16:00)
  • Optus, iiNet, M2 skyrocket in TIO complaint numbers (2015-10-08 21:09:52)
    Consumer complaints to the Telecommunications Ombudsman about Optus were up by over 30 percent, while iiNet's numbers were up by 26 percent, and M2's by almost 75 percent.
  • 5 lessons for managing massive IT projects (2015-10-08 20:46:22)
    At the 2015 AWS re:Invent conference, Choice Hotels CTO Eben Hewitt shared his top lessons for managing transformational IT projects within an organization.
  • Uber launches Shanghai branch, plans to invest $1b in China (2015-10-08 20:44:10)
    Following raids on Uber offices and the banning of Uber services in multiple Chinese cities, the company is set to increase investment and apply for a government licence as soon as possible.
  • Elon Musk says Apple hires the people that Tesla fires (2015-10-08 20:39:25)
    Elon Musk doesn't seem to hold Apple in very high regard anymore. In a recent interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt, the Tesla CEO took two very aggressive swipes at the company that could one day challenge him in the automotive industry. First, Musk suggested that Apple has been eager to recruit engineers and other employees who failed to pull their weight or make any significant impact while working at Tesla. "They have hired people we’ve fired," Musk said.
  • I had my brain scanned by a computer and all I got was this lousy T-shirt (2015-10-08 20:27:03)
    Clothing brand Uniqlo has a new feature: a brain-wave-reading device that will pick a T-shirt based on your mood. But does it work? CNET's Nic Healey decided to investigate.
  • Microsoft's taking HoloLens on tour to woo developers (2015-10-08 20:23:00)
  • US dollar to blame for global PC shipment decline: Gartner (2015-10-08 20:18:15)
    For the third quarter of 2015 Gartner says worldwide PC shipments have fallen 7.7 percent to 73.7 million, attributing the purchase lull in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Japan, and Latin America to the sharp appreciation of the US dollar.
  • Don't hold your breath for another Facebook phone (2015-10-08 20:17:41)
    Facebook's head of messaging says the company "probably" won't make its own phone again after the first one failed to gain consumer interest.
  • Microsoft bets on AT&T with latest Lumia, will also sell both new phones unlocked (2015-10-08 19:53:06)
    Microsoft's new Lumia 950 and 950 XL smartphones announced earlier this week are especially hard to acquire outside of the company's official stores. Executives didn't originally disclose carrier information onstage and, when pressed for details today, said AT&T would sell the smaller, 5.2-inch Lumia 950, though not as an exclusive. While owning up to the lack of carrier support, Microsoft said its focus is mainly on selling the devices unlocked for now.
  • Volkswagen may give money to owners of emissions-cheating cars (2015-10-08 19:39:00)
  • When can you get Android Marshmallow? (2015-10-08 19:26:00)
    With Marshmallow here, when can Android owners start using it?
  • Reuters: Uber hacking investigation is targeting a Lyft exec (2015-10-08 19:23:00)
  • Adidas Futurecraft 3D aims for custom-printed sneakers (Tomorrow Daily 255) (2015-10-08 19:14:59)
    Ashley discusses how Adobe's "Monument Mode" removes people from photos in real-time, why Adidas created a 3D-printing concept designed to make ultra-custom shoes; and what Singapore's plans are after successful delivery drone testing.
  • Young Palestinians launch hashtag intifada (2015-10-08 19:07:17)
    Videos spread on social media showing Palestinians stabbing Israelis and throwing stones at soldiers are mustering online youth activists to the frontline after days of violence. A Facebook page set up as clashes and stabbings continue to rock Israel and the occupied West Bank declares in Arabic that "the intifada (uprising) has been launched". The page has its own logo of a masked youth throwing stones bordered by a halo by the black, red and green of the Palestinian flag.
  • NBN complaints up 70 percent for the year (2015-10-08 19:02:00)
    While overall telco complaints were down 10.5 percent, consumer complaints about NBN services skyrocketed by almost 70 percent.
  • Watch out, Verizon: Sprint and T-Mobile are making big progress in NYC (2015-10-08 19:00:16)
    Sprint and T-Mobile offer some incredible wireless deals. The downside, however, is that they’ve traditionally offered inferior service compared to Verizon and AT&T. However, RootMetrics’ latest study of all four major wireless carriers in New York City has found that Sprint and T-Mobile are improving by leaps and bounds in the Big Apple. FROM EARLIER: Does Surface Book really crush the MacBook Pro? Microsoft’s bold claim has a big asterisk RootMetrics took a look at wireless performance at several different places around the city, including major venues like Yankee Stadium, college campuses, airports and public transportation centers. In all, it found Verizon had the best coverage in the most overall places, but it was followed fairly closely by T-Mobile and Sprint,
  • HBO Go launching as a standalone streaming service in Latin America (2015-10-08 18:59:00)
  • Apple Pay is coming to Starbucks, Apple exec says (2015-10-08 18:55:03)
    The head of Apple Pay says the coffee shop will start piloting the mobile payments service this year and roll it out to about 7,500 stores next year. It's also heading for KFC and Chili's.
  • Apple Pay to expand to Starbucks, Chili's, KFC (2015-10-08 18:43:56)
    By Julia Love HALF MOON BAY, Calif (Reuters) - Starbucks Corp coffee shops will begin accepting Apple Inc's mobile payment system in a pilot program starting this year, Apple Vice President Jennifer Bailey said on Thursday. KFC and Chili's restaurants also will begin accepting Apple Pay in 2016, she said at the Re/code technology conference in Half Moon Bay, California. The service gives Apple a chance to tie customers more tightly to its phones and its smart watch, as well as to take a tiny bite from every retail transaction.
  • Instead of dislike, Facebook is testing 'Reactions' animated emoji (2015-10-08 18:33:00)
  • Apple TV release pushed back until November (2015-10-08 18:15:10)
    Aside from Apple’s new iPhone 6s models, the company’s most anticipated product this fall is the fourth-gen Apple TV. Sporting an A9 processor, a snazzy new remote with built-in Siri functionality, and of course, support for a dedicated App Store, the upcoming Apple TV represents Apple’s boldest and most intriguing play for control of the living room. DON’T MISS: Simple accessory adds an invisible physical back button to your iPhone – and it actually works When Apple initially introduced its upcoming Apple TV at a special media event this past September, the company indicated that it was on track for a October release. Alas, now comes word via 9to5Mac that the Apple TV release has now been slightly pushed back. While
  • 'Psychic robot' predicts your intentions (2015-10-08 18:13:07)
    Didn't mean to knock that cup of coffee over on your desk? That's OK. Your robot overlord will understand and maybe even keep you from doing it in the first place.
  • Apple Pay coming to Starbucks, KFC and Chili's in the next year (2015-10-08 18:09:00)
  • Astroneer is an adorable game about space exploration (2015-10-08 18:01:01)
    The dream of space exploration is more alive than ever right now. The private space industry is alive and well, too — and now it's the subject of a brand-new space adventure game called Astroneer. You play as an adventure-happy explorer, someone who has signed up for one of the daring flights offered by a company called Exo Dynamics — "the dominant conglomerate in the new field" of private space travel, according to the official website.
  • Watch the first teasers for American Crime Story: The People v. O. J. Simpson (2015-10-08 18:00:17)
    FX has released two short clips from the upcoming series American Crime Story: The People v. O. J. Simpson (not to be confused with American Crime, which debuted this year). The series is billed as a spinoff of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's horror anthology series American Horror Story, and will tackle one major and controversial court case from American history each season.
  • Apple plays down iPhone 6S battery concerns (2015-10-08 17:55:58)
    Apple has confirmed battery life discrepancies in the newest iPhone models, saying today that not every device performs exactly the same due to manufacturing differences. In fact, some devices may get up to 3 percent better battery performance in real-world conditions due to standard tolerances. Testers have cited the possibility that Apple's use of a second chip maker, TSMC, alongside Samsung to meet manufacturing demands may have resulted in battery differences.
  • Fans painstakingly recreate Hogwarts using pages from Harry Potter (2015-10-08 17:52:52)
    The folks at unPOP spent over a month making this minute-long stop-motion short, in which a miniature Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry constructs itself from the pages of Harry Potter. Animators Peter Heacock and Joan Kamberaj do a lovely job of imbuing the paper with life. The way it rolls, crinkles, and eventually fills with light, I wish I could visit this Hogwarts.
  • The Netflix Effect: Fewer viewers are opting to sign up for cable in the first place (2015-10-08 17:50:46)
    With good reason, cable providers are worried that an increasing percentage of viewers are opting to cut the cord in favor of streaming services from the likes of Netflix and Hulu. Arguably more worrisome, however, is the fact that there are a growing number of users who are opting not to sign up for cable in the first place. In other words, while cable providers are frantically trying to figure out ways to keep viewers from leaving the fold, they might want to spend a little bit more time convincing consumers that a $60-$100/month cable contract is worth it. DON’T MISS: How to tell if your iPhone 6s has the A9 chip impacted by ‘Batterygate’ According to a recent Forrester Research study cited by
  • Apple: Any iPhone 6S battery life differences are minimal (2015-10-08 17:33:56)
    Addressing questions about the different processors used in the new iPhones, Apple says the battery life of its devices varies by only 2 percent to 3 percent.
  • Playdate: Revisiting 'Uncharted' in 'The Nathan Drake Collection' (2015-10-08 17:30:00)
  • Starbucks will soon accept Apple Pay (2015-10-08 17:27:35)
    Starbucks will soon take Apple Pay as a form of payment, according to Jennifer Bailey, vice president of Apple Pay. Bailey revealed the news in an interview with Recode's Ina Fried today at the Code Mobile conference in Half Moon Bay, CA. This means that any consumer with a newer iPhone or Apple Watch — Apple devices that come with NFC technology — will be able to pay at Starbucks by tapping that device at a Starbucks terminal.
  • Uber hit with lawsuit over alleged sexual assaults (2015-10-08 17:25:55)
    The ride-hailing company is being sued after two women allege they were sexually assaulted by Uber drivers. The plaintiffs say Uber needs to do more to keep passengers safe.
  • Apple finally settles ‘batterygate’ scandal once and for all (2015-10-08 17:25:14)
    Apple today issued a statement which will hopefully put ‘batterygate’ to bed once and for all. In case you missed it, there’s a bit of a whirlwind involving claims that some iPhone 6s models with A9 processors from Samsung have substandard battery life compared to iPhone 6s models with A9 processors sourced from TSMC. One test in particular even purported to show that iPhones with TSMC chips enjoyed nearly two more hours of battery life than equivalent iPhones with Samsung chips. DON’T MISS: Simple accessory adds an invisible physical back button to your iPhone – and it actually works Now, in an effort to address such claims before things spiral out of control, Apple explained in a statement provided to TechCrunch that battery life
  • AT&T launches Wi-Fi calling for Apple iPhones with iOS 9 (2015-10-08 17:23:36)
    AT&T customers with the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, as well as last year's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, can now make calls over Wi-Fi.
  • iPhone 6s battery life may vary slightly depending who made the processor (2015-10-08 17:22:00)
  • Facebook Messenger now works on Apple Watch, supports iPad multitasking (2015-10-08 17:21:46)
    Just as promised at Apple's September event, Facebook Messenger has today been updated to work with Apple Watch. On your wrist, Facebook Messenger will let you send voice clips, likes, stickers, "and more" according to the app listing.
  • We hear you: Readers want to see smart security systems, blinds in the CNET Smart Home (2015-10-08 17:21:22)
    We asked our Twitter followers what smart-home technology we should test next in the CNET Smart Home. Your No. 1 priority: Keeping a smart home secure.
  • Might Microsoft's Lumia 950 and 950XL phones get more carrier love? (2015-10-08 17:21:00)
    The newest Lumia Windows Phones from Microsoft look like nice devices. Sadly, AT&T is the only U.S. carrier on board, at least so far. But maybe there's still a glimmer of hope for more backing.
  • EMC-Dell talks highlight Elliott's clout across tech sector (2015-10-08 17:11:21)
    Acquisition talks between EMC Corp. and Dell Inc. are significant not just for the size of the potential transaction but also for a common element behind this and dozens of other major tech deals over the past decade: Elliott Management. The possible tie-up between the $50 billion storage company and the privately owned computer maker, which surfaced on Wednesday, would be the largest tech deal ever and would solidify Elliott's reputation of sparking key and sizable transformations throughout pockets of the industry. While other famous activists such Nelson Peltz's Trian Partners and Bill Ackman's Pershing Square have steered cleared of technology investments because of their volatile nature, Elliott, run by billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Singer, has made a name for itself in the technology sector.
  • PC shipments fall in third quarter: Research firms (2015-10-08 17:10:29)
    (Reuters) - Research firm Gartner Inc said worldwide shipments of personal computers fell 7.7 percent to 73.7 million units in the third quarter as a stronger dollar made them costlier. Meanwhile, International Data Corp (IDC) said shipments fell 10.8 percent to 71 million units. Gartner also said the Windows 10 launch in the quarter had minimal impact on shipments as users chose to upgrade to Windows 10 on existing PCs. (Reporting By Arathy S Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Don Sebastian)
  • BlackBerry CEO hints at dropping handset business if profitability isn't there (2015-10-08 17:09:57)
    The Google Android powered BlackBerry Priv may have more bearing on BlackBerry's hardware business than you'd expect.
  • The PS4 universal remote hits stores later this month (2015-10-08 17:05:00)
  • News station replaces traditional TV cameras with iPhones and selfie sticks (2015-10-08 17:00:09)
    In a story that underscores the ever-increasing camera quality on Apple’s iPhones, a TV station in Switzerland recently decided to abandon traditional TV cameras and replace them with iPhones. Originally spotted by PetaPixel, the TV station Leman Bleu late this summer gave each of its reporters an iPhone 6 along with a selfie stick to use during both pre-recorded and live TV shots. DON’T MISS: Simple accessory adds an invisible physical back button to your iPhone – and it actually works TV station director Laurent Keller reportedly explained that the iPhone is not only more portable, but will also help keep costs down. Additionally, with an iPhone in tow, reporters will be more mobile and will theoretically have the ability to “go live”
  • Amazon launches Etsy competitor Handmade at Amazon (2015-10-08 16:56:59)
    Early this morning, Amazon officially launched its already anticipated hand-crafted products site. Handmade at Amazon, according to the e-commerce giant, is currently offering more than 80,000 products from "artisans" in more than 60 countries, with wares in categories like jewelry, art, decor, furniture, and more. The move is a clear shot at one of Amazon's relatively niche competitors: Etsy. Amazon appears ready to take a bite out of the handcrafted products market by connecting its already large user base to independent sellers.
  • Volkswagen America's CEO blames software engineers for emissions cheating scandal (2015-10-08 16:55:14)
    Volkswagen faced its first Congressional hearing over the diesel emissions scandal today. Michael Horn, the CEO of VW's American division, appeared in front of the House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee, and spent most of the hearing deflecting questions and denying that the company had knowledge of the so-called "defeat devices" that were used to cheat EPA emissions tests dating back to 2009. Instead, Horn claimed the defeat devices were put in place by a few rogue software engineers.
  • Idaho nuclear lab director eyes new generation of scientists (2015-10-08 16:51:51)
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's federal nuclear facility can become the nation's premier energy security lab while also bolstering the region's economy, the new director says.
  • Facebook says no to 'dislike' button but tests 'sad' and 'angry' ones (2015-10-08 16:49:26)
    Facebook will begin testing a new feature allowing users in Ireland and Spain to express a range of emotions on posts starting Friday -- but there will be no "dislike" button, the social network said. Facebook described the new "Reactions" options as an extension of the "like" button, to give people more ways to easily signal how they feel. Users have for years pressed the world's leading online social network for a "dislike" button to complement the existing thumbs up one, which allows users to express they "like" a post.
  • This is what singing slime mold sounds like (2015-10-08 16:47:50)
    An artist captures the electricity activity of a slime mold and converts it to music. If it starts a band with other slime molds, they better call themselves the Slime Mold Beatles.
  • ​Moore's Law may be dying, but there's still plenty of demand for faster chips (2015-10-08 16:47:47)
    The demand for faster, more capable processors that use less power is driven by everything from self-driving cars to smartwatches. This week's Linley Processor Conference was all about how the industry plans to meet that demand with less help from Moore's Law.
  • Adobe ditches the Creative Cloud requirement for Lightroom mobile (2015-10-08 16:41:00)
  • Star Wars Battlefront: 1080p60 videos and impressions from the beta (2015-10-08 16:38:55)
    Having now spent several hours with Star Wars Battlefront, I’m finally beginning to get a grip on what exactly DICE is going for in this highly anticipated franchise reboot. LAST TIME: If you haven’t upgraded to PS4 or Xbox One yet, you’re about to be left behind The Survival mode is a fun distraction, but the Drop Zone and Walker Assault competitive modes are the real meat of the beta. I’d already spent some time with Walker Assault at E3, so I decided to start with Drop Zone on the Sullust map. Drop Zone is a point control mode where two teams of eight players compete to capture escape pods crashing on the planet’s surface. After you or one of your teammates captures
  • Netflix hikes price of its most popular service by a buck, to $9.99 (2015-10-08 16:37:04)
    After raising rates last year, the streaming-video service ups the price of its "standard" option in the US. But current members won't see a higher bill for a year.
  • Qualcomm begins sampling Server Development Platform (2015-10-08 16:29:00)
    Qualcomm says the SDP is now sampling to tier-one data centers after two years of development.
  • Expecto Apple-tronum! Enhanced 'Harry Potter' ebooks now on iBooks (2015-10-08 16:14:28)
    Apple has released enhanced editions of all seven "Harry Potter" ebooks to iBooks for all you Wizards and Muggles out there to download to your iOS and OS X devices.
  • There's a new 'Game of Thrones' book out, but it isn't 'The Winds of Winter' (2015-10-08 16:11:36)
    George R. R. Martin released a new "Game of Thrones" book, but it's not the one fans are anxiously awaiting.
  • High-tech firm's plans to make drones in NY spark questions (2015-10-08 16:06:22)
    RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — A plan to manufacture solar-powered drones at a suburban New York site that once made fighter jets for the U.S. military is sparking questions about whether the aircraft will be used to beam Internet service. So far, company officials are staying mum.
  • Sao Paulo mayor proposes regulations for Uber, avoiding ban (2015-10-08 16:04:42)
    Sao Paulo will introduce new regulations to govern ride-sharing services such as Uber instead of backing an outright ban proposed by local Brazilian lawmakers, the mayor of South America's biggest city said on Thursday. Mayor Fernando Haddad said at a press conference that the city would create a new class of taxis known as "black cabs," which will accommodate Uber vehicles, and allow for 5,000 operating permits. Uber issued a statement shortly afterward blasting the decision as unconstitutional, saying that it is not a taxi service and should not be considered as such for the purposes of regulation.
  • Singapore Post trials island-hopping delivery-by-drone program (2015-10-08 15:59:00)
  • You can now use Wi-Fi calling on AT&T (2015-10-08 15:07:17)
    After delays, lodging official complaints about its competitors, and gaining a waiver from the FCC, AT&T has finally enabled Wi-Fi calling on its network. Las month, AT&T said the delay was due to a waiver it had not yet received from the FCC for TTY (teletypewriter) support, a feature relied on by those with impaired hearing. AT&T wrote the FCC asking it to amend its rules to allow it to use RTT (real-time text) solution, a newer technology that it developed, and claimed that competitors Sprint and T-Mobile launched their versions of Wi-Fi calling without the proper waiver from the FCC.
  • Pro photographer says iPhone 6s shoots better video than a Nikon DSLR (2015-10-08 15:06:02)
    The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have better cameras than any of their predecessors, and early photo and video recording tests have proven that Apple is once again setting a new standard for smartphone photography. But the new iPhones aren’t better solely when it comes to photos, because videos are vastly improved as well. One pro photographer who relies on DSLR cameras for professional shoots compared the iPhone 6s against a Nikon DSLR that costs thousands of dollars, finding – to his amazement – that the iPhone 6s shoots much better video. DON’T MISS: Simple accessory adds an invisible physical back button to your iPhone – and it actually works Lee Morris from Fstoppers thoroughly tested the iPhone 6s in a range of situations,
  • Ride-hailing company Lyft partners with Hertz, Shell (2015-10-08 15:05:53)
    By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Lyft has partnered with Hertz Global Holdings Inc to offer rental cars to its drivers, the ride-hailing company said at a media event on Thursday. Daily, weekly and monthly car rentals from Hertz are now available for Lyft drivers in Las Vegas, said Oliver Hsiang, Lyft's Vice President of Partnerships. Lyft is also partnering with Shell to offer its drivers less expensive gas, said David Rust, Lyft's head of operations strategy.
  • A majority of U.S. adults now use social media: Pew study (2015-10-08 15:02:11)
    Social media usage among American adults has ballooned in the past decade with about two-thirds now on social networking sites, Pew Research Center said on Thursday. The 65 percent of adults in the United States using social media is up from 46 percent in 2010 and just 7 percent in 2005, the year Pew began tracking usage. Since the early 2000s, social media sites on the Internet have surged in popularity, from Friendster and Myspace to Facebook and Twitter, among others.
  • Dell looks to EMC deal to boost corporate presence (2015-10-08 15:01:20)
    Dell Inc is in talks with banks to fund a takeover of data storage company EMC Corp, sources familiar with the matter said, as the world's No.3 PC maker looks to beef up its cloud-based offerings for corporate customers. The potential acquisition of EMC, which has a market capitalization of $52 billion, would be the largest technology sector deal on record. It could help Dell diversify away from the stagnant personal computer market and give it the scale to attack the faster-growing and more lucrative market for managing and storing data for enterprises.
  • Graft-digging editor joins Spain's online media race (2015-10-08 14:54:15)
    One of Spain's most prominent and controversial journalists has launched a major online newspaper, the latest in a range of websites shaking up the Spanish media in politically volatile times. Pedro J. Ramirez, or "Pedro J." as he is known, was fired last year as founding editor of Spain's second biggest-selling newspaper El Mundo, after breaking a series of political corruption stories. Now, less than three months ahead of a general election, the 63-year-old is back in the fray at the helm of a new web-only publication, El Espanol.
  • This sneaky Amazon Prime trick can get you cheaper one-day shipping (2015-10-08 14:42:45)
    Who doesn’t love one-day shipping? And you know what’s better than one-day shipping? That’s right: Cheaper one-day shipping. Rather Be Shopping has found a sneaky little trick you can use to game the system on Amazon Prime to get yourself cheaper one-day shipping. Here’s how it works. DON’T MISS: Simple accessory adds an invisible physical back button to your iPhone – and it actually works First, you should know that this trick only works if you’re buying multiple goods from Amazon because you’ll have to pay the full price for one-day shipping on at least one item. Both if you happen to be buying multiple goods on Amazon anyway, make sure to order just one item with one-day shipping, because there’s a
  • Netflix raising US price for most popular video plan by $1 (2015-10-08 14:38:57)
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix is raising the price of its Internet video service by $1 in the U.S. and several other countries to help cover its escalating costs for shows such as "House of Cards" and other original programming.
  • From sadness to wow, Facebook launches reaction buttons beyond like (2015-10-08 14:31:00)
    Like it or not, Facebook Inc's trademark "like" button is set to get more expressive. The social network said on Thursday it is launching a pilot test of "Reactions," with users able select from seven emotions, including like and "wow." "Dislike," however, is not one of the options. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post Thursday that users have been requesting ways other than like to respond to posts, such as when someone posts about the death of a loved one or a tragic news story.
  • Ctrl-Walt-Delete: Walt wants better ads (2015-10-08 14:26:36)
    If you feel like you're being followed, you're not wrong. Walt tells Nilay about his stance on companies using ads to track users, Nilay rebuts with his own opinions, and soon we learn more than we thought we ever would about Walt and Nilay's latest purchases and lease expirations.
  • Fast & Furious 8 has found its director: Straight Outta Compton's F. Gary Gray (2015-10-08 14:20:37)
    Here's what we already knew about Fast & Furious 8. Here's something new: Fast & Furious 8 will be helmed by F. Gary Gray. Gray's involvement in the movie was all but certain days prior, when Vin Diesel posted a photo on Facebook of the two in front of a framed collage of Fast & Furious photos.
  • DNA nanomachine detects HIV antibodies in minutes, not hours (2015-10-08 14:17:00)
  • What playing the same level for three straight hours taught me about Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (2015-10-08 14:16:47)
    Lesson one: sentry robots are highly combustible and make excellent distractions.
  • Witcher 3's biggest-ever 1.10 update detailed, includes 600 changes (2015-10-08 14:16:43)
    It's the largest collection of fixes, improvements, and enhancements introduced to The Witcher 3 to date
  • Fallout 4 PC minimum and recommended PC specs confirmed (2015-10-08 14:16:37)
    Bethesda also reveals how much space you'll need on consoles, and when the game unlocks.
  • AMC's Halt and Catch Fire is getting a third season (2015-10-08 14:16:20)
    Halt and Catch Fire is one of those TV shows that is consistently compelling and fascinating, even if it hasn't caught on as much as AMC's bigger shows like The Walking Dead. The duo were a bit of a television success story, writing the pilot for Halt and Catch Fire as more of a TV writing sample than anything else, before meeting with AMC and finding that the network wasn't just interested in them as writers, but in the project as well. "We are beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to continue telling this story. Halt and Catch Fire has been a passion project of ours from day one, and we are so thankful that AMC not only shares this passion, but also continues to champion bold character-driven storytelling in an increasingly crowded television landscape," the pair said in a joint statement.
  • Google search chief: Users have right to be forgotten online -- in some cases (2015-10-08 14:16:18)
    Amit Singhal, Google's search chief, says teenagers and other people who make small, "innocent" mistakes shouldn't be chased their entire lives.
  • Everything you need to know about Rock Band 4 (2015-10-08 14:16:16)
    Which instruments are compatible? What tracks can be transferred? Here's our comprehensive guide for troubleshooting your Rock Band woes.
  • BlackBerry CEO wants to sell 5 million phones a year (2015-10-08 14:12:29)
    It's been a long time since BlackBerry was on top of the smartphone world, and these days, its ambitions appear to be a bit more modest than they used to. In an interview at the Code Mobile conference today, CEO John Chen told The Verge that his goal is to sell five million smartphones a year, which will be necessary to make the business profitable. If that doesn't happen, Chen hinted that BlackBerry may exit handset business altogether, which would be a huge shift from the BlackBerry of the past.
  • Beyond 'Like:' 5 ways you might soon emote on Facebook (2015-10-08 14:12:19)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Sometimes "Like" just doesn't cut it. So how about Love or Angry? Haha or Sad? Or just Yay or Wow?
  • HBO Now (finally) launches on Roku (2015-10-08 14:01:02)
    Roku, which tends to attract the most avid streamers of video, is the last of the major streaming devices to get HBO Now.
  • Sony slashes PS4 price to $350, including a game (2015-10-08 13:59:52)
    The price of the PlayStation 4 tumbles as expected, after after a similar move by Sony in Japan last month.
  • Netflix raises subscription prices – streaming will now cost $9.99 (2015-10-08 13:58:06)
    The cost of binge watching Narcos, Daredevil and more just went up by $1 per month. Netflix has announced that it is raising streaming subscription prices for its most popular plan up to $9.99 per month for new subscribers. Current subscribers will be given a grace period to adjust but they’ll eventually see their prices increase as well. MORE PRICE INCREASES: Verizon is raising the price of its grandfathered unlimited data plan by $20 a month What does this mean for Netflix’s bottom line? Analyst Neal Cybart writes that increasing streaming prices by $1 will generate an extra $750 million in revenue per year. Netflix right now has an estimated 65 million subscribers worldwide and is still in the middle of an ambitious
  • BlackBerry CEO hints 2016 is make-or-break year for its phones (2015-10-08 13:55:17)
    John Chen says that if BlackBerry's smartphone business doesn't turn a profit next year, he'll have to "think twice" about it.
  • BlackBerry could quit hardware as early as next year (2015-10-08 13:53:00)
  • Adobe teases tech that easily erases pesky tourists in your photos (2015-10-08 13:51:01)
    The Photoshop maker shows off the snapshot-enhancing idea and 10 other research project goodies including 3D portraits and a custom font generator.
  • Vimeo's newest originals feature a SNL player and a drag superstar (2015-10-08 13:50:46)
    Vimeo is picking up two new series and a comedy special for its burgeoning original content department. The streaming service is still riding high after the success of its first original show, High Maintenance: HBO added the series to its lineup after six new episodes aired exclusively on Vimeo. It's going to try to duplicate that success with the second season of a feted LGBT dramedy (The Outs); a "passion project" from Saturday Night Live's Aidy Bryant, one set in an anonymous town's fabric store (Darby Forever); and the first comedy special from one of America's next drag superstars (Bianca Del Rio's Rolodex of Hate Comedy Special: Live from Austin).
  • Rocket with secret payload launches from California coast (2015-10-08 13:48:52)
    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A rocket carrying a secret payload for the U.S. government has successfully launched from the central California coast.
  • Online realtor offers ghost-free home certification (2015-10-08 13:47:57)
    You ain't afraid of no ghosts, but the potential buyers of your home might be. Ease their minds with proof your place isn't haunted.
  • Dell looking at $50 billion EMC deal to boost corporate presence (2015-10-08 13:39:44)
    Dell Inc is in talks with banks to fund a $50 billion-plus takeover of data storage company EMC Corp, sources familiar with the matter said, as the world's No.3 PC maker looks to beef up its cloud-based offerings for corporate customers. The potential acquisition, which would be the largest technology sector deal on record, would help Dell diversify away from the stagnant personal computer market and give it the scale to attack the faster-growing and more lucrative market for managing and storing data for enterprises. "Dell and EMC are increasingly competing with the likes of Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and others that have deep pockets.
  • Netflix's most popular streaming plan now costs $10 a month for new customers (2015-10-08 13:36:00)
  • Amazon launches platform to build apps for 'Internet of Things' (2015-10-08 13:33:52)
    (Reuters) - Inc's cloud business, Amazon Web Services, has launched a service to help customers build applications for connected devices, the so-called "Internet of Things". The service, called "AWS IoT", will allow cars, factory floors, aircraft engines and sensor grids, among other things, to interact with cloud services and other devices, the company said on Thursday. ( The beta version of the service is available from Thursday, Amazon's Chief Technology Officer Werner Vogels said at a company event in Las Vegas. ...
  • Netflix is raising the price of its main plan to $9.99 per month (2015-10-08 13:31:54)
    Netflix has announced that effective immediately, it's raising the price of its most popular plan to $9.99 per month, up from the previous monthly rate of $8.99. Existing customers don't have to worry about paying the higher subscription until October 2016, the company said.
  • The iPhone 6s might be an even bigger nightmare for Android than we thought (2015-10-08 13:31:03)
    iPhone sales usually drop in the months leading up to a major iPhone launch, since more informed buyers interested in purchasing an Apple smartphone would rather wait for the new models to launch than buy last year’s device. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case for the iPhone 6 and other iPhones still being sold by Apple, which continued to sell rather well in the quarter preceding the iPhone 6s’ arrival.  DON’T MISS: Simple accessory adds an invisible physical back button to your iPhone – and it actually works Apple has yet to announce iPhone sales numbers for the quarter ending in September, but new research data from Kantar WorldPanel suggests that in the three month period ending August 15, iOS lost market share to Android only in
  • You might have to wait until November for the new Apple TV (2015-10-08 13:30:00)
  • HBO Now is finally on the Roku (2015-10-08 13:16:00)
  • More than half of all Google searches now happen on mobile devices (2015-10-08 13:11:29)
    Google may be waging an ongoing battle against its competitors to keep smartphone owners using the web, but recent evidence suggests it's making progress. Google's Amit Singhal, senior vice president of search, said today Google now sees more than half of its 100 billion monthly searches occurring on mobile devices. Singhal, who's speaking at Recode's Code Mobile conference in Half Moon Bay, California, defined mobile as devices with screens smaller than six inches.
  • The Incredibles 2 is coming in 2019, and Toy Story 4 will be late (2015-10-08 13:06:39)
    It's not just a day for Marvel; Disney has announced a slew of new release dates for upcoming animated and live-action films, including The Incredibles 2. The Pixar sequel is now scheduled to arrive June 21st, 2019, with Toy Story 4 — originally slated to open in 2017 — pushed to June 15th, 2018. That will leave room for Cars 3, which is now scheduled to open on June 16th, 2017 (Pixar really likes mid-June openings, in case you were wondering).
  • New Horizons captures images of water ice and blue skies on Pluto (2015-10-08 13:04:54)
    Images of Pluto taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft show the dwarf planet has blue "hazes" and water ice, the agency said in a statement released today. As NASA explains, the blue sky is formed by the way "haze particles" scatter blue light, although the particles themselves are probably gray or red. Also shown in the images were exposed regions of water ice.
  • Marvel reveals ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp,’ announces first Phase 4 movie release dates (2015-10-08 13:04:06)
    Right on the heels of the show floor opening up at New York Comic Con 2015, Marvel has decided to make a few big announcements to get the crowd warmed up. If you thought you knew everything there was to know about Phase 3, think again. READ MORE: Watch the latest trailer for the upcoming Sherlock Christmas special Just hours ago on its official site, Marvel confirmed the existence of yet another Phase 3 film called Ant-Man and the Wasp. Up until now, Marvel hadn’t said anything about a sequel to this summer’s Ant-Man, but after the Phase 2 finale’s success (critically and financially), the studio has decided to shrink down once again on July 6th, 2018. The addition of another franchise in the
  • Before You Buy a New TV, Read This (2015-10-08 13:00:00)
    The answers to the following key questions will help you find the right set.
  • Designing Surface Pro 4: a chat with a Microsoft hardware lead (2015-10-08 13:00:00)
  • Facebook 'Reactions' test lets you express many more feelings than just 'like' (2015-10-08 12:58:52)
    The social network leader will venture beyond the thumbs-up with a test starting Friday for residents of Ireland and Spain.
  • Sony's Xperia Z5 has a frosted glass back, and I've already broken it (2015-10-08 12:57:30)
    Sony has been having such a torrid time with its smartphones lately that you might say it can't catch a break — only in this case, that's exactly what it did. Like previous Xperia Z devices, this latest model has glass on both the front and the back, though the rear portion is now frosted glass, which appears to be more fragile and susceptible to cracks than the stuff used previously. The problem is that I didn't have to drop the Z5 from a great height to cause it such harm.
  • DJI's slick 4K hand-held gimbal is ready for action (2015-10-08 12:54:00)
  • HBO Now comes to Roku's streaming devices today (2015-10-08 12:47:57)
    HBO Now will be available on Roku's line of set-top boxes and streaming sticks today, filling a hole in the company's otherwise industry-leading selection of content. Roku says HBO's standalone subscription service will be available on all "current-generation" players, so if you've got a years-old Roku sitting around, you might be out of luck. Cord Cutter's News was first to report HBO Now's pending arrival on Roku.
  • I will not be happy until Beyoncé buys every Julianne Moore film set (2015-10-08 12:42:17)
    Beyoncé and Jay-Z are shelling out $150,000 per month to rent the Holmby Hills mansion that was once the set of the Coen Brothers' film The Big Lebowski. Curbed LA reports that the Carters tried to buy the house last year from former Dodgers owner Jamie McCourt, but were outbid by a mysterious "British billionaire" who apparently thought that was okay. Beyoncé's determination to live in the not-so-humble abode probably stems from her love for The Big Lebowski. Seeing as Julianne never sets foot in the Lebowski mansion during the film, Beyoncé probably could have done a better job of feeling close to her.
  • 6 technologies that will help humans survive on Mars (2015-10-08 12:42:00)
  • Microsoft Developer Division Chief Somasegar to leave after 27 years (2015-10-08 12:42:00)
    Twenty-seven-year Microsoft veteran Soma Somasegar is moving on from heading Microsoft's developer division to pursue the next phase of his career.
  • Marvel Studios is making room in its schedule for an Ant-Man sequel (2015-10-08 12:41:22)
    Since Ant-Man received a very solid reception at the box office this summer, Marvel is charging ahead with a sequel. Disney just announced that Ant-Man and The Wasp will hit theaters on July 6th, 2018, with Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne returning as the headlining stars.
  • Hacking food with virtual reality changes how you eat (2015-10-08 12:40:56)
    A new series from Vice kicks off by visiting a Japanese scientist who hacks our perceptions to mess with our rates of food consumption and perception of flavors.
  • This could be the key to letting Samsung copy Apple’s latest killer iPhone feature (2015-10-08 12:39:58)
    Smartphone companies copy each other all the time, and that includes Apple. We know, we know. But there’s one vendor that finds itself in the news for copying its top rival a bit more often than most, and there is actual evidence that appeared in court suggesting that Samsung copies Apple more actively than other companies. So, when Apple comes out with a hot new feature like 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s, many Apple fans begin half-jokingly asking the question: When is Samsung going to copy it? We still can’t say for sure whether or not Samsung plans to add a similar feature to its future smartphones, but it looks like a new technology under development at one of Samsung’s partner companies
  • Hands on with the DJI Osmo (2015-10-08 12:30:03)
    DJI is best known for making the world’s most popular drone. Now they’ve set their sights on selfies.
  • The company behind the world's most popular drone just built the ultimate selfie stick (2015-10-08 12:30:02)
    For the last two years the DJI Phantom has been our favorite drone. It's been the unit that led the way as drones democratized aerial imagery, making dramatic shots previously reserved for Hollywood an option for anyone with $1,000. Today, DJI is introducing the Osmo, a handheld stabilizer that tries to repeat the same trick.
  • Verizon increases the price of unlimited data plans by $20 a month (2015-10-08 12:21:00)
  • Cat Phones announces Cat S40 rugged Android smartphone for the US market (2015-10-08 12:21:00)
    Our smartphones are often the computer we use the most and when you are out in the mud, snow, or water you still need a device to perform. The Cat S40 is designed to go into these environments with you.
  • 'Like' this? Facebook testing out new emotion buttons (2015-10-08 12:06:55)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Sometimes "liking" something just isn't enough.
  • Draconid Meteor Shower: When to Catch It (2015-10-08 12:05:04)
    Get ready for prime time sky gazing tonight when the annual Draconid meteor shower hits its peak.The Draconid meteor shower occurs each year when Earth collides with debris from the comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner.The debris burns up in Earth's upper atmosphere, creating the streaks of light moving across the night sky. The annual spectacle gets its name from Draco because the meteors appear to streak out of the constellation. ...
  • SwiftKey is testing a keyboard with its very own software brain (2015-10-08 12:00:03)
    SwiftKey is on a mission to make the smartest smartphone keyboard in the world, and the only way to do that is through artificial intelligence, apparently. The goal is to bring to market the first ever so-called neural network language model to the smartphone keyboard, and the product is available today as an in-progress Android app called SwiftKey Neural Alpha. It will use the neural network subfield of AI concerned with understanding and mimicking the human brain while churning through lots of data to help better suggest upcoming words.
  • SwiftKey's latest keyboard is powered by a neural network (2015-10-08 12:00:00)
  • The five most things about Facebook's new reactions (2015-10-08 11:58:29)
    A month after Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook's plans to roll out some sort of "dislike" button, the company is now testing the feature with users in Ireland and Spain. Called "reactions," the feature introduces six cartoon emoji you can use in responding to friends' posts: love, haha, yay, wow, sad, and angry. To use the feature, you long-press the like button until the six reactions pop up, and you choose one from there.
  • 10 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time (2015-10-08 11:51:06)
    Friday is in our sights, but we still have to make it through Thursday before we get there. Want something that will make getting through the day a little easier? Here’s a list of 10 solid paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free for a limited time. DON’T MISS: How to tell if your iPhone 6s has the A9 chip impacted by ‘Batterygate’ These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this
  • Uber thinks Lyft's CTO may have spied on its driver lists (2015-10-08 11:50:31)
    The bitter feud between Lyft and Uber has escalated to accusations of digital espionage. According to a new report in Reuters, Lyft CTO Chris Lambert has been tied to an IP address that accessed a leaked Uber security key, as part of a larger investigation into a breach of the company's driver database made public in February. It's still unclear whether Lambert had any role in the breach, and court documents show the breach itself launching from a separate IP, but Uber's lawyers have aggressively pursued the connection in a number of motions before the court.
  • Everyone is copying Microsoft's Surface (2015-10-08 11:48:00)
    Bill Gates always wanted a tablet. Apple’s iPad won the tablet popularity race nearly 10 years later, but it hasn’t become the most popular form of PC yet. Gates saw the value of a convertible tablet complete with a keyboard and a pen 15 years ago, but it’s not Apple that’s leading the industry forward with the idea of a modern tablet.
  • Facebook says no to 'dislike' button but tests 'sad' and 'angry' (2015-10-08 11:41:12)
    Facebook will begin testing a new feature allowing users to express a range of emotions on posts in Ireland and Spain from Friday -- but there will be no "dislike" button, the social network said. "We are testing Reactions, an extension of the 'like' button, to give you more ways to share your reaction to a Facebook post in a quick and easy way," Facebook said in a statement. Users have for years pressed the world's largest social network to introduce a "dislike" button to complement the existing thumbs up button, which allows users to express their "like" for a post.
  • Big Cisco bet on France offers relief from Air France fiasco (2015-10-08 11:30:01)
    Still reeling from front page images of shirtless Air France executives fleeing angry workers, the French government got a welcome boost on Thursday for its campaign to attract foreign investment from U.S. tech group Cisco. Enthusing about how France would become Europe's digital leader, CEO John Chambers said the network infrastructure builder would double a 100 million euro ($113 million) investment in the country announced only months ago. Flanked by Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron, Chambers told journalists during a visit to the company's French headquarters that he was in no way deterred by footage of Air France executives hounded from failed job cut talks with unions, their shirts torn from their backs.
  • Burner's disposable phone numbers save everything in the cloud (2015-10-08 11:30:00)
  • Facebook's 'Like' button set to get more emotive (2015-10-08 11:21:49)
    The social network said on Thursday it is launching a pilot test of "Reactions", which will allow users to express a range of emotions including love, happiness, anger and sadness. The feedback from the pilot test will be used to improve the feature and the company hopes "to roll it out to everyone soon," Cox wrote in the post.
  • Verizon's grandfathered unlimited data users face $20 price hike (2015-10-08 11:04:07)
    Subscribers with unlimited data plans will see their bills rise after November 15.
  • This Raspberry Pi starter kit and course bundle is now over 85 percent off (2015-10-08 11:00:00)
  • Microsoft's Surface chief wants a consistent design across devices (2015-10-08 10:55:24)
    Microsoft’s Panos Panay had a big week. Ever the entertainer, Panay appeared at Microsoft’s devices event earlier this week to introduce two new Lumia handsets, a Surface Pro 4, and the Surface Book. It was a massive event that even included a demo of Microsoft's HoloLens headset and a new wearable Microsoft Band in the space of nearly two hours of stage time.
  • DuckDuckGo takes a shot at Google, says you don’t need to track users to make money (2015-10-08 10:42:57)
    Most of us have had to accept the fact that Google is tracking basically everything we do, whether we like it or not. After all, the companies services are so ubiquitous that it’s all but impossible to spend more than a few minutes online without having to log in to your Google account, but as DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weinberg explains, it doesn’t have to be this way. READ MORE: Google plans to fix your biggest complaint about the mobile web In a recent AMA hosted on Y Combinator’s Hacker News, Weinberg dispelled the notion that search engines have to mine through user data in order to stay afloat: “DuckDuckGo is actually profitable! It is a myth you need to track people to
  • What will Google do with abcdefghijklm (inhales) (2015-10-08 10:41:35)
    A few months ago, Alphabet was formed as a new parent company for Google and many of its divisions. Yesterday, Domain Investing found that Google recently privately acquired from someone who had registered the domain in 1999, apparently waiting for just such a payday.
  • Austria launches language app for migrant children (2015-10-08 10:40:50)
    Austria's government, under pressure from the far-right over the migrant crisis, announced on Thursday a new app for smartphones and tablets to help foreign children learn German. This new app represents a major step in promoting language-learning," Education Minister Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek said. Austria has seen more than 200,000 migrants enter the country since the beginning of September, most of whom travel onwards to Germany or Scandinavia.
  • Mitsubishi set to show off its latest far-out EV concept (2015-10-08 10:38:00)
  • Hackers in China, South Korea, Germany targeted Clinton's server: AP (2015-10-08 10:29:44)
    Computer hackers in China, South Korea and Germany tried to attack Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's private email server after she left the U.S. State Department in February 2013, the Associated Press reported on Thursday. "It was not immediately clear whether the attempted intrusions into Clinton's server were serious espionage threats or the sort of nuisance attacks that hit computer servers the world over," the AP said, citing a congressional document. In a letter to Secnap Network Security Corp, which provided the threat monitoring product connected to the server, U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, asked the Florida-based cyber security company for documents related to its work with Clinton's server.
  • Facebook starts testing out the ‘Dislike’ button – and it has a twist we didn’t see coming (2015-10-08 10:19:42)
    You’ll now be able to tell your friends that you dislike something they’ve posted on Facebook, although doing so won’t just be a matter of clicking a simple thumbs-down icon. Instead, as TechCrunch reports, Facebook is unveiling a full bar of emoji next to its iconic Like button that includes faces for laughing, happiness, surprise, sadness and anger, as well as an option to tell someone you “love” their post. This way, you’ll be able to be more nuanced in your less-than-positive reactions than just telling someone you dislike something. MUST READ: How to tell if your iPhone 6s has the A9 chip impacted by ‘Batterygate’ For your reference, here is what the new interface will look like: Sadly, you won’t be
  • Move over Surface Pro 4: Dell challenges with new XPS 12 (2015-10-08 10:19:00)
    Dell's latest take on a 2-in-1 laptop / tablet is very much like Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 but with one key difference: The included keyboard is a solid base, not a thin cover.
  • Chromecast app for iOS gets content and app recommendations (2015-10-08 10:19:00)
  • Chess gets an unpredictable, glitchy makeover on iPad (2015-10-08 10:08:17)
    In 1996, world chess champion Bobby Fischer revealed Chess960, a variant that randomized the possible starting positions for pieces, offering 960 possibilities. "What Chesh does, though, is tap into the same thing Fischer's variant does, which is [to] make it impossible to memorize openings." This puts both players on even footing, which in turn makes it a more approachable experience.
  • Sony gives PlayStation VR a hand by acquiring gesture-tracking tech (2015-10-08 10:08:14)
    Sony has purchased Softkinetic, a company known for making depth sensors for virtual and augmented reality technology.
  • MakerBot lays off 20 percent of its staff for the second time this year (2015-10-08 10:00:22)
    MakerBot is laying off 20 percent of its staff for the second time in the last six months, citing "market dynamics" and a failure to meet "ambitious goals." The company is also leaving one of the two buildings it occupies in Industry City, a large-scale manufacturing complex in Brooklyn. The 3D-printing company will also be making changes to its leadership team to better "focus on [its] people and the MakerBot 3D Ecosystem." The news was announced in a blog post by CEO Jonathan Jaglom. "We are facing tremendous challenges at MakerBot," Jaglom tells The Verge.
  • Kodak has a new surveillance camera to compete with Nest Cam (2015-10-08 10:00:00)
  • Simple accessory adds an invisible physical back button to your iPhone – and it actually works (2015-10-08 09:56:04)
    Sometimes you see something on the Internet and think to yourself, “there is absolutely no way that works as advertised.” As great as it would be to lose 100 pounds without changing your diet or exercising at all, it’s a pretty safe bet that the pills you saw advertised in a Google AdWords ad on some mommy blog aren’t going to deliver on that ridiculous promise. To be perfectly honest, I was just about as confident in PureGear’s Smart + Buttons glass screen protector as I was in those magic weight loss pills when the company’s PR rep first pitched me. For some reason I decided to take a shot though, and I’m glad I did. DON’T MISS: How to tell if your iPhone
  • How Intel is helping battle Parkinson's with big data (2015-10-08 09:43:00)
    Most companies would jump at the business opportunity in the development of a deep-dive intelligent data analytics platform. Not Intel.
  • Nanowire technology will improve brain-stimulating implants (2015-10-08 09:42:00)
  • Stephen Hawking answers Reddit AMA questions, divulges his favorite song (2015-10-08 09:40:04)
    Two months after fans were invited to ask Stephen Hawking questions on the Reddit Ask Me Anything forum -- which became the third-largest AMA in Reddit's history -- the site has posted his answers on the responsible use of artificial intelligence. Earlier this year, Stephen Hawking, along with Bill Gates, Elon Musk and many other top names in science and tech, signed an open letter imploring researchers to proceed with caution in developing artificial intelligence.
  • Verizon to raise price of grandfathered unlimited data plans by $20 (2015-10-08 09:34:28)
    Verizon doesn't want to be the bad guy and completely get rid of its old unlimited data plans, so it's pursuing a new strategy: price customers out of them. The Verge has learned that Verizon will soon raise the monthly cost of grandfathered unlimited data plans by an additional $20 per line to $49.99. It was previously $29.99 before this increase, which makes the new rate $49.99.
  • How to tell if your iPhone 6s has the A9 chip impacted by ‘Batterygate’ (2015-10-08 09:33:28)
    Following Apple’s iPhone 6s release less than two weeks ago, I posted a little joke on Twitter about how great it was that we had seemingly made it through an iPhone launch without a “gate” scandal of some kind: I'm not a religious man but I'm pretty sure we have the Pope to thank for making it through an iPhone launch without a somethinggate. — Zach Epstein (@zacharye) September 26, 2015 Sadly, it appears as though I spoke too soon. Despite the fact that the Pope was in town for Apple’s iPhone launch this year, the company may be in the midst of its first iPhone 6s scandal: Welcome to “Batterygate.” DON’T MISS: The worst thing about the iPhone 6s First things first: what is Batterygate?
  • BBC vows to make more cuts in response to government review (2015-10-08 09:29:00)
  • Amazon crochets itself an Etsy rival: Handmade (2015-10-08 09:26:39)
    The storefront for handcrafted items is another effort by the e-commerce giant to become the everything store while simultaneously gunning for Etsy's business.
  • Marvel's 'Jessica Jones' shows off her superpowers in new Netflix trailer (2015-10-08 09:24:07)
    The superhero-turned-detective skips the stairs and uses her powers to commute to work much more quickly.
  • Mozilla proposes three golden rules for ad blockers (2015-10-08 09:21:00)
  • Alibaba's Ma says concerns about China consumption overdone (2015-10-08 09:09:13)
    (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd Chairman Jack Ma said he doesn't think consumption will decline in China as the economy slows, terming such concerns an "overreaction." "We predict that over 50 percent of China's consumption will be conducted online within 10 years, and that means massive potential for the e‑commerce market," Ma said in a letter to shareholders. ( (Reporting by Kshitiz Goliya in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)
  • LittleBits' new kit wants to spark the inventor in anyone (2015-10-08 09:05:34)
    The Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, targeted at kids and families, looks to guide novices on their way to becoming master builders.
  • The BBC will stream the League of Legends World Championship online (2015-10-08 09:04:10)
    The League of Legends championship tournament is spread out across multiple European cities this year, and for the next leg — which takes place in London's iconic Wembley Arena — none other than the BBC will be streaming the proceedings. This portion of the tournament will last for four days, and the broadcaster has enlisted the help of League casters Leigh "Deman" Smith and James "Stress" O'Leary, who will provide commentary during the matches. The broadcaster says it will be using the same tools previously reserved for live sports coverage, with a combination of "live video, prerecorded video, text, audio, and social commentary." League of Legends is among the most popular online games in the world, with close to 70 million monthly players, 27 million of whom play the game every day.
  • Exploring Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’s massive new cyberpunk world (2015-10-08 09:00:02)
    It took Jean-François Dugas nearly two months to agree to work on Deus Ex: Human Revolution. It wasn’t because he had no interest in the project; in fact, the original Deus Ex is one of his favorite games, and it inspired him to get into game design. That was the problem. “I was scared to death” he says. “It’s not just making a game; it’s trying to revive Deus Ex.” The original game, directed by legendary designer Warren Spector, launched in 2000, and helped set the standard for action role-playing games.
  • Digg wants to build the internet comment section of the future (2015-10-08 09:00:02)
    Digg has a plan to save the online comments section. Yes, that Digg, the pre-Reddit social news site that has evolved to become one of the best places to find high-quality journalism on the web. The company is calling its newest product Digg Dialog, and it's a tool for news organizations to create a two-way conversation between writers, editors, and readers centered on long-form feature articles and other unique stories that pop up in the news cycle.
  • littleBits Gizmos and Gadgets Kit gives kids a range of DIY projects (2015-10-08 09:00:00)
  • IBM aims Linux OpenPOWER systems at Intel (2015-10-08 09:00:00)
    IBM and its OpenPOWER partners are launching three flavors of Linux servers in an effort to swipe big data workloads from Intel.
  • ICYMI: Mars life, bendy smartphone screens and more (2015-10-08 09:00:00)
  • Disney and Pixar animating staff get first look at iPad Pro (2015-10-08 08:51:00)
    Ahead of the giant iPads' official launch, Apple is sharing it with some select testers. Jordan Golson explains.
  • Cut out the middleman: Sync from your smartphone to desktop with new tool (2015-10-08 08:50:45)
    Use Daemon Sync to sync photos and videos from your smartphone to your desktop without a middleman.
  • Don’t freak out about the iPhone 6s’ processor yet: What you need to know about ‘Batterygate’ (2015-10-08 08:49:23)
    If you’ve been following iPhone 6s rumors as closely as we have, you probably know that not all iPhone 6s units are created equal when it comes to processors (and other internal components). But since the new A9 chips are responsible for delivering an even better performance than any other Apple chip model, it’s important to note that there are indeed two types of A9 versions inside the new iPhones, made by two competing chipmakers and built on different process technology. DON’T MISS: PSA: You can watch 100+ movies for free on The Paramount Vault YouTube channel Samsung and TSMC were awarded iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus A9 contracts from Apple, rumors said a long time ago. The same reports claimed that
  • The fake LinkedIn recruiter network hackers are using to reel in business users (2015-10-08 08:23:00)
    Hackers known to use Zeus malware to hack critical infrastructure targets have developed an elaborate network of fake recruiter profiles for phishing on LinkedIn.
  • Watch the latest trailer for the upcoming Sherlock Christmas special (2015-10-08 08:20:38)
    It’s not often we can say we’re excited about a BBC production, but the Sherlock series has taken the world by storm since its debut in 2010. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, the series has aired sporadically over the past six years, but after a long hiatus following the third season, the brilliant detective is returning this Christmas. DON’T MISS: You can watch 100+ movies for free on The Paramount Vault YouTube channel This week, PBS released a new, full-length trailer for the special, which just so happens to be set in Victorian London. The series proper takes place in modern day England, so we’re still not sure how (or if) creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss will explain the time
  • Hands-On: KaOS Linux 2015.10 (2015-10-08 08:19:00)
    I have installed (or at least tried to install) the new release of this tightly-focused distribution. Here are the mixed results.
  • The Post-Empire Literary Society, Season 2, Episode 3: Fires of Heaven (2015-10-08 08:04:54)
    In the first season, it set Cookie and Jamal against Lucious and Hakeem. Now, it pits Cookie and Hakeem against Lucious and Jamal, pivoting over the course of just a few episodes. The old configuration had grown predictable, so a shakeup came, followed shortly by Pitbull.
  • 'Harry Potter' e-books come to life in new Apple edition (2015-10-08 08:04:19)
    NEW YORK (AP) — You don't need to be a wizard to see the "Harry Potter" books come to life.
  • Stephen Hawking fears competent machines, not malicious ones (2015-10-08 08:00:02)
    Like any good scientist, Stephen Hawking has taken his time. A Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) that collected questions from the site's users back in July is today being answered comprehensively by the world's most famous living physicist. Unsurprisingly, given his high profile and the extended period allowed for questions, this is already the third-largest AMA that Reddit has hosted, with over 9,000 comments submitted.
  • It’s official: Sony’s PlayStation 4 is cheaper than it’s ever been (2015-10-08 07:45:55)
    You may have missed out on purchasing a PS4 console for a discounted price from past sales, but Sony is about to fix all that. The company announced on Thursday that it’s officially dropping the price of the PS4, making it cheaper than ever. Sony also announced its “big holiday lineup” in the process. DON’T MISS: Microsoft made the ultimate laptop: the Surface Book The move isn’t surprising considering that Sony cut the price of the PS4 in Japan last month, suggesting it would apply the same move to its global sales in the future. Starting October 9th, the PS4 will cost just $349.99 in the U.S., or $50 less than before. In Canada, the PS4’s new price will be CAD $429.99.
  • Amazon challenges Etsy with Handmade at Amazon (2015-10-08 07:44:42)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is launching its site for handcrafted goods called Handmade at Amazon on Thursday, hoping to capitalize on shoppers' appetite for homemade goods ahead of the holiday season.
  • Samsung says customer payment data not affected by hack attack (2015-10-08 07:40:58)
    A March attack was aimed at LoopPay, a payments company owned by Samsung, but the electronics giant insists customer data is safe.
  • Live 'League of Legends' coverage is coming to BBC Three (2015-10-08 07:35:00)
  • Harry Potter books come to Apple in exclusive digitally enhanced editions (2015-10-08 07:25:44)
    Digital versions of all seven Harry Potter books are now exclusively available on Apple's iBooks Store. The company announced the launch in a press release published today, adding that the "enhanced" digital versions of J.K. Rowling's novels feature interactive animations, custom covers, and annotations written by Rowling herself. Previously, digital versions of the novels were only available on the Pottermore Shop, a dedicated website for all things Harry Potter.
  • Sony buys a company that makes Kinect-like depth sensors (2015-10-08 07:25:00)
  • Facebook's Like button will soon have these emoticon alternatives, says report (2015-10-08 06:52:25)
    Facebook is preparing to test a new "reactions" feature that would allow users to reply to posts with more than a "Like," according to a report from Engadget ES. The site on Thursday published mockups of the feature, which adds a range of emoticons to Facebook's standard thumbs-up Like button. Citing unnamed sources, Engadget reports that the feature will be rolled out to users in Spain and Ireland as early as Friday.
  • The Big Picture: Mars' fractured surface underneath the dunes (2015-10-08 06:48:00)
  • Exclusive: Uber checks connections between hacker and Lyft (2015-10-08 06:35:28)
    By Dan Levine and Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Eight months after disclosing a major data breach, ride service Uber [UBER.UL] is focusing its legal efforts on learning more about an internet address that it has persuaded a court could lead to identifying the hacker. In February, Uber revealed that as many as 50,000 of its drivers' names and license numbers had been improperly downloaded, and the company filed a lawsuit in San Francisco federal court in an attempt to unmask the perpetrator. Uber's court papers claim that an unidentified person using a Comcast IP address had access to a security key used in the breach.
  • Vimeo recruits stars of 'Saturday Night Live' and 'Orange is the New Black' for new shows (2015-10-08 06:28:53)
    The streaming site is following Netflix and Amazon in creating new, original productions.
  • China's Meituan, Dianping merging to form dominant O2O player (2015-10-08 06:28:31)
    By Gerry Shih and Elzio Barreto BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's two biggest online-to-offline (O2O) service providers, backed separately by rivals Alibaba Group Holding and Tencent Holdings, announced a merger, as Internet firms join forces to prosper in a highly competitive market. and Dianping Holdings said on Thursday they are combining to create China's dominant player in services such as finding deals at local restaurants and booking cinema tickets through smartphones as well as group-buying of coupons and accessing ratings, similar to those offered by Groupon Inc and Yelp Inc. The merged company could be valued at $15 billion or more, and a more precise valuation may come in the next few weeks as it negotiates a fresh round of funding with investors, said a person with direct knowledge of the deal, who couldn't be named because details of the transaction were not disclosed.
  • Amazon launches a Handmade rival to Etsy (2015-10-08 06:21:00)
  • Bowers and Wilkins' new Zeppelin speaker nixes the dock to go wireless (2015-10-08 06:00:00)
  • Dell in talks to buy data storage company EMC (2015-10-08 05:52:09)
    Dell Inc [DI.UL], the world's third largest personal computer maker, is in talks to buy data storage company EMC Corp , a person familiar with the matter said, in what could be one of the biggest technology deals ever. A deal could be an option for EMC, under pressure from activist investor Elliott Management Corp to spin off majority-owned VMware Inc . The terms being discussed were not known, but if the deal goes through it would top Avago Technologies' $37 billion offer for Broadcom .
  • Exclusive: Uber checks connections between hacker and Lyft: sources (2015-10-08 05:39:08)
    By Dan Levine and Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Eight months after disclosing a major data breach, ride service Uber [UBER.UL] is focusing its legal efforts on learning more about an internet address that it has persuaded a court could lead to identifying the hacker. In February, Uber revealed that as many as 50,000 of its drivers' names and license numbers had been improperly downloaded, and the company filed a lawsuit in San Francisco federal court in an attempt to unmask the perpetrator. Uber's court papers claim that an unidentified person using a Comcast IP address had access to a security key used in the breach.
  • The US is using Twitter to detect earthquakes (2015-10-08 05:33:19)
    The US Geological Survey (USGS) has begun using data from Twitter to detect earthquakes. In a blog post published this week, Twitter explains how the USGS, the government body responsible for tracking seismic activity, used the company's public API to identify earthquakes across the world based on tweets that users post.
  • Fretting about Stagefright on Galaxy S5? CyanogenMod's stable release has a fix (2015-10-08 05:31:00)
    CyanogenMod has squished both Stagefright bugs in its latest stable release of the custom ROM.
  • Sony cuts U.S. prices for PlayStation 4 ahead of holiday season (2015-10-08 05:29:48)
    Sony Corp said it was cutting the price of its PlayStation 4 videogame console to around $350 from $400 to boost sales ahead of the year-end holiday season. Thursday's announcement follows similar price cuts of the console in Asia, including its home market Japan, and adds pressure on rival Microsoft Corp, whose Xbox One system has lagged the PlayStation 4 in global sales. Videogames, along with sensors, have helped lead a turnaround at Sony which is still struggling with weak smartphone and TV sales.
  • Samsung's Galaxy View tablet is an 18.6-inch behemoth headed for AT&T (2015-10-08 05:27:21)
    Teased at the end of Samsung's Gear S2 launch at IFA last month, the Galaxy View is an upcoming tablet from the Korean manufacturer that looks set to be sold by AT&T in the near future. Newly published FCC documentation provides a sketch of the rear of the tablet along with its precise measurements. The Galaxy View has an expansive 18.6-inch display on the front and what looks like a pair of stereo speakers on the back.
  • Google for iOS can play GIFs in search results, show maps in-app (2015-10-08 05:24:00)
  • Facebook tests 'Reactions,' a Like button with more emotions (2015-10-08 04:11:00)
  • Cost of cybercrimes climb to $6.8M per firm in Japan, $3.4M in Australia (2015-10-08 04:09:57)
    Average annual cost of cybercrime per organization seven countries clocks at US$7.7 million in 2015, with companies taking 46 days to resolve a cyberattack, reveals HP-Ponemon Institute study.
  • Uber, Didi Kuaidi seek to legalize status in China (2015-10-08 04:02:46)
    U.S. firm Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] and Chinese rival Didi Kuaidi are taking steps to operate legally in China, a key market for both firms but where their car hailing services currently operate in a regulatory prey zone. Uber China said in a statement on Thursday it was "actively preparing" documents to apply for a license to operate an online car-hailing platform to meet new regulations governing the sector that are expected to be announced soon. Didi Kuaidi, a $16 billion valued firm backed by Chinese Internet giants Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Tencent Holdings Ltd , also said on Thursday it had received a car booking license for its operations in Shanghai and that it was seeking more licenses from other cities.
  • I think I want Sharp's cute, probably useless robot phone (2015-10-08 03:58:02)
    After being enchanted by Sharp's cute video for its bizarre robot smartphone the other day, I had to see the thing for myself. Basically, I don't want to have to set up my robot phone to take pictures of my friends at a barbecue.
  • Thai military's plan for 'Great Firewall' risks Internet competition (2015-10-08 03:56:32)
    By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - A proposal by Thailand's junta for a single Internet gateway to allow authorities to monitor content would destroy competition and was reminiscent of the most authoritarian measures to stifle free speech, a former information minister said on Thursday. The plan to create a single gateway for all Internet traffic was approved by the military government in August but details remain unclear. "Once it becomes a single gateway there will be a problem with traffic speeds," said Anudith Nakornthap, a former information minister under the government of ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
  • You can play the Star Wars: Battlefront beta today (2015-10-08 03:33:56)
    The lucky few that got access to an early version of Star Wars: Battlefront were allowed to battle across the surface of Hoth, Sullust, and Tatooine before the rest of the world. Battlefront community manager Sledgehammer70 confirmed the news on Twitter last night. The beta includes three game modes — a small-scale solo survival mission on Luke Skywalker's adopted home planet Tatooine, a medium-sized skirmish on the volcanic world of Sullust, and a video game version of the climactic showdown between the Empire and the Rebels on the ice planet of Hoth.
  • New Star Wars-themed notebook from HP comes with lightsaber sounds (2015-10-08 03:31:37)
    Brace yourselves Star Wars fans. HP has released a special edition Star Wars notebook that comes preloaded with more than 1,000 images from the film franchise as well as R2-D2 and lightsaber notification sounds. It's the latest Star Wars merch to be unveiled ahead of the hotly anticipated film release of Episode VII "The Force Awakens" on December 18.
  • PlayStation 4 drops to $350 in the US (2015-10-08 03:28:00)
  • Amazon challenges Etsy with Amazon Handmade (2015-10-08 03:14:57)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is launching its site for handcrafted goods called Amazon Handmade on Thursday, hoping to capitalize on shoppers' appetite for homemade goods ahead of the holiday season.
  • Sony cuts PlayStation 4 price by $50 in the US (2015-10-08 03:10:09)
    Sony has cut the price of the PlayStation 4 to $349.99 in the US, effective tomorrow, October 9th. The previous price was $399.99, which has held steady since the system's launch in late 2013. The move follows last month's similar price cut for Sony's home market of Japan, and brings pricing in line with the 500GB model of the Xbox One. The new price in Canada will be $429.99, down from $449.99.
  • Trust in the cloud (2015-10-08 03:04:31)
    An analysis of why it's so important to have a trusting relationship with your cloud provider.
  • Dell XPS 15 hands-on (2015-10-08 03:00:02)
    A closer look at Dell's new XPS 15 laptop with an edge-to-edge display.
  • Dell XPS 12 hands-on (2015-10-08 03:00:02)
    A closer look at Dell's new XPS 12 convertible.
  • Dell's new XPS 12 tablet uses magnets to turn into a laptop (2015-10-08 03:00:02)
    Dell has tried some weird 2-in-1 designs in the past that haven't really worked out. Spurred on by the release of Windows 8, the last major attempt for the XPS 12 involved a spinning display that flipped into a tablet. Dell is back with another idea for the XPS 12, and it involves magnets.
  • Dell's XPS 15 now has a beautiful edge-to-edge display (2015-10-08 03:00:02)
    Dell released an XPS 13 earlier this year that blew everyone away. Dell is now bringing its much-loved design to its 15-inch XPS 15. The first thing you notice about the XPS 15 is the edge-to-edge display.
  • Dell's redesigned XPS 15 is a bigger version of our favorite Windows laptop (2015-10-08 03:00:00)
  • Dell's latest XPS 12 looks like a Surface rival, feels like a step backward (2015-10-08 03:00:00)
  • Amazon crochets itself a rival to Etsy: Handmade (2015-10-08 02:55:02)
    The storefront for handcrafted items is another effort by the e-commerce giant to become the everything store, while going after Etsy's business at the same time.
  • Sony buys Belgian image sensor technology firm (2015-10-08 02:39:49)
    Japan's Sony Corp said it bought Belgian image sensor technology company Softkinetic Systems for an undisclosed sum, stepping up investment in an area that has become one of its strongest amid weak sales of its TVs and smartphones. Softkinetic specializes in a type of technology that helps measure "time of flight", or the time it takes for light to reflect off an object and return to an image sensor, Sony said. The deal comes after Sony said earlier this week that it will split off its semiconductors operations to help bolster growth of its image sensors business.
  • Watch Adobe's Monument Mode erase tourists from photos in real time (2015-10-08 02:37:54)
    Adobe's MAX conference took place last night, showing off technology, software, and features the company is currently working on. One of the stars of this year's show was "Monument Mode," a new feature that promises to work with smartphone cameras to crop out tourists, cars, and other moving objects that might be blocking your shot of famous landmarks. Adobe engineer Ashutosh Jagdish Sharma demonstrated the technology on stage, enlisting the help of host Kim Chambers and Parks and Rec star Nick Offerman to act as stand-in tourists who were getting in the way of the desired shot.
  • Indonesians flock to mobile app for swift action on civic woes (2015-10-08 02:37:12)
    By Arzia Tivany Wargadiredja JAKARTA (Reuters) - Frustrated Indonesians are using a new mobile app to give their sleepy bureaucrats a wake-up call, demanding immediate fixes for persistently shoddy public services in the capital of the world's fourth-most populous country. President Joko Widodo has grown exasperated with Indonesia's bureaucrats over delays to road and port projects crucial to reviving an economy growing at its slowest in six years, and which have fueled impatience among investors. The public surveillance app, which has won backing from Jakarta city authorities, lets residents post online photographs of problems ranging from potholes in roads to broken traffic lights, in an effort to spur action.
  • Superloop acquires Brisbane ISP for AU$5.8m (2015-10-08 02:21:43)
    Fibre company Superloop has announced its acquisition of a small Australian wholesale ISP for almost AU$6 million.
  • eBay sellers first target of ATO online sales data matching (2015-10-08 02:00:37)
    Companies that made AU$10,000 and over in revenue online in FY15 will have to provide sales data to the Australian government to ensure they complied with tax laws.
  • Megaupload's Kim Dotcom takes the stand, fends off inquiries into finances (2015-10-08 01:54:33)
    Kim Dotcom, founder of the now defunct file-storage service Megaupload, made his long awaited appearance in a New Zealand court on Thursday. Indicted by the United States on criminal copyright violations in January 2012, Dotcom testified at a hearing to determine whether he and three other former Megaupload executives will be extradited to the US to stand trial. For nearly four years, lots of legal jockeying has prevented the hearing from getting to court, and even now Dotcom's attorneys seek yet another postponement.
  • Singtel to build $282m data center in Singapore (2015-10-08 01:47:00)
    Its 'biggest' Singapore investment to date, Singtel says the Tier 3-Plus data center is designed to meet the needs of the financial services and public sectors, as well as cloud and internet service providers.
  • InStyle, Jaunt VR target fashion audience with virtual reality cover (2015-10-08 01:46:28)
    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As makers of virtual reality content get ready to enter the mass market next year, one company is hoping to appeal to a broader audience outside of the tech set by harnessing fashion magazine InStyle's young female demographic. Jaunt VR, which creates 360-degree virtual reality experiences, teamed up with Time Inc's InStyle to film its November issue cover shoot with actress Drew Barrymore. InStyle's audience is "not the normal expected crowd people would think for VR," Scott Broock, Jaunt VR's vice president of content, told Reuters.
  • Exclusive: In lawsuit over hacking, Uber probes IP address assigned to Lyft exec - sources (2015-10-08 01:35:02)
    By Dan Levine and Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Eight months after disclosing a major data breach, ride service Uber [UBER.UL] is focusing its legal efforts on learning more about an internet address that it has persuaded a court could lead to identifying the hacker. In February, Uber revealed that as many as 50,000 of its drivers' names and license numbers had been improperly downloaded, and the company filed a lawsuit in San Francisco federal court in an attempt to unmask the perpetrator. Uber's court papers claim that an unidentified person using a Comcast IP address had access to a security key used in the breach.
  • Android founder says next major wave of computing will be AI (2015-10-08 01:26:00)
  • SingPost test drives drone delivery, but no firm commercial plans (2015-10-08 00:55:00)
    Singapore postal service operator completes test flight of drone delivery, where packages will only be delivered if the recipient is properly authenticated.
  • Pompeiians healthy before volcanic death, CT scans reveal (2015-10-08 00:50:06)
    The victims of Mount Vesuvius, preserved in ash for nearly 2,000 years, have been CT scanned, revealing details of their lives.
  • Virgin Mobile announces music streaming partnership (2015-10-08 00:43:03)
    Australian streaming music service Guvera has partnered with Virgin Australia to bring free subscriptions to customers, as well as 1GB of extra data per month.
  • Dell in talks to buy data storage company EMC: source (2015-10-08 00:42:38)
    Dell Inc [DI.UL], the world's third largest personal computer maker, is in talks to buy data storage company EMC Corp , a person familiar with the matter said, in what could be one of the biggest technology deals ever. Dell is also talking to banks to finance an all-cash offer for the Hopkinton, Massachusetts-based company, the person told Reuters on condition of anonymity because the negotiations are confidential. EMC has a market capitalization of about $50 billion as of Wednesday's close.
  • Brisbane Airport SmartGates suffer another IT outage (2015-10-08 00:22:08)
    Two weeks after the SmartGates to enter Australia went down at Brisbane Airport, another IT issue has repeated the dose for travellers.
  • Small Biz Trumps Competetion in the Digital Economy (2015-10-08 00:12:00)
    Tune into the new monthly podcast series, #SAPTalks, to hear directly from small business leaders about how their companies are using advanced technology to win in the world of hyper-connectivity.
  • Light's L16 camera challenges DSLRs with 16 lenses in one package (2015-10-08 00:10:00)
  • Following GPS, a woman is shot dead in a dangerous neighborhood (2015-10-08 00:00:32)
    Technically Incorrect: A Brazilian woman uses the Waze app to find a particular street. However, there are two streets with similar names in the vicinity. One leads to a favela.
  • Steve Jobs' legacy 'hijacked,' says Apple's Jony Ive (2015-10-07 23:59:14)
    Apple's chief design guru shares insight into what it was like to collaborate with Apple's co-founder.
  • BoQ posts AU$318m profit, gears up to invest in digital (2015-10-07 23:57:07)
    The Bank of Queensland has seen its fifth successive record half, posting a FY2015 statutory profit of AU$318 million, spending AU$79 million on IT, and gearing up for a digital spend in FY2016
  • New trailer for the 'Sherlock' Victorian Special reveals more clues (2015-10-07 23:45:47)
    Watch Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Holmes and Watson, as the pair stumbles upon a murder shrouded in mystery and fog in Victorian London.
  • 'Astroneer' is a planetary exploration game on a grand scale (2015-10-07 23:39:00)
  • See what it takes to get into a spacesuit in new NASA time-lapse (2015-10-07 23:30:24)
    If you think getting dressed in the morning can be a challenge, wait until you see what astronaut Peggy Whitson has to go through to wiggle into her "single-person spaceship."
  • Medium’s redesigned website wants to bring us back to blogging (2015-10-07 22:49:44)
    Medium has a new suite of features and a fresh design that it hopes will help transform the platform into the go-to reading and writing hub for the internet. The Medium redesign, announced at a press event in San Francisco today, includes Twitter-like @ mentions to send notifications to other Medium users cited in stories, a slew of new writing and design tools, and a new recommendation feature that will surface new posts to you based on who you follow. Medium will now allow users to publish straight to the platform from other services like Wordpress and register a custom web domain, so a website can live on Medium but retain a custom look and feel.
  • PC maker Dell in talks to buy EMC: source (2015-10-07 22:38:06)
    Dell Inc [DI.UL] is in talks to buy EMC Corp and is also talking with banks to finance an all-cash offer for the data storage company, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on condition of anonymity because the negotiations are confidential. The deal could further strengthen the world's third largest personal computer maker's presence among corporate clients at a time when Michael Dell has been trying to transform the company he founded in 1984 into a complete provider of enterprise computing services such as Hewlett-Packard Co and IBM . Dell spokesman David Flink declined to comment while EMC could not be reached for comment outside regular U.S. business hours.
  • Barnes & Noble adds another Nook tablet with Samsung Galaxy Tab E (2015-10-07 22:31:20)
    Coming fast on the heels of the Galaxy Tab S2 being released in a Nook edition, the new 9.6-inch device proves that the bookstore chain hasn't yet abandoned its digital hardware strategy yet.
  • TPP reaction: Hillary comes out against treaty (2015-10-07 22:11:00)
    Hillary Clinton, Democratic frontrunner for the 2016 presidential election, has again broken with President Barack Obama on policy, this time on the TPP.
  • PSA: You can watch 100+ movies for free on The Paramount Vault YouTube channel (2015-10-07 22:00:19)
    Can’t find anything to watch on Netflix? Run out of Amazon Originals to occupy your nights? It happens to the best of us, which is why you might want to bookmark the official YouTube channel of The Paramount Vault. DON’T MISS: Google plans to fix your biggest complaint about the mobile web Featuring dozens of full-length movies from decades past all the way up through the 21st century, The Paramount Vault “showcases a collection of Paramount full-length films and clips including selections that range from black-and-white to color, comedy to horror, and everything in between.” The channel appears to have been around for quite some time, but based on the middling view count of nearly every video, it doesn’t seem to have
  • Clinton subject to hack attempts from China, Korea, Germany (2015-10-07 21:56:02)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email server, which stored some 55,000 pages of emails from her time as secretary of state, was the subject of attempted cyberattacks originating in China, South Korea and Germany after she left office in early 2013, according to a congressional document obtained by The Associated Press.
  • Twitter's goal for the next year is to be simpler and easier to use (2015-10-07 21:44:00)
  • Samsung Electronics says mobile payments data safe after LoopPay hack (2015-10-07 21:36:32)
    Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said its Samsung Pay user data is safe after a hacking attack against a U.S.-based subsidiary that developed a key technology for its newly-launched mobile payments system. Disclosure of the attack, first reported by the New York Times on Wednesday, comes less than two weeks after Samsung Pay's launch in the United States. The world's top smartphone maker hopes the convenience provided by the payments system can help it defend shrinking market share and margins.
  • 'Star Wars: Battlefront' beta opens wide Thursday at 1PM ET (2015-10-07 21:25:00)
  • ​AWS tells customers it understands hybrid cloud (2015-10-07 21:22:22)
    Amazon Web Services APAC managing director Shane Owenby has reassured that while it's pro-public cloud, it understands that not all applications can be moved onto AWS.
  • Jony Ive says Steve Jobs films are hijacking his legacy (2015-10-07 21:13:31)
    For Apple design chief Jony Ive, remembering the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is not possible without understanding the context of how we worked. It's been four years since Jobs' death, the anniversary for which was earlier this week. Ive said today at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in San Francisco that recent films about Jobs don't grasp the whole picture.
  • ACMA directs telcos to comply with industry code (2015-10-07 20:54:10)
    The telco industry regulator in Australia has given six telcos directions to comply with the Telecommunications Protection Code.
  • FAA tests tech to spot illegal drone operators near airports (2015-10-07 20:52:00)
  • Twitter's next year will be about making site easier, adding functionality (2015-10-07 20:51:05)
    Kevin Weil, senior vice president of product at the social media site, also says he's "super excited" that "Jack is back" as CEO and Twitter plans to stay independent.
  • Twitter's head of product says editing tweets is hard (2015-10-07 20:50:30)
    Twitter has been on a tear with new product features, such as Moments, which just launched yesterday. Anyone who has posted a tweet only to see an annoying typo as soon as it went up knows this pain: why can't we edit our tweets like we can with Facebook posts? According to Twitter head of product Kevin Weil, editing tweets is easier said than done.
  • Matthew Keys found guilty of helping Anonymous deface LA Times website (2015-10-07 20:40:25)
    Matthew Keys, the former web producer and social media manager accused of helping hacking group Anonymous deface the LA Times website, has been found guilty on three criminal counts. Keys faces up to 25 years in prison on counts of conspiracy to cause damage to a protected computer, transmission of malicious code, and attempted transmission of malicious code, after he allegedly handed over the login details for websites owned by the Tribune Company to a chatroom operated by Anonymous in 2010. The subsequent defacement was minor — a story about a tax cut package in Congress was altered with a few mentions of "CHIPPY 1337" — and Keys' defense said it was reversed within an hour.
  • Twitter co-founder Ev Williams makes peace with new CEO Jack Dorsey (2015-10-07 20:32:25)
    Despite past differences, Williams says his relationship with the new chief executive is stronger than it has been "in years."
  • Dell, data storage company EMC in merger talks (2015-10-07 20:30:28)
    By Mike Stone (Reuters) - Dell Inc [DI.UL], the world's third-largest maker of personal computers and rival EMC Corp , are in talks about some combination of their businesses, a person familiar the matter told Reuters. It was unclear whether the companies were discussing a full or partial takeover of EMC, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported on the talks. ( A deal was not certain, the Journal reported. Computer data storage company EMC and Dell could not be reached for comment outside regular business hours. ...
  • Apple Music exec: Free music is a shell game we don't play (2015-10-07 20:19:08)
    Jimmy Iovine, a top figure at Apple's subscription tunes service, says Apple Music doesn't want to build a business on the backs of artists, even at the expense of hundreds of millions of listeners.
  • Journalist found guilty of assisting Anonymous hacks (2015-10-07 20:17:00)
  • Dell, data storage company EMC in merger talks: WSJ (2015-10-07 20:15:23)
    (Reuters) - Dell Inc [DI.UL], the world's third-largest maker of personal computers, is in merger talks with EMC Corp, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. It was unclear if the companies were discussing a full or partial takeover of EMC, the newspaper reported, citing people familiar with the matter. A deal was not certain, the Journal reported. Computer data storage company EMC and Dell could not be reached for comment outside regular business hours. ...
  • Draft legislation for GST on digital purchases unveiled (2015-10-07 20:12:33)
    The Australian government will begin taxing ebooks, streaming services, apps, games, and music downloads should its legislation pass Parliament.
  • Smaller U.S. businesses fear freeze from EU privacy ruling (2015-10-07 20:01:49)
    By Yasmeen Abutaleb and Julia Fioretti SAN FRANCISCO/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. businesses from online coupon company RetailMeNot Inc to security software company Symantec Corp said a European change to rules governing transatlantic personal data transfers would hurt U.S. companies and called for a quick fix. An EU court on Tuesday struck down a deal to let U.S. and European companies easily transfer personal data between continents, leaving some U.S. companies concerned that they will be frozen out of the market or replaced by EU competitors. "The biggest fear is they'll lose the opportunity to provide data services in Europe," said Emery Simon, counselor to BSA | The Software Alliance, an industry group for software companies such as Oracle , Salesforce and IBM .
  • Two largest Chinese group-discount sites to merge (2015-10-07 19:56:00) and, the two best-known Groupon-style websites which compete fiercely in China for market shares, have agreed to a merger, according to local Chinese reports.
  • ​Dell, EMC talking about possible merger deal: Report (2015-10-07 19:53:20)
    Dell is reportedly looking to merge with EMC, but it is still unclear whether it would be with the entire company or only partially.
  • Google CFO: Hiring women is good for business (2015-10-07 19:49:25)
    Ruth Porat, the Wall Street hotshot Google hired in March, says enlisting more women isn't just good for society, it's good for a company's bottom line.
  • Journalist found guilty for aiding computer hackers (2015-10-07 19:29:03)
    A California jury found journalist Matthew Keys guilty on three criminal counts related to helping members of the Anonymous hacking collective gain access to a former employer's computers, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Justice said on Wednesday. Keys, 28, was indicted in 2013 for conspiracy to cause damage to a protected computer and two other counts, after being accused of giving hackers access to Tribune Co. computer systems in December 2010. Keys had just left a job at a Tribune-owned television station in Sacramento, Calif., following a dispute with a supervisor.
  • Future wearables could be sensors you ingest and implant, Jawbone CEO says (2015-10-07 19:21:15)
    Hosain Rahman also says sales of his company's fitness wearables haven't been hurt by the Apple Watch.
  • Volkswagen's US head knew of possible emissions trouble in 2014 (2015-10-07 19:21:00)
  • All the best apocalypses: a retrospective from the end of the Universe (2015-10-07 19:16:44)
    Our next few hours could be our last, at least according to one religious group. A Christian organization called the e-Bible Fellowship has crunched the numbers and concluded that October 7th, 2015 will usher in the apocalypse — or, as leader Chris McCann puts it, "[Earth]’ll be gone forever. Annihilated."
  • Volkswagen pulls diesels from 2016 model year lineup (2015-10-07 19:11:10)
    In response to the scandal over its diesel car emissions, Volkswagen withdraws its application to the EPA to certify its 2016 model year diesel vehicles in the US.
  • Google may have finally fixed the one problem users had with the original Chromecast (2015-10-07 19:00:20)
    Google’s decision to hop into the world of streaming via its Chromecast dongle proved to be a smart move. Since its initial release in July of 2013, Google has sold over 20 million units. Just last week, Google unveiled its second-gen Chromecast, complete with faster wireless, a wider selection of apps and expanded storage. Even better, it’s still available for the low, low price of just $35. DON’T MISS: Crazy video: Gamer gets arrested and then robbed during livestream With the new Chromecast now out in the wild, the teardown gurus over at iFixit did what they do best — they opened up the new device and tore it apart. During the course of their teardown, iFixit noticed that Google’s second-gen Chromecast
  • Adorable smartphone robot RoBoHoN is our new BFF (Tomorrow Daily 254) (2015-10-07 19:00:09)
    Ashley discusses an experiment to teach a drone to help a robot navigate, a special foam heart that could someday become a viable transplant and a super cute Japanese robot that also happens to be a smartphone.
  • This camera is actually 16 cameras in one (2015-10-07 19:00:03)
    Thanks to the need to put better-quality cameras in smartphones, the process of miniaturizing camera modules and molding high-quality plastic lenses has brought things to a place where — with a little computational photography — you can make something like the L16. Behind each of those plastic lenses is a 13-megapixel camera module, each grouped into three different focal lengths.
  • Amazon Web Services promises more datacentres for Asia (2015-10-07 18:59:48)
    Amazon Web Services gears up to service the Asia-Pacific region with more datacentres, starting with India and China.
  • Jawbone CEO: We don't think of ourselves as a hardware company anymore (2015-10-07 18:57:45)
    Jawbone is best known as a maker of Bluetooth headsets, speakers and Up activity-trackers. "We don't think of ourselves as a hardware company anymore," Rahman said. "We have more software engineers and data scientists... I think the way we see hardware now is a way to show people what's possible with the technology." He cited the company's first real product — noise canceling technology — as an example of fine-turned software that was backed up by hardware.
  • Indecisive? Website uses GIFs to make choices for you (2015-10-07 18:54:23)
    Having trouble making a decision? An amusing website called gives you a straight yes or no answer with an accompanying GIF.
  • DraftKings bans employees from betting on fantasy games (2015-10-07 18:36:00)
  • Watch a Dalek get blown up in super-slow motion (2015-10-07 18:24:15)
    It's oddly satisfying to watch a Dalek, the Doctor's most hated enemy on the BBC's long-running sci-fi series "Doctor Who," get exterminated in super-slow motion.
  • How to hack-proof your cloud with native AWS tools (2015-10-07 18:16:06)
    The cloud is changing the way IT pros think about enterprise security. Here are some tips to overcome some security challenges using tools from AWS.
  • Virtual reality and augmented reality in the workplace: A primer for CIOs (2015-10-07 18:07:00)
    Gartner analyst Brian Blau talked to the Gartner Symposium about the use of immersive technologies in business, and how companies can prepare for adoption.
  • Adidas Futurecraft 3D: A running shoe made with 3D-printed materials (2015-10-07 18:04:00)
  • New Sherlock trailer: Baker Street's gone back to the 19th century (2015-10-07 17:59:33)
    Sherlock's Victorian-era special has been on the horizon for a few months now, and its newest trailer is proof that a move to the 19th century isn't going to slow down 221B Baker Street's current inhabitants one bit. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are in their usual fine form as the titular Dr. Holmes and Watson, and it's initially unsettling to see them in the world Sir Arthur Conan Doyle lived in when he created the series in the first place. ...
  • Jimmy Iovine wants Apple to save the world from free music (2015-10-07 17:59:29)
    Jimmy Iovine thinks the music industry is rotting and the once-great album is taking a beating, and it's all the fault of free music. The prolific record producer and Apple Music executive laid out his position in typically bombastic fashion at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in San Francisco today. Iovine wants the music industry to look to Apple and the team it acquired from Beats — himself and Dr. Dre included — to help save our culture from those that want to parcel it out for no cost. It's a dig at Apple Music competitor Spotify, which offers its streaming service as both a paid subscription and a free tier with advertising.
  • Laurene Powell Jobs reportedly told Bale and DiCaprio not to play Steve Jobs (2015-10-07 17:53:46)
    Steve Jobs opens this week and is already being held in high acclaim, but for a long while the film's production was in complete disarray. In a new report on how the film came to be made, The Hollywood Reporter suggests that some of the trouble came from Laurene Powell Jobs, Steve's widow, who petitioned against having the film made. "Since the very beginning, Laurene Jobs has been trying to kill this movie, okay?" someone close to the film tells the Reporter.
  • Russian billionaire patiently listens for alien sounds (2015-10-07 17:52:04)
    Yuri Milner, who backed Facebook and Twitter, says his search for extraterrestrial life is in "listening mode."
  • Disney retires a ton of apps to focus on 'more engaging' games (2015-10-07 17:29:00)
  • Beach House is releasing a new album on October 16th (2015-10-07 17:19:16)
    Beach House is releasing a new album called Thank Your Lucky Stars on October 16th, according to Stereogum. This is the first anyone's heard of the album, and it might've remained a complete surprise if not for fans' fervor and attention to detail.
  • Vizio's 120-inch Reference Series 4K TV with HDR costs $130,000 (2015-10-07 17:07:00)
  • How New York prison inmates defeated Harvard’s award-winning debate team (2015-10-07 17:00:28)
    You’d think that Harvard’s national debate champions would be able to win any verbal confrontation they’d be involved with, especially when it comes to debating. But you’d be wrong to assume that. Even the best lose sometimes, and Harvard’s loss is all the more surprising when you learn that a team of inmates from the Eastern New York Correctional Facility managed to outperform the Harvard’s best and brightest. DON’T MISS: Microsoft made the ultimate laptop: the Surface Book As The Telegraph reports, three men convicted of violent crimes including manslaughter faced three opponents from Harvard, arguing a motion that they apparently disagree with. The three inmates were given a difficult task – argue that public schools should be allowed to turn
  • Facebook's Zuckerberg eager for virtual reality but sees a slow uptake (2015-10-07 16:56:57)
    Speaking at a conference in San Francisco, the social-networking giant's CEO says VR will eventually become a normal part of life, in the same way mobile devices have.
  • What's new on Hulu for October 2015 (2015-10-07 16:54:46)
    Hulu snapped up a ton of new movies thanks to a deal that Netflix turned down. Find out what shows and movies are hitting the streaming service right here.
  • Scary monsters in literature ranked according to 'scream score' (2015-10-07 16:47:03)
    Dementors, White Walkers, Cthulhu, Dracula and more menacing monsters get lined up and ranked by costume vendor Morphsuits.
  • Amazon's Snowball is a smart box for shipping tons of cloud data (2015-10-07 16:42:00)
  • With Ticketfly buy, Pandora aims to be your concert concierge (2015-10-07 16:39:16)
    The CEOs of Pandora and Ticketfly believe their merger could mark a turning point for artists in the Internet age. They say what's good for the music makers is great for you too.
  • Airbus has designed an airplane seating plan that can only be described as ‘sadistic’ (2015-10-07 16:35:10)
    I wouldn’t blame you for reading that headline and thinking to yourself, “Well, this guy’s probably overreacting.” I get it — it can’t be that bad, right? I’ll let you make the decision, because my mind’s made up. READ MORE: This is why a glass walkway 3,500 feet above ground was a bad idea… The image you see at the top of this post comes from a patent filed by Airbus at the beginning of the month entitled ‘Passenger Seating Arrangement for a Vehicle.’ After spending the past hour or so staring at it, I haven’t come any closer to deciphering exactly what it represents, other than the last flight I’d ever take. According to the patent, what we’re looking at
  • Polycom revamps group collaboration lineup (2015-10-07 16:30:04)
    Polycom's latest systems are aimed at smaller settings and conference rooms.
  • Wix overhauls website builder tool with new design functions (2015-10-07 16:24:00)
    Wix has totally overhauled its website design tool dubbed Editor in the first full redesign of its cloud-based software since launching a do-it-yourself HTML5 Editor three years ago.
  • For 1st time, MIT's free online classes can lead to degree (2015-10-07 16:21:13)
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has offered free online courses for the last four years with one major downside: They didn't count toward a degree. That's about to change.
  • Fox is developing a miniseries about a race-related police shooting (2015-10-07 16:20:21)
    Taking inspiration from the recent wave of racially-charged police shootings that have drawn nationwide attention, Fox is now developing a new series tackling the issue — but from a unique standpoint. Deadline reports that the new limited series, tentatively titled Indictment, will follow the aftermath of a high-profile shooting where a black police officer guns down a white teenager in Tennessee. The Perfect Guy star Sanaa Lathan has already been cast as the lead investigator tasked with handling the case. Fox's new series comes after more than a year of intense debate and protesting coming after the deaths of black men and women like Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, and others at the hands of police.
  • In abrupt shift, online retailer drops membership fee (2015-10-07 16:10:26)
    Online retailer said on Wednesday that it has dropped its $50 annual membership fee due to stronger-than-expected customer orders, marking an abrupt shift in strategy less than three months after the upstart's public launch. Founded by Marc Lore, who in 2010 sold his diapers-to-soap e-commerce firm Quidsi to for $540 million, had launched in July promising big discounts in exchange for members placing large orders and paying the annual fee. The launch of has been closely watched as a new competitor to Inc and Wal Mart Stores Inc. Startups like often alter their business models early on and the move showed it was prioritizing the expansion of its customer base, said Forrester Research analyst Sucharita Mulpuru.
  • Y Combinator is launching its own in-house moonshot group (2015-10-07 15:54:03)
    Sam Altman, who leads Y Combinator, kickstarted the research group with $10 million of his own money. "At the risk of sounding cliché, this is for the benefit of the world," Altman wrote in a blog post. Fundamental research is critical to driving the world forward, and funding for it keeps getting cut." In a nice twist, intellectual property generated by the researchers will be given away freely.
  • Don't like Twitter? 'Moments' aims to change that with news hub (2015-10-07 15:52:35)
    By highlighting top news stories, Twitter hopes to lure new users -- and it's not the only tech company hungry to become a news destination. Also: Lumo Run makes you a smarty pants, and Roku 4 gains 4K streaming powers.
  • Chinese hackers attacked the company behind Samsung Pay (2015-10-07 15:51:00)
  • Bloomberg: Amazon wants to replace your cable company (2015-10-07 15:50:00)
    Amazon is an insanely ambitious company, which is why we can’t say we’re surprised about a new Bloomberg report claiming that the pride of Jeff Bezos is working on a cable-killing live TV streaming service that will serve as a complement to its own Netflix-style online TV service that offers plenty of on-demand content but no streaming of live programming. DON’T MISS: Google plans to fix your biggest complaint about the mobile web According to Bloomberg’s sources, Amazon has “reached out to major media companies including CBS Corp. and Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal to express interest in carrying their channels,” although it cautions that any talks right now are still preliminary. It sounds like this service would be similar to the Sling TV service that Dish
  • Kemoge malware: Yet another reason not to use unofficial Android app installs (2015-10-07 15:49:25)
    Unofficial Android apps are finding their way to devices through ads in more than 20 countries, including the U.S. They gain root access and gather phone data before sending off to a remote server.
  • Saudi prince gives Twitter CEO Dorsey a royal endorsement (2015-10-07 15:47:05)
    Alwaleed bin Talal spends $50 million to become Twitter's second-biggest shareholder, despite his earlier reservations about Jack Dorsey being made full-time chief.
  • Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us pulled from iOS app store (2015-10-07 15:42:38)
    Developer investigating compatibility issues with Apple's latest mobile firmware iOS 9.
  • AWS chief defends absence of price cuts at annual cloud expo (2015-10-07 15:41:00)
    Amazon Web Services famously boasts price cuts on a near-routine basis. Yet there were none mentioned at the cloud giant's conference. Here's why.
  • Amazon considering online TV service: Bloomberg (2015-10-07 15:40:25)
    (Reuters) - Inc is considering the creation of a live online TV service and has reached out to networks such as CBS Corp and Comcast's NBCUniversal to express interest in carrying their channels, Bloomberg reported. The e-commerce giant's talks with the networks are in preliminary stages, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. ( Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. (Reporting by Sai Sachin R and Alan John Koshy in Bengaluru)
  • Government fires thousands of sterilized moths from cannons attached to drones (2015-10-07 15:27:42)
    Occasionally pink bollworms can feed on cotton in the US, causing agricultural damage. The baby moths are enough of a problem that the USDA has sought an easy and affordable method to protect the crop. The result, reported in the video above, sounds like the plot synopsis of a Rick and Morty episode:
  • 80 percent of PS4 owners never played Uncharted, Naughty Dog says (2015-10-07 15:26:54)
    "That was one of the reasons why we thought remastering it would be a good idea."
  • Amazon reportedly plans to build its own live video service (2015-10-07 15:24:00)
  • How will Volkswagen explain to Congress why it did nothing for a year? (2015-10-07 15:23:40)
    Volkswagen's first Congressional hearing to discuss its massive diesel emissions cheating scandal is tomorrow morning, and the testimony of VW of America CEO Michael Horn has been published. In the spring of 2014 when the West Virginia University study was published, I was told that there was a possible emissions non-compliance that could be remedied.
  • Google wants news articles to load on your phone in an instant (2015-10-07 15:22:32)
    The search giant's new Accelerated Mobile Pages project seeks to improve Web browsing on smartphones and offer fresh competition to Facebook's Instant Articles.
  • Barnes and Noble's Galaxy Tab E Nook is yet another tablet for readers (2015-10-07 15:21:00)
  • The future of Microsoft with Satya Nadella (2015-10-07 15:20:50)
    After holding what might be the device event of the year, Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella met with Nilay Patel to discuss the new hardware and his vision for the company.
  • Why does Microsoft exist? An interview with CEO Satya Nadella (2015-10-07 15:20:19)
    Yesterday's Windows 10 hardware launch event was without question the best Microsoft in ages — and arguably the tech launch event of the year. Microsoft unveiled its first-ever laptop, showed off an updated Surface Pro 4, and announced a new lineup of phones, all while articulating a confident, aggressive strategy of turning Windows 10 into the underlying software service and platform for virtually everything in your life.
  • Amazon reportedly looking at creating its own live TV service (2015-10-07 15:19:55)
    Amazon could eventually join Sling TV and Sony's PlayStation Vue with the launch of its own live TV service, according to Bloomberg Business. Prime Video, a perk of the online retailer's annual membership program, offers a mix of original shows (Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle) along with a library of TV shows and movies. Sling Television led the charge with a $20-per-month package that offers channels like ESPN, AMC, TBS, TNT, Adult Swim, and the Disney Channel.
  • Liveblog: Walt Mossberg's interview with Andy Rubin at Code Mobile, tonight at 11PM ET (2015-10-07 15:16:18)
    Andy Rubin, one of the original founders of Android, will be on stage at Recode's Code Mobile conference this evening for a sit down chat with Walt Mossberg. Rubin is best known for his work with Android, founding the platform, selling it to Google, and then leading it at Google for many years. Will he reveal what he's been up to since leaving Google?
  • Elon Musk accidentally spills the beans on an unannounced Tesla car (2015-10-07 15:15:24)
    Tesla’s long-term strategy for electric car domination may be grander than we previously realized. While Tesla’s plan to roll out a mass produced and affordable electric car — dubbed the Model 3 — is already widely known, Elon Musk a few days back may have inadvertently spilled the beans on another car Tesla is planning to develop — the Model Y. DON’T MISS: Crazy video: Gamer gets arrested and then robbed during livestream Responding to a question about whether or not the highly anticipated Model 3 might include a crossover vehicle with the same type of Falcon Wing doors that come on the Model X, Musk responded: “there will be a Model 3 and a Model Y. One of the two will.”
  • Amazon made a huge plastic box called Snowball so people can ship data to the cloud (2015-10-07 15:02:43)
    Backing data up to the cloud is pretty fast for most of us since we're syncing small files, but it can be a hugely time-consuming process if you're backing up something bigger, say, an entire data center. Amazon is calling its storage device "Snowball," which is kind of like when you name a giant dog Fluffy. Rather than selling the devices, Amazon is renting them out as needed.
  • Pandora snatches up Ticketfly to become a one-stop shop for music (2015-10-07 15:02:00)
  • Rise of The Tomb Raider season pass includes endurance mode, two extra tombs to Explore (2015-10-07 14:57:45)
    Find out about the other content also included in the pass here.
  • Rock Band 4 dev talks competition with Guitar Hero Live (2015-10-07 14:55:36)
    Harmonix's Alex Rigopulos: "There's not ambition or expectation that we will outsell Guitar Hero."
  • Science is serious about developing an 'exercise pill' (2015-10-07 14:53:36)
    It's not just for couch potatoes...a pill to at least supplement your workout may arrive one day, and some researchers think they've got a way to make that happen.
  • We can’t believe we’re saying this but… this new Beats product looks pretty hot (2015-10-07 14:50:34)
    When Apple acquired Beats to the tune of $3 billion last year, everyone with an interest in either company got excited about the possibilities. Beats and Apple both have mass appeal, but Beats products have never received the same praise as Apple’s when it comes to quality design. With the new Beats Pill+, that might finally change. DON’T MISS: The story of the Surface Book, from concept to creation As popular as they’ve been, the Beats Pill speakers have a bit of a spotty history, culminating in a huge recall when it was made clear that the Beats Pill XL posed a fire safety risk. Putting that incident behind them, Beats and Apple have forged ahead with the product line, introducing the Beats Pill+
  • FAA slaps drone video firm with record $1.9-million fine (2015-10-07 14:41:00)
  • How the 7 basic freedoms of the cloud are informing new AWS products (2015-10-07 14:40:34)
    Amazon AWS leads the public cloud market, but how does it stay competitive? Amazon's Andy Jassy explained how the seven freedoms of the cloud inform the company's new products.
  • Beats unveils first Apple-era speaker (2015-10-07 14:33:39)
    Beats by Dr. Dre is introducing its first speaker since a July 2014 Apple acquisition by way of the Beats Pill+. The portable, bluetooth connected, $229 Beats Pill+ steps forward on three fronts: sound, design, and power management. It's slightly larger than the original Beats Pill, says the company, with a durable desing and buttons moved to the top of the speaker, and a 12-hour battery that has a 3 hour charge to full time.
  • Sony may consider options for smartphone business if no profit next year (2015-10-07 14:32:57)
    By Reiji Murai TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp's chief executive flagged next year as a make-or-break year for its struggling smartphones, saying it could consider other options for the business if it failed to turn profitable. After years of losses, Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai has engineered a successful restructuring drive at Sony, with recent results showing improvement thanks to cost cuts, an exit from weak businesses such as PCs, as well as strong sales of image sensors and videogames. "We will continue with the business as long as we are on track with the scenario of breaking even next year onwards," Hirai told a group of reporters on Wednesday.
  • If Microsoft builds it, will carriers come? Not for the Lumia 950 and 950 XL (2015-10-07 14:30:22)
    Microsoft continues to fight for scraps in the smartphone market. Launching a product in the US without wide carrier support is unlikely to change the landscape.
  • Time Warner Cable vows to stop behaving like Time Warner Cable (2015-10-07 14:25:47)
    For a long time, big cable companies like Comcast and Time Warner Cable have had infamously bad customer service and yet it hasn’t hurt them because they’ve often had regional monopolies when it comes to delivering broadband services. That said, the recent backlash against Big Cable that culminated in the American government moving to block the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger has gotten cable companies to rethink the way they deal with their customers, as a new initiative from Time Warner Cable shows. MUST READ: Why your iPhone 6 might feel slow now that iPhone 6s and iOS 9 are out In a post on its official blog this week, Time Warner Cable vowed to improve its customer service and stop acting
  • AT&T is only US carrier planning to sell Microsoft's latest phones (2015-10-07 14:21:43)
    Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint are expected pass on the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL in the United States.
  • Pandora spends $450 million to move into the market for selling concert tickets (2015-10-07 14:06:13)
    Pandora is the grandaddy of the streaming music world, arguably the oldest and largest service in the world, with 15 years in business and 79 million users taking advantage of its service every month. Today the company announced it was spending $450 million cash and stock to acquire TicketFly, one of the largest startups taking on the massive incumbent TicketMaster / LiveNation. "Over the past 10 years, we have amassed the largest, most engaged audience in streaming music history.
  • A journey through Sad Topographies, a really sad Instagram account (2015-10-07 14:04:25)
    Some places in the world have strange, sad names. The Sad Topographies Instagram account makes sure we don't forget about those places.
  • HP made a Star Wars laptop with R2-D2 sounds (2015-10-07 14:00:03)
    Star Wars hype is about to reach its peak, and HP is embracing it with open arms. It announced today that it's making a new laptop designed to look like something out of the dark side, and it's loading the machine up with plenty of Star Wars content as well. Most of the laptop's "dark side" theme is just faux beaten-up metal.
  • Back up your WhatsApp content to Google Drive (2015-10-07 14:00:02)
    You'll soon be able to back up your WhatsApp content to the cloud.
  • The former Top Gear hosts have started filming their new Amazon show (2015-10-07 13:57:36)
    Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond — the former hosts of long-running BBC car show Top Gear — have begun filming their new show for Amazon Prime. With a skeleton crew, filming for Amazon Prime's new motoring programme has begun. For one, it looks like we're finally going to get the "Great Hypercar Showdown" that was promised near the end of the hosts' run on Top Gear.
  • This $40,000 speaker is ridiculous (2015-10-07 13:53:12)
    Bang and Olufsen's 90th anniversary is next month, so the company decided to celebrate the achievement with a new speaker. It also comes with an app that allows you to optimize the speaker for the room that it's in (taking into account the furniture as well), and includes some outlandish features like "beam width control," which allows you to "steer the sound radiation to your favorite listening location," which sounds plausible for a $40,000 speaker.
  • Black Ops 3, Fallout 4, Halo 5: The most anticipated games of the 2015 holiday season (2015-10-07 13:40:26)
    We’re primed for the busiest holiday season since the new generation of consoles kicked off in 2013, which means that over the next three months, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners are going to have some very difficult decisions to make. After all, even if you have the funds to pick up every game for every console, there’s no way you’ll have time to play them all. So with that in mind, these are the games that gamers are most looking forward to throughout the rest of 2015. READ MORE: Watch us play the Star Wars Battlefront beta live on the PlayStation 4 After surveying more than 4,800 gamers between the ages of 7 and 54 over the summer, Nielsen has published
  • Amazon rolls out new services for cloud (2015-10-07 13:22:01)
    (Reuters) - Inc's cloud business, Amazon Web Services, has launched a service to help companies analyze their data and a briefcase-like product that will let them ship large amounts of data for storage on the cloud. The company said on Wednesday the data analytics service, called QuickSight, is fast and easy to use by non-technical staff who want to share the analyzed data. The service is now available for preview, Andy Jassy, AWS's senior vice president, said at an AWS event in Las Vegas.
  • US Army's new anti-drone gun blasts UAVs from a kilometer away (2015-10-07 13:21:00)
  • Al Roker to headline Weather Channel's digital show (2015-10-07 13:20:07)
    NEW YORK (AP) — After The Weather Channel canceled his morning show, Al Roker is coming back on a much smaller screen.
  • NASA is putting on a colorful light show in the sky tonight (2015-10-07 13:10:02)
    NASA will be launching a rocket from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia that will release payloads of barium and strontium into the atmosphere, turning parts of the night sky blue-green and others red. NASA does this kind of experiment every so often in order to study the flows of ionized and neutral particles in the upper atmosphere.
  • Chinese hackers may have stolen the technology behind Samsung Pay (2015-10-07 13:07:38)
    When LoopPay was acquired by Samsung in February, it looked like a quick way to build a payments system from scratch — but Samsung may have been buying more than it realized. Instead, LoopPay executives believe the attackers were after the technology that powers the payment system, which transmits payment information with an encrypted magnetic signal sent from a coil built into the phone itself. In a statement, Samsung reiterated that no user data was compromised, saying, "Samsung Pay was not impacted and at no point was any personal payment information at risk.
  • Max Schrems: the law student who took on Facebook (2015-10-07 13:04:29)
    By Julia Fioretti, Shadia Nasralla and Francois Murphy BRUSSELS/VIENNA (Reuters) - From Vienna cafes to the European Union's highest court, an Austrian law student's two-year battle against Facebook and mass U.S. surveillance culminated in a landmark ruling that has rippled across the business world. Max Schrems, a 28-year-old Facebook user finishing his Ph.D in law at Vienna University, took an interest in the subject of privacy during a semester at Santa Clara University in California. The legal battle against mass U.S. surveillance that he subsequently pursued resulted in what lawyers called a "bombshell" ruling on Tuesday, knocking down the Safe Harbour data transfer framework between the European Union and the United States used by more than 4,000 companies, including Google, Facebook and IBM.
  • Microsoft shows that backwards compatibility is forward thinking (2015-10-07 13:01:01)
    The new Surface Pro has a larger display than the old one, but that's achieved with thinner bezels, leaving the tablet itself compatible with all the old accessories. Being the same physical size also makes all of the SP4's upgraded new accessories compatible with the SP3.
  • Why your iPhone 6 might feel slow now that iPhone 6s and iOS 9 are out (2015-10-07 13:00:39)
    Now that both iOS 9 and the iPhone 6s are out, we’re seeing a noticeable bump in iPhone users searching for reasons why their older iPhone models suddenly feel slower. In fact, history teaches us that “iPhone slow” is one of the most popular searches around new iPhone and iOS launches and it happens every year. DON’T MISS: Surface Book vs. MacBook Pro: Microsoft is ready to give Apple a run for our money Conspiracy theories have claimed that Apple intentionally makes iPhones feel slower as they age so that buyers upgrade to the latest model. That’s certainly not so, but what’s very clear is that the older the device, the less likely it is to offer performance on par with the latest hardware.
  • Scientists can draw very different meanings from the same data, study shows (2015-10-07 13:00:02)
    Giving the same information to multiple scientific teams can lead to very different conclusions, a report published today in Nature shows. And that's exactly why two researchers think scientists should share their data with others  — well before they publish.
  • Q&A: Seinfeld finds new 'space and place' with Web series (2015-10-07 12:58:05)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — What was he thinking?
  • Nearly a quarter of Android users are running Lollipop (2015-10-07 12:52:00)
  • Marvel releases free Jessica Jones comic featuring Netflix's Daredevil (2015-10-07 12:44:46)
    Marvel's next Netflix series Jessica Jones will be available for streaming next month, so it makes sense that the company is making a big push to get comics fans excited. In addition to the recent spate of teaser trailers (like the one above), Marvel has today released a free comic on Comixology to celebrate the show's release. The new book is by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos — part of the same creative team behind the critically acclaimed Jessica Jones series, Alias, that ran from 2001 to 2004.
  • In big shift, online retailer drops membership fee (2015-10-07 12:40:03)
    (Reuters) -, the online retailer founded by former executive Marc Lore, said on Wednesday that it dropped its $50 annual membership fee, marking a shift in business strategy for the upstart as it seeks to undercut Amazon and others on price. Lore said the move, which comes nearly three months after it opened to the public, reflected stronger than anticipated orders from customers.
  • Five feature-rich hex editors (2015-10-07 12:23:00)
    If you're looking for a well-designed tool to simplify your hex editing tasks, one of the apps on this list could be just what you need.
  • Barclays won't enable Apple Pay support until early 2016 (2015-10-07 12:21:00)
  • For 1st time, MIT's free online classes can carry credit (2015-10-07 12:19:07)
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has offered free online courses for the last four years with one major downside: They didn't count toward a degree. That's about to change.
  • Dyson's latest bladeless fan keeps the air pure and your toes warm (2015-10-07 12:15:00)
  • Volvo says it will take the blame if one of its self-driving cars crashes (2015-10-07 12:13:50)
    Ahead of a speech to be delivered in DC by Volvo Cars CEO Håkan Samuelsson on Thursday, the company has laid out its concerns about roadblocks to moving forward on self-driving tech in a press release. As has been frequently suggested by automakers and industry experts alike, Volvo thinks the biggest barriers are regulatory, not technological. Part of that slow-moving regulatory framework needs to capture how liability works in an autonomous world — who takes the blame when a car controlled by a computer gets into a crash?
  • American Horror Story: Hotel is a nightmare and I don't want to wake up (2015-10-07 12:12:15)
    More than any other show in recent memory, American Horror Story is built on its ability to one-up itself on a weekly basis. Given the anthology format, however, we’re basically dealing with a new series every year, and most of the first episode is dedicated to introducing the audience to this new cast of characters.
  • Google is latest tech giant to claim space in mobile news (2015-10-07 12:10:11)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Technology giants — Apple, Facebook, Snapchat and now Google — want to take charge of how we get and see news on our phones.
  • FAA says it will test ways to track rogue drone flights (2015-10-07 12:09:04)
    By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Aviation Administration will test new technology to detect and track rogue drone flights around U.S. airports through a partnership with Arlington, Virginia-based CACI International Inc, the agency said on Wednesday. The FAA is also testing other safety- and security-related technologies including geo-fencing software in response to a recent surge in unauthorized drone flights near airports and crowded public venues, Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker said testified before a House aviation subcommittee. "We will assess the results of that technology as well as geo-fencing as well as other technologies to try to develop an approach in conjunction with other agencies that have a security issue involved here," Whitaker told lawmakers.
  • Rock Band 4 review: a great cover of a classic song (2015-10-07 12:05:11)
    There is nothing more weirdly beautiful than playing metal guitar solos over a Cake song. As a game, it's the Rock Band you remember from years past, for better and for worse. As a toy, however, Rock Band 4 has created something that's at once imperfect and exciting: a guitar virtuoso simulator with some semblance of creative freedom.
  • Online retailer drops $50 membership fee (2015-10-07 12:00:38)
    (Reuters) -, the online retailer founded by former executive Marc Lore, said on Wednesday that it has dropped its $50 annual membership fee, marking a shift in business strategy three months after it opened to the public. The move comes after the response by customers was stronger than anticipated with "the average number of units per order twice what we expected", Lore wrote in a blog post announcing the change. (reporting by Nathan Layne in Chicago, Editing by Franklin Paul)
  • Dear Veronica: Breaching the 'Great Firewall' of China (2015-10-07 12:00:00)
  • The story of the Surface Book, from concept to creation (2015-10-07 11:50:53)
    It’s not often that we get the chance to be genuinely surprised at an announcement from a major tech company any more, but Microsoft managed to pull it off on Tuesday with the unveiling of the Surface Book. Yes, we knew that there was going to be a bigger Surface on display, but we didn’t know exactly what it would look like. As it turns out, Microsoft has secretly been developing its own full-scale laptop to compete with the likes of the MacBook Pro, but how exactly did the company’s first laptop come to fruition? DON’T MISS: Surface Book vs. MacBook Pro: Microsoft is ready to give Apple a run for our money After the event on Tuesday, Microsoft’s Panos Panay and
  • Google tests mobile instant publishing service to rival Facebook, Apple (2015-10-07 11:49:24)
    Google announced on Wednesday it is piloting a program called Accelerated Mobile Pages that allows users to search for news and pull up a host of articles from publishers instantly. "This is a deal-less environment," Richard Gingras, head of news at Google, said at a media event announcing the program. Google, whose parent company is now Alphabet Inc, is currently piloting the program.
  • Pandora says it will buy Ticketfly for $450M (2015-10-07 11:49:10)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Streaming music company Pandora says it will buy Ticketfly for $450 million in a move that takes the company into ticket sales and event marketing.
  • Led by Seinfeld show, Sony's Crackle carving online niche (2015-10-07 11:47:37)
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sometimes what worked in the old days of TV can work online. A celebrity star. A funny show brought to you by a major sponsor. The ability to seep into the nation's collective cultural consciousness.
  • Destiny players made a Backstreet Boys video that's so much better than you'd expect (2015-10-07 11:45:29)
    A group of Destiny players and video makers that goes by Husky Raid produced a Backstreet Boys music video inside the online first-person shooter. The video grows on you, as the players create increasingly complex visuals with the limited video capabilities Destiny offers,.
  • With 'Contest of Champions,' Marvel turns the digital into the physical (2015-10-07 11:29:11)
    Worlds collide! Marvel's effort to craft comic books from video games hits store shelves on Wednesday.
  • The Google XPrize moonshot is a step closer to reality (2015-10-07 11:29:00)
  • Israeli team advances in contest to send spacecraft to moon (2015-10-07 11:28:14)
    JERUSALEM (AP) — A team of Israeli engineers is the first to advance in an international competition sponsored by Google to send a privately-funded spacecraft to the moon, contest organizers announced Wednesday.
  • Listen to a new Nicolas Jaar single, 'Fight' (2015-10-07 11:25:32)
    Nicolas Jaar released a new single called "Fight" this morning, the latest piece of a year in which he's worked at a furious pace and pushed at electronic music's boundaries. Sub-labeled "Nymphs IV," It's the newest entry in the young producer's Nymphs singles series, which began this May with his 12" Nymphs II (yes, it begins with II — confusing, I know) and continued in June with the sprawling Nymphs III. "Fight" is a little glossier than Jaar's other Nymphs entries, which might explain why it's benefiting from an individual release. Jaar has jam-packed this year with solo releases after almost a half-decade of silence on that front.
  • Crazy video: Gamer gets arrested and then robbed during livestream (2015-10-07 11:25:01)
    The world of livestreaming has provided us with no shortage of entertainment in recent weeks. Hot on the heels of a poor fellow in Japan who inadvertently streamed footage of himself burning down his house comes a new video depicting a man not only being arrested, but robbed. The video below comes courtesy of a Twitch streamer in Washington state whose online handle is Mr_13big. As the story goes, our protagonist Mr. Big was playing some multiplayer NewZ whereupon his excitement at certain points proved to be too loud for his neighbors. Eventually, someone calls the police to complain about excessive noise. Shortly thereafter, a police officer shows up to see what all the fuss is about, and from there, things
  • The first Freeview Play set-top box is now on sale (2015-10-07 11:17:00)
  • The frightening promise of self-tracking pills (2015-10-07 11:16:14)
    This is the vision of Proteus, a new drug-device accepted for review by the Food and Drug Administration last month. Most studies find around half of patients skipping out on prescribed medicines, which makes it hard for doctors to know if a given medicine isn't working because it's badly suited to a patient or because it isn't being taken at all. Some patients forget medication, endangering their treatment, while others stop treatment early, needlessly prolonging illnesses.
  • Israeli team signs first launch deal in Google moon race (2015-10-07 11:10:02)
    By Ari Rabinovitch JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli team competing in a race to the moon sponsored by Google has signed a with California-based SpaceX for a rocket launch, putting it at the front of the pack and on target for blast-off in late 2017, officials said on Wednesday. With the deadline to win a $20 million first-place prize just two years off, pressure is mounting on the 16 rivals from around the world hoping to complete a privately funded moon landing. "This is the official milestone that the race is on ... They've lit the fuse, as it were, for their competitive effort." The key hurdle was finding an affordable ride to outer space without government funding, said Eran Privman, CEO of SpaceIL.
  • Google wants to make mobile web browsing faster (2015-10-07 11:07:00)
  • Some quick fixes if your Phone 6s screen gets unresponsive at times… (2015-10-07 11:00:04)
    Several issues are affecting iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus buyers, including unexpected shutdowns and burning hot Home buttons, but there’s no iPhone 6 “Bendgate”-like issue for the new phones. In addition to these first iPhone 6s problems, there’s one other bug some buyers are complaining about, and that’s frozen screens. Luckily, there are things you can do to prevent the handset from freezing. DON’T MISS: Microsoft made the ultimate laptop: the Surface Book It’s not clear what causes this issue, but OS X Daily says that the unresponsive touch issue is not subtle and usually occurs after a device is unlocked either with a passcode or Touch ID. Once frozen, the display will not respond to any touch or screen interactions,
  • Facebook is making it easier to interact with live TV shows (2015-10-07 10:54:19)
    Facebook is trying to steal some of Twitter's TV thunder. The social giant today announced that it is developing a whole host of new tools that will allow broadcasters and TV shows to better engages with their audience and vice versa. Much like Twitter's own toolset, Facebook's new set of APIs and resources are geared toward tracking and encouraging engagement during live events. For instance, the company has developed app voting and polling tools for broadcasters that can be embedded into posts or comments, allowing users to sound off on what they like or think about sporting events, award shows, or prime-time TV.
  • These 8K displays may end up on your next tablet (2015-10-07 10:48:00)
  • Google launches project to speed up mobile pages, take away ad blocker benefits (2015-10-07 10:47:42)
    Ad blockers are used to speed up mobile Web pages in many case. Google's plan: Speed up mobile Web pages with caching and technical limitations to reach performance parity with ad-free pages.
  • GE combines technologies into energy efficiency company (2015-10-07 10:43:24)
    (Reuters) - General Electric Co said on Wednesday it had started a company to focus on energy efficiency to help corporate and other customers lower their energy bills and better manage power distribution. The new company, called Current, will integrate GE's LED, solar, energy storage and electric vehicle businesses with GE's growing data and analytics platform. The company, which will be run by Maryrose Sylvester, who has been president of GE Lighting, will begin with $1 billion in revenue, and is expected to grow to $5 billion by 2020, GE said.
  • Windows 10 Mobile rollout to begin in December (2015-10-07 10:43:22)
    The new software will appear on two new Lumia smartphones in November. After that, it starts to land on older Lumias.
  • With new Surface Book and Surface Pro 4, Microsoft aims high (2015-10-07 10:39:00)
    Microsoft unveiled two new Surface models in the laptop category yesterday. The Surface Pro 4 was pretty much as expected, but the Surface Book was a big surprise. Even more of a shock? Microsoft is pinning premium price tags on its new hardware.
  • 8 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now – save $34! (2015-10-07 10:35:22)
    While we took a break from telling you about free iPhone apps to cover Microsoft’s big event on Tuesday, we’re back with an impressive new list of eight terrific paid iPhone apps that are completely free to download right now. Normally these apps would cost a total of $34 but you can get them all for nothing if you act fast. Let’s check them out below! MUST READ: Secret iPhone apps you can only use if you work for Apple These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now
  • Alphabet launches code for fast loading of heavy mobile content (2015-10-07 10:31:50)
    (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc, formerly Google Inc, announced a new open source code that allows faster loading of Web pages with heavy content such as video, animation and graphics on smartphones and tablets. Twitter Inc, LinkedIn Corp, Pinterest,, Chartbeat, and Adobe Analytics are among some of the technology companies that will adopt the code, called accelerated mobile pages (AMP), Alphabet said on Wednesday. ( Separately, Twitter said in a blog post that it would adopt the code for its microblogging apps for iOS and Android operating systems. ...
  • Almost half of smartphones sold in US linked to installment plans (2015-10-07 10:28:57)
    Instead of hurting smartphone sales, the new installment plans are actually becoming more popular than the standard two-year subsidized agreement, says Kantar analyst Carolina Milanesi.
  • New Chromecast teardown reveals it might not overheat as much as before (2015-10-07 10:24:00)
  • These slick, geeky playing cards are all about the code (2015-10-07 10:21:41)
    The beautifully designed code:deck playing cards from Varianto:25 prominently feature code in 13 different programming languages.
  • Apple reportedly to introduce midrange, sharp-screen iMac next week (2015-10-07 10:16:11)
    The company will bring a high-resolution 4K screen to its smaller desktop machine, going on sale ahead of the iPad Pro, according to 9to5Mac.
  • Twitter, Alphabet launch code for fast loading of heavy mobile content (2015-10-07 10:13:30)
    (Reuters) - Twitter Inc and Alphabet Inc have launched an open source code that allows faster loading of content-heavy Web pages on smartphones and tablets. The code, called accelerated mobile pages (AMP), will help load content with heavy content such as video, animations and graphics faster, Twitter and Alphabet said on Wednesday. ( (Reporting by Lehar Maan in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirti Pandey)
  • Get it: Google's latest free Android wallpaper shows useful phone, battery metrics (2015-10-07 10:08:25)
    Google's Creative Labs makes it easy to see real-time battery life, wireless signal strength and notifications with a live wallpaper that shows info at a glance.
  • Sound Decision (2015-10-07 10:08:16)
    The year that Skype launched its calling service, the world was in the midst of a sonic crisis: the ringtone. Mobile phones — to which Skype was an indirect competitor — were becoming ubiquitous, and so were the personalized sounds that went with them.
  • FAA says it is taking steps to accommodate new drone technology (2015-10-07 10:04:29)
    The Federal Aviation Administration is taking new steps to accommodate advanced drone technology widely viewed as necessary for package delivery, an official said on Wednesday. In written testimony to a House aviation subcommittee, FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker said the regulatory agency and partners including industry players have demonstrated technology that would enable drones to detect and avoid aircraft and other objects automatically as well as radio controls. Experts say detect-and-avoid and radio command-and-control technologies would be necessary for drones to fly autonomously over long distances as part of the national airspace.
  • Volkswagen will recall its super-polluting cars in 2016 (2015-10-07 10:02:00)
  • Google has a new plan to speed up the mobile web (2015-10-07 10:00:08)
    Today, the company announced a technical preview for a system called Accelerated Mobile Pages (or AMP), designed to fight many of the factors slowing and bloating mobile web pages. Google has been working with a number of publishers on the system, including The Guardian, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, and Vox Media, The Verge's parent company. If the system works, users should see lighter, faster-loading mobile web pages as a result.
  • Creativity 101 with Dr. Ed Catmull, president of Pixar, Disney Animation (2015-10-07 09:55:00)
    Dr. Ed Catmull talks team building, brain trusts and infusing corporations with creativity and problem solving.
  • Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to researchers who mapped how cells repair DNA (2015-10-07 09:54:03)
    Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich, and Aziz Sancar — have contributed to our understanding of how cells are able to constantly diagnose and fix the barrage of problems. Lindahl discovered the mechanism that constantly fixes DNA, known as "base excision repair." Modrich mapped "nucleotide excision repair," through which cells repair ultraviolet damage done to DNA. Sancar demonstrated how, through "mismatch repair," the frequency of DNA errors that occur during cellular division is reduced.
  • This paper origami bird actually flies (2015-10-07 09:43:00)
  • Ping pong robot, mirror that 'doesn't lie' unveiled in Japan (2015-10-07 09:30:18)
    A ping pong playing robot, a flying origami bird and a mirror that some might find a little too honest for comfort were on display at a huge tech show in Japan on Wednesday. The gadgets are all part of this year's Cutting-edge IT & Electronics Comprehensive Exhibition (CEATEC), Asia's largest electronics fair, outside Tokyo. Prominent among the pack was a robot arm made by automation parts maker Omron that can play -- and coach -- humans at ping pong.
  • How the Surface Book’s amazing hinge works (2015-10-07 09:25:30)
    Microsoft on Tuesday had its best product unveiling in years and revealed several interesting products that culminated with the announcement of the Surface Book, which it bill as the “ultimate” laptop. Microsoft dazzled the audience by revealing the Surface Book is actually more than a MacBook Pro clone, as it’s able to transform into a tablet. To make everything happen, there’s a new hinge mechanism at play that’s not available on any other laptop. The component has a weird, and absolutely cool name – the Dynamic Fulcrum Hinge (DFH) – and here’s how it works. DON’T MISS: Microsoft made the ultimate laptop: the Surface Book The DFH has been specially created to accommodate the 13.5-inch display. The hinge has to both
  • Online spying makes this the 'perfect time' to bring back 'X-Files,' says creator Chris Carter (2015-10-07 09:14:37)
    Mulder and Scully are armed with more powerful technology than they had in the '90s as they search for the truth in today's America.
  • Beats’ Pill+ is its best speaker ever (2015-10-07 09:00:02)
    The Pill+ only comes in stark black or white options — the total opposite approach of LG, which wraps its Bluetooth speakers in brightly clashing colors. More important than the look and build is the sound, and judging from my brief demo the Pill+ is likely the best-sounding Pill ever.
  • Mossberg: The real trouble with web ads (2015-10-07 09:00:02)
    Lately, there's been an uproar over web advertising. Ever since Apple made ad-blocking on the mobile web much easier a couple of weeks ago in its latest version of iOS, there's been a deluge of commentary about online ads, pros and cons. Some have pointed out that, if widely adopted, this blocking could choke off the lifeline of small publishers and accelerate the move from the mobile web to apps.
  • The dark side of wearables: How they're secretly jeopardizing your security and privacy (2015-10-07 09:00:00)
    The seductive lure of activity and health wearables make it easy to forget, or ignore, the inherent security and privacy risks involved.
  • ICYMI: HoloLens gaming, walking talking robot phone and more (2015-10-07 09:00:00)
  • This is the Pill+, Beats' first speaker since joining Apple (2015-10-07 09:00:00)
  • Surface Book vs. MacBook Pro: Microsoft is ready to give Apple a run for the money (2015-10-07 09:00:00)
    Microsoft made a splash during its Tuesday Windows 10 hardware event, as the company unveiled several interesting products, including its first Windows 10 Lumia handsets and also a new family of 2-in-1 laptop/tablets, including the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book. DON’T MISS: Microsoft made the ultimate laptop: the Surface Book During the event, Microsoft targeted Apple with several barbs, but also acknowledged that the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro are terrific computers, adding that the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book will beat their respective counterparts from Apple when it comes to performance. “Ounce-for-ounce the [Surface Book is the ] fastest 13-inch laptop ever made,” Panos Panay said on stage while adding that the new Surface Book is “two
  • Singing a different tune, Pandora plans to buy Ticketfly for $450M (2015-10-07 08:59:21)
    The streaming radio service and the concert-ticketing agent hope to earn more by singing for their supper together. For music fans, it may shorten the distance between discovering artists and seeing them live.
  • NASA's rocket launch to paint the night sky with colorful vapor clouds (2015-10-07 08:38:00)
  • Things are looking up for Samsung, thanks to the iPhone 6s (2015-10-07 08:35:41)
    Samsung’s profits have been shrinking recently but the company says that trend is about to end… and it’s due in no small part to the success of the iPhone 6s. The Wall Street Journal brings us word that Samsung has “estimated its third-quarter operating profit rebounded sharply from a year earlier on robust sales of chips and displays used in mobile phones and other gadgets.” While this rebound in profits is certainly welcome news for Samsung, it must be a little bittersweet given that its reversal of fortune in large part from selling components to Apple and to rival Chinese smartphone manufacturers. FROM EARLIER: Galaxy S7 might be even faster than the iPhone 6s Breaking things down a little further, analysts are
  • ​Android still struggling in Europe, Windows flat amid new Lumia launch (2015-10-07 08:35:00)
    Sales figures still look gloomy for Android vendors in Europe. But can Microsoft reignite interest among European consumers with its new Lumia 950, 950XL, and 550 devices?
  • Microsoft's epic hardware event in quotes (2015-10-07 08:34:28)
    It was, by a wide margin, Microsoft's most exciting and intriguing event in years. Microsoft's hardware event on October 6th, 2015 will go down in history as one of the best examples of how to turn cold hard technology into warm and relatable objects of desire. For the sake of posterity, historicity, and just good old-fashioned fun, I've compiled the standout quotes from Microsoft's presentation yesterday.
  • Brace yourself: Verizon is ready to show off its sexy side (2015-10-07 08:30:02)
    Verizon, which sells a lot of cable TV subscriptions, knows this all too well. In an attempt to evolve, Verizon has just launched a new service called Go90, a mobile video app it hopes will appeal to the generation that is leaving traditional television behind.
  • Can Go90 make Verizon cool? (or whatever millennials call it these days) (2015-10-07 08:30:02)
    As its young customers shun traditional television, Verizon is betting big on mobile video.
  • App marketplace vendor AppDirect raises $140 million, valuation over $1 billion (2015-10-07 08:20:52)
    ​The San Francisco-based startup makes a white-label app marketplace that allows businesses to sell software-as-a-service applications to other businesses.
  • Thailand's gamers fight to save the open internet (2015-10-07 08:19:00)
  • You can buy a fingerprint reader keyboard for your Surface Pro 3 (2015-10-07 08:18:57)
    Microsoft announced a lot of new hardware yesterday. Microsoft has built a Surface Pro Type Cover that includes a fingerprint reader. Unfortunately, Microsoft only sells the new fingerprint keyboard in black (the onyx option) and it appears to be limited to the US store right now.
  • HP’s new 8-inch Windows tablet has a 10-inch keyboard dock (2015-10-07 08:00:02)
    The Envy Note 8 is an 8-inch Windows 10 tablet that's pretty unremarkable on its own. It has a dull 1920x1200 display, a generic black front, and an Intel Atom x5 processor — a low-end tablet by all means. While the keyboard dock is by no means enormous — it's not even a full-size keyboard! — it still kind of dwarfs the tablet itself.
  • HP made a Surface competitor with an even cooler kickstand (2015-10-07 08:00:02)
    This morning, it's introducing the Spectre x2, a 12-inch tablet that's bundled with a thin, detachable keyboard and can be propped up using a built-in kickstand. Along with other PCs being introduced today, HP is trying to make the Spectre x2 look like something that would fit inside a modern home. Rather than having a large chunk of metal swing out of the back, like the Surface does, the Spectre x2 has a thin, U-shaped bar that pop outs out and can sit at any angle.
  • HP’s new all-in-one PC is curved and ultra wide (2015-10-07 08:00:02)
    HP is introducing a number of new PCs today, but easily the most impressive — on a physical level, at least — is the Envy Curved All-in-One PC: a Windows 10 machine built into a curved and extremely wide 34-inch display. Just imagine how many windows you could have up at once. It's, like, a lot.
  • HP's newest gaming notebook is for more casual users (2015-10-07 08:00:00)
  • HP's new PCs include an updated convertible, a thin-and-light and some all-one-ones (2015-10-07 08:00:00)
  • The HP Spectre x2 is like the Surface Pro, but cheaper and lower-specced (2015-10-07 08:00:00)
  • HP's updated Stream laptops offer better battery life for your buck (2015-10-07 08:00:00)
  • Tablets That Do It All for Under $100 (2015-10-07 08:00:00)
    A low pricetag now includes a product that's actually something you'll want to use.
  • HP wants you to use its new 8-inch Windows tablet to get work done (2015-10-07 08:00:00)
  • Galaxy S7 might be even faster than the iPhone 6s (2015-10-07 07:45:59)
    Anyone who used an iPhone 6s after the iPhone 6 can easily tell you that the speed difference is easy to see. The new Apple smartphone is faster than its predecessor by a considerable margin, and benchmark scores have indicated the phone can be as fast as the new Retina MacBook, leaving the main rivals from the competition in the dust. However, Samsung is working on a new processor of its own, which will likely debut on the Galaxy S7 next year, and a first benchmark for it has already been leaked. According to it, the new Galaxy phone might be even faster than the iPhone 6s. DON’T MISS: Report claims Surface Pro 4 has a killer feature iPad users can
  • Waterstones stops selling Amazon Kindles over 'pitiful' sales (2015-10-07 07:40:00)
  • Makerarm wants to 3D print, plot, and carve its way into your heart (2015-10-07 07:32:00)
  • First Click: Apple, the Microsoft benchmark (2015-10-07 07:30:02)
    Twice during yesterday’s event, Microsoft projected competing Apple products onto the giant screen that loomed over the world’s press. An odd decision when you consider that Apple is responsible for just eight of every 100 computers shipped globally, according to IDC. Apple vs. Microsoft is the stuff of legend, a rivalry ranking up there with Coke vs. Pepsi, Edison vs. Tesla, and your parents vs. technology.
  • Nokia's bosses to dominate leadership team after Alcatel deal (2015-10-07 07:26:30)
    Finnish network equipment maker Nokia said on Wednesday its executives would dominate the new leadership team once it completes its proposed acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent. Chief Financial Officer Timo Ihamuotila will stay in his job and altogether 10 out of a total 13 members in the planned group leadership team come from Nokia. Nokia said it planned to report its results as two divisions, Networks business and Nokia Technologies, which includes patents and new technologies.
  • Facebook brings Messenger's doodle trick to its main app (2015-10-07 07:02:00)
  • AppDirect raises $140 mln in latest funding (2015-10-07 07:01:09)
    (Reuters) - AppDirect, which helps developers and businesses create, use and sell apps, said it raised $140 million in a funding round led by an investment fund advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management, valuing the company at $1.04 billion. Existing investors including Foundry Group, iNovia Capital, Mithril Capital Management, StarVest Partners, and Stingray Digital also participated in the funding. AppDirect raised $50 million in February in a funding round led by Mithril Capital Management, doubling the company's valuation to $600 million at the time.
  • Educate yourself on AI: Seven books to get you started (2015-10-07 07:00:04)
    Want to get your head around artificial intelligence? These seven non-technical books on AI offer context and insights into a complex subject.
  • Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book race ahead of iPad Pro and Pixel C at the high end (2015-10-07 07:00:03)
    Microsoft gave its high-end Surface a leap forward on Tuesday with the unveiling of the Surface Pro 4 and the surprise launch of the Surface Book, the company's first laptop.
  • Microsoft changes financial reporting to match a mobile-first, cloud-first world (2015-10-07 06:57:26)
    Microsoft has made significant changes to the way it will report financial results in the future. The changes will have a major impact on how stakeholders view the company.
  • Kremlin sets out to extend control over the Russian Internet (2015-10-07 06:56:46)
    MOSCOW (AP) — Galina Timchenko recalls how proud she felt when the Russian news website she edited reached 3 million users per day. When she reported the figures to the website's owner, he was horrified.
  • Official 'Doctor Who' Lego set pictures escape from Gallifrey (2015-10-07 06:40:55)
    Whovians finally get a Lego set of their very own with an official release that includes the TARDIS, two Doctors, Clara, Daleks and a nightmarish Weeping Angel.
  • New paper argues automation will revive U.S. manufacturing and create new growth, more jobs (2015-10-07 06:30:00)
    Are robots really the job killers they're made out to be?
  • UK pricing for Microsoft's Surface Pro 4, Lumia 950 phones and other goodies (2015-10-07 06:29:00)
  • Pro tip: How to create a stronger passcode in iOS 9 (2015-10-07 06:23:53)
    Security-conscious iOS 9 changes let you secure your devices even more. Cory Bohon shows you how it's done.
  • ​Digital business will mean security headaches (2015-10-07 06:20:04)
    Smart machines will be able to detect and solve many security issues. They're also likely to introduce a few security issues of their own.
  • Pro tip: How to solve the dreaded Wi-Fi exclamation point (2015-10-07 06:02:00)
    If you've been experiencing the dreaded "!" error in your Android Lollipop Wi-Fi connections, Jack Wallen has a solution that will fix the issue.
  • Israeli Google Lunar XPrize team aims to put lander on the moon in 2017 (2015-10-07 06:00:03)
    The private space race is well and truly on, and SpaceIL, an Israeli team competing for the Google Lunar XPrize, just bought a ticket to the moon in early 2017.
  • Israel could send the first privately-funded mission to the Moon on a Falcon 9 rocket (2015-10-07 06:00:02)
    SpaceIL — an Israeli nonprofit competing in the Google Lunar X Prize competition — will use SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket to launch its lunar lander into space, the group announced today in Jerusalem. From there, the rocket will carry the lander farther into space, and then the spacecraft will propel itself the rest of the way to land gently on the Moon. With today's announcement, SpaceIL is the first of the 16 Lunar X Prize teams to book a ride off the planet.
  • Lumo's running shorts fix your form to avoid injury (2015-10-07 06:00:00)
  • ​Who will take the fall for Pirate Bay piracy? Case heads back to court (2015-10-07 05:40:00)
    Unhappy with a ruling this spring, Swedish pirate-hunting prosecutors are going after the nation's domain registry to nail it as a willing accomplice to piracy.
  • 3M to set up 'smart urban' lab in Singapore (2015-10-07 05:32:00)
    Technology vendor will spend S$10 million (US$7.03 million) over three years in a Smart Urban Solutions Lab to drive research and product development efforts in sustainable living.
  • Sony may consider options for smartphone unit if no profit next year (2015-10-07 05:29:30)
    Sony Corp Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai said on Wednesday the company would consider options for its smartphone unit if it failed to turn a profit in the next business year. The company in July lowered its forecast for its mobile communications unit to an operating loss of 60 billion yen in the current fiscal year from an earlier estimate of a 39 billion yen loss.
  • Japan's Murata sees slowdown in global smartphone market growth (2015-10-07 05:26:12)
    Global demand for smartphones is likely to slow in the next fiscal year due to weaker demand from the world's biggest market China, the head of Japanese smartphone component maker Murata Manufacturing Co told Reuters on Wednesday. Chief Executive Tsuneo Murata said growth for the fiscal year starting April 2016 would be in the high, single digits, below the 12 percent growth forecast by the company for fiscal 2015/16. Murata, however, said this slowdown was unlikely to hurt the company's business because demand for the high-end phones it provides parts for is expected to remain robust.
  • A ping pong robot & a mirror that really doesn't lie, unveiled in Japan (2015-10-07 05:15:48)
    A ping pong playing robot, a flying origami bird and a mirror that some might find a little too honest for comfort were on display at a huge tech show in Japan on Wednesday. The gadgets are all part of this year's Cutting-edge IT & Electronics Comprehensive Exhibition (CEATEC), Asia's largest electronics fair, outside Tokyo. Prominent among the pack was a robot arm made by automation parts maker Omron that can play -- and coach -- humans at ping pong.
  • Samsung Electronics tips better-than-expected third quarter profit, shares surge (2015-10-07 05:10:35)
    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd forecast a sharp jump in quarterly profit, trumping expectations and sending its shares surging as favorable currency rates and robust component sales appeared have to offset weakness in smartphones. The extent of the expected quarterly profit gain, its first in two years, will do much to allay concerns that the South Korean tech giant's earnings would not be able shake off the loss of smartphone market share to Apple Inc in the premium segment and to Chinese rivals at the lower end. Samsung Electronics estimated July-September operating profit would leap 80 percent from a year earlier to 7.3 trillion won ($6.3 billion), higher than a 6.7 trillion won profit Thomson Reuters SmartEstimate derived from 30 analysts.
  • Singapore seniors to get robotic personal trainers to keep healthy (2015-10-07 04:56:30)
    Singapore plans to roll out robotic trainers known as Robocoaches to help seniors exercise and keep healthy.
  • Saudi Prince Alwaleed's Kingdom Holding raises Twitter stake (2015-10-07 04:55:46)
    Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal and his investment firm Kingdom Holding now together own more than 5 percent of Twitter Inc, the prince's office said on Wednesday. Kingdom Holding has paid $50 million to double its stake in the microblogging site to 0.72 percent, the Riyadh-based company said in a separate bourse statement. Prince Alwaleed personally owns 30,100,078 Twitter shares, or 4.45 percent of the company, according to Reuters calculations, accounting for the bulk of the two parties' combined stake.
  • Touchy turns you into a over-friendly, clingy human camera (2015-10-07 04:21:00)
  • FAA proposes $1.9 million fine for company flying drones in New York and Chicago (2015-10-07 03:25:29)
    The Federal Aviation Administration finally laid down the legal groundwork for the operation of small drones in February, but as the governmental body showed this week, those laws don't mean you can just fly unpiloted craft wherever you like. The FAA has proposed its biggest fine ever — $1.9 million — to be levied against aerial photography company SkyPan International for illegal drone flights in the busy airspace above New York and Chicago. The FAA says that of the 65 flights, 43 of those flights reportedly took place in New York's tightly restricted Class B airspace, and took off without receiving air traffic control clearance to do so.
  • A ping pong robot and a mirror that 'doesn't lie' unveiled in Japan (2015-10-07 03:19:02)
    A ping pong playing robot, a flying origami bird and a mirror that some might find a little too honest for comfort were on display at a huge tech show in Japan on Wednesday. The gadgets are all part of this year's Cutting-edge IT & Electronics Comprehensive Exhibition (CEATEC), Asia's largest electronics fair, outside Tokyo. Prominent among the pack was a robot arm made by automation parts maker Omron that can play -- and coach -- humans at ping pong.
  • Saudi's Kingdom Holding pays $50 million to raise Twitter stake to 0.72 percent (2015-10-07 03:16:49)
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Holding has paid $50 million to double its stake in microblogging site Twitter Inc, the Riyadh-based company said on Wednesday. Kingdom Holding, the investment firm owned by billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, now owns 0.72 percent of Twitter, having originally invested $50 million in the tech company in 2011. Twitter listed on the New York Stock Exchange in November 2013. Its market capitalization is $18.7 billion, according to Reuters data. (Reporting by Matt Smith; editing by Katie Paul)
  • Japan's Murata CEO sees slowdown in global smartphone market (2015-10-07 03:07:31)
    Murata Manufacturing Co's chief executive forecast the global smartphone market to slow down in the next fiscal year to high, single-digit growth due to weaker demand in China. "But demand for smartphone components is likely to continue growing... as a global shift to handsets with higher specifications will increase the number of parts installed in a single unit," Chief Executive Tsuneo Murata told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday. Murata Manufacturing is the world's biggest supplier of ceramic capacitors, tiny parts that control the flow of electricity in a variety of products including TVs and car engine controls.
  • Google Translate works within apps for Android Marshmallow users (2015-10-07 02:49:00)
  • Sony shuffles structure, creates new semiconductor business (2015-10-07 02:30:02)
    In a bid to focus on its 'key growth drivers', Sony Corporation has scheduled a business structure shake-up, coupled with the creation of the new Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation, for April next year.
  • Samsung 3Q operating profit surges, shares jump 9 percent (2015-10-07 02:24:32)
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics announced a forecast-beating profit for the third quarter Wednesday, sending its share price up nearly 9 percent, but analysts said strong component sales and favorable currency exchange rates masked persistent weakness in its smartphone business.
  • Ex-Twitter CEO and ex-comedian Dick Costolo is contributing to HBO's Silicon Valley (2015-10-07 02:10:23)
    In a previous life before becoming a high-flying tech exec, former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo was an improv comic in Chicago. Now, he's making what sounds like pretty good use of his new-found free time by helping out in the writers room on HBO comedy Silicon Valley, which satirizes the startup world.. There's plenty of writing talent in the room," Costolo tells Bloomberg News in an email.
  • Jumping robot uses safety tethers to control its fall (2015-10-07 01:44:00)
  • Samsung Electronics to post first profit increase since 2013 (2015-10-07 00:38:48)
    The South Korean giant is predicting an operating profit of approximately 7.3 trillion won for the third quarter of 2015, which will be its first quarter increase year-on-year since Q3 2013.
  • Samsung boasts massive third-quarter profit growth (2015-10-07 00:36:00)
  • Samsung 3Q operating profit surges, shares jump 7 percent (2015-10-07 00:15:45)
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics announced a forecast-beating profit for the third quarter Wednesday, sending its share price up more than 7 percent, but analysts said strong component sales and favorable currency exchange rates masked persistent weakness in its smartphone business.
  • Volkswagen’s massive recall will start in January (2015-10-07 00:09:22)
    After an emissions scandal that knocked $25 billion from its market value, German car manufacturer Volkswagen is ready to start the largest recall in its company history. New Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller told German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that "if all goes to plan," then the automaker will start recalling affected vehicles in Europe in January 2016.
  • Verizon's customer-tracking 'supercookies' connect to AOL ads (2015-10-06 23:36:00)
  • Verizon will share your browsing habits with AOL's massive ad network (2015-10-06 23:35:31)
    When Verizon bought AOL earlier this year, the two companies said they were teaming up to "pursue the joint vision of building the most significant media platform in the world." But they're also sharing something else — your personal data. Starting in November, Verizon will start sharing the information gathered by its controversial "supercookie" — an identifier inserted into mobile internet browsing activity as standard for customers of the network — with AOL's vast ad network. AOL's network, which is represented on 40 percent of websites, will be able to match internet users to their Verizon details, building profiles of their browsing habits and targeting them with specific ads based on their cellphone use.
  • Motorcyclist fleeing police rides no-handed while texting (2015-10-06 23:28:08)
    Technically Incorrect: In Florida, a man on a motorbike decides to show his dexterity during a police chase. It doesn't turn out well.
  • Samsung Electronics sees third quarter profit boost despite smartphone woes (2015-10-06 23:11:01)
    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Wednesday said it would post its first quarterly profit gain in two years, beating expectations as strong sales of chips and displays probably offset weakness in its smartphone division. The South Korean tech giant estimated its July-September operating profit would leap 79.8 percent from a year earlier to 7.3 trillion won ($6.29 billion), compared with a 6.7 trillion won profit tipped by a Thomson Reuters SmartEstimate poll of 30 analysts. While analysts attributed much of the earnings surprise to the weaker won, Samsung's shares were on track for their biggest daily percentage gain in nearly 4 years in midday trade as investors saw an end to successive quarters of declining earnings.
  • Microsoft's 'Project X Ray' demo for HoloLens looks interesting (Tomorrow Daily 253) (2015-10-06 23:03:28)
    Ashley recaps today's Microsoft event in NYC (and all our favorite things within), explains how Best Buy's new robotic employee works and discusses this week's new releases in film and gaming.
  • Nobel Prize for Physics awarded to neutrino 'flavor' change (2015-10-06 22:40:00)
  • Journalist who allegedly helped hackers makes final pitch to jury (2015-10-06 22:28:21)
    (Please note that paragraph six contains language that may be offensive to some readers) By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A lawyer for journalist Matthew Keys, accused of aiding members of the Anonymous hacking collective, told a jury on Tuesday that the U.S. government had not proven the criminal charges it filed over the incident. Keys was indicted in 2013 on three criminal counts, including conspiracy to cause damage to a protected computer. The indictment accused Keys of giving hackers access to Tribune Co. computer systems in December 2010.
  • Fantasy sports world battles 'insider trading' claims (2015-10-06 22:15:29)
    The lucrative world of online fantasy sports gaming faced an inquiry from New York authorities over allegations of "insider trading" critics say underscored the need to better regulate the multibillion-dollar industry. The New York Times reported late Tuesday that New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman had written to fantasy sports companies DraftKings and FanDuel to request names, job titles and descriptions of staff with access to data that could potentially be used to gain an advantage. Schneiderman also requested information from internal investigations carried out by the companies.
  • Microsoft's new Lumia phone will launch with AT&T in the US (2015-10-06 22:14:17)
    The Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, which arrive in November, are headed down a sales path that has largely fallen out of favor.
  • TPP to remove government procurement barriers (2015-10-06 22:09:12)
    Suppliers from each of the 12 member states will be put on equal footing when applying for government procurement contracts under the TPP.
  • Never-before-seen video of Steve Jobs shows Apple co-founder’s softer side (2015-10-06 22:00:40)
    On the fourth anniversary of Steve Jobs’ death, ABC News obtained a never-before-seen video of Jobs which depicts a somewhat rare look at the former Apple CEO’s softer side. The video was provided by Apple and is perhaps intended to counteract some of the more negative depictions of the Apple co-founder that we’ve been seeing as of late in films such as Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine. In the video below, filmed before a gathering of Apple employees the day before the iPhone was officially unveiled, we see a smiling and laid-back Jobs casually talking about his personal theory of business management, the iPhone, and even why he was prone to wear ripped jeans. DON’T MISS: Microsoft unveils the
  • Europe-U.S. data transfer deal used by many firms ruled invalid (2015-10-06 21:53:07)
    By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The EU's highest court struck down a deal that allows thousands of companies to easily transfer personal data from Europe to the United States, in a landmark ruling on Tuesday that follows revelations of mass U.S. government snooping. Many companies, both U.S. and European, use the Safe Harbor system to help them get around cumbersome checks to transfer data between offices on both sides of the Atlantic. The court said Safe Harbor did not sufficiently protect EU citizens' personal data since the requirements of American national security, public interest and law enforcement trumped the privacy safeguards contained in the framework.
  • Windows 10 will start rolling out to phones in December (2015-10-06 21:42:16)
    Microsoft's new Windows 10 flagship phones, the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, are coming next month — and they'll be the only way to experience the mobile version of Windows 10 for a while. In comments on the official Lumia Facebook page, Microsoft says that Windows 10 will begin rolling out to phones in December. How long that process takes is likely to depend on carriers as much as Microsoft.
  • AT&T's WiFi calling nears launch as FCC grants its waiver request (2015-10-06 21:33:00)
  • Samsung Electronics third-quarter profit guidance beats estimates (2015-10-06 21:13:40)
    Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Wednesday its July-September operating profit likely leapt 79.8 percent from a year earlier, beating expectations and pushing the South Korean tech giant's share price sharply higher. Samsung, in a regulatory filing, estimated its third-quarter profit at 7.3 trillion won ($6.29 billion), its first quarterly profit gain in two years and its biggest since the first quarter of 2014. This compared with a 6.7 trillion won profit tipped by a Thomson Reuters SmartEstimate poll of 30 analysts.
  • Elon Musk has some late advice for Jack Dorsey: don't run two companies (2015-10-06 21:13:13)
    Elon Musk is perhaps the most famous living dual-CEO in the world, running both electric car maker Tesla and space transportation outfit SpaceX at the same time. "I wouldn't recommend running two companies," Musk said today onstage at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit during a panel with Y Combinator president and investor Sam Altman and New York Times journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin. "It decreases your freedom quite a lot." Sorkin wanted to know what it was like running two companies, especially now that Dorsey now has two CEO positions to handle.
  • Google's Meter turns your home screen into an active widget (2015-10-06 21:10:00)
  • HTC blames weak Android sales for NT$5.1b Q2 loss (2015-10-06 20:50:22)
    Taiwan's HTC has recorded a second quarter loss of NT$5.1 billion, attributing the shortfall to a 'weak' Android market.
  • Sony hack's invasion of privacy still grates on CEO (2015-10-06 20:40:51)
    Nearly a year after a crippling hack, the studio's boss says he was distressed by how some people combed leaked emails for embarrassing information.
  • Samsung affiliates to benefit from demand for electronic components, OLEDs (2015-10-06 20:37:11)
    Continued strong demand for TVs, tablets, and handsets will see a profit surge over the next two years, according to a Korean report.
  • Watch us play the Star Wars Battlefront beta live on the PlayStation 4 (2015-10-06 20:30:57)
    After spending some time with Star Wars Battlefront at E3 earlier this summer, I came away far less enthusiastic about the wildly anticipated sequel than I expected to be. After all, the Battlefront series was one that I spent countless hours with growing up — how could a new game in the franchise fail to win me over? SEE MORE: Watch the first trailer for Far Cry Primal, taking the series back to the Stone Age I don’t really have an answer to that question. It just didn’t knock my socks off. But months after the fact, DICE and EA are hosting a Battlefront open beta for PS4, Xbox One and PC players, one which kicks off in just two days. Thanks
  • Samsung predicts first quarterly profit growth in two years (2015-10-06 20:28:33)
    Samsung Electronics expects it made about 7.3 trillion won ($6.27 billion) in operating profit off sales of 51 trillion won ($43.8 billion) in its third quarter of 2015. Operating profit a year ago was a disappointing 4.1 trillion won, so Samsung is expecting a year-on-year boost of around 78 percent. Samsung hasn't given any details on what spurred the improvement.
  • E-ink Eyecatcher smart bracelet promises a yearlong battery (2015-10-06 20:23:52)
    No charger, no problem. A new smart bracelet up for crowdfunding aims to deliver battery life that smartwatches can only dream about.
  • With FCC waiver in hand, AT&T set to add Wi-Fi calling to iPhones (2015-10-06 20:18:38)
    After requesting a pass from the FCC back in June, the carrier finally has what it needs to offer Wi-Fi Calling on Apple's iPhone.
  • Dell still trying to shake old PC-only image (2015-10-06 20:16:22)
    As Dell continues to roll out its 'transform, connect, inform, and protect' strategy, the company is striving to be recognised as an end to end solutions provider -- not just a PC provider.
  • Samsung Electronics shares open higher after better-than-expected profit (2015-10-06 20:13:18)
    SEOUL (Reuters) - Shares in Samsung Electronics opened higher after the tech giant issued earnings guidance for a better-than-expected operating profit for the July-September period on Wednesday. Market heavyweight Samsung Electronics Co Ltd was up 3.3 percent at 1.189 million won as of 0003 GMT (2003 EDT), after rising as much as 4.2 percent to 1.199 million won, the strongest intraday level since July 31. (Reporting by Yeawon Choi; Editing by Richard Pullin)
  • Oregon shooter's mother wrote about guns in online forum (2015-10-06 20:07:48)
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mother of a gunman who killed nine people and himself at an Oregon community college allowed her troubled son to have guns and acknowledged in online posts that he struggled with autism, but she didn't seem to know he was potentially violent.
  • Samsung Electronics says third-quarter profit likely up 79.8 percent, beating expectations (2015-10-06 19:47:21)
    SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Wednesday its July-September operating profit likely leapt 79.8 percent from a year earlier, beating expectations and marking its first quarterly profit growth in eight quarters. Samsung, in a regulatory filing, estimated its third-quarter profit at 7.3 trillion won ($6.29 billion), compared with 6.7 trillion won tipped by a Thomson Reuters SmartEstimate poll of 30 analysts. The firm reported a 4.1 trillion won profit a year earlier. Samsung also expects its third-quarter revenue to have risen 7. ...
  • 4K iMac and iPad Pro release dates revealed in new report (2015-10-06 19:45:29)
    A new report from Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac finally pins down a few release dates for some upcoming Apple products. First off, we have the long-rumored 21.5-inch 4K iMac. A product that has been making its way through the rumor mill for quite some time, Gurman writes that revamped iMacs will at long last make their way into stores as early as Tuesday, October 13. DON’T MISS: Microsoft made the ultimate laptop: the Surface Book Per usual, the report adds that initial supply of Apple’s new iMac may be somewhat sparse as the company works towards a full ramp up ahead of the upcoming holiday shopping season. Still, it’s nice to see that Apple isn’t completely ignoring desktop computing. Though Apple did release a 5K
  • Verizon: Samsung Pay support is coming in a software update (2015-10-06 19:43:00)
  • Compliance could kill your cloud deployment: Here's how to handle it (2015-10-06 19:40:36)
    When considering a cloud deployment, remaining compliant is paramount. Here are some best practices for the cloud in three industries known for stringent compliance.
  • Lexus builds a full-size car out of cardboard -- and yeah, it drives (2015-10-06 19:39:14)
    It will be easy for Lexus to recycle its Origami Car when it's done with it. The car is made from precision-cut cardboard.
  • 3D Touch functionality could hit Android devices as soon as 2016 (2015-10-06 19:30:12)
    Deservedly so, 3D Touch is being hailed as the standout feature on Apple’s new iPhone 6s. While the feature’s full potential will only be unleashed once developers have some time to play around with it, there’s no question that 3D Touch represents the most exciting advancement in mobile user interaction since Apple introduced multitouch to the mainstream back in 2007. Not surprisingly, Android manufacturers want to get in on the fun and are already clamoring to add pressure sensitive displays to their own devices. In fact, we’ve already seen one example in the wild in the form of the Huawei Mate S, though the company’s implementation certainly leaves a lot to be desired. DON’T MISS: Microsoft’s new Lumia has a killer feature iPhone 6s
  • Vizio's stunning Reference Series 4K TV is now available starting at $6,000 (2015-10-06 19:29:27)
    The TV that Vizio has spent years working on is finally here: today the company officially launched its Reference Series, the most advanced television that Vizio has ever produced, and one that showcases new technologies like Dolby Vision that dramatically enhance the viewing experience. Vizio first announced the Reference Series at CES 2014, so it's taken some time to actually reach the shipping model. Vizio's latest TV comes in two sizes: a 65-inch model for $5,999.99 and a mammoth 120-incher that's priced at — and this isn't a typo — $129,999.99.
  • The fins and the furious: Fish are nature's top athletes, study says (2015-10-06 19:29:24)
    Scientists suggest that a fish's ability to quickly disperse oxygen through its body makes it the ultimate athlete. Oh yeah? Let's see a pirate perch go three rounds with Ronda Rousey.
  • A visual look at Android 6.0 Marshmallow (2015-10-06 19:15:00)
    Android 6.0 Marshmallow brings useful under-the-hood improvements, but Google didn't neglect the visual elements of its new mobile operating system.
  • Smart TV will make money through games: Samsung (2015-10-06 19:08:51)
    The market for smart TVs will grow 'rapidly' as it increasingly becomes the platform of choice for gaming, according to a company executive.
  • Google denies scooping up your car's data through Android Auto (2015-10-06 19:08:00)
  • Immelt: GE will use 100-year legacy to bridge physical and digital, create $15 billion software company (2015-10-06 19:04:27)
    GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt spoke at the Gartner Symposium about how GE will harness its knowledge to marry the physical and the digital and stay relevant for another century.
  • California governor signs law targeting gender wage gap (2015-10-06 18:50:01)
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Female workers in California will get new tools to challenge gender-based wage gaps under legislation signed into law Tuesday that supporters say offers the strongest equal-pay protection in the nation.
  • Big U.S. firms hold $2.1 trillion overseas to avoid taxes: study (2015-10-06 18:37:27)
    The 500 largest American companies hold more than $2.1 trillion in accumulated profits offshore to avoid U.S. taxes and would collectively owe an estimated $620 billion in U.S. taxes if they repatriated the funds, according to a study released on Tuesday. The study, by two left-leaning non-profit groups, found that nearly three-quarters of the firms on the Fortune 500 list of biggest American companies by gross revenue operate tax haven subsidiaries in countries like Bermuda, Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Citizens for Tax Justice and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund used the companies' own financial filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission to reach their conclusions.
  • Which Android devices are getting Marshmallow and when? (2015-10-06 18:29:00)
  • Michael Chabon is becoming a pop lyricist-for-hire (2015-10-06 18:27:18)
    Author Michael Chabon has signed a publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group as a songwriter, according to Billboard. Signing with UMPG means the company will advertise Chabon's lyrical services and promote any future work.
  • Baby sea turtles + adorable swimsuits = cutest study ever (2015-10-06 18:25:55)
    Scientists from Australia dress sea turtles in little swimsuits to collect and study their poop. Yeah, the story loses a bit of its cuteness after that little fact.
  • Doomsday revision predicts we won't make it to Thursday (2015-10-06 18:25:49)
    The world was supposed to end in May 2011, according to one prophecy, unless that was really just the beginning of the end, in which case the end of the end is set for Wednesday.
  • How to use iOS's Text Replacement (2015-10-06 18:20:49)
    Speed up your iPhone or iPad communications over text, email, and social media.
  • Your Facebook News Feed speed now depends on your connection (2015-10-06 17:56:00)
  • Engadget Live is coming to Austin next Friday! (2015-10-06 17:48:00)
  • No business is too small for OpenStack (2015-10-06 17:47:45)
    Learn about the challenges of an OpenStack deployment, and why small organizations should not necessarily avoid the platform.
  • Microsoft's new Lumia phones will launch with AT&T in the US (2015-10-06 17:42:19)
    The Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, which arrive in November, are headed down a sales path that has largely fallen out of favor.
  • Adobe adds Photoshop Fix and Capture CC (2015-10-06 17:35:24)
    The creative software giant brings desktop editing capabilities to iOS devices.
  • GE's Immelt on software strategy: 'Why not us?' (2015-10-06 17:32:00)
    General Electric Jeffrey Immelt pitched CIOs on the company's software ambitions, plans to recruit a few of them and using its industrial knowhow to take on the likes of IBM and other application giants.
  • ​Playdate: Waging war in the 'Star Wars: Battlefront' beta (2015-10-06 17:30:00)
  • RunZoo game aims to foster Mideast peace through kids (2015-10-06 17:21:48)
    A diverse team of developers wants Israeli and Palestinian kids -- and children in other conflict zones -- to find common ground through the shared experience of cooperative gaming.
  • Microsoft unveils its first laptop, the Surface Book (2015-10-06 17:17:25)
    The company introduced the Surface Book, the Surface Pro 4, new Lumia phones, and Xbox One and HoloLens updates.
  • 10 must-have IT budget items (2015-10-06 17:13:14)
    If you're staring at your IT budget and wondering what can stay and what can go, consider these 10 critical items that should remain.
  • Apple is acquiring a new photo-recognition startup (2015-10-06 17:09:43)
    Siri may be about to get smarter in the way it handles photos. Bloomberg reported yesterday that Apple has acquired the machine-learning startup Perceptio, founded by two experienced AI researchers. It's the kind of technology that would be useful in building a counterpart to Google Photos' recent image-scanning features, although it would be providing the features without leaning on Google's outside servers or databases.
  • After public spat with T-Mobile, AT&T gets FCC waiver to offer Wi-Fi calling (2015-10-06 17:07:37)
    It doesn't support teletype services (TTY) for the deaf and hard of hearing very well, which the FCC generally requires of wireless networks. In its place, AT&T wants to deploy real-time text (RTT), which it says is faster, richer, and generally better than TTY — a decades-old technology.
  • 'Far Cry Primal' will take humanity back to the stone age (2015-10-06 16:50:00)
  • Porsche is rejecting Android Auto for the most hilariously predictable reason (2015-10-06 16:45:22)
    Pardon the pun, but Apple and Google are on something of a collision course in the car space. While Google has been refining and expanding upon its self driving car initiative for quite some time now, rumor has it that Apple is also looking to make a big play in the automotive space, perhaps as early as 2019. Even today, Apple and Google are duking it out over the smart software that helps transform everyday automobiles into full fledged drivable computers. Apple of course has CarPlay while Google has its own competing Android Auto platform. DON’T MISS: Microsoft made the ultimate laptop: the Surface Book Over the past year or so, Apple and Google have been locked in an ongoing battle
  • Adobe forecasts 2016 profit, revenue below estimates (2015-10-06 16:44:00)
    (Reuters) - Adobe Systems Inc forecast 2016 revenue and profit below estimates, sending its shares down 8 percent in extended trading. Analysts on average were expecting revenue of $5.93 billion and earnings of $3.19 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Adobe has been switching to web-based subscriptions from traditional licensed software to help attract more predictable recurring revenue. The company, which is generally conservative with its estimates, is expecting about 20 percent growth in 2016 revenue for its Marketing Cloud segment.
  • Orion's Belt is made of leather, and other hilarious #NewSpaceFacts (2015-10-06 16:37:05)
    Comedy Central's nightly #HashtagWars game on Twitter reveals important information about the goings-on in our universe and beyond. Note: Matt Damon is from Mars, Ben Affleck is from Venus.
  • HoloLens 'Project XRay' lets you blast robot armies with a ray gun fist (2015-10-06 16:36:00)
  • Russia orders Google to stop preinstalling its own Android apps (2015-10-06 16:30:39)
    Russian competition authorities give Google until November 18 to reverse contracts requiring phone makers install its apps.
  • Microsoft's Panos Panay is pumped about everything (2012–present) (2015-10-06 16:27:39)
    The creator of the Surface, Panos Panay, is pumped. About what, you may ask? Everything, we say. More specifically, you may request? Alright, fine, we relent. What follows is a small sample of things Panos Panay has been pumped about over the last three years:
  • Airbnb's next big push? China (2015-10-06 16:27:09)
    Many of the top tech titans have faced roadblocks in China, but the CEO of the home-rental marketplace says he believes his company can be different.
  • Microsoft’s Windows 10 hardware event in 9 minutes (2015-10-06 16:24:03)
    Microsoft debuted new phones, a new tablet and a Surface Book. They even threw in some augmented reality for good measure. Here's the highlights from the hardware event.
  • Take 9 minutes to watch Microsoft's best product unveiling in years (2015-10-06 16:23:03)
    Earlier today, Microsoft pulled off its best tech event in literally years, exciting the group of Windows enthusiasts (and impressing the press) with a cavalcade of hardware announcements. It's that last one that has everybody talking — Microsoft finally made a laptop, and at first blush it seems like a really good one. Microsoft's Panos Panay found a way to make even the nerdiest specs relevant and, dare we say, interesting.
  • Microsoft's Surface Book isn't a typical laptop (2015-10-06 16:15:14)
    The company unveils its first laptop, along with the Surface Pro 4 tablet, Lumia 950 phones and an updated fitness-tracking Band. Bridget Carey rounds up all the latest Windows 10 devices in under 3 minutes.
  • Microsoft's upgraded Band is a little sleeker, and smarter too (2015-10-06 16:11:00)
  • Why Google Now on Tap is Android’s ‘nuclear weapon’ against the iPhone (2015-10-06 16:10:42)
    The best thing about Android is also the worst thing about Android — namely, the software is very good at predicting your needs, although it does this by relentlessly collecting information about you. If you’re cool with Google having so much information about you at its disposal, however, you’ll really love what it’s done with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, particularly the new Google Now on Tap feature. RELATED: It sounds like Android 6.0 Marshmallow delivers on one of Google’s key promises The Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern has written up a review of Google Now on Tap where she explains that it’s really Google’s “nuclear weapon” in its war with the iPhone. “It brings together so many of Google’s talents, including crowd-sourced
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book: The key takeaways for business (2015-10-06 16:09:00)
    Microsoft's new Surface Pro tablet and Surface Book hybrid laptop are aimed at winning back professionals who have switched to Apple MacBooks. Here's why Microsoft might succeed.
  • The Hubble Telescope's breathtaking views of space (2015-10-06 16:00:00)
  • Schrems: the law student who brought down a transatlantic data pact (2015-10-06 15:58:24)
    By Julia Fioretti and Georgina Prodhan BRUSSELS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - From Vienna cafes to the European Union's highest court, an Austrian law student's two-year battle against Facebook and mass U.S. surveillance culminated on Tuesday in a landmark ruling that has rippled across the business world. Max Schrems, a 28-year-old Facebook user finishing his Ph.D in law at Vienna University, took an interest in the subject of privacy while studying for a semester abroad at Santa Clara University in California. The legal battle against mass U.S. surveillance that he subsequently pursued resulted in what lawyers called a "bombshell" ruling knocking down a data transfer framework between the European Union and the United States used by over 4,000 companies such as Google, Facebook and IBM.
  • Instagram's top five most-followed accounts are all women (2015-10-06 15:54:45)
    In celebration of its fifth birthday today, Instagram released a list of its top five accounts for the first time. Taylor Swift (who had previously been confirmed as the photo-sharing app's most popular user) has 49.6 million followers — which comes out to just over 10 percent of Instagram's 400 million global users. Filling out the top five, the undisputed queen of selfies, Kim Kardashian, has 48.1 million, Beyoncé has 47.2 million, Selena Gomez has 45.9 million, and Ariana Grande has 44.6 million.
  • Robots crawl through walls in Microsoft's terrifying HoloLens demo (video) (2015-10-06 15:51:13)
    Feel the fear with a heart-pumping, action-packed HoloLens demonstration that has a dude named Dan defending an event stage from robot invaders.
  • Watch Microsoft's glorious, misleading HoloLens robot battle (2015-10-06 15:50:42)
    Be cautious about trusting Microsoft's on-stage HoloLens demos. While the company has released videos that capture the augmented reality experience reasonably well, its events invariably show off whole rooms full of holograms — which is actually one of the the headset's weaker areas.
  • How the Surface Book compares to the iPad Pro, MacBook Pro, and Surface Pro (2015-10-06 15:48:11)
    Microsoft made a big deal today about going after Apple. And today more than ever, it's worth believing. There are two reasons why: first, Surface sales are on the rise. They accounted for $888 million in revenue during Microsoft's last quarter, up more than double from the same period last year. That's nothing compared to Apple's $6 billion in Mac sales and $4.5 billion in iPad sales, but Microsoft seems to be looking at those numbers and envisioning a future where it's grabbed a chunk for itself. ...
  • Competition for Microsoft lineup, which targets high end (2015-10-06 15:46:35)
    NEW YORK (AP) — The success of Microsoft's fall lineup of devices will ride on the company's ability to convince people who got free Windows 10 software upgrades this summer to spring for new devices — specifically, Windows devices.
  • Lena Dunham says abuse on Twitter helped her appreciate Instagram (2015-10-06 15:43:47)
    Lena Dunham revealed last week that she's relinquished direct control of her Twitter account, but she still misses some aspects of what she considers one of the most toxic parts of the internet. Lena Dunham was reiterating her position on social media networks in a conversation with Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom and Katie Couric onstage at the Yuerba Buena Center for the Arts. Dunham, a devout Instagram fan, explained why the photo-sharing service represents what she enjoys about technology and the internet.
  • View-Master introduces kids to VR with space and wild animals (2015-10-06 15:40:00)
  • You can now draw on photos that you upload to Facebook (2015-10-06 15:38:54)
    Facebook has let you edit, crop, and add filters to mobile photos for a while now, and now you'll be able to draw on them, too. This is thanks to a new feature called "Doodle," a simple pen tool that Facebook is rolling out to its mobile apps today. When you select a photo that you want to upload to Facebook, you're presented with a dock of editing options.
  • Watch the final trailer for ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2’ (2015-10-06 15:25:57)
    In a month and a half, one of the biggest film franchises of the last five years will finally come to a close. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is the finale to the story of Katniss Everdeen’s rebellion against the Panem government. SEE ALSO: Watch the first trailer for Far Cry Primal, taking the series back to the Stone Age “With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow [Donald Sutherland] in the final showdown,” reads the film’s synopsis. “Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale [Liam Hemsworth], Finnick [Sam Claflin], and Peeta [Josh Hutcherson] – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they
  • Watch how game music went from beeps to Sound Blaster (2015-10-06 15:22:00)
  • Big U.S. firms hold $2.1 trillion overseas to avoid taxes -study (2015-10-06 15:17:42)
    The 500 largest American companies hold more than $2.1 trillion in accumulated profits offshore to avoid U.S. taxes and would collectively owe an estimated $620 billion in U.S. taxes if they repatriated the funds, according to a study released on Tuesday. The study, by two left-leaning non-profit groups, found that nearly three-quarters of the firms on the Fortune 500 list of biggest American companies by gross revenue operate tax haven subsidiaries in countries like Bermuda, Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Citizens for Tax Justice and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund used the companies' own financial filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission to reach their conclusions.
  • Google defends Android Auto's data collection after critical Motor Trend report (2015-10-06 15:17:00)
    A day after a report in Motor Trend sparked fears about the data collected by Android Auto software, Google pushed back, saying the report got key details wrong. "We take privacy very seriously and do not collect the data the Motor Trend article claims such as throttle position, oil temp, and coolant temp," Google said in a statement to The Verge.
  • Swiss court upholds ruling against Swisscom, reduces penalty (2015-10-06 15:08:13)
    A Swiss court has upheld a ruling against Swisscom by Switzerland's competition commission for anti-competitive behavior in its broadband internet business, but has reduced the size of the fine. In a statement on Tuesday, Switzerland's federal administrative court reduced the penalty on Swisscom to 186 million Swiss francs ($192 million) from 220 million, citing corrections to the previous calculations for the sanction.
  • No direction home? IBM's painful ad with Bob Dylan (2015-10-06 15:05:31)
    Technically Incorrect: In a new ad, the hero of so many -- including Steve Jobs -- resorts to talking with IBM's supercomputer Watson. Oh.
  • Microsoft has warmed my cold cynical heart with hot new hardware (2015-10-06 15:02:53)
    The very concept of a Microsoft hardware event still feels weird to me. Software constitutes half of Microsoft's name and most of its DNA, and yet today we were treated to a 110-minute presentation showing off Microsoft's hardware-engineering acumen. The most inspiring, intriguing, and frankly irresistible new hardware today is coming from Microsoft.
  • Microsoft’s new Lumia has a killer feature iPhone 6s and Nexus 5X users can only dream of (2015-10-06 15:00:53)
    Microsoft is a distant third player in the mobile business, trailing behind Google and Apple both when it comes to market share and profits, but the company just showed it’s not ready to throw in the towel. Microsoft announced on Tuesday a series of flagship devices that are supposed to take on the iPhone 6s and Nexus 5X that have some impressive characteristics. But most importantly, they come with a feature that no competitor can offer right now. DON’T MISS: Microsoft made the ultimate laptop: the Surface Book Called Windows Continuum, the unique Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL feature lets anyone turn the device into an almost full-fledged Windows 10 computer that behaves pretty much like a laptop or desktop. All
  • Mini review video: our verdict on the new iPhones in under a minute (2015-10-06 15:00:00)
  • Lumia 950 XL vs. the competition: The big flagship phones are here (2015-10-06 14:56:00)
  • Netflix thinks the future of video looks a lot like Netflix (2015-10-06 14:52:26)
    Ted Sarandos, the streaming service's head of content, says that in 10 years TV will be app-based and Net-delivered and will let viewers watch shows in any order they want. In other words, it'll be like Netflix.
  • Facebook updates News Feed to accommodate weak connections (2015-10-06 14:50:30)
    Facebook Inc updated its News Feed feature on Tuesday so that content loads quickly even with weak Internet connections. Many of Facebook's users are in emerging markets with weak 2G connections, such as India, Brazil and Mexico, where it is difficult to load pictures and videos that use more data. The update is part of an effort by Facebook to get more users in these countries as it has largely saturated the U.S. and western European markets.
  • Microsoft unveils first laptop, Windows 10 smartphones (2015-10-06 14:43:11)
    Microsoft unveiled its first laptop and its first Windows 10 smartphones Tuesday as it aims to widen the use of its new operating system in the mobile technology universe. The spate of fresh products, launched before the year-end holiday shopping season, seeks to build on the July launch of Windows 10. Microsoft said Tuesday that the Windows 10 system was now running on 110 million devices around the world, up from 75 million in late August.
  • Microsoft's Surface and Lumia event: by the numbers (2015-10-06 14:42:00)
  • Microsoft just made the laptop of my dreams, and I can’t wait for Apple to copy it (2015-10-06 14:35:34)
    Even though we’re in the “post PC” era where smartphones and tablets are the new norm, I still find I use my laptop a lot. Yet I’m also dreaming about a different kind of laptop like the one Microsoft just announced that combines the past with the future. The Surface Book is essentially a slimmer, better-looking version of the Surface Pro 4. In fact, the two are both able to offer similar performance for day-to-day use, though the Surface Book is practically Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s MacBook Pro and iPad Pro, and therefore an even more powerful machine than the Surface Pro 4. In other words, Microsoft just made the laptop of my dreams. It has a touchscreen. It has a keyboard. It has
  • Alcatel's strategic undersea cables unit to be swallowed by Nokia (2015-10-06 14:34:36)
    Alcatel-Lucent said on Tuesday it will not sell its undersea cables unit, meaning the strategic business which underpins the global Internet will be taken by Nokia once it completes its acquisition of the Franco-American group. The Finnish firm said in April the 15.6 billion euro ($17 billion) acquisition of network gear maker Alcatel-Lucent as they aim to better compete with market leader Ericsson and low-cost Chinese powerhouse Huawei [HWT.UL]. Alcatel had previously said it planned to sell a majority stake in Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN) or list the business separately, but in a statement on Tuesday, said it had opted to keep the unit instead.
  • Has Your Smartphone Become Smarter Than You? (2015-10-06 14:31:49)
    Picture this scenario: You are walking down a crowded San Francisco street during lunch hour. Everyone is on her/his smartphone, going about their daily business, when all of a sudden you hear the crash of glass and plastic hit the rock hard pavement at full force. Gasps of pain can be heard all around you, almost as if someone had just fallen...
  • New 21.5-inch 4K iMac will reportedly launch next week (2015-10-06 14:30:44)
    With fall launch season slowly drawing to a close, it does seem like the right time to see some new iMacs. According to 9to5Mac, Apple plans on unveiling a brand-new 21.5-inch iMac next week, complete with a 4K display.
  • European data sharing pact with US ruled invalid (2015-10-06 14:29:43)
    LUXEMBOURG (AP) — Facebook and thousands of other companies could find it vastly more complicated to do business in Europe after a court ruled that personal data sent to U.S. servers is potentially unsafe from government spying.
  • Here’s how Microsoft’s new Lumia phones stack up against the competition (2015-10-06 14:18:50)
    Microsoft today announced a pair of Lumia smartphones: the flagship Lumia 950 and the slightly larger Lumia 950XL. In fact, it's the third major mobile company to do so in the last month — first, Apple with the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus in September, then Google with the Nexus 5X and 6P this time last week. That's six flagship devices across three major mobile platforms; something slightly bigger, something slightly smaller.
  • The Lumia 950 vs. the competition: A battle of flagships (2015-10-06 14:14:00)
  • U.S. disappointed by EU court ruling striking down data share deal (2015-10-06 14:12:54)
    The United States is "deeply disappointed" by a ruling from the highest EU court on Tuesday that struck down a transatlantic data share deal used by thousands of companies, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce said in a statement. "We are deeply disappointed in today’s decision from the European Court of Justice, which creates significant uncertainty for both U.S. and EU companies and consumers, and puts at risk the thriving transatlantic digital economy," Penny Pritzker said in a statement on Tuesday. "We are prepared to work with the European Commission to address uncertainty created by the court decision," Pritzker added.
  • White House concerned about European court ruling on privacy (2015-10-06 14:12:54)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday it is concerned about the economic consequences of a European court ruling regarding online privacy rights. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the United States is reviewing the decision that said the European-U.S. agreement on data transfer is invalid. Earnest said the United States will work with the European Commission to release an updated framework. (Reporting by Julia Edwards; Editing by Bill Trott)
  • This is how Surface Book's crazy hinge works (2015-10-06 14:00:59)
    Microsoft pretty thoroughly wowed us this morning with its introduction of the Surface Book, a new laptop that can transform into a typical Surface tablet. There's a lot to be impressed with on the new device, but perhaps the most interesting hardware feature — both visually and functionally — is the Surface Book's hinge. Microsoft is referring to this as a "dynamic fulcrum hinge," which is probably the coolest of all branded hinge names.
  • Microsoft Continuum hands-on (2015-10-06 13:51:19)
    Now you can turn your phone into a PC.
  • iPhone 6s’s Home button is literally ‘burning hot’ (2015-10-06 13:49:35)
    The iPhone’s Home button is an iconic characteristic of any iOS device and is required to perform several tasks. Apple has stuck with the Home button over the years even though more and more competitors ditched physical buttons opting to replace them with on-screen versions. The iPhone 6s models have their own Home buttons, adorned with even faster and more responsive Touch ID fingerprint sensors. But they also come with a previously unseen problem: Increased heat. DON’T MISS: Video: What happens when a Tesla Model S drag races a Holden V8 Supercar? Several iPhone 6s users are complaining about the increased heat dissipated via the Home button. In fact, the button can get burning hot, to the point where touching it is
  • Rubio criticizes government regulation of on-demand economy (2015-10-06 13:46:52)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio vowed Tuesday to cap the number of regulations government can impose on businesses, particularly "on-demand" startups like Uber and Airbnb that he considers models for a changing national economy.
  • With Project Comet, Adobe adapts its tools to the era of phones and tablets (2015-10-06 13:45:28)
    The software industry powerhouse previews a new tool to ensure it has a place with the designers and developers who build software that's not just for PCs.
  • High-end Windows Phones make a comeback with the Lumia 950 and 950 XL (2015-10-06 13:45:00)
  • Watch the final Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 trailer (2015-10-06 13:41:25)
    The final trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is here and Katniss is SO MAD. Or maybe she's just yelling because the suspense-building percussion in the trailer is really aggressive. It's probably both, but in any case Prez Snow should be a little nervous. "Tonight, turn your weapons to the Capitol," Katniss says menacingly. "Turn your weapons to Snow." Sounds like a threat my dude.
  • Microsoft's Lumia 950 and 950 XL hands-on (2015-10-06 13:39:15)
    Microsoft debuted it's new Windows 10 mobile hardware. Here's our first look at it.
  • Elon Musk just teased the Model Y in a tweet (which he immediately deleted) (2015-10-06 13:38:14)
    If you are one of Elon Musk's 2.7 million Twitter followers, perhaps you caught a quick glimpse of the Tesla CEO's recent hints about the potential for a Tesla Model Y, which could be Tesla's next crossover vehicle, before the mention vanished. Last week, Musk tweeted in response to a follower who inquired about the design of the upcoming Model 3 — namely asking if it would be equipped with the falcon wing doors found on the Model X, which went on sale last week. Tesla's updated version is designed to make it easier to get in and out of the car (and it's a look long favored by car enthusiasts).
  • The 10 most important things from today's big Microsoft event (2015-10-06 13:37:53)
    Microsoft is still relatively fresh off the launch of Windows 10, which — as presenter and Windows team head Terry Myerson pointed out — happened less than three months ago. Now, the company is getting ready to release its smartphone variant, Windows 10 Mobile. The other was Microsoft’s announcement that after years of touting the Surface tablet as a laptop replacement, it’s now outright making Surface convertible laptops.
  • I just turned a Windows phone into a PC (2015-10-06 13:35:28)
    Microsoft unveiled its first Windows 10 Mobile devices today: the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. It allows Windows 10 Mobile devices (that include hardware support) to transform into a PC-like interface. Every app launches fullscreen, and there's the task view feature of Windows 10 to let you quickly switch between apps.
  • Microsoft unveils Surface Pro 4 tablet as latest laptop killer (2015-10-06 13:33:18)
    The screen for the new Surface Pro is only a bit larger than the previous model but a smaller bezel means there's even more real estate.
  • VAIO's convertible PC for creatives lands in the US (2015-10-06 13:32:00)
  • Twitter's new Moments spotlights events as they unfold (2015-10-06 13:27:10)
    Previously referred to as "Project Lightning," Moments will show users "what's happening in an instant," regardless of which accounts they follow. The feature could be the single most important update to the service in Twitter's history.
  • How online ads work and what sites must do to make them better (2015-10-06 13:26:10)
    As someone whose paycheck in some part comes from ad revenue, talking about online advertising can feel complicated. This month, a conversation about the merits and value of online ads came to a boil when Apple began allowing the sale of apps that block ads from appearing in Safari on mobile devices. Plenty of people have discussed whether ad blockers are morally dubious or ethically mandatory, but I want to learn more about how online ads work and why — like editorial — they range in quality and purpose.
  • Microsoft unveils new Surface laptop, other updates (2015-10-06 13:25:32)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is doubling down on its Surface devices business, unveiling a new laptop Tuesday alongside an updated tablet.
  • The new Microsoft Band is sleeker and more capable than the original (2015-10-06 13:21:43)
    The second-generation Microsoft Band promises to be both more fashionable and more useful than the original model. Priced at $249, Microsoft has redesigned its fitness-focused wearable with a curved display (protected by Gorilla Glass 3) and stainless steel fasteners. Microsoft is also putting a big focus on tracking your golf game.
  • Microsoft's HoloLens priced at $3,000 for developer edition, shipping Q1 2016 (2015-10-06 13:19:56)
    There's no word on when consumers can buy Microsoft's holographic headset, but developers can apply for access early next year.
  • How a small streaming site became the Netflix for indie film (2015-10-06 13:18:33)
    In February 2007, about a month after Netflix began streaming movies online, Efe Cakarel quietly launched what would become MUBI — a video-on-demand service focused on international and independent cinema. Where Netflix sought to amass a large library for wide audiences, Cakarel, a Turkish entrepreneur, took a decidedly different tack, focusing on a limited selection of old classics and art house releases. Since then, Netflix has gone on to become a streaming behemoth, and many of its smaller rivals have folded.
  • Microsoft Band hands-on (2015) (2015-10-06 13:10:29)
    Phones and tablets are fun, but wearables are the emerging gadget battleground. Here's Microsoft's latest attempt.
  • New auto safety technologies leave some drivers bewildered (2015-10-06 13:08:04)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Americans buying new cars these days are baffled by a torrent of new safety technology.
  • The CxO's Newest BFF: The Data Scientist (2015-10-06 13:02:32)
    When "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" had its premiere week in early September, one of the first guests alongside such Hollywood stars and pop culture icons as George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Schumer and Stephen King was billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, a man so ultra-techie that he was once described as a "super-nerd" by...
  • Reddit experiment brings you news without the community (2015-10-06 13:00:00)
  • Facebook blow as EU court quashes transatlantic data deal (2015-10-06 12:59:36)
    Facebook and other Internet giants could be barred from sending European citizens' personal information to the US after the EU's top court on Tuesday struck down a key transatlantic data deal in the wake of the Edward Snowden scandal. The landmark verdict stemmed from a case lodged by Austrian law student Max Schrems, who challenged the "Safe Harbour" agreement between Washington and Brussels in 2000 on the grounds it did not properly protect European data. The European Court of Justice said authorities in Ireland, where Schrems lodged the case, now have to decide whether transfers of data from Facebook's European base to its HQ in the United States should be suspended outright.
  • Microsoft's Surface Book hands-on (2015-10-06 12:54:15)
    Finally, a Surface sold with a keyboard
  • Verizon will support Samsung Pay in a 'future software update' (2015-10-06 12:47:18)
    After not being a part of the initial group of carriers to support Samsung Pay, Verizon Wireless has finally announced that it will support the service in an upcoming software update. Verizon Wireless missed the September 28th launch of Samsung Pay, stating that it was "evaluating" the mobile payment service, despite the fact that AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular all had time to evaluate and approve the service on their networks back in August. Verizon Wireless has had a turbulent history with mobile payment services, disabling NFC and blocking Google Wallet from phones on its network in favor of its own mobile wallet, which was then unfortunately known as Isis mobile wallet, before changing its name to Softcard (it's no longer available).
  • Curious moose plays around with a friendly drone (2015-10-06 12:44:49)
    The ongoing conflict between wildlife and drones enjoys a peaceful respite as a moose has fun goofing around with a drone.
  • Microsoft by the numbers: 110M Windows 10 users, 1B visitors to the Windows 10 app store (2015-10-06 12:42:11)
    Microsoft revealed a few key statistics about the state and future of Windows 10 -- here's a rundown.
  • Microsoft unveils first laptop, updated devices using Windows 10 (2015-10-06 12:28:56)
    Microsoft Corp unveiled on Tuesday its first laptop, a line of Lumia smartphones, a new Surface Pro tablet and an updated version of its wearable fitness tracker, Microsoft Band, all running on Windows 10, its latest operating system. Microsoft is counting on Windows 10, launched in July, to help it win a bigger share of the market for tablets and smartphones, now dominated by Apple Inc and South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. Microsoft said its laptop, the Surface Book, will start at $1,499 and is twice as fast as Apple's MacBook Pro.
  • Twitter debuts 'Moments' feature to highlight top stories (2015-10-06 12:10:50)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter on Tuesday launched a new feature called "Moments" that helps highlight the top stories being tweeted.
  • New Volkswagen CEO halts non-essential investment to get ready for massive diesel recall (2015-10-06 12:07:21)
    Some estimates suggest that Volkswagen could spend close to $90 billion righting the wrongs of its dirty diesel engines, a staggering figure by any measure. That's going to require some adjustments — and Matthias Müller, the Porsche CEO tapped to replace Martin Winterkorn, is starting to acknowledge them.
  • Ubisoft announces Far Cry Primal, coming this February (2015-10-06 12:01:13)
    After literally 24 hours of teasing (and a leak or two), Ubisoft has finally revealed the next Far Cry game, entitled Far Cry Primal — and there will be mammoths. Ubisoft used a rather unique social media strategy for the announcement. Earlier today, the company tweeted an enigmatic photo of a cave painting featuring some prehistoric-era warrior, which led to a YouTube live stream taking over its US site.
  • Television Buyer's Checklist (2015-10-06 12:00:00)
    Here's a cheat sheet of the most important terms and a few specs to keep in mind when picking a winner.
  • Artists rejoice: The Surface Pro 4's stylus has 1,024 touch levels (2015-10-06 11:57:00)
  • This man was arrested and robbed on a Twitch live stream (2015-10-06 11:56:31)
    On Thursday, a Twitch streamer named Mr. Big had a very bad night. After 12 hours of live-streamed gaming, Big got a noise complaint from his neighbors that would escalate into two different arrests and one low-level robbery — most of which was caught on tape. The police arrive an hour later, at 14:44, in apparent response to the noise complaint, although audio is silenced until 14:47.
  • Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL: Full specs and features (2015-10-06 11:50:04)
    It’s been a long time, but Microsoft has finally unveiled a new flagship device based on Windows Phone. In fact, it’s unveiled two new devices to quench Windows users’ thirsts for high-end hardware: The Lumia 950 and the larger Lumia 950 XL. Below we’ll go over the key specs and features for each device. FROM EARLIER: It sounds like Android 6.0 Marshmallow delivers on one of Google’s key promises Lumia 950 specs: 5.2-inch display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels 20-megapixel rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization 5-megapixel front-facing camera 4K video recording Hexa-core ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53 processors 3GB of RAM 3000 mAh battery Support for microSD Support for wireless charging USB Type-C connectivity Lumia 950 XL specs: 5.7-inch
  • HoloLens dev kit pegged at $3,000 (2015-10-06 11:50:00)
    Microsoft is preparing to join the Virtual Reality race with its own take on the tech.
  • Microsoft has a docking station for your Surface Pro tablet (2015-10-06 11:36:00)
  • Etsy doubles down on manufacturing as it faces off with Amazon (2015-10-06 11:35:07)
    By Mari Saito SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Etsy Inc, the online store that made its name selling handmade crafts, is trying to stop merchants from defecting as giant rival Amazon Inc prepares to attack it on its own ground with a new site for artisanal items called Handmade. "Until now, Etsy sellers had nowhere else to go," said Gil Luria, an analyst at Wedbush Securities based in Los Angeles. "But what Handmade at Amazon represents is a trip back in time to Etsy's original vision." Etsy, launched 10 years ago, became popular as an alternative to Amazon and eBay Inc, tapping into shoppers' appetite for handmade items.
  • Twitter rolls out feature that showcases day's best tweets (2015-10-06 11:32:42)
    By Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc rolled out its much-anticipated "Project Lightning" on Tuesday, a feature that shows users the site's best tweets and content as curated by a Twitter team. The feature, introduced a day after Twitter announced interim Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey would stay on permanently, is one of a slate of projects under Dorsey that aims to ramp up Twitter's waning user engagement and growth. When users open the Twitter app on their mobile phones, they will see a lightening bolt tab that opens up a list of "moments." An unknown number of employees curate the day's best tweets - such as interactions between celebrities or the most shared news stories and photos - so that users can find them even if they do not follow certain accounts.
  • Toyota unveils self-driving car (2015-10-06 11:31:43)
    Toyota on Tuesday unveiled a car that can drive itself along a highway, the latest foray by a major manufacturer into the world of automated vehicles. The car, a modified Lexus GS, uses sophisticated sensors to navigate roads, merge lanes and overtake other vehicles. The company hopes to make other cars with similar features available within five years, in time for Tokyo's hosting of the Olympics.
  • Microsoft's Surface Book is its first (and 'ultimate') laptop (2015-10-06 11:30:00)
  • Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 type cover has 'laptop class' feel (2015-10-06 11:23:00)
  • The Strongest Weapon to Shift Geopolitical Balances Isn't Nukes or Missiles, it's Technology (2015-10-06 11:22:46)
    Governments, businesses, and economists have all been caught off guard by the geopolitical shifts that happened with the crash of oil prices and the slowdown of China's economy. Most believe that the price of oil will recover and that China will continue its rise. They are mistaken. Instead of worrying about the rise of China, we need to fear...
  • Microsoft announces Surface Book laptop with 13.5-inch display starting at $1,499 (2015-10-06 11:22:31)
    Microsoft is changing up the Surface line today with the introduction of a Surface laptop called the Surface Book. It's the first laptop ever built by Microsoft. Microsoft says the Surface Book is for someone who wants a bigger screen and "the perfect typing experience" of a laptop.
  • Surface Pro 4's accessories include lighter, thinner Type Cover and upgraded dock (2015-10-06 11:18:36)
    At Microsoft's blockbuster event in New York today, the company pulled the wraps off its latest tablet — the Surface Pro 4 — along with a host of accessories for it. Chief among those are the new Type Cover and docking station, both of which are backward compatible with the Surface Pro 3.
  • Microsoft unveils fitness tracker; tablet, phones (2015-10-06 11:16:04)
    NEW YORK (AP) — What's a phone? What's a computer?
  • Microsoft shows off new Surface Pen for the Surface Pro 4 (2015-10-06 11:14:02)
    During its hardware event today, Microsoft unveiled its new Surface Pro 4 and showed off it's new Surface Pen, which it claims is the best stylus to date, going up against the Apple Pencil. The Surface Pen will come with the Surface Pro 4, which will be available on October 26th for $899.
  • Microsoft announces Surface Pro 4 (2015-10-06 11:14:00)
  • Austria's Max Schrems: US high-tech giants' worst nightmare? (2015-10-06 11:08:05)
    Few in America's Silicon Valley could have predicted that a young Austrian law graduate who spent a semester studying there would one day become high-tech companies' worst nightmare. The verdict strikes down the so-called Safe Harbour pact signed between the European Commission and the United States in 2000, allowing American companies to transfer data from the EU to the US as long as they ensured adequate levels of protection. According to the American whistleblower, the NSA had access to users' data on Facebook and other US tech companies.
  • Microsoft's Display Dock turns your Windows phone into a mini PC (2015-10-06 11:07:00)
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 4 announced with new Surface Pen, starts at $899 (2015-10-06 11:01:09)
    This year, Microsoft's Surface Pro has been flattered by the introduction of similar devices like Apple's iPad Pro and Google's Pixel C, but today the original tablet-laptop hybrid gets its own update. Intel's Skylake processors and Microsoft's own Windows 10 are at the heart of the Surface Pro 4. The Surface Pro 4 is therefore compatible with existing keyboard accessories, though Microsoft has done a ton to upgrade its keyboard covers this year.
  • Atlassian launches JIRA version for business leaders beyond IT (2015-10-06 11:00:04)
    Atlassian will offer three flavors of its popular JIRA software development tool that is called JIRA Core and tailored for line of business leaders.
  • Engadget giveaway: win an iPhone 6s courtesy of Spigen! (2015-10-06 11:00:00)
  • How to Prevent Identity Theft (2015-10-06 11:00:00)
    Protect yourself with these simple tips.
  • Microsoft's Lumia 950, 950XL phones unveiled: Specs, release date (2015-10-06 11:00:00)
    Microsoft confirmed the specs of its newest Windows Phones, the premium Lumia 950 and 950XL and will be available starting this November.
  • The Reveal Thermal Imaging Cam Craves Danger (2015-10-06 10:57:18)
    Last year Seek helped bring thermal imaging tech to the masses with a sleek little module that attached to your smartphone. Seek has an answer for that too, with its latest handheld thermal camera: The Reveal.
  • Linux Antivirus Software Tested, Many Products Fail (2015-10-06 10:57:02)
    Linux users might find this sentiment more salient than most, as it turns out most Linux malware is reliant on user error. A recent evaluation of Linux security software suggests that about half of the most popular brands won't mount much of a defense at all. AV-TEST, a company that evaluates Windows and Mac security software on a regular basis, has released its findings on 16 popular Linux security suites.
  • Microsoft's Lumia 550 offers entry-level Windows 10 for $140 (2015-10-06 10:57:00)
  • Apple iPhones Attacked by Fake Porn App Malware (2015-10-06 10:56:56)
    You don't need to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad for it to be vulnerable to YiSpecter. YiSpecter installs on non-jailbroken devices by leveraging iOS enterprise certificates, which Apple issues to corporations that create in-house iOS apps for employee use, and the "private" application-program-interfaces (APIs) used by enterprise apps. It is currently functioning as not-terribly-malicious adware, Palo Alto Networks said, but has the power to do much more, including loading more malicious apps.
  • Phlips Hue Adds Apple HomeKit Support (2015-10-06 10:56:43)
    After a slow start, the number of smart home products compatible with Apple's HomeKit is starting to grow. The latest is Philips Hue, which will now lets you control its lights using just your iPhone and your voice. The Philips Hue system is already compatible with a wide range of smart home devices, such as the Nest Learning Thermostat, Logitech Harmony remote control and Amazon's Echo.
  • Microsoft unveils new Microsoft Band fitness tracker (2015-10-06 10:40:24)
    (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp unveiled on Tuesday a new version of its wearable fitness tracker, Microsoft Band, that will run on Windows 10, its latest operating system. The new Microsoft Band, which allows users to monitor their fitness and exercise regime, will be priced at $249 when it becomes available on Oct. 30. Unlike its predecessor, Microsoft's entry product in the wearable technology market a year ago, the new Band has a curved display, which uses the Corning Gorilla glass 3, and has a barometer sensor to track elevation.
  • Apple 'own worst enemy,' U.S. antitrust monitor says in report (2015-10-06 10:25:26)
    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc's antitrust compliance program has improved, but the company continues to impede a court-appointed monitor overseeing the program, acting as "its own worst enemy," the monitor told a federal judge in a report made public on Tuesday. Michael Bromwich, who was assigned to monitor Apple’s internal antitrust policies after U.S. District Judge Denise Cote found the company liable for conspiring to raise e-book prices, said Apple persisted in raising objections to his requests for information. "In this respect, Apple has been its own worst enemy," he said.
  • EU says US data transfers 'can continue' despite Facebook ruling (2015-10-06 10:12:49)
    Brussels (AFP) - The EU insisted Tuesday that Internet companies like Facebook can keep transferring personal information to the United States while authorities work out a replacement for a transatlantic deal struck down by the bloc's top court.
  • Microsoft hardware event: news from the Surface Pro 4 and Lumia 950 XL event (2015-10-06 10:11:21)
    Microsoft's event has kicked off, and it's shaping up to be a big one. We're expecting the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, a new Surface Pro 4, the Microsoft Band 2, and more. Stay right here for all the news.
  • Facebook is making Windows 10 apps for Messenger and Instagram (2015-10-06 10:10:04)
    Microsoft's big goal with Windows 10 is to encourage developers to create universal apps that run across PCs, tablets, and phones. The software giant now has a big ally: Facebook. At Microsoft's Windows 10 devices event in New York this morning, the company revealed that Facebook is creating Windows 10 apps for Messenger, Instagram, and Facebook.
  • Microsoft says there are 110 million devices with Windows 10 (2015-10-06 10:07:34)
    Windows 10 has been installed on more than 110 million devices since it was released on July 29th. That sounds like pretty good progress considering that Microsoft said it hoped to reach 1 billion devices "within two to three years" at the company's developer conference in April.
  • Live from Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 and Lumia event! (2015-10-06 09:54:00)
  • Microsoft calls out Tim Cook ahead of Surface Pro 4 announcement (2015-10-06 09:44:19)
    In April 2012, Apple CEO Tim Cook offered this opinion of tablet–laptop hybrids: "You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those things are probably not gonna be pleasing to the user."
  • Here's how to watch Microsoft's Windows 10 devices event (2015-10-06 09:40:00)
  • Facebook updates Newsfeed to accommodate weak connections (2015-10-06 09:36:03)
    Facebook Inc updated its Newsfeed feature on Tuesday so that content loads quickly even with weak Internet connections. Many of Facebook's users are in emerging markets with weak 2G connections, such as India, Brazil and Mexico, where it is difficult to load pictures and videos that use more data. The update is part of an effort by Facebook to get more users in these countries as it has largely saturated the U.S. and western European markets.
  • EU to push for revamped data transfer deal with U.S. (2015-10-06 09:31:41)
    The European Union will press ahead with efforts to revamp transfers of personal data to the United States after an EU court ruled on Tuesday that the current system was illegal, European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said. "We have been working with the U.S. authorities to make data transfers safer for European citizens. In the light of the ruling, we will continue this work towards a new and safe framework for the transfer of personal data across the Atlantic," Timmermans told a news conference.
  • Twitter makes it easier to grab onto hot 'Moments' (2015-10-06 09:26:55)
    Twitter made it easier Tuesday to seize hot tweets and high-profile posts from the flood of real-time commentary at the one-to-many messaging service. A new "Moments" feature that promised to let people quickly tune into "the best of Twitter" made its debut in the United States with a promise it would spread wider in the coming months. Hundreds of millions of tweets are fired off daily on Twitter, among them comments from world leaders, celebrities and people in the midst of dramatic events, according to product manager Madhu Muthukumar.
  • Microsoft’s big Surface Pro 4 event is about to begin – here’s how to watch it live (2015-10-06 09:25:38)
    Apple and Google both dominated September with two huge events, unveiling a whole slate of new devices across multiple products categories. But not to be left out, Microsoft is hosting its own event today in New York City. As with the other media events this fall, we’re expecting several new hardware announcements from Microsoft today, but you won’t have to wait much longer to find out. Read on to find out how you can watch the show live. MORE COVERAGE:Surface Pro 4 and more: What to expect from Microsoft’s big event TuesdayReport claims Surface Pro 4 has a killer feature iPad users can only dream of If you read our comprehensive preview of the event yesterday, you probably already know what
  • Twitter's cultural clout crosses borders (2015-10-06 09:25:25)
    While the microblogging service trails Facebook in usage and revenue, Twitter's impact on society can't be matched.
  • Amazon-owned Twitch finally overhauls its Fire TV app (2015-10-06 09:21:00)
  • Microsoft promotes Windows 10 with stickers of ninja cat riding a doge (2015-10-06 09:16:04)
    For those attending today's Surface Pro / Lumia event, Microsoft is handing out stickers featuring its ninja cat — often seen riding dinosaurs and fire-breathing unicorns — riding internet icon of yesteryear, doge. The pair, of course, is surrounded by comic sans — horrible to the eye, yes, but customary for doge-related internet things.
  • Facebook dealt privacy blow as US-Europe data-sharing pact declared illegal (2015-10-06 09:15:40)
    A ruling by Europe's highest court puts Facebook and other companies in a tough spot over how they handle user data.
  • Physicists win Nobel for finding neutrinos, burdened with mass, aren't so fleeting after all (2015-10-06 09:08:12)
    For decades, physicists thought the hard-to-detect fundamental particles were massless. Not so, Takaaki Kajita and Arthur McDonald discovered, opening new research into the universe's past and present.
  • When toys meet video games: a guide to Skylanders, Disney Infinity, and Lego Dimensions (2015-10-06 09:05:06)
    In October 2011, Activision released a seemingly innocuous game called Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure. It was a reboot of a forgotten family-friendly video game mascot, but also a line of toys: Each copy of Skylanders came with a portal that plugged into your console and scanned the action figures, unlocking their playable counterparts in the video game.
  • Twitter launches Moments, its dead-simple tab for browsing the best tweets (2015-10-06 09:01:17)
    A big week for Twitter just got bigger. It’s a magazine-like view of Twitter that works even if you’ve never followed a single person. It represents Twitter’s best — and maybe last — hope of attracting a large new base of casual users who want to enjoy the service without having to figure out its unique quirks and lingo.
  • Razer Music will teach you how to make beats like deadmau5 (2015-10-06 09:01:02)
    Instead, it's Razer's attempt to appeal to a group of users that need power and portability but aren't necessarily using it to play Heroes of the Storm: music producers. The company has enlisted a wide array of producers for its first wave of content, led by EDM titan deadmau5 and rising hip-hop star Metro Boomin, and it's planning to update the site regularly with features from an evolving roster. "Artists and DJs from all over the world have connected with me to discuss producing on the Razer Blade," says Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan in a statement.
  • It sounds like Android 6.0 Marshmallow delivers on one of Google’s key promises (2015-10-06 09:00:34)
    One of the biggest features that Google has added with Android 6.0 Marshmallow is Doze Mode, which the company promises will significantly improve your Android device’s battery life when it’s not being actively used. Doze Mode essentially forces apps to stay asleep when you aren’t using your phone, which not only prevents them from syncing but also prevents them from constantly consuming battery life while they’re running in the background. If early impressions are any indication, it seems Google has delivered on its promise of better battery life when your device is idle. DON’T MISS: What happens when a Tesla Model S drag races a Holden V8 Supercar? In his massive review of Marshmallow, Ars Technica’s Ron Amadeo writes that Doze Mode “does greatly
  • Twitter Moments wants to make following the news easy (2015-10-06 09:00:02)
    One of the knocks on Twitter is that it's too hard to use. Twitter is hoping that will no longer be the case with the introduction of Moments.
  • WageSpot app wants you to see the salaries of everyone around (2015-10-06 09:00:00)
  • Razer Music is a content sharing and creation portal for musicians (2015-10-06 09:00:00)
  • ICYMI: Crowdfunded rocket, swimming robotic bees and more (2015-10-06 09:00:00)
  • Twitter's curated Moments slows down the newsfeed for new users (2015-10-06 09:00:00)
  • Zuckerberg says Facebook will deliver 'internet from space' to Africa (2015-10-06 08:48:00)
    When Spacecom's AMOS-6 satellite arrives in geostationary orbit in 2016, its entire broadband capacity will have been booked by Facebook.
  • TVPlayer Plus lets you stream 25 UK pay-TV channels for £5 per month (2015-10-06 08:46:00)
  • Teen falls to his death while taking an extreme selfie, report says (2015-10-06 08:36:04)
    Technically Incorrect: In Russia, a so-called daredevil teen tries to take a picture while hanging from a rope off the side of a building. The rope snaps.
  • iPad Pro tipped to launch in the first week of November (2015-10-06 08:35:40)
    Announced during Apple’s iPhone 6s event in September, the iPad Pro isn’t available in stores just yet, and the company hasn’t announced a firm release date for its biggest tablet yet. However, a new report seems to indicate the iPad Pro will launch in stores in the first week of November, alongside the new accessories Apple confirmed for it – the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard. DON’T MISS: Every new movie and TV show you can stream on Netflix this week (October 4 – October 10) The rumor comes from Japanese blog Macotakara, which is citing reliable sources who are familiar with Apple’s Chinese supply chain. Meanwhile, Apple’s official iPad Pro web pages still offer a general “November” estimate for the
  • Couchbase 4.0 released, adds multi dimensional scaling and more (2015-10-06 08:30:00)
    One of the NoSQL world's more venerable products delivers its 4.0 release to general availability today. The new version provides secondary indexes, geo-spatial indexes, workload isolation, and a new storage engine.
  • Nintendo launched a multiplayer web portal for Splatoon stats (2015-10-06 08:24:00)
  • McDonald’s All-Day Breakfast starts today: What you need to know (2015-10-06 08:10:55)
    Hungover college kids of America, rejoice! You’ll now be able to buy breakfast at McDonald’s no matter what time you happen to wake up in the morning. Starting today, McDonald’s franchises across the U.S. will serve breakfast foods past the traditional end time of 10:30 a.m. and will instead serve them for as long as the restaurants are open. Below we’ll go over what you need to know about this glorious new initiative. DON’T MISS: Pepsi to commemorate ‘Back to the Future’ anniversary with special edition Pepsi bottle The big thing to know is that while you’ll be able to order breakfast food all day at McDonald’s, you won’t get access to the entire breakfast menu all day. “Depending on the local
  • Cisco security researchers disable big distributor of 'ransomware' (2015-10-06 08:09:43)
    By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Cisco Systems Inc said it had managed to disrupt the spread of one of the most pernicious systems for infecting Internet users with malicious software such as so-called ransomware, which demands payment for decrypting users' data. The investigators from Cisco's Talos security unit were looking at the Angler Exploit Kit, which analysts at several companies say has been the most effective of several kits at capturing control of personal computers in the past year, infecting up to 40 percent of those it targeted. The provider, Limestone Networks, pulled the plug on the servers and turned over data that helped show how Angler worked.
  • Microsoft hardware event: start time, live blog, and streaming for the announcements (2015-10-06 08:00:02)
    2015 was a good year for Microsoft. Windows 10 launched to general praise, the Xbox One gained ground on the PlayStation 4, HoloLens surprised the tech community with a fresh take on mixed reality, and the NFL's Surfaces finally look like they belong on the sidelines. The company has momentum. Over the next few months and years, Microsoft will make further strides to bring its hardware together under the Windows 10 umbrella, beginning with today's big product event.
  • Video: What happens when a Tesla Model S drag races a Holden V8 Supercar? (2015-10-06 07:45:29)
    We’ve seen the Tesla Model S P85D square off against some impressive cars in drag races in the past and now the team at has posted a video showing how it fares against two new Australian rivals: The Walkinshaw Performance W507 HSV GTS and a Holden Commodore V8 Supercar that was designed exclusively for auto racing. DON’T MISS: Samsung gets a celebrity endorsement no sane company would want The Tesla handles the Walkinshaw quite easily but the Holden V8 Supercar promises to be a more intriguing match. The Model S P85D goes from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 3.3 seconds while the Holden can do it in 3.4 seconds. Additionally, the Holden weighs in at a mere 1,400 kilograms (3,086 pounds) with the driver included,
  • Dear Microsoft, it’s time to start acting like a leader again (2015-10-06 07:30:02)
    Microsoft, please sit down.
  • Sony's lucrative image sensor division is now a separate company (2015-10-06 07:28:00)
  • Europe-U.S. data transfer deal used by thousands of firms is ruled invalid (2015-10-06 07:17:58)
    By Julia Fioretti and Michele Sinner BRUSSELS/LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - A deal that allows thousands of companies to transfer data from Europe to the United States is invalid, the highest EU court said on Tuesday in a landmark ruling that follows revelations of mass U.S. government snooping. Many companies, particularly tech firms, have said the Safe Harbour agreement helps them get round cumbersome checks to transfer data between offices on both sides of the Atlantic, including payroll and human resources information and also lucrative data used for online advertising. The court said Safe Harbour did not sufficiently protect EU citizens' personal data as American companies were "bound to disregard, without limitation" the privacy safeguards where they come into conflict with the national security, public interest and law enforcement requirements of the United States.
  • How our attachment to tech is downgrading our conversations: A word with Sherry Turkle (2015-10-06 07:00:02)
    Technology critic, psychologist, and author Sherry Turkle explains why she's worried about how our digital connections are impacting face-to-face conversations.
  • Pepsi has a limited edition Back to the Future bottle awaiting Marty's arrival (2015-10-06 06:48:50)
    When Pepsi managed to get its brand of sugar water in 1985's classic Back to the Future II, it surely wasn't anticipating being able to cash in on that product placement 30 years later. Limited to a release of 6,500 and set to go on sale on October 21st, 2015 — the date to which Marty and Doc Brown traveled forward in time — the Perfect bottles will cost $20.15 each. Using the year to set the price is a nice touch, and even though that's a high price to pay for 16.9 ounces of Pepsi Made with Real Sugar, the collectible value of the thing will likely be much higher.
  • Apple on YiSpector iOS malware: Don't download from untrusted sources and keep updated (2015-10-06 06:45:01)
    Common sense security practices, once again, save the day.
  • ​Top EU court sinks Safe Habor over US spying and rattles tech industry (2015-10-06 06:38:00)
    Europe's top court has thrown out a 15-year-old data-transfer agreement that thousands of companies rely on to send European data to US servers.
  • Facebook says 'imperative' for EU, US to find data deal solution (2015-10-06 06:33:08)
    Facebook urged the EU and US to find a quick solution after Europe's top court struck down a key transatlantic data sharing deal that is relied on by the social media giant and other big firms. "It is imperative that EU and US governments ensure that they continue to provide reliable methods for lawful data transfers and resolve any issues relating to national security," a Facebook spokeswoman said in an emailed statement to AFP.
  • Apple fixes 'app slicing' iCloud bug for latest iOS 9 update (2015-10-06 06:33:00)
  • Nobel Prize in Physics honors discovery of neutrino oscillations (2015-10-06 06:26:47)
    The Nobel Prize in Physics has been jointly awarded to Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald, for discoveries that proved that neutrinos have mass. Kajita and McDonald will share an award of 8 million Swedish Krona ($964,000). Kajita, a professor at the University of Tokyo, and McDonald, of Queen's University in Canada, each led experiments that showed that neutrinos — subatomic particles created from decayed radioactive elements — can change identities and must therefore carry mass.
  • ​Samsung's enterprise unit woos enterprise with custom apps (2015-10-06 06:25:04)
    Samsung Enterprise Services aims to use a partnership with Red Hat, Android's flexibility and custom apps connecting to back-end systems to woo CIOs.
  • The machines are eating your BI, says DataStax CEO (2015-10-06 06:19:39)
    Traditional BI is far too slow to be of use to machines. Matt Asay explains.
  • Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian lead most-followed Instagram accounts (2015-10-06 06:14:50)
    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The ladies of U.S. pop music and pop culture are commanding the most followers among the 400 million-plus global users of Instagram, the photo-sharing app said Tuesday as it celebrated its fifth birthday. Facebook Inc-owned Instagram confirmed its top five accounts for the first time, with 25-year-old pop singer Taylor Swift leading the pack with 49.6 million users. Reality star Kim Kardashian, 34, boasts 48.1 million followers and R&B singer Beyonce, also 34, commands 47.2 million fans.
  • Roku's latest streaming device puts the focus on UHD (2015-10-06 06:09:22)
    The Roku 4 set-top box is all about streaming content in the best possible quality and making it simple to find the types of films and TV shows that people want to watch, whether sitting comfortably at home or stopping in a hotel room. While a growing number of truly global competitors from Apple and Google to Amazon have been talking up how their devices give users access to an ecosystem of other services, be it gaming, smartphone-like apps or internet access, Roku has been quietly going about the business of making set-top boxes that deliver content quickly and smoothly. It's the company that popularized the concept of a set-top streaming box, and, with its latest device, the Roku 4, its first new player for almost two years, the company clearly hasn't lost its focus or been distracted by what its competitors are up to.
  • Toyota shows self-driving technology being readied for 2020 (2015-10-06 06:06:23)
    TOKYO (AP) — Toyota unveiled its vision for self-driving cars in a challenge to other automakers as well as industry newcomer Google Inc., promising to start selling such vehicles in Japan by 2020.
  • Apple's HomeKit full of promise, falls on execution (2015-10-06 06:02:55)
    With HomeKit-enabled products flooding the market, Jordan Golson takes a look at how they're working.
  • DTS Play-Fi makes some noise with new music products, updated app (2015-10-06 06:00:03)
    The first major update to the multiroom audio system brings products from new partners as well as support for more services, such as multiroom Spotify Connect.
  • Amazon expands one-hour Prime Now deliveries in London (2015-10-06 05:52:00)
  • Internet of Things? Here's Cisco's internet of robots, pipelines, and power grids (2015-10-06 05:43:00)
    Cisco has added packages aimed at manufacturing and utilities to its Internet of Things offering.
  • YouTube gives its iOS app a new look and in-app editing tools (2015-10-06 05:42:00)
  • Top EU court rules data sharing pact with US invalid (2015-10-06 05:35:10)
    LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The European Union's highest court ruled Tuesday that an agreement that allows companies to freely transfer data to the U.S. is invalid as it does not adequately protect consumers.
  • ​Linux developer who took on Linus Torvalds over abuse quits 'toxic' kernel community (2015-10-06 05:16:00)
    "Dreading the potential toxic background radiation of interacting with the kernel community", Linux maintainer Sarah Sharp has called it a day.
  • Landmark EU ruling says US privacy protections are inadequate (2015-10-06 04:53:48)
    Europe's highest court today ruled that Facebook cannot send personal information on European users to data centers in the US, invalidating a 15-year trans-Atlantic data transfer agreement. In a decision that could have far-reaching implications for many US tech companies, the European Court of Justice said that the EU's Safe Harbor agreement with the US is "invalid" because the country does not guarantee adequate privacy protections. According to The Wall Street Journal, today's ruling could impact around 4,500 companies that currently rely on the laws to transfer data to the US.
  • EU rules that US companies can't freely pull data out of Europe (2015-10-06 04:52:00)
  • Singapore urges nation to adopt security-by-design mindset (2015-10-06 04:46:45)
    Stressing the need to think about cybersecurity from the design phase, the Singapore government says it is reviewing its budget to ensure sufficient resources are set aside to support a robust defense system.
  • US group: Put Alibaba site back on "notorious" fakes list (2015-10-06 04:45:18)
    HONG KONG (AP) — A clothing and shoe industry group is calling for the U.S. government to put Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba's Taobao site back on its list of "Notorious Markets" for counterfeit goods.
  • U.S. apparel group wants Taobao on USTR's 'notorious' list (2015-10-06 04:33:15)
    A U.S. clothing industry group is urging the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to blacklist Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's popular Taobao shopping website for persistent intellectual property rights violations despite pledges by the e-commerce firm to curb the problem. The American Apparel and Footwear Association asked the USTR to re-instate Taobao on its "notorious markets" list of physical and online marketplaces that reportedly engage in and facilitate substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting. Taobao was put on the list in 2011 but removed in 2012 after it made efforts to address the concerns of intellectual property rights holders and committed to cut the amount of infringing listings.
  • Sony to spin off successful image sensor business (2015-10-06 04:33:13)
    Sony has announced a restructuring of its devices division that underlines the success and importance of the company's image sensor operations. The devices segment is mainly comprised of Sony's storage, battery, and semiconductor businesses, but the latter of those — which is primarily focused on image sensors — is being spun off into a new company called Sony Semiconductor Solutions. The divisions that currently handle semiconductor manufacturing and design, Sony Semiconductor Corporation and Sony LSI Design, will both become subsidiaries of the new company.
  • Top EU court says U.S.-EU data transfer deal is invalid (2015-10-06 04:28:55)
    By Julia Fioretti and Michele Sinner BRUSSELS/LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - A system enabling data transfers from the European Union to the United States by thousands of companies is invalid, the highest European Union court said on Tuesday in a landmark ruling that will leave firms scrambling to find alternative measures. "The Court of Justice declares that the Commission’s U.S. Safe Harbor Decision is invalid," it said in a statement. The decision could sound the death knell for the Safe Harbor framework set up fifteen years ago to help companies on both sides of the Atlantic conduct everyday business but which has come under heavy fire following 2013 revelations of mass U.S. snooping.
  • Porsche chooses Apple CarPlay because Google reportedly asks for too much data (2015-10-06 04:27:38)
    Both Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto can turn regular vehicles into connected cars, but according to Porsche, one has a distinct advantage over the other. Motor Trend reports that the German car manufacturer went with Apple's infotainment system over Google's in its new 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S because the Android Auto agreement demanded too much data be sent to the search giant. The publication says that Android Auto tracks variables including vehicle speed, throttle position, fluid temperatures, and engine revs, information that is collated and then sent back to Google.
  • Apple's new Watch ads put the spotlight on hands-free use (2015-10-06 04:13:55)
    Smartwatches are supposed to perform tasks that smartphones find difficult, such as tracking your heart rate or handling mobile payments and navigation instructions for users who already have their hands full. Apple attempts to turn that into a positive in its Date ad above, but it just comes across as forced and contrived. Choosing among them, the Ride video is easily the most beautiful in terms of color and geometry, while the Sprinkle spot highlighting Apple Pay via the Watch is the most relatable.
  • Top EU court backs student in Facebook privacy case (2015-10-06 04:06:00)
    LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The European Union's highest court ruled Tuesday in favor of an Austrian law student who claims a trans-Atlantic data protection agreement doesn't adequately protect consumers, a verdict that could have far-reaching implications for tech companies doing business in Europe.
  • Top EU Court says that U.S.-EU data transfer deal is invalid (2015-10-06 03:51:34)
    LUXEMBOURG/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A system enabling data transfers from the European Union to the United States by thousands of companies is invalid, the highest EU court said on Tuesday in a landmark ruling. "The Court of Justice declares that the Commission’s U.S. Safe Harbour Decision is invalid," it said in a statement on Tuesday. (Reporting by Michele Sinner and Julia Fioretti; editing by Barbara Lewis)
  • UV-light enabled catheter fixes heart defects without surgery (2015-10-06 03:32:00)
  • Sony to split off fast-growing image sensor business (2015-10-06 03:29:48)
    Sony Corp said it will split off its semiconductors operations in a bid to bolster growth in devices such as image sensors, which have helped lead a turnaround at the Japanese electronics maker. Sony said the move was part of the company's push to give autonomy to its business units to accelerate decision-making and make them more accountable for their profitability. Its sensor rivals include OmniVision Technologies and Samsung Electronics.
  • Playtech to challenge Irish central bank decision on Ava Trade deal (2015-10-06 03:14:53)
    (Reuters) - Gaming technology company Playtech Plc said it intended to challenge a Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) decision opposing its $105-million acquisition of Ava Trade. Playtech, founded by Israeli billionaire Teddy Sagi, said CBI had reverted to company's Irish legal advisers and clarified its position. Playtech, however, did not say what the issues were.
  • Toyota says aims to commercialize semi-autonomous cars around 2020 (2015-10-06 03:03:54)
    Toyota Motor Corp said it would aim to bring to market cars that can autonomously change lanes, merge with traffic, and overtake other vehicles on highways by around 2020 as it aims to catch up in the nascent field of self-driving cars. Demonstrating its newest safety technology features to media on Tuesday, Japan's biggest automaker said in that car of the future, drivers would be able to turn on and off the auto-pilot mode with a single switch. Toyota also said it would launch three models in Japan this year equipped with "intelligent transportation system" (ITS) technology, which allows vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication to alert drivers to potential dangers using sensor technology.
  • Staring down giants, Roku launches $129 top-end streaming box (2015-10-06 03:01:03)
    Streaming-device maker Roku bets again that putting on blinders to anything but streaming video will make the difference when it faces off with fresh rival products from Apple, Amazon and Google.
  • Australian Defence to explore use of high temperature superconductors (2015-10-06 02:38:50)
    The Australian Defence Science and Technology Group, Queensland University of Technology, and telecommunications equipment manufacturer Siemens have formed a partnership to explore the future application of HTS technologies in defence.
  • Amazon Studios will release SXSW sci-fi hit Creative Control (2015-10-06 02:34:28)
    Amazon has cut a deal to acquire the independently produced Creative Control, a dark satire about the tech industry that premiered at SXSW in March, winning the special jury prize for visual excellence in the process. Variety reports that Amazon Studios, the company's TV and movie arm, has slated the movie for a theatrical and streaming release next year. The new acquisition comes two months after Amazon Studios struck a deal to distribute its first film, Spike Lee's upcoming Chi-Raq. Creative Control tells the story of an advertising executive tasked with selling "Augmenta" wearable glasses.
  • Card payments boom across the world, led by Finland (2015-10-06 02:33:11)
    Payments made with debit and credit cards and other non-cash methods jumped 9 percent last year to 390 billion transactions, according to a study published on Tuesday. The 2015 World Payments Report gave an estimate for transactions last year and detailed numbers for the year before. It showed people in Finland made an average of 450 non-cash payments in 2013, more than any other nationality, thanks to innovations in payments system, and a strong economy and private spending.
  • Nissan's Teatro for Dayz concept is a ridiculous car made out of screens (2015-10-06 02:30:53)
    Tokyo Motor Show only swings around once every two years, so Japanese carmakers often do their best to stand out amid the outlandish designs. Also, it's called "Teatro for Dayz." Yeah. Nissan calls Teatro for Dayz the "first car designed specifically for the generation known as 'digital natives,' or "share natives." To that end, the interior of the car — dashboard, seats, headrests — is completely decked out in display surfaces.
  • US Marshals to auction last remaining Bitcoins seized from Silk Road (2015-10-06 02:28:00)
  • ​Westpac to report higher technology investment expenses in FY16 (2015-10-06 02:26:45)
    Westpac expects to report higher than initially expected technology investment spend during the 2016 full year cash earnings due to a revision of the company's accounting processes.
  • ​St George Bank restores online outage (2015-10-06 02:20:43)
    St George Bank has blamed a glitch it experienced during a regular systems upgrade for taking its online banking systems down for the weekend.
  • TPP trade deal ready for final approval as digital rights groups sound warning (2015-10-06 02:16:14)
    After five years of marathon talks, the Trans-Pacific Partnership has finally been agreed to. But as trade leaders take the hard sell back home, civil liberties advocates say the deal is bad news for digital rights.
  • TPP to 'reflect' notification regime for copyright infringement (2015-10-06 02:09:01)
    The TPP will seek to protect intellectual property by encouraging member states to enact notification regimes and create legal frameworks for enforcement, along with fair use provisions.
  • Samsung Electronics struggles to find fix for smartphone woes (2015-10-06 02:06:32)
    By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - More than a year into the overhaul of its smartphone lineup, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has yet to find a way to reverse a slide in market share or margins, clouding its growth outlook and fuelling investor impatience. Samsung has tried various fixes for its phone business. While those measures have lifted Samsung from its earnings trough, they have not been enough to regain market share from Apple Inc at the high end and Chinese markers at the lower end, or convince investors that the company is back on track for sustained growth.  "Samsung is at a standstill," said Kim Hyun-su, fund manager for IBK Asset Management.
  • UNSW builds world first two-qubit logic gate in silicon (2015-10-06 01:55:47)
    A team of engineers at the University of New South Wales has built the first two-qubit logic gate in silicon, bringing the world another step closer to quantum computing.
  • Roku 4 supports 4K video and a new way to 'follow' favorite shows (2015-10-06 01:43:15)
    Roku, one of the earliest players in the over-the-top video streaming market, has just announced its newest device, the Roku 4. The new Roku 4 streaming video box has a faster, quad-core processor than its Roku 3 predecessor, support for 4K video at up to 60 frames per second, and better WiFi technology (it now has 802.11ac wireless networking capabilities). Physically, the Roku 4 is definitely larger than the palm-sized Roku 3, but Roku says it was designed to accommodate all of the new tech packed inside of it.
  • Users welcome NZ rural broadband speed boost (2015-10-06 01:30:00)
    New Zealand's rural broadband rollout will target speeds of 50Mbps by 2025.
  • The new Roku does 4K and finds the remote for you (2015-10-06 01:29:00)
  • Project Apollo Archive posts thousands of Apollo space mission photos online (2015-10-06 01:09:16)
    Each Apollo astronaut was equipped with a specially modified Hasselblad camera, resulting in thousands of iconic space images that are now collated in one place.
  • Reddit is launching its own news site called Upvoted (2015-10-06 01:07:38)
    Reddit, the social aggregator countless publishers already crib news from, is starting its own news site. The new venture is called Upvoted, and when it launches on Tuesday, will dig out interesting comments, pictures, videos, and other posts from Reddit itself, providing more context on their background through interviews with the Reddit users behind the stories. Upvoted is to be maintained by a dedicated editorial team of about ten people, responsible for finding stories on Reddit, verifying details, interviewing their posters, and packaging the details up for easy reading.
  • Now Basho gives Riak a time-series data option for IoT apps (2015-10-06 01:00:04)
    ​Because Internet-of-Things data is mushrooming, Riak firm Basho thinks it's time to add a specific time-series backend to the open-source database.
  • OECD releases multinational corporate tax avoidance recommendations (2015-10-06 00:54:00)
    The OECD has released the final recommendations of its G20-commissioned base erosion and profit-shifting project.
  • Las Vegas bets that SpaceX will make it to Mars before NASA (2015-10-06 00:02:00)
  • Sharp is making an adorable bipedal robot phone called RoboHon (2015-10-05 23:57:36)
    Sharp — which as far as I can tell is not joking — just announced a robot phone called RoboHon, designed by renowned creator Tomotaka Takahashi. RoboHon is an eight-inch-high robot with a 2-inch screen on the back and a camera and projector built into its face.
  • ​War on Uber escalates to physical violence (2015-10-05 23:55:34)
    As the war between Uber and the taxi industry heightens, two Uber drivers were assaulted on Monday, with the ride-sharing company fearing it could be part of attacks against its operations.
  • Apollo 15 moon-travelling watch up for auction (2015-10-05 22:51:47)
    A watch worn by Commander Dave Scott during the Apollo 15 moon mission is headed for auction later this month.
  • 'RoboHon' is the tiny robot smartphone you never knew you needed (2015-10-05 22:51:00)
  • See vintage behind-the-scenes 'Back to the Future Part III' footage (2015-10-05 22:16:44)
    Great Scott! A neighbor who lived next to the Southern California home that served as Marty McFly's "Back to the Future" house grabbed a camcorder and shot footage of the third movie being filmed.
  • Apple buys an AI startup with eye on better photo management (2015-10-05 22:11:00)
  • TPP moves toward killing off government-mandated data sovereignty (2015-10-05 21:49:56)
    Government mandates forcing companies to store its data in local datacentres will be a thing of the past under the terms of the TPP among the 12 countries involved.
  • New OnePlus phone will fix one of the biggest complaints about the OnePlus 2 (2015-10-05 21:45:32)
    Not too long ago, OnePlus launched its second smartphone, a hot high-end Android handset that’s so reasonably priced that millions of buyers were looking to score one immediately after launch. Yet some Android fans found reasons to complain about the phone, saying the device still doesn’t meet some of their requirements. One of the biggest complaints regarding the OnePlus 2 – aside from the silly invite-based purchase system – was lack of NFC, but the company will apparently fix that in an upcoming smartphone whose specs sheet seems to have been leaked. DON’T MISS: Report claims Surface Pro 4 has a killer feature iPad users can only dream of The “Never Settle” company will apparently make an even cheaper Android
  • TPP tackles telco global roaming charges (2015-10-05 21:40:11)
    The TPP will encourage lower global roaming rates through competition, equal access to wholesale rates between countries, and alternatives for network access for travellers.
  • Mayors unite to trash Verizon over slow fiber internet rollouts (2015-10-05 21:19:00)
  • PS4 $50 price drop leaked by Target’s website (2015-10-05 21:00:04)
    Despite its continued dominance of the console market, it looks like Sony is prepping a price drop for its PlayStation 4 this holiday season. Spotted by video game deals scourer Wario64 this weekend, Target temporarily listed the PS4 at $349.99 in an ad on its website before realizing they’d made an error. READ MORE: Microsoft is bringing our most requested feature to the Xbox One controller We’ve heard plenty of rumors about PS4 price drops over the past several months, but until now, there hasn’t been much in the way of evidence. With a huge graphic proudly displaying “$50 price drop on the PS4,” we’re starting to feel a little more confident about the possibility. It wasn’t just a PS4 console price
  • Thirty percent of 911 calls in SF are butt-dials, Google report finds (2015-10-05 20:56:07)
    Technically Incorrect: A research paper from the Web giant and the San Francisco Division of Emergency Communications shows that accidental butt-dials are becoming a huge problem for emergency services.
  • Holograms discourage illegal parking in disabled spaces (Tomorrow Daily 252) (2015-10-05 20:37:57)
    One company's goal to plant a billion trees with the help of drones, Disney Research's new app for bringing coloring books to life and a hologram that discourages illegal parking in disabled spaces.
  • DraftKings and FanDuel face questions about 'insider trading' (2015-10-05 20:34:00)
  • Every new movie and TV show you can stream on Netflix this week (October 4 – October 10) (2015-10-05 20:15:05)
    It’s that time of the week again, and BGR is bringing you a roundup of the best new Netflix movies and shows for your streaming pleasure. A lot of your time is wasted by looking around Netflix for something you haven’t seen yet, so this update will save you some precious ticks on the clock. DON’T MISS: ‘Universal Search’ on the Apple TV will be a lot more helpful than we thought October 5th Team Hot Wheels: Build the Epic Race (2015) October 6th American Horror Story: Freak Show (Season 4) The Flash: Season 1 iZombie: Season 1 Last Man Standing: Season 4 The Originals: Season 2 Tremors 5: Bloodline (2015) October 7th Arrow: Season 3 Flor Salvaje: Season 1 Legends: Season 1 Supernatural:
  • Apple expands Maps public transit directions to Boston and Sydney (2015-10-05 20:04:15)
    Apple added two new cities today to its list of locales supported by Apple Maps public transit directions. The lack of transit directions was a gaping hole in Apple's map offerings, giving city-dwelling smartphone owners another reason to use Google Maps. Apple added the much-needed feature in its iOS 9 software update released this month.
  • 'Destiny' is getting microtransactions, but don't panic yet (2015-10-05 20:04:00)
  • Google ordered to stop anti-competitive Android practices in Russia (2015-10-05 19:49:54)
    After being found guilty of abusing its dominant market position in Russia last month, Google is now being ordered to make some changes. In particular, Russian regulators have taken issue with what Google does and does not allow its hardware partners to do when it comes to Android. If its partners want to sell a phone that includes the Google Play Store — and, therefore, access to most Android apps — they're currently required to include and prominently feature a number of Google's other apps as well.
  • Watch this: Inside Android's Easter egg tradition (2015-10-05 19:43:00)
  • Review: 'Steve Jobs' plays man versus machine (2015-10-05 19:40:15)
    When is someone going to open a window in Aaron Sorkin's "Steve Jobs"? Alas, wrong operating system.
  • Transfer your data to a new iPhone (2015-10-05 19:37:35)
    Got a new 6S? Here's how to move your info to a new device.
  • Destiny will let you buy new dance moves with real money (2015-10-05 19:32:54)
    Bungie's hybrid shooter-slash-MMORPG — is adding microtransactions so players can buy in-game items with real-world money. Destiny developer Bungie has released three large expansion packs for varying prices since the game's launch in September 2014, but this marks the first time that you'll be able to buy single items from inside the game with real money. It's not yet clear how much silver will cost, but Bungie says it's depositing a chunk of the currency into existing player accounts so they can buy one or two of the 18 new gestures for free.
  • Apple already blocked the first malware for non-jailbroken iPhones (2015-10-05 19:19:00)
  • CSC to acquire UXC for AU$428m (2015-10-05 19:07:22)
    UXC has been offered AU$428 million from New York Stock Exchange-listed CSC, in a deal that would see the global IT firm wholly acquire UXC.
  • Mr Hoverboard kit really hovers, leaf blowers not included (2015-10-05 19:04:45)
    You too can have a working hoverboard with Mr Hoverboard. It's not quite the same as what Marty McFly rode, but it does actually hover.
  • What is with this hellish airplane seat arrangement from Airbus? (2015-10-05 19:01:09)
    Don't be fooled: this isn't a torture device, nor is it a geometric painting from one of the abstractionist masters. It is, somehow, a proposed seating arrangement for aircraft brought to you by the sadists at Airbus, who have now resorted to physically stacking passengers on top of one another.
  • Apple, Google and other tech companies have the most valuable brands, says Interbrand (2015-10-05 18:49:06)
    Apple, Google, Microsoft and IBM have four of the five most valuable brands in 2015 - they're split by Coco-Cola - according to Interbrand's annual list of the top 100. But which ones have survived from 2005?
  • To understand Project Cortex, look to Einstein (2015-10-05 18:48:00)
    If New Zealand spy agency GCSB wants to be more transparent, it should forget media charm offensives and take a lesson from the US Department of Homeland Security.
  • Facebook to launch satellite to expand Internet access in Africa (2015-10-05 18:47:18)
    (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said it would launch a satellite in partnership with France's Eutelsat Communications to bring Internet access to large parts of sub-Saharan Africa. The satellite, part of Facebook's platform to expand internet access mainly via mobile phones, is under construction and will be launched in 2016, the companies said on Monday.
  • Pacific countries seal secretive TPP free-trade pact (2015-10-05 18:47:09)
    Twelve Pacific rim countries have sealed the deal on creating the world's largest free-trade area, delivering President Barack Obama a major policy triumph.
  • Pepsi to commemorate ‘Back to the Future’ anniversary with special edition Pepsi bottle (2015-10-05 18:45:43)
    2015 is a pretty monumental year for Back to the Future fans. Not only did the iconic movie celebrate its 30th anniversary this past July, but October 21, 2015 marks the date that Marty McFly and his trusty cohort Doc travel to the future in Back to the Future Part II. DON’T MISS: Surface Pro 4 and more: What to expect from Microsoft’s big event Tuesday While many of the futuristic items depicted in the aforementioned 1989 sequel haven’t exactly come to fruition — though we have made some ever so slight progress on the hoverboard front — there are a few items from the film which can readily be brought to market. And gleefully leading the charge in that regard is Pepsi
  • 3D Mars video traces Mark Watney's path from 'The Martian' (2015-10-05 18:38:04)
    What would it be like to see Mars firsthand if you were scrambling across it to survive? See for yourself, in 3D, even.
  • To Twitter CEO and back again: a timeline of Jack Dorsey’s rise (2015-10-05 18:34:13)
    Jack Dorsey manages to represent the modern tech industry ethos in all of its complexities. He is visionary, enigmatic, and revered while also being a self-styled icon and a central player in one of the most bloodthirsty corporate narratives of the last decade.
  • A Young Woman's Etiquette Guide to Coding (2015-10-05 18:25:37)
    We are no longer in the age of etiquette dinners and coming of age balls, but rather have entered a beautiful era of programming and engineering. This is an essential guide crafted to teach young women how to properly learn to code. Forget how to master the dinner table, learn to master the command line. This is an extensive list of resources,...
  • Four-legged bot uses drone sidekick to avoid rough terrain (2015-10-05 18:25:00)
  • Google in talks to invest in chat company Symphony: source (2015-10-05 18:08:08)
    (Reuters) - Google, which has now morphed into holding company Alphabet Inc, is in talks with messaging startup Symphony Communication Services LLC for a round of fundraising, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters. Symphony's chat service allows financial firms, corporate customers and individuals to put all of their digital communications on one centralized platform. The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, reported earlier on Monday that Google invested in a new round of funding for Symphony that values the company at about $650 million.
  • The story behind Android’s most iconic hidden Easter egg (2015-10-05 18:00:48)
    If you open up your Android phone’s settings, click on About and then click on the listed software version a bunch of times, an Easter egg will pop up that gives you a picture or animation that’s unique for each version of Android. So for Gingerbread, for instance, tapping on the Android version in settings will eventually bring up a picture of a zombie gingerbread man. DON’T MISS: Here’s every phone confirmed to get Android 6.0 Marshmallow so far This Gingerbread Easter egg was actually the first one Google made, as a new video from Googlers Nat and Lo explains. Googler Dianne Hackborn, head of the Android framework team, recruited a painter named Jack Larson who specialized in zombie paintings to make a
  • Tough challenges ahead for Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey (2015-10-05 17:53:42)
    Job No. 1 for the new CEO: Revamp the stagnating microblogging service to make it more inviting for regular folks.
  • Winklevoss twins get approval to run their bitcoin exchange (2015-10-05 17:53:00)
  • Pinterest expands 'Buyable Pins' e-commerce plan with IBM, retailers (2015-10-05 17:52:52)
    Since launching its e-commerce scheme this summer, Pinterest's pool of "Buyable Pins" has grown to more than 60 million and counting.
  • Steve Jobs lauded by Apple execs on fourth anniversary of his death (2015-10-05 17:40:04)
    CEO Tim Cook, iTunes head Eddy Cue and others remember Apple's co-founder in messages posted to the company's internal site. One recalls the time Jobs mooned Al Gore.
  • Google starts Android 6.0 update for Nexus phones (2015-10-05 17:31:14)
    The Marshmallow version of Android is being made available as an over-the-air update to a small number of devices.
  • Farmer in US Midwest unearths ancient woolly mammoth (2015-10-05 17:19:17)
    A farmer digging in a Michigan soy field makes a startling discovery -- giant bones from the Pleistocene era.
  • Adobe's 'core' design apps are now all touch-friendly on Windows (2015-10-05 17:13:00)
  • Björk is releasing an acoustic version of Vulnicura this November (2015-10-05 17:12:04)
    Between releasing a celebrated, harrowing new record and taking over the MoMA with a career-spanning retrospective, it's been a busy year for Björk — and she's capping it off with another new release. Björk also shared one of the album's reworked songs today, a strings-and-vocals version of "Lionsong" that manages to retain much of the original's dramatic sweep. In addition to Björk's voice and string arrangements, the new version of Vulnicura features the world's only "viola organista." It's an instrument originally designed by Leonardo da Vinci that "uses a friction belt to vibrate individual strings (similar to a violin), with the strings selected by pressing keys on the keyboard (similar to an organ)." Björk is no stranger to weird instruments: she developed brand-new ones for use on 2011's Biophilia, including a "gameleste" (a gamelan–celesta hybrid controlled by a tablet) and a musical Tesla coil.
  • Data hack at 7 Trump hotels confirmed (2015-10-05 17:10:18)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Customer credit and debit card numbers may have been stolen at seven Trump hotels after its payment systems were hacked for over a year.
  • Apple fixes issue that kept iPhone apps from taking up less space (2015-10-05 17:07:32)
    Developers can now take advantage of iOS 9's app-thinning feature, which cuts down on the initial size of applications on your iPhone and iPad to maximize storage space. Apple initially delayed the option upon the rollout of iOS 9, blaming a bug with iCloud backups for the unexpected pause. App thinning (or "app slicing") is particularly useful for owners of 16GB iOS products, a capacity that's nowadays far too small for many people.
  • Twitter co-founder Dorsey to stay at helm (2015-10-05 17:03:07)
    Twitter is betting that the second coming of co-founder Jack Dorsey as chief executive will bring blockbuster growth that has eluded its grasp and disappointed investors. The one-to-many messaging service said Monday that Dorsey, who has been interim CEO since June, will stay permanently at the helm while also remaining chief executive of Square, the digital payments firm he founded. Twitter quickly become a global sensation after its launch in 2006, but the social media platform's growth has slowed and it has yet to turn a profit.
  • How to Travel With Digital Identification (2015-10-05 17:00:00)
    Airports are beginning to accept digital passports. Here's what you need to know.
  • 5 Ways to Better Organize Your Inbox (2015-10-05 17:00:00)
    Clean up a messy inbox with these simple tips.
  • How to Print and Organize Digital Photos (2015-10-05 17:00:00)
    Digital cameras and phones make it easy to shoot thousands of images. Here's how to organize, back up, and print your stash.
  • Texting Isn't the Problem: A Conversation With Sherry Turkle About Reclaiming Conversation (2015-10-05 16:58:06)
    Sherry Turkle wants you to Stop Googling (sort of) and also to Talk to Each Other. Her New York Times essay (September 26) and response (Oct 1) covers the expansive domain of her excellent new book Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age (Penguin). Turkle is a professor in the program in Science, Technology and Society at...
  • An artist built a life-sized Batmobile using 500,000 LEGOs (2015-10-05 16:50:07)
    As we’ve mentioned before, we love seeing what truly dedicated nerds can do when given enough time and LEGOs. Nerdist brings us word that a Los Angeles-based artist named Nathan Sawaya has used an estimated 500,000 LEGOs to build an 18-foot replica of the Batmobile that is one of the most ambitious and well executed LEGO projects we’ve ever seen. FROM EARLIER: Change the way you use the Internet with these 10 incredible tips and tricks The model weighs several hundred pounds and it took roughly 480 hours to build over the span of just two months — this means Sawaya had to work on it for at least 10 hours a day to get it done on time. “The detail on the car is
  • Department of Justice plans to crack down on counterfeits sold online (2015-10-05 16:44:00)
  • Wiggle your finger to control TV with Singlecue (2015-10-05 16:43:54)
    Give any TV set hand-gesture controls with a Singlecue sensor, have a two-way convo in your home webcam with Logi Circle, and keep track of your beers with the Budweiser Bud-E smart fridge.
  • Women in Tech Entrepreneurs: Elemoon's Jing Zhou Bridges Fashion and Tech (2015-10-05 16:31:31)
    Mirroring her innovative product, elemoon's Jing Zhou is equal parts style, tech-savvy, and business smarts. She's been making the rounds at award shows, displaying her wares at fashion-forward retailers like Santa Monica's Ron Robinson, and in fashion capitals throughout the world, dressed in trendy designs and sporting a pinkish red streak in...
  • Nyet: Russia regulators require Google to unbundle Android apps by Nov. 18 (2015-10-05 16:29:00)
    Russia's anti-monopoly agency hasn't given Google much time to rejigger Android in a way that broadens competition in that country where 65 percent of devices run on Google's platform.
  • Russia orders Google to loosen its Android policies by November 18th (2015-10-05 16:28:00)
  • New Microsoft technology might bring Windows 10 to Android phones (2015-10-05 16:25:57)
    Earlier this year, Microsoft announced a seemingly strange partnership with Xiaomi for beta testing Windows 10 mobile. The company proved that it can easily install a Windows ROM on an Android device, suggesting in the future it might decide to compete against Google this way. Rather than launch new Windows hardware, Microsoft might one day provide just the software that would make possible installing Windows on any Android handset. The software maker has yet to confirm such plans, but the company is toying with technology that will let users boot two operating systems on smartphones and tablets, something that’s not yet available on any device. DON’T MISS: Report claims Surface Pro 4 has a killer feature iPad users can only dream of
  • Paracord grenade hides survival tools inside (2015-10-05 16:24:17)
    Prepare for the apocalypse with a paracord grenade stuffed with everything you need to make it through an episode of "The Walking Dead."
  • Is There a Techno Spirituality? (2015-10-05 16:21:17)
    For me, writing at my Mac is flow, deep engagement, a kind of communion. It's a daily practice as grounding and important for me as meditation. Sure writing on paper works, but my computer offers me so much more: connections, mindful flow and at other times, mindless distraction and escape. It covers the spectrum. Our devices are our personal...
  • Buzzed Runners to Buzzing Neurons via ColorfulCortex Weekly (2015-10-05 16:21:13)
    COLORFULCORTEX | brain | behavior | backtalkColorfulCortex is a weekly digest of neuroscience news in social, vice, tech and moreD R U G SRunners High | Run Stoners, RunThe Buzz: Step aside bulletproof coffee and $25 spin classes, the new fitness fad is pre-gaming your run with weed. This underground trend is growing in popularity, with...
  • One Year Later, Facebook Fails to Fix Its Biased Real Names Policy (2015-10-05 16:14:18)
    Exactly one year ago*, Facebook's Chief Product Officer Chris Cox publicly apologized for the company's discriminatory "real names" policy. I should know: not only was I personally mentioned in Cox's note, but I was one of the drag queens -- along with a broader coalition of artists and activists representing queer and transgender people,...
  • Verizon scraps its exclusive Sony phone before it even launches (2015-10-05 16:11:17)
    The carrier's decision not to introduce the Xperia Z4v is a big blow to Sony, which has struggled to break into the US market with its smartphones.
  • Runaway Teens At Large: Greenwich Commissioner Alan Barry's Answer (2015-10-05 16:10:06)
    Alan Barry, Ph.D., Commissioner for the Greenwich Department of Social Services. Credit: Leslie Yager, Greenwich Free PressTeenage runaways fall into two categories: chronic and episodic.Chronic running away is a routine power ploy that could involve substance abuse, while episodic running away involves isolated incidents in which a humiliating...
  • California governor reflects on his own death as he passes right-to-die law (2015-10-05 16:07:32)
    California Governor Jerry Brown just signed a bill into law that legalizes the right of dying people to voluntarily end their lives. Along with his signature, Brown issued a heartfelt letter to the California State Assembly explaining the reason for approving the End of Life Option Act. "The crux of the matter is whether the State of California should continue to make it a crime for a dying person to end his life, no matter how great his pain or suffering," Brown wrote.